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Top 10 iPhone Apps to Organize Your Grocery Coupons

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If you are feeling overwhelmed with all the grocery coupons that you’ve collected, it’s time to get organized. The iPhone can help you reduce the number of physical coupons that you collect, as well as organize those that remain. You will no longer need to keep binders full of coupons, organized by store or date. There are apps that will store your coupons and help you find all the best deals closest to you. For the best combination of apps for organizing your coupons, start with the 10 on this list.

  • Double Coupon Checker – Gone are the days of checking whether you can double up on coupons with this free app. Simply scan the coupons from papers, stores and circulars to find out if you can double up. All barcode formats are supported, however, if there are discrepancies between the scanned and physical coupon, the store will usually honor only the latter.
  • Scan & Store Grocery Coupons – There is both a free and a premium version of this app. However, the creators often offer the premium version for free during promotional periods. With the basic version of the app, you must manually enter coupon details, whereas the premium version allows you to scan barcodes. Scan & Store Grocery Coupons also has a huge database of current coupons, which you can access on both versions.
  • Coupon App by Shopular – This app is great for casual coupon shopping. Coupon App by Shopular alerts you to coupon deals when you are in your favorite mall, store or restaurant. There is no need for you to set up alerts, as the app works based on location and proximity. The app does not require a logged in session, and is free from the iTunes store.
  • Target – If you frequently shop at Target, this free app is a must for your iPhone. You can add sale items directly to your shopping list from ads, and use Target lists to keep track of the items that you need. Coupon deals are sent twice a month, however, the feature requires a simple sign-up. Although the coupons are only sent twice a month, you can also benefit from daily deals directly from your phone.
  • Weekly Ads & Sales pro – For $1.99, you get an app that allows you to build a list of stores and benefits from daily sales offers. There are coupon and savings ads from over 100,000 stores in the United States. Once you use the app to find the stores near you offering the best deals, the app will even provide you with driving directions.
  • SnipSnap Coupon App – If you like to combine your traditional couponing with apps, SnipSnap is the way to go. This free app allows you to take pictures of your physical coupons, and they are automatically converted to a digital copy on your phone. You can then simply take your phone to the store and the cashier can redeem the app from the screen.
  • shopkick – There is no organization needed with shopkick. You earn rewards simply by walking into your favorite participating stores. When you are purchasing items, make sure to scan the item in order to gain even more discounts. No matter where you are, you can browse through hundreds of deals and discounts, too. This is a free app.
  • The Coupons App – With a useful calendar to add your coupons to, The Coupon App is great for keeping your discounts organized. You can email, Tweet and post coupons to Facebook, sharing the benefits with family and friends. There is also a great barcode scanning and price comparison feature so that you can always get the best deals, even when coupons are not available.
  • Grocery Smarts Coupon Shopper – Forget comparing your coupons, this app makes sure that you always get the deals from the best outlets. All pricing is tracked and updated from current circulars from participating stores. To get only the best deals, this free app also allows you to hide promotions that have low ratings.
  • CoShop – Everyone likes a good shopping trip with friends. CoShop allows friends to shop together via the iPhone, even when they are miles apart. You can compare your shopping lists with what your friends are buying, and pick up some great deals and coupons in the process. This free app also allows you to store all your loyalty card details, so you won’t have to remember your numbers.
 
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20 Blogs Detailing How to Set the Perfect Holiday Table

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Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas are the most common times of the year to invite the family over for a big holiday dinner, break out the fine china and set an elaborate table spread. Did you know that there are specific places for setting the food you’ve decided to serve and the dishes you’re using for the meal, though? These 20 blogs will not only help you figure out where the salad forks and soup spoons go, but will also help you dress the table from start to finish.

Layering

You want to start any table setting by covering the table with something, whether it’s a burlap fabric remnant from the fabric store or a pretty tablecloth that you own. Next, layer that with a pop of color or more texture by adding a table runner or place mats, followed by the dishes. Lastly, create an interesting centerpiece that reflects the season.

