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Pet Urine Odors
If your pet has an accident in the house, here's a way to prevent urine
odors. Mix two tablespoons of white vinegar and two tablespoons of
dishwashing liquid into a quart of water. Spray it on the spot while the
spot is still damp. It'll take away the odor. It's cheap and does a great job.
Cheaper Bath Towels
I buy cheap bath towels. I know that they're thinner and that's why I buy
them. They're thick enough to dry me off, but because they're thinner, I
can get more in a load of wash and they take less time to dry. Plush towels
might feel good, but they're heavier to lug to the laundry room and don't
do a better job of getting me dry!
Lawn and Garden Tool Storage
You've probably heard that you can keep your garden hand tools from rusting
this winter by storing them in a bucket of sand, but that won't work for
big items like lawn mower blades or pruning saws. For these items, you
should coat them with used motor oil or WD-40(r). If oxygen can't get to
the metal, then rust can't form. A few minutes now will eliminate work next
Homeowners Insurance Warning
In most parts of the country, home prices have been on a roller coaster
ride the last two decades. If you've owned your home for any period of
time, you really should make sure you have enough coverage for your home.
It would be terrible to have your home burn down and find out that its
insured amount was based on its 2012 value. It's also a good idea to make
sure that you have the right coverages, too!
Check DIY First
Many service people are experts at the add-on sale. For instance, when you
have your oil changed, they'll offer to change your cabin filter for $25. I
happen to know that if you release one screw in the glove box, you can
replace it in five minutes for less than $10. Therefore, before I agree to
any add-on service, I check the price of the part online and check YouTube
to see how hard of a DIY job it is. I can check it on my phone in just a
few minutes while they're doing the service I already agreed to having done.
Buying rice in bulk has helped my grocery bills, but it can be bland if I
serve it more than once or twice a week. Therefore, I've gotten creative
and learned to spice it up. If I have leftover soup, I add it to the rice
the next meal. Another option is to add the various meat drippings from
chicken, pork, beef, or even bacon. Mixing in some leftover or frozen
veggies is another way to dress rice up. It's an easy way to cut costs and
mealtime boredom at the same time!
My ATM Schedule
One way to avoid ATM fees is to schedule trips to the ATM. I allow myself
two trips to the ATM each week on Monday and Friday. I go to the one from
my bank, so I don't pay any extra fees. A second advantage is that it helps
me to control my spending. I'm a little less likely to stop for a candy bar
if I'm running low on cash. This is an easy way to increase my savings!
Family Halloween Costume Ideas
If you're looking for a Halloween costume idea that works for the whole
family, try this. Dress up as Christmas presents. All you need is an
appropriate size box, some spray paint, and ribbon. Cut holes for your head
and arms, and paint the box a holiday color. If you want to get fancy,
cover the box in aluminum foil. Glue ribbon to the box and you're all set!
The biggest problem you'll have is finding space in the car for all the
boxes on the way to the party.
If you don't use the money you save to reduce debt or add to an emergency,
college or retirement fund, are you really saving money? It's great to
reduce what you spend at restaurants, but if you just spend it somewhere
else, you're not really saving. One way to solve that problem is to note
how much you've saved and either add it to your debt payment or immediately
add it to your savings account.
Nasty Stove Hood Filters
Your stovetop hood filter can get nasty quickly. This is especially true if
you do any frying. I've found an easy way to clean it. I melt the grease
off. I get a large pan and add a thick layer of newspaper to it. I put the
filter in the pan. I set the oven on 150 degrees and put the pan in the
oven. In a few minutes, the grease melts and drips down onto the newspaper.
Once it cools, I run it through a cycle in the dishwasher. It's that easy!