Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Finding Senior Discounts by Lee Doppelt

Check out the August 2012 issue of

The Dollar Stretcher Magazine

Finding Senior Discounts by Lee Doppelt (aka Debra Karplus)

I welcome your comments.

Working at Home - Dollar Stretcher Magazine, August 2012

The August issue of

The Dollar Stretcher Magazine

has arrived

Look my for article

Working at Home

 on pages 17 - 18

I welcome your comments.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Finding Cheap Airfares by Lee Doppelt

http://www.stretcher.com/stories/12/12aug20g.cfm

Check out my latest article in

The Dollar Stretcher

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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Pumice

The Many Uses of Pumice
by Debra Karplus
     Materials which occur in the natural world, opposed to man-made synthetics, are truly gifts to all living beings on earth.  Pumice is a type of rock with a wide variety of uses; from construction to cosmetic, the versatility of this stone is truly amazing.  Made from igneous rock, not sedimentary or metamorphic, pumice rock is full of holes and comes from volcanic rock, lava, and gases, and forms during explosive eruptions as it mixes with water and then cools quickly.  Because it is porous, pumice will float on water making it an interesting material to utilize.
     Commercially and in industry, pumice is a resource with a multitude of uses.  Because pumice mixes well with other materials, it is sometimes used to make a lightweight concrete or it can be added to cement.  It is often used as an abrasive in various types of polishes, and is also an ingredient used in the manufacturing of pencil erasers.  Some sources state that as far back as ancient Roman times, innovative uses for pumice rock were discovered.
     Don’t be surprised if you find pumice stone packaged and shelved on a visit to the grocery, pharmacy cosmetic department, or hardware store, also.  Pumice stones are commonly used as exfoliates to assist in shedding excess dry skin. Because it is a mild abrasive, pumice is finely ground as an ingredient in many tooth pastes, and is in heavy-duty hand cleaners often sold commercially as lava soap. Additionally, pumice aids in the production of stone-washed blue jeans, those faded pants that appear to be aged but are purchased as new, never-worn clothing.
     Natural resources must always be treated with respect.  Geologists are working diligently to learn to understand and experiment with more possible applications for lava rock such as pumice; traditional Chinese medicine claims that pumice has many healing qualities.  Perhaps someday, mainstream modern medical practices in America will discover and embrace new uses for pumice to supplement current commonly-used treatments.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Number Two Pencils

Number Two Pencils are the Number One Choice
by Debra Karplus
     For most of the years that a student is in school, from kindergarten through senior year in high school, pencils, specifically number 2 pencils, are on every school supply list each year.  So, why are number 1 or number 3, or some other type of pencil not acknowledged by educators?   The pencil numbering system grades the firmness of the writing part of the pencil.  People assume that pencils are made from lead, but the part of the pencil that makes the mark is actually graphite, a mineral that comes from a rock rich in carbon. 
     There’s a worldwide system that grades the hardness of the pencil, 9H being the hardest; 8H is less hard and so no, down to F, a medium grade pencil.  The pencils get softer on the B scales, with 9B being the softest writing pencil.  In the United States, the grading system is less precise; number 1 pencils are the softest, number 4 are the hardest, with numbers 2, 2 1/2, and number 3 as medium grade softness pencils.
     Number 2 pencils are the most commonly used in everyday life, in offices and schools, and for answering questions on standardized tests that are machine-graded and specifically recognize the marks of number 2 pencils for scoring.   Number 1 pencils are frequently and are used by artists.  Their softness allows for technique, especially utilized by people for sketching, which is difficult to accomplish with the
     Number 4 pencils have their value with engineers, architects and other professionals who perform designing and drafting; the hardness of these pencils allows for very sharp lines.   Though the dissimilarity between the different grades of pencil may appear subtle to the novice, experts can immediately recognize the differences when tending to a task.  If you have the opportunity to experiment with a number 4 or number 1 pencil, you, too, may notice the difference in the hardness and precision of the marks they create.




