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June 15, 2009
Maintaining a Swimming Pool
I have a question regarding bleach in the pool. I have a 3 foot by 12 foot pool. How much bleach do I put in and how many times a week? Do I also put in baking soda at the same time or as needed?Thanks for the help.
Constipated Guinea Pigs
My Guinea pig has severe constipation and bladder prolapse since one month ago. She hardly eats and is in a lot of pain. The vet has given her a few enemas, but this is temporary relief. He now suggests a purse string (a suture to the opening to prevent the prolapse).
Recommendations for Inexpensive Digital Camera
How do I choose the best digital camera, without spending a fortune on it? I want clear pictures and also as much zoom as possible.
Getting Rid of Groundhogs
How do I deter a pair of groundhogs that are living under my shed? I don't want to trap and release them, nor do I want anyone to kill them. Is there anything I can throw down into their hole to make them relocate?
Homemade Garden Insecticide
I am looking for insecticide recipes.
Looking for the Book "Sugar Snow"
I am conducting an accelerated test for a book called "Sugar Snow".
Looking for Biz Detergent
Where can you buy Biz detergent?
Recipe for Homemade Sugar Soap
Does anyone have a recipe for sugar soap (cleaning product)?
Becoming a Helpful Hints Columnist
I would like to write tips on how to save money, for a newspaper or magazine. The tips are plain and practical, but may be able to help someone. Can you suggest how to get started?
Cleaning an HVAC System
My heating and air conditioning unit, that blows the air to the house is very dirty. Can I clean it myself until I can afford to hire someone to do it?
Estimating Food Quantities for a Party
How do you estimate food for a graduation party?
Tile Floor and Countertops Don't Coordinate
My hubby and I remodeled our kitchen and the ceramic tile floor and granite countertops don't really go together. Is there anything we can do without spending a lot of money?
Repairing Spring Hook on Couch
My heavy husband fell onto our circa 1970's sturdy, oak couch and flattened out a hook that holds one of the S curve springs taut. We'd like to get it back together, as it's a very solid couch and we really need to have it back in order.
Using Vinegar to Make a Pan Non-stick
What is the method for making an ordinary pan, non-stick using vinegar?
Coupons for Quick Shine Floor Finish
Are there any savings coupons available for Quick Shine floor finish? I use the product often.
Getting Rid of Waterbugs
How can I get rid of waterbugs?
Gift Ideas for 20 Year Old Son
Any ideas for a gift for my 20 year old son? I would like ideas that are $100 or less.
Raspberry Sugar Cookie Mix Recipe
Does anyone have the recipe for the Raspberry Sugar Cookie mix that Home Interior has? It is so good, please let me know if anyone has a recipe for these. Thanks.
Making Fabric Water Repellent
How do you make fabric water repellent? I want to make the cotton/poly fabric of an outdoor canopy I made water repellent. Scotchgard is somewhat expensive for a spray can. Any help is appreciated. Thanks.
White Rose Bush Has Red Blooms
I have a rose bush that has bloomed white roses for the last four years, now it has the big white blooms starting but there are some small red blooms on it, why?
Paris Themed Bedspread Ideas
I am doing a Paris themed room. Does anyone have any bedspread ideas?
Wrapping a Shoe Box
I am trying to wrap shoe boxes, top and bottom separately, for the Good Samaritan Christmas boxes for children. I have tried lots of different ways to wrap each piece separately, so they can be opened and filled with goodies.
Ink on a Microfiber Vera Bradley Bag
How do you get black ink out of a microfiber Vera Bradley?
Father's Day Safe
Father's Day is just around the corner. Why not let the kids create a secret safe for Dad's valuables.
Setting Tie Dye
How do you set tie dye?
Red Rose Turned Pink
I planted a deep red hybrid tea rose last year. Now this year it is a deep rose pink. Can anyone explain what happened?
Rowenta Steam Iron is Leaking Water
My Rowenta steam iron is leaking water. I really don't want to have to buy another one. Is there some way to fix this problem? I have misplaced any paperwork that I have had. I would appreciate help. Thank you.
