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Reheat Pizza So It's Crispy, Never Soggy

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Attention all pizza lovers: If you prefer last night's pizza as a cold snack for this morning's breakfast (yes, some really do), you can skip the first of today's great reader tips. However if you, like I, prefer it hot and crispy, read on. You're going to love this idea.

REHEAT PIZZA. Heat up leftover pizza in a nonstick skillet on the stovetop. Just set the heat to medium-low and heat till it's warm. This prevents soggy pizza and keeps the crust crispy, too. -- Sue K., North Carolina

MAKE A BANNER. When you need banners and decorations for sporting events, parties, picnics, etc., use plastic table covers for making them. You can write on them with markers, craft paint or tempera paint and even cut out letters from another cover and glue them on. The signs are durable and weatherproof. -- Dee S., e-mail

KIDS GIFTS. When I wrap a present for a kid's party, I use large square address labels that I order online. I write, "Happy Birthday from (my kids' names)" where the address usually goes. Then I stick one onto the bottom of the present before I wrap it so the birthday kid will know who gave him the present if the card gets lost.

-- Debi H., e-mail

CUCUMBER STORAGE. To keep cucumbers fresh, cut them in spears, put them in a plastic container and pour just enough Italian dressing to marinate them. They will keep at least a week and are a healthy snack. A mix of oil and vinegar also works. -- Judy F., e-mail

CLEAN A VASE. An easy way to clean a vase, especially if you can't get your hand into it, is to fill the vase with water and drop in a denture-cleaning tablet. Allow it to fizz and do its thing; then rinse clean. -- Jo, Minnesota

Surprise! Today's tipsters should watch their mailboxes because Mary is sending you a copy of her new book, "Debt-Proof The Holidays," with her compliments!

Would you like to send a tip to Mary? You can e-mail her at mary@everydaycheapskate.com or write to Everyday Cheapskate, P.O. Box 2135, Paramount, CA 90723. Mary Hunt is the founder of www.debtproofliving.com and author of 17 books, including "Debt-Proof Living" and "Tiptionary 2." To find out more about Mary and read her past columns, please visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.
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