Helpful tips for March 2020 – bits and bytes for everyone

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Helpful tips for March 2020

In this issue:

General tips
Articles of the day
From the pages of Donna’s travel diary


General tips
Courtesy of the research team at

You need to remember that scams come in the following formats:
As emails, as phone calls both recorded and via a live caller, and o yes!
It can even show up at your door and in your mailbox.
And now they are targeting us through texts being sent to our cell phones.

Before giving you the latest scams making the rounds; we have some do nots
to share with you.
Do not respond to emails that look strange to you.
Do not download attachments from unknown senders.
Do not share your username and password to your online banking and any other
online payments facilities with anyone.
Do not give out any banking or personal details on the phone to unknown
Do not pay any attention to threats from automated phone recordings or from
live persons with regard to your credit card or that you owe money to any
revenue agency.
Do not entertain any offers either via email or by phone from senders and
callers offering incredible service packages as they may pertain to cable
and tv services, prizes that you have won, or any sort of any type of
service package.
Do not answer the door to unknown callers.
Take extra caution to make sure that the details of your credit cards and
debit cards are fully protected when you make payments at restaurants or at
stores, pharmacies, and elsewhere.
Do not enter your password for Facebook or Twitter in response to a text
request on your cell phone.
The same if you are asked for your Apple ID.
Do not fall prey to a text message telling you that your banking details
have been compromised online.

Scams of the month:
Well, we are now into income tax preparation season and here are some things
to be aware of.
Phone calls and emails telling you that you owe revenue agencies money or
that revenue agencies would like to contact you should all be ignored.
If you receive a phone call telling you that your credit card has been
charged and you know that the charges being referred to are not what you
know about then first check with your credit card company.
Do not be tempted to speak to anyone on this phone call.

About the Corona virus:
With this nasty disease/virus sweeping the world right now, you need to take
your precautions.
Wash hands each time you return from outdoors.
If you have flu like symptoms and have traveled to China recently or have
been in contact with someone who has either traveled to China recently or
has returned from China recently, then contact your nearest emergency
facility and stay at home.
You may want to seriously consider postponing or rescheduling your trip to
China be it a cruise or a visit.
Masks do not always help to protect you from germs.
Some masks are unable to prevent germs from invading your privacy.
Walk with your wet wipes and wet ones!

Speaking of wet wipes and wet ones:
Always keep them covered in order to have them stay nice and damp and moist.

About tomatoes?
They along with bananas contain a high level of potassium.

Another way to cook potatoes?
Place potato under the tap and make sure that it is wet all over.
Next, take a kitchen knife and make tiny holes all over the potato.
Next, rub oil all over the potato.
Then, place potato in a dish, place in microwave, and cook for about 6 and a
half minutes.
This is for large potatoes.
Cooking potatoes are preferable to be used here.

About sweet potatoes:
They are loaded with all kinds of great nutrients.
They are even better than your ordinary potatoes.

Want to sleep a bit better at night?
A glass of warm milk with a wee bit of brandy thrown in for good measure can
do the trick for you.


Articles of the day
Chosen by the Business Desk team

How to Make Ugly Soap Scum, Mildew and Water Marks Disappear Like Magic

Everyday Cheapskate
on behalf
of Everyday Cheapskate

We recently remodeled our kitchen with stainless appliances. We
have treated well water. The very first week we had a large water
stain in water dispenser area that I can’t get off. It looks terrible! Is
there anyway to remove it? Help! Pat

How do you remove hard water spots from shower doors? Diane

My shower mat has turned almost black. I have tried to clean it, but
unsuccessfully. Can you help me? Ronnie

Quite possibly one of the best tips to ever land my mailbox came from a guy
who is a professional property manager. He handles rental apartments, and
lots of them. As an apartment is vacated, his job is to see that it is
thoroughly cleaned and made ready for the next occupants.

He told me that the biggest challenge is always the bathroom, specifically
the tub and shower. He kindly left specific details up to my imagination but
let me know that “gross” is not strong enough to describe what he often
finds. And that’s when
he gave me his super magical potion-the only product he uses to return
showers, tubs, tile, enclosures, faucets and doors to their sparkling clean
and sanitized condition.

