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Buying a Sewing Machine?
I kind of went thru the same thing recently. Altho I've been sewing for close to 50 yrs, I wasn't what you'd call expert; I was just using my machine to repair blankets, etc. & for very basic clothing alterations such as hem shortening, etc. Well, my 40-yr...

 

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Reviving Dried Pencil Erasers
Great tip, thanks. I've also had luck with filing erasers using an emery board, fingernail file or even using the grout between our kitchen tiles; it sometimes will scrape off that hard, dry end & get it down to the soft eraser so it's usable. Also storing...

 

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Red Hat Society and the Poem "Warning"?
Hats off to you managing to join the RHS. I can't help with your question since I never could get joined up where I live; don't belong to the right socio-economic class, don't you know. Anyway, I hope you have fun; I hear it's fun to belong to (if you're deemed...

 

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Grandchildren Ungrateful for Gifts?
Someone suggested that she just hold out her arms and give the g'kids a big hug since everyone wants to be loved and some people just don't know how to show it. Um...how's she supposed to hug them since they never come to see her? (And she shouldn't have to...

 

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Fitting In When You Move To A New Town
I've been hearing this also more and more lately about how hard it is to fit into small towns, how some are so cliquey and distrustful of outsiders. (They say sometimes it's because the citizens have been "burned" in one way or another by outsiders, therefore...

 

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Link: Play Online Games That Donate To Charities
Deeli, thanks for the info.; I click on these sites every day anyway to donate but didn't realize they had games. But how in the world did you manage to play and donate without joining Facebook?! Every time I tried, as soon as I was done with each game, it...

 

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"Don't Text Me" App For Your Smartphone
Or best of all, turn the phone *off* while driving. Then you don't have to fool around with downloading still more app's or texting GDTYL, since, wonder why this keeps having to be said, sigh, you're not supposed to be texting *at all* while driving. So: Turn...

 

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Dealing With Loud Upstairs Neighbors?
You've done the right thing by contacting your landlady and I agree with all the previous posters' suggestions. Another suggestion: are there any other neighbors (besides the jerks, of course) that you can talk to about this, see if they agree with you about...

 

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Eye Catching Name Ideas for a Cleaning Business?
You live in Brighton, right? Instead of "Bright and Shiny", how about "Brighton Shiny"?

 

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Saving Money on Magazines
I've had good luck with getting mag. subscriptions off eBay. But of course, you need to be careful and stick with sellers who have 100% positive feedback. So there is a risk sometimes as with anything else.

 

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Preventing Snails in the Garden
Try putting unused, dry coffee (not instant, has to be regular) in a ring around the plants. Supposedly, the snails hate the caffeine in the coffee and won't cross it. Good luck!

 

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Dog Eating Its Own Feces?
Hi, Des, I heard that if you put flavor enhancer (one brand sold over here in the States is called "Accent"; the ingredient is MSG or Monosodium Glutamate) on their food, that that'll stop them from eating the poo. Good luck!

 

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Mysterious Stains on Laundry?
Dear Rhonda, I was having the same problem and it turned out to be the fabric softener sheets I was using in the dryer. I didn't want to switch to liquid fabric softener, so I've just quit using fabric softener altogether. My clothes do get staticky but at...

 

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Link: Free Screen Capture Software
Also, sometimes this works (I used it recently to capture a few PowerPoint slides that someone sent in an email. When the screen is "up" that you want, click on your keyboard's "PrtScn" key, looks like nothing happened but don't worry, it did. Then go to Windows...

 

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Use Eyeshadow As Lip Color
Be careful to not re-use the eyeshadow on your eyelids after using on your lips; the cleanest person in the world has bacteria in the mouth that can really cause eye problems. (It's natural bacteria but it still harms the eyes.) So don't ever rub your eyes...

 

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Storing Sugar
What a great idea! I just went in and wrote "Save this" with a Sharpie on the milk carton and adjusted the cupboard shelf where I keep the sugar so I can do this as soon as the milk carton is empty. This'll be so much better than dealing with that darn bag...

