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Saving money is essential in times of crisis such as today but there are times when you need to take money out from your own pocket to help save yourself from ultimate financial meltdown. What you think might be a good thing to help you save more money might be your own downfall. Here are some of the reasons.
All of us need a place to stay and food to eat. And you might not like it but you also need to have a basic mode of transportation. These items are your sources of expenses everyday but they are there for a reason. You need them and cutting your budget on them just to save money is not an option which is why do not neglect putting money for your basic needs.
If your tax returns are not that complicated then you can always file them yourself, but if you have a business and you need to file taxes on a yearly basis, this means that there will be some overlapping issues with your finances and that can spell trouble if you are to do it yourself. Have someone who knows how to do it rather than you tackle your own problems.
We all save money for the rainy days. But, it does not usually mean that you need to take the money out from your retirement fund or your son’s college fund to tip the balance off. You can always solve your financial problems by taking on other jobs rather than sacrifice what you have saved just to solve a problem that you can easily handle yourself.
Neglecting to save even a dollar from your paycheck is a mistake you should not make. Some people tend to pay out bills and credits faster so that they can save money in the long run but neglecting to pay fractions of them every month and put some extra money to your bank as savings might be the mistake you will regret later on.
Food has always been known to be an expense but it is a needed expenses. Some people would want to skip on food and never go out to eat so that they will have money for the future. It is a case where you need to get your needs straightened up. You can still enjoy a nice meal on a fancy restaurant but not as quite as you will before. Plus, you can always have lots of food on the table if you cook meals.
People think that having health insurance and other forms of insurance as a pain in the pocket. But, insurance is just like an investment. You need to give and sacrifice a little to receive a lot. You might not know this yet but paying your medical bills in cash hurts your pocket more than paying your health insurance.
Be a coupon queen. We think that coupons are just for people who do not have something to eat. Coupons usually offer great discounts or even have freebies in them. Cut out coupons from newspapers or even get them at certain websites.
Fire is one of the leading causes of home injury as well as related deaths within a community. They take away property as well as the lives of so many people. Fire prevention should be followed to avoid accidents within the community.
Always stay in the kitchen while you are cooking. If you have things to do outside the kitchen, do it first before you prepare your food and cook them. Leaving the kitchen to do something else can burn your food and you might end up having a big ball of fire within the kitchen.
Repair loose cords from your appliances. If you can, replace them to be sure that there will be no accidents. It will only take a spark from these loose cords to cause enough fire to burn down your home.
If you can, try not to smoke indoors. Throw cigarette butts at the right place and make sure that they are out before you throw them away or else there might still be an amber that can cause fire.
If you have flammable materials inside your home, make sure that you put them high above the shelf where children cannot reach them. Store them high above and lock them up to assure yourself.
Throw away or recycle used newspapers and other unnecessary materials that catch fire easily. If you need to store them for some reason, make sure that you store them to places that are away from any source of fire.
Never overload a socket or you might end up having to deal with fire. If you need more places to plug your appliance, spread them out to other outlets so that it will not overload your electrical socket.
Lastly, to avoid further destruction of your home from fire, install a fire detector within the confines of your kitchen. Fire detectors will signal fire officials to your location and put the fire out for you.
One of the most frequent occurring disasters on Earth are floods. They usually tend to destroy a lot of properties as well as lives and families. There have been numerous reports of how floods have destroyed the lives of many and to stop it from happening to your family, the following is a simple guide.
Always be informed of the daily weather. It is of topmost importance that you are able to keep track of the weather as you already know that your neighborhood is prone to floods. The moment you begin to take advantage of the information, you can put your preventive plan in action.
Gather the family and designate an evacuation area for your family as well as your property. Make sure that everyone knows their role during the evacuation. You can also practice having some dry runs in case of an emergency and do some drills at random times.
Always have an ample amount of supplies stored within your reach in case flood happens so that you are always prepared no matter what happens. Store food, water, and enough supplies for you to last a couple of days to a week. Such food should require less cooking and refrigeration as electricity might be interrupted.
When floods do happen, always be aware of the water levels. If they are rapidly rising than what you have expected, get help as quickly as possible or bring your family to higher ground or to the roof. You can also pull out your family fishing boat or an emergency boat to get you to safety.
During floods, be aware of water-covered roads. Do not cross streams or rivers where water is just above the knee and risk putting yourself in danger. Water levels might elevate in a matter of minutes while you are struggling to cross such bodies of water.
Eat well-cooked food and protect leftovers from being exposed or it might go stale in a couple of hours. Make sure that you are drinking safe bottled water and to make sure, boil them.
When the flood is finally done, have yourself checked out by a doctor to see if there have been infections or any immunizations needed for you to prevent other diseases acquired from the floodwater.
