lifestyle 99 Life Pro Tips That Will Change How You Do Everything  

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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? Vote up the most useful LPTs, and be sure to visit the LifeProTips subreddit for more genius ideas to make your life run more smoothly.
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Before heading to a busy venue... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 99 Life Pro Tips That Will Change How You Do Everything
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. /u/CirrusUnicus

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When you call 911, start by sa... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 99 Life Pro Tips That Will Change How You Do Everything
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. /u/USMBTRT

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If you're dropping somebod... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 99 Life Pro Tips That Will Change How You Do Everything
If you're dropping somebody off at their home, make sure that they are able to get in before you drive away. /u/carrzy

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Always take pictures of your a... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 99 Life Pro Tips That Will Change How You Do Everything
Always take pictures of your apartment the day you move in and the day you move out. /u/alabastercandymaster

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When apartment / house hunting... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 99 Life Pro Tips That Will Change How You Do Everything
When apartment / house hunting, check your phone signal. /u/TwoDaysRide

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If you have to pay a company t... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 99 Life Pro Tips That Will Change How You Do Everything
If you have to pay a company to work for them, it's a scam. Walk away. /u/TheChaosStar

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If you see a deer crossing the... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 99 Life Pro Tips That Will Change How You Do Everything
If you see a deer crossing the road, assume other deer may immediately follow. Drive with caution. /u/videogameboy76

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When composing a professional ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 99 Life Pro Tips That Will Change How You Do Everything
When composing a professional e-mail, do not put in the recipient's e-mail address until you have typed the entire e-mail. /u/ansile

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Keep blankets, water, non-peri... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 99 Life Pro Tips That Will Change How You Do Everything
Keep blankets, water, non-perishable snacks, and a small tool kit in your vehicle in case you have any car troubles on the road. /u/theimpossiblequandry

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Save the job description when ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 99 Life Pro Tips That Will Change How You Do Everything
Save the job description when you start a new job. It makes updating your resume a lot easier. /u/elcooljj

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If you buy something on amazon... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 99 Life Pro Tips That Will Change How You Do Everything
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.

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If you are in a large crowd an... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 99 Life Pro Tips That Will Change How You Do Everything
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." /u/roastedbagel

Things Your Mother Told You... That She Was Right About

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When an elderly person can'... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 99 Life Pro Tips That Will Change How You Do Everything
When an elderly person can't hear you, speak deeper, not louder. /u/RubberFistofJustice

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When dividing up food to freez... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 99 Life Pro Tips That Will Change How You Do Everything
When dividing up food to freeze in ziploc bags, flatten it out. It'll thaw faster when you need it. /u/Staplebattery

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When studying a subject, prete... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 99 Life Pro Tips That Will Change How You Do Everything
When studying a subject, pretend that you'll have to teach the material you're studying.

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If your roommate's cell ph... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 99 Life Pro Tips That Will Change How You Do Everything
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. /u/UberBueno

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Before cleaning your microwave... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 99 Life Pro Tips That Will Change How You Do Everything
Before cleaning your microwave, run it for 5-10 minutes with a bowl of water in it to loosen up the dried out gunk. /u/Flelk

Celebrities Nobody Cares About Anymore

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When checking into a hotel in ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 99 Life Pro Tips That Will Change How You Do Everything
When checking into a hotel in an area you don't know, grab a business card so you can show cab drivers the address. /u/ernymac

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When responding to advice, say... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 99 Life Pro Tips That Will Change How You Do Everything
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. /u/rebeldottie

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If a baby / toddler appears to... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 99 Life Pro Tips That Will Change How You Do Everything
If a baby / toddler appears to hurt himself, and he looks to you, always meet his gaze and smile /u/Skizm

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If you want to endear someone ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 99 Life Pro Tips That Will Change How You Do Everything
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.

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Sign your signature in blue in... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list 99 Life Pro Tips That Will Change How You Do Everything
Sign your signature in blue ink so that you distinguish an original document from a copy. /u/Miiiiils

19 Everyday Things That Are Making You Dumber

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When making homemade fries, af... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list 99 Life Pro Tips That Will Change How You Do Everything
When making homemade fries, after slicing the potato, soak the slices in a bowl of cold water. Some of the starches will release into the water, which makes the inside of the fries tender while the outside remains crispier. /u/victoria_antonia

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Start each year off with an em... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list 99 Life Pro Tips That Will Change How You Do Everything
Start each year off with an empty jar, and fill it with notes of good things that happen. On new year's eve, empty it and see what awesome stuff happened that year. /u/thatswhatmesaid

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Mosquito bite? Press a hot spo... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list 99 Life Pro Tips That Will Change How You Do Everything
Mosquito bite? Press a hot spoon (e.g. The one you stirred your coffee with) onto the spot. The heat will destroy the protein that caused the reaction, and the itching will stop. /u/firu86

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Put a sticker with a fake pin ... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list 99 Life Pro Tips That Will Change How You Do Everything
Put a sticker with a fake pin number on your debit card. Make the numbers hard to read. If you lose it and someone tries to use it (3 times), the terminal will lock your account and eat the card. /u/fluffitude

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When heating leftovers, space ... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list 99 Life Pro Tips That Will Change How You Do Everything
When heating leftovers, space out a circle in the middle. It will heat up much more evenly.