Place Setting

Sometimes it can be confusing trying to figure out which side of the plate the water glass should go on, the order the forks need to be in and where you should place the bread plate. Reading these five blogs will answer all of those questions and more. And even if you don’t want to set the table with multiple pieces of flatware, you’ll still find ideas on dressing up your place settings.

Napkins

Cloth napkins elevate an ordinary meal to fancy dinner status, and these five blog posts explain how to fold a cloth napkin for your perfect holiday dinner. If you run out of time and don’t get your napkins folded, just add a pretty napkin ring and you are all set.

Centerpiece

You can make centerpieces out of branches found in your yard or order flowers from a florist, depending how fancy you get with your centerpiece. If you do order flowers, make sure that you don’t get flowers that are very fragrant because they can distract from the smell of the food. It’s also important to either keep the centerpieces low so that you can see over them, or very high so that you can see under or around them. These five blogs will give you some centerpiece examples to get you started.

 
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6 Easy Home Repairs You Can Make With Little or No Training

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Every household has things that break, clog or need to be repaired, but just because it’s an inevitable part of home ownership doesn’t mean that you’re familiar with handling these basic household maintenance tasks.  Here are some handy tips for repairs and preventative maintenance that are worth checking out.

Common Household Tools

Every home should have common household tools available for ongoing use. These tools will be handy for almost every household repair that comes up, and without them it becomes more difficult to do most maintenance jobs.

• Hammer: Every toolbox needs a good hammer.

• Screwdrivers: Nowadays, screwdrivers come in many different types. You can get a simple screwdriver, either by itself or in a set of many, or a simple screwdriver that comes with one basic driver and different sized bits. The sets with a driver and an assortment of bits are easy to store and pull out in a jiffy. These are usually called a 15/1 set. The other screwdriver that you can purchase is a power drill. This will also come with all the bits you will need for most any job. While pricier, power drills are definitely handy to have around.

• Pliers: There are a couple different types of pliers that you should have on hand. One pair that you’ll need is called a channel lock, which will adjust to any size needed. You’ll also want to invest in needle nose pliers, which are handy for getting into small spaces and fixing jewelry, among other things.

Other good tools and supplies in a starter toolbox include a wrench, gloves, safety glasses, a tape measure, a utility knife and a level. All of these things will get put to use.

Removing Mold

It’s not uncommon for people to find mold on their walls. This mold builds up because of moisture, so the most common place to find it is in the bathroom. Mold is not only unsightly, but it can also cause respiratory problems, especially in children and people with asthma, so you will want to remove it as quickly as possible.

To clean the mold off your walls, you can mix:

2 gallons of water

¼ cup of bleach

½ cup of laundry detergent

Be sure to wear gloves and use this solution and a sponge to wash the mold off the walls. Once the solution dries, you can go over it with clean water. This will help keep your family safe from mold spores.

One thing that can help to prevent mold is an exhaust fan. Sometimes these fans have buildup in them from dust and lint. Every so often, you will want to take a vacuum hose and clean the dirt out of the vents. This will help the fan run more efficiently, which will help keep the mold out of the bathroom. You will want to run the fan for a good 20 minutes after a shower.

Restore Hardwood Floors

When you have children, you will notice that your hardwood floors tend to get dull and dirty fast. First and foremost, it is best to use preventative maintenance on them. Every so often, go over the floors with a cleaner/polisher. This will help them from wearing out too fast. If they start to get dull and you want to bring back the beautiful shine, use a hardwood floor cleaner/polisher spray on the floor in a small area or on a mop pad, and mop it into the floor. Go over the surface several times. This will restore the hardwood.

