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4 New Ways To Save Money On Cool Gadgets

Posted By: on January 23, 2014
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If you’re the type of person who loves gadgets, then you’ll love what we’ve been researching this week! Since our tech toys are typically expensive in retail stores, we took some time to look around for tips and tricks that the most savvy technophiles are using to get their gadgets at a discount.

We’re finding all sorts of innovative ways to save money in this area, and it was tough to narrow down the list of choices. That being said, here are our 4 favorite ways to get a great gadget deal!

4 New Ways To Save Money On The Cool Gadgets You Want

1. Smartphone Scanners. Of all the things we love about smartphones, UPC scanners are probably our favorite function, when it comes to finding deals. Sure, there’s nothing like offline shopping when it comes to taking a look at gadgets (Apple Stores are a great example of this), but once you know what item you want, that’s when the price competition begins.

Scan the UPC code of the product with a solid barcode scanner app, and watch the low-priced results pile up before your very eyes! But you might not have to take action on it, to get the deal. That’s where our next pro tip comes in.

2. Ask for a price match. It’s not highly publicized by retailers, because they don’t want to give away discounts they don’t need to give away, but many retailers will price match the prices that you find online. Whether that’s a price scanning app or a simple search on Amazon, take your finding to the customer service area (or to any manager) to ask whether the store can match the price you found online.

The other benefit of this approach is that you’ll save on shipping, which, depending on the size of the gadget, might save you a good bit more!

3. Craigslist. Craigslist, for better or worse, is considered to be the new “Wild West” of classified advertising. Most of the ads are free to place, and that’s resulted in two things: a lot of spam garbage, and a lot of great deals! Of course, for today’s purposes, we’ll look at the great deals half of that equation.

Craigslist has a “free” section within its “for sale” sections, and that’s exactly where you’ll want to look. If your item is unique and hard to find, did you know that there are sites that allow you to search multiple Craigslist locations?

4. Build it. Well, not necessarily from scratch, but many gadgets can be bought at a discount if you’re willing to do some assembly or fixes. Perhaps it needs something as simple as washers or gaskets, and you can find those by searching the site of a discount supplier that specializes in the parts you’re looking for.  Get the parts needed, finish the gadget yourself, and use the savings to buy your next toy!

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3 Easy DIY Decorations for Any Kids’ Birthday Party

Posted By: on January 20, 2014
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Birthdays are always cause for celebration. Planning the perfect party can be challenging, though … especially when you’ve got kids to please and a limited budget to work with.

Ready for the good news? It’s not impossible to throw an unforgettable bash. All it takes is a little creativity. To help you get on the right track, try these 3 easy DIY decorations for any kids’ birthday party.

1. Puff ball decorations

This first DIY project is ideal for all kids’ birthday parties. Puff ball decorations are essentially large decorative balls of tissue paper. You can choose the color (or colors) of tissue depending on your child’s party theme.

For instance, if your son or daughter loves Dora the Explorer, grab some pink and orange tissue paper and your space will be theme-ready in no time!

It’s simple enough to create these versatile party decorations. Start by stacking ten sheets of tissue paper. Then, make one-and-a-half-inch accordion folds along the stack of paper.

Take a piece of wire and tie the tissue paper together, creating a small hook at the top. Trim the edges of the paper to create a rounded shape.

Once you’ve done that, you can begin to separate the layers of tissue. When you’re finished, you will have a colorful decoration that your child will adore!

2. Birthday balloon wreath

Did you think wreaths were just for the holidays? Think again! To add tons of color and personality to any birthday party, consider DIY-ing a birthday balloon wreath.

Balloons are great to decorate with because they are fairly inexpensive and come in all different shapes, sizes, and colors. It’s no wonder balloon decorations are so trendy right now.

To DIY your own birthday balloon wreath, start with a Styrofoam or straw wreath base. (You can pick these up from any craft store.) Grab a bag of unfilled balloons and use pins to attach them to the wreath base.

Continue to add balloons until the entire base of the wreath is covered. From there, you can add a home-made sign that says “Happy Birthday” or your child’s name and age.

3. Wrapping-paper table runner

The key to a successful birthday party for children is to make it as special and memorable as possible. One way to do that is to add a pop of color with a wrapping-paper table runner. Instead of spending money on something that you’ll only use for a day, use what you already have.

