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I save all of our take out menu's in a folder which I keep near the phone.When we decide to order take out the info is right there at our finger tips. I also have a folder I keep any warranties,g
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Re: Household Tips

posted at 3/8/2012 1:39 AM EST
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Today something beautiful and incredible happened to me at a grocery store ...... I'm going to use it as a tip for the future.   I had  $14 worth  of stuff in my basket when I tried to check out.  Oh dear!  My checkbook was gone.  I asked to checker to please cancel my purchase - that I had no money because my checkbook was missing.   She said she was just putting it "on hold" so I could go to my vehicle to look for it while she checked other people.   The woman behind me in line said, "Pass it on".  I didn't have any idea what she was talking about so I started to leave.  The checker called, "Here's your stuff. It's paid for".  I still had no idea what was going on.   I stood and gaped.   The checker smiled and nodded at the young woman behind me.  That wosman said again, "Pass it on.  Next time you bail somebody else out.   You'll soon have the opportunity.  Next time pass it on".  I said, "God bless you" and she said, "He does, He does everyday.  Pass it on". This sure isn't a household tip but Isn't it a beautiful way to live?
Posted by Nancy G


Nancy,  What an awesome day!! What a wonderful idea!  Didn't you just have a really bad day?
Yes, it is a beautiful way to live!!

Re: Household Tips

posted at 3/10/2012 9:43 AM EST
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Today something beautiful and incredible happened to me at a grocery store ...... I'm going to use it as a tip for the future.   I had  $14 worth  of stuff in my basket when I tried to check out.  Oh dear!  My checkbook was gone.  I asked to checker to please cancel my purchase - that I had no money because my checkbook was missing.   She said she was just putting it "on hold" so I could go to my vehicle to look for it while she checked other people.   The woman behind me in line said, "Pass it on".  I didn't have any idea what she was talking about so I started to leave.  The checker called, "Here's your stuff. It's paid for".  I still had no idea what was going on.   I stood and gaped.   The checker smiled and nodded at the young woman behind me.  That wosman said again, "Pass it on.  Next time you bail somebody else out.   You'll soon have the opportunity.  Next time pass it on".  I said, "God bless you" and she said, "He does, He does everyday.  Pass it on". This sure isn't a household tip but Isn't it a beautiful way to live?
Posted by Nancy G



Hi Nancy,I think that you were touched by one of "God's Angels" Something like this has happened to me about 8 years ago.I went to the drugstore in my hubby's truck,we had the worst snow fall in years.Well his truck got stuck in the drugstores parking lot.I couldn't budge it.I parked in an area that had no snow but there was a patch of ice and my wheels were just spinning.My son tried pushing nothing was working.A very nice young man who seemed to come from nowhere asked if we needed help.He said he just had to run into the store for a moment and would be right out.He came out and tied a rope to the back of the truck and onto his truck and pulled us right out.He went back into the store and I followed him back in and I went up to him and offered him money for helping us out.He looked at the money,smiled and said,Oh No it doesn't work like that! The next time you see someone who needs a hand you help them out.I was taken back by the kindness of this nice young man he was in his early twenties,I'll never forget this act of kindness for the rest of my life.I think he was one of "Gods Angels" also.Are they really Angels? I don't know.I just know that I was truly touched and grateful to this young man.God Bless you Nancy for all the kindness that you show others.

Re: Household Tips

posted at 3/10/2012 11:01 AM EST
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I save the plastic bags that the newspapers are delivered in. I then take one and stuff it with other bags and use these to cushion items being shipped in boxes via USPS, FedEx, or UPS. You can make them as short or long, fat or skinny as you need, depending on the items being boxed. It's much neater than using packing 'peanuts', and because you can size them yourself, they fit better than the air-filled packing pillows.
Posted by Verlee T


This is a great tip thanks for sharing,even better they are free!

