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Daily Thrifty Tips
Volume Six, Number 15, January 22, 2007


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Today's Photos:

- Herbie (Pharoah Hound/Terrier Mix)
- What To Do With Old Paneling
- Cookie Pack Handbags

Today's Tips:

- My First Recipe - Potato Chips With Cheese
- Uncovering Wicks In Pillar Candles
- Spaghetti Shortcuts
- Saving Money On Lighting
- Lestoil For Stains
- Postcards As Trip Souvenirs
- Apple Cider Vinegar For Room Odors
- Use A Toilet Brush For Scrubbing The Tub
- Homemade Musical Stands And Containers
- AARP Tax Question Line

New Requests:

- Grape Vines Not Producing
- Adding Minutes to an Alltel Phone
- Popcorn Treats
- Converting a Crib Into a Bed
- Laminating a Photo
- Painting Walls Red
- Painting a Glass Table
- Crocheting Panels Together
- Decorating Cinder Block Walls
- Cracker Barrel Hash Brown Casserole Recipes
- Sweeper Reviews
- Travel Tips for Nashville, TN
- Mold on a Baby Swing
- Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies
- Cleaning a Porcelain Stove Top
- Crown Royal Bag Quilt
- Getting Rid of Termites
- Distemper Shots for Dogs
- Moisture In Double Glazed Windows
- Curtis LCD TV Reviews
- Diagnosing a Problem with My Ice Maker
- Organizing Your Desk
- Selling Crafts at Craft Fairs
- Keeping Small Wildlife Out Flower Beds
- Travel Tips for New Mexico

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Today's Photo Tips

Herbie (Pharoah Hound/Terrier Mix)

Herbie is a little over a year old and is a mix- Pharoah hound -
terrier? He's a designer dog - one of a kind. Herbie along with
six of his brothers and sisters including his mom were placed
with our family to foster for a month. They came to us at five
weeks of age. They were all rescued from a high kill shelter
that our local humane society tries to save as many as possible.

They stayed with us until they were old enough to be adopted.
They all found happy homes even mom and we got to keep one out of
the litter. Herbie attached himself to us and we have been
together ever since. He goes to work with me and my husband.

He loves to play tugs. He hates fetch or also known as "steal
the toy away from me" game.

He has a great personality, extremely smart. He loves to go for
long rides in the truck. He's our family's best friend.

By Jenn from Alton, NH

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What To Do With Old Paneling

I live in a house that was built in 1957, apparently when tacky
wood paneling was in style; and after fifty years it has only
gotten uglier! I can't afford to remove the paneling and
drywall, so for a quick fix of color I decided to prime and

I used the comforter to pick out colors for the color scheme. I
bought Ace brand paint and primer. I have used other types of
primer on the paneling in other rooms and found that it ran down
the wall. The Ace brand is very thick and did not run at all and
spatters very little when rolling.

My bedroom is now my most favorite room in the house!

By Paula from Christmas, MI

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Cookie Pack Handbags

Use cookie packs to make handbags, this is great for kids to
use,for storing your shopping receipts,etc. I have used the 2
packs back to back and belting material. I'll also have for sale
the complete ebook directions.

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Today's Tips

My First Recipe - Potato Chips With Cheese

Wow! 45 years of cooking! I do remember the first recipe I
learned in 7th grade Home Ec. was potato chips with cheese melted
in the oven. Not a microwave, a regular oven. My mother and
grandmother taught me several family favorites before that,
though. My first memory of a comfort meal was on a Sunday; wet,
humid windows because it was cold outside, and Gunsmoke on the
radio...Hamburgers with sauteed onions and gravy, mashed potatoes
and corn...and the feeling of complete safety and love.

By Margie Minard from Mount Vernon, Ohio

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Uncovering Wicks In Pillar Candles

I love to use pillar candles for both decorating and to create a
romantic mood at the dinner table. I have always hated having to
throw away a tall candle that I could no longer reach the wick to
light. Instead of paying for a gadget to address this, I use an
old non-stick skillet on the stove. Hold the candle upside down
and evenly circle it in the pan over low-med heat until the wick
can be reached. The wax melts and can be poured into an empty
can to dispose of.

By Peggy from Turlock, CA

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Spaghetti Shortcuts

Woo-HOO! New shortcut.

