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Monday, January 5, 2009
Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act
I received an email this morning from CommonSensewithMoney. I hadn't noticed anything about it lately which I am ashamed to admit but ah well. This is going to impact more people than we realize because anything like this has a trickle down effect. You can read (and please do so) more at Baby Cheapskate, The Simple Dollar and Blissfully Domestic. I'm sitting here looking at my daughters hand made solid wood rocking horse realizing it is now a treasure to hold on to. Not that it wasn't in the past but I know the family friend that made this himself will no longer be making these things! I need to read more about this but it's something that has me torn just from what little I have read this morning. Yes I want things tested and my daughters safety is of utmost importance. However I know how Jim makes his things and I know they are safe. Yet you wouldn't because you don't know him. Also the testing process is expensive! Something else to keep in mind is something I heard about early on in 2008. If the report I heard is correct the group that does all this testing is sorely limited to personnel. For some reason I keep thinking that there are only a handful of people available to actually do the testing. Unless something has changed can you imagine how much more backed up and behind testing is going to become???? If you know something more about this please please feel free to contact me with the information. I truly believe knowledge is power so before I can make any decisions about anything I need more information. I think there is a lot more we need to look into!
- Corn starch - Makes a great diaper rash preventer/cure. Doesn't have to be name brand. I would suggest getting a little shaker container and filling it then shake over little one's tushy during diaper change. Our little one has really sensitive skin and I have used this over and over. In addition especially at night you can apply diaper rash cream over top off the corn starch as a moisture barrier. This really helps over night when they aren't changed as often. - Celery - wrap in aluminum foil (covering even the ends) and it will last for weeks in the fridge. - Liquid fabric softener - pour some into a plastic bowl with a cover, soak sponge in liquid, squeeze out and toss in dryer with wet clothes. I've been using the same bottle since Oct. and it works great! - Vinegar - Pour 1/2 to 1 cup into laundry rinse cycle and will help to soften clothes instead of fabric softener (I've done this and it works but I prefer the sponge method listed above). - Shaving cream for woman - Don't have a clue if this would work for a man but instead of shaving cream try using inexpensive hair conditioner to shave. Works fine for me.
WHAT I THINK DOESN'T WORK Freezing canned biscuits. I had read that they freeze fairly well so I tried it. I don't recommend this. It changes them so that they come out tunnelly and tough. They won't rise the way they should.
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CAT = CATALINA = A coupon that prints out at the register out of the little box next to the register. They will hand these to you usually when they hand you your receipt. They can be for money off a certain item or money off your next order.
ECB= Extra Care Buck
FAR = Free after rebate
IP = Internet Printable
IVC = Instant Value Coupon (Walgreens store coupon)
Mfr = Manufacturer
MIR = Mail in rebate
MM = Meijer Mealbox (Meijer printable online coupons)
ONYO = On Your Next Order
OOP = Out of Pocket
P&G = Proctor & Gamble Insert
Q's = Coupons
RP = Red Plum
SCR = Single Check Rebate
SS = Smart Source
WT = Wine Tag, usually can be found hanging from wine bottles but can also be found in grocery stores