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Brighten Up An Already Bright Idea


Winter means shorter days and fewer days with sunshine.  In my neck of the woods, we only saw the sun on four days during the month of December!  To minimize what my grandma called the winter doldrums, it is common to flick on as many lights as possible in an effort to brighten things up.  If you have already made the switch to cfl bulbs, this extra flicking is less costly than using incandescent bulbs.  Of course, the fewer lights you turn on the lower your electricity bill.  One way to accomplish this without sacrificing brightness is to make sure that your light bulbs (regardless of the variety) are dust free.  Since most bulbs are tucked under lamp shades or in light fixtures that are high above us, this tends to get overlooked during routine cleaning.  I use Swiffer Dusters for regular and easy surface cleaning.  I make it a point to include light bulbs (might as well dust the shades while you’re at it) and light fixtures in my routine.  The Swiffer Duster makes it easy to get into lampshades and the extender handle makes overhead light fixtures accessible without a ladder.  A quick run-through of the house will brighten up your mood with more light and more savings!


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Posted January 9th, 2015 by PennyP

Be Acid Free for Free

Heartburn, indigestion, dispepsia, upset stomach – call it what you like, it’s no fun at all.  Evidently, occurrences of indigestion increase as you get older.  Sadly for me, I was starting to suffer from this internal inferno up to 4 to 5 times per week.  The pain often kept me up all night.  I tried every over-the-counter and home remedy I could find, none of which took care of the problem.  My husband and I are very busy people and often eat our dinner later than most.  I found that most days, after finishing dinner, I was soooo tired that I just plopped down on the couch where I stayed until bedtime.  One evening as I was literally curled up on the couch, I became aware of the position of my stomach – all crunched up in a ball.  I wondered if this could be causing my trouble.  Being a scientist by education, I commenced a little experiment.  I decided to keep myself upright for a period of time right after my dinner.  What an easy (and might I add FREE) fix!!  Besides all the money I am saving on antacids, I have bought back (so to speak) over 2 hours per week of time that was being wasted on the couch.  It’s the perfect time to do the dishes rather than leave them piled in the sink, get a little ironing done, take the recyclables to the bins, etc.  Since I am no longer staying up multiple nights a week with tummy trouble, this 15-20 minutes after each dinner is an invaluable investment.  This is the freebie of all freebies!!

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Posted October 16th, 2014 by PennyP

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