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Old 07-23-2013, 07:56 AM
 
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Hey, not sure if you guys have heard of "life hacks". There's some sites out there that have life hacks which are basically shortcuts or making things easier in your life. Not all are frugal or reusing things but many are cheap ways to reuse stuff that would otherwise be garbage.

For example for storing bags of open items cut the top off a liter bottle and put the bag through and cap on. Use old paper towel or toilet paper rolls to organize your cords in a shoebox. Paint your keys with nailpolish to tell them apart. Using pop tabs on your hangers to double them up and save roomin a closet. Using an old cd spindlee as a container to carry a bagel or bagel sandwhich to work.

50 Life Hacks to Simplify your World «TwistedSifter

There's 50 of them but if you do some google searching there's tons of others out there.
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Old 07-23-2013, 08:11 AM
 
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Neat stuff. I like the toothpaste cleaning the headlights. I have a 1998 F-150 with totally dull headlights. Will try it tonight.
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Old 07-23-2013, 09:51 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Neat stuff. I like the toothpaste cleaning the headlights. I have a 1998 F-150 with totally dull headlights. Will try it tonight.
I've tried the toothpaste on headlights. It only works for a week or two, at least mine did. I ended up wet-sanding them with a really fine grit sandpaper and then putting a coat of wax on, and that's held up for months so far.
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Old 07-23-2013, 11:17 AM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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Frugality is fine but remember the cheapskate pays the most in the long term.
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Old 07-23-2013, 12:57 PM
 
Location: CA
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I knew of this site, but kept forgetting to bookmark. I'm going to do that now. Thanks!
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Old 07-23-2013, 07:50 PM
 
Location: Here
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Frugality is fine but remember the cheapskate pays the most in the long term.
How so?
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Old 07-23-2013, 08:23 PM
 
Location: East of the Mississippi and South of Bluegrass
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Very cool...thanks and I am going to pass it on!

Best regards, sincerely

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Old 07-25-2013, 02:09 PM
 
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Why wouldn't you use the same container that you use for normal sandwiches?

You're just asking for the rubber band to fling paint all over.

The most common plug that gets bent is the vacuum plug. Are you going to put nails inside your house?
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Old 07-26-2013, 09:28 AM
 
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Why wouldn't you use the same container that you use for normal sandwiches?

You're just asking for the rubber band to fling paint all over.

The most common plug that gets bent is the vacuum plug. Are you going to put nails inside your house?
Because the cd case fits a bagel perfectly and wont get flung around in a backpack. Because those little plastic sandwhich totes wont fit a bagel. Because a sandwhich bag wont fit a bagel.

In terms fo the rubberband paint wont get flung unless your wildly swinging your paintbrush at the rubberband. YOu must lack fine motor skills.

I dont necessarily like hte plug idea eithe rputting nails in the wall. I'm not saying all these are great ideas or that you have to use all of them but with this being the frugal forum those are some neat ways to reuse items and save money insteadof spending $12 on a cord organizer you can use those paper clips, things like that. I thinkt ehse life hacks are pretty cool personally.
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Old 07-31-2013, 07:18 AM
 
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I really like the rubber band on the paint can idea. I've been doing a lot of house painting lately, and my poor cans are a mess, they look like a drippy candle!
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