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The Star Democrat - - COMICS & PUZZLES - MARY HUNT © 2018 CREATORS.COM

CHEAPER THAN A GAR­DEN

I used to at­tempt to grow my own veg­eta­bles, but I never en­joyed it. And it can be very ex­pen­sive. Here’s what works for me: I pick my own pro­duce at a lo­cal farm for steep dis­counts on bulk fruits and veg­eta­bles. — Johnette STAIN CREAM

When a friend spilled cook­ing grease on her car­pet, she tried ev­ery­thing to re­move it. What fi­nally worked was foam­type shav­ing cream. She spread it on over the grease stain and let it dry overnight. In the morn­ing, she vac­u­umed it up and the grease stain was gone.

— Jean FLOOR MAT RE­NEW

I found that the rub­ber back­ing was com­ing off of my floor rugs, so I ap­plied caulk­ing to them and let it dry. Sud­denly, the non­slip back­ing was as good as new, and I had a great new tool. — Ber­nice

SMART PACK­ING MA­TE­RIAL

I never use Sty­ro­foam peanuts when pack­ing an item for ship­ping or stor­ing. In­stead, I save our shred­ded junk mail and old files. When I need to ship items, I put the shred­ded paper in a plas­tic bag, which will con­form to what­ever shape I need. Then, the re­cip­i­ent doesn’t have a mess on his or her hands with loose pack­ing ma­te­rial when she opens the box. — Retha TINY, MIGHTY CLEAN­ING BRUSHES

I’ve found that used mas­cara wands are great for clean­ing in tight places. I rinse the mas­cara from them thor­oughly and use them to clean my sewing ma­chine, lit­tle grooves on plas­tic con­tainer lids and other crevices around the house. Once I started us­ing these lit­tle wands, I found all sorts of handy uses. — Susie.

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