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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 13, 2020

                                                                        12 Benefits of Meditation That Improve Your Body And Mind

                                                                        12 Benefits of Meditation That Improve Your Body And Mind

                                                                        As a mediation teacher, I am constantly confronted with these two questions regarding the benefits of meditation:

                                                                        1. Why can’t I enjoy the benefits of meditation continuously?

                                                                        I ask back: Is it maybe because you see mediation as a technique, performance, or some exclusive activity? The answer is: yes!

                                                                        Or, because your mind is constantly evolving on the past negative attachments and traditional habits? After careful thinking they answer: yes, probably!

                                                                        Although meditation is very simple and challenging at the same time, in the above mentioned case, it’s not easy to benefit from meditation, especially when approached with the idea that it has to be learned, studied, or applied. Meditation is to be seen as a natural, mental cleansing process that happens on a basis of awareness on a moment-to-moment experience. When that takes place, the benefits of meditation are continuous.

                                                                        2. What is the purpose of meditation?

                                                                        The purpose of meditation is to accomplish a level of consciousness for mastering the mind and uniting with the finest, deepest, and subtlest part of yourself as a being.

                                                                        It is a conscious process of observation of the mind—helping the meditator to understand the structure of its mind and the quality of its content. During this process, countless benefits of a physical, mental, and spiritual/philosophical nature arise for the meditator.

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                                                                        Meditation as a Fixer and Benefactor

                                                                        In this article we’ll have a look at the primary and the ultimate benefits of mediation, which improve your body and mind at the same time. For the sake of clarity, readability, and tangible experience, I have separated the benefits into three groups.

                                                                        You can change just about anything you don’t like about yourself (psychologically, as well as physically) through meditation. However, this is only possible with a specific approach, when your brain allows the benefits of meditation to do their work.

                                                                        This means not to interrupt the benefit with other thoughts, but to let their effect implement itself in your body and mind. This approach is crucial.

                                                                        The following exercises will make you feel the benefits of meditation instantly, but the continuity of the benefits of meditation on your body and mind depend on the discipline of your brain, how you manage external stimuli and your thoughts.

                                                                        Less Physical, More Psychological

                                                                        Even though the practice of meditation is more psychological and less physical, the first benefit we’re going to experience is both physical as well as mental.

                                                                        This benefit happens literally immediately, right at the moment of meditation. It is the essence of mediation basically.

                                                                        The First Benefit of Meditation

                                                                        The first benefit of meditation is twofold:

                                                                        1. Improving inward attention (sharpening the mind)
                                                                        2. Relaxation of the body

                                                                        Let’s do it right now. This benefit consists of only one step, and it is very simple to perform. It goes like this:

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                                                                        Sit still and pay attention to your exhalation.

                                                                        That’s it! Technically, the whole journey into the world of mediation begins here and nowhere else. And right here, you benefit from this step in the following way:

                                                                        When you pay attention to the flow of your exhalation (gentle, deep, effortless exhalation), your body begins with the process of relaxation instantly (your heart rate slows down, your nervous system calms, and tension in your muscles is relieved).

                                                                        When the nervous system calms, your mind calms down, and, more specifically, less thoughts are produced by your mind. How, exactly? By applying one of the most valuable mental skills—attention—the mind follows the breathing and has no space and time to generate any other thoughts. Only when the attention goes off the breath, other thoughts are constructed, and the mind is accelerating with thought production again.

                                                                        Keeping the First Benefit Effective and Ongoing

                                                                        Here you apply the approach of not letting the relaxation and attention process get interrupted; rather let the effects of these benefits implant in your body and mind as deeply as possible.

                                                                        This is to say, the instant relaxation and inward attention happen at the same time when you follow the flow of your breath. Repeating this process—creating a constant rhythm out of the breathing and the attention—you create a process of meditation.

                                                                        Keep your attention on the flow of your breath and see how the calmness of body and mind begin to rule your present moment. The longer you stay connected to your breathing, the stronger you’ll feel the benefit. Start with 3-5 minutes at a time without doing anything else, and increase to 10-20 minutes and onwards.

                                                                        Can you think of a better, simpler and quicker exercise that can relax the body and improve attention in this way, at this speed?

