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Everyday Cheapskate: Ask Me Anything: Shrinking Tuna, Wite-Out Stain, Baked-on Greasy Ovenware

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Dear Mary: In response to your column "A Can of Tuna in the Real World," where do you find 6-ounce cans of tuna? l have not seen a 6-ounce can of tuna in years. They're all 5 ounces now. -- Ted

Dear Ted: You and dozens of others who wrote to set me straight are mostly right. My apologies for referring to the 6-ounce size. Many brands of canned fish and meat have joined a list of dozens of products that have been downsized with no price reduction over the last decade, including cereals, coffee, toilet paper and even mayonnaise.

I say you're mostly right because the brand of tuna I've bought for years has not shrunk in size. Kirkland Signature Solid White Albacore Tuna comes packed in 7-ounce cans. It's available in an eight-pack at Costco warehouse clubs, as well as online for about $2.75 per can. It's the best canned tuna out there, both in quality and value.

Dear Mary: I so messed up. I spilled a bottle of Wite-Out on my wood dining table. It's not the finest table in the world, but I'm still heartsick because, low-quality or not, I love the style. -- Ann-Marie

Dear Ann-Marie: There are two products that will remove the Wite-Out from finished wood or other surfaces: WD-40 and Goo Gone. You may even have one or both in your garage. Both are available online or in your local home-improvement store.

Just spray either product on the Wite-Out spill, and let it sit for a few minutes until it begins to soften. Then, gently scrape it off with a blunt object like the edge of a plastic knife. That should do it!


Dear Mary: Is there a way to remove baked-on grease from my favorite baking sheet/pan? I love your column for all its great inexpensive ideas. -- Maggie

My favorite is Dawn Dish Power Dissolver, a remarkable cleaner that melts baked-on crud without fumes. It even leaves a pleasant fragrance. Dawn Heavy-Duty Degreaser is a good alternative for the same reason. A good oven cleaner like Easy-Off Fume-Free Oven Cleaner is also an effective crud cleaner. I've used them all, and I prefer Dawn Dish Power Dissolver because it does most of the work, and really fast -- I don't have time to wait overnight.


Mary invites questions, comments and tips at, or c/o Everyday Cheapskate, 12340 Seal Beach Blvd., Suite B-416, Seal Beach, CA 90740. This column will answer questions of general interest, but letters cannot be answered individually. Mary Hunt is the founder of, a personal finance member website and the author of "Debt-Proof Living," released in 2014. To find out more about Mary and read her past columns, please visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at

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