Everyday Cheapskate from Creators Syndicate https://www.creators.com/read/everyday-cheapskate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Fri, 21 Sep 2018 14:46:45 -0700 https://www.creators.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Everyday Cheapskate from Creators Syndicate https://cdn.creators.com/features/everyday-cheapskate-thumb.jpg https://www.creators.com/read/everyday-cheapskate 596bae57812b49b8d6e1a87b914a88be How to Recover the Length of Shrunken Jeans Plus More Great Reader Tips for 09/20/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/everyday-cheapskate/09/18/how-to-recover-the-length-of-shrunken-jeans-plus-more-great-reader-tips Thu, 20 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>If you've ever experienced the heartbreak of shrinking your favorite pair of jeans to a length that would make them perfect to wear to a flood, you're going to be particularly fond of today's first great reader tip. And like me, you're probably going to wonder, "Why didn't I think of that?"</p> <p>NO MORE HIGH WATERS. <p>Updated: Thu Sep 20, 2018</p> e2d375ededdad166a25f9c77fabe6821 Ask Me Anything: Best Vacuum, Best Blowtorch, Best Meat Thermometer for 09/19/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/everyday-cheapskate/09/18/ask-me-anything-best-vacuum-best-blowtorch-best-meat-thermometer Wed, 19 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>My mail doesn't arrive one message at a time. It comes in piles. Think: avalanche. But I have big plans and high hopes.</p> <p>I must have the most patient readers on Earth &#8212; understanding, too, because while I read every single message, I am unable to reply personally. That's why I look forward to Ask Me Anything day.<p>Updated: Wed Sep 19, 2018</p> e7e392faf48360dbb1dc855ab74645b8 Strategies to Cut the Cost of Food for Every Lifestyle for 09/18/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/everyday-cheapskate/09/18/strategies-to-cut-the-cost-of-food-for-every-lifestyle Tue, 18 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Ever wonder why you never have enough money to save? I'm talking about consistent, regular deposits out of every paycheck that go straight into a savings account. Maybe it's time to consider that you're handing your savings over to local restaurants, drive-thrus, diners and coffee shops. Think about it.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">No matter your lifestyle, I am confident that with the right strategies, you really can reduce the amount of money you're spending on food.</span><p>Updated: Tue Sep 18, 2018</p> b4c3c2534575ae74cd10e5a4de4d8126 Have You Checked the HVAC Filter Lately? for 09/17/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/everyday-cheapskate/09/18/have-you-checked-the-hvac-filter-lately Mon, 17 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Everyone knows that we should change the filter in our home heating, ventilating and air conditioning system, or HVAC system. Actually, doing that may be something else altogether. It's all about the where, when and how of doing it that leads us to procrastination and selective amnesia.</p> <p>It's not difficult. The problem is in making it a priority.<p>Updated: Mon Sep 17, 2018</p> 8325ed8a5fa0d9a8e948364a4719ce35 Ask Me Anything: Best Home Printer, Stain Recipe and Insurance Claims for 09/12/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/everyday-cheapskate/09/18/ask-me-anything-best-home-printer-stain-recipe-and-insurance-claims Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>I have a friend who chides me from time to time for asking too many questions (you know who you are, Duane). I'm sure it's true, but only because I am the inquisitive type. I have that the need-to-know gene.</p> <p>But do you know what I love more than asking questions? Answering them! And that's a good thing because I do get a lot of questions from you, my dear readers. Oh, boy, do I.<p>Updated: Wed Sep 12, 2018</p> 63a10f88408ba5d4cc4c8c914a363f37 Great Tips From Great Readers for 09/11/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/everyday-cheapskate/09/18/great-tips-from-great-readers Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>I can't think of a better day than today to reach into the mailbag and pull out a few great tips submitted by &#8212; you guessed it &#8212; my great (loyal, faithful, awesome) readers!</p> <p>PET-FRIENDLY BEDSPREAD<p>Updated: Tue Sep 11, 2018</p> 0f7713d55a12a914476650f897c5cddf Worst and Best Ways to Grill Chicken for 09/10/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/everyday-cheapskate/09/18/worst-and-best-ways-to-grill-chicken Mon, 10 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In a recent column on secrets for grilling cheap cuts of meat, I asked readers to share their worst barbecue/grilling experiences that could have been spared if they'd had a decent instant-read thermometer.</p> <p>I loved reading your comments, some of which were so funny you had me laughing out loud. But more than that, I learned that most of our grilling disasters involve chicken.