Setting Permanent Marker on ClothesWhether you are assigning or decorating clothing, sometimes you want that marker not to be washed away. This page is about setting permanent marker on clothes.
Carefully Inspect New AppliancesI recommend to carefully inspect your new appliances upon delivery with the delivery person. Make any notations with the delivery person and have it noted on your documents prior to signing the form. Purchasing a new appliance is very expensive and we would not want to receive a damaged, scratched, or dented appliance.
Shopping Online Without a Credit CardThis page is about shopping online without a credit card. There are ways to shop online without using a credit card.
Hearing Aids for Low Income SeniorsThis 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.
Refilling Glade Plug-insThere has been a lot of discussion over the years about how to refill Glade Plug-ins rather than throwing them in the trash. This page collects advice about refilling glade plug-ins.
Using Debit CardsKeeping close track of your purchases and automatic payments will keep you out of trouble with your financial institution. This is a page about using debit cards.
Smartphone Tips and TricksThis is a page about smartphone tips and tricks. Here are some great tips for everything from protecting your smartphone to saving money and time with one.
Understanding Expiration Dates on FoodFood packagers are required to post expiration dates on their products for the information of the consumer. The date is in many cases a "best by" type of information. Many foods are perfectly safe past this date, but the consumer needs to use their best judgement. This is a page about understanding expiration dates on food.
Underwear to Wear with a Leg CastThis is a page about underwear to wear with a leg cast. When someone unfortunately breaks their leg, they may be unable to wear pants and underpants that they are used to.
Tips for Choosing a Lawn Care ServiceThis is a page about tips for choosing a lawn care service. Meeting with representatives of companies you are considering hiring will help you understand their services and fees.
Uses for HairsprayThis is a page about uses for hairspray. There are are a few things you can do with hairspray when you need a substitute for other products.
Recording a Voice Mail Greeting on Magic JackUsing a computer phone service may require a different way of adding a personal greeting. This is a page about recording a voice mail greeting on magic jack.
Do Wilton Candy Melts Contain Gluten?Candy manufacturers may make other types of foods that may contaminate otherwise gluten-free products. This page addresses the question do Wilton candy melts contain gluten?
Reselling Thrift Store FindsYou might be pleasantly surprised at the great finds you can make at your local thrift store. A trained eye and some patience can sometimes yield great deals on designer clothes and accessories, art work, and more. Make a bit of ready cash by reselling your discoveries.
Taking Advantage of Shopping RewardsRetailers have created lots of ways for you to save. Shopping rewards are made available when using their credit card, or if you sign up for a rewards program based on a point system, and more. Check out your favorite stores to see if they have a shopping rewards option.
Shopping Clearance SectionsIf you have the time and are willing to shop the clearance sections in stores or online, you can find some great bargains. Shopping at the end of a season can lead to great buys for next year's clothing or holiday decorating, and more.
Asking for Rain Check for Out of Stock ItemsIt can be frustrating when a product is advertised at a great sale price, but the store sells out of it. Always ask for a raincheck when sale items are out of stock, so you can still get the deal.
Buying Items at AuctionsAuctions can be a great way to get incredible deals on surplus property, equipment, and collectables. You need to have the time to inspect the items before buying at the auction sale.
Using a Government Free Cell Phone PlanA cell phone service needs to be reliable, even when it is free. This is a page about using a government free cell phone plan.
Using Coins and Coupons When ShoppingMaking the best use of your money when shopping is always a good idea, however it may take more time to use coupons or spend your change. This is a page about using coins and coupons when shopping.
Buying a DishwasherDishwashers are a great timesaver but you want to make sure you get one that will truly get your dishes clean. This is a page about buying a dishwasher.
Encouraging Companies to Move to Your AreaA particular business that you like may open one in your area if you ask them, and tell them how it would be good for their business. This is a page about encouraging companies to move to your area.
Provide Feedback About Online PurchasesIf you are a frequent online shopper like myself, there are some times where you may not be happy with the item quality, or damages upon arrival. For example, I ordered a couple of new books online. The books were not packaged with care and just tossed in an oversized box. All the books suffered dented spines and that just breaks my heart to see!
Shopping at Locally Owned Hardware StoresKeep your money in your local area by supporting your neighbors' shop. This is a page about shopping at locally owned hardware stores.
Buying Spray BottlesSpray bottles can be useful for cleaning products, personal care products or even just water for cooling down on a hot day. This is a page about buying spray bottles.
