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Cereal Tip of the Day

When you open a new box of cereal instead of opening up the entire bag make a hole just big enough to pour your cereal out. This will reduce spilling and help keep your cereal fresh.

Save Moo-lah Tip of the Day, Part 3

9. Refill and Reuse Cups
"Many of us get take our coffee in the morning and were using plastic and cardboard cups," said Plenty Magazine Managing Editor Deb Snoonian. "Bring your own mug. You can leave one at work; you can even often times bring a reusable mug as you're commuting in your car. It can be refilled over and over again. Wash it at home it's a nice habit to get into that saves you one cup a day (Ah Ms. Snoonian, I've missed you since last week. What would I do without your wisdom in my life?).

10. Pay Your Bills Online
It's not only quicker and easier to pay by computer, it also puts a major dent in the paper waste pile.

11. Become Battery Smart
Stretch your battery use. A battery too drained to power a flashlight might be perfect to operate your TV remote. Before you pitch it - switch it!

12. Car Air Conditioning
It's practically standard on modern cars. Use it wisely. At higher speeds, open windows create drag and lower your mileage. Roll them…

Flipping Tip of the Day

So the slotted turner you were using to flip burger yesterday just didn't cut it did it? You can hardly flip a dead cow, much less slash an attacker with a 4" blade or open a bottle. Next time try the Barbecue Turner of Death™ from Pampered Chef. Because you always needed a never-needs-sharpening knife to open your Ale-8 while flipping burgers.

Memorial Tip of the Day

Impress your friends with the simple fact that Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day. Or better yet, impress the people you don't know at the party you're headed to today, because you're friends will know you're not that smart.

iPod Tip of the Day

So yea have an iPod, and there is always the struggle on how to listen to it in your car. The iTrip and other FM transmitters are a popular "solution". As with many other in-quote solutions out there, it doesn't always work. The biggest trick is to find an empty station, that is surrounded by other empty stations. That gives you something to do on a boring Sunday, but its not exactly fun.

Belkin has come to the rescue with their new web tool
my best FM stations. Just punch in your zip and you've got a great starting point to finding a clear station!

Mo Money Mo Problems Tip of the Day

Looking to save a little more money when eating out? Get gift certificates here for 50% off.

Update: For none Lexington, KY readers, check HalfOffDeals.com

You can save when eating in, too. Couponmom.com has all sorts of suggestions. You don't even have to be a mom to follow them. Here's a strategy: use an online 50%-off coupon to buy gift certificates from a [participating] website where they are already 50% off, and you could turn a $40 meal into a $10 one!


BONUS ETIQUETTE TIP: Please remember to tip your waiter according to the regular value of your meal!

Landscaping Tip of the Day II

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Citizen Grim recommends the following plants for all of your shade/sun requirements:

Shade:
Pieris: (I know they have some at Lowe's right now. They stay green all winter, and have lots of little flowers all over in the spring)

Bleeding Heart: (they bloom around June, then die off. Gets its name from shape of the flowers)

Ferns (need to stay wet, and out of the wind, but otherwise should be fairly easy to grow)
Hostas: (low and leafy, generally like the same environment as ferns)


Part shade:
Climbing Hydrangea: (a flowering vine that can get pretty large, and comes back every year, looks good on fences or trellises)
Daylilies: (they grow along the sides of roads everywhere, and bloom in the summer)

Japanese maple: (these don't get very big, and they look pretty cool. The prices reflects this, though)

Azaleas: (I think you picked up some of these from wal-mart, they don't like extreme heat or cold, but they get covered with flowers)


Sun:
Euonymous (I think this is at Lowe's…

Neighbor Tip of the Day

Before you perform a ridiculous action like the one I'm about to describe, or one even more ridiculous, do yourself a favor and look all around to be sure there are no neighbors watching. Otherwise when one greets you AFTER the ridiculous performance, you'll not only be scared, you'll be morbidly embarrassed. Here's an example of such a scene:

EXT. JASON'S HOUSE -- DAY

JASON has just caught a mouse, and disposed of the body in an all-purpose Wal-Mart bag. Carrying the bag as if it contained 3 tons of nuclear waste, JASON attempts to open the outside TRASH CAN without breathing. He drops the bag in the can, and realizes tomorrow is trash day, so decides to wheel the can to the curb.

The can gets wrapped around his HOSE and nearly tips, and nearly yanks the house out of the wall.

JASON (under breath)
&$%@!
JASON continues to wheel the can toward the curb, only to almost step in dog doo, which is NOT from his dog (as his leash prevents him walking in this area.)

JASON …

Save Moo-lah Tip of the Day, Part 2

This is part 2 of our 3 part series. Be sure to check out items 1-3 from last week.

