Tuesday Tip

Just ask? Do you know how many things I have gotten for free or money off by asking? My husband used to be embarrassed by my questions. He is now a question asker as well. I mean you do not know unless you ask. Here are some question starters: Can you do better on (price, quantity, quality, etc) Is it possible to have both for _____ name a price that is lower than the price for both Can I have a discount because Can we trade for... ASK, ASK, ASK do not be shy you will never know the ...

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How to Solve Catalina Printing Problems

One of our readers, Adrienne, had an issue with the Old El Paso catalina deal at Harris Teeter this week. When she bought the qualifying items, the catalina for the money off her next order did not print. Adrienne sent us this e-mail identifying the steps she took to get her catalina! Just wanted to let you know how it went.  I called 1-888-8coupon to get the Catalina customer service, and pressed #3 for the consumer option.  I explained my problem about how the catalina for the products didn't ...

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Ask A Teacher: How does my child stack up?

Dear Parents, There are times in our lives that we need to compare and there are times when we shouldn't. I have two wonderful children that are similar and very different and I love them for their unique qualities. We as parents spend a lot of time looking at other people's children and comparing ours to theirs. I myself do this and then the voice in my head says "stop". We need to embrace our children for who they are. I am a certified Regular and Special Education teacher and I have a son in ...

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Tuesday's Tip: Stop paying for Information

Program your cell phone with the number 1-888-free-411. This also works with a land line. You have to listen to a quick commercial but you will get FREE phone numbers. They will even text the number you asked for to your phone for free. Additional information added from one of our readers: Thanks Amber Google will do you one better – 1-800-goog-411 is just like regular 411 but automated and you don’t have to listen to any commercials. They give away the service because they are fine-tuning ...

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Tuesday Tips: Salvage an iPod, Cleaning Frugally & Moist Cookies

Last week, we were talking about some of the preparations I did for the change of season and looking forward to the holidays. That got me thinking about a quick tip I use not only when I am baking, but when I am working with raw meat as well. It seems to me, that folks like to call me on the telephone when my hands are all messed up with something on them. So, to solve that problem, if I know I will be putting my hands in a project (food/baking/ etc) I slip my cordless phone into a sandwich bag ...

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Ask a Dental Hygienist: Fluoride

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One of our readers had a question about the School Fluoride Rinse program available here in Virginia. As many kids are getting back to school, you might find that your child's school may offer similar programs. I thought I would answer a few questions about fluoride as it can cause confusion. The school fluoride program is done once a week in the "swish and spit" format. It is a topical flavored fluoride rinse like the over the counter mouthwash ACT. Fluoride has been key in the great ...

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Fall preparations – Are you ready?

With Labor Day behind us and the kiddos back in school, I am getting in the swing of things and my mind is looking toward fall. I am sure that we all have certain things that we do at specific times of the year, but I usually give my house a good cleaning about twice a year - in the spring and in the fall. This includes everything from cleaning windows and window sashes to cleaning and purging toys, old clothes, and other unwanted or unused products in my house. I also start thinking even ...

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Coupons in Unexpectd Places

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Are you on the hunt for coupons? Do you look anywhere and everywhere? Last week I found some great coupons in unexpected places. I was at Harris Teeter and they had a big truck in front of the store and they were grilling steak for samples. The steak was very good and a nice sample size. I asked the gentleman if he had any coupons. What do you know, he handed me a pamphlet with a $4 and $5 off Harris Teeter steak purchase! Wow, coupons for steak, that never seems to happen! If you see people ...

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Cutting Back on Consuming

I couple of weeks back I bought the Aveeno cleansing pads at CVS when the Aveeno products were on extra care bucks. I do love Aveeno products and I really like the convenience of the cleansing pads. When I am tired and lazy just before bed, the cleansing pads are super easy to use. After using them once though, I realized that I didn't use half of the cleanser on the pad. This got me thinking, we are taught to consume. I got out a pair of scissors and cut the pads in half. There is plenty of ...

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