January 17, 2001

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Newspaper MulchFall and winter is the perfect time to prepare a space for a garden next spring. Put down a few layers of newspaper over the spot you want to use. This will keep the weeds down and rot any sod underneath. The newspaper will work as a weed barrier and will decompose to make soil.

 

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Energy Conservation IdeasCalifornia's power problems continue to escalate and Oregon and Washington are starting to feel a crunch as well. Today we have some conservation tips from various places and we welcome your ideas as well.

 

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Alternative Uses for Old Tennis Shoes?Do you have any uses for old, unwanted tennis shoes?

 

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Cleaning With Baking SodaBaking soda can clean just about anything around the house. It's great for the bathroom and kitchen and it's a lot less abrasive than commercial cleaning products. It's also nontoxic, enough so that it's found in many brands of tooth paste.

 

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Have Tea Bags on the GoKeep a small baggy of teas handy when you go out and make sure to bring a travel mug. That way you can always make a cup of tea. Hot water is almost always free!

 

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Save the Motor in Your Garbage DisposalWhen you are running your garbage disposal, don't use hot water. The only thing cooling down the motor is the water going down the drain. By using cold water you reduce the amount of wear on the motor and increase the life expectancy of your garbage disposal.

 

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Homemade No Bean ChiliHere's a great recipe for a no bean chili, sloppy joe, or taco filling.

 

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Saving Money on VeggiesVisit fruit and vegetable markets and check out their marked down bins for slightly bruised and immediate use items at discount prices!

 

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Why Do Some Brands Cost More?When staring at the numerous different brands of products and their prices on shelves at the supermarket, you have to ask yourself: Is one product really better than another? The truth is, in many cases, you are paying for advertising and packaging.

 

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