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2093 | Lake Villa, IL | USA | | Comments

Twelve years ago, I bought a cartload of Christmas wrapping from Target, in late January, for 95% off. I still haven’t used it up yet. They were questionable designs and colors then (all the xmas stuff was blue that year at Target), and they’re not any better now, but I’m still using it every year because IYAMCHEAP.

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This past year for Christmas, our money was tight. However, I wanted to get my family something, so I made mason jar cookie mixes. For $50, I made 24 cookie mixes complete with decorations and recipe cards. Needless to say they were a hit, and they are already asking what I am going to do this next year. IYAMCHEAP

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2101 | Melbourne, Florida | USA | | Comments

I always wondered why the shower my dad uses was inevitably filled with shampoo bottles filled with water. I recently learned from my grandmother that in the 30’s and 40’s people would fill the “empty” shampoo bottles with water and keep using them in order to get ALL the shampoo out of them. IYAM[my dad is]CHEAP

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Those soap-pump things leave quite a lot of soap left unused when they run out. The trick is, when the pump is about two-thirds empty, fill the rest with water and shake it up. You will now have a full bottle of thinner but still usable soap, and much less of the soap will be wasted. IYAMCHEAP

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2154 | Fort Collins, CO | USA | | Comments

I buy dog food in 35 pound bags. Once they are empty, they make great trash bags. At the end of the week I tape or staple them shut and set them out for pickup. Saves big on trash bags. IYAMCHEAP

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Instead of buying individual packets of instant oatmeal, I buy a big box of instant oats and add my own toppings to it. IYAMCHEAP

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2096 | San Diego, CA | USA | | Comments

The disposable wipes for babies always seem so big, so my husband and I rip them in half whenever we pull out a new one, giving us twice as many uses. Then it doesn’t seem so bad when they soil a diaper right after you’ve finished changing them. IYAMCHEAP!

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In Germany (and, as far as I know, other European countries as well), we have some kind of ‘price-binding’ on books and games, meaning they can’t be sold for less than a set price. This way, new books will often cost 20€+ (~25$), and games as much as 60€ (~80$), and while the games get cheaper rather quick, the books usually don’t. By importing books and games from the UK or US I can save up to 50% – and it’s good for my language skills, too! IYAMCHEAP

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