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Getting Rid of Stains
Spot treat stains as soon as possible. Spills and stains are bound to
happen, but your initial reaction to the mess makes all the difference.
Fast attention prevents more expensive repairs or removals later on. Treat
the stain before it has a chance to "set."
Leftover Baking Ingredients
After my holiday baking, I had extra flour and sugar leftover. I don't bake
often, but I didn't want to throw it out. Therefore, I put the sugar in an
airtight container that had held pretzels. I taped the flour bag shut and
put it in my freezer. Now I'll be able to use both the next time the baking
Snow Blower Magic
I hate it when my snow blower exhaust chute gets plugged up with wet snow.
I have to turn it off, clear it, and then restart it. It's a real pain. To
help prevent this from happening, I spray some WD-40(r) into the chute
before I start it. The snow doesn't seem to stick and I don't have to clear
the chute nearly as often.
Do you buy the triple-washed spring mix salads to save time, only to find
that you have to throw out some of the mix due to sogginess? We discovered
a solution. Simply place one section of a choose-a-size paper towel in the
package before refrigerating. It will soak up any excess moisture, so you
can enjoy it all with no waste.
No! No! No!
I admit it. I have a hard time getting through grocery shopping without
adding extra items to my basket. They look so tempting! I've come up with a
way to control my spending. It's a "do not buy" list. If I impulse buy
something and then don't use it, I add it to my list. The list goes with me
to the grocery store. Just having it is a reminder of all the money I've
wasted and helps to keep me from repeating the same mistake again and again.
I found a trick that's better than spending more money on high-end
cosmetics. I found that how you apply the make-up can make less expensive
brands look better. I went to a local hobby store and bought some quality
brushes. They were much less expensive than what you'd buy at the cosmetics
counter and work just the same. I use them for foundations and to apply
lipstick. Not only do I get a better application, but also I use a smaller
amount of product. And I look fabulous!
DIY Granite Counter Top Cleaner
I have dark granite counter tops that show smudges. After trying store
brands with chemicals and not being pleased, I discovered this easy,
homemade method that works. In a spray bottle, I mix 1/3 cup of isopropyl
alcohol and one squirt of Dawn(r) dish soap. Then I fill the rest of the
bottle with water. After shaking the mixture, I apply. When done, I dry the
counters with a clean cloth or paper towel.
I had to stretch my spaghetti sauce to accommodate a few last-minute
guests. I made a roux out of equal parts flour and Italian dressing,
cooking it in a pot alone to eliminate the flour taste. I slowly added
chicken broth to thin out a little and then mixed in the sauce I had on
hand. It tasted so good, so I now do this regularly. With so many different
dressings out there, the possibilities are endless.
My Cheap Workout
I want to get in shape this year, but I can't afford to join a gym. I
watched Craigslist for a treadmill but didn't have any luck. Then it hit
me. My seven-year-old daughter was jumping rope in our basement. Like so
many parents, I wished I had her energy. I decided to borrow her jump rope
and use it for my own cardio workout! It's only been ten days, but I'm
burning calories and I'm sure that I'll be losing weight. Plus, it's a
great workout. I am doing this in my own house with no membership fees or
expensive equipment taking up space!
The Library Is Not Obsolete!
Reading books on an iPad, phone, or tablet has become a common practice.
Popular titles are easy to buy or rent across multiple platforms. However,
it pays to check out what your local library can offer. Many libraries
offer programs where borrowers can access even newer titles for free as
long as they are library members. Ask your library how to borrow electronic
titles, so you won't have to pay for your next book binge.
Heidi in FL
$30,000 Wedding - Not!
My husband and I didn't have a lot of money for our wedding. My friend
spent $30,000 on her wedding! We decided to do an alternative wedding. With
our witnesses (my sister and his best friend), we had a simple civil
ceremony at the courthouse. I wore a formal dress that I can use later. He
wore his business suit. While we were getting married, some friends made a
nice homemade dinner for a wedding party. There were 18 of us. They made a
roast and a ham with all the sides. Our friends took pictures both during
the ceremony and at the party. Everyone put them on a Facebook page that we
created. I've saved all the picture files. We did splurge on a wedding cake
and some champagne. The whole thing cost less than $1,000 and the money
that we saved can be used to pay down our student loans.