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Centsible Mom: Simple solutions for everyday tasks

Centsible Mom: Simple solutions for everyday tasks

Life hacks are simple, inexpensive solutions to everyday problems.

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Paperclip forkHow many times have you forgotten your fork when packing a lunch for work? I do this at least twice a week. Well, never fear, you can make one out of a pen, paperclips and tape. It’s kind of goofy, but if you’re desperate, we won’t judge. Just be careful. Paperclips are sharp. …

August 26, 2014 3:00 pm
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Desk organizerWho wants to spend a bunch of money on an organizer for an office or kid’s desk? With a little creativity, you can recycle empty toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls and a box to create a desk caddy.How-toWhat you’ll need: Empty toilet paper or paper towel rolls (how many will…

August 26, 2014 1:57 pm
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iPhone projectorAccording to the Internet, you can make a projector that works so well you can watch movies on it, with an iPhone, shoe box and magnifying glass. I was intrigued by the thought. However, when I tried it, I was a little disappointed. It works well enough if you want to trace s…

August 26, 2014 1:50 pm
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Cookbook hangerThis is one of the most simple solutions I’ve seen. If you’re out of counter space and need a place for the recipe you’re preparing, this definitely will work in a pinch.How-toWhat you’ll need: A pants hanger, a cookbook or recipe and a cabinet handle.What to do: Place your ha…

August 26, 2014 1:52 pm
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Gardening scoopIf you ever need a scoop for soil or anything else, and happen to have an empty milk jug, you can turn it into a scoop in about two minutes.How-toWhat you’ll need: Empty milk jug, marker and scissors or knife.What to do: Draw your shape. I drew a circle around the top of the h…

August 26, 2014 1:48 pm
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DIY iPhone speakersI never would have thought an empty paper towel roll and paper cups could act as a speaker for my iPhone. But, it works nicely. Obviously, you are not going to get deep bass, but if you’re looking for a simple way to amplify the sound on your smart phone, this is perfect.H…

August 26, 2014 1:49 pm
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Soda tab picture hangerI think this is my new favorite. It’s simple and it’s brilliant. How many of you have pictures waiting to be hung because you keep forgetting to buy the hardware? Well, if you have soda cans and screws, you’re in luck.How-toWhat you’ll need: Soda tab, screw, picture fr…

August 26, 2014 1:49 pm
East-side shop new player in gaming community

East-side shop new player in gaming community

The new game store caters to gamers and families.

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Free snacks at the library

Free snacks at the library

Woods Memorial Library, 3455 N. First Ave., will have free healthy snacks for school age kids from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. August 27 through the rest of the school year.

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Thrift store, consulting firm win small-business awards

Thrift store, consulting firm win small-business awards

The Planning Center and the Golden Goose Thrift Shop are the winners.

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Whole Foods reopens next week at Casas Adobes

Whole Foods reopens next week at Casas Adobes

The new store is twice the size, has food, beer.

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Tombstone's historic Union High School property for sale

Tombstone's historic Union High School property for sale

The property is listed for $2.2 million, but is a tough sell.

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Free job training help

Free job training help

If you or somebody need training to work in the high tech industries, you can get help enrolling in preparatory skills courses or certificate training programs through Pima County One Stop Career Center.

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Free Frozen fun at Bookmans

Free Frozen fun at Bookmans

"I like warm hugs."

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Tucson shop's 'smart' tables become virtual waitresses

Tucson shop's 'smart' tables become virtual waitresses

New coffee and desserts shop has touch-screen tables for gaming, menus. 

August 15, 2014 4:30 pm Photos

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Learn about Pima County's affordable home ownership program

Learn about Pima County's affordable home ownership program

Learn how to buy a home for only $1,500 out of pocket.

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Ganga deal on cleats

Ganga deal on cleats

The 3000 Club, 250 S. Toole Ave., has Nike football cleats in sizes 14 through 18 in a variety of styles for just $5. These are new in the box. You can pay with cash or check.

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Word of mouth, the new sign

Word of mouth, the new sign

The hard-to-find or speakeasy trend has made its way to Tucson.

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Word of mouth: the new sign

An urban trend — dubbed the hard-to-find or speakeasy trend — inspired by the signless speakeasies of the Prohibition era is making its way to Tucson from bigger cities like New York and Los Angeles.

