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Everyday Cheapskate: Should you keep important papers in the freezer?

I am always entertained and often educated by the tips readers mail in. Today is no exception. I’m pretty sure you’re about to agree with me.

SAFELY FROZEN. I am on a waiting list to get a safe deposit box at my bank. While I wait, I am keeping my important papers in a heavy freezer bag, in the deep freeze. I hear that in a fire, the inside of the freezer doesn’t burn easily. — Jill N., Florida

ART SHOW. I love to see the artwork that my young boys bring home from school, but we can’t keep all of it. Instead, I take photos of each piece of artwork with my digital camera and put the pictures on my digital photo frame at work. That way, I can see their artwork all the time, and it doesn’t clutter my house. — Erin J. Illinois

GREASE CUTTER. I keep white vinegar in a used detergent bottle by my kitchen sink. When I have something greasy to wash, I squirt a small amount of vinegar into the dish. This works wonders in containers that have had tomato sauce or some other tomato product in them. The vinegar quickly cuts the film of grease and residue. — Janet M., Florida

NO MORE WATER SPOTS. I have found that Rain-X Wipes are great for more than just your windshield. I use them on the exterior side of my house windows, my stainless steel sink and my shower walls and door. This keeps them all spot-free for weeks. — Angela R, Oregon

SPRING CLEAN. Use shaving foam to clean the rubber webbing on outdoor furniture. Just spray it once and let it stand for a bit, and then wash off. It cleans the all the spots and gunk left on over the winter. Made my furniture look like new. — Bobbie H., Illinois

ACCESSORIZE THE KITCHEN. Wish you had the funds to update your kitchen? Instead of installing brand-new cabinets, save some money by switching out the old handles or knobs for some brand-new ones. They’ll give the whole room a new look. — Grace M., Michigan

WALK TO WORK. To achieve two of my New Year’s resolutions — to get more exercise and do more volunteer work — I’ve signed up to walk dogs at my local animal shelter. — Lorna B., California

CURL CONTROL. I have curly hair. Instead of buying gel for curly hair, I use regular conditioner and just leave it in. I don’t rinse it out and then just towel dry. I blow dry my hair and then scrunch it without a brush. Some frizz may appear again, but I simply place a small amount of conditioner in my hand and work it through the frizzy areas. My hair stays soft and not at all sticky. — Marianne R., Pennsylvania

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Mary Hunt is founder of www.DebtProofLiving.com.

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