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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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Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
« Reply #1100 on: November 20, 2022, 02:50:18 PM »
If you buy a Moen shower head of any sort (like the one on DDMS today), use a pair of pliers to remove the flow restrictor. Youíll get a ton more pressure instantly- out of the box the pressure on most of these is terrible, but without the restrictor itís amazing.

I imagine this is relevant for other brands too, Iíve just done it with Moen.

I've tried that with another brand and water didn't increase really, I was told it depends on the shower pipe width. Unless I didn't do it right.

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« Reply #1101 on: November 20, 2022, 02:52:56 PM »
I've tried that with another brand and water didn't increase really, I was told it depends on the shower pipe width. Unless I didn't do it right.
It should increase.
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« Reply #1102 on: November 20, 2022, 06:37:34 PM »
I've tried that with another brand and water didn't increase really, I was told it depends on the shower pipe width. Unless I didn't do it right.
It should increase.
In other words even if your pressure is low there should still be a noticeable difference. If your original pressure is really bad than perhaps not.
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Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
« Reply #1103 on: November 20, 2022, 07:44:02 PM »
If you buy a Moen shower head of any sort (like the one on DDMS today), use a pair of pliers to remove the flow restrictor. Youíll get a ton more pressure instantly- out of the box the pressure on most of these is terrible, but without the restrictor itís amazing.

I imagine this is relevant for other brands too, Iíve just done it with Moen.
ETA, important warning that I forgot to include: Depending on your home's water pressure and the showerhead, you may find that the pressure is too strong after removing the flow restrictor (the water feels like it cuts into your back). Hold on to the flow restrictor when you remove it, and if /the pressure is too high put the restrictor back in, and drill a hole in it to let more water through. Start with a small hole and go bigger until you find the pressure that you like.

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Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
« Reply #1104 on: November 20, 2022, 10:53:17 PM »
If you buy a Moen shower head of any sort (like the one on DDMS today), use a pair of pliers to remove the flow restrictor. Youíll get a ton more pressure instantly- out of the box the pressure on most of these is terrible, but without the restrictor itís amazing.

I imagine this is relevant for other brands too, Iíve just done it with Moen.
I never like pressureÖ except in the shower!

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« Reply #1105 on: November 20, 2022, 10:58:58 PM »
I never like pressureÖ except in the shower!
When I was in yeshiva they used to say the showers were the only low-pressure part of the building.

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« Reply #1106 on: November 21, 2022, 09:59:39 PM »
Your opinion can be very true but there is no bigger spoiler of a worthy מערכה or cause than when lunatics and extremists are taking the lead.

Life hack:

1- print a really controversial sefer or book
2- hire the biggest crackpot you can find to lead the fight against you
3- gain wide acceptance because "it's just a crackpot anti-vaxxer tirade"

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« Reply #1107 on: November 22, 2022, 12:23:22 AM »
Life hack:

1- print a really controversial sefer or book
2- hire the biggest crackpot you can find to lead the fight against you
3- gain wide acceptance because "it's just a crackpot anti-vaxxer tirade"

I would disagree with number 3. What happens is that people shrug at both.

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« Reply #1108 on: November 22, 2022, 01:16:59 AM »
Life hack:

1- print a really controversial sefer or book
2- hire the biggest crackpot you can find to lead the fight against you
3- gain wide acceptance because "it's just a crackpot anti-vaxxer tirade"
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« Reply #1109 on: November 22, 2022, 09:27:26 PM »
Not sure where this post belongs, but I am in the market for a new hand luggage and surprised that I can't find a thread on the best 'hand luggage'. Any links?

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« Reply #1110 on: November 22, 2022, 11:21:13 PM »
Not sure where this post belongs, but I am in the market for a new hand luggage and surprised that I can't find a thread on the best 'hand luggage'. Any links?
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« Reply #1112 on: November 26, 2022, 11:02:56 PM »
Order chanuka presents a few weeks before chanuka and rack up a whole bunch of no-rush shipping credits
Workflowy. You won't know what you're missing until you try it.

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« Reply #1113 on: November 27, 2022, 03:59:37 PM »
Order chanuka presents a few weeks before chanuka and rack up a whole bunch of no-rush shipping credits
When youíre ordering multiple items (or multiples of items) and trying to get No Rush Shipping credits, play around with the amount of items youíre checking out with a time.

I ordered 6 of the same shirt yesterday.
6 at check out showed $4 credit.
2 at check out showed $3 credit.
1 at check out showed $1 credit.

So of course I made 3 separate orders of 2 shirts each for $9 upcoming credit.

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« Reply #1114 on: November 27, 2022, 04:52:33 PM »
And sometimes if you make separate orders, one with no-rush shipping and one without, you get it all at once on the first date
Workflowy. You won't know what you're missing until you try it.

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« Reply #1115 on: December 03, 2022, 07:27:13 PM »
When a siddur is still not broken into and closes automatically. You don't need a tissue box or another sefer to keep one side lifted. You can turn the siddur slightly and prop the edge up on the chair where you're standing.

This obviously won't work if your sitting in the chair but can help for shemona esrai.
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« Reply #1116 on: December 03, 2022, 07:33:07 PM »
It's hard to explain without a picture and I didn't think it through if it would work for nusach sefard as well.

You can wrap your tefillin using what I call the gift box wrap. Which basically reverses the direction that you wrap it around the tefillin batim case. It makes the bottom flatter and makes rolling the tefillin up much easier and putting it on also easier. Since the retzuos are the same direction for putting on and putting away.
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« Reply #1117 on: December 03, 2022, 11:12:41 PM »
for this deal: https://www.dansdeals.com/shopping-deals/gift-cards/save-10-off-target-gift-cards/
Just a tip: when you make orders with a gift-card the minimum of $35 for free shipping applies whereas if you use the redcard for part of the order you get free shipping even on smaller orders. It can be worthwhile to get a bunch of smaller gift-cards for those purchases.

Like if you have a total of $12 use a $10 gift-card and $2 on redcard for free-shipping. This cannot be done on a large gift-card, it will automatically charge the full $12 plus $5.99 shipping on the gift card.
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« Reply #1118 on: December 03, 2022, 11:32:38 PM »


What makes Target worth it to stock up on GC? I find Walmart to be better priced on household items. Can you share where Target has an edge?

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« Reply #1119 on: December 03, 2022, 11:38:48 PM »
What makes Target worth it to stock up on GC? I find Walmart to be better priced on household items. Can you share where Target has an edge?
I've found them to have very similar prices. The free shipping (on many products without a minimum) with redcard also helps. And the fact that there's a Target not far from my my house...
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