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Brown sugar stored inside an airtight container.

Airtight Container to Keep Brown Sugar Soft
Those are nice looking containers. Its nice to have something that works. I keep my brown sugar in a glass canning jar. It always stays soft.

 

A picture book for a toddler that was ripped and then repaired.

Our Throwaway Society
Great post. I agree. Its too much of a throw away society. Id like to add, too many people spend money on items they could borrow from the library.

 

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Determining a Cleaning Fee?
I would go see the house before committing. It could be very dirty and cluttered. Maybe pets.

 

A rainbow over some fields.

Country Meets City
I loved that story!

 

A coffee cup being used as a spoon rest on a stove.

Coffee Cup as a Spoon Rest
Great idea. I was going to pitch a Christmas mug that gets too hot in the microwave but am going to use as you suggest. '

 

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Vinegar to Freshen up a Musty Room
Good tip! I do this too. Also good in the laundry. I buy by the gallon and use lots.

 

A retro kitchen in need of updating.

Retro Kitchen Paint Color Advice?
I think it looks quite nice the way it is!

 

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Knife Marks on Corelle Plates?
I think that can happen when the Corelle comes in contact with something metal in the dishwasher. I wrote to Corning once to ask about it and I believe they told me to use Barkeepers Friend but it may have been Bon Ami. One of the two, I think. I know that...

 

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Knife Marks on Corelle Plates?
The following is some info I found at corelle.com: CARE Wash by hand or in automatic dishwasher. Load dishes to avoid bumping against other items during cycle. To remove gray or rust marks, clean with non-abrasive cleanser. If scouring is necessary, use only...

 

Get Cash Back at Stores
I use the cash station machine at my bank and am never charged a fee.

 

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Wedding Christmas Gift
Sounds like a good idea if you know the couples taste well enough. Most couples do bridal registries and have very definite ideas about what theyd like to receive. They may prefer to choose their own decorations.

 

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Celebrating a 57th Golden Birthday?
Why do you think its his golden birthday? The way I remember its when the person turns the age of the day they were born... for example, turning 12 on the 12th of Oct.

 

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Keeping Silver Jewelry from Tarnishing?
How do you store? In an airtight container or ziploc bag of some sort? Its being out in the air that causes the tarnish.

 

Use Your Cell Phone to Save Magazine Recipes

Use Your Cell Phone to Save Magazine Recipes
I do the same thing with my iPod, especially at the library. I can take a picture of a recipe or health tip, etc. Very handy!

 

Woman Writing Christmas Cards

Finding Time To Send Christmas Cards
Thats a good idea! I do seem to be taking the kids to this appt or that class often enough. Used to be I made out my Christmas cards at Thanksgiving....like after the big meal when I was sitting around not doing much anyway....but now it seems I am doing them...

 

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Organizing a Side-by-Side Freezer?
Yes I have nice baskets for my freezer. I got most of mine at the Container Store where they have 2 sizes. I also found that Wal-Mart carries in 1 size. You could first look at their websites. They really make it nice tho to organize frozen foods and you can...

 

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Shopping for Kraft Roka Blue Spread?
I believe its in stores. I like the pimiento spread in the little juice glass and seems Ive seen the one you like. Why dont you send an email to Kraft and ask how you can obtain it.

 

Reuse Your Non Dairy Creamer Bottles

Reuse Your Non Dairy Creamer Bottles
Altho I applaud re-using items, you have to be careful with plastics and food products/beverages. Unless those containers are safe plastic, they shouldnt be used for anything youd consume. Much of the plastics are for one time use too.

 

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Painting Kitchen Countertops?
Perhaps you can make do for a while and order in carry outs. Do you have a crock pot? You could make crock pot meals. You could eat off paper plates for a while. Perhaps set up a make shift kitchen in another room. Could you wash dishes in the bathroom or laundry...

 

sprinkles in jar

Rainbow Sprinkles Mason Jar Dispenser
Good idea! I like the idea of the glass jar rather than putting food into a plastic jar. I am waiting to use the rest of our parm cheese so I can save the lid!

 

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Dishonest Hairdresser?
That seems very expensive to me....even $35 is too much. I go to Great Clips and have for years. I always get a good cut and usually have a coupon so it costs me about $10.99. Even if I give a decent tip, Im not spending too much. I really dont see that youd...

