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6 Simple Ways to Save Money at Home

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  With the economy being what it is, people are more conscious about their expenses. The last thing you want to be doing is spending money on things that are not essential. There are simple ways to save money at home, which can cut down your bills significantly. Use energy-efficient appliances If possible, buy energy-efficient appliances such as washing machines and dryers that have lower water and energy consumption levels. These will help save energy and thus money over time because they consume less electricity than their non-efficient counterparts do. Consider replacing your old refrigerator with an energy-efficient refrigerator. You may not be aware of the fact that your fridge is one of the biggest consumers of power in your home. An inefficient refrigerator can use up to 300 kWh per year, which is more than 10% of the total household energy bill. So, it is important to get an efficient one that uses less electricity and saves you money on your electricity bill. Use en

Halloween is coming – Party ideas for everyone

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Everyone’s favorite holiday is almost here, and there are several ideas you can use to create an awesome party for your friends and family. Any of the items needed for these party ideas can be purchased at Shindigz or on Amazon. Don’t forget to look up for Shindigz special promo codes to save you some extra cash. Here are some party ideas for you Walking Haunted House Tour  Everyone loves a good haunted house; you can really have fun with this and create something that is really memorable. There is no limit as to what you can do here, and you can have friends and family plus any other volunteers participate and come up with ideas to make your haunted house stand out from the rest and give everyone a good fun scare. Investigation Ghost Hunts  This is great for kids and is basically like a treasure hunt or clue style game in the real world, it can include ghost and zombies as well murders or anything else Halloween related. Any item you need to make an authentic scary

Avoiding Bad Guitar Playing Habits – Nip Them in the Bud Early On

The earlier bad guitar playing habits are nipped in the bud the better for beginner guitarists – it’s all too easy for mistakes to become ingrained in one’s playing techniques which makes them extremely difficult to break out of later on. Some bad guitar playing habits are caused by laziness, for instance failing to tune the guitar before playing, whilst others are the result of simply not knowing that one is going about things the wrong way, like incorrectly positioning one’s left hand thumb on the back of the guitar neck. It’s advantageous to understand that playing the guitar is a physical activity, and like any physical activity, you need to get the fundamentals down pat before you move onto something more complex. Adopting the wrong attitude to practice This is the number one bad habit of beginner guitarists, particularly those raised on ‘Guitar Hero’ for some reason – too much rocking out before learning the fundamentals perhaps? Adopting the wrong atti

When Novelty Gifts are at their Best

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Finding the right gift for a friend or co-worker – or even a family member, for that matter – can be a lot more difficult than it ought to be. Ideally, you want the gift to be something that the person is going be able to use, or at least appreciate. However, this can put a lot of pressure on the giver. image via pixabay.com There is plenty of published data out there lending credence to the difficulty of selecting the right gifts. In the lead-up to Christmas a couple of years ago, The Telegraph published an article about the worst gifts that men buy for the women in their lives. These were a few of the stand-out items: ·         Cabbage ·         Salt ·         Sack of potatoes ·         Beard trimmers ·         Windscreen wipers There’s a definite lack of creativity at work in the above list. Apparently, the men in this survey were satisfied to buy women things that they wouldn’t mind receiving themselves. Either that or they were just hungry when they

Wise Family Investments: Setting Up A Trust Fund

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During these tough economic times, investing in your child’s future is one of the wisest structured family investments that you can make. Despite the squeeze on household finances, more and more families nowadays find that it’s vital and practical for every child to have the best possible start in life through investing in a financial support scheme. A trust fund can be comprised of properties, cash, bonds or stocks intended to provide financial security and benefits to an individual. The amount of money invested in a child trust fund is a long-term savings that encourage parents to save for their child’s future. The recipient can withdraw the money only until a specified event occurs or when he reaches 18 years of age that he can already be eligible to receive a yearly income from the fund. Trust fund is about giving beneficiary money that your child needs but not providing them full control over the investment.  You need to delegate a trustee who will be in charge

