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Thompson: Send Christmas cards that help charities, too
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If you want an easy, painless way to give to charities, you need to check out It's a nonprofit Web site that lists greeting cards you can buy from more than 100 different charities. The proceeds from the cards help fund a lot of worthy causes. Do it. You'll feel better about yourself.

My wife and I enjoy cooking vegetables on our outdoor grill. But it drives me nuts when the onion slices fall through the grate. The solution: Cut your onion in thick slices and put a bamboo stick through each slice. This also makes it easier to flip the onions on the grill.

Gorilla Glue is a great product. It works on about any kind of material. The only problem with Gorilla Glue is that you typically only get one use out of a bottle. Why? Because there really is no good way to seal the applicator tip once you cut it open. To avoid this, unscrew the cap and leave the applicator tip alone. Use a small, cheap painters brush to apply the glue. It's also a good idea to buy the smallest bottle of Gorilla Glue you can find. (Contributed by Tracy Tesmer).

Here is my Christmas gift to all of you. Check out Absurdly Cool Freebie Finder. This Web site lists tons of stuff that you can get for free. It is the mega-site of freebies!

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

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