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My wife taught me this trick which will keep bags of food fresher longer, saving time and money.

Buy a large inexpensive bag of wooden clothes pins . Use them to clip closed all those plastic bags that food comes in these days. You can use and reuse them in place of "ties." We have found that wooden clothes pins work much better than plastic which often slip or break.

They are especially handy for bags of cereal, bread, vegetables, chips, dry pet food, etc. We use hundreds of them. Before clipping, fold the top of the plastic bag several times to keep the food at its freshest.

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Tired of turkey? Ready for some hot food at a low price? In your yellow pages may be dozens of coupons for restaurants, especially pizza. Generally the coupons are in a separate section at the front of the yellow pages.

However, once you find a good deal with these coupons, you can always find more because everyone you know has a phone book, and they will probably give you theirs. In addition, phone books at phone booths have coupons which rarely get used. You should ask the business that owns the phone booth if you can cut some out.

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While we usually recommend you avoid "instant" and "convenience" foods at the supermarket because they are a bit expensive, they make a lot of sense when you are on the road or away from home . While these products are not cheap, they cost much less than eating at a restaurant. You can enjoy fresh hot, healthy food in your hotel or guest room.

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