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Less is More: Potato Leek Soup {GIVEAWAY}

Giveaway, Soup and Stew | 242 comments

This Giveaway has CLOSED.Congratulations to the winner – Morgan!

I have a tendency to complicate things sometimes. I usually over think and stew about things. Life, issues, even silly things like food. I like complex flavors and enough taste bud stimulation to keep me coming back for more. And sometimes I forget that the simplest of recipes can be just as tasty.

“Leek and Potato Soup smells good, tastes good, and is simplicity itself to make. It is also versatile as a soup base…change the formula a bit, add carrots… or anything else you think would go with it.”

- Mastering the Art of French Cooking, by Julia Child

potato leek soup

I thought it was about time I try making Julia’s Leek and Potato Soup. I’ve eaten it before, but just never made it myself. It is simple, at only 5 ingredients, but still satisfying on a cold fall night with a big hunk of baguette to dip in the soup.

Even though I truly enjoy sitting down to a more decadent meal, a simple family dinner is really where the best family time happens. There’s no huge mess to worry about cleaning up afterward. No mounds of dishes to do. No hours to spend preparing the meal. Just simple, good food and wonderful company.

julia child potato leek soup

As simple and as satisfying as this soup is, I can only imagine how yummy it would be when used as a soup base like Julia mentions. I’m thinking broccoli and cheese would be delicious stirred in. Julia suggests watercress, carrots, string beans, broccoli, cauliflower, or anything else you think would go with it. Smart lady she was!

Leek and Potato Soup

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Ingredients:

3 to 4 cups or 1 lb. peeled, sliced or diced potatoes
3 cups or 1 lb. thinly sliced leeks, including the tender greens
2 quarts water (I used 1 quart broth + 1 quart water)
2 teaspoons salt
6 tablespoons heavy cream

Directions:

Simmer the potato and leek in the water, partially covered, for 40 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.

Mash the vegetables in the soup with a fork or pass through a food mill (I pureed because I don't have a food mill). Season to taste - I added a bit of fresh ground pepper.

Set aside uncovered until just before serving, then reheat to a simmer.

Off heat, before serving, stir in the cream. Garnish with parsley or chives, if desired.

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Katie Goodman

About the Author:

Katie’s lifelong interest in cooking good food has shown her that part of the goodness in life is enjoying delicious food with friends and family. She is: Mom. Writer. Photographer. Recipe Developer. Website Founder. Lover of all things good in life. A mix of great recipes, family memories, and yummy photography is what Katie serves up each week at GoodLife Eats™. Katie and her family reside in Colorado.

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  • 1
    Tracy - November 15, 2010 @ 6:01 am

    Instead of buying prepackaged chicken parts, I cut up a whole chicken and use the pieces in all kinds of recipes. I love my poultry shears!

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    Sakura - November 15, 2010 @ 6:09 am

    I do more with less by creating inexpensive meals that feed a large family.

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    Katie - November 15, 2010 @ 6:14 am

    I always enjoy the simplicity of things, especially around the Holiday’s. If you use fresh flavorful ingredients you don’t need a lot to make it great.

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    Suzi - November 15, 2010 @ 6:16 am

    Excellent timing for Turkey Day leftovers – I use only turkey stock and toss in some leftover roast turkey and serve with toasted leftover rolls with cranberry sauce.

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    Steph - November 15, 2010 @ 6:27 am

    I do more with less by making my own cloth napkins out of scrap!

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    tiina { sparkling ink } - November 15, 2010 @ 6:47 am

    I love Julia Child’s food philosophy and approach to cooking. Simple is often the best way to go, and this recipe is simplicity at its best. Your blog never fails – all the recipes are delicious and beautiful. I always look forward to what coming next! Have a lovely week!

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    Katherine - November 15, 2010 @ 7:12 am

    Do More With Less by making everything from scratch even if it means more work. It’s more thoughtful that way.

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    bridget {bake at 350} - November 15, 2010 @ 7:13 am

    We’re a small family, so I’ve learned over the years, that I really don’t need 17 side dishes for Thanksgiving! ;)

    PS…LOVE the Windows 7 phone commercials!

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    Christi B - November 15, 2010 @ 7:14 am

    I think that doing more with less means not just less money but less time, less energy, less power, etc. So I utilize my crockpot every chance I get for slow cooked inexpensive meals. Especially at this time of year when things are so hectic and busy this is an easy way to make sure my family has a hot home-cooked meal, even when I’m not home to cook it!

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    Lori @ RecipeGirl - November 15, 2010 @ 7:30 am

    Beautiful soup! I do everything I can with a roasted chicken. Roast it for dinner, use the meat for leftovers and then use the carcass for broth!

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    joslyn - November 15, 2010 @ 7:31 am

    i think doing more with less to means you don’t need 10 sides to your thanksgiving meal but also when that special day meal is over -using the leftovers creatively like making sandwiches, a soup or something like that -not letting things go to waste; including your time and energy!

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    Courtney - November 15, 2010 @ 7:31 am

    i do more with less by making smaller projects from all of my fabric scraps from my shop! waste not, want not!

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    Paulette - November 15, 2010 @ 7:34 am

    We live in the country, away from ‘convenience’. I bake healthy, tasty bread. We grow our vegetables. I support local farmers by buying their lovely fresh eggs, milk, cheese, etc. The best thing we’ve ever done is move where there is ‘less’.

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  • 14
    susan - November 15, 2010 @ 7:41 am

    “Do More With Less” is a way of life for me. Little money…crowds at tables every weekend…I create, and stretch every way I can. Pasta dishes feed a crowd, and leftovers are always reinvented to satisfy the crowd! Coupons and shopping for deals as best as possible. We don’t eat packaged or processed foods so its all fresh and cooked from scratch!

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  • 15
    Denise (the apple hill adventurer) - November 15, 2010 @ 7:42 am

    some of my favorite dishes have less than 5 ingredients. I love using just a few FRESH, super flavorful whole foods to make an amazing dish!

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    cheryl - November 15, 2010 @ 8:17 am

    I know this is going to sound plain awful for all you foodies, and I am one, I love your blog and subscribe to many others, BUT I am unemployed and my easy deal is buying frozen dinners…..for this single gal on a very low income, this is my shortcut. Eating them while reading great food blogs does kick it up a notch!

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  • 17
    Amie - November 15, 2010 @ 8:29 am

    I do more with less by taking leftovers and making a delicious new meal out of it!

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    Valerie - November 15, 2010 @ 8:30 am

    Thanks for the great soup recipe! I’ve been meaning to try to make some of Julia Child’s recipes, but have to admit she intimidates me a little. I think I may be able to handle this one! As far as ‘doing more with less’ goes, this was a common cry at my house growing up. I come from a family of 10 children & we learned early to stretch what we had. I think this is an especially important concept to consider with the holidays. Present-giving is well and good, but one or two meaningful gifts can be so more to the recipient than a slew of store-bought items.

