If you’re confused by the world of digital books and eReaders, here’s a quick tutorial to get you up to speed: An “eBook reader,” also called an eBook device or eReader, is an electronic device that is designed primarily for the purpose of reading books and periodicals in a digital format, rather than flipping the paper pages of a book, newspaper or magazine. The most popular eReaders are Amazon’s Kindle and Barnes and Noble’s NOOK. Some smart phones like the iPhone and Droid can also function as an eReader, as can your computer, whether that’s a PC or a Mac.
Once you have the device, the software you need to read eBooks is free. You can go to Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com for free downloads of these companies’ particular eReaders. Once you are set with the proper software, you’re ready to download digital books, which are priced typically around $10 per book.
But Before you start running up a big tab buying eBooks, check out free eBooks now available for your digital reader:
Project Gutenberg. This organization has been busily digitizing books with expired copyrights, making them free to the public. Currently more than 36,000 titles are available as free eBooks, just sitting there waiting for you to download them at Gutenberg.org. Continue reading
WEDDING BARGAINS. When I worked in a bridal shop in Florida, we bought all of our jewelry, gloves, veils and most headpieces wholesale from Accessory Wholesale in New Orleans. To my surprise, they now have a website that is open to the public. For my own wedding, I bought all my bridesmaids jewelry sets, bracelets, my headpiece and my gloves and jewelry—all for about $100 including shipping. That site rocks! And I swear, this is the same stuff we bought, put in our lit cases on black velvet and sold for 5 to 8 times the wholesale price. All salons do this. Accessories offer their greatest profit margin. Note: This is a wholesale company so there is a minimum order requirement of $75. Kelly B.
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PLAY ‘N ERASE. I pull out all sorts of worksheets, fun sheets and thinking sheets out of children’s magazines and kids’ worksheets I find online that are printable. I slip them into plastic protective pages I get at the office supply store (about $5 for a big package). I put the worksheets into the plastic sleeves. My kids use dry erase markers to learn and play. When done, we erase their work so we can use the fun papers over and over again. Stephanie A.
DISH SOAP. I found several uses for Dawn dishwashing detergent. I found that not only does it do a great job with dishes, but it is also a great and safe pesticide, lubricant for jammed drawers and a flea dip for dogs. I have saved a lot of cash by using blue Dawn in place of other higher-priced products. Michelle P. Continue reading
Posted on April 8, 2014
Secretly, I feel like a genius when I discover a secondary use for this or that—in case I run out of this, but have plenty of that. Like using a paper coffee filter to wash a glass top or mirror when I’m in a pinch for paper towels. Or using a paper towel to create a coffee filter when I discover at the worst moment that we’re out of filters! You’re going to feel like a genius, too, once you read today’s tips from ingenious readers about ways that they save time and money every day.
“OPEN FIRST” BOX. As a military family, whenever the movers arrived to move us to the next assignment, I always had one box I marked “Open First.” In it were bed sheets, towels, soap, coffee maker and toaster. No matter how late we arrived at our new home, we didn’t have to spend another night in a hotel. We could make our beds, get cleaned up and start the next day with coffee and toast, without having to open multiple boxes looking for stuff. Cindy, Ontario, Canada Continue reading
DIY FANCY COFFEE. I make my own great frozen coffee drinks, better than the ones that cost so much money. It all starts with frozen coffee cubes, which I make from the flavored coffee of my choice and freeze in ice cube trays. That’s the secret. Most recipes call for adding things to cold coffee and then blending with ice. But the ice can water it down. By starting with frozen coffee, there’s no need for ice to make the drink frozen. My favorite recipe is frozen coffee cubes, hazelnut or caramel syrup, chocolate milk or powder, light cream or milk and a little sugar (I like mine sweet). Blend until smooth. Yummy! I just keep a zip-type bag full of coffee cubes in my freezer. Lori
FOIL THE FOOLS. Since it’s not recommended to put your home address in your GPS in case your car is stolen, I’ve set my “home” address as my local police station. I figure if a thief is dumb enough to think they can steal a car, they’ll be dumb enough to pull into the police station. If my car is ever stolen I’ll tell the police to keep an eye on their parking lot. While I don’t know if it would actually work, if it did I’d have the story of stories! And, by the way, I do know the way home from the police station. Tim Continue reading
No one knows your hair better than you do. But is it possible that in your efforts to keep it healthy and looking good, you are washing money down the drain needlessly? Consider these mistakes many people make.
Mistake: Expensive shampoo. Come on … ‘fess up. You feel guilty using $.99 shampoo because it’s really bad for your hair. And anybody knows the $24 salon variety is so much better especially for chemically treated hair, right? Wrong! Price has nothing to do with it.
The secret to shampoo intelligence is to know your detergents. Look at the list of ingredients. Water (or some fancy name for it) will always be the first ingredient. Next comes the detergent. It’s tricky, so keep this list handy.
- Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate – very harsh
- Ammonium Laureth Sulfate – harsh
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) – still harsh
- Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) – mild, great choice
- TEA Lauryl Sulfate – gentle, good choice
- TEA Laureth Sulfate – gentle, also a good choice Continue reading