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Saving up for kitchen remodeling, flat-screen TV, or just a rainy day? Read how these Nesties stretch their dollars.

Since quarters and dollar bills never seemed to save up quickly enough, we started a $5 jar. --chicker

Raise deductibles on your homeowners or auto insurance -- that can save you several hundred dollars a year. --sara_c

I turn down the heat to 66 degrees at night. And I keep a rolled-up towel against the bottom of the outside door to keep cold air from coming through the cracks. --jojogal

We buy our red wine at Trader Joe’s. Our favorite right now comes in at $5. It’s called Trellis. --sonrisa

My FI and I got rid of the house phone and depend only on our cell phones. We both have the same company, so we can talk for free, and then we lowered our minutes to the smallest amount possible. --soooexcited26

We buy our drug store stuff at Costco. It’ll seem like a lot at the register, but the unit price is well below other stores (I’ve compared!). This also got me to give up frills like girly shaving cream (I use DH’s now) and printed paper towels. --SunMoon&Stars

I heard the suggestion to call my credit card company and ask for a lower rate. I had thought that would never work, but it really does! I couldn’t believe how easy it was! --flymansWife

I love TreasureTrooper.com. I’ve earned $25 to $100-plus a month doing surveys, cash shopping (you get a percentage of the money you spend at different online stores), and cash offers. --grrlygirl

We’re starting to eat down our pantry supplies, so I have lots of incentive to get creative with my cooking. --lilmufish

Definitely make use of your local library. In addition to checking out books and magazines, our library has a great movie collection -- we get tons of new releases! It saves us a lot and we don’t feel deprived. --FabulousMrs.P

Take advantage of the shopper reward credit cards at your grocery store or drugstore. You get coupons for stuff you actually buy. --Nestkatie

Instead of going out to eat a lot, I have started asking my friends to come over to cook dinner and have game night. It’s always a lot of fun. We play games like Catch Phrase, Cranium, Scene It?, and Taboo. --oct06wedding

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