Tab that License

Where I work, customers are required to show their photo ID. Many people have difficulty getting their license out of their cluttered wallets, but one customer did a very clever thing. She stuck a piece of Scotch tape to one side of her license with the majority of the tape hanging off the edge. She folded it over onto itself to create a tab. Then she just pulled on the tab and her license slid right out of her wallet. I have shown this to many people and they are amazed at how much easier it is for them, myself included. 

And, if you want to create more than one tab, you can color them with sharpie so you know which one is which when tabbing through. Susan


Other Uses For Dryer Sheets

Don’t get rid of those dryer sheets just yet! Since Mary is always telling us to use dryer balls instead of fabric softeners, many of us may still have boxes of unused dryer sheets. Wonder no more. They have many other uses and some of them will amaze you.

  • Remove the bugs from your car: Wet the hood of your car where all those nasty bugs left a gross mess. Then take a wet, unused dryer sheet and effortlessly wipe away the bugs.
  • Deodorizers: Put them in a drawer or closet, under the seats in your car, in the vacuum cleaner bag, in your stored luggage, at the bottom of wastebaskets and hampers, in the pages of a musty book, in your shoes overnight, inside your tent and sleeping bag. You will be left with a pleasant, fresh scent.
  • Pest control: Put them in and around campers,  boats, and under the bed to keep mice away. Tie one to your belt loop or put it in your pocket to repel bees and mosquitoes. Lay them on the floor if you have ants in your house.
  • Clean baked-on food from a pan. Put a sheet in the pan and fill it with water. Let it sit overnight and wipe clean with a sponge. The anti-static agent loosens the stuck on food.
  • Dissolve soap scum from shower doors by wiping them with a wet dryer sheet.



Improved Chances of Finding Lost Cell Phone

Losing a mobile phone can be an upsetting situation. Here’s a simple thing you can do now to improve your chances of getting it back should you lose it in the future. Add “If found call xxx-xxx-xxxx” to the lock screen.

Here are the simple steps to do this:

  • Go to the camera app on your phone, choose a photo you have or take a new one.
  • Go to “edit,” and hit the button with the three dots.  Click on the icon for text.
  • Change text color to white. Move the text box down and double click the text box to start typing.
  • Type “If found call: plus a phone number of a friend or family member. Click “done.”
  • Save to “use as wallpaper or lock screen.”

As cell phones are continually changing you may need to Google instructions for your particular make and model.


Cool Your Cooler

Whenever I am going on an outing where I am bringing beverages or perishables, I cool down my cooler the night before the event. I put ice packs (or bagged ice) in it overnight so the ice chest is already cold when I am ready to use it. This also helps the items I place in it, right before I leave, to stay colder longer.

I always have plenty of ice packs and bagged ice in my freezer so I just swap them out for fresh ones in the morning when I am ready to leave.


Paint Control

Many of us like to occasionally spray paint things to spruce them up but oh, what a mess! And then, there’s finding space. Purchase a small stand-alone, folding canopy (6 ft. x 6 ft. is my go-to).

Set it up on a canvas or plastic drop cloth and use clear plastic sheeting to enclose, leaving an entry point. Place the item to be painted inside and spray away knowing your paint will not spread beyond the enclosure. Best part? After it dries, you can fold it all away till next time!


For Flute Players!

This is probably not a tip that most people would use but there’s gotta be flute lovers out there somewhere that read Mary Hunt’s Everyday Cheapskate!

All good flute players know that taking care of their flute is important!  So cleaning it after every use is a must. But what do you clean it with? Well for the inside, put a piece of satin on your cleaning rod. Satin will absorb the water left inside after playing and what’s great about satin is that it glides through so nicely!  It doesn’t get caught inside anywhere.

If you can get a piece of satin that has finished edges that works great!  If not, then just use pinking shears around all the edges. of a raw piece of satin. Voila!, a great cleaning rag.

Clean the outside of your flute with a silver polishing rag. This will keep your flute from getting tarnished.

Never put your cleaning rags inside your case. The moisture on the rag is not good for it. Either tie the cleaning rag to the handle of the case, if it has one or get a larger carry case that will hold your flute and gear, too.


Cheap Knitting and Crocheting Supplies

Charity shops such as Goodwill and the Salvation Army can be a great source for knitting and crocheting supplies.  I have purchased huge bags of yarn for as little as $5, sometimes containing expensive 100% wool brands.

Often when people downsize, give up on hobbies, or clean out a deceased relative’s home they often donate these supplies in one big batch.

If you are just taking up knitting or crocheting, eBay is a great source for used hooks or needles. People often sell them in a lot, so you can get a variety of hooks or needles for a fraction of the cost of buying them new.


Declutter Your Mind with a Brain Dump

Ever feel like a chicken running around with its head cut off?  Yeah, me too!!  Some days it feels like I’m running 90 to nothing and trying to remember everything I need to do. Here’s what works for me:


  • I write down all of the things that I need to do.
  • I get it all out of my  head and down on paper or an electronic planner.
  • Every little last thing gets recorded.
  • By getting the stuff out of my head and on a list, I’m freeing my mind to focus on other things.

It gives me permission not to stress about trying to remember everything.  Try a “Brain Dump” next time you’re feeling overloaded.

Whatever method works for you, just get it out of your head!