A journey of reform, introspection and growth
During lockdowns, some people have started Duo Lingo. Some have gotten abs. Some have crocheted. Some have rollerbladed. Some have taken masterclasses. Some have made sourdough. If we have to draw something positive from lockdown (which we’d rather not), it would be the way everyone has committed to betterment. You should never stop emerging! Lockdowns have distilled this energy. Here are some of the many, minuscule ways that we learnt to improve out quality of life – ways that are micro-yield and macro-return.
Save $700 annually on printer ink
Printer ink can become a major business expense in your home office, and your business might not actually expense it all. Fortunately, a few clever TikTok-ers figured out how to do it themselves. Instead of shelling out for a new cartridge each time it runs out, purchase a black ink bottle and syringe kit. Peel the sticker off the cartridge to find five holes behind it; the top three lead to the ink reservoir. Draw the amount of ink your cartridge holds into the syringe, inject and reload. If you have an 18ml cartridge, a 500ml bottle of ink can save you over $700 a year.
Keep your special herbs and spices from going bad
If you’re like me, it is very difficult – nay, impossible even – to predict when you will and will not be up to the task of gourmet cooking. However, that often leaves handfuls of rosemary and oregano and thyme and dill that might go bad before I’m ready to cook again. Simply freeze the herbs in olive oil and make little herb-olive oil ice cubes. They’ll stay fresh until you need them again, and since many recipes require both herbs and olive oil, you can toss them right in the pan together to melt.