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Perspiration Stains ?

How to Remove Sweat and Perspiration Stains - Simply Good Tips

 As we all know from experience, we all sweat. It can be because of stress, athletic exertion or due to weather. Over time this leaves disgusting-looking yellow stains that seem to never want to come out, no matter what the expensive "stain removers" claim.
Here are some inexpensive and easy ways to clean your garments using items found around the house.
1. White vinegar is a great way to remove yellowing stains from your clothing.
Simply adding one cup to your laundry at the same time as you put in the detergent removes the odor, and the discoloration, associated with sweat stains.
2A "pre-treatment" option that works extremely well is to apply a paste made from baking soda and water to the stain.
Gently rub the baking soda paste directly onto the stain, using your fingers. Once the paste has been applied, let it sit for between twenty and thirty minutes. After the time has expired, simply wash the clothing as you normally would.
3Another simple pre-treatment option is to scrub the stain with hair shampoo and an old, soft-bristled toothbrush.
As you know from washing your hair, very little shampoo is needed to actually get something clean. After you have scrubbed the stain with the shampoo, simply wash your clothing as always. This method provides results remarkably close to those provided by the stain removal pens.
4For colored clothing you need to use a mixture made of two cups of water mixed with four tablespoons of white vinegar.
Simply add this solution to your load of colors in a presoak cycle. Let the clothes and this solution soak for about thirty minutes. Then wash as you normally would, in cold water.
5Use hydrogen peroxide to pre-treat the stain.
Soak your stained clothing in a solution made of fifty percent water and fifty percent hydrogen peroxide. You may soak the entire piece of clothing, but it is recommended that you only soak the stained portion itself. Leave the solution on the clothing for thirty minutes, after which you wash in cool water.

Using any of these tips leaves your clothes clean, stain free, and smelling great.

As always a picture is worth a thousand words.


Happy washing!

Getting Rid of Paint Stains
on Clothing
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If you've just painted your hallway, and your spouse comes home and brushes up against the still wet paint, don't despair!

You can still save the garment.

Here are some methods for getting rid of paint stains from house-painting projects..

Paint stains, as with any other stain, are best dealt with quickly.

Once they dry, they become more difficult to remove.

If you have the paint can, the paint can often has instructions for removing or thinning the paint.

If not, what you try next depends on the type of paint involved.

If the paint is a watercolor, it should wash right out.

You may want to pre-treat the area with a bit of liquid laundry detergent or a spot remover. 

Tempera paints are also washable—check the bottle to make sure.

If the paint is washable, just pre-treat the stained area with a stain-remover spray or a bit of laundry detergent, and put the garment into the washing machine.

If it is not a washable tempera paint, gently scrape or blot off the excess paint and using a clean sponge or cloth, blot some liquid dishwashing detergent and some water into the remaining paint stain.

Put the garment into a sink full of cool water to soak.

Blot a few more times with detergent if the stain is still there.

Once the mark disappears, wash the clothing in the washing machine on a normal cycle.

For latex paints, try not to let the paint stain dry before you get to it.

As long as the stain has not dried yet, you can treat it with water and detergent.

Just blot the stain with dish detergent and room temperature water until all of the paint comes off.

For oil paintstry a solvent like turpentine.

Blot the stain carefully until as much of the paint comes off as you think is going to come off.

Then sponge the stained area in cool water, and try blotting the stain with dish detergent.

Sponge the stain with cool water until all the detergent is out.

You can also try spraying an older stain with rubbing alcohol or hairspray before blotting with soap.

Test the chemical first on an inconspicuous area to be sure that the alcohol does not change the color of the fabric.

Another way to refresh old stains is to try spraying them with WD-40 and then rubbing in liquid dish detergent.

(WD-40 works best on oil-based paints).

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The Value of a Good
Shopping List

Chances are you can attest to the usefulness and necessity of a shopping list.

Most people in the world know what it is like to try and rush around a grocery store and find the one item that they absolutely must have, all the while collecting more and more things that they really do not need at all.

How does someone avoid this?

The answer is really quite simple—a shopping list.

All that it is going to take is a little organization and preparation on your part.

With this "new and improved list" in hand, you are going to be able to tackle the monster chore that is grocery shopping.

Keep in mind, though, that there is really no possible method of ever totally eliminating the need to go grocery shopping, all that anyone can do is to make it as painless as possible.