You can DIY your own table runner simply by laying a piece of wrapping paper down the center of the table. Start by measuring the size of your kitchen or living-room table and determine the size you want the runner to be.

From there, grab the brightest wrapping paper you have and get cutting! Lay the paper down the center of the table and you’re finished! Your centerpieces are sure to complement this fun (and cost-effective) decoration.

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Posted By: on November 23, 2009

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Pepsi and Halftime Go Hand in Hand

Posted By: on January 20, 2014
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Pepsi and Halftime have gone hand in hand since the beginning. In this entertaining commercial, we revisit the invention of halftime and learn it started a bit differently than we imagined. One thing remains consistent, and that’s that Pepsi has always been a part of the tradition. Continue that tradition with the next big game, and visit www.pepsi.com/nfl and youtube.com/pepsi.

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4 Fun Ways to Mix Education With Travel

Posted By: on January 19, 2014
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Until now, it seems that education and travel were separate activities. First, you get your education, and second, you get a job. Only after that would it make sense to travel. But due to the ways education is changing, these days you can travel and gain an outstanding education at the same time. Here’s how.

1. Podcasts

If you want to learn a foreign language, how to play an instrument, or how to be a better stock trader, you can turn to podcast. You won’t always get any needed certifications, but you’ll be getting a free self-education.

2. Online courses

Online courses are all the rage right now, and for good reason. The cost of traditional college has skyrocketed and become out of reach for most people. Some investors are even paying students to drop out of college and start businesses instead. Besides costs, online classes have the added advantage of fitting into your life. You take the course when you can, not when the professor has it scheduled.

3. Teach the language you know

If you wanted to teach Russian in China, you’d need to take a few years and become fluent in Russian. But what if you wanted to teach English in China? You’re already 90 percent trained.

Due to the popularity of English as the international language of commerce, English teachers are in demand everywhere. There are a variety of certifications that you’ll find helpful, ranging from the IELTS, to TOEFL, to the more traditional ESL certification. Check the job listings first to see what you need, then go get it, and soon your travels will begin.

4. Destination courses

This idea is along the same lines as traveling to teach English, with one exception: you travel to the course. If you have enough saved to survive for a few weeks in another place, why not take the class in a place you’ve always wanted to visit? You can find certification classes in New Zealand, Australia, and all kinds of incredibly beautiful places, so there’s no reason to take your classes at home if you don’t want to.

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A Tribute to the 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

Posted By: on January 19, 2014
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1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

It has been over a decade since the Pontiac Firebird Trans Am was in existence. Despite it’s popularity amongst hot rod lovers, the consolidation to the Camaro brought the 35-year reign of “dirty birds” to an end and opened the doors for cars like the Dodge Challenger to com back into the picture.

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3 Easy DIY Decorations for Any Kids’ Birthday Party

Posted By: on January 16, 2014
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Birthdays are always cause for celebration. Planning the perfect party can be challenging, though … especially when you’ve got kids to please and a limited budget to work with.

Ready for the good news? It’s not impossible to throw an unforgettable bash. All it takes is a little creativity. To help you get on the right track, try these 3 easy DIY decorations for any kids’ birthday party.

1. Puff ball decorations

This first DIY project is ideal for all kids’ birthday parties. Puff ball decorations are essentially large decorative balls of tissue paper. You can choose the color (or colors) of tissue depending on your child’s party theme.

For instance, if your son or daughter loves Dora the Explorer, grab some pink and orange tissue paper and your space will be theme-ready in no time!

It’s simple enough to create these versatile party decorations. Start by stacking ten sheets of tissue paper. Then, make one-and-a-half-inch accordion folds along the stack of paper.

Take a piece of wire and tie the tissue paper together, creating a small hook at the top. Trim the edges of the paper to create a rounded shape.

Once you’ve done that, you can begin to separate the layers of tissue. When you’re finished, you will have a colorful decoration that your child will adore!

2. Birthday balloon wreath

Did you think wreaths were just for the holidays? Think again! To add tons of color and personality to any birthday party, consider DIY-ing a birthday balloon wreath.

Balloons are great to decorate with because they are fairly inexpensive and come in all different shapes, sizes, and colors. It’s no wonder balloon decorations are so trendy right now.

