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10 “Free” Things That Cost You Money in the Long Run

Life is expensive. Between the mortgage, insurance, car payments, and unexpected repairs, homeowners have a lot of money going out. It’s understandable, then, that many are tempted to take advantage of freebies when they’re offered. But be wary: There’s a price to pay for everything—even the free stuff. Before you accept freebies, understand what you’re actually getting. Goods and services that you don’t have to pay for may not be up to standard or may come with sneaky fine print, or they may just cause more problems. So, while you might save money in the short term, in the long run you could live to regret your frugal choices. Avoid these 10 “free” things that are likely to end up costing you money.

14 Things to Do with Olive Oil Besides Cook

Olive oil is most commonly thought of as a kitchen staple, but for thousands of years it’s also been used for all sorts of things that have nothing to do with food. Check out these smart alternative household uses for that unassuming bottle of olive oil hanging out in your pantry.

10 Times Boiling Water Can Help Around the House

Water is everywhere around us, and in most of the United States it’s so safe and plentiful that we often take it for granted as we use it to drink, cook, clean, bathe, and play. But no matter how you use tap water at home, you may be surprised to learn that you can unlock even more uses for water just by boiling it. Indeed, boiling water can be used all over the house and garden. Be careful, though: Boiling water can burn the skin, so use it cautiously. Wear closed-toe shoes, appropriate clothing, and gloves to protect yourself from hot water that may splash and sting. Now, here’s a look at some of the most ingenious ways to use boiling water at home.

9 Worth-It Home Services and Subscriptions That Give You Bang for Your Buck

Subscription services promise to simplify your life, but there are so many out there that it can be hard to figure out which are worth their cost. Before you know it, you’re paying for so many memberships that you aren’t really saving that much. That’s why we’ve created this list of subscription services that are actually worth handing over your hard-earned money. Covering all your basic and not-so-basic needs, these memberships streamline life and make things a little bit easier, whether that means that household supplies show up on your doorstep right when needed or that you can download a new novel straight to your phone whenever you want.

10 Reasons Every DIYer Needs a Pry Bar

Lugging around a heavy toolbox gets old after a while, but you often need half a dozen tools just to complete even a simple do-it-yourself repair. Make it easier on yourself! You can reduce the number of tools you need to carry (and buy) if you select hardworking tools that have multiple functions.

Take the humble pry bar, for example. Its L-shaped ends can apply leverage, lift, scrape, and even spackle. Haven’t given any thought to a pry bar’s versatility before? That’s probably because you haven’t met HYDE’s 9-1/2″ Bent Pry Bar. Made from electro-coated, high-carbon steel, this pint-size multi-use bar (available at HydeStore.com) is lightweight but as strong as they come. Keep reading for the many ways in which you can put this under-$10 tool to use around the house.

This post has been brought to you by Hyde Tools. Its facts and opinions are those of BobVila.com.