A big box can hold Christmas wrappings

Instead of using an ugly trash bag on Christmas morning, consider wrapping a large box. People can throw their trash in it. It’ll look much better when you’re taking you are taking pictures.

Re-use holiday tissue paper

Instead of throwing wrinkled up tissue paper away, just iron it. It’ll look almost as good as new. (You can also run wrinkled ribbons through your curling iron).

Decorate for the holidays on the cheap

Holiday decorating on the cheap: Use red, green or gold spray paint on branches and pine cones. You can also spray paint empty boxes and bows.

Water your Christmas tree the easy way

Two no mess ways to water your real Christmas tree: Use ice cubes or use a no-drip turkey baster.

Keep your gifts secret and separate

Do you have kids, (or older family members), who try to peek at their gifts under the tree? There’s a simple solution: Use a specific wrapping paper for each family member. Don’t put a name on the packages. You can reveal your “secret code” on Christmas morning.

A bucket of fun for the guy in your life

Consider this gift for the hard-to-buy-for man in your life: Five gallon bucket with a variety of low priced, cool guy items. (i.e., headlamp flashlight, new measuring tap, duct tape, new work gloves, Slim Jim’s, etc.)

My New Year’s resolution

Tipman Tim Blog

Most people make new years’ resolutions about cleaning up their diets or beginning a new exercise routine. Not me! I thought I’d start the new year off right by adding a bimonthly blog to my website. It’s here that I’ll write about my adventures in tip-testing and researching and...

BOGUS! Avoid the foil decorations

It’s a nice idea, I know — sit around the kitchen table with the kids and craft some beautiful, handmade ornaments your family will cherish for years. Well, don’t be fooled. There are some instructions going around the Web for “How to make a foil ornament,” using sticky-backed HVAC...

Don’t be a sap


If you have any Christmas tree sap stuck on your hardwood floors, try WD-40 before using the harsher chemicals.

Join the club


Most people pay for their holidays with a credit card. As the debt piles up, so does the stress. A simple solution is to open a Christmas Club account at your local credit union. It may be too late this year to join a Christmas Club but consider starting...

Light up your life


When you go out to buy your Christmas tree lights, make sure you get the “LED” kind. LED stands for light-emitting diode. These lights cost about the same as your typical incandescent lights, but they last a lot longer (200,000 hours compared to 1,500 hours for incandescent). They use...

Stop the tree inferno


A dry tree is a serious fire hazard. If you want to see how quickly a dry Christmas tree can burn, go to and type in “burning Christmas tree.” You’ll be amazed; a dry tree can be an inferno in less than 15 seconds.