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Couponing

 Does anyone use coupons to get extremely cheap or free items?

Though there are some things a person just doesn't need (for instance, a robotic vacuum cleaner) however there are certain things that almost everyone requires at one point or another.  While I've been paring down my spending, for the past two years I've been a "couponer".  Now, I don't mean like what you might have seen on "Extreme Couponing" -- I do not purchase in bulk the way they do, and over-run my entire house with a stockpile -- but I do have a healthy stockpile, mostly of health and beauty items.  The only food items I have stocked up on are condiments, like BBQ sauce, ketchup, mustard and salad dressings; I don't stock up much on food because we're trying to eat a Paleo sort of diet.  Meaning fresh fruits, veggies and meat for the most part.

Anyhoo, there are SO many items you can get for cheap or free if you know how to coupon effectively, even at places like Walgreens & CVS, which are typically a convenience store.  I pick up items for free (I call it cherry picking!) when I can get them using coupons, such as shampoo, conditioner, deodorants, mouthwash - and they're all name brand items as well.  One thing I'll never have to buy again is toothpaste, because that can always be had for free thanks to coupons.  
 
And another good thing about couponing?  No more impulse buying!

A few good forums for learning how to coupon:
 
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N00b here!

I would say I don't want to rock the boat, but then I would be lying. And I only lie when its beneficial for me, so I really do want to rock the boat. Anyone still around?

I have some cool home remedies/solutions/alternatives that I'd like to share if yall want them.
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Community Protests Coca-Cola Plant in India

Community Protests Coca-Cola Plant in India
October 25, 2007

http://www.indiaresource.org/news/2007/1054.html

Over 600 people marched and rallied against the Coca-Cola bottling plant in the village of Sinhachawar in Ballia district in India yesterday, demanding that the plant be shut down permanently. The community has accused the bottling plant of pollution and also illegally occupying land held by the village council. "We are demanding that the Coca-Cola bottling plant cease its operations permanently because they are destroying our land and water, the very source of our livelihoods," said Mr. Baliram Ram of the Coca-Cola Bhagao, Krishi Bachao Sangharsh Samiti, the main organizer of the protest.
Napoleon

Let's make a list

Here are some of the things that I don't have (and I feel fine).

a running car
tv
cell phone
mp3 player
credit card
clothes that I didn't buy used
cosmetics
digital camera

What are you doing without that you don't even miss?
pippi

I need your help!

Hi, it's me again. Asking for your help... Again! 7 07 07 has arrived and I'm not fully prepared to deal with it. 

As some of you may know I will be covering Live Earth for my thesis, the "problem" is that there's simply too much to cover, so if you see any articles or pieces of news you think might be interesting (especially controvesial stuff lol) and would like to share it with me... please leave me a comment and I'll build you a statue in Rome (my hometown).

Links, scanned articles, news from around the world... I'll take it!

(The Google News Alert thingy and my lack of 48 hours to stare at a computer screen are the reason why I'm asking for help, just so you know I'm not being lazy. *wink wink*)

Thanks! =)

x-posted around a bit!