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Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things: 2,317 Ways to Save Money and Time Paperback – March 22, 2007
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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
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Could use more descriptive recipes or directions on how to use "things".Published 9 months ago by Brenda K. Holland
I first got the book from the library. But there are so many good hints in it, that I bought it,Published 10 months ago by Fran H