7 Fabulous Ways to Use Up Leftover Bread

 

Who doesn’t wince at the thought of throwing food in the garbage that is slightly past its prime? Take bread for instance. It’s no longer fresh. So what can you really do with leftover bread, rolls or baguettes that will turn them into something great, almost if by magic? Here’s the secret: Grilling, toasting, baking or frying will give bread a second yummy life. In fact, the following are all best when the bread is not fresh. You’ll be amazed.

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1. French toast. In a bowl, beat together 2 eggs, 1/8 teaspoon salt and 2/3 cup milk. Soak 6 slices of leftover bread in the mixture, turning to coat both sides. Heat lightly oiled skillet over medium-high heat. Place bread in pan and cook on both sides until golden.

2.  Croutons.  Rub 4 slices of stale bread with a clove of garlic that you have crushed. Heat 3 tablespoons olive oil in skillet over medium heat. Add cubes and cook, stirring often, until crispy. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Continue reading

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Protect the Kids from Identity Thieves, Too

 

Faithful readers may recall from a recent column that one of my staff members, Max, has been contending with identity theft since he was a teenager. Well, Max’s problems have not ended.

In just the past week Max has received three more emails from the service he has hired to protect his identity, with information on three people trying to open credit card accounts using his Social Security number. Lifelock put a stop to them immediately before they could even complete the first step. And that’s in just one week.

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Recently, I heard from David H., who wrote, “Lifelock seems very nice at the individual monthly rates, however I am married with three children so to protect all identities would be $100 per month. Is there a more economical solution?”

There is not doubt that thieves are stealing the identity of innocent children and it’s becoming a big problem. A service like Lifelock can give parents peace of mind, but David is right that the cost can add up quickly. So my advice would be to make sure the adults in the family have rock solid ID theft protection in place.  Continue reading

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A Bridal Bargain Spot to Love and More Great Reader Tips

 

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

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Clothes Wearing Out One Dryer Load at a Time

 

You should see the big wad of lint I just plucked from the trap of my clothes dryer. Ack! Where does all of that come from? I know I emptied all pockets and I’m certain I did not wash a bag of pillow stuffing.

I’ll tell you what it is, and I am not happy about this: It’s visual proof the dryer is wearing out my clothes. Those fibers were neatly woven into these clothes only 30 minutes ago. For all the convenience a clothes dryer offers, it may come at the price of having to replace clothes much too often.

Drying clothes causes them the shrink and not only the first time they’re washed. Sleeves and pant legs continually get shorter and shorter when machine dried improperly.

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There are tactics to counteract the abuse suffered by a clothes dryer and you don’t have to go back to the days of sheets frozen stiff on the clothesline (does anyone but me remember that?). You don’t have to machine dry your clothes to death to end up with comfy jeans and fluffy soft towels.

GET THE SOAP OUT. Residual detergent in fabrics cause them to feel rough. Add 1/2 cup white vinegar to the last rinse. This will help remove the residual detergent from the fabrics. Even when air dried, they will be softer.  Continue reading

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College Students: Have I Got a Plan for You

 

Recently I spent a few days on the campus of a private university in the mid-west. I was there to speak to the students on money matters—specifically the student loans many of these students will take with them as part of their college experience.

Remember the days when to get a loan you had to qualify and prove you had the capacity to repay the debt? Well, for college students those days are history. They do not need to have a job or a co-signer to get humongous amounts of student debt. And, from what I discovered on my recent visit, students are more than willing to accept large amounts of student debt and at the same time load up on the credit-card debt as well.

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But here’s the good news. These young adults are willing to listen to advice from someone who’s been around the block with debt. Seizing the moment, I told them:  Continue reading

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