Suwannee Democrat

Dollar Stretcher

April 5, 2012

April 5 tips

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Better Vacations

I have discovered that once I reach my travel destination, a great place to find out more about the flavor of the city I'm in is the local library. I can get local information from the librarian and many times the locals will give me advice (tips) on where to go, such as accommodations, dining, and activities.

Cynthia H.

Just a Bit of...

When I purchase oranges and take off the rind, I put them into a food processor and process them until fine. Then I place them either in a zipper freezer bag or a container and freeze them until needed in a recipe. I also do this with lemons and limes. It's a great savings, and it is potent. A little goes a long way!

Lilly P. in Bentleyville, PA

Longer Lasting

Once the carton is open, store sour cream, yogurt, and cottage cheese upside down in the fridge. If you do this, it won't go bad. I keep them in a cereal bowl in case they leak a little bit, but otherwise this is an great way to use up every bit of these foods.

Nancy in Santee

Bigger Dog Beds

I have an Irish wolfhound and couldn't find a large dog bed that I could afford. I went to the local thrift store and bought a used crib mattress for $10. It's perfect. It wipes clean and uses crib sheets. And she loves it!

DeeAnn F.

Why I Like "Deals"

Whenever shopping on a new website, always sign up for deals to be sent to your inbox. Then get off the site and wait for 24 hours. The company will always send you a coupon code to your inbox just to get you to come back to the site if you are a first-time buyer. Sometimes it's a percentage off or a free shipping offer. Then go back and buy what you picked out the day before, using your coupon code.

Jenny K

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The sales tax holiday is Aug. 1-3. Does this affect your back-to-school shopping?

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