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Saving Money on Packed LunchesPacking your own lunch can save a lot of money over buying lunch. However, if you aren't careful even a packed lunch can be expensive. This is a page about saving money on packed lunches.

 

A girl holding up a car wash sign at a school fundraiser.

School Fundraiser IdeasThis page contains school fundraiser ideas. There are many fun, inexpensive ways to raise money for school activities and projects.

 

Girl Eating Breakfast Before School

Eating Breakfast Before SchoolThis is a page about eating breakfast before school. Studies have shown that students perform better in school if they eat breakfast. Busy schedules sometimes make this a difficult task.

 

Mother and Father Helping Child with First Steps

Preserving Childhood MemoriesThis is a page about preserving childhood memories. Children grow up too fast.

 

Photo of a green back and full of back to school supplies.

Green Tips for Back to SchoolFall is time to plan you back to school purchases. Use these green tips for back to school to make sure your kids are environmentally friendly with their school supplies.

 

Packed Lunch

Packed Lunch Tips and TricksThis page is about packed lunch tips and tricks. The same sandwich can get boring. Being creative with packed lunches can help provide good nutrition and enjoyment.

 

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Gardening Tips and Advice

Crafty Pea Trellis - finished trellis

DIY Crafty Pea TrellisThis trellis features reusable components and jute or cotton twine. You can recycle the twine with the spent vines at the end of the season. You may have some of the necessary supplies to build the framework in your garden shed or garage. Let us share this pea trellis plan with you.

 

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Ecological Ways to Drive Moles Out of the GardenAlthough moles don't eat plants, they can damage the roots of plants and lead to their decay by digging numerous canals in the ground. There are many natural ways you can drive moles out of your garden. These are some of them.

 

New Plantings and Garden Flowers - pink flowering mountain laurel

New Plantings and Garden FlowersLast year my grandson and I cut down several forsythia shrubs along the northern edge of the side yard. The stumps still need to dealt with. This year I have focused on planting two lilac bushes further into the yard to ultimately help reestablish a green border between my yard and my neighbor's. There will also be a native mock orange placed along this same line, soon.

 

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The completed circle plant trellis.

Circle Plant TrellisDo you have plants that need a trellis? You can make 4 circle trellises for just ~ 25 cents each, versus paying over $10 for one. Here's a quick, easy & inexpensive tutorial on how to make a circle trellis (for my Hoya plant).

 

A Dekay's brown snake.

DeKay's Snake PhotosThese common garden snakes are commonly known as DeKay's or brownsnake but the official name is Storeria dekayi. They can be found all along the Eastern side of the North American continent. They are harmless, eating slugs, snails and earthworms, and being eaten by larger snakes, birds and mammals.

 

Open Bag Garden Items Are 50% Off - slightly damaged bags of mulch

Open Bag Garden Items Are 50% OffOften nurseries and big box garden centers will sell open bags of garden soil, mulch, etc. at a discount. It can be as much as 50% off. So if the open bag is not marked, check with a sales associate. There is generally not a lot of product missing; it is another good way to save on gardening supplies.

 

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Summer Fun for Kids

Family going to the park.

Summer Activities for KidsThis is a page about summer activities for kids. It can be a big job keeping kids busy during the summer break from school.

 

People playing on the beach at sunset.

Saving Money on Summer FunThis is a page to saving money on summer fun. Kids and adults alike need to amuse themselves during the long summer days. There are many local concerts, fairs and events, beaches, camping, vacations, and more.

 

A child blowing bubbles

Keeping Kids Entertained During Summer BreakThis is a page about keeping kids entertained during summer break. Summer is coming and the kids will be looking for things to keep them busy.

 

a typical medium sized cache with our signature zilla figurine included

Geocaching Tips and TricksThis page contains geocaching tips and tricks. Geocaching is a game that gets you out on an adventure and is fun for the whole family.

 

A woman reading books in the summer.

Starting a Summer Book Club and Book SwapKeep your kids entertained and reading over the summer by organizing a book club and book swap. Consider one for yourself as well. This is a page about starting a summer book club and book swap.

