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I let my yarn roll all over. However, I absolutely love the seedling in paper core idea. I need to start more seeds. It is time.

It is suppose to get to 33 degrees tonight. I should have been able to plant all kinds of things by now. Both the tomatoes and peppers I started indoors are way over due to be planted outside, but the two I did plant froze. So I wait.

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Paper Towel Rolls for Seedlings

I save the cardboard centers from toilet paper. These are excellent for starting seeds for my garden in the early spring. When the conditions are right for planting, I simply plant seedling in its cardboard core. By Judi S. from Six Mile, SC

To start seedlings, I use old toilet paper and paper towel rolls cut down to like 2 - 3 inches tall. I line up on a old cookie sheet then add dirt, seeds, water and place over an old heating pad, on the lowest setting in a sunny window. When they are ready to be out in the garden, plant the little tube in all. I find it to work very well. Source: A seed magazine, I don't remember the name. By Angi from Fort Edward, NY www.thriftyfun.com/tf51030753.tip.ht
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i agree with you cathy

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re: baskets/freezer-- I use small dishpans in our upright, along with the wire shelves to use in cabinets.

re: yarn/coffee can--I use an oatmeal container.

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Plastic Coffee Can Yarn Holder

Someone wrote in that she rolls her yarn into a ball and puts it in a coffee can with a hole in the lid for the yarn to come up through. I tried that, but the edge of the plastic lid kept cutting the yarn. So I came up with a better method. I still use the coffee can and its plastic lid. But I cut the hole much larger. Then I take a circle of plastic canvas and cut out the center of it just a few rounds in.

After doing this I use double strands of yarn and whip stitch all the way around to cover the edge completely. But I only do this for the edge. Next I glue the unworked plastic canvas to the under side of the plastic lid. Now my yarn comes up nicely without catching or breaking.

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Hmmmm.....I thought that was what all the built in baskets in the door and the meat tray, and two vegetable trays were about. I can't imagine needing more baskets in my fridge. Mine even slide out and are easy to wash in the sink. I also have an older bottom freezer, so that may be why I have so many built in baskets. The basket idea would be great for a stand alone freezer.

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Use Baskets To Organize Refrigerator And Freezer

I find that if I use wire baskets (or plastic) to organize my freezer and refrigerator, it is so much easier to find things and also to clean them. I move the oldest items in the freezer to the bottom bin so they get used sooner. This has saved me a lot of time looking for things.

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I've pretty much always used the lid to measure my vanilla

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Use Lid to Measure Vanilla

When using vanilla or other flavor extracts in a recipe, you can save your measuring spoon and use the lid instead. The lid on every bottle of vanilla I've used for years holds almost exactly 1 tsp. Check yours and see if I'm right!

After you measure into the lid, be sure to wipe it out with a paper towel, or do as I do and just run the lid under water and shake it dry. If you put the lid back on without rinsing or cleaning it, it will stick shut the next time you try to use it.

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I love the micro fiber on the shoes. I could sew microfiber slippers for Christmas presents for the grandkids to skate around their house.

Also, I do have velcro I purchased for school. I will try sewing a velcro mop head too. If I sewed a few together and then stitched both the hooks and loops to the microfiber so I could wrap my mop ahead around itself tightly, that should work. Thanks for the idea.

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Ummm.....I have read the whole Harry Potter series about 12 times. The Dreaming at least 15 times....etc. I do love books and living in the country kind of encourages me to reread the ones I own. You are so right. There is always another clue to be found or a different perspective to focus on.


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Hey Cathy,

What if you just stitched yourself a "cover" for the wire thing on the end of your mop handle from a microfiber cloth? I should work. You could prolly do by hand. If you have a piece of velcro, buttons, etc. you could fancy it up. Either way you'd have something quite functional, washable and reusable.

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Re-read The Books You Have

How many of us see a movie a second, third, or even more times and always find something we missed? Well, it's no different when reading a book. Our brains cannot absorb all the information the first, second, or even third time around. So instead of letting those books sit on the shelf collecting dust, spending money buying new books, or spending gas money for a trip to the store or library, simply read those books again! Not only will you find those nuances you missed before but you'll also save oodles of money and you just might enjoy the second read more than the first.

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GRAMMACATHY: I'm about to duct tape them to the bottoms of everyone's shoes! LOL

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Thanks for the microfiber tip. I just could not bring myself to buy anymore swifter pads now that I am retired (and poor). I look forward to trying it out. I wonder if I could duct tape a microfiber cloth to the head of my worn out string mop too......



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Even cheaper! Use a microfiber cloth like a swiffer cloth. They will "poke" into the holes much like a swiffer pad. When you are done, wash, line dry and use again. I found microfiber cloths in the automotive dept. of the "mart" store 8 for $5. I got them free after a rebate at a home supply store. I have about 30 of them. I've used only about a roll of paper towels in the last 6 months.