Fix Clogged Drains

This can work in your sinks and also in your dishwasher. All you will need is vinegar and baking soda. Use a half-cup of baking soda and just a small bit of water to create a paste that will pour easily down the drain. Pour this mixture down the drain, followed immediately with a cup of white vinegar. You will want to let this sit for 15 minutes. After this allotted time, pour a pot of boiling water down the drain. If it is a stubborn clog, you may have to repeat this process a couple of times.

Install Air Filters

It’s a good idea to check and change your air filters seasonally. This will help keep harmful dust from spreading throughout the house and keep your furnace working more efficiently and for longer. First, you will want to locate your return air grill for the furnace. This is usually in a hallway. There will be two little levers on the top of the door and you’ll need to pull them out or push them down to remove the door. Inside you will find the filter. Take it out. The measurements for the filter are on the old one. Replace and put the door back on. You will usually want to replace the filter once a month, or when very dirty.

Broken Light Bulbs

Many times when going to change a light bulb, it will break inside of the socket. Removing a broken light bulb can pose a danger. A quick fix for this is to microwave a potato until it is slightly soft, but still firm. Take the potato and press it into the broken bulb, then turn. The bulb will come right out into the potato.

Most household repairs don’t have to be complicated fixes. In many cases, they can be repaired in just a matter of minutes with minimal knowledge, cost and tools.

 
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20 of the Best Blogs Sharing Craft Projects Made from Recycled Corks

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Whether they’re avid wine connoisseurs or not, many people collect wine corks to use as a decoration in their home. Often these corks are placed in a jar and left on display, however there are many other ways you can use wine corks to decorate. These 20 blogs give you projects that are both useful and ornamental for all the wine corks you’ve collected over the years.

Useful Cork Projects

Cork is a useful material because it’s lightweight, it floats, it insulates and it’s simple to work with because it’s soft. Try these five cork projects to make something useful for around the house.

  • Crafts from the Past: Cork Strip  Create this cork strip to tack memos too. It’s so thin, you can hang it almost anywhere.
  • DIY Project: Napkin Rings You can individualize this project by picking out beads in the colors that accent your décor or complement the season.
  • My Wine Cork Dresser This blogger took an inexpensive dresser and transformed it into the perfect buffet for behind the bar.
  • A Bath Time Armada You can use a few of those old corks to create sail boats for your kids to play with in the bath.
  • Wine Cork Bath Mat Cork dries quickly and doesn’t smell bad like fabric bath mats can after a few days of use.

Projects Using a Few Corks

You don’t have to have a huge collection of corks to create unique crafts. These five blogs explain how you can make a craft using only one to four corks. Cork takes on paint well, so keep in mind that you can paint your corks to change their look.

Many Cork Projects

If you want to try a project that uses many corks, you may want to ask your friends for extras they have or order some online. Sometimes a bar will save corks if you ask them. The projects on these five blog posts make a statement, so make sure that you place your finished piece in a room where it will get the most bang for your buck.

Decorative Cork Projects

Sometimes a project is done purely for decorative use.  These five blogs have taken wine corks and turned them into art pieces, conversation starters and door decorations.  Gather up your corks and try one of these projects soon.

  • Monogram Made with Wine Corks Hot glue corks onto a wooden letter as a creative way to make a monogram for yourself or to give to others.
  • How To… Cork Wreath If you have tons of corks, you may want to give this wreath a try. Once you find a base wreath the whole project should come together quickly.
  • Creative Cork Crafts Use corks and other crafty accessories to create a fun frame.
  • DIY Wine Cork Heart Create a few of these hearts and give them away to those you love on Valentine’s Day.
  • Upcycled Wine Cork Pendants Learn how to slice corks and make them into pendant charms for a necklace with the help of this post.
 
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15 Blogs with Instructions for a DIY Desk

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Making your own desk allows you to customize it to fit your lifestyle and your preferences. Just about anything can be turned into a desk with a little creativity and know-how, and desks are as varied as the jobs we work while sitting at them. Whether you want a lap desk, a standing desk or a standard office desk, you’ll find ideas and inspiration in these 15 how-to blogs.