Museum of Jurassic Technology

Museum that will keep you Wondering
by Debra Karplus
     Is a trip to the Los Angeles area located in scenic and sunny southern California in your plans?  The Getty Museum, Disneyland, Hollywood Bowl, studio tours, and the numerous recreational activities at the expansive stretch of beach, such as swimming and boating, are popular tourist spots.  But, The Museum of Jurassic Technology will spark your curiosity; it’s definitely worth putting at the top of your vacation to-do list.  Easily reached by the city’s public buses, the unassuming, unpretentious museum building on Venice Boulevard is located in a commercial neighborhood beside restaurants and shops.    
     When you ponder what you might discover at a Jurassic museum, you typically imagine dinosaurs or perhaps sites representative of the geologic Jurassic period that existed about one million years ago.  The museum name is perhaps a misnomer.  The museum professes to be one of natural history rather than science or art; but as you saunter through the two-story building you will likely feel challenged to notice a commonality between the many intriguing exhibits.
     The museum’s website claims that it is an educational institution whose mission is to advance knowledge and public appreciation of the lower Jurassic period, by serving as a specialized repository for relics and artifacts.  There are numerous fascinating permanent exhibits such as the fruit-stove carving or the Horn of Mary Davis of Saughall.  The many temporary exhibits like the Floral Stereo radiographs of Albert G. Richards or the exhibit entitled The World is Bound with Secret Knots will captivate your attention.
     You’ll be curious before you attend the Museum of Jurassic Technology, but perhaps more puzzled after your visit to this obscure, off-the-beaten-path treasure.  The arbitrariness of the collections at this relatively unknown Los Angeles resource will stimulate thought-provoking conversation long after you return home from your visit.  It’s enjoyable and satisfying to explore places that are commonly visited, but vacationing in relatively unusual spots can be truly entertaining and guaranteed to create many fine long-lasting memories.

Mobiles

The Wonderment of the Mobile and Alexander Calder 
by Debra Karplus
     You may have noticed an alert and playful infant entertained, amused, and intrigued by a colorful mobile mounted within reach above the baby crib.  The child might have been cooing contentedly while examining, batting at, and manipulating the components of the mobile overhead as they twirled lazily.  Much more than just a baby plaything, the mobile is actually an art form, known as kinetic art, which originated in France around 1913.
      This type of specialized three-dimensional moving sculpture gained popularity in the United States during the 1950s and 1960s.  The main characteristic of mobiles is their suspended moveable components which seem to float, and must be very carefully balanced to facilitate proper movement. Mobiles can be made from a wide variety of materials such as wood, metal, or plastic.  Air currents from the wind or other source, or motor power such as a fan or blower can be utilized to set their parts in motion; kinetic art is different from other types of sculptures because of this movement.
     American sculptor of the 1930s, Alexander Calder was masterful with his three dimensional artistic masterpieces. Though he produced jewelry, tapestries, painting, lithographs, miniature wire circus figures, non-moving sculptures referred to as stabiles, and art using various materials, the creations that perhaps brought Calder the most fame were his mobiles.  The National Gallery of Art in Maryland displays some of his work; but other museum, such as the American Visionary Art Museum in Boston, also have extensive collections of kinetic art. 
     With supplies you may already have, you can design and assemble your own simple inexpensive mobile by using a metal coat hanger or firm wire to support the mobile, paper for the moving components, and string or yarn to hang these parts.  There are books, websites, and videos that provide specific ideas and instructions for making your own mobile at home.  Mobiles have become more innovative since the early kinetic masterpieces of Alexander Calder and his contemporaries.


    

Friday, August 10, 2012

Animal Photography

Animal Photography Tips by Debra Karplus
     The photographs of animals in books and magazines and images of animals in motion on television or in movies are fascinating.  Have you ever wondered how professional photographers capture the beauty of living beings from the animal kingdom? Expert animal photographers have mastered the skills required for some of the most challenging jobs such as photographing active beasts in the wild.  Though a technical or four-year college degree in photography from a university or specialized art school is advantageous, many successful animal photographers have become accomplished artisans without formal training.
     The pros recommend a zoo as the perfect location to observe the habits of animals and practice shooting them with a camera.  Fast shutter speed is essential for taking pictures of animals in motion  Film cameras used by the experts, opposed to digital cameras,  typically provide more options including selection of a quicker shutter speed, and a tripod is necessary for stabilizing the camera.  The pros always use a zoom lens so that the animal’s eyes will appear in every photo; they avoid using a flash as that might frighten the creature.
     Expert animal photographers always plan in advance what they desire to capture on film.  They know that animals are less active between eleven o’clock in the morning and three in the afternoon, so they have the gumption to wake early to capture the most desirable images.  Since they have studied specific animal’s behavior on site, such as an animal that startles easily, they can anticipate the optimal time and place for creating a superb photo. They are willing to be very patient and demonstrate perseverance by taking numerous photos to assure the optimal composition.
     Professional photographers avoid placing their own safety at risk when photographing animals, in any setting.  By becoming familiar with the habits of a living being they can choreograph their movements and position to create the perfect photo composition without danger.  Their tips are apropos for every aspiring animal photographer.

