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Tracy Fields came to Miami in 1988 as a reporter with The Associated Press and has worked with South Florida media since. She learned to stretch a dollar from her mother, who was raised during the Great Depression. Today Tracy uses those skills in caring for her own family of one man, two dogs and three cats. Send your cheap tips to her at

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