 

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Sippy Cup for Two Year Old?
I think a 2 yr old can have a sippy cup, why not? Im sure he can drink from a regular cup but open cups arent always practical. It wouldnt have to be the babyish kind. There are ones that are more like a sports bottle. There are many different kinds in different...

 

Clear Strawberry Containers as Storage

Clear Strawberry Containers as Storage
Ive just been recycling these containers but now will think of ways to re-use. We get them in various sizes. The campari tomatoes we buy at Sams Club come in this sort of container and its larger so would be good for storage and yes, its nice that its free...

 

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What is a Salad Jar?
Oh, you mean jar salads.....if you look on Pinterest you will see how that seems to be the rage! I have tried myself and also just used canning jars or other clean saved glass jars to store fresh veggies. You wouldnt believe how much longer they last! You will...

 

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Buy Cell Phone Accessories Online
I suppose weve all been guilty of buying something without checking the price. We probably just think its affordable and dont worry about it. Just wondered how you didnt know till you got home tho? Anyway, why cant you return the more expensive case to where...

 

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Shopping for Oxydol Liquid Detergent?
I do not know where Oxydol detergent is sold in your area or any other area for that matter but why dont you first see if its still being made. Do you know who makes it? Is it perhaps Proctor and Gamble or Lever Brothers. Do a search for it and then see what...

 

Three milk jug lower portion on table.

Stackable Gallon Milk Jugs for Storage
Great idea. Ive made ones like that too and from other jug type plastic containers. Ive also cut the milk jugs but left the handle part in tact and it becomes a very nice sort of basket container. I have used in my pantry to store various things and put the...

 

pantry drawers

Using Drawers to Organize Pantry
This is a wonderful idea. Id like to try this in my own pantry. Sure uses up that extra space in a efficient way and keeps things organized.

 

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Reusing Envelopes For Note Pads
Good idea! I recycle junk mail for my own purposes all the time. Not only do I use the blank side of an envelope to write grocery lists but use any contents of the envelope that are plain for scratch paper. Whatever I cant use goes in the recycle bin.

 

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Dishwasher Seems to Run Too Long?
Thanks for the helpful info. Now I just have to get hubby to try the suggestions. Ill keep you posted!

 

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Use Microwave Plate for Extra Serving Platter
Well although this is a good idea in a pinch and not really wanting to be negative but Id be too fearful of my glass turntable getting broken! I think Id find something else that could be used that isnt so important!

 

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Divide Packaged Snacks for Lunches
I do the same thing, only I buy that sort of stuff at Aldis....its good quality and even cheaper!

 

Binder with holiday recipes.

Plastic Binder For Holiday Recipes
Great idea. That looks like what I do for my many recipes I print from the internet. I use the same type of plastic binder/folder and page protectors. I do double sided printing and have one recipe on each side of the paper. I have each binder as a category...

 

antique compass

Displaying an Antique Compass
Looks beautiful! What a great idea!

 

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Reusing Egg Cartons
My issue with egg cartons is just how clean/sanitary are they? Are you talking the styrofoam kind? Those could be washed I suppose but can you really get them clean? Is styrofoam safe to be reused with food? Eggs arent exactly a real clean product so just wondered...

 

Paper strips cut from larger pieces of junk mail.

Free Scrap Paper from Mail
Good idea. I use junk mail as well. The used envelopes are blank on one side and can become a grocery list and then put your coupons inside. Any blank on one side paper gets made into note paper. I also cut up any paperwork that comes home in my kids backpacks...

 

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Cleaning Tarnished Gold Jewelry?
Gold can get dirty but it doesnt tarnish. Silver tarnishes though.

 

Clip hanger used for holding recipe, from cupboard knob.

Skirt Hanger For Reading Recipes
This is great if you have knobs or handles on your cabinets which I do not. My fridge is close to my stove so I just put the recipe on the fridge with a fridge magnet.

 

Blue Plastic Cup with lid and straw.

Product Review: Insulated Drinking Glass
These kinds of cups are being sold all over now. I have one and like to use on the go. I can fill with ice and water and it stays cold for hours, even the ice stays frozen for a long time. It fits in the cup holder of my mini van and I find its easy to pick...

 

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Shelf Life of Canned Food?
I contacted the Allen canning company some years back regarding this subject. I found out that if the can shows no signs of a problem, the contents will be safe to eat. Depending how long past the best by date, you may not want to eat it though as flavor may...

