1. Sticky rice scooped easily
N and I are big rice eaters. Blame his Persian-ness and the rice cooker his parents got us. It makes perfect rice every single time. That rice always manages to stick to the serving spoon. Enter – the ice cream scooper.
2. No more chewy pizza crust
When reheating pizza in the microwave (if like me, you’re too impatient to reheat it in the oven), there’s a trick to keeping the crust from getting all nasty and chewy. Put a cup of hot water in with your plate and pizza. The steam it creates as it gets hotter keeps the crust from getting chewy and hard.
3. Never let the water boil over again
Putting a wood spoon (or bamboo) across a pot of boiling water while you’re cooking (pasta, for instance) will keep it from boiling over. Don’t be a dummy and use a metal spoon. You’ll burn yourself.
4. Make any bra a racerback
Dental floss + a regular bra = racerback bra.
5. The best face scrub you’ll ever use
Add a teaspoon(ish) of baking soda to your regular face wash and prepare to have the best scrub of your life. Be careful though. If you scrub too hard you’ll basically give yourself dermabrasion and you’ll be bright red. Still, this is the best face scrub I’ve ever found and works perfectly on my flaky dry skin.
6. Keep the cost of going to the movies low
We go to the movies a lot. Read all about what we’ve seen recently here. And I’ve been known to sneak half of the Trader Joe’s snack section into the movie theater in my purse. Why do people pay for movie snacks that have been marked up so much? No thanks. I bring in my big girl purse and stock it full of goodies. This easily saves us $10 per movie.
Another way to save at the movies, if you’re a AAA member, is to buy tickets through AAA. One pack of 10 tickets is $87.50, making each ticket $8.75 instead of $11.
7. Save 6% on almost everything
Over two years of living together, N and I have struggled to figure out how to merge finances and split costs in an easy and responsible way. Several months ago, we applied for the American Express Blue Cash Preferred card. It gets 6% cash back at grocery stories, 3% back at gas stations and department stores, and 1% cash back on every thing else.
There are two versions of this card. The Blue Cash Preferred has a $75 annual fee but has higher cash back percentages. The American Express Blue Cash Everyday card has no annual fee but gets 3% cash back at grocery stores, 2% at gas stations and departments stores, and 1% cash back on everything else. You can compare the two cards here.
Here’s where the life hack comes in. You can buy a gift card to almost any store or restaurant in most grocery stores. This means that you can get 6% cash back almost anywhere. We regularly buy Amazon gift cards and add money to our Amazon account – so we’re getting 6% cash back at Amazon.com. It’s a loophole in the Amex program (or maybe they just don’t care?) and we’re definitely saving money by doing it.
Aside from that, getting this card has made it much easier for us to split grocery and gas costs and begin to merge our finances.
What’s your best life hack? Do share!