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Baby-Proofing Tips to Stop Ruining Your Tech

Being a dad can be a life changer in many different ways. And you learn a lot about yourself. And also how these tiny human minds work. You might find yourself wondering what on earth you are doing spending lots of money on new toys for the kids, when they find plenty of non-toy toys around the house that they find much more fascinating. If it blinks, beeps, has a bright screen, or is any way expensive, they will find it. And they will cause damage to it (because let’s not forget, they’re also interested in things that make a splash, so smartphone, meet the bath or the toilet bowl).

So if you’ve been scarred in the past from a non-toy toy situation, then here are some ways to help protect your gadgets and tech, going forward.

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Get Cases

When we’re teaching our children how to ride a bike or their scooter, we teach them to wear a helmet. So why don’t we equip our technology and gadgets with such a device? The good news is that it does exist, and you can protect your devices with such a thing. You can get cases that reduce the impact when dropped, cases that protect screens, and cases that are waterproof or shatterproof. So it is a no-brainer that you need one of these in your life. If you’re shopping around for device cases, then be sure to look out for the ones that state they have an Ingress Protection rating on them. According to www.dsmt.com, if the rating is over 67, then it means it is waterproof up to a meter deep, and can prevent dust from entering.

Check Reviews

When buying tech and gadgets in the home and you have little ones, then you need to know what you are letting yourself in for. Does it stand up to all that you need it to? Is it going to be able to cope with some dribble or spilt milk on the keyboard? Will it survive a gnawing during teething? So looking at a site like laptop.review could be helpful if you’re after a new bit of tech, especially a laptop, as you can check out how well they are rated for different things. Of course, keeping them at arm’s length from little ones is desirable, where possible!

Be Cable-Savvy

Picture the scene; a laptop charging quietly on top of a desk or table. Then your toddler walks up to it, and sees a cable that is totally in reach. They pull it, taking the laptop down with it. Not to mention loose charging cables left on the floor can be gnawed or chewed on if you are crawlers. So be savvy with how you store your cables. You could use storage clips to attach under your desk, as well as keeping cables in a drawer when they’re not being used for charging anything. It gives your gear a longer lease of life, and will reduce the temptation for little ones to cause damage, to the equipment or themselves.

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Blogs And Websites That Dads Should Have Bookmarked

Whether it is to cure boredom or to help you with one of the many troubles we all experience as parents, there is a website for everything nowadays. All you need to do is a quick search on the web and you can find anything your heart desires. With that being said, read on to discover some of the websites and blogs that all dads should have bookmarked on their computer or tablet.

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Blogs and websites for entertainment

So, let’s begin with the fun stuff. You need to save a few websites and blogs that will allow you to have a bit of fun when you do get some time to yourself, which probably isn’t very often! One place to start is with www.kongregate.com. This website is home to thousands of games, ranging from puzzle games and action games to sports and music games. There is something for all tastes! If you like to play poker or other table games, you should head to www.geekygambler.com. This site gives you access to all of the best bonus deals and offers for such websites, so you can get more for your money.

Blogs and websites for new dads

If you have recently become a father for the first time, you may feel like you need all of the help you can get. A good blog to follow is thedadventurer.com. Dave Hornby created this blog, and it highlights some parenting lessons he has learnt along the way, as well as highlights of being a new dad. The blog is written in a relatable, witty, and honest way, which is what makes it so appealing.

Blogs and websites for DIY dads

If you are a dad who likes to do his bit around the house, you will like the DIY Daddy blog that is run by Nigel Higgins. You can find the blog here: www.diydaddyblog.com. Nigel has more than 20 years of experience in DIY and decorating and, obviously, he is a father too. You will find a good range of advice on both subjects.

Blogs and websites for money management

If your child is heading off the college soon, money can be a real concern, amongst other things. There are a number of blogs and websites that can help you to plan for the upcoming years. A good example of this is www.moneycrashers.com, where you will find plenty of useful advice on all things money-related. Another website to take a look at is thecollegeinvestor.com, where you will find lots of information on paying for college.

