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Winter Static Cling
With dry winter air, my legs need extra lotion each day. I've found that if
I spread a little on my pantyhose before putting them on, they don't build
If you're having trouble finding a good babysitter, try a local college's
student employment office. You can find dependable young people who are
willing to work at a reasonable rate.
If you received new clothes for Christmas, put a cup of white vinegar into
the washing machine to help set the colors. This is especially good for
dark items. A minute now will keep your clothes looking good longer!
Great Time for Grocery Savings
Around the holidays is a great time to snag some grocery bargains. Anything
that goes with parties is likely to be on sale. You will find all kinds of
drinks and snacks at bargain prices. Also, you might want to buy an extra
turkey to put in the freezer for February or March.
With three teens in the house, holidays mean more electronics. With all of
the electronics, there are more and more cords. To keep the kids from
arguing about who "borrowed" which cord, we label them when right away.
That way, we know what cords go with which device.
Ready to Travel
This may be too late for your holiday travel plans this year, but remember
it for the next time you go out of town. Subscribe to discount sites like
Groupon and LivingSocial for the place where you're going. You're going to
be using restaurants and different attractions. Why not get some discounts
to make your trip less expensive?
A Home Insurance Must
If you have a claim on your homeowner's insurance, you'll need to have
proof of what was stolen or destroyed. Just saying you had something won't
be enough. We have digital pictures of all the expensive possessions in our
house, and in many cases, we've kept the original receipts, too. If we ever
have a claim, we'll have proof of what was taken.
Car Cup Holders
I tried to use the aluminum cupcake papers in my cup holders in the car to
keep them clean, and they worked fine. That being said, I decided to spend
a little more money and bought silicone cupcake holders. They fit in the
cup holder very well. They keep things from spilling into the holders, and
they are reusable and wash up great. As an added benefit, your car stays
much cleaner. I found a package of 24 on the Walmart website for $7.86 with
free shipping. It's a win-win situation.
Nine years ago, I was a newly divorced mother of two toddlers. I got the
house, but the mortgage came with it. It was way too much for my income
alone! I invited another single mom that I've known for years to move in
with me. We split the utilities, and she paid me rent. We shared the house
and household duties for nearly four years until she got remarried. I'd
only do it with someone I trusted, but without her, I would have lost the
house or run up some serious debt.
My Savings Plan
We just finished paying off last summer's vacation. I don't want to do that
again, so we're going to try something different this year. I've figured
out about how much we'll want to spend on vacation next July. Everyone in
the family knows our goal, and I'm putting notes and pictures anywhere I
can think of to remind them to save money. We are saving everything from
money that the kids don't spend on snacks after school to the overtime I
earn on my job. I don't know if we'll cover it all, but it has to be better
than paying off a vacation six months later!