 

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Looking for Online Social Groups?
Hi, everyone, thanks for the wonderful suggestions; I've joined NotOvertheHill and Eons, although they don't seem to have chat rooms like I'm looking for. And thx, Suntydt, for the suggestion about similarsites.com; I checked it out and they didn't come up...

 

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Looking for Online Social Groups?
Thanks, Suntydt; I'll give that a try! (I tried contacting you directly to thank you, but the ThriftyFun site wouldn't let me; kept telling me I wasn't logged in but I was; go figure.)

 

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Front Loading Washer Reviews?
Also, where can you buy the *powdered* HE detergent? The only HE detergent that the stores around here sell are liquid. (northern Calif.)

 

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Free Storage Ideas Using Common Household Items?
I've found clothespins at some hardware stores.

 

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Dyeing Carpet?
Try tea (regular black, not green or herbal), either in the form of bags or loose leaves like they drink it in the UK. Probably have to experiment (like how many bags and how long you steep it, etc.) on an unseen part of the carpet (like in a closet?) or some...

 

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Name Ideas for Cleaning Business Reflecting Military Background?
Great suggestions so far; here's another: maybe "ShipShape"?

 

Flash Of Green At Sunset (Maui)

Scenery: Flash Of Green At Sunset (Maui)
Oh, Rita, this is so cool, thanks for posting! I've always wanted to see the green flash! I wish we didn't live so far from the ocean; but every chance we get over there, we try to be on the beach at sunset and have always hoped to see it. Maybe some day we...

 

The Old Country Telephone

The Old Country Telephone
Great post, pookarina; thanks! Those old phones back then were nicer to look at too. These phones nowadays--especially the cell phones--are ugly, I think; all black or beige, boring!

 

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Business Name Ideas for Chocolate Lollipop Business?
All of the already mentioned names are great! And you know what else'd be cool, and I admit I know nothing about the lollipop-making busines, but if you could get the lollipops in the shape of an apple, you know: "Big Apple ChocoPops" or something (since I...

 

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Toilet Bowl Cleaner Brush Stuck in Toilet?
We got a plastic toilet paper holder stuck in our toilet when it was accidentally flushed, it got stuck crossways and couldn't be reached from either end. We called a plumber thinking we'd probably have to get a new toilet all because of that stupid plastic...

 

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On-Line Friends Matching Sites?
Thanks for the suggestions everyone. I actually am already a member of Eons but they have no local groups in my area and the friend requests I've made to the other Eons members in this area have been ignored; so, oh well. I also checked into PlentyofFish, Lavalife...

 

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Make Powdered Sugar from Granulated Sugar?
Exactly how do you do it? How much sugar do you put into the blender at a time, which speed do you use and for how long? And what's the ratio, like 1 cup of granulated will make 1 cup of powedered, or? Thanks.

 

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What is the Title of This Movie?
It might have been maybe "The Fearless Vampire Killers", starring Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate; I say "maybe" because it came out in the mid- to late-60's. If you want, go to www.imdb.com and look it up by Title; it might even have a trailer you can play...

 

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Keeping Kitchen Sponge from Getting Stinky?
The trick is to put the sponge in the microwave for 2 MINUTES, not "a few seconds". Make sure it's sopping, dripping wet and put it in the microwave on High for 2 minutes. The reason it works is you're basically boiling it, so it should kill any bacteria or...

 

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Rotting Fish Smell in a Car?
If the carpet the fishy ice spilled on isn't still wet or damp, dampen it with water and spread fresh, unused coffee grounds over the spill spot; let sit for at least 8 hours and then vacuum up the grounds. If that doesn't work, try buying an inexpensive, 3...

 

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Remedies for Post Nasal Drip?
Dear Julie, I sympathize completely because I suffer from the same problem. The only thing I've ever found to help is to drink lots and lots and lots of water. Still doesn't cure it, but it does help a little bit. Good luck!

