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By Chris Grasso | Curious Chris' Musings | November 19, 2014
Unless you have the money to do so, the best option is to buy a second-hand car rather than a brand new car. However, there are several reasons why people don’t like to buy used cars, such as the fact that there is a lot of mileage on them in most cases, wear and tear and they’re not completely sure about the background of the car. While most of it is based on trust between the seller and buyer of the car, one can never be 100% convinced that it’s the truth. In most cases, there is absolutely nothing wrong with buying a second-hand car, and as long as you know what you’re looking for and you can test drive …
By Chris Grasso | Curious Chris' Musings | November 18, 2014
Healthcare organizations such as Medicaid and Medicare find themselves losing millions of dollars each year to scams and theft by fraud. If you’re covered by such an organization, make sure that you take the necessary steps in order to protect yourself and make sure that you don’t become a victim of any fraudulent practices. While lots of people think that they could never become a victim of such a scam, it’s more popular than many people think, but thankfully, there are things you can do in order to minimise the chances of it ever happening to you.
Don’t give out your information
Under no circumstances should you give out your information to somebody unless you’re 100% convinced that they are …
By Chris Grasso | Curious Chris' Musings | November 15, 2014
Everybody has experienced the moment when they get a call from a number that they really don’t want to hear from. This could be because of several reasons, but most of the time, you’ve given out your number to people without realising. Thankfully, there are ways you can stop numbers from calling you, no matter where the call is from. Here are a few tips for stopping the phone calls that you really don’t want.
Calls from an ex
We all know what the relentless calls from an ex are like, whether they want you back or they simply want to call for an argument. While you might not feel ready to stop talking to your ex altogether…
By Chris Grasso | Curious Chris' Musings | November 14, 2014
The field of nursing has expanded rapidly in recent years. There are many new exciting treatment technologies and a growing respect for the profession. If you are looking for a challenging and rewarding career, consider these eight benefits of becoming a nurse.
1. Job Security
Ask anyone who works in a medical setting if there are enough nurses today and they will tell you no. In fact, by 2016 there will be a chronic shortage of nurses. For people who need the care, this is awful news, but it’s great news for anyone thinking of becoming a nurse. A short supply of nurses will drive up salaries and job security in all parts of the field.…
2. Wide Variety
By Chris Grasso | Curious Chris' Musings | November 14, 2014
The average wedding here in Australia is believed to cost a whopping $36,200, a small fortune for just one day.
Your wedding is one day of happiness, all about your relationship, which you and your partner will never get back. But do you really need to spend so much?
The straight answer is no. A budget wedding is something you can really go to town on and we’ve got some great ideas on where you should cut back and what you should go all out on. So whether you’ve been doing your research on Pinterest or scouting Bride Online for ideas, you can have your dream wedding at a reasonable cost…
The venue and ceremony
Let’s be honest, the wedding …
By Chris Grasso | Curious Chris' Musings | November 13, 2014
Did you know that you need to make sure that your brain stays in good health as well as your body? Most people spend so much time thinking about their physical health in terms of their body that they forget about brain health and how important it is. There are foods to improve your brain health which you might not be eating very much of in your diet, and if you can gradually increase more of these foods into your daily diet, you will start to see a big difference.
This is one of the foods that most people don’t eat simply because they don’t like the taste of it. A lot of people don’t like the texture …
By Chris Grasso | Curious Chris' Musings | November 11, 2014
Water softeners are one of the most underrated home appliances in America today. While some new homes come with water softeners pre-installed, may new and old homes do not.
That leaves homeowners with raw, unfiltered city water. City water may be safe to drink, but that doesn’t necessarily mean its good water. The water may have a weird taste and it may leave scaling on your sink and toilet.
You can avoid these problems – and many more – by buying a water softener. There are dozens of advantages to buying a water softener or water conditioner. After much deliberation, we’ve narrowed our list down to the five best advantages:
5) Extend the life of your appliances
“Softening” your water …
By Chris Grasso | Curious Chris' Musings | November 5, 2014
Many pilots have jobs that let them travel the world and take advantage of great perks. Before you can get a job as an airline pilot, though, you may need to take these six steps. They should qualify you to work at the top of your field.
1. Get a Medical Certificate
For safety reasons, pilots must be in good health before they can operate aircraft. While students can start their training before getting certified by a doctor, it’s best to get a medical certificate first. By doing so, you can find any health concerns that may prevent you from becoming a pilot before you spend a lot of time and money on training.
Not all medical conditions will prevent …
By Chris Grasso | Curious Chris' Musings | October 23, 2014
Many people think that an MBA is a “one size fits all” degree for the young, semi-experienced professional. However, more seasoned professionals may not benefit as much from a regular MBA degree; they may seek out a more specialized MBA degree – the Executive MBA. The Executive MBA is specifically designed for the business-person who is more advanced in his or her career. The degree can help evolve his or her knowledge of leadership, strategy, innovation, management and more. Reflective of the unique nature of this degree is the average age of a typical Executive MBA – 37.2 years. On top of schoolwork, many Executive MBA students continue to work, which is why EMBA programs are flexible and geared towards …
By Chris Grasso | Curious Chris' Musings | October 22, 2014
Often when buying your first car, you often think about how it looks. What model is it? What colors can you get? You may find, though, that there are much more important factors when it comes to car buying that you don’t want to overlook. Here’s a list of things to look for that can save you money and/or help you in the long run when purchasing that first vehicle.
