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34 Life Hacks That Will Save You Thousands

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Shutterstock photo Savvy shoppers might be the masters of coupon cutting and buying on a budget. However, if you don’t take advantage of all the available life hacks, you’re essentially leaving free money on the table.Some of these tips and tricks might seem strange — you’ve probably never considered pouring Kool-Aid in your toilet, for example. But with a little effort and creativity, you can cut hundreds or even thousands of dollars a year from your budget. Click through for life hacks to help you minimize waste and bulk up your bank account.1. SCAN GROCERY RECEIPTS FOR CASH BACKYou can save money on groceries by using smartphone apps like Ibotta and Checkout 51, which give you cash back on grocery store purchases. All you have to do is scan the receipts after you shop. You could easily earn $5 or more a week for just a couple minutes of your time.2. BUY PRESCRIPTION DRUGS AT COSTCO WITHOUT A MEMBERSHIPMembership warehouse stores like Sam’s Club and Costco have good prices on prescription drugs — and you don’t have to be a member to buy them. So, take advantage of Costco’s low prices on doctor-prescribed meds without shelling out $55 or more to join the club.3. SAVE $200 A YEAR BY USING A CLOTHESLINEGo back in time and dry your clothes on an old-fashioned clothesline. It’ll save your family about $200 per year compared to using an electric dryer — according to calculations by Mr. Electricity — and your clothes will last much longer.4. OPT FOR THE THRIFTIER SWIFFERHas your Swiffer WetJet run dry? Remove the cap from the fluid canister and fill it with a cheaper, concentrated cleaner mixed with water, rather than buying another Swiffer-branded bottle.You can also save by using dryer sheets — new or even used — instead of Swiffer sheets for your Sweeper.5. POUR KOOL-AID IN YOUR TOILETPour a package of grape Kool-Aid in the tank of your toilet and don’t flush it for an hour. Then, if you see purple water in the toilet bowl, you know you have a slow leak that’s wasting water — and money. Fortunately, you can usually fix these leaks easily and cheaply.6. GET MORE TONER OUT OF YOUR PRINTERIf your printer is out of black ink, change the text color to dark blue — you’ll be able to print a couple more times before purchasing a refill. Additionally, you should avoid thick, ink-wasting fonts in favor of slimmer ones like Arial and New Courier, according to The Balance.7. SKIP THE SHOPPING CARTWhen you run into the grocery store to “pick up a few items,” carry them in your arms instead of using a cart or shopping basket. By forcing yourself to hold your purchases,

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