Try these steps BEFORE you head off to your favorite grocer.  You'll save time, money, and avoid what most men call "good stuff" while women look at it as "unhealthy" !


Prior to actually starting your shopping list, you are going to need to do a little bit of "homework."

I know, homework really is not an enjoyable experience, but believe me this homework is really simple and won't really take a whole lot of your time.

All you need to do is go to your regular grocery store and take a look at the signs that are at the beginning of every aisle. This sign is basically a list of all the items that are in that particular aisle. 

Write down or use a digital camera to record what is in each aisle, and take that list home.


After you have copied that list, you are now prepared to begin tackling it.

Get a small whiteboard (otherwise known as a dry erase board)...

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...and start making it into a checklist. This checklist should be organized in such a way that it reflects the aisles in your supermarket.

If you do this, you are going to be able to reduce the amount of wasted time (and money) from having to wander around the store.

In addition, by using a dry erase board, you are going to save money by being able to reuse your list each and every week.


Once you have prepared the dry erase board, you are ready to plan you next shopping list.

Simply check off on your list what items you are going to need.

Feel free to take as much time as you need to do this.

In fact, I would suggest that you have a set day to go grocery shopping, and that you spend the rest of the week planning your menu, while marking down what you think you are going to need. You may not think of everything that you need at one time, so don't worry.


Finally, you have prepared your shopping list and it is time to use that list. Just copy down what you have written, and you are ready to go to the local grocery market and do your shopping.

Keep in mind that a shopping list is only as good as your ability to follow it.

 Be prepared to follow what it says, and you are going to limit your much more expensive, impulse shopping dramatically.

One more "unofficial" idea...

Ladies...don't take your husbands.  Nothing will ever appear on your list they want...but...they know exactly where the candy and ice cream are located !

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Is it Time to Get Rid of your
Garage Clutter ?
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Does your garage resemble this one? 

Wouldn't it be nice to be able to go out to your garage one day, quickly glance around for a particular tool or item, and know where it is in only a moment?

Chances are, your garage is a lot like just about everyone else's in the world—a disorganized, chaotic mess.

The ability to have a clutter free garage is at your fingertips.

The next time you need to clean out your garage, use these simple guidelines to help you in creating a clutter free garage.

These guidelines are designed to help you create an organized garage, no matter how large or small the space is that you have to work with.


When trying to create a clutter free garage, one of the main things to remember is to plan. Without proper planning, you will not be able to make your dream of an organized garage a reality.

Simply draw out a little sketch of what your garage looks like when it is empty. On this sketch plan what you want to do with your space.

You can create sections of your garage that is dedicated to different uses, and be able to see what you have to work with.


Before you can actually have a clutter free garage though, you will need to clean it out.

What this means is that you will need to remove everything out from your garage.

As you are cleaning out the garage, take some time to look through all of your stuff, and decide what you want to keep, and what you can get rid of.

If you have anything that you will be getting rid of, decide whether you will be throwing it away, or if it is still in good condition, donate it to a local charity.


After you have removed everything from your garage, and decided on what you want to get rid of, it is time to implement your plan.

Put everything back into your garage where you want it.

Try to make this as neat as possible by using things like storage bins, and tool racks.

Keep in mind that this is not going to be one time only thing. You will need to keep on top of your garage, and maintain your organizational system, or you will simply find yourself right back where you are now in a few short months.

We have a couple of videos.


Six Ways

Negotiate Doctor & Dentist Bills

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Doctor bills can be so high that even examining one, can make you even sicker than actually seeking medical help !

And with that in mind....

Here are six ways to negotiate effectively:

1Do your research.

If you need a medical or dental procedure, find out the going rates in your area, so you’ll have ammunition for bargaining.

Ask your doctor or dentist for the precise name of the procedure and, better yet, its billing code, known as CPT (that stands for “current procedural  terminology”).
Some procedures may involve more than one code.

Fortunately, the Internet has made it easier to research the cost.
A handful of excellent sites provide local averages or a range of fees charged by nearby providers.

Check these out:

If you have health insurance, call your provider to find out what your policy will and will not cover, as well as how much your out-of-pocket costs would be.
Your health insurer or your company's human resources department may also offer Web tools that help you estimate what you’d pay at local providers.

2Talk frankly and politely to your doctor about fees.

Ask how much you’d be charged and whether there’s any room for accommodation.

