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Product Research and Price Comparison

Every time we see something of larger monetary value (for my house anything over $20 that's a want) then, we take a pic or a note in our smart phone of that stores price, etc. When I get home I research when I think of it or as I look at ads etc. Generally, I put off even researching it and when we finally remember it we either realize we didn't need or want it, bought it but saved money, or otherwise. It really helps curb impulse purchases. emoticon

- Submitted by UREMAILHERE2001 8/12/2012 in Saving Money | 1 Comment
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Cleaning and Organizing to Stay away from Food

I lead a crazy busy life and therefore my house tends to get untidy and cluttered. When I joined SP, I decided to not only clean up my body, but to clean up my house too. I pick one room at a time and whenever I get the urge to eat, I clean, organize and purge instead. The result: I don't end up eating, my house is getting cleaned up and organized, and I've found things I forgot I even had. Gives me a great sense of accomplishment and pride.

- Submitted by JSTEZIK 10/5/2011 in Motivation | 1 Comment
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Movement!

Just getting off the couch and moving! It helped me make a great start in the beginning..I never sit still for longer than 5 minutes if I can help it(except meals)...just watch a child, they are only still when asleep...we should all be the same :)

- Submitted by GEMGLOW 7/29/2011 in Getting Started | 0 Comments
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Apple Slicing

If you're "vertically challenged" like me, you know how difficult it is to get high enough to push down on your apple slicer to cut through and more often then not it ROLLS to one side! I've found that if I put the apple top side down that it stabilizes the apple making for an easier cut!

- Submitted by SINGLEMOM34 6/29/2011 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Nighttime Diaper Disasters?

I have a toddler that wears a Size 4 diaper. I have found that by putting on a Size 5 for nighttime sleeping greatly reduces any chance of leaks! The increased size seems to hold more while still fitting properly. A girlfriend of mine also found that putting a maxi-pad inside the diaper works well too!

- Submitted by SINGLEMOM34 6/17/2011 in Organization | 0 Comments
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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" area of the envelope, I cover it with a piece of paper taped or glued in place and put the correct address on it.

- Submitted by GZELLEFRO 4/24/2011 in Saving Money | 6 Comments
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Cleaning and Organizing - Just do it!

I have to say...I took to the floor last night and went through three piles of paper and who knows what.
What a great feeling!
Just do it. Stop looking at it and saying you'll get to it.
You will fee so much better.

- Submitted by GOCELTICSGO 3/3/2011 in Organization | 2 Comments
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Murphy's Oil as stain remover

I learned this one from my sister (who was a kindergarten teacher). If a clothing stain has an oiliness to it (examples: tomatoes, oil based salad dressing), gently rub some Murphy's oil over the stain, then launder as usual. Do NOT put this article in the dryer...let it air dry. That way, if the stain needs another round of Murphy's oil (it rarely does by the way!), the dryers' heat won't have heat-set the stain.
This product has saved many an article of clothing at my house over the years!

- Submitted by AZURELITE 2/5/2011 in Product Reviews | 4 Comments
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Dustpan as Toy Herder

Scoop up small toys¯Lego blocks, jacks, Barbie shoes, plastic soldiers—with your dustpan and brush, so you can reclaim your living room for grown-ups.
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- Submitted by SRIVERS1 2/3/2011 in Around The House | 1 Comment
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Cotton Ball as Rubber Glove Protector

For leak-resistant gloves at your fingertips, push one cotton ball into the end of each finger of a dishwashing glove to keep sharp nails from splitting the rubber.
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- Submitted by SRIVERS1 2/2/2011 in Around The House | 0 Comments
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Use Cooking Spray as an Ice Repellent

Before clearing snow off a driveway, liberally spray both sides of a plastic or metal shovel with cooking spray. The ice will slide right off the oily surface. It's the easiest trick for smoother snow removal.
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- Submitted by SRIVERS1 2/1/2011 in Around The House | 4 Comments
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Cooking Spray as Candlestick Cleaner

Celebrating by candlelight? Spray the inside of a votive holder with a thin coating before dropping in a tea light. After the candle has burned down, the remaining wax will slip out.

