Wasp Traps, Cheap Reads and More Great Reader Tips

There’s nothing I enjoy more than opening my mail to find it stuffed with my readers’ money- and time-saving tips. Sharing them with you is a close second.

Before I do that today, we need to go over a few things:

I may have not personally tested and vetted every tip, trick and idea that I share with you. Some I consider to be clever no-brainers that make me go, “Well, of course that works—and what a great idea!”


Other tips just don’t lend themselves to being tested under my present circumstances, while some are just so “out there,” I wouldn’t know how to make 100 percent certain that they would work—even when they do make sense.

And then there are the tips you will never know about because they are so off-the-wall or downright ridiculous, I am not willing to waste my time or yours with them.

When it comes to us sharing clever tips and great idea, I rely on your good judgment and common sense—and from time to time, your sense of humor! With that in mind, check out this fresh batch of great reader tips:


WASP TRAP. We have a lot of wasps in the summer, and commercial wasp traps at my grocery store cost $12.99 each, so I make my own. I take an empty plastic sports drink container, cut the top off just below the point where it tapers up to the screw-on lid, then inverted the top and place it inside the bottom portion and put a couple of inches of orange juice (anything sugary will work) and set it on my deck. The wasps fly or crawl into the bottle, but can’t figure out how to get out, and eventually die. It works like a charm, and it’s free! When the trap gets full, just make another one! Linda

DISCOUNTED NEWSPAPERS: Recently, I got a bill for our daily newspaper in the mail. Full price was almost $10/week, around $500 for the year. I looked online and found the same paper at DiscountedNewspapers.com for $169/year. When I called our paper to cancel our subscription, with the intent of subscribing through the other website, they offered to match the online price. A savings of $330 for the year! Susan

CONTACT LENS CASE RECYCLE. Ever since hearing about the tip to cut open a tube of lotion to get to the last bit of product, I’ve been amazed at how much I’d been wasting all these years. (I’ve even started to wrestle open the pump bottles with a pair of pliers to get that last $$ eye cream bit!)  But how to store that last bit of lotion to avoid it drying out? As a contact wearer, I have many extra contact cases and realized they make perfect storage containers for those last lotion bits. Added bonus: These containers are perfect for travel. I write the contents on the lid and take my pomade, hair gel, eye cream, etc. without the bulk. Kate

EATING OUT. I often just get tan appetizer at a good restaurant. Most restaurants serve too much food, and appetizers are a good way to stay on budget and diet. Teacher in LA

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7 replies
  1. Kansa
    Kansa says:

    Just tried viewing this site, can it requires a login and password, but no place to subscribe to the site. You can’t even access the “contact us” link with signing in! How did the rest of you access this site?

  2. Nancy
    Nancy says:

    I cancelled the home delivery that was costing more than $20 a month and went with the E-edition for $19.95 a year. I even received a refund for the partial month when I switched so the first year was only $12.00.

  3. Chris
    Chris says:

    I currently subscribe to a Thurs/Sun newspaper delivery deal for $14 a month. The discountednewspapers site has that same deal for $14.67 for 3 months. So it would be a savings of $10 a month for me. I called my newspaper and the best they could offer me was a lower rate per month of $13.98 plus a one time credit of $15 if I stayed for 3 more months. They discouraged me from cancelling my subscription through them saying this was a third party deal and would make me ineligible for future new subscriber discounts. I went ahead and took the deal, but am looking further into the website’s deal and may switch in 3 months.

    • Honeywest
      Honeywest says:

      Did you notice in the tiny fine print on the discounted newspaper site where the deal is for 3 months but then reverts back to the higher monthly charge after 3 months? I noticed that for my area so it is no deal for me.

      • Chris
        Chris says:

        No I didn’t, but I wondered about that, so I sent them a message to see. Thanks for letting me know, I will look at it again to see if I can find it in the fine print!

  4. Renita
    Renita says:

    I used to work in newspapers (on the editorial side). Newspapers don’t really make money *from* subscribers, they make money by HAVING subscribers. (Because they can charge more for ads the higher the circulation.) So you can almost certainly get a better rate just by calling and asking for it, because they don’t particularly care how much you pay for your subscription — they care that you have one.


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