Finding Manuals OnlineMany manufacturers publish their manuals online directly and many more have been scanned in by an owner. This is a page about finding manuals online.
Saving Money at Bed Bath & BeyondCoupons and sales can save you quite a bit of money on essential items for your home. This is a page about saving money at Bed Bath & Beyond.
Free Fruit for KidsIf you're going shopping with your young ones, several grocery stores have free treats or fruit for your kids.
Landlord's Responsibility for Lack of HeatSometimes an alternative heating source must be used when the usual source is temporarily not available. This is a page about landlord's responsibility for lack of heat.
How to Choose a CarwashProtect your car's paint by finding a carwash that does not use the abrasive brushes. This is a page about how to choose a carwash.
Spiegel Coupon CodesAs of late 2017 Spiegal does not appear to be operating an active catalog. This is a page about Spiegel coupon codes.
Satellite TV Providers That Do Not Require A Credit CardA prepaid credit card may be a way for you to have the card they need. This is a page about satellite TV providers that do not require a credit card.
Use Pump Bottles in the BathThis is a page about using pump bottles in the bath. Using pump bottles in the bath helps prevent using too much product. Its a great way to save money!
Educational Discounts on Apple ProductsYou or your college student may be eligible for a pricing discount at Apple with your student ID. This is a page about educational discounts on Apple products.
Saving Money on a Sam's Club MembershipWhen you can coordinate food warehouse memberships and shop with other family members, everyone can save on their groceries. This is a page about saving money on a Sam's Club membership.
Don't Get Scammed with Buying Amusement TicketsAmusement park tickets are always increasing. If we could save any money, we would love to right? But please be careful. Many tickets that sound too good to be true can be fishy or even fake. Do not fall for the scam.
Using Sticky NotesPull your sticky notes off the pad from left to right, and they will not curl when you use them. This is a page about using sticky notes.
Luan Plywood FlooringThis is a page about luan plywood flooring. This tropical wood flooring is less expensive than laminates. As an underlayment it is smooth level and firm.
Returning Broken Golden Harvest Canning JarsThis page is about returning broken Golden Harvest canning jars. When you purchase damaged goods you want to be able replace the defective product.
I.D. Theft InsuranceWhile some types of insurance are worth getting, I.D. theft insurance may be worth avoiding. This is a page about I.D. theft insurance.
Distinguishing Real Leather From FakeFake leather can look pretty authentic. Knowing what to look for will help you in distinguishing real leather from fake.
Shipping With USPSThis is a page about shipping with USPS. Sending a package through the post office can save you money. Tracking and insurance are available to ensure your contents are covered.
Carefully Read Food Ingredient LabelsI've always read food labels. While I had no problems eating anything, I did tend to shy away from foods with a high salt content. Something else I looked for, particularly in meat products, was 'by products'. I avoided them entirely.
Avoiding Shopping ImpulsivelyThis page is about avoiding shopping impulsively. Making sure you really need and can afford what you buy is important.
Free Red Robin Chicken Burgers to Santa NamesIf your name is Nicholas or Christopher (or a female version like Christine or Nicole), you are in luck! Red Robin is kicking off their new chicken burger with a holiday inspired giveaway on Thursday, December 11th (2015). Any name that is a derivative of St. Nick or Kris Kringle will be accepted.
Use Winterizing Plastic As Shrink WrapThis is a page about use winterizing plastic as shrink wrap. When heat is applied to this type of window covering plastic, it will shrink. It can be used to cover craft projects and hard to wrap gifts.
Shopping Holiday Clearance SalesThis is a page about shopping holiday clearance sales. Many great deals for next year's celebration can be found at after holiday clearance sales.
Finding an Open Store in an EmergencyThis is a page about finding an open store in an emergency. When the weather gets severe, it can affect businesses. Your usual shopping locations may not be available.
Saving Money on Fashion AccessoriesThis is a page about saving money on fashion accessories. Buying fashion accessories for full retail can be expensive. However, with a bit of creativity and bargain hunting you can own a nice array of accessories for much less.
Using a Garmin GPSThis is a page about using a Garmin GPS. With a dedicated GPS, you can just leave it in the car and let it help you find your way. There are a variety to choose from.
Saving Money on Optical Lens CleanerThis is a page about saving money on optical lens cleaner. Using lens cleaner is the preferred method for keeping your glasses dust and smudge free.
