How to Prepare Your Home & Car for Winter Storms, Blizzards & Snow Emergencies

Winter snowstormI’m no fan of winter, but there’s nothing quite like a good old fashioned snowstorm. The blustery wind, the drifts of snow, the weather forecaster’s announcements about “the storm of the century”…it always gets me excited!

While snowstorms can be fun, however, they can also be dangerous, especially when you’re caught unprepared, or on the road. For instance, the snowstorm that hit the Midwest last month (November 2010) caused over 400 traffic accidents in Minnesota and 2 deaths in Wisconsin. Many people who were caught in Washington, D.C.’s “storm of the century” last winter were stranded on the highway for 30 hours or more before they were dug out. In fact, Popular Mechanics reports that 70% of winter storm fatalities occur in automobiles.

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Logo Mojo Review – Logo Design and Brand Identity to Set You Apart From The Rest

logo mojoThis post brought to you by Logo Mojo. All opinions are 100% mine.

A high-quality, creative logo is imperative for anyone trying to effectively market and grow their small business. Logos are the first thing people notice – particularly for online businesses – so it’s vital that your logo be original and make a memorable first impression. Logo Mojo, a website that specializes in logo design for small businesses, understands that and has a staff of in-house designers whose job is to come up with a professional, effective logo that is just right for you.

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7 Unique & Cheap Christmas Gift Ideas for Men That They’ll Love

christmas gift ideas for menGuys get a bad rap when it comes to gifts. Many women think that they have to overspend on expensive holiday gifts for men like gadgets and power tools, but that’s not necessarily true. We’re simple people. We don’t always need the latest home theater system, iPad, or a table saw to be happy on Christmas Day.

Granted, my Amazon wish list has a bunch of expensive stuff on it; but that’s why they call it a “wish list.” It also has a bunch of cool inexpensive items on it that a lot of other guys would probably like, too.

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10 Creative, Thrifty Ways to Recycle & Reuse Household Items

man draw ways to recycleMy husband and I really enjoy learning new ways to reuse things around the house. We try to be creative and innovative in our ongoing efforts to reuse, and also have fun with it.

Here’s why we do it, and 10 easy ways you too can start using less, and reusing more:

Why Reuse?

Saves Money
This is obvious, but keep in mind that how much you save depends on what you are reusing, and how consistent you are with it. Some projects may only save you a few dollars a month. The key to more substantial savings is to reuse several things and stick with it. The savings will add up.

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Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) Symptoms & Treatment – 8 Frugal Ways to Beat Winter Depression

It’s that time of year again — the days get shorter and the temperature heads south, which is probably exactly what you’d like to do. Productivity drops, you’re tired and just can’t seem to get it together. These are some of the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), and if you suffer from them, you might be looking at the calender with a sense of dread.

What is SAD?

Seasonal Affective Disorder is a form of depression that occurs mainly during the winter months. Some people call it the “winter blues” or “winter doldrums,” but psychologists have identified SAD as a true depresssive condition.

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3 Elements of a Successful Small Home Business – Skip the Business Plan Template

Don't waste time on a huge business plan for a simple side business.If you’re looking to make some extra money on the side by starting your own business (even while working another job), don’t get caught up in all the hype about developing an elaborate, complicated business plan. While a writing a small business plan can certainly help, it’s no guarantee of success. Making your small business work really boils down to identifying and focusing on these 3 simple elements:

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Personal Finance Roundup: That’s Deductible!

It’s coming! Yes, Christmas, but more importantly, the end of the year, which is quickly followed by tax season! Hopefully, you are all on top of things and will get your tax documents wrapped up and processed early, but realistically, many of us will finish up somewhere around March or even the night before it’s due.

Remember that it takes time to get things together and there can be some unforeseen obstacles, so be prepared. With that said, for those of us that are employees at a company, it’s a good idea to wait to actually file your return until you are completely sure you have received all of your tax related documents from employers and government bodies.

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Credit Sesame Review – Free Credit and Debt Management Tool

credit sesame logoWhen it comes to getting a loan for just about anything, whether it is for education, debt consolidation, a mortgage, or anything else, how do you know that you’re getting the best deal? How do you know that a lender has your best interests in mind? It’s kind of hard to trust the “big banks” these days, or, frankly, anybody else for that matter.

To help find a solution to these questions, I took a close look at a fairly new service called Credit Sesame, and it seems that it really succeeds in putting many of these doubts to rest. And it does it for free.

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7 Tips on How to Prepare Financially and Survive Unemployment or Job Loss

Job lossMost of the time, people don’t know in advance that they’re going to lose their job. The news comes as a complete, and unwelcome, surprise.

But what if you did have some advance warning that your job was about to come to an end? Perhaps you’re a contract worker and your responsibilities are almost fulfilled. Maybe your organization has given notice that layoffs are coming. Or perhaps you are ready to voluntarily leave your job to start your own small business or pursue a dream.

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