 

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Home Remedies for Psoriasis?
I heard that rubbing the inside of a banana peel on the affected area will help. Good luck!

 

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Add Longer Sleeves To Summer Dresses
This is a great idea! Since just having had skin cancer surgery, I'm trying to wear long sleeves all the time. Have saved a lot of money by finding nice long-sleeved blouses and shirts (don't hesitate to look in the men's and boys' sections too, gals!) at thrift...

 

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Downloading Music?
I download music from Amazon.com and have had really good luck with them. Sometimes you can even just download 1 song, rather than the whole album. The price may have gone up; but the last time I used them, it was about 99 cents for 1 song and about $6 or $7...

 

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Selling Collectible Angel Figurines?
Dear Diebold, (tried contacting you through the ThriftyFun "Contact" button but it didn't work, so I'll try contacting you this way) the Heaven's Retired Angel by Tom Rubel that I have is Ms. Learner. Unfortunately, I no longer have the box or package she came...

 

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Painting Advice for a Bathroom?
Hi from a fellow Chicoan! I too suggest matching the blue flecks in the granite or maybe matching the lt. gray of the walls?

 

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Keeping Mice Out of My House?
The peppermint oil (NOT extract) seems to be working pretty well for me too. I agree about the sticky traps; my mom was told by a pest control guy to try them and all she found on hers was some mouse fur!

 

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Making a Cover for an Outdoor Grill
Or how about an inexpensive plastic shower curtain? You could cut that down to size if needed.

 

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Finding Groups That Send Care Packages to Troops?
Hi, Gerry, first and foremost, thank you, Thank You, *thank you* to all of you for your service, bless you! Now, check out www.booksforsoldiers.com. They donate not only books but also DVD's, music CDs, audiobooks, etc. to military folks and you can register...

 

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Recipe for Cheese Biscuits?
Dear Tuey, if you go to this website: http://fp.enter.net/~rburk/copycat/copycat.htm, you'll find those great Red Lobster biscuits plus other great copycat restaurant recipes.

 

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Removing White Heat Stain From Cherry Table Top?
Hi, Bart, a friend of mine removed a heat stain from a tabletop with toothpaste (of all things!), but I don't remember what kind of wood her table was made of and you would definitely want to test the toothpaste on your table in an inconspicuous place (like...

 

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Wine Stains on Washable Fabrics?
Is the fabric totally 100 percent polyester? If so, I've heard that white toothpaste. The regular, old white paste kind, NOT the gel kind, will remove stains. But: the fabric has to be completely polyester, any other kind of fabric (cotton, spandex, nylon, whatever...

 

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Retiring to a Small Town?
Sorry, Tammy, I don't have suggestions for you about where to move; but do think twice before you move to a small town because I've also heard of a lot of people (nice, friendly people) who moved to small towns and were snubbed by the people there because they...

 

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Retiring to a Small Town?
Just curious, should have been a sociologist, I guess, but why should Tammy, or any other retiree, not go to South Florida, Annae? Is it because you live there and don't like the place or you live there and do like the place but it's the "small town not wanting...

 

Dealing With The Grief After Losing a Pet?
Dear Alleen, my heart goes out to you so much. I've had to have 3 dogs put to sleep over the course of my adult years and I know how hard it is. After we had to have the last of the three, whom we'd had for 14 years, put to sleep my husband was like yours: adamant...

 

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Removing Odors From Books
Try putting the book in a zipper-lock bag with either a new, unused fabric softener sheet or with about a teaspoon of fresh, dry, unused coffee grounds. Leave the book in there for at least 8 hours. Good luck!

 

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Poodle Odor?
Dear, Joyann, how about brushing baking soda or baby powder through his fur every day or so? Those usually help with odor.

 

Reel with four photos.

Film Reel Frame for Old Photos
Oh my gosh, Carol; these are so cool! You are such an artist!

