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Free Sample of Shout Color Catcher

Receive a Free Sample of Shout Color Catcher by mail. Just fill out the quick form. With Color Catcher® you can mix whites, lights and colors without worrying about color runs. No need to separate clothes by color! Color Catcher® traps loose dyes and dirt released during the wash cycle. At the end of...
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Simple ways to Save Money on Holiday Wrapping Paper

The Holiday budget does not only include gifts, you have to figure out how to wrap all of those presents without going over budget and breaking  the bank. By using Recycled materials from throughout the year, you can not only save money, but it is a great way to incorporate Going Green into your...
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Fisher-Price Special offers and Discounts

Sign up for The Family PlayTIMES e-newsletter by clicking on the banner and filling out a short form. I am super excited to see what special offers Fisher-Price will be sending me. We have so many great Fisher-Price toys, the kids have a huge, always growing set of Little People. They can set up...
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Free Cookbook from Readers Digest

Request your free cookbook from Readers Digest. Quick Food: Gourmet Recipes in Just 30 Minutes Enter UPC code 037000326946
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Send a Free Box of Kleenex Tissue

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Every Penny Counts

Really. Every last penny. I have always been a penny pincher, looking for the greatest deal, the best sale, the biggest clearance or the largest coupon. It drives me crazy to pay full price for something that I know will eventually be marked down to almost nothing at the end of the season. I...
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How To Make Homemade Toothpaste

Whether you are trying to save money, go green, avoid possible carcinogens or find that perfect flavor, making your own toothpaste at home is a simple alternative to store bought brands. This may be something that you will only use when you run out of your favorite toothpaste, need something simple for camping or...
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Tips for Saving Money on Your Utility Bills

When money gets tight and jobs get harder to come by, we all start to worry. How much more are we going to end up paying for gas? How can we afford to buy groceries? What are we going to do if we can’t pay the bills? These are all questions that are being...
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How to Dry Citrus Zest for Homemade Beauty Products

Adding lemon, lime, orange or even grapefruit zest to Homemade Beauty products is a refreshing and cheap way to add a touch of scent and exfoliate at the same time. I use zest to make exfoliating salt and sugar scrubs as well as a facial cleanser and toothpaste. Additionally, the great thing about drying...
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How to Make Homemade Conditioning Hair Treatments

Making a simple Conditioning Hair Treatment is so easy, it can be done as often as you like. Most take a just a few minutes to prepare and will leave your hair feeling soft and smelling great. These are my favorite Homemade Conditioning recipes. A Honey Conditioning Treatment for light hair: You will need...
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How to Prepare for a Nasty Stomach Virus: Making an Emergency Food Kit for Your Children

Yuck! You have been hearing about that wicked stomach virus going around, and you really hoped that your children wouldn’t come down with it. Now that they have it, are you prepared with the proper foods to help their bellies and their body feel better and recover over the next 24-48 hours? When my...
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How to Prepare Dry Foods for Long Term Storage

Whether you are preparing for a natural disaster, possible job loss in the family or just like to stock up when you find a good deal, stockpiling food has become increasingly popular over the past few years. Many people like to plant huge gardens and spend the end of growing season canning, while others...
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