Month: June 2018

Easy Side Job

If you’re retired or between jobs or have some extra time, maybe you’re looking to make a little money. One possible side job I had never heard of before is being a “sitter” in a hospital. If a patient is confused, suicidal, or at risk for a fall, hospitals hire ordinary people to just sit in their room, keep them from pulling out IVs, watch them and call for help if necessary.

At first I thought this was unlikely, but there it is on the job site:

Patient Sitter Salaries in the United States

Salary estimated from 437 employees, users, and past and present job advertisements on Indeed in the past 36 months. Last updated: June 15, 2018

United States
        San Diego
        Fort Collins
        Wheat Ridge
        Mount Clemens
    New Jersey
    New York State
        Mohegan Lake
        New York
        Town of Cortlandt
    North Carolina
Average salary
$10.29 per hour

How much does a Patient Sitter make in the United States?

The average salary for a Patient Sitter is $10.29 per hour in the United States. Salary estimates are based on 437 salaries submitted anonymously to Indeed by Patient Sitter employees, users, and collected from past and present job advertisements on Indeed in the past 36 months. The typical tenure for a Patient Sitter is less than 1 year.
Patient Sitter salaries by company in the United States
Company Average salary
$12.25 per hour
$11.44 per hour
$10.62 per hour
$10.50 per hour
$10.10 per hour
$16.55 per hour
$14.84 per hour
$12.95 per hour
$10.56 per hour
$10.28 per hour
Patient Sitter salaries by location
City Average salary
$8.87 per hour
$8.75 per hour
$8.87 per hour
$12.25 per hour
$10.50 per hour



Drain Flies

I thought I had fruit flies.

But there’s no fruit outside of a can. No produce on the counters or in the trash. So where are these little black fruit fly things coming from?

The kitchen sink drain is where. Tiny bits of vegetation languishing in the trap. Don’t ask me why the flies don’t drown, but they don’t.

To get rid of them, the drain must be completely cleared. An inexpensive way to do this is with baking soda and vinegar.

Put 3/4 cup baking soda down the drain (both drains if it’s a double sink), encouraging it to fall in by stirring it with a fork or spoon. Then pour on half a cup of vinegar. It will boil and spit, so move your face away. When it settles down, pour more vinegar. Keep doing that until all the boiling noise is from down inside the pipes, not up in the visible drain area. Leave it alone for an hour or so and then flush with plenty of hot water.

This also works well for clearing a partially blocked drain.


Affordable Hard Cover Books

If you time it right, you can read newly issued hardcover fiction for free or nearly free. Here’s how:

When the book has been out a couple weeks, check auction sites like eBay and Amazon. Someone who has read it and wants to pass it on will be selling it for less than the retail price. There will be several listings; keep looking until you find one with a low price.

Buy it, read it, and put it back up for auction again. If you do this before the interest in it wanes, you may get your original cost back. Save the packaging it came in to reuse when you ship it back out again.

I did this with a Janet Evanovich book a few years ago. My net cost for a $28 book was only the shipping to have it delivered to my door. If I had been quicker to relist it, I might even have made a profit.



I’m about done hearing mature women objecting to being respectfully addressed.

Ma’am does not mean you are old. It means you are an adult and the person speaking to you knows how to speak respectfully.

Let’s stop discouraging our young people from showing respect to adults.

Yes, ma’am, I am a ma’am.


The Magic of Hydrogen Peroxide on Grout

The tile in my shower might be as much as thirty-three years old, so it’s no surprise it had stubborn mildew. I tried my super-duper homemade spray cleaner. I tried vinegar. I tried straight bleach. I tried scrubbing with a toothbrush (how tedious is that?). Everything worked, but only for a few days.

Apparently, once the spores get deep into the pores of the grout normal cleaning won’t affect it.

I bought an OXO Good Grips brush to make it easier and cover more ground with a stroke. Squirted the H2O2 above it and scrubbed it into the grout. This worked very well.

What was amazing about it was, the effect has lasted far longer than anything else I tried. It’s been several weeks, and the discoloration hasn’t returned. It might be that the peroxide penetrated deeply enough into the grout to kill the mildew at its source.


So Easy: Walmart Free Shopping Service

Wow. I just shopped at from the comfort of my recliner, very easily found everything I could possibly need, put in my discount code, and later this afternoon I’ll pull up to the store and someone will put my groceries in the car for me.

No more hoping there’s a parking space less than a mile from the door. No wondering if there’s going to be an electric cart available. No wandering around unable to find the right department for something I don’t usually buy.

You can designate whether you’ll accept substitutions for each item or not.

If you pick up during their normally scheduled pickup hours, there is no charge for the service.

This is great for me with my physical limitations, but it could also be great for someone who’s pressed for time, or who spends too much money if they wander around the store seeing all the cool stuff.


Get $10 off your first order: