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Food:
  • If you get a piece of eggshell in with the eggs while cracking them, use the other half of the eggshell to fish it out instead of trying to use your fingers or anything else.
  • If you want to separate the yolk from the white, take an empty clean water bottle, squeeze the bottle, place the mouth over the yolk and slowly release the bottle. The yolk will get sucked up into the bottle with minimal/no white.
  • When boiling eggs, add 1/4 teaspoon baking soda to the water. Makes them really easy to peel and doesn't affect the taste.
  • If you have a room temperature bottle (and esp can) that you want to get cold fast, wrap a wet paper towel around it and put it in the freezer. It'll be ice cold pretty quickly.
  • Microwave rice from TJ's
  • Open a can of corn,put salt pepper and cheese on top, microwave or oven it (super easy lunch)
  • 2 slices of old pizza from the fridge, lay them cheese sides on top of each other and put them in a sandwich maker. Instant calzone.
  • For chulent of course.. Using only navy beans, chulent mix a big no no.
  • If you're going to freeze ground beef, put it in a gallon ziploc and squeeze/spread it flat to fill the bag. You can stack them in the freezer and it'll defrost much faster (without the outside spoiling while the inside is still frozen).
  • To easily melt a small amount of chocolate / butter, put it in a ziploc bag and put that into a mug of hot water for a few minutes. No mess! You can cut a hole in the corner to pipe chocolate too.
  • Shredded cheese lasts longer in the freezer, but will clump up, before freezing add a little bit of cornstarch (1tbs) and shake vigorously. The pieces will stay separate and it'll be easy to use.
  • To cool down baby food without blowing at it (which may add your bacteria to the food) wave your hand at it.
Travel:
  • If you want a hot meal on any plane, bring a tradition soup or oatmeal packet and use the free hot water they offer with tea. Great for traveling in general.
  • Before you go on a long flight, freeze a JJ cappuccino.  If it's frozen they let it on the plane. Once you get up from your nap on the plane there is nothing as refreshing as an iced cappuccino. It should still be freezing but not frozen.
  • When packing a suitcase, put your socks inside your shoes. It will save a little space and stop your shoes from getting crushed.
  • The aisle seat armrest usually has a little button underneath by the hinge that allows you to lift it. Makes it much easier to get in and out of your seat, especially if your tray table is open with stuff on it.
  • When we go on trips My wife packs the childrens clothing in individual ziplocs for each day of our trip. Like that she doesn't have to look for all the matching stuff.
Computers:
  • You can open links a in new tab by clicking with the scroll wheel.

    Quickly toggle between tabs.

    1) Excel and most internet browsers: Ctrl + PgUp/Dn
    2) Google Sheets: Ctrl + Shift + PgUpDn
    3) chrome: control-tab / control-shift-tab
alternatively ctrl+number tab from left
   
  • Widows+V will open up your clipboard with all recent stuff copied.
Every day/Home:
  • If you are drilling into a wall, open an envelope and tape the flap to the wall under where you are drilling and it catches all the plaster/dust that comes out. Makes cleanup after a small drilling a breeze
  • Open glass jars with rubber gloves, Or a rubber band around the lid.
  • When you first open a bottle of soda or seltzer or pop, begin by slowly turning the cap one-quarter turn and wait about 10 seconds, watching for the small bubbles to slow down, and listening as the sssst of escaping gas gets quieter.  Then turn another 1/4 turn, and wait another 10 seconds till it quiets down.
  • If you get chewing gum on your clothes, put the clothes in the freezer for a bit, it will be much easier to remove the gum afterwards.
Stores:

  • Check out at the pharmacy in the grocery store when the regular lines are long.
Perscriptions:

  • GoodRX.com, even for meds that are covered. My insurance can have a $15 copay, but coupon from GoodRX gets me the medication for $7. When insurance doesn't cover the medication, it's a fraction of the cost. I've seen discounts of 90%
Holidays:
  • After Yom Tov, especially Pesach, make a spreadsheet. What on the menu went over well with guests and kids. What did you run short on and need to have more next time around. What did you way overbuy on. That way there is no need to reinvent the wheel next year.

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« Reply #1040 on: March 11, 2022, 12:56:33 AM »
You also don't want this to happen. (Youtube link- language warning.)
Ouch. Every car has recovery points. Sometimes you have to install them yourself. YouTube is your friend. This guy didn't follow directions

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« Reply #1041 on: March 15, 2022, 11:06:52 PM »
Schedule Send for email and texting.

