Things readers do to save time and money

Cecil Whig - - & & -

If you are tak­ing salad for lunch, pour the amount of dress­ing you will need into a small plas­tic bag. Tilt the bag so the dress­ing goes into the cor­ner. Tie a twist tie above the dress­ing to cut it off from the rest of the bag. When you are ready to eat just snip off the cor­ner and pour the dress­ing onto your salad. — Kris­tine

My tod­dler only eats a small por­tion of a box of mac­a­roni and cheese. Left­over mac and cheese is never a hit, and the in­di­vid­ual packs are too pricey. In­stead, I buy the boxes when they are on sale, and then store the cheese pow­der and noo­dles in sep­a­rate jars so I can pre­pare in­di­vid­ual serv­ings as needed. I use 1/3 cup of dry noo­dles and one heap­ing ta­ble­spoon each of cheese pow­der, but­ter and milk. — Michel

To get rid of min­eral rings in the toi­let, put some warm wa­ter in the toi­let bowl and add one or two den­ture cleanser tablets. Check the toi­let af­ter 30 min­utes, or go ahead and leave it overnight. The toi­let should be sparkling clean af­ter­ward. — Amy

I hang a shoe bag on the in­side of my coat-closet door. My fam­ily stores gloves, scarves, sun­glasses and even the dog’s leash in it so we have a quick and or­ga­nized morn­ing de­par­ture. — Steve

I save wa­ter by wash­ing my car with early-morn­ing dew. The con­den­sa­tion on my car plus the suds on the sponge does the trick. I only turn on the hose for a quick rinse af­ter the scrub down. — He­len

To get a dark stain out of whites and light-col­ored cloth­ing, I dip a Q-tip in hy­dro­gen per­ox­ide, rub it to the spot and let it set overnight. It bleaches the stain with­out re­mov­ing any color. — Rachel

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