Welcome! Each of the great tips that we've gathered for you are listed in different categories for your convenience. Below are great money-saving tips, safety tips, health tips, & more...added as we receive them. We'd love to receive your suggestions...please email us with your name for credit (please let us know if you'd like your name to be used)! If your tip doesn't fit into any of our categories, we'll create a new one.
House & Home / Money-Saving Ideas
-Submitted by Terri
- Baby Food Jars: When buying baby food jars at the store, take along an extra cardboard soda six pack holder (the kind that holds small bottles). Each section holds 2 of the small baby food jars and they won't roll around in the bag or the trunk on the way home. Cover them with paper and clear Contact Paper and label them "Fruits" "Veggies" and "Main Dishes" to keep them organized in your cupboard!
Banana Holder: Loop a rubberband through a bunch of bananas, then through a cabinet hook, and then through the banana bunch. Using one rubberband is very cost-effective, and bananas will ripen evenly and take up less counter space. -Submitted by Sarah
Cutting boards: If washing your cutting board with hot soapy water doesn't get rid of odors, try cleaning it with white vinegar or wash it with a mix of baking soda and water. Rinse after 30 minutes for an odor-free board. -Submitted by Frances F.
Dryer lint filters: Make sure you clean your dryer's lint filter after each use. Cleaning the filter will save you drying time, and it won't pose a fire hazard.
Dryer lint filters: Use the fabric softener sheet to clean out the lint trap in your dryer - it picks up the lint faster, easier, and more efficiently! (we use this idea too!) -Submitted by Tina Crider
Fabric softeners: Tear each fabric softener sheet in half before you throw it in your dryer. One half a sheet does the job of a whole one, and you'll save money since the box will last you twice as long. -Submitted by Sharon
Mask toilet bowl stains: If you've got a badly-stained toilet bowl, you can make it look clean in an instant! Just place a blue or green drop-in (such as Vanish brand), and instant clean-looking toilet! At least you can't see the stains now :).
Parenting & Family
- Saying "I love you": Don't forget to tell your loved ones that they are special to you & that you love them. Don't wait until they do something wonderful to let them know...let them know you love them all the time!
- Children & Reading: If your child is having a problem with reading, allowing him/her to read books just below his/her grade level may give them a feeling of security, which will lead to greater confidence in reading.
-Submitted by Sue Oliver
- Child Safety: This could be helpful when you and the family are out and about. Carry a small digital camera with you at all times. On the day of an outing, take pix and video. If your digital camera has video capability, have the child say a few words, then have them hold your camera and take your picture (you've captured his fingerprint). Let's hope it would not be necessary, but it could be accessed on the spot. More than likely, you will have pictures in a wallet, but a digital shot gives view of what the child looked like that very day.
Child Safety While on Vacation: For the baby or small child that has not learned his name or phone # - Place a small printed paper in child's pocket or safety pin it to inside of clothing - full name, parent's name, address, phone #, email address and a relative or neighbor's phone #. Protect the paper with scotch tape in case it rains. Nothing is too silly when it comes to keeping children protected. -Submitted by Sue Oliver
Safety For Your Teenager: These days a cell phone makes a great gift for keeping in touch. Text-messaging is great. Stress to them the importance of keeping the battery charged. -Submitted by Sue Oliver
Don't be a victim of fraud: Never give out your banking account, credit card, or other personal information to anyone, unless you initiate the discussion.
Airplanes: Always count the number of rows to the nearest exits on the plane. If the plane crashes and smoke blinds your vision, knowing the number of rows to the nearest exists may help you survive if you cannot see.
Air Bags: Air bags may not be safe for anyone not able to sit at least 10 inches from the dashboard. Try moving your seat back as far as you comfortably can in order to increase distance between you and your car's air bag.
-Submitted by B. Sterling
- Cure for hiccups: Can't get rid of those nagging hiccups? Try swallowing a teaspoon of sugar...those hiccups will soon disappear!
Relax to heal a wound faster: Relaxing after you cut yourself can help quicken the healing process. Did you know that stress can interfere with your immune system's response...enough to slow the healing process of a cut? Here's to meditation!
Turn for Heartburn: If you have a problem with acid reflux at night, try sleeping on a side other than your right side.
Neosporin: Never use Neosporin on second degree burns. Neosporin, Bacitracin and other similar products are meant only for minor scrapes, cuts, and burns. First aid for second degree burns should consist of: Running the burned area under cold water for about five minutes; using Silvadene burn cream as prescribed by your doctor; taking Ibuprofen as suggested for pain; & applying sterile gauze over blisters. Always contact your doctor if signs of infection appear or if you have any questions or concerns. -Submitted by Pam Flynn
-Submitted by Sue Oliver
- Paying the IRS: Always make IRS check payments out to "Internal Revenue Service". Never make your tax payment out to the "IRS". If someone steals your mail, they can change those 3 letters illegally to read, "MRS", followed by their name.
- Wallet contents protection: Photocopy all the credit cards and important papers you carry in your wallet. Keep it in a safe place.
The above information is presented for educational purposes only, and it is not a substitute for informed medical advice or training. Please do not use this information to diagnose or treat any health problem without consulting a qualified health care provider.