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  • 19
    nina - November 15, 2010 @ 8:36 am

    LESS means fewer ingredients to me. Keeping recipes simple lets the fresh flavor shine through.

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    Morgan - November 15, 2010 @ 8:43 am

    One of my friends made this soup for a dinner party she threw. We had this soup with baguette and herbed goat cheese, and then a simple roast chicken. It was delicious, informal and probably the best dinner party I’ve ever been to. The best thing about it was that everyone was so happy to just be with each other and with the delicious food and there wasn’t any fuss.

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    Cecilia - November 15, 2010 @ 8:51 am

    More with less to me means lose the over the top dishes, particularly around the holiday meals. We’re only having 6 people for Thanksgiving dinner. I just don’t feel like we need to make loads of side dishes. The basics, made well, will be perfect.

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    naomi - November 15, 2010 @ 9:12 am

    I love leek soup-yours looks perfect!

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    carmen - November 15, 2010 @ 9:13 am

    More with less .. this is how I feel about the meals I prepare and the foods I choose to eat. I prefer less ingredients – I choose a handful of almonds over a processed bar as a snack, etc.

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    Natan M - November 15, 2010 @ 9:14 am

    When it’s about cooking…is it me or everything just turns great when it’s Less but yet deliciously simple?

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  • 25
    Kelly - November 15, 2010 @ 9:23 am

    We are not hosting as many people this year for Thanksgiving dinner. LESS people = MORE quality bonding time with my family.

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    Julie - November 15, 2010 @ 9:55 am

    We actually share cooking responsibilities — now that my sisters are grown. So no one has to take on the full burden. This make it easier on my mom, and we can have More relaxing conversation before eating because there is Less work to do that day!

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    Krystina (Basil & Wine) - November 15, 2010 @ 9:56 am

    I am absolutely in love with your bowls.

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    Becca - November 15, 2010 @ 9:57 am

    I do more with less by utilizing leftovers — I make extra portions of dinner to take and reheat for my lunches throughout the week!

    This soups sounds delicious.

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    Lisa - November 15, 2010 @ 10:11 am

    My grandmother was a pro at stretching food out to feed everyone, and letting nothing go to waste! My favorite trick is to buy a whole chicken on sale. I roast mine in the crock pot. I save the bones and juice to make stock, and shred the chicken. Oh my… chicken soup, sandwiches, quesa-dias, salads, etc. I do this every 4-5 weeks and we never get sick of it! :)

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    Sydney - November 15, 2010 @ 10:18 am

    The best way to do less with more is to be flexible. It is good to have a meal plan, but things are always changing. Re-working leftovers by adding different vegetables or changing it to a salad or sandwich filling really helps at my house.

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    Kirstin - November 15, 2010 @ 10:21 am

    More people helping with the Thanksgiving means less for everyone to do and thus, more time enjoying each other!

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    Amy LeBlanc - November 15, 2010 @ 10:45 am

    choosing to pair down our menu list. So that we are having more fun, using less money and have less food left over. This allows everyone to enjoy their absolute favorites and still feel like playing football afterwards.

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    Shannon - November 15, 2010 @ 11:15 am

    often times i want to do too much, but recently i’ve really tried to chose wisely and am able to put more into those things that matter the most :)

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    Anna - November 15, 2010 @ 11:38 am

    I think that sentimental gifts are the most memorable way to do more with less. My favorite gifts are photo calendars, filled with memories. These are easy and affordable, and can be tailored for families and friends.
    Lastly, don’t forget to spend a little something for those who can’t spend – whether it is adopting a family for a holiday or buying something small for a toy drive. When I was little, I was the recipient of a secret toys-for-tots gift (I had no idea where it came from, it was left at my doorstep), and it helped me continue believing in Santa although my family was not able to afford gifts that year!

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    the blissful baker - November 15, 2010 @ 11:56 am

    to me, less often equals simple. and simplicity is just beautiful!

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    Kristin - November 15, 2010 @ 12:14 pm

    Do more with less by making sure you eat or use up your leftovers. Always look in your frige and see what is about to spoil or what there is just a little bit left of and use it up or warm it up for anyone to eat with the current meal you cook. Freeze those 5 strawberries that are left to add to a fruit smoothie etc.

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    Ellen - November 15, 2010 @ 12:31 pm

    Doing less with more to me right now involves using the fall vegetables in the garden to the best possible advantage! The last of the cauliflower was harvested yesterday – that would taste wonderful in your soup- as would adding some cheese!

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    Amanda V - November 15, 2010 @ 12:44 pm

    I reuse my Ziploc bags. My husband taught me to do it and it has saved us lots of dollars!

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    jeff - November 15, 2010 @ 1:02 pm

    our family does more with less by eating only half of our meals at a restaurant and taking the rest home for dinner the next day!

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    andi - November 15, 2010 @ 1:02 pm

    Less is more? I’ve really cut back on the side dishes when making either a Thanksgiving or Christmas meal. There isn’t a lot of us to feed so why have umpteen different sides when I really only need to make the basics which is what everyone loves the most. Makes for a less stressful day of cooking but still very happy eaters!

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    Scott - November 15, 2010 @ 1:06 pm

    Fewer ingredients means more attention paid to those ingredients that are included. Err on the side of including fewer, high-quality ingredients that complement each other while retaining the ability to taste each individual ingredient.

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    Elizabeth Weinstein - November 15, 2010 @ 1:08 pm

    Less is More because More always leads to problems! I feel with Smartphone and all their new technologies, companies feel that the more apps, downloads, and services they can provide will always equal something better. In reality, it actually means more errors, more lagging, and more problems. Less is More because simply, the more you have to worry about, the more problems you will have. Less is More!!!!

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  • 43
    Gina Cox - November 15, 2010 @ 1:09 pm

    Less is more in many ways. I buy some prepard pies and foods at Thanksgiving to save time. I use this time to be with family. We also take vacation during the holidays. Memories of family in the mountains, at the beach or at the grandparents are the best presents a person can have! =)

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    Ian - November 15, 2010 @ 1:10 pm

    My family stopped using paper plates.
    we actually saved in two ways.
    first, we only put out 1 bag of trash a week now. it used to be 2 or 3 bags.
    Second, we use less water. I do dishes every night, (hand wash large plates, pans, pots etc..)
    but only have to use a little bit of water to wash and rinse. this also means we only have to run the dish washer about once a week or once every 1 and a half weeks. this in turn saves electricity also.

