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STORAGE SAVINGS TIPS

Mini Sized Storage Containers (~$3.34/mo)

cans2.GIF (32955 bytes)Canned Savings...Food For Thought!
Do you still through away cans and containers like their going out of style?  Well they are!  Manufacturers are trying to eliminate these types of packaging.  The makers consider them valuable, why don't you?  These storage receptacles are the perfect solution for tons of uses.  Save different plastic lids from coffee cans or potato chip "Pringles" type containers and seal other containers.   Remove labels with mechanic's hand cleaner, or a good soaking and the prudent use of a hobby knife.  Find a storage site in your home and stack the cleaned and dried items, one inside the other.   When ready to use, a simple coat of colorful wrapping paper, shelf liner, or wall paper placed around the container will make them look like attractive high priced specialty items.  Use smaller containers inside larger boxes.  Match your household color scheme or use them naked as art deco items.  Coffee cans are the perfect size for giving a big batch of cookies.  Be sure to wrap outside the can with gift wrap to make it look attractive.  If you're worried about coffee aroma, place a plastic storage bag inside the can first and fold the bag inside out of the top of the can.  Place the plastic lid over the bag/can and voila' You're done!
ENTERTAINMENT SAVINGS TIPS

Video Rentals & Guides (~$17.33/mo 4/mo+4/yr)

vidmag1.gif (16738 bytes)Video Catalogs:  Rental Guides
Have you ever been tempted to purchase a movie that you saw in a video catalog? GET REAL!  You'll watch it once, then it will sit for years taking-up valuable shelf space.  Instead order video catalogs and use them as video rental guides!  Many video catalogs have a synopsis, photos and ratings to help you choose.  Circle the films you want to watch and take the guide to the video rental store the next time you go.  Instead of searching boxes for hours, you have a set of pre-designated choices.  EVEN BETTER:  Use the guide to make your pre-designated choices.  Join or form a neighborhood video club.  Everyone in your circle of friends makes a list of the movies that they have in their own private collection. When you borrow a tape you must loan a tape.  You each have two weeks to return the tapes and you hold each other's tapes as hostage.  You can send post card reminders, just like the rental stores.  It costs nothing, and you avoid wallet-buster late fees!  No friends? Try your public library, many larger libraries now have videotape collections with many interesting titles. Search the internet for video companies and order their free catalog or TO ORDER VIDEO CATALOGS:
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HOBBY SAVINGS TIPS

Pan & Boiler / Cookie Cutter & Barrier (~$1.25/mo)

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etal coffee cans can be cut-down to make all kinds of items.  As a cut-rate camping pot they serve well for boiling hot water or heating pre-packaged camping foods such as military MRE's.  Spray the outside of the can, if looks are important.  Use the cut off rim as a large cookie cutter or a barrier for cooking eggs in a circular pattern. Cutting the cans is very dangerous.  Use tin snips if at all possible, or you can use a utility knife, but I do not recommend this unless you know what you are doing.  Start the cut with a nail punch.  Cut away from your body parts, while the can rests securely on a protected non-slip surface.  Make a scissors-like cutting action with the knife until the entire can is cut.  Use a new blade, but this destroys them after one can.  Next bend the cut rim into itself with pliers, making a flat crimp along the inside edge.  This will eliminate the sharp and dangerous edges left by your cutting. For making candles and other projects these cans are perfect as double boiling pots.  Fill a large coffee can a third full with water.  Next float a smaller coffee can inside the larger.  Put the wax to be melted into this smaller can.   Heat the water to just about boiling to safely melt the wax for making candles.  
HOUSEHOLD SAVINGS TIPS

Picture Frame Hangers (~.37/mo)

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fter spending $3.99 plus tax for frame hangers, I figured there's got to be another way!  There is!   In a pinch you can use the pop-top from an aluminum soda can.  Picture frames that are under about two pounds will hold-up nicely.  Remove the pop-top by turning slightly and applying steady pressure until the top pops off.  Small wood screws or tiny nails with larger heads will fit nicely, just attach the pop-top to the top middle of the frame and hang the picture as usual.
HOLIDAY SAVINGS TIPS

Underarm Deodorant (~$1.34/mo)

bleach1.GIF (19133 bytes)Under Cover Disinfectant
Annoying odors. The human body excretes all kinds of surprises and some of them don't smell so good. The most advertised problem is underarm body odor which is caused by smell bacteria.   Underarm deodorant can be effective in masking smells and preventing excessive wetness, unfortunately it can also ruin clothing and clog pores, perpetuating worse odor problems.  After trying many solutions, the best I found was to attack the problem at the source.  The best household defense against bacteria is common chlorine bleach.   Scientists use household bleach to kill the deadly Ebola virus, one of the deadly bugs known to man.  A variety of water and bleach solutions are possible to disinfect sinks, sponges, dish rags, clothing, children's toys, bathtubs, garbage cans, wood patios, and a variety of other items. It cleans, deodorizes and removes stains, but it's also extremely dangerous.  Mix full strength household bleach (5.25% sodium hypochlorite) with water or a water and liquid soap solution.  (Never mix bleach with any chemicals containing ammonia, it produces a deadly chlorine gas!) After washing underarms with soap & water, I soak a wash cloth and use a 1/32 ratio of bleach to water for cleaning, then I air dry.  This is a strong ratio for most people so I'd start with the 1/133 ratio recommended for hand cleaning disinfectant. If you see a rash or experience any discomfort, cleanse the area and discontinue use.  For cleaning other items, a 1/16 ratio is recommended for sinks and sponges with a 5 minute soak.  A ration of 1/64 with a 10 minute soak is recommended for cleaning plastic toys. Regarding ratios:  The smaller number always represents bleach diluted with the higher number, which is always water. Therefore a 1/16 ratio equals 1/4 cup bleach to 1 quart (4 cups) water.  A smaller yield of the same ratio would be 1 tablespoon bleach to 1 cup of water.  A 1/32 ratio would be 1 tablespoon bleach to 2 cups water.  A 1/64 ratio would be 1 tablespoon bleach to 1 quart water.
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