The Easiest Ways Actively Save Money Everyday

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ENLIST A PICKPOCKET

If hoarding money feels boring, save it before you see it. Send part of your pay to savings before it hits your checking account, and if possible, ask that half of any raise go to your 401(k). A way to think about this is to give up the extra money before you have it therefore you won’t feel the loss of a smaller paycheck, because you never had it to begin with. If you are paid in cash, set a monthly auto-transfer from checking to savings.

CARRY A SAVINGS CHARM

Ads, e-mail promos, store signs: You’re bombarded by cues to spend but rarely to save. Try creating your own savings prompt. Studies have shown that specific goal reminders (like “$800 for tuition by April”) were twice as effective as generic ones. Carry a written goal in your wallet to keep it in mind.

PAY FOR SMALL STUFF IN CASH

Pay with cash and you’ll spend less. Swipe a card and you’ll indulge more. Tap your phone and you may be most likely to go wild. Electronic payments more than often erase the pain of payingGoing all-cash might help, but it’s inconvenient. So pay the old-fashioned way when your purchase is less than $20.

CLEAR YOUR WALLET

You’re less likely to break a big bill, a study in the found. Fatten up your savings by feeding leftover singles and $5 bills into a piggy bank each night. Then keep $20s on hand to slow your spending.

MAKE SHOPPING HARDER

Storing your payment info online makes checkout a breeze, which is the problem. To curb a bad online habit, delete your cards from your favorite sites so you have to type in the numbers manually when you shop.

LOWER THOSE EXPECTATIONS

Falling short of your monthly savings goal? Cut it in half. Ease up on yourself, then step away from the stash.

Coachella 2017 to Debuts Headliners Beyonce, Radiohead and Kendrick Lamar

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The Internet speculated that the three artists would headline the festival, based on unconfirmed reports that circulated last fall.

Coachella 2017 marks both Kendrick Lamar’s and Beyonce’s first time headlining the festival, while Radiohead previously led lineups in 2004 and 2012.

For its big-name reunion act, the festival tapped new-wave legends New Order, continuing Coachella’s tradition of featuring legendary groups who’d previously disbanded. In recent years, Coachella’s big-name reunions have included Guns ‘N Roses, AC/DC, Outkast, Pulp, Duran Duran and Pavement.

Among the lineup’s other notable names is Lorde, whose last U.S. festival performance was at Lollapalooza in 2014. The 20-year-old singer hasn’t released an album since her 2013 breakout debut Pure Heroine, so her Coachella date suggests her highly-anticipated new album may arrive soon.

Coachella passes go on sale Wednesday Jan. 4th at 11 a.m. ET via the festival’s website, ranging from $399 general admission passes to $899 VIP tickets.

Line Up Below:

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Starbucks best Kept Secret (It’s Free Refills)

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Here’s the deal: Starbucks offers free refills to members of its rewards program who are on either the green or the gold level, and it’s been that way for a long time!

But before you bust a nut, know that it’s not for every drink on the menu, but rather the brewed coffee, iced coffee, hot tea, and iced tea. And there are two other catches, but they’re not bonkers.

First, you have to purchase your first drink with your registered Starbucks card. Na doy. Starbucks wasn’t born yesterday!

And secondly, qualifying members can ask for free refills as long as they don’t exit the store. Once they’re outside the warm walls of Mother’s Love (your local Starbucks), it’s all over. So, you know, bring your laptop, bring your desktop, bring your comforter and bedside lamp. Whatever it takes.

Colored Eyes? Think Again

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Turns out, everyone — seriously, everyone — has “brown” eyes. You can blame melanin, according to Dr. Gary Heiting, a licensed optometrist and senior editor. You might have known that melanin determines our hair and skin color, but miniature melanin cells, called melanocytes, are found in the iris as well.

Everyone has melanin in the iris of their eye, and the amount that they have determines their eye color.

