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Everyday Cheapskate: A bridal bargain spot and more great reader tips

WEDDING BARGAINS. When I worked in a bridal shop in Florida, we bought all of our jewelry, gloves, veils and most headpieces wholesale from Accessory Wholesale in New Orleans. To my surprise, they now have a website (awnol.com) that is open to the public. For my own wedding, I bought all my bridesmaids jewelry sets, bracelets, my headpiece and my gloves and jewelry — all for about $100 including shipping. That site rocks! And I swear this is the same stuff we bought, put in our lit cases on black velvet and sold for 5 to 8 times the wholesale price. All salons do this. Accessories offer their greatest profit margin. Note: This is a wholesale company, so there is a minimum order requirement of $75. — Kelly B.

PLAY ‘N ERASE. I pull all sorts of worksheets, fun sheets and thinking sheets out of children’s magazines and kids’ worksheets I find online that are printable. I slip them into plastic protective pages I get at the office supply store (about $5 for a big package). I put the worksheets into the plastic sleeves. My kids use dry erase markers to learn and play. When done, we erase their work so we can use the fun papers over and over again. — Stephanie A.

DISH SOAP. I found several uses for Dawn dishwashing detergent. I found that not only does it do a great job with dishes, but it is also a great and safe pesticide, lubricant for jammed drawers and a flea dip for dogs. I have saved a lot of cash by using blue Dawn in place of other higher-priced products. — Michelle P.

COOL CUTTING BOARDS. If your family uses Cool Whip in recipes, you have a lot of extra Cool Whip bowls around the house. Cool Whip bowl lids make great mini cutting boards. The plastic won’t harm your knives, they’re the perfect size for cutting a tomato or a green pepper, the lip around the edge catches any juices, they wash very well in your dishwasher’s top rack, and if they ever get nasty looking, just throw them out. Also, you can use the bowl (without the lid) as a baby toy. Babies, especially those 6 months to a year, love playing with these bowls. — Beth B.

KID-FRIENDLY BBQ SAUCE. Instead of buying expensive bottles of BBQ sauce, here is an inexpensive and delicious one you can make at home. Pour Ketchup in a bowl and add Coca-Cola to desired sauce consistency. That’s it! Marinate your meat of choice and cook. It’s delicious! — Molly S.

Mary Hunt is founder of www.DebtProofLiving.com.

and author of 24 books, including her 2013 release “The Smart Woman’s Guide to Planning for Retirement.” To find out more about Mary and read her past columns, please visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.

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