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4 Tips for Staying Safe While Playing ‘Pokémon GO’

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To say that Pokémon GO has become a worldwide phenomenon is a massive understatement.

It seems like everywhere you go these days, you’ll find large groups of people walking around, phone in hand, capturing those cute little pocket monsters, talking to each other about tips and strategies, or perhaps battling back and forth for control of a local gym. This game has practically changed society overnight.

While the game is a lot of fun (and more than a little addictive), any game that draws so many people together in public places is certain to draw out the bad element at times, like it or not.

Here are four tips to stay safe out there while you collect ’em all.

1. Stay Aware of Your Surroundings

Walking around staring at your phone screen, especially in populated areas, is risky business at the best of times. While playing Pokémon GO, you need to make sure you don’t accidentally wander into traffic, or walk off a pier, etc. Pay even more attention to your environment than usual, if you must.

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2. Capture with Friends

Pokémon GO is, after all, designed to be a social game, so it’s best if you bring along a friend or two to accompany you while playing. You can not only help one another be aware of your surroundings, but a group walking together is less likely to be targeted by bad guys and Team Rocket.

3. Avoid Lures in Sketchy Places

As inviting as that 1:00am Pokéstop lure in the middle of the woods seems, it might have been set up by someone looking for trouble. Don’t be…well, lured into a bad situation just to nab a few extra Pokéballs. It’s not worth it.

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4. Don’t Trespass on Private Property

While it’s tempting to jump a fence to snatch up a rare Pokémon, you don’t have a right to enter someone’s private property to do so. Don’t sneak around strangers’ back yards, or trespass on government property where you’re not allowed to be.

Keep these tips in mind and stay safe out there, trainers!

What is the strangest place you have found Pokémon thus far?

The 3 Best Stock Trading Apps

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There are several new apps for stock trading directly from your mobile device. A few of the most popular ones are Robinhood, Acorns, and Stash Invest. They are all available on Android and iOS. Let’s take a look at some of the best stock trading apps.

Robinhood is known for its easy to use interface and award-winning design. It has won awards in both the Google Play Store and the Apple Store. Other pros of Robinhood are that it doesn’t require a lot of money to get started with trading. Once you make money through the app it is easy to transfer from the app directly into your checking account. On the con side, having to wait till your earnings are listed as settled before you can transfer them to your account can cause key opportunities to be missed. If you want to reinvest and you have to wait 3 days for your earnings to post, you may miss something. Many of these stock trading apps work in similar ways. There is a good how-to article with screenshots on businessinsider.com.

The Acorns app is based on investing spare change. When you make a purchase using your linked checking account,  the total is rounded up to the next dollar and used to invest. There are only 5 portfolios to choose from, though. The fees are relatively low at $1 a month for accounts under $5000 and .25% for those over $5000. Depending on how much you make though the fees can be high. If you are not making more than a few dollars a month then  the $1 a month fee can seem kind of steep.

With Stash Invest, you can start investing with as little as $5 in your account. The site allows you to choose your investment options but will give recommendations. Stash Invest gives the choice of 30 or more investments. Their fees are the same as Acorns’ fees.

When choosing a mobile app to use for investing, be sure to read the fine print on fees and disclaimers. It’s a good idea to read through the app store reviews as well.

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What types of rewards programs are there?

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Rewards programs are available nearly every place you shop (even at some of your favorite Foodie Places). Whether it’s at the mall, at the grocery store, or on your phone, rewards programs help save you money as you shop, play, and surf the web.

1) Phone rewards- Apps such as Lucktastic and Google Play Rewards offer money for a few seconds of your time a day. Lucktastic is a lottery game where scratch off cards offer points as winnings. After so many points, they can be cashed in for items such as gift cards and sweepstakes entries. Google Play Rewards, run by Google itself, offers rewards for surveys based on location, shopping habits, and even opinion. Rewards vary in amount, and can be used to purchase items in the Google Play Store.

2) In-store rewards: To bring in more customers, some stores offer instant reward dollars after so much money is spent on their products. Stores such as Victoria’s Secret, Torrid, and Kohl’s offer deals year-round that can then be used to reduce the out-of-pocket expense of shoppers later on in the year.

3) Credit rewards: These stores also offer reward points based on money spent using store-issued credit cards. Points are often issued so many per dollar, and after a certain amount of points are collected, the cardholder may receive a voucher in the mail to use on their next visit to the store.

4) Gas rewards: Supermarkets and supercenters that have connections with gas stations often offer a reward card that, while taking cents and dollars off of products in the store, also takes cents off at the pump. Kroger’s shopping card, issued free, gives points according to dollars spent, much like credit reward cards. After so many dollars are spent per month, shoppers can take off more per gallon at the gas station.

There are hundreds of rewards programs across the internet. While it seems like just another card to keep up with, participating in reward programs can ultimately save hundreds, even thousands, of dollars per year– just for swiping a card.

