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7 Money-Saving Tips That Are Easy to Forget

These days it seems everyone is exploring new and novel ways to save more money. But sometimes in our quest for fresh ideas, we tend to forget the basics that served us so well in the past.  When that happens, it helps to take a step back and brush up on those tried-and-true methods that we may be neglecting. If you’re in need a frugal refresher, here are seven classic money-saving tips that are worth another look: ·  Buy used Buying used cars, secondhand appliances in good working order, even gently used clothes and books is one of the single best money-saving moves a person can make. But buying used takes some forethought and strategy. Don’t wait until you need an item to buy it; instead plan ahead. As...

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15 Ways To Keep Cool When it's Hot

Keeping cool when temperatures reach record highs isn't just about comfort. Dangerously high temperatures can result in heat-related illnesses ranging from heat cramps to heat exhaustion and heat stroke. The following tips can help you keep cool all summer long. ·  Alter your pattern of outdoor exercise to take advantage of cooler times (early morning or late evening). If you can't change the time of your workout, scale it down by doing fewer minutes, walking instead or running, or decreasing your level of exertion. ·  Wear loos...

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Inspirational Shakespeare Quotes

Shakespeare's legacy persists across these many centuries precisely because his words lay themselves open to discussion, enjoyment, and usefulness despite changing contexts and time periods. Each generation, different people read Shakespeare anew and find fresh purpose and meaning in these enduring, familiar turns of phrase. Here are 10 quotes to use as memorable motivators and robust reminders for yourself and your teams. 1.  "Brevity is the soul of wit." (Hamlet)  Whether running a meeting or giving a speech, be a standout speaker by keeping it short, sweet, and striking. Enough said. 2.  "Go wisely and slowly. Those who rush, stumble and fall." (Romeo and Juliet)  ...

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20 Great Spring Activities to do with Kids

It certainly took long enough, but spring has finally arrived, much to the delight of parents everywhere.  After months of being cooped up inside and longing for the temperatures to warm up, the wait is officially over, and now it's time to get outside and have some fun. Here are 20 great outdoor activities to do with kids this spring that won't cost anything! ·  Take a long walk around the neighborhood. ·  Go for a bike ride. ·  Fly a kite at the park. ·  Hit the playground! ·  Enjoy a picnic with the family. ·  Explore local hiking trails. ·...

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8 Things Remarkably Effective People Do Every Day

·  Visualize Your Success - Recognize your greatest goals and the successes that you want to achieve in work and life. See them, feel them, and imagine how wonderful it will be when you reach them. Visualize how you will get there, and make a plan to do so. Effective people know that you have to keep your goals top of mind in order to achieve them. ·  Focus On One Task At a Time - Don't pile on too many projects at once. Each morning jot down two or three things that you will focus on and don't let interruptions bog you down. It's easy to allow new problems to distract you from wrapping up old ones. Understand the difference between what's important versus (merely) urgent and prioritize accordingly. Set deadlines for you...

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Spring Cleaning Tips

It is never too early to begin spring cleaning.  Here is a list of great spring cleaning tips as we prepare for the weather to get warmer. ·  Dust shelves, blinds, vents, moldings, light fixtures — anything that collects dust and you usually ignore. ·  Wash the inside of your windows. ·  Clean window treatments (including your shower curtain). ·  Flip your mattress, which is something you should do every season. You'll get more use out of it and you'll sleep better. ·  Change your winter bedding to spring, even if it just means storing woolier blankets away. ·  Change your clothe...

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Essentials To Keep in Your Car

Some of us keep absolutely nothing in our car trunks, while others have enough packed to live in their cars for weeks. Somewhere in between is this list of important things every car owner should think about always having on hand. Spare tire (in good condition), along with a tire jack and tire iron, because without them or someone else to help you, the spare tire is useless. Also, if your wheels require a special security key, make sure that's always in your car too. Tire inflater and sealer, like the Fix-a-Flat, which can plug a leak (and help you avoid using the above tools) just enough to get you to the auto shop. Your car's manual, which should be in the glove compartment already....

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10 simple ways to get your car ready for winter

These tips can serve as handy reminders of simple steps you can take to stay safe and keep your vehicle in good working order this winter. Get the right kind of oil change. Are you approaching the time for a 30,000-mile full service for your vehicle? If so, don’t procrastinate! Among other things, the service should include an oil change, and the oil used should have the right viscosity, or thickness, for your vehicle at this time of year. Oil tends to thicken as it gets colder, and if it’s too thick it won’t do the best job of keeping your engine lubricated. Check your owner’s manual for guidance about which oil to use in different climates and temperatures. Make sure you can see. When’s the last time you replaced your w...

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Healthy Resolutions for the New Year

Each January, roughly one in three Americans resolve to better themselves in some way. A much smaller percentage of people actually make good on those resolutions. While about 75% of people stick to their goals for at least a week, less than half (46%) are still on target six months later, a 2002 study found.  This year, pick one of the following worthy resolutions, and stick with it. Lose weight - The fact that this is perennially among the most popular resolutions suggests just how difficult it is to commit to. But you can succeed if you don’t expect overnight success. Also, plan for bumps in the road. Use a food journal to keep track of what you eat and have a support system in place. Stay in t...

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Simplify the Holidays

Here are some helpful tips to help you simplify the holidays. Start early – If you space out your shopping, planning and prep in smaller doses throughout the holiday season, you'll be significantly calmer come Christmas Eve. Don’t do it all at once, do a little every day...starting after Thanksgiving. It's much easier to enjoy giving when we give thanks for what we've been given first. Write it down – Be realistic, there are so very many things going on this time of year, you cannot keep it all straight in your head at once. Trying to do so is only going to result in forgetting things, which equals major stress. Jot items down. Keep a calendar, keep a list and strive to keep yourself organized. You’ll stay ...

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