Re: Household Tips

posted at 3/10/2012 11:42 PM EST
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In Response to Re: Household Tips : Hi Nancy,I think that you were touched by one of "God's Angels" Something like this has happened to me about 8 years ago.I went to the drugstore in my hubby's truck,we had the worst snow fall in years.Well his truck got stuck in the drugstores parking lot.I couldn't budge it.I parked in an area that had no snow but there was a patch of ice and my wheels were just spinning.My son tried pushing nothing was working.A very nice young man who seemed to come from nowhere asked if we needed help.He said he just had to run into the store for a moment and would be right out.He came out and tied a rope to the back of the truck and onto his truck and pulled us right out.He went back into the store and I followed him back in and I went up to him and offered him money for helping us out.He looked at the money,smiled and said,Oh No it doesn't work like that! The next time you see someone who needs a hand you help them out.I was taken back by the kindness of this nice young man he was in his early twenties,I'll never forget this act of kindness for the rest of my life.I think he was one of "Gods Angels" also.Are they really Angels? I don't know.I just know that I was truly touched and grateful to this young man.God Bless you Nancy for all the kindness that you show others.
Posted by gale g


I believe these are actions of an angel, or an angel thought, in whatever form they should appear. And I love the thought of "passing it on."

Re: Household Tips

posted at 3/12/2012 3:53 PM EDT
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I came up with a coupon filing sytem that works for me.I was at our local discount store and they had a nice genuine leather purse with a shoulder strap,it's small ( more like an organizer wall with a shoulder strap) .Small white envelopes fit right inside.There is a pocket on the front for my cell phone,a compartment on the back that hold your license,check book and a pen and room inside for my coupon files.I labeled small white envelopes for my coupons,produce,meat,dairy etc.I keep them in the envelopes and store in my tiny "Shopping Purse".I labeled 3 envelopes with the names of the three stores I shop every week..Every Sunday I go through the coupons and clip and discard any out dated ones.I make out my shopping lists,these go into the envelopes that I have labeled along with any coupons  I will be using for that store.When I go to the store all I have to do is pull out the envelope for that store and I'm ready to go.When making out my lists I arrange it the way the store is laid out it makes it easier and you spend much less time.I still carry all my coupons just in case something wasn't in the store ad and I have a coupon and it is on sale.I usually carry a larger purse when we go out for the day or a little trip because I have to carry so many things.I keep this small purse inside the big one that way if we are out and hubby decides to go to the store for something I'm armed with my coupons lol.When I'm just going grocery shopping I pull out my little shopping purse out of my big purse transfer my license and checkbook and pen and off I go.It has a shoulder strap so I don't have to worry about losing it or someone stealing it.I hope you will find my system useful Smile

Re: Household Tips

posted at 3/13/2012 1:29 AM EDT
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I came up with a coupon filing sytem that works for me.I was at our local discount store and they had a nice genuine leather purse with a shoulder strap,it's small ( more like an organizer wall with a shoulder strap) .Small white envelopes fit right inside.There is a pocket on the front for my cell phone,a compartment on the back that hold your license,check book and a pen and room inside for my coupon files.I labeled small white envelopes for my coupons,produce,meat,dairy etc.I keep them in the envelopes and store in my tiny "Shopping Purse".I labeled 3 envelopes with the names of the three stores I shop every week..Every Sunday I go through the coupons and clip and discard any out dated ones.I make out my shopping lists,these go into the envelopes that I have labeled along with any coupons  I will be using for that store.When I go to the store all I have to do is pull out the envelope for that store and I'm ready to go.When making out my lists I arrange it the way the store is laid out it makes it easier and you spend much less time.I still carry all my coupons just in case something wasn't in the store ad and I have a coupon and it is on sale.I usually carry a larger purse when we go out for the day or a little trip because I have to carry so many things.I keep this small purse inside the big one that way if we are out and hubby decides to go to the store for something I'm armed with my coupons lol.When I'm just going grocery shopping I pull out my little shopping purse out of my big purse transfer my license and checkbook and pen and off I go.It has a shoulder strap so I don't have to worry about losing it or someone stealing it.I hope you will find my system useful
Posted by gale g


Gale, with the exception of the Shopping Purse, I pretty much have the same coupon system as you do. I've been doing this for over 30 years and it's a part of my Sunday routine to clip those coupons and file them. Plus I "clip" e-coupons online. My Vons store (owned by Safeway) recently went online with e-coupons. Each week they send me an email reminder to go to their site, click on the coupons I may use, and when I go to the store I just slide my Shopper Card and the savings come off my bill automatically. They have also added personalized coupons based on my shopping patterns, for ex., turkey sausage is $1.00 for me and $2.99 for others. I love this!

