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You’re Not the Only One Confused by Date Labels on Packaged Foods!

No doubt, you’ve noticed that some food products come with dates and codes printed on them. Does that mean it has to be consumed by that date or just sold by that date?

It’s so confusing!

But not to worry, I have untangled this to help us understand. Notice, I did not say it’s going to make sense, but at least we will know how to interpret the confusing dates and codes.


12 Fabulous Ways to Use Fresh Cranberries Starting Now and Throughout the Year

Fresh cranberries are available in supermarkets and grocery stores from October thru December—a very short season! Stock up on fresh cranberries during the fall season and freeze an amount that will last you through the year.  Store them right in the bags they come in and they’ll be good for up to 12 months. What to do with all those cranberries? I’m so glad you asked!


19 Surprising Ways Epsom Salts Can Improve Your Life

I can recall vividly—and count on one hand—the migraine headaches I’ve had in my life, all of them before age ten. Once I turned double digits, I outgrew them. Until about two years ago.

With no warning at all, there I was back to my 8-year-old self, flat on my back with a raging migraine. Why then, after all these years?<8>
In reading up on the latest findings on what might cause my migraine headaches, I discovered the importance of magnesium to overall health—and some surprising other uses, too!

See you there … Love,xo m


Do I Need to Drink Filtered Water or Is the Tap Okay?

These days, a trip to the grocery store requires nerves of steel. The cost of everything, it seems, is soaring. Why? Can we blame the pandemic? Will prices return to pre-pandemic levels once this thing settles down? Will it ever go away? Who knows? One thing for sure: It’s time to hunker down and find reasonable ways to cut food costs every way that we can. Here’s one: Stop buying bottled water.


8 Pleasantly Surprising Reasons to Decorate with Houseplants

Experts call it “interior landscaping” and it’s becoming increasingly popular not only in homes but in offices and other commercial settings. I would have assumed that’s because houseplants can be quite inexpensive. But now we’re learning, they’re more than a cheap way to add a pop of green to a living space. Houseplants offer surprising physical and mental benefits as well.


Finally the Mystery of Hair Conditioners Solved

Hair conditioners fall into general categories according to what they do and the problems they solve. Using the wrong product for the specific condition of your hair will produce disappointing results. For example, if your hair is thin and fine you are not going to be happy with my industrial-strength conditioner for thick, coarse, frizzy, color-treated hair. Conditioners are not quite as simple as shampoos, but not to worry …


8 Easy Ways to Slash the High Cost of Prescription Drugs in 2021

If you haven’t heard, you’d better sit down for this: The cost of prescription drugs is increasing at more than double the rate of inflation. Can you even believe it?

Our little grandson was prescribed Tamiflu (he’s fine now—recovered quickly from Type B flu) and the price the pharmacy quoted was nearly $120. It really is enough to give young parents (well, anyone!) a heart attack.

If medication drug costs have gotten you down, cheer up! Then check out the easy and very doable ways anyone can save a lot of money on prescription medications—plus where to get some medicines (antibiotics!) for free.


How to Liquefy Crystallized Honey and Best Way to Store It

It’s discouraging when you reach for the honey, only to discover it is no longer a smooth liquid, but all grainy—like sugar! You may have even tossed it into the trash assuming that it’s gone bad, and certainly not safely edible. Truth be told, it is still perfectly delicious and nutritious. It’s easy to turn  crystallized honey back into its liquid self.


How to Use Wool Dryer Balls and Why You Should

A previous post, on why laundry softening products are a real problem continues to strike a chord with thousands of readers. I know because you send me messages and letters, which I love—even ones from some who are not 100% satisfied making the switch from problematic laundry softeners to wool dryer balls.


Put a Big Smile on Your Face with a Dental Savings Plan

Dental Savings Plans are membership plans, similar to the way I am a member of Costco, where I pay an annual fee, which gives me full privileges at Costco warehouse clubs for the year. I just show my card to enjoy highly discounted prices on the things I need. Really, that’s how a Dental Savings Plan works. You sign up with a plan your dentist accepts, pay your membership fee, get your card and enjoy highly discounted dental services and procedures …


How to Make DIY Dry Shampoo

Listen, we’ve all gone a few too many days between shampoos. Some of us frequently rely on a good dry shampoo to stem the tide. And as you may have noticed, not all dry shampoos are created equal. Some feel sticky, which can weigh hair down. Others leave weird, white-ish chunks clinging to the hair resembling a bad case of dandruff instead of the look of freshly washed hair. Worse? Quality dry shampoos containing hard-to-pronounce, weird ingredients can be super pricey. 

Making your own dry shampoo solves all the problems:  You know with certainty what’s in it, it works really well, and costs only pennies.


The Best Inexpensive Skincare Products According to My Dermatologist

If the high-price of quality skincare is enough to give you a rash, good news. You don’t have to spend a fortune (or even a lot) to get the best.

