I’m not claiming these are world changing ideas, just that they are practical tips that I’ve used or advised others of recently. I hope you find at least a couple of them interesting, but more importantly I hope you’ll add to the list. We could all use some more practicality in our lives.
- No matter how much you think your Boss likes you, don’t ever reveal to them anything bad about your private life. Trust me, it will impair your career.
- Replace every light bulb in your home with fluorescents. I spent $250 replacing 70 bulbs and now save $540 per year. Over the expected life of the bulbs my savings will amount to over $4,500.
- If your toilet ever starts to overflow, remove the tank cover and pull the float (normally a big round ball) up by hand to stop the water. Then you can reach down behind the toilet and turn the knob to shut off the water at your leisure. (Practice this one before you really need it!)
- Cheap knives suck! I’m a professionally trained bladesmith. Trust me, I’d take one really good kitchen knife over an entire set of cheap ones! And don’t ever, ever buy serrated knives.
- WD-40 will remove scuff marks from tile floors, and has 2,000 other uses.
- Buy an inexpensive color laser printer to replace your Inkjet. The ink cartridge savings alone will pay for the printer with just 2-3 replacements.
- Running a gas log fireplace in the winter will use ($cost) more energy than any other method of heating a home. They’re mainly decorative, so use them sparingly. Oh, and running the pilot light costs about $5 per month in gas.
- As a welder I burn myself a lot. And there is nothing that works as well as Burn Jel. You need to have some around the house at all times… just in case.
- If you ever drop something tiny on the floor, get a flashlight, lay it on the floor and sweep the beam back and forth across the area. The object’s shadow will be much easier to spot.
- Never pay for a large drink at a restaurant that gives you free refills
Plus one free gift with purchase:
- When in doubt, keep your mouth shut.