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Secrets the powers that be don’t want you to know about (25 Photos)
If you don’t like being stopped by ‘receipt checkers’ at stores, then don’t. You’re not legally required to. The worst thing that could happen would be a place like ‘Sam’s Club’ revoking your membership.
No need to resort to ‘professional’ chemicals, Boric Acid — which is found in Borax — will destroy ants and cockroaches as good as any of them. It also leaves a barrier that prevents them from returning for up to a decade. Needless to say, pest controllers don’t like that stuff.
Long lines at Wal-Mart? The jewelry counter is perfectly capable of ringing you up.
Instant oatmeal is just regular rolled oatmeal cut smaller so that the hot water will work more quickly. Essentially, you could make the same thing with a blender.
Some states do not have an expiration date on gift cards. Look them up before you throw them out.
Since toppings are free at Wendy’s, order a Jr. Cheeseburger with all of the toppings instead of a Jr. Cheeseburger Deluxe.
Trying to get a speedier response from a big company? Call them out on Twitter. Nothing gets corporate damage control moving like bad press.
If you’re booking something for a wedding (a DJ, flowers, ect.), don’t use the term “wedding.” Instead, use the term “party.” Later on when they find out it is a wedding they may try to up their rates. When that happens, ask them what they do differently for weddings.
A clever way to boost your salary is to changing jobs every two years (you don’t want to change too often or you’ll seem like a loose cannon). At your new job you “innovate” by spreading best practices you learned from your previous job. Take all promotions, even unpaid ones. The only downside? No long-lasting work relationships, but that’s ok. You can develop those outside of your job anyway.
In the US and Canada you are legally allowed to cancel your flight ticket within 24 hours of purchase for a full refund.
If you repeatedly mash 0 during an automated phone call, you’ll usually get through to a human much faster.
If you’re having an issue within a large chain retail store, ask to speak to customer service. These complaints go straight to district managers so store managers do everything they can to prevent them.
A good rule of thumb if a debt collector attempts to contact you is to ask them to show proof that you have a debt to pay. Many times all they have is your name on a list with the hopes that they can coerce or scare you into paying. Also, the minute you pay them so much as a dollar, you’re admitting to your debt. So be careful.
Diluted vinegar can replace many cleaning products found in your home.
In the market for a new car? Instead of negotiating the monthly payments, negotiate the actual price of the car. Focusing on your month-to-month payments is a good way to get ripped off.
Shopping online? Try leaving your items in your cart for a while. Sometimes the retailer will contact you with discount coupons to help persuade you.
Store brands and off-name brands are not always cheaper. Even if they are on sale, check the price tag.
While calling tech support in the US, if you don’t want to get a call center in India then select the option for Spanish. Those call centers are usually within the country and will typically offer help in English as well.
Mr. Clean’s ‘magic erasers’ are actually just melamine sponges that are available on eBay for a buck.
If you’re signing your kids up for recreation or educational programs, check local city and state governments for financial aid. Many times people don’t know about it and it goes to waste!
If you reside in the US and are having issues with a telecom company, you can file a complaint with the FCC.
All airfares in the United States are based on one-way fares. This means that many times you can get better deals by booking two separate one-way flights.