With the recent heavy snowfall during the winter storms that caused some power outages around northern Illinois and southeastern Wisconsin, this simple tip could be a lifesaver.

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And you'll want to make this a routine in the warmer weather months anytime there's a threat of thunderstorms which can cause lengthy power outages.

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When the snow melts off your vehicle it can cause a mess inside of your garage, unless you divert the river of melting snow with a dam made of spray foam. According to Family Handyman, "It sticks, it's waterproof, and you can walk or drive over it without damaging it."

Or add a paper clip to the end of a roll of tape so every time you use it, the starting spot is easy to find.

Put a Quarter in Your Freezer Now

According to the Old Recipes That Stir Childhood Memories Facebook page, you should immediately take steps to find a quarter and put it into the freezer, especially with the threat of storms.


What's the benefit of placing 25 cents in your freezer? Knowing if your food is good.

If you freeze a mug of water solid and then place a quarter on top of it, you will always know if there was a power outage. It's called the "one cup tip" and here's how it works.

If the quarter has fallen to the bottom of the cup that means all the food defrosted and you should throw it out. But if the quarter is either on the top or in the middle of the cup then your food may still be ok. It would also be a great idea to leave this in your freezer all the time and if you lose power for any reason you will have this tip to fall back on.

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With the holiday spirit in the air, it’s the perfect time to dive into the history of iconic holiday gifts. Using national toy archives and data curated by The Strong from 1920 to today, Stacker searched for products that caught hold of the public zeitgeist through novelty, innovation, kitsch, quirk, or simply great timing, and then rocketed to success.

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