Money Savers

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...

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.

Wash your veggies in the water (then use the water on the plants)

Set up a plastic colander inside a larger bucket to wash your veggies before you bring them in from the garden. Then, re-use the water on the plants still in the ground.

Tips to beef up a cheap tablet case

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The bottom line with this tip: If you have a cheap tablet case, it can be better to monkey around with it rather than just dropping the money on a new, fancier one. Basically, my cheap case has these tiny little indentations where my iPad can be adjusted to...

Marker will help erase cat furniture scratches

Our cat loves to put scratch marks in our new leather ottoman. What’s the fix? Use a permanent marker of the same color. In my situation, the red permanent marker was perfect. It works almost like magic. After applying the marker, you can’t even find where the scratches were...

Recycled wishes

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After Christmas, don’t throw away those Christmas cards. Instead, cut them up and make hanging name tags for your gifts for next Christmas. You’re recycling and saving money!

Just picture it

For you ladies out there, here’s a neat tip to make an earring holder. Buy a picture frame and replace the cardboard backing and glass plate with a piece of vinyl window screen. (You can find the window screen at any hardware store.) Glue the screen into the frame,...

Mix it up

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When buying fruit at the store, try to buy some pieces that are already ripe and some that are not quite ripe. By doing this you minimize having to eat over-ripe fruits and reduce chances of the fruit going bad before you can eat it. By the way, people...

Save the earth, and dry cleaning

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Does your dry cleaner still use metal hangers? If so, encourage them to switch to EcoHangers. These new hangers are made of biodegradable paper. Each year more than 3.5 billion metal hangers end up in landfills – and they sit there for more than a hundred years. In addition...

Feel the heat

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Are you finding it hard to keep your house warm this winter? Check behind your outlet covers and see if the builder installed foam gaskets. These thin, white, foam gaskets help reduce cold drafts coming from your basement or attic. You can find them at any home-improvement store.