Laptop Desk

As more and more jobs rely on nothing more than a laptop, people are no longer tied to their desks. In fact, many people use their laptops as their namesake says – on their laps. However, this practice can be problematic over time. Laptops can overheat when not allowed to vent properly, not to mention it can be uncomfortable to sit with a computer on your lap for an extended period of time. If you’re looking for a way to make a small lap desk for your laptop, look no further than these five blogs.

Standing Desk

Standing desks are becoming more popular, both in home offices and in the work place, because they allow you to burn more calories than sitting at a desk all day does. These five blog articles discuss the health benefits of using a standing desk, as well as explain how you can make your own version.

Student or Office Desk

There are many uses for the traditional desk, and you can make your own desk by using found items or inexpensive ones. Something as simple as a door set on top of two file cabinets works well as a desk, and can be customized by using a vintage door or one you’ve painted or repurposed. For other ideas for making your own desk, take a look at these five blogs.

 
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30 Blogs to Follow if You’re Looking for Great Book Reviews

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You can never judge a book by its cover, nor can you read the entire thing while loitering in the bookstore. It is frowned upon in most stores, and liable to get you ejected from some. However, ill-chosen books are likely to become nothing more than a door stop before being relegated to a box in the next available yard sale. So what’s a bookworm to do? Well, you can start by following these 30 excellent book blogs to find reviews.

Children’s Books

The books you read to your children will actively shape their view of the world. There is an entire world of mystery, imagination and inquiry awaiting your little ones, so choose wisely. The children’s book industry is huge, grinding out thousands of titles a day. To help you introduce your kids to the world of literature, follow these five blogs.

Horror and Fantasy

If you’re someone who likes a good scare, the dark underbelly of horror fiction is calling you home. From Stephen King to H.P. Lovecraft, horror and fantasy authors have been giving readers nightmares for centuries. Horror writing is a craft, so don’t expect to find the greatest titles without recommendations from these five ghoulish bloggers.

Biographies and Autobiographies

For those of you who are intrigued with the lives, loves and losses of celebrities and famous figures, there is no better read than an in-depth autobiography. You can journey side by side with your favorite actors, musicians and politicians as they face life’s challenges through a well-written biography or autobiography. Don’t get too caught up in the fantasy, though, as you vicariously live the lives of your idols with these five biographical blogs.

Historical and Cultural

Until the invention of time-travel, there is only one way to see through the eyes of those who have long since passed – historical and cultural texts. History buffs, it is said, enjoy a long read with plenty of dates, place references and events of significance. For these readers, the story lies in the details. These five reviewers are experts in finding the greatest historical and cultural tomes, so you can enjoy a literary picture of the past.

General Fiction

The fiction genre covers a lot of ground, so it’s difficult to break it down into specific categories. Some readers enjoy spy novels, whereas others prefer to cozy up with a nice romantic novel. With so much variety in fiction novels, it is safe to say that there is something for everyone. Regardless of your personal reading tastes, these five bloggers are on hand to lend plenty of suggestions with some truly excellent reviews.

Factual and Science

In recent years, writers of factual and scientific titles have started edging their way onto the bestsellers lists. Scientists such as Stephen Hawking, Richard Dawkins and Neil Degrasse Tyson have become household names. With this newfound appreciation for science, there is an increased need for qualified reviewers. These five bloggers have a tough task ahead of them, as they attempt to delve into some of the greatest minds in the history of science.

 
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10 Rules for First Time Housesitters

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Housesitting can be a financially feasible way of experiencing a new city while helping someone in need, or a way to provide someone you know with assistance while they’re traveling. It can also be a difficult situation if you don’t know what to expect and aren’t adhering to some basic rules of conduct. These are 10 of the rules that every first-time housesitter should know about and make a point of following.

