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How to Cut Entertainment Expenses

Entertainment. Movies, dinners, online music purchases, a drink at the local bar and even a cheeky romance novel from the bookstore - the receipts from all these will have to go into your entertainment folder. And boy do they add up. Without these little distractions the enjoyment meter in our lives would be rather low.

So since we can't live without these distractions the only option is to make a few of them cheaper or even pursue a few activities that are free to lighten the burden on our pockets. Check online to see if there are any community fetes or festivals that are free.  Your local paper will also be full of cheap events. Take a look and try at least one of them that you think will be fun.


cont... Excerpt from last week Thursday.
Thursday afternoon.  .  .  (I know, all that stuff above was only just this morning)

I’ve been invited to a concert.   Yay!!!!

Bugger!!!! This is only going to work if the concert is free.  Let me ask.

Later...

Yup it’s free.  Awesome.

How to remove pencil marks

Children have a knack of leaving pencil marks on walls and fabrics. This article will illustrate a few easy ways to tackle these stains.

Pencil marks on walls and fabric:

Use a soft white vinyl eraser that will not leave a mark of its own.

Pencil marks on washable fabric:
Failing the vinyl eraser use a drop or two of ammonia on mark. Follow by rinsing with water. Now apply a small amount of laundry detergent on the mark and rinse. Repeat these steps until the mark has vanished.

Walls:
Once again your first choice should be the vinyl eraser, however if that doesn’t work try rubbing a slice of fresh rye bread on the mark.

Ten Minute Kitchen Cleaning Checklist

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When you are in a hurry and visitors are around the corner this is a handy checklist to have on your fridge for quick reference.

When cleaning a room always go from the top down and from the farthest corner towards the door.



Sink (4 minutes)
There should be no visible piles of dirty dishes either in your sink or around your house, instead keep them hidden in the dish washer. Collect all dishes that are spread out throughout the house and bring them into the kitchen. Starting with the farthest room first – you might want to carry a caddy with you so you make fewer trips. Once all the dishes are rounded up pack them into the dish washer and start a cycle.
Dusting *Optional – (1.5 minutes)
Use a feather duster to lightly dust ornaments and decorative pieces you have on display in your kitchen. The scarcely used bar cocktail and entertaining set that was given to my roommates as a housewarming gift is a dead give away that the house was cleaned in a jiffy due to the blanket of dust on its …