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  • 45
    Neil Clinch - November 15, 2010 @ 1:12 pm

    Do More With Less by getting a foot long sandwich and saving 6″ for dinner.

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    Mike M - November 15, 2010 @ 1:13 pm

    Every Christmas, I am sure to only give each person one, thoughtful gift rather than a pile of trinkets or novelties:)

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  • 47
    Brigid - November 15, 2010 @ 1:16 pm

    Do more with less – I do this by cooking one big meal a week and then using all the left over portions for lunches and the left over ingredients to make the rest of my meals during the week!

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    Kevin - November 15, 2010 @ 1:25 pm

    I do more with less by choosing to involve the children in making holiday meals. This provides hours of entertainment and bonding time for free, while doing something that you need to do anyways for the holidays.

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    Larry Banamassa - November 15, 2010 @ 1:33 pm

    Portion out your left overs, seal them in a vacuum bag like foosaver or similar, freeze them and use at a later date. They taste as fresh as the day you made it!

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    Angela - November 15, 2010 @ 1:34 pm

    Do more with less means FOCUS on what is important and drop everything else. Recently, I was frustrated; I was in a rut in the kitchen…so I asked my husband what he would enjoy eating this time of year….his answer was “the greens I’m growing in the garden with some of your scrumptious cornbread….w/ just a bit of meat flavor.” Yes, it’s work and more time to meticulously clean and then cook turnip and mustard greens, but what a supernutritious (inexpensive) food and at least the work is not all in vain (a feeling I get especially after the Thanksgiving meal is over). Asking the one FOCUS question, “what’s important?” makes a world of difference….whew!

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  • 51
    Joe - November 15, 2010 @ 1:36 pm

    Do more with less: cook in big batch for several days meals. Less cooking, still eat good, and more activities!

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    Ken - November 15, 2010 @ 1:39 pm

    I do more with less by getting the highest proof drink I can when whilst prepping the holiday dinner ;-)

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    Thor Khov - November 15, 2010 @ 1:40 pm

    Do more with less – this pops into my head: make something that the other person loves. it might be something simple like a grilled cheese but if that’s their fav sandwich then it’s going to be the best meal they’ve had

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    Matt - November 15, 2010 @ 1:42 pm

    One simple example of the “Less is More” concept around my house is taking basic napkins from somewhere like Ikea and cutting them in half for regular use.

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    Amanda @SomethingSavory - November 15, 2010 @ 1:45 pm

    I use small hand towels instead of paper towels and napkins. Gotta be sustainable!

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    Thomas Kisner - November 15, 2010 @ 1:58 pm

    Do more with less – I cook my Turkey upside-down, that way I don’t have to waste time, butter and energy basting, and the turkey turns out better tasting. It doesn’t look pretty.

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    Helen - November 15, 2010 @ 2:21 pm

    We are doing more with less this year for Christmas by capitalizing on our church’s free toy trade! Parents get together to trade what has been ignored in the closets and viola! Then we can have a better holiday party :)

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    Pixedy - November 15, 2010 @ 3:03 pm

    I do more with less by using same ingrédients in differents meals with a different way to cook!

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    Mark - November 15, 2010 @ 3:04 pm

    I do more with less by making sure to get everything I can out of every ingredient. For example, use a whole chicken and save the bones for stock. Don’t let anything go to waste.

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    Mirien Church - November 15, 2010 @ 3:51 pm

    I’m learning to focus on quality instead of quantity. I’d rather eat less of a delicious decadent dessert than more of a reduced fat/sugar dessert substitute.

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    Peggy - November 15, 2010 @ 4:57 pm

    When cookie ingredients are on sale I stock up and make up a bunch of cookie dough. I then roll the dough into 1″ balls and set on a flat cookie sheet or platter, whatever will fit in your freezer. Then freeze the cookie dough balls and once frozen put the balls into a large baggy. Now instead of store bought cookies or shopping for ingredients when they aren’t on sale we can just grab a few cookie dough balls out place on a cookie sheet and bake! Fresh cookies anytime!

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    catharine - November 15, 2010 @ 5:19 pm

    I usually buy a rotisserie chicken from the supermarket and make lots of meals with it. For example, save the bones and skin and use it to make a broth for soup. The chicken can be shredded for tacos, salad, wraps, sandwiches, and basically anything with chicken!

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    Melissa Garcia - November 15, 2010 @ 5:20 pm

    With the left over turkey, and left over food, we give some to families we’re able to have about a weeks worth of food all from one day! It’s amazing how far a whole turkey will go, and all the diverse dishes it can be made into after it’s been cooked!

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    karen - November 15, 2010 @ 7:17 pm

    I have had to learn to do more with less since I lost my job 18 months ago. I have really learned not to buy more than I need and not to waste anything. Planning is key.

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    louise mellor - November 15, 2010 @ 7:25 pm

    simplicity is key with fab french food like this… love it- gorgeous bowl

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    Dixie - November 15, 2010 @ 7:25 pm

    I do more with less by tightening my spending in the months before November and December, so that I can afford to give the gifts that my loved ones deserve.

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    Jody Gladstein from The Party Zip - November 15, 2010 @ 7:26 pm

    At least once a month I go through my freezer and pantry and try to make meals using just what I have as opposed to trying to supplement with items I need to go out and buy in order to make a complete meal. It’s a good way to not let things go to waste and allows me to get a little creative.

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    Sugar Mama - November 15, 2010 @ 7:37 pm

    I have 3 children, ages 8, 12, and 13. When they get bored and think we need to “go do something” we pull out the board games and make it a game night. I pop popcorn (sometimes that’s even our dinner), and we make it a competition… keeping score of who wins the most. It’s free. It’s fun. And it helps to keep us from spending money.

    Each child gets a chance to pick a game to make it fair. And NO one gets to complain about the games… that’s my #1 rule.

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    Katlyn - November 15, 2010 @ 7:39 pm

    I do more with less by procrastinating. I ALWAYS so my best work under pressure…do for me I do more with less time!!

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    Dele O - November 15, 2010 @ 7:46 pm

    Doing more with less…Lately, doing more with less has involved staying up into the wee hours of the night (or is it morning), working, with less time to sleep. I guess that’s still technically, doing more with less

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    jacquie - November 15, 2010 @ 7:54 pm

    i find that often a simple and less complex recipe oftens let more of the true taste of the food come thru – which is so good – i think many have “forgotten” what food really tastes like.

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    Amanda - November 15, 2010 @ 7:55 pm

    We try to by meat as the whole animal.. not each time we go to the grocery store. Not only do we have a wonderful supply with variety, it is often cost efficient!