 

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Mold Problem With Front Loading Washing Machine?
I have a front-loader too and had to have some minor work done on it recently. The technician said that the front-loaders are very prone to mold and mildew; in fact, most of the ones he works on just about knock him over from the mildew smell when he opens...

 

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Mold Problem With Front Loading Washing Machine?
Hi, I have a 10-yr old front-load washer and we're on a septic tank too. I was told that the "problem" with using bleach on a septic tank is overstated and I believe it: I've been using bleach (about 1 cup) in every 3rd or 4th wash load for the 20+ years that...

 

Real Christmas Trees Are Green

Real Christmas Trees Are Green
True, they're not cutting the Calif. Redwood trees down to make toilet paper, but they're cutting too many of them down to make patio furniture. I'm with crazyliblady: the best option of all if you absolutely just have to have a Christmas tree at all is to...

 

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Dog Has a Gas Problem?
The lamb-and-rice dog food worked for our dog too. (Turns out a lot of dogs are allergic to all grains but rice and to all meats but lamb.) Once we switched to the lamb-and-rice food, her gas stopped immediately and totally; worked like a miracle! Good luck...

 

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Downloading Netflix Using Your Playstation 3
If you have any DVDs (purchased ones, NOT ones you downloaded or copied from a borrowed DVD) still in good, playable condition that you want to get rid of, check out this website: SwapaDVD.com. You can trade DVDs for only the cost of postage (usually around...

 

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Unable to Connect to Interactrivia.com ?
Thanks for your responses, JAEMM and Theography. I'm hoping for the best, that maybe they're just updating/redesigning the site; supposedly if a site's been shut down for good, you'll get a "404, Page Not Found" error message; instead I've just been getting...

 

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Unable to Connect to Interactrivia.com ?
Hi, everyone, I couldn't register on the Interact 360 site either, guess that site has problems, so that wonderful Fleecer has moved the discussion about Interactrivia.com to the following forum site: http://trivers.freeforums.org/season-s-greetings-t6.html...

 

Poca Una (Cojack)

Poca Una (Cojack)
Hi, Joann, if you get a minute, can you respond as to what kind of dog a "cojack" is? Never heard of that before. Anyway, what a great looking dog! :-)

 

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Forgotten Cookies
Try these, Randa: FORGOTTEN COOKIES: Beat 2 egg whites 'till foamy and add to them gradually: 3/4 cup sugar, a 6-oz. pkg. of chocolate chips, and a 6-oz. pkg. of chocolate mint chips. Drop by teaspoon on lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees 'till...

 

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Can Mold Grow Under Laminate Flooring on a Concrete Foundation?
We had vinyl flooring over a concrete slab, a slab which cracked all the time because it wasn't poured as thick as code required; so moisture came up through the cracks in the slab and caused the vinyl flooring to mildew. So it does happen. (We replaced the...

 

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Christmas Float Ideas: Theme "American Christmas"?
I don't know if this would work on a float or not, but a guy in my town had the coolest Christmas decoration in his front yard Dec. 2001 (when 9/11 was of course still fresh in everybody's mind): he had a spotlight on a fake Santa Claus (who was sitting in...

 

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Watching Out of Season TV Shows?
Try Hulu.com; they're going to start charging soon but I think at this point they're still free. If they have started charging already, try tvguide.com, yahoo.com or (if you're a comcast internet customer) fancast. Good luck!

 

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Christmas Party Games?
Hi, Penny, I saw this game played in one of the "Christmas Carol" movies. The leader of the game would start off, "The minister's cat is..." and the next person in the circle would have to come up with an adjective describing the cat that started with the letter...

 

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Remember To RSVP To Invitations
Well, this explains a lot. I've thought for years that people who never RSVP'd were just being rude/lazy; good grief, I had no idea there are people out there who actually think it means respond only if you plan to attend (or only if you don't plan to attend...

 

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Make Dry Shampoo With Baking Soda and Baby Powder
Thanks for the tip; but I too would like the ratio of how much baking soda to how much baby powder, please. And do you just store it in a small plastic shaker, salt shaker, or what?

