Benefits of Adding Technology to Your Home

29 Apr

Technology is a wonderful thing, but not everyone is necessarily tech-savvy. Millennials are more tech-savvy than their parent generation, but it’s time for all homeowners to consider the many benefits of becoming a bit more tech-friendly at home. When you add smart technology to your home, you benefit your home, your finances, and your life in various ways. Technology might seem like a silly upgrade to some, but it’s an investment for many homeowners. Technology is beneficial in any home, and there are numerous examples as to why.

Convenience

No matter which type of technology you add to your home, you are going to find it’s more convenient than not. If you choose to add tech-savvy appliances, for example, you’re going to find the convenience of being able to control your appliances from anywhere in the world is wonderful. You are at work and want to preheat the oven so you can pop dinner in as soon as you get home. It’s the only way you’ll have dinner ready to serve before everyone has to leave for a ball game or practice, and now you can preheat your oven with the click of a button from your smart phone from work, from the car, or from anywhere else so it’s possible. The convenience of smart technology makes the world a much more enjoyable place.

Safety

Your safety matters more than anything, and your smart technology can help with that. A smart doorbell allows you to capture the person ringing it on camera. If that person is casing your home, you now have his or her face on your camera if you find yourself robbed in the hours or days following that suspect doorbell ring. Your alarm can be set from an app on your phone if you are ever worried you forgot to set it before leaving on vacation. Home automation makes it much easier to function when you’re home as well as when you’re not.

If you purchase smart outlets, you can avoid turning the car around because you’re worried your flat iron is still plugged in or that you left the iron on. These outlets allow you to turn off the power to any outlet from your phone, so your iron, flat iron, or other hot device turns right off. Your home has never been safer.

Cost-Effective

Few things beat the cost-effectiveness of smart tech in the home. The best example of smart tech is a smart thermostat. It gets to know your living habits, so it knows when you’re home and when you’re not. It knows when you prefer your home cooler than usual or warmer than usual, and it knows your habits. You can also adjust the thermostat from your phone from anywhere in the world. Say you’re leaving on vacation and forgot to turn the air up. You don’t need to cool your home to 72-degrees when no one is there for a week. You can turn it off, and then turn the air back on before you get home so you arrive to a nice, cool, comfortable house.

It also allows you to turn on the heat and air at the same time, which is beneficial for those who live in places with odd weather. A Florida family, for example, might appreciate being able to set the heat for 73 overnight and when it’s cold while also setting the air conditioning for 76 if the temperature rises significantly throughout the day.

Smart tech is more than just smart. It’s good for you and your family. It saves you money, it provides you with more convenience, and it makes your life easier. You might not realize just how valuable it is until you have it, but it won’t take long for you to realize you never want to live without smart technology at home again.

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Get Pacified With Color

22 Apr

Have you joined the adult coloring book phenomenon? If you did, then you’ll love this app and if you did not, then start your free coloring book therapy now. Download the app to paint mandalas, patterns, animals and more with Pacify. Who knew that coloring could be so relaxing?  Find out what the craze is all about and get pacified with color.

http://www.pacifycoloring.com

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App Allows You to Rent a Car On Demand

9 Apr

Do you need to rent a car? With Skurt you can rent a car whenever you need it. They will drop it off to you and pick it up wherever you desire. You’ve heard of Uber, the service that replaced taxis. Now meet Skurt, the service that replaces car rental agencies. 

Skurt is the app that lets you rent you a car instantly from your phone.

https://www.skurt.com/

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Lagom Life

5 Apr

The new lifestyle craze is Lagom because it’s about self-discipline and moderation. Here is a guide explains how to incorporate it into your home and life in the easiest of ways.

https://www.therugseller.co.uk/infographics/lagom

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Amazon Dash Button 

1 Apr

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You remember the easy button from Staples? Well now there is one from Amazon, but this time when you press it – you place an order for stuff you need. If you never want to go to a store again, Amazon has the answer for you.

Amazon Dash Button makes ordering easy. With a simple click, Prime Members can order their favorite products. This button is a Wi-Fi connected device that reorders your favorite product with the press of a button. Each Dash Button is paired with a product of your choice, which is selected through the Amazon App on your Android or iOS smartphone during the set-up process. Amazon ensures Dash Button responds only to your first press until your order is delivered.

What do you think? Are you using this system? If not, would you use it?

https://www.amazon.com/b/?node=10667898011&ref_=pe_2507310_212599890_ods_em_db_oct_ssl2

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Sleep Scholarship

30 Mar

High School Seniors are you looking for some extra cash for college? You can earn $1000 by creating a video by answering the following two questions.

  1. How important is sleep as a public health issue? Sleep has gotten a lot of coverage in the last few years and we’d like to know how you think it stacks up and why you feel that way. Please use research and statistics to back up your opinions.
  2. Describe your current relationship with sleep and assess the quality of that relationship. Research and cover at least two to three ways you think you should change your lifestyle/sleep hygiene habits to improve your sleep health and how you plan to implement them over the next year of your life.

