• “If there is only a light snow on the ground, you can use your leaf blower to clear walkways or a deck.” — D.E. in Minnesota
• You might think your dishwasher cleans itself every time you use it, but it could use a hand. Run this cleaning cycle monthly: Fill a two small bowls with white vinegar, and put one each on the upper and lower racks. When the clean cycle is done, sprinkle a cup of baking soda on the bottom and run again.
• Cooking Tip: After you have rotisserie chicken for dinner, throw the carcass in a pot and make a quick stock. All you need are: a quartered onion; two carrots and two celery stalks, roughly chopped; a bay leaf and other spices you enjoy; a bit of salt; your rotisserie chicken carcass; and enough water to cover. Boil and let simmer for up to two hours. Strain and store.
• If you need to chop bacon for a garnish or slice chicken or beef for fajitas, freeze the meat before you chop. It will make it much easier to get the slices uniform because it doesn’t slide around.
• “Look closely at extra-large size boxes of cereal. I was surprised to find that the bulk size of my favorite was actually costing me more per ounce. Now I always check the per-unit price, which is often found on the price tag.” — J.C. in Oklahoma
• “If you get gum stuck in your hair, try massaging it with a little dab of butter. The fat breaks down the gum, and it’s easier to separate the strands. Just go slow and it will come out.” — K.R. in Indiana
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