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Tips to Secure Before Going on a Brief Vacation

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If you are planning to go on vacation, you know that you cannot just pack up your bags and leave. You need to make sure that your home is safe and secure. You also need to pay your credit card bill as well as your other bills. You do not want to go home and find that your electricity and your water have been cut off.

There are a million things that you have to remember before the actual day of your vacation. Some of these details are the following:

  • Do not forget to remove the plugs from their sockets to reduce the possibility of fire.
  • Secure all of your personal things especially those that mean a lot to you. Some of these things may be expensive while others may have sentimental value. You still do not want anything to happen to your prs se standard, right?
  • Remember to pack up reading materials and snacks especially if you are going on long trips.
  • Assign someone who will take care of your pets while you are gone. You may leave them with some responsible family members or at pet kennels.
  • Clean out items from your refrigerator that will spoil. You may also need to remove trash from your house.

Aside from these things to remember, there are still a lot more that you cannot forget. List down everything in checklist form to ensure that you will do everything you need to do before going on vacation.

On budgeting and saving money


Besides raising children and attending to endless load of work at home, what else do you find hard to manage? It can cause you a lot of stress especially when something happened unexpectedly.

It’s a struggle to manage family finances especially when you are working on a minimal budget. It’s like a mental torture seeing your bills pile up before payment date arrives. There are just too many bills and dues to pay, house rent, groceries to buy, not to mention those extra expenditures like find drawer slide size, health premiums and yes, credit card (if you own one).

You also have to consider setting aside a small amount of your earnings for your monthly savings. Balancing everything is no mean feat. A little creativity and resourcefulness is all you need during these days, to think of some ways to augment the family income and somehow help you get by until the next pay check.

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DIY guitar picks

guitar pick puncher

guitar pick

I’m no guitar player, but I find this DIY project very useful to those who own and play a guitar. You can choose from any of the available materials at home – expired credit cards, plastic packaging materials or grocery store club cards and other thick plastic materials. You will also need a guitar pick punch for this project. In an instant you’ll have a guitar pick maker. Cool isn’t it?

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