Tips

Save gas by keeping your tires at the right pressure

tips to save on your gas costs

There are several studies out there that say we’re not keeping our tires properly inflated. In some cases, 60 percent of vehicles have tires that are at least 30 percent underinflated. This means you’re wasting about 7 percent of your fuel costs (about 24 cents a gallon, or $245...

Single-serve toothpaste, bug spray, etc.

Keep toothpaste, etc., in a straw

If you’re planning a camping trip, this is a handy tip to keep small portions of things like toothpaste, lotion, etc., safe and easy to access. Fill a straw (or a portion of it) and then heat the metal ends of needle-nose pliers. Use the heated pliers to  clamp...

A stylish soap dispenser with a Mason jar

Mason jar soap dispenser

Have you seen those blue Mason jars in local home improvement and craft stores? Pick up a package for some stylish projects around the house. One of them is this nifty soap dispenser. Just poke a hole in the top of a jar’s top with a hammer and nail...

Save trees while drying your hands

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There is a TED talk about ways we can make the world a better place, including using fewer paper towels when we wash our hands at a public restroom. Instead of grabbing a handful of paper, shake your hands off — a lot — and when you pick up...

A better way to hang a shower caddy

Install a coat hook at the foot of your shower to hold your shower caddy. It’ll not only be easier to reach, but it will also keep drier and have less mildew over time.

Too many T-shirts? Here’s one way to wear them all

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Spring is in the air!  Or here in Atlanta pollen is in the air.  I guess the warm temperatures (at times — after all, I do live in Atlanta where it’s 70 degrees one day and 36 degrees the next) have whipped my wife into a spring cleaning frenzy. ...

Stop that sneeze!

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To stop a sneeze, put your tongue on the roof of your mouth

Buy in-season food for best deals

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Usually you can buy things out of season to save money, but the opposite is true with food. You need to buy it in season to get the best prices.

Make that credit card connection

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If your credit card doesn’t read well when it’s swiped, cover it in a plastic bag, or run a piece of cellophane tape along the stripe. It will help the card reader make the connection to the magnetic stripe.

Help your credit card get read

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If your credit card doesn’t read well when it’s swiped, cover it in a plastic bag, or run a piece of cellophane tape along the stripe. It will help the card reader make the connection to the magnetic stripe.

A perfect fit

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When you bring home fresh flowers, if they aren’t tall enough for the vase, stick the stems into straws. You can cut the straws to the exact height that you want. Next, put clear tape across the top of the vase in a cross-hatched pattern. When you put the...

Arm your first-aid kit with a red washcloth

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This one is such a great idea I have to share it right now. Keep a red washcloth in your first aid kit. That way, if you’re tending to a child’s cut, they won’t freak out because it’s a red washcloth!