Ordering From Garden CatalogsThis is a page about tips for ordering from garden catalogs. To turn those beautiful garden dreams into reality, follow these simple tips for ordering seeds, stock, bulbs and tools.
Saving Money on Amazon PurchasesThis is a page about saving money on Amazon purchases. With warehouse deals and prime accounts there are ways to increase your Amazon buying power.
Dealing With Being on HoldThis is a page about dealing with being on hold. Hanging on a telephone call waiting to be helped can be quite frustrating.
Saving Money on Home AppliancesThis is a page about saving money on home appliances. The retail price of new appliances can be more than you can afford. Often times there are slightly damaged or used appliances that will be just what you need.
Reinforcing Cell Phone CordsThis is a page about reinforcing cell phone cords. Recharging your battery every day can put a lot of stress on the cord, but there are ways to protect it.
Saving Money on Floral ArrangementsThis is a page about saving money on floral arrangements. When you need flowers for a person or an event, there are ways to save like finding a local florist, or by growing and arranging your own floral supplies.
Using a Battery TesterThis page is about using a battery tester. Checking to see if your batteries are still good can be accomplished with a tester.
Cookware Tips and Product ReviewsThis page contains cookware tips and product reviews. Finding the best and most economical pots and pans for your kitchen is important for reliability, even cooking and easy cleaning.
Getting Help Paying for Prescription DrugsThis page is about getting help paying for prescription drugs. There are assistance programs available to help you reduce the cost of prescriptions.
Finding and Using RebatesThis is a page about finding and using rebates. Everyone loves to get a deal on purchases they make. Rebates, whether instant or mail in, are a great way to save money on things you buy.
Identifying Silver JewelryDetermining the quality of the silver you have, isn't always easy. This page is about identifying silver jewelry.
Buying Dental InsuranceThis page is about buying dental insurance. Money can be saved on dental work when you have an insurance policy.
Safe Alternatives to Teflon CookwareThis page is about safe alternatives to teflon cookware. There are many kinds of stovetop pots and pans available today.
Buying Patio FurnitureThis page is about buying patio furniture. Doing some research will help you decide what kind of outdoor furniture will work for your setting.
Buying Fair Trade CoffeeThis page is about buying fair trade coffee. Making sure the farmers are making a livable wage for the coffee they produce is important.
Negotiating Tips for ConsumersThis page contains negotiating tips for consumers. When making an important purchase let the merchant know that if they can't give you what you need, you simply won't buy their product.
Avoiding Advertising TricksThis is a page about avoiding advertising tricks. The obvious goal of advertising is get you to buy the product. Sometimes the ad will direct you to a good purchasing choice, other times you may be encouraged to buy items that you don't need or really want.
Saving Money on Cell Phone AccessoriesThis is a page about saving money on cell phone accessories. The cost of cell phone accessories can really add up.
New Product Through Dollar TreeI found this and other sizes, colors and shapes at my local Dollar Tree in Salem, OR.
Using CouponsThis is a page about using coupons. Coupons come at us from a variety of sources; the mailbox, newspapers and magazines, store circulars and receipts, on products and even in our email inbox. Here are ways to use them effectively to save money.
Saving Money on Address LabelsThis is a page about saving money on address labels. Address labels are a luxury that is nice to have if you send a lot of mail.
Online Shopping TipsThis page includes online shopping tipsg. More and more purchases are made on the internet nowadays, allowing for convenient price comparison and delivery and payment options.
Getting the Most Out of Your Costco (or Sam's...This is a page to getting the most out of your warehouse membership, such as Costco or Sam's Club. Warehouse stores can save you a lot of money, but the cost can really add up at checkout. Be sure you are buying the products and services that will actually save you money.
Electronic Equipment for Less: Too Good to Be True?Electronics are a blessing and a curse to us. They can help us to waste our time, but they can save time too. We're capable of sharing photos, recording television programs, and earning college credits in our living rooms, but the price for it is expressed in dollar signs.
Check Online Reviews Before BuyingSometimes you see wonderful new gadgets advertised on TV. Try going to Amazon.com or Ebay.com to see how customers rated these gadgets before you buy them.
Link: Free 2010 Consumer Action HandbookFREE 2010 Consumer Action Handbook. I have mine, and it is great and I am sure it will be used frequently. It covers lots of things from checking up on doctors qualifications to the National Do Not Call Registry. It is beautiful to look at too and leaf through.
