r/LifeProTips Aug 11 '22 Gold Silver

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r/LifeProTips 17h ago Silver Helpful All-Seeing Upvote Wholesome

Miscellaneous LPT: Be careful buying a used car (in the U.S.) in the coming months

31.1k Upvotes

I posted this after Hurricane Ida, remains true now. After a massive hurricane like Ian, thousands of cars will have flood damage and be totaled. A lot of those cars will be transported far away and auctioned off to dealers and not have their titles transferred to a “salvage” title. If you’re in the market, make sure to inspect the car you’re looking at very closely for water damage, or hire a professional to do it for you.


r/LifeProTips 4h ago

Miscellaneous LPT: In a windstorm, don't fear the trees that sway, fear the one that doesn't.

461 Upvotes

I learned this first hand last night. Kept watching out for several trees that I feared were about to be brought down by the hurricane, but it was the big solid oak that failed in the end.

I've heard of this in the past, but it's so counterintuitive that you forget it at the time.


r/LifeProTips 4h ago Helpful

Productivity LPT: Try procrastinating on doing unhealthy things

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Cravings for unhealthy things like junk food usually last 15 minutes.

If want to avoid something unhealthy, the easiest thing to do is to repeatedly delay using it until you don't feel a strong urge.

Imagine that you are allowed to use the unhealthy thing but you have to wait 15 minutes. If you have waited and still want to indulge, then increase the wait time. Keep repeating until you have avoided it for the rest of the day, then repeat.

This works well if you are a habitual procrastinator. You can use similar techniques that you use to avoid things you should do.


r/LifeProTips 2h ago

Careers & Work LPT: Avoid idolizing wealthy businesspeople you’ve never met. Most of them have PR teams and have far less kindness/ethics than the public image these businesspeople construct.

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If you work with them over a period of time, you’ll probably find out they care far less about people/society than portrayed in the media.


r/LifeProTips 2h ago Helpful

Careers & Work LPT: Don’t fill in email recipients in the “To” line until you’re ready to send that email

130 Upvotes

That way you avoid accidentally sending something that wasn’t polished / was incomplete / had the wrong tone.


r/LifeProTips 1d ago Helpful

Home & Garden LPT: before a major storm, fill up a bathtub or buckets with water.

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In the event that the water goes out, you’ll be able to fill the toilet with water for flushing of toilets.

Best of luck, good vibes, prayers, thoughts etc to those that will be impacted by Hurricane Ian.

Additional LPT: if you are stuck and hunkering down in a potential storm surge area, have an axe on hand in case you have to shelter In an attic (many people have died doing this - do whatever you can to not end up in the attic). If the water rises further and you are there, you may need to cut through to the roof.

Edit: as many have stated, the real LPT is to not let yourself be caught in a major hurricane where you would need any of these tips. Heed evacuation warnings in hurricanes. Storm surge is absolutely deadly.


r/LifeProTips 5h ago

Computers LPT: Frequently try to cancel your adobe premiere cloud subscription for free months and discounted offers!

31 Upvotes

Got 3 months free recently, and went to cancel again and got 50% off for a 12 mo committment!


r/LifeProTips 8h ago

Careers & Work LPT When company vehicles have a phone number with the prompt “How is my driving?” (or something to this effect), you can call to give a positive review of the worker’s driving. These numbers are not just for negative complaints

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r/LifeProTips 16h ago

Social LPT: Don’t feed other people’s dogs without asking them first. Handing out treats seems like a nice gesture, but you never know whether the dog has strict dietary requirements or if the random reinforcement would interfere with training.

174 Upvotes

(And it puts the owner in an awkward position having to explain to you why their dog can’t have the treat after the poor pup has already happily gobbled it up.)


r/LifeProTips 1h ago

Miscellaneous LPT: Being nice towards people who deal with the public gets you a lot more

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Customer service people get angry people all the time, if you're nice and sympathetic they are more apt to use the latitude they get with customers to give you what you want and more.


r/LifeProTips 1d ago Helpful

Social LPT: If you're new to a neighborhood, make a point to regularly go for walks. The more people see you around, the more likely they'll strike up a conversation with you or you'll feel more confident to strike up a conversation if you've seen them several times during your walks

11.5k Upvotes

The more people see you around, the more likely they'll be curious to get to know you.

Edit: I posted this tip for people who are new to a neighborhood and want to get to know their neighbors, even in just a friendly acquaintance level way but don't know how. If you don't want to communicate on any level with your neighbors, even a friendly 'hi', well, then this tip isn't for you.

Edit 2: Dang, I didn't expect this LPT to blow up like that.


r/LifeProTips 8m ago

Miscellaneous LPT: Beware of used cars from Florida for the next couple of years. Flood damaged cars can be sold with a salvaged title but they are not reliable long-term and will be a constant headache.

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r/LifeProTips 1h ago

Food & Drink LPT: Like "snappy" grapes? Buy the ones with greenest stems, cut into smaller bunches, soak in water for 1-2 days in fridge. Enjoy!

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r/LifeProTips 7h ago

Home & Garden LPT: SAFE GENERATOR USE

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For those of you impacted by Hurricane Ian, please practice safe generator use. in the past, more people have died from post storm generator usage than from the storms themselves.

