If you have the unfortunate experience of having to put a pet down, find a vet that will make a house call. Don’t let your pet’s last moments be somewhere they are afraid of.
If you want to divide something among two people (usually kids), you get one person to divide, and the other person gets first pick on which piece they want. Everyone wins and it ensures the person who divides is fair.
When you spill wine on fabric (clothing, carpet, couch). Dab it carefully with a paper towel to absorb most of the liquid, then pour salt over the remaining stain. The next day, the salt will have absorbed most the wine and you just vacuum it up
Get a blank book and have each family member over 50 write down the life advice they’d want their descendants in 500 years to know. Keep adding to it and passing it down. You now have a family heirloom that won’t be pawned off for drug money, and will only get more useful as time goes on.
If you can smell your own perfume/cologne througout the day, you have used it too much. It will annoy people.
If someone is getting worked up and overexcited and frustrated about a topic, they’re probably just venting and not asking for advice. Be there to listen, not to lecture.
Taking pictures with your phone at a large event? Turn off your flash! Your flash is only good up to 12 feet, the stage lights are a thousand times brighter and you are just draining your battery. No flash = better pictures!
If your copay for medication is too high, check the website of the company, they often have free coupons that could cover the entire copay or dramatically reduce it. They’d rather pay for your copay and receive your insurance payout than you not take their medication.
If you like one song by an artist, but don’t dig the rest of their stuff. find out who the producer is and see what other work they’ve done. The producer can play a big role in how the final song turns out.
X percent of Y is equal to Y percent of X. So, if you want to find out what 7% of 50 is, you could instead find out what 50% of 7 is, which is 3.5. This means that 7% of 50 is also equal to 3.5.
If you want to learn a new language, figure out the 100 most frequently used words and start with them. Those words make up about 50% of everyday speech, and should be a very solid basis.
Want a good dog? Take them with you everywhere you go. There is a reason that dogs of street people are amazing, and cooped-up condo dogs are hyperactive spaz dogs.
Ever notice how homeless people who have dogs – their dogs are amazingly calm, follow their owners everywhere? They have life experience. They’ve been out, seen the world a lot, socialized a lot, and just want to follow and hang out with their owners. If you were kept in a room your whole life, you’d freak and spaz and mis-behave the couple of times a day you were let out too.
Don’t ask people if they’re free on a certain date without specifying why you’re asking. Simply asking “are you free on Friday?” comes across like you’re tricking the other person into doing whatever it is you want them to do.
As a leader, give praise in public and give discipline in private.
In an old job in “Corporate America” I had a manager who would always share with employees encouragement and kind words of praise within earshot of other employees, and would offer words of critisicm and suggestions for improvement in private (in his office or a conference room). This set up an environment of positive reinforcement and gave employees respect and honesty they needed to perform at a higher level.
Never take a problem to your boss until you have multiple solutions to it.
It may seem obvious to some but imagine the difference between an employee coming to you with a problem that you then have to figure out how to solve VS an employee coming to you with a problem they already have several solutions for and you simply need to choose (as the manager) which option you believe is best.
In my experience when most employees come across a problem they don’t know how to instantly solve they simply present it to their manager and wait for a response.
This does nothing other than concrete your managers opinion that you are unable to do their job and they subconsciously disqualify you from promotion, presenting them with multiple solutions to a problem however makes them feel they are in control whilst simultaneously considering you as an asset worthy of promotion or at the very least retention.
iOS has an option to turn off apps asking to rate them
Apple have put in an option to turn this off (asking to rate is automatically on by default) so they can’t ask you anymore. To turn this off on iOS 11, go to settings and tap ‘account’ at the top then iTunes and app store’ at the bottom there’s an option to turn off in-app reviews.
If a friend is buying you lunch and you are wondering what price or how much is okay, ask him what he recommends.
If you suffer from anxiety or an uncomfortable feeling of butterflies in your stomach, simply wash your face with cool water. An effect called the “diving reflex” will instantly lower your heart-rate substantially, helping you calm down.
When comparing ice cream for quality, but the ingredient list looks the similar, compare the weight of a serving on the nutrition label. Denser is better. The gums and fillers used in lower quality ice cream are lighter than cream and eggs.