Book Discount at TargetI have found that Target carries many new books at a considerable savings. If you have a store card, Target will begin giving 5% off in September to all card members. This is a good source for a book that is not yet at the library.
Link: Product Safety WebsiteThis would be a great source of info to have on hand, especially for families with small children. It is is a database that is very thorough about household products; their safety and how to properly use them.
Check Measurements Against Sizes Before Ordering ClothesBefore you decide to purchase clothing from a television shopping channel or a mail order catalog, measure yourself! Some designers use different measurements for different sizes. A size 2 for one designer, might be a size 4 for another.
Share Your Customer Service ExperiencesShare your business experiences, regardless of if they were good or bad, with the manager or website of the company. Often times you will get a coupon and a really good service person may get a reward at work as well.
Look Online for Discounts And ReviewsGo online to websites when going to purchase a new product you have never bought before. A lot of times you find discount coupons because they are wanting you to try something new. All you have to do is print it out.
Link: Check Epinions Before ShoppingBefore you spend any money buying things this holiday season, you might find reviews at this website helpful. It also might help others if you also sign up and give your review of a product you own.
Dial 99 During Recorded Telemarketing CallDo you still get calls from telemarketers even though you're on the Do Not Call List? If you get a call from a recording, dial 99 while the recording is playing and then hang up.
Link: How Many Hours of Work to Fill Your TankThis information came from our local news station~ KVBC in Las Vegas, NV.
Mention Disappointments When Eating OutDon't be too bashful to bring up your disappointments when eating out! List things that you feel are wrong on the back of your dinner ticket and mention it when you cash out to the cashier. Writing it on the form that is often supplied doesn't always get you somewhere.
American Gas Prices 1996-2008As we all cringe every time we go to the gas station for our next fill-up, I wondered just how the prices of gas have been over time. The DOE had data for 1996-2008 so I made a graph. The most recent spikes are not included. Gas today here was about $3.59 a gallon for regular.
Buy Versatile FurnitureWhen you buy your furniture, try to buy items that can be used in several rooms. Certain tables, chairs, lamps, etc. will never be wasted if you can move them around.
Ask for Credit for Poorly Developed PhotosWhen picking up your prints at the photo lab, be sure and look at your pictures while you are there. Most labs will reimburse you for bad shots that you took. It's not much, but it adds up over time.
Keeping Track Of Mail-In RefundsHere's a good way to keep track of mail-in refunds. Keep a notebook with a list of all your refunds. Use a simple column system with the following headings: Name, Refund Address and Phone Number, Date Submitted, Refund Offer, and Date Received.
Reusing Wornout Capri PantsI have a pair of black linen capri pants that tore across the rear yesterday. This is the second tear in these pants, and the linen just seems very worn, so I don't think they're worth patching again.
Need Instruction Manual For Camera BinocularsI was given a pair of those Binoculars that take pictures but I did not get the detailed instruction manual. For the life of me, I can not figure out how to use them. I have gone on to the web site to see if I could get one there but no luck. Do you have any idea of how I might get one of the instruction manuals? Would sure appreciate any help you could give me.
Don't Take No For An AnswerJust today I had another reminder of how true it is not to take no for an answer! I was on the phone, trying to get a credit card refund for an item I HAD returned, and at first the customer service person on the line said, "No."
Oregon Governor Lives on Food Stamp Benefit for a WeekThe Governor of Oregon, Ted Kulongowski, challenged himself and his wife to live on the equivalent of what they would get for food stamps, $3 a day for a week. He said one thing he learned was that the cheapest foods are on the top and bottom shelves of the supermarket.
Buying HeadphonesThe most important thing to consider when buying headphones isn't how they sound, but how they feel in your ears. If they aren't comfortable, you won't want to use them in the first place.
Stopping Calls from CreditorsI am having some financial problems that will be resolved shortly. In the meantime, how do I keep creditors from calling my job? I ask them not to call my job but they continue to call.
Buying a PianoBuying a Piano. I am looking into buying a piano. I'd like to buy a good used one. . .
Google Products Before You BuyBefore you buy a product, go to your favorite search engine and type the product, model and "reviews" into the search engine to see what others thought of the products.
Call the Paper For Special OffersWhen it comes time to renew a subscription, call them and it's likely you'll save big! I noticed last week that it would have been more expensive to auto-pay my Sunday paper (coupon central) than to send in a check every 3 months.
