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    LOTS OF CHEAP & SIMPLE TRICKS
  1. FRESH FAST FOOD
    MADE JUST FOR YOU
    Delivered to your table at no charge
    - really :)
  2. DON'T LET DIRT
    KEEP YOU IN THE DARK
  3. QUIZ - COFFEE DISCOUNT?
    Can you figure which deal is cheaper?
  4. SELLING -- IT'S NOT WHAT YOU THINK
    Listen to what a salesman has to say
  5. VIDEO TAPING TIPS
    Plus save money on rentals
  6. ANSWER TO QUIZ
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#1. FRESH FAST FOOD
MADE JUST FOR YOU
Delivered to your table at no charge
- really :)

Tired of waiting for your order at a fast food restaurant, only to get a dry burger that's been sitting under hot lights for hours?

The solution may be simple. Make a special order which is generally cooked fresh. It doesn't have to be anything complicated; just order extra catsup or no onions - whatever. Since this will take some time, tell the server that you will be sitting at a certain table where he or she can bring you the burger. When it comes, it will be hot and fresh because they really did make this one just for you.


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#2. DON'T LET DIRT
KEEP YOU IN THE DARK

Now that the days are shorter, we need all the light we can get.

People often neglect to clean the surfaces of lights bulbs, florescent tubes, and any reflecting surfaces inside a lamp. Headlamps on a car should also be wiped clean.

In order to increase the amount of light in a house, people often replace 60 watt bulbs with 75 watt or 100 watt bulbs which can be dangerous and start a fire, if the lamp is not designed for bulbs with higher wattage. Many lamps specify 60 watts as the maximum wattage.

Yet you can add a lot of light simply by cleaning and this saves electricity as well.

While you're at it you might clean the glass lens on your flashlight.

Now that's a bright idea!




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#3. QUIZ - COFFEE DISCOUNT?
Can you figure which deal is cheaper?

A local coffee shop charges $1.49 for a large cup of coffee. However, if you buy one of their special pottery mugs for $19.95, they'll refill it for 94 cents a cup for the next 12 months.

Question: How many cups of coffee will you need to drink with the $20 mug to cover the cost of the mug and start saving money?

Just do a rough estimate. Try to do it in your head; it's that simple with a little rounding off of the numbers.
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#4. SELLING -- IT'S NOT WHAT YOU THINK
Listen to what a salesman has to say

A novel by Ben Cheever really gets to the heart of what selling is all about today.

When he was selling computers and electronics he was taught that, "a clerk sells a customer what he or she had intended to buy for what he or she had intended to pay. A salesman, on the other hand, sells the customer more than he or she meant to buy, for more than he or she had expected to pay. A home run...meant not only the sale of the highest-priced product possible, but also the accessories, the insurance, and the store credit card."

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#5. VIDEO TAPING TIPS
Save money on rentals

With video tapes now running about $1 per tape, creating your own library is simple and cheap. After years of taping movies from cable, I recommend you buy the 8 hour variety instead of the 6 hour. You will find that you waste less tape with the more flexible 8 hour length and you will have fewer tapes to sort though.

I have also found there is virtually no difference between expensive tapes and cheap ones, so buy the least expensive. And I can find little difference between the quality of the recording speeds, so I recommend you record at the slowest speed (SLP) which will give you the longest recording time.

If you really want to enhance your film library, video tape the "Essentials" series on Turner Classic Movies which is a screening of some of the best movies of all time, shown at 6 PM every Sunday night.
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Also take advantage of free premium cable channel weekends. During these times you will be able to view a pay channel you don't normally receive. These services often show their best movies during these promotions to get subscribers to signup. I suggest that you tape these movies back to back and view them over the next six months. A two day promotion will use six eight-hour tapes.



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#6. ANSWER TO QUIZ:
About 40 cups in a year or a little less than one a week.

You can calculate a rough answer in your head by rounding off the numbers.

There is about a 50 cent difference in the price of the cups of coffee and you will have to pay about $20 to get that discount. Divide $20 by 50 cents and the approximate answer is that you will have to drink 40 cups of coffee in the next year to cover the cost of the mug and start saving money.



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