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.


DIY Squirrel Repellent If squirrels are getting into your garden, keep them away with a homemade pepper spray. Take a cup of your favorite hot sauce, add a spoonful of cayenne pepper and a capful of Murphy’s Oil Soap, and mix together. Spray the mixture in whatever areas you want the squirrels to steer clear of, like the borders of your garden. Squirrels don’t like the texture or the smell, and will stay away. Keep Squirrels Away From Birdfeeders Wondering how to keep a squirrel off a birdfeeder? If it’s held up by a pole or metal arm, grease it…

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What to Do if You Forgot to Put on Deodorant You’re in the middle of your workday and you suddenly get a sinking feeling in your stomach when you realize you forgot to put on deodorant that morning. Don’t fret—you probably have something in your bag that will do the trick: hand sanitizer! Just dash into the bathroom, and rub some under your arms. Because it’s antibacterial, it will kill germs and odors. Crisis averted. DIY Deodorant If you don’t like the thought of rubbing chemicals on your armpits, you can get a lot of the same effects by using…

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If you have stains on paving stones or a concrete patio, sometimes the solution is simple. Try pouring hot water from several feet above the stone onto the stain. Repeat several times, and your stain may just disappear. If this doesn’t work, try rubbing some dishwashing liquid into the spot with a toothbrush, then rinsing off. For really tough stains, first douse with vinegar or ammonia and let sit for several hours before rinsing off. But for even tougher stains, we have the hacks you need to remove them. For Driveway Stains Caused by Dogs Lately, all the dogs in…

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How to Tell if Your Pet Has Fleas Your pet has been scratching himself, but you’re not entirely sure if she’s got fleas. Give her the white sock test. Slip a white sock over your hand and run it over her coat, as well as her bedding and on any carpet that she frequently lays on. If you find any little black specks on the sock, they’re likely flea droppings. All-Natural Flea Bath Treatment If your pet definitely has fleas, you can get rid of them with a simple saltwater bath. Fill the sink or tub with water, then add…

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Whether you have a giant pillar candle that you’re never going to use or shrived nubs of candles that once were, here are some ways to repurpose them around the house. Stop a Door from Squeaking Candle wax can actually work better than WD-40 at silencing a squeaky door once and for all, because you don’t have to reapply it every couple of weeks. Take the door off its hinges, then rub the hinges all over with a candle. The wax will stick and prevent the hinge components from rubbing against each other, which causes the annoying sound. Make DIY…

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If you live in an area where snakes are common, chances are high that at some point, you may have walked out into your yard to find an unwelcome guest! Many people are afraid of snakes, and it can be hard to think clearly when these pests appear on your doorstep. So this week, we’re here to share four handy tips to keep snakes away from your home so that you and your kids can rest easy. Use the hose Make your own snake repellent Break out the condiments A hairy solution How to chase a snake away If you…

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Using a Sponge to Get Rid of Pet Hair To get pet hair off of couches or other upholstery, use a clean, dry kitchen sponge. Just run it slowly across the couch and the fur will cling to it! Problem solved. Rubber Glove Pet Hair Trick Another easy way to get fur off of furniture is with a pair of rubber gloves. Instead of using them while washing dishes, pull them on and rub your hands over the couch (or whatever else needs de-furring) to pull up the hair. The surface of the gloves creates tension with the surface of…

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Here are eight things you should keep away from your cat to lessen the chance of him hurting himself—or worse. If your cat does ingest a dangerous substance, call the Pet Poison Helpline right away at 1-800-213-6680. (And for things to keep away from dogs, make sure to check out our 20 Things You Should Never Feed Your Dog article.) Antifreeze Antifreeze and rust removers contain an ingredient called Ethylene Glycol, which has a sweet smell that is sometimes enticing to cats. If they ingest it they can be poisoned, so keep these products where your cat can’t get to them,…

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Dogs love eating people food, and with those adorable "feed me, I'm starving" eyes they make, sometimes it's hard to resist tossing them a few scraps. But feeding your dog the wrong thing can lead to his death! So study up on this list before you let Fido snarf your snack, and if you're worried about something your dog has eaten, call the ASPCA Poison Control Center at 888-426-4235. Avocados Avocados make their own fungicide, called persin. Pretty cool, huh? But dogs are allergic to it (and some humans, too), so don't let your dog near that guacamole. Persin is found in…

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