Seven Ways to Save for Your Bucket List Travel

(TNS)—Whether your bucket list consists of big travel goals such as taking a cruise around the world or simpler wishes such as a weeklong road trip, travel costs money. The surest way to make your travel dreams come true is to set money aside designated for those bucket list adventures. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Save the Change
You might be surprised at how quickly your change adds up when you implement this old school way of saving money. Try using an actual bucket to remind yourself why you are tossing in pennies and nickels every evening.

Step Up to Saving Bills
Amplify your change bucket with stacks of bills. Clear a spot on your nightstand or desk drawer the size of a dollar bill, then start stacking. (Odd Tip: The boxes for iPhones 6 and up are just about the right size for stacking dollar bills, so now you finally know what to do with that sturdy white box you’ve been hanging onto.) When your stack reaches the top of the box or the drawer, take it to the bank.

Open a Separate Bank Account
When your bucket change and bills start stacking up, open a bank account dedicated to travel. A simple savings account that you can transfer money into from your checking account works best and usually won’t incur fees.

Consider a PayPal Account
Why not use something as simple as PayPal as your travel fund? You can transfer money into it from your checking account any time, then let it become your out-of-sight, out-of-mind bucket list fund. Bump up the balance by selling stuff you don’t need on eBay. The money goes right where you want to save it, not in your wallet. When travel time gets closer, get a PayPal debit card to use for the trip.

Buy Travel Gift Cards for Yourself
If money really tends to slip through your fingers, try buying yourself gift cards from the airline you plan to use for your bucket list travel. You will be amazed at how quickly a stack of $25 gift cards can add up to the cost of a flight. Watch for seasonal bonuses from the airline that can make your stack of cards grow even faster. Be sure to keep your cards in a secure spot—one you will remember.

Use a Travel Rewards Credit Card
While it’s okay to study up on all the card offers out there, keep in mind that the card that will get you to your bucket list soonest is the one with rewards you actually want to use. Don’t apply for cards from airlines you rarely fly on, or from a cruise line that is not actually on your bucket list. Pick a card that closely aligns with your travel goals, then use that card for day-to-day purchases instead of reaching for your debit card. Try paying your bill weekly to keep from running up the balance or topping it with interest charges.

Set Up a Stash
Start an investment account with as little as $5 with Stash, an app on your smartphone. Stash lets you set up an investment account with your goals and risk level in mind. Link it to your bank account, set up automatic weekly investments, then let Stash do the work for you.

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Buying a Pool Table for That New Remodel? Check Out This Spacing Guide First

Pool tables are often a fixture of basement remodeling; they’re a great way for children and adults to enjoy their time. However, installing these tables may not be as easy as one would think. Imagine finishing your basement remodel and realizing your spacing is off and you don’t have enough room to play. It’s a nightmare that happens far too often.

Below we’ve placed a guide, put together by PoolDawg, which informs people of exactly how much space they’ll need in order to properly use their pool table. Logically, these measurements may change slightly from person to person depending on stance, height and comfort level.

Check it out:

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10 Easy Ways to Safeguard Your Home and Prepare for an Emergency

When disasters strike, they come without warning. This is why you need to prepare for emergencies ahead of time. These 10 tips will help safeguard your home and family, and save you time, money, and stress should an emergency occur.

Protect your home from break-ins. A home invasion occurs every thirteen seconds in the U.S. This alarmingly high rate means it’s essential to safeguard your home from burglars by investing in a home security system.

Know potential threats and emergencies relevant to your location. If you live in the Midwest, tornados are a bigger threat than floods. If you live in California, earthquakes are a real danger. Teach your family about the natural threats common to your location and what to do should one occur. Having a plan and instinctively knowing what to do can save your life in the event of a disaster.

Inspect your outdoor lighting. Make sure to check your outdoor lights to see if any need to be added or replaced. Well-lit homes help deter burglars and prevent accidents.

Perform regular home safety checks. Every month, inspect your home for signs of broken or damaged items. Make sure your roof, basement, attic, pipes, and foundation are in good condition. Check your door locks, garage door, and windows for any broken parts. Regularly fixing up your home will help maintain its value and keep it in great condition.

