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    Aug 27, 2013

    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.

    1. Make your candles burn longer by placing them in the freezer for 24 hours prior to using.

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    The freezer hardens the wax, which slows the burning process.

    2. Cut your sponges in half.

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    Nary a better feeling than using a brand new, clean sponge.

    You can also spray them with a little vinegar to keep them fresh.

    3. Mix your nice hand soap with water and dispense from a foam handwash bottle.

    4. When the eraser on your mechanical pencil gets down to an infinitesimal nub....

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    Prop it up with a little piece of crumpled up paper.

    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!

    7. Store your salsa and marinara sauce jars upside down in the fridge.

    It'll prevent mold from sprouting up.

    8. Placing a paper towel in with your salad lettuce will keep it fresh all week long.

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    The paper towel will absorb the moisture, which is the culprit for wilting lettuce.

    9. Break your bananas apart.

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    As an alternative, if you wanted to keep the bananas in a bunch, you could wrap the stems with aluminum foil.

    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.

    If you feel skeptical, read more about it here.

    11. Store onions, garlic, and shallots in a paper bag punched with holes.

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    They'll be as fresh and firm in 3 months as the day you bought them.

    12. Keep your bread fresh with the celery trick.

    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.

    14. Add a dab of butter to the cut ends of cheese.

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    Spread it on with a knife.

    15. Buy organic milk.

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    It lasts a lot longer, and it's better for you anyway.

    16. Dab your skincare, don't dollop it.

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    Dab small dots onto your face instead of rubbing a big dollop in your palms and rubbing.

    17. Add a couple drops of saline solution to your mascara when it starts to dry out.

    18. Save a bottle of old, thickened nail polish with just a couple drops of nail polish thinner.

    Whatever you do, just don't use nail polish remover!

    19. Swipe your nails with vinegar before applying nail polish — it'll make your manicure last for 2+ weeks.

    20. Store your foundation in the fridge.

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    It'll make your foundation go on smoother, and keep the product from oxidizing and going rancid.

    21. To keep your hair color in longer, use an SPF.

    Mix one teaspoon of milky SPF 25 sunscreen and ½ cup of water and shake in a spray bottle. Spray into your hair before going out into the sun.

    22. Keep the colors in your clothes brighter by adding a pinch of salt to your laundry load.

    23. Keep your pantyhose from running by placing your hosiery in the freezer for 24 hours

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    Freezing actually strengthens the fibers, allowing the material to last more than a couple of wears

    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.

    25. In general, your laundry should be air dried when possible.

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    It'll keep the color from fading, and the fibers stronger.

    26. Only use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste every time you brush your teeth.

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    It does the same job as a long strip of toothpaste.

    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.

    30. Here's how to keep your dry erase markers writing beautifully, longer:

    31. Put your cereal in the freezer to keep them from going stale.

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    This is a great tip if you keep a large variety of cereals around.

    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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