Some life hacks that I have used

life hacksLife is full of hacks and lazy people are the one who finds most of it. Life hacks save us a lot of time, effort, and money. Some life hacks that I have used in my day to day life are shared below. Please share if you have something to add.

  • Use a wet towel to clear the smoke out of your room. Spin It in all directions using your hand. Don’t switch on the fan. It will take more time and will irritate you.
  • I was reading an article and got across this that you can call yourself Time’s 2006 person of the year on your resume/CV. In 2006, Time made “Everyone” the person of the year. Use it to show how smart you are.
  • When were we Buying a car? I purposely got it delayed and bought it at the end of the month. Salespeople have quotas to meet each month and will be more likely for you to get a deal. I got the seat cover for free. Though it is a small thing what’s the harm in it.
  • I used the following on my friends mobile. Download the Apple free app of the week, even if you don’t need it! You can delete it and re-download in “recently purchased” when you want. This way you can use it for free.
  • I recently bought a .edu domain and created 5 email address on a shared hosting space. I then bought 5 Amazon Prime acct. and sold it to peers. This lets you watch almost unlimited TV/Movies.
  • My sister used to do it. Putting your fingers in ice water immediately after painting your nails the paint will dry instantly and YaY you are ready for the party.
  • If your clothes shrink too small? Soak them in a mixture of hot water and hair conditioner for 5 minutes, to unshrink them. This really works. Try it now.
  • Want to have some good dreams (*wink*). Drink tons of apple juice before you go to bed. A chemical compound in the juice will help you to have vivid awesome dreams!
  • If you ask for unsalted French Fries at McDonald’s they’ll make a fresh batch for you and then at the end ask them to put salt and here you have fresh fries.
  • When buying something online only read the reviews that gave it 3 stars—they’re usually the most honest about pros and cons. This has a 99% accuracy. Have helped me a lot of time to take the right decision.

The Cost of an Indian Wedding

In Indian culture, as soon as the child is born, the planning for one’s wedding starts. The family start’s gathering gold/ possessions right from the day you are born. They do this killing a lot of their own ambitions and aspirations. Now, this is also one of the costs which a family pays in an Indian wedding. Throughout the childhood gathering of possessions continue. Somehow Indian people find a huge satisfaction in possessions and not in experiences. This continues till the education of the child is done and then starts the saga of getting one married. Hence, the cost of marriage can be equated as:

Cost of Marriage (CoM) = Cost of possession + Lost opportunity cost + Lost aspirations + Amount spent in marriage

Cost of possession

We buy anything for a purpose which gives us instant gratification. The touch and feel of that possession give us a very satisfactory feeling. After a while when this feeling wears off comes a state where we should keep up those possessions (gold, house etc.). The cost of possession is the cost of maintaining those things for their life. A gold ornament will need a bank locker, considering the risks involved, A house will need maintenance time and again etc.

Lost opportunity cost

Now when you buy anything, it is at the cost of something else. In typical Indian family where people buy a lot of things planning for future for their children they lose out on many other things in life, the cost of which is huge. Now, you could have invested that money made much more and made everyone happy. But patience is not a virtue of Indian people. A 4000 Rs a month in a mutual fund for 20 years can reap more than a crore which can make everyone’s life very easy and fulfilling.

Lost aspirations

I had to travel to new places but I didn’t have money for it as I took that gold ornament set for my future daughter in law. Now, this thing called marriage leads to a loss of a lot of loss of aspirations for the family. The future that is not even certain. We don’t know what will happen next moment but we easily do things for like 10 years down the line killing a lot of aspirations of our own which could be life changing.

Amount spent in marriage

This is the most stupid thing various Indian families do. They will take a loan and get their son/ daughter married. Why? Because I should keep up that status in society otherwise what will people say about me, because I have only one son and I want to do the best for him, because marriage is only done once in life and no one has an intent of the second one, because this is the only thing we live for are some of the lame reasons you will get. All of this for what? Living your life in debt for the people who will not even remember it next morning.

After reading this do you still want to get married in those big fat Indian wedding types functions, considering what all your parents have been through? Don’t you want to give them back something which will at least make up for those costs that they have paid knowingly or un-knowingly and make you happy about doing something good in life?

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