  • Leave Things As You Found Them – You may prefer your towels to be stocked a certain way or the books on a shelf to be organized alphabetically, but that doesn’t mean that the owner of the dwelling you’re staying in shares those preferences. When the person you’re housesitting for returns to their home, they should find it in the same shape in which they left it. That means that you don’t move things around, rearrange furniture or clear out drawers while you’re staying there.
  • Plants Are Part of the Deal – If you have a decidedly brown thumb, it’s wise to make sure that the house in which you’ll be staying doesn’t boast a large selection of treasured houseplants. When you sign on as a housesitter, you’re agreeing to the upkeep and maintenance of everything on the property. That means caring for any plants on the premises, too.
  • Follow Pet Guidelines to the Letter – One of the reasons why many people enter into a housesitting arrangement in the first place is to ensure that not only is their property cared for during a long absence, but also their pets. Traveling with the four-legged members of the family isn’t always feasible, which means that you could be responsible for the care of a pet or two. Make sure that you don’t deviate from pet-care guidelines in the least, because there’s almost certainly a reason why each and every one of those rules exists in the first place.
  • Clean Up After Yourself – It should go without saying, but it’s important that you make sure not to leave a mess behind. The last thing a homeowner wants is to come back from a long journey, only to find that their house looks as if it were ransacked. Clean up your own messes, even if you’re housesitting for free.
  • Keep All of the Mail – You may make a habit of tossing the offers that you consider junk mail, but the people who live in the home you’re watching might hold on to them. No matter how worthless you think a particular piece of mail is, don’t throw it away. Keep all of the mail that comes to the residence while you’re there, just so you don’t accidentally discard something that’s important to your client.
  • Maintain an Open Line of Communication – While a traveler doesn’t want to field a dozen emails every day, you’ll still want to make sure that you’re keeping them apprised of things around the house. You’ll need to know where to forward utility bills, how to handle unforeseen events and how to contact the homeowner if it becomes necessary to do so. The owner of the home you’re watching will also want to know that their property is safe, even if you just send them the all-clear once a week.
  • Work Out a Checklist With the Homeowner – Keeping a running mental list of everything you need to do and take care of is just asking for trouble, as something is sure to slip through the cracks. Make sure that, before you take possession of your temporary new dwelling, you have worked out a comprehensive checklist with the rightful owner and have it in writing.
  • Understand That Every Arrangement is Different – No two housesitting assignments are the same, which is why you’ll need to make sure that you throw away your preconceived notions before you start your first housesitting stint. Know what your particular agreement entails clearly, not just general guidelines.
  • Know the Guest Policy – Some homeowners will be relaxed about the idea of you entertaining in their home, while others will have a strict no-guest policy. Make sure you know where you stand when it comes to guests before the homeowners leave for their trip in order to avoid potential disputes later.
  • Buy Your Own Groceries – Unless you’re given express permission to eat or drink anything you find in the house, make a point of providing your own groceries. No one wants to come home to find that their housesitter drank the best bottles of wine, ate the delicacies they were saving and emptied the cabinets.

While it is helpful to be apprised of these guidelines before embarking upon a housesitting adventure, it’s also important to understand that every housesitting arrangement will be different. Knowing the expectations of the homeowner, along with their individual rules and policies, is an essential part of any successful housesitting endeavor, so be sure that you’re working out all of the unique details before taking possession of keys and setting up camp in someone else’s home.

 
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10 iPhone Apps to Help Keep You on Budget

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At first blush, the iPhone can seem like a big investment. After all, it’s not the cheapest smartphone on the market. With the plethora of powerful and effective budgeting apps available through the iTunes App Store, however, an investment in an iPhone could lead to serious savings. With dedicated usage and a commitment to saving money, your iPhone may even pay for itself due to the greater efficiency and money-saving opportunities afforded through more conscientious budgeting. These ten apps are leading the charge when it comes to managing and maintaining a household budget, and are indispensable tools for those looking to put their mobile device to work for them.