Tonight was spaghetti night. I sauteed some ground meat, onions
and garlic in a little olive oil. I poured this into a bowl,
poured in my favorite brand of sauce and set it aside. I poured
out most of the oil, and put the pasta water right into the pot
without any extra cleaning. When the pasta was done, I poured it
into a colander. While it was draining, I poured the sauce and
meat right into the same pan and heated them together. By the
time the pasta was thoroughly drained, the sauce was hot.

I put the pasta in bowls, poured the sauce on top, filled the pot
with water and set it on the stove. By the time dinner was over,
all I had to do was swish one pot with a soapy scrubby and set it
in the dish drainer. I guess an old dog can learn new tricks ; )

By Doggy from San Antonio, TX

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Saving Money On Lighting

Most people think if you put a Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL)
into a light fixture, you will automatically save money. This is
not true! And I'm here to tell you why.

CFLs are the screw-in fluorescent lights. They can screw into a
regular lightbulb base, and they work just like a fluorescent
light. That is, they use a burst of energy when you first turn
them on, so you don't start saving money until they have been on
for 15 minutes. But after they are turned on, they start daintily
sipping electricity. What this means is you should only use CFLs
(or any fluorescent) in an area where the lights are on for 15
minutes or more. Good places for CFLs are: living rooms,
kitchens, porch lights, yard lights. Bad places, where lights are
turned on for a short time then turned off are: bathrooms,
bedrooms and halls. Know where CFLs work best is the key to
saving money.

By Chuck R. from Grand Rapids, MI

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Lestoil For Stains

I went on this website to get ideas for removing dry-erase marker
stains from clothing as my son comes home from Pre-K frequently
with these stains. After trying a few of the suggested solutions
and still having a visible stain, I remembered that my mom used
to use Lestoil heavy-duty cleaner to remove tough stains from
clothes when I was a kid. The product is still around today, and
works to remove various tough stains from clothes, including
grease and tar. I tried it on the dry-erase marker stain and it
worked! I was so relieved as the shirt that was stained was a
designer shirt. I just had to share this great tip with any other
stressed-out parents dealing with dry-erase marker stains I wish
they still used chalkboards in school!

By Kate from Cape May, NJ

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Postcards As Trip Souvenirs

Here's a great tip for road trips or any vacations; the kids love
it and it is a space saver! Wherever your vacation is, always get
a postcard and write your highlights on it and date it. Take a
hole puncher, punch a hole and collect them on a sturdy key ring.
This is so easy, you can make your own and let the kids do
theirs. What a easy way to remember trips, have fun collecting
postcards, and save on storage space.

By Linda from Oceanside, CA

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Apple Cider Vinegar For Room Odors

My son and I were discussing the tip I added here of using fresh
coffee grounds to safely remove odors of all kinds. He told me
that he was listening to a problem-solving program on the radio
when someone called in with an odor problem. The host said for
them to use apple cider vinegar.

He gave the example of a terrible odor problem that was caused by
a death in an apartment that took a month to discover. I won't go
into the details. But the host said that a bowl of apple cider
vinegar was placed in each room and left there for several days.
The odor went away, and they were able to rent out the apartment
with no problem.

Thank you,

By Donna from Cherryvale, KS

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Use A Toilet Brush For Scrubbing The Tub

I had foot surgery a couple weeks ago, and I am in a non-weight
bearing cast. I still want to do some house cleaning and the
bathroom was giving me a hard time. I found if I used a new
toilet bowl brush, I could sit on the toilet seat and scrub the
tub without too much trouble. It was too much effort to stand
with crutches and I sure didn't want to get on the floor.

By Leann from Columbus, Ohio

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Homemade Musical Stands And Containers

You can use household objects for other purposes. I keep one set
of my recorders in a padded ex-chocolate box, put the keyboard on
a folding wooden tray table, and use a wooden folding plant
stand/stool as a harp stool. Oh, and I make swabs for my
recorders with wooden chopsticks with strips of old hankies
stapled to them! (when they are inside out). Thinking about
whether I can make a recorder stand out of the stand stacks that
blank CD's come on. I'll let you know.

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AARP Tax Question Line

Tax time is coming. Did you know that if you need help, you can
call 1-800-829-1040 for free. This is from AARP.

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New Requests

Grape Vines Not Producing

I have 10 grape vines that have overgrown and are not producing.
Can I cut them right back to the ground so that I can start over
and put in new supports and tend to them better or will I lose
the plants by cutting too drastically?