If you’ll need to have a procedure done and your doctor’s fee seems out of line with what you’ve found online, provide the figures you’ve seen.

If you’re too shy to talk money or your doctor refuses to discuss such things, ask the practice’s billing manager to explore potential discounts with you. Tell that person if you're not insured (a fact of life for many dental patients these days) or if your policy won’t pay for the particular procedure or whether you’ll need to shell out your own money because you either haven’t met your deductible, or you've exceeded the plan’s maximum coverage.

Doctors often automatically charge patients without insurance more than what their insured patients pay since insurers negotiate lower rates for people they cover.

So if you are uninsured, see if you’d be allowed to pay the insured-patient fee.

Many providers will give discounts, but you have to ask..

3Inquire about getting a lower fee for paying the entire bill up front.

Prompt-pay discounts are often in the doctor’s interest because they reduce paperwork hassles and financial uncertainties. Some medical professionals offer 10 to 30 percent discounts for patients who ante up within 30 days.

4. Ask about an extended payment plan.

See if you can spread out payments over a year, interest-free.
Many doctors and dentists are willing to do this and it’ll save you the interest you’d incur by putting the bill on your credit card. 

5. Inquire about payment-assistance programs. 

Even though your income may be well above poverty level, don’t assume you won’t qualify for financial aid for your medical expenses.

Many programs — public, private and nonprofit — help families shoulder their doctor bills regardless of income, especially those facing high medical bills in a given year.

Ask your health insurer and doctor’s office if they can point you in the right direction.
The federal government’s website:

... and the nonprofit...
...offer useful guidance on patient assistance programs.

At, go to the "Get Help Using Insurance" section and click on "Free or Low-Cost Care." is especially helpful for finding programs to reduce your medication costs.

 6. If all else fails, contact a healthcare advocate. 

Sometimes it’s easier to have somebody on your side to do your negotiating.


Your health is too important to skimp on getting necessary care because of its cost.

If you believe a medical fee is too high or simply unaffordable, make the effort to negotiate.

There’s a good chance you’ll be successful.

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Sous Vide Cooking
Something Different ... with Amazing Results

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"Sous Vide" cooking is the process of sealing food in an airtight container—usually a vacuum sealed bag—and then cooking that food in temperature-controlled water. 

In French, the term translates to "under vacuum". 

Chefs vacuum seal a protein with marinade, sauce, herbs, or spices and drop it in a large pot of water. 

There’s no contact with a heated metal surface. 

No contact with flames or steam or smoke. 

The water never comes to a boil. 

A sous vide machine uses a heated metal coil to warm water to a constant temperature, never fluctuating to high or low extremes. 

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This means that the cooking progress is gradual and controlled. 

Proteins like steak, pork, chicken, and fish cook for elongated periods of time, slowly heating up until the entire piece of protein reaches the temperature of the water. 

Since the water never goes past the desired temperature of being done, the meat takes significantly longer to cook (A 12 oz. NY strip takes a little over two hours), but it also means that you’ll never have an overcooked piece of protein.

When that same steak is cooked on the stove, high, direct heat is applied to the meat to bring the internal temperature up to 135°. 

While that's happening, you can't see what's actually going on inside, which means you either have to guess, cut it open (which ruins the whole presentation), or poke it anxiously with a meat thermometer. 

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With sous vide, there's no guess work. If you put a steak in a bath set at 140°, there's no chance that steak will go past that temperature

The steak is cooked to a perfect medium-rare throughout, and that's thanks to the sous vide's secondary function, water circulation

Constantly moving water ensures that there are no hot or cool spots in your pot. 

It’s an insurance policy, like some kind of perfectly-heated, dinner-making jacuzzi.

The only hands-on part of the ordeal happens after the food is removed from the bag

Since the sous vide process removes actual contact with a surface from the equation, the meat won’t be crispy, caramelized, or charred in any way. 

When cooking proteins like pork or steak (which will look pretty gray after a sous vide bath), that exterior texture is key. 

The solution? 

An extremely quick sear after the meat has been cooked .

Searing steak or pork in a ripping-hot cast iron skillet for about a minute on each side (including the smaller sides) will develop some caramelization without cooking the interior any further.

And this is the reason why restaurants love sous vide cooking. 

Being able to cook thick ribeye steaks to a perfect medium-rare before dinner service starts is a huge help.

