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9 Ways Latinos Learned How To Save Money In This Tough Economy

Growing up we might’ve not been ballin’, but we sure knew how to make the most of our budget thanks to a few things we learned from mamá…

Mom always packed tortas to theme parks because she knew the food was ridiculously overpriced.

when your mom makes tortas para no comprar en Disneylandia

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And tortas were way more satisfying than burgers anyway.

Sneaking snacks into movie theaters was also very common.


The bigger the purse, the better the meal.

Tupperware? Who has money for that?

??? this is what I call "Mexican Tupperware! ?? #mexicantupperware #mexicanproblems #mexicana #lol

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Our parents were eco-friendly before being eco-friendly was a thing.

She taught us to recycle bolsas de regalo.

Bolsas de regalo #bolsasderegalo #navidad2017 #navidad #maiquetia #vargas #laguaira

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Pro tip: Tear off the old tag with the writing on it before reusing it.

She never spent money on condiments. Because why?

My family hoards ketchup packets. #ketchup #ketchuppackets #fastfood #hoard #heinz #hunts

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Shortage on ketchup? Neverrrrr.

On Sundays she’d wipe the mascara off your eyes because 11-year-olds that qualify for that buffet discount don’t wear mascara. ?

These Are Kinda Old But They SHOULD Work Right !!! #HometownBuffet, I Think Ima Try To Use Em Today.

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It was super nerve wracking to lie about our age, but gotta get that deal.

When you were estrenando, it was a hand-me-down from your older sister or prima.

My old costume for Jackie 😀 #whoworeitbest #lmao #aww #4yrsold #1998 #halloween #handydowns #indian #throwback #tbt

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Most of the time they were super cute, so meh.

She even turned old clothes and rags into cleaning tools.

#estupido y #sensual #trapeador

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She was the original queen of DIY.

And because no one has $150+ to spend on a dye job that’ll grow out in four weeks, she turned to box dye for a small fee of $7.99.

hoy toco sesion de peluqueria con mi yaya xd #peluqueriaencasa #tinteparaelpelo #yaya #cambio

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It usually came with instant regret.


READ: Our Parents Were Recycling Before It Even Existed

What money-saving hacks did you learn from ma? Let us know and hit the share button below!

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The Pandemic Has Led To A National Coin Shortage Which Means You’re About To Have Laundry

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The Pandemic Has Led To A National Coin Shortage Which Means You’re About To Have Laundry

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Laundry might be the least of your problems but the national coin shortage is sure to have an impact on you somehow.

Whether it’s happening at fast-food restaurants, supermarkets, or banks, people across the country are finding themselves cut off from the typical change in hand occurrences of the days before the Coronavirus Pandemic.

That’s right, be warned: coins are in short supply.

The lack of coins in the nation’s marketplace is apparently alarming the federal government enough that the Federal Reserve organized a U.S. Coin Task Force.

According to NBC, the task force will work to “mitigate the effects of low coin inventories caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.” Twenty-two members of the task force were announced last week on Friday and will meet this month in an effort to identify “actionable steps that supply chain participants can take to address the current coin circulation issue.”

According to an article by NBC the national shortage is a situation “born out of the pandemic, during which businesses that deal heavily in coins, such as laundromats, may have closed, while the fear of getting the coronavirus by touching currency may have spurred people to avoid physical monetary transactions altogether.” It is a direct result of state and city lockdowns which saw the operation of nearly 22,000 coin-cashing kiosks nationwide slowed down.

As a result, some businesses are cautioning customers that they won’t be able to give out change.

Others have rounded out prices to exact amounts. This works for now because paper bills are not in short supply. As of yet…

On the other hand, things might not be so bad.

🤑 We will pay you 1.05¢ for every $1 of ROLLED coins you bring us. We need everything you got! Make money with Money! 🤑

Posted by The Growler Guys on Tuesday, June 30, 2020

According to CBS Boston, some smaller retailers are opting for some lucrative solutions for their customers. A beer shop in Bend, Oregon called The Growler Guys recently told customers on Facebook that it will pay them $1.05 for every $1 in rolled coins they bring in to the store.

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This Laundry Detergent Cap Hack Will Blow Your Mind

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This Laundry Detergent Cap Hack Will Blow Your Mind

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Moms have blessed us with an amazing laundry fact that has apparently been around forever. Turns out that plastic lid cup that comes with your washing detergent is so much than for measuring liquid.

A little known fact was shared in the private Facebook group Mums Who Clean and the tip-off has reeled in millions of comments and views.

While all of us probably use the lids of our detergent bottles for measuring out the soup it turns out you’re meant to put the plastic lid or cup into the wash with your load. That way all of the detergent soap can be rinsed from it. This means that not only do your clothes get the exact amount of detergent it needs but it also means that this method will keep you from getting that messy soap up in your cup.

When the load is finished you scoop out the squeaky clean cup and use it for next time!

Don’t forget to be careful!

This hack doesn’t apply to all caps. Some brands will specify that the cup can’t be added i to your wash. According to news.com.au “There could be a risk of damaging parts and components, within the bowl itself, in relation to the agitator…It could get caught or trapped under the agitator or damage the fins of the agitator. Also it could damage the plastic cup you put in, resulting in bits of plastic going through your clothes.”

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