 

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Using Insulated Food Jars
Great post and wonderful ideas! My daughter prefers for me to pack her school lunch but instead of just a cold sandwich all the time, some days I pack a wide mouth thermos with something hot. It could be soup, leftover macaroni and cheese, canned pasta, etc...

 

Breaking a Coffee Shop Addiction?
I thought Id chime in on this topic. We brew coffee at home every day; however I do enjoy going to a coffee shop from time to time. I really love coffee and just seems like a nice break for me to stop when Im out running errands. Sometimes I only do the drive...

 

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Cell Phone Etiquette
I find most people who talk on their cells in public, speak louder for some reason. I hate when Im trying to just enjoy myself and have some peace and quiet and someone stands right by me, talking very loudly on their cell! I have to move or just be forced...

 

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Store Toothbrush In Hydrogen Peroxide
I would think that if you use the same hydrogen peroxide for a while that its going to be contaminated from whats on your toothbrush....maybe not, I dont know but I think it would be better to just soak in a small amount of it or in vinegar and then pitch.

 

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Epsom Salts For Fabric Softener
I did not know that either. I use either liquid fabric softener or vinegar but do keep epsom salts on hand so may try it, especially if Im out of the other two. Thats good to know! Vinegar is especially good for towels as they can lose their absorbency with...

 

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Reflections on a Frugal Year
Good story and thanks for posting it....a good read! I think if a person was brought up to know the value of money and not be wasteful, it sticks with them. I know it did with me. I dont need to be frugal now but find the older I get the more I need less and...

 

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Check the Ounces on Canned Food
You just now noticed the smaller tuna cans? :-) Its been that way quite a while. Used to be, you used 1 can for Tuna Helper but now it states to use 2 cans! You barely get much yield on a 5 oz. can of tuna these days. Even when I add ingredients to stretch...

 

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Use Cosmetic Storage Boxes For Kids Art Supplies
I find all sorts of nice costmetic bags and zippered type pouches at garage sales for next to nothing. They come in handy for more than costmetics. One nice one I found was perfect for the manual and accessories to my cell phone for example. Many people get...

 

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Using Manwich in a Recipe?
For the person who questioned why using Manwich, why is there something wrong with Manwich? Seems healthy enough to me. Maybe read the ingredients. Ill bet if you went to the website you could find some recipes.

 

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Small Garbage Container for Kitchen
I too like to use the plastic grocery bags for various purposes but does anyone know if they decompose in the landfill?

 

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My Frugal Life: Shop Smart
I donate to Goodwill on a regular basis; Id like to buy more there but the prices are rather high and sometimes I feel they are almost retail. I can do much better at garage sales. Its nice that you are getting such nice new items at such great prices but alas...

 

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Take Inventory of What's in Your Wallet
I did this myself. I experienced the nightmare one poster referred to of losing ones wallet not once but twice. I had my mini van broken in to where I had stupidly forgotten my purse and just taken my keys and then had my wallet stolen out of my purse at a...

 

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Wax Paper in The Kitchen
I always have wax paper on hand and use it for many purposes. Besides putting between layers of homemade cookies its great for putting between pieces of leftover pizza so they dont stick together.

 

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Nail Fungus and Nail Salons?
I guess I dont understand why a person with nail fungus would knowingly go get a professional pedicure....possibly exposing her condition to others. I wonder if she disclosed that fact? I have never had a pedicure and dont think I ever will. Just common sense...

 

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Warning: Avoid Citrus Products with Penicillin
Unfortunately all doctors just dont think....its almost arrogance on their part. Whether a parent would know or not, doesnt let them off the hook of explaining things thoroughly or have the nurse explain. Something like that just shouldnt happen!

 

Brag book organizer with postage stamps in one sleeve.

Use Small Photo Album for Identification
I have something similar but I keep it in my purse. It is a small photo album that holds 4 x 6 photos. I keep info on myself, husband and our 2 children....such as doctors and their addresses/telephone #s and all prescriptions. Mine is basically set up to be...

 

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Remembering to Use Coupons
Sounds like a good idea. I usually write C next to the item but I think highlighted items would be easier, faster and I would notice easier on my shopping list. Thanks for sharing!