While a chef would normally spend about an hour cooking a ribeye from start to finish (letting it come to temperature, cooking it in a skillet, letting it rest, slicing it, and plating it), the sous vide method shaves off time by allowing the chef to unwrap the steak and quickly sear, slice, and serve, all while guaranteeing the right interior.

For a very thick steak, example of 2",consider cooking it for two hours...not to worry, it won't get overdone....just more tender.

Sous vide used to be a method employed solely by restaurants, using extremely expensive, large machines to cook in large quantities.

... but that was then, and this is now. 

We're living in the golden age of at-home sous vide cooking, with small, affordable, powerful sous vide machines.

Having pre-cooked, vacuum-sealed proteins at your disposal makes dinner a lot easier.

Sous vide is supremely useful in meal prep situations for lazy weeknight dinners. 

Since your protein is sealed and cooked through, it will last in the fridge for at least a week. 

Once your meat comes to room temperature, you’re a quick-sear away from an impressive dinner. 

The sear can be accomplished in three ways:

1. in a pan
2. on a BBQ
3. with a propane cooking torch that takes 30 seconds per side.

There's less of a mess, less time spent standing over a stove, and less stress.

Sous vide also protects and improves your purchases. 

The sous vide process guarantees that you won’t overcook a piece of meat. 

...not only if you’ve spent a lot of money on an impressive cut, but it also allows the cheaper cuts to become tender. 

Steaks with a traditionally tough reputation, like a tri-tip or chuck, do wonderfully in the sous vide. 

When you cook them using a traditional method, the muscle fibers contract rapidly, forcing out the moisture inside of the meat. 

With sous vide, those same fibers contract slowly, allowing the juice to stay inside of the meat. 

This gives you a tri-tip that eats more like a steak three times its price.

And while we obviously love a sous vide machine for proteins, there's more to explore. 

Chefs love sous vide eggs, for perfectly-set whites and runny yolks. 

Potatoes cook especially well (sous vide potato salad is amazing), and tender vegetables like asparagus are easily cooked for salads or sides. 

The sous vide doesn't discriminate.

Give it try !

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Interior Decorating Ideas

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Perhaps you're a new homeowner and want to decorate each room in your house.

Or maybe you simply want to update a look that you've had for a few years, giving it a fresh look.

Whatever your reasons for wanting to decorate and design a room, remember to always reflect your personal charisma and flair.

For instance, while the aesthetic lines of traditional furnishings make a home comfortable, you may want to include splashes of color in each room to offset the muted earth tones.

Interior decorating designs can be either contemporary or unusual, and can fall anywhere in between.

How you decorate a room depends entirely on your own taste.

Here are a few interior decorating ideas for updating a room or changing the look entirely:

Paint the ceiling and walls two different colors, or paint opposing walls different colors.

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Playing with paint can add a dramatic flair.
And...there are computer programs to help you before you even pick up a brush !
If you have a very large room, arrange furniture to make it appear that there are two distinct rooms within one.

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Use a couch or a line of small bookcases to separate the spaces.

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Add mirrors to small rooms to make them appear larger, and remove knick-knacks from tables and bookcase tops.

5 Tips for Fooling the Eye and Making a Room Look Bigger
Small rooms can become overwhelmed and appear cluttered if you load them with too many whatnots. In a small space, place a lovely clock on the wall above a bookcase instead of lining the top of it with candles and plants.
Here are some additional tips on how to make a small room look bigger.
In a living room, consider using hanging lamps instead of end tables with a lamp on each.
A great substitute for an expensive headboard is a beautiful set of drapes and a curtain rod.
Simply hang the decorative rod and drapes where the headboard would be, and you've created a designer look seen often in catalogues and magazines.
To update a bathroom design, simply change the shower curtain and then add matching bath towels and washcloths.
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You can also place a dish of contrasting colored soaps or bath beads into a lovely glass dish, and place them on the vanity.
Visit your local discount store and purchase inexpensive yard ornaments and then place them all over your home in inconspicuous places.

A large ceramic placed on the floor next to a fireplace and in between a bookcase will add whimsy to your room decor.

You may even seek out an interior designer and ask for advice,  but be prepared to pay a hefty price for that advice. 

The Right Way to Clean Broken Glass
A Tile Floor

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How many times have you heard that dreaded sound and found that your favorite plate, glass, or even windows have been broken through some accident, and you now have glass all over the floor?

Well, here is the best way for you to clean up the broken glass in a quick and easy manner, without getting hurt at all.


