Save Water With Lower Washer Levels

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washersstub1500Conserving water is not only an environmentally friendly practice, it’s a must in some areas.

When you have small laundry loads to wash, use the lowest water level in your top load washer to save on water use. You can shave gallons of water off your water bill.

Front load (or top load) high efficiency washers use less water to wash even large loads, but time cycles are adjusted accordingly.  You may not be able Continue reading

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Is a Comfy Retirement Now a Pipe Dream?

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You wake up one morning and it feels like you’ve slept through the past decade with retirement either in full swing or around the corner. Sound familiar?  Unfortunately, there’s no easy button to press, only a reality that you don’t have near enough for a comfy retirement. Or at least, you think you don’t.

Let’s explore for a moment what is deemed enough for a comfy retirement. A financial planner may advise you that a 401K is not nearly enough to fund your retirement, while a frugal person might be ecstatic to have a mere fraction or less of that amount.

If you’re the type that likes to keep up with the Jones’ and they have a pretty healthy money tree growing in the back yard, expect that enough, will never ever, really be enough.  I’m sure you get my point. You can still have a comfortable retirement Continue reading

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Non-Dairy Alternatives for Milk-Free Diets

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Decades ago when my daughter was a toddler, having milk allergies or being lactose intolerant was considered by the general populace to be very strange and finding dairy alternatives was almost unheard of. So kids had to do without ice cream, cereal and all the other foods made from or consumed with milk.

In fact, many kids had to live with unpleasant stomach, asthma or bowel problems, because not enough was known about allergies in general and no one wanted to point a finger or even consider that an important item on the recommended food guide (milk) could be the culprit of all that discomfort.

As it turned out, some in our family suffered for years from the effects of drinking milk but we were lax to stop it, since we didn’t fully understand the symptoms. Today, there’s more information available and the need for non-dairy alternatives is alarmingly widespread.

Don’t get me wrong, I love milk and I’m not promoting you stop drinking it.  Just accept Continue reading

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Trim Expenses = Cut Your Credit Cards

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If you’re serious about cutting expenses, getting out of debt, saving money, or just trying to make ends meet, your first step is to cut credit card spending.  Now don’t get me wrong, credit cards are a good thing if managed properly. 

And a well-managed credit card builds a solid credit history and that matters when you’re buying a home or financing a major purchase. By well-managed, I mean Continue reading

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Great Source for Instrument Accessories

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capoandstringsWe’re always on the look-out for a good source for musical instrument accessories, one that offers good service, competitive pricing and especially a deal on shipping. Found a great one recently:

Guitar Strings and Beyond  877-830-0722

We bought a set of strings for our short-scale bass guitar, plus a new guitar capo. Costs were so much better than competitive pricing – the savings were fantastic. And shipping was free (with orders over $35 at time of order). That’s something we don’t often see for small orders and especially when cross-border shipping is involved.

Hubby put the new strings on his Fender bass guitar and is really enjoying them.  The Performance 2 G7th Capo is a very different style than what I’m used to and I’m reserving judgement till I give it a good try-out.

I would love to find a capo that I can adjust or change on the fly, completely with the left hand. I thought this new brand might just work since it has a small release lever (bottom left), but there seems to be a learning curve so far. It sure is pretty though and deserves being given a chance to perform.

So if you’re looking for deals on guitar strings and such, try out  Guitar Strings and Beyond. You’ll like them. We intend on posting more information regarding musical instruments and equipment in future, including helpful buying tips and reviews. Music is a great hobby to get into, regardless what your age or level of musical ability.

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Save Energy – Avoid Heating or Cooling Empty Rooms

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The guest room is once again clean and ready for the next arrivals, but that could be a few days.  In the meantime, why heat it?

While we know the benefits of zone heating those areas where we spend the most time, what we often forget is to turn off the heat in areas that remain unoccupied for several days, such as a guest room, storage, craft room, shop or utility room.

Rooms that have no waterworks to worry about freezing during cold weather, are prime areas where we can reduce and save energy. Continue reading

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Make Miff’s Hearty Western Sandwich

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I tend to do most of the cooking, but my hubby just loves making Western Sandwiches. And he’s very good at it.

It’s not your ordinary restaurant-style Western, but a killer sandwich that is bursting at the seams with flavor and sure to tie you over to your next meal.

Hearty only begins to describe this mega western sandwich, but you can reduce Continue reading

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10 Steps to Achieve That Picture Perfect Look

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Living area of loft apartment.Inspired by media images of the perfect living space, but it seems impossible to achieve that look, especially on your budget? Getting that stylish look isn’t necessarily about spending money or having the most expensive furniture.

It’s more about making the right choices, maybe changing the way you display things and embracing the fact that less can be more – a lot more. Continue reading

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Dehydrating Food is Easy & Frugal

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006If you grow herbs during summer and then ignore them in the fall, that’s a crop that’s going to waste.

With a small dehydrator, you can dry and continue to enjoy them in your cooking and salads.

But a dehydrator can do so much more than just dry herbs. And buying a dehydrator does not have to be confusing or expensive.

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Less Can be More With a Water-Saver Showerhead

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One of the biggest uses of water is personal showers with the average taking about 15 minutes, which can easily translate to close to  30 gallons of water use every single morning – just for a shower.

Delta 75152 Showerhead

Delta 75152 Showerhead- Photo Courtesy Amazon

With a water-saver, water-amplifying showerhead, you can have a shower with a flow that feels normal, but is saving you money both in water use and energy since you’ll use less hot water.

What makes this Delta 75152 Showerhead ideal Continue reading

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