10 Good uses for a credit cards
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I am not a fan of credit cards. I’ve been burned and I’ve seen and read about far too many people’s lives turned upside down through the use of credit cards. Recently though, I’ve been trying to focus on being more environmentally conscientious. If you’re anything like me, you probably get 5-10 credit card applications a week and many of those contain those fake sample credit cards along with a ton of paper. Also, if you’ve gone credit card free like I have, and don’t want to just throw away or destroy them, what can you do with all those extra cards laying around.
Here are 10 good uses for those fake sample credit cards and old expired credit cards:
- Car Window Scrapers – On that cold winter morning and your windshield is all frosted over.
- Unlock doors – If you have the right kind of doors, credit cards are a great way to unlock your door if you’ve locked yourself out of your house. Slide the card in by the bolt and move it back and forth until the bolt is moved over far enough to pull the door open.
- Fake Wallet – A friend of mine who lives in New York city has been the victim of a pick pocket a few times. Now, he carries a fake wallet in his rear pocket and his real wallet in his jacket. He fills the fake wallet with expired or fake credit cards, a dollar or two, and other misc. stuff.
- Test your shave – Not sure if you’re getting a good shave? Run the edge of a credit card over your beard. The noise will tell you how well you shaved.
- Aquarium Glass cleaner – Have a saltwater aquarium? Credit Cards make excellent glass scrapers for removing Coraline algae, and other crustaceans that grow on your glass.
- Straight edge – Not able to find your ruler, use a credit card instead. The edge is very smooth and straight.
- Caulking – Ever wonder how those professional carpenters get that nice smooth look? Me too, but I’ve found a really great cheat. Run the rounded corner of your credit card across the caulk bead for that professional look.
- Bookmarks – Although I prefer something a little longer and thinner, credit cards can make for great bookmarks
- Shims – Ever need to level something or fill a small gap when nailing up molding? Credit cards stacked up make great shims.
- Guitar Pick – Now this is one I would have never thought of, but the thickness is about right. Brett over at The Frugal Law Student suggests using credit cards as a guitar pick. For me it would be a bit big, but cut into a triangle, I think it would work great!
What ideas do you have? What do you do with your old or fake cards?