I gave his unbelievably simple recipe a try. In what has to be at least 20
years since I got that letter, I’ve used nothing else to clean tubs,
showers, sinks, toilets, patio furniture-just about anything that will stand
still long enough to get sprayed, and can be rinsed easily. This product
must be rinsed off.

To make your own Tub, Tile and Shower Cleaner you will need three things:
An empty spray bottle, Dawn dishwashing liquid (any variation as long as it
is Dawn and it is blue) and white vinegar.

TO MAKE: Pour one cup blue Dawn into a 32-ounce spray bottle (1/2 cup Dawn
if you are using a 16-ounce bottle). Fill the bottle to with white vinegar.
Apply sprayer top; shake gently to mix.

To Use: Spray liberally on the area to be cleaned. Allow to sit from 30
minutes up to overnight, depending on the severity of the problem. All ofthe
offensive gunk and grime will break down and become soft and gooey.
Simply rinse it away. For especially challenging situations-or if this is
the initial treatment-use a sponge or brush to gently scrub the surfaces
before rinsing.

TO TREAT MILDEW, MOLD. While the Tub, Tile and Shower Cleaner works to
loosen and remove most mildew, if you see a lot of black growth you will
want to pretreat with full strength liquid chlorine bleach before proceeding
as above.

CAUTION: Never, ever allow chlorine bleach to come in contact with other
products, especially vinegar. This could produce chlorine gas, which is

Don’t panic. Simply make sure you rinse the chlorine bleach away completely
before proceeding to clean with the homemade tub and tile cleaner.

TO MAINTAIN: Here’s the best thing about this cleaner-if you use it weekly
you will never have to scrub again. Here’s what I do: Once a week as I
shower, I spray down the walls, doors, tracks, faucets, shampoo
caddy-everything within reach with this magical cleaner. Before I step out,
I use the handheld sprayer to rinse it all away. No scrubbing required. It
dries sparkling clean without using a squeegee,
or wiping down with a towel. And not a water mark to be seen. Simply

I use this stuff in the kitchen, too-on my appliances, stainless steel sink
and faucets (never on the granite counter tops), but only where it can be
rinsed away.

That means I don’t spray it on the floor or into the air. That would create
a slippery, soapy mess.


How to make Shrimp Sauce
By Mary Hunt of Everyday Cheapskate

Dear Mary: Recently you gave us some fantastic recipes to make our own
sauces at home (It’s All About That Sauce!) But you missed one! How aboutthe
Sauce that only Japanese restaurants seem to have. Got a recipe for that?


Dear Matthew: You’ve put me through my paces since receiving your message.
And I have good news! I found it—Shrimp Sauce just about as close as you can
get at home. When you try this, let me know how it rates as compared to the
sauce in your favorite restaurant.

Shrimp Sauce

2 cups mayonnaise

1/2 cup water

1 teaspoon granulated white sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon garlic juice

4 teaspoons ketchup

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1 teaspoon hot sauce

1 teaspoon dry mustard

1 teaspoon paprika

3/4 teaspoon ground white pepper

Place all ingredients in a small bowl. Whisk together. Allow to sit in
refrigerator for a few hours before serving.


From the pages of Donna’s diary
Giving a tip at the restaurant

Over the years things have changed somewhat when it comes to how one gives a
tip at the restaurant. There used to be a time when one could give cash as
their tip but now this has changed drastically to include being able to give
it as part of one’s credit card payment or debit card payment.

Fine and well but this has also changed to include you having a choice to
give either a 10% or 15% tip or even something else. In addition, you could
pay with your credit card and give a tip in cash.

Now we find ourselves with yet another choice. This being that you can
choose to give a tip on top of a tip as more restaurants are now including a
10% tip on top of their bill when they bring it to your table.

We must not forget that one can also use their debit card when paying their
bill and include a tip either from their account or a cash tip.

Choices, choices!

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