How to Make an Emergency Butter Candle

This video walks you through how to make emergency butter candles. It’s implied that the emergency is more about lighting than it is about food. If it really is a major emergency, you may want to hang on to that butter for food!

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Regrow Lettuce, Celery, Bok Choy & Cabbage from Cut-Offs

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If you’re frugal like we are and you like growing your own veggies, this is a hack for you. When cooking with lettuce, celery, bok choy or cabbage, try cutting the leaves off to around one inch above the root and then place the root in a bowl of water. You’ll get to eat the fresh leaves and you’ll have a great shot at regrowing more of them from the stump.

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Use Shower Curtain Hooks to Organize Jeans for Easy Accessibility

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Organizing jeans in your closet can be a pain. Sure you can fold jeans and stack them on a shelf somewhere, but then grabbing a pair on the bottom turns the whole stack into a mess. Plus, it’s hard to differentiate one pair from another when they’re all in a stack. Instead, grab some inexpensive shower curtain hooks and hang the jeans from their side belt loops. This hack delivers much better visibility and instant access to your favorite duds!

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Mix a Hot Cocoa Packet with Coffee for a Low Cost Mocha

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Yes, you can hack your coffee too! Let’s face it, buying your favorite Venti Half-Caff Mocha Frappa-whatchamacallit on a regular basis can put a serious hurt on your budget. But brewing your own coffee can be so boring, especially to any self respecting chocoholic. With this little trick, you can satisfy the penny-pincher, caffeine addict and chocolate fan all in one one fell swoop. Simply mix a package of instant hot cocoa into your favorite cup of coffee. There, you’ve got an instant mocha at a fraction of the cost!

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How to Hide TV Wires Over a Fireplace

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Obscuring wiring on a regular wall is hard enough, however, how to hide TV wires over a fireplace (particularly brick) can be a big challenge. Our friend Julie Blanner has a great project that uses a simple target shelf (or you can create your own using crown moulding), to hide those ugly wires and cables leading to and from your TV. This technique even works over a brick or stone fireplace. It’s all in the mantel.

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Protect Floors and Carpets During Remodels

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The only thing worse than suffering through a remodeling project is realizing more of your house got damaged in the process. Which then necessitates more remodeling. It’s a vicious circle! This hack goes beyond just using Tyvek or plastic to protect your floors. It also suggests cutting slots in the protector and taping it down with tape (notably on stairs). Keep in mind Tyvek and plastic can be slippery, but the taped-down slots help prevent trip hazards. More details and photos via the link.

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