How to Reduce Your Internet Bill

If you don’t have an internet connection, or just don’t feel like coughing up the money for something you only use once a week, here is how you can get free or cheap internet.

Number 1: Find a Free Wireless Connection (Wifi)

Finding free wifi is now easier than ever. Many businesses, such as cafes and coffee shops, now offer free wifi: look for any signs or flyers advertising this. Some places that you may be able to find free wifi could be the local public library, Barnes and Noble, McDonald’s, the airport, university campus, independent coffee shop, or hotel lobby. However, not all airports or hotels or even campuses offer free wifi, so be sure to ask around to find out if yours does.

Number 2: Share a Neighbors or Roommates Wireless Connection

Often a search for wireless networks in the neighborhood brings up some of your neighbors wireless networks. Ask your neighbors for permission to use their wifi. If your neighbor says yes, consider offering to pay a share of the internet bill as a way to say thank you.

If you have roommates, consider getting one internet connection for everyone to share. You just need to remember to split the bill.

Final Information

  • Don’t do any banking or online purchases on any unsecured wireless connection because you’re connecting to an unencrypted connection. You never know who is “listening in”- could be a hacker waiting to find out your bank account.
  • Please note that using someone’s wireless network without their permission may be illegal in some areas and you may be subject to consequences.
  • The internet connection probably won’t be fast. It will most likely actually be very slow. Before you get angry, please remember: The internet connection was free. So don’t complain!

Make Some Extra Money From Your Phone with Gigwalk

Earn some extra money with your phone by going out and about and completing simple jobs with your phone and Gigwalk. Tasks like verifying map information and taking photos (in major US metro areas) can net you from $3 to $90 per task.

Why Are They Looking For This Information?

Some companies like Motorola and TomTom need people on the street to help verify information and do some consumer research. With some extra time and a car, being a Gigwalker and doing simple tasks can earn you some extra cash or even become a regular part-time freelance job. (Although you would have to do a lot of jobs.)

Estimated Earnings

Doing simple odd jobs on the street will get you money from $3 to $90 per task. However, All Things Digital reports that one of the highest Gigwalk earners made more than $2000 ($400 a week on average) doing more than 270 tasks since March. To get to that income, you need to earn “streetcred”- points awarded for good work that may give you higher paying jobs.

What Do They Want Me To Do?

Jobs include verifying roads and signs, mapping a location, taking local business photos or gathering local pricing information, doing some secret shopping, and more. For big companies, this information is very costly for them to obtain but very easy for you to obtain.

Start Earning Money!

For Gigwalkers, all you need is an phone and a way how to get out of the house. Now please note that you have to factor in the cost of transportation, such as the cost of gasoline. You don’t want to drive all across the city just to collect 3 dollars for a task. Gigwalk won’t get you rich, but it is worth a try for those who want extra money and have extra time.

 

5 Tips For the Perfect Burger

Sure, you can just plunk down a piece of meat and call it a burger. But that doesn’t make it the perfect burger. Here are some tips to make that perfect burger you always wanted to sink your teeth into.

Tip 1: Use Good Meat

The meat is the heart of a perfect burger. Don’t just buy some meat because it happens to be the cheapest or the leanest. Sure the leanest might save you some weight here and there, but for the perfect burger we want juicy meat, not something that will be cardboard by the time we are done.

Tip 2: Don’t Push Down on the Meat

Pushing down on the meat will cause the juices of the burger to be squeezed out. That is what we do not want, as the juices are the flavor of the meat. Instead, take the extra minute to cook the meat, and keep in the juices for a more flavorful burger.

Tip 3: Put the Cheese On Before It Leaves the Grill

A simple tip, but it means a lot. Putting the cheese on before the burger leaves the grill will cause the cheese to melt slightly, and it might even be oozing before it reaches the plate. The gooey cheese will flavor the burger, and make the meat taste better.

Tip 4: Rest the Meat Before Serving

After taking the meat off the grill, leave it to rest for two to three minutes. This will allow the burger to redistribute its juices and not immediately lose its juices the instant someone takes a bite.

Tip 5: Have Plenty of Toppings on Hand

I hope you weren’t planning to serve that burger plain, were you? Everyone likes their burger with different toppings, so be sure to have plenty of toppings on hand. Be sure to have the staples: lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, but also consider having some other less common toppings such as pepperoncini, jalapenos, or dried cranberries.

5 Tips to Maximize Your Productivity

Feel like you aren’t getting much done? Want to maximize your productivity? Follow these simple tips to find out how.

Tip 1: Ignore the Unimportant

Focus on the tasks that need immediate attention, such as a project due tomorrow or an important errand. Don’t do anything else- focus on the task that is the most important. Once you are finished, then you can start working on the less important tasks that still need to be finished.

Tip 2: Ask for Help

If there is people there, use them. Two people working together on the same task will get done much faster than you just working alone. Everyone has their own set of skills and things they are good at, so use them.

