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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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                                                                        10 Powerful Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Living Today

                                                                        10 Powerful Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Living Today

                                                                        Plato knew that the body and mind are intimately linked. And in the late 1800s, the Mayo brothers, famous physicians, estimated that over half of all hospital beds are filled with people suffering from frustration, anxiety, worry and despair. Causes of worry are everywhere, in our relationships and our jobs, so it’s key we find ways to take charge of the stress.

                                                                        In his classic book How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, Dale Carnegie offers tools to ditch excessive worrying that help you make a worry-free environment for your private and professional life.

                                                                        These are the top 10 tips to grab worry by the horns and wrestle it to the ground:

                                                                        1. Make Your Decision and Never Look Back

                                                                        Have you ever made a decision in life only to second-guess it afterwards? Of course you have! It’s hard not to wonder whether you’ve done the right thing and whether there might still be time to take another path.

                                                                        But keep this in mind: you’ve already made your decision, so act decisively on it and dismiss all your anxiety about it.

                                                                        Don’t stop to hesitate, to reconsider, or to retrace your steps. Once you’ve chosen a course of action, stick to it and never waver.

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                                                                        2. Live for Today, Package Things up in “Day-Tight Compartments”

                                                                        You know that feeling: tossing, turning and worrying over something that happened or something that might, well into the wee hours. To avoid this pointless worrying, you need “day-tight compartments”. Much as a ship has different watertight compartments, your own “day-tight” ones are a way to limit your attention to the present day.

                                                                        The rule is simple: whatever happened in the past or might happen in the future must not intrude upon today. Everything else has to wait its turn for tomorrow’s box or stay stuck in the past.

                                                                        3. Embrace the Worst-Case Scenario and Strategize to Offset It

                                                                        If you’re worried about something, ask yourself: “What’s the worst thing that could happen?” Could you lose your job? Be jailed? Get killed?

                                                                        Whatever the “worst” might be, it’s probably not so world-ending. You could probably even bounce back from it!

                                                                        If, for example, you lose your job, you could always find another. Once you accept the worst-case scenario and get thinking about contingency plans, you’ll feel calmer.

                                                                        4. Put a Lid on Your Worrying

                                                                        Sometimes we stress endlessly about negative experiences when just walking away from them would serve us far better.

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                                                                        To make squashing that worry easier, try this strategy, straight from stock traders: it’s called the “stop-loss” order, where shares are bought at a certain price, and then their price development is observed. If things go badly and the share price hits a certain point, they are sold off immediately. This stops the loss from increasing further.

                                                                        In the same manner, you can put a stop-loss order on things that cause you stress and grief.

                                                                        5. Fake It ‘Til You Make It – Happiness, That Is

                                                                        We can’t directly influence how we feel, but we can nudge ourselves to change through how we think and act.

                                                                        If you’re feeling sad or low, slap a big grin on your face and whistle a chipper tune. You’ll find it impossible to be blue when acting cheerful. But you don’t necessarily need to act outwardly happy; you can simply think happier thoughts instead.

                                                                        Marcus Aurelius summed it up aptly:

                                                                        “Our life is what our thoughts make it.”

                                                                        6. Give for the Joy of Giving

                                                                        When we perform acts of kindness, we often do so with the expectation of gratitude. But harboring such expectations will probably leave you disappointed.

                                                                        One person well aware of this fact was the lawyer Samuel Leibowitz. Over the course of his career, Leibowitz saved 78 people from going to the electric chair. Guess how many thanked him? None.

                                                                        So stop expecting gratitude when you’re kind to someone. Instead, take joy from the act yourself.

                                                                        7. Dump Envy – Enjoy Being Uniquely You

                                                                        Your genes are completely unique. Even if someone had the same parents as you, the likelihood of someone identical to you being born is just one in 300,000 billion.

                                                                        Despite this amazing fact, many of us long to be someone else, thinking the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. But living your life this way is pointless. Embrace your uniqueness and get comfortable with who you really are: How to Be True to Yourself and Live the Life You Want

                                                                        8. Haters Will Hate — It Just Means You’re Doing It Right

                                                                        When you’re criticized, it often means you’re accomplishing something noteworthy. In fact, let’s take it a step further and consider this: the more you’re criticized, the more influential and important a person you likely are.

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                                                                        So the next time somebody talks you down, don’t let it get to you. Take it as a compliment!

                                                                        9. Chill Out! Learn to Rest Before You Get Tired

                                                                        Scientists agree that emotions are the most common cause of fatigue. And it works the other way around, too: fatigue produces more worries and negative emotions.

                                                                        It should be clear, therefore, that you’ve got to relax regularly before you feel tired. Otherwise, worries and fatigue will accumulate on top of each other.

                                                                        It’s impossible to worry when you are relaxed, and regular rest helps you maintain your ability to work effectively.

                                                                        10. Get Organized and Enjoy Your Work

                                                                        There are few greater sources of misery in life than having to work, day in, day out, in a job you despise. It would make sense then that you shouldn’t pick a job you hate, or even just dislike doing.

                                                                        But say you already have a job. How can you make it more enjoyable and worry-free? One way is to stay organized: a desk full of unanswered mails and memos is sure to breed worries.

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                                                                        Better yet, rethink about the job you’re doing: What to Do When You Hate Your Job but Want a Successful Career

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