Begin cleaning your broken glass by using a vacuum cleaner. Yes you may be cleaning broken glass from tile flooring, but a vacuum cleaner will still be an immense help to you.

Start vacuuming the broken pieces of glass from the outside of the mess in. Be sure that you use the hose attachment since it will help reduce the chance of any glass dust becoming airborne.


Before you begin sweeping up the pieces of glass you need to put on some type of protective hand gear. The best kind of protective hand gear to use is latex gloves.

If you don't have any lying around your home, you can pick some up at your local drugstore relatively cheaply. 

Use a regular broom to sweep the pieces of glass into a pile and use the dust pan to transfer the pile into a garbage can.


Use a damp paper towel and wipe up the "dust" that's left over.

This damp paper towel will allow you to get a majority of those smaller, nearly invisible pieces of glass that are so hard to pick up.

The best part of using a paper towel to do this is that when you are finished wiping the area you can simply throw the towel away.

Repeat steps two and three as needed until you have completely cleaned up the pieces of glass.

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Does Your Refrigerator Stink ?

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Coming only behind one or two other places in your kitchen, nothing seems to collect odors as easily as the refrigerator.

Getting rid of odors in your refrigerator isn't all that difficult as long as you know what you are doing, and use the right tools.

In fact, all you really need to do is use one of these effective methods and you will find that the problem isn't as difficult as you may have thought.

Check the dates on your food

It has long been said that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and that is especially true when it comes to odors in your refrigerator.

The easiest way to prevent any nasty or offensive odors from getting into your refrigerator is to make sure that all the food items that you have stored in there haven't expired.

This is a task that should be done at a minimum of once a week.

Simply go through your refrigerator and remove any items that you have questions about, or that have clearly expired.

Completely clean the fridge

If you have been keeping on top of your expiration dates, and still have a pesky odor, you may have to do some deep cleaning.

This means that you need to remove any and all items from your fridge so you can clean every square inch.

Place any item that you want to keep into a cooler, and then begin washing down the interior of your refrigerator.

Wash out the interior using some warm soapy water, and then rinse it out with a wet washcloth.

Once you have done that, wipe down the interior of your refrigerator with a 25/75 percent mixture of bleach and warm water.

This will help disinfect the interior, while also removing any odor causing bacteria.

When you are finished, place everything that you want to keep back into the refrigerator.

Use baking soda

Another effective method for removing (or preventing) bad odors is to partially open a box of baking soda, and place it into your refrigerator.
The baking soda will soak up the bad odors, and leave the air inside the refrigerator nice and clean.

Keep in mind that you will want to replace the baking soda on a monthly basis though, since it will eventually lose its potency.

Keep potential problems separate

Perhaps one of the best possible methods for preventing any really nasty odors from getting into your commonly used refrigerator is to have two refrigerators.

One should be for what you use the most often, and the other should be for items that are potentially problematic, and should be kept in the garage or some other part of the home.

This way if you do have an odor problem it won't affect the rest of your food.

Keep in mind that if you don't take care of the problem early enough, you may never get rid of the nasty odor in your refrigerator.

That means you will only really have two choices at that point.

The first is to live with the smell, and make do the best that you can.

The second, and both the most expensive and popular, choice is to get rid of your old refrigerator and purchase a new one.

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Seven Tips
How to Handle a Staggering Hospital Bill

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If you recently had the misfortune of having to be have gone to an emergency room, other than the hours wait you incur before obtaining medical attention....

....assuming you survive Nevada's "excellent" medical treatment...

... shortly after you are discharged, many can anticipate...

A Stroke when they get the bill !

So...if you are the victim of "bill stroke", here are several tips on how to handle a staggering bill !

1Get organized.

As soon as you’re handed your first bill, be meticulous about keeping track of every one you receive. You may want to create a spreadsheet.
There could be many bills — from the hospital, an assortment of doctors, the lab, and the ambulance that took you to the medical center.

Some won’t come from the hospital itself, but from the particular provider that performed a service.

Don’t hesitate to call the hospital-billing department to double check on charges you haven’t seen yet, but know you’ll need to pay.

2Vigilantly review the bills.

It’s very common for hospital bills to contain errors and overcharges, so make sure you’ve actually received the services they said you did.

Here are a few very common examples you should CLOSELY MONITOR.

a.  If you’re discharged in the morning (as most patients are), protest if you’re socked with a full daily-room rate for the date you left the hospital.

