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Raise your hand if you buy produce with every good intention of eating it, but then end up dumping it into the garbage can? Okay, looks like most of us.
Newell Rubbermaid Inc. is offering a new food storage device to keep produce fresh up to 33% longer than its traditional Rubbermaid containers. The new line is called Produce Saver. The line features containers that have a vented lid, which allows veggie to breathe, and also a tray that lifts the food out of any moisture that’s hanging around. They’re available in 2, 5 and 14-cup sizes. Plus, they’re microwavable, dishwasher and freezer safe. Prices range from $2.99 – $6.99, and a set of four costs $9.97 to $12.99
Visit their Web site at www.rubbermaid.com, click on Produce Saver, and be sure to get their $1 coupon, and join their savings club.

If you’re a pet owner, a major concern is what to do if your pet is injured or suddenly gets sick. A couple of years ago my cat jumped up onto the stovetop. I’d been making soup and although the burner had been turned off for at least 15 minutes, he still got burned paws. He ran around the house crying, and I just didn’t know what to do for him. I ended up making a frantic call to the vet’s office who told me to wrap his paws in a damp washcloth.
If you’ve been thinking about taking a pet first aid course and didn’t have the time or the money, here’s one that’s offered online. It’s available through Petco and costs $35. And while you shouldn’t take your pet’s health or an emergency situation for granted, this course might give you enough skill and knowledge to save your pet’s life while you get him or her to the vet. www.petco.com

I’m working on an article about cosmetics that are toxic free and I came across some Web sites that compare brands and tell you which ones you should be buying. One particular Web site includes items like shampoo, deodorant etc. I’ve always been willing to pay a few dollars more for something that doesn’t contain ingredients found in a chemistry lab, but what shocked me the most was some of the products I’ve been using for years… and not to mention paying more money for, are actually not that good for you. And an even big shock was seeing that they score lower than some of their cheaper counterparts.
As you can guess I’m going to be covering this whole topic in an upcoming Budget Smart Girl’s Guide. And as make-up has remained a firm favorite with readers, I’m going to be talking about mineral make-up as an upcoming topic too. I’ve been finding some very interesting information about it.

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