The shocker: There’s really only one “shade” of melanin — and it’s brown! The more melanocytes in your iris, the darker your eye color.

Light is also a factor: Melanin absorbs light, so the more melanin there is, the less light will be absorbed. Brown-eyed people have more melanin, less light.

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The opposite is true for people with “blue” eyes. Those with less melanocytes can’t absorb as much light, so more light is reflected back out of the eye. This is called scattering — and when light is scattered, it reflects back at shorter wavelengths. On the color spectrum, shorter light wavelengths correspond with the color — you guessed it — blue.

As for green and hazel-eyed folks — well, you are the Goldi locks of eye color. You don’t have too much melanin, nor do you have too little. You’re somewhere in the middle. Has anyone ever told you that your eyes seem to change color? That’s because your color is much more responsive to your “light” environment. Your eyes probably look different when it’s sunny outside versus when it’s dark and stormy.

This all explains why babies’ eyes appear blue right after birth — their melanin is still forming and may darken over time. “As a baby develops, more melanin accumulates in the iris,” said Heiting. But a lot goes into melanin — eye color is a polygenic trait, which means that multiple genes determine it. That’s why dark-eyed parents can produce light-eyed children.

Pretty neat.

How to Get Rid of Weed Smell

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With legal weed spreading, we can now build our hopes up for a world in which we can finally enjoy marijuana worry free, but we don’t want to let the whole world know what we’re up to behind closed doors. If you are reading this it’s most likely that you either are trying to not get put on a death sentence by getting caught by your parents/authority figure or you’re just trying to go through your (most than likely) high functional and highly normal life without smelling like complete pot head. If either of those scenarios speak to you; congratulation, you are doing the right thing! No matter the circumstance you simply don’t want to be that person… Although marijuana is gaining more and more social acceptance through our nation and it is in everyone’s best interest to normalize its use in the best mannerism possible.

Why does weed smell so much anyway

This is really a combination of a lot of things but a lot of it has to do with the growing process of a little component called terpenes. Terpenes are hydrocarbon components (meaning made of only hydrogen and carbon) that are produced and synthesized through the plants growth with the help of light exposure. In reality terpenes are responsible for the scent on most plants but it is amazing that on marijuana alone 140 different terpenes can develop.

It’s the terpenes that give the herb its unique and rich fragrance considering they are the major constituents of Cannabis sativa plants. In addition to being responsible for the plant’s aroma, they can act synergistically with cannabinoids.

Think of it this way… the same way a human develops their natural smell in their life, similarly, because terpenes are the primary constituents  of the essential oils of many plants and flowers when placed under different environments, climate conditions and amount variations to make the bud develop unique (often strong) scents.

Cannabis strains vary widely in many respects, including their aromas. From herbal to citrus, and everywhere in between, each strain is unique. Take a look below to see what sort of cannabis according to your scent taste would be most ideal for you.

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Those with relatively high concentrations of specific terpenes do, however, make them easier to identify by their smell than other strains. Most agree that varieties that smell of musk or of clove deliver sedative, relaxing effects (high level of the terpene myrcene); piney smells help promote mental alertness and memory retention (high level of the terpene pinene); and lemony aromas are favored for general uplift in mood and attitude (high level of limonene).

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Tips for getting smell out of the House

Cause we all want to smoke in the privacy of our own home but don’t want our place smelling like Chief Keef’s house..

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  1. Quite honestly you should open the garage and make sure everyone is releasing odor to the outside.
  2. If for some reason you smoke with the garage closed letting it air out for a couple hours should do the trick
  3. Depending on your circumstances, a good go to is covering it up with cigarette smoke
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In your room/inside the house

Carpet owners: You would be surprised how much scent is retained when it comes to carpets. One quick and extremely simple/cheap way to make a bud filled room smell better is spreading any type of fragranced powder cleaner. 

