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Reader's Exchange: Book could be a real money saver

De De Estep of St. Petersburg has a few things that she knows many REXers would love to have. She has a book that was written by home economics teachers from around the country and features many economical recipes and thrifty craft ideas. De De knows that in today's economy, clever ways to save money are most appreciated. She says that the book also has excellent household hints that can make your housework faster and easier, and she calls it "every homemaker's dream!" De De also has a very large bag of corks from wine bottles to give away. She suggests that they can be used for various projects such as making mini blinds and cork bulletin boards. Reach De De at (727) 687-8104.

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Jean Smith of New Port Richey has a sweet deal for you! It's the time of year when her oranges are ready for the picking, and they can be yours as long as you bring your own pickers. Please call Jean only on Saturday and Sunday, between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., at (727) 375-5491.

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Can anyone help Kathleen Garen of St. Petersburg and her friend, Jan, keep the music alive? They have been playing four-handed piano duets for more than 12 years, which they enjoy immensely. They are looking to add some new music to their repertoire, which is mainly classical, but they would welcome any good, old-fashioned, piano-thumping scores. They are hoping that someone out there will have duet sheet music for the piano. Kathleen will be happy to pick it up. If you can help, please call Kathleen at (727) 577-6997 and leave a message on the answering machine.

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Beth Strickland of Holiday is requesting Similac Alimentum ready-to-feed baby formula for a friend of hers who had a baby a few months ago. The mother is facing financial hardship, and could use some assistance. If you can help in any way, please call Beth at (727) 967-6984 or e-mail her at

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Need to light up your life? If so, Ray Heddleson of Spring Hill is your man! He has a grocery bag full of white candles, approximately 4 inches to 6 inches. Ray says they have only been used once or twice, during the candlelight worship services at their church. If you are interested, they are yours. Just come and pick them up. Please call Ray at (352) 596-4279.

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If your school or social program wants to joins the Dance Dance Revolution, then call Laura in Tarpon Springs. She has two Dance Dance Revolution pads that she would like to give to a school or other organization. She says they have barely been used, although one does have a small slit in the cover. If you are interested, please call Laura at (727) 938-8663.

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Ginger Anderson of New Port Richey is looking for a remote control for a Craftmatic Adjustable Bed. Unfortunately, Ginger suffered a compression fracture in her back and needs to sleep elevated. Her remote broke, and she can't find a replacement. If you can help Ginger, please call her at (727) 484-5700 or e-mail her at dreamspeaking@

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Reader's Exchange: Book could be a real money saver 01/28/11 [Last modified: Friday, January 28, 2011 3:30am]
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