From barber shops to fine print—and lots between—my EC readers are really smart. I love it when they share their time- and money-saving tips with us. I think you’re going to love today’s great reader tips, too!
STRAIGHT CUT. Every couple of months, when I need only the bottom of my long hair trimmed I’ve discovered that a barber can cut just as straight as a beautician. And the cost? Less than half the salon price. Molly
READ THE FINE PRINT. It sounded good and I was tempted to take the store up on its offer of tremendous sale prices plus nothing down and no payments until next year. But after a closer look at the fine print in the store ad I read, “Buyers using the No Money Down; No Payments for xxx months do not qualify for Sale Prices on furniture.” When you walk in the door, it’s best to have saved enough to pay cash even at the high-end furniture stores. Money talks and is a great tool to bargain the price down. Judy
SNACKS TO GO. For those who like to take snacks with them (nuts, seeds, trail mix, etc.), first wash out an empty Parmesan cheese container (the type with the twin serving top for shaking or spooning) with soap and water and let dry. Remove the label so you can see what’s inside and fill with your desired snack. Depending on the size of the snack, you can use either side to dispense your snack, plus a number of persons can share this dispenser by pouring or shaking the snack without everyone placing their hand inside a bowl. Once the snack has been finished, refill and use again. The 8-ounce container is perfect for travel and general use. Helen
PERFECT PRINTS. I love your column and look forward to reading it every day (have for years!) I find recipes and hints that I love and want to keep, but don’t always have the time or materials handy to write or copy them. I’ve have started taking pictures of them with my mobile phone. Then when my local drug store runs a special on printing 4×6 pictures for ten cents each, I print them all. Because the prints are 4×6, they fit perfectly in my recipe box—and many of them have beautiful color pictures of the dish included. While I am waiting for the ten- cent special, I can always go to my phone to get the recipe, which I delete once printed. Patti
PINE CONE FIRE STARTERS. To make pine cone fire starters melt paraffin (available in supermarkets with the home canning supplies) in a large coffee can placed in a pan of water set over medium heat on the stove. Add cinnamon, nutmeg or other scents to the paraffin (you can purchase scented paraffin if you prefer, but it’s more expensive). You can also add colored wax or drops of oil to the melted paraffin. Tie a piece of candle wick or string to the top of the pine cone. Dip dried pinecones into the paraffin. Allow paraffin to harden, then dip again, allowing paraffin to harden after each dip. Package for gifts as desired and add a tag reading “Place pinecones under logs before lighting.” As pretty as they are useful. Perry