Category Archives: Life Hacking

Lifehack: Don’t Wait in Line at Chipotle!

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For those of you who love Chipotle but hate waiting in their long lines there is a simple solution: order your food online or through the Chipotle app. Just go to their website, find the Chipotle you go to, and order through their site and schedule the time you’ll be there. When you get there, skip the line and go straight to the cashier!

I have done this multiple times and in as short of notice as 15 minutes. I have also ordered through my phone’s web browser while driving down the highway at 80 mph! I remember standing in line in college and seeing people pick up their food and thinking, “WTF? How do they just pick up their food and leave?” I hope this helps some people avoid the dreaded Chipotle line! 😉

edit: I recently read another article on some additional Chipotle hacks like asking for half chicken and half steak and getting like 3/2 worth of meat.  Also asking for both types of beans and getting gift cards for $30 and getting a free burrito with ANYTHING on it.  Some of the tactics may be somewhat sketchy, use at your own discretion.

Lifehack: Phone trick

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I want to talk about a little trick I have learned that has helped me in several situations. When you are talking on the phone with someone, as soon as you say your good-byes, don’t hang up right away. Depending on the conversation and who you are talking with, you can gain valuable information. You would be surprised how many people talk to themselves or to someone they are with about you or what you were just talking about before they hang up the phone!

Here are some situations where it has benefited me:

  • When talking to prospective tenants on the phone during pre-screening, I wait after the good-bye and hear them say something that disqualifies them immediately.
  • When talking to a “friend” or acquaintance, after the conversation hearing them talk about me in either a positive or negative light
  • When on the phone with a business “professional” hearing them act very unprofessionally and make some downright rude comments that makes me reconsider even doing business with them.
  • When talking on the phone with a potential mate, gaining some valuable information after the call about her thoughts/feelings/etc.

I’m sure there are many other situations, but you get the point. As soon as you say goodbye, just sit and listen for awhile. You may be surprised what you hear.

TAN: Try this trick for all your phone conversations in the future. If you learn something by using this technique, comment below! 🙂

Edit 8/9/12: I used the phone trick successfully today during a negotiation with a lady who is selling a mobile home park.  After I said bye I heard her say, “Oh no no no no, God please…” which basically means she is desperate to sell and I’m her only prospect right now.  While I don’t want to take advantage of an elderly lady, recent info has come to light which makes the investment extremely risky, and the deal is almost off just because of it.  We’ll see if we can work something out though.

Back that Thing Up

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The phrase: “You don’t know what you got til it’s gone.” has never been more true when it comes to computers dying. I have learned the hard way on multiple occasions on the importance of backing up the files on your computer. Don’t procrastinate on this as your hard drive could literally crash at any moment (kinda similar to appreciating life because you could literally die at any moment…).

There are a few ways you can do this. My personal favorite is to use a site called sugarsync. It stores all your files online. If you sign up through the link, you and I will both get some free storage. The best part of this site is that you can get free storage simply by referring people. I have 50 gigs of free storage simply from referrals.

Another way to keep things backed up is to use a portable backup hard drive. It’s simply a hard drive that is enclosed in a special case. Unless you have a crap-ton of music, movies, porn, etc. you probably can go with a smaller one at 250 gb or so. These will run you around $50 at the time of this writing.

Finally, you can go really cheap by just burning files to cds or even using flash drives if you don’t have that much to backup.

I can’t stress how important it is to do this. I have a lot of pictures that I would hate to lose and I’m sure you have various files, old tax returns, pics, music, that book report you wrote in high school, etc. that you would not want to lose.

Take action now: Right now, use one of the following methods to back up some of  your most important files. Even if you only have a flash drive or some blank cds lying around, pop them in, and back up just the most important stuff. You truly can’t appreciate having a backup until you lose it all. I’m sure the feeling is pretty similar to having a hardcore character die on Diablo 2 or losing your first-born child. Don’t wait until it’s too late!

Ok, so there is a way to possibly recover your stuff for free that is pretty effective if you’re a lazy ass and didn’t follow my advice. It’s an open source program called test disk and can be found here. While it is pretty effective and I have used it once to restore some of my old files, I still recommend you don’t risk losing it all. It sucks! :???:

Save Money when Purchasing Things Online

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Here’s a nifty trick when purchasing things online that can save you money. How many times have you seen one of these when you are in the process of finishing your purchase:

It may say enter promo, coupon, or gift code.  Either way, all you have to do is go to google and type in “site name promo code.”  “Site name” is the name of the website you are shopping on.  Try coupon code as well.  I have found coupons that have saved me 10-20% instantly all for literally less than a minute of my time.

For a quick example, I just went to igourmet.com and added things to my cart.  I googled “igourmet promo code” and found a code of cc22.  I typed it in the box and whaddaknow it worked!

I haven’t had much luck with amazon, but there are many sites where this is very easy to do.  Another way to earn points/money/rewards is to join sites that give you these things for purchasing through their site.  Two that I use are mypoints.com and fatwallet.com.

I have earned a lot of points on mypoints, mostly through ebay purchases.  Basically, you go through the mypoints site and it redirects you to ebay.  There you make your purchase like you normally do, and you earn points on mypoints that are good towards gift cards and other items.

I have earned cold hard cash from fatwallet.  When I bought a hp laptop, I went through fatwallet’s site which took me to hp’s site.  I made my purchase and earned $16.20 from fatwallet.  On a $450 purchase, that comes out to 3.6%.  Add in the 1% I get from my credit card and that brought the purchase down to just under $430.  $20 off is not bad considering how easy it was.  Try any of the techniques above, you won’t regret it! :razz: