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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

Important Files and Documents: How Long Should Your Business Store Them For

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Think about how much time you’ve wasted in your life trying to find your keys, wallet or mobile phone! For any business, record keeping is not only compulsory; it directly impacts the productivity of your business. Are you starting to drown in business documents and unsure of what to keep and for how long? Fear not, read on for some information on how long you should store important business documents and some storage suggestions. What you need to store Your business is required by law to keep certain financial and employee-related records. The Australian Tax Office (ATO), the Australian Securities Investments Commission (ASIC) and Fair Work Australia (FWA) are three organisations that may require access to your records.Also bear in mind what documents you would need to provide in order to sell your business. If you are not sure about what to store, it is better to keep too many records than not enough and to check with a professional such as your accountant. But remember, that al

Contemporary Interiors for the Modern-day Home

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So you’ve finally decided to buy your dream home and chose to put your heart and soul in designing it inside and out. Designing a modern-day home with contemporary interiors can be fantastic. A lot of ideas come into mind from the day you enter your new home - from the type of flooring, wall color, appliance and furniture to fit in up to the tiniest details you can ever imagine. Do-it-yourself interior design is exciting but can be overwhelming too that you may find yourself at a loss and don’t know or figure out exactly where to start. There are many things to consider when doing an interior design and the guide below may help you out on the process: First and foremost you must tailor your home contemporary interiors to your unique lifestyle and needs.

Parental Role in Child’s Academic Achievement

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Another school year has ended, a lot of happy parents are proud of their child’s academic achievement as Facebook feeds are filled and flooded with well wishes for children graduating in pre-school, elementary, high school or college. Congratulatory remarks and photos on honors and awards garnered by these young achievers are posted in most social media networking sites. Both the child and the parent in my opinion must be applauded for this great academic accomplishment. Parents play an important role in helping their child appreciate their education - which is proper motivation, encouragement, supervision and support in assisting their kids to fulfill their potential. While the kid on the other hand, being influenced by their parent manage, coordinate and take a positive and an active interest in what they are learning in school, thus, performs well in their studies. According to studies, parental involvement in kids academic attainment are more likely to be of higher-achievi

Fancy Saving Some Money This Year? Why Not Try Building Your Own Wardrobes?

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Photo credits: https://flic.kr/p/4kZrto With so much furniture coming flat-packed these days, most people simply don’t bother building their own anymore. Even so, this is a great way of keeping yourself occupied during your time off work, and it could also help you to save a lot of money. So, I thought today would be a good time to write and release a post detailing how it can be done. Don’t worry too much if your DIY and woodworking skills aren’t up to scratch, as this is nowhere near as difficult as it sounds. Indeed, so long as you have the right measurements, the rest is childs-play. On top of all the other advantages, building your own wardrobes will allow you to keep full control over their design. Which type of wood you use is up to you, and how you decorate or paint the final product is also completely flexible. With that in mind, give me your full attention for the next four or five minutes, and I’ll try to break it down for you. Measuring the Space You Hav

College Prep: What Your Student Needs to Know Before Coming to Campus

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Going away to college is one of the most exciting times in a young person's life, but it can also be overwhelming and stressful. Don't let the nerves get to you early. Here are seven things you should know before starting your first semester. Get to Know the Campus You don't want to be late on your first day of class, so learn the layout of campus before school starts. If you're going to be walking around at night, find safe paths in well lit areas that will get you back to your dorm safely. If it is going to be a new town for you, get to know the local supermarkets and the nearest parks and libraries. If you know the hang-outs early on, you'll have a good idea of where to make friends. Budget Your Time After the structured world of high school, creating your own schedule might seem intimidating, so be sure to give yourself ample time to study and prepare assignments. You don't want to burn out either, so be sure to schedule in time for rela

Cleaning 101: Easy Hardwood Flooring Care

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Photo credits: flooringamerica.com So you just had hardwood flooring installed throughout your house. The beautiful natural luster of this stunning flooring option is sure to bring years of enjoyment, and a lifetime of beauty, but there are a few tips to take into consideration to take care of your new hardwood flooring. Many people are often confused as to the best practices to follow when cleaning their hardwood flooring. Below is our easy guide to caring for your brand new hardwood floors , or old hardwood floors alike. Hardwood flooring looks best when clean. Dry mopping is perhaps the best way to keep your floors clean. Never use a cleaner on your hardwood flooring unless it was specifically mentioned by the flooring manufacturer or the professional installers who handled your flooring installation. Never use water on your hardwood floor, as it can ruin the finish and damage the wood. Never use abrasive cleaners on your floor like steel wool. Wax is also nev

Imaginative Ways of Displaying Your Kids’ Artwork

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Kids grow up really fast so while they are young, nurture their creative minds by showing off their artwork and creative expressions. From toddlers to pre-school ages, they kids can be very adept with coloring materials, molding clay and others. All their creation can easily light up any proud parent’s face. But the fruits of their creativity can pile up and displaying them can become a challenge for most parents. So here are some ways of creating your kid’s artwork display: Kid’s bedroom – you can put up a clothesline and use wooden pins or clip to display their paintings and drawings. Allow them to decide which they want to put up and display.  Family art gallery – choose whether it’s the family room or the stairway that you can designate as your art gallery. You can frame favorite snapshots, drawings or painting for a less cluttered look. As your collection grows, you can sort and keep the older ones in a clear book or album. Art shelf – three dimensional pieces