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                                                                        This benefit takes you to the second one.

                                                                        The Second Benefit of Meditation

                                                                        While still working with the first benefit of mediation, you slowly start to see the second benefit of mediation, which is fourfold. I call it the major value of mediation:

                                                                        1. Energy (physical and mental strength)
                                                                        2. Observance
                                                                        3. Peacefulness (stillness, and space of mind for deeper observation)
                                                                        4. Patience

                                                                        Peacefulness is the source of a blissful life. The energy is the fuel to express that blissfulness. Whatever we want to accomplish in life we need: 1) Physical and mental strength, 2) Observance of that energy, 3) Peacefulness—the calmness and stillness that creates space for freedom of being and creative thinking, and 4) Patience for the process of accomplishment.

                                                                        You can only get creative in thinking and boosted with physical and mental energy when you get in touch with the deepest levels of yourself—when you harmonize your mental and physiological activities. How do you do that? Let’s try it right now:

                                                                        This step involves the observation of the two separate movements of your breath. After paying attention on your exhalation, you have prepared your body and mind to really see and feel what true peacefulness and true energy means.

                                                                        1. Energy

                                                                        Keep your attention on your inhalation (inhaling gently, deeply and lightly) and feel the new energy (new oxygen) flowing in your body. The inhalation is the symbol for aliveness and vitality. It is the the primary act that connects the baby’s body with the outside world after coming out of the womb[1]. Each inhalation is a new opportunity for your body to revive, regenerate, and renew itself.

                                                                        2. Observance

                                                                        The observance comes during the process of meditation, enabling you to see the physiological benefits of introducing new energy to your body. Use that benefit by utilizing its effects, and create deeper observation into yourself. With every single inhalation, this observation will enable you to generate even more energy, mentally and physically.

                                                                        3. Peacefulness

                                                                        Keep your attention on your exhalation, and feel how, out of the relaxation, peacefulness is spreading throughout your whole body. The exhalation is the symbol for relaxation and peacefulness. Only through meditation can you realize what absolute peacefulness means.

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                                                                        4. Patience

                                                                        The meditation delivers the previous benefits to you immediately and opens up the possibility for many other benefits and great virtues. A specific one to mention, which is essential for reaching the ultimate benefits of meditation, is patience. If you have experienced the aforementioned benefits, it means that you have invested a certain amount of patience into mastering yourself and your mind.

                                                                        The Ultimate Benefits of Meditation

                                                                        Patience is a key quality when it comes to the ultimate benefits of meditation.

                                                                        Since the mind is the tool that reveals everything, mediation is the method for the proper utility of the tool.

                                                                        The above mentioned benefits of mediation lead to the ultimate benefits of mediation—qualities that depict what makes a human being human. As you dwell in a meditative state of being, the following benefits begin to emanate:

                                                                        • Diligence: the persistence for righteous effort to reach an intrinsic value; inner strength.
                                                                        • Temperance: to express self-control and show excellence in managing the physio-biological and mental necessities
                                                                        • Courage: using righteous effort and braveness to look into the weaknesses of yourself and at the hardship of your life, endure it and patiently overcome the obstacles
                                                                        • Loving kindness and Compassion – a capacity to care, understand, and tolerate other people’s state of being, wishing them freedom from suffering.
                                                                        • Wisdom: the moment when you feel that mediation gives you the feeling and the knowledge that what you do relating to life and practical affairs is just.
                                                                        • Equanimity: that puts you in a state of composure, and you experience an ongoing blissful state of being.

                                                                        These are the 6 ultimate benefits of meditation that put your body and mind in a state of health and balance.

                                                                        Final Thoughts

                                                                        Mediation exists to put order in your mind and awaken the best of you, to reconnect you to your goodness and your inborn intelligent capabilities.

                                                                        Meditation is the window to your true Self. It gives you a panoramic view of your heart’s greatness. It shows you the true meaning of love, freeing you from the dungeons of ignorance and despair. The power of meditation dismantles the evil that’s trying to cloud the beauty of your heart.

                                                                        Your heart, body, and soul are the bridge over which the challenges of life frequently carry their heavy load. Meditation is the support of that bridge. Make use of that support.

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