My family always goes the high end cruise route so that nothing is extra unless you want to do something ashore, make a purchase on the ship, go to the casino, or go to the spa. RSSC includes air, tips, meals, real room service if that's your option, restaurants, transfers, excursions, alcohol...it's worth saving up… » 12/15/14 7:27pm Monday 7:27pm

Depending on the size and material, baking soda works great. One way would be to fill the object or bury it in the baking soda and cover. It may take anywhere from an hour to day and the odor will be gone. You can also put the items inside of a large clear plastic tub and then put containers of baking soda or vinegar… » 9/12/14 11:38am 9/12/14 11:38am

Legally speaking, there must be something in the signed contract regarding physical behavior. Football may seem wild leaning but I understand that there are tons of rules players must adhere to. It seems that he went from hand slap to being used at the bar for the tipping point. No person should be putting their hands… » 9/08/14 3:36pm 9/08/14 3:36pm

This is great. I only wish I hadn't had to learn most of these the hard way over the last few years. I have found quinoa and coconut flour to be wonderful replacements for everything from a gravy to thickener to coating for fish. Raw coconut nectar and stevia have also become staples in the kitchen. » 8/20/14 12:34pm 8/20/14 12:34pm

On the news they'd announced that they were going to announce the officer's name because it was a matter of local law to do so not because the public wanted to know. They created a more dangerous situation for everyone by going back on what they'd originally promised to legally carry out. I'm hoping no one else is… » 8/13/14 3:42pm 8/13/14 3:42pm

I make a prime rib roast in the slow cooker every year. I typically brown it first on the stove top about 5 minutes each side and place it on a bed of sliced onions and a couple of those muschroom mixtures. I usually soak that puppy a day before in a shot each of scotch, rum, bourbon, pepper blend, and a little sea… » 8/12/14 3:56pm 8/12/14 3:56pm

My friends and I cooked weekly with a budget of $45 -$55 which would include 3 meals and 2 snacks and one free option. This included our pantry of seasonings and herbs, a mix of fresh and frozen, meat/fish/seafood, veggies, and a grain like quinoa. One week one of the girls had a donation from her sister of healthy… » 7/30/14 9:35am 7/30/14 9:35am

Interesting list. I always try to tip in cash. People over the years who work and get tips have told me there are a variety of rules depending on the establishment from pooling of tips by all staff, pooling by waitstaff and then sharing with the busser, the house taking a cut of tips including those put on credit,… » 6/18/14 11:39am 6/18/14 11:39am

Interesting. I'm older so reading was more practical when I was younger. My mom would have me read daily stock quote, weather, something from sports (I later found out she liked no sports), and something I considered strange. This was an every morning occurrence so I'd learn to how to spell things, find things,… » 6/13/14 1:43pm 6/13/14 1:43pm

All I know is that the darker the hard liquor or more sugar which the darker ones seem to have the more likely I am to have a hangover the next day. If I stick with a dry wine or drink with little to no mixer or dark alcohol, I'm fine. I was always told to have one glass of water for every drink. Back in college I… » 6/13/14 11:27am 6/13/14 11:27am

It's paid off by sharing the membership. My mom, bff, and myself usually split the fee and we can share the cost of groceries over the year. I'm in a 2 person household, my mom in a single, and my bff is a family of 4. She can find things for her large family's gatherings in one place, gas up in the neighboring state… » 6/06/14 9:14am 6/06/14 9:14am

Heard such nightmares but the best piece of advice I got was to never, ever file taxes together (with or without children) if you don't know absolutely everything. One buddy had her entire payroll check snatched by the government because her husband had unpaid student loans. She had no idea and he never thought it was… » 5/16/14 2:10pm 5/16/14 2:10pm

A friend only deals with the finance manager. She said ultimately he's the only one empowered to get that vehicle off the lot and into your hands no matter the deal versus the middleman salesman. She said if they want to use the gatekeeper, she simply walks out. It's the way she's bought the last 3 vehicles over the… » 5/16/14 2:06pm 5/16/14 2:06pm

Totally if you save and budget for it. I usually do it for the holidays. I can be out doing what I need to do getting groceries for the angry hoardes, with relatives and friends that are seldom in town, and get the luxury of a clean home. Very relaxing and they do a deep clean not a 15 minute spiff up. Yes some of us… » 4/30/14 11:08am 4/30/14 11:08am

For margaritas, I keep it simple...fresh lime juice, ice, tequila, and a few dashes of stevia to sweeten. No hangover. No digestion issues. No loopy after syrup sip feeling. Otherwise I like an occasional Magners, a nice malbec, or vodka with club soda and a slice of lemon, lime, and orange. My friend carries those… » 4/21/14 12:49pm 4/21/14 12:49pm

Phytates, saponins (may have misspelled that one), and nutritional enhancement in terms of digestion and vitamins/minerals is increased with soaking or sprouting. There's nothing like steel cut oats soaked overnight versus cooked straight out the box. Soaking does make a time difference. » 4/10/14 11:38am 4/10/14 11:38am

Home owners can contact state and local agencies for help as well. In Illinois there's NACA https://www.naca.com NACA Home Save Program, NHS of Chicago www.nhschicago.org/, Illinois Hardest Hit Fund (may be closed by now) and Illinois Foreclosure Prevention Network by visiting www.keepyourhomeillinois.org or calling… » 4/08/14 9:57am 4/08/14 9:57am