Test your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors. An average of $12 billion in personal property is lost in fires each year. Protect your home and personal items by routinely testing your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors. Not only will this protect your home and property, but it can also save your life.

Inspect your fire extinguisher. Check the pressure gauge to see if the needle is in the green, and replace or service it if it isn’t. Also examine the hose and nozzle for cracks—you’ll need to replace your fire extinguisher if the handle is missing the locking pin or broken. Should a home fire occur, you will be prepared to handle the situation because your fire extinguisher will be in great working condition.

Create an emergency communication plan. Discuss what everyone in your home will do in case of a disaster. Talk with each family member about their responsibilities, where you will meet, and how to communicate with one another. If communication lines are down, it’s important to have a central meeting location established so everyone can meet and regroup. Discuss different disaster scenarios and come up with a communication and action plan that everyone knows and can enact if necessary.

List relevant contact information and make it easily accessible to everyone. Keep contact information on hand in case of an emergency. While you may keep numbers in your cellphone, it’s smart to keep a hard copy of key contacts in your home. This list can include your primary care physician, poison control, and a trusted neighbor.

Keep 72-hour emergency kits in your home and car. The CDC recommends putting together an emergency kit that includes the following.

  • One gallon of water per person, per day
  • Non-perishable food that is easy to prep
  • A can opener
  • Important medication
  • A radio
  • Flashlights
  • Batteries
  • Toilet paper

Compile and regularly update your home inventory. If you need to file an insurance claim after a blizzard or burglary, it’ll help to have an itemized inventory for your valuable home goods. Store instruction manuals, serial numbers, and important receipts in files that you can access easily when needed.

Incorporate these 10 safety hacks into your to-do list and you’ll be able to safeguard your home, property, and family should a disaster or emergency occur.

Sage Singleton is a home and community safety expert for SafeWise. Singleton has written for a variety of audiences ranging from government sites to lifestyle magazines. In her free time, she enjoys wedding planning, traveling and learning French.

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Get Smart: 5 Ways to Turn Your Home into a Smart Home

Smart homes are rapidly gaining popularity. Being able to control numerous features of your home even while you are away is not only convenient, but it can increase security. There are all kinds of ways to turn your home into a smart home. Some are a little more expensive than others. The following five home automation steps can help you get started.

  1. Control your appliances from your smartphone.

You can invest in new appliances that have this feature, or you can replace electrical devices, such as sockets or plugs, with a smart version. A smart power strip is another option. It is as simple as plugging it in and connecting your devices or appliances. Each plug in the power strip works independently. Android and Apple are supported by the power strip and you can control these devices from anywhere. You can turn any appliance on or off, get notifications when a television, computer, or other device is turned on, monitor carbon monoxide levels, and more.

  1. Know how to control the security system.

Although most people have security systems in place, it is very beneficial to be able to control them from anywhere. When automated access is used, you can limit access to certain areas of the home, such as your office. In addition, your phone can notify you in the event of a problem even when you are not home. Cameras can be used so that you can see every room in your home from your smartphone. Outdoor cameras will allow you to see who has been on your property when you are at work or elsewhere.

  1. Save energy by adding your heating and cooling to an automation system.

If you are gone all day and want to keep heating or cooling costs down, you simply lower or raise the temperature setting. Then you can put it on a comfortable level a half hour or so before you will arrive home. This gives the home time to warm up or cool down before you get home, so you are not heating or cooling an empty house. You can also control blinds with this system, allowing sunlight in for your plants and helping to warm the home during the winter.

  1. Learn how to communicate with your home.

You can control your home using technology similar to what is used when you talk to your smartphone to tell it to dial numbers or look up information. Microphones and a software program which is put on your computer is the simplest way to set up your home to respond to voice commands. The system is set up to recognize words or a phrase to perform virtually anything from turning on or dimming lights to opening drapes, turning on music, enabling or disabling alarms, and more. If you want to know what the weather is like before going out, simply ask. The systems can be set up to answer questions, as well. There are many systems to choose from and with advances in technology, they are doing more and becoming less expensive.

