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Life Hacks

Life Hacks

Life Hacks

Life comes at your fast--and if you're working too hard, you might miss the opportunity to hack your way to an easier existence. Life Hacks are sneaky ways to save time, money, and effort by finding clever new uses for items you already own, using psychological tricks to get ahead, and otherwise subtly gaming the system. We've researched and tested literally thousands of tips, tricks, and techniques to produce the ultimate collection of Life Hacks: the absolute best ways to live an easier, more efficient, and more triumphant life. Dig into this special bookazine!

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beat the system

LIFE COMES AT YOU FAST—and if you’re working too hard, you might miss the opportunity to hack your way to an easier existence. Life Hacks are sneaky ways to save time, money, and effort by finding clever new uses for items you already own, using psychological tricks to get ahead, and otherwise subtly gaming the system. We’ve researched and tested literally thousands of tips, tricks, and techniques to produce this ultimate collection of Life Hacks: the absolute best ways to live an easier, more efficient, and more triumphant life. So dig in!…

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light multiple candles with a spaghetti noodle

When lighting candles on a birthday cake, it’s hard to light more than two or three from a single match without yelping in pain—and if you use one lit candle to light the others, you drip wax all over. Well, look like a fool in front of a children’s party no more! Light an uncooked spaghetti noodle (yes, they’re flammable) and use it to bring the gift of fire from wick to wick. The pasta will burn much slower than the wood or cardboard of a match, letting you get to them all easily. 80% of the energy your washing machine uses is just to heat the water. Wash on cold and save!…

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…7 more great closet hacks

1 FIX STUCK DRAWERS Remove the drawer and rub down its track (and any other wooden parts that rub against dresser parts) with soap to smooth the ride. 2 ZIP IT UP Got a jammed zipper? Brush its teeny teeth with the graphite of a pencil to make it slide free. 3 SNEAKY SNEAKER TRICK Clean scuffed white shoes by scrubbing them with a non-gel toothpaste. 4 SHRINK YOUR FEET Use a hot hair dryer to expand a tight shoe before you try to slide your foot in. 5 FIND TINY TREASURES Locate lost earring backs and other tiny things by putting pantyhose over the end of your vaccum—now you can safely scour for small items. 6 IRON FASTER Flip blouses inside out and you can iron right over buttons, rather than having to steer an iron around them. 7 CLEAN YOUR…

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three ways to deal with a stuck screw

1 First off: Get in the habit of putting a drop of liquid soap on any screw before screwing it in—it’ll slide through wood more easily (with no squeaking or shrieking), making it easier to remove later. 2 If there’s paint in the screw’s groove, making it too shallow for the screwdriver, scrape that out first. Then tap the screwdriver with a hammer to loosen the screw a bit from the wood that’s pinching in on it and try that. 3 Is the head stripped? Place a rubber band flat over the screw head and then press the tip of your screwdriver right into the rubber band and into the groove. The rubber will fill in the gaps in the screw head, providing the traction needed to turn the screw, letting you…

3 min.
8 ways to rock a deal in real estate

4 TRICKS TO BUY LOW 1 PATCH UP YOUR CREDIT The difference between top FICO credit scores (760-850) and 2nd tier (700-756) could cost you $14,000 over the life of a $300K mortgage, so pay off debts if you can. And don’t just prequalify, get preapproved—a lender letter showing you’ve got the money is appealing to sellers, making you more competitive without raising your offer. 2 NAB A KILLER AGENT Bring in a buyer’s agent (the seller covers their commission anyway). You want to find someone with an excellent list-to-sales-price ratio: Get data not only proving they negotiate listings down, but that they’ve done it in places you want to buy. 3 BID ON THE LOCAL EYESORE If you’re willing to roll up your sleeves, look for the cheapest house in your dream neighborhood that may…

1 min.
find a great handyman

The first step: Figure out exactly what you want done to make sure it’s not beyond the capabilities of the average handyman. (Don’t let any-one handle electrical wiring if they aren’t licensed, for example—saving a few bucks won’t seem so clever when the fire starts.) In general, a handyman is perfect for a bunch of relatively small projects that don’t require a buiding permit. Ready to hire? Ask friends and neighbors for recommends, to create a short-iist of three or four handymen they’ve used and trust. (These folks work hyper-locally and depend on word of mouth; the good ones get referrals.) Confirm your finalists can handle the specific tasks you want done: A solid painter may be lousy at redoing a tiler’s work, and vice versa. If they’ve done jobs for…