 

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Store Coupons In Photo Album
I have been doing the same thing for years, only I use an album that holds 4 x 6 photos. I have tried all sorts of ways to carry and organize coupons and this has been the best. It is easy to flip through the pages and find the coupons I need. Its easy to take...

 

Keep Children Entertained When Eating Out
Wow, that is a good idea! What we do too at the Italian restaurant we like to go have pizza at is to call ahead to put in the pizza order. We arrive just before our piping hot pizza is delivered to the table. Its not only nicer for the kids but for us parents...

 

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Difficulties Recycling Glass?
We are still able to put glass out in our recycling bin and I still find plenty of products in glass jars.

 

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Beware of Drug Interactions
What I do not understand is how the pharmacy filled a new prescription, not knowing what else he takes. Even the doctor should have known! I would questions both his doctor and the pharmacy. This shouldnt have happened.

 

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Finding a Reliable Dentist?
If you are talking about DuPage County, IL which is where I live, you might try my Dentist. I have been going to him for 11 years and very happy with the practice. I do not know if he is reasonable or not tho. Dont you have dental insurance? Anyway if youd...

 

Interior view of the purse.

Uses for a Vintage Purse?
I was thinking you could keep special pieces of jewelry in it and perhaps some small keepsakes and place on your dresser. You could also turn it into a floral arrangement and the purse would be like the vase. Have the lid opened and do a floral arrangement...

 

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Best Baby Wipes For Cleaning Your Face?
I know you asked about facial wipes but why not just use a facial wash with a washcloth and warm water. Works for me! I like the St Ives apricot face wash or Wal-Mart makes one thats the same, in the Equate brand. A fairly large tube of it for between 3 and...

 

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Treating a Rash from Cutting Up Okra?
Try some calamine lotion first. Ive had good results with that treating itchy rashes. You might go to your drug store and show the pharmacist your rash and see what he/she recommends you treat it with.

 

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My Frugal Life: Coupon Class
Thanks for all the great info. I love to watch Extreme Couponing. I wont ever be like that but Ive clipped and used coupons for years. I used 12 coupons last week at Wal-Mart saving me $10 off the bill and I felt great. Im not doing a lot of couponing like...

 

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My Frugal Life: Coupon Class
Thanks for all the great info. I love to watch Extreme Couponing. I wont ever be like that but Ive clipped and used coupons for years. I used 12 coupons last week at Wal-Mart saving me $10 off the bill and I felt great. Im not doing a lot of couponing like...

 

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Using the Dishwasher as a Drying Rack?
I always have a certain amount of items I hand wash....either they are just too big and bulky and would take up too much valuable space in the dishwasher or they wouldnt do well in the dishwasher. Here because of softened water and that combined with the harsh...

 

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Use Dishwasher For Storage
Yes, you have to use things to make life easier in whatever way you can. I have lots of storage but I still like to find ways to make the best use of it or since Im short, the best ways to make it convenient! I use my dishwasher as a dish drainer when its empty...

 

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Setting Up an Online Account at Your Library
Ive done this for years and it really is convenient. Not only can I look at what I have checked out and when its due but also keep an eye on the items I am waiting on (holds). Also then the library contacts me via email to tell me when something is ready to...

 

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Housewarming Invitation Etiquette?
Just having people come to celebrate with your brother is enough to ask of people. I do not think it appropriate to ask for gifts. Its not a baby or bridal shower where gifts are expected. If people want to bring a little something thats their choice but making...

 

Canning jar with peanut butter jar lid on it

Plastic Lids On Canning Jars
I just put this idea into use! Thanks for the tip!

 

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Thrifty Entertainment
You can do even better if you borrow movies from the library. At ours we can keep for a week. Also a Netflix membership is as low as $7.99 a month and movies come streaming to you tv or tablet or other devices. No reason to buy movies and have to store them

 

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Use Coffee Maker for Hot Water
I do not get this post. Maybe Im dense but whats wrong with running the water at the kitchen sink till its hot or putting a cup in the microwave and heating? My drip coffeemaker gets a work-out enough making coffee every day and sometimes twice so dont think...

 

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Choosing a Cellphone for Your Child?
I guess I dont understand why a 9 year old needs a cell phone. Does he sleep over at friends houses that much and I agree with another poster that if he needed to call home, he could use the land line where hes staying to do so. I have a 13 year old daughter...

