• Cheap Vacations for Couples

    People Wait All Year For Their Vacation

    People Wait All Year For Their Vacation

    One of the mainstay events for couples is the vacation. Every couple goes through it, but not every couple knows how to properly handle it. Given that disputes about money account for nearly fifty percent of the divorce rate in America currently (and more that are filed under “irreconcilable differences”), it seems that with all the associated costs, it’s important to be very firm and moderate about deciding to go on a vacation. With that being said, there are some fantastic vacations that you can pursue with your significant other, as long as you know where to go. There are many ways to shop the sales and find some steals, but if you’re just looking to find something that you can do without dropping a lot of dough at any time, these are some good ways to save.

    Staycation

    Staycation Are Getting Very Popular Nowadays

    Staycations Are Getting Very Popular

    The “Staycation” is becoming more and more popular among people the world over. With the hectic pace of modern life, sometimes even having a brief breather from work can feel like a fantastic time for an outing. However, if you do indulge in that outing, you may find that you’re wasting so much money just for the sake of being somewhere other than home. If you don’t have kids, consider a staycation to be the ultimate vacation. Take the time to plan it out before you go. Research the things nearby that you always mean to do, the restaurants you’ve always wanted to try, and the attractions that you’ve always wanted to visit. The reason you’ve never done them, more often than not, is because you’re too busy or you couldn’t afford it.

    However, if you’re doing a staycation, pretend you’re budgeting for a real vacation. Account for travel, entertainment, food, and lodging. After that, re-budget for a staycation, knowing that your lodging budget is nonexistent and your travel budget might as well be nonexistent. This can either mean that you’re saving a lot of money, or that you want to blow that remaining money on food and entertainment. It’s up to you, so pick a staycation that fits your budget.

    Family Outings

    You Don't Need To Travel To Be On Vacation... Set Your Mind To It

    You Don’t Need To Travel To Be On Vacation… Set Your Mind To It

    Many people don’t hear “family” and think “relaxing,” but there are several occasions in which going to see family can be at least as much fun as going on another kind of vacation. For example, if you have a favorite aunt or cousin or what have you, it’s usually far less expensive to go with your significant other somewhere around where your relative is located. If you’ve ever wanted to go somewhere, this can be your fastest ticket there, and your cheapest one as well. On another note, many relatives (especially older ones who are more established) will refuse to let you pay for many things during the course of your vacation, so that’s definitely an upside.

    Nature-Based Vacations

    If you’re even slightly a fan of the great outdoors, you should very strongly consider going on a nature-based vacation. Hiking in state parks, snorkeling on an island, camping along the coast, or biking along wine country trails are all fantastic vacation ideas. The thing they have in common is that they’re all surprisingly cheap as well. The reason they can save you so much money is because the attractions themselves are rarely costly. This is approximately the opposite of a staycation—the lodging and travel might be expensive, but the food (assuming you’re going rustic) and attractions are verging on free, which makes this a fantastic choice for young couples just starting out in life.

     
  • How to Give Up Smoking

    Tips To Stop Smoking

    Tips To Stop Smoking

    So many people think that giving up smoking. is impossible. Those people clearly haven’t been dedicated to quitting. If you actually have the resolve to quit, the end is easily in reach. It takes patience and a decent amount of time, but you can do it. Even if you’ve been smoking for as long as you can remember, just take the time to devote yourself to quitting. Save yourself some years of life, and keep yourself from ending up with lung cancer. Just follow these four easy steps and you’ll be on the right track to a better life.

    Commit to Quitting

    Take The First Step To Stop Smoking

    Take The First Step To Stop Smoking

    Before you start trying to quit, you need to commit to giving it up. You can’t make a difference at all if you don’t actually want to, so you have to be ready to quit. So many people end up caving on their goals, and you don’t want to be like that. Take some time and consider whether or not you’re actually ready to stop smoking. If you are, then you need to steel your resolve and prepare for everything that might happen. There will be temptations everywhere, and it won’t be an easy road. It takes a lot of effort to give this up. After all, it’s an addiction, and those are very hard to break. It takes complete concentration, but once you’re ready to quit, things will come much easier to you.

