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  •  Those Dollar Stores can be good for lots. (7+ / 0-)

    It's no wonder they are one of the businesses that are booming. They've got food, toiletries, animal products, etc.

    There was a great article about stretching your heating dollars. I think if you google it you'll get lots of tips on how to maximize the heat in your home while keeping your bill as low as possible. Winter is almost upon us.

    I dropped my landline and had the # transferred to a cell phone. Now I no longer have that phone bill at all. For $15 I added it to my existing cell service. Better than the $35 per month I was paying for the landline. If you get internet from your phone then you may be able to drop the internet service as well.

    To make others less happy is a crime. To make ourselves unhappy is where all crime starts. We must try to contribute joy to the world. That is true no matter what our problems, our health, our circumstances. We must try. Roger Ebert

    by lexalou on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 03:59:34 PM PDT

    •  Heat/ac (9+ / 0-)

      When the central air in my house went out, I couldn't afford several thousand dollars for a new system and got a window unit that cools the kitchen and den, where I spend most of my time.  Air conditioning of some kind is important in Texas with many days above 100 degrees, but the window unit does just fine in this part of the house and my children are grown and gone.  The furry ones and I are cool and I sleep on the sofa in the den that is cool and also save on electricity costs.

      My oven went out and I make do with the microwave and a toaster oven.  I try to think of it as a game or reality show--how can I adapt and still be reasonably comfortable.  

      •  Get the house to temp, shut down A/C. (1+ / 0-)
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        Use a fan to keep cool. It saves a few bucks.

        To make others less happy is a crime. To make ourselves unhappy is where all crime starts. We must try to contribute joy to the world. That is true no matter what our problems, our health, our circumstances. We must try. Roger Ebert

        by lexalou on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 05:57:20 PM PDT

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    •  but go there with caution (1+ / 0-)
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      much of the stuff they sell is from China. Don't take for granted that it's safe or has been properly inspected.

      LBJ, Van Cliburn, Ike, Wendy Davis, Lady Bird, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

      by BlackSheep1 on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 07:41:12 PM PDT

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