29 Celebrities Who Lost a Ton of Weight (Before and After)

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Dryer lint is mostly your clot... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list 99 Life Pro Tips That Will Change How You Do Everything
Dryer lint is mostly your clothes gradually disintegrating. If you have a beloved shirt you'd like to wear forever, let it air dry. /u/darien_gap

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Fill plastic water bottles a q... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list 99 Life Pro Tips That Will Change How You Do Everything
Fill plastic water bottles a quarter of the way full, lay on its side, and put in freezer. This way, when it's frozen, you can fill with water and have ice cold water on the go. /u/Testicle_Festival

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When you want to cross words o... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list 99 Life Pro Tips That Will Change How You Do Everything
When you want to cross words out you don't want to be legible, instead of scribbling over them, write random letters and words over the original. /u/yourmom46

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When your dog gets loose, don&... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list 99 Life Pro Tips That Will Change How You Do Everything
When your dog gets loose, don't chase it; lie down and pretend you're hurt. /u/ultim

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Throw a few of those silica pa... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list 99 Life Pro Tips That Will Change How You Do Everything
Throw a few of those silica packets in your toolbox. It'll help prevent your tools from rusting. /u/BadHumanGoodGnome

Things People Lie About Most Often

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Smelly shoes? Leave a teabag i... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list 99 Life Pro Tips That Will Change How You Do Everything
Smelly shoes? Leave a teabag in each overnight, and odor will be gone. /u/Backdrift

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When you're feeling down, ... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list 99 Life Pro Tips That Will Change How You Do Everything
When you're feeling down, clean & organize your room, house, or car. /u/LetsHearItFor

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When showing people pictures o... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list 99 Life Pro Tips That Will Change How You Do Everything
When showing people pictures on your phone, zoom in a little bit so they can't easily swipe to other pictures. /u/mooomba

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To erase permanent marker from... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list 99 Life Pro Tips That Will Change How You Do Everything
To erase permanent marker from a whiteboard, go over the ink with a dry erase marker. The two different inks will react with each other and then can be erased with a whiteboard eraser. /u/Kubrick_Fan

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When checking reviews online o... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list 99 Life Pro Tips That Will Change How You Do Everything
When checking reviews online on sites like amazon.com, Also check reviews sorted by most recent date first. Some merchants will start selling a lower quality version of the product after reaching a high ranking. /u/itpm

Fun Jobs That Pay Well

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Vacuum 2-3 tablespoons of cinn... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list 99 Life Pro Tips That Will Change How You Do Everything
Vacuum 2-3 tablespoons of cinnamon. It will make your place smell amazing every time you clean. /u/fazzah

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When streaming netflix on a co... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list 99 Life Pro Tips That Will Change How You Do Everything
When streaming netflix on a computer, if the stream quality is sub-par, press control+alt(opt)+shift+s in order to change the buffering rates. Changing to 3000 forces hd video. /u/A_Dodgy_Universe

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To study for a test, pretend y... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list 99 Life Pro Tips That Will Change How You Do Everything
To study for a test, pretend you are able to have a cheat sheet, and fill it with as many short and concise notes that would help you pass your test. By the time you are done, you will have successfully studied. /u/a_normal

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If google chrome freezes, hit ... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list 99 Life Pro Tips That Will Change How You Do Everything
If google chrome freezes, hit shift + esc. Chrome has an inbuilt task manager /u/sahildave1991

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Looking for good music to work... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list 99 Life Pro Tips That Will Change How You Do Everything
Looking for good music to work to? Try video game soundtracks. The music's designed to provide a stimulating background that doesn't mess with your concentration. /u/robertgfthomas

Ways to Make Sure You Die Happy

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Get the wifi password for many... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list 99 Life Pro Tips That Will Change How You Do Everything
Get the wifi password for many establishments by checking the comments SECTION of foursquare /u/dirtyfries

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When done cooking bacon or dea... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list 99 Life Pro Tips That Will Change How You Do Everything
When done cooking bacon or dealing with a pan of hot grease, line the inside of a bowl with tin foil, pour in grease, wait until solid, fold up, and then discard. /u/mcgraths

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Never engage a door to door ho... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list 99 Life Pro Tips That Will Change How You Do Everything
Never engage a door to door home SECURITY solicitor. He may be an impostor casing the neighborhood for unprotected homes. /u/sjogerst

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If a motorcyclist pats his or ... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list 99 Life Pro Tips That Will Change How You Do Everything
If a motorcyclist pats his or her head with an open palm, it means cop or danger ahead. /u/Joester

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Shake your clothes out before ... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list 99 Life Pro Tips That Will Change How You Do Everything
Shake your clothes out before putting them in the dryer. This will prevent them from staying in a wet ball. /u/emilylime

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Buy restaurant-grade stuff (fl... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list 99 Life Pro Tips That Will Change How You Do Everything
Buy restaurant-grade stuff (flatware, glasses, chairs, etc.). It lasts practically forever, and you can always find replacements to match /u/DonQuixBalls

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Do online shopping in a privat... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list 99 Life Pro Tips That Will Change How You Do Everything
Do online shopping in a private window so you don't get ad-spammed into oblivion when browsing later on. /u/thecardboardman

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When you're really mad at ... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list 99 Life Pro Tips That Will Change How You Do Everything
When you're really mad at someone for something they did, always start the conversation by "asking what happened?" Avoid criticism. You never know what really happened unless you ask. /u/Redandbluedit