    Find the Best Method

    There are so many ways people claim help you quit smoking, and not all of them will work for you. You can’t just pick one method and expect it to work right away. The key is to shop around and see which ones suit you best. If you’re busy with work or school, then one that takes a lot of your time might not be the best route to choose. Nicotine patches can get expensive, but they might be worth it if you’re too busy to take a lot of time out of your schedule to quit smoking. Electronic cigarettes are helpful, too, because you can reduce the nicotine levels until you’re not smoking anything but vaporized air before you know it. Those also spare you the tar that comes with smoking conventional cigarettes, which you can always stand to cut back on. Don’t worry if you don’t find your way at first – just be patient, and things will work out.

    Expect Setbacks

    It’s very important to expect setbacks. Even though they’re disappointing, everyone has setbacks when they try to stop smoking. People rarely ever quit cold turkey, and you’re no exception. There will be days when it’s harder than others, and you’re going to want to give in. Sometimes you might even give in for a bit and have a smoke or two. This is perfectly normal, and nothing to beat yourself up over. It doesn’t mean that you’ve ruined your efforts, it just means that you’re human. Giving up on an addiction doesn’t happen overnight, and it’s important to remember that. Accepting this will help you stay strong in the face of temptation, because a lot of people just give up the first time they give into temptation. You know better than that, though. Just brush yourself off and keep going. You aren’t starting at square one. If you have a lot of setbacks, though, then it might be your cue to try out a new method instead. You never know, maybe just a change of pace will help you kick the addiction to the curb. It’s no big deal, and if switching things up helps you beat this then it’s better for you in the long run. Just remember to not punish yourself when you slip up. That won’t help you at all.

    Reward Yourself

    Avoiding The Craving Is A Huge Accomplishment

    Avoiding The Craving Is A Huge Accomplishment

    When you do well, be sure to reward yourself for it. You’ve worked very hard to get to where you are, and it deserves praise. Set goals for yourself before you start trying to quit smoking, and if you hit your goals then you should set a reward for meeting it as well. Start out with little rewards, like a nice dinner or a movie you’ve had your eye on. Build up steam and amp up the rewards as you go. It’ll keep you from caving more than you think, like gold stars when you were a kid. If you’re able to hit your final goal of not smoking anymore, then plan a big reward for yourself. Make it something memorable, like a vacation or a new game system. Do whatever fits your budget, but make it as big as you can because this is a huge accomplishment.

     
  • 5 Great Old School Game Series in the Nintendo eShop

    Super Mario Is An All Timer!

    Super Mario Is An All Timer!

    Similar to the PlayStation Network or Xbox Live Marketplace, Nintendo has the Wii Shop through the Wii Shop Channel on its systems. While the shop is full of titles that are recently released to give you the opportunity to buy the games if you don’t feel like buying the physical copies of the games, it’s also full of ported versions of hundreds of old fan favorites from previous game systems. They’re worth checking out whether or not you played them in their original incarnations or if you’ve always wanted to check them out. They typically have the same types of controls as the original games, with a few exceptions in which they’ve had to change the controls because of system differences. Check out any (or all) of the games in these great old school series to get the most out of your Wii or Wii U.

    Super Mario Bros.

    Arguably Nintendo’s most famous series of video games ever, the entirety of the Super Mario Bros. series is available for download on the Wii Shop Channel, usually for less than $10 a game. The games typically don’t require any extra controllers, only the Wii remote turned sideways to behave like an old-style Nintendo controller. These are great choices for old players looking to relive a bit of their childhood or for new players looking to experience the joy of the original Super Mario Bros. games for the first time. With the original Super Mario Bros. as well as Super Mario Bros. 2 and 3 from the NES, Super Mario World from the SNES and Super Mario 64 from the N64 system, there’s bound to be something that will interest any gamer with a Nintendo system.