Tip 3: Keep Yourself Going

If the task seems too hard or too long, keep yourself going. Take short breaks between tasks to rest and get ready for the next task. Reward yourself constantly with rewards, such as 5 minutes of rest, or reading a page of your favorite book.

Tip 4: Weed Out Useless Tasks

Do you really need to do this task or job? Weeding out useless tasks will free up time for other, more important jobs. Ask yourself, Does this task need to be done right now, or maybe later? Does it even need to be done at all? Believe it or not, people like to spend time on easy, short unimportant jobs because they don’t want to face the important, more difficult tasks that need to be done.

Tip 5: Reuse Past Approaches

If it worked before, chances are it will work now. Don’t spend time wondering what to do for a job you did previously; instead remember how you did the task before. Many tasks you will have to repeat sometime again, so remember how you completed important, difficult tasks to make the next one easier.

How To Conserve Gas with Your Car

Gas prices have been steadily rising over the last few years, and for some, gas prices have you worried about bankruptcy. To make things worse, it looks like gas prices won’t be going down anytime soon. Here is how to conserve gas and make that full tank last longer to save you money.

Tips on How to Conserve Gas

  • Go easier on the gas petal. Going even 5 miles an hour slower lowers gas consumption.
  • Turn off the AC. You may not know it, but your AC uses a lot of juice. If isn’t really hot, skip the AC.
  • Clean up your car. All that extra weight in the trunk can really make your car work.
  • Be smarter while driving. Let off the accelerator earlier when approaching a stop, speed up before hills to make the climb easier, and use the cruise control more.
  • Keep those RPMs low. Learn how to skip gears if you’ve got a stick-shift, avoid engine braking, and reacquaint yourself with Neutral (it’s not just for towing).
  • Take care of your car. Keep that car in good working order. Make sure to take care and maintain it. You may not know it, but things like Tire pressure, spark plugs, air filters, and oil make a big difference on your fuel consumption.
  • Pick the Right Gas Station. Many gas stations have very different prices, even if they are right next to each other. Simply going to the cheapest one can save you money on gas.
  • Don’t Drive if you don’t have to. There are many options how to get to Point A to Point B, other than driving. Simply walking or riding a bike to nearby locations can save you money and gas. If it is a bit farther, Public Transportation is your friend. Paying simply 75 cents (in my town) to ride the bus across town seems like a good deal. Considering how The U.S. national average gas price has been rising, and you could save good money just taking Public Transportation to work everyday.

5 Tips to Get Better Grades

Believe it or not, there is a way how to improve that failing grade in school. Here are my 5 tips on how to improve your grade.

Number 1: Get Better Test Scores

Much of your grade is based on how well you do on tests. Refer to my guide here on how to study for a test and get a better score. What your score on the test is based on how well you study for the test. Failing to study correctly is preparing to fail the test.

Number 2: Pay Attention!

Paying attention in class is a must for getting a good grade. Write down several key points about the lesson in a notebook, stare straight ahead, or read from the textbook- I don’t care what you do as long as you pay attention! Of course, sitting close to the teacher or sitting in the front of the room will increase your attention level to the teacher, but wherever you are just try to follow along to the lesson.

Number 3: Use Time Wisely

Is that last level of that game really worth your homework time? Managing your time well is crucial to getting things done. For assignments and homework, tackle the harder work or closer due date work first. You will need to be able to plan your priorities, such as doing the assignment that is due tomorrow first then doing the one that is due two days from now. Save the easier work for last- You will finish it faster and will probably not spend as much time on it.

Number 4: Get To Know The Teacher

You don’t want to get on the bad side of the teacher. A simple chat right before class or frequently asking questions will increase your “score” with the teacher. It is a well known fact that teachers and grades go together- if the teacher doesn’t like you, chances are your grade will be low. Now, I am now trying to tell you to “butter up” your teacher, I am merely warning you to watch your relationship with the teacher.

Number 5: Get Organized

Sooner or later you will need to get organized- better now then later. Write down all of your homework assignments down in some sort of planner. Organize your papers and tests into a binder to keep them in order. Make sure you bring your materials and homework to class everyday to avoid that last minute rush. Being organized will eventually have a impact on your grade.

5 Tips to Arrive on Time

Always feel like you are late? No one likes having to rush, or be embarrassed at being late. Here are some tips to get you moving faster and hopefully be on time.

Tip 1: Sleep Earlier

Many people don’t get enough sleep, and this can cause a lag and being late. Simply getting to sleep earlier will make you more alert and ready to move.

Tip 2: Underestimate the Commute Time

Always leave some extra time to actually get to the place where you want to go. This “extra” time will allow space for any unforeseen traffic jams or any other delay. Also, be sure to know exactly how long it usually takes to get to your destination. This will allow you to get a picture at what time you need to leave, and be there on time.