To DIY your own birthday balloon wreath, start with a Styrofoam or straw wreath base. (You can pick these up from any craft store.) Grab a bag of unfilled balloons and use pins to attach them to the wreath base.

Continue to add balloons until the entire base of the wreath is covered. From there, you can add a home-made sign that says “Happy Birthday” or your child’s name and age.

3. Wrapping-paper table runner

The key to a successful birthday party for children is to make it as special and memorable as possible. One way to do that is to add a pop of color with a wrapping-paper table runner. Instead of spending money on something that you’ll only use for a day, use what you already have.

You can DIY your own table runner simply by laying a piece of wrapping paper down the center of the table. Start by measuring the size of your kitchen or living-room table and determine the size you want the runner to be.

From there, grab the brightest wrapping paper you have and get cutting! Lay the paper down the center of the table and you’re finished! Your centerpieces are sure to complement this fun (and cost-effective) decoration.

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3 Ways to Get Ready for Fishing Season

Posted By: on January 15, 2014
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The throes of winter can discourage thoughts about warm-weather hobbies, such as fishing. However, researching new ways to improve yourself and your skill in the winter months can get you pumped up about heading back to your favorite lake, river or stream once that time arrives.

Investing some time now in research and organization can let you fix problems and enjoy yourself more later. Here are three tips for getting ready for fishing season.

Download apps

Yes, your phone is part of your tackle box. There are a variety of apps available that can tell you the best places to fish, give you a fishing-specific weather forecast and help you improve your technique. Some apps will even help you be better at catching specific breeds of fish.

Some of these apps are great training tools, while others help you make sure you’re not driving around looking for a fantastic fishing hole instead of actually fishing. Start investigating now to find out which apps are most useful in your area, as well as which ones run best on your phone.

Prepare

While you might not be motivated to get ready for an outing in the winter months, preparation now can get you out the door faster come spring.

Check your gear to see what needs repaired, replaced or cleaned. Be sure that registrations and licenses are up to date, too.

Purchase gear

Once you’ve inventoried your gear, replacing old items or investing in the latest innovation can get you in the spirit of fishing. New tools come out every year. Researching the latest can help you decide what items you may want to take a look at the next time you are out. This new gear may include fishing rods, poles, lures, bobbers, or tackle boxes in order to keep everything organized.

New gear also may mean learning new techniques. Watching demonstration videos and reading product descriptions can help you get a feel for the product before you buy it.

If you’re a serious angler, new products may give you an advantage over the competition and help you catch the bigger fish at the perfect time. If you’re into fishing for serious fun, experimenting with new lures, rods or reels can make outings less frustrating.

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4 Ways Small Business Owners Can Benefit From Fast Broadband

Posted By: on January 14, 2014
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For small business owners, a strong and reliable Internet connection is critical to daily operations. Slower, sub-par speeds can kill productivity and cause unnecessary complications. That’s why many individuals are opting for fast broadband and upgrading their networks. Here are four advantages to doing this now.

1) More reliability

Dealing with downtime due to Internet issues can have devastating consequences on the workday. Even a few hours can make it impossible to contact customers, clients and business partners. Email and video conferencing are temporarily defunct, and it can really damage a business’s reputation when this happens on a consistent basis. Fortunately, fast broadband is less prone to glitches and the flow of information can continue unimpeded. This takes a lot of stress off small business owners and can keep things running smoothly.

2) Effective cloud computing

For companies that use any cloud-based platform such as Box or Google Drive for storing data and collaborating on projects, it’s important to always have access. Having ultra fast broadband or naked broadband is an asset because it lets workers quickly open and edit documents throughout the day. This means projects can be completed quicker than with a standard Internet connection, and deadlines are more likely to be met. It also makes it easier to backup a large volume of data.

3) Optimized VoIP

Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) has become a popular trend among many of today’s businesses. Because such system use an Internet connection, it’s much less expensive for calls inside and outside of a country.

The only problem is that the efficiency of a VoIP system relies on the type of Internet connection being used, and customers will quickly notice any problems you have with call quality. To function at the highest level possible, it typically requires a fast and reliable broadband connection. Consequently, making a broadband upgrade can really optimize the performance of VoIP technology.

4) Streamlined marketing

With online marketing through social media, it’s helpful to have a fast Internet speed. Uploading photos to Facebook or Instagram can be done more quickly with fast broadband. If a business has a YouTube channel, a solid connection also makes it much easier videos. The bottom line is that more marketing can be done in less time.

