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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Readers Digest (March 22, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762106492
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762106493
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Customer Reviews

Excellent book chock full of useful info.
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Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things: 2,317 Ways to Save Money and Time Love this book.
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There are so many useful tips in that book.
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151 of 157 people found the following review helpful By Blaine Greenfield on August 17, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I often see ads that promise you all sorts of money-saving

secrets . . . one, though, did catch my attention to the extent

that I even sent away for it: EXTRAORDINARY USES FOR

ORDINARY THINGS, published by Reader's Digest.

The top of the book promises "1,200 money-saving secrets,"

and while I don't know that I will be able to use all of them,

there were quite a lot that caught my attention--and that I might

even someday try.

For example, there was this one:

To keep ice cream smooth and free of those annoying, yucky

ice crystals that form once the container has been opened--rewrap

the container completely in plastic wrap before you return it

to the freezer. Or put the container inside a large seal-sealing

plastic bag.

And here's another that I liked:

To fix tiny holes in your window screens, just dab some clear

nail polish over the holes. It will stop those tiny (and often biting)

insects in their tracks.

I was amazed that there were so many other products that I could

use for a whole host of purposes, including bread, dental floss,

mayonnaise, oatmeal, sandpaper, and straws.

Several boxed inserts added to my enjoyment of EXTRAORDINARY

USES, such as this one that gave me background on the

development of a shampoo icon:

One of the longest-running advertising campaigns in history, "the

Break Girl," was the brainchild of Edward Breck, a member of the

family that started Breck Shampoo Co.
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83 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Chris on June 26, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book is fantastic. I saved probably $50 and have only had it a month...using newspaper instead of Painter's Blue Tape alone saved me a lot of money.

I read it cover to cover in 2 days, and recommend it highly.

My only complaint is that I paid too much for it. I paid $40 for it and within 2 weeks Reader's Digest offered it for $9.99.

If you can find it for $10 or so, go for it. Excellent book chock full of useful info.
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer VINE VOICE on June 23, 2007
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I never thought I would enjoy this book as much as I have been. It is 400 pages of fun facts with all those things you would find in your home and all the normal problems you would run in to. For example, onions remove rust stains from silverware, use bananas as a face mask, nail polish to remove warts, vinegar for carpet stains and to defrost windsheilds, beer and salt to make windows frosty for the Christmas holidays, use a vacuum nozzle with a pair of pantyhose to find that valuable object on the floor without sucking it up, etc.. I love this book! =)
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Kirtmans on June 25, 2009
Format: Paperback
So I bought this book because it sounded interesting, was only $10, and I needed to cross $25 for free shipping. All in all, I have really liked the tips in the book. My only complaint is that, the book seems to be organized assuming you are looking for a new way to use a product you already have in mind. So if I want to find multiple uses for nail polish that's great, but let's say I wanted to figure out how to fix holes in my screen... the book index/contents will be of no help because they are indexed by the products not by the problem. I would have to go through the entire book to see what products (in this case nail polish) could be used to fix my problem. It would have been nice if they had two separate indexes: one for the products, and one for the problems.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover
You know, I paid $30.00 for this book and I have absolutely no regrets. There are so many useful tips in that book. I have read and re-read this book several times. I always refer back to it for something because I forget what to use for certain issues. Good thing they have that glossary in the back. Just look it up and you'll be directed to the page. So, I rate it 5 stars on ease of use also.

I put the book on the bookshelf once and, it may have stayed there all of 2 hours. It hasn't been back on the shelf yet. I use it too much. My favorite tip, as a gardener:

Instead of buying miniature greenhouse kits to start plants, use rolls from toilet paper, paper towels, gift wrap, and other items. Cut them down to size, fill with dirt and when you're ready to plant, simply cut down the sides and put the whole thing in the ground. Simple and inexpensive.

I have already saved more than the cost of the book. I highly recommend it.
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37 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Jimmy on July 4, 2009
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Usually Reader's Digest editors come up with some good stuff..."Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things" falls short. Many of the claimed 2,317 ways to save time and money are either downright obvious, silly, or both. Under uses for "Beans" the authors suggest you deploy them as game playing pieces, decorate a jack-o-lantern, and, now hold the fanfare, make a beanbag! Twisting and tying plastic bags together for a jump-rope and using plastic containers as dog dishes are items that didn't exactly prompt me to spring into a Hallelujah chorus.

I'll grant them kudos for some interesting applications/uses for lemons, salt, vinegar, and even onions. They don't tell you how effective certain tips/uses are but I'm sure the "your mileage may vary" rule applies. After finishing this review, I'm putting three big onions on a workbench, collecting three knives with various levels of rust, and dusting-off my scientific method thinking cap (with a paint-brush, that's another one of the hints...paint brushes for dusting). I wonder just how much rust onions will remove. How many plunges into what size onion will it take?

If you take this review with a grain of salt (oops, there's another use for salt) you'll probably walk away from this book with a total of 1,200 interesting uses for ordinary stuff and most of those your grandmother might be able to tell you. If you have a sense of humor, the book is worth the price of about one penny a really useful hint/tip.
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