If one says a serving is 1/4 cup (65g) and the other says a serving is 1/4 cup (73g), get the 73g one. They may both have some fillers, but the denser one will have less.
If you burn food to the bottom of a pot and can’t scrub it out, put the pot back on the stove and boil water in it. It will loosen the burnt food and make it easier to clean.
Add some baking soda to the boiling water to soften even more!
If there are no chances for job growth or improvement – it’s time to move on. You are worth more the more you learn. Otherwise you are getting paid less the more you know.
If you’re a renter with low water pressure, buy a decent shower head. They can typically be installed in less than 5 minutes and make a huge difference.
If you share an ‘inside joke’ with a friend around other people, just let them know what it is even if they won’t get it. People don’t appreciate being excluded.
If you are going to be working on or cleaning a lawn mower take the spark plug out. Spinning the blade with your hand could cause it to start.
Try buying a gaming mouse even if you don’t plan to game. The extra buttons can be easily mapped to basic tasks such as cut, copy, paste, etc. which can come in quite handy.
Don’t use your debit card on vacation. Use a credit card instead. If your card gets compromised or stolen, your actual money will be fine so you can still get home and pay the rent. The issue will be resolved before you have to pay the bill.
Looking to buy or rent a house in an unfamiliar neighborhood? Find Airbnb there, stay a few nights and walk to the train, grocery stores, etc. Get a better feel of it
If your friend owns a business, don’t ask for a friend discount or for some free products, a great friend is one that pays full price to support their friend
Real bros don’t take advantage of their hardworking friends trying to make a living. Real bros try to help them out on their journey.
If you really want to connect with someone, take them for a long, scenic walk. Not being face to face takes some of the pressure off, and the scenery puts you in the right mood to open up.
When you go on vacation, bring a new soundtrack/album you have never heard before. In the future, every time you listen to the soundtrack/album again it will bring you vivid memories of the places you have visited.
If you’re buying a home printer for occasional use, get a laser printer; they’re more expensive up front but way more economical in the long run.
Inkjet ink is exceptionally expensive and priced that way because the company’s got you where they want you by selling you a cheap printer. Laser printers use toner which is more expensive to replace, but lasts longer. Inkjet ink dries out when it’s not used and is wasted. Kinda like running the engine on a car when it’s not being driven.
As for photos, many people have pointed this out and it’s a valid concern. Many laser printers do an excellent job on photos and they’re getting better, but ink is still king. You still have options.
Go to a community college for a few years and then transfer to a University after you reach the maximum transferable credit limits. You’ll save about 50% on tuition depending on your state
Make sure the college you plan to transfer to will actually accept your credits. Do this by going to that college with a list of the community college courses, and asking which will be transferred.
If you don’t do this, half or more of your community college credits may not be accepted.
When taking a taxi ALWAYS get a receipt even if you don’t need one. That way if you happen to accidentally leave a personal belonging behind you will have the company name and taxi number.
Inflation is currently ~2% per year. If you are not getting more than that per year as a raise, you are getting a pay cut. If you are not earning more than that in returns on your savings, you are losing money.
If you have a bunch of cash sitting in a savings account making 0.03% interest, you are losing ~2% of your money every year. Invest it, put it in a CD that matches or beats inflation, etc.
Put your phone into “Do Not Disturb” or ‘Airplane Mode’ mode when showing someone something on your phone. It will keep any private information from popping up and can save embarrassment
You can fix the scratches on an old CD/DVD with a banana!
Soda pop tabs can be used to hang pictures and frames.
If you want to soften butter quickly but don’t want to melt it, put boiling hot water in a glass to heat the glass. Dump the water out and flip it over your stick of butter. In a few minutes, it will be soft enough to use!
Grilling meat on a skewer? Use 2 skewers so the pieces of meat don’t turn back around once you flip them.
How to pack “leak-proof” bottles for a trip:
Use tin foil if your batteries are too short.
No fridge in your hotel? Use the A/C!
Use tape to help remove small glass shards.
Serve condiments in a muffin tin.
“Spotted a pro parent in the airport with a car seat attached to their suitcase.”