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35 Ways to Use Everyday Objects That Will Save You Time and Money

35 Ways to Use Everyday Objects That Will Save You Time and Money

Everyday objects can help you save time and money. Many of these ideas are so simple it’s amazing they’ve been hiding in plain sight. So start using these time and money saving tips today. Don’t forget to share them with your family and friends. Let’s get started.

1.  Detach a photo from an adhesive photo album with a hairdryer by blowing warm air on the back of the page and gently tugging the photo free.

detaching photos

    2.  Use old spaghetti jars to store cooking supplies.

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    Spaghetti Jar Uses

      3.  Place a wooden spoon over the top of your pot of boiling water; the spoon prevents the pot from boiling over.
      wooden spoon and boiling water

        4.  Tie a loose knot in extension cords to keep them from pulling them apart.
        extension cord

          5.  Use a shoe organizer to grow herbs and vegetables.

          Shoe Organizer Garden

            6.  Raw spaghetti strands can be used to light hard-to-reach candlewicks.
            d4

              7.  Push each end of an aluminum foil box to keep the roll in place.
              aluminum foil

                8.  Secure eyeglass screws with clear nail polish.
                eyeglasses

                  9.  Use tape attached to a container helps in leveling a scoop.
                  leveling a scoop

                    10.  Use wooden pallets as a bed frame.

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                    Wooden Pallets Bed Frame

                      11.  Use Chinese takeout containers as plates.
                      chinese takeout containers as plate

                        12.  Use tissue boxes as a dispenser for plastic grocery bags.
                        tissue box

                          13.  Old tires make a great sandbox.

                          Old Tire Sanbox

                            14.  Clean your toilet with Alka-Seltzer.
                            Clean your toilet with Alka-Seltzer

                              15.  Nearly every pan and pot has a built in stand for your utensils right in the handle.
                              wooden spoon

                                16.  Place a coffee filter at the bottom of a flower or plant pot to keep soil from going through the drainage holes.
                                coffee filter

                                  17.  A cereal container is a great trash disposal in your car.
                                  cereal container

                                    18.  Shine brass and copper using salt and lemon.
                                    clean brass and copper

                                      19.  Keep the soles of your shoes from touching your clothes by packing them in a shower cap.
                                      packing shoes

                                        20.  Clean greasy pots and pans with Coca-Cola.
                                        coca-cola

                                          21.  Clean your computer keyboard using a makeup brush.
                                          clean with makeup brushes

                                            22.  Use a plastic bottle as a funnel.
                                            funnel

                                              23.  Heat up leftovers in the microwave with coffee filters.

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                                              Coffee Filter Uses

                                                24.  Use old calendars for gift wrapping.

                                                Calendar Gift Wrap

                                                  25.  Use old plastic bags as packaging material.
                                                  plastic bags

                                                    26.  Pipe cleaners keep clothes from falling off hangers.
                                                    clothes hanger

                                                      27.  Buttons can be used as earring holders.
                                                      buttons and earrings

                                                        28.  Attach a scratched DVD or CD to a child’s bike as a safety reflector.
                                                        bike reflector

                                                          29.  A staple remover can pry open key rings for easier access.
                                                          staple remover

                                                            30.  Use rubber bands to hold a paintbrush.
                                                            rubber bands and paint brushes

                                                              31.  Use paper plates between nonstick cookware to keep them from getting scratched.

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                                                              Paper Plate Uses

                                                                32.  Use cooking spray for squeaky doors.

                                                                Cooking Spray Uses

                                                                  33.  Create a set of napkins with a stained or old tablecloth.
                                                                  napkins

                                                                    34.  Cornstarch mixed with water to form a paste cleans vent hoods, cabinets, and grease on stovetops.
                                                                    cornstarch

                                                                      35.  Disinfect and clean grime from switch plates, door knobs, computer keyboards, and phones with isopropyl alcohol.
                                                                      isopropyl alcohol

                                                                        Here’s more tips for you on saving time and money when shopping for and using everyday objects:  Comparison Shopping: The Ultimate Resource To Save Time and Money (Pre-Holiday Tip!)

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                                                                        12 Best Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

                                                                        12 Best Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

                                                                        Nutrition plays a vital role in brain function and staying sharp into the golden years. Personally, my husband is going through medical school, which is like a daily mental marathon. Like any good wife, I am always looking for things that will boost his memory fortitude so he does his best in school.

                                                                        But you don’t have to be a med student to appreciate better brainiac brilliance. If you combine certain foods with good hydration, proper sleep and exercise, you may just rival Einstein and have a great memory in no time.

                                                                        I’m going to reveal the list of foods coming out of the kitchen that can improve your memory and make you smarter.

                                                                        Here are 12 best brain foods that improve memory and brain power:

                                                                        1. Nuts

                                                                        The American Journal of Epidemiology published a study linking higher intakes of vitamin E with the prevention on cognitive decline.[1]

                                                                        Nuts like walnuts and almonds (along with other great foods like avocados) are a great source of vitamin E.

                                                                        Cashews and sunflower seeds also contain an amino acid that reduces stress by boosting serotonin levels.

