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KITCHEN SAVINGS TIPS
scoop3.gif (11529 bytes)Scoop-Out Measured Savings
Most powdered laundry detergents include free plastic scoops with graduated measurements.   After a few boxes of detergent, you've probably saved just a few of these little treasures. scoop2.gif (12037 bytes)Not only are they handy for mixing gardening chemicals, but they're also useful in the kitchen too.  I purchase bulk quantities of flour and sugar at warehouse prices and re-package them in large glass pickle jars.  In each container, I now have matching scoops with graduated measures.  To be certain of the scoop's measurement marks, I take a known volume of water and fill-up the scoop, then I mark the known measurements on the scoop using a permanent marker. Liquid detergent and fabric softener measuring tops also work well.  Just wash everything completely before using.
GARDEN SAVINGS TIPS
peanuts.gif (22381 bytes)Growing Savings From Peanuts!
What do you do with foam packaging peanuts?  You can store them for the next time you send a package, or deposit them at most recycling centers across the nation.  Here's an even better idea.  Why not use them in potted plants to help with soil drainage?  Instead of adding the traditional gravel to the lower 1/3 of the planting container, add unused foam packaging peanuts instead.  As a low weight, high volume alternative to potting gravel, you'll find your pots will weigh substantially less, making gardening a little less burdensome.   This volume drainage alternative also helps stretch valuable quality gardening materials for other plants. The insulation properties of the peanuts also help to sustain plant roots during cold winter chills.
HOUSEHOLD SAVINGS TIPS
tissue2.gif (18257 bytes)Double Doody Tissue Tender
These days it seems there's a product for every thought.  Nothing seems to have a dual purpose and everything is a specialty.  If a manufacturer makes it, are we required to buy it?  Does life really have to be that difficult?  Let me ask: Have you ever been in the bathroom and not had any facial tissue, so you used toilet tissue?  Now tell me, what is the big difference between the two items?  I know some brands of toilet tissue that are softer and more fragrant then facial tissue!  During this last cold season, I went through five boxes of tissues and I just plain got fed up!  I decided to combine my tissues into one!  Using an empty container of a popular powdered infant formula, I tore off the paper advertising label and found a very nice silvered 'art deco' exterior.  I simply dropped a roll of toilet tissue into the can while streaming one end of tissue out through the top. tissue1.gif (10196 bytes)Next I got a roll of masking tape and placed it on the top of the plastic formula lid to use as a template.  Using a sharp utility knife, I cut around the inside of the masking roll to form about a three inch circular hole in the center of the top.  I then put the top on the can and pulled the tissue through the opening.   Now when I need facial tissue, I don't take a sheet, I pull a roll!  Now I have one less specialty item to buy at the store.  Even if your not sold, this is still useful for those places that don't have a place to store a toilet roll, simply put this on the counter.  If you'd like a fancier container, try covering the can with shelf liner, contact paper or fancy wrapping paper to match your bedroom decor. If you're handy at sewing, a little bit of cloth material and elastic would make a great covering.   You like triple-ply facial tissue?... pull more of the roll!
HOUSEHOLD SAVINGS TIPS
match2.GIF (13264 bytes)Matchless Savings
Long handled matches are a minor but costly purchase, yet truly needed for igniting pilot lights, barbecues, and fire place logs.  Here's a simple solution:  Take your wooden matches and wooden barbecue skewer and jam them together to make a longer match, or use masking tape to attach them onto each other.  Don't spend... improvise. If you don't have skewer, then how about using masking tape to attach matches to the end of an old broken TV antenna, that way what you light will get an infernal reception! 
SEWING SAVINGS TIPS
bounce2.GIF (10085 bytes)Dryer Sheets: Stabilizer Backing
Don't tell me you just throw away those used laundry static sheets!  After freshly used from the dryer, you should collect them and use them for your sewing needs.  They're perfect used as backing for sewing and embroidery.   The material simply pulls away after you're done. 
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You see them in the back alleys of the finest shopping malls in America. 
Huddled in their executive pinstripes and power ties.  There they are.   Exchanging furtive glances.  Suddenly they approach you and your children. Quickly, and with all the ferocity of a Hare Krishna on steroids, they attack. Begging you to spend all your money... As though their last plate of Grey Poupon and caviar desperately depended on it!  They promise alluring fulfillment and guarantee a good time. 
"Psst...Hey buddy... You gotta see this...  This is the best... You gotta have it... Take it now on credit...  Don't worry, you can pay me later..."   WELL, JUST DON'T STAND THERE!  Just Say No!
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