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Household tips for tightwads

Most people love to find ways to spend less and get more, but some people go to the extreme to save a buck. Are you one of them? Do your friends and family consider you cheap? Do you like to save money any way you can? If you answered "yes,"Donald Van de Mark, co-founder of Myprimetime.com, has some great tips for you. He believes that being a "tightwad" is the cornerstone to building wealth. For those of you who donít scrimp and save, he might change your mind... read on.

Six degrees of savings
Van de Mark says there are several different kinds of savers. Heís got some ďtightwadĒ tips for each of them.

Thrifty
Who are they? Thrifty people tend to be straightforward and use common sense when it comes to savings. Your mother would be proud. Your friends secretly admire you.
Tips
Make your own baby food. Itís cheaper and more nutritious. Just throw some peas and carrots in the blender.

Frugal
Who are they? Frugal folks are a step above thrifty.
Tips
Check out toy-lending libraries that work just like a book library, except for an annual fee.

Penny-pincher
Who are they? Itís possible to go out with penny-pinchers and still have a good time. But donít let them be in charge of leaving the tip.
Tips
Donít get suckered into buying over-priced make-up brushes at cosmetic counters. Similar brushes can be found at art supply stores for a lot less.

Tightwad
Who are they? Tightwads donít stop at stiffing the waiter. Theyíll steal the tip off the next table if you donít get them out of the restaurant quick enough.
Tips
Use Cola to remove tough water rings in your toilet bowl. Itís considerably cheaper than stain remover.

Miserly
Who are they? Misers donít go to restaurants. They donít go out at all. The only joys in a miserís life are making and saving money.
Tips
You know the CD-Roms that AOL and Earthlink send you in the mail? Donít throw them out. They make great coasters!

Depression-era Desperate
Who are they? Dumpster-diving and panhandling are symptoms of this category.
Tips
Donít throw out your old socks! Re-use them. Tie them in a bundle ó and presto ó- an instant mop!



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