  1. Install a home theater system.

An automated home theater system will provide you with the feel of a movie theater in your home. Movies, videos, music, and more can be streamed throughout your home and even in outdoor areas used for entertaining. An app for your smartphone is simple to use to control all of this and more. Control the lighting for optimal viewing of movies. The sound can be adjusted, providing you with surround sound that is more like what is experienced in movie theaters.

These are just a few of the ways of making your home smart. Not only does an automated system in your home provide convenience and comfort, but it will also give you peace of mind.

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Posted on January 26, 2017 at 9:09 pm
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Fresh Home Start: Beginning 2017 on a Clean Note

Keeping your home clean can be quite a challenge after a busy holiday season. Here are a few helpful suggestions to ensure that you begin 2017 with a clean house.

Plan for Trash
It might not seem like a wonderful concept to have small garbage cans in your living room or family room, but putting small trashcans in busy areas will help you better manage the trash in your home.

Purchase the Right Furniture
Consider purchasing dual-purpose furniture for various spaces in your home. This could be as simple as buying a new ottoman. This cuts down on the visual clutter and gives you a soft place to kick up your feet and relax.

Clean Your Carpets
Consider hiring a local carpet cleaning business. A professional clean will remove dirt and debris and eliminate allergens, pet dander and other irritants that embed themselves deep in the fibers of your carpets throughout the year.

Consult with an Organizer
Professional organizers will offer tips on how to improve the way in which you go about your everyday life. These individuals make a living helping people not only declutter their homes, but also better organize their belongings. Ask an organizer for help if you don’t know where to start. Here are popular areas to begin:

  • Kitchens
  • Bathrooms
  • Bedrooms
  • Toy Rooms
  • Garages
  • Family Rooms

Hire a Cleaning Service
Consider hiring a weekly maid service to clean your home. A professional cleaning service will knock out seemingly overwhelming projects in one to three hours, depending on the size of your home. These projects include:

  • Vacuuming
  • Cleaning Countertops
  • Wiping Down Hard Surfaces
  • Cleaning Windows
  • Washing Sinks/Tubs
  • Cleaning Toilets

The New Year is the perfect time to start life off on a clean note. You can begin 2017 with a cleaner home with a little inspiration and direction from professionals.

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Ask the Expert: Why Should Homeowners Take a Proactive Approach to Radon Testing?

Today’s Ask the Expert column features Dan Steward, president of Pillar To Post Home Inspectors.

Q: As we make our way through National Radon Action Month, why is it so important for homeowners to take a proactive approach to radon testing?

A: The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has declared January National Radon Action Month. Occurring when we’re likely to spend most of our time indoors, January is the perfect time of year to consider the importance of a proactive approach to radon testing.

Like carbon monoxide, radon is tasteless, odorless, invisible and deadly. The radioactive gas that results from the breakdown of uranium in rock, soil or water, radon can enter the home in countless ways. Flaws in a home’s foundation, floor drains, construction joints and support posts are just a few of the many parts of a home through which radon gas can enter. Typically measured in Picocuries per liter (pCi/L) in the U.S. and Becquerels per cubic meter (Bq/m3) in Canada—(1 pCi/L = 37 Bq/m3)—radon is quite common at low levels in most environments, with an average outdoor level of 0.27 pCi/L (10 Bq/m3) and indoor level of 1.21 pCi/L (45 Bq/m3). The difference between the typical outdoor/indoor levels is explained by the buildup of radon that confined spaces allow.

Experts differ somewhat on the threshold limits of radon. The World Health Organization (WHO) determines 2.7 pCi/L (100 Bq/m3) to be the maximum level of radon allowed before action needs to be taken. The EPA, on the other hand, set its limit to 4.0 pCi/L (150 Bq/m3). And Health Canada says that 5.4 pCi/L (200 Bq/m3) is the level which, when breached, homeowners need to take corrective action.

