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A fruity way to be frugal

Shining your shoes with a banana peel is just one of the low-cost tricks you can learn.

By MSN Money producer Nov 13, 2009 9:40PM
This blog has waxed poetically about the many uses of vinegar, baking soda, salt and even vodka. But this might be a new one: Using a banana to polish your shoes.

This video at Lifehacker shows how you can make your shoes shine with a peel. Apparently, the potassium contained in this "yellow crescent of unparalleled beauty" is the main ingredient in shoe polish. The steps are easy:
  1. Peel the banana.
  2. Eat the fruit and save the skin.
  3. Rub the inner lining of the skin on your shoes.
  4. Buff with a soft cloth.
  5. You're done.
Sounds simple, but excuse us if we don't rush out and try this on our best pair of dress shoes. Volunteers?
Lifehacker is a gold mine of low-budget, but often high-tech, ways to make your life easier. The site's light dash of humor helps, too.

Some of our favorite Lifehacker posts include:
This is a sampling of what Lifehacker has to offer. Kudos to its editors and users for the useful tips.

Have you tried any of these ideas? Do you have a favorite do-it-yourself Web site? We'd love to hear about them.

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