If you are interested, the deadline is May 19th.

https://www.bestmattressreviews.com/sleep-scholarship/

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Get Answers In 9 Seconds

30 Mar

Do you have a burning question and you just want an answer now? You don’t feel like asking your friends on Facebook or Googling the answer. If you want an answer in 9 seconds and you are willing to pay a small fee – we found a website that can get you answers fast!

Basic steps to get your answer:

  1. Select your category
  2. Type in your question
  3. Determine urgency of question
  4. Determine level of detail
  5. Get your answer
  6. Pay if satisfied

http://justanswer.com

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Use Tech to Secure Your Financial Future with Proper Budgeting

29 Mar

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Before you start a financial life plan to invest in your future, you first must tackle the art of proper budgeting. Life throws plenty of curveballs, and getting a grip on your day-to-day, month-to-month, and year-to-year monetary needs will help you when the time comes. Once you’ve developed a proper budget, you can begin to set life goals and figure out how to make them happen.
Unfortunately, budgeting can be very overwhelming for many. Thankfully, there are many great websites and apps available to make things a little easier. I offer budgeting advice and recommend some helpful financial planning tech below:

Track your spending, income, and make a detailed spreadsheet

Before you can begin to budget for your future, you have to know how much money is coming in, how much money is going out, and where all the money is going, specifically. You should immediately begin to track all of your spending in a spreadsheet. Separate it out by type of spending – categories like bills and fixed expenses, discretionary spending, and savings. Use past bills and bank statements to create a larger history of your spending.

If you feel lost tracking this from scratch try an app or program that helps track spending like Mint or Quicken.

Know the difference between fixed and discretionary spending

Fixed expenses usually fall into the “can’t live without them” category. This includes your major bills – house payment or rent, loans, debt payments, clothing, and utilities. Discretionary spending usually refers to anything considered optional like going out to eat, going to concerts, vacation, etc. Some expenses can technically fall into either category, like a cellphone plan. But for most people it will be easy to decide whether something is truly necessary or not.

The trick of course is making sure you don’t overspend in either area. You can use apps such as ShopSavvy to comparison shop while sites like GroupOn and LivingSocial can hook you up with good deals. There are also plenty of apps that help you track your overall spending. For example, LearnVest has an app that helps you group your expenses so that you can manage fixed and discretionary spending separately and more easily see where you might be able to reduce your spending in certain categories. It also helps you set and track financial goals.

Create your budget – down to the percentage point.

Here’s where discipline really comes into play. You need to decide how much or your income you want to spend on fixed costs, discretionary costs, and how much you want to put into savings. One idea is to follow the 50/20/30 rule.

This means that 50% of your income is devoted to fixed costs – those things you simply must pay. That means that 20% can go toward some sort of savings and 30% can be allocated for discretionary spending.

Investing firm LearnVest suggests four basic categories for savings.

“Consider putting at least 20% of your take-home pay toward important payments or contributions that will help you secure your financial foundation. We believe there are three essential goals everyone should strive for: paying down credit card debt, saving for retirement and building an emergency fund. But your financial goals can also include larger savings priorities like a down payment on a new home.”

Building an emergency fund is key. You should always use your savings allotment to first build a fund that can support you if one of life’s unexpected curveballs comes your way. Having an emergency fund will then allow you to begin to pay down debt and then eventually invest in your future.

Once you develop a sensible budget, it’s important to stick to it. It’s also important to always be looking for ways to cut your expenses so you have more money to put away in savings. When you focus on saving, you can begin to set goals for your future. For example, maybe you’d like to buy a house some day or create a website for that online business idea you’ve been kicking around. Using technology to help you track your spending and saving will make it much easier to stay on track to achieve these financial goals.

Bottom line: Don’t get complacent in your habits – always look for ways to maximize what you can put away for the future. Remember, the compound nature of investing means that the earlier you can start saving, the better.

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Everyday Family Helps You Through

4 Mar

Do you need some advice raising your new baby? Perhaps you are expecting a child and need some help? We discovered a site called Everyday Family that has resources for first year to new parents. The site has daily resources to help you on your way. You can even track your baby’s development with their baby tracker! You’ll find great tips, information, and advice each time you visit.

http://www.everydayfamily.com/

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End Hunger In America

27 Feb

Are you looking for a good cause to donate your efforts? Have you considered No Hungry Kid? The organization is working to eliminate the child hunger epidemic in America. The site says, “1 out of 5 kids in America don’t get the food they need which impacts their health and threatens their futures in profound ways.” You can help by signing up to support the cause. Each time you dine out at participating restaurants, you’ll help feed children who don’t have enough to eat.

https://www.nokidhungry.org/

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