  • BUDGT – Complex budgeting apps have their place in the financial world, but the average user may be more likely to actually adhere to their budget when the app they use to manage it is simple, easy to use and effective. The $0.99 BUDGT app brings simplicity to the forefront of the model, allowing you to enter your expenses and available funds in order to track the remaining balance. Daily expense allowances are built into the app, allowing you to build a budget for each day and encouraging you to make smarter purchases. At the end of the month, projections show where you stand and how much money you have left. No muss, no fuss, all savings.
  • Visual Budget: Expense Tracking and Budget Management – Handle your household, business and leisure accounts with ease, all from one free app. Completely customizable, Visual Budget allows for manual input or automatic import through CSV files. Being able to manage transactions and view breakdowns of your spending habits and changes to your balance in an instant makes quick work of budgeting on the go.
  • Expenditure – A few taps of the screen allows you to enter a transaction, make notes to document the details of an expense or even attach a photo of the receipt for future reference. Expenditure even allows for tracking in different currencies, a must for international travelers and businesspeople. Available for $2.99 through the App Store, Expenditure is one of the better expense tracking and budgeting apps available today.
  • Mint.com Personal Finance – Boasting more than ten million downloads and awards from heavy hitters like CNN Money, TIME Magazine, Kiplinger’s and MacWorld, Mint.com Personal Finance is one of the easiest to use and most functional budgeting apps available for the iPhone. Keep up with how much you have available to spend, your incoming expenses and your monthly balance, all with a few taps of your iPhone’s screen. Mint.com creates a customized budget based on your past spending patterns, letting you keep up with your net worth and savings in one fell swoop.
  • iReconcile – Checkbook, Budgeting, & Reporting –  Part of balancing a budget for many freelancers and small business owners is managing invoices and spending reports. This $2.99 app helps you do just all of this with ease and efficiency. You can create multiple accounts, group those accounts in the most functional classifications for you and even transfer funds from one account to another in no time.
  • MoneyBook – finance with flair – The simple interface and intuitive functionality makes the $2.99 MoneyBook app seem like a no-frills application, but that simple facade houses a powerhouse of functions that make managing and maintaining a budget the work of a moment. Balance expenses versus your income, add notations for expenses, track your savings progress over a period of several months and keep an overview of all past transactions from one powerful app, and make quick work of saving real money.
  • Simple – Better Banking – Within moments of making a purchase, the free Simple app will update your available balance and let you know how much you can afford with their trademarked Safe-to-Spend™ function. Simple will even help you locate the nearest ATM, send payments and activate a new debit card with no hassle and no wasted time.
  • Smart Budget – In addition to being a high-functioning budgeting app, Smart Budget is also a “cute” app that has a pretty and inviting interface. Free from the App Store, Smart Budget lite can be upgraded to the full version through an in-app purchase.
  • All Budget – Keeping up with what’s going out of your account versus what’s coming in has never been so easy. This $1.99 app lets you set up accounts, manage transactions, generate reports and even set custom icons for multiple categories.
  • Easy Envelope Budget Aid (EEBA): Sync – The envelope budgeting system is a time-honored one, and this free app brings it into the virtual age with a digital mock-up that’s useful and effective. You can’t feasibly carry a binder full of envelopes around with you, but Easy Envelope Budget Aid lets you bring your budgeting tools with you, no matter where you go. You can even sync multiple devices and web-based clients for collaborative budget management!
 
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30 of the Best Blogs Featuring Legit Work from Home Opportunities

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It isn’t difficult to find work from home opportunities online. In fact, if you enter the term into any search engine, you will get thousands of hits. Unfortunately, the vast majority of those results are either scams or the effort that you put in is not worth the meager rewards. To find legit opportunities is simply a matter of separating the wheat from the chaff, so that you are left with only the real money-makers. These 30 blogs feature legit ways that you can not only work from home, but even make a full-time living.

