With Kids, Travel Kit Can Save the Day Whether it's anticipating a backseat disaster, coming up with a quick dinner solution or keeping memories alive, our readers have just the perfect solution. TRAVEL KIT. I have a little kit I keep in the car. It contains gallon-size zip-lock bags, …Read more. How to Shovel Snow Surely the winter of 2014 will go down in the history books for breaking numerous records and for teaching us a new term: Polar Vortex. Sounds like the title of a Disney movie, doesn't it? Actually — and I had to look this up to be absolutely …Read more. The Trouble with Prepaid Debit Cards If you are hoping that one day soon I, your humble columnist, will find the error of my ways and fall in love with debit cards, you can probably stop hoping. I doubt if that will ever happen. In fact, I've just discovered why I also am not a fan of …Read more. How to Remove Non-Skid Bathtub Appliques How to Remove Non-Skid Bathtub Appliques Dear Mary: Could you tell me how to remove non-skid appliques from the surface of a bathtub? They were applied at least 20 years ago, and they are chipping off because of age, but leaving a residue of …Read more.more articles
Why Buy When You Can Borrow?
There are a ton of books in my local library. They even have newly released books, too. So why, instead of borrowing, do we buy books? By waiting just a little while, we can read that bestseller from our favorite author. Our first tipster has a great way to stay current — and save money, too.
KEEP BESTSELLER LISTS. I keep the bestseller lists from the New York Times book section; many are months old. Keeping those old lists makes it much easier to find bestselling books at the library, as the demand has waned from when these books were newly released. — Beverly, California
ASK FOR GIFT CARD BALANCE. I work at Bed Bath & Beyond. When a gift card is used, the balance left on the card is printed on the receipt. I suppose other retailers do the same with their cards, but if not just ask the cashier for the balance. Then keep track of it in your wallet. — Vicki, Michigan
ADD MAYO TO THE LICE. In my area, head lice are a real problem. There is one home treatment that seems to work. Starting at the top of your child's head, lift a small section of hair and apply regular mayonnaise onto the scalp. Continue until the entire head is covered with mayonnaise. Then, wrap cotton from a roll or gauze around the hairline and top with a shower cap. Leave on overnight. The next morning, have your child stand in the shower and rinse the hair with warm water. Follow with dishwashing detergent (this helps to get the oils out of the hair), and then finish with your regular shampoo and conditioner.
One treatment should do it.
D.I.Y. CONDENSED SOUP MIX. I make my own condensed soup mix and use it in soups and casseroles instead of using canned from the store. Combine: 2 cups instant nonfat dry milk crystals, 3/4 cup cornstarch, 1/4 cup instant chicken bouillon granules, 2 tablespoons dried onion flakes, 1/2 teaspoon crushed dried basil, 1/2 teaspoon crushed dried thyme (optional) and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Store in an airtight container. To substitute for one can of any condensed soup, mix 1/3 cup dry mix and 1 1/4 cups water in saucepan. Cook and stir until thickened. Add one tablespoon butter, if desired. — Carol, email
You can find dozens of ideas and recipes for making your own spice blends, dressings and mixes in my handy booklet, "Make Your Own Mixes." It's available as a printed booklet for $7 or an eBooklet to download for $5. To order either version: Visit our website at www.DebtProofLiving.com and click on bookstore; call 800-550-3502; or send your check or money order to Debt-Proof Living, PO Box 2099, Cypress, CA 90630.
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