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Stove Top Cleaning
Spray-on oven cleaner works great on the outside of the stove. I use it on
the stove top every two weeks. After spraying it on, I wait a few minutes
and then wipe it off. Now I have the cleanest stove in town!
Saving on Pet Healthcare
Become a "client" of every vet near you and then call to price check
procedures. In my area, two vets wanted $200 for an extraction of one
tooth. A third wanted $50, and a fourth wanted only $25. However, when our
cat passed away, it was less expensive to cremate our cat at the first vet.
Donald via Facebook
Homemade Finger Paints
I created my own finger paints by mixing a few drops of food coloring into
a spoonful of vanilla yogurt. I can create almost any color I want, and it
only costs pennies. It is also non-toxic and safe for my kids. The best
part is whatever yogurt is left in the container makes a good snack for the
Maximizing Your Retirement Plan
We usually get an annual pay increase at my job, usually 2% to 4%. When my
annual evaluation rolls around, I find out what the increase will be and
then I go to our HR department and have the additional percentage added to
what they deduct for my 401k plan. I add more to retirement savings and
never miss the additional money.
Before You Buy Anything
I've found that readers' product reviews are a great way to check out
something before I buy it. This is great not just for big things like a TV,
but also for smaller electronics and even new foods. Some companies manage
to get in some paid fake reviews, so I check the bad reviews. I read them
to see if there are complaints about things that would bother me. I've
avoided a bunch of bad buys this way.
My Weekly Cash Call
My wife and I both work and need to buy lunches and snacks during the week.
We try to bring our lunch as often as we can, but some days that's not
practical. Therefore, we're trying out a new system. We read that our
brains resist spending bigger bills. Each week, both of us go to the ATM
and take out two $10 bills. We also have a $20 in our wallet from the
previous week. Our goal is to get through the week without touching the $20
bill. Most weeks, we're successful. It probably doesn't make a huge
difference in what we spend, but every little bit helps.
Creative Date Nights
Our kids are mostly grown (meaning our day isn't dominated by their
activities), but my husband and I still seem to be constantly busy. We
decided to start up our date nights again. Instead of doing the typical
dinner/movie thing, we went another way. We started with a couple of adult
coloring books! It seems silly, but it was a lot of fun and opened us up to
some fresh ideas. Next I think that we'll take on a craft project to see
how that goes. After that, perhaps we will refinish a piece of furniture.
It's brought us together in a way that we thought we'd lost years ago.
One advantage of being retired is that I can spend a few minutes checking
my bills for errors. Just this month I noticed that my auto insurance
didn't include the 55+ discount. I called my agent. He said that it was
just a mistake, and they'd put the credit back on my account. Last spring,
I found an error on my phone bill. They added a monthly fee for a service
that I didn't order. It was only $8.95 a month, but I am not sure how long
it was there before I caught it. Even if you are not retired and don't have
much time, it's still worthwhile to check your bills to make sure you're
not being cheated!
Inexpensive Bridal Shower Gift Idea
Here is a tip for bridal shower gifts. My mother-in-law is a genius! She
buys everything at a dollar store for her gifts. She fills a small cleaning
bucket with bathroom cleaning supplies and then bundles it in pretty clear
wrapping. She does the same with a tall kitchen trash can and fills it with
dish soap, scrub sponges, paper towels, pot holders, a tea towel set, etc.
She's never had a disappointed bride-to-be yet!
Kimberly via Facebook
Small Christmas Gifts
Recently I was buying a necessity on Amazon and only needed to spend one
more dollar for free shipping. Did you know that when this happens on
Amazon, you can do a search of items that cost less than $1? I looked and
found cute little coin purses for $.59 each, so I ordered nine of them to
give to the members of my book club. We usually exchange little gifts, and
these are perfect. Not only did I save on shipping, but also I got nine
Christmas gifts for less than $6. I can now check these off on my Christmas