    
    

    
    

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Solar Heating

The Sunny Side of Solar Heating
Can solar heating your home save you money?
By Debra L. Karplus

 “I was too early on solar power—let’s not be too late”, states Robert Redford, well-known actor, director and environmental activist.   Redford appears to have a clear perspective on home heating needs for today.  Solar heating is a concept whose time has perhaps arrived, in this era of the world’s diminishing natural resources and individual’s evaporating savings. 

If you live in an area where the weather can sometimes become uncomfortably hot, you may have heard people joke that “it’s so hot you can fry eggs on the sidewalk”.  Probably you’ve never actually seen or heard of someone trying to prepare food in this seemingly absurd way, but in reality, solar energy, that is, energy from the sun, has been used for centuries.  Your grandmother may have dried the bed sheets on a clothesline on sunny days or possibly dehydrated food to preserve it by using the powerful heat of the sun.  Today the technology is more sophisticated than in the years past.

Passive and active solar heating are the two methods for heating your home from the sun’s energy.

The basic concept of solar heating is simply that solar energy is converted into useful energy that can be used for home heating. Like most any methods for heating your home, it works most efficiently when the home has adequate insulation.  Passive solar heating can be direct or indirect and takes advantage of the local climate, using sunlight without mechanical systems; thus the name “passive”.

Active solar heating captures the sun’s energy, solar radiation, collects it, and absorbs it using a system specifically designed to actively solar heat your home. It uses solar panels called photovoltaic (PV) cells.  You may have noticed these funny-looking large rectangular window-like pieces sitting above the roof of a house in your neighborhood.  There are other components to this mechanical system, some installed outside and some installed inside the house near your current furnace, that heat the liquid or air that is absorbed in solar panels.  Besides these components to the system, you’ll need a thermostat for indoors that is more complex that the device you currently use for your indoor gas heat.  An active solar heating system can provide about forty to eighty percent of your home’s heat.

Your system should be professional installed by experienced experts trained in active solar training.  

You can search the Internet to locate installers in your area.  Some companies that deal in home heating and air conditioning systems also have the materials and the skill to install an active solar heating system in your home.  Or ask someone in your community who uses solar heating, for some recommendations of competent installers.

What specific materials you need for your home varies dependent on you climate, house size and its design.  Expect initial costs to be approximately thirty to eighty dollars per square foot, several thousand dollars for the system, installed with a warranty, perhaps ten years, on labor and parts.

There are some minimal ongoing costs to keep your active solar heating system operating properly.
The yearly cost of maintaining your system should be notably cheaper than your expense to exclusively heat your home with a gas furnace.  The company that installs your system should be able to provide service to inspect it annually.  They should inspect system parts, look for leaks, and carefully scrutinize the condition of your roof.

Before installing an active solar heating system for your home, you should consider a few other logistical issues.

Contact your city or county office to be certain that your solar heating system will be in compliance with local municipal building and zoning codes.  Check to see if your roof has the capacity to handle the heavy load of solar panels.  Also, be certain that the company that manages your home owner’s insurance knows about the system and will insure it.  Finally, peruse the website of the Internal Revenue Service, IRS, at www.irs.gov to see if your solar system will be eligible for any tax credits on IRS form 5695, Residential Energy Credits that is filed with your IRS 1040 income tax form. 

Heating your home using solar energy is something your may want to explore in terms of feasibility and yearly savings.  There are numerous helpful websites that explain how solar heating works.  Or contact an installer in your area.  Solar heat may be the perfect way for you to stretch more dollars.




