can never get enough of what you don't need to make you happy."
Buy, maintain, and save
money on anything inside or outside the home.
Saving on the house and household items
does not involve one magic
It comes as the result of doing many things a little better. Here are some
1. More money-saving
household tips found at money,
you live in an older house where
windows tend to be drafty,
get a brand name product called
It comes in rolls and is similar to caulking, but not as sticky. You apply
it easily by hand to all the cracks between your windows and their frames to
keep out the air. In the spring, just pill it off and trash it. I do it. It
insulated window panels. I just discovered a company that
makes custom double-panel interior inserts for your windows. Better
insulators than storm windows, and looks easy to install. There may be other
companies doing this, but this one looks very interesting.
freecycle.org (free to join,
is worldwide, but local to your area) and
get anything you need free!!
Really!!! You can even ask for a specific item you need for free. Last
week I got a free Mac Computer.
5. If you're buying an airline ticket, booking a hotel room,
picking out a computer or even shopping for an unusual book, something small
and obvious sounding may surprise you.
Try the manufacturer.
Tender loving care beats
costly home repairs USA Today 1-19-2006. Very valuable
article. Lists 6 preventative maintenance items you can do to avert much
larger repair bills in the future. Also lists a month-by-month list of
things that need attention in your home.
your leftover coffee. Freeze it in ice cube trays, and when you
don’t want to make an entire pot, you can get your cubes out of the
freezer and heat them in the microwave.
|8. Get one of those
insulated pots to put
coffee in. Fill it as soon as brewed, and it will taste like fresh
brewed coffee all day. If you are the only one drinking coffee, this
will also enable you to make a full pot, and only use some of it.
great place to begin is dealtime.com
. This site compares prices
from many different sources for the identical product. I go
there every time I want to purchase something.
Extend the life of your
refrigerator compressor, and save electricity, by keeping the
"coils" free of dust, and allowing some space for air to flow.
As air is constantly sucked over those fins for cooling, they act as
dust filters and become plugged. If you have a lot of dust or pet
hair, this could result in a ruined refrigerator. On some
refrigerators these coils are on the entire back. On some they are
under the unit. The ones on the bottom are usually accessed by
removing the small lower panel and then "carefully" sucking out the
dust from the coil fins with a skinny vacuum cleaner attachment. It is
very important not to bend the fins, as this will restrict air flow
and defeat the very thing you are trying to accomplish.
|11. To keep your
dishwasher working properly,
and prevent damage from occurring, you need to check the filters at
the inside bottom of your tub for debris. Just open the door, and very
carefully run your hand around the mesh under the lower wash arm. I
checked mine the other day and found broken glass, fish bones, and
would you believe a small stone? How's that for restricting water
flow. Be careful not to get cut by something sharp.
|12. Are you checking
the filters on your vacuum
cleaner when you change bags? You will dramatically increase
the suction of the cleaner, and extend the life of the motor if you
check this regularly.
|13. During heating
and cooling seasons your
furnace filter should be replaced monthly. This makes
your air flow more even, keeps your air cleaner, and
money. Consider a better filter than the 99 cent blue things you see.
White, pleated, fine material filters do a better job removing smaller particles and other assorted
things that float around the house. Hepa filters are the best, if
available. I am able to place
two filters on my furnace. I arrange it so the
air goes through the blue one
first, followed by the white pleated. That way, pet hair and
other larger particles are caught on the coarse one first, saving the
finer filter for much smaller goodies.
Turn off the "heat dry" option on your dishwasher. Your
dishwasher uses only hot water, and when completed, the dishes are so
hot they will air dry without extra heat. Open the dishwasher during
the drying cycle, and you will see the moisture quickly dissolve into
|15. When you have
the exterior of your house painted, make sure you ask for special
attention to the flashing and
caulking to be included in the estimate. This is critical to
keeping water from penetrating the house, and by asking you put your
contractor on notice that you will be noticing.
|16. When selecting
service people, ask as
many neighbors as
possible about which ones they have used, and what luck did they have.
HD Value. Bought great gas logs for my fireplace, at 1/3 the original
18. A lot of the air that comes into a
house from the exterior actually
seeps in between the glass and the window frame.