. If you brought your medications with you, make sure you weren’t charged for them by the hospital. This frequently happens.

c.  Dispute any additional fees on the bill for routine supplies, like gowns, gloves or sheets.

These items should be factored into the hospital daily-room charge, because they are considered the cost of doing business.

3Challenge your health insurer’s decisions, when warranted.

Keep track of any hospital bills the company rejects on grounds that the procedure or drug isn’t covered by your policy.

If you believe the insurer should be paying more, don’t hesitate to appeal its decisions. You’d be surprised how often carriers overturn their earlier rejections. 

4Negotiate bills once you know how much you’ll have  to pay out of pocket. 

If you just want extra time to send the money, it is relatively easy to speak with hospital or clinic business office staff to arrange a payment plan.”
Conversely, you may be able to wrangle a cash discount for agreeing to pay your entire cost at once.

You may also be able to successfully bargain down the particular dollar amounts you’ve been charged.

Tell the billing department that if your insurance requires, say, a 20% co-payment to the hospital, you’ll pay only 20% of the insurer’s negotiated rate with that hospital.

That’s usually far less than the initial rate quoted — the figure charged to uninsured patients.

Go online to check the rates other local hospitals charge for the procedure you had.

Then, if you find your bill was way out of line, use this data as ammunition to try to get your fees lowered.

You can get this type of information at such sites as: 
Also consider using Medicare rates as a guide; the federal health system for people 65 and older typically has the lowest reimbursement rate for hospitals and medical providers. Your hospital may not agree to charge you its Medicare fee, but this figure is a good starting point for any negotiation.

5. Consider hiring a pro

Since hospital bills are hairy, messy beasts, it may be worth your while to bring in a patient- or medical-billing advocate firm.
One such organization is
Copatient charges 30% of what it saves you) or an attorney. 

Note: Be sure you won’t be required to pay this expert any fees up front.
Patient advocates typically charge 20 to 30% of your savings; some put a cap on their fees. Attorneys often charge 30% of the savings they achieve.

6Find out if you’re eligible for hospital financial   assistance.

You may be required to go through the rigmarole of applying for Medicaid and being rejected before the facility will provide its assistance, though.

7Explore alternative fundraising. 

Many patients facing exorbitant hospital bills ave begun turning to "crowdfunding websitesas a last-resort way of raising money to help cover their expenses.

Here are a few if you wish to explore this option:

Crowdfunding sites like these make it easy to create a Web page for your medical fundraising drive. Then, donors (typically friends and family) make contributions there using their credit cards or via PayPal.

These tips might be helpful if you find yourself facing a staggering hospital bill.

Health care is costly, but no one should be forced into a financial disaster because of it.

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Special Dresses Need T.L.C.
Take Proper Care of Them !

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 Ladies...You're Probably Spent Big Bucks in some cases !

And... on the day of a big event , cleaning your dress is probably the last thing on your mind.

But... once the event is over, you will need to take care of the dress to ensure that it stays in great condition in the future.

In many cases, this requires the dress to be cleaned professionally, and even preserved correctly in a special box.

 If you hope to keep your dress in the best possible condition after wearing it, the first thing you need to consider is getting the gown professionally cleaned.

Cleaning a formal dress requires certain experience that you can find with a professional dry cleaner or specialty cleaner. Although you may need to pay a bit of money for the service, it will be well worth the cost when years from now your precious gown is still in optimal condition.

Begin by searching for a cleaner that you can trust you garments.

This may mean asking friends or calling various cleaners to find out their methods and policies regarding dress cleaning. You can also ask the store where you bought your dress for suggestions for good dry cleaners.

The best time to get your dress cleaned is shortly after the event.

Don't hang the dress in the back of a closet and let it sit for a long time.
Instead, plan on getting it cleaned within 6 months of wearing it

This is the best way for you to be sure that it will be preserved in great condition.

When you get your dress cleaned and preserved, the cleaners will treat any stains that may be on the fabric before cleaning.

After the dress goes through the cleaning process, you may wish to have it packed away in a box to preserve it.

Many dry cleaners offer this service for an extra charge, and there are other companies that also specialize in preserving gowns. 

Once the dress is packed away in an acid-freesafe environment, you can put it away without worrying about how well it will stand the test of time.

Just be sure to place the packed gown in an area without extreme temperatures or humidity.