Regardless of the specific level of radon exposure defined as acceptable, experts are of one mind on the adverse effects exposure to radon can have on the body. Radon can cause lung cancer, particularly if the individual also happens to be a smoker. In fact, according to the EPA, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers in the United States, claiming about 21,000 lives a year. Health Canada affirms this view, and in a 2009 study, found that around 7 percent of Canadian homes have levels of radon considered to be unsafe.

The EPA, the U.S. Surgeon General and Health Canada all recommend that homeowners carry out frequent radon tests in their homes, generally about once every two years, as radon levels can increase over time. Because of the detrimental health effects associated with exposure to heavy levels of radon, officials recommend new homeowners have their house tested prior to move-in. Moreover, those selling a home can benefit from having a radon test done before the property is sold. It’s also important to provide the results to the buyer in order to put their mind at ease.

Radon tests, such as those administered by inspectors at Pillar To Post, take about 2-3 days. Upon the conclusion of a radon test, results are provided to clients and interpreted. If a test indicates an unsafe level of radon in the home, homeowners are advised to consult a professional radon mitigation service, which can provide recommendations for how to best deal with the situation.

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Looking to Save? Here’s How to Find the Best HVAC Company

If you live in a region where temperature changes continue through the winter and summer seasons, chances are you may be experiencing higher energy usage year round, and along with it, larger energy bills. But it’s a price you’re willing to pay to stay comfortable throughout the year, right? The reality is, you’re not the only one. Just looking at the peak summer months, air conditioning alone accounts for about half of the nation’s energy usage. That’s a lot of energy (and money) going toward keeping us comfortable.

Finding the right HVAC company that can help you upgrade your unit easily and affordably will not only keep more money in your pocket, but it will also make for a greener home. Talk about a win-win situation! With all the options and energy ratings these days, how are we to know what unit will be best for our household?

Trying to shop for a high-efficiency unit or finding a contractor that’s right for the job can, at first, seem overwhelming. The following infographic by Ambient Edge helps walk you through the process of shopping for a high-efficiency unit and how to find the best HVAC company. It will help explain just what all of those energy-efficiency ratings mean for your family and you, and offer criteria you should look for when shopping for a green HVAC contractor such as Manual J calculations, duct work and maintenance plans. Save on your energy bills and leave a smaller carbon footprint so that instead of bracing yourself for those summer months, you can get back to enjoying them.

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Your Place: Secrets of Failed Stucco, Revealed

(TNS)—Joseph Ponessa has some thoughts about stucco that I want to share with you.

Ponessa is professor emeritus of housing, indoor environment, and health at Rutgers Cooperative Extension.

He got in touch after I wrote an article about a lawsuit by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania against an area developer over stucco issues with new homes.

I had mentioned EIFS—Exterior Insulation and Finish System—which had been widely used in the 1990s and early 2000s but was the source of major lawsuits over poor installation—failure to follow manufacturer’s instructions—resulting in mold and mildew problems.

Ponessa says research conducted mainly by Building Science Corp. in Massachusetts in the late 1990s identified the causes of EIFS failures.

Though traditional cement-based, three-coat stucco systems have been used successfully in both wet and dry climates for many years, the more modern, synthetic two-coat products are not as durable, he says.

The inevitable cracking or poor detailing around penetrations has allowed water intrusion, which is disastrous in wet climates, Ponessa says.

The other issue involves synthetic stucco’s interaction with underlying water barriers. Research at Building Science Corp. revealed that, unlike cement-based stucco, the synthetic formulation interacts with water barriers—building paper, felt, or housewrap—to destroy their water-repellent properties. Water coming through the stucco penetrates and enters the wall cavity.

The solution that researchers identified is simple: Use a second, “sacrificial” layer beneath the stucco.

That can even be cheap building paper, Ponessa says. The double layer solves the main problem.

“There are a few more details and caveats, but this is the essence of the problem,” he says.

It’s an old story.

EIFS had been used successfully in commercial applications since the 1950s, but it was cheaper than the old three-coat system and, well, you know what happened.

Remember what I always say about reading directions.