2014 Emmy Award Winning Shows to Watch

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This year’s Emmy Awards saw the return of crowd favourites, such as Modern Family, Game of Thrones and the critically acclaimed Breaking Bad. Though the end of Breaking Bad will leave a hole in our hearts, the latest TV newcomer, True Detective, showed it could be the next big hit, taking home five Emmy wins after its first season. If you haven’t already jumped on the bandwagon of these four brilliant shows, here’s a recap of what you’re missing out on. Modern Family Comedy series Modern Family once again proved itself to be two steps ahead of the rest after its fifth win for Outstanding Comedy Series. The story follows Jay Pritchett, the head of a big and unconventional family, which includes Jay’s second wife Gloria, his two adult children (Claire and Mitchell) and their respective families. This year’s Emmy Awards saw Modern Family win Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series awarded to Ty Burrell. Breaking Bad 2013

Why is Organic Container Gardening Very Popular?

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For the growing health-conscious community, organic container gardening is a practical way of growing fresh and clean produce for home consumption. This type of gardening method, require less space thus it is ideal even for city and apartment dwellers. Growing plants even if they are in containers can still be lots of fun and therapeutic. Many people feel relieved to see growing greens amid the concrete jungle they call home. One of the major reasons why organic gardening is very popular these days is that it can give you nutritious and healthy produce for your family’s consumption. It is also very rewarding to see fruits of your labor being prepared for your meals! Container gardening is also perfect for anybody who wants to put up his or her own garden despite lack of space or time. Because you only plant in containers, you don’t need to dig or till or need lots of gardening tools. It is inexpensive and simple. You don’t have to worry about your plants not getting enough

Most Common Driving Offences to Avoid

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There are many hundreds of driving offences on the statute books, but only a relative few are regularly broken by drivers to the extent that courts must deal with them time and time again. Worst of all, these commonoffences tend to be at the higher end of the punishment scale, attracting stiffer penalties and fines. If you find yourself regularly stopped by police for these offences, it might be time to seek professional legal advice from a firm like GC Traffic Lawyers  or perhaps even consider taking a driver refresher course. Of course, the best way to avoid trouble with the police is to not commit offences in the first place. Here are a few of the most common, and serious, driving offences to avoid if you want to hold on to your licence. Drink driving It’s been more than 30 years since governments identified drink-driving as a major killer on the road and began campaigns to stop the offence through a combination of demonization and an appeal to common sense. While the num

Mosquitoes here, there and everywhere

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After my youngest son, Yahmir, has been hospitalized due to dengue fever caused by a mosquito bite years ago, I am always on guard against mosquitoes. Dengue and Chikungunya are now an all-year-round mosquito-bite diseases in the country which should not be taken for granted as it comes in different strains that can be fatal. image via en.wikipedia.org To refrain from being the dinner of these blood suckers, as much as possible we mosquito proof our home.   We always check for any stagnant water in and out of the house especially after a rain fall.   Any pool of water like in the saucer of a plant pot or rain water caught inside an old tire, fresh flower vases and even in the base of an air conditioning unit is a good place for them to breed and hang out. In fact, wherever they can find enough water   to lay their eggs, they will be there. There are many ways to keep safe from mosquitoes.  Through researching I have found out that there are plants that repel mosquito.  Unk

The Key Considerations That You Need to Make When Buying a Property

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Buying a property is a major investment. You need to make sure that you are fully aware of the process that is involved in this decision. For some, it can be an overwhelming experience. The jargon and the financial process can be complicated to understand. What is more, the physical process of house hunting can be less than exciting and more of a chore. Relax . What you need is a handy guide to assist you with your house buying quest. With thanks to Philip Taylor on Flickr -   https://flic.kr/p/bDwfRq Here are the key considerations that you need to make when buying a property: 1.    Working Out a Budget While you may dream of living in a country mansion in the middle of nowhere, you need to be realistic. Working out a budget is important. Are you buying a property alone or is this a joint venture? Typically, you will be loaned money based on your income. As a single person, this is three times your annual salary. As a joint venture, this is worked out at fiv