Reader Tip of the Week: A reader’s first-class idea

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Dianne Klinger of Eaton Rapids, Mich., packs a little something extra on vacation: time-saving address labels and stamps for postcards. “I just pull out the labels and stamps and I’m ready to send a message along.”

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Reader Tip of the Week is plugged in

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“How many times have you tried to plug in an appliance and had to stop and turn the plug over?” asks Dennis Everman of Fremont, Neb. Of course, that’s because one terminal is larger than the other, and the plug … Continue reading

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Reader Tip of the Week: Shower puff gets 2nd life

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Diane Spotilla of Hobart, Ind., has found a sparkling way to get more out of those little net shower puffs used to wash your skin: She hangs old, out-of-shape ones on an extra hook and has a soapy good time … Continue reading

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Reader Tip of the week: This officer shares a foot soldier tip

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“Working out in the gym when I was a young Air Force officer, I used to get athlete’s foot frequently,” writes retired lieutenant colonel Thomas Schwartz. “I tried … medication, but it always came back. Since I started using a … Continue reading

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Reader Tip of the Week: Fitted to be tied? A tip-top reader tip

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Do fitted sheets know how confusing they are? Possibly, because without fail, we’re always tugging the wrong corner first and have to start over. But reader Dolores Kenyon of Amsterdam, N.Y., has figured out the answer.“ Putting a fitted sheet … Continue reading

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Reader Tip of the Week: Red-letter day for reader tips

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Reader Aileen Tolliver of Cotter, Ark., takes her puzzle-solving seriously. She offers this tip to other puzzlers. “As an obsessive crossword puzzle addict, I usually work the puzzle in the daily paper,” she writes. “One day, I fumbled for a … Continue reading

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Reader Tip of the Week: This reader tip makes great scents

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We’ve had many readers suggest new ways to make the most of magazine inserts that waft perfumes. This one from Barbara O’Leary of Tucson shows that the samples should not be reserved for your pulse points. “Use the perfume sample … Continue reading

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Reader Tip of the Week: Keep a dry eye with this reader tip

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Reader Claire J. Dax of Two Rivers, Wis., feels your pain when it comes to chopping onions. Here’s her smart idea for curbing those stinging tears: “After having sore eyes while cutting onions, I have discovered that cutting them on … Continue reading

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Reader Tip of the Week: Squeaky clean reader tip for the kitchen

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Alice Gottlieb of the Bronx, N.Y., shares her household secret for cutting one of the unwanted after-effects of an aromatic meal. Since fish and onion odors can linger on plates and silverware, she found an easy way to get rid … Continue reading

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Reader Tip of the Week: Tape Up This Reader Tip

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Mrs. Leo Tobias of Middlefield, Conn., has found that a little spice goes a long way. To make sure she’s not dousing her dishes with a heap of cayenne pepper or a mountain of garlic powder, she has come up … Continue reading

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Reader Tip of the Week: Never forget another birthday

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Marie Hamilton of Paducah, Ky., has developed a system that keeps milestones, monthly to-dos and more under control. She created an at-home organizational system using monthly index cards. January cards read: Get tax info together; clean furnace filters; clean closets; … Continue reading

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Reader Tip of the Week: Shower (and cash) saving tip

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Joan Bell of Palm Bay, Fla., wouldn’t dream of turning off the shower mid-shampoo — and end up in a cold rinse — just to save a few cents. But a little adjustment lets her control the flow and save … Continue reading

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Reader Tip of the Week: This green keeps giving

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Reader Gene Greenwood of San Jose has the right idea when it comes to green onions. Instead of watching them wither to curled brown strands in the crisper, he suggests the following trick to keep yours crispy and fresh from … Continue reading

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Reader Tip of the Week: Put a cap on this reader tip

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Thanks goes out to Jo Ann Sichi of Mebane, N.C., who shares this friendly tip for removing that crusty ketchup that somehow always lands on our hot dogs and hamburgers. “My best friend gave me the greatest hint,” she writes. … Continue reading

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Reader tip of the week: A runaway idea for keeping your runners smooth

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The fantasy of spreading out pristine table linens often gives way to a different reality: creased “hills” where a smooth length was expected. Reader Ann McCollum of North Little Rock, Ark., figured out a storage solution that doesn’t require an … Continue reading

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Reader Tip of the Week: This reader tip travels smart

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When packing jewelry for traveling, no velvet-lined sleeves or pouches for Jackie Austin of Rock Rapids, Iowa. Instead, she raids her kitchen pantry for this clever safe-keeper that keeps her valuables kno tand trouble-free. “I keep my matching necklace and … Continue reading

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Reader Tip of the Week: Paint the walls, not yourself

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Reader Marielle D. Marne of Phoenix must be peeking in on our paint jobs. Her tip is one we’re sure to remember. “Having just painted the wall around our fireplace, and not being the neatest painter, I thought I’d pass … Continue reading

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Reader Tip of the Week: Become lord of the (fruit) flies!

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Need to get rid of those pesky “fruit flies” in your kitchen? Beverly Byer of Centennial, Colo., feels our pain. She offers this tip which should keep those annoying little insects under wraps, for good. “Place a few slices of … Continue reading

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Reader Tip of the Week: Let cooler heads prevail!

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Reader Tracy Britton of Los Angeles shares a grime-stopper for storing ice chests and other containers. After each picnic, party or trip, she rinses out the cooler, then leaves about an inch of water in the bottom with half a … Continue reading

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Reader Tip of the Week: Bring these along to the gas pump

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 Editor’s Note: We received an email from Darryl J. Haefner, a retired lieutenant from the Bolingbrook Fire Department and Fire Science Coordinator, College of DuPage, Ill., who advised us that this week’s tip deserves second thought. He writes: “If you … Continue reading

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