1. Sanitize your Phone to Prevent Acne
Our first genius tip revolves around your face. There’s nothing worse than feeling self-conscious about acne and pimples. Whether you’re going out on a date, about to take an important picture, or just trying to avoid being called “Pizza face,” it seems like everyone has a reason to want to keep their skin smooth and clear. One of the main ways of introducing excess bacteria to your face is right in your pocket. Smartphones are a beacon of dirt and grease. Think of all the things you touch on a daily basis and how often you’re typing away on your phone. Now think of all those things rubbing against your cheek. Not exactly the most sanitary thing in the world. Protect your pores by regularly sanitizing your phone screen and case to reduce the chance of future breakouts.
2. Stay on Budget with Cash
Speaking of saving money at the tank, we have another tip that could help you keep more of your hard-earned Dollars. Start paying for everything in cash. It sounds extreme, but paying in cash is a great way to be accountable for your spending. The visual of physically removing money from your wallet is much more inhibited than the quick swipe of a credit card. First, add up your monthly payments, such as rent, other fixed bills, and money put away for savings. Then take your remaining money and divide it into four weeks. Only take that much from the bank each week. If you have any money left over, you can add it to the next week’s budget. No cheating! Plus, many gas stations charge less per gallon if you pay cash. You could shave an extra few bucks off every time you want to fill up your tank.
3. Shave Money off Wedding Costs
Getting married is expensive. The average price of a wedding in the USA costs more than $35,000. That’s enough for a down payment on a house! Because wedding expenses are rising, it’s important to be as vigilant with your spending as possible. Here’s a simple way to cut costs on your special day without cutting corners. When you’re booking a venue, guests over 21 are generally charged more than underage guests. If any of your adult guests are pregnant or don’t drink, speak up! You may be able to count them as under 21 and will be charged less if your package includes alcohol.
4. Get Creative with your Pantry
With apps like Grub Hub and Ubereats, it’s easy to get lazy and spend money on fast food delivery. But in the end, you’re wasting a lot of money on unhealthy food. It doesn’t take a genius to cook up a meal, but sometimes it’s hard to get creative with whatever’s in your fridge. Everyone has that dark corner of their pantry where they don’t dare lurk. There lies a shelf of mystery items that will only be eaten in the event of a zombie apocalypse. But why wait until then? Why not whip up a fabulous meal right now? Websites like food wise and myfridgefood.com make it easy to improvise. Just check off the items in your pantry and fridge, and they’ll give you a list of tasty dishes for you to create.
5. Get Some Self Control
Need to finish the next chapter of your novel or write a term paper that’s due in a few hours? When you’re trying to be productive, technology can be your worst enemy. Unfortunately, it’s hard to avoid things like the internet when you’re using it for research. Luckily for us, there’s Self Control, which is an app that you can connect to your Safari browser. Just type in the list of sites you don’t want to visit, and they’ll be blocked from the internet for up to 24 hours. There’s no kill switch either, so it really forces you to concentrate. If you have an iPhone, you can download the “Control Procrastination” app, which does something similar. Time to get to work.
6. 2-Minute Meditation
Think you’re too busy to catch your breath? While sometimes it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by life, thankfully most of us have at least a minute or two to spare. While your initial instinct might be to fidget around, why not take that free time to relax and de-stress? Harvard researchers say meditation is a key way to achieve happiness. They especially emphasize keeping expectations low. You don’t need to spend 20 minutes a day to feel the benefits of meditation. Studies show that just two minutes of deep breathing is enough time to significantly increase personal happiness and reduce stress throughout your day.
7. Infuse Water with Fresh Fruit
Hydration is key to attaining clear skin, detoxifying your organs, and maintaining healthy circulation. If you’re overly caffeinated or just don’t like the plain taste of H2O, we’ve got a tasty solution for you. Add some flavor to your water by infusing it with your favorite fruit, vegetable, or herb. Slices of cucumber, strawberries, and mint can make your regular glass of water that much more exciting. Leave the slices in a pitcher or water bottle overnight for a stronger flavor. As a bonus, you can eat the fruit and veggie slices when you’re done. They make for a healthy, satisfying treat.
8. Make your Own Ice Pack
The first thing you do when you have a huge bruise is reach for an ice pack to prevent swelling. But what happens if you don’t have one handy? Don’t grab that frozen bag of peas. Those peas will defrost quickly and you’ll have a big old black and blue to show for it. Instead, keep a makeshift ice pack in your freezer for the future. All you need is a zip lock bag, water, and some rubbing alcohol. Fill the bag with 3 parts water, 1 part rubbing alcohol. While it probably won’t last as long as the commercial cold pack, the ice stays cold for at least a few hours and can be refrozen for future use.
9. Maximize iPhone Storage
How annoying is it when you try to take a photo and your phone just won’t let you? You delete some selfies, a couple screenshots, and a few useless apps, but you still don’t have enough space to take anymore pictures. It’s incredibly frustrating, and it feels like there’s little you can do. In that scenario, your best choice is to be proactive. Since media like videos takes up a lot of space on your phone, try lowering the resolution. Go to the “Photo and Camera” option in settings and click “Record Video.” Once you’re there, choose a lower quality resolution. Since videos take up more space, you’ll leave more room for more pictures and videos in the future.
10. Sleep on your Left Side
There’s a reason why Beyonce kept singing “To the Left, to the Left.” Sure, she was pissed off at her ex-boyfriend, but we’re willing to bet she also probably knew the benefits of sleeping on your left side. Research suggests that sleeping on your left side can relieve issues with heartburn, while sleeping on your right can make those symptoms worse. In addition, science recommends pregnant women’s sleep on their left side to increase circulation for both the mother and her baby.