Here's a great video for you "do-It yourselfers" !


 Do You
Keep Too Much

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For some reason people have a nasty habit of keeping "stuff" that simply sits around the home doing nothing more than collecting a bunch of dust.

OK, I am one of the most guilty of the bunch...

...and wifey can't stand my office clutter...
  (even though I know where EVERYTHING IS WHEN I WANT TO FIND IT).

So, guys, do any your home offices look like this ?

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If that be the case, according to my wife, unless you want to have your home looking like a reject from a secondhand store convention, you will need to keep on top of your clutter.

Keeping on top of any type of clutter in a home is actually a relatively easy thing to do, as long as you keep in mind a few simple principles.

The first principle is that you need to have a willingness and a desire to keep up with the task.

The second principle is that you need to be ready and able to get rid of things that you no longer need.

Specifically, here are a few ideas that you can use to help you get rid of some of the more common causes for clutter in your home.


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Get rid of magazines and newspapers when you are finished with them. 

Unless you really need to have a specific magazine article for some future school project, or you are wanting to share it with some on, get rid of it.

They only take up space in your living areas, and often attract unnecessary dust.


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If you like to cook, take the time to periodically organize your recipe boxes.

Create a recipe book that you can reference easier. Not only will the book be likely to take up less space in your kitchen, it will also look better than having a bunch of recipe cards laying all over the place.

Medicine Cabinets

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Aside from the closets in your home, the medicine cabinet and drawers usually collects the most clutter.

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Take the time to periodically, and regularly, go through your medicine cabinet and get rid of any old pills and medicine that you no longer use.

Be sure that you properly dispose of the medicine when you are getting rid of it.


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Perhaps the one place in your home that collects the most amount of clutter is the closet.

Once a month you should be going through your closet and making sure that you remove things that you no longer need.

You may not necessarily need to throw the items away, but if you no longer need them for the season, then place them into storage.


For Newspaper and Magazine articles I decide to keep, I now cut out only the page/s I need and toss the rest. I use a Sharpie to mark in big letters what the topic was I wanted to keep for quick recollection.

Dust...It's Everywhere
Here's How to Get Rid of It
in the most
Common Places

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No matter how much cleaning you do in your house, you will inevitably end up with dust pockets, places that are common dust collection areas.

If you have curio cabinets, book shelves, multi-leveled coffee tables, entertainment centers or dish hutches or any other multi-faceted surface, you will accumulate more and more dust.

Even hardwood flooring can collect what appears to be massive amounts of dust because carpet hides it in the fibers where it is less visible.

Laundry machines are also susceptible places for dust collection because of the lint trays.

With so many places that can collect dust, it seems like your entire house is a dust trap !

Cleaning dust requires knowing where it accumulates, and next time you see an over abundance of dust balls, here are the common places to look for them: 

You will always find dust under any table and appliance. Use a Swiffer broom to get into the murky corners and underneath appliances.

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Always move things away from the walls like garbage cans because they hide the dust balls that are lurking behind it.


You will have dust behind the toilet and underneath the cabinets. Use a Swiffer duster and broom or a vacuum with a hose if you have a carpeted  bathroom.
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Wipe down any crown molding. These are dust collectors.

Try to clean on top of cabinets and behind the shower curtain.

Usually shower curtains have one entrance side and the other accumulates dust balls behind it.

Living Room

Any kind of cabinet needs dusting as well as all electronics.

No matter what kind of flooring you have in your living room, always clean underneath chairs and coffee tables.

Got carpeting ?

Ever see a dust mite ? 

This could be YOUR carpet if you don't dust it on a regular basis.

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Most bedrooms will have bedside tables and possibly a wardrobe or chest of drawers. These are huge dust collectors and need to be dusted regularly.
And... always clean underneath the bed.

This is a common place for dust to accumulate.

Laundry Rooms

Because of the lint drawer in dryers, dust balls are very common around the washing and drying machines.

Take a broom and run the bristles along the underside of the machines as well as alongside them. That seems to be where most of the dust accumulates.

In  summary, dust accumulates anywhere where there is activity, so just make sure you know where your heavy dust areas are in your house in order to avoid large dust balls.

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  1. For Newspaper and Magazine articles I decide to keep, I now cut out only the page/s I need and toss the rest. I use a Sharpie to mark in big letters what the topic was I wanted to keep for quick recollection.