Re: Household Tips

posted at 3/13/2012 4:18 AM EDT
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In Response to Re: Household Tips : Gale, with the exception of the Shopping Purse, I pretty much have the same coupon system as you do. I've been doing this for over 30 years and it's a part of my Sunday routine to clip those coupons and file them. Plus I "clip" e-coupons online. My Vons store (owned by Safeway) recently went online with e-coupons. Each week they send me an email reminder to go to their site, click on the coupons I may use, and when I go to the store I just slide my Shopper Card and the savings come off my bill automatically. They have also added personalized coupons based on my shopping patterns, for ex., turkey sausage is $1.00 for me and $2.99 for others. I love this!
Posted by Verlee T


Hi Verlee,I've been doing this for about 15 years and I could kick myself for not doing it for the first 17 years of marriage,boy did I ever miss out.I started taking notice when I was a cashier at our little local grocery store but wasn't quite sure how the women where doing it to save so much.Well as soon as I found out there has been no stopping me and I have shown a few of my good friends and they love it too.None of us are extreme coupon shoppers but we stock up a little.We swap each other for coupons,giving one up for taking anothers that they don't use.Extreme coupon shopping is OK for non-perisable items but not for all of them I sure wouldn't want to eat pizza rolls everyday.lol. Or run several fridges and freezers to hold it all,what are you really saving then.Our Giant Eagle stores offer E-coupons also.I have never used the E-coupons until this point reason being I called the store to see if they would also take off the coupon I had and double it they said they wouldn't so I just use my double coupon option.There may come a day that I don't have a coupon for the item offered then I will.We get .10 cents off for every $50 spent on a gallon of gas.Hubby and I spend over $500 a month on presriptions(This is with his prescription drug plan from work)and this qualifies towards gas points along with our other purchases.The groceries have been out of sight so I have been only buying what is on sale and what I have a double coupon for unles it is cheaper elsewhere.We haven't paid full price for gas in years and have had a lot of free tanks.Their pump prices are about the same as the other gas stations in the area so it is a true savings.They give us a total amount of savings for a twelve month period I totaled a savings of over $2400.00 between coupons ,sale items and gas perks.I have saved probably that much or more on the items I've purchased elsewhere being cheaper .They say on average,if you spend an hour every week using coupons and checking all the sale ads in your area and making out your shopping list a person can save @ least $50 a week.People who check out behind me are in awe of what I save.They say they have to start paying more attention to the coupons they are throwing out.I love hearing about folks like you and I that have figured out the system and use it to our advantage.Smile High five Verlee ! Keep on saving!

Re: Household Tips

posted at 3/19/2012 1:42 PM EDT
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To remove stains in glass and plastic jars,fill half way with hot soapy water and pour a couple of tablespoons of raw rice into the container,cover with lid or your hand and shake vigorously,this will remove any stains or sediment,rinse and dry.I save gatorade bottles My hubby likes to take three bottles of kool-aid with him to work and it's a little hard to reach the bottom for cleaning.


Sanitize your sponge or dish cloth by zapping in your microwave for a minute,just becareful it will be hot.`

Re: Household Tips

posted at 3/19/2012 7:11 PM EDT
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To remove stains in glass and plastic jars,fill half way with hot soapy water and pour a couple of tablespoons of raw rice into the container,cover with lid or your hand and shake vigorously,this will remove any stains or sediment,rinse and dry.I save gatorade bottles My hubby likes to take three bottles of kool-aid with him to work and it's a little hard to reach the bottom for cleaning. Sanitize your sponge or dish cloth by zapping in your microwave for a minute,just becareful it will be hot.`
Posted by gale g


Make sure the sponge or dish cloth is damp I have read that a fire can start if the sponge is dry. (Not sure about the cloth)

Re: Household Tips

posted at 3/20/2012 6:49 AM EDT
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I use a plastic scrubber for cleaning stuck on stuff.  I stick it in the dishwasher.

I LOVE a dishwasher.  lol - I rememb er the first time I ever had/used one.  I slept beside it that night. lol

Re: Household Tips

posted at 3/20/2012 11:45 AM EDT
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Thanks for all the tips

Re: Household Tips

posted at 3/20/2012 12:55 PM EDT
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I like doing dishes I find it very relaxing,especially when I use lavender dish soap.I just hate doing pots and pans!My hubby wants to get me one but I would probably only use it for pots and pans.

Re: Household Tips

posted at 3/21/2012 12:33 PM EDT
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We all have too many gadgets in our kitchen drawers I try to find a couple of uses for each of them.I don't have a pastry blender so I use one of my heavy whisk for that job to cut the shortening into the flour,it actually works faster and does a better job.I don't have a sifter I use one of my wide fine mesh sieves for this duty.It fits right over my bowl and again faster and easier.

