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    19 Clever Ways To Spend Less Money This Month

    Little ways to live bigger on a small budget.

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    1. Tap into your pantry's endless dry noodle supply with a ramen noodle cookbook that costs the same amount of dough as a fast-food value meal.

    2. Satisfy your fall fix for cheaper by stocking up on Pumpkin Spice Latte Vias — aka instant packets — from Target!

    3. Flying somewhere for Thanksgiving? Book your flight ASAP!

    4. Consider forgoing the flashy packaging (that, tbh, drives up the cost) of your favorite beauty products for some cheaper lines with great track records.

    5. Get kids excited about ~homemade~ after-school snacks with this toaster pita sandwich hack. (And by kids, we mean yourself.)

    6. Erase water stains on otherwise perfectly fine furniture with a cheap cloth.

    7. Shop your grocery store's "ethnic" aisle for better deals on pantry staples like rice, beans, spices, and more.

    8. Use excess serum from sheet masks as body moisturizer.

    9. Make your very good pupper some homemade sweet potato chews instead of the store-bought chews they go through like crazy.

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    All you need is a sweet potato, baking sheet, and an oven. Get the full instructions on Nifty here.

    10. Assess your outerwear situation now and update it accordingly so you can make repairs or find a coat on sale during Labor Day weekend to replace it.

    11. Also evaluate your lawn and yard equipment to see if it needs replacing bc — guess what! — these items are also often on sale during LDW!

    12. Ration out your EVOO supply with an olive-oil mister...especially if you follow Ina's advice and always spring for the *good* stuff.

    13. If you have stacks of old fashion magazines and are OK with parting from a few, put 'em on eBay. Apparently it's a thing!

    14. Take care of your cast-iron pan so you'll get more tasty bang for your buck down the line.

    15. Bring battered dinner plates back to life with these cleaning tips instead of shelling out for new ones.

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    Get the full instructions on Nifty here.

    16. Keep your floors in pristine condition with some furniture leg pads (or socks!) to avoid costly repairs or a withheld security deposit.

    17. Put your roll of duct tape to work by studying its plethora of alternate uses.

    18. Create your own magic eraser dupes for scrubbing away all kinds of messes around the house.

    19. And zero in on a costly personal habit and set a limit for yourself this month as a way to cut down on it, even if you fail (like I did in August).

    All in hopes that I'll do this one day with *actual* money.