We all see and hear from the news that a fire accident has cost another set of lives. Fire can take away lives as easily as starting it. There are several ways to prevent fire but knowing how to deal with it when it happens is the key to surviving. The following are things that will help you survive in case of a fiery disaster.
The most important thing to do when a fire breaks out is to get out of the area. So, always know where to go out when fire happens. Know where the fire exits are or in case you are inside your home, know where you can get out as quickly as possible.
Do not waste precious time to save yourself when fire happens. Many people tend to believe that they have time to salvage the things from their home and they end up trapped inside. Make sure you know your way towards the exit the moment fire happens.
When you come across a door that is smoking or warm when you touch it, do not attempt to open it. You are checking to see if there is fire on the other side of the room.
Drop to the floor is the room you are in is consumed by smoke. You will breathe less smoke when you drop to the floor. You can then take your time to crawl on your knees and elbow as you breathe heavily.
If everything seems to be against you and you feel that you are at your end, try to think of ways aside from giving up. If you are inside a room, do not panic. Drop down the floor, shatter the window so that smoke can go out and people will see what is happening.
In case of emergency such as fire, do not hide inside the closet or any close space. You will only trap yourself inside. You can either run towards the next possible opening if the place you are staying is consumed with fire.
The key to preventing such tragedy is knowing how to stop it in the first place. Learn the basics of fire prevention and always have a plan in mind when things go wrong. You can either promote a fire safety drive in your town or you can join groups that educate people from the risks involving fire.
As they always say, prevention is always better than cure. The best way to prevent fire is to educate the people inside your home about the dangers of fire and the dangers of leaving appliances or flammable materials out in the open.
Women generally do not find bathrooms up to their requirement and always have a complaint with their size. Either the bathrooms are too small with no space to stand up and stretch properly or it is too large for you to maintain besides being a waste of space.
If you are wondering why women need space in the bathroom of all the places, the answer is simple. They need space to store their personal and beauty care stuff. The amount of things in their makeup kit needs a separate shelf. Then there are other cosmetics stuff like perfumes, creams and lotion etc. They also have another huge collection of different hairstyling products and accessories too.
What you can do to simplify your storage is to buy some plastic storage containers and neatly segregate all items and pack them in the boxes. You can label the boxes and stack them away neatly in the cupboard or the drawers.
It helps to segregate all of your makeup stuff into product wise items and buy several types of containers to store each one of them. Makeup tubes can be stored separately in one container while another can be packed with eye shadow boxes only. Likewise follow similar pattern for your pencils, eyeliners as well as other products. When you store each type of item in one container, it becomes easier for you to retrieve the exact item that you are looking for without having to spend time and effort in searching for things.
When you go shopping for containers, ensure you buy different sizes of both horizontal as well as vertical containers which are needed. Things like hair brush and tubes etc are better store in a vertical storage box while the other things fit into horizontal containers comfortably. Buy the boxes with handles so that you can easily lift and carry the box wherever you want to .
Once you have segregated the items you would know which item will go into which type of box and accordingly can buy the right type of container. By storing items in proper containers you will avoid them getting damaged.
For those items that you are using currently like soap, deo spray , lotions etc you would need to buy an open container or a nice vase type of open bin so that you can store them and place them next to the sink. This way it will all be in one place and at the same time you will get easy access to it.
Once you have stacked away all your make up and other stuff, your bathroom will be tidy and neat. This is not all, buy a few more containers and neatly stack all your bath salts, loofahs as well as scented oils and other things right next to the tub.
Most of the smoker say they want to say no to cigarette but cannot because the fear of weight gain keeps them from doing so. The logic behind this fear and thought is nicotine which is found in cigarette is metabolism stimulator. Due to increased metabolism energy released in the body is abundance and hence no need of eating is felt. However when smoking is stopped, hunger increase or people tend to keep their mouth busy and hence eat a lot.
Weight gain after quitting smoking is a genuine issue but it should not be used as an excuse for continuing smoking because there are many remedies that can help you in this regard. The basic thing is to plan and then start exercise.
Exercise is believed to be the most important thing when smokers quit smoking. It not only speeds up metabolism to release energy but also makes one feel healthy and happy. For those who have exercise as their everyday activity, making it regular is the tip and those who do not exercise must start right now and make it their routine in order to get rid of extra weight that they might put on if stop smoking.
A herb called Quit tea stimulates energy and reduces hunger. Other herbs like red clover, burdock and sarsaparilla help in smoke termination by making the person alter, focused and giving him/her energy which usually lake when one quits smoking.
To make the smoker remain attentive and active when he/she quits smoking red clover are the best choice.