Glass comes loose. It may need caulking or glazing, or if you have a
good painter, he can add a "weather seal" when he is painting windows.
This is nothing more than a very small overlap of paint from the wood
--over the glass. If done neatly, it actually looks better than having
no paint on the glass at all, and it will help seal out air.
your attic. This is important in the
summer for both cooling
and extending the life of your shingles. It is important in the
to deal with any moisture accumulation. A
vent" can be added if
you are reshingling. Or as a second best choice, you can easily have
side louvers added. Also, did you know that light
colored shingles remain cooler and tend to outlast dark colored ones.
(Heat reflection) They also keep the attic cooler.
20. A whole-house-fan, installed
in the hall ceiling of the top lived-in floor, is another money
saving addition. On summer evenings when the outside air cools more
quickly than inside, a short period of time with this fan running will
cool off the entire house. You may also want to use it briefly during
cooler weather to heat your home if the outside temperature is higher
than the inside. This can happen early in the morning or upon
returning from a trip.
21. Once a year
attach a hose to the faucet
on your hot water tank
and run to a laundry tub or drain. Turn
the gas low to avoid waste, and run the water at full force for about
15 minutes. This clears the sediment from the bottom of the
tank, making recovery time quicker, and
saving you utility money.
When finished, turn the gas up to the lowest reasonable temperature
setting and remove the hose. Some tank manufacturers like Kenmore are
including something call a "rotoswirl" feature to their tanks. This
swirls the water on the bottom of the tank every time you use
hot water, and discharges any sediment with the water used.
22. Have a
furnace company check your
furnace and hot water tank at the beginning of every heating
season. They should lubricate the motor and any other moving part,
check any belts, and test for
carbon monoxide leaks.
Change the batteries in your
smoke detectors twice a year. Once when daylight savings time
begins, and again when it ends. This is a good way to remember. Read
the statistics on how many people are killed and had no working smoke
detectors. Do you know that your
department will come and tell
you where smoke detectors should be installed? If you burn a
fossil fuel for heat or cooking ( wood, gas, oil) , also consider
installing a carbon monoxide detector: cost--$39 -$55. Cheap compared
to the value of your life.
The lighter (in color) your
shingles are, the longer their life. Shingles are partially
destroyed by the sun's heat, and this is magnified by dark colors and
25. See the
utilities tip section on this
Senior ARK site for money saving ideas, including using
screw-in fluorescent bulbs.
10 USES FOR NEWSPAPER,
Written by Rachel Hardage
1. Deodorize food
Stuff a balled-up piece of newspaper into a
lunch box or thermos, seal it, and let sit
2. Ripen tomatoes.
Wrap them individually and leave them out at
3. Pack delicate items.
Wrap frames and figurines with several
pieces of newspaper, then crumple the
remaining sections to fill extra space in
4. Wipe away tough streaks
Use newspaper with cleaning fluid to clean
mirrors and windows.
5. Preserve antique glass.
Some older frames have finishes on the glass
that can be damaged by cleaning solutions.
Remove smudges by rubbing with newspaper
dipped in a solution of one part white
vinegar and one part warm water. Let
6. Dry shoes.
Place crumpled paper in them overnight.
7. Wrap gifts.
Use the comics to wrap a child’s birthday
gift, or try the wedding announcements for
an engagement gift.
8. Create a home for
slushy snow boots.
During the winter, keep a pile of newspaper
near the entryway. When your little snowmen
and -women come home, they can toss their
winter wear onto the newspaper instead of
creating puddles on the floor.
9. Prepare a garden.
In the fall, mow a patch of lawn to make
room for a dedicated bed. Cover it with
four layers of newspaper, then a
four-inch layer of shredded leaves or
bark mulch. Hose it down. Come spring,
the compost blanket will have smothered
the grass roots, and the bed will be
primed for planting. 10.
Keep the refrigerator
vegetable drawer dry and free of smells.
Line the bottom with newspaper.
27. When you think
squeeze-out container is empty-keep cap attached and cut it circumferentially in
discovered approx. one week of use inside.
