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We try to ask practical questions here. Sometimes we're more on target than others, but this month we're hoping to hit the center a bit more than usual. With many out there feeling the pinch of a struggling economy, we're asking you to share your favorite ways to pinch pennies in the kitchen and throughout the home.

Here's hoping that, together, we can help each other weather the tough times in hopes that they won't last too long.

Of course, there are a lot of great ideas packed into this month's issue, but I wanted to share a couple of tricks I use in my own home, too. The first and simplest suggestion I have is to plan your meals carefully and use everything in your refrigerator, freezer and pantry before it goes bad. We tend to waste food so easily and a little planning can be incredibly effective in stretching your dollar. Beyond that, I like to include ingredients that are inexpensive to help stretch more expensive ones. Beans, certain vegetables and even bread crumbs can stretch everything from soup to meatloaf for you. Sneak some of them into sauces, too.

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