I get a daily email from Mary Hunt of "Everyday Cheapskate". If you are someone who likes to find ways to save money - this column is for you! Here are just two of the hints recently received:
"SAVE THE AIRBAG. I learned that putting a purse, briefcase or shopping bag on the front passenger seat of your car could cost you big time. In an accident, the passenger side airbag will deploy if there is weight in that seat. Airbags cost close to $1,000 each to replace, so having the extra airbag deploy can result in having your car "totaled" instead of repaired. That could add up to financial disaster if you are not prepared to buy your next car.
From today on, I will not put anything in the front seat of my car!! I usually keep a clipboard with a drawer in it on the front seat. The clipboard holds a tablet and pen, so I can write notes to myself, and inside there are coupons, paper clips, scotch tape, extra pens, stamps and bank ATM envelopes. That clipboard will now stay in the middle seat! I don't know how much weight is needed to make the airbag deploy, but I won't take any chances.
NEW BLACK. Black clothing matches everything, so my wardrobe features a lot of black pieces. However, black fades after a few washings. Once a year, I gather all of the washable black clothing in the house and re-dye the batch in our washing machine. The load comes out refreshed and the color is a true black. I run the machine again, empty, to remove all traces of dye."
I wear a lot of black clothing when I am working, and while I used to dye old clothing many decades ago, I haven't done that recently. I think it works best on all cotton clothes.
Everyday Cheapskate has good tips in every post. I recommend it.