Daily Cheapskate: Cheap source of quality LED bulbs and other great tips for readers | Family

Not all businesses are out of business these days. If my mailbag is any indicator, companies that offer any type of repair do better during tough economic times.

Logic. After all, you don’t have to be a Mensa member to know that it’s often cheaper to repair than to replace. And how about those dollar stores? They are in the midst of a major growth spurt. If you can separate the good stuff from the bad stuff, chances are you’ll discover plenty of ways to spend less.

That brings me to today’s first in a fun collection of tips, tricks, and brilliant money-saving ideas from my readers!

Another dollar store item you can buy for less without sacrificing quality: LED bulbs! I got this tip from a man who works at my city’s home energy audit office. According to this expert, the quality is equal to those found at Home Depot and Lowe’s but so much cheaper. I now keep a supply of bulbs from my local 99 Cents Only store. Other dollar stores also stock them.

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Call your insurance agent to report a small crack in your car’s windshield. Many insurance companies will repair cracks or “stars” free of charge, provided they are less than a quarter, in order to avoid larger claims in the future. Some companies will even send a repair person to your home or work to make your job easier.

I bought sunglasses from the fishing department of Walmart – magnifying glasses used to attach fishing line. They are very similar to traditional over-the-counter “readers”. I love them and they work great while reading a book in the sun.

To store a bunch of cords under your desk or behind a TV, purchase a plastic shower rod cover (dollar store, Walmart, Target, or online). Cut it to the desired length. Then lay it out and enclose the cords. You can even match it to the color of your rug to make cords less noticeable.

Scented candles from used candles will keep your car fresh. Put the wax pieces in a box or other small container and leave them in your car, under a seat. In hot weather, the wax will melt and fill the car with a pleasant fragrance.

Host an affordable birthday party for kids at your local fire station. Some resorts allow the use of their facilities, including the kitchen, for parties with a small donation to a local charity. At our resort, parties are supervised by firefighters and can include a tour and a chance to sit in a fire truck.

Bring a large clipboard when traveling. The hotel curtains will never fully close without one, no matter what! (You’re more likely to win a carnival prize than making a set of hotel curtains overlap enough to turn out the light.) A large hair clip, chip clip, or even a small clip can also do the trick. work. Keep it with your other toiletries and essentials. Zzzzzs will then be a breeze without that strip of light stabbing you in the eye! And should we forget? Look in the hotel closet for a “trouser hanger”, the kind with two clothespins attached. Do not remove them but use these clips with the hanger attached to tie curtains closed.

If you have more mouse pads than you know what to do with, use them for other things around the house:

–They are excellent furniture protectors for indoor clay flower pots. Simply cut the pad to fit the size of the pot.

–Cut pad into 4 inch squares for coasters.

–Use it as a heating pad to protect your table from high temperature scars.

–Leave a clean mouse pad in the kitchen to open stubborn bottles and jars.

Clean the inside of your dishwasher with two packets of Unsweetened Lemon Kool-Aid. Pour the Kool-Aid packets into each of the dishwasher’s detergent cups and run it through the longest, hottest cycle available. Lemon Kool-Aid is loaded with citric acid, just what you need to remove soap scum and hard water minerals that build up inside the dishwasher.

When you get to the bottom of the cereal bag and there’s still a significant amount of cereal, but you don’t want all that cereal powder in your bowl, pour it into a colander. Shake the powder and pour the cereal into your bowl! Nothing lost!

I put 25 drops of liquid soap into the empty foaming hand soap container and slowly fill the rest with cold water. Screw the pump back on and shake well. Perfect consistency. The best for refilling are Dial foam pumps. I have tried everything and these last the longest. Soaking the pump in white vinegar once a month will increase its “pumping” life.

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