August 10, 2005

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Budgeting for AdolescentsIf your adolescent seems to have no idea about money and budgeting issues, set up a monthly or quarterly clothing allowance. When it's gone, that's it.

 

Painted Wine Bottle

Painted Wine BottleThe movie "Sideways" got you wine tasting, and even wine drinking... now what do you do with all those wine bottles that are starting to accumulate? Keep them - they are good for something. Take a look at what you can do with them with a little spray and brushstrokes.

 

Annualize Everything

Annualize EverythingAre you spending $10 a day on lunch? If you bring something from home, it will cost perhaps $3. That $7 a day that you save is $35 a week, over $1500 a year.

 

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Early Spring Plant StartsWhen you start seeds in the early spring, you need to keep them gently warmed to get the best rate of germination. The perfect gentle heat is on top of the refrigerator. Cover the trays so they won't dry out. You can stack them up if you're starting a lot of seeds.

 

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Uses for Old TilesDoes anyone have any creative ideas on how re-use old white tiles?

 

Taco, Our BabyTaco is our baby. She is 4 years old and spoiled rotten. She wants to go everywhere with us including church. We have a bed in our truck for her when we go and that is where I took this picture of her sleeping in her bed.

 

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Keeping a Craft Project HandyKeep a knitting or crocheting project in a bag by the door. Grab it on the way out to the car. If you end up waiting for children or killing time any other way, you can at least get a little bit done on your project.

 

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Using Rit Dye to Keep Things Looking NewI found a great way to make my clothing have a new look. I use the Rit dye to change the color of faded or to alter the color of clothing. I even recently dyed my white towels that were still plush, but didn't have that crisp white look anymore.

 

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Making Pantry SoupThis was a saver when we were low on groceries. We always had a variety of canned veg's on hand. You can make this soup with most anything from the pantry, except beets. Use, for example, one can each of; green beans, peas, corn, tomatoes, carrots, potatoes (can use fresh), etc.

 

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Disposable Cameras for Auto AccidentsKeep a disposable camera in your glove compartment. If you're in an accident, get photos of the scene - it may help with your insurance claim.

 

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Groceries for a GiftWhen a my birthday rolled around, one year, my Mom wanted to know what gift to get me. I had started trying to eat healthier than as usual. I suggested that she give me a gift card for a local supermarket. She was baffled, so I told her that I'd just be buying fresh fruits & veggies with it. This seemed to please her and it helped me out as well.

 

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Cherry SliceA yummy baked dish using cherry pie filling.

 

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Zebra Finches in New Jersey?I am looking for someone in South Jersey that raises zebra finches. I can't seem to buy them locally.

 

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Going To College Party?I am planning to have a going away send-off for my boys before they leave for college. What would be some clean fun for the party?

 

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Uses for Old Vertical Blinds?Does anyone have any uses for old vertical blinds? We replaced a bunch and I feel like there must be something I can do with them. They are the fake wood kind not the plastic.

 

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Painting The Interior Log Cabin Walls?My friend and I are renovating the interior of a log cabin built in 1943. It was a fly shop for 20 years prior to us owning it. The walls inside are furred and we have no desire to expose the actual logs.

 

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What Is "Consumer Soup"?Someone posted a recipe for a rice casserole using consumer soup. What is consumer soup?

 

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Envelope Stickiness on Clothes?I know this may sound silly (I feel silly writing it) but I ordered some clothes for my son on e-bay and they came in a Priority Mail envelope. So when I opened the envelope some of the stickiness from the seal got on a pair of pajamas and I can't get it off. I washed them before I realized that there was anything on them. And I can't get it off, it is like a white patch on the side of the pajama pants. Any ideas would be appreciated. Thanks!

 

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Stores That Sell Nylon Shirts?I'm a 45 year old guy who likes to wear nylon shirts. These days they are so hard to find. I would be very grateful if anyone knows any shops or websites that I can buy some.

 

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Removing Sap from Windows?Our office windows are covered in small tar or tree sap spots. The spots are all over the windows along the side the parking lot. How can I remove them without spending hours with a razer?

 

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Removing Odors from Vinyl Mattress Cover?I am trying to get the odor from vinyl mattress covering. My mom wets the bed, no matter what we have on her. We have tried everything and can not get the odor out. We do not like any perfume odors, we would just like to remove the smell. Please help.

 

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Coffee Spilled on Couch?My puppy just knocked over a full cup of coffee onto my newly covered couch. It's all over the arm and one of the seat cushions. I blotted it and poured tonic water on it (we didn't have club soda) and blotted it up again. I've tried to put pressure to whick it up, but since it's on the arm, it's not a flat surface. It's still wet, so I'm not sure what it's going to look like when it dries. Any tips?

 

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Cleaning Granite Flooring?I have granite flooring and was wondering if anybody out there has any tips on cleaning it using household items. They are now quite dull and probably need to be polished but every time I buy that expensive granite cleaner it doesn't seem to do a very good job.

 

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