At some point in our lives, we will all be (or know) caregivers. It can feel like a thankless task, and friends and family occasionally make comments that are unhelpful or even hurtful. Here are some ways to best show empathy, help support the caregiver, and avoid upsetting them: At some point in our lives, we will all be (or know) caregivers. It can feel like a thankless task, and friends and family
Prescription medication costs can vary considerably, so it’s not surprising that many people shop around for the best prices. Unfortunately, some of those great deals are counterfeit medications—and the number of fake drugs in the country is growing at an unprecedented rate. Some of the most common fake medications in the United States are painkillers and pills for chronic conditions like diabetes, HIV, and Alzheimer’s. Instead of the medicine a patient needs, these fakes might
It used to be taboo to talk about money, but there are lots of ways now to figure out what you should be getting paid. And if you aren’t getting paid what’s fair, we’ve listed some ideas to fix that. While meritocracy — the idea that you achieve success through hard work — may be evident in previous generations, it doesn’t necessarily work that way anymore in the fast-paced corporate world. Sometimes people are paid
Passive income is the ability to generate ongoing income with a one-time investment, that doesn’t require continuous monitoring or adjustment. One example of passive income is real estate: purchasing a home usually results in a profit when you eventually sell. There are lots of different ways to get those passive dollars rolling in, including: Bonds: think of bonds as a way of investing in a company without taking ownership. You lend money in the
The sky’s the limit with an outdoor kitchen, but before you dive into the deep end of choosing countertops, here are a few important things to think about to be sure an outdoor kitchen meets your particular needs. What’s your goal? Be specific about what your dream outdoor cooking experience includes. Is it an expanded grilling setup or a brick pizza oven? Is it simply space to cook or seating for a crowd? How complex
While you may have been taught that it’s impolite to talk about money, there are times when not having an open conversation is the problem. If you have experienced tension with a friend who’s more frugal than you are, here are some suggestions to help the friendship survive: Be clear about expectations. When you invite the friend to brunch, say at the outset that you’d like to split the check evenly. When taking contributions for a group gift,
Most of us probably have a thing or two we’d like to change about our work, but there’s a difference between wishing your office had more windows and being in a truly toxic work environment. The latter can cause stress both on the job and at home, which can then lead to physical ailments—not to mention how much the work itself undoubtedly suffers. Here are a few symptoms of a toxic workplace, and how
Let’s face it: we have all experienced regret in life. Perhaps you behaved badly as a teenager and have carried that guilt with you into adulthood, or maybe you feel shame about how a relationship ended. Either way, guilt is an emotion that can take up a lot of space. While it is a normal response that enables you to think about how not to make the same mistake again, it can also help you
Designing a room can feel overwhelming. But you don’t need to be an interior designer to have the room of your dreams. Here’s how to find your own design style and put it to work: Download the Pinterest app (or web: pinterest.com) which is a social media platform that provides inspiration from interior design ideas to recipes. Simply search for room ideas and “pin” your favorite ideas onto your Pinterest board. Look for inspiration at home: take
Even before phrases like “isolating in place” were part of the vernacular, making your home a cozy space was a great idea. We spend so much time in our homes that it’s important to create a space that relaxes you and allows you to rejuvenate for whatever is next on your to-do list. Here are a few easy ways to make your home the cozy sanctuary you crave. Choose fluffy fabrics. Bump up the squish
Potential buyers are much more likely to return to a home that impresses them at first glance, while homes that appear disorderly or poorly maintained seldom sustain buyer interest. Home Odors. Because homeowners become desensitized to the odors in their homes, they rarely realize how obvious odors can be to visitors. This is particularly true of pet owners and smokers. Carpet and Flooring. One of the most visible areas of your home is your flooring.
We all know what it likely means if we smell smoke at home, and most people know that the scent of rotten eggs can mean a dangerous gas leak. But there are several other unpleasant odors that can be clues that something is amiss in your house. Wet Dog: If you’ve got a dog, you already deal with the occasional stinky pup. When you smell “wet dog” odor and you don’t have a dog (or
Owning a home may feel like a green light to making it the house of your dreams. But, before you spend your hard-earned money, it’s important to keep in mind the bigger picture, especially if you intend to move to a different home in the next few years. Here are a few tips to keep your projects focused and money-smart: Try to avoid specializations: You may love a quirky bathroom or floor design, but it
While aging can affect your memory, there are ways you can help yourself remember things and keep your memory sharp and organized. Try these ideas: Tell yourself what you’re doing: If you are heading into a room to find something, say it aloud: “I’m walking into the kitchen to get a glass of water. Use sticky notes: these are a great way to post reminders around the house. For example: keep one on the fridge
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