By now you have surely heard what a hack is. If not, a hack is any tip, trick, shortcut, skill, or novelty method that increases productivity and efficiency, in all walks of life or usually anything that solves an everyday problem in an inspired, ingenious manner. These are some great life hacks that will save you money and make your life easier. Check out this great list of life hacks. LOOK BELOW to learn more about these tips and tricks.
#1 Smartphone or other device got wet? Do not panic, yet
Many people have had that horrible feeling of watching their phone fall in the sink, or worse, the toilet. Or maybe it went through your washing machine. First follow these hints to try and save yourself from buying a new one. Check out The Dairy
#2 Use newspaper to help save your wet sneakers
We all know the frustration of wet and soaked sneakers or running shoes. What do you do to dry them and keep their shape? Learn how newspaper can dry and help keep the shoes in good shape at Lifehacker.com
#3 DIY 6 pack picnic caddy
Here is a great DIY picnic caddy, or for inside the home or cottage. This is made from a cardboard 6 pack box and can easily be decorated. See how at The Centsible Life
#4 Bread tabs can save you time on finding tape ends
The frustration of trying to find that end of the tape. When you find it, it may start to tear. This free idea will end that frustration. See One Hundred Dollars A Month
#5 Save up to 24% on your printer ink costs
With the unbelievably high cost of printer ink, finding a way to save money is as easy as changing fonts. Garamond font can save you up to 24% of your printer ink. Learn more at the BBC
Check out all the great kid’s bedding at The Land Of Nod
#6 Save water usage in your toilet
Today’s toilets are much more efficient, but in older models, even newer models, you can reduce water usage by using things like a brick, a bottle filled with water, etc.. Check out Bathroom TV
for more. Be sure to test flush to make sure it works effectively.
#7 Binder clips to tame the cable clutter
This is such a simple idea that uses binder clips (most have these or have access to them). Check out Small Business
to see this idea and more.
#8 DIY some of your kid’s toys
With the ads geared to children, certain toy franchises are coveted by kids. Buy the basics, but start creating your own DIY accessories. Be creative and get the little ones involved. See this idea at Color Made Me Happy
#9 Cut your grocery bill
Your grocery bill can be one of the highest monthly bills for your household. If you can take a few extra minutes each week and start to create a plan, you can save about 50% on the grocery bill. If you spend $200 a week on groceries, this could be an almost $5000 saving in one year. See Living Well Spending Less
#10 A banana peel can polish your shoes
This is one tip I have not heard of. Using the peel of a banana can actually polish your shoes. Check out Lifehacker.com
and their video on how this works
#11 DIY reusable Swiffer cloths
Create your own DIY reusable and washable Swiffer cloths. Save money on the expensive replacements. Go to The Space Between Blog
for more info.
#12 Recycling candles
If you use a candle warmer, either a name brand one or a generic one, this idea lets you create scents you love using your own candles, or parts of candles. Learn more at Tiff Keetch
#13 Save about $1,000.00 or more on coffee
The mark-up on coffee is remarkable. If you are a regular coffee drinker, you can save over $1000.00 a year by making your own (not Keurig). Check out the info at Hire Rush
and some other ideas.
#14 Cut sponges and scrubbers down to save money
Usually you do not require a huge sponge or pot scrubber. Cut them to the size you need and double the usage. See more at Happy Money Saver
#15 DIY iPhone speaker system
If you like unique things, you will love this DIY speaker system for your smart phone. To learn how to make this low cost idea, check out Instructables
#16 Perfectly formed foods
Use onion rounds, sliced green peppers, etc. to make a food form for things like eggs. This is simple and adds great flavor to your food. Photo source unknown.
#17 Get a library card. Use it
Most libraries have so much more than books. From music to movies, you can save dollars by borrowing, rather than renting (from your cable company or a store). They also have on line resources for ancestry, newspaper archives, magazines, etc. Check out your local library, but first check out this article from Study International
#18 Renegotiate your bills
Yes, this is possible. Make the call. I know personally I have reduced my internet and cable bills, saving about $350 a year. I have tried the credit card company with no luck. But it is worth your time to call. Check out more at The Simple Dollar
#19 Start air drying clothes
Our European friends do this all the time. The dryer does use a lot of energy. By using the great outdoors (weather permitting), or setting up drying racks indoors, you will save energy costs and the clothes smell great. See more at Living On A Dime
#20 Pool noodles help keep toddlers in their bed
If you are looking to graduate your child from safety bars to no safety bars, this is a great step between. Using pool noodles under the fitted sheet will provide some safety. See more at The Kim Six Fix