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This weeks Dollar Stretcher Tips

May 12, 2010
Dysart Reporter

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Fly Away

To get rid of flies in a room, fill a resealable bag about half full of water and place it by the door. I don't know why, but it sure keeps the flies away. We have been doing it for years.

Mike F.

Storing Quilts

I have several large quilts that are difficult to store. Instead of finding closet space, I bought enough black inexpensive fabric to make large pillow covers. I made decorative square covers and the three large pillows sit on a twin bed, making it feel more like a day bed/sofa. Now I have extra closet space and a comfortable backing on the bed. Plus, I know exactly where to find a blanket when it's too cold.

Judie R.

Overripe Fruit

Once those bananas turn brown and the pear is too soft for good eating, I peel them and break or cut them into one-inch size chunks. I plop them in a baggy and lay the baggy flat in the freezer. When I want a cold dessert, I plop a half or full cup of these chunks in the blender with some water or milk. They make a great healthy snack for kids, and if you add a little yogurt, honey, sugar, and/or chocolate chips, it makes a great dessert. I have also cut up cooked squash and froze it on a cookie sheet, so that the chunks don't stick together. Then I bag it and add a bit to my smoothies when I make it for some extra vitamins and carbohydrates.


Low Mileage Discount

I drive much less than the national average, under 7500 miles a year. Not only do I save a lot of money on maintenance and gasoline, but also my insurance company charges me about $200 less per year for coverage, even at rather high limits. It's worth checking to see if yours does the same.


Window Washers

When I wash our windows, which I'll admit doesn't happen often enough, I always crumple up newspapers from the recycling bin and use those instead of paper towels or rags. Just use your regular window cleaner and wipe clean with the wad of newspaper. There are no streaks or lint left behind, unlike with paper towels or rags, and I can save my paper towels for other uses.

Stephanie O.

Deadbolt Safety

Be careful of double-keyed deadbolts. As a licensed foster home, we are not allowed to have these locks on our doors due to the risk of getting locked in during a fire. If you are going to use double-keyed deadbolts, be sure the key is in the inside door lock as long as people are in the house. In times of emergency, people panic and forget where the key is stored or don't have time to get the key and unlock the door in order to escape. This is a time when security and safety can clash.

Liz G.

Grow Your Own

I used to throw away the root end of my store bought onions. Now I plant them, roots down, in a planter or a flowerbed. I keep the transplant moist until the stems break the top of the ground. Then I tend as I would regular plants. Most of the time, the roots will sprout a new onion or two. I just love free onions.

Cathy H.

Downsized Trashcan

Many municipalities give the option of downsizing trashcans and paying a much smaller waste disposal fee. The recycle bin usually stays the same size, and our city even gave us a free compost bin! We keep a resealable gallon-sized bag in the freezer, and we put our compost in it. Since there are only two of us, we only have to empty the bag every few days into the compost bin. There are never any flies or smells because the compost is frozen, and when we put it in the bin, it breaks down much faster. Also, remember that paper towels and napkins can also be composted, as long as there is not too much grease/oil on them.

Downsizing the trash bin helps save the planet and saves us $10 a month on waste disposal fees. As an added bonus, we are making compost for the garden.




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