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Low on Matches? Re-light with Twist-Ties!

More homes heat and cook with electric, and fewer people smoke cigarettes, so homes often keep a low supply of matches. But when birthdays, quiet dinners or other events need candles lit, light a few candles with one match. But after that match burns out, light or re-light the remaining candles with twist-ties (the kind that come with plastic bags but are rarely used) ignited by candles already lit. The twist-ties last about as long as a short match.

- Submitted by BLONDWUNN 5/5/2011 in Saving Money | 1 Comment
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Re-use the Clear Plastic Bags that U.P.S. Covers Your Rainy Day Packages With!

Be careful not to tear the bag when you remove your package(s). These bags are great as dust covers for garments in your closet, large trash bags, comforter storage bags, small Christmas Trees, and more. Slice the bag open to use as a furniture or floor protector during painting. You can think of more handy ideas, too!

- Submitted by BLONDWUNN 2/28/2011 in Saving Money | 0 Comments
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Lower Your Daily Calories by Using Smaller Dishes!

This really works for me! When I want a "plate" of spaghetti I use a saucer and still manager to get full! I've switched to smaller soup/cereal bowls too. I do the opposite, however, when I make a salad: I'll choose a large serving bowl and my dressing is YUMMY plain yogurt dollops!!

- Submitted by BLONDWUNN 2/13/2011 in Weight Loss | 3 Comments
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Save Money by Switching to the Big Box of Quaker Oats!

Where I live the boxes of flavored oatmeal packets are close to $4.00 per box, with 8 packet servings. The Large round box of Quick Quaker Oats is ALSO $4.00, but there are 30 servings of the same size. Just add your own fruit, or cinnamon and it cooks almost as quickly. You don't need all the ADDITIVES in the flavored packets, either, so there's savings in both money and health!

- Submitted by BLONDWUNN 8/21/2010 in Saving Money | 4 Comments
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Shop at the Dollar Store!

I used to be embarrassed but in these times, not any more! I bought a great clock for $3.00, a beautiful vase for $3.00, a large planter for a fruit tree for $3.00 and lots more. I saw Dominoes that I bought on Amazon for $8 at the dollar store for $3.00. I bought great washable rugs for $5.00!

- Submitted by BLONDWUNN 7/29/2010 in Saving Money | 4 Comments
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Make your own Cheap Jump Rope!

Get a cheap bag of rope, any fiber, for a clothesline. You'll be able to cut many 8' (avg.) lengths, or cut off enough for one. To add weight to the rope, slip it through a small bolt that should stay in the middle so that it hits the floor just before you jump. Wrap extra length around your hand.

- Submitted by BLONDWUNN 7/24/2010 in Saving Money | 0 Comments
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What to do with Used Paper rolls (toilet & paper towel)

Use them for kindling in the wood stove or outdoor fire pit. Can also use the empty paper towel rolls to cover electrical cords so pets won't chew them. If the electrical plug is too large to push through, just slice down the long middle, tuck the cord in , and tape it shut.

- Submitted by BLONDWUNN 6/21/2010 in Saving Money | 5 Comments
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