Anyone with moving plans this summer might appreciate this advice from a reader in Florida:

My family has moved many times over the years with the military and then for jobs.

One of the things my grandmother taught me was to use what I had as packing materials so I didn’t have to throw away a lot of paper and packing once we were settled in.

She said to use dish towels and dish rags to pack my dishes then to use sheets and pillowcases, big towels and wash rags, even curtains to protect collectibles.

She even had tips for moving our antique China closet. We put our pillows on the shelves so they wouldn’t move and then wrapped the living room and dining room curtains around the curved glass. It survived just fine! We didn’t have a single broken dish or any precious keepsakes get destroyed – and we didn’t have anything to throw away either!

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Here’s one tip for welding that comes from a reader in Idaho:

If you are trying to weld a couple pieces of metal that have to match up perfectly in a hard-to-reach place, try using some magnets to hold them in place. It really works quite well.

My daughter came up with the idea when helping fix machinery.

Paula edits the monthly newsletter, “PennyWise,” from her family’s diversified farm and ranch operation on the edge of South Dakota’s Badlands. If you have hints to share, drop Paula a line at PennyWise, Box 518, Kadoka, SD 57543-0518 or email pennywise@goldenwest.net.

Paula edits the monthly newsletter, “PennyWise,” from her family’s diversified farm and ranch operation on the edge of South Dakota’s Badlands.