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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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                      Not too long ago, you believed that making money with a blog was impossible. But after seeing dozens of income reports from other bloggers, you became hooked. Now you’re left wondering if you could achieve similar results.

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                      How to monetize your blog the right way

                      A blog is more than a website with words, it’s a brand that solves a problem. When you’re first starting off it’s difficult to make any money. Why? Because no one trusts your brand.

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                      You need to learn from bloggers with diverse backgrounds.

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                      Browse the list of some of the most influential and down to earth bloggers in today’s time. Chances are that you’ll resonate with a few of them. Take their practical lessons and apply them to your blog.

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                      1. Gary Vaynerchuck – Down to earth entrepreneur who’ll transform your life

                        Gary is a proud “D” student who helped his dad grow his wine liquor store into a 60 million business. He left the wine business to start his own digital agency, which now generates over $100 million.

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                        Lesson: Have the patience to build a successful business.

                        2. Pat Flynn – Online Jedi who’s fearless to try new ideas

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                                                    Lesson: View your shortcomings as gifts and use them to stand out.

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                                                      Lesson: Be transparent about your struggles to build a supportive audience.

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                                                        Lesson: Hard work is more important than experience to achieve your goals.

                                                        18. Stefanie O’Connell – The financial role model every woman needs

                                                          Stefanie started blogging around 2008, at a time when most of America was in a financial crisis. Despite this, she went from living on less than $500 a week to dubbed as a Millennial money expert.

                                                          Stefanie spends her time helping ambitious women adopt “rich” habits. Join Stefanie’s tribe and start feeling empowered with your finances.

                                                          Lesson: You can be a role model for others if you’re brave enough to face your fears

                                                          19. J.D. Roth – Finance enthusiast who’ll leave you thinking smarter

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                                                            J.D. was a contributor of the “Your Money” column for Entrepreneur magazine. His blog is one of the best personal finance blogs on the web and has received millions of visitors. You’ll find in-depth articles that will leave you making smarter money decisions.

                                                            Lesson: No matter how big your problems are, there’s always a solution.

                                                            20. Catherine Alford – Entrepreneur mom, inspiring women to chase their dreams

                                                              Catherine is a speaker, writer, and a proud mom of 2 twins. She’s an inspiration for women looking to spend more time with their families. Catherine became best Contributor/Freelancer for personal finance in 2014.

                                                              Discover why you don’t need to choose between your career and family at Catherine’s blog.

                                                              Lesson: Your story can become the inspiration many are searching for.

                                                              21. Natalie Bacon – Life coach and entrepreneur inspiring women to design their dream lives

                                                                Natalie is an inspiration for those looking to pursue their passion. She’s featured in major sites like The Huffington Post, Forbes, and many others. Natalie follows her dreams and isn’t afraid of hard work. Her blog contains quality content that will inspire you to take action.

                                                                Lesson: Don’t be afraid to change course because you’ll be one step closer to finding your dream life.

                                                                22. Crystal Paine – Inspirational entrepreneur who loves to give back

                                                                  Crystal is a personal finance blogger who’s been writing since 2006. Her site has creative ways to save money on groceries, clothes, toys, and much more. Crystal donates a percentage of her blog’s income towards life-impacting ministries.

                                                                  Her blog will not only teach you how to save money but also how to live an abundant lifestyle.

                                                                  Lesson: Focus on helping others first and you’ll build massive wealth.

                                                                  23. Liz – Frugal expert who’ll transform your bad spending habits

                                                                    Liz is an author, writer and a frugal expert who enjoys helping others save money. She’s featured in NPR, Forbes, Liz’s blog contains creative ways to save money and reach financial independence.

                                                                    Lesson: Be bold enough to prioritize your opinion above others’.

                                                                    Start your blog and achieve jaw-dropping results

                                                                    Imagine waking in your pajamas and opening your laptop. You notice a few hundred dollars were deposited to your Paypal account. This money didn’t fall from the sky, it came from your blog.

                                                                    Not too long ago you believed making money from a blog was impossible, but now you’ve finally achieved it. Amazing isn’t it?

                                                                    This can be your reality if you learn from these successful bloggers. Go through this list and pick your top three bloggers. Take a look at their content (Blog, Podcast, Video), and break your bad habits.

                                                                    The time has come to transform yourself into the blogger you’d like to become. You’re not someone who only wants to accumulate a ton of cash. You want to live your dream life and impact others doing what you love.

                                                                    What’s stopping you now?

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