Educate Yourself on Invoice Prices
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As the car market turns more into a buyer’s market, having information as a buyer can be priceless. Part of educating yourself includes learning the invoice price of the car that you want. Invoice price means the price that …
By Chris Grasso | Curious Chris' Musings | October 16, 2014
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Now that fall has officially arrived, it’s a good time to prepare for the trials and tribulations of winter. Most important, perhaps, is giving your home a thorough once-over for maintenance issues and energy-saving opportunities that put more money in your pocket and protect your housing investment. Here are some ideas for do-it-yourself projects and money-saving maintenance tips to keep your home warm, safe, and energy efficient this winter season.
Prevent Cold Air Leaks in Windows and Doors
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Cold air can seep in around your windows and doors, costing you valuable energy dollars. Start by weather-stripping the gaps in exterior doors and adding a door sweep along the bottom. Make …
By Chris Grasso | Curious Chris' Musings | October 13, 2014
There is a stigma that healthy food is tasteless and can leave you wanting more of something less healthy at the end of the meal. The trick to keeping a healthy diet is to eat things that leave you satisfied as well as that are healthy for you. Tricking yourself into this is easy when you are eating the right foods in the right delicious combinations. Healthy eating does not always have to be associated with dieting though, healthy eating is a lifestyle that can last a lifetime. There are numerous websites that tend to give advice but I’d urge the reader to look at sites that are made by people who have no stock in the products that they …
By Chris Grasso | Curious Chris' Musings | September 22, 2014
There are many factors that come into play when determining where to store your new gun. Purpose, accessibility, portability, and price are all variables that will affect the type of storage that you will choose.
When at home, you must decide both how accessible you’d like your gun to be and who will have access to it. If you live alone, you may be comfortable with a loaded gun on your nightstand or coffee table. If there are others in your home, especially children, you’ll likely want safer options.
Holsters and Trigger Locks
You can carry your gun at all times in a holster, but you will want to secure it when you are not carrying. Putting your …
By Chris Grasso | Curious Chris' Musings | September 18, 2014
Though planned communities got started in the 1930s, they have evolved since that time. No longer the cookie-cutter communities of the past, these beautifully planned suburbs have versatility and creativity: all the things today’s homeowners want when they settle down. If you’re in the market for a new home, consider the advantages of living in a planned community to decide if it’s the right fit for you and your family.
Accessibility and Easy Commuting
Planned communities are typically set up as suburbs, so they go up just outside cities or downtown areas. They’re ideal if you have a job in town but don’t necessarily want to live in the city. These communities are also great options for families with children …
By Chris Grasso | Curious Chris' Musings | September 18, 2014
The weather may be cooling down, but fall decor is heating up. A new season with its swirling leaves and vibrant color is an excellent inspiration to freshen your space and stow away or re-style drab decor in your house and kitchen. And because it’s DIY, you’ll barely be spending an extra penny. Here are six do-it-yourself ideas to welcome fall with open arms—and a full checkbook.
Wreaths aren’t just for the holidays. Any front door, closet door, dining room mirror or kitchen wall will be better for being bedecked with a fall wreath—and they come in tons of styles for every taste. For a rustic look, try incorporating burlap into the wreath. If your tastes run more …
By Chris Grasso | Curious Chris' Musings | September 17, 2014
Starting a small business is what the American Dream is all about; however, more small businesses fail than succeed because of common traps. If you’re thinking of starting a small business or have already taken the first step, you need to be wary of these seven pitfalls that destroy small businesses.
Failing to Create a Business Plan
Planning and setting goals is the first and foremost thing to consider when creating a business. With a clear plan, you know where your company is going and how to get there.
The first step is to define your company and your customers. This knowledge is the foundation on which you craft your business goals. With clear goals in mind, begin planning what …
By Chris Grasso | Curious Chris' Musings | September 11, 2014
Most athletes dream of turning their sports hobby into a career one day. They know that the statistics are not in their favor of becoming an MLB baseball player or a Golfer for the Majors so they often turn to careers in coaching or sports broadcasting. What they don’t know is that their dreams don’t have to end there, as careers in the sports industry are not that limited. Here are five unexpected jobs in the sports industry that may just peak your athletic interests.
1. Sports Marketing
One of the most watched events of the year is the Super Bowl. People gather together in front of their TVs, some rooting for their teams, others gathered for a social event. …
By Chris Grasso | Curious Chris' Musings | September 10, 2014
Staying at home and making money seemed like a dream throughout the world that was only reserved for the rich and people who had made wise investments. With the internet coming about this became much easier to do and nearly anybody with a computer and internet connection can do it. With television driving a couple of these ways to make and save money, we will review the top 3 ways to make money from the comfort of your home.
If we are all being completely honest, we have caught the show about the extreme couponers. Coupons have been around for an exorbitant amount of time but the fact that others see people saving what seems to be hundreds of …
By Chris Grasso | Curious Chris' Musings | September 9, 2014
The more efficient you make your business, the more opportunities you have to become successful. An efficient business makes the most of its time and resources. By focusing on these 5 surefire ways to increase business’ efficiency, you should find your business reaching goals sooner than expected.
Use Organized Workstations
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An organized workstation makes it easier for employees to do their jobs. Whether they work at a computer or a factory, organized workstations give employees easier access to the tools that they need to do their jobs. If a cluttered desk distracts an employee for a few minutes each day, then you’ve lost productivity that could push your business closer to success.
Over a …
By Chris Grasso | Curious Chris' Musings | September 8, 2014
Being physically separated from the person you love puts strains on even the strongest relationships. However, the use of technology allows couples to maintain and strengthen their bonds while they’re apart. Read about some of the ways social media, smartphones, and other technological tools are helping fan the flames of love, even for long distance relationships that might have fizzled under the strain of separation.
These messages can be short and sweet, enough to wish your love a “Good morning!” or long and lingering to propose how you might spend your first night back together. The versatility of a text message as a conduit for long to medium form messages makes it an ideal way to keep in …