Clock By The PhoneDo you have an extra clock in your home? Place it near the phone. Just watching the minutes tick away will remind you to keep those long distance conversations short!
Can't Afford Your Prescription Drugs? Call The ManufacturerIndividual companies quietly give away millions of dollars in medication every year. If you or a family member simply cannot pay for much needed medicine, call the manufacturer directly.
Shoe Dye Can Do Wonders for Sale ShoesOut of season shoes may be on sale super cheap, but not the color you want. Dye them another color! I bought several pairs of white shoes and dyed them!
Free Information on Product WebsiteI see so many people asking for tips and recipes for using name brand products. Most of these have great consumer web sites with all kinds of info.
Grocery Store StrategiesI live by three different grocery stores so I check the front and back of each flyer every week. That is where they list their hook sales, sometimes incredibly good deals to attract you in to their store. I make a list of the three stores and their best deals for items I would be interested in.
When Expiration Dates MatterBefore we hit the beach, I spent ten minutes covering a wriggling and impatient boy with SPF 50 sunscreen. To my dismay, I didn't put a pale skinned youngster to bed that night.
Mattress Know-HowIt's a pricey investment and you want to get the most out of it, but a mattress only lives so long. The average life expectancy is ten years for a mattress, but those with pillow tops die sooner. One chiropractor suggests a maximum life of seven years for pillow topped luxury.
The Lures of AdvertisingAdvertising may seem entertaining, we may come in from the kitchen to see the latest commercial, but it's job is to sell products, and it does this very well. From the day early man decided to sell his carved wooden tool to another man, advertising has been a part of our lives.
Should You Join a Rewards Program?Many companies are now collecting reward points on their websites. You many have wondered if it's worth the time and effort to join these programs.
Use Your Own Mind When Making PurchasesWhat is a 'benhad'? It's not the lowest soldier rank in Xerxes Persian army, nor is it the latest hair style craze by Lauri Pedaja. A benhad is simply a person who has been had by the system.
Shopping Rewards for Healthy ChoicesMany companies today will reward you with cash prizes to use in-store for making healthy life decisions. One of my favourite ones is called Balance Rewards for Healthy Choices by Walgreens. You can sync your smartphone with their app and allow it to track how much you walk around.
Misleading PackagingDon't be fooled by packaging. I ran out of Eucalyptus Essential Oil, so when I went to Walgreens, I did not see the brand I previous purchased. Instead, I noticed this new brand called Guru Nanda. It was the same price and from what I recalled, a much larger bottle. Wow, I thought, what a deal, but come to find out, it was just the packaging!
Shop After Easter ClearanceIf you're in need of home decor, shop after holiday clearance sales and be open minded. You will save a ton of money! These pillows retail for $19.99 each at Target. I paid only $1.99 each.
Take Advantage of Store Rain ChecksFinding big sale items in weekly store ads is great, until you get to the store and notice they've ran out of stock. It can be frustrating, especially because you've made an effort to make it out to the store only to find there was nothing there for you.
Buying in Bulk SmartlyI don't like buying household items in grocery stores. The prices are outrageous! I'm sure most will agree! I am a household of just one, but strongly believe in saving as much money as I can. I have priced products online and in club stores and have found a great online company that beats all prices!
Thrift Stores Are Not Created EqualI love thrift stores. My mom took my 5 sisters and me to the same store every time we went to the beach. That store is still there and I still shop there. Almost any thrift store has something I need. But they're not equal.
Are My Lenses Made of Glass or Plastic?How can you tell if your eye glass lenses are plastic or glass?
Do Rechargeable Batteries Save You Money?Does anyone know if rechargeable batteries really save you money when you have to pay for the electricity to recharge them?
Saving on American Girl or Similar DollsI would like to know of anyways to save money for a $87 American Girl doll. I am 11 years old and am kinda out growing 'baby dolls' so my Mom suggested 'girl dolls'. If you know any other 18 inch doll brands or similar sizes, please post back!
Finding Mail-in RebatesIs there a site where you can print out mail-in rebate forms for any and all products? I am looking for a list of all the companies that offer mail-in rebates.
Drawing on Clothes with Permanent MarkersI have pair of Stone jeans and I wanted to color one with a drawing. If I use permanent markers would it stay on the pants and not fade?
Finding a New DentistI haven't lived where I live for a great deal of time so I am not familiar with any dentists here. I would like to find a dentist, but not by using Angie's list or something like that. I have investigated online a lot, ruled out some, but still have questions.