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  • Reuse your Christmas cards

    It’s sad to throw away Christmas cards. There’s a bit of guilt when you don’t keep some of them. Hoarding them in a box for years seems as wasteful as tossing them out. You can save some...

  • Survive without an oven

    DEAR SARA: What do you do if you don’t have your oven? For the past two weeks, I have not had an oven, and my mind has ventured onto other options. The computer board of my oven...

  • Wrap homemade gift mixes

    Homemade mixes are popular gifts. Many are given in decorated mason jars. But you can use various containers such as bowls, mugs, reusable plastic or glass containers, boxes (such as Chinese takeout food boxes), tins, cellophane or...

  • 10 things to shop for after Christmas

    The best bargains can often be found after Christmas. If you didn’t get what you wanted from your holiday wish list, it’s likely that you’ll find it for less during year-end and clearance sales. Also, many couples...

  • New uses for wire vegetable basket

    DEAR SARA: Do you have ideas for repurposing a hanging three-tier veggie basket? I have two wire three-tier vegetable baskets that I never use. I bought them and didn’t like how quickly the vegetables went bad and...

  • Using less than is recommended

    Sometimes you might forget to measure a precise amount of a product. You tend to eyeball it and use more than is needed. This is especially true with pourable products. If you read the instructions for laundry...

  • Use clothespins in a pinch

    Clothespins have multiple uses. They’re long-lasting and cheap to buy. Most people use them to hang their laundry to dry or as a chip clip. Do you have a creative way to use them? If you have...

  • Do your finances have you feeling completely hopeless?

    Are you an expressive woman who somehow took a wrong financial turn and have no idea how to find your way back?

  • Homemade gift good enough to eat

    DEAR SARA: I want to make cinnamon butter. Do you have a recipe? — Phaedra, Ohio DEAR PHAEDRA: Making compound butters is easy. For cinnamon butter, it can be as simple as adding cinnamon to the butter...

  • Avoid soggy sandwiches

    Sandwiches often get soggy when packing them for lunch. You can butter the bread, but that adds unnecessary calories. You can add condiments between your meat and cheese instead of it spread onto your bread, or use...

  • Can you plan a Christmas party without spending lavishly?

    Christmas is the season of fun and celebration. The enjoyment doubles when you don’t have to think of how to pay back debts after the season is over. So, if you want to plan a Christmas party,...

  • BISSELL Steam&Sweep winner

    Congratulations to DixieJ.  You’ve won a BISSELL Steam&Sweep. Enjoy!! Special thank you to BISSELL  and to everyone that entered.