    Blessings-
    Amanda

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    Britni Little - November 15, 2010 @ 8:15 pm

    I like to buy a huge potroast from sams. First meal is potroast, second is bbq sandwiches, then soft tacos and finally stew. It is a red meat heavy week, but let’s me spend more time with the kiddos

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    Randi Lynne - November 15, 2010 @ 8:16 pm

    I do more with less by reusing all bones to make stock.

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    Jesse Northrup - November 15, 2010 @ 8:28 pm

    Do more with less by turning left-over mashed potatoes into breakfast potato pancakes!

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    Quyen - November 15, 2010 @ 9:00 pm

    I do more with less by buying a basil plant at Trader Joes in instead of buying it by the bunches when I need it. That way I’m spending the same amount of money yet I have the basil plant on hand whenever I need it (or until it dies on me) :)

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    Kristen - November 15, 2010 @ 9:08 pm

    More with less is exactly the idea behind why I buy tasty yard eggs from my guy at the market. His chickens are happy and healthy and so are their eggs. They’re my favorite ingredient at the house, because they make a fast easy meal any time of day. Every omelet or scrambled egg is such a treat. They make my baked goods better too. Then I return my cartons and get more the next week. I love my farmers market!

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    Jennifer - November 15, 2010 @ 9:37 pm

    I love buying fresh cut chicken from the butcher and yummy artisan bread from Harmons….it’s the best with this soup:)

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    Krissy - November 15, 2010 @ 9:54 pm

    That soup sounds simply amazing! I do more with less by turning leftovers into simple lunches the next day! I always enjoy a meatloaf sandwich or using left over roasted chicken on a salad!

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    Alejandra - November 15, 2010 @ 10:51 pm

    Buy ingredients you and your family love. Ten or less. Then invent a “new” recipe, or re-design one of your favorites. Everyone in the family can pitch in. Or choose one idea at random. If the recipe is a great success, the person with the winning idea gets a prize. Be creative and have fun doing more with less.

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    Melissa Collins - November 16, 2010 @ 12:11 am

    Doing more for less by trading clothing with friends. My friend has a daughter older than my daughter so when she is done with her clothes she gives them to me. She also has a son and gets clothes from our other friend. Kids grow so quickly so it helps to have friends!

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    Ellen - November 16, 2010 @ 12:43 am

    Doing more for less (or heck with less nowdays) means really saving just a bit each month for a nice Holiday. Even saving the change adds up throughout the year!

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    Samantha - November 16, 2010 @ 4:02 am

    Making large batch meals and freezing the extras. Nothing goes to waste :)

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    Randi Lynne - November 16, 2010 @ 5:45 am

    I do more with less by using my own herbs from my herb garden

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    Scott - November 16, 2010 @ 7:16 am

    Keep recipes simple – fewer ingredients = more flavor from each included ingredient.

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    katherine - November 16, 2010 @ 7:43 am

    Smaller family thanksgivings. You cook less and have more fun just with the people you love.

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    Jessie C. - November 16, 2010 @ 8:14 am

    I like to keep the recipe and ingredients simple, less is fresh and more.

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    Thor Khov - November 16, 2010 @ 9:32 am

    Do more with less – reminds me of when I shop for a new kitchen item. i try to buy only the essentials and items that have more than one use and that i will use more than once. i use my wok for tons of items!

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    Krissy - November 16, 2010 @ 9:55 am

    I do more with less by grabbing greenery for my table centerpieces right from my back yard! It’s free and the pine smell is perfect for the holidays. Then I add a few ornaments and a candle or two and we’re set!

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    Kelly - November 16, 2010 @ 10:03 am

    We get creative with our leftovers to make fun meals the next day. Leftover chicken and asparagus become tacos the next night. Extra spaghetti and meatballs become meatball subs!

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    Stargirl - November 16, 2010 @ 10:50 am

    I reuse and repurpose everything! I don’t have the money to spend on buying new things!

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    Amy LeBlanc - November 16, 2010 @ 11:15 am

    Doing less with more, was trying to talk my mom out of new place settings and decorations for the thanksgiving table. We have perfectly fine stuff now. Why buy more? So what if the gravy bowl has a chip, that just adds character.

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    Sarah - November 16, 2010 @ 11:21 am

    Gorgeous photos!

    My friends and I do more with less by having potluck get-togethers. Everyone brings a little something fancy and we get gourmet girl’s nights for cheap!

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    Susan - November 16, 2010 @ 12:03 pm

    I do more with less by keeping my meals simple. Instead of adding this that and the other to my spaghetti sauce, I let the tomatoes and a few herbs do the talking.

    Taking it back to the simple is my game! :)

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    Elizabeth - November 16, 2010 @ 12:37 pm

    I do more with less by using fresh herbs in the summer, and preserving those herbs into the winter. A good pressure canner, hot water canner, and knowing how to preserve can make great meals duirng the long winter months.

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    Katy - November 16, 2010 @ 1:42 pm

    I do more with less by stretching proteins into more than one dinner. For example, last night I roasted a pork tenderloin that was more than enough for our family. Tonight, we’ll have pork enchiladas with the leftovers.

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    Art - November 16, 2010 @ 2:11 pm

    I do more with less in the kitchen by using a single main ingredient in more than one dish. Ground beef – transformed into shepards pie, a gravy condiment, and also spicy meatballs, for instance.

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    Peggy - November 16, 2010 @ 2:13 pm

    I am not overly fond of leeks, at least the home grows ones. I do make potato soup with lots of onions. Sometimes I add cheese or have it on the side to take if desired.

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    Em D - November 16, 2010 @ 2:26 pm

    I do more with less by subbing beans in for protein in recipes- does more for my wallet and waistline.

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    meeyeehere aka Rachel Crisman - November 16, 2010 @ 4:03 pm

    Well, My husband is in a band and I could do more with less noise.HA! I would love to have this phone! The soup looked so tasty and warm,wish I had the phone and the soup.Thank you
    jacksoncrisman@yahoo.com

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    Kari - November 16, 2010 @ 4:42 pm

    I love it when I can create whole new meals from leftovers! I’ll make “chilitos” with leftover chili and tortillas, shepherd’s pie with leftover mashed potatoes, etc. I wonder if the potato leek soup could be made with leftover mashed potatoes that have been pureed.

    Is it just me, or do others feel a real sense of accomplishment when you can do that?

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    Brigid - November 16, 2010 @ 4:55 pm

    Do more with less – I’ve started using all of my kitchen towels, rags, and napkins more; and I haven’t used or had to buy paper towels/napkins in 5 months!

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    Alyssa - November 16, 2010 @ 5:42 pm

    Do more with less by utilizing all leftovers into new meals instead of letting them to waste :(

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    Seattleite - November 16, 2010 @ 5:44 pm

    I do more with less moolah by making the hubby his lunches. He misses all you can eat Mexican, but loves my sandwiches!

