Monday, September 27, 2010

Monday, September 27

Welcome to a new week and the Monday edition of Midday Joy!

It's not too soon to start thinking about Christmas shopping (can you believe it?), so here's a "heads up" for you:

Zhu Zhu Pets (average price, $10) are pegged to be the hottest toy this Christmas. (A far cry from items like Guitar Hero and the Nintendo DS that have broken the budget the last few years.) For a list of other hot (and frugal) toys this year, check
this out.

Speaking of shopping....

So you bought new jeans during the Tax Free Holiday and have worn them nonstop for the past 2 weeks for fear they’ll fade? Here’s the trick: Try soaking them in a 50-50 solution of cold water and white vinegar for an hour before their first washing, when the dye is most likely to run. Then, machine wash in cold water and hang dry. The vinegar will help set the dye so your jeans’ color stays put. (If only that worked for hair color!)

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