Store on the shelf upside down (on the cap
Not applicable to all types of
containers. Carl S.
28. Radio Shack is currently closing 480
stores across the country. If one of the locations is near you, there
may be a real bargain waiting for you, but don't delay!
29. Insurance adjusters report that
homeowners have great
difficulty remembering their
possessions in the
event of a fire, flood, tornado etc. How many dresses, pairs of shoes,
books, pictures do you have? How about those collectables?
pictures of every room and closet from different angles. If you have
paper pictures, put them in a bank safe deposit box. If your pictures
are digital, either burn them to a disk, or send them to a couple of
your children or friends to store on THEIR computer. Your computer may
be destroyed. This could mean thousands of $$ to you. Think about what
else should be in that safe deposit box, like wills, insurance
policies, deeds, surveys, tax returns, divorce papers and on and on.
BEWARE of thrift stores!
so-called thrift stores are looking to get free goods from you
and then turn them into sheer profit. There is an
organization locally which, I have been informed, pleads for the
sake of veterans and then sells the items for a profit--and NONE
of the money reaches any veterans. Don't fall for the emotional
hype. Be aware of who
you're donating those useful items to. It's sad, but
there are so many who scam us by playing on our feelings of
patriotism and loyalty.
this doesn't mean you shouldn't shop at thrift stores! Just be
aware of who's pocketing the money. Rivahcat - Virginia
(Senior Ark note: Rivacat's comment that we should be aware of
who we are donating to is certainly valid. There are
legitimate thrift type operations where money does go to the
31. Get an idea of what is
ailing that range or refrigerator. It might be a simple fix
that you can tackle, but my well require a professional. I recently
used this site to diagnose a gas range problem. It told me what the
problem was, and the part I needed to replace. The cost for the part
would be $53 if I ordered it there. But I called a professional,
because I didn't want to fool around with gas. He made the same
diagnosis and told me the part would cost $70. I said "Oh, I'll show
you where we can get it for $53." He took a second look at his books
and said he had misread $53 as $70. Right!
Diagnose Your Appliance Problems
Vinegar can help in
several areas of your home with mineral deposits.(1)
Fill your drip coffee maker
with white vinegar every few months, and run it through a
complete cycle (of course, do not add coffee, and do not drink the
brew ) Then run clear water for
another complete cycle. Done. (2) Soak a
cloth or paper towel with vinegar and
place over mineral buildup, like around
faucets or sink and tub drains. Should remove deposits more easily
after an hour.(3) Your
dishwasher can build up
mineral and soap deposits. Add a cup of clear vinegar to a load
once a month to minimize this.
33. Consumer Reports’ Amanda Walker says
a smart gardener can take advantage of seasonal sales. Many nurseries
put their perennials on sale
in the late summer and fall, so you can stock up on plants that
should come back year after year.
Trees can be another money
saving investment this time of year. Many nurseries discount
their trees by as much as 75 percent in the fall.
You can plant bulbs in the fall that can
save you money, too. “If you buy
bulbs that divide on their own
underground, you'll get more plants every year without spending a
dime.” Examples of self dividing bulbs include daffodils and
blue grape hyacinth.
34. Save money by using an inexpensive
household product to do 131 things!
Uses for Vinegar
35. Have you ever noticed that when you
are buying a product online, and you reach the checkout line, it asks
for a "promotional code"?
These codes save you money when you get your final total. Well,
believe it or not, there are websites that exist to collect known
codes and publish them for your use. Sometimes the retailer even wants
you to see the code on these sites, because it may bring you to their
product. But you will save money. One caution is that sometimes if you
use a code for saving money, it negates a free shipping offer, so
assess that for yourself. Some
places to look for these promo codes include Coupon Cabin, Coupon
Craze, Current Codes, CoolSavings, and KeyCode
36. Very similar to #35 above. So you
are shopping online for some kind of product.
Before you go to the checkout page,
or before you physically get in your car and go to a store, go to a
search engine (MSN Yahoo, Google, Ask, etc) and
type in the name of the store
or business, followed by the word "coupon". In other
words, if I needed something at Home Depot, I would type in HOME DEPOT
COUPON. Check a few of the results you get to see what is available.
