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Everyday Cheapskate: Binder Clips Useful To Organize the Home

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To chop walnuts or pecans quickly and without creating a big mess on your counter, use a rolling pin. Place the nuts in a large plastic bag, and seal the bag. Then roll the rolling pin over the nuts until they are well crushed.


If you dislike opening your carton of ice cream to find a gooey film on the top, place a piece of wax paper directly on top of the ice cream before replacing the lid and putting it into the refrigerator.


Even during the harshest winter weather, it's easy to make sure you'll never have to scrape ice off your ungaraged car again when you do this: When you park it for the night, wipe the windshield and windows with undiluted plain white vinegar. I keep vinegar in a spray bottle in a handy spot inside the car. This will prevent frost and ice from building up on the glass, and that means no more scraping.


If you have bowls or kitchen equipment that you stack inside one another in the cabinet and rarely use, you know that dust often settles inside them. To prevent this from happening, simply take a shower cap and stretch it over the top of the bowls.


If you have to chop garlic by hand and don't want it to stick to your hands, put a little drop of vegetable oil on the clove, and then begin chopping. The garlic pieces won't stick to your skin or the knife.



When you stack your good china plates or bowls on top of one another in the cabinet, place a coffee filter between each china piece to prevent scratches or chips.


If you are frying eggs for a special occasion or just want to amuse your family, pour the egg into a metal cookie cutter sitting on the hot frying pan. The egg will cook in the shape you choose.


Lost an earring back and still at work? Cut a piece of a wide rubber band or the eraser from the end of a pencil, and press the back of the earring through it. It won't be visible, and it works like a charm!


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