The term “life hack” is defined as “a tool or technique that makes life easier and more efficient.” Ten years ago, the term didn’t exist. A lot has changed in ten years. The world has became a hubbub of technology, speed, social media and smartphones. Even when we don’t factor in all the unexpected surprises that can–and do–pop up every day, life can sometimes seem like one big flurry of chaos.
Let’s pump the brakes for just a minute, pull off the the highway of chaos, and take a look at 23 things you can do right now to make your every day life less stressful, more efficient, a touch healthier, and maybe even save a couple bucks along the way. Here are our favorite, simple life hacks–ranging from super quirky to downright genius!
DIY Travel Cup From Cellophane
In this modern, rush and go world, anything that can make our existence even more simple is a plus in my book. To be honest, this hack is so great, and so obvious, that I slapped my forehead wondering why I hadn’t thought of it way before now. You do not have to buy one of those fancy car cups or $65 metal brand name cylinders when traveling with your favorite smoothie or protein shake.
No, now you can enlist a simple product that most everyone already has in their pantry. Just feel up your cup with your favorite protein shake, smoothie or cup of joe, and cover the top with some Glad Press N Seal (or generic cellophone wrap). Then, pop a straw through it, and you have a DIY on the go beverage. Want a little extra seal? Rubber band right around the rim. Boom, done.
Using Electrical Outlets As HDTV Antennas
With the average American household now paying close to $200 a month for TV, internet and phone service, new technology disruptors are rigging up devices using old-fashioned TV antennas and an electrical outlet. These “HDTV antennas” stream in HDTV signals from stations like ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, PBS, TheCW, BET, FX, Univision and dozens of others. Considering we can easily get our movie fix from Netflix or Hulu for about $10 a month, paying $200 per month for HDTV channels is pretty ridiculous.
One such HDTV antenna is LiveWave, but there are many similar products available. If the name sounds familiar, it’s been all the rage on Facebook lately. The actual antenna will run you about $40 if bought directly from LiveWave’s website, but considering it could pay for itself in less than 1 week isn’t too bad. If this isn’t the ultimate “household hack” then we don’t know what is!
**01/18/2020 Update: Due to LiveWave’s popularity and recent Facebook advertising campaign, they seem to be back-ordered a few weeks and the pre-order list is apparently growing very rapidly. Here is a working link to get on the pre-order list if you are interested.