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    Hristos GYurov - November 16, 2010 @ 8:41 pm

    When cooking.I like just using the bare necessities to make a dish.It is the less things that you put that make it unique for you.

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    Susan - November 16, 2010 @ 8:57 pm

    I do more with less by placing food on smaller plates! It makes the portion size look bigger than it is, and makes it seem like you’re eating more than you actually are! *A couple of my friends also use this to help with their diet!*

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    Amanda @SomethingSavory - November 16, 2010 @ 9:09 pm

    Any time I make baked potatoes I always make an extra few. I love using them for breakfast the next day, it always saves me time in the morning. Plus I can get 10lbs for less then two bucks. awesome.

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    lynne - November 17, 2010 @ 12:07 am

    I like making salmon patties with leftover salmon. It adds a new spin on something old!

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    Samantha - November 17, 2010 @ 12:34 am

    make something from one staple dish like chicken. then use the chicken in soup, sandwiches etc for the rest of the week

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    ellen - November 17, 2010 @ 3:13 am

    My less is more for today is use the things you have in your freezer in a timely manner- if you have saved chicken broth and froze it- dont leave it until it is no good!

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    Robin Stauffer - November 17, 2010 @ 5:36 am

    I have teenagers that are always on the go with school activities so making things simple is very important in my life. thank you for the contest

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    Randi Lynne - November 17, 2010 @ 6:46 am

    I do more with less by cleaning my fridge out once a week to avoid having to throw any spoiled food out. I make a point to find a way to use all ingredients/food items so that not much gets wasted.

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    Scott - November 17, 2010 @ 8:31 am

    Crock pots are the essence of simplicity. Add ingredients, let them simmer for a few hours, and enjoy a wonderful meal. every kitchen needs a crock pot.

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    Terri - November 17, 2010 @ 8:47 am

    I do all my chopping of veggies and divide them up in containers for different meals when I bring them home from shopping. It saves SO much time when making dinner during the week.
    tshaw6580@yahoo.com

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    Dele O - November 17, 2010 @ 9:14 am

    Doing more with less could be doing things together in the kitchen with your wife or hubby. saves a lot of time.

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    Alison F. - November 17, 2010 @ 10:24 am

    My husband and I recently moved in (temporarily, I hope) with my parents. We are having to live out of boxes and suitcases so with little room I had to think very carefully with what we NEEDED. There are things in storage that I wish I could get to and use because I WANT them but we are getting by just fine without the extras. Makes me wonder what we are going to do when we do have all of our loot back.

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    Deborah Patrick - November 17, 2010 @ 12:49 pm

    I read multiple blogs everyday and when they have cool promotions like this I enter at every site. I also am finding cool new blogs in the process. How’s that for doing more with less? Since the rules state that I can enter once a day, as long as my responses are not similar every day, I’ll be back tomorrow with a new answer!

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    Larry Banamassa - November 17, 2010 @ 1:26 pm

    Left over chicken?
    Cut up the breast meat, add BBQ sauce, heat and place on a bun.
    A delicious BBQ chicken sandwich

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    jen - November 17, 2010 @ 3:15 pm

    I do more with less by planning my meals ahead of time. This allows me to buy fewer groceries, and waste less food. Saves money too!

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    Darlene Wright - November 17, 2010 @ 5:45 pm

    Soup is always a good way to do more with less at our house. We always have enough for a second meal the next night. Big money saver for us! Love it!

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    tony - November 17, 2010 @ 6:45 pm

    doing more with less, chinese cooking may seem very difficult as preparation is key. but chinese cooking is accually pretty simple, most dishes require a basic sauce that can be paired with almost any combination. just a simple mixture of water, soy sauce, oyster sauce, sesame oil, starch and sugar allows for a simple yet delish sauce that can be used to took many chinese dishes. -doing more with less.

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    Dixie - November 17, 2010 @ 7:52 pm

    I do more with less by making my own house blend of seasonings (garlic, salt, pepper, cayenne, and a tiny pinch of crystallized lemon) that I use on chicken, pork, fish, veggies, and even sometimes on popcorn!

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    Samantha - November 18, 2010 @ 12:41 am

    using pumpkin during the holidays, pumpkin soup, pumpkin pie and roasted pumpkin, one ingredient for the holidays tons of dishes

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    Anna - November 18, 2010 @ 1:59 am

    i kick my husband out of the kitchen, it’s easier and faster when he’s NOT helping, lol

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    Pastor Jim - November 18, 2010 @ 7:35 am

    After Thanksgiving, I always use every part of the bird and limit leftovers to the day after. all the rest of the meat gets prepared into bases for potpie, turkey dumplings, tetrazzini, etc and frozen for quick meals throughout the year.

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    Scott - November 18, 2010 @ 8:55 am

    Agree as a family to limit gifts by number or dollar amount and spend extra tie looking for the one perfect gift instead of three or four good gifts.

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    Michelle - November 18, 2010 @ 9:21 am

    using a pair of kitchen shears instead of a knife and chopping board for cutting everything from bacon, herbs, to food for your toddlers like cutting spaghetti noodles and chicken to make it really easy to eat

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    Rian - November 18, 2010 @ 9:44 am

    I am planning out all of my holiday baking and making one trip to buy the ingredients in bulk. No impulse baking and this will help me use up the ingredients!

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    Dele O - November 18, 2010 @ 12:34 pm

    Doing more with less sometimes means working on the go. Which is where my laptop and a good smartphone comes in handy. Go windows phone

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    Kelly - November 18, 2010 @ 1:23 pm

    I recently cleaned out my closet. I’ve gotten creative with how to make lots of different outfit options out of fewer items of cloting!

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    Yogi - November 18, 2010 @ 1:57 pm

    I stay organized with Microsoft OneNote, which helps me do more with less time.

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    Craig - November 18, 2010 @ 4:54 pm

    Less Christmas shopping means more time for everything else! By mutual agreement, my friends and family have scaled back gift giving plans this year to focus on shared activities and good food to celebrate the season.

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    Deborah Patrick - November 18, 2010 @ 4:57 pm

    Today’s do more with less: I go to the thrift store and find cool sweaters for about a buck. Then I cut them and serge the edges. Sew them together and make them into pillows.

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    Erin H. - November 18, 2010 @ 6:22 pm

    My husband & I decided on “less” when we bought a small house. Sure, we all share one bathroom, but less to take care of means more time for the long list of things we’d rather be doing.

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    Amanda @SomethingSavory - November 18, 2010 @ 6:49 pm

    I stretch my buck by shopping at the dollar store and the cheapest grocery stores in my area. But I still shop at trader joes for the really good stuff like cheese and wine.