 

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The domes with the lights turned on.

Fairy Light Dome SouvenirSouvenirs are always present in occasions especially on weddings. We all want to impress our guests with the most unique giveaways. If you are in a tight budget, you can never find the good looking ones for a low cost. You can always choose a DIY option to get your desired quality. Just make sure you do it the earliest possible to save your time for the big day.

 

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Jagged Edge Bangle Using Old Transformer WireThis beautiful bangle is made of copper wire from an old transformer. It will cost you absolutely nothing. All you need is crocheting skills and patience.

 

The woven paper basket with a houseplant inside.

Woven Paper Basket PlanterI wanted to weave a nice basket to hide a plastic flower pot inside. Sheets of paper were perfect for this. It is not difficult at all and very cheap.

 

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The finished Japanese knot bag.

Reversible Japanese Knot BagUse old jeans of different colors to sew this original Japanese bag. This bag is made of two different fabrics and is reversible. You will get two different looks in one bag.

 

The completed lampshade when lit.

Lampshade out of Transparent Duct TapeHot glue and expired eyeshadow will help you transform a simple transparent sticky tape into this original lampshade. Making this lampshade is not difficult and not expensive. It is washable and durable, but can only be used with a LED bulb.

 

The finished decorated lantern.

Lantern Flower ArrangementFlowers can be used in so many ways. This is a "lantern leftover" from my son's spring wedding. I decorated it with florals, greenery, and a candle. This will be used as a centerpiece on a buffet we are refinishing.

 

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Swimming Snail

Swimming SnailThe other day as I was walking past our bog pond I noticed something moving. Upon closer observation I realized it was one of the resident snails swimming in the water. I just had to get a video so that I could show my 6 year old. He loved it and I hope you do too!

 

A small jar of butterscotch pudding.

Butterscotch PuddingCreamy butterscotch pudding is easy to make at home with ingredients you probably already have on hand. Learn how to make it in this short video.

 

Someone laying down roofing tar paper.

Removing Roof Tar from Skin with Olive OilRoof tar and other sticky substances can be gently removed from skin by using regular olive oil from the kitchen. Learn how to do it in this short video.

 

A man applying hand sanitizer to his bare hands.

Make Your Own Hand SanitizerLearn the step by step process of making your own hand sanitizer in this short video. This recipe makes a strong enough sanitizer to kill of the coronavirus. This is based off of the World Health Organizations' recommendations. This recipe uses rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide and glycerine.

 

Teak furniture on a deck outdoors.

Refinishing Teak Outdoor FurnitureTeak is a common material for outdoor furniture because it is long lasting if cared for correctly. Learn how to do it in this short video.

 

A clock being repaired with a new movement and hands.

How to Replace a Clock MovementIf you have a favorite clock that has stopped working, it's relatively simple to purchase a new movement as a replacement. Learn the technique with help from this step by step video.

 

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Using the blank back of a piece of junk mail as scratch paper.

Use Junk Mail For Scratch PaperWe receive a lot of junk mail. Instead of putting it in the trash, I go through it and tear off anything that would identify us and save the blank parts for scratch paper. The remainder goes in the paper recycling container.

 

A baking sheet of homemade hot pockets.

Homemade Hot PocketsI got a package of crescent rounds for free, and I also had leftover meatloaf, green beans, onions and sauce. I was very pleased with how these came out. The combinations are endless. This recipe will also work with crescent rolls.

 

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How Do I Soften Hard Table Salt?I have some regular table salt that became hard. Is there a way I can get it back to its normal state?

 

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A frying pan of green beans.

Freeze Green Beans for Stir FryingWhen we first started getting green beans from the garden, I did not have enough to fill the canner so I froze them. If they are small and tender, they are so good stir fried in a little olive oil, salt and garlic powder.

 

A collection of fast food receipts.

