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10 Ways To Use Tea Bags To Save Money

10 Ways To Use Tea Bags To Save Money

If you are anything like me or thousands of other people across the globe, you drink tea on a frequent basis. Here is a question you probably never really thought about: what about all of those leftover tea bags?

I know what you are thinking: “What about those leftover teabags? Aren’t they useless?” If you had asked me that question yesterday, I would have answered with an affirmative “yup!”

Now, though, after researching the subject, I can tell you that those used up bags of tea actually have quite a few applications.

So many, in fact, that you may just want to keep them around instead of instantly throwing them out as soon as you are done steeping them in your boiling water. Especially if you want to save a buck or two!

Let’s go over a few of the amazing and unexpected uses of tea bags, shall we?

1. Get Rid Of Mouth Sores

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    These are the worst aren’t they? Like little blisters that irritate you every time you move your tongue around. One way to banish these little annoyances is with hydrogen peroxide, but that method is pretty painful (and tastes bad to boot).

    Not to mention, that stuff costs money, and why would you want to waste that when you have perfectly good tea bags lying around?

    From what I’ve learned, tea bags work nearly as well as other antiseptics in cleaning out cuts and sores in your mouth. All you have to do is apply the bag to the wound in your mouth, and you should see some beneficial changes relatively quickly.

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    2. Use Them To Clean

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      We have all heard of using excess coffee filters in lieu of paper towels, right? Well you can use tea bags in a similar manner to wipe off a multitude of surfaces in your home.

      You probably won’t want to throw out your sponges just yet, but these little bags are great for small cleaning jobs (like tomato sauce splatter on your pristine kitchen counters).

      The amount of money you spend on cleaning supplies can add up, so saving a bit here and there by using tea bags is useful.

      3. Heal Your Burns

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        Tea bags, of the black tea variety especially, seem to do a good job of acting as a salve for sunburns and other kinds of minor skin irritation.

        All you have to do is place the bag directly where you’ve been afflicted, and you will feel instant relief.

        Best of all, you won’t need to spend your money on any costly ointments or creams!

        4. Get Rid Of Puffy Eyes

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          Whether it’s caused by aging or a lack of sleep, the regions around our eyes can become particularly sensitive. The key is to use tea bags like you would use cucumber slices at some kind of salon.

          All you do is place tea bags in some ice-cold water, wait, and place them on top of your closed eyes. Voila! You’ll look ten years younger, and for far less than it costs to go to a salon or to buy some special facial cream.

          5. Attack Razor Burn

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            Razor burn is a pain, but you can do something about it if you keep some used tea bags around. Instead of putting bits of toilet paper on your face to cover up minor nicks and scratches, apply a cool and damp tea bag instead.

            It will stop the bleeding, and the antioxidants will help your skin heal.

            Beats spending tons of money on aftershave (that stuff burns anyways).

            6. Say Goodbye To Acne

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              Acne is one of the most annoying skin diseases out there. Luckily, you can fight back if you have some green tea bags around. Indeed, one study found that applying green tea to acne infested skin reduced oil production and dirt accumulation in facial pores by 70%.

              Not only that, but traditional acne medications cost a lot. Therefore, using green tea bags as an alternative can save you a ton of money.

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              7. Improve Your Cooking

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                This one is pretty cool. In addition to marinating your meat with the traditional herbs, spices, and rubs, add some tea bags into the mix.

                Simply place them with the meat along with the other ingredients while it marinates, and the tea will make the meat more tender and flavorful.

                This is an easy and cost effective way of making dinner taste amazing (as opposed to buying those overpriced pre-made marinades).

                8. Compost Them

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                  You can compost tea bags in a couple ways. You can simply place all of the bags in a pile along with other compost material, and wait for it to decompose into something akin to potting soil. Or, you can steep the bags in water over night and use that water to feed your plants.

                  Thirdly, you can also just take the used tea bags and place them in the soil around plants, which has the added effect of repelling pests like maggots.

                  With luck, you’ll save yourself from having to go out and purchase expensive potting soil, plant supplements, and pest deterrents.

                  9. Use As An Air Freshener

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                    Forget using Febreeze or other expensive synthetic products like scented candles. This works especially well for old shoes that just smell too terrible to wear.

                    All you have to do is take the used tea bags, place them in the smelly shoes, and let them sit there for a couple days.

                    Then, take the bags out, and you’ll notice that the shoes are ready to be worn again. Nifty, huh?

