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35 Despicable Yet Clever Life Hacks

Updated September 29, 2021 6.7k votes 1.3k voters 146k views35 items


When times get tough, most of us will admit that we've cut a few corners to make life a little easier to bear. Everyone has been broke enough to make morally questionable decisions at some point in their lives, and certainly everyone has been lazy enough to do so as well. We've put together this list of life hacks created by other pieces of sh*t who want to make the world an easier, lazier place to live.

Some of these life hacks are definitely more immoral than others, but most of them will help you save time, effort, and money. We've momentarily set our own traditional values aside to help bring you these tips and tricks for sketchy, discount, and lazy living. The next time you find yourself in a jam, these piece of sh*t hacks are guaranteed to help you out of it, usually in the most questionable way possible. 


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    Never Pay Another Checked Baggage Fee Again

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    Can't fit all your stuff into a carry-on bag tiny enough to conform to most major airlines' size restrictions? There are two easy ways to avoid having to pay a fee for checked baggage: 
    1) Pretend that you don't travel often, and were unaware that you should've checked your obviously too-large carry-on bag. Usually, the airline will offer to check it for you for free at the departure gate.
    2) Pack all of your stuff in a guitar case instead of a suitcase. Airlines are required to allow passengers to carry on instruments without charging additional fees. 
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    Freshen Your Apartment on the Fly

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    Did a friend just pop by unexpectedly, even though you haven't taken out the trash in weeks? Casually slip a dryer sheet into your air conditioning, or place a strong stick of deodorant over your vents. Your apartment will smell good in no time. 
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    Walk to the Nearest Hotel to Grab a Cab on Busy Nights

    Have you ever found yourself too tipsy to drive with no taxis in sight? Walk to the nearest hotel and try to flag down a cab from there. Cab drivers normally hang out at hotels because they know that tourists will be needing a pricy ride to the airport at some point. 
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    Get the Most Out of Your Ridiculously Overpriced - but Refillable - Movie Cup

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    You know those massive movie theater cups that are totally overpriced, but offer unlimited free refills? Get the most out of the deal by buying one, and then saving it to sneak into future movies until it wears out. At that point, you can often get a new one just by asking for a fresh cup with your next refill. 
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