The winner: Many spices in the “International” or “Hispanic” sections of some grocery stores are considerably lower than the same spices sold in the cooking/baking aisle. Not all spices are represented in the international sections, but those that are generally offer a sizable savings.
Ginny Perez, Charlotte
Note: Clever made a spot check at the Walmart in Belmont and confirmed this. For instance, a 2-ounce container of cumin was $1.15 in the Hispanic section, and $2.58 in the spice aisle. Garlic salt, paprika and several others spices were considerably cheaper as well. Shoppers at other chains should check for themselves.
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My mother has numerous doctors and a variety of medications. To keep up with them for those times we are asked what meds she takes, I’ve put the labels on a sheet of paper and scanned them into my phone. Now when asked, I can simply pull it up and print out a list of any changes. I’ve also done it with medical histories.
Mikki Burgess, Charlotte
Use drink mix containers to hold sunglasses
Empty plastic containers from soft-drink mixes make wonderful crush-proof holders for bulky sunglasses. They work great inside a purse, in the cup holder in a car, or in the water bottle slot of a backpack. Easy access to sunglasses and no lid needed.
Peggy Maiorano, Cornelius
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