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    ellen - November 18, 2010 @ 9:43 pm

    I used to think always buying the cheap catsup was the way to save money – I have found though if no one eats it/wants it that it is a waste. There are some things I buy name brand- and it actually saves money because it is all used and none thrown out!

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    Samantha - November 19, 2010 @ 1:04 am

    i love using wax paper for everything, lining dishes, easily move sifted flour, so useful

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    Yogi - November 19, 2010 @ 4:17 am

    By using Quick Steps in Microsoft Outlook, I do more and do it quicker.

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    Scott - November 19, 2010 @ 8:01 am

    Look for ways to reuse materials you already have laying about. Repurpose things!

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    Megan - November 19, 2010 @ 9:36 am

    Last year, my mother-in-law, gave me some great advice. She said that she plans one really nice meal, and the rest is easy stuff so that she can spend time with the family as well. Because, that is what we really want around the holidays isn’t it?

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    Randi Lynne - November 19, 2010 @ 10:55 am

    I do more with less by making a compost pile instead of just throwing food stuff in the trash.

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    Dele O - November 19, 2010 @ 11:41 am

    Microsoft one note is a great way to jot down ideas on the go. the win phone 7 would just take me mobile. Awesome

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    Amanda @SomethingSavory - November 19, 2010 @ 5:45 pm

    I don’t buy tupperware- I reuse tupperware from restaurants, save glass jars, and keep those big ice cream tubs.

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    Jearv - November 19, 2010 @ 9:29 pm

    My family and I used to movies and restaurants amost every weekend but now we realized that it’s just as fun t have a picnik or visit loca free festivals. Having fun with less the money!
    Winning this phone would be great!

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    Tamara - November 19, 2010 @ 11:12 pm

    I do more with less by using coupons to stretch our family’s income.

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    Samantha - November 20, 2010 @ 12:50 am

    I love using chicken broth to take shortcuts during the holidays and food. Its inexpensive and adds tons of flavor to any dish

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    Pattij - November 20, 2010 @ 6:27 am

    I think making things from scratch really helps make more for less. And it tastes just so much better too!

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    Dixie - November 20, 2010 @ 6:37 am

    I do more with less by buying some things, like meat, in bulk. Last week I bought 5 lb of chicken for under $10 because I bought a darker meat assortment, and since my boyfriend prefers drumsticks and thighs, I don’t have to worry about it going bad before I can use it all!

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    Maureen - November 20, 2010 @ 7:43 am

    This year I have started to do more with less as I have started cooking more and baking bread.

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    Dele O - November 20, 2010 @ 9:25 am

    Calendars are a huge help. And the Outlook Quickstep is a great shortcut tool that helps me quickly create some of my common tasks, appointments, and emails while on the go. The win phone 7 will be a great mobile tool to aid in this

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    Randi Lynne - November 20, 2010 @ 9:53 am

    I do more with less by staying organized and planning ahead of time.

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    Rian - November 20, 2010 @ 10:59 am

    One simple thing – the LIBRARY! It’s good family time, but really saves money as well. We get books, movies and even passes to local museums. It’s wonderful

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    Amanda @SomethingSavory - November 20, 2010 @ 12:01 pm

    I make extra potatoes whenever I make baked potatoes, they’re great as homefries or as an idaho sunrise the next day!

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    Deborah Patrick - November 20, 2010 @ 12:06 pm

    I become the switch witch at Halloween and trade my kiddo a cheap toy for all of her chocolate. Then I use it to make cookies and brownies for the holidays and beyond! More candy for other uses, and less sugar coma and cavities for her.

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    Marilyn - November 20, 2010 @ 3:24 pm

    From a fashion perspective, I try and dress in simple pieces that don’t date themselves easily.

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    Steph - November 20, 2010 @ 7:21 pm

    shop for Christmas decorations at the American Cancer Society Discovery Shop – they have loads of stuff cheap and the money goes to a great cause

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    anna p. - November 20, 2010 @ 8:29 pm

    This holiday season is going to be about more with less. Homemade gifts and hopefully a lot less of the ridiculous last minute over spending.

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    Tamara - November 21, 2010 @ 1:06 am

    I do more with less by taking really good care of my children’s clothing and then when they outgrow them I sell them to fund the next seasons clothing.

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    Jearv - November 21, 2010 @ 1:36 am

    Whenever we have leftover (dry) beef and chicken, we always turn them into beef or chicken quesadillas! It’s a totally different meal wihout using more money to spend.

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    Yogi - November 21, 2010 @ 5:44 am

    I’ll be able to get more done with less by consolidating my devices when I get a Windows Phone.

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    Rian - November 21, 2010 @ 8:37 am

    When we go out to eat (which we are trying to do less of) I instantly cut it in half and plan on that being the next day’s lunch!

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    Connie - November 21, 2010 @ 10:25 am

    I do more with less by stocking up on ingredients that always go well with each other. Food can get expensive, especially on a college budget–but with the right staples (potatoes, anyone?) you can whip up a different meal each day without going broke!

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    Deborah Patrick - November 21, 2010 @ 11:54 am

    My favorite gift to give is homebaked goods. When I do that I save a ton of money. But I also make extra and freeze it for later to save time. When my family gets tired of the banana bread and pumpkin bread it dries up a bit, then NO ONE wants it. Until I use it to make bread pudding! More with less wins again!

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    Amanda - November 21, 2010 @ 12:26 pm

    I put a small trashcan in the kitchen for all those little scraps so I don’t have to walk all the way to the trashcan to throw it away.

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    Maureen - November 21, 2010 @ 2:42 pm

    I also try to stock basic ingredients and then find recipes that use them so I don’t have so much to buy and stock.

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    Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef - November 21, 2010 @ 3:17 pm

    i do more with less (TIME) by employing my husband as chief dishwasher, taste tester, and sous chef :)

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    sharon - November 21, 2010 @ 3:56 pm

    I use all of my name-and-account-specific old mail turned into mounds of shredded paper to pack away holiday breakables and glassware things.

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    Dixie - November 21, 2010 @ 4:45 pm

    Ever since I moved in with my grandmother, I have been learning to do more with less by budgeting the money that I would have spent on rent, and paying off my debt with it.

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    Randi Lynne - November 21, 2010 @ 7:29 pm

    I do less with more by not using the dryer cycle of the dishwasher.

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    Yogi - November 22, 2010 @ 6:25 am

    I get more with less by doing comparison shopping using Bing.

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    Randi Lynne - November 22, 2010 @ 8:40 am

    I do less with more by waiting to buy things I want when they are on sale.

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    • Randi Lynne replied: — November 22nd, 2010 @ 8:41 AM

      Meant to say “more with less!”

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    Deborah Patrick - November 22, 2010 @ 2:13 pm

    I save all the magnetic business cards and calendars that are sent to me or that I pick up at trade shows. Then I tape my family pictures on them to display on the fridge!