Re: Household Tips

posted at 3/23/2012 8:02 AM EDT
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We all have too many gadgets in our kitchen drawers I try to find a couple of uses for each of them.I don't have a pastry blender so I use one of my heavy whisk for that job to cut the shortening into the flour,it actually works faster and does a better job.I don't have a sifter I use one of my wide fine mesh sieves for this duty.It fits right over my bowl and again faster and easier.
Posted by gale g


Gale, I don't have a pastry blender either.  I figure I've gotten along without one for 50 years, so I guess I really don't need one.  I use the old 2 finger method for cutting in the shortening. I watched my mother do it for years.  I also use a sieve to sift my flour with baking powder or soda.  Sometimes the soda gets lumpy and I don't want a glob of soda in my baked stuff.

Re: Household Tips

posted at 3/23/2012 8:04 AM EDT
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I use a plastic scrubber for cleaning stuck on stuff.  I stick it in the dishwasher. I LOVE a dishwasher.  lol - I rememb er the first time I ever had/used one.  I slept beside it that night. lol
Posted by Nancy G


I also put my green plastic scrubbie in the dishwasher (when I think of it).  I've finished a load of dishes and see the scrubbie by the sink, knowing it got forgotten that time.

Re: Household Tips

posted at 3/23/2012 9:41 AM EDT
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About twice a week or more I end up tossing the sponge in the dishwasher or the clothes washer when I gather towels from the kitchen.  I do not dry the sponge but pull it out and put it under the sink. I put it under the sink because I most likely have already pulled out the last sponge that was cleaned for use before the wash was done.

I keep a razor blade in the kitchen for getting burned spots off the glass cook top.  It also works on the glass window in the oven.

I put a squeeze of lemon in a dish of water and microwave it and let it set for a while.   The steam loosens up dried on "stuff" and it is easy to wipe off.  The lemon makes it smell fresher.

I have a garbage disposal, never had one before and I don't like to use it a lot but I will run it to make sure that things don't stay in the unit.  I will grind lemons if I have them.  I also read that filling the disposal with ice and some baking soda grinding that will also help keep it from smelling or accumulating debris. You follow that up with very hot water. It does work although the first time I did it I think I used more ice than I needed to. 


Re: Household Tips

posted at 3/23/2012 10:29 AM EDT
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About the plastic bags, I've been using the bags from the stores and restaurants for garbage.  When they're full, tie the handles and toss them down into the garbage bins.  Smaller bags and bags from newspapers (when in good shape can be used when you walk your dog or, in my sister's case, scoop cats litter boxes.
Now, another tip following a recent trip and fall followed by a visit to the doctor.  I asked him if he knew how to get blood out of your clothes.  He told me to pour hydrogen peroxide over the spot, blot it, and to keep doing that until it's clean, then wash the garment.

Re: Household Tips

posted at 3/23/2012 10:43 AM EDT
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LOL LOL --- Nikki I also use razor blades.  LOL  I keep two single edge blades stuck behind the TV.   I use them on my glass stove top and several other places too.  They are so HANDY.

Re: Household Tips

posted at 3/23/2012 4:51 PM EDT
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Target sells a wonderful thing to use in your Microwave so it doesn't get dirty.It's a dish cover that  that you cover your plate with.The inside of the microwave doesn't get dirty and you just have to wash the dish cover after every use.I do a quick wipe a few times a week just to freshen the inside of the microwave.

Re: Household Tips

posted at 3/23/2012 4:59 PM EDT
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About the plastic bags, I've been using the bags from the stores and restaurants for garbage.  When they're full, tie the handles and toss them down into the garbage bins.  Smaller bags and bags from newspapers (when in good shape can be used when you walk your dog or, in my sister's case, scoop cats litter boxes. Now, another tip following a recent trip and fall followed by a visit to the doctor.  I asked him if he knew how to get blood out of your clothes.  He told me to pour hydrogen peroxide over the spot, blot it, and to keep doing that until it's clean, then wash the garment.
Posted by Jean M


The peroxide does work,I was a nursing assistant for over ten years in my younger days and this is how we removed blood stains from our uniforms. Back then we had to wear a white uniform.I used milk to remove ink stains that would get on the pockets of my uniform I had a pocket saver but when something needed attention right away I didn't always get my pen where it was supposed to be.lol lol lol .
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