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Baby oil or mineral oil tends to have the same effect on curly hair as the
more expensive bio-oil sold in salons and is a fraction of the cost.
For Your Important Stuff
I keep all of my instructions, CDs, and cords in big yellow envelopes filed
in three-ring binders on a bookshelf. We have a book for appliance
information, computer information, gadgets, and so on. They're easy to reach.
Dealing with Change
Whenever I go to the bank to make a deposit in either my interest bearing
checking or my savings account, before I walk in the door, I scoop up
whatever change is in the bottom of my purse and deposit it with the check
I am depositing. For instance, I may deposit a $35 check and $1.86 in coins
from my purse. This way, I don't have to have a jar of coins waiting
forever to be rolled and deposited, and I start earning interest sooner.
That small task sure adds up over time.
When I do any painting inside or out, I turn what I am wearing inside out,
so I don't get any paint on the outside of my clothes. When I wash them, I
keep them inside out and most of the paint generally comes off of them. I
can wear them just like they weren't used for painting.
I've found out the hard way that some companies' receipts fade to
illegibility over time, which makes it a real hassle if something goes
wrong down the line and the item has to be returned. I started making a
copy of my receipt and stapling the original to this to prove when and
where I bought the item, which seems to make the return/exchange/warranty
process go smoothly.
Nancy in Santee
Property Taxes? No Problem!
I have a suggestion for paying property taxes. Put 1/12th of your total
annual property tax liability into a savings account each month. When the
property tax bill comes due, withdraw the appropriate sum. This way, you
will earn a little interest while easing your payment problem.
Brand vs. Generic
My mother worked all of her life at a plant that packaged a very popular
name brand salt. She said that they would run so many hundreds of the label
for the name brand and then switch to a different label. The salt remained
the same. So why pay the higher price when you get the same salt? It's just
a different label. Save your money and always by the no name brand.
Easier Snow Shoveling
To keep "wet snow" from clinging to your snow shovel while shoveling, spray
your shovel first with a non-stick vegetable spray or WD-40®. It
enables the snow to slide off the shovel instead of packing on! It makes it
a lot easier to clear walkways and driveways without having to constantly
tap the snow off the shovel.
Furnace Filter Reminder
Regularly replacing the furnace filter prolongs the life of the furnace and
reduces allergens and dust in the air, but it's so easy to forget to do.
One way to remember is to always check the filter when you pay the utility
bill. That's what I do now, and it's working great.
Nancy in CA
Longer Lasting Disposable Razors
Keep your disposable razors in a glass cup with some mineral oil. Cover
just the blade with mineral oil. This keeps the moisture from destroying
the edges of the blade. The blade will last much longer. The mineral oil
acts as a protective coating.
Wash the razor thoroughly before putting it in the mineral oil. Especially
on dual or triple blades, you should wash between the blades. You can even
use an old toothbrush to clean the head of the disposable razor.
Save on Fruits and Veggies
Instead of going to the grocery store every week and buying wax-covered
apples or expensive organic veggies, grow the more expensive fruits, nuts,
and veggies yourself! Learn to can your tomatoes, jar your green beans, dry
beans for winter, and harvest more exotic crops like asparagus. Plant the
most expensive items in the store. You get to eat more of what you love and
have some staples stashed away in the pantry for winter. Grow your own
herbs in your kitchen windowsill and harvest and dry some for the winter as
well as using them fresh!
If you are short on space, get creative with espalier dwarf fruit trees,
container gardening, or even vertical gardening with some wood pallets.
You'll get exercise, stress relief, and food while saving a lot of money!
Last year, I only ate the veggies that I grew myself in the garden. I had
so much extra that I was giving food away!
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