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34 Ways To Make Your Stuff Last As Long As Possible

If you're in the process of trying to save money, every little bit counts. These tips will help you stretch that dollar.

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5. Make a bouquet of flowers last longer by adding a capful of vodka.

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It'll keep bacteria at bay. Add a pinch of sugar, too, for nourishment. If you don't have vodka, a capful of bleach will also work.

6. Use an olive oil bottle for your dishwashing liquid.

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Only a few drops will come out at once, which will keep you from wasting product.

Just make sure it's clearly labeled so no one accidentally starts cooking with it!

10. Double your butter by whipping it with equal parts water.

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Store it in an old margarine container. It makes an easy spread that's half the calories. Just don't use it for baking.

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13. Don't touch your cheese when you are cutting it.

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The bacteria from your fingers will make it grow moldy faster. Instead, when cutting a block of cheese, keep your hands over the plastic.

24. When washing your jeans, turn them inside out and marinate them in vinegar before washing.

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This is especially important for dark jeans that you don't want to fade. Fill a sink up with water and add a cup of distilled white vinegar. Allow the jeans to marinate in for about an hour.

27. Sharpen your razor on a pair of jeans to make them last longer.

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Run the razor (away from you), along the length of a pair of old jeans, about 10-20 times. Now turn the razor and push the razor toward you another 10-20 times.

Also, always remember to dry off your razor completely after using in the shower.

28. To keep your hair dryer from crapping out, suck the debris out of the back vents with your vacuum nozzle.

This will keep the hair dryer from overheating, which can lead to your dryer shorting out.

29. Alternate between two different pairs of shoes everyday.

This allows your shoes to decompress and dry out from the moisture and sweat. This tip is especially important for running shoes. So if you chronically go through shoes, this is a great solution to ensure that your shoes last as long as possible.

32. Keep the needles from falling off your Christmas tree by submerging the cut end in a pint of water with one capful of bleach.

However, DON'T do this if the roots are still on your tree. Or if you have pets who might end up drinking the water.

33. Make your printer ink last as long as possible.

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Try using a font called "ecofont" that has tiny holes in it so you save on ink. Also, since black ink runs out faster than colored ink, print out your non-business-related matters on magenta or cyan ink.

34. Keep your laptop unplugged when not in use to ensure the battery lasts as long as possible.

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Especially your Macbook. To quote from Apple's Website: "Apple does not recommend leaving your portable plugged in all the time."

If your battery life keeps getting shorter, it might be time to recalibrate your battery.

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