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    Old-fashioned activities are fun

    Young kids still love classic summer-fun activities, such as jump rope, jacks and bubbles. My daughter recently became fascinated with cat’s cradle, the simple string-figure game that only requires some yarn or string. Don’t remember how to...

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    Uses for a salad spinner

    A salad spinner makes the washing and drying of salad greens a simple task. It’s one of those gadgets that, once you own one, you wonder how you lived without it. This is especially true the first...

  • Uses for leftover hamburger buns

      You’d rather have too many hamburger buns than not enough. But when there are some leftover buns, you’re faced with a keep-or-toss decision. Don’t let them sit on the counter until they mold or hide them...

  • Dip into summer parties

    Summer brings people together for casual backyard barbecues. Some parties are potlucks and you simply bring a dish to pass. But there are occasions when you want to bring a hostess gift. Maybe you usually bring wine,...

  • Set summertime savings goals

    Summer is a great time to start frugal goals. Arm yourself with a game plan for budget busters such as summer school break, back-to-school costs, increased utilities and the holidays that will be here before you know...

  • Combat dry skin

    Dry skin is common during winter. Not only is it unsightly, but it can be itchy and painful, too. There are plenty of expensive products available, but you can manage your dry skin on a frugal budget....

  • Summer recipes keep you cool

    Warm weather means more get-togethers and plenty of meals outdoors. This year, make a few new dishes that are crowd pleasers. The first two recipes are quick side dishes that can be made ahead. The other two...

  • Punch up your potato salad

    Potato salad is a standard summer dish. Made with simple ingredients, it seems impossible to fail, but not everyone can make a good potato salad. I’m sharing five variations to enjoy. None are fancy, but all are...

  • Leftover ham recipes

    photo by shygantic After a holiday dinner, chances are you’ll have extra ham. Macaroni and cheese with ham is tasty, but you don’t have to resort to that every time. Once it’s cooked, you can chop and...