Another herb called cinnamon speeds up metabolism. It also increases digestive juice and hence helps in weight maintenance. To control hunger and appetite funnel and oregano are used and hence weigh gain is avoided.
Bile in the human body is produced with the help of fennel seed. It also helps in fat digestion and hence reduces extra weight. Fennel has remained in used for decades to reduce weight and help deal with obesity.
Do not make weight gain be an obstacle in your way of quitting smoking. Eat well and healthy food, exercise regularly and dirk Quit tea, you will remain as smart as you want and at the same time non smoker also.
Living on your own can be difficult financially. One way the help keep the costs of living lower is to recruit roommates instead of renting a place on your own. While friends and class mates may be a good idea, it is important to be mindful of the fact that while you may all get a long great, there is always the chance that your roommates are complete slobs when it comes to living.
The first simple ground rule that should be laid out for everyone is cleanliness. Be sure to sit down and make sure everyone Is on the same page as far as acceptable house hygiene goes.
Everyone should be responsible for keeping their own messes within their room or area of the room. When it comes to the kitchen and bathroom or other public areas, place a 48 hr rule for cleaning.
A chore list is a great way to keep everything in line and everyone get along. This list will be helpful when raw foods have been left out or the toilet is clogged.
When living with new roommates it is important to respect each other and everyone’s living habits. In doing so everyone will need to remember that they need to change some of the things they are use to doing to make the house a more comfortable place for everyone.
Another example of living etiquette would be using a roommates new dishes or electronics without permission. Make a point to lay down all ground rules with personal items as well as general behavior around the house. While it may be an awkward conversation to have, it can save a lot of hassle down the line.
Make sure to bring up money as well. While it too is an awkward topic, the rent and utility bills still need to be paid and everyone needs to chip in.
Another good way to do this is to assign one roommate each month to collect the money and pay the bills. Just be sure that the roommate is responsible with the funds and doesn’t spend them on other things.
The busiest room in the house is usually the kitchen. That is the heart of the home – where everyone sits, eats, visits and some even dye or perm hair in the kitchen, do homework, work on projects, etc.
And with all the appliances and gadgets that are available today, there is just not enough room for everything.
Without going into a big expense, and an easy way to recycle some things, you can organize some of your clutter and make things look much neater.
Let’s start with cooking utensils. Usually the drawer or drawers that hold all those cooking utensils are one big mess! No organization to those drawers at all. You are constantly fumbling through looking for one particular spatula or wooden spoon, or knife, or the ice cream scoop or the pizza cutter.
Start to save those waxed paper and plastic wrap boxes. Carefully remove and dispose of the metal cutting edge (if these is one), cut off the end flaps and the cover. Line up in your drawer and use to separate knives, cooking utensils, spoons, hand graters, silverware, barbecue skewers, etc. If you cannot remove the metal cutting edge, cover with duct tape so that you or anyone in your family don’t cut yourselves when reaching for something.
Small boxes can be used to hold all those twist ties that we use. Why have them scattered all over the drawer?
Still need a bit more room for those “every day” utensils that you want right at your fingertips? An old jug, pitcher, or small, tall pot can be decoratively placed on your countertop to hold the utensils you use on a daily basis. If it is not attractive, or the wrong color, paint or decorate to match your kitchen. If it happens to be quite light and made of thin material or plastic, you will not want it to tip as you remove utensils. Fill the bottom with some marbles to give it weight.
Do you like to cook and bake? Often looking for something to use in the freezer to hold a half cup or cup or something – like pumpkin puree, mashed bananas, etc? Recycle your yogurt containers. They are just the right size. Label, date and freeze. While you’re at it – 8 oz. of gravy, broth for recipes, juices, etc. will also freeze in those containers. Makes measuring much easier later on.
Recycle your plastic gallon ice cream tubs and plastic sherbet containers, whipped topping containers, etc. of all sizes. These are great to use for holding flours, sugars, brown sugar, rice, barley, couscous, cereals, powdered sugar, dry milk, etc. This is also helpful for anyone who has an ant problem every spring.
Save those glass jars that pasta sauces come in. You can use those in your freezer to freeze gravies, sauces, broths, homemade soups, etc. Pickle and olive jars are nice for shaking homemade salad dressings; also use for storing homemade crumbs for baking (refrigerated of course).
Need extra freezer space? When freezing portions of ground beef (for instance – in 1 pound packages for certain recipes), pat the meat out flat and place in freezer bags. Once frozen they will stack easier and will also thaw faster than a ball-shaped piece of frozen meat.
Use your gallon milk jugs to end under-the-sink clutter as well. cut off the tops and store your rubber gloves, sponges, bottle cleaners, dish mops, trash can liners, etc.