August 08, 2014 3:01 pm
Get free bread Saturday

Get free bread Saturday

You can also get ten percent off everything in the thrift store.

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$2 admission to Children's Museum Tucson

$2 admission to Children's Museum Tucson

This month's 2nd Saturday is this coming weekend.

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Eegee's raises over $268,000 for 2 charities

Eegee's raises over $268,000 for 2 charities

Interfaith Community Services and Tucson Wildlife Center are the recipients.

July 31, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Free car seats and backpacks at Kidz Expo

Free car seats and backpacks at Kidz Expo

After attending a class, parents receive a free car seat.

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Tucson Family Dollar store fined for pricing violations

Tucson Family Dollar store fined for pricing violations

Violations include failure to post prices and overcharging, state says. 

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Rebate offered to teachers shopping at Walmart

Rebate offered to teachers shopping at Walmart

Teachers can get ten percent rebate on school supplies at Walmart.

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Pencils

Pencils

Teachers can receive a 25 percent discount at Staples.

July 25, 2014 4:14 pm
Huge consignment sale on clothing and toys

Huge consignment sale on clothing and toys

Sale runs through Saturday at the Tucson Convention Center.

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Free online streaming service

Free online streaming service

If you like independent movies, you can watch them for free with Pima County Public Library's new online streaming service.

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LE Martin Mendoza

LE Martin Mendoza

July 21, 2014 10:34 am
Visitors to Saguaro National Park boost local economy

Visitors to Saguaro National Park boost local economy

The impact was more than $41 million last year, new report says.

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Centsible Mom: Scammers run rampant, with no recourse

Centsible Mom: Scammers run rampant, with no recourse

Somebody hacked our FedEx account to ship fraudulent checks.

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Free eats for kids

Free eats for kids

Coco's Bakery Restaurant is having a "kids eat free" special.

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Check scam

Check scam

As you can see from this check, it can be difficult to tell the difference between a real one and a fake. I blocked out Sanchez's address and the account number at the bottom. The only red flag on this would have been who it was from. If you receive a check with strange info on it, you shoul…

July 17, 2014 4:00 pm
Batman's 75th anniversary event at Barnes & Noble

Batman's 75th anniversary event at Barnes & Noble

Get Pop Cultured events at Barnes & Noble are free to attend.

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Free money

Free money

Don't be so quick to toss that junk mail.

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Dollar

Dollar

Don't be so quick to toss that junk mail. It could have money in it.

July 15, 2014 2:27 pm
Monsoons keeping tree services busy

Monsoons keeping tree services busy

Uprooted trees and scattered debris kept some businesses extra busy yesterday.

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Centsible Mom: Save on back-to-school shopping

Centsible Mom: Save on back-to-school shopping

We've done a price check in Tucson to help you find deals.

July 13, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Free health and safety fair for kids K-12

Free health and safety fair for kids K-12

Activities include meeting police officers and free school supplies.

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Market on the Move, July 12

Market on the Move, July 12

You can still get up to 60 pounds of produce for a $10 donation at Market on the Move, but there's only one location.

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Update: Rincon Market will reopen tomorrow

Update: Rincon Market will reopen tomorrow

Refrigeration failure forced the store to close today.

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Free slurpees for 7-Eleven day

Free slurpees for 7-Eleven day

There will also be a full week of daily giveaways. 

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17 Fall Programs

17 Fall Programs

Crayons illustrate the arts programs in the Daily Star Fall Programs listings. Photo illustration by Angela Pittenger/Arizona Daily Star.

July 08, 2014 3:29 pm
Are you going back to school shopping this week?

Are you going back to school shopping this week?

If any of you are doing your back-to-school shopping this week, and would like to have your picture in the paper, I'd love to hear from you.

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Two retail stores closing on The Sunshine Mile

Two retail stores closing on The Sunshine Mile

Like with many small businesses, sales revenues declined when the recession hit. 

July 08, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Free comics, writing and art workshops at MegaMania!!

Free comics, writing and art workshops at MegaMania!!

The fourth annual comics and gaming convention, also known as, MegaMania!! is Saturday.

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Higher education

Higher education

July 03, 2014 1:02 pm
Fireworks shopping 101: What's legal, what's not

Fireworks shopping 101: What's legal, what's not

Knowing what's legal means you'll get the most bang for your buck.

July 03, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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