•“I am a senior on a budget, but I love to get presents for people. Throughout the year, I have a small weekly amount I set aside for ‘fun shopping,’ and I hit the clearance sections of department stores. I have found nice stationary items for less than a dollar and quality children’s clothes for two or three dollars for a whole outfit. I always buy the size I would be buying at the holidays or the child’s birthday, and I give large for less! Plus, it’s a great way to spend time, since I have a lot more of that than I have dollars.” — L.A. in Georgia
• If you have ever had a tough time threading a needle, try this trick. Spritz the end of the thread with a shot of hairspray. It makes the thread stiffer, and it goes right through with no fuss.
• “To make a soft pocket for cell phones or small tablets, get a couple of thin, square oven mitts at the dollar store. Sew three edges together and it’s ready! Slip electronics inside for safe passage in purses and briefcases.” — R.Z. in Illinois
• Make a big batch of soup and store a week’s worth for lunch in mason jars, which are easily stored in the fridge. Chicken noodle, tortilla, beef and vegetables, baked potato — the possibilities are endless, and so delicious.
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