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Daily Thrifty Tips from Adventures of a Thrifty Mommy! (Guest Post)


Hello Tight Wad in Utah readers!  I would like to introduce myself, I am Shanee from Adventures of a Thrifty Mommy!  I am a mother of two... a beautiful 6 year old daughter, Bella and a sweet little boy, Sam who is 2 years old.  As if they don't keep me busy enough, I quit my job as a Business Analyst shortly after my daughter was born to become a full time mommy and childcare provider.  I operate a daycare center from my home and watch 4-6 children per day.  They really keep me on my toes!

In my spare time I love to look for freebies, enter giveaways and just find great deals for my family.  My husband is unemployed right now, so we are really embracing a thrifty lifestyle!  On my blog, Adventures of a Thrifty Mommy, I post lots of great giveaways (Most have very LOW entries!), as well as freebies, and other deals I find on my thrifty adventures!  I also post a "Thrifty Tip" every day to help my readers learn to save even more money!  The following are a couple of my Daily Thrifty Tips!  Enjoy!

#85 Use egg cartons to start seedlings for your garden. It's almost time to start planting your garden! A great use for those empty egg cartons is to start your seedlings indoors. You should use the cardboard egg cartons not the styrofoam ones... To do this simply cut off the top of the carton and add potting soil to each cup. Plant a seedling and then place the egg cartons onto a cookie sheet filled with water. When you are ready to add them to your garden just cut the cups apart and then you can plant the seedling with the cup. The egg cartons will dissolve just like the biodegradable pots you can buy.
#80 Get unnecessary items out of your trunk! Clean out your car of all of the things you don't need! Adding 100 pounds of cargo to your vehicle can decrease your fuel efficiency by as much as 2 percent! Save more money at the pump by lightening your load!
#76 When eating out with your partner, order one meal and split it. If you go to a restaurant with your spouse or with a friend for that matter, order one dinner and an appetizer and split it. Restaurants usually serve way too much, which is costly and unhealthy (if you try to finish it). If you do order two dinners make sure to ask for a to go box! You can eat the leftovers for lunch the following day!

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