Author: Bruce and Jeanne Lubin

Bruce Lubin and Jeanne Bossolina-Lubin are the proud parents of three boys and more than a dozen books. After saving thousands per year using everyday tips and simple lifehacks, they started their own business in the hopes of sharing their knowledge with others. They have been known to go into their friends' refrigerators to turn their eggs upside down so that they last longer.


Cut the Carbonated Drinks Avoid bubbly soft drinks and seltzers to cut down on accidents. Carbonation contributes to the acidity in your urine, which can worsen leakage problems and prompt more trips to the bathroom. Running on Empty If it doesn’t feel like your bladder completely empties out when you urinate, try a method called “double voiding”: Remain on the toilet until you feel empty, then stand up for a minute, and sit back down again. While you’re sitting, tilt your body forward a bit and see if you can go again. Clean-Out Cocktail Prepare a cleansing cocktail that will…

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Here are 6 substances that will help you avoid gout or relieve a gout attack quickly. But first, learn more here: What Is Gout? Life Is a Bowl of Cherries If you’re having an attack of gout, grab yourself a bowl of cherries. They contain an anti-inflammatory called anthocyanin, which reduces gout pain. Eat a few handfuls of cherries every day during an attack. If you can’t find fresh cherries, drink a cup of cherry juice or eat dried cherries. A Cup of Joe Attention coffee lovers: high coffee intake can help prevent gout. Drinking four, five, and even six…

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Pedialyte When your little ones are recovering from a tummy bug, you can help them feel better quickly with this homemade (and natural!) version of Pedialyte. Mix together one quart of water, a half cup of orange juice, two tablespoons of sugar, three-quarters of a teaspoon of baking soda, and a quarter teaspoon of salt. Serve once their vomiting has stopped for a few hours. Make sure to contact a doctor if any problems persist. Electrolytes and Vitamins Water is not always the best medicine! When you’ve been vomiting for many hours, you’ll need to replenish the vitamins and…

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Eat Fermented Foods and Probiotics If you suffer from diarrhea, try adding fermented foods such as sauerkraut or kimchi to your meals: cabbage is fantastic for the colon. The healthy bacteria found in yogurt can also help keep your intestines healthy, but not if you’re sensitive to dairy. Consider buying a probiotic supplement from your health food store instead. Look for a brand that contains strains of acidophilus and bifidobacterium. See Also: Bowel Problems Mix Up Some Pedialyte   When your little ones are recovering from a tummy bug, you can help them feel better sooner with this homemade (and…

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Shoe Polish Does your wooden coffee table, dresser, or dining room furniture have visible scratches? No sweat! Use a similarly hued shoe polish to fill in the offending marks, and voilà—the wood item will look like new! See also: How To Get Rid of Scuff Marks on Your Shoes Cooking Oil For tiny scratches in your wooden table or floor, rub a bit of vegetable or canola oil into the surface. The oil will darken the area and help it blend in. A Nut If you notice a scratch in your wooden floor or furniture, try this crafty (and delicious!)…

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Hold Steady Feeling dizzy? Stop what you’re doing and hold still! Focus your attention on a single spot, anything from a crack in the wall to your own hand. In a few minutes, your inner ear will regain equilibrium and you’ll feel better. Ginger As any person who has suffered a bout of dizziness knows, nausea is often an unwanted side effect. Fortunately, there’s a natural solution: ginger! The next time you get that spinning sensation, chew on a fresh piece of ginger, a ginger candy, or drink a cup of ginger tea. It will focus your attention on the…

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Wonders of Witch Hazel The astringency of witch hazel makes it a wonderful treatment for varicose or spider veins. As a vasoconstrictor, it shrinks and tightens veins; it also serves as an anti-inflammatory and a mild pain reliever. Store a bottle of witch hazel in the refrigerator to chill. When you’re ready, soak a small towel in the cold witch hazel and place on your leg as a compress. No witch hazel on hand? Try apple cider vinegar instead; it’s also an astringent that can constrict your swollen veins and ease soreness and discomfort in the legs. Be patient, though,…

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Medicinal Mustard Believe it or not, the yellow mustard in your fridge can help relieve joint pain and even arthritis. Even better, mix up a mustard “plaster” using a quarter cup of flour, two tablespoons of dry (or ground) mustard, and enough water to form a paste. Don’t apply this mixture directly onto your skin, as the heat of the mustard will burn you. Instead, spread the paste onto a cloth, then fold the cloth in half so the mixture is completely concealed. Place the mustard “pack” over your sore knee, and layer another towel on top to add some…

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What to Do If Your Candle is Too Big for Your Candlestick Most taper candles are too large to fit into standard candlesticks, so you’ll have to do a little work to ensure your candle fits securely. (Do not light the candle and melt wax into the base—this is messy and dangerous!) First, try placing the bottom of the candle under hot water; this softens the wax and allows it to mold to its new surroundings. If this doesn’t do the trick, whittle down the wax around the base of the candle with a paring knife, checking the fit as…

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Quick Way to Make Pants Shorter You’ve bought a great pair of jeans, but they’re too long and you don’t have time to hem them before you need to wear them. Simply fold them up and tape with duct tape. The hem will last the whole night—and maybe even through a couple of washings. This is also a great tip if you’re not sure exactly where you want to hem your pants. Have a “trial run” using the duct tape, and then they’re all ready to sew. Easy Fix for Too-Tight Pants Need to make your pants’ waistline bigger, right…

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