Some years ago, as my dermatologist was wrapping up my routine office visit, I asked him what specific products he recommends I use for daily skincare. Without hesitation, he pulled out a notepad and wrote down instructions that include these products …


7 Ways to Stop Glasses Fogging Up

If you wear eyeglasses, I’ll bet you’ve encountered a most annoying problem while wearing a mask—glasses fogging up. That makes it difficult, if not impossible, to see! But not to worry … today, a bunch of things we can do to stop glasses fogging up. See 🤓 you there, xo m


5 DIY Body Scrubs to Keep Your Skin Vibrant and Healthy

Skincare professionals out there recommends exfoliating to keep our skin looking vibrant and healthy.

While there are plenty of pricey commercial exfoliants and body scrubs that do a great job, for just pennies you can make your own equally effective homemade Body Scrubs.

Today I have DIY recipes for you that use stuff I’m pretty sure you have already. Seriously!

While Sugar Scrub is my favorite, I have a feeling you’re going to want to try that and the others, too.

See you there … Love, xo m

P.S. Are you thinking what I’m thinking? Gifts! Awsome homemade gifts of Body Scrubs ❣️


This Has to Be the Most Unusual Use for Blue Dawn

There are days when I open up my mailbag and have to sit down because I’m laughing so hard. Some things just strike me funny. Turns out this time, though, the last laugh was on me. Seriously it was such a strange tip from Reader Bill, I had to test it for myself. What I discovered was more than a little shocking …


All You Need to Know to Get Prescription Eyeglasses Online

Honestly? When I first heard about ordering prescription eyeglasses online, I scoffed. I rolled my eyes. What next? Mail order surgery? Online doctor visits? Not me. 

But I’ve had an epiphany, a change of heart. Everything I’ve learned and you might want to know about getting precription eyeglasses online—in today’s post.

See you there … Luv, Mary 🤓


How to Make Disinfecting Wipes

To prevent the transmission of the virus, pandemic experts are saying that we must ensure that our hands are free from germs by simple handwashing with soap and water. But sometimes there’s no soap or water to be found!

Apart from handwashing with soap and water, are there other effective options for good hand and surface hygiene for when soap and water are not available? Yes! Antiseptic wipes for hands, disinfecting wipes for surfaces. (Disinfecting wipes, while not harmful, can be harsh on sensitive skin and or when used frequently.)

But good luck trying to find them in any drugstore, market, or even online. Sold out everywhere!

Not to worry. You can easily make your own effective hand wipes. I’ll show you how in today’s post! See you there … and stay safe! Love, xo m


Social Distancing: This is What it Means Plus FREE Printable

This week, in response to the rapid spread of this new global virus, we are being directed to practice “social distancing” immediately, as the only way to slow and reverse the rapid spread of the pandemic. But what is social distancing? What does it mean? Social distancing means reducing close contact between people. The way […]


Can’t Get Your Hands on Hand Sanitizer? Make Your Own

My mailbox has filled up the past couple of days with letters from readers who find themselves on the verge of Purell panic! Purell is flying off the shelves as people are hoarding gel-based hand sanitizers (Purell is just one brand) in response to seasonal virus. My sources report that hand sanitizer has mostly disappeared […]


How to Be Prepared Not Scared

Coronavirus, the deadly illness that is alarming the world, may have started with something as simple as a person buying food for dinner at an outdoor market outside the U.S.

How does coronavirus compare to the common flu? As I write, the illness is spreading across the world, however, there are fewer than 10 reported cases of coronavirus in the U.S. Compare that with more than 15 million cases of the flu in the 2019-2020 flu season in the U.S.

At this time, the risk is much higher for influenza in the U.S. than this new coronavirus. That should put things into perspective. Still, the situation is fluid, things are changing rapidly.

Should we be worried? Scared? No. We should be cautious, alert, vigilant and prepared. We need to learn all we can and do all we can to prevent contact with influenza as well as this new coronavirus.

We need to be prepared … NOT scared! Come visit the blog and I’ll tell ya! (Today you can either read or listen. Or both!) xo m 😷❣️


How to Improve Your Life: Join a Group!

Joining a group is one of the best ways to reduce stress. A church, athletic team, or support group—anything that gets you together with other people on a regular basis, can help make you younger. Nothing ages you like going through a major life event alone.

Next week, I am going to tell you about a major development here at Everyday Cheapskate. I’m so excited, I want to tell you right now, right here. But I’m practicing extreme discipline. What I can tell you is it will be an opportunity for you to join a group right here within our Everyday Cheapskate community. Totally free, no obligation; no hidden agenda, nothing like that. You can join and just observe, or become involved on any level that you desire. Your choice.

Are you intrigued? Good … that’s exactly why I’m teasing you now. I want you to be prepared, ready, waiting and watching.

In the meantime, I hope you will click through and read today’s post. And get excited!

See you there … Love, xo m


A Very Bad Hair Day

Apparently, my hair is my life. Believe me, I am as surprised by this fact of vanity as anyone. Had you checked with me about my philosophy of life a mere ten days prior, I can assure you that my hair would not have made the cut for my Top Ten Important Things.   Sure, I’ve […]