Save Fast Food ReceiptsNormally when we occasionally stop by a fast food restaurant we used to discard or leave behind our receipts but now I keep mine in my car. If I end up stopping by some other day, I will first check the receipts and see if they offer a buy one get one item (often a sandwich!) at the bottom of the receipt for sharing about my visit online. I will THEN go online and answer their questions then get the code to use that receipt for a BOGO immediately afterward!

 

Three differently decorated bookmarks.

Origami Corner BookmarkThis is a simple way of making a corner bookmark by means of paper folding.

 

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A decorative porcelain doll.

Information About Porcelain Doll?I found this 17" cloth-bodied porcelain doll in a UK charity shop recently (July 2021) and judging by her condition she doesn't look that old. She is in as mint condition as she appeared in the images. After showing said images to a friend, she expressed an interest in acquiring one and asked me to look for anything which might indicate who made her.

 

A black bug on a cleaning wipe.

What Is This Bug?What kind of bug is this?

 

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What Should I Do For My 17th Birthday?On August 15, I will turn 17. I don't really have much money nor ideas. What should I do?

 

Very small bugs on a tile floor.

What's This Bug?I found a hall tree in a pile of outdoor debris and have cleaned it 5 times now. The last time I took it completely apart and have cleaned it 2 more times and this morning I found 3 more of these little black bugs. This is the best picture I could get. They are so small.

 

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E Z Rose Maker?Can anyone tell me the length of the dowel in the center of the EZ Rose and Flower Maker? I bought one at a yard sale and that part is missing. I was just going to use a wooden dowel but I want it to be the right size. Also how far down does the slit in the dowel go?

 

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Identifying a Mystery Cassette TapeI have a cassette with some of the title 20 ........ artists anything else except for the songs. The songs are:

 

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A repair man fixing a leaky roof.

Finding Home Repair Help for Low Income FamiliesThere are times when household repairs just can not wait until you have the money to complete the project. This page is about finding home repair help for low income families.

 

Roof with damaged shingles.

Roof Repair for Low Income Homeowners?Low income homeowners often can not afford the cost of roof repairs. Searching for agencies or organizations that might help with the costs may be their only solution. This is a page about roof repair for low income homeowners.

 

Close up of a roof being installed

Finding Roof Repair Assistance for Seniors?Many senior citizens are living on fixed incomes that often are insufficient to meet the maintenance needs of their homes. This is a page about finding roof repair assistance for seniors.

 

Man sitting on couch looking through phone book in flooded room with water up past his ankles

Finding Plumbing Repair Assistance for...This is a page about finding plumbing repair assistance for low income homeowners. Having working plumbing is a necessity. However, some families can not afford the cost of hiring a tradesperson to make the necessary repairs.

 

A bunch of ants on a white background.

Identifying Small Black BugsHaving unidentified insects infesting your home can be annoying. It helps to know what kind they are when determining the best way to be rid of them. This is a page about identifying small black bugs.

 

80th Birthday

80th Birthday Party IdeasThis is a page about 80th birthday party ideas. There are many ways you can help make a friend or parent's 80th birthday fun and memorable.

 

Pattern for a Vintage 1950s Glass Windchime?I would like to have a pattern for the small glass windchimes that came from Japan in the 1945-1960s. I remember them costing 25 cents to $1.25. Here is a picture of one my daughter bought for me. I want just one tier. Anyone know where to find one? Or the pattern?

 

A man cutting down a tree.

Selling Trees on Your Land for LumberIf you own acres or even a larger residential lot you may have trees that you would like to have removed and be able to sell for the lumber. This is a page about selling trees on your land for lumber.

 

Dental tools in open mouth

Getting Dental Work w/o InsuranceFor the many people without dental insurance, there are sometimes affordable ways to get the needed work done. This is a page about getting dental work done without insurance.

 

Itching from a bug bite.

Identifying Little Black Biting Bugs?Identifying biting bugs is the first step in trying to eliminate them from your home or to repel them when outdoors. This is a page about identifying little black biting bugs.

 

A man performing roof repairs.