You would be surprised at how many companies make coupons available at
various places online as a way to attract extra customers.
We are talking some big bucks
the Frugal Shopper for
38. Check your hot
water tank setting. Are
you "boiling" water for a once or twice a day use? Set it to low, and
live with that fir a day. If too low, then increase it slightly, and
live with that for a day. Stop
when the setting seems to meet your temperature needs for a complete
day. This method will save you $$$ and will help to
prevent scalding under water that is too hot.
39. Dry Mustard will
remove onion odors from
your hands or cutting board. Rub in, then rinse off with water.
40. In 2005, a U.S. Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) panel concluded that there is
“no added benefit” from using
antimicrobial products over plain soap and water. If you choose
“antibacterial” products because you trust them to kill germs, you
might want to reconsider. According to recent studies, antiseptic
ingredients added to numerous products are not effective and
may actually be harmful.
Introducing an antimicrobial into the environment in this way also has
the unwanted effect of increasing pathogens’ resistance to clinically
Keep your fine glassware and
dishes from streaking. Add two tablespoons of vinegar (I use
white vinegar) to your detergent before starting the dishwasher. You
will be amazed. Gail W., FL
the life of bottled hand soap. You will find that if you add an
equal amount of water to the liquid soap, it will work just as well,
and last much longer.
Never use chemical cleaners in
your microwave again. Place a bowl of water on the
turntable and set the microwave so the water will come to a boil. Very
shortly thereafter, turn off the microwave, but keep the door closed
for 5 or 10 minutes. The moisture from the steam should soften all the
hardened particles in the microwave, and they will now wipe off easily
with a paper towel or cloth. When you remove the bowl of water, be
very careful not to get burned.
MUST-DO PROJECT FOR ANY MONTH This
is a project every homeowner and renter should do at least once a
year, so why not do it in January. After all, you may be in a cold
climate where you can't even watch the grass grow. Or do it in the
summer. JUST DO IT !
45. Find ways to save and find
quality on a broad range of food and products. Very interesting
Are you an avid reader?
Here is an interesting page on
10 ways to save money on books.
47. A cheap
and easy way to clean your
mirrors is to use newspaper and alcohol. Just fill a spray
bottle with 1/2 alcohol and 1/2 water. Spray them mirror then wipe
with the newspaper. You will have shiny, clean mirrors.
48. Writer, Donna Freedman says, " I'll
be living on just over $1,000 a month this year. That doesn't sound
like much -- and it isn't -- yet I plan not just to live on it, but to
build a savings account" You may find frugal inspiration in her
"Surviving (and thriving) on $12,000 a year"
Mary Ellen host Mary Ellen Pinkham points out various ways to use
cola around the home.
--Substitute cola for water in a cake recipe and in the icing.
--Need a quick and easy marinade? Soak a ham overnight in cola. This
will leave the meat nice and tender.
--Make a cola fruit salad. Fill a bowl with citrus fruit and pour cola
--Use cola as a substitute for one cup water in gelatin mixes. Make
cherry cola-flavored gelatin by mixing cola with cherry gelatin.
--Fill a spray bottle with cola, and spray on a window or mirror to
remove grease buildup.
--Crumple a piece of aluminum foil and dip it in cola. Rub the foil on
chrome to remove rust spots.
--Loosen a rusted bolt with the help of cola. Soak a rag in it, then
apply to the bolt. It should loosen in just minutes." --source: HGTV
Scratch and dent stores
sell large appliances that may have a bit of cosmetic damage. The
outside of a range, for example, may have a scratch in the surface of
the paint, or a refrigerator may have a dent in its side where someone
banged it into a wall. Otherwise,
the appliances are in perfect
working order and come complete with all of the warranties and
service contracts they would have if they were sold in pristine
condition. Do an internet search, look in the phone book or ask at
Sears, which often has their own scratch and dent store. After all, if
the right side of your refrigerator has a dent, and it faces the
51. Clear out the congested areas of
your home, and make extra cash at the same time.
Here is an article that will
show you one way to do this. Do you have one of these drop-off points
in your tow?