Freelance Writing

If you have a talent for writing and a head for research, freelancing could provide you with the opportunity you’ve been searching for. You will usually have to bid for projects against other freelancers, but if you land the right clients and turn-in excellent work, there is a chance of receiving repeat business as well. In these five blogs you will find everything you need to get started, from advice on submitting proposals to finding the best projects to match your talents.

Guest and Paid Blogging

This is another form of freelance writing, but with more freedom to choose the type of work that you want to do. You can search for blogs in your niche that are looking for guest bloggers, or you can start your own blog and monetize it. You need to remember that you, as a blogger, are effectively self-employed. That means it is ultimately up to you to make your business work. Here are five blogs that will help you get a foothold in the world of paid blogging.

eBooks and Online Business

eBooks are a great way to make money from home. If you have skills or knowledge in a particular niche, you can sell that knowledge in the form of an eBook. Similarly, if you can create a business from your skills and knowledge, an online business is only a website away. The art of selling eBooks and launching online businesses is explored in greater detail in these five blogs.

Virtual Assistant

In order to reduce overheads, businesses all over the world are now using virtual assistants. These are legit opportunities to work from home and get paid a regular wage. Be warned, though, that there are a lot of scams out there, too. Always use a legitimate vendor to search for virtual assistant work. You can start by checking out these five blogs on how to become a virtual assistant.

Skill and Talent Bidding

Much like freelance writing, talent bidding means winning clients. However, it involves projects that not just anyone has the skills to complete. These projects usually involve specialized skills or qualifications in areas such as I.T., architecture, law or medicine. In such competitive markets, this is a great way to earn money and work from home. The five blogs in this section specialize in skill and talent bidding, and are for those who have what it takes to get the job done.

Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing has the most earning potential out of all the work from home opportunities. If you put in the work and choose the right programs, you are all but guaranteed to succeed. There are financial risks, though, so make sure you do your research. To help you decide if this niche is for you, read some of the advice from some of the best affiliate marketers in these five blogs.

 
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24 Blogs Highlighting Ways to Update Your Home on a Budget

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When you live in a home for several years, it’s easy to turn a blind eye to how dated and run down it becomes over time. This can cause problems and cost you a fortune when you decide you’re ready to sell and suddenly realize that you’re home isn’t in an acceptable state. To avoid this happening, it’s best to update occasionally instead of waiting until the last minute. For ways that you can update your home slowly without breaking the bank, take a look at these 24 blog entries.  

Kitchen

The kitchen is a key room in the home, as it’s where many families spend a good amount of time. Giving your cabinets a fresh coat of paint and updating the hardware are easy upgrades that don’t cost a lot of money. By doing one update at a time, you can avoid a huge renovation bill at the end. These six blog articles will give you some ideas on how to update your kitchen without spending a fortune. Sure, you probably keep it clean, but take a look at the cabinets.  Could they stand a coat of paint?

Bathroom

The bathroom is another room in the house that gets a lot of traffic, so it’s important that it’s updated. Switching out light fixtures, giving the room a fresh coat of paint and adding custom mirrors are easy ways you can give your bathroom a facelift without forking over a ton of cash. Buying new towels and accessories as they go on sale is another way you can save money while updating the bathroom. For more budget-friendly ideas for your bathroom, check out these six blog posts.

Curb Appeal

When you have guests come over, the first thing they see is the curb appeal of your home. Stop and take a look at what people are seeing when they drive up to your home.  Spend a weekend or two sprucing up the place and you’ll be surprised how much nicer your home will look.  Some simple tips for updating your curb appeal can be found in these six blog entries.

Living Room

Whether it’s a formal living room or a family room that you spend every night in, it’s important that you look at your living room with fresh eyes when it comes time to update. Adding a fresh coat of paint and some new curtains will update the look of the room without requiring a huge financial investment. Read through these six blog articles for more inexpensive updates you can do on a budget.

 
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