MIAMI (CBS4) – If you want to make food and clothing last as long as you can, there are a few tricks experts say will save you time, and money, throughout the year.

When it comes to food, there are items that don’t necessarily have to abide by their “best by” date. Milk, for example, can last up to a week past its sell by date when stored properly in the back of the refrigerator. Same goes for eggs. They can have a much longer shelf life when stored with the milk, and if they are housed in the same carton they are sold in.

In your produce drawer, try to keep fruits that emit gasses away from other fruits and vegetables. Apples, for example, give off a type of gas that can spoil other food, like broccoli, so make sure they stay apart.

To keep the tires on your car in tip-top shape, always make sure they are inflated properly. According to reports, Americans throw away 280 million tires every year due to excess wear and tear or blowout. Keeping them at optimal pressure can dramatically extend their life.

When it comes to your apparel, stop washing your jeans. No, really. Levi, the company that’s been making jeans for more than 150 years says if you buy a new pair of jeans avoid washing them for the first 6 months. After that, only wash them once every two weeks and hang them to air dry upside-down. The company says infrequent washing ensures the jeans preserve their length, shape and color.


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