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How to Choose Your Teen’s First Smartphone

Buying your teen’s first smartphone has become a rite of passage. For many parents, getting their teens their own phones is as stressful as seeing them get behind the wheel of a vehicle. Parents want their teens to be safe, but they also don’t want their children to go broke in the process. Fortunately, if you know what features you and your teen want in a smartphone, you can find a phone that will make both of you happy and help you sleep at night. Discover the following four features to look for when choosing your teen’s first smartphone. Durability Your teens aren’t known for sitting still. They’re running, skateboarding, and moving constantly. While a case is great for protection, some phones are more prone to cracks and breaks than others. When you’re shopping for a phone, make sure you find a model that can withstand drops and dunks into liquid, such as the affordable Galaxy Note 7 smartphone on the T-Mobile network. Over the past few years, Samsung has worked to strengthen the shell of the phone’s casing and make the glass more durable. Not only do these features increase the overall quality, but the material also increases the phone’s durability. ...

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Keeping up with Maintenance to Avoid Having to Replace

You own many nice things. You own a home, a car and have many nifty gadgets that make your life easier and fun. But, if you don’t take care of them properly, these things can end up costing more. As a result, you may end up running up unnecessary debt. The good news is that if you maintain your valuable things they will perform better for longer. Expensive gadgets and preventative measures  Most people today own a computer, a cell phone or a tablet. These devices are very expensive and because of this, you should take every measure to protect them from damage. Your computer should have anti-virus software to prevent the dreaded blue screen. You should also use a separate outlet strip with a built-in surge protector to prevent a power failure, brownout or sudden surge from causing it to crash. Your tablet and your cell phone travel with you most places you go. Adding a protective cover isn’t to make a fashion statement, although they do come in awesome colors and patterns, but rather to protect it from drops and bangs. The same goes for your screen. For instance, if you own a Galaxy, Galaxy screen protectors will prevent the glass ...

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Are Home Security Systems Worth the Money?

Are Home Security Systems Worth the Money?

Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night because you heard a strange noise? Did you wonder if someone was breaking into your home? If you are like many people, the fear of a break in has happened to you at least once. But for some unlucky people, this fear can and will become an unfortunate reality. According to figures from the FBI, there were over 1.7 million actual burglaries in the United States in 2014, and this figure is a decrease of over 10% from the year before. This information makes me wonder if installing a home security system would be a wise idea. Although there are fewer break-ins than in previous years, I do want to feel safe in my home. But are home security systems worth the money? Here are things I’ve been considering while thinking about whether or not to invest in a home security system. 1. Cost Initial home security system installation costs can run anywhere from a few hundred dollars to over $1,000 depending on what type of system you are considering. Although these up-front costs are usually just a one-time cost, you can also expect to pay monthly fees for ...

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5 Cheap Ways to Make Your Home Look Expensive

Have you taken a look around your home lately and decided it needed to be spruced up a bit? Every now and then both interior and exterior spaces can use some TLC to keep them looking their best. But along with the usual upkeep of cleaning, clearing away clutter, and painting, there are other ways to keep your home updated without spending a small fortune. Below are 5 cheap ways to make your home look expensive that could help. 1 Frames In addition to the usual picture frames there are several other places you can add frames around your home to give it a more luxurious look. For example, did you know you could frame that simple bathroom mirror to make it look like a large, expensive one? Or, add a frame to a wall mounted television to give it the allusion of wall art. You can even add small picture frames to your light switch plates to dress them up somewhat. While inexpensive, these touches add elegance and style without adding a lot to your budget. 2 Tile Kitchen and bathrooms are some of the more expensive areas to update in a home. To add a little pizzazz without ...

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How to Stop Your Home from Leaking Money

It is estimated that the average American household will spend approximately $2200 or thereabout on energy bills alone, year in year out. That’s a whopping $12000 in 5 years or roughly. This is a significant figure of money to flush down the drain, especially in a day and age when a majority are struggling with a severe cash crunch. Fortunately, they are various, practical and non-cliché ways you can cut back this figure. Forget everyday old-and-tired advice such as ‘remember to switch off the lights as you leave a room.’ The real gem is found in targeting and re-evaluating you heating expenditure. Follow these 5 tips to prevent your home from wasting money on heating costs. Continuously Improve Your Home’s Insulation A huge chunk of your annual energy bill, around 55%, is accumulated during the coldest months of the year. As we all know, this is the time when we are forced to leave our heaters on throughout the day and night in a bid to keep the biting cold away. However, this is only because our homes tend to lose as much warmth as soon as it is generated. Improving the thermal insulation of your home is the first ...

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