Hardiness Zone: 4a

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Adding Minutes to an Alltel Phone

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Popcorn Treats

I am looking for the recipe posted a few weeks ago for some kind
of popcorn mixture. The ingredients included microwave popcorn,
marshmallows, chocolate chips, and peanut butter. I'm pretty sure
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Converting a Crib Into a Bed

I received a four post custom crib for a steal when I was going
to have my baby. Now as she approaches turning two I was
wondering if anyone knew if it was possible to convert ANY crib
into a full size bed? I know I would need to find a really good
carpenter/woods man however, I just wondered if it could be done
when the crib was not originally made to be converted. Thanks

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Laminating a Photo

Does anyone know what I can use to coat a photo to laminate it
onto something without destroying the photo?

Susan from New Jersey

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Painting Walls Red

I am having serious painting problems! I decided to paint over
my white walls in a deep red/burgundy Behr paint from Home Depot.
They advised me to use a deep primer so I wouldn't have to paint
multiple times. So after priming it once, and painting it 2-3
times, it still looks bad. I can see the roller marks and brush
marks everywhere. If anyone has any advice as to how I can fix
it, or cover it up, it would really help!

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Painting a Glass Table

I have a glass-topped table which is a funny color green. I would
like to paint it, perhaps high gloss black, so it looks like
black laquer. Is this possible? How do I do it or where can I get
it done?

Tracy from Colorado

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Crocheting Panels Together

I am looking for simple steps to crochet panels together.

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Decorating Cinder Block Walls

I need ideas for hanging chiffon on my daughter's dormitory
cinder block walls. I can not make any holes or permanent marks.
I wanted to drape some chiffon on one wall to give the room some
color and personality.

Carol from Fairview, TN

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Cracker Barrel Hash Brown Casserole Recipes

I am looking for hash brown casserole recipes with, or without,
soup as an ingredient. Similar to the one that Cracker Barrel
serves. Thanks!

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Sweeper Reviews

I'm looking to purchase a good and reasonably priced sweeper that
will last and do a good job.

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Travel Tips for Nashville, TN

We are taking a trip to Nashville in April - I would like any
info on places to visit, places to eat and lodging.

Thanks for any info.

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Mold on a Baby Swing

We had a baby swing given to us but it has mold or mildew on the
seat cover. Can this be removed and if so what do I use? Can you
buy new seat covers for them?

imaqt1962 from Illinois

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Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

Does anyone have a recipe for Peanut Butter Cookies that are
moist and chewy? Mine always seem to turn out crunchy and dry.

Joyce from Tooele, UT

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Cleaning a Porcelain Stove Top

I have a black porcelain stove top. How do I clean it without


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Crown Royal Bag Quilt

I am looking for instructions on how to make a quilt out of crown
royal bags.

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Getting Rid of Termites

I am looking for tips for dealing with termites.

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Distemper Shots for Dogs

Do dogs over the age of 1 need distemper shots?

Alaina from Lynchburg, VA

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Moisture In Double Glazed Windows

Can you get the moisture out of leaking double glazed windows?

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Curtis LCD TV Reviews

Product: LCD TV

Manufacturer: Curtis

Request: How good are Curtis LCD TVs?

Kyle from Manchester. CT

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Diagnosing a Problem with My Ice Maker

I need help diagnosing a problem with my ice maker.


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Organizing Your Desk

I am a receptionist and my office desk is so unorganized with
pencils/ink pens and scissors laying around, desk trays, date
stamp, rolodex, tape dispenser, etc. I have a large office and it
looks so dull. Does anyone have any ideas on how I can organize
my desk?

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Selling Crafts at Craft Fairs

I live in Essex in the UK and along with a friend, we would like
to start making and selling at craft fairs to enable us to
continue to stay home with our children.

I thought I would ask for suggestions on here as being an
american site, you would probably come up with suggestions that
we don't have over here.

Thanks in advance,
Tracey from Essex

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Keeping Small Wildlife Out Flower Beds

I have aggressive and destructive squirrels, raccoons and possums
that are ruining the flower garden. I need to deter these garden
pests this spring, summer and fall. The squirrels are the worst!
Any Ideas?

Hardiness Zone: 5a

ML Dubose from Chicago, IL

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Travel Tips for New Mexico

I am looking for suggestions (best time to visit, best sights to
see, best places to stay) when visiting New Mexico from other
travelers to the state or those living in New Mexico.

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