Writing about Writing

  • Freelancewriting.com, 2014, 08/01, Magazine Writing Business
  • Freelancewriting.com, 2014, 12/01, Writing Opportunities
  • Freelancewriting.com, 2015, 01/16, Teaching Writing Classes
  • Freelancewriting.com, 2015, 03/01, Query letters
  • Freelancewriting.com, 2015, 04/01, Marketing Agent
  • Freelancewriting.com, 2015, 05/06, New Markets
  • Freelancewriting.com, 2015, 07/20, Growing an Idea Bank
  • Freelancewriting.com, 2015, 07/20, Online Presence
  • Freelancewriting.com, 2016, 07/18, SEO-Friendly Writing

History, genealogy and research articles

  • Ancestry Magazine, September 2008, Still No Bill
  • Champaign County Historical Museum Newsletter, Summer 2007, House with a Life of its Own
  • Family Chronicle Magazine, Mar/Apr 2014, Canadian Jewish Genealogy
  • Grand Magazine, Nov 9, 2012, Genealogy with your Grandchildren
  • Inside Glenview Magazine, December 2013, Genealogy Glenview Style
  • Prime Life Times, November 2013, Getting Started in Genealogy
  • Untangling your Jewish Roots, on amazon.com

Writing for children or about children

  • Essay writing for a major national testing organization
  • Fun for Kidz Magazine, Friends with Disabilities, the visually impaired student at school, July 2013
  • Grand Magazine: Debbie's Secret Diary, Feb 25, 2013
  • Grand Magazine: Fun in Hamilton County Indiana, Jun 11, 2013
  • Grand Magazine: Fun in Hamilton County Indiana, Jun 11, 2013
  • Grand Magazine: Letter Writing, Jan 23, 2013
  • Grand Magazine: Mothers & Daughters, Mar 29, 2013
  • Grand Magazine: Nursing Grandchild, Apr 29, 2013
  • Grand Magazine: Poem for my Grandson, Feb 27, 2013
  • Grand Magazine: Safety at Grandma's, Feb 25, 2013
  • Grand Magazine: Volunteering, Jan 23, 2013
  • Grand Magazine: Bullying, Jan 3, 2013
  • Grand Magazine: Children's Museums: Jan, 3, 2013
  • Grand Magazine: Creative Writing w/your Grandchildren, June 27, 2012
  • Grand Magazine: Don't let your Grandchild Make you Sick, June 7, 2012
  • Grand Magazine: Fun in Central Illinois w/Grandkids, July 7, 2012
  • Grand Magazine: Fun things to do at Grandma's, June 4, 2012
  • Grand Magazine: Genealogy with your Grandchildren, November 9, 2012
  • Grand Magazine: Gift that keeps on Giving, June 26, 2012
  • Grand Magazine: Girls Just Want to Have Funds, July 7, 2012
  • Grand Magazine: Grand Times at the Public Library, July 7, 2012
  • Grand Magazine: Homespun Activities w/your Grandchild, June 27, 2012
  • Grand Magazine: School Pictures, Jan 4, 2013
  • Grand Magazine: Substitute teaching, Feb, 20, 2013
  • Grand Magazine: Vegetarian Grandchidlren, July 13, 2012
  • on amazon.com: Creative Writing Class for Children

