I love to paint but with the prices on watercolor these days, you have to work hard at getting your investment back. I hate finding that a lid to a tube of my paint has cracked when I go to squeeze that tube the paint has hardened inside. I need the color but it won't squeeze out. What to do? Well, I found a solution. You locate a good pair of scissors and you start snipping away at the tube preferably from the bottom making a horizontal cut. You actually make a complete cut across. The good thing with watercolor paints contrary to acrylics is that the paint softens with water and becomes useful again where as acrylics become a hard lump. It doesn't matter that the paint is hard as a rock. It is still good!
So if you look at the tubes above you will notice what I did. I cut them open and I found a oil paint spatula and started scooping the precious paint out into a palatte tray, ready to be used. I recouped at least a couple of dollars worth of paint which will hold me over until I can order more and it can be delivered.