Plant a Garden
Here's one money-saving tip that even the most extreme couponers can't beat: Grow your own produce. For the price of a pack of seeds, you can have tomatoes all summer or root vegetables in winter. Even when you figure in labor, you'll still come out way ahead -- and it's a labor of love, anyway. Plus, you'll have the satisfaction of knowing exactly where your food came from.
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