Such a Deal! 1000 Tips for $1.00

Imagine – a thousand tips that promise to make your daily life less burdensome, and the cost for such wisdom? A buck. I have a cache of pamphlets such as this one
Tips in this particular pamphlet are arranged in chapters that include the expected, such as Baking, Canning, Freezing, Sewing, Gardening, and Laundry to the unique – a four page Children’s Section.

A few of my favorite tips are:
Baking – Do not grease the sides of cake pans. How would you like to climb a greased pole? Paints – When painting steps paint every other step, let dry, then paint the remaining ones. Painted in this way the stairs may be walked on without injuring the paint. (sure wish I’d read this about two months ago!) Sewing – When sewing plastic material, baste with paper clips instead of pins or a needle and thread. This kind of cloth should not be punctured except by the permanent stitching (now I know how to sew oil cloth/laminated fabric aprons!)
Miscellaneous – Spinach may be the broom of the stomach, but sauerkraut is the vacuum cleaner. And this one – To catch mice, place a gumdrop in the trap, instead of bacon or cheese. When the mouse goes to eat the gumdrop his or her teeth get stuck and causes the trap to go off (brilliant!).

It’s the Children’s Section that provides the most enlightenment of a time long gone – Never let your mother or father bring you a chair or get one for themselves. Wait on them instead of being waited on.

Given our present state of economy, the frugality and household tips as printed in these old timey pamphlets don’t seem old fashioned but rather seem filled with old fashioned good sense.
Are you with me on this? Share your tips, please!

Tie One On…an apron, of course!


  1. This particular pamphlet also has a section Business Laws, and one of the principles is: A contract with a minor or a lunatic is void. Not very PC language! however, its use left no doubt that to do business with someone not in his/her right mind was illegal. Law with a conscience.

    Tie One On…an apron, of course!

  2. We were given a book copyright 1947 edited by Fishbein and Burgess called Successful Marriage. Lots of pretty amazing entries and tips for wives starting a marriage. Freshen the lipstick and hand him a martini when he comes home!

    While wearing an adorable apron, of course! (I just finished my first from the pattern in The Apron Book!!!).


  3. Re: greasing the sides of a cake pan = a flat cake. Who knew is right!
    I mentioned this bit of minutia to my bankteller today, and by the rise in her eyebrows, I gathered she, too, was struck with by the visual of batter climbing a greased pole.

    In the light of Vingtage Brilliance, wear sunglasses.

    Tie One On…an apron, of course!

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