Dr. Leonard's Plastic Solar Sheets Reviews
Does anyone know how good the Dr. Leonard's/Carol Wright Plastic Solar Panel Sheet for windows works? You can see out of them but not into them from the outside. It is supposed to save on energy bills in both the summer and wintertime.
Hawaiian Food Recipes
I am looking for recipes for Hawaiian foods.
No Rider Patch Reviews
Has anyone ever tried No Rider patches? They're supposed to keep your shorts from riding up your thighs? I was wanting to know if they work or not before I buy them. Thanks.
Jack in the Box's Taco Salad
Does anyone have the recipe for the taco salad sold by "Jack in the Box" several years ago?
Cleaning Strings on Blinds
How do I clean the cords on my blinds without taking the blinds down?
Ant Hills on Brick Patio
We have ant hills on our brick patio deck. A friend suggested pouring boiling hot water over them so the ants surface to the top. Do you know any other easy remedies? Anything that doesn't involve poison.
Restoring Laminate Floors
How do you make laminate floors look better? We have a lot of wear marks and damage from water?
Mold Spots on a Bathroom Rug
The bathroom rug that was in front of our shower stall in the basement has black mold spots in one corner. What can I use to remove the mold spots? I just washed it with some detergent and bleach and it didn't take it out. Maybe I didn't use enough bleach?
Refreezing Cooked Ham
Can I refreeze a thawed, fully cook ham?
Recipe Ideas for a Wedding Reception
I am cooking for my sister's wedding reception and I need food ideas. There will be about 125 people.
Tiling a Bathtub
What tile do you use to bridge the gap between the tile and the tub?
Concord Grape Berries Turning Brown
Some of my concord grape berries are turning brown. What is the cause and can I stop it?
Temperament of a Malamute/Spaniel Mix
What is the temperament going to be for a malamute mix with spaniel? He has chosen to follow me where ever I go and seems to butt in when someone is hugging me or playing around with me.
Planting Dahlia Bulbs
I got some Dahlia bulbs. Any tips on how to plant them?
Finding the Model Number of a Riding Mower
I have an older MTD riding mower. My model number is rubbed off and I can't get the right size drive belt to fit it. Any suggestions on how to find a model number?
Buying Arborio Rice
Where can I find arborio rice in Omaha, Nebraska?
Dentures Are Hurting My Gums
How long will my dentures hurt my gums? It's been 2 weeks since I had my teeth pulled and the dentures put in.
Putting Fruit on a Pewter Tray
Can we put fruits on a pewter tray?
Printers That Are Inexpensive to Use
My family goes through ink like crazy in my printer. There has to be a more economical cartridge that lasts longer and is cheaper to refill. Can anyone recommend a good printer which uses inexpensive ink cartridges that last longer?
Honey Lime Fruit Dip Recipe
I am looking for a honey lime fruit dip recipe. With fresh fruit on the way, it would be a welcome addition to a summertime meal. I tried to make one with low-fat yogurt, honey and fresh lime juice/zest.
Graham and Brown's Paintable Wallpaper, #14020
I'm looking for Graham and Brown's super fresco paintable textured vinyl wallpaper, #14020, batch C. I only bought it a year ago, but can't find another roll anywhere. Can anyone help?
Removing Tile from Formica Countertops
How can I remove ceramic tile from Formica countertops? I am hoping to salvage the original Formica until I am able to replace it. I also have the tile as a back splash under upper cabinets and behind the stove but I would like to leave that intact.
Cat is Urinating in the Bathtub
How do I stop my male cat from urinating in the bathtub?
What Breed is My Dog?
We got Sage from the shelter, and they said she was 6-10 years old. The vet says she's 4 or 5. She has white hairs on her muzzle. She's probably full-grown at 35 pounds. The shelter warned us that she liked to be dominant among other dogs and they were right.
Cucumbers Have White Spots
These are cucumbers straight from my little garden. The plants are two months old. I know that I over soak the plot. These cucumbers are like all the rest I have harvested.
What Breed is My Dog?
