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Thompson: Cup hooks help with more than coffee mugs
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Do you have debris stuck between the cracks of your wood deck? If so, here's the simplest solution I know on how to remove this stuff. Simply screw a large cup hook onto the end of a broom stick. Run the cup hook through the crack to remove the debris. You can also use the hook to hang up your broom when you're finished with it.

In these tough times it's important to be as efficient as possible. Here are a couple of suggestions that can help.

  • When you think you've gotten all of the hand lotion or soap out of a container, take out the scissors and cut the container in half. Reach in and get the rest. You'll be amazed by how much is actually left in there.
  • To get the rest of the honey out of the honey jar, just heat it up in a sauce pan with water (if it's in a glass jar). The honey will come pouring out.
  • You should own a variety of spatula sizes. Why? Because the smaller spatulas can reach into those tight jars and get the rest of the peanut butter, mayo, etc.
  • When buying items at the store, don't assume that the larger containers are the best value. Check the unit price that most grocers list on their shelves.
  • Remember that pre-cut vegetables and fruits are almost always more expensive. Every little bit helps.

If your dog or cat is a slob when it eats, I've got the product for you. It's called the Neater Feeder. This slick little product keeps the food and water from getting onto your floor when your pet is eating. It's even able to collect water that your pet will inevitably spill out of its water bowl.

Tim Thompson lives in Gainesville. E-mail Tim your ideas for tips, tools or tricks.

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