 

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Enchilada Casserole
Hi Robin, you forgot to list what kind of soup to use? (b)Editor's Note:(/b) I wrote to Robin asking her about it. I'll put it in as soon as I get her answer. Thanks to all of you who caught this.

 

Sara (Chow Mix?)

Sara (Chow Mix?)
Bless you, Maryjo for saving this dog's life and giving her a good home; and I love the name your son gave her! Thanks for posting this; you're a wonderful person!

 

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Causes of Bloating and Gas?
It could be a hernia; happened to a friend of mine. This is something that a doctor would have to check and then decide what to do about (operate or whatever). Good luck!

 

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Dealing with Adult Children at Home?
I agree with T&T Grandma & dh8: since none of these 3 are related to you by blood, why do you have to take care of them?! While it's kindhearted of you to take them in, I don't understand why they're your responsibility. And like dh8, I too hope they're not...

 

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Homemade Yogurt for Intestinal Disorders
What a nice person you are, Glenn's Mom! I suffer from the same problem as your neighbor and yogurt does help. Do tell her, though, that if she ever runs out of the homemade yogurt and buys some from the store to make sure that she buys a brand WITHOUT pectin...

 

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You Don't Have to Spend $20 for Your Dog's Nails
Don't forget though: walking on hard surfaces too much of the time is really bad for dogs' (especially larger dogs') joints, particularly the knees and hips. I'd rather pay the nail trimming fee than hip or knee surgery for my dog.

 

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Link: HometownFavorites.com for Old Fashioned Candy
Here's another good site for some of the old time candies (and other old time products) you can hardly find any more: vermontcountrystore.com. The site needs to be accessed using Int. Explorer, *not* Firefox (don't know about any of the other browsers).

 

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Downloading Music for an MP3 Player?
For music, I like amazon.com. They're not free but the prices are pretty good (89-99 cents for each song; about $8 for a whole CD). I know there are some other sites but don't know anything about them other than I've heard some are safe and some aren't (virus...

 

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"Paper" Themed Christmas Gift Swap?
How about 2 or 3 (or just 1, depends on your spending limit) note pads that come with a magnet so you can put it on your fridge and use for grocery lists or whatever. I love getting these myself because I go through them quick!

 

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Mozilla Firefox Autofill Form?
I downloaded the Google toolbar and it has a nice AutoFill button right on the toolbar, very convenient!

 

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Chihuahua Puppy Nips?
My dachshund-mix doggie did this when we first got her and I tried something my Mom told me her mom told her about years ago: when the dog nips you, in a high-pitched voice (trying to sound like a puppy) say "Ow, ow, ow, oh you hurt me so bad!" and whimper...

 

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Reviews of Snoring Aids?
Thanks, Deeli, we actually have tried the nasal strips and they do help him breathe a little easier--I wear them myself and notice my throat is much less dry in the mornings--but he still snores loudly even with the strips. So I'm hoping the mouthpiece might...

 

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Arm and Hammer HE Laundry Detergent?
Hi, I'm able to buy Arm & Hammer HE laundry deterg. here in No. Calif. at Safeway, Raley's, and SaveMart and one thing I like about it is it usually costs less than the other HE brands. But if you can't find it, the other brands do work well; I've used Gain...

 

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Soundproofing a Room?
I heard that you can put egg cartons on the walls to soundproof a room. Don't know if it makes a diff. what kind of egg cartons (whether styrofoam or cardboard) and don't know exactly how they're put up (maybe with thumbtacks?).

 

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Gasket For Lidded Cookie Jar?
How about plumber's tape? (It's a white, stretchy tape that I used once to tighten up a salt shaker's lid.)

 

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Holiday Gift Etiquette
Oh, I don't think dh8 "doesn't enjoy the simple joy of giving or receiving" as one poster said. As someone who's been there and experienced how darn out-of-hand giftgiving (especially around the winter holidays) has gotten (people trying to outspend or outcraft...