 

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Peeling Hard Boiled Eggs
I do mine over the garbage can or onto a plate or anything that can just be rinsed off. I wouldnt waste the plastic wrap.

 

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Donate Items as You Identify Them
This is what I do. As I find things around that house that we no longer need or want I put in a bag or box. Then when it is filled it goes to my mini van. When Ive got a few bags filled and Ill be near Goodwill anyway, I stop and drop off. Its a good feeling...

 

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Frugal Birthday Party
Having fun is the most important part, not how much money you spend or if youre impressing people!

 

My Frugal Life: Disguising Generic Items
Well I must be lucky because I do not have to resort to tricks to get my family to consume other products besides name brand. As long as it tastes good, they eat it! :-)

 

My Frugal Life: Disguising Generic Items
Well I must be lucky because I do not have to resort to tricks to get my family to consume other products besides name brand. As long as it tastes good, they eat it! :-)

 

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Getting Rid of a Time-share?
My mother had a time share in TN and we all enjoyed it many years. When she died going on 4 yrs ago, none of her heirs wanted it. The maintenance fee was $500 a year and probably would go up. We asked around if someone wanted to buy it from us at a cheap price...

 

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How Much to Pay a House Sitter?
We had to go away for an extended time when we had a cat. Instead of boarding her, we hired a gal to come in each day and put out food, administer meds, clean litter box as needed and give the cat some attention. She charged $10.00 a day. We had our mail held...

 

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Potty Training a Three Year Old?
At not even quite 3, I dont think you need to worry. The right time will come along. It will be less stressful for you (& her) if you just back off a while. My daughter daytime trained at 4 and still needed a pull up at night till she was 9. My son is special...

 

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Potty Training a Three Year Old?
I wouldnt worry about it too much if shes only turning 3. Rather than put yourself (& her) through the stress, just let her be ready for it and it will happen before too long on its own.

 

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Save Money on Books, CDs, and DVDs
Great ideas here. Id also like to add that the library is a great source for books, CDs and movies. We are using the library more than ever now. Not only do we get to see a lot of movies, read books, play Wii games, etc but the library stores it there and we...

 

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Pack Your Lunch Instead of Eating Out
This is a good tip. I was in a rut of grabbing fast food when I was out running errands but I rarely do that now and just come home and eat leftovers or fix a sandwich. It not only saves money but I think Ive even lost a little weight!

 

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Reusing Envelopes for Lists
I have a stack of junk mail envelopes in my desk drawer. I re-use for many types of purposes, including sending money or notes to school. They are good for lists, taking coupons with to the store, holding restaurant coupons and on and on. I may as well use...

 

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How Long Can Meats Be Safely Frozen?
I am the one who posted the question. We ate the chicken last night and it was perfectly fine. After marinating my husband grilled and they were tender, juicy and delicious. I will be more careful in the future to use up meats sooner though!

 

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How Long Can Meats Be Safely Frozen?
Thanks for the info. I defrosted the chicken breasts and they have no freezer burn, were not slimy,had no off smell. I washed them off in cold water and then have them marinating in terriyaki sauce and my husband will grill tonight. I am not worried that they...

 

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Switch Watch To Other Wrist As Reminder
Yeah but Id have to be able to remember what I was trying to remember! LOL!

 

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Paperclip Reminder
Yeah but can you remember what youre supposed to remember? :-) That would be my problem!

 

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What is a Chili Brick for Use in a Dip Recipe?
I live here in the US and never heard of a chili brick. I make a warm chili dip and all I do is use a can of Hormel chili w/o beans and an 8 oz package of cream cheese. Heat and mix well. Serve with tortilla chips. I usually put mine in a small crock pot so...

 

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Leave Yourself Reminders
Good ideas! I send emails to myself as I always read my email! I also type ideas I have and send as an email so I wont forget!

 

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Can I Use a Dark Brown Purse in the Summer?
Yeah, just use whatever color purse you want. If you like a brown purse, I dont think it matters what the season is. Also, I dont think theres a purse police out there. :-)

 

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Review: TripAdvisor.com
I agree, TripAdvisor is a good site. I use it often and also try to remember to rate the places weve been. Just take some of the posted info with a grain of salt. I have found some posters to post less than favorable info about a vacation spot and thought they...

 

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Dishwasher Continues to Run After Cycle is Complete?
Was the dishwasher bought used? If it is new, its under warranty so just call the store where you bought it.

 

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