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 CHILD SAVINGS TIPS
bags2.gif (51523 bytes)Tightwad Hideout for Kids!
The best fort that your kids will ever own is the imagination playhouse.  With only a few blankets, pillows, tables and chairs, your house will turn into a Star Wars space ship, an enchanted castle or a haunted mansion.   Construct this instant and safe, no-cost indoor play yard the tightwad way.   First gather the materials in the middle of a clean floor.  Use available tables and take the chairs and place them end-to-end to make tunnels from against the table.  Be creative and add a few twists and turns.  Next cover the table and chairs with lots of blankets and sheets.  A few weighted pillows on top of the chairs, or some strategically bags1.gif (67400 bytes)placed large spring paper clips or clamps will help keep the many  blankets in place.  Your mess will then resemble a huge igloo that kids can go into and adults can't approach and interfere!  Kids love the private enclosed area.  Ambient light should be enough for their imagination, but a flashlight can be fun too.  Their place can be almost anything they imagine.   Lay down a blanket and you'll be surprised how easy it is to begin their nap inside their imaginary cave.
 HOUSEHOLD SAVINGS TIPS
socdisp1.gif (22157 bytes)Sock Dispenser
Socks have a life after death.  Take old socks and put a hole at the toe end.  Sew a ring of elastic into that hole with needle and thread.  Next get a small screw and large washer and screw the sock into a
socdisp2.gif (24476 bytes)kitchen sink door or a similar location.  Place rolled-up plastic bags into the sock on one end and use it as a dispenser for trash bags. Or, instead of using a ton of paper towels, use small clean rags the size of wash clothes.  Bundle them each into a knot and put them into the sock dispenser.  When you need a paper towel, reach for a rag instead.   Toss the dirty rags into a plastic bag and send them with the laundry.   Dispose of any rag with chemicals or painting products into a closed metal container.  They can spontaneously ignite as my friend found out one day, and one garage later!  Save a bundle on paper towels and trash bags.
 GARDEN SAVINGS TIPS
scoop1.gif (15602 bytes)Scoop Scrap Savings
Recently it dawn'd on me, that I could save money recycling old plastic liquid detergent bottles into something useful for the garden or playground.  Larger and thicker warehouse size product containers are best for this use.  After using the last bit of liquid detergent, take a utility knife or sharp industrial scissors and cut a diagonal cut from the handle to the bottom edge, forming a handled scoop.  Remove the label and make measured markings on the outside to indicate liquid measurements.   When mixing garden chemicals or poisons use the scoop to make accurate measurements, then open the pour spout and drain the mixture as needed.  As a scoop for solids, it's perfect for scooping sand and dirt in the garden.  Kids love it as the perfect accessory for building sand castles at the beach.  Save the cut bottom portion to use as a sturdy holder for spillable workbench items or to use as a resting spot for paint brushes.
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tbrsh1.gif (20031 bytes)Old Toothbrushes Never Die...
                                          They Just Scrub Away
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Never ever toss away old tooth brushes!  They're the perfect tools for detailed cleaning and polishing work.  Apply some metal polish and 'go to town' cleaning small parts or tricky corners.  When polishing the car, use old soft toothbrushes to scrub out crusty dried car polish stuck between car emblems or window washer jets.  To get corners and tricky grout areas of a shower or bathtub, apply some cleanser and brush the grime away.  Apply a little heat to the plastic brush head and bend in the middle about 90 degrees, you'll loose some bristles, but then you'll have a cleaning brush for bottles and other hard to reach areas.  For routine cleaning, drop them into the dishwasher.  No workbench or tool chest should be without a few brushes sitting with the pens and pencils.  You'll wonder how you got along without them!

 HOUSEHOLD SAVINGS TIPS
soap1.gif (16182 bytes)Soap Grafting Savior
What do you do with those small bits of used soap? If you're a tightwad, you don't throw them away!  Use a small cotton change purse to store the bits or smallsoap2.gif (15997 bytes) soaps saved from hotels.  I purchased a brand new, all cotton change purse (without liner) from a recent trip to a flea market. Made in Guatemala, purchased in San Antonio, Texas... The total price was $1.25.  Better yet, make your own using a nylon zipper.  The attractive purse foams-up soap very nicely and is much more attractive then grimy bits of soap ends.  Pull off the metal pull tab with plyers, it will still open and close, but it won't be rough on hands.  Wash the purse to eliminate any dyes before using. Never buy handsoap again!  Freebees are only a motel away.

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bag5.gif (13998 bytes)Plastic Grocery Bag Bonanza
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If you don't know what to do with those annoying plastic grocery bags, read on!  I've ceased purchasing trash bags for the last few years now, and I've never missed paying out the money.  Use the bags for small trash cans, by tying a small knot in one or both handle ends and by stretching the bag over the lip of the trash container.  Use larger knots for smaller trash cans.  To improve the appearance, fold the excess knotted ears under the trash container lip to make everything look nice. Once the trash is filled, remove the bag and tie the two bag handles together to form a sealed trash ball for easy disposal.   Store used plastic grocery bags for use later.  Wrap the plastic bags into small knots for easy storage.  Follow three steps:  The first step is to fold and twist the bag into a long rope.  Next, fold the bag 'rope' in the middle.   Finally, make a simple knot out of the whole thing.  The bag should look like a little ball.  Use an old sock to store dozens of these bags for instant use later.  

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