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Life doesn’t come with an instruction book, and yet some people seem to have it all figured it out. Luckily, they’re willing to share their expertise with the rest of us. This collection of life pro tips and tricks covers everything from boiling water to helping your parents program the dadgum DVR. Do you know how to use marjoram? How about how to remove Sharpie from a dry erase board?

Some of these great life hacks seem intuitive, but they’re not always the first solutions to come to mind when problems arise. Others are so simple and obvious that, well gosh, why didn’t I think of that? Be sure to visit the LifeProTips subreddit for more genius ideas to make your life run more smoothly.

If you’re dropping somebody off at their home, make sure that they are able to get in before you drive away.

Before heading to a busy venue (amusement park, sports arena), take a good picture of your children. If they get lost, a photo provides exact details of what they they look like and what they are wearing.

When you call 911, start by saying the service you need and your address. Once the operator has those details, he can dispatch the appropriate people while you give more info.

When apartment / house hunting, check your phone signal.

If you have to pay a company to work for them, it’s a scam. Walk away.

Always take pictures of your apartment the day you move in and the day you move out.

When composing a professional e-mail, do not put in the recipient’s e-mail address until you have typed the entire e-mail.

If you see a deer crossing the road, assume other deer may immediately follow. Drive with caution.

Save the job description when you start a new job. It makes updating your resume a lot easier.

Keep blankets, water, non-perishable snacks, and a small tool kit in your vehicle in case you have any car troubles on the road.

When an elderly person can’t hear you, speak deeper, not louder.

If you buy something on amazon and the price goes down within 30 days of your purchase, you can e-mail them and they will refund how much the price went down.

If you are in a large crowd and need someone to call 911, explicitly point to someone and say, “you, call 911.” This will prevent the “bystander effect.”

When studying a subject, pretend that you’ll have to teach the material you’re studying.
If you want to endear someone to you quickly, ask them for advice. Doesn’t matter what on; just asking for their opinion on anything shows that you respect them and value their input.

If a baby / toddler appears to hurt himself, and he looks to you, always meet his gaze and smile

When responding to advice, say “you’re right” instead of “i know.” It shows that you’re actually listening to someone, that you care about what they say, and give them credit for trying to help.

If your roommate’s cell phone alarm is going off and he is not in the room, call the phone. It will disable the alarm.

When dividing up food to freeze in ziploc bags, flatten it out. It’ll thaw faster when you need it.

Before cleaning your microwave, run it for 5-10 minutes with a bowl of water in it to loosen up the dried out gunk.

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