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When Troubles Arise, Keep Calm and Travel On

(TNS)—You are planning a cruise, and you leave Los Angeles to fly to your port. Suddenly you are stuck in Chicago and your hopes of making it to your embarkation point in time are eroding with every tick of the clock. Your nightmare comes true; you don’t make it. You shake your fist—literally or figuratively—at the airline and hope it knows it’s going to pay for what it did (or didn’t do). Don’t get your hopes up—but do keep your shirt on.

Getting airlines to pony up when things go wrong is challenging in the best of situations, but making them pay for goods and services you missed out on is, some would say, a fantasy.

Here’s why: You signed a contract when you bought your airline ticket, and it pretty much says the carrier’s obligation is to get you from Point A to Point B.

It doesn’t say it will get you there on time. It doesn’t even say it will get you there the same day. It doesn’t say that just because you reserved Seat 9A, which has the extra legroom, that you’ll get Seat 9A, the one spot that will keep you from becoming a human pretzel.

“Sometimes consumers forget there is an implied and agreed-to contract when you fly,” says Billy Sanez, founder of GoFlyMore.com. “When we buy…we just…click the ‘yes’ and don’t take the time to read the fine print.”

If you read these contracts (or conditions) of carriage, you’ll pretty quickly discover who holds all of the cards (hint: not you) and who does not (hint: you).

Here is an excerpt from the American Airlines contract. (We’re not picking on American, but its contract is clearer than most):

“American will endeavor to carry you and your baggage with reasonable dispatch, but times shown in timetables or elsewhere are not guaranteed and form no part of this contract.”

Translation: We’ll try to get you and your bags there approximately when we said we would but if we don’t, well, you can’t really come after us.

And it goes on to add this: “American is not responsible for or liable for failure to make connections, or to operate any flight according to schedule, or for a change to the schedule of any flight. Under no circumstances shall American be liable for any special, incidental or consequential damages arising from the foregoing.”

Candygram.

If you read the other airlines’ contracts or conditions, they say some variation of the same thing, although Southwest tops its contract with this: “We don’t take our commitments lightly. We are dedicated to doing the right thing.”

But even doing the right thing has some limitations. Those limitations include “force majeure,” which includes an event no one saw coming. Southwest defines it as “acts of God, meteorological events, such as storms, rain, wind, fire, fog, flooding, earthquakes, haze, or volcanic eruption.”

It goes on to mention riots, wars and other unpleasantness.

Or, said another way, the world may be blown away by a storm or a hostile event, but that is not the airline’s problem; it is yours.

That means if you’re sitting on the ground in the Windy City in whiteout conditions and your cruise or tour bus is pulling away from the dock/embarkation point in some sunny part of the world, it’s nobody’s fault except Mother Nature’s. The airlines are powerful, but they’re not powerful enough to control the weather.

But even in this situation, all is not lost. Here are some ways you may be able to salvage your trip. These points may bring you more psychic than financial relief, but that may be the better reward.

A Booking Benefit

Instead of buying the airfare on your own, you asked the cruise or tour company to book it for you.

Airfares always seem to be a bit higher when you buy them as part of a package, and some travelers will buy their own airfare to save money.

But it may not be worth it, Sanez says.

If you’re booked as part of the package, the cruise or tour company (which is your advocate) usually will help you get rebooked to the next port or stop.

Airfare booked through a cruise line “gives you an opportunity to call one person and to clear up everything, and that sometimes ends up being cheaper,” Sanez says.

If you bought your own airfare, according to Sanez, “the airline may say, ‘Well we got you there, according to the rules of carriage. If it’s a weather delay, we got you there as soon as we could and if it was mechanical, we got you on the next available.’”

This is nice, but it doesn’t help if you’re now faced with making reservations on short notice to, say, the Turks and Caicos in high season.

Agent and Insurance

You used a travel agent and/or you bought travel insurance. What you may need most is an advocate. Besides helping you spend your money wisely, a travel agent is in your corner. Besides travel advice, they’re also being paid to help you out of a jam. Travel agents have connections you can only dream about.

