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DON'T Throw Away Your Expired Store Coupons . . . YET!
It all really started by pure accident one day at Dick's Sporting Goods many years ago. I was buying soccer items for our kids, and I was so happy about the very good coupons I had with me! I was about to get the deal of the year, because they accept a combination of qualifying coupons on the same purchase!
When the cashier asked me if I had any coupons (a question that you rarely get from anyone at any store, ever) I happily said, yes I do! To my dismay, when I pulled the coupons out, I just noticed that they were expired by exactly one day! I almost cried, because it is quite pricey to buy regular-priced at their store. Sadly, I said: I thought I did , but they expired yesterday . . .
That's when he said: "Oh, don't worry, we can still take them" . . . the most beautiful words I have ever heard from a cashier!
And, from that day on . . .
How many of us forget, or do not have the time to clean our microwave oven often?
Raise your hands! Ok, everyone's hand is up, including mine!
Yeah, we know, all those dried-on food splatters in our microwave look really nasty, smell even worse, and are hard to clean!
Well, not anymore! Here is a fast and easy way to clean that nasty mess, and the best part? it is absolutely free!
Make your life easier with these simple yet useful tricks!
I am always on the search to find ways to make my life easier by doing the same thing faster or in a more efficient way. If there is a way, I'll try to find it!
It does not have to be the invention of the wheel, but simple little things here and there, add up to a lot of time saved on things you do around the house.
These are some of my own favorite hacks at home . . . and I know you'll love them as much as I do!
Refilling, Recycling, and Saving Money!
Oh, bottled water . . . one thing that everyone loves, not only because of the health benefits of drinking water, but also because of its grab-and-go convenience that actually encourages drinking more water, and . . . let's admit it, it is trendy, and makes us look cool while holding one!
I do too love bottled water, but the frugal girl in me refused to pay for it, especially when I do have a water filter integrated in my refrigerator, making buying bottled water defeat the purpose of having one.
Who does not love the look of Stainless Steel appliances?
Stainless steel appliances are THE THING these days. They are super stylish, they give your kitchen a beautiful contemporary look, and they are way more affordable than when the style was originally introduced! Almost everyone loves them!
Unfortunately, it can be a little challenging to keep them clean-looking, as every single fingerprint or smudge shows on their surface, though some brands offer now the option of smudge-free surface, at an extra cost.
Who doesn't love a delicious homemade cake?
There is nothing better than that delicious smell and taste of Mom's homemade cake. However, the truth is that no matter how much we love that experience, not everyone (including me) is that good at baking!
So if you are like me, to spare myself from a disappointment at my baking skill results, I simply use boxed mixes whenever I want to bake my 'own' cake at home.
Most of this boxed cakes are really delicious, but I discovered that with a couple of extra little tricks, I was able to make the mix taste even better! What do I do?
Do you love to find new uses for things that you already have?
I don't know if you feel the same way, but I looove when I discover great new uses for things that I already have, or things that are about to hit the recycling bin.
Sometimes, we think so hard about recycling that we stop being creative to reuse and/or repurpose simple things around the house!
This is a simple meat wrapping mesh, but it's not only that, it's a great idea that will save you time and money.
One day, I looked at this item, and I said "wow, I can use that"! I've been doing this trick for years, and it works great, and now that I have my Blog, I want to share it with you!
Don't we all hate when we forget or do not have the time to remove the freshly dried laundry from the dryer?
When laundry cycle ends, items are still very warm, and that's when they should be removed. When we let them sit there, as the fabric cools down, wrinkles start to form.
Most of the times we either forget, or do not have the time to remove the items right away, and by the time we get to do it, we end up folding or hanging items that are all wrinkled-up.
Personally, I can't stand doing that, or much less, iron things that I normally don't. Who has time for ironing every single item, anyway?
So this is how I get rid of the wrinkles formed in the dryer . . .
Do you have Emergency Contact in your cellphone?
Almost every cellphone comes with an Emergency Call screen that allows you to call 911, and I think this is a wonderful feature. However, I truly believe that this screen should be accessible to the phone owner so that s/he can set at least one personal contact number for an emergency or lost phone case.
Unfortunately that's not the case, and this feature has been locked by the cellular companies, and my best guess is that this has been done on purpose, probably to create and sell apps that offer this feature, and/or the purchase of future phone models that will probably have this option available.
Don't you hate when you run out of space in your freezer?
Everybody does! Especially people that like me do not enjoy going too often to the grocery store, so when I go, I buy for at least two weeks' worth of meals, and occasionally, even a more.
All modern refrigerators are designed to be space-efficient, but when you buy lots of items, even those refrigerators become short in space, especially the freezer . . . but the truth is that there is really more space than you though!
Don't you hate when you run out of your favorite perfumed body lotion, and this is all that you get when you squeeze the tube?
I hate the feeling, especially when the lotion is part of your expensive designer perfume set that includes the shower gel, the body lotion, and the perfume . . . just the perfect combination!
And forget about buying the body lotion by itself, because in many occasions it costs more than the perfume!
Well, if you are ready to throw that tube away . . . don't do it YET!
Who does not love to end end up with amazingly great-smelling clean laundry?
I can't imagine anyone that that will answer no to that question. All of us do!
That's why to get this great result, some people buy both, the liquid Fabric Softener that works during the wash, PLUS the Dryer Sheets that work during the drying cycle, to ensure that the laundry really ends up smelling terrific . . . or NOT!
In fact, when you do that, you are actually buying the same product twice, as they are really designed to be used either or, not both!
Do you have some of these cups at home?
WHO doesn't love them? They are cute, versatile, trendy, kind of fashionable, and inexpensive too!
Somehow, however, my home has been invaded by them. It started with one, then three, then it got a little out of control, because even Dollar Stores started selling beautiful ones... so by now it is kind of a collection!!!!
While I love the fact that they help control accidental spills at any age, it got to the point that it was either, throwing them away, or finding an easy way to really clean them, as I had the suspicion that there was quite a bit of dirt hiding underneath the plastic lining of the lid, and inside the straw.
So . . . one day I am staring at five of these cups, thinking how to really clean them, and somehow, it just came up to me!
We all need organizing everywhere in the house, so, here is a simple, yet great idea to help you organize anywhere you have small items . . . and the best part? it does not cost a thing!
Do you know how this simple item can help you get organized?
If you have little ones that you still need to help getting ready for school in the morning, this idea is a real big helper. If you have more than one kid, or if you work outside the house, you know how hectic it could be in the morning when you have two kids asking you where to find their shirt, while trying to get everything else ready, including yourself.
With a little organization, clever tricks, and the help of your kids, you can make mornings a lot easier for everyone!