                                                                        Walnuts even resemble the brain, just in case you forget the correlation, and are a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, which also improve your mental magnitude.

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                                                                        2. Blueberries

                                                                        Shown in studies at Tuffs University to benefit both short-term memory and coordination, blueberries pack quite a punch in a tiny blue package.[2]

                                                                        When compared to other fruits and veggies, blueberries were found to have the highest amount of antioxidants (especially flavonoids), but strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are also full of brain benefits.

                                                                        3. Tomatoes

                                                                        Tomatoes are packed full of the antioxidant lycopene, which has shown to help protect against free-radical damage most notably seen in dementia patients.

                                                                        4. Broccoli

                                                                        While all green veggies are important and rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, broccoli is a superfood even among these healthy choices.

                                                                        Since your brain uses so much fuel (it’s only 3% of your body weight but uses up to 17% of your energy), it is more vulnerable to free-radical damage and antioxidants help eliminate this threat.

                                                                        Broccoli is packed full of antioxidants, is well-known as a powerful cancer fighter and is also full of vitamin K, which is known to enhance cognitive function.

                                                                        5. Foods Rich in Essential Fatty Acids

                                                                        Your brain is the fattest organ (not counting the skin) in the human body, and is composed of 60% fat. That means that your brain needs essential fatty acids like DHA and EPA to repair and build up synapses associated with memory.

                                                                        The body does not naturally produce essential fatty acids so we must get them in our diet.

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                                                                        Eggs, flax, and oily fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel and herring are great natural sources of these powerful fatty acids. Eggs also contain choline, which is a necessary building block for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, to help you recall information and concentrate.

                                                                        6. Soy

                                                                        Soy, along with many other whole foods mentioned here, are full of proteins that trigger neurotransmitters associated with memory.

                                                                        Soy protein isolate is a concentrated form of the protein that can be found in powder, liquid, or supplement form.

                                                                        Soy is valuable for improving memory and mental flexibility, so pour soy milk over your cereal and enjoy the benefits.

                                                                        7. Dark Chocolate

                                                                        When it comes to chocolate, the darker the better. Try to aim for at least 70% cocoa. This yummy desert is rich in flavanol antioxidants which increase blood flow to the brain and shield brain cells from aging.

                                                                        Take a look at this article if you want to know more benefits of dark chocolate: 15 Surprising and Science-Backed Health Effects of Dark Chocolate

                                                                        8. Foods Rich in Vitamins: B vitamins, Folic Acid, Iron

                                                                        Some great foods to obtain brain-boosting B vitamins, folic acid and iron are kale, chard, spinach and other dark leafy greens.

                                                                        B6, B12 and folic acid can reduce levels of homocysteine in the blood. Homocysteine increases are found in patients with cognitive impairment like Alzheimer’s, and high risk of stroke.

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                                                                        Studies showed when a group of elderly patients with mild cognitive impairment were given high doses of B6, B12, and folic acid, there was significant reduction in brain shrinkage compared to a similar placebo group.[3]

                                                                        Other sources of B vitamins are liver, eggs, soybeans, lentils and green beans. Iron also helps accelerate brain function by carrying oxygen. If your brain doesn’t get enough oxygen, it can slow down and people can experience difficulty concentrating, diminished intellect, and a shorter attention span.

                                                                        To get more iron in your diet, eat lean meats, beans, and iron-fortified cereals. Vitamin C helps in iron absorption, so don’t forget the fruits!

                                                                        9. Foods Rich in Zinc

                                                                        Zinc has constantly demonstrated its importance as a powerful nutrient in memory building and thinking. This mineral regulates communications between neurons and the hippocampus.

                                                                        Zinc is deposited within nerve cells, with the highest concentrations found in the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for higher learning function and memory.

                                                                        Some great sources of zinc are pumpkin seeds, liver, nuts, and peas.

                                                                        10. Gingko Biloba

                                                                        This herb has been utilized for centuries in eastern culture and is best known for its memory boosting brawn.

                                                                        It can increase blood flow in the brain by dilating vessels, increasing oxygen supply and removing free radicals.

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                                                                        However, don’t expect results overnight: this may take a few weeks to build up in your system before you see improvements.

                                                                        11. Green and Black Tea

                                                                        Studies have shown that both green and black tea prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine—a key chemical involved in memory and lacking in Alzheimer’s patients.

                                                                        Both teas appear to have the same affect on Alzheimer’s disease as many drugs utilized to combat the illness, but green tea wins out as its affects last a full week versus black tea which only lasts the day.

                                                                        Find out more about green tea here: 11 Health Benefits of Green Tea (+ How to Drink It for Maximum Benefits)

                                                                        12. Sage and Rosemary

                                                                        Both of these powerful herbs have been shown to increase memory and mental clarity, and alleviate mental fatigue in studies.

                                                                        Try to enjoy these savory herbs in your favorite dishes.

                                                                        When it comes to mental magnitude, eating smart can really make you smarter. Try to implement more of these readily available nutrients and see just how brainy you can be!

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