Send Cheer for Only 37 Cents!

The rate to mail a postcard is 37 cents and for such a small fee, you can brighten someone’s day!

It’s easy to make your own postcards, too.  Use scrapbook paper that is a light color on one side (and white on the other).  Cut the paper to 4 x 6 inches (standard postcard size).   Consider the decorated side to be the “envelope” and use a sharpee pen to write the mailing address directly on paper (ensuring that it can be read).


Then write your note on the white side.  If you use the computer, you’d be surprised at how much “news” you can fit on one of your homemade postcards.

Some scrapbook paper is already printed and ready to be cut down to size.  What lovely postcards these make!

For an even extra bonus, the US Post Office allows a postcard to be 5 x 7 inches, and the cost of postage remains 37 cents!  This is a bargain when you want to write a note to a child, a shut in, or even to remember someone’s birthday!

Use Toner to The Last Drop

If your printer is out of black ink, change the text color to dark blue—you’ll be able to print a couple more times before needing a refill.

And always print in Garamond typeface rather than more popular fonts like Times New Roman, Century Gothic or Comic Sans, since Garamond uses less ink. Rhonda

Easy Way to Decrease File Size of a Photo

Some mobile phones can reduce the size of a photo attached to an outgoing email message.

First draft an email to yourself—from yourself. Attach the photo(s) that you want to reduce. Press the email send button.

A menu will show up asking you what file size you want to send.  If you choose the “small” or “medium” size, the app will reduce the image size (while also reducing the resolution). It will also display the file size (in kb) next to the size you have selected.

Once you receive the photo from yourself, it will be in the size that you selected.

See how easy that was?


Tab That License

Where I work, customers are required to show their photo ID. Many people have difficulty getting their licenses out of their wallets.

One customer did a very clever thing. She took a piece of Scotch tape, folded it over and made a tab on one end of her driver’s license. She just pulled on the tab and the license slid right out of her wallet.

I have done this for many people and they are amazed at how much easier it is for them, myself included. Susan





Mess Prevention

I always seem to get the box of baking soda or salt, or sugar, or barley that leaks.

Rather than pouring everything into another container, I pop a CoverMate Stretch-to-Fit on the bottom of the container. I also use these on half used cans of lemonade or orange juice in the freezer.

Since they are washable and reusable and come in a variety of sizes in one package, they make a quick simple solution to conquer the potential mess.




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.



Easy Needle Threader

Using a dental floss threader (available in drug stores or dental offices) is the easiest way I have found to thread a needle, regardless of how small the eye.

Put the threader through the eye of the needle leaving the open end clear of the eye. Put the thread through the opening and pull through the eye of the needle and the thread with it. Remove the floss threader. Done!



Remove Pesky Labels in Seconds


Remove stuck-on pesky labels from your favorite jars in seconds. Simply fill the jar with hot water. Empty water and peel off label instantly.

Use an adhesive remover (like Goof Off) to wipe off the glue. Jars are for ready your next craft project or to fill with spices or sweet treats!