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Make Your Clothes Last Longer with the Right Washer and Dryer Settings

Make Your Clothes Last Longer with the Right Washer and Dryer Settings Choosing the right settings on your washer and dryer can help reduce the added stress each item goes through every time you wash and dry it. Learning the best laundry settings will help preserve your favorite items of clothing and help all your laundry look it’s best.

Preparing the Laundry for Washing

Always read and follow the care instructions on the label.

Sort the laundry by color and fabric type to make sure that delicate items are not put on the same cycle as items with sturdier fabric.

Turn pockets inside-out to prevent items like candy and lip balm from being included in your wash cycle.

Turn items inside out to help preserve their color.

Use this sorting time to exam each piece for stains that might need to be pre-treated. Although, the ideal time to treat stains is as soon as they happen to minimize the stain and prevent it from setting into the fabric.

Washing Machine Settings

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Try this tip to get a discount on new appliances        

Couple looking at appliances in a store Shopping around and comparing prices can save you money, as everyone knows, but telling the place you are calling that you are doing this might just spur a better deal.

According to Kevin Brasler of the Delaware Valley Consumer’s Checkbook, (“When buying appliances, consider more than just price”) mentioning that you’re contacting multiple stores for price quotes can often spur discounts, delivery fee  and installation fee waivers.

This tactic also works on big box, big chain stores, although the wait time to finally speak to an appliance-department sales managers, took some time.  Save yourself the on-hold time by doing this by e-mail.

For more tips, read “When buying appliances, consider more than just price.”

How to Save Money and Cut Down on Food Waste in Your Fridge

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About 40 percent of all food in the U.S. does not get eaten and the average household of four spends about $120 per month on food that’s never eaten according to Dana Gunders, a scientist working with the Natural Resources Defense Council and author of the “Waste Free Kitchen Handbook.”

Gunders discovered this while doing agriculture research and included her findings in a report. According to her report, which you can read online for free, some of the main reasons for food waste are Continue reading

Tips to Cut Costs on Summer Child Care

Tips to Cut Child Care Summer Costs

Here’s a great suggestion for anyone struggling to pay for child care over the summer – barter and trade.  Elissha Park of “The Broke Mom’s Guide to Everything” wrote an article for Time Magazine explaining how she cut her child care expenses by 70% with a babysitting swap.

She asked her sister-in-law (a stay-at-home mom) and a good friend who was a teacher home on summer break, to watch her son for one day a week. In return, she agreed to watch their children on weekends. That way, she only needed to pay for three days of daycare for the summer.

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Why is There Water on The Inside Walls of My Fridge?

Refrigerator Door Gasket PN 216522309If there is sweating or water condensation inside your fridge, say on the walls of your refrigerator, check the gasket or seal around your refrigerator.

If the gasket is loose, cracked or sagging, then cold air is escaping from your fridge. leading to:
• sweating or condensation inside your fridge
• ice forming on the freezer walls
• temperatures inside refrigerator is warmer than normal.

To test the seal on your refrigerator, take Continue reading

Back to School Tax-Free Sales for August

Back to School Sales Tax Holidays

Save more money on your back-to-school shopping during tax-free weekends and sales! Usually, these tax-free weekends charge no state sales tax on items such as clothing, computers and school supplies like notebooks and pens. Sometimes the sales are extended to other items, like appliances (dorm room microwave ovens and refrigerators, anyone?)  Exclusions and other taxes might apply, so be sure to check the following URLs before you head out.

Here are some upcoming back-to-school tax-free weekends by state, earliest dates listed first.

Florida – August 7 – 16
Items Included: school supplies, clothing, supplies, computers

“No Florida sales tax or local option tax will be collected on sales of clothing, footwear, Continue reading

Dishwashers use less water, get dishes cleaner than washing dishes by hand

Unloading clean dishes from dishwasherWhat uses more water:  washing dishes in a dishwasher or washing dishes by hand? A high-efficiency dishwasher uses less water and can clean dishes better than you according to such experts at Consumer Reports, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star Program, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy and others.

Dishwashers can save more water and use hotter temperatures —140 or 145 degrees Fahrenheit — to get your dishes really clean, according to “Why you shouldn’t wash your dishes by hand,” by the Washington Post.

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