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Everyday Cheapskate: Reader Tips - It's the Little Ways We Save That Add Up

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In cold weather, it's wise to wait until the car's interior warms up before using the radio or CD player. These units should be warm, especially the CD player, before they are turned on. If you are patient and allow the heater to warm the interior, your expensive sound system will work better for longer. -- Judd


To remove bubble gum from upholstery, make a loop of duct tape around your fingers with the sticky side out. Press on the gum, and jerk your finger up quickly. Repeat until all the gum is pulled away. I know this works. I have kids. -- Kim


I mop my ceramic tile floors with a solution of 1 gallon hot water and 1 cup vinegar -- no soap. The floors shine and sparkle like new -- no rinsing required. While hot water might work to remove dirt, it has a dulling effect because of the minerals in the water that are left behind. Vinegar cuts and removes those minerals, getting rid of that cloudy film. -- Beverly



I'm never quite sure whether the dishes in the dishwasher are clean or dirty. So this is what I do: Place an uncapped empty spice bottle or similar upright in a front corner of the top rack. When dishes are clean, it will be full of water. I empty the bottle when I unload and put it back empty. -- Evie Lynn


I have a special apron with lots of pockets that I use only for cleaning the house. I wear it from room to room as I clean. I put the supplies I need for each room in the pockets so I have everything right at my fingertips. One pocket holds a soapy sponge (in a plastic bag) for touch-up work around light switches, doorjambs and so on. Another pocket is for my upholstery brush. A spray bottle of glass cleaner hangs from a side pocket. I must be quite a sight, but it really works! -- Gail


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