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Helpful Tips And Handy Hints By Debbie Lacy

Updated on August 27, 2012

A couple of friends shared some money saving helpful tips with me and I've tried them and they all work very well. So I've joined them in finding helpful household tips that saves money especially with the high cost of things these days, you need every penny you can hold on to! So I'd like to share some of them with you.

Smelling Good - When you changed your vacuum cleaner bag, put in a fabric softner sheet. Every time you vacuum you will freshen the room at the same time.

A Sharp Idea! - Pour 1/2-cup vinegar in an ice cube tray. Fill the remainder with water and freeze. Once a week, grind the whole tray of "vinegar cubes" down the garbage disposal. The ice will sharpen the blades and the vinegar will clean and disinfect the disposal.

Make Candles Last Longer - Refrigerate your candles for an hour before a party so they will burn more slowly and evenly.

Fruit Spill be Gone - When fruit pies leak in your oven, sparkle some salt on the spill. The juice will burn crisp and can the brushed away.

No More Pesty Ants - Use baking soda to get rid of ants. Just sprinkle it around where the ants are because they can't digest it. They will be gone in no time!

Cleanse Away! - Use denture-cleaning tablets to remove stains from glass vases, cups, teakettles, and coffeepots. Drop in a tablet, fill item with warm water and let the residue soak away. Rinse with plenty of tap water.

Wise Idea! - I buy extra measuring cups, scoops and spoons at yard sales and keep those I use most often in my sugar and flour canisters. It saves clean-up time after baking.

Save Some Pennies! - Save a few pennies every time the toothpaste tube refuses to yield enough paste to fill the toothbrush. Just grab the kitchen scissors and snip the entire top of the tube. There is usually enough paste to brush several times. Just drop the opened tube into a clean zip lock bag - amazing!

Freshen It Up! - To clean and freshen sink drains, pour a 20-ounce Pepsi or Coke soda in the drain. Let sit for one hour. Flush with hot water.

Keep Photos Safe! - Never store your photos in metal cookie tins. Your precious keepsake photos will crumble as time goes on. Rather choose a different container to store them safety

Station Organizer - Add more space to your home or apartment, line one wall in your laundry room with separators and label for contents. This will help immensely when you are looking for items such as clothes pens, scissors or a measuring tape.

Keep your dishwasher ordor free! - Keep your dishwasher clean and ordor free by filling the soap tray with powdered orange or lemon drink mix. Run dishwasher on full cycle just as you would with detergent. Your dishwasher will be nice and clean!

Cut Out the Fat! - This hint will help those who are trying to cut fat out of their diet. Before you eat a can of chicken soup, store it in the refrigerator. The fat will be solid on top of the soup when you open it to use. just take the fat off and heat.

Flower Planting Hints - Divide spring bloomers in the fall and fall bloomers in the spring. Use potting soil mix and protect in winter. In the fall, cover your flower border with old carpet to kill grass and weed roots.

Shoelace Endurance - Make shoelaces last longer by reinforcing them with a zig-zag stitch along the whole length. Works great!

Easy Clean Ups - Before putting a votive candle in its holder, place a couple drops of water in the bottom of the holder. When the candle burns down the wax that is left will just pop out without any cleanup.

Sew a more secure button - When you're sewing a button on a piece of clothing, do not use one continuous thread. Instead, sew two holes, then break the thread. Re-knot it and then sew the other two holes. This way if the thread on one breaks, the button won't fall off.

Quick Broil - When cooking spaghetti, boiled eggs or any noodles, bring to a hard boil, put a tight lid on the container and then turn off the burner. They will be done in 15 minutes with no guessing.

Stay Fresh - When I buy cream, I put it in a glass container as it stays fresh longer than when left in the paper carton it came in from the store. I also don't let the old containers go to waste. I rinse out the paper milk cartons, cut off the ends and cut up one side to flatten it. I use them as a cutting board and I can throw them away after using them once.

Well so far, I don't have to buy any oven cleaner, carpet fresh, any ant spray and toothpaste for now. Hey I've saved about $15! Amazing! And I plan to save a whole lot more! So stay tuned for more helpful hints!


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      PattyJo 5 years ago

      I wrote some of this helpful information down...quite useful! Thanks!

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      Leslie Harper 5 years ago

      dl53acy I appreciate the helpful hints here and I plan to put several to a test. Thanks for the information, valuable in deed! Be Blessed!

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      dl53acy 5 years ago from East Texas

      Hello Anil and Honey! Welcome! I'm so glad you enjoyed my hub! Isn't it interesting to learn that the essentials we use everyday can be very useful. Thanks for your comment and Blessings to you all! :)

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      Anil 5 years ago from Kerala

      Der writer it is a useful and sweet hub thanks.

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      dl53acy 5 years ago from East Texas

      Hello RTalloni! Oh yes and I do know what you mean. There are often times when I've read something somewhere and thought,"Huh, I need to try that!" but in up doing something totally the opposite. The idea has slipped my mind only to find there was an alternate form is simplicity later. Thanks for stopping by! Blessings to you! :)

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      dl53acy 5 years ago from East Texas

      Hello Cyndi10 and Welcome! Oh yes any useful tips I come across I don't mind sharing and there is more come as they are shared with me so stay tune! :)

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      dl53acy 5 years ago from East Texas

      Hello mjdgulley and Welcome! Glad you enjoyed this hub. Yes Pepsi or Coke really does make sense and can be used for a number of things. Ever use Coke to remove the acid from around your battery connectors underneath the hood of your vehicle? It's amazing how it just boils that acid away and it does an awesome job as it cleans and refreshens sink drains as well! Again thanks for stopping by and come back real soon! :)

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      dl53acy 5 years ago from East Texas

      Hello Victoria and Welcome! I'm so glad you enjoyed my hub and I do love money-saving tips too! I spoke with a few of my girls this past weekend and they shared a few more interesting tips with me so I'll be sharing more of those money saving ideas very soon! Thanks for stopping by and you're welcome to visit anytime my friend! Blessings to you! :)

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Good stuff here. Even if someone's read a few of them before they are good reminders. Neat post!

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      Cynthia B Turner 5 years ago from Georgia

      Good tips. Glad you took the time to compile and share with the rest of us.

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      mljdgulley354 5 years ago

      Great tips I didn't know that about pepsi or coke in the drain but it sure makes sense. THANK YOU FOR SHARING THIS HUB.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I love these types of money-saving hubs! I look forward to reading more of your work! Sharing this with followers!