We gave a young man a home until he can find another place. He has now added a dog to the home, not to my liking though. She is 8 months old. I would like to know what kind of dog she is. Her name is Persia. She is very sweet and has gentle eyes
Cut Foods Right in the Can
If you accidentally bought pineapple rings and needed chunks, you will no doubt have to cut them. Why drain them, put them on a counter cutting board or plate and create a mess?
Mini Bell Decoration
This is a mini bell I made from a terra cotta pot, paint, and odds n ends.
Concrete Block Raised Bed
My new raised bed garden has been amazingly productive. The large leaves of the squash and zucchini are providing a little shade for some of those that prefer less than total sunshine. That is a bonus in sunny central Texas.
Poo Bear (Bichon/Poodle)
Poo Bear is a 1 year old Bichon/Poodle. We got when we first moved to Texas. He likes to play with his brothers, Howard and Houston (Dog and cat). Poo Bear is the party guy. He looks funny and has a funny personality!
Pay the Cell Phone Bill for a Gift
For Mother's Day, I suggested that my grown kids not send me the usual flowers and such. I asked them to go pay one month of my cell phone coverage ($35.00) so that I can continue to talk daily.
Clean Refrigerator Drawers and Shelves in Dishwasher
I hate cleaning my refrigerator, so I'm always thinking of ways to make it easier. I have a side by side one. I take my shelves and drawers out, and wash them in the dishwasher.
Reuse Sheet, Blanket, and Comforter Bags
I always save the clear zippered bags that sheets, comforters, etc. come in to use for storing sweaters in the summer, children's puzzles, toys, heirloom baby clothes, or anything that comes to mind.
Recycling Items for Drainage Fill in Plant Containers
Those lightweight plastic cups that flowers are sold in - I recycle them by using them for drainage when I transplant the flowers into terra cotta pots.
Use Credit Cards for Cleaning
I keep outdated credit cards or other laminated cards at my kitchen sink. Whenever I have something which sticks on the bottom of the Teflon pan and does not come off easily, I use the old laminated card.
Freeze Paintbrush For Tomorrow
If you have to stop in the middle of painting before the job is done, you don't have to wash the brush. Just stick the bristles into a sandwich bag, no need to seal, and pop it into the freezer until ready to paint again.
Low-Fat French Fries
I think I'd heard about this before, but last night I tried it for myself. I love french fries, but only indulge rarely. Not any more! I cut them up as usual, and sprayed them lightly with Pam Olive Oil spray.
Cinnamon Oat Pancakes
These are great when fresh and just as good popped out of the freezer, reheated for a quick breakfast. I add some cooked bacon or a slab of ham to the frozen pancakes (handi-vac bags - no air = no freezer burn).
I love fruit roll up snacks but can't afford the price at the grocery store. This recipe is so quick and easy and no preservatives. My next experiment will be to see if one freezes well and if it does, I will make multiple batches ;-)
Chocolate Truffle Cookies
In a mixing bowl, cream butter,sugar and cocoa until light and fluffy, beat in sour cream and vanilla add flour, mix well stir in chocolate chips.
Crusty Cheese Hotpot
A great dish for family on those cold nights. Easy to prepare and cheap. Mix the egg, mince, chopped onion, breadcrumbs and Dijon Mustard all together in a bowl.
Make Ice Cubes from Coffee or Tea
I freeze left-over coffee in an ice tray to use for iced coffee. when you make fresh coffee to pour over the coffee isn't diluted. It makes coffee beverages easier in your blender as well.
Great summer drink! Boil water, sugar and salt and set aside to cool. Add pineapple juice, orange juice, water, lemonade, and nectar.
Meatballs With Spanish Sauce
These are kind of unusual, but maybe that's why I like them? Enjoy!
In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients. Chill thoroughly.
An every day favorite!
My Frugal Life: Frugal From Necessity
When I started dating my husband, I couldn't believe my eyes the first time I went inside his parent's one bedroom house. There were 6 people in the family, all of the rooms were tiny.
ThriftyFun Recipes - June 15, 2009.
Online version of the ThriftyFun Recipes. Vol. 8, Num. 116, June 15, 2009.
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