A Second Life for Hearing Aids

It came as wonderful news to discover that hearing aids can be recycled and passed on to a second user. Here’s how:

My Mom purchased her hearing aids from Costco. (Costco has the best prices and the most freebies—sorry Sam’s Club, I’m your loyal shopper otherwise.)

After we lost Mom, I hated the idea of discarding those precious and expensive items.  When I checked, I learned that Costco can reprogram those “mini computers” to match a new user. For members, the reprogramming is free.

Now, my Mom’s younger sister will have hearing aids for the price of a Costco membership. It is a wonderful feeling to share a part of my Mom with her sister in this way.

If you do not know someone, maybe you can resell, gift, or donate them to the Lion’s Club. Whatever you decide, do not let them go to waste.

By the way, you do not need to be a member to have a free consultation at Costco. If you decide to buy, you can join after making the purchase decision.



Use Your Phone to Find Your Glasses

If you’re nearsighted, it can be challenging to find your eyeglasses. Use your phone to find them.

Pull up your phone’s camera and use it to get a clear view of all the stuff around you. You’ll be able to spot them quite easily as you walk about bringing different areas into clear view on the camera’s screen.



TP In a Tissue Box

The square boxes of tissues are fairly expensive as compared to the large boxes, so I devised a way to fit a roll of toilet paper in an empty square tissue box. I carefully remove the cardboard insert from the toilet paper, open the box from the bottom, place the roll in the box, and tape the box closed. So easy!

The paper pulls out perfectly from the center of the roll. We keep these boxes around the house where they’re handy (and cheap). Yvy



Get to the Bottom of It!

I discovered this method when I came to the end of my favorite, and quite expensive, tube of lotion. This works on any thin, plastic tube of product that you are able to cut through with scissors (toothpaste, face cream, lotion, hair products, medications…)  Never throw away an “empty” tube of product without doing this first.


Once the container appears empty, stand the tube on end, as though you’re trying to drain out every last bit of product.

Using scissors, cut horizontally through the tube about 2-3 inches above the cap end, cutting the tube into two separate, not necessarily equal, pieces.

Notice how much product is hiding in the tube!

Use your fingers to transfer all of the product into the cap end of the tube.

To reseal, simply place the top half of the tube over the original cap end.  It may not be a perfect fit but you will be able to squeeze them together securely.

Push the new “lid” down as far as possible onto the cap end of the tube, creating a much shorter “mini” tube, as pictured below.

To use any remaining product do not use the original cap but remove the new “lid, or tube half” to reach in with your fingers.

You can get your fingers right to the bottom of the tube for several more days, or even weeks, of product use.

No more wasted product!

You’ll really be able to “get to the bottom of it”.

Coffee Filter Switcheroo

I had a good supply of basket-style coffee filters when I switched to a pot that takes the cone-style. I decided to try a little tweaking to see if I could possibly use the filters I had already.

I set the basket filter on the counter, measured in the coffee, gathered the top and set it in the new pot. Viola!

Basket filters work just as well and I get 200 filters for $1.89. Cone filters are nearly $6.00 for 200. I can find a better use for that money! Nancy

Fitted Sheets Need Directions

Fitted sheets can be a problem because it’s hard to tell which are the sides and which are the ends. I solved that problem by putting a mark on the elastic band at the top-end and bottom-end of my sheets using a permanent marker. George


Quick Chill

Did you forget to put the wine or other beverage in the fridge early enough to chill it for your party? Not to worry! Here’s your solution: Wrap the bottles tightly in damp tea towels or paper towels, then pop the bottles into the freezer.

Since heat travels more quickly through dense materials (the waterlogged towel) than air, your drinks will be ice-cold and ready to pour in 20 minutes or fewer.

This is one of my all-time favorite tips. I hope others will find it useful too! Rich