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    Alison F. - November 22, 2010 @ 8:57 pm

    I am down to one credit card while I am paying off the others.

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    ali @ gimmesomeoven - November 22, 2010 @ 9:11 pm

    I love to do more with less during Christmas by making personalized homemade gifts for friends and family (crafts, food, etc.). Then I’m able to save more to give to those in my city or around the world who are in need…

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    ellen - November 22, 2010 @ 9:32 pm

    My ‘more with less’ is when entertaining, allow people to bring a dish. They most of the time would like to show off one of their specialties too- the down side is everyone might bring the same pie LOL!

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    Samantha - November 22, 2010 @ 11:23 pm

    I am loving aluminum foil as an insulation material these days, helps me shape cakes, and keep things warm :)

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    Patricia Scarpin - November 23, 2010 @ 8:12 am

    I love soups and can’t wait to give this recipe a try – lovely bowls as well! Beautiful photos.

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    Dele O - November 23, 2010 @ 10:10 am

    I do more with less by using awesome phone apps. There are many useful, fun, and creative apps out there that help make life a little bit easier to manage.

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    Shelby M. - November 23, 2010 @ 10:23 am

    I do more by sleeping less. It is amazing what you can get done in the morning without distractions.

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    Heather D - November 23, 2010 @ 10:58 am

    I do more with less in the kitchen by using my crock pot. It saves me time and money that I get to spend on and with family.

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    Deborah Patrick - November 23, 2010 @ 11:33 am

    I donate my used cards to St. Jude’s Ranch for Children. They take the front of cards and make new ones they can sell to raise funds. http://stjudesranch.org/help_card.php

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    Kelly - November 23, 2010 @ 3:34 pm

    More QT family time using less money to entertain ourselves!

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    ellen - November 23, 2010 @ 4:26 pm

    More for less- goodness I have turkey on the mind so turkey is my subject.
    I use every bit of the bird- from gobble to tail. First we have it for dinner, sandwiches, soups. The bones after boiling are put in the garden to add calcium- but usually the raccoons end up with a nice meal.
    I feed feral cats and they have a yummy treat with extra skin and such!

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    Yogi - November 23, 2010 @ 7:30 pm

    I get more done by using the Microsoft Outlook junk filters to see less spam.

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    Dixie - November 23, 2010 @ 8:09 pm

    I made my own chicken stock for the first time using the carcass of a rotisserie chicken that my boyfriend and I had for dinner. It turned out really well, especially because I threw in some onions! I plan to start doing this whenever I have leftover chicken parts.

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    Turtle Mom - November 23, 2010 @ 9:11 pm

    I do more with less by baking from scratch and cooking meals instead of grabbing fast food or eating out. It not only saves money, but it’s also healthier.

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    Tamara - November 24, 2010 @ 12:29 am

    I do more with less by using white vinegar around my house. It’s great for cooking with, cleaning when mixed with water and makes a great fabric softener when you put a cup in your rinse cycle of your wash! (It also deodorizes any funky smells in your laundry too!)

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    christy r - November 24, 2010 @ 10:57 am

    Hi,

    I Do More With Less by clipping coupons and entering contests and sweepstakes. I also look for off-season bargains and watch out for coupon codes on the Internet.

    Thanks

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    Deborah Patrick - November 24, 2010 @ 11:36 am

    I make photo books online and have them ready when there is a two for one sale. I also follow them and get email reminders so I will never miss a great sale.

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    Randi Lynne - November 24, 2010 @ 11:46 am

    I do more with less by reading food blogs daily and getting recipe ideas that utilize what I have on hand with what I get on sale.

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    carmen - November 24, 2010 @ 5:13 pm

    i find less grocery trips are more beneficial to both my wallet, my time and reducing waste. i plan my week’s menus and buy just what i need for the week. i always know what i’m going to go, always have everything i need, and never waste anything!

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    Nochum - November 24, 2010 @ 7:45 pm

    My (Chasidic) family has been making potato leek soup on Pesach (Passover) for as long as I remember, due to the holiday limitations of peeled fruits and vegetables, eggs, and meat. We only use salt for seasoning and maybe some home-squeezed orange juice or lemon juice. Somehow we manage to make delicious meals with extremely limited ingredients, for 8 days!

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    Turtle Mom - November 24, 2010 @ 10:19 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving! I am thankful for people who pour their hearts and souls into blogging! I am especially thankful for the phone giveaway as I am in desperate need of a new one!

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    Nochum - November 25, 2010 @ 2:11 am

    I also currently live in Honolulu, Hawaii where kosher food is extremely scarce. We constantly have to improvise to make our limited ingredients and budget into delicious meals for 100+ guests per week.

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    Darla - November 25, 2010 @ 9:09 am

    I do more with less by using coupons for foods and eating out and anything I can. Happy Thanksgiving!

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    Deborah Patrick - November 25, 2010 @ 11:04 am

    I recycled the cotton batting from an old quilt and am using it as snow in my Christmas village display this year.

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    Jearv - November 25, 2010 @ 2:36 pm

    In my family, we do more with less by buying decorations after the holidays. The prices are so much lower (and stores emptier) than buying them before the holidays. This way we are prepped for next year’s holiday season!

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    Dixie - November 25, 2010 @ 2:55 pm

    This Thanksgiving, we did less with more by delegating extended family members to each bring a dish. Doing the holiday potluck style took off a lot of pressure, monetary and stress-wise.

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    sara - November 25, 2010 @ 8:58 pm

    Making homemade bread!

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    Dele O - November 25, 2010 @ 9:56 pm

    Doing more for less is all about doing dishes before, during, and after thanksgiving dinner. Saves a lot of time the next day.

    P.S. happy thanksgiving

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    Dixie - November 26, 2010 @ 7:37 am

    For Christmas this year, we’re doing more with less by doing a Secret Santa gift swap. Instead of each person buying a gift for every family member, we each drew a name and are spending $25 on just one person.

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    Yogi - November 26, 2010 @ 12:31 pm

    I do more with less redundancy by syncing my files using Windows Live Mesh.

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    Deborah Patrick - November 26, 2010 @ 5:21 pm

    I make my chicken stock when I have leftover bones from roast chicken then freeze it in ice cube trays to save time when cooking later on.

