A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned

A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned -
Benjamin Franklin

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Samsung BD-F5700 Blue Ray Player Turns on and Off Fix

My DVD Blue Ray Player which I mainly use to connect to Netflix suddenly began turning on and off.

Most items aren't worth paying the cost of repair because it is usually considerably more than buying new equipment so my advice is rather than throwing it away, try and fix it yourself. After all, you have nothing to lose.

According to most of the information I was able to glean from internet searches, the problem is with the manual controls on top of the player.

I found removing the cover to be difficult. There are two screws at the back but small notches on the sides. Once the cover is off you will find, on the bottom right hand side, a flat cable (mine was white) attached to the top cover. All you have to do is disconnect it and the player should work fine. However, you will have to rely on the remote to control the player.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Homemade Baby Wipes

There are several recipes online for homemade baby wipes.  The ones most commonly recommended is:

  1. Paper towels cut in half or thirds (Viva is the brand most suggested)
  2. Baby wipes container or air tight container that the towels will fit in
  3. 1 tbsp. melted coconut oil
  4. 1 tbsp. baby wash or natural shampoo
  5. 2 cups distilled water
  6. Few drops of baby oil

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Homemade Cotted Cream

No English tea party is complete without clotted cream. Below is a recipe I've used for years that is similar to the taste and consistency of clotted cream and works great with berries or scones. By the way there are two views on whether to put the jam or the cream on a scone first. If you are in Devon, it's cream first - in Cornwall the strawberry jam is spread first and then the cream.

Mock Clotted Cream
3 oz cream cheese
1 cup sour cream
3 tbsp. powdered sugar
1 cup heavy whipping cream

Mix first three ingredients together, add cream.
Beat until stiff (peaks stand up)

I'm not sure how long this will last in the refrigerator, I never seem to have any left to store.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Uses for Drawers

I found a new site this morning MyLove2Create.com. Hop on over and look at some great ideas to reuse items and save money. I thought this planter was a good use for an old drawer.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Comparing Credit Cards

Before opening a credit card account, take a look at the pros and cons at NerdWallet and compare credit cards. (Make sure there is no annual fee)

Note: If you plan to travel abroad find one that doesn't charge additional transaction fees when using the card in a different country - the fees are usually around 3%.

Amazon Rewards Card through Chase card gives 3% rewards on Amazon purchases (2% and 1% on other items) and no international transaction fees. Sign up through Amazon and get a $50 gift card upon credit approval.