52. Did you know: Americans throw away
enough wood and paper each year to heat five million homes for 200
years? Reuse! Recycle! Jean P, San Antonio
Some frugal ways to clean
deodorizing: sprinkle baking soda or cornstarch on carpet, using about
1 cup per medium sized room. Vacuum after 30 minutes.
- For deodorizing: mix two parts cornmeal with one part borax;
sprinkle liberally, leave for one hour, then vacuum.
- To soak up big spills: dump cornmeal on the spill; after 5-15
minutes, sweep into a dustpan, then vacuum.
- Put 1/4 cup liquid soap or detergent in the blender with 1/3 cup
water. Blend until foamy. Use this to clean spots on the carpet, then
rinse with vinegar. Pat McD. NY, NY
Things You Should NEVER Buy New
DVDs and CDs.
Little kids' toys.
Software and console games.
For details and some exceptions read
55. So you need to go FRUGAL? Read:
Cheapskate Guide: 50 Tips for Frugal Living
FleaMarketGuide is a popular resource for treasure hunters, bargain
shoppers, and organized bus tours! Here you will find them all... from
the smallest to the very largest, indoor and/or outdoor, rural and
urban, all organized by state.
Gift cards: If you know that
you will be shopping regularly at Wal-Mart, or another retailer,
restaurant, gas station, then you can save a few extra percentage
points on your goods by purchasing gift cards on the
secondary market. Gift cards are sold at a discount on sites like
eBay, because the person
who received them wants cash instead of store credit. If you check for
gift cards being sold on the secondary market on a regular basis, you
should be able to knock an additional 5 percent or more off the cost
of your purchases.
Found on a frugal blog: "When we
retire in a couple of years, our frugal ways will continue so that we
can live better on less. It's amazing to me how much fun we have with
our limited resources. We'd rather spend our time valuing people and
establishing lasting relationships than live a highly consumptive and
materialistic life. It just feels good."
59. Here is a handy chart from the
National Association of Home Builders to give you an idea of the
expected life of the components that make up your home.
Purpose of this Website:
The primary objective of this website is to help other camera
hobbyists keep the older
"classic" 35mm cameras alive and clicking.
60. Links to
61. Need frugal gift ideas with that
Here are 30.
62. This may seem like a delicate issue
to discuss, (no pun intended) but I have a suggestion on
toilet paper. Our
toilet and pipes under the basement floor kept plugging. The plumber
who snaked it out, for $140, for the second time, told us we were
using too much toilet paper. Say what?? How much less can we use?? We
were using the two-ply very soft type of paper. We switched to the
Scotts single-ply, septic-tank-safe type, and neither the toilet, nor
the drain, have plugged in months. We do not have a septic tank, but
this works on whatever. K.B., San Antonio
63. Thousands of products are sold every
day with substantial rebates
available. Rebates come and go so frequently that
salespeople cannot keep up
with all of them. If you are about to but, or have just bought,
a product, (1) ask the salesperson to check on rebates (2) go to
the retailer's web site to check on rebates, (3) go to the
manufacturers web site and check for rebates.
You could save hundreds of
64. Sign up for
email alerts from your
favorite retailers. Sometimes
their BEST offers are online only. Last week I saw the best
offer I have ever seen from Sears. My email alert offered to discount
25% from any 4 appliances purchased that night---online only---priced
$399 or over. That included anything priced $399.01 an up. For someone
needing a couple kitchen appliances and maybe a washer and dryer--this
was a steal. And it included free delivery. This was an online offer
only. I also get updates from Home Depot, Tiger Direct, Lowes, and
several others. It only takes a second to delete an update if you
don't need a product. But you could save hundreds or thousands.
65, We recently saw a question on the
web site "Frugal Village".
The author was asked, "Are there any frugal things you won’t do?"
Answer: "I’m not in guerilla-frugality mode, so I’ve become a
bit more selective in what I will and won’t do. I won’t use toilet
paper substitutes, sacrifice nutrition, give up my high-speed Internet
or buy used underwear." We chuckled.
66. We saw a statement online where a
couple said they are saving
on furniture and new tires just by
offering to pay with cash.