Getting Financial Assistance for Roof...When your roof is starting to fail it is important to get it fixed as soon as possible. This page is about getting financial assistance for roof repairs.

 

Tiny black bugs next to a penny for scale.

Tiny Black Bugs in the KitchenThe key to getting rid of tiny black bugs on kitchen floor is first identifying what they are. Check out what has worked for others in this page.

 

Small black bugs smaller than the tip of a match.

Getting Rid of Tiny Biting Black BugsMany types of bugs are small and black, if they are biting bugs they can be annoying and a health hazard. This is a page about getting rid of tiny biting black bugs.

 

Sofa being shampooed.

Removing Mold and Mildew From an Upholstered CouchThis is a page about removing mold or mildew from an upholstered couch. Stored furniture can develop mold or mildew on the upholstery.

 

Two wood dressers.

Organizations That Help Low Income Families Get Free Furniture?Buying furniture is an expensive undertaking. Families struggling on low incomes often are unable to buy or replace their furniture without some type of assistance. This is a page about organizations that assist low income families get free furniture.

 

Cleaning checklist with cleaning supplies in the background.

How Much Does House Cleaning Cost?Whether you are looking for a cleaner or starting your own business, determining the average cleaning rates is a main consideration. This is a page about how much does house cleaning cost.

 

Bug Bites

Getting Rid of Invisible Biting BugsWhen you are having trouble identifying what insect is biting you, they can be difficult to get rid of. This is a page about getting rid of invisible biting bugs.

 

A pillow made from Crown Royal bags.

How to Make a Crown Royal PillowThis is a page about how to make a Crown Royal pillow. With some basic sewing skills, those vibrant purple bags can be turned into an interesting pillow.

 

Brown leather reclining sofa.

Slipcovers for Reclining CouchesFinding slipcovers for your reclining couch may be difficult. This is a page about slipcovers for reclining couches.

 

How to Fix Damaged Surfaces of Wood Furniture - small chest of drawers with bottle of oil soap, furniture pen, and rag on top

How to Fix Damaged Surfaces of Wood FurnitureWood furniture can get damaged in a number of ways. This is a page about how to fix damaged surfaces of wood furniture.

 

washing machine

Maytag Washer Error CodesYour washer has stopped working and is flashing a code on the display. This is a page about Maytag washer error codes.

 

Moldy loaf of bread.

Preventing Mold on BreadIt isn't any fun to be making a sandwich and discover that your bread is moldy. There are a number of ways to prevent your bread from molding. This is a page about preventing mold on bread.

 

A man applying hand sanitizer to his bare hands.

Make Your Own Hand SanitizerThis is our official recommended recipe to make your own hand sanitizer at home. This recipe follows WHO guidelines for maximum cleaning power.

 

An upset mom burying her face in her hands.

Collecting Back Child Support if Parent is Deceased?This is a page about collecting back child support if parent is deceased. When the obligated parent dies, there may still be ways that the parent with the child(ren) can collect some child support.

 

Inside of Empty new home.

Rates for Cleaning New Construction HomesThis is a page about rates for cleaning new construction homes. Cleaning businesses often focus on specific types of cleaning jobs, such as private homes, businesses, or new construction.

 

Buy now pay later button on a computer keyboard.

Buy Now, Pay Later WebsitesBuy now, pay later websites offer an alternative to shopping using a credit or debit card. This is a page about buy now, pay later websites.

 

Kitten

Treating a Kitten with Eye DischargeSome pet ailments can safely be treated at home whereas others need to be referred to a vet to determine the cause and proper treatment. This is a page about treating a kitten with eye discharge.

 

Mold from Growing on House Siding

Keeping Mold from Growing on House Siding?Humid climates and natural disasters can lead to mold growth on the siding of your home. This is a page about keeping mold from growing on house siding.

 

Finding a Lost Relative, Genealogy Study

Finding a Lost RelativeWhether you are trying to locate a relative you have never met or attempting to reconnect with some one you have lost track of, finding a lost relative can be a daunting task. This is a page to finding a lost relative.

 

Three vintage appliances in white.

