I’d had the same oven thermometer for at least a hundred years. The thing had been splattered on and dropped more times than I could count. If that wasn’t bad enough, the splatters had become hopelessly baked on, making the thing nearly impossible to read. When I got a message from Naomi about her oven thermometer, I knew exactly what she was talking about—and the upgrade she should make to fix the problem.
Dear Mary: Every oven thermometer I have ever had was difficult to use. The base was always too small, and they tipped over. It was difficult to set it upright when it was hot, and using hot pads or tongs or whatever was mega-frustrating. In the past, you have recommended a model that has a hook at the top but then that would mean the rack is above it thus making the thermometer difficult to see. Can you recommend a decent oven thermometer that has big numbers and won’t tip over? Naomi
Dear Naomi: I think you would be thrilled with an infrared non-contact digital laser thermometer. You’ll never have to make a wobbly thermometer stand up in the oven again. Point the Etekcity Lasergrip 774 Infrared Thermometer at the space you want to measure, line up the laser then press the trigger. It measures temperatures all the way from -58 F to 716 ℉. And it shows the temperature to you in very large numbers—simple to see. This thermometer is handy and easy-to-use when cooking and barbecuing; performing auto maintenance, doing home repairs, and all kinds of other tasks. About $17.
Dear Mary: I recently read your column on ways to save on prescriptions drugs. A few years ago, I began taking an expensive name-brand prescription drug.
While I was employed, my group insurance covered it and I was able to get a monthly discount through the manufacturer.
I am now semi-retired, and on Medicare with a Part D prescription drug plan. At this time last year, I was in the “doughnut hole” coverage gap, and could not afford $150 for 30 days’ supply.
I called the manufacturer’s discount program and found that I could get one month free as I was on a government program. That was great, but I had two more months to go until the next calendar year would start.
I contacted my cardiologist’s office. She said no problem and called her drug rep for that medication. He dropped off 3-months’ supply of samples for me to pick up.
This year I’m facing the same thing, but now it’s $165 for one month. Again, I got one month’s worth at no charge from the manufacturer, and the same three months’ supply from my doctor’s office.
For anyone in my same situation, I suggest you first go to the manufacturer’s website to check out any discount plans and then call your doctor’s office to get help through samples. It can’t hurt to ask! Alison
Dear Alison: This is great information and thanks so much for sharing it with us. While this tactic may not return the same results for everyone, it should give confidence to readers facing a similar situation to make these same requests of manufacturers and physicians. You’re right—it certainly can’t hurt to ask.
Dear Mary: A while back you mentioned the name of a great carpet scrubber. It was a Shark product, but I didn’t get the exact name and model number. Could you please repeat that? Thanks. Wendy
Dear Wendy: I’m fairly certain you are referring this post, “Who Else Doesn’t Want to Scrub Floors on Your Hands and Knees?” and my Shark Sonic Duo Carpet and Floor Cleaner ZZ550 (about $175.) It is a great machine that works like a champ. And it is very lightweight and easy to maneuver.
Hope that helps!