So there you have it: some of the best blogs and websites that all dads should have bookmarked on their computer or tablet. These blogs and websites will provide you with everything you need as a father, be it a bit of advice or something to do while enjoying a rare bit of me time.

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Money Making Tips You Need To Know

Making money to support ourselves and our family is one of the biggest tasks we have to go through during life. Making sure that we can live the lifestyle we want involves having enough money in the bank to be comfortable.

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The idea of being able to make any more money than you currently do at work may seem difficult, but there are actually plenty of ways you can make money passively and outside working hours. You could start with online bitcoin gambling, you can review songs and even test chocolates. There are plenty of great ways to earn money during the week, and here are some of the ideas you can try today.

1. Sell your ink cartridges

If you have a printer at home and your family often uses it for documents and other uses, you will likely end up with ink cartridges which need to be thrown away. However, before you put your ink cartridge in the bin, see if you can trade it for cash instead. There are many companies out there who will buy an empty cartridge from you so that it can be refilled and reused, so you can take the opportunity to make some money and fund your next takeaway!

2. Get paid for photos

If you have a decent camera or smartphone, you will likely use it often to take photographs while you are away on holiday or during days out in the country with your family. If you have taken some pretty good snaps, you can sign up to a stock photo website and sign up with your photos. Selling your photos like this will make you a small amount of money every time someone downloads and uses your image. This means you will be passively making money for years to come.

3. Be a life model

You don’t have to be a god to become a life model, and as long as you are confident in your own skin, you could actually make a decent amount of money from sitting as a life model for artists and for students. Being a life model is a wonderful experience and you will feel so much more comfortable in your own skin after doing it. You could earn €10 an hour for your time so it is a great way to make some quick cash during the week.

4. Donate clothes for cash

One of the things we often take for granted is clothing. We spend so much money on clothes every single year and then we throw huge amounts of clothing away every year too. However, if you can have a clear out and keep our clothes on one side, you can sell them off to a big company who will reuse and recycle the material for you. The biggest company who does this is H&M,and they will buy any old clothes and textiles you have and give you a voucher to spend in store. If you need to update your wardrobe you clear it out and spend your money in store for new items!

5. Sell your hair

Hair is something which we don’t even consider selling, but actually, it can be a wonderful thing to sell on to wig makers for a small fee. The next time you get your haircut, think about asking the hairdresser to keep your hair to one side so that you can sell it on to a wig maker. A wig make can then create a wig with your hair and this can be given to someone who needs it such as a cancer patient.

6. Rent your garden

If you live in the countryside and you have a huge garden space which spans a few acres, you can make some money during the summer season by renting out part of your garden for campers to come and stay. During the busy season, you’ll be able to make a huge sum of money and you might even be able to fund your own family holiday abroad with the cash!

7. Fiverr

Fiverr is a website which revolves around the idea of buying and selling your products or services for a fiver. Essentially, if you have products which you sell such as artwork or homeware, or you have a skill to sell such as graphic design: you can offer your services and people will be able to pay you a fiver for your services or for the product you provide them. It is a simple way to make money with your skills and you could end up making a pretty lucrative income through the website.

8. Get paid to drink

If you are an 18-19-year-old (in the U.K., 21 in the US), you can use them to your advantage and be paid for trying to buy alcohols. Serve legal is a company which you can sign up with and they will task you with trying to buy a pint from your local pubs and bars. If you are successful and you are able to avoid them checking your ID, the company can approach the pub and ask them why they are serving underage people. It is a great way to make some money and you don’t have to spend a penny on your drinks or travel.

9. Be a tour guide

If you love your home city and you feel as if you know everything you need to know about it, you can become, a tour guide and take people around the city to show them the sights and teach them about the history of the town. It will be a great side hustle for you to do at the weekends during the summer and you will be able to enjoy your time walking around in the sunshine. It is a job which will be fun and one which allows you to meet and speak to lots of new people.