<p>Updated: Mon Sep 10, 2018</p> 57686808e373c382e3aea01ed03cfd73 A Guide for How to Be a Gracious Houseguest for 09/06/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/everyday-cheapskate/09/18/a-guide-for-how-to-be-a-gracious-houseguest Thu, 06 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It was shocking, if not surreal. The email was from a woman I'd never met and whose name I recognized only because a few months earlier, she'd mailed me a book she'd written.</p> <p>The message announced that she and her family were planning a cross-country road trip to Disneyland and would just love to stay with us since (at the time) we lived nearby and oh, wouldn't that be so much fun. She gave a tentative date they would be arriving. <p>Updated: Thu Sep 06, 2018</p> faf305d20c6e75a1b675d0509be63046 Ask Me Anything: Help! My White Laundry Is Coming out Dingy and Gray, and Which Size Instant Pot? for 09/05/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/everyday-cheapskate/09/18/ask-me-anything-help-my-white-laundry-is-coming-out-dingy-and-gray-and-which-size-instant-pot Wed, 05 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Dear Mary: How can I whiten my whites? I have well water, and I use homemade laundry detergent. But my whites &#8212; especially my white uniforms &#8212; are graying. I use white vinegar in the rinse. I can't soak them in bleach or use the Cascade formula every time I wash. Any ideas? &#8212; Dotti</p> <p>Dear Dotti: Dingy-gray coloring is usually a sign that too much detergent is not completely getting rinsed away in the rinse cycle. If your well water is especially hard, that could also be contributing to this problem. White vinegar doesn't necessarily help to whiten clothes. We use it in the rinse cycle to help release all of the detergent.<p>Updated: Wed Sep 05, 2018</p> d020ca9cd13ca95c6317914a5a7a5f0e Essential Gear for College Dorm Room for 09/04/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/everyday-cheapskate/09/18/essential-gear-for-college-dorm-room Tue, 04 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It's been a number of years since I moved into a college dorm room. My memories of college life are both vivid and precious.</p> <p>For years, I'd been dreaming about how I would grow up and leave my childhood home and sheltered life to attend college in Los Angeles. I lived in the same dorm room from my first day as a freshman until I graduated four years later (The Master's University). And I loved it. <p>Updated: Tue Sep 04, 2018</p> 5cd215c41706abd2feccf7e5504f865e 7 Ways to Wage War Against Mosquitoes -- and Win! for 09/03/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/everyday-cheapskate/09/18/7-ways-to-wage-war-against-mosquitoes-and-win Mon, 03 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Mosquitoes are nasty creatures. They bite; they transmit terrible diseases to people and pets; and from what I read, they have no redeeming value in the ecosystem.</p> <p>Malaria infected some 212 million people worldwide in 2016, and killed an estimated 429,000. Mosquitoes spread yellow fever, dengue fever, Japanese encephalitis, Rift Valley fever, Chikungunya virus and West Nile virus.<p>Updated: Mon Sep 03, 2018</p> 6da241ae49d759e7467114ef9472cff4 What Do You Need to Be Happy? for 08/30/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/everyday-cheapskate/08/18/what-do-you-need-to-be-happy-e422d Thu, 30 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>When a University of Michigan survey asked people what they believe would improve their quality of life and make them happy, the answer given most often was "more money." </p> <p>In the book "The Day America Told the Truth," James Patterson and Peter Kim asked, "If you could change one thing about your life what would it be?" The No. 1 response, at 64 percent, was "greater wealth."<p>Updated: Thu Aug 30, 2018</p> ecdb90e1f3f2f5502d79bef21b7e6c56 15 Minutes to Financial Freedom for 08/29/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/everyday-cheapskate/08/18/15-minutes-to-financial-freedom-e0137 Wed, 29 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The email contained a single-word subject: "Help!" The sender, I'll call her "Emily," had been asked by her community group leader to give a 15-minute presentation on how to achieve financial freedom. She was honored to have been asked, excited to do it, but also panicked by the thought. She asked if I would help.</p> <p>My first thought was that I can't even introduce myself in 15 minutes. How could I, Emily or anyone else tackle that subject in just 15 minutes? But then I got to thinking: If money management is, as I believe, not that difficult, why couldn't she do it? Why couldn't I do it? I decided to give it a try.