Buying Second Hand AppliancesThis is a page about buying second hand appliances. One way to save money on expensive home appliances is to shop for second hand ones in good repair.

 

Old television set.

Getting Rid of Old TVsThis is a page about getting rid of old TVs. TVs contain materials that are harmful to the environment and need to be disposed of properly. It can be difficult and expensive to get rid of them.

 

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Meaning of Dates on Nutrisystem Products?I just started on Nutrisystem and in checking my food all of the dates appearing on the packages seemed to have already expired. The Customer Service Department at Nutrisystem claims these are the production dates and not the expiration dates.

 

A vet giving a cat a vaccination.

ASPCA Pet Vaccination Truck ScheduleIn some places like New York City, the ASPCA has mobile vaccination trucks that service neighborhoods on a set schedule. This page has links and information about the ASPCA's mobile vaccination truck schedules.

 

Injured dog wearing a dish.

Treating a Small Cut on Your DogThis is a page about treating a small cut on your dog. Small cuts on your dog may often be safely treated at home.

 

Ladder leaning against a gutter

Leaning a Ladder Against a Roof...This is a page about leaning a ladder against a roof without crushing gutters. When you need to make repairs or clean gutters, your ladder needs to lean on the house often against the gutters.

 

Finding Free Furniture

Finding Free FurnitureIf you need to furnish your home or apartment inexpensively, it doesn't get any better than finding free furniture. This is a page about finding free furniture.

 

A senior man wearing a hearing aid.

Hearing Aids for Low Income Seniors?This page is about hearing aids for low income seniors. When you no longer hear clearly, communication can be a challenge. Hearing aids can be expensive and not the priority it should be.

 

Bee on Hummingbird Feeder

Keeping Bees Out of a Hummingbird FeederBees and hummingbirds are often found in the same places in your garden. However, if you are putting out food for the hummingbirds it can attract an unwanted amount of bees. This is a page about keeping bees out of your hummingbird feeder.

 

A woman holding a blue fly swatter.

Tiny Flying Insects in Your House?There is nothing more frustrating than having tiny flying insects in your house. Identifying what type of insect they are will help you get rid of them. This page contains tips for getting rid of tiny flying bugs in your house.

 

Yellowed Curtains

Cleaning Yellowed CurtainsThis is a page about cleaning yellowed curtains. Window coverings can yellow with age and environmental conditions. It can be a challenge to restore the color.

 

Crepe Myrtle branch with blossoms

Starting a Crape Myrtle from a CuttingCrape myrtles can successfully be started from both hard and soft wood cuttings. This is a page about starting a crape myrtle from a cutting.

 

A pair of eyeglasses on an open laptop.

Removing Anti-Reflective Coating from Glasses?When the reflective coating on your eye glasses is damaged you may need to remove it. This is a page about removing anti-reflective coating from glasses.

 

Top Dentures with Adhesive being applied

Removing Denture Adhesive from Your MouthDenture adhesive can remain stuck to your gums and the roof of your mouth after taking out your dentures. This is a page about removing denture adhesive from my mouth.

 

Veterinarian taking a blood sample from a cat.

Finding a Veterinarian That Accepts PaymentsIt is very stressful to have a pet in need of veterinary treatment and not have the cash for the visit. Finding a practice that will accept payments can be difficult. This is a page about finding a veterinarian that accepts payments.

 

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Activities for the Elderly and DisabledThis is a page about activities for the elderly and disabled. Finding activities appropriate and enjoyable for the elderly and disabled can be frustrating.

 

Adult Day Care

Name Ideas for Adult Day Care Service?This page is about name ideas for adult day care service. One of the first things small business owners must decide upon is a good name.

 

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How Do I Care for My Gums After Tooth Extractions?I had six teeth pulled from all over my mouth, two bottom left, one bottom right, one center top, one top left, one top right. On top of that I had a partial placed in on the top and bottom right after they pulled the teeth.

