Rest of the Best: The 10 Best Houston Life Hacks

Sometimes the key to winning at life is finding ways to circumvent the normal method of living. Like an old NES game, you just have to have the cheat code. Today we're going to look at ten things that make living in Houston a little bit easier and more fun.

Star Pizza
Do you always take the free cheese and pepper that Star Pizza hands out with their pies even though you don't really put them on the pizza? Save those and add them to a regular old spaghetti dish for some extra style and flavor. It's perfect for someone single looking to spice up a cheap meal.

Oh, and when Thanksgiving rolls around be sure to pick up some barbecue sauce from Goode Co. to apply to your turkey leftovers. You will not regret it.

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Houston's Medical Center runs 24-hours a day, which means that a lot of people have somewhat loopy schedules. For them, Whataburger is your friend. They start serving breakfast at 11 p.m., and you get you're A-1 Thick and Hearty Burger at the crack of dawn. It definitely makes adjusting to the night shift a little easier.

Avoid the Pierce Elevated
Few roads in Houston get more congested than the Pierce Elevated, but if you're just passing through and not actually looking to get into Midtown then there's a handy way around it. Use the 59 to I-10 ramps to make a little triangle route around the congestion. It's a little further, but almost always less crowded at rush hour.

Speaking of traffic, there is no excuse for not having the Houston map open in Safari on your phone before you ever get on the road. Green means "Go", and red means "Hell no!". You'll save yourself a ton of hassle by checking it at the start of every journey.

Houston Public Library
As reported last week, Houston is losing its last full-service sheet music store. Where can you go now for a wide variety of sheet music? The main branch of the Houston Public Library actually has a pretty good selection, plus borrowing is free. On top of that, they even loan out DVDs, CDs, and video games now. Provided you don't mind the drive, the Library is great for tons of free entertainment.

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And alot of people really don't want to live in the loop.


Miller Theater.  The "Fab Five" Beatles tribute band, Shakespeare, Kamanari Taiko, the Houston Symphony, Mercury (nee Baroque), dance, jazz, etc.  Free.  Bring your own food and (adult) drinks.

Rachel Mann
Rachel Mann

Pierce elevated is really nothing traffic-wise...its that suicide blind merge lane that should deter you

Nicki Stacy
Nicki Stacy

Foil on your windows? Oh geez. I hope not! And I would rather pay full price for the museums than go for free on Thursdays with the crowds. Good zoo tip, even better is knowing free parking is available on weekends along Main St and just walk through the park.

Lucas Juarez
Lucas Juarez

Is the sit down Mrs. PAC Man game there? Nothing better than sitting down with a pitcher and a buddy and a stack of quarters. That game gets fucking hard after 64 ounces to the dome


I dunno about that. I live in Spring and whenever I'm passing through downtown on I-45, unless it's Sunday morning, I'm usually taking I-10 East to 59 to completely avoid the Pierce Elevated. It really is that bad, traffic-wise, and the early '60s-era merge lanes just add to it.

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