 

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Getting Rid of Ants in Recycling?
I've had good luck getting rid of ants by using peppermint oil (not the extract but the OIL; can be found at health or gourmet food stores) and cleaning products (like Pledge, Fantastic, etc.) that have orange oil in them. I'd just sprinkle or spray some of...

 

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Name Ideas For Cocker Spaniel?
Or how about the name Taffy for such a sweet dog?

 

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Recipes For Cold Salads?
MARINATED CARROT SALAD Mix together a 10-oz. can of tomato soup, 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce, 1/2 cup veg. oil, 1 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. mustard powder and 1 tsp. pepper and pour over 5 cups of sliced, cooked carrots (takes about 7 large raw ones), a medium-size...

 

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Keeping Bugs Away from Garbage Cans?
Try spraying a little orange-oil cleaner (like Pledge, etc.) in the can, I would say about once a week. I read here on ThriftyFun to spray orange-oil cleaner across my doorways to keep ants out of the house and garage and boy it seems to work! (And isn't supposed...

 

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Oily Scalp Tips?
I've battled oily hair and skin all my life; here are the things I've learned over the years that help: 1) Always wash and rinse your hair with lukewarm water, NEVER hot or cold. Extremes in water temperature overstimulate the oil glands in your scalp. (Same...

 

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Removing Baked On Soap From Car Window?
Don't know if this would work on car windows or not (and you'd definitely want to try it on a small, inconspicuous area first), but a friend who had dried on soap left on a bathroom mirror and had tried everything else, was able to finally remove it with toothpaste...

 

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Product Review: Sunsilk Shampoo for Fine Hair
Hi, Susan, or anybody else reading this, you mention that it's the SunSilk shampoo in the "yellow bottle"; do you mean the "Anti-Flat" one? Reason I'm asking is, that one doesn't seem to be carried around here--No. Calif.--the only SunSilk shampoos I can find...

 

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Suggestions For Good British Authors?
I like the British mysteries too! Here are some I enjoy: the "Mrs. Malory" mystery series (started in 1990) by Hazel Holt; the gardening mystery series by Anthony Eglin; the "Evan Evans" mystery series set in Wales by Rhys Bowen; and the "Hamish Macbeth" mystery...

 

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Making Single Serve Coffee Bags?
Or you can use what I do: a "manual coffeemaker". (You can see it at Melitta.com, click on "Our Products" and then "Manual Coffeemakers".) I see they're charging $2.99 for them on the website; I paid about $5.00 for mine at a Raley's supermarket here in town...

 

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Inexpensive Ideas For Wrapping Large Present?
Like Grandma Margie, I've also used a flannel-backed vinyl tablecloth to wrap a big gift. It was also for a wedding gift, so I used a tablecloth with a pretty gold background that had lavender flowers and used grosgrain (wire-rimmed) ribbon in that same shade...

 

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DNA Testing for Ethnicity?
Hi, Jo, I had my DNA testing done through the National Geographic magazine project. I went to this website: https://www3.nationalgeographic.com/genographic/index.html. I think it cost about $100. I think they're a reliable outfit. Good luck!

 

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Uses for Oatmeal Containers?
Don't have any ideas for the containers, but I use the plastic lids from the 18 oz. oatmeal containers for soap dishes. Since they've switched so much to the liquid soap dispensers, it's gotten so hard to find soap dishes like you used to be able to buy that...

 

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Boston terrier with Gas?
Unfortunately, what the others have said is true: Bostons are prone to gas since they have those "shoved-in" noses and have to breathe through their mouths somewhat and therefore swallow a lot of air. And it gets worse as they age, which could be why yours...

 

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Help For Invisible Eyebrows?
If none of the excellent feedback already given helps, you might reconsider the permanent eyebrow tatoos, maybe from a different salon than the place where the gal with the orange tadpoles got hers. A friend of mine does it and hers look fantastic. Hers aren...

