Be Frugal: 4 ways to get more out of everyday life

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - From seemingly empty toothpaste tubes to your K-cups, there are plenty of ways to get a little more from things in your everyday life. Here are just four ideas:

    1: Squeeze More Toothpaste from the Tube.
    What seems like an empty tube may still hold up to 13 percent of its contents. To get to the rest of it, run the tube under hot water for a minute or two. The paste will soften, enabling you to roll it up tighter to get a few more brush-fulls.

    2: Squeeze More Repetitions Out of an Exercise Set.
    Instead of counting up to your goal, count down from it. Counting up while exercising reminds you of how many repetitions you've done, but counting down emphasizes how few you have left.

    3: Get More Refreshment Out of a Nap.
    The important thing for a productive nap is to lie flat. Being propped up in a chair while napping prevents you from slipping into the deepest, most restorative stages of sleep. That's because, even if you don't realize it, you're subconsciously on-guard against falling over.

    4: Squeeze More Coffee Out of a K-Cup.
    The single-serving coffee cups are convenient, but if you drink a lot of joe, they can grind through a lot of money. To squeeze 30 to 50 percent more coffee from each little cup, buy a bold or extra-bold flavor and brew one large cup into an extra-large mug. Then open and close the machine's lid to reset it and, without removing the original K-Cup or your mug, brew another by pressing the machine's "small-cup" setting. As your mug tops off, quickly and carefully slide another cup into place to catch the rest.

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