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How You Can Turn Your Love of Music Into a Career

Posted By: on January 14, 2014
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Music has the ability to create connections between people that come from many different backgrounds. It’s a great way to get to know someone better.

No wonder people strive to get into the music business and make the passion they and others feel for music their lifelong career. Although it’s hard to find an entree into the music industry, below are some alternative career paths that can make use of your love of music as a lifelong career.

Music teacher

Pursuing a career as a music teacher may be an easier way to get experience and work in different music styles. A teacher can work in schools at any level he or she prefers

Giving private lessons can also be an option if you become proficient at playing an instrument or singing.

Music journalist

If you become knowledgeable about music and trends, and hone your writing skills, then developing a career in music journalism might be a canny career move. The professional activities of a music journalist can encompass the writing of music reviews, conducting interviews, or developing promotional copy for new artists.

You could also analyze music’s roles in popular culture in general to forecast coming trends.

The business end of music

More interested on the business end of working with musicians? Becoming an promoter, agent, or a manager could be career options to explore. An agent will work to put together shows while the promoter is the one that gets bands and venues to sign on to the tour.

The manager is the go-between for an artist so the musicians can focus on the creative side of their job. The manager will deal with finances for the band and within the industry, hire on those that work for the band, and book gigs as well as studio time.

Producer

A music producer is also involved more in the business end of music, but has considerable say in the creative aspects of a musician’s or band’s ultimate sound. The producer will communicate with the band to determine the sound they are going for, along may offer suggestions.

A job like this could be good for someone that enjoys recording and the studio, along with working closely with musicians.

Audio recording

Obtaining training in audio engineering can expand the range of careers that may be available to you. Jobs in the entertainment industry could use talents for background music, sound effects, or live sound for concerts.

A program that offers hands-on experience can prepare you for jobs that call for engineering, mixing, or producing materials for music and recording industries.

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5 Must-See Attractions in Cape Town

Posted By: on January 12, 2014
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Choosing just five top attractions from this beautiful South African town is no easy feat. Winner of the Trip Advisor Traveller’s Choice 2013 award as Africa’s most cherished tourist destination, Cape Town is loaded with breathtaking sights, fine dining, exotic attractions, and upscale shopping adventures.

However any intrepid traveller will not want to leave its pristine shores without first experiencing the five attractions below, at the very least.

1. Table Mountain

The views of Cape Town from the top of Table Mountain are truly breathtaking. A cable car takes visitors close to the summit, or you can hike the 1.5 hours it takes to climb Platteklip Gorge.

Whether the resulting vistas are earned on the strength your own two feet, or via the ticket you purchase to ride the cable car, they are unforgettable.

2. Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens

A City Sightseeing Bus can take you to Kirstenbosch, a beautiful area filled with plants and flowers at every turn. Whether you go for a stroll through the gardens or lounge on the gentle hills for a picnic, Kirstenbosch is a serene experience you won’t soon forget. Don’t forget your camera.

3. Boulder’s Beach

Befitting its name, Cape Town stands on a peninsula surrounded by pristine water, which means a beach must surely be one of the prime destinations, right? Right.

That beach is Boulder’s Beach, where you can not only swim, but also view a colony of African penguins — and there are a lot of them. How many other beaches can say the same?

4. Two Oceans Aquarium

The aquarium has a great selection of southern hemisphere aquatic life, including ragged-tooth sharks. On the opposite end of the size and ferociousness scale are the tiny Knysna seahorses, which mesmerize with their almost mythical charm.

The aquarium also features a touch pool, where adventurous visitors can get up-close-and-personal and lay their hands on some of the exotic marine life.

5. Canal Walk Shopping Centre

Attractions are wonderful and furnish memories to last a lifetime, but shopping gives you exotic goods that will also stay with you when you go home. And there’s no greater shopping experience in Cape Town than at the Canal Walk Shopping Centre.

The Centre is loaded with hundreds of shops, a cinema, an arcade, and plenty of dining options. It’s the perfect destination for shopaholics, or to while away a rainy day.

Despite the wonderful accommodations in Cape Town, you’ll most likely be too entranced by the city’s equally wondrous attractions to pay much heed to your lodgings. A small price to pay for a sublime vacation.

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