    Final Fantasy

    Final Fantasy Even Made It To The Big Screen

    Final Fantasy Even Made It To The Big Screen

    Final Fantasy has long since been one of the most beloved RPGs of all time, and although its titles have spanned multiple releases on many different systems, the Nintendo Shop has the first 3 titles in the series Final Fantasy I from the NES and Final Fantasy II and III from the SNES are all available for download, and although they all have a very similar battle style because of the fact that they were produced closely within one of another and with very similar software, they’re still each worth a play because of their different stories. If you’re a newcomer to the Final Fantasy franchise with its later releases across the Sony platforms or an old fan who just wants to experience the games all over again you can take advantage of the Nintendo shop’s great opportunity.

    Assorted Mario Spin-off Titles

    Apart from the original line of Super Mario Bros. games, there are other spin-off titles that were spawned by Mario’s success and quite a few of them are available for purchase in the Nintendo shop. Yoshi Story is a fan favorite of those who actually played it. Though few people did (and those who did play it don’t seem to remember it) it’s available for purchase and is a great game to play for the nostalgia value of the days spent playing it on N64. Mario Kart 64, Paper Mario, and Mario Golf and Tennis are great titles to pick up if you’re a die-hard fan of the Mario franchise.

    The Legend of Zelda

    The Legend Of Zelda

    The Legend Of Zelda

    Another popular RPG series that you can find for sale on the Nintendo shop are multiple installments in the Legend of Zelda series. Adding on to newer releases for the Wii, Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword, you can also find the original title The Legend of Zelda from NES as well as The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past from the SNES and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask from the N64 platform. The Legend of Zelda games have a very different play style from Final Fantasy, so if you want a good taste of two different RPG franchises that came out of Japan that Nintendo offers, it’s good to download and play one or more of these titles if you get the chance!

    Sonic the Hedgehog

    If you’re looking for another game that has the same sort of play style as Super Mario, try out one of the Sonic the Hedgehog titles available for purchase and download! They’re similar in the sense that they involve making it through a level in a set period of time with the highest possible score, and old and new fans alike will be enchanted by everyone’s favorite speedy blue hedgehog. The original Sonic the Hedgehog title as well as Sonic 2, originally from the Sega Master system are available as well as Sonic the Hedgehog 3 from the Sega Genesis system.

     
  • 4 Things Everyone Should Have on Their Desk

    Set Up Your Desk To Increase Productivity

    Set Up Your Desk To Increase Productivity

    Your desk at work is important, and not just because it’s the object which keeps your computer and your other work-related items from being on the ground. It’s the hub from which all your work tasks begin and where they all end, and you’ve got to spend the whole day staring at one part of it or another. If that’s the case, then shouldn’t you be arranging your desk so that you’ve always got something helpful to look at no matter where you turn? If you’re going to spend hours of each day stuck there while you work, you should at least be able to have a little bit of leeway in how you set it up. Consider these items, which every diligent employee should keep on their desk to both improve their morale and boost their productivity.

    Keep Some Pictures That You Like

    Keep Some Pictures And Remove Everything Else

    Keep Some Pictures And Remove Everything Else

    One of the most important things you should have on your desk is a picture or several pictures that you enjoy looking at. These could be anything from pictures of your family, your significant other, your pet, or even a silly image from the Internet that you liked enough to print and put in a frame. By having pictures like this on your desk, you always have a familiar, comforting sight to turn your eyes towards. Having some familiarity you can turn to on your desk will help your work flow and increase your productivity, because not only will it make you happier just to have a friendly reminder of your loved ones nearby, it’s a place your eyes can go when you’re trying to think your way through a problem. By resting your eyes on these pictures, you’ll be able to more easily get into the mental zone that’s distraction-free.

    A Cup for Miscellaneous Items Reduces Clutter

    It can be quite annoying to have all sorts of little items loose on your desk all day. All those paper clips, rubber bands, alligator clips, and pens and pencils can really add up to a whole lot of clutter, which can screw up your work flow. Instead of constantly having to move things around your desk to be able to work, get yourself a coffee mug that you won’t be needing to use anymore, and keep all your little work-related items in it. It’s a great way to store all of your pens and pencils, and you can even use it to keep change in if you find that you’ve got some left over in your pockets after lunch. The mug you choose could even be reflective of your personality, such as with a witty slogan or image on it, so you can add a little bit more zazz to your workspace.

