Ideas to save your pocket

Cecil Whig - - & & -

WIND­SHIELD RE­PAIR. Call your in­surance agent to re­port a small crack in your car wind­shield. Many in­surance com­pa­nies will fix cracks or for free (pro­vided they’re smaller than the size of a quar­ter) in or­der to pre­vent larger claims in the fu­ture. Some com­pa­nies will even send a re­pair per­son to your home to make it con­ve­nient for you.

CORD COR­RAL. To cor­ral a group of cords un­der your desk or be­hind a TV, buy a plas­tic shower rod cover. Cut it to your de­sired length. Then spread it open and en­close the cords. You can even match it to your car­pet color to make the cords less vis­i­ble.

COUPONS FOR KIDS. Turn gro­cery shop­ping into a game for kids. Pick out which coupons you plan to use and give them to the kids. Let them try to match the items on the coupons to the items on the shelf. At check­out, let their re­ward be the money that you saved from us­ing the coupons.

FRESH SCENT. Scented can­dle stubs from used can­dles will keep your car smelling fresh. Put the wax pieces in a can or a small con­tainer and leave them in your car. On a warm day, the wax will melt and fill the car with a nice fra­grance.

FIRE STA­TION FUN. Throw an af­ford­able chil­dren’s birth­day party at your lo­cal fire sta­tion. Some sta­tions al­low their fa­cil­i­ties, in­clud­ing the kitchen, to be used for par­ties for only a small do­na­tion to a lo­cal char­ity. Par­ties are su­per­vised by fire­fight­ers and may in­clude a tour and a chance to sit in a firetruck.

MAG­A­ZINE CO-OP. Get your neigh­bors or a group of friends to­gether and share mag­a­zine sub­scrip­tions. Set up a work­able ro­ta­tion so ev­ery­one gets to read their fa­vorite.

RE­USE MOUSE PADS. If you have more mouse pads than you know what to do with, use them for other things around the house. They are great fur­ni­ture pro­tec­tors for in­door clay flow­er­pots. Just cut the pad to fit the size of the pot.

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