Cheap Babyproofing

Babyproofing solutions don’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Here are some inexpensive alternatives

If you’ve got infants and toddlers at home, then babyproofing is very much a concern. It’s imperative that you take steps to make sure the kiddos can’t get their hands on dangerous things, or otherwise damage themselves against hard or sharp objects.

That doesn’t mean, however, that you have to pay outrageous prices for special childproof padding, locks, and barriers. If you don’t mind expedient solutions, you can babyproof your house quite cheaply.

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How to Avoid ATM Fees

Tired of being stuck with ATM fees when you need cash? Here are a few ways to avoid them

Automatic teller machines can be incredibly convenient devices, especially when you’re stuck without much-needed cash — but paying up to $5 in ATM fees to access your own money can be a real pain in the rear. It behooves you, then, to find ways to avoid sticking yourself with such fees.

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A Great Reason to Save Money on Haircuts

You don’t need much urging to try to save money on haircuts, of course, but here’s a great excuse to do so.

In the past, I’ve proposed a number of simple but effective ways that you can save money on haircuts, from clipping coupons to having your hair done at the local beauty college. You’ve also got plenty of options for cutting your own hair if you like, not to mention your kid’s.

But you know what? You don’t even have to go to that much effort, if you’d prefer not to.

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How to Save Money on Toys

Wondering how to save money on toys before you go broke stocking the playroom? Here are a few ideas.

Let me tell you a secret that Madison Avenue doesn’t want you to know: it’s no sin to save money on toys. It won’t warp the delicate psyches of your children, and they probably won’t notice if they don’t have the most expensive dolly or Loop-de-Loop race cars.

So let’s look at a few ways you can save money when acquiring toys for your children.

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Digging Up Travel Bargains Is Worth the Effort

You can save a lot of cash with travel bargains, if you’re willing to do your homework.

Travel bargains are natural grist for the savvy consumer’s mill… even if you’re like me, and you’re already putting all your other savvy savings into a vacation fund. For every buck I save by recycling aluminum or cutting my light bill, I get that much closer to the cruise I’m saving for.

You see, saving money isn’t just about being a skinflint, tightwad, miser, or call it what you will. Most of us simply prefer to spend as little as possible on necessities, while saving to splurge on something fun or necessary. And a good vacation is both!

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A Simple Way to Save a Wet Cell Phone

A wet cell phone can set you back hundreds of dollars in replacement fees… but what if you had a way to fix it?

Sadly, Your Humble Writer has needed to replace more than one wet cell phone in the past. Let’s see, there was the one my niece dropped in the swimming pool, the one I left out in the rain, and, embarrassingly, the one I dropped in the toilet. If only I’d known the trick for drying them out!

A sweet customer service rep revealed this trick to me when I went in to have my latest phone checked, when the battery was on the fritz. Lo and behold, it worked!

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How to Salvage Old Frozen Food

If you’ve got some old or damaged frozen food to deal with, don’t just throw it away. You can probably still get some use out of it.

Have you been straightening up the frozen food in the deep freeze and realized, to your dismay, that some of the packages down at the bottom date from the last presidential administration? With the best of intentions, you stashed them away for the perfect occasion… which never came.

And then there are the packages that somehow weren’t as well-wrapped as you thought, so now the contents are freezer-burned and awful-looking. Who wants to put that in their mouth? In both instances, there’s nothing to do but throw the ruined food away… right?

Not necessarily.

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Keep An Eye Out for Product Recalls

As a savvy consumer, you should always keep an eye open for product recalls.

Given the huge economy we enjoy here in the U.S. (and the watchdog organizations that keep an eye on it), it’s inevitable that there would be fairly frequent product recalls. They’ve affected us all at some time or another, generally because something didn’t go right with a common product.

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Newspaper Subscriptions: Are They Still Worth the Cost?

Should you bother with newspaper subscriptions these days? Let’s look at the pros and cons.

Like so many things that we examine in these hallowed pages, newspaper subscriptions aren’t terribly expensive. With very few exceptions, you may spend $90-125 per year to enjoy home delivery via paperboy, and generally less than $200 for mail delivery.

This is generally true even of small town newspapers. In fact, big city papers can cost less, given economies of scale. Of course, if you’re receiving the New York Times in Cleveland or L.A., you can expect to pay more. But the price probably won’t be too bad.

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Recycled Seedling Pots

If you’re a savvy gardener, you may propagate your own seedlings to save money and resources. Here are some cheap options for seedling pots.

It’s hard to argue that peat or plastic seedling pots (those little pots used to germinate seedlings until they’re big enough to plant) are exactly expensive…but you know, even a few dollars saved can go to that vacation fund and bring a dream that much closer to reality.

So instead of spending that money, why not exercise some ingenuity, and engineer some pots out of objects you’d otherwise recycle or throw away? In this article, we’ll offer two suggestions that are biodegradable and mostly organic.

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