When I read Flylady's instructions about washing them I used an old wastebasket for a hamper to hold the dirty ones. When there are enough to do a load of laundry for them I wash them without fabric softener. I prefer to line dry them rather than in the dryer.

They are my dust cloths, wipe up cloths, scrubbing cloths, mirror cleaners, window cleaners, swish and swipe cloths, and swiffer cloths!

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Use The Other Side Of Swiffer Pads

When I use the disposable Swiffer type cleaning cloths, I flip them over to use the clean side before tossing them in the trash. This works well with the dry dust mop cloths. It doubles the use of each cloth. The wet ones do ok, but not as well. They seem to tear and pull out of the base when flipped.

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That's a bit too difficult for me. Which color is the crayon? and the jumper?Maybe you can dry the crayon with a hair drier and extract it before it bleeds. Hope you'll find the right thing to do, good luck emoticon


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There are often inserts, etc. in newspapers and junkmail that are perfect for notes and scrap paper.

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I use old envelopes for notes and grocery lists.

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Use Backs Of School Notices As Scratch Paper

When the children bring notices home and I don't need them, I rip them in half and use them as scrap paper. I leave them near the phones. The ones I use are the ones that have empty back sides.

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I have scraped off as much of the crayon that I can, from all sides of the fabric.

Then take a paper towel with no printing, or white paper napkin, or or similiar plain paer, on both sides of the fabric (Inside the pocket and out) and use a iron, melt the crayon onto the paper. Keep changing the paper so that you don't iron the crayon back onto the fabric.

This has helped me in the past.

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Here's a solution from Heloise (well-known household hints columnist, if you've never heard of her):

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If you can sew- I would deconstruct the pocket first! I have gotten crayon out with a brown paper bag and an iron- but inside a pocket? I am just not sure! :S

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Thanks, everyone! Some great ideas to try here, and we'll be working on it over the weekend, little bit by bit. Unfortunately, it's a HUGE stain that consumes the entire pocket, so we'll be able to try a few on small areas until we find one that surely works.

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This is from crayola site.

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I had something similar happen. I took it to the dry cleaner and they used the professional steam machine (it is pressurized) and it forced it out of the fabric. I think they put a scrap of fabric behind it to gather the melted waxy mess. There was no residue left on the fabric and no discoloration.

Also works for candle wax on table runners.

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I would try using paper towels inside the pocket of the jumper and then using low heat from an iron to try to melt it so that the paper towel can absorb it up a bit. I'm sure you've tried to scrap off any that you could.

I know I've used hair spray on a number of items of clothing that I've managed to get 'stuff' on while I've been at work (elementary teacher) and then thrown the item into the washing machine to get the spray out. It does do wonders on ball point pen....but we're talking crayons here...

Lipstick? Gum?? I have more personal experience with those (yeah, all laundry nightmares created by 1 daughter).

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There is a product called Oops. You can purchase it at the hardware or paint store. Years ago I used on carpet. You may want to try small area.

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I too have done the paper towels and iron. If there is any left-over color - hairspray should help 'disolve' the stain right out

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about the school uniform with the crayon--use paper towels and an electric iron.

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I don't know if it will work or not. I have memories of spilling indian ink all over a new dress at school one day. I wish you luck.

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HELP!

School uniform jumper was washed and dried with a crayon in the pocket. Crayon melted in the pocket in the dryer, but is solidified into the threads of all four sides of the pocket, and the inside of the fabric of the jumper. If it is dried again, it will no doubt bleed to the outside of the jumper fabric and finally be noticeable. Any ideas?

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Grass Stain Remover

For a cheap grass stain remover that truly works, combine equal portions of white vinegar, liquid dish washing soap, and water. Shake well and work the solution into the spot. Let stand a few minutes and then launder as usual.

Also works on fruit or beverage stains.

This got all of the grass stains out of my son's light colored pants. I will never buy expensive stain removers again!

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Toilet Paper Seed Strips

About two weeks ago, a gardening tip on ThriftyFun talked about cutting toilet paper into strips and gluing seeds onto the strips. I found it hard to cut into strips. What I did was I rolled the paper out the length of my table. Keeping in rows along the length nine to a square then I let it dry. I rolled it up and then cut it into strips. It worked out well for me.

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Silicone Baking Sheet for Beading

When stringing many beads together, use a silicone baking sheet. It's flexible and holds the beads in place. Using a large eyed stringing needle makes a perfect combination for fast beading without having the beads fall all over everywhere.

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Girl's Fashion Show to Clean Out Closet

Here is a fun way to get your girls ages 7 and up to clean out their closest. Hold a "Fashion" show, where they model each of their summer/winter outfits. Any outfit that does not fit, or that they no longer want can go to a charity like Goodwill or a younger family member.