Tip 3: Extending the Time Before You Leave

As the title says, don’t extend the time before you leave. Even stopping to get one last thing done, such as answering one more email or read one last chapter, could set you back far longer than you thought. So be sure to set the leave time, and to stick to it.

Tip 4: Can’t Find Things

A common cause for being late, not being able to find things is a sign of being unorganized. Be sure to have designated spots for key items, such as car keys and jackets, and always put those things back in that spot. Being able to quickly grab what you need before you go can mean the difference from being on time or being very late.

Tip 5: Get your Household Organized

Chances are if your family is disorganized, so are you. Be sure to alert your family to the tips above to encourage on-time behavior. As always, make sure that everyone knows where they keep their things for a quick pick-up and go.

How to Make a Good Speech

It is no secret that public speaking isn’t as easy as it sounds for many people. Me included. Just the thought of getting up there in front of a large audience with everyone staring at you is enough to make some people cry. Never fear, with a couple of tips you can turn those shaky legs into strong confidence.

It All Starts Even Before You Speak

As you get up to say your speech, the audience is already judging you. Even before your first word comes out of your mouth they will have decided if you are good or a bad speaker. A rule of thumb is, Expectation becomes reality. What the audience expects usually becomes what they see, no matter what the actual presentation is.

 

The Solution?

 

Walk confidently with a powerful stride in front of the audience. Make them feel like you are someone special with plenty of powerful things to say. Never admit your uneasy feelings about your speech; that is a recipe for disaster.

 

Self-Confidence Is the Key

 

If you are not confident about your speech, how is the audience supposed to feel confident about you? Don’t be afraid to look up at the audience. Too many times people just bury themselves in their notes, not paying attention to what the audience is doing or responding. Regularly sweep your eyes at the audience from side to side and from back to front. This will help your audience get the message you are trying to put across. Remember, your audience most likely chose to listen to your speech- Make them feel good about the decision to listen to you.

Powerful Speaking

 

The best speakers not only have good words, but effectively convey those words with feeling. Tone and pitch is the key. Vary your voice depending on the mood of your speech, and make sure to do it regularly. No one likes a monotone speaker rambling on and on. Be sure to not mix up your tone as well- Don’t make it seem as if you are joking if you are not. The tone and pitch of your voice can and will make or break your speech to the audience.

Unusual Items Worth Packing on A Vacation

When you are packing, you might not think of these must-haves to your packing list. Consider these strange and unusual items you might want to pack and bring along on your next vacation.

Number 1: Color Copy Of Passport

If you are traveling in a foreign country, a color copy of your passport is a must. It can help identify who you are, and possibly get you out of a pinch. It can also help you identify your baggage, and if you lose your passport the replacement process will go much smoother with a color copy at your hand.

Number 2: Duct Tape

Why would you want duct tape on a vacation? Duct tape is very handy for quick repair of things such as torn luggage or a broken shoe. It is also very good for sealing things that might spill and cause a mess.

Number 3: A Clothespin

A clothespin is really handy for holding things together, such as some papers or hotel shades. Much stronger than a flimsy paperclip, bringing a clothespin might help you when you least expect it.

Number 4: Language Notes

When in a Non-English speaking country, bringing along a miniature spiral-bound notebook and a pen is a must. It is very handy for people to write information inside, such as the time of the next train, or the taxi driver’s fare. You can always draw a picture and show someone exactly what you are looking for.

Number 5: Plastic Trash Compactor Bags

These bags are much thicker than regular trash bags, and do not rip as easily. They have 1,000s of uses, but the most notable is a quick way to carry and store your things. It can hold almost anything, and is a staple in camping gear.

Best 5 Foods To Eat

Need a good boost? Don’t pick up the junk food. Instead, here are my 5 top picks on best five foods to eat to boost your body. These foods can supercharge your brain and sustain you through the day like no other foods can.

Number 1: Avocado

Start each day with a mix of high-quality protein and beneficial fats to build the foundation for an energized day.  The monounsaturated fat in avocados helps blood circulate better, which is essential for optimal brain function.

Number 2: Blueberries

Not only are blueberries tasty, they are also very good for you. Since they’re high in fiber and low on the glycemic index, they are safe for diabetics and they do not spike blood sugar. Blueberries have been linked to reduced risk for diseases, shown to improve learning ability and motor skills, and are one of the best anti-stress foods you could eat.

Number 3: Wild Salmon

Wild salmon contains a lot of Omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for your brain. These acids are linked to improve your brain’s performance and reduce the risk of mental diseases such as dementia.

Number 4: Nuts

Nuts contain protein, high amounts of fiber, and they are rich in beneficial fats. Very useful for getting an immediate energy boost,  the complex carbs will perk you up while the fat and protein will sustain you. Nuts also contain plenty of vitamin E, which is essential to cognitive function.

Number 5: Seeds

You saw it coming: First nuts, then seeds. Seeds contain a lot of protein, beneficial fat, and vitamin E, as well as stress-fighting antioxidants and important brain-boosting minerals like magnesium.