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Best Career and Money Stories April 27 to May 5, 2013

Don't Sleep in on the Weekends and Other Smart Tips of the Week!

  • Upcycle old pill bottles: Don't throw away your old pill bottles, upcycle them into quarter and cotton-swab holders.
  • Get married in a national park: Most national parks are welcoming to wedding parties as long as they fill out the proper paperwork, which gives you access to the park and the various locations that are perfect for your big day. And some permit fees are as low as $50, making getting married in a national park a seriously budget-friendly option.
  • Choose a credit union for better interest rates: A credit union is a nonprofit, which means the profits go back to the members, and this results in higher interest rates and lower fees.
  • Follow authors and book blogs for free books: If you follow other reviewers or the authors themselves on their blogs, you'll be able to see when they host giveaways for their latest books. You may even get books ahead of their releases.
  • Make your own scent diffuser to save money: Don't toss those lemon and orange peels, ends of fresh herbs, or last bits of whole aromatic seasonings! Instead, use them to make sweetly scented homemade fragrance stick diffusers that will freshen your house.

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  • Dealing with a chatty co-worker: It's great to get to know a co-worker better, but sometimes hearing about her kids when you have work to do really isn't an ideal situation. If you don't want to be rude, one idea is to get up and continue the conversation while walking to her desk, which she will naturally sit down at. Then continue pleasantries for a bit, before making your goodbyes and heading back.
  • Clean bathroom gunk with old dryer sheets: If it's time to clean your bath or shower, then grab a dryer sheet for scrubbing. Apparently, dryer sheets help to keep showers and baths free of mineral buildup, so they serve the dual function of cleaning and protecting!
  • Don't sleep in on the weekends: Don't try to sleep in on the weekends to make up for lost sleep. Keep your sleeping schedule consistent and not erratic, which means waking up and sleeping at the same time every day. Whenever you alter the times you get up and go to bed, you're disrupting your body clock.
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