My mom started me on this when I was 11 and I still do it every spring and fall as a fun way to organize the clothes I want to keep and those that I need to give away.

If your budget is tight, have them sell the unwanted clothes at a garage sale or consignment store. They can use the money made to buy something new to them from Goodwill or the consignment store where they sold their unwanted clothes.

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Flatten Ground Beef Before You Freeze

I used to buy 5 lb rolls of ground beef, cut them into 5 portions, wrap and freeze them in solid hunks. But it was not conducive for quickly thawing, and if one fell out of our well-stocked freezer, it could break a toe.

Now I grind my own meat and freeze it "flat" in thick freezer bags. This would still apply to the rolls too. It's much easier to stack neatly in my freezer and thaws more evenly if I need a "quick thaw".

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Use Magazine Rack to Store Cardboard

During this long, never-ending winter, we have had a lot of fires in our wood stove. We always save our cardboard packages to use as kindling, and it use to mound up in a pile next to our wood stove. It was unsightly, and I just couldn't stand it any more! I had to find a way to control it.

One day, when I was moving our furniture around to vacuum, I picked up the "very dusty" bamboo magazine rack from behind our sofa. It never got used much, and I was so tired of looking at it. Flattening the boxes was already done, so I just stood each on end in the magazine rack like a magazine. I was amazed how many boxes fit into that rack. The hearth finally looked decent again. Now, it sits next to the wood stove and keeps our cardboard kindling handy and organized.

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I agree provided one is actually getting DVD's. I left one lay around for a couple months and didn't use the service. I returned it and cancelled. I seldom have time to sit that long anyway.

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Use Netflix for DVDs

The thing that is saving me the most money is Netflix. It is $8.99 a month verses $4.99 a movie at rental places, and we were renting 2 per weekend.

Yes, there is the Redbox, but I think the movies are limited and you feel under duress while others behind you wait, and you have to return it in 24 hours.

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Cut Scouring Pad in Half

When you have only one or two pans to scrub, try cutting a scouring pad in half. Not only will you save money by using only half the pad but you will be sharpening your scissors as well when you use them to cut the pad!

If you have a pan that has badly burnt on food, put it back on the stove with water, add some automatic dishwasher powder, or liquid and boil the mixture and leave to sit for a few hours. The burnt on mess will literally come right off the pan with no scrubbing at all.

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Packing Peanuts for Dog Mattress

I had to throw out the mattress to our dog's bed. So I used packing peanuts with a freshly laundered cover to replace it with. Works fine!

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4/7/11 5:49 P

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Spanish Moss in Lattice Shades Porch

This idea will be best where the snow does not blow. I live in Key West, FL. The hot sun just keeps on shining on my lattice laced porch. In order to keep my windows open, and block the heat, I needed a privacy shade. I bought some Spanish moss, and stuck in the the lattice holes. The moss is like an air plant. No soil needed, and with a water spray a day they flourish.

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4/7/11 2:25 A

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I saved the tops of the pharmacy bottles and put them under the metal feet of my stove. Saves my floor when I slide it out for spring cleaning.

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4/6/11 10:57 P

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I've planted peas along the fence line, broccoli and Brussels sprouts along the driveway.

Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit says the Lord of hosts. Zechariah 4:6 NKJV

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4/6/11 10:47 P

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My idea for the day is to consider planting seeds in your flowerbeds rather than buying expensive potten plants. Also consider using perennials rather than buying annuals.

Consider seeds from a discount store, dollar type store, etc. There are times when whole packets of seens can be purchased for 25 cents or less.

Use the internet to find out what kind of seed is good for your area. Nasturtiums, zinnias, morning glories and marigolds all grow well from seed in Ohio.

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4/6/11 10:34 P

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Making a Cover for an Outdoor Grill

With warm weather coming and lots of BBQ's, I found an old vinyl table cloth that no longer matches my color schemes. I folded it in half lengthwise, turned inside out, and stitched up both ends. I turned it back so the pretty side shows.

Now I have a BBQ grill cover and it's so much prettier than the ones you buy and a whole lot cheaper. Also, it's so quick and easy to make. If you don't sew, you could glue the sides with a vinyl glue.

Happy grilling.

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Make Wire Hangers Into Scarf Hangers

Scarves are all the rage now and I wear them almost daily. I have always had a scarf collection, but with the fashion, I like to keep them handy. I hang them on wire clothes hangers that I have bent to form an "O" shape. I hang my scarves on them and then hang the wire scarf hangers on the wall. It makes them much easier to locate.

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I do something similar with any left over vegetables that are not enough for a serving. I freeze them in a container. When it is full I use in soup.


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