A Compulsive Shoppers Guilt-Free Playground and Other Quick Tips

Today I have a bunch of tips for you. These are short, quick, wonderful ways to save time and money every day. I’m crazy about tips. Actually, I collect them, test them, sort them, categorize them, file them and then turn around and share them with friends like you.

You might find yourself asking, “But Mary, will any one of these ideas really save me any money?” Probably not very much if you consider only one tip, but many tips applied over a period of time can result in serious cumulative savings.

Photo Credit: infomatique

Photo Credit: infomatique

Library. What a fabulous place the library is. There you and your kids will find current newspapers (perhaps you will need to explain to your kids what a newspaper is), magazines, children’s books, adult books, videos, audio books, DVDs, CD’s and wonderful storytellers. You get to take home something new and it doesn’t cost anything. If you like to shop for fun, satisfy the impulse by visiting a library.

Some libraries have begun adding household items you can borrow—things like coffee urns and cake pans in the shape of characters. You can check them out for an event to host a family reunion and make your kids’ birthday cakes in the same way you borrow books.

Eye make-up remover. Use a no-tears type baby shampoo to remove eye make-up. Ophthalmologists encourage contact lens wearers to do this to reduce protein build-up on their lenses. It works great (no stinging because it is after all, no tears) and it’s cheap!

Calcium. Don’t drink sodas together with calcium-rich foods or supplements. If your soft drink contains phosphoric acid (and most do), it will block absorption of calcium into the blood stream.

Golf. A round of golf burns 1,060 calories if you walk and pull the clubs on a wheeled cart for 18 holes. That’s the equivalent of running six miles.

Baby shower on ice. Instead of the usual baby gifts, invite the guests to bring a prepared dish, casserole or dessert completely prepared and frozen for the guest of honor’s freezer. You’ll be able to present the expectant parent with a freezer full of food. It’s fun and inexpensive and will give your friend precious time to spend with the new baby instead of in the kitchen.

Cat scratching pads. If your cat prefers the furniture to his scratching post, try placing carpet samples (carpet stores routinely sell those that are out-of-date for a buck or so, or check home improvement store) throughout the house. For some unknown reason, many cats prefer them.

Okay, that’s it for today. But don’t worry. I have about 10,000 more tips where these came from and I’ll keep sharing them with you until I run out. Of course that will never happen if you send me your favorite tips for saving time and or money. Hint hint.

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3 replies
  1. Luap
    Luap says:

    Soft drinks that contain phosphoric acid actually LEECH out the calcium from your bones. And, surprise, surprise, cows milk contains large amounts of potassium which does exactly the same. Ever wondered why those countries that consume lots of milk have the highest rates of osteoporosis?

    Don’t know about the US, but in NZ they don’t trumpet that milk is good for you bones anymore. Gosh, wonder why? Worried about potential lawsuits methinks.

  2. Guest
    Guest says:

    Among the services our library offers cardholders are: free wifi hotspot, computer stations for internet access, free access to a very popular commercial genealogical research site, as well as home access to foreign language learning software, a year round foreign language film festival, as well as numerous concerts, lectures and discussion groups.

    Because our library participates in an inter-library loan system with almost all the other libraries in our area, we are able to search all the catalogues and ask to borrow materials our local library does not own copies of. The materials will be delivered to our local library, where we can then go to check them out.

    When “Superstorm” Sandy struck the area and many people went without electricity for weeks on end, our library set up a charging station where people could come in to charge up their cellphones, tablets and other devices in order to keep in touch with the outside world.

    Our library is worth every penny in the annual budget, and then some.

  3. DebDia
    DebDia says:

    Thanks for the great tips. I wanted to share something I learned about my local library. Our family loves the library and I’ve spent many hours there throughout the years.
    My oldest daughter worked at our city library right out of college. One day I mentioned to her that our library didn’t carry a series that I liked. She then told me I should just suggest the library buy the books. On the library web page there is an area that allows members to suggest books (paper and electronic) for purchase.
    So I logged onto the library site and suggested 10 books (the maximum allowed). The library purchased nine of the books. The last was not purchased because it was self published and at that time our library didn’t purchase self published books.
    Since that time I have requested dozens of books. I can even request the new book be held for pick up upon receipt. It’s great. I just had to learn to be patient and wait. It not only saved me money but added great books to our library for others to read.


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