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Skateboard Mover

I use an old skateboard to move heavy things when I’m by myself. I can push things where I need them without straining myself. Karen


Live, Growing and Cheaper, Too!

I went to the supermarket to pick up what I needed for a cocktail to bring to a BYOB pool party. One ingredient on my list was fresh mint. In the produce department, I noticed live herbs in small starter pots for $2.50, including mint, basil, etc. The mint plant was cheaper than the mint […]


Pastry Blender Mashup

I don’t have a potato masher and do not intend to get one any time soon. I do have a pastry blender, which I use for making pastry, but I also use it to mash bananas for banana bread, beans for black bean burgers and avocados for guacamole. It does a great job. Staci


French Toast Forever

My son and I are avid breakfast eaters. Therefore, on the weekend, I make an entire loaf of bread into French toast. It takes seven eggs and about 1 1/2 cups of milk. Once the toast is cooled, I put it back in the same bread wrapper and put it in the freezer. In the […]


Disposable Shop Towels: Use, Launder, Reuse, Repeat

My husband uses disposable blue shop towels when he’s working on our vehicles, including a greasy and oily farm tractor. While they are made of paper, these towels are extremely tough. I have begun to use them for housecleaning projects as well. When they are dirty, I throw them in the laundry. They come out […]


Gym Membership

Many health insurance plans offer reimbursements or discounts on gym memberships. For example, United Health Care has plans that will reimburse you for up to $240 per year in gym costs. Benefits vary by provider, so check with your insurance to see if you’re eligible. Bonnie


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


Whiteboard Goofs

It happens all the time in my classroom, and usually, I’m the culprit. I, or one of my students, grabs the wrong marker to write on the whiteboard. Here’s the best way to remove the permanent marks: Cover the mistaken writing with a dry-erase marker—any color—covering the mistake completely. Now wipe it away. Like magic, […]