Sep 022016
 
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No Southern-fried Southern boy wants to be called a Yankee, but we share the characteristics of shrewdness and thrift. Thus, each month I share a money-saving tip. It’s OK if you call me “cheap.”

Maybe this doesn’t happen to everyone, but I get credit cards in the mail almost daily.  Unfortunately, they’re nether pre-activated nor pre-loaded!  Still, they’re not worthless.

If I retired tomorrow and worked in the shop every single day I don’t think I could ever use all these credit cards. Lots of woodworkers use them for spreading glue over long or wide surfaces.

If I retired tomorrow and worked in the shop every single day I don’t think I could ever use all these credit cards. Lots of woodworkers use them for spreading glue over long or wide surfaces.

They make great shims when you just need a little boost.

They make great shims when you just need a little boost.

Cut into strips, they make good stirring paddles. Make them any width you need to suit the job at hand.

Cut into strips, they make good stirring paddles. Make them any width you need to suit the job at hand.

They make a good putty knife, spatula or scoop.

They make a good putty knife, spatula or scoop.


Jim Randolph is a veterinarian in Long Beach, Mississippi. His earlier careers as lawn mower, dairy farmer, automobile mechanic, microwave communications electronics instructor and journeyman carpenter all influence his approach to woodworking. His favorite projects are furniture built for his wife, Brenda, and for their children and grandchildren. His and Brenda’s home, nicknamed Sticks-In-The-Mud, is built on pilings (sticks) near the wetlands (mud) on a bayou off Jourdan River. His shop is in the lower level of their home. Questions and comments on woodworking may be written below in the comments section. Questions about pet care should be directed to his blog on pet care, www.MyPetsDoctor.com. We regret that, because of high volume, not all inquiries can be answered personally.

  2 Responses to “Tips from Sticks in the Mud – September 2016 – Tip #2- Reusing “Credit Card Offers””

  1. Hey Jim… Unbelievable!!!! I hate debt, especially credit card debt. What an awesome way to use the junk credit card offers that stuff my mailbox everyday! I gotta hand it to you, it’s an awesome idea that I’ll put to use right away. Thanks! 🙂

  2. I’m a very frugal person so these credit cards are going straight to waste right now! My wife is an artist though so i’ll send you a link to your post. Seems like a fun way to make use of these cards while helping to save the environment at the same time. Thanks!

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