The savings seem pretty darn good too–$75 for the new tires and $65
for a dresser marked $175. Hmm, I doubt this would work in chain
stores, though, since they probably don’t have the authority to adjust
prices like this. But it’s definitely worth trying in smaller stores.
I’ll definitely keep this tip in mind. Bear in mind that many credit
cards will back you up if you have a dispute with the merchant. With
cash, this benefit is lost. So many choices!!
67. When companies redesign logos or
containers, they mark up the price to cover the cost of this redesign
and the old packages are
picked up by the dollar store people. This is helpful to those
of us looking for a bargain. A monthly stop at the local dollar store,
where you can stock up on cleaning supplies and shampoo, soap,
toothpaste and other personal products, is a real money saver. And you
can also buy greeting cards,
really a good selection and quality, at two for a dollar.
Compare that with the $3.99 and more for cards elsewhere.
68. If you’re in a town that has a
discount bread store,
be sure to pay it a visit. Sometimes the stores have special
discount days for senior
citizens. Always check the “best if purchased by” date on the
wrapper. These stores often have other products at a bargain price
including condiments, cookies and pasta products. Gail, NY
69. It's frustrating when you purchase
something for full price and then
a few days later it goes on
sale. In most cases, you have 30 days from when you bought the
item to the get the sale price. The problem is, who wants to go from
store to store just to see if it's on sale? We found a great Web site
that will do the work for you. At
can register the item you purchased and if it goes on sale, you'll be
notified. There are hundreds of participating stores on the website
including Best Buy and Bed, Bath & Beyond.
Sales are great, but getting
something free is even better. If you love to sample new
www.todaysfreebies.com. The website has coupons and hundreds of
free samples. The free samples include medicines, cereal, hair
products and make-up. All you have to do is answer a few questions,
type in your address and then wait. Most samples are mailed to your
home within 4 to 6 weeks. It's a great way to try something without
paying a lot for it.
Laundry-I've been using
half the detergent advised for a load (smells and looks as clean), and
spray-then dry-a rag with softener for homemade dryer sheets. Heavy
sweatshirts only get dried part way then are taken out and hung up to
finish drying. J.G., Michigan
glass cleaner recipe isn't much different than the others
listed. It is 45% water, 45% rubbing alcohol and 10% ammonia.
This keeps me in window cleaner for a long time and it is cheap.
Although we traditionally think of
spring as the season for home maintenance, there are
should take in the fall and winter to
make sure that your
home is ready for the winter months. By performing these common
maintenance tips each autumn, you can help protect your home's value
and prevent major repairs.
Seniors are struggling to sell their homes right now.
Homeowners make the mistake believing
they are selling "their home," but once on the market your home is
actually a product. You need to create an environment the buyer can't
resist. In other words,
do everything you can to make the home so attractive, charming,
cozy, inviting, comfortable and exciting that a buyer will want to buy
that lifestyle for himself.
75. Genuine bargains can be found at the regular
Goodwill stores. Brand names, many nearly new, fill a real need for
thousands on limited budgets.
But have you heard about the Goodwill OUTLETS? These are even
greater bargains than the regular Goodwill.
Merchandise is sold by the
pound. To locate a Goodwill Retail Store near you, go to
We are unable to find a central Outlet locator, but know the Outlets
exist in Washington, Oregon, Indiana, and Wisconsin. Your regular
Goodwill store should know if there is an Outlet near you.
recently saw this excerpt online, and decided to print it as a
healthy attitude for frugal
"Michelle McKay likens herself to a hunter,
only what she stalks, tracks and brings home are free or nearly free
home furnishings and appliances. Washing machine, NordicTrack, antique
armoire: free, free, free.
McKay throws her arms open wide in the middle of her Phoenix home and
says: "This stuff is my horns on the wall."
McKay is a modern-day deal huntress, trading, bartering and swooping
up for free or at deep discounts about 90 percent of her home's
contents. Her kitchen shelves, too, are so stocked with items snatched
up during killer sales or at bargain stores that the room resembles a
77. In spite of its strong odor,
white vinegar makes an
excellent room deodorizer, for pennies instead of dollars spent
for chemicals that only mask with stronger odors. Place a few saucers
of vinegar around the room, and odors from paint, pets and cigarettes
will disappear. Or boil a half-cup in a cup of water and let the pot
Are you ready for Digital TV conversion?
