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Got any good ‘life hacks’? Send your tips on how you’ve made life easier

Brooke Van Poppelen and Kevin Pereira host the new show “Hack My Life” on TruTV.
Brooke Van Poppelen and Kevin Pereira host the new show “Hack My Life” on TruTV. TruTv

Are you a whiz at coming up with inexpensive solutions to everyday problems?

Readers, we’re looking for tried-and-true “life hacks” — work-arounds for the stuff that vexes us.

Like new uses for everyday objects (a drinking straw for stemming strawberries!). Clever ways to save money (can bubble wrap really insulate your windows?). Or easier ways of doing things than the ways they’ve always been done.

In the old days, some of these would have been called “household hints.”

Gobs of life hacks can be found online, and there’s even a new TV show — “Hack My Life” (9:30 p.m. Tuesdays on TruTV), which takes a comedic approach to testing potential hacks. (Will potato chips really work in place of charcoal in your backyard grill? How can tube socks be used to keep your tushie warm on a public toilet?)

We’re interested, however, in things you’ve done yourself that worked.

And by the way, don’t confuse this kind of helpful “hack” with a cyber-attack hack.

Email your ideas to starfyi@gmail.com. Put “life hack” in the subject line, and include your name, city and phone number. We’ll publish the best of the bunch in an upcoming story in FYI.

Deadline for submissions: 11:59 p.m. Jan. 26.

| Tim Engle, tengle@kcstar.com

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