Friday, September 18, 2015

Currency Conversion

When traveling out of the country, always choose to be charged in the local currency, and use a credit card that waives all foreign transaction fees.

To stay abreast of the most current conversion rates, download Oanda's Currency Converter app, which tracks the day's rates for more than 190 currencies.

Source: Travel + Leisure, October 2015 issue, page 17.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Check Up On Your Doctor

If you want to check out a doctor, you can go to  You can obtain the following information regarding your current doctor or one that you contemplate using:
  • Practice Information
  • Insurance
  • Specialty Certification
  • Legal Actions
  • Discipline
  • Education
  • Professional Activities
  • Honors & Awards
This information can be obtained only for doctors in the United States.

Source:  Consumer Reports October 15, 2015, page 9.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Roundup Weed Control Alternative

If you would like to make an environmentally friendly alternative to Roundup to kill weeds, please do the following:

  1. Mix one gallon of vinegar
  2. 2 cups of Epsom salt
  3. 1/4 cup Dawn dish soap
Pour is a sprayer and spray on the weeds.  If this mixture gives you too much product, just cut the amounts in half or some other reduced proportion.

You also could try the Avenger Weed Killer, which meets the strict standards of the Organic Materials Review Institute

Source: Consumer Reports, August 2015, Page 8.