Therapy publications by Debra Karplus

  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2004, 09/06, OT Bedside Manner Could Use Improvement
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 01/16, OT: Then & Now
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 01/20, Why Occupational Therapy?
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 01/27, Yoga & OT
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 02/04, Wheelchair Wonders
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 02/10, Home visit safety
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 02/17, Cursive writing
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 02/21, Grandmotherly advice
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 02/28, Mainstreaming for Special Ed
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 03/10, Disability Etiquette
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 03/17, Equestrian Therapy
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 03/24, Advertising OT
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 03/31, Lessons Learned
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 04/08, President with a Disability
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 04/14, Wheelchair Evolution
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 04/21, Favorite Patients
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 04/28, Rural OT
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 05/05, Bipolar Disorder
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 05/12, Splints
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 05/19, Willard and Spackman
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 05/27, Industrial Evaluations,
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 06/02, Presentations to Students
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 06/09, Insurance rules!
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 06/12, Working vacation for OTs
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 06/16, Drivers Ed and OT
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 06/23, Male OTs
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 06/30, Recruiters
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 07/07, Tattoos
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 07/14, Eleanor Clarke Slagle
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 07/21, The ADA
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 07/28, PhD in OT?
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 08/04, Handicapped parking
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 08/11, Squeamish OT
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 08/18, Gardening (tomatoes)
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 08/25, Manual Muscle Test
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 09/02, Medical Marijuana
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 09/08, Defining OT
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 09/15, Dress code
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 09/22, OT training?
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 09/29, Travelling OT
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 10/06, ADHD & OT
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 10/13, Stigma of Little School Bus
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 10/20, Malpractice
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 10/27, Disability Resource Expo
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 11/03, Voting & disability
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 11/10, PRN work & holidays
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 11/17, Staying well at work
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 11/24, Service Dogs
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2015, 03/18, Confidentiality
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2015, 04/09, Disability & Mr Magoo
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2015, 05/19, OT and Wii
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2015, 05/26, COPD & OT
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2015, 06/16, Singing & OT
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2015, 06/23, Father's Day reminder
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2015, 06/30, Online OT?
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2015, 07/07, Choose health career & debt
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2015, 07/13, Lou Gehrig's Disease
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2015, 07/20, Backpacks
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2015, 07/28, Fishing & ADA
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2015, 08/04, Give credit
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2015, 08/10, Getting along
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2015, 08/17, Mindfulness
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2015, 08/26, Aquatics
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2015, 08/31, Fall prevention
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2015, 09/09, Mom's advice
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2015, 09/16, Respecting disabled
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2015, 09/22, Laughter Yoga
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2015, 09/30, Bike helmets
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2015, 10/16, Joint pain & baby boomers
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2015, 10/27, Helmets for falls
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2015, 10/30, ALS eliminated
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2015, 11/10, Wheelchair sports
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2016, 01/12, English Learners
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2016, 01/18, Therapy on wheels
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2016, 01/26, Body mechanics
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2016, 02/01, Chair yoga
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2016, 02/08, Stroke & memory
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2016, 02/17, Spinal stenosis
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2016, 02/22, Explaining disability
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2016, 03/03, Health fairs
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2017, 01/05, OT for daily tasks
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2017, 01/09, Aging in place
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2017, 01/20, Reflections one-handed
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2017, 01/26, Dog OT
  • American Journal of Occupational Therapy, February 1994, Older Adults with Developmental Disabilities
  • American Journal of Occupational Therapy, June, 1989, Activites Handbook and Instructor's Guide
  • American Journal of Occupational Therapy, November 1994, ADL Evaluations in Long Term Care Facilities
  • Grand Magazine, June 12, 2012, Your Grandchild with ADHD
  • Grand Magazine, June 12, 2012, Your Grandchild with Asperger Syndrome
  • Grand Magazine, May 11, 2012, Your Grandchild with a Physical Disability
  • Grand Magazine, November 12, 2012, Grandchild with Developmental Disability
  • Grand Magazine, October 8, 2012, Your Grandchild & Special Education
  • Item writing for a therapy testing organization
  • Journal of Rehabilitation, July 1994, Invaluable Guide to Life after Stroke
  • Occupational Therapy Forum, April 3,1989, Wheelchair Accessibility
  • Occupational Therapy Forum, July 22,1994, Psychosocial Impact of Stroke on the Family
  • Occupational Therapy Forum, May 29,1989, The Self-Employed Occupational Therapist
  • Prime Life Times, March, 2014, Working with an OT
  • Prime Life Times, March, 2016, Bathroom Safety at Home
  • The Therapist in Business: an Introduction to Private Practice, a book published by Cross Country, 2005
  • writer for National Board Certifying Occupational Therapists (NBCOT)

