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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

Oil price hike, Oh no! Not again!

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In the recent oil price increase trending to be weekly, it is not surprising that people will think twice in buying a new vehicle. We need to take into consideration of its primal usage, is it really a need or just a luxury? Oil plays a very important role in running a country’s economy and not only on a family’s budget. Economic recession causes slowdown in economic activity which results to rising unemployment rate, high priced commodities, and bankruptcies.  Using alternative oil sources like bio fuel, made of biological products and bakken oil shale , oil coming from a sedimentary rock unit could help the government in the reduction of oil imports. If we could produce additional oil, it will generally help in the increasing oil demand in the country. Production on our own will mean more people will be employed, more money to improve the nation’s economy.  Having a family vehicle is really very convenient, as we can hold and budget our own time in terms of traveling. We could mak

Job Hunting Tips

Unemployment is a worldwide problem, so it is not only us Filipinos who are in dire need of jobs to augment our family financial needs.  Fresh graduates’ increases by the year, having job placements are really a battle.  Have you also experienced to walk-in to apply for a job? The long wait in just submitting a resume will consume most of your time, only to find out that you will be re-scheduled for an interview.   The World Wide Web offers vast sites of job market; however we have to be aware that not all of them are legitimate. Some of them are operating fly- by- night, asking for fees among applicants then will disappear when you asks for a follow-up. If you are a job seeker, make sure that you make a good resume’, complete with important details, short content yet striking. The picture attached should also look professional; never crop a picture from your collection. We have to see to it that we can pace the tight competition in the job market.  Online reputable fi

Mesothelioma: My struggle

This is a guest post from Heather Von St James, a committed mother and wife, a survivor of the deadly disease Mesothelioma. On August 4, 2005, my husband and I welcomed our daughter into the world. After an uncomplicated pregnancy, she arrived to a village of supporters as our family and friends surrounded us with best wishes. At the time, I co-owned a successful salon with multiple stores and employees. Several weeks after my daughter’s birth, I learned I would be transferred to another location with a lighter workload. I did not want to move salons and did not anticipate being away from my new child. I soon began experiencing physical changes typical to new moms. I felt tired and breathless with no energy most days. I also lost an average of six pounds every week, which is not normal. My doctor analyzed blood work and a chest x-ray before diagnosing fluid on my left lung. After more tests, scans and biopsies, the doctor changed the diagnosis to malignant pleural me

An Ode of Love

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I am not good in writing poems but I tried hard to compose one especially dedicated to my husband. He is someone whom I felt a deeper connection than anyone else. A connection which is so strong that I’ve been so drawn to him in a way I have never experienced before. My perfect partner, my lover, my confidante, my soulmate! An Ode of Love Though we’re ages apart, you were destined to be my sweetheart. Forever You'll Stay In My Heart, wishing and praying we’ll never be apart. You bring sense of peace and calmness, for having you around brings so much happiness. You came to my rescue and brought out the best in me, we fit naturally and it feels like it is meant to be. Life may not always be perfect, but we manage to get through every aspect. Joined hands in parenting, business and pleasure, We can easily get a lot done by working together You love me even when loving me is hard to do, when I’m grouchy, irritable or very hardheaded to talk to. You love me in good and bad time

Comfortable Nightwear

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Keeping the family clothes closet neat and clean is one of the things I manage to monitor in my home management.  I often tell my househelp to sort the wearing apparels properly before keeping them in the closets after each laundry schedule.  Classify them according to its usage. Fold and combine clothes of the same colors, separate the house clothes, pyjamas and nightwear from the school uniforms, office clothes, jackets and outdoor garments. I taught my children of wearing the proper attire fitted for every occasion, thus they are accustomed to changing their clothes into house clothing upon coming home from school, office or from an outdoor activity. They also have the habit of wearing their pajamas at night for a much comfortable slumber.  I bought my husband and kids three sets of sleeping apparels each, while I only have two sets which lately I noticed needs replacement.  Due to my busy schedules, I opted to buy them online as Deals Direct is one of my favorite browsing sit

Learn how to say No!

I keep on telling my children that is not hard to say No. Do not ever think that you are being rude and bad when you reject.  Do not get worried of hurting other person’s feelings because you think you are being inconsiderate. A straight forward answer in a friendly tone or manner will refrain them from getting offended. Well, in my point of view, we just cannot always say yes and accept all invitations offered or tasks given to us for we do not have to please people all the time.   We also have to think of our calendar, time and priorities. We all have busy schedules and plans on a daily basis.  If you are free and it will not conflict your time plan, or you can do it on time then go ahead say Yes. Never be afraid to deny a favor asked of you, if you think you cannot do it. Immediately decline an invitation if you are uncomfortable or just not in the mood to attend. Set aside the fear of losing your friends and opportunities.  If you are being invited do not forget to say thank yo

Cleaning 101: The Windows

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It is recommended to best work on windows on a cloudy day in early mornings or late afternoon as direct sun makes window cleaner dry too quickly leaving streaks behind. Just pull back the blinds or curtains, open the windows and inspect its sill, frames, and tracks for dirt and cobwebs. Sweep out debris using a big paint brush or a small sweeper Run a vacuum over the screens so you don’t need to take them down. Using a sprayer, spray glass cleaner or a solution of your favorite cleaning agent until it is heavily misted but not drippy.   Wipe with a lint-free cloth until dry.   I use old cotton shirts to wipe it dry as it best absorbs dirt. Windows of different types need different styles of cleaning.   For jalousie windows, clean each frame with the use of a damp micro fiber cloth washed every now and then from a basin with a cleaning solution.   For big window frames, spray it with glass cleaner then use a squeegee to dry. Simple procedures, with quick and easy methods. By the