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Manual Luggage Scale (and an Empty Duffle Bag)

Don’t wait until you get to the airport to be SHOCKED that your luggage is overweight.

Pre-trip, buy yourself a manual luggage scale, pack an empty foldable dufflebag and before your return flight home, weigh your bags.

If your checked luggage is overweight, avoid the ridiculous excess baggage fees (per pound) by maximizing that empty dufflebag and paying the cheaper flat fee to check that extra bag.

Recently, a relative of mine was charged $100 for excess overweight and when I asked him why he didn’t buy himself a cheap bag before heading home and paying the flat $35 for an extra checked luggage, he said that the idea never crossed his mind.

Oh well…

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#Showcase Sunday: The Barsetshire Diaries and More | barsetshirediaries

I have always loved David’s posts that keep us up to date with his life and I’m sure that you will enjoy being a part of his day too! Please comment directly on the original post via the source below.


“I started writing The Barsetshire Diaries when I was 60. The first My Barsetshire Diary came about after I’d responded to an email from a friend asking how my day had been. For fun I responded…

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5 Cleaning Tips for When You Really Don’t Have Time #weekendcoffeeshare

I read somewhere in the blogsphere that “top five” or “best tips” are quite popular as posts.

So I have decided to share my top 5 cleaning tips that will force you to clean your place when you really don’t have the time.


Because let’s face it, if you had the time, you wouldn’t be “forced” to do it, right?

Tip #1. Prepare your large “commute to-go” mug with homemade iced coffee on top of the stove (instead of on the actual kitchen counter like normal people). When you reach to pick it up, make sure that you knock it over, spilling its contents behind and down the two sides of the stove. This will force you to pull the stove out and clean an area that you haven’t seen or cleaned since you moved in;

Tip #2. Instead of pouring yourself some sour cherry juice into a glass, be lazy and decide to drink it straight from the bottle. But before you do, don’t check that the cork is secure and shake, shake, shake. When the red juice flies all over your white kitchen walls, you’ll have no choice but to wash them with TSP or maybe even repaint;

Tip #3. When a relative calls and asks if they can stay with you when they are in town, you say okay. Then, when they tell you to pick them up at your local airport in 5 hours, go have yourself a mini break down and then get crackin’.  You’ll speed clean the entire house within 3 hours (just don’t let anyone open the closets);

Tip #4. Smoothies for breakfast? Keep the lid of the blender just a little loose before you press the “On” button. Refer back to #1 and #2.

And my ultimate favorite…

Tip #5. Have yourself a nice lobster dinner the night before leaving for a long (summer) weekend and forget to take the “inside” garbage to the “outside” garbage container. I’ll let you discover on your own what kind of cleaning this will entail.

Fortunately, I have only followed each one of the tips above once.

Let me know the results if you decide to try any! 🙂

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Originally post August 27, 2015