Just got into it and find myself using it all the time.

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« Reply #1042 on: June 24, 2022, 04:15:21 PM »
If you need to use an access code on the phone, save the contact with commas or Ps between the sets of numbers for a 2 second pause.

For example: to call into Rav Reuven Feinstein's chumash shiur, create a contact with the number: 6465588656,,9936664221#,#,10309#
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« Reply #1043 on: June 24, 2022, 04:19:55 PM »
If you need to use an access code on the phone, save the contact with commas or Ps between the sets of numbers for a 2 second pause.

For example: to call into Rav Reuven Feinstein's chumash shiur, create a contact with the number: 6465588656,,9936664221#,#,10309#
a semi-colon works too
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« Reply #1044 on: June 24, 2022, 04:21:41 PM »
a semi-colon works too
https://www.macsparky.com/blog/2015/04/the-iphone-extension-trick/
On the basic phones I've used the older used a P, and the newer one uses a ,.
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« Reply #1045 on: July 14, 2022, 01:28:34 PM »
You can open links a in new tab by clicking with the scroll wheel.
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Also Clicking on a link with the scroll wheel opens in new tab.
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« Reply #1048 on: August 02, 2022, 03:04:31 PM »
Not sure if this counts as a hack, but this is very useful for planning trips: https://citiesbetween.com
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« Reply #1049 on: August 02, 2022, 03:56:22 PM »
If you focus on being a boss, you will never be a leader. Leaders lead people to growth and improvement.

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« Reply #1050 on: August 02, 2022, 04:19:10 PM »
I think this is a solid hack.
https://www.csbbankonline.bank/Calcs/Biweekly.html
Depends on your interest rate. If you have a low rate, it's to your advantage to stretch it as long as possible.

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« Reply #1051 on: August 02, 2022, 04:20:08 PM »
I think this is a solid hack.
https://www.csbbankonline.bank/Calcs/Biweekly.html

Just be aware this means 26 payments of half the monthly amount a year instead of 24 halves. In other words 13 annual payments. As long as you plan for July & Dec. could be great budgeting plan to clear up mortgage early, if that's what you're looking to do.

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Since you would pay 26 biweekly payments, by the end of a year you would have paid the equivalent of one extra monthly payment.
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« Reply #1052 on: August 02, 2022, 04:50:01 PM »
Depends on your interest rate. If you have a low rate, it's to your advantage to stretch it as long as possible.
Thats why it is a hack and not investment advice necessarily.
If you dont live with a budget and spend what income you have, this is a way to slip in an extra mortage payment.
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« Reply #1053 on: August 02, 2022, 05:47:03 PM »
Depends on your interest rate. If you have a low rate, it's to your advantage to stretch it as long as possible.

I used to do this, stopped because I refi'd
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« Reply #1054 on: August 02, 2022, 06:00:49 PM »
I used to do this, stopped because I refi'd

And how much did you end up gaining from having done this? Was it worthwhile?
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« Reply #1055 on: August 02, 2022, 07:41:22 PM »
If you dont live with a budget and spend what income you have, this is a way to slip in an extra mortage payment.

This would work well for those who get paid bi- weekly.

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« Reply #1056 on: August 02, 2022, 08:01:59 PM »
Thats why it is a hack and not investment advice necessarily.
If you dont live with a budget and spend what income you have, this is a way to slip in an extra mortgage payment.
hack 001: live with a budget

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« Reply #1057 on: August 02, 2022, 08:12:03 PM »
hack 001: live with a budget
Hack? Budget is about planning and discipline.
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« Reply #1058 on: August 02, 2022, 08:37:53 PM »
Hack? Budget is about planning and discipline.
so is making extra mortgage payments? Tricking yourself into saving isn't going to solve or save you from financial issues. The money will fall out the hole in your other pocket just as fast

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« Reply #1059 on: August 02, 2022, 11:35:13 PM »
Hack? Budget is about planning and discipline.
so is making extra mortgage payments? Tricking yourself into saving isn't going to solve or save you from financial issues. The money will fall out the hole in your other pocket just as fast

"Hacking" one's life by learning and manipulating human behaviours and psyche to create financial security could arguably be called the ultimate "life hack".