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Look out! In the continuing tradition of my somewhat lame but strangely useful WFMW posts, I’m back with another gee-whiz-how-did-I-not-think-of-that-already tidbit to share. In the morning, I’m tired. At night, I’m tired. And when I’m tired, I don’t like to stand around and do another thing “the man” says I should do.

So, if I can floss sometime in the middle of the day during my ever-shrinking window of productivity, I’m so happy because I am thwarting gum disease AND I won’t have to do it at night when I just want to sneak my bra out the armhole of my shirt and roll over. (Yes, I do manage to brush my teeth at night. But flossing seems to be more than I can handle).

So, fellow lazy bones. Don’t floss at night and feel resentful. Floss at mid-day and feel smug. (All you three times a day happy-flossers need not comment. Just click away.)

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Shannon’s running a Greatest Hits edition of Works for me Wednesday today. This one, originally published in July 2007, is one of my faves. It ought to be fun to check out everyone’s favorite ideas.

A few years ago, my Bible study leader recommended keeping a 3X5 spiral notebook as a tool for scripture memorization. I have found this tip to be useful not only in improving my scripture memory, but also in deepening my relationship with God.

When I come across a verse that I want to learn or one that speaks to me, I write it in my spiral. I carry this spiral in my purse so that I can “study on it” when I have free time in the car (not while driving, of course) or while waiting somewhere. I have already filled two notebooks and am due for a third. I can often find the verse in my spiral quicker than I can locate it in my Bible (maybe that’s another project?!), so I’ve noticed I am sharing a lot more scripture with others. I also like to look back through the notebook and see how God has spoken through time with different verses; and I do repeat verses when they re-emerge as important during a particular season of life.

I am one of those people for whom writing things down makes them more real (thus, the blog…), so writing the verses down definitely adds to my knowledge and understanding of them. Works for me…and since you’re a bloggy person, maybe it’ll work for you too.

Works for Me Wednesday is hosted by Rocks in My Dryer.

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WFMW – get more lotion

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Picked up a great WFMW tip from my big sis on my trip home. If you cut the top off of hand lotion bottles (the tall ones that are designed to “stand” on their ends), you can get more lotion out with your fingers. She uses a clothes pin to clip them shut after she cuts them open. Haven’t tried it yet, but sounds like a great tip for all you frugal types out there.

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Well, you get a two-fer today, because I forgot it was backwards WFMW today. I was hoping you guys would tell me what your favorite frugal mommy blogs are. I’ve been wanting to increase my reading and perhaps posting in this area. Thanks for your help!

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WFMW – Organize your dishwasher

wfmwheader_16.jpgI forget (or would that be forgot? Shannon? Grammar police? anyone?) exactly where I got this little tip, but if you sort your silverware by type when you load your dishwasher, it makes putting the silverware away oh-so-much faster. I know…I admit, it’s a little crazy, a little anal; but very satisfying and efficient all the same. I don’t always do it, but when I do, I feel a little extra happy homemaker satisfaction. Works for me. Wanna try it?

I wrote this last week when I forgot it was backwards WFMW, so I’m linking it today.

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“Last Time” is my antidote to the “Do Agains” of the terrible twos and beyond. Granted, hearing that tiny giggle IS irresistible, but how many times can one adult shout “Boo!” before the thrill is gone? When I am on my last nerve, I sweetly sing out, “Last Time!” — giving my darling toddler the warning that he needs to end the fun gracefully. Go on, try it — and bow out of playtime, gracefully, while you still have a shred of your sanity.

For more tips and tricks, visit Shannon at Rocks in my Dryer

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Dear Internets,

I am seeking your collective wisdom about grocery shopping methods, strategies, and frugal tips. And more specifically, do you use ‘The Grocery Game?’ And if so, is it worth it?

I am on the last week of my $1 free trial, recommended by Jill at The Diaper Diaries. (She has some lovely tips on Frugal Fridays.) Although there are no double coupons where I live, and only a couple of grocery stores listed, I am enjoying the new store I found, and the new information that makes me feel like a more empowered shopper. I think I’ll keep trying it for awhile, but I’m not quite sure if it’s worth it.

What about you? Do you Grocery Game? Do you use Coupon Mom instead? (seemed very overwhelming when I peeked at it yesterday). Do you just chuck it all and shop at Aldi?  (which I really LOVE so I’m not sure how to combine my Aldi/Grocery Game strategy)

Or do you have your own top-secret-fool-proof-fail-safe system?

Enlighten me, Internets. I will hear and obey.

To share more of your collective wisdom, head on over to Rocks in My Dryer for BACKWARDs WFMW. 

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