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Book Review: Queen of Common Cents: Over 1001 Tips & Facts To Save Time and Money

by heather

Queen of Common Cents: Over 1001 Tips and Facts to Save Time and Money by Michelle Snow RN, MSPH, MSHR, PhD

When I saw this book I noticed that the author is a registered nurse and has a Master’s degree in Public Health, plus several other letters after her name and thought ‘She’s a nurse, she’s probably really know what she is talking about.” I felt like I identified with her. We’re both LDS moms, we’re both nurses
and we’re both trying to help people save time and money. So I bought it. As I started reading it, I was kind of disappointed. The stories are very contrived and many of the facts and tips aren’t really that helpful. I kept thinking ‘You only included that one because you’re trying to get 1001′. As I kept reading, I thought ‘Dang, she really does have some awesome tips.’ So, I don’t think it is worth pay full-price for this book, but it’s worth reading and it’s worth getting the Kindle version. I think she should have included more of her really good tips towards the beginning to get people to continue reading. Some of her ‘tips’ are actually full reference charts that are handy to have, like steaming times for vegetables, internal temperatures for cooking meat, and a few canning charts. Plus she includes several recipes that look fantastic, as well as several simple formulas for home-made housecleaners. I am going to have to try some of them. Here are some of my favorite tips that she gave:

  • To avoid ironing, take clothes out of the dryer as soon as they’re finished. Hang them up, mist them with a spray water bottle, then smooth them out with your hands. This gets rid of most of the wrinkles.
  • Never store apples with cabbage, carrots, potatoes or turnips unless you want your apples to taste like them.
  • Use unflavored dental floss to smoothly cut cheesecake.
  • Brick cheese will mold faster if you touch it with your fingers while slicing, so peel the wrapper back to only expose as much cheese and you are going to use.
  • Witch hazel is a must for the medicine chest. It’s cheap and has many uses as a disinfectant and anti-inflammatory.
  • Mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors, especially dark blue.
  • Tumeric can be substituted for saffron, and is significantly less expensive.
  • If you need to stop painting, but haven’t finished the job and don’t have time to rinse out your brush, try wrapping it in plastic.
  • Well-rinsed dish-washing detergent bottles make the best squirt guns.
  • Check out the boys department for pants for all of your kids. Often you can find unisex clothes for less there.
  • The fastest way to clean a food processor is to put a tiny amount of dish soap and a little water and then turn it on for 30 seconds. Rinse and you’re done.


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