4. Aerosols
Limit your use of aerosol cans. Because they have limited recycling value, the containers will probably wind up in a landfill. Instead of aerosols, look for spray bottles, liquids, powders and roll-ons.

5. Laundry Room
By making sure your lint filter is clean and your dryer exhaust free to open and close, you are essentially tuning up the efficiency of your appliance. It will run better and be more cost efficient.

6. Collect the Rain
Place a barrel under a gutter downspout and let it fill over time. Plenty Magazine Managing Editor Deb Snoonian said, "Rain water is actually healthier for plants and gardens than tap water which often has chlorine in it to kill bacteria, but bacteria can inhibit plants from growing (Once again, thanks Deb. Boy, isn't she a know-it-all?).

7. Reduce Paper
The paper trail follows many of us, adding hundreds of pounds of waste. You can reduce it with just a few…

Coffee Tip of the Day

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A coffee filter can make a great little snack bowl. It's like a paper towel with edges!

Game Tip of the Day

The highly addictive game Wingnuts is now free for Mac users. They came out with a sequel, so they're giving away the old one now. Just go to Wingnuts 2 homepage and look in the right hand column for "Download WingNuts1 for FREE!"

Save Gas, Burn more Jetfuel Tip of the Day

There's a new airline called Skybus operating out of Columbus, Ohio that is positioning itself to offer ridiculously cheap flights.

Columbus to Seattle? $75
Columbus to Los Angeles? $100
Columbus to Boston? Freaking $10!

They are also running a current special where the first ten seats sold on any flight will be only $10 - regardless of the destination.

Okay, you might notice a pattern - for the time being (until they expand), you have to fly in or out of Columbus. A little inconvenient perhaps, but we're just close enough to make it worthwhile.

How do they offer flights so cheap? By cutting back on a lot of luxuries we take for granted. Flight times are somewhat limited at this point. Checked bags cost extra ($5 each for the first two bags). Pretzels and mini-Sprites cost extra. Tickets are nonrefundable. There is no first class.

But there are some positives, too (besides the ridunk cheap prices). For example, they fly in and out of secondary airports, avoiding the crow…

Mouse Tip of the Day

While at Asbury, I learned a few things about rats. Basically, they're neophobic, crafty and supposedly like peanut butter. But, I learned something recently that may be helpful in catching an innocent little mousey running around your housey. I've developed the perfect bait cocktail to nearly guarantee the catch of this unwanted critter. Critter Control suggests using peanut butter to bait the trap, but with the Asbury Rat Endemic of 2005, we found this seldom worked. I knew that mice traditionally liked cheese, so figured, why not make a sticky cocktail of peanut butter AND cheese. Works like a charm. I won't go into the gory details!

Tact Tip of the Day

The old adage, "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all" is true. If someone asks, tell them, but if they don't ask for your negative opinion, just keep it to yourself.

Here are some real life examples of what not to say:
You don't exercise much?What's up with your hair?...I don't like it.I like your hair better the other way.Do you have a cold? Is that why your nose is red?Exceptions:
there is something hanging from someone's face or clothingmullets (they deserve what they get)
mustaches (ditto)

Save Moo-lah Tip of the Day, Part 1

I recently received in my inbox a list of 50 things you can do to help take care of our world and save some money in the meantime. That email was titled "Going Green" although my husband would rather emphasize the fact that it saves you money, rather than worry about the possibility that he accidentally married a liberal. Some of the suggestions were easier than others. For example, I don't currently have $8500 for a solar water heater, even if it will pay for itself in six years. Sooo, that one's not likely to happen. My condensed list of "so easy it's stupid" things we can all be doing, will follow over the next few days.

1. Update your lighting
Make it a policy to buy energy efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs. You can now get a variety of shapes and perfectly match the color hue and lighting for each room. They look good and use at least two-thirds less power than regular lighting.

2. Wall Warts
Those clunky power adapters draw energy from th…

McRunning Tip of the Day

Don't eat McDonald's and then try to run your longest run of the year. Even if its for an early lunch and you're not planning on running for another six hours. Just don't do it™.

Insurance Tip of the Day

This tip is special thanks to Chad at the Cre8tive Group, who didn't realize his helpful information would become a tip for the world to see!

You'd think that if you have a high-price item in your home or business that it would be covered, in almost any circumstance by your homeowner's insurance. But you may not realize that most insurance policies only cover individual personal items up to $1,000, often times close to your deductible. Of course, if your house burned down, flooded, or was otherwise destroyed, of course insurance would replace the home and the items inside. But, if someone broke in, stole that one item, and left, it would only be covered to $1,000, unless you have a separate type of insurance for the item.

