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Have You Heard About Amazon Smile?

Reposting from 2016 since it’s good to know!!!  We’ve donated more than $31 to SMART Animal Rescue (Sunmart Animal Rescue Team Inc. on Amazon Smile) since I found out about it…we are sort of Amazon addicts… I know gobs of us use Amazon, but have you heard about the Amazon Smile program?  It’s an easy way to support a favorite charity when you shop on Amazon and it costs you NOTHING.  The prices aren’t higher or anything.  Same Amazon, but now 0.5% of what you’re paying will be given back to the charity of your choosing when you join. Easy to Smile All you have to do is visit smile.amazon.com and select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. They donate there whenever you shop using smile.amazon.com.  You can change your choice at any time.  And they will occasionally remind you to switch over to Smile when you forget and are on Amazon anyway.  But I just bookmarked “smile.amazon.com” as my main Amazon link so I don’t accidentally forget. I’ve been on Amazon Smile for a while and my charity of choice is SMART Animal Rescue (Sunmart Animal Rescue Team Inc. on Amazon Smile).  There … Read more

DIY – Replacing an Outside Unit Air Conditioner Capacitor

*DISCLOSURE:  THIS IS A PERSONAL STORY, NOT PROFESSIONAL ADVICE* This is just a heads up post in case anybody else experiences this specific issue with their air conditioner. When our a/c stops working because the outside unit isn’t turning on (fan blowing inside but the outside unit is off), it most likely is the capacitor. How to Replace a Capacitor for the Outside A/C Unit It looks like a metal cylinder smaller than a soda can. Here are the steps we took to replace it ourselves: TURN OFF THE ELECTRICITY TO THE A/C Remove the bolts of the little panel in the back or on the side of your outside unit Take a picture of how it is hooked up currently so you know how to put the new capacitor back in SHORT IT OUT BY USING TWO INSULATED SCREW DRIVERS TO BLEED OUT THE ELECTRICITY BY TOUCHING TWO TERMINALS AT ONCE (just don’t go around molesting the terminals and it seems to work out okay) and unplug the 3 wires leading into it Either order a new one online or take it to a place like Grainger Industrial or any air conditioner repair shop to get a replacement.  Call … Read more

Compensated for Our Inconvenience!!!

Hi!  I will update all of you baby lovers about Baby BFS super soon (she’s just past 7 weeks old, wowza), but I had to pass along a money thing ASAP. Long story summarized, our sweet next door neighbors are having a pool installed.  We gave their pool company permission to shortcut through our back yard to dig the initial hole.  Crap happened. The First Screw Up On Day 1, the digging crew shredded our fiber optic internet/cable line with the sheer weight of the Bobcat hole-digger.  AT&T was way behind on appointments and couldn’t make it out to run a new line for us FOR 6 DAYS. The Second Screw Up Then, after those 6 days and only 4 hours after AT&T ran a new line for us, the pool company’s fencing crew re-installed the fence section and DROVE A NAIL THROUGH THE NEW LINE.  It was another 2 days before AT&T could make it out again. NO INTERNET That’s 8 days without the internet.  Our very apologetic (and truly thoughtful since I would not have come up with this idea) neighbors bought a WIFI extender so we could use their internet in the northwest corner of our house.  … Read more

Baby BFS Did Indeed Arrive!!!

So, our daughter was due around June 15.  BUT, she must have heard “you’re going on a low carb diet until she gets here” at our OBGYN appointment on June 6, because she quickly said “SCREW THAT!” My water broke June 7 evening, and 31.5 hours later, Baby BFS was pushed out early June 9!  She weighed in at 7 pounds 5 ounces and measured 19.5 inches.  😀 She had to be observed in NICU right off the bat but got their seal of approval by lunch the same day, woot! I don’t know what is worth sharing and what isn’t.  Every minute of that 31.5 hours seemed of the utmost importance to us, but I’m guessing that there are only bits and pieces that would be of real interest to anyone else.  Here were the most entertaining bits… It Doesn’t Just Happen in the Movies… In honor of my new low carb diet orders, Mr. BFS had made us a delicious dinner of grilled salmon, grilled zucchini spears, and pan cooked green beans with onions and garlic.  I had been feeling off all day and mentioned it while he was finishing making our meal, so he rushed off to … Read more

How To Save Money On Cloud Server Pricing Packages

Running a business requires managing a lot of different moving parts all at once. That is why choosing the right cloud server solution is so crucial. Of course, cloud server pricing can be quite prohibitive. The high costs of cloud server solutions can be quite limiting, particularly for a growing small business. However, despite the high costs of cloud server pricing, cloud computing can still save small businesses money. If you are a business owner, you will definitely experience the cost savings of cloud server solutions over time. But just in case you want to maximize cost savings as quickly as possible, you can learn simple cloud server management savings tips to enact at your business. Find out the best ways to save money on your cloud server pricing each month in the post below. Only Buy What You Need Only buy what you need when it comes to paying for thecloud server hosting price. Cloud solutions are highly customizable, just like sales forecasting software. So, there is never a reason to buy more than you use. Once you have an understanding of your business’s RAM and memory needs, you can use that information to pick the best cloud server … Read more

3 Reasons Why You May Owe Money to the IRS

With almost eight out of every 10 tax filings resulting in money back to the taxpayer, it’s normal to be disappointed when you owe money to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). There are three main reasons why you might owe money: You have withheld too little over the year, you had an increase in income, or you had a substantial one-time income event. Withholding Too Little Image via Flickr by John-Morgan One of the most common reasons you might owe the IRS money is for withholding too little out of your paycheck. This results in taking home too much pay, and when your taxes are calculated, you end up owing the IRS. This can occur when you experience a life event such as marriage or divorce. When you get married and file jointly, you might find yourself in a higher tax bracket, especially if you both make a similar income. If you get divorced, you also might land in a higher tax bracket if your spouse made less than you. Increase in Income There are a few ways your income might increase, with one of the most common being taking a job with higher pay or receiving a raise. Another … Read more

Top 5 Ways to Create Passive Income

One of the best ways to increase your wealth and earn lots of money is by generating passive income. This type of income provides you with the opportunity to earn money while you are doing other activities. The truth is you will never create large amounts of income trading your time for money. When you engage in passive income strategies, you can receive a continuous flow of income from one source. Are you interested in learning about streams of income that don’t involve getting a title loan? Here are the top 5 ways for you to create a passive income. 1. Get a tenant for your house or apartment. The extra bedrooms in your home or your apartment could mean additional income for your bank account. If you don’t mind sharing your living space with another person, rent your spare bedrooms for a monthly fee. Depending on the size of the space and the area in which you live, you could charge as much as $700 per bedroom. If you own a home with a basement, you could earn more money by renting the entire basement to a tenant. Before you rent out a room in your house to a … Read more