1. No Costco membership? If you have a Costco gift card, you don’t need to show membership to shop the warehouse or fill up on gas. Note: a member does need to purchase the gift card. Read more details and other non-member hacks at The Krazy Coupon Lady.
2. I’m a fan of this odd little thing called a Scrigit Scraper. It’s about the size of a pen and I used the edges to scrape off labels, pop up can tabs, and more without destroying my fingernails.
3. Start looking into pillow inserts and removable covers instead of throw pillows for every occassion! They are so much easier to store and machine wash. I’ve got these velvety covers in a few colors and they’ve held up really well against the dogs and washing. Tip: get your pillow covers 1 inch smaller than the insert size so they look full.
4. Learn your measurements for buying clothing and shoes online! If the retailer has a detailed size chart this can be super helpful to determine how something will fit, and it’s even better if those measurements are item-specific rather than their general brand sizes. Sizecharter has helpful diagrams about where to measure on your body.
You can also use the pictures to gauge fit. Some retailers (ASOS, Old Navy, Dagne Dover) have started letting you select pictures of different heights or sizes, and makeup brands are providing more photos of the product and swatches on different skin tones. For myself at 5’1″, if the sleeves look really long on the model, it’s probably a sweater I shouldn’t order for myself unless I am willing to alter it.
5. Send important documents as PDFs instead of Word or Google docs unless you specifically need them to edit it. For example, your resume. Saving it as a PDF generally gets rid of extraneous document information, like tracked changes or comments. It also preserves the formatting of your document across computers. If the recipient doesn’t have the font you used installed on their computer, the Word doc may have funky formatting and weird characters when they open it. Most editing programs and web browsers have built in functionality to print to or save as PDF.