Lifehacks and Helpful Hints


  • Pitcrew

    I figure this place needs such a post. Post things that you have found to be, well, life-hacky or Heloise's Helpful Hinty.

    Such as:

    It's easy and convenient, I have found, to keep spare change in old film containers. They are the perfect size for even holding loonies and toonies, and you can quickly find the coin(s) that you want. I even discovered this before Heloise or whoever helpful hints published about it. Film containers can be found in thrift stores and places where people had old-style cameras but never got rid of the film containers.

    Use the empty net bags (used to hold fruit/oranges or vegetables/onions) to cover small plants so that the deer won't nibble.

    -When rinsing quinoa, put the quinoa in a bowl, add water, stir around for a minute or so, then pour the water off into another container, and pour it onto garden plants you don't want deer (or birds!) to eat. (then continue to rinse quinoa as usual.) If you don't have a slug problem you can always mix about a tablespoon of Alaska Fish Fertilizer into a gallon of water and pour that on plants instead, to repel deer.

    -If you allow Willow-herb to grow in the same (large) pot or area as sage, deer will never touch the sage and will mow down the willow-herb and you won't care. Willow-herb is very fast growing and also doesn't care.

    -Use the puffy styrofoam netting cover found on Asian Pears (to prevent bruising during shipment) to pack porcelain figurines. In some ways it's superior to newspaper, though it can be supplemented by the usual newspaper over-wrap.



  • Empty precription bottles also work for change in the US.


  • Pitcrew

    @Misadventure yeah it would, depending on the size of the bottle (some are too narrow for even quarters let alone half-dollars which I have seen occasionally), and if you could not find plastic film containers. They'd have a more secure lid, too.


  • Coder

    Don't know how many people this might work for, but if you live in the north and are willing to make a drive, international flights out of Canada are a lot cheaper than out of America. Particularly now, with the strong dollar.

    I recently went to Japan and ended up saving about $550 per ticket with an additional $200 or so from currency luck.


  • Pitcrew

    @Glitch said:

    Don't know how many people this might work for, but if you live in the north and are willing to make a drive, international flights out of Canada are a lot cheaper than out of America. Particularly now, with the strong dollar.

    I recently went to Japan and ended up saving about $550 per ticket with an additional $200 or so from currency luck.

    depending on where you fly out of, the airport taxes might be a lot less, too.

    Conversely, Canadians have found that driving to a US airport and flying "domestically" to another US location is often cheaper than an international flight from a Canadian airport to the US.



  • @Glitch I wonder if that would work if I flew out of Mexico, since I live much closer to that border than to the Canadian one.

    Then again who the hell wants to go to Mexico, even for a little while? Even Mexicans don't want to be in Mexico.


  • Tutorialist

    @Shebakoby said:

    Use the empty net bags (used to hold fruit/oranges or vegetables/onions) to cover small plants so that the deer won't nibble.

    gnash teeth If you want to terrorize your local JoAnn's cutting counter person, go ask for an entire roll of tulle. You can put it over your plants and keep the deer out. Bonus points, if you especially look for tulle that has obviously been cut before and ask for the rest of said tulle, so they have to unroll all of it to measure it, and then get pissy if they don't roll it back onto the board the way it was rolled on by a machine. Because, you know, bent tulle over your plants is a crime!

    gnash teeth, howl



  • This topic needs a trigger warning, obviously.



  • @Silver said:

    @Glitch I wonder if that would work if I flew out of Mexico, since I live much closer to that border than to the Canadian one.

    Then again who the hell wants to go to Mexico, even for a little while? Even Mexicans don't want to be in Mexico.

    "Baby, let's to Mexico!" says Sir Douglas.


  • Pitcrew

    @Cobaltasaurus said:

    @Shebakoby said:

    Use the empty net bags (used to hold fruit/oranges or vegetables/onions) to cover small plants so that the deer won't nibble.

    gnash teeth If you want to terrorize your local JoAnn's cutting counter person, go ask for an entire roll of tulle. You can put it over your plants and keep the deer out. Bonus points, if you especially look for tulle that has obviously been cut before and ask for the rest of said tulle, so they have to unroll all of it to measure it, and then get pissy if they don't roll it back onto the board the way it was rolled on by a machine. Because, you know, bent tulle over your plants is a crime!

    gnash teeth, howl

    Oh, that stuff? Yeah! And it would keep birds out too!


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