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Now here’s a tip

• What’s on sale in November: shoes, boys’ clothing, blankets, select deals on loss-leader items during holiday sales.

• “With the holidays fast approaching, I found a great way to spend more time with family instead of in the kitchen. I invested in all different sizes of crockpots. This allows me to have food prepared all day. Cleanup is a breeze and storage is even better. I use extra-large bulk sweater plastic storage bags with shelves. I can place at least five large crockpots very neatly in my dining-room closet. Now I can get a hot meal and enjoy my family at the same time.” — B.O. in Pennsylvania

• “After a big dinner like Thanksgiving, there’s much scraping of plates. I keep a bowl lined with a plastic shopping bag by the sink, and we can scrape into that. I believe it keeps the smells down in the trash when all that mess is tied together.” — O.L. in Washington

• Recipe Substitutions: If you need 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice, use 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ginger, 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg and 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves.

• To keep ashes from flying around and ruining the carpet near the fireplace, spray cold ashes with a mister before removing. This dampens them, helping them to clump. Remove them to a box, misting again as necessary. When you’re finished, lay a piece of wet newspaper over the top of the pile, and you can carry the box outside without fear of a flyup!

Send your tips to Now Here’s a Tip, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475 or e-mail JoAnn at heresatip@yahoo.com.

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