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Use mustard instead of mayo to save fat and calories

I love tuna salad, but I don't like the fat free mayo, so I tried mustard instead. It was delicious! It helps me eat healthier and keep my fat under my target.

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Don't buy envelopes, use the ones you get in the mail

Instead of buying envelopes, I use the ones that I get in junk mail and bills (I pay online, so I don't need the envelopes). I put the address labels I get from companies who want me to buy stuff or donate money over the return address. If there's a clear window or address printed in the "mail to"...

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Get all the lotion out of the bottle!

I hate to throw the little bit of lotion or shampoo left in the bottle away, so when I can't get it out through the top, I take a pair of scissors (sometimes need to be heavy duty) and carefully poke a hole in the bottle, then cut the bottle into two pieces. I take a small rubber spatula and scrape...

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Swiffer wet wipes

If you run out of wet wipes for the Swiffer, use an old washcloth! It lasts much longer, stays wet longer, and is much less expensive than buying the wet wipes!

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Lowfat Baking Alternatives

When I make muffins, cakes, or brownies, I substitute skim milk for the milk, applesauce for the oil, and egg beaters for the eggs. If it calls for 1/2 c. of oil, use 1/2 c. of applesauce. Egg beater conversion is 1 egg equals 1/4 c. egg beaters. This really cuts down on the fat and it doesn't take...

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Exercise on vacation

When I go on vacation, I take my bicycle, strapped to the back of my car. Then I ride every other day or so. Another thing that I've done is swim while on vacation and/or walk.

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Sticky Zipper?

If your zipper gets stuck zipping up or down, rub a bar of soap on the teeth and voila! it'll work smoothly.

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In it for the long haul

To keep with my healthy program, I had to concede that this was a lifestyle change I've had to put away the four letter word, diet. It's not a diet-it's permanent. It's about me making good choices so that I'll live a healthier life and hopefully be around to see my grandchildren grow u...

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Other uses for fabric softener sheets

You can hang one in your car to get a nice fresh odor in your car, you can rub it on your clothes to get rid of static cling, you can store it in your drawers to freshen your clothes, wipe your tv and computer screens with one to clean off the dust.

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onion smell on your hands?

rub your hands on any stainless steel item, like your faucet and the smell will go away!

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