79. Even the inside of your
dishwasher accumulates dirt and gunk. Inspect the bottom reservoir and
drain hose, where grease and food particles could get trapped. Push a
wad of paper towels or a large sponge into the bottom to absorb any of
this stuff. Then pour several cups of household vinegar into the
bottom and run a cycle.
Frugal as well as Eco-Friendly ideas.
81. Get the latest discount coupons from over
MSN Money:7 radical ways to save money
To help curb the consumer in you, we've come
up with a few of admittedly drastic savings strategies, along with
some ballpark figures of their savings potential. If you're really
ambitious and follow all the above tips, you could be looking at
savings of nearly $12,000 a year. Figuring you can invest it at the
historical rate of return at 10% your savings will start to compound
nicely -- and rapidly.
83. SeniorArk came across a site offering
waterless toilets. called the
"envirolet". SeniorArk knows nothing about it, so
investigate for yourself.
found a nifty way to place my reading glasses down so that they don’t
get damaged or dirty. I use a tin can (vegetable size) and put inside
a pretty cotton sock with the end stuffed inside the can. I have
these in all the rooms by the beds so people can safely leave their
eyeglasses. Easy and really keeps them clean as well.
Thanks to Claudia
85. 5 Things you may not
know you can do with your cell phone.
86. Not only survive in, but take
advantage of a down economy. Thanks to hzwings, Portland, OR
87. Something that works great for
general cleaning is
adding equal parts bleach and Pine-Sol (about 1/8 cup each )in a spray
bottle and fill the rest with water. The mixture works great for
cleaning the bathrooms, kitchen, and floors. I have been using this
for years. It saves a lot of money and cleans and deodorizes at the
same time. JB, New York, New York
88. I buy
auto windshield wiper fluid and use it on windows, mirrors and
glass around the house. It is the same liquid, but you get a lot more
for your money! JB, New York, New York
89. I hated tossing those
fabric softener sheets
in the landfill, so I make my own with an old washcloth. Mix one part
liquid softener to four parts water and place in an old spray bottle.
Spray some on a dedicated washcloth and toss in the dryer along with
the clothes. One bottle of liquid fabric softener lasts a very long
time. JB, New York, New York
50 Frugal Living Tips - The writer says: "Confession time: "I’m a
cheapskate. Some would say frugal, which sounds much more positive,
but in reality I can be a real cheapskate.
I am fairly frugal (though not
always), but sometimes I take it too far: I have T-shirts
with holes in them, I never buy new clothes, we’re shopping for a new
couch because our current one has holes in it, and I ran my current
pair of running shoes until the soles fell off.
However, I have gradually
learned to be frugal in many
ways that I would recommend to others. I don’t think you should
have holes in your couch, and you should definitely replace your
running shoes more often than I do, but there are many ways to cut
back on spending and live a more frugal lifestyle."
91. Before you purchase ANYTHING, go online and
search this way: (Name the
product, such as Panasonic TV), then add the words coupons, discount
codes, sales. You should be able to find the best deal possible
if you spend a few minutes going to the sites listed with the results
of your search. A while back my wife and I wanted to fly roundtrip
from Pittsburgh to Boston. We did this search, and up popped a lead to
Jet Blue. Will you believe that we flew each way for $27?
week I get an email from "Jenny" at the Pittsburgh Airport.
In that email she lists the
very best fares from each airline to various destinations.
INVALUABLE!!! Check your airports online site to see if something like
this is available. If not, tell them about Jenny.
Remove that rust from metal hand tools. Two methods: 1. Spray
rust with WD-40, then
use a fine sandpaper. 2. Make a paste by mixing baking soda with
either vinegar or lemon juice. Apply the paste to rusty tools and put
them aside for a few minutes. Wipe off with a paper towel or cloth,
AND RUST SHOULD BE GONE. Finally, spray the tool with WD-40 to
condition it for the future.
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