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    Dele O - November 26, 2010 @ 5:54 pm

    doing more with less could mean budgeting and adhering to it. It allows us to save properly and spend wisely

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    Lisa Carr - November 26, 2010 @ 8:11 pm

    We changed our lavish holiday party to a more intimate gathering. Less stress preparing food, more quality time to spend with a smaller group of friends. lisacarr7 ataol dot com

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    Randi Lynne - November 26, 2010 @ 10:16 pm

    I do more with less by giving out handmade Christmas gifts like vanilla extract and baked goodies. :)

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    Amanda - November 27, 2010 @ 10:09 am

    For thanksgiving we had everyone rinse their dish off once they were done and put it into the dishwasher. Much easier then having to rinse off 20 extra plates along with the other dishes.

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    Deborah Patrick - November 27, 2010 @ 12:44 pm

    Traditional moose country do more with less- Save the moose nuggets from your yard. Shellac them and make gross gag gifts like moose nugget earrings or moose nugget swizzle sticks!

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    Randi Lynne - November 27, 2010 @ 1:03 pm

    I do more with less by saving bacon grease for cooking later.

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    Erica Best - November 27, 2010 @ 6:03 pm

    i do more with less when i use coupons they help so much and it hard sometime. But it help when u use then with a store sale and u cant save so much money it makes me so help when i do more for less.

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    Jearv - November 27, 2010 @ 8:56 pm

    I do more with less in the kitchen by organizing my pantry! Whenever we come home from the grocery store, we put the things where it needs to be immeditely so we save time when we’re cooking. More cooking in less time!

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    Turtle Mom - November 27, 2010 @ 10:13 pm

    I am trying to do more with less by entering to win wonderful giveaways!

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    Kate - November 27, 2010 @ 10:36 pm

    i do more with less by planning ahead as much as possible

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    Samantha - November 28, 2010 @ 2:39 am

    m and ms are probably my favorite more with less candy. i use them to decorate cakes, i use them in counting games with kids, and they just taste good

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    Dele O - November 28, 2010 @ 7:23 am

    Doing more with less sometimes means reusing grocery bags, or buying the recyclable types and using those. Saves the environment and saves the grocery stores money, which in turn saves you money.

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    Deborah Patrick - November 28, 2010 @ 10:40 am

    I take plastic shopping bags and cut them into strips. Then I use them when quilting by pinning them over the batting so it won’t get snagged while I stitch on my sewing machine.

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    Dixie - November 28, 2010 @ 12:36 pm

    My mom does more with less by growing her own herbs and vegetables, like tomatoes, lettuce, peppers, etc. Not to mention she shares! :)

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    Jearv - November 28, 2010 @ 6:47 pm

    We grow lemons and oranges in our backyard so it’s really easy to get the flavor of citrus in any of our meals haha! We love adding the fresh lemon to fish. It’s the best when you have fresh lemonade and orange juice!

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    Turtle Mom - November 28, 2010 @ 7:33 pm

    This phone would help keep me organized so that I can do more with less!

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    Randi Lynne - November 28, 2010 @ 7:37 pm

    I do more with less by buying spices in bulk and making up all my own spice blends.

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    Kate - November 28, 2010 @ 9:04 pm

    i do more with less by staying as organized as i possibly can

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    Mare Petrelli - November 28, 2010 @ 9:05 pm

    I do more with less by making a big meal on the weekend. I make something like a roast with mashed potatoes and gravy, a vegetable, some rolls. That way we have leftovers we can heat up easily for quick, healthy meals during the week. Thanks!

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    Jose D - November 28, 2010 @ 9:26 pm

    I think the Thanksgiving dinner is one of those busy ones! This year we made everyone bring their own food lol Here’s why! I no longer have to be worried about everything and we all experience different kind of foods from different families! :D

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    Samantha - November 29, 2010 @ 2:30 am

    I really like spices and herbs. If you buy them in the ethnic food section, especially the hispanic themed aisle they can be only 99 cents a bag! They add flavor to everything including cheap cuts of meat and inexpensive dishes

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    Dixie - November 29, 2010 @ 7:34 am

    One last entry, here’s hoping I win! I do less with more by reading coupon blogs and doubling them with the BOGO deals at my local publix!

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    Rebecca - November 29, 2010 @ 8:11 am

    I’m a big believer in doing more with less. One way I do that is to cook mostly from scratch, using real ingredients that help me make my family tasty, healthy meals. I’m trying to teach my girls that real food tastes so much better than overly processed and packaged food.

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    k8t - November 29, 2010 @ 10:18 am

    Are there any good recipe apps for Windows Phone 7?

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    Kate - November 29, 2010 @ 12:34 pm

    i do more with less by cooking enough to last for several meals- so i dont have to cook everyday

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    Deborah Patrick - November 29, 2010 @ 2:15 pm

    Compost! Composting for the garden is more for less in so many different ways!

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    Terrae - November 29, 2010 @ 5:20 pm

    I do more with less by planning my meals around what is on sale each week.

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    Jearv - November 29, 2010 @ 5:55 pm

    My family does more with less by combining errands into one drive and trip so we save gas. An example would be going to the store, post office and barbershop in one trip, rather than going at different times of the week. This way, we can do more with the money we have because of the less money we have to spend on gas!

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    D - November 29, 2010 @ 6:15 pm

    I do more with less by eating together as a family so that we can talk about things while we eat and are together.

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    Randi Lynne - November 29, 2010 @ 6:46 pm

    I do more with less by cooking almost all meals at home and not eating out.

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    Craig - November 29, 2010 @ 7:07 pm

    Lately I have been doing more with less money by scavenging for food instead of buying it! Well, specifically, hunting for mushrooms instead of buying them. Oregon chanterelles are delicious.

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    Turtle Mom - November 29, 2010 @ 7:26 pm

    I need organization in my life! I need to do more with less! I really need this phone!

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    Erica Best - November 29, 2010 @ 8:17 pm

    i go to dollar store and buy things i need for party and everyday stuff .

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    anna p. - November 29, 2010 @ 8:56 pm

    I try to menu plan. Coupon clipping and bargain hunting also helps!

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    Dele O - November 29, 2010 @ 9:08 pm

    Doing more with less could be decorating the christmas tree as a family. More work done in less time, and lots of family time together.

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    Sidrah - November 29, 2010 @ 9:11 pm

    I do more with less by doing this: instead of buying cleaning products that are loaded with chemicals… I use 1/2 cup dishwashing liquid and 1 gallon water to clean kitchen surfaces. The soapiness is just enough to get everything clean & very little amount of chemicals on my surfaces! Just put into a cheap spray bottle and you wont be spending $$$ on harmful products :)

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    Melissa W. - November 29, 2010 @ 9:45 pm

    make nourishing bone broth with chicken bones after eating the roasted chicken for a couple of meals. Use more lentils. Make more meals from scratch.

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    Denise - November 30, 2010 @ 12:48 am

    I do more with less by making homemade pizza every week. It’s a lot of work because I make my own dough and sauce, and grate the cheese, etc, but it’s worth it; we save a ton this way!

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