7 Essential Computer Maintenance Tips & Checklist

clean computer lcd screenYour computer might not come with as high of a price tag or as many moving parts as your car, but laptops and desktops require just as much regular maintenance to keep running efficiently and securely. Desktops come with lots of peripherals that need regular upkeep and cleaning, and compact laptops are vulnerable to trouble caused by everything from dust to accidents.

Whether you primarily use your computer for work or for leisure, you invested plenty of money in a high-tech machine. While you know the technology may eventually be too old to keep using, you want to maximize your equipment’s life in the meantime. If you fail to keep up with maintenance and instead operate a slow, dirty machine, it will be vulnerable to damage and hacks, and you’ll be more prone to making mistakes.

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Free Cash Flow Definition & Calculation for Evaluating Stocks

cash flow faucetWith thousands of dividend-paying blue chip stocks in the market, how can you figure out which ones are wise investments? Do you know what to look for to judge whether or not a company can sustain dividends?

When it comes to high-growth companies that don’t pay dividends, can you determine if their growth strategy is exceeding their budgets?

One smart method for evaluating the health of a dividend-paying company or a growth stock is to analyze its free cash flow.

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10 Ways to Save Money on Men’s Wedding Tuxedos & Rentals for the Groom

wedding groom tuxedoSo often the focus of a wedding is on the bride. Her wedding dress, her hair, her shoes, and her jewelry are often what guests are waiting to catch a glimpse of when she walks down the aisle. And usually, a lot of money is spent on the bride’s beautification in preparation for the big day.

Then you’ve got the groom. No one gets excited before the wedding thinking about what he could possibly be wearing. Most men’s formal wear looks just about the same. So does it make sense to spend big bucks on what guests won’t even notice or appreciate? Are designer duds really worth the extra dough?

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10 Wedding Reception Decoration Ideas on a Budget

wedding reception flowersAlthough a wedding is really about the ceremony, for many of your guests, the real wedding begins at the reception (i.e. food + dancing + open bar = serious fun). For the bride and groom, the reception is usually when they get to relax and let loose as well, but the planning of the reception is anything but relaxing, especially if you’re trying to stick to a strict budget.

Luckily, there are plenty of ways to save money on fun, elegant, and memorable decor. Here are ten inexpensive wedding reception decoration ideas.

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What Is a Covered Call Option Explained – Selling & Writing Strategies

covered call optionsDo you own shares of stock in a publicly traded company? You might think that your only trading options are to either buy or sell these shares, but when you factor in financial derivatives, the number of investing strategies available to you increases drastically.

One such strategy, known as the covered call option, allows you to create additional income, boost dividends, and hedge against a falling market.

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How to Invest in Gold – Stocks, Funds & Bullion

invest in goldAmid government debt, economic uncertainty, and political unrest, you’re one of many investors aware of the frightening factors that can lead to heightened levels of inflation.

Given these concerns and the potential erosion of the value of paper currency, gold has become a more popular investment option than it ever was before.

But how do you include gold in your personal investment portfolio? Seven great tools are available to you.

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How to Prepare to Work from Home with a Telecommuting Job or Business

home office babyWhen friends and colleagues find out that I work from home, most of them are immediately jealous. Telecommuting positions sound like dream jobs to many people, with ideals of working in pajamas, playing loud music, and keeping a fresh pot of coffee right next to the desk. As a successful business person who takes pride in my work, I know telecommuting isn’t just the pleasure of a home office. It takes a lot of prep work to build a professional environment, and it takes a lot of mental toughness to work effectively without letting work invade the rest of my life.

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9 Places to Look for Restaurant Discounts & Coupons

eating out restaurantI’m an extraordinarily frugal person, but my one weakness is eating out at restaurants. There are only so many times that I feel like cooking and cleaning, and there are some dishes that I can only get at my favorite restaurants. Though menu prices are getting expensive, I’ve found enough tricks to save big at restaurants, and I never pay full price.

Some might tell you to just skip appetizers, cut out alcohol, and never indulge in dessert. But you can enjoy a few courses and even a glass of wine if you have the right tools. My goal is to show you how get the most out of your meal, not the least. If you’re looking for a filling meal, an enjoyable evening, and most importantly, great value, check out these nine sources.

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Advantages & Disadvantages of All Inclusive Cruise Vacations

cruise shipThere is nothing like a cruise. You can spend all day touring an island, laying on the beach, or swimming with stingrays. At night, you can eat four-star cuisine, take in a show, or dance with your spouse or partner.

Growing up, my mother had a thing for cruise vacations, and I’ve taken quite a few in my life. They’re a lot of fun for singles, couples, or families. From the moment the ship leaves the harbor, until you dock again, you’ll have constant entertainment, all the food you can eat, and endless sights to see. Chances are, you won’t want to leave when the ship docks again.

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