 

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Removing Dye The Bled Onto White Poly Cheerleaders Uniform?
Hi, Debbie, never tried it myself, but I heard that white, regular (NOT gel) toothpaste will remove stains from white polyester. (You'd have to be really careful not to get any toothpaste on any of the color parts of the uniform and then be really careful when...

 

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Bark Picture Frame
Oh, my gosh, Marilyn, this is so pretty! What artists you and your husband are!

 

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Are Contracts Signed Before Declaration of Mental Incompetence Valid?
Hi, Holly, Jennifer is right, you could try Legal Aid if there's one nearby, or try this website: http://findlaw.com . It's run by lawyers and they helped me with a legal thing I was wondering about, basically they told me which site to go to look it up and...

 

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Credit Union Theme Ideas For Christmas Parade?
I agree with ImTrish too; a Scrooge would be perfect! Something along the lines of "even that old miser Scrooge would be satisfied with how much he could save and how much interest he could earn at our credit union!"

 

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Homemade Halloween Decorations?
Like Trisch's husband, mine also made "deadstones" one year for Halloween; only since we didn't have any plywood, he bought that 1 inch thick, rigid styrofoam and used that. He used gray spraypaint and we wrote the "RIP" and other epitaphs with a wide-tip black...

 

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Unique Group Halloween Costume Ideas For Work?
How about dressing up as the cast from Scrubs (that TV comedy about the doctors and nurses) and your theme could sort of be "(Name of your credit union) Hospital - We take good care of your money!"

 

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Getting Kids To Help With Chores?
Hopefully it's not too late to teach your daughters to do their chores. They say it's much, much easier to start them off very young. But good luck. I hope something works for you. I strongly encourage you to atleast try. My husband's sister,a stay-at-home...

 

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Smelly Paperback Books?
I've had good luck removing all or most of cigarette smoke smell from paperback books by placing the book and about a tablespoonful of unused, dry coffee (NOT instant) in a zipper-style bag. Takes at least a couple of weeks, but it works the best of anything...

 

A cake shaped like a cross celebrating First Communion

First Communion Cake
Oh my gosh, Carolyn, what a beautiful cake, it's gorgeous! What a wonderful memory to add to her other memories of that day! She's lucky to have a wonderful grandma like you!

 

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Ant Repellents?
Try any of those spray cleaners that have orange oil (has to be the oil, not just fragrance) in it. As long as it wouldn't ruin your floor or floor covering, spray it around where you're seeing them and it should take care of it. Peppermint oil (oil, not the...

 

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Thrifty Magazines, Books and Puzzles
I'm also a fan of PaperBackSwap. I think they're better than bookins.com because PBS trades *all* kinds--paper, hardback, and audio--of books as well as music CDs. I've checked out several other bookswap sites in addition to bookins and to my mind, PBS always...

 

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What breed is my dog? (Golden Retriever and German Shepherd Mix)
Here's another website (http://www.mmigenomics.com/CHBTKits/order.php) that can determine the breed of your dog. It does cost (about $72), but they send you a DNA kit to use and send back in; they then send you the results. You might have seen it on the Today...

 

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Getting My Feet Ready for Sandals?
What I do is, every night after I get in bed, I rub Vaseline or another brand of Petroleum Jelly, all over my feet. I keep an old towel down at the end of the bed on top of the bottom sheet where my feet go so the petroleum jelly won't stain the sheets. (I...

 

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Margarita Pie
Hi, Robin, this recipe sounds soooo good! But I have a question: which size container of frozen whipped topping should be used?

 

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Product Review: Zep Shower, Tub And Tile Cleaner
You don't want to leave this product on for an hour like Pat suggests. I bought it and noticed that it instructed that under no circumstances was it to be left on for more than 2 or 3 minutes or it would cause streaking. I left it on for a few seconds more...