                    You can also use a similar technique to freshen up musty smelling rooms. Just hang used tea bags from the ceiling (or off a hanger if it’s your closet), and your nose will notice the results fairly quickly.

                    10. Eliminate Bad Breath

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                      While unknown to many, both green and black tea have antibacterial properties. You can take advantage of that fact by taking recently used tea bags, re-steeping them in boiling water, and waiting for the water to cool.

                      Once it is near room temperature, you can use it like any other mouthwash, effectively giving you a natural version of Listerine (saving you from having to spend your hard earned money on the synthetic stuff).

                      Do you have any unique uses for tea bags that I missed? Please share your ideas and experiences with me in the comments section below!

                      Featured photo credit: Tea bags/Kate Ter Haar via flickr.com

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                      9 Millionaire Success Habits That Will Inspire Your Life

                      9 Millionaire Success Habits That Will Inspire Your Life

                      As technology evolves and information becomes more accessible, it has also become more challenging to define success. A lot of people are trapped in the rat race while trying to discover the actual formula for success.

                      You could become overwhelmed with what tools, techniques or philosophies to imbibe while trying to get tips over the internet. At every click and turn, there are ‘how-tos and quick-fix’ on how to become successful overnight. You will find several courses, articles, videos and books on how to achieve financial success.

                      But what if I tell you it doesn’t have to be complicated as people made it out to be? What if you could achieve success by merely following these 9 millionaire success habits?

                      1. Read for Personal Development

                      A daily habit I have discovered millionaires share in common is reading. For instance, if you are an entrepreneur, you need to read to become an efficient leader and a productive business owner. Reading helps you to grow and learn without going to a business school.

                      A research conducted by Thomas Crowley indicates about 85% of self-made millionaires read at least two or more books each month. [1] Warren Buffett is one of these examples. He spends 80% of his day reading. In the early days of his investment career, he would read 600 to 1000 pages in a single day.

                      While millionaires sometimes read for pleasure, they also learn to improve themselves. They read topics on leadership, how-tos, self-help, biographies, lifehacks and also follow current events.

                      Here’re some recommendations for you: 25 Best Self Improvement Books to Read No Matter How Old You Are

                      2. Establish Multiple Sources of Income

                      Another success habit I noticed about successful people is that they don’t depend on a single income source. Every millionaire possesses multiple sources of income. This helps them to manage economic challenges and also make more money.

                      They are passive income addicts. They earn interests from loans, rental income from real estate, royalties from intellectual properties, dividends from investments. They also launch a side business or run a website or sell information products.

                      How income is made either passively or actively is what separates the successful from the wannabes. They are always learning ways to build multiple streams of income.

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                      3. Live on a Stipulated Monthly Budget

                      An average millionaire does not believe in luck and jackpot. They take the time to understand cash flow-income and expenses. Based on this, they establish a monthly budget and religiously stick to it.

                      The essence of the budget is to minimize unnecessary expenses. This will help you gain complete control of your financial life. Budgeting helps you to avoid overspending to achieve your financial goals. Here’re some tips to help you stuck to your budget: 32 Hacks for Sticking to Your Budget

                      4. Manage and Maximize Money

                      The most significant education for a millionaire is financial intelligence. Nobody attains financial freedom without gaining financial intelligence. This is the more reason millionaire, regardless of their income, keep their knowledge about tax strategies updated.

                      They always seek to reduce their tax bills. One approach they employ is by living or incorporating their business in states with no income tax.

                      Do you know that about 60 companies paid $0 legally in the 2018 tax year? Some of these companies that ‘avoided'(note: not evaded) federal income tax include Chevron, Amazon, Halliburton, General Motors, Delta. Their US income was totaled at $79 billion with an effective tax rate of -5%.

                      What’s the deal? They got a tax refund.

                      How do they accomplish these?

                      An ITEP report indicated that they have the culture of throwing huge sums at tax experts who assist them in discovering creative, as well as convoluted means of paying little tax as much as possible.[2]

                      5. Avoid Debt

                      Another habit that separates the millionaires from the rest of the world is how they manage debt.

                      They don’t live an extravagant lifestyle; instead, they only buy what they need and can pay for. They do not book hotels and flights by using their credit cards to pay for them.

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                      They are conscious of the interest rates even when they use credits cards or take loans. If possible, they try to pay with cash because of its zero percent interest rate.

                      6. Set Daily Goals

                      It does not matter if they are setting up a business, a career, or financial projections; they have the success habit of setting short term goals. They plan daily and weekly goals to generate momentum in achieving their long-term goals.