 

Butterfly Eggs

Identifying Insect Eggs?Identifying insect eggs, whether in your home or garden, can help you decide whether they are harmful or beneficial. This is a page about identifying insect eggs.

 

Someone itching their skin from bug bites.

Getting Rid of Tiny White Biting Bugs?If you have small white biting bugs in your home, it would be best to exterminate them as soon as possible. This is a page about getting rid of tiny white biting bugs.

 

Man fixing Circuit Breaker

Not Getting Power But Circuit Breaker Was Not TrippedElectrical problems can be difficult to diagnose, especially when it isn't a simple case of resetting the breaker. This is a page to troubleshoot the issue of not getting power but the circuit breaker was not tripped.

 

house fire

Charities To Help Someone Whose House Burned Down?After the stress and lost resulting from a house fire can come the need for temporary assistance with clothing, housing, and more. This is a page about charities to help someone whose house burned down.

 

Wood Table Finish

Repairing Wood Table Finish?This is a page about repairing wood table finish. When the lacquer or vanish coating is damaged on a veneer or solid wood table top, there are numerous ways to fix it.

 

Glider chair with ottoman.

Finding Glider Chair Replacement CushionsMany glider chairs have fabric upholstered cushions that may need to be replaced long before the chair itself. This is a page about finding glider chair replacement cushions.

 

Swiffer Wet Jet

Changing the Batteries on a Swiffer Wet JetYou are not alone if you have been frustrated when trying to change the batteries in your Swiffer Wet Jet. This is a page about changing the batteries on a Swiffer Wet Jet.

 

A woman using an eyebrow pencil.

Makeup Tips and TricksThis page contains makeup tips and tricks. It is important to apply makeup the right way to look your best. There are numerous tips and tricks that can help you do a better job.

 

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Keeping Bugs Away from Garbage Cans?How do you keep bugs away from your garbage cans?

 

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My Clothes Dryer Door Won't Stay Shut?I have a gas front loading clothes dryer, and the door or latch is not keeping the dryer closed. it will go fine awhile, then I suspect clothes bump into it and pop it open.

 

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Making Money by Stuffing Envelopes at...This is a page about making money by stuffing envelopes at home. People looking for work from home jobs have been tempted to consider envelop stuffing opportunities. Many such offers are often a scam.

 

Silver Bracelets

How Much is .925 Silver Worth?Sterling silver is a silver alloy containing 92.5% silver and 7.5% of another metal, usually copper. Sterling silver is commonly used for making fine jewelry. This is a page about how much is .925 silver worth?.

 

clogged toilet

Fixing a Toilet Clogged By Feminine Pads?This is a page about fixing a toilet clogged by feminine pads. A feminine pad that is flushed down a toilet will quickly clog the plumbing.

 

A no dog pooping sign in someone's lawn.

Keeping Dogs From Pooping on GrassKeeping the neighbor's dogs from pooping on the grass can be a challenge. This is a page about keeping dogs from pooping on grass.

 

Woman with faded green blonde hair standing against a wood wall.  She is looking over her bare shoulder at the camera.

Green Hair After Dyeing?This is a page about green hair after dyeing. Your natural hair color and the type and shade of dye used can create surprising results.

 

Well water running a in a sink.

Removing Rust from Well Water?Well water can contain rust. Not only does rust in your water make the water reddish, unappetizing, and possibly bad tasting it can also stain laundry and other items. This is a page about removing rust from well water.

 

Shower Power Cleaner

Buying Shower Power Cleaner?This is a page about buying Shower Power cleaner. Shower Power cleaner is a popular cleaner for removing soap scum in your shower. Find where to buy Shower Power near you.

 

A backpack full of school supplies.

Finding Help Getting School Clothing and...This is a guide about finding help getting school clothing and supplies. Getting your kids the clothing and supplies they need each year before school starts can be expensive. For the family on a very tight budget it can be overwhelming.

 

Pressure washing concrete pavers.

Getting Rid of Moss and Algae on ConcreteMoss growth can be a problem in shady areas. This page is about getting rid of moss and algae on concrete.

 

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