Warby Parker is where you need to get your next pair of glasses

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They look good. They’re cheap. They’re socially conscious. They’re the coolest glasses on the block. Gracing the faces of those in-the-know since 2010, Warby Parker is revolutionizing the online and in-store eyewear industry.

By cutting out the middleman and selling their glasses directly to customers, Warby Parker can skip the retail markup to offer substantially lower prices than their less-cool competitors. And by designing them in-house, they have complete control over the look and feel. This freedom to think big means that if you want something bold, unique, and innovative, Warby Parker probably has what you’re looking for. They even sell unironic, no-joke, prescription monocles.

Warby Parker practices the type of “buy-one-give-one” philanthropy epitomized by TOMS, those ubiquitous slippers that dominated hipster footwear for several summers. Warby Parker’s model of corporate giving, however, stands to have a greater impact in the communities they serve, as well as being far more sustainable in the long-term. The company works with nonprofit partner VisionSpring to train locals to conduct eye exams and serve as eyewear stores, thus creating jobs and stimulating local economies.

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Wearing my Warby Parker Glasses

If you have a Warby Parker shop near you, their stores are genuinely fun places to hang. They have photo booths, swanky book-lined walls, local art and photography, and they are known to host happening parties featuring the two best words in the English language: free food. Some stores even have professional photographers on staff; after they snap your pic, they’ll hook you up with both digital and printed copies … and it’s all on the house!

If you can’t make it into a retail location, Warby Parker will ship you five pairs of glasses to try out for five days for free. Wear them around, select the pair you would like to keep and buy them online, and then just pop the box back in the mail when you’re done. Could it be any easier?

Whether you’re nearsighted or farsighted, need reading glasses or prescription sunnies, or you’re just in the market for a monocle, Warby Parker has everything you need to be the coolest kid in school. Click here to view and order your Warby Parker glasses.

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3 Delicious Rewards Programs for Your Foodie Needs

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As much as anyone would love a good home-cooked meal, eating out and ordering fast food has become increasingly popular. Wouldn’t it be nice to get more for your hard-earned money? We think so, and that is why we have found 3 rewards programs that will make your wallet happy.

Papa Rewards: Do you like Papa John’s or pizza in general? If so, then this is the rewards program for you! Their motto is “Order. Eat. Earn. Repeat,” which is literally you get to do. Basically, you create an account and enroll in Papa Rewards. Afterwards, you will earn 1 point for every $5 you spend when you order online. For 10 points, you can get a chocolate chip cookie, cheese sticks, or garlic knots. For 20-30 points, you can get a free large pizza.

Piece of the Pie Rewards: Yes, another pizza rewards program. This time it is by none other than Domino’s! Similar to Papa Rewards, you will have to create an account and enroll in their reward program. Every online order of $10 or more will earn you 10 points (only one order per calendar day can earn points). Once you earn 60 points, you can redeem them for a free medium 2-topping pizza.

Subway Rewards: Subway Rewards requires you to get a Subway Card and to load money on it. Each time you swipe your card in-store, you will earn 1 point per $1 spent. You will even get 25 free points just for signing up, and you can opt in to receive a free birthday goody along with bonus offers. You can redeem your points for a variety of treats, such as a cookie, chips, drinks, or even subs. Not bad, right?

Tell me about the reward programs you use.

Products you need for summer camping this year

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Love the outdoors but not sure what to pack? Camping might be overwhelming for beginners, having no clue what to pack, where to go or how to get the whole family in one place. It’s like herding cats sometimes when you want to get everyone out of the house, all going in different directions and forgetting alot of things! Here are some helpful Products you need for summer camping making it easy as 1,2,3!

Camping Checklist

Before any trip, the Camping Checklist is crucial to any camping fun. A checklist can easily be made in a spreadsheet. Each family member has their own list to pack. It’s super simple for everyone to help out!

Storage Containers

Ants, Deer, Bears oh my! Whether you tent camp or RV camp, containers are essential to any camp site. If you tent camp, use bins or containers to keep your food dry and away from animals. If you RV camp, containers keep your items organized and easy to transport from inside to out.

Rainy Day Fun

Rainy Days happen, even in the summer, sometimes ALL the time when camping.  Having an activity bag or bin can save the day! Games, Puzzles, books are must haves to keep little ones entertained.

First Aid

In the woods, on the beach, or just around the camp medical attention is always needed. From tiny scrapes and bumps to bee stings and small cuts. First Aid kits are very handy. You can easily make your own to include bandages, anti-bacterial creams and wipes or buy the ones already prepared from your local store.

Fun Foods

The best food to have is over the campfire, hands down. There’s nothing like an early morning breakfast with coffee, eggs and hickory smoked bacon over the fire. Or late evening giggles and stories with gooey yummy treats like s’mores or chocolate caramel filled marshmallows.

Have great fun ideas to share? Comment below and let us know. Have fun and camp on!