    Paper and Pen Haven’t Gone Out of Style

    Use Evernote To Make Those Reminder Notes

    Use Evernote To Make Those Reminder Notes

    When a thought strikes you at work, such as an interesting new idea or a method for solving a problem that you haven’t tried before, what’s the first thing you do? If your answer doesn’t involve writing it down, it’s the wrong answer. Keeping a note on your computer is an okay idea, but studies have shown that you retain information better when you actually go through the physical act of writing it down. Keep a simple pad of paper on your desk and grab one of those pens out of mug of miscellaneous items to scribble down through thoughts, lists of tasks to do at work, or even just doodle to help clear your head while you’re thinking. There are many benefits to keeping some paper in reach on your desk!

    Occupy Idle Hands with Some Putty or a Stress Ball

    Spring for a small package of silly putty, or get one of those stress balls shaped like the Earth, or something else that you can occupy your hands with during your working hours. It’s a great way to relieve tension while also giving yourself something to do while you think. It’s better than stepping outside to take a smoke break, and whatever you choose will always be in easy reach on your desk. Lean back in your chair and squeeze that stress ball while you’re on a long call with a client, or when you’re fixing something wrong on the network. You’ll feel better for it and be able to focus more strongly.

     
  • When Online Shopping Might Be Costing You More Money

    The Cost Of Online shopping

    The Cost Of Online shopping

    Online shopping has always been the go-to option for people interested in saving cash. It simply can’t be beat as far as selection goes – you can search for anything, anywhere, on a huge variety of sites. However, that selection and ease of use can sometimes come with a price in the most literal sense. When can you expect that online shopping will actually cost you more, and how can you keep your budget afloat?

    If It’s Cheap to Begin With, It’s Not Getting Any Cheaper

    Online Shopping And Outlets Are No Bargain

    Online Shopping And Outlets Are No Bargain

    Online shopping is often a godsend for large items. However, smaller items like shampoo, soap, and so on, are already cheap to begin with. Unless you aggressively buy in bulk online, you’re just not going to be saving notable money above buying in a store, and will probably have to shell out a few dollars for shipping on top of that.

    If you’re considering taking the bulk option, it’s a line to tread carefully. Are you in a situation where you’re actually going to be using that forty-pack of bar soap in a timely fashion? It might have been an absolute steal for price, and it might not spoil, but it’s going to be sitting around your house for ages while you slowly pick at it. It’s a slippery slope, and if you’re not careful, you’re going to wind up with a house of bulk-bought items, gathering dust and being a fire hazard.

    Coupons? Sorry, But No

    Most online retailers simply don’t take physical coupons, especially if you’re on a general site like Amazon or eBay, or a deep discount site like SlickDeals. Sometimes, you’ll find that the price difference is enough to make up for it, but often it’s eaten away by shipping and tax costs. If you’re a dedicated couponer, online shopping isn’t going to get you the deals that you can get when shopping in-person.

    Another related thing to keep in mind is haggling. Unless you’re on an auction site like eBay, or a site like Etsy that involves a lot of small businesses, the option to haggle a price down simply doesn’t exist. The sheer vastness of the online world doesn’t do you any favors here. The sellers know that, if you don’t want to buy it at that price, there’s always someone who will.

    Watch Out For That Quality Control

    Sometimes Online Shopping Can Turn Into A Nightmare

    Sometimes Online Shopping Can Turn Into A Nightmare

    Simply put, returning items that you’ve bought online is a complete pain. Even if it came to you broken into pieces, many sites and sellers have it in their Terms of Service that you’re responsible for return shipping anyway. Beyond broken and bad quality merchandise, sometimes something comes in the mail that just isn’t right. Maybe it’s not the color you thought it was on your computer screen, maybe it doesn’t fit right, or maybe you’ve found it for cheaper in the meantime. Whatever the reason, online returns are a painful process, and you often won’t get your money back in your account for a full business week in the best circumstances. If the item is available in stores, consider going out to take a look at it in-person, even if you want to buy it online. This will give you a real sense of what it’s supposed to look and function like, which will also keep you safe from fake or bootlegged items.