Clever reader tips



Dear Mary: Save your can­dle stubs in a con­tainer by the fire­place. The next time you need to start a fire, light a cou­ple of the stubs and throw them in with pa­per or kin­dling. The wax will burn for a long time and give the larger pieces of wood more time to catch fire. — Mary Anne FRESH VEGGIES Dear

Mary: My grand­mother taught me a long time ago to al­ways put a piece of pa­per towel or nap­kin in my zip-type bags of veg­eta­bles. They ab­sorb the con­den­sa­tion from the veg­eta­bles and keep the en­vi­ron­ment dry, which ex­tends the veg­eta­bles’ re­frig­er­a­tor life. I change the pa­per when I no­tice it get­ting too damp. — Patti POT OF NOODLES Dear Mary: I was look­ing for some foam to fill the bot­tom of my large flow­er­pot one day and dis­cov­ered I could cut up one of the large noo­dle swim­ming toys with my elec­tric knife and place the pieces in the bot­tom of the pot. Now the pot is not com­pletely filled with dirt; there’s room for air to cir­cu­late at the bot­tom; and the pot is not so heavy. — Lou


Dear Mary: I take used or wrin­kled gift tis­sue of all sizes and col­ors and put it through the pa­per shred­der. I use this for filler in gift bags and fake grass in Easter candy bas­kets. — Heidi BANANA STOR­AGE Dear Mary: Use a large cup hook un­der a cab­i­net to hang your ba­nanas. It sure is cheaper than a banana hanger, and it does the job quite well! — Yvonne

Mary in­vites ques­tions, com­ments and tips at [email protected] ev­ery­day­cheap­ FIRE STARTER BAG

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