- Submitted by SRIVERS1 1/31/2011 in Around The House | 0 Comments
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Keeping His Study Area Organized

My husband like to study the Bible and his Sunday school lesson at the kitchen table. We have a small table that seats 4. He uses the study Bible , his regular Bible, a bible dictionary, a dictionary set that consists of two large dictionaries, a concordance and a couple of Sunday school books. To keep all of this in order I placed a small book case beside the table. It helps him to keep his material at hand, including pencils and writing material, leaving the table clutter free. emoticon

- Submitted by STORMIWEATHER 1/30/2011 in Organization | 2 Comments
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Car Wax as Garden Shear Lubricant

For cleaner cuts with less elbow grease, rub a little paste on the hinge of a pair of garden shears so they don’t get jammed.
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- Submitted by SRIVERS1 1/29/2011 in Around The House | 0 Comments
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Flat Iron as Touch-Up Iron

No time to drag out your iron and ironing board? A straightening iron works perfectly between buttons where a regular iron doesn’t fit. And it smooths collar creases and minor wrinkles. So you can look perfectly pressed when you're pressed for time.
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- Submitted by SRIVERS1 1/23/2011 in Around The House | 3 Comments
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Bobby Pin as Pleat-Making Tool

Prep a pleated skirt for ironing by sliding a bobby pin onto each pleat at the hem to hold them all in place while you press. (Be sure to remove them afterward!)
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- Submitted by SRIVERS1 1/22/2011 in Around The House | 0 Comments
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Aluminum Foil as Wrinkle Remover

To get wrinkles out of silk, wool, and rayon clothes that can't take direct heat, place a piece of foil on your ironing board, then lay the garment flat over it. With the steam button down, pass the iron three to four inches over the fabric several times. Wet heat radiating from the foil helps smooth out wrinkles.
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- Submitted by SRIVERS1 1/19/2011 in Around The House | 0 Comments
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Dryer Sheet as a Scum Buster

Remove obstinate soap buildup from glass shower doors by sprinkling a few drops of water onto a used fabric-softener sheet and scrubbing.
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- Submitted by SRIVERS1 1/18/2011 in Around The House | 1 Comment
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For Extra Storage For The Bedroom

If your bedroom has less than standard-height walls, don't despair. As this bedroom proves, you can stash a lot of stuff along a short wall and still add some attractive decorative elements. Long, low benches provide ample surface storage while baskets and bins underneath keep small things tidy.

- Submitted by SRIVERS1 1/12/2011 in Around The House | 0 Comments
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To Keep Paintbrushes & Rollers Moist For The Next Day

A supermarket bag, tightly secured with a rubber band, will keep a brush (or roller) moist for a day or two in between painting sessions: the end of dried-out bristles.

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- Submitted by SRIVERS1 1/10/2011 in Around The House | 3 Comments
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To Clean Hairbrushes

Hairbrushes and combs pick up not only loose hair, but they also get oily.
Clean yours once a month by soaking them in a solution of warm water and a teaspoon or two of baking soda. Scrub them with a soft brush, if needed, then rinse them with clean water and let them air dry.
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- Submitted by SRIVERS1 1/10/2011 in Around The House | 0 Comments
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Can't Fine Warranty or Instructions to Applicances

Put instruction manuals & warranties in a three-ring binder and you’ll never rifle through drawers again. You can put them in Sheet protectors to keep them nice.

- Submitted by SRIVERS1 1/7/2011 in Around The House | 5 Comments
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Extend candle life

Place candles in the freezer for at least two hours before burning. They will last longer.
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- Submitted by SRIVERS1 1/6/2011 in Around The House | 3 Comments
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Need To Proctect Your Shoes When Traveling

A giveaway shower cap or plastic bags becomes the perfect wrapper for shoes when traveling, preventing them from dirtying clothes packed in your suitcase.

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- Submitted by SRIVERS1 1/5/2011 in Around The House | 2 Comments
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Have an old cassette case hanging around?

Oh, you know you do. Coil iPod earphones and tuck them in to keep wires uncrossed. Or earpieces for your cellphone when not using.

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- Submitted by SRIVERS1 1/3/2011 in Around The House | 0 Comments
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