Insurance companies often can help you during your trip—not just before when you’ve had to cancel, but also after when you’re trying to collect—with a person who can help when things go wrong.

In either case, make sure you have all your information with you and you have the customer service number handy. It’s one of those precautions you hope you never need, but if you do, you’ll congratulate yourself later for making your own life easier.

You Stay Cool

This is the time to employ the gift of calm. Perhaps you’re just tranquil by nature; perhaps you’ve taken anger management classes. We say this not completely in jest, especially if you have neither protection of the cruise or tour company nor the advocacy of a travel agent or insurance company.

Because in most cases, you are on your own.

Keeping your cool is going to be the key to getting your trip back on track, Sanez says. He knows what he’s talking about. Besides having about seven years of experience working for an airline, he has been that person who was desperate to get home to care for a sick wife. Very different from a trip for pleasure, of course, but the pressure mounts in either case.

Sanez was worried and tense, and it didn’t help that the airline closed the flight early.

“I got really mad,” he says, when no one could or would help him. The gate agent “looked at me and walked away.”

Ask, Don’t Demand

The first key to turning the tide in any situation, he said, is asking, not demanding. He often tells his kids, “Daddy will get you a glass of milk if you ask me instead of telling me to do it.”

One of the truths of travel is that people generally won’t walk away if you ask nicely for help.

But you must have the presence of mind to stay cool and calm and say, “Can you help me out, please?” Helping other people usually feels good, and so does being the hero of the story.

When you’re talking to a customer service person, “the person on the other end of the line didn’t cause it and they may not be able to solve it right away,” Sanez says, “but that person may be able to call a supervisor and say, ‘Hey, listen, can we help this person out?’ I think it’s always appealing to the empathetic side of anybody, not ticking off the person who’s on the other side of the line or the other side of the tweet,” if you’re using Twitter or other social media.

You probably won’t get back a prorated payment for the day you missed. But there’s nothing to stop you from asking for some frequent flier miles or maybe a voucher or two.

Whether you’re traveling at the holidays or you’re under pressure to get somewhere quickly, the stakes seem unbearably high.

“We travel for a purpose,” Sanez says. “We don’t travel to just get up to 35,000 feet.”

The one place you don’t want to go is crazy. We’ve all been there, and as a destination, it’s the pits.

So cancel that reservation.

Zen is where it’s at.

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Your Place: Tools for Success in Home Maintenance

(TNS)—A couple of months ago, I was taking inventory of my workshop, which some of you have seen thanks to the “Ask Al” video series a few years back.

My sophomore year college roommate still thinks they were hysterical, and while I was trying to be serious, I am so embarrassed by them that I will not watch them.

I was much more entertaining as “The Gadgeteer” on the Discovery Channel’s “Home Matters” program all those years ago, which reminds me that I still need to convert all of those VCR tapes to DVDs when I leave my personal papers to one of those online universities.

The inventory was designed to see if I needed to make further donations to the ReStore, but it got me thinking about the tools I use most.

Maybe, if you are starting out or are looking to add on, it might be a help:

My tape measure—I have five, but a 25-footer that locks and unlocks easily is the handiest. I have five circular saws and a table saw, but I sharpen the teeth of my crosscut saw regularly and prefer to use it.

On the other hand, my chop saw gets a regular workout, on average six or seven times a month, and more when I am on a construction spree.

Five hammers of various weights, right down to a tack hammer…I use all of them only because I forget where I’ve left the last one on a project.

I have several sets of screwdrivers of every known size, right down to the watch set my father used at Benrus’ Waterbury, Conn. assembly plant in the late 1940s. You need just one set, because unless a lens in my glasses loosens, all I need is the one.

Battery-operated drill drivers are more useful, especially if the drills are sharp and you have one battery charging and one in use. Oddly enough, although my first was a 12-volt Dewalt and drill/drivers have evolved so much in the last 20 years, I still prefer that 12-volt original and a Dewalt 18-volt model. I replace the batteries regularly, however. When you do, bring the used ones to the home center or an authorized collection center for recycling.

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