Family, home and lifestyle articles by Debra Karplus or Lee Doppelt

  • Amazon.com, Finding Free Firewood
  • Back Home Magazine, November 2008, Scavenge for Firewood
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2009, 09, Your Kitchen: a Food Factory
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2010, 02, Food plus Family plus Friends
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2010, 03, Avoiding Layoffs
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2010, 04, Benefits of Volunteering
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2010, 09, Free Firewood
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2010, 10, Dumpster Diving with Panache
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2010, 11, Home Safe Home
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2010, 12, Bartering
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2011, 01,Those Who Can,Teach
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2011, 02, Tots & Tools
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2011, 03, IRA or Roth
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2011, 04, Resale Shops
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2011, 05, Get Paid for Research
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2011, 06, Roadside Assistance Plans
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2011, 08, Managing your Banking
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2011, 09, Cutting Back on Tree Trimming
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2011, 10, Should You Be Alarmed?
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2011, 11, Non-Traditional Housing
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2011, 11, Opting for Co-ops
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2012, 01, Be a Smarter Patient
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2012, 03, Save Money with a Motorcycle
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2012, 04, Farmers Market Selling
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2012, 05, Habitat Store
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2012, 05, Mulching
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2012, 06, Seven Habits of Frugal People
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2012, 07, Magic with Molasses
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2012, 07, Rain Gardens
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2012, 08, Senior Discounts
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2012, 08, Work at Home
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2012, 09, Composting
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2012, 10, Finding Cheap Airfares
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2012, 10, Soybeans
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2012, 12, Income from Direct Sales
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2013, 02, Mattresses
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2013, 03, Discount Airlines
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2013, 09, Baby Toys to Make
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2013, 10, Affordable Fences
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2013, 10, Buying a Chainsaw
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2013, 11, Cast Iron Cookware
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2014, 01, Carpeting purchase
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2014, 02, Community College
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2014, 02, Home Safety Improvements
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2014, 03, Income Tax Preparation
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2014, 03, Kale
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2014, 04, Lawn mower purchase
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2014, 05, Pet Sitters
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2014, 06, Car Rental Free
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2014, 06, Care Management for Elderly Parents
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2014, 07, Selling Stuff Online
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2014, 08, Services at Reduced Cost
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2014, 08, Zoo & Garden Membership
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2014, 09, Washing Machines
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2014, 10, Catering Cheap
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2014, 12, Flowers sent
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2015, 01, Auto loans
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2015, 03, Buying smart
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2015, 03, String trimmers
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2015, 06, Wedding out of town
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2015, 06, Who pays?
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2015, 07, Driveways
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2015, 08, Lottery playing
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2015, 09, Rent-free living
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2015, 10, Frugal or cheap?
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2015, 10, Winter clothes
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2015, 12, Dental scams
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2015, 12, Housing for adult kids
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2016, 01, Frugal not Poor
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2016, 02, Free college
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2016, 02, Retirement employment
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2016, 04, Self employment
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2016, 09, Lottery
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2016, 09, Moving experience
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2016, 11, Drapes & Curtains
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2017, 02, House for sale
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2017, 03, Garden labor-free
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2017, 03, House purchase
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2017, 04, Bicycle Maintenance
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2017, 04, Refrigerators
  • Dollar Stretcher, 2009, 12, Simplify Your Financial Life
  • Dollar Stretcher, 2010, 06, Special Breaks for Aspiring Teachers
  • Dollar Stretcher, 2011, 05/11, Essential Appliances
  • Dollar Stretcher, 2011, 07/04, Water Problems
  • Dollar Stretcher, 2011, 08/22, Vegetarian Diet
  • Dollar Stretcher, 2011, 11,11, Gutter Cleaning
  • Dollar Stretcher, 2012, 01/10, Buying Tires
  • Dollar Stretcher, 2012, 01/10, Wood Heat
  • Dollar Stretcher, 2012, 02/06, Nursing Home Insurance
  • Dollar Stretcher, 2012, 05/07, Uses for Palletts
  • Dollar Stretcher, 2012, 09/03, Wedding Planners
  • Dollar Stretcher, 2012, 10/22, Reading Cheap
  • Dollar Stretcher, 2012, 11/18, Mystery Shopping
  • Dollar Stretcher, 2012, 11/23, Make Money by Blogging
  • Dollar Stretcher, 2013, 01/24, Meals while Travelling
  • Dollar Stretcher, 2013, 02/13, Auto advertising
  • Dollar Stretcher, 2013, 02/25, Vacuum Cleaners
  • Dollar Stretcher, 2013, 05/06, Breastfeeding
  • Dollar Stretcher, 2013, 05/31, Travel Insurance
  • Dollar Stretcher, 2013, 07/05, Spices & Health
  • Dollar Stretcher, 2013, 07/20, Emergency room visits
  • Dollar Stretcher, 2013, 07/23, Bicycle Shopping
  • Dollar Stretcher, 2013, 07/23, Home Project Management
  • Dollar Stretcher, 2013, 07/23, Kitchen Stoves
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