 

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"Pinch a Penny Till It Screams" Reviews?
Hi, Paula, I found reviews on Amazon.com for 2 different books by this title (one written back in 1993 and one written last year by different authors); so check out this website (http://www.amazon.com/gp/search/ref=sr_adv_b/?tag=thrif06-20

 

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Bargains for Petite Women?
Hi, Jonnie, you and I are just about the same size and I've been doing the same things you have (buying girls and boys sizes), also as Pamphyila suggested (buying at thrift shops). Here's another thought: I don't know what size shoe you wear, but I wear a women...

 

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Buying and Using Essential Oils?
I buy the essential oils that I use (peppermint oil for instance for mouse repellent; works great!) at our local health food store. And Beckie is right: this is one area not to scrimp on; make sure that they are the true essential oil, yes the real oils will...

 

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Karo Syrup Cookie Recipe?
Hi, Patricia, I have a Karo Syrup cookbook from 1983 and it doesn't have the brown sugar pecan cookie recipe in it, but I did find this one (maybe you can adapt it?): CHOCOLATE PECAN DROPS: 1/4 cup Karo light corn syrup 1 pkg. (12 oz.) semisweet choc. chips...

 

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Downloading Audiobooks From The Library
Hi, Leann, I know, it's a pain worrying about getting library books and tapes back on time; so check out this website: www.PaperBackSwap.com. You can trade your paperback, hardback, and audio books for free at their website; they've got over 900,000 books and...

 

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Adult Luncheon Ideas?
Hi, Steven, I belong to a women's Bingo group: There are about 10 of us in the group; we get together about once a month, taking turns on whose house we have it at; we use a Bingo game we bought at a toy store; we each put $3 into the "kitty"; we play 4 games...

 

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Online Book Exchange
I too belong to PaperBackSwap.com and I love it too! It's cheaper to mail the books than bookins.com and PBS has over 840,000 books (not only paperback but hardback and audio as well) listed and the number is growing all the time. They also have a sister site...

 

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Giving Cookies as Gifts?
Hi, Linda, you can also find some really pretty plates at thrift shops, antique shops, even "junk" stores, etc.

 

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Christmas Decorations For Needy Neighbors
What a nice person you are, Pam, to do this for that lady! And I've really been enjoying all the tips you've been submitting to ThriftyFun. You're a wonderful, talented person! Happy Thanksgiving!

 

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Mail to Comcast Users Working Again
Hi, Susan, I'm a Comcast user and I'm pretty sure I've been getting all the newsletters; don't remember any days not getting them. I have noticed, though, that some submissions I've sent in to you haven't seemed to show up in the newsletters 'till I've sent...

 

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The Benefits of Wearing Uniforms to School
Hi, Lorraine, I think the kids here in the U.S. should wear uniforms too. Like GrammySheila says, kids that age already place too much emphasis on "designer" or "cool" clothing and not enough on learning.

 

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Getting Gasoline Smell out of Van?
I heard that you can dampen the carpet (like with a spray bottle of water) and then sprinkle fresh, unused coffee grounds on it and leave for at least a few hours (overnight would probably be better). Then vacuum it up.

 

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Weight Watchers Chocolate Muffins
Oh, boy do these sound fantastically good! Thanks so much for sending these in! Do you think this recipe might also work as a cake in a 9x13 pan?

 

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Painting My Cellphone?
Don't paint your cell phone! I don't know what brand phone you have, but I just got a new Nokia cell and the instructions said in great big letters to not, under any circumstances, paint the phone, that it would damage some of the interior parts and void my...

 

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Festival Tortilla Appetizers
Hi, Peggy, would you mind terribly sending me the list of ingredients from the Fiesta Ranch Dip mix that you use for this recipe? I want to try this recipe, it sounds so good; but for some reason, the Fiesta Ranch Dip is no longer available here in Northern...

 

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Orange Dreamsicle Cake
Dear Theresa, this cake sounds wonderful. I do have a question though: I really don't need to add any eggs or oil to the cake mix?

 

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Orange Dreamsicle Cake
Thanks, tdk, that does answer my question about the egg whites. (I figured that recipe was missing something!)

 

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