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Life hacks: Making your life easier, one shortcut at a time

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What are life hacks? And are they a good thing? Voted runner up for most useful term in 2005 by the American Dialect Society, life hack has become more than a trendy phrase, but a way of life in today's more frugal-minded world.

Life hacking, a definition.

Life hacking, according to Wikipedia, "refers to any productivity trick, shortcut, skill, or novelty method to increase productivity and efficiency, in all walks of life; in other words, anything that solves an everyday problem in a clever or non-obvious way might be called a life hack." The term comes, as do many odd terms, from the computer programming community. However, where computer hacking may have negative connotation, life hacking is considered a good thing.

In fact, life hacking is essentially the modern equivalent of Heloise's Housekeeping Hints, or those "new uses for familiar products" articles you find in home magazines. The best part about life hacks is that they show you unique ways to solve life's little problems – and for very little money.

Where can you find life hacks?

For every idea, there is a corresponding web site. To learn new life hacks, go to Lifehacker.com, Lifehack.org, and Hack the Life.net. You'll also find life hacking videos on You Tube on the LifeHacker Channel. Plus, you can look up specific hacks online. For example, food hacking. My favorite food web site – Serious Eats.com – has everything from Pizza Hacks to Ramen Noodle Hacks, all designed to make your life tastier for less money. My favorite food hack? Cook your frozen pizza on skillet on top of the stove if you don't have an oven.

Hacks To Try Today
These are my favorite hacks for everyone.

-Paint the inside of your rings and bracelets or the back of necklaces with clear nail polish to prevent marks on your skin.

-Paint your keys with different colored nail polish to distinguish between them.

-Cut off a chunk of a pool noodle and slit open one side. Slide it over the side of your door to create an instant door stop.

-Slit open a toilet paper ring and slide it over a roll of wrapping paper to keep it from unrolling.

-Use paper binder clips to keep your charger cords tidy.

-Use an old cassette case as a cell phone holder.

-Take a photo with your IPhone of the person borrowing something from you, along with the item he/she is borrowing, so you have a quick reference of where your stuff is.

Be a part of the life hacker movement!

You can share your best hacks on both http://www.Lifehacker.com and http://www.Lifehack.org. Both sites have links to where you can sign up to be a contributor.

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