10. Sell your trees

If you love to work in the garden and you have some trees which could be worth a bit of money to a garden center, why not sell it on at a hit price and free up space in your garden for a new plant! You could earn hundreds depending on the species of tree and it is a wonderful way to make money and save you from wasting the tree by chopping it down.

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10 Costco Membership Benefits You Didn’t Know About

There are significant upsides to shopping at Costco besides sampling the tasty foods and consuming some great hot dogs. The annual membership fee is one of them. Shop at the warehouse a few times and the membership costs are absorbed. What to know a couple more benefits about shopping at Costco? Here are 10 of the lesser-known benefits you may be missing out on by not having a Costco membership:

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1. Costco has Medical Insurance

Are you looking for new medical insurance for you and/or family? Costco has you covered. It offers competitive rates for its members. For instance, Costco offers small business and personal plans. It is important to read all the details of the plan to make sure the coverage is exactly what you need.

2.Want to Check Your Health While Shopping? Costco has Health Screenings.

We just discussed health insurance in the number two spot of benefits you don’t know about. So, let’s stay on the topic. Costco also offers free health screenings via its pharmacy department. Costco offers screenings for a variety of conditions ranging from osteoporosis and diabetes. For more information about health screenings offered, check the local store events listed on online.

3. Costco has Group Vision Plans and Budget eyewear for Its Members

You have time to shop. That is not in dispute. You often don’t have time to stop for reading classes. Worry no more! There are some great deals to be found on reading glasses at Costco. It is even has multi-pack of reading glasses for those who lose them constantly (we won’t mention any names). If your medical plan doesn’t have vision insurance, once again Costco has you covered. It offers group vision plans for those who need eyewear and eye screenings.

4. Get Need Prescriptions at a Low Cost

You may not know, but it makes a difference where you buy your prescription medications. One retail pharmacy may charge more than a large pharmacy. This means if you go to the wrong pharmacy, you’re going to pay too much. Costco’s pharmacy department is one of the pharmacies that charge less for prescription medications. In fact, the prescriptions may be significantly lower than other pharmacies. Always check with various pharmacies, including Costco, to determine which is the lowest price.

5. You Will Find Unique Gift Sets

You may not know this, but sometimes Costco will package items together in gift sets. The are often available an excellent price. The gift sets include housewares and beauty supplies. They always a great buy during the holidays.

6. Costco has Low Cost Vaccinations for the Members

Costco understands that vaccinations are important to staying healthy. That’s why they are also offered at Costco’s pharmacy. The vaccinations pricing is competitive. So you can find a great deal on vaccinations for the family. If your medical insurance company doesn’t cover vaccinations, get a Costco membership.

7. Love Buying Gifts and Movie Tickets? These are Two More Benefits Costco has.

By the time you buy movie tickets and everything that goes with it (popcorn and drinks), you’ve made a big investment. One way to put the joy back into going to the movies is by buying discounted movie tickets at Costco. In fact, you can save about 25 percent. You can save the same percentage on store gift cards too.

8. Get Your Groceries at a Lower Price

Shopping at Costco can save you a lot of money. When you are there, check out the peanut butter and cheese. You’ll find some great prices. You can also stock up of many grocery items because of the price.

9. Save Money on Birthday Cakes

Some of the most amazing birthday cakes are found in Costco’s bakery department. They look beautiful, taste great and cost less than other bakeries.

10. Get Your Ink Cartridge Refills at Costco

This may be the best tip on the list. Costco will refill your ink cartridges. Take your old ink cartridges into Costco. It will refill them. You can save about 70 percent when you do this (compared to buying a new one).

There is no doubt about it. Costco is a fabulous place to find all your family’s needs from clothing to groceries and auto repair. A Costco membership is definitely a great value with many benefits.

 

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