<p>Updated: Wed Aug 29, 2018</p> c6e76e42ef52a6f2afef96aff5992b2f Fabulous and Super-Cheap Homemade Cleaner Recipes for Eyeglasses, Windshields, Counters and Floors for 08/28/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/everyday-cheapskate/08/18/fabulous-and-super-cheap-homemade-cleaner-recipes-for-eyeglasses-windshields-counters-and-floors Tue, 28 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>I pretty much hate to buy things I know I can make for less money and in a fraction of the time it takes to find them in a store. Take cleaning products, for example. <span class="column--highlighted-text">Knowing I can make specific cleaners for pennies that cost dollars in a store just makes me happy.</span> It's a no-brainer.</p> <p>Here are my top five handy recipes to help you get started saving all that money you've been spending on cleaners:<p>Updated: Tue Aug 28, 2018</p> 70579605f3e0acacfa4244031a3683a4 Ask Me Anything: Toys R Us Gift Card, Percale Sheets and Best Upright Vacuum for 08/27/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/everyday-cheapskate/08/18/ask-me-anything-toys-r-us-gift-card-percale-sheets-and-best-upright-vacuum Mon, 27 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Dear Mary: The sad news that Toys R Us is closing all of its U.S. stores has us not only nostalgic for childhood memories but also wondering: What should we do with our Toys R Us gift cards? &#8212; Michael</p> <p>Dear Michael: Like you, my adult kids and grandsons are going through a kind of grief as thoughts of Toys R Us flood them with wonderful memories. <p>Updated: Mon Aug 27, 2018</p> 993c6ff8b6404fc2b31d565dfc151116 Values are More Often Caught Than Taught for 08/23/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/everyday-cheapskate/08/18/values-are-more-often-caught-than-taught Thu, 23 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Bents, characteristics, abilities and tendencies are the conduits through which you can pass your values to your kids. But how exactly do you make the pass? It's though your life, the way you live.</p> <p>Kids learn most effectively through observation and imitation. It's the witness of our lives &#8212; more than anything we say &#8212; that is taken in slowly and cumulatively by our children.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 23, 2018</p> d4d2a4b7e5b483cf436c792737b56f0c Worst and Best Ways to Clean Your Eyeglasses for 08/22/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/everyday-cheapskate/08/18/worst-and-best-ways-to-clean-your-eyeglasses Wed, 22 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>You just paid a small fortune for new eyeglasses. On top of the cost for prescription lenses and fashionable frames, you opted for anti-reflective, anti-scratch and UV-protection coatings. After all, eyesight is a precious thing, and it's only wise to do all you can to protect it, right? Absolutely! But here's the deal: You may be destroying your investment one cleaning at a time.</p> <p>Modern-day lens coatings are revolutionary in the way that they protect your eyes from harmful UV rays and provide comfort. And these coatings are fairly durable. Just know that anti-scratch does not mean 100 percent scratchproof. Rather, it somewhat helps to prevent minor scratches that could easily develop on a regular lens.<p>Updated: Wed Aug 22, 2018</p> 967f738bac5a6722a8c9d4e3c9333927 Simple Secrets for Grilling Cheap Cuts of Meat for 08/21/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/everyday-cheapskate/08/18/simple-secrets-for-grilling-cheap-cuts-of-meat Tue, 21 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p>Getting our outdoor grill cleaned, polished and ready for summer got me thinking about how much fun it would be to celebrate. After all, summer is just a few months a year, so why not do things up right with an amazing menu and a few good friends?<p>Updated: Tue Aug 21, 2018</p> 37b01100621849fd789cd0e0bbfab434 How to Unshrink a Sweater, Paying Taxes and More for 08/20/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/everyday-cheapskate/08/18/how-to-unshrink-a-sweater-paying-taxes-and-more Mon, 20 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p>I love it when I open my email to find a question that makes me go "Oh, boy. Do I know about that feeling! That's exactly what happened to me. Been there, done that!"<p>Updated: Mon Aug 20, 2018</p> 69b83f567b510d5938422d0655898929 Let's Hear It for These Three Companies and Their Great Customer Service for 08/16/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/everyday-cheapskate/08/18/lets-hear-it-for-these-three-companies-and-their-great-customer-service Thu, 16 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>There's a part of me that cannot believe we're going to do this again. Six years ago, my husband remodeled our kitchen in California. It turned out so well and improved the value of our home, and we then decided to sell it and relocate to Colorado. </p> <p>A year ago, we got the bug to do it again. It's not that our kitchen is awful; it's that it's inefficient and it needs an update.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 16, 2018</p>