                      Ensure you prioritize when setting daily goals. This will help you to achieve the most important to-dos on your list.

                      Setting priorities will help you to focus on highly rewarding activities. If you desire financial freedom, it is wise to pursue activities that earn you thousands of dollars rather than hundreds of dollars.

                      7. Don’t Act Rich

                      The goal is not to act rich but to be productive. Interestingly, Thomas Stanley buttressed in his book that for the most prestige brands of cars, about 86% percent are toys of the non-millionaires. While most believe that people with huge fortunes tend to drive exotic cars, in reality the largest consumers of pricey cars are aspiring millionaires.[3]

                      According to findings by Experian Automotive Researchers, 61% of individuals who earn $250,000 or more rarely buy luxury brands. Instead, they buy Hondas, Toyotas, and Fords like the rest of the world. The reason is they are not ready to spend money on premium cars that tend to drop in value in a couple of years as it would cost money. Millionaires invest in assets that appreciate.[4]

                      8. Own or Buy Businesses

                      In Robert Kiyosaki’s cashflow quadrant, he divided how you earn income into four quadrants. The E and the S quadrants take the left position while the B and the I are on the right side. According to Robert, it is possible to be on all quadrants, but the millionaires are not.[5]

                      • E stands for employee – they work for others
                      • S stands for self-employed – they work for themselves
                      • B stands for a Business owner- employees work for them (500 or more employees)
                      • I stand for Investors – Money work for them like Warren Buffet.

                      Your goal is to move from the left quadrant to the right quadrants where you own big businesses or make money work for you.

                      It is possible to become financially successful by pursuing what you love. For instance, if you love writing, aspire to be the best seller. Wealth and passion work together.

                      Check out How to Start a Small Business with Little to No Money for tips.

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                      9. Avoid Get-Rich-Quick Scheme

                      A millionaire holds patience as an essential virtue. It takes patience to become successful, not only in finance but in every aspect of life. While it is possible to become financially successful at an early age, most millionaires hit it at age 50. They live a moderate life, invest in their future and retire rich.

                      Bonus: How to Develop the Millionaire Success Habits?

                      Having learned these habits, the next question is,

                      How can I develop the Millionaire Success habits?

                      Here are six values you will need to develop:

                      Establish Your Life Vision

                      You need to be clear about what you want in life to set yourself for a life of success. Your vision has to go beyond becoming a millionaire to understanding why you want to become one. Any great entrepreneur you will ever find has a clear vision and an established mission.

                      Understanding why you are doing what you do will drive you to become the kind of successful person you want to be.

                      Make Your Passion a Profession

                      When your passion becomes your profession, work becomes pleasurable. Loving what you do enables money to flow to you and through you.

                      So what’s going to be? Wake up every morning by speaking positive words into your work, love what you do, and focus on the work that brings you joy.

                      Take a look at this article and learn how to make it happen: 5 Steps To Turn Your Passion Into A Career

                      Focus on Solution

                      Focusing on the solution means establishing the problem that you or your business address. This will help you focus on the solutions when others are faced with challenges.

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                      A millionaire has a mindset that is fixed on the solution. He or she knows there’s a way out, and that every problem is an opportunity in disguise.

                      Improve your problem solving skills with these tips: 6 Effective Ways to Enhance Your Problem Solving Skills

                      Develop Your Leadership Skills

                      Leadership skills are an asset that is indispensable if you want to develop a millionaire success habit. The more you hone your leadership skills, the more you will attract leaders who share your values.

                      Be Growth-Focused

                      Millionaire entrepreneurs prioritize self-improvement. Here’s how to achieve it:

                      • Get a coach. Coaching will impact your life, and you will achieve peak performance in life and business when you have a life coach.
                      • Be coachable. It is not enough to have a coach; you must be coachable. Sometimes, you need feedback and counsel to reposition your life and business. A coach has the wisdom and experience to counsel you from a higher perspective. The more you receive feedback and work on yourself, the more you become better at what you do and who you are.

                      Flip Your Thought Pattern From Acting To Being

                      It is not enough to have a millionaire success habit, you must also become a person of positive influence. This is how you can become significant. Bill Gates is not only rich; he is changing lives in Africa and different parts of the world.

                      If you want to become successful, you must first be and think like a successful person. This is how resources you need can flow into your life.

                      Here’s a final thought from me:

                      It is not enough to do something to have something; success is about being someone who possesses what is needed to take positive and inspired actions.

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