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UPDATED: Summer drink recommends, toy recalls and money saving tips are in June 18's News from the Web

12:46 p.m.

Here’s a couple of refreshing ways to quench your thirst from News from the Web readers.

Stephen Nipper of Boise writes: “ICED TEA no carbination, made fresh, refreshing, add different flavored teas to change the flavor of it. Just a great drink.

“Second would be Diet Coke. AHHH”

Kathleen Auwen submitted this as her favorite summer drink: “Strawberry lemonade – with fresh strawberries, in a chilled glass with a sugar rim, and a lemon wedge.

Sounds delicious, and a lot better than the Fresca I’m drinking right now.

(Usually I’m imbibing a Coke Zero this time of day, but I was trying to shake things up).

What do you like to drink in the summer?

Send in your recommends by clicking here. Submissions to the Statesman may be published or distributed in print, electronic or other form. 8:14 a.m.

The smell of barbecue was strong in my neighborhood this weekend, signaling Father’s Day and summer.

Too bad we in the US can’t pair an ice cool Pepsi Ice Cucumber with burgers and grilled steaks.

I’m of course not being serious that I want to try this new soda, offered by Pepsi in Japan only.

But ever since I wrote the Drink of the Week column in the Life section a few years back, I’ve been fascinated by unusual beverages and willing to try a sip of just about anything.

The worst: Grass Jelly Drink.

Seriously.

What’s your favorite summer drink?

Let me know by clicking here. Submissions to the Statesman may be published or distributed in print, electronic or other form.

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In case you haven’t already checked your toy box for items recalled by Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends, take time to do so today.

Click here for the complete list of toys made by the company that are covered in paint containing lead.

Yikes.

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Here’s a story about an ad you won’t be seeing on CBS and Fox.

The ad, for Trojan condoms, features a woman talking to a pig in the bar. When the cell-phone toting pig goes into the bathroom and purchases a condom, he turns into a normal-looking man.

In the story, a representative of a condom maker says: “We always find it funny that you can use sex to sell jewelry and cars, but you can’t use sex to sell condoms.”

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This woman is my hero.

The article is about a single-income family living virtually debt-free.

Be sure to look at the tips (which include steering clear of Target, the mall and other spending temptations) so that you, too, can get on the road toward freedom from overspending.

This article was particularly refreshing for me as I continue to read “Richistan,” the book by a Wall Street Journal reporter about the growing “country” of American millionaires and billionaires.

Those folks certainly spare no expense in their lavish lifestyles.

One unnamed “Richistani” admitted to spending $80,000 a year on massages alone.

That’s in addition to the $20 million they spent on a yacht.

I suppose this makes my Target shopping sprees look downright puny.

What’s the most you’ve ever spent on a luxury item?

Do you have any tips on how to save cash and live a simpler lifestyle?

Send them in by clicking here. Submissions to the Statesman may be published or distributed in print, electronic or other form.

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