So, Chad informed me that a type of insurance offered by most providers is a great solution. It's a type of insurance called inland marine insurance, which you can use to insure any piece of property at almost any value. The best part is that this insur…

Burger Tip of the Day

Those of us who live in the Lexington area have probably driven past that sketchy, yes this clown's name is Sketchy, place on the sketchy north side of town that totes "79 Cent Burgers and Shakes" in a 50s-esque sign. You know you've been curious as to whether or not it's any good. Well, our insiders have tested it, and we're proud to say it's actually a good burger! You probably now have two questions. First, what's it like? And second, how are they able to stay in business? The place is a little "trek back in time." You'll walk in and there will be two old yocals who have been sitting there since '53 when the place opened. They'll stare at you and wonder why you're in "these parts" and expect you to be wearing a varsity letter jacket for admission. You'll then notice a scary contraption, which leads me to answer two. You see, much like Ford discovering the assembly line to lower production costs on their vehic…

DooDoo Tip of the Day

If you're shooting video at any place with the name "Horse Park" in it, chances are there are going to be not only horses, but dogs. And when you have lots of horses and dogs, there's bound to be a lot of dookie lying around. So, be careful and look before you sit.

Otherwise, you'll end up doing what I did and sit in s*it.

If you do happen to do this, don't immediately try to pull your pants around to survey the damage, or else you'll end up with it on your hands too, and have nowhere to wash them.

And then, you'll probably end up seeing someone you haven't seen in a long time, and awkwardly avoid shaking hands with them.

Bee Tip of the Day

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To quote Thor out of context, in reference to the term "Bladder Buster," , this tip "kinda makes me feel funny." Here is a tip about a few ways to learn from the mistakes of others in the art of bee keeping, and bee extermination. I think in a situation like this, it's best to call a professional!

You'll enjoy reading about this great tale of a couple guys getting a little too creative with bee-busting. (caution: language. caution: funniness.)

Little Kid Tip of the Day

If your little kid neighbor attempts to pull you over when you pull into your driveway, and pretends to arrest you and tell you to go to jail, you don't really have to go. He's not really an officer of the law. But if you do want to play along, tell him you first get to make your one phone call. That'll give you enough time to get inside and he'll think you're playing along.

TP Tip of the Day

According to Rosie, you can't use just one...sheet of toilet paper as Sheryl Crowe believes.

Derby Tip of the Weekend

We've developed a great strategy for betting at the races that guarantees you not swindling too much money, and benefiting those you care about. Oh, and not giving "the house" one penny. It's simple. You and your group of friends each decide to throw a set amount of money in a pot, and the person whose horse finishes closest to the top wins the pot. That way no one gambles away their life savings, and even if you lose, you know a good friend got your cash, and not Biggs Casino. And, you can probably con the day's "big winner" into buying everyone dinner or drinks afterward. :-)

Submarine Tip of the Day VII

This is the last one; don't worry.

If you have purchased and worn your lead underwear from our previous tip, whatever you do, don't wear them in a situation where you might be given a wedgie, because chance are, a wedgie with a pair of lead underwear would not only REALLY hurt, it probably could also give you lead poisoning. Just food for thought.

Submarine Tip of the Day VI

Despite any urges you might have, do not EVER sing the song "Yellow Submarine" if you're a naval seaman. We're not positive, but you'll probably be flogged and thrown to the jellyfish. If you should sing the song, and get thrown to the jellyfish, we're told by expert sources that peeing on your jellyfish sting will help alleviate the swelling and stinging.

Submarine Tip of the Day V

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Or known as "Pimp my Sub." The industry of "sub pimping" is far under-developed. And why not have some pride in your ride? After all, it's a bunch of guys driving a sweet-A boat round the ocean! Since testosterone is at a fairly alarming rate, we recommend a few items to turn that hooptie sub into a "Shaggin' Waggin'." Well, maybe not a shaggin' waggin' due to the lack of ladeeez up in the crib. BTW, I love how they define "crib" as "domicile..." Anway, the first thing we'd recommend is your very own set of "bulls balls," or "bumpernuts" to hang on the propellor on the back of the sub. You know, the things that redneck men in Nicholasville love to put on their '82 F-250s to compensate? Yeah, those. Other things we'd recommend are dualies, chrome, a low-restriction air filter, and one of those dancing hula girls on the sub's dashboard. Wait, do subs have dashboards?

Submarine Tip of the Day IV

If you're on a nuclear sub, even though they say you're not exposed to THAT much radiation, we'd still recommend wearing a pair of patented lead underwear. BTW, I'm glad this lead underwear vendor clearly states "no returns." You never can be too safe.™ I'd rather be mocked by my fellow seamen than have radiated...eh...you get the pun.