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Best Inexpensive, Home & Family

Best Inexpensive™ Dish Drainer, Electric Kettle, Outdoor Grill

You have to know it’s a good day for me when my “inner shopper” gets to come out and play.

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Home & Family, Tips

Tips to Rescue Stained Sinks, Pitted Chrome, and Slow Running Drains

I’ve always found it ironic that the places in our homes that should be the cleanest—the washing machine, kitchen sink,

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Cleaning, Laundry

Ask Me Anything: Candle Wax Removal, Laundry Sanitizer, Heavy-Duty Window Cleaner

A many-candled birthday cake left you with a mess of melted candle wax, now hardened and hopelessly stuck to your

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Home & Family

Some (But Not All) Spray Bottles are Designed to Fail

Many commercial household cleaning products—glass and window cleaner for example—routinely come in a bottle with a handy sprayer. And those

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Automobiles, Tips

How to Remove Cloudy Film from Headlight Covers Plus More Great Reader Tips

Well, you’ve done it again! You clever readers have come up with another batch of fabulous ways that all of

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Home & Family

How to Eliminate Horrible Smoke Odor

I love the smell of a campfire smoke mixed with the scent of pine trees on a warm summer night. In

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Best Inexpensive, Home & Family

Best Inexpensive™ Umbrellas

What we should expect are umbrellas that are waterproof, sturdy, and above all, reliable for a decent period of time.


Help! Issues with Tub and Shower Soap Scum Cleaner

If I were keeping track of the number of responses from my readers that are filled with praise and gratitude,

Home & Family, Tips

Heal the Heartbreak of Scratches on Stainless Steel

Get rid of scratches on brushed stainless steel surfaces with the right tools and these tips.

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Best Inexpensive, Home & Family

Best Inexpensive™ Toaster and Countertop Oven

I cannot begin to tell you all that I’ve learned over the last few months about kitchen appliances—both major and

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Home & Family

Readers Share Even More Brilliant Uses for Blue Dawn

I’m not certain when a subject becomes a saga, but I think we may have crossed over into saga territory

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Food and Recipes

The 4 Make-Your-Own-Mixes You Asked For

They’re convenient and tasty, but the high cost of your favorite prepared mixes and spice blends is enough to make

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Home & Family

My Journey Into the Dark Web

I got up very early on Groundhog Day so I could be among the first to know  Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction

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Home & Family

It’s a Smelly World Out There

Nok-Out and I met quite by accident. In searching for ways my readers could deal with offensive odors, we found

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Home & Family, Miscellaneous

8 Secrets of a Successful Garage Sale

Whether your goal is to purge your home of stuff you no longer need or you want to raise some

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Food and Recipes, Home & Family

Turn Leftovers into Soup

Soup is a great frugal, potentially delicious meal that can successfully be made from leftovers. It’s a great way to

Home & Family, Laundry

That Bed Sheet Pet Peeve, How to Soften Hard Water for Laundry

It may not show up in The Top Tens Biggest Pet Peeves (yes, there is such a thing), but getting

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Food and Recipes

Favorite Egg Recipes for Instant Pot

I’ve been using Instant Pot for a couple of years now. Somedays I wonder how I ever got along without

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Best Inexpensive, Home & Family

Best Inexpensive: Mattress, Bed Pillows, Duvet Cover

The idea to buy a mattress online and have it shipped to your home is still rather mind-boggling. It seems so

Home & Family, Tips

Keep Kitties Out of the Kids’ Sandbox

Pop Quiz: What looks like water, is certainly inexpensive, has a pungent odor but is not toxic (in fact you

Home & Family

Ask Me Anything: Formica Restore, Silverfish Relief, Party Pressure

Recently, I reached into the pile known as my mail and pulled out a great question, “How can I restore

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Money and Finances, Tips

Get Financially Confident Starting Now

For a good deal of my life, I lived under a dark cloud of fear that I would end up