consideration—warranties transferable? If the seller says the vehicle is
still under the original manufacturer’s warranty or any dealer service contract,
double-check that these benefits can be transferred from the original owner.
Take no one’s word for it—read the contracts. Automobiles, p. 13
leaks. To stop water from leaking out of the kitchen sink while you’re doing
dishes, put a piece of plastic wrap between the drain and the drain stopper.
This is also a handy trick to remember if you’re soaking something overnight.
Cleaning, p. 61
clothes. An alternative to making your children always wear their siblings’
hand-me-downs, trade with neighbors or friends who have children of the same
sizes. The kids get a new look, and the price is right. Clothing and
Accessories, p. 75
Flour—shaker. Put flour in an old saltshaker and leave
it in the freezer. When you need to flour a pan or dust a pastry board, the
shaker will save you from wrestling with a big bag and spilling flour
everywhere. Food and Cooking, p. 101
list—save with business card records. Avoid returning unwanted gifts (or
pretending you like them) from your spouse or immediate family members by
keeping an ongoing record of the things you would like, along with specific
details. Through the year as you see items of particular interest, pick up the
store’s business card and write the details on the back of it: red cardigan
sweater, brass buttons, wool blend, size 8, $49.98. These cards serve as a
practical gift list to make gift giving a positive experience for both the giver
and the receiver. Gifts, p. 150
bottle trick. Keep the top of a nail polish bottle from sticking shut by
putting cooking spray on a cotton swab and wiping it around the neck of the
bottle before closing it. Health and Beauty, p. 168
Parties—remember the absent. When someone can’t be with
you to celebrate a special occasion, have everyone at the event hold up a poster
that reads, “We miss you!” Take a picture and mail or email it to the absentee.
Holidays and Special Occasions, p. 209