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    Reuse zippered bags

    New bedding is frequently sold in plastic zippered bags. These can be reused to organize items such as toys and games, craft projects and supplies, seasonal clothing or Christmas wrapping supplies, just to name a few. How...

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    Reuse coffee cans

    Coffee cans are great storage containers. They have a tight-fitting lid, come in different sizes, are portable, and some even have a wide-grip handle. Their durability makes them a smarter choice than glass jars for many storage...

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    Take classes online

    If you’ve been thinking about taking a class but money has been stopping you, there are plenty of free online classes available: – Yale offers free introductory courses at oyc.yale.edu. – Open Courseware Consortium is a collaborative...

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    Pay less at learning centers

    Get a cheaper haircut or various other salon services from students at a beauty school. Visit beautyschoolsdirectory.com to find one close to you. Along the same lines, you can find cheaper dental services at dental schools and...

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    Remove stains from baby clothes

    Baby clothes collect a lot of food stains. Remove them by using a bar of Fels-Naptha or applying dishwashing liquid and one tablespoon ammonia. Rub gently and rinse, then place the garments outside in the sun. It...

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    Give recipe gifts

    Recipe gifts are wonderful because all the ingredients are included. While many recipe gifts are for baked goods, you can make a gift basket that includes ingredients for almost anything. Make a food basket with snack items...

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    Clean baked-on foods from pans with ease

    Cleaning pans can be a tough job. Oftentimes, you can simply fill the pot or pan with soapy water and let it soak, then clean it later, or remove what you can with a wooden or plastic...

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    Clean stove drip trays

    Dear Sara: We have an old electric stove (the coil type) with burner drip trays. I guess they must be aluminum or some sort of coated steel. Stuff has burned on over the past few years, and...

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    Make slow cooker oatmeal

    Boiling water or using a microwave to cook instant oatmeal is fast and easy, but some people don’t have a microwave, and some don’t like the cost of the small packets of instant oatmeal. Stovetop oatmeal can...

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    Stretch your meat budget

    Meat prices are rising. If you’re not interested in eating a plant-based diet, stretching meat is an acceptable option, within the boundaries of proper nutrition. You can slice meat into strips for stir-fry, fajitas, sandwiches or salad....

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    Remove lipstick stains

    Dear Sara: I accidentally washed a tube of lipstick in a load of whites. It is all over everything. I tried rewashing it with OxiClean, to no avail. I tried spot cleaning and gave up because there...

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    Clean streaky flatware

    Dear Sara: Just read your answer regarding hard-water staining on glassware. My problem is my flatware, which still looks streaked and dirty. Any suggestions? — Yvonne S., email Dear Yvonne: There are a couple of ways to...