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by Colleen P Moyne (Colmo) (follow)
I'm a freelance writer living in the beautiful river town of Mannum in SA, dreaming of the day I can retire from the 9-5 to write full time.
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Have you tightened the budget but still struggling? In times of hardship you may need to find ways to trim your costs even more. Here are a few slightly more extreme ways you can save, although they are not recommended as a long-term habit or permanent way of life.

• If you have a public toilet within walking distance, consider visiting there during the day. It will save on toilet flushes and paper.

• Check out whether there are any public showers nearby, at a beach, holiday park, sporting facility or community hub.

• If you are gasping for a tea or coffee but have run out, many hotels still offer free tea and coffee in their pokies room. Some community hubs or neighbourhood houses offer free tea and coffee.

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• Fill water bottles at a public water tap.

• Stick to cooking one-pot meals to save on power and washing up.

• Offer to help a friend or neighbour clean out their pantry in exchange for any unwanted food.

• If you have an abundance of any kind of fresh food, find your local food-swap. You can trade your excess eggs, lemons or whatever for something else.

• Head to the deli section of your supermarket and ask if they have any meat-ends. I used to buy these for my children and they loved the variety – something different every time.

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• Spend time at your local library – free warmth/cooling, comfy chairs, internet, toilets and all the reading material you could want.

• Read in the car on a cold day. It’s often the warmest place.

Piggy Bank, Tighten Belt
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• Check out local free Wi-Fi hotspots. If it’s a café, it probably means buying food or drinks in order to use it, so you will have to weigh up whether it is worth it, but there are other free locations. Perhaps you can find a hotel with free coffee and free Wi-Fi.

• If you have a wood-burning fire, offer to trim your neighbour’s trees in exchange for the wood.

If you are still having difficulty making ends meet there are services that can help. Ask at your local council, church, community hub or welfare organisation.

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