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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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                                                                        Last Updated on August 15, 2018

                                                                        7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                                                                        7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                                                                        Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

                                                                        Video Summary

                                                                        Why is it important to train up our core strength?

                                                                        There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

                                                                        This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

                                                                        Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

                                                                        In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

                                                                        One Exercise, multiple benefits

                                                                        There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

                                                                        By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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                                                                        When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

                                                                        Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

                                                                        In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

                                                                        What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

                                                                        What will happen when you start doing planks every day

                                                                          1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

                                                                          Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

                                                                          • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
                                                                          • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
                                                                          • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
                                                                          • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

                                                                          2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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                                                                            Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

                                                                            Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

                                                                            3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

                                                                              Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

                                                                              4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

                                                                                Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

                                                                                A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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                                                                                A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

                                                                                On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

                                                                                5. You’ll improve overall balance

                                                                                  Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

                                                                                  6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

                                                                                    Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

                                                                                    7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                                                                                      Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                                                                                      How to hold a plank position

                                                                                      1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                                                                                      2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                                                                                      3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                                                                                      4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                                                                                      5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                                                                                      6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                                                                                      7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                                                                                      Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                                                                                      Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                                                                                        How to improve your plank time gradually

                                                                                        1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                                                                                        2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                                                                                        3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                                                                                        Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                                                                                        Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                                                                                        You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                                                                                        • Prolapse
                                                                                        • After prolapse surgery
                                                                                        • Pelvic pain conditions
                                                                                        • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                                                                                        • Previous childbirth
                                                                                        • Overweight

                                                                                        Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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