30 Hacks to Help You Through Life

Written by The Ready Store

We all have little problems that we’d rather do without: Accidentally hammering your finger, lighting a candle when you don’t have any matches, forgetting whether you locked the door while you’re on vacation, losing a piece of jewelry around the house, hiding your keys and phone while you’re at the beach, carrying all the grocery bags inside while they slowly cut off the circulation to all of your fingertips – all things we’d rather do without! These are every day problems that just need a quick and easy solution!

Here are 30 simple solutions to these everyday problems. These solutions will save you little bits of time and effort every day! Just check out the ideas below!

So what ideas do you have? Do you have a simple hack that saves you a ton of time and effort? Comment below to share the knowledge with others!

Updated May 24, 2013


  1. Sir Raymond wrote:

    Good ideals, very useful information. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

    May 25th, 2013 at 3:13 am
  2. MamaJack824 wrote:

    Wow! Great, simple, practical, recycling, reusing, reclaiming ideas, that were so useful, I really need to share with family an d friends! Keep them coming! Thanks!

    May 25th, 2013 at 4:39 am
  3. Monica wrote:

    Great repurposing ideas – thanks for sharing! I have a few heavy plastic jugs that will be perfect for scoops.

    May 25th, 2013 at 5:20 am
  4. NameEd Jones wrote:

    it’s amazing how many things right under your nose can be so handy.

    May 25th, 2013 at 5:35 am
  5. Crystal wrote:

    Love the old Chapstick tube idea!

    May 25th, 2013 at 6:01 am
  6. Jeff wrote:

    Response to NameEd Jones comment:

    “It’s amazing how many things right under your nose can be so handy.”

    You’re right – particularly your upper lip – good for drinking from a bottle, kissing, and whistling to name a few.

    May 25th, 2013 at 6:14 am
  7. Barbara Inklebarger wrote:

    Sand paper/sheetrock screen is excellent to sand callouses on feet. Only takes off little at time.

    Detergent bottles with push button are excellent to use for camping, kids out in yard, picnic where’s there’s no water. When empty, fill with water for easy way to wash hands. When electricity goes off, I use one in kitchen/bathroom. We also use one on our dock in Florida to wash fish stuff off. Uses are many. You can’t drink but we have started so many on this.

    May 25th, 2013 at 7:41 am
  8. Adelaide wrote:

    Wow. These are fantastic. So simple, yet very useful.
    This may be my new favorite article.
    Thank you.

    May 25th, 2013 at 7:43 am
  9. Oscar wrote:

    The mylar bag liner used in box wine, clean it and it makes a great way to store extra water, a few time use ice pack for your cooler also.

    May 25th, 2013 at 10:21 am
  10. Doug wrote:

    A person can also cut the plastic jugs into disposable funnels for things like adding oil to your car engine.

    May 25th, 2013 at 3:10 pm
  11. Carol R wrote:

    Using smaller plastic jug type bottles like syrup containers, you can also make your own measuring scoops to keep in your canisters of flour or sugar etc… And since they are flexible to use, there is less chance for spillage!

    May 25th, 2013 at 6:00 pm
  12. Leigh M. wrote:

    Save toilet paper cardboard tubes. Can fill with clothes dryer lint for fire starters. Can use as holder for extension cord storage or for electrical chargers. Keeps them neat & out of the way. Make good coin storage tubes. Girls hairbands can be easily stored on them. Can be covered with wrapping paper or contact paper for more decorative look. Can use as interesting gift “box” for small items. Can also be composted as can most cardboard.

    May 25th, 2013 at 11:27 pm
  13. Bimbam wrote:

    Good tips. Certainly better than DUH Tips:

    Use a ruler to scratch your back.

    Cupped hands make a good way to drink without a cup.

    A babysitter can come in handy.

    To cool coffee let it sit for awhile.

    To fix a flat change the tire.

    If your cell phone don’t work recharge it.

    To clean your clothes effortlessly use a washing machine.

    To keep your dog from running away use a device called a leash.

    A wet sock can be used like a wet sock.

    Stuff like that, anyway.

    May 27th, 2013 at 2:12 pm
  14. James wrote:

    Love it! I just learned recently that you can also place your cell phone in a paper cup to amplify the sound if you are playing music. Pretty cool.

    May 31st, 2013 at 4:40 pm
  15. Sarah H. wrote:

    I love these ideas! Way to go Ready Store Blog!

    May 31st, 2013 at 5:56 pm
  16. Namekurt wrote:

    some really cool ideas that make you go “Wow I never thought of that, but that would work” Now, to try to remember them when I need them……

    November 27th, 2013 at 9:16 pm
  17. emma wrote:

    Neat ideas. I’ll have to try some of them out.

    March 1st, 2014 at 5:16 pm
  18. Frederick Swiftbird Raymond wrote:

    Rubber bands can easily damage or destroy posters or maps, etc. which must be mailed or stored for a long period of time. This is another situation where a toilet paper tube comes in handy: simply roll up your document and slide a toilet paper tube over it. Using two TP tubes, or a paper towel tube works great for larger sized pieces as well. One may also use a small label or even a Sharpie to identify what the tube is holding.

    March 8th, 2014 at 10:32 pm
  19. debbie e wrote:

    The tip about the USB port on the TV will save endless stress when traveling with grandkids who all have electronics lol thanks!

    May 1st, 2014 at 4:40 pm
  20. Dave McCutchin wrote:

    Buy your prepping health needs online. Stores like All Day Chemist, 4NRX, JCM Pharmacy, and Secure Tabs don’t require a script and ship worldwide. If TEOTWAWKI doesn’t come, at the very least you’ll be saving quite a bit of money.

    June 8th, 2014 at 9:35 pm

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