How to Change Spending Habits into Saving Habits


Saving money and living a more frugal life isn’t so much about how well you can budget, it is about changing your habits. You can set up the most solid budget in the world and still find that your bank account is leaking money due to your everyday spending habits. By changing these spending habits, little by little each day, even the most compulsive shopper can find that living frugally becomes second nature.

Analyze Your Life

One of the best ways to start a frugal life is to start adding up all those small expenses. If you stop at Starbucks maybe once or twice a week, that’s about $15-$20 dollars. A daily trip to the vending machine could be another $10 a week. This may sound like chump change on a week-by-week basis, but it adds up on a monthly or even yearly scale. Sometimes all it takes is to do the math to discover that you really do have a spending habit.

Tackle One Habit at a Time

Say it’s the beginning of the month after hammering out your new frugal life. You’re all gung-ho and want to start saving money by bringing your own work lunches, making your own coffee, avoiding the vending machine that accepts credit cards, and no longer taking hour-long showers. There is no possible way that you won’t save money with all that, right? Well, that’s true, right up until you get burned out from trying to drastically quit everything you love.

Some things just make you happy, but by taking everything that you are used to out of your life at the same time, you will break quickly. Focus on one bad spending habit at a time, and you will find the adjustment period is much more bearable.

Replace Triggers With Positive Habits

After a bad day at work, your first impulse may be to go do a little shopping to cheer yourself up. Work can be a serious trigger for many people to go out and try to buy their way into feeling better. However, instead of spending some serious cash, instead try to find a positive action that could replace all those spending triggers. Perhaps spend some time on a hobby, exercise, or go meet up with a friend. The positive action doesn’t need completely free at first either, so long as you are spending less than you otherwise would out shopping.

How to not get a hangover and what to do if you have one

Drinking alcohol has its benefits and drawbacks. Among the drawback is getting a hangover the morning after. Hangovers are the unpleasant after-math of alcohol intoxication. They come knocking hard when alcohol might have let the body, and so are defined by various horrific symptoms such as headache, dizziness, tiredness, thirst, nausea as well as a lack of appetite. The seriousness of hangovers differs between people, but most folks concur they are not exceptionally pleasant.

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Unsurprisingly, different types of “hangover cures” exist, a few of which are proclaimed to be effective. The proofs behind them are however not sufficient, and most have not even been examined. But, there really are several strategies that have revealed some potential.

Here are 3 proof-based methods of preventing hangovers, or, at least, make them less severe.

1. Drink in Moderation, or Not at All
The seriousness of hangovers increases with respect to the quantity of booze consumed. That is why the most effective way to avoid hangovers would be to drink in moderation (or to abstain totally). The quantity of alcohol needed to cause a hangover differs between folks. Most folks only need 1 or 2 drinks, while some need considerably more. About 23% of individuals tend not to get hangover, no matter the quantity of booze they consume.

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However, moderation isn’t necessarily a viable alternative. Many folks love drinking and, therefore, are ready to consume booze despite understanding they could regret it the morning after. Bottom Line: The intensity of hangovers is associated with the quantity of booze consumed. Drinking in moderation, or not at all, is the one easiest method to prevent a hangover.

2. Prevent Drink with Congeners – Hazardous By-Products of Booze Production
Ethanol is the primary active ingredient in alcoholic drinks. When ethanol (simply known as booze in this post) is made by sugar-fermenting yeasts, by-products called congeners are formed at the same time. Congeners are hazardous substances formed in little quantities when alcohol is produced. Common congeners are isopentanol, acetone, and methanol. Alcoholic drinks with high levels of congeners seem to raise intensity as well as the frequency of hangovers, compared to drinks that have low quantity. Examples of drinks full of congeners are tequila, cognac, and whiskey.

However, colorless drinks like gin, vodka, and rum, are composed of low quantities of congeners. And virtually no congeners are contained in vodka in any way. Several types of research have compared the consequences of whiskey (high in congeners) and vodka (low in congeners). Both the intensity as well as frequency of hangovers was discovered to be greater in whiskey. Two studies have found a common congener, methanol, to be highly related to hangover symptoms.

Bottom Line: The seriousness of hangovers could be significantly reduced by drinking clear drinks (low in congeners), such as vodka, gin or rum.

3. Drink a Lot of Water

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Alcohol is a diuretic, getting you to pee more than when you drink an equivalent quantity of pure water. That is why alcohol can cause dehydration. It could lead to symptoms like fatigue, headache, thirst, and dry mouth although dehydration isn’t regarded as the main cause for hangovers. Luckily, dehydration is quite easy to prevent. Only ensure that you drink enough water. An excellent rule would be to drink a glass of water (or another non-alcoholic drink) between booze, and also to drink a minimum of one large glass of water before sleeping.

Bottom Line: Drinking a lot of water can reduce a few of the primary symptoms of hangovers, including headache and thirst.