1) Install a Carbon Monoxide (CO) detector inside your home near a door or window near your generator.

2) Never operate a portable generator inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or shed. Opening doors or windows will not provide enough ventilation to prevent the buildup of lethal levels of CO. 

3) Operate portable generators outside only, at least 20 feet away from the house, and direct the generator’s exhaust away from the home and any other buildings that someone could enter, while keeping windows and other openings closed in the path of the generator’s exhaust.  Do not operate a generator on an outside porch or in a carport. They are too close to the home. 

4) Don't back feed your generator into an outlet with a male - male plug. If you do still decide to do this, turn off the main breaker to your home and plug in the plug to your home receptacle before starting your generator.


r/LifeProTips 23h ago

Careers & Work LPT : If you don't know how to fluff up your C.V with language to describe your current role, use the language from Job application websites.

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If for instance you did a job 10 years ago, and you can't really remember what you did, or perhaps you do a job now but have issues describing the role in a manner you think that sells yourself...

Look up the same or similar jobs on a job recruitment site, and steal their language.


r/LifeProTips 23h ago

Miscellaneous LPT: Freeze Tupperware with drinking water before a hurricane/camping you now have ice packs to keep your fridge/cooler cold and then good drinking water when unfrozen

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r/LifeProTips 21h ago

Careers & Work LPT: If you have a job interview coming up, practice describing your job to someone who isn't familiar with your industry. Include descriptions of what you do, and what tools you use.

148 Upvotes

r/LifeProTips 2h ago

Traveling LPT How to stay alert and safe for a long drive?

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I’m doing a long roadtrip this weekend, but I don’t have an attention deficit medication that I take because of reasons. I don’t drink coffee, but aside from chocolate covered espresso beans or five hour energy bottles, what is a good way to safely stay awake and alert for this long drive I’m going to do?


r/LifeProTips 10h ago

Miscellaneous LPT: if you want to read an article, turn off WiFi/mobile data before the paywall shows up

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It usually takes a few secs for a paywall to show up. You can read the entire article if you turn off any internet connection before the paywall appears.


r/LifeProTips 1d ago Wholesome Helpful I'd Like to Thank...

Miscellaneous LPT: Before getting blood drawn, make sure you're well hydrated. It makes it easier for them to find a good vein, and get the job done with as few pokes as possible. Pls add your blood draw tips, I'm always looking for more ways to be a better patient!

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r/LifeProTips 23h ago

Finance LPT: If an insurance company denies a claim section as "not in your policy"- double check.

104 Upvotes

I had hail damage from a big storm this spring and my insurance is trying to balk at a provision that requires them to cover any replacement costs if an ordinance has changed since installation of the original siding. They told me that it wasn't covered in my policy, but when I reviewed my policy last night (and confirmed with my insurance agent this morning,) it is covered in my policy, along with siding matching. This may have saved me close to 10k, so definitely double check your policy if you're told something isn't included.


r/LifeProTips 17h ago

Miscellaneous LPT: Tire shops offer free air

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With colder months coming your tire pressure is going to drop and trigger warning lights on your dash. Don’t go to the gas station and pay to use their air pump with its inaccurate gauge.

Take you car to your local tire shop. Most tire shops(and dealerships and service centers) will put air in you tires for free. They normally have a hose outside or a machine and not only do it for free but will put air in for you. Plus they will make sure it’s the right pressure, reset your light (if needed) many times, and usually have much more accrue gauges then the machine outside the gas station. (Plus I use to replace missing valve caps when ever I came across them)

They do it for several reasons: To take care of their existing customers. To bring in new customers. And to take a look at your tires. If they fill your tires for you and they recommend new tires or service after they’ve looked at then do not get offended. They are doing their job and they do that free service for a reason. If you don’t agree with them ask them to show you why or just thank them and get another opinion. Do not go on the defense or say they’re always trying to up sell you.

Also, while it is free, if they give you great service it is okay to tip them a couple of bucks. You can also give your business to them or ask them if there is a review site you can rate them on. and if you write a review get their name to mention them in it. A lot of smaller shops incentivize their staff with bonuses on great reviews with their names on them.


r/LifeProTips 1d ago Wholesome Silver hehehehe All-Seeing Upvote Helpful

Computers LPT: Never add work people to social media.

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r/LifeProTips 1d ago

Social LPT: Don’t love your close ones the way you’d like to be loved. Love them the way they’d like to be loved.

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I often see so many misunderstandings between my relatives and friends, complaining about their partner being ungrateful while they are doing seemingly so much for their loved one. They forget about that we are different and sometimes their love language is a bit gibberish to their partner.

Sometimes we are a bit like a cat that brings a mouse to their owner…

disclaimer: of course there are some toxic relationships out there, but it is also useful to assume that people have generally good intentions with their partners unless proven otherwise.


r/LifeProTips 14h ago

Careers & Work LPT: Check how your potential employer(s) (or companies you're interested in) treat emergencies.

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There is a hurricane ripping Florida inside out, and many people still have to work during this week. If you have options, don't hesitate to leave your company for a better one.