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KITCHEN SAVINGS TIPS
band1.gif (20082 bytes)Vegetable Band Aids
Save the wide vegetable bands from bunches of asparagus, broccoli, and other vegetables.  Put them in your kitchen drawer and bring-em out when you have a stubborn cap.  Wrap the cap and twist away.  The rubber band will grip the cap perfectly.  These bands are also great for wrapping up cords or hanging up broom handles. Save the rest of these bands for packages and projects.
HOUSEHOLD SAVINGS TIPS
Save shredded material in supermarket plastic bags for use later.Don't Curse Junk Mail... Shred It.
Shred your way through junk mail, old bags, newspapers, messy papers and torn envelopes.  Then make yourself gift basket stuffing, packing material, animal bedding and biodegradable back yard mulch. Low cost shredders are available everywhere and some cost less than $20. (See officedepot.com officemax.com or staples.com) Junk mail doesn’t have to be a waste, it can be a supply. A daily routine of shredding the pages of junk mail catalogs can become your supply for back yard biodegradable fiber mulch or absorbent animal bedding. A light spray of a fragrant oil such as cinnamon, peppermint, clove, vanilla, or eucalyptus oils can help to keep the animal smells at bay. Try other scents like a spray of lemon juice, citrus cleaner, or pine oil. Shredded envelopes, newspapers or absorbent papers are better then slick printed catalogs for this purpose.  Biodegradable soy inks make most papers good for compost or worm feeding, but avoid plastics and cellophane envelope windows (See worm stuff: The Burrow  Supplies  Happy-D-Ranch See compost info: Home DepotUse shredded material as stuffing or packing material.Save your cardboard and catalog shredding for a great packing material. Next time you send a fragile item in a priority mail package or box, pack it safely with a dense volume of shredded junk mail. Save supermarket plastic bags full of the material for later use. Don't forget to keep a bag near the fireplace as starter fuel also.
KITCHEN SAVINGS TIPS

unpants2.gif (29000 bytes)unpants6.gif (11770 bytes)Over Use Under Wear
How dare you throw out used underwear!  Sufficiently worn   underwear will allow you to tear out the wide elastic strip.  unpants4.gif (12397 bytes)Save the elastic for later use with sewing needs.  Cut the worn, clean, and undamaged material into a sheet to use like cheese cloth for straining foods or for baking and cooking needs.  Grossest tip yet.

BABY SAVINGS TIPS
vegmug1.gif (43155 bytes)Rubber Baby Beauty Bumpers
Child safety gadgets and devices are a million dollar business that feed on the fears of new parents. These fears are not baseless. National Safety Council statistics show death by poison ranks as the third most common type of accident in America, and death by falls as the second most common. (The first is automobile accidents!) Parents should maintain vigilance with toddler and newborn safety, but purchasing gobs of junk is not the solution. One way to protect toddlers from fall injuries is to cover sharp corners and edges of tables with a foam protector. One child safety manufacturer charges more than ten dollars for less than two yards of foam edging! Why not use the tightwad alternative... Foam pipe insulation. Available from home repair warehouses, various types of foam pipe insulation is available in multi-yard lengths for about one dollar per length. The insulation is made with bbyfoam3.gif (12291 bytes)a slit along the entire length and adhesive strips are applied to each side of the cut. The general idea is to apply it around pipes and stick the adhesive together. Instead, use the insulation to apply around the edge of tables or sharp areas. Insulation for 1/2" pipe to 1" pipe insulation is commonly available and will work nicely. The adhesive will attach to surfaces on top and underneath the table, and by cutting a "V" notch into the insulation at each corner, the foam will fit the entire circumference flawlessly. And you'll have saved a ton of $$$ on worries!
HOBBY TIPS
viewer1.gif (65311 bytes)Slide & Negative Viewer
Turn your expandable extra leaf table into a slide and negative viewer.  Purchasing a light box for viewing slides and negatives is an expensive hassle.  Storing the contraption is head ache. Instead, I use a 3/8" Plexiglas sheet that I cut into the size of the extra table leaf.  Underneath the table, I place a converted incandescent to florescent table lamp and vola! I have the perfect lighted table.  I can cut photos directly on the Plexiglas and I can compose my work on the rest of the table.  I never purchased the Plexiglas either!   Instead, I use old Plexiglas office chair-mats.  I cut them to the correct size with a radial saw and make neat edges by melting them slightly with a butane torch.   I use other Plexiglas pieces to cover and protect desk and counter tops. 
HOUSHOLD SAVINGS TIPS
cambat1.gif (31380 bytes)McGyver Cam-bat Flashlight
I have a Poloroid brand Sun-600 camera that works pretty good, as far as instant photo cameras go.  After you take about ten pictures, out comes the used cartridge, ready for another pack of film. But did you know that each cartridge of film comes with it's own built-in battery inside the instant film pack? Poloroid recommends that you dispose of these used batteries in landfills specially designated for toxic waste. They can not be disposed of in the trash!  Probably only one percent of the public knows that, so here's another earth-friendly use for those batteries:   Turn them into flashlights!  These Poloroid Polarpulse batteries are found inside the emptycambat2.gif (18503 bytes) cartridge after the photos are used.   Poloroid doesn't recommend you even touch these batteries, so you do that at your own risk.  If you're willing, they always have extra juice even after their used.   Put on a pair of gloves and twist the plastic cartridge apart.  Underneath the sharp sheet metal spring is the flat Polarpulse battery.  Throw the plastic junk away and get one large and one small paper clip. gather your needle-nose plyers and get a six-volt mini bayonette style light bulb.  The battery is six-volts and works well with a HPR5 (6.5volt, .7amp halogen) bayonett type bulb or a PR13 (4 or 5 "D" cell) bulb. This is the type of bulb that might be in those old lantern battery lights. Get the right 6-volt bulb, or it will burn out fast.  Bend the large paper clip in half with one end around the base of the cambat3.gif (24671 bytes)bulb and slide the other end under one of the exposed battery contacts so it stays firmly.  Take the small paper clip and bend it in half with one half under the other battery contact.  Take the other end of the clip and bend it in such a way that it rests with a little pressure on the bottom bulb contact. Flash!  Once you complete the circuit, the light is bright. Remove the little paper clip to turn off the light. This battery works great as a midnight book light. Slip the thin battery into a few chapters before your current page and let your room-mate rest without light in their face.
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