Meredith Holt is a features/business reporter for The Forum who covers topics in health, mental health, social issues, women's issues, arts and entertainment, food and more. She also writes a column on health and wellness, body image and media representation. She was a copy editor/page designer for six years prior to joining the features team in March 2012.
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We've listed items that are worth splurging on, but we want to know which items aren't worth splurging on. Email Forum reporter Meredith Holt at email@example.com with your ideas of where to save or tweet them to @FargoMere with the hashtag #forumsaves. Price comparison. Coupons. Rewards clubs. Savings apps. Consumers are always looking for ways to save, but sometimes, for some things, it's not the best idea to go cheapest. Spending a little more can mean getting a better, longer-lasting product or service. Less to replace. Less to fix.
FARGO - Meg Spielman Peldo's home is lookin' pretty good for 100. Instead of giving it a complete facelift, the Fargo-based photographer has used her creative mind to find new uses for the old, artfully blending modern with vintage. "We wanted to be true to the era of the house but still have a little bit of an industrial, eclectic feel, so our challenge was to try to tie the vintage and new together in a way that would work and that would showcase artwork," she says. Many of the 2,310-square-foot home's interesting elements - exposed wooden beams, light fixtures, hidden shelving, cupboards
FARGO - For Jenny Frueh, the decision to hire a housekeeper to clean her family's home was a matter of time. She wanted to spend her free time with her husband and kids, not scrubbing floors. "When I started to feel like I needed to give something up, I didn't want to be giving up time with my family.
FARGO - Despite the erratic temperature changes typical of "spring" in Fargo-Moorhead, I've dusted off my fall flats. As long as there's no chance of sinking down into a 3-foot snow drift, they're getting worn. My favorite is a pair of white canvas flats I got on sale at a Nine West outlet. Unfortunately, although canvas is comfy, it notoriously retains odor. Instead of spraying them with Febreze, I tried a new (to me) technique: putting a couple of dry tea bags in them to help absorb smelliness. I used a few bags of Bigelow Cozy Chamomile Herb Tea.
FARGO – The first time I shaved my legs, I took a chunk out of my knee. I still have the scar to prove it. I didn’t know what I was doing, and I was using my mom’s old, dull razor. Twenty years later, I still occasionally knick myself, but I no longer have inexperience to blame. My leg hair is blonde and fine, but my skin is sensitive, so I change my blades regularly.
FARGO – If you’ve opened a plastic blister pack (also called clamshell packaging), you know the struggle is real. The sealed-tight packaging is meant to prevent shoplifters from stealing gadgets and electronics, but it’s almost impossible for paying customers to get into. Scissors sometimes work, but it’s hard to use them without the jagged plastic edges cutting your hands and fingers. Kitchen and X-Acto knives are just asking for a trip to the ER. Fortunately, some genius discovered that a can opener does the trick with minimum mess and low risk of injury.
FARGO – Fun, colorful wrapping paper is one of my favorite parts of Christmas. I can’t go a season without buying at least one new roll. The problem is, they’re not usually organized. I used to keep them lined up under the bed, but there they gathered dust and cat hair. Now they’re scattered around my apartment. Most home stores carry gift-wrap-specific storage solutions, but most of the compartments seem unnecessary.
FARGO — Busy Bubbles Laundromat, located at 2102 12th St. N. in north Fargo, has closed, and Royal's Laundry has opened in its place. Royal's Laundry features a self-service laundromat, drop-off laundry services, commercial laundry services and machine repair, and custom rug creation and cleaning.
FARGO — Athena Funk started her apprenticeship at Absolute Ink Tattoo in Las Vegas, finished it at Dead Rockstar in Fargo, and now she has an apprentice of her own at her new tattoo shop, Amarok Tattoo, also in Fargo. "It's a transition," she said. "It feels really good. I feel really accomplished. It's been a really long, hard road."
FARGO — Fargo's Broadway is one of the five finalists in Strong Towns' Strongest Infrastructure Project contest. Votes can be submitted online at tinyurl.com/zj5lnfm, and will close at 11 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30. Finalists were chosen by a panel of Strong Towns staff and contributors from nominations from cities and towns in 25 states and Canada. Finalists are "ones that truly provide a return on investment, the ones that genuinely make their neighborhoods better and take public ideas into account."