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Cheapskate Christmas Ideas

Can't afford Christmas wrapping paper after you have paid for all those Christmas presents? Take the cartoon section out of the newspaper and wrap presents up in that. It makes novel and amusing wrapping paper. I buy my Christmas presents in July and August at Yard Sales and the Salvation Army Thrift Store, so by December I can sit back and feel smug while other people have to stand in line ups.


Birds Stealing Your Berries?

Birds love to steal berries, especially when they are nice and ripe. To avoid this annoyance string some old CDs on a sturdy piece of twine and string it accross your garden. In my garden I also put up a plastic owl and had a scarecrow, since I had problems with the crows. This season it seems to have worked and my raspberries and strawberries were safe from the bird population.


Computer Waste

Every computer always spits out extra paper that usually goes to waste. To make your own note pads fold the wasted paper in half and then in half again. Tear along the folds and you have four pieces of note paper for phone message or grocery lists. Extra computer paper can also be used to make cat litter.


Easy Compost Bin

Buy four wooden pallets that companies often sell as cheap as $5.00 each and wire the corners together to make a box. In five minutes you will have an instant compost bin that is big enough for a sizable garden. You can leave one side unwired for the door if you like. Things that can be put in the compost include grass clippings, coffee grounds, tea bags,leaves, vegetable scraps, and fruit. Always mix with soil and turn from time to time. Never put things like meat or cooked products in the compost. I've had a compost for the last 20 years and it never has attracted any rodents, skunks, or racoons.


Cheapskate Birdfeeder

No feeders for the birds? Take a milk jug and cut an oval opening. Hang up and put bird seed in it. Another idea is to take a pine cone and spread on some peanut butter. Next roll in bird seed and hang on a tree for your feathered friends to enjoy.


Have you been Stung?

A nasty bee sting can be swollen and painful. After getting the stigner out put some Preparation H on the sting to take the swelling down and ease the pain. If your throat starts closing off go to the Emergency Department right away!

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