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Cheat Codes for Real Life


Here we go…some more “life hacks” or “cheat codes” for real life that seem amazing (but you’ll probably forget them all as soon as you finish reading this).

When you buy something online, you usually get a chance to enter a promo code before you purchase. Google the promo codes. They’re out there – you can get everything from free shipping to 25% off the purchase. (I do this with everything I buy online. I have never come close to paying full price for photo prints from Walgreens.)

When you have forgotten someones name, simply say : “I’m sorry, but what was your name one more time.” They may act offended, but when they give you their first name simply reply “No, I meant your LAST name” (more socially acceptable to forget.) Bingo. First and last names.

Life Cheat Codes

When you’re watching a DVD, hit stop, stop, then play to skip ads and head straight to the movie. If hitting stop twice doesn’t work, hit it three times before you hit play.

Get the WiFi password for many establishments by checking the comments section of FourSquare

When you have forgotten someones name, simply say : “I’m sorry, but what was your name one more time.” They may act offended, but when they give you their first name simply reply “No, I meant your LAST name” (more socially acceptable to forget.) Bingo. First and last names.

donutIf you find yourself running late for work, pick up some donuts or muffins. Then you’re not the person who’s late, you’re the person who brought breakfast!

If you need to briefly turn the light on at night and don’t want to completely lose your night vision, keep one eye closed.

To get through to tech support quickly on the phone, choose the option for becoming a new customer. Then when you get there ask to transfer to tech support. Usually they won’t put you on hold because they see the number coming from the “new customer” line.

Make the guts of your sandwiches for the whole week on Sunday. Sandwich your meat, mayo, mustard in between two slices of cheese, pop each one in a plastic bag and freeze. On your way out the door in the morning, grab a bag and two slices of bread and you’re good to go.

Look at someones elbow when you High-Five. You will never miss.

Raising your arm high above your head will stop a bloody nose instantly.

When walking down a busy street, look slightly upwards, say 30° above level, and everyone coming towards you will get out of the way.

toastAfter you toast your bread and place it on your plate, put your knife on it immediately. It’ll warm the metal so you have no problem cutting into butter.

Squeezing your left thumb greatly reduces your gag reflex.

Cover your pillow with a clean towel each night and your acne will go away.


coffeePut the plastic lid on the coffee cup so that the hole is on the opposite side from the seam in the cup. That way, it won’t dribble.

Visine will stop bleeding on small cuts. Keep a bottle next to your razor.

Buy a can of wasp spray and keep next to your bed. Works as a can of pepper spray but with a 20-foot reach.

Floss before you brush. If you floss first, all the icky plaque gets swept away by the brush and paste afterwards.

Hiccup cure: exhale all the air from your lungs, inhale as slowly as possible, hold it for as long as possible, then exhale as slowly as possible.

Rolling your head and the back of your neck will wake up limbs that have “fallen asleep.”


Whenever you have to sit down on a public toilet, do this first: wipe the seat with toilet paper and flush it down.
This accomplishes 3 things:
*Verifies that toilet paper is available
*Makes sure the seat is clean
*Verifies that the toilet will flush
If any stage of the commode preparation fails, remediate condition before proceeding, or abort mission.

Set an alarm 45 min before you want to get up that is just very soft white noise. By the time your second “real” alarm goes off you’ll be awake, or at least not pulled out of deep sleep.

One hour of sleep before midnight is worth two after.

Whenever you’re worried about forgetting to do something important, leave something glaringly out of place to trigger your memory. For example, put a coffee can right in the middle of the kitchen floor.

Tape or zip-tie a powerstrip to the legs of your desk so that it is upright and easily accessible. Saves you having to crawl on hands and knees to plug something in.

Sweep crumbs off the counter into the dishwasher. Just make sure the dishes are dirty.

Write emails in reverse.

1st – write the body
2nd – write the subject to match what you’ve actually said in the body
3rd – add the recipients last so that you don’t accidentally send it before it’s done

If you can’t tell if a baby is a boy or a girl ask the baby, “Whats your name?” and the parent will answer. (Doesn’t work with names like Pat.)

When you are driving or walking somewhere new, periodically look behind you. This makes it easier to get back to where you started, since landmarks can look unfamiliar from the other side.

Best way to eat Oreos and milk: use a fork, stick it into the cream center, then dip it in the milk. Enjoy!

Naming the colors of the things around you (while looking at them) can help stop you from crying.

The easiest way to spread butter on corn on the cob is to use a slice of bread. Apply liberal amounts of butter to bread, and slide the corn over the surface of the bread.

For even more “cheat codes”, visit One Good Thing by Jillee. 

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