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EVERYDAY CHEAPSKATE

by on June 04, 2014 10:50 AM

WEDDING BARGAINS

When I worked in a bridal shop in Florida, we bought all of our jewelry, gloves, veils and most headpieces wholesale from Accessory Wholesale in New Orleans.

To my surprise, they now have a website (awnol.com) that is open to the public.

For my own wedding, I bought all my bridesmaids jewelry sets, bracelets, my headpiece and my gloves and jewelry — all for about $100 including shipping. That site rocks!

And I swear this is the same stuff we bought, put in our lit cases on black velvet and sold for five to eight times the wholesale price. All salons do this.

Accessories offer their greatest profit margin.

Note: This is a wholesale company, so there is a minimum order requirement of $75. — Kelly B.

PLAY ’N ERASE

I pull all sorts of worksheets, fun sheets and thinking sheets out of children’s magazines and kids’ worksheets I find online that are printable. I slip them into plastic protective pages I get at the office supply store (about $5 for a big package).

I put the worksheets into the plastic sleeves. My kids use dry erase markers to learn and play. When done, we erase their work so we can use the fun papers over and over again. — Stephanie A.

DISH SOAP

I found several uses for Dawn dishwashing detergent. I found that not only does it do a great job with dishes, but it is also a great and safe pesticide, lubricant for jammed drawers and a flea dip for dogs.

I have saved a lot of cash by using blue Dawn in place of other higher-priced products. — Michelle P.

COOL CUTTING BOARDS

If your family uses Cool Whip in recipes, you have a lot of extra Cool Whip bowls around the house. Cool Whip bowl lids make great mini cutting boards.

The plastic won’t harm your knives, they’re the perfect size for cutting a tomato or a green pepper, the lip around the edge catches any juices, they wash very well in your dishwasher’s top rack, and if they ever get nasty looking, just throw them out.

Also, you can use the bowl (without the lid) as a baby toy. Babies, especially those 6 months to a year, love playing with these bowls. — Beth B.

KID-FRIENDLY BBQ SAUCE

Instead of buying expensive bottles of barbecue sauce, here is an inexpensive and delicious one you can make at home. Pour Ketchup in a bowl and add Coca-Cola to desired sauce consistency.

That’s it! Marinate your meat of choice and cook. It’s delicious! — Molly S.

DO-IT-YOURSELF CLEANING

I use my husband’s wet-dry shop vacuum whenever I find a stain on our white carpeting. I simply pour clean warm water (no soap) from a pitcher and then wet-vacuum the spot.

I repeat this process until the stain is gone. Rather than hiring a professional, I always prided myself for renting a steam cleaner whenever my carpeting needed cleaning. Now I can do it by myself for no cost! — Gail F.



Mary invites questions at mary@everydaycheapskate.com, or c/o Everyday Cheapskate, P.O. Box 2099, Cypress, CA 90630. This column will answer questions of general interest, but letters cannot be answered individually. Mary Hunt is the founder of www.DebtProofLiving.com, a personal finance member website and the author of “The Smart Woman’s Guide to Planning for Retirement,” released in 2013. To find out more about Mary and read her past columns, please visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.
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