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prefers the furniture to his scratching post, try placing carpet samples (carpet stores routinely sell those that are out-of-date for a buck or so, or check home improvement store) throughout the house.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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