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  • Carpet Powder Cleaner: Personal favorite is the Arm & Hammer Odor Eliminator. You just spray this around the affected carpet are after the baking soda component of this cleaner soaks up the scent of the smoke after you let it sit for at least 20 minutes and then vacuum. Voila! Now your room smells like it just went through a power cleaning session.Odor Absorbing disk
  • Odor absorbing discs: Also called “Nursery Freshener” You can find little babies at most generic stores that carry a wide selection of baby care products such as Target, Walmart, Babies “R” Us, etc. They are little yellow discs that resemble small urinal cakes. They may seem cute at first sight but rest assured this little suckers are meant to cover the most foul smells that a baby can produce….meaning they are POTENT. They absorb all odors within the container it’s placed in aka place some around the room and they sure to mask odors around you.Ozone Scrubber
  • Ozone Scrubber: The purpose of a wet scrubber is to remove pollutants from the air and dissolve them into water for discharge in a waste water stream.toilet tube trick stoners
  • Toilet Roll Trick: This is super easy and easily attainable since its all stuff that you have laying around the house. The only things that you will need is a toilet tube rolls, dryer sheets and a rubber band. To begin, first grab your toilet paper tube and stuff it with dryer sheets to create a sort of “filter” that the smoke has to go through. start by stuffing 5-6 dryer sheets (more if dryer sheets are thin) inside of a toilet paper roll, or any cardboard tube. Secondly, wrap two dryer sheet around the end of the tube you plan on blowing the smoke through. Lastly, secure with the rubber band. It is simply a toilet paper roll with dryer sheets stuffed in it that you use to blow the smoke through, masking it with the smell of the dryer sheet. Fast, easy, inexpensive and highly effective.detergent trick stoners
  • Detergent Trick: another filtering trick that could work wonders for you but is a bit high maintenance and could possibly end up in a bit of a disaster. I actually found this little tip on reddit (never personally tried this) but if someone does leave a comment below. Smoking in the bathroom

In the bathroom

  • Easiest place to mask the odor. Turn on the vent, run the shower and if conditions require it run a little scented soap so that the odor overpowers.
  • Highly recommend smoking here out of anywhere in your house. The water steam might make you run hot but it will neutralize weed odor.

 

 

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Tips for getting smell out of the Car

Cause sometimes just opening the windows doesn’t do the trick…

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  • Leather Seats – leather wipe cleaners. Personally I highly recommend you do anything with a hint of citrus as it seems to cover up the smell the most effectively . This is a win/win situation due to the fact that your car gets cleaned, the leather gets nurtured and the smell left behind is pleasant and covers smoke almost to perfection.

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  • Fabric Seats – more than likely if you have fabric interior a lingering smell of weed will infest your car even if you do leave the windows down during or after the deed. Spray some cologne/perfume/febreze on the air conditioning vents so it will spread the particlesozium
  • Ozium-  might be a bit of an obvious cover up but if your circumstance are pressing and the budget is low you can always count on Ozone to cover any bud/cigarette smoke smell with a very ummm.. particular smell to mask it.

Other ideas:

  • Incenses for example if you are taking a road trip and plan on smoke throughout the way, will create a very spiritual experience inside your car and will mask the smell of bud.
  • Car Freshener pick your favorite brand whether it be glade, febreeze or the old school tree freshners (grab three or four of these if you are) and blast the AC/heat
  •  Cigarettes most likely what you’ll resort to if you are trying to not get in trouble with the law. Cigarette smell is foul and stick to anything so it is no surprise that it will overcome the smell of bud and replace it with that of tobacco. Also if your car smells of cigarettes they are less likely to question the lighters you most likely have out in the car.
  • Toilet Roll Trick  Refer to tips for getting it out of the house/ In your room/inside the house
  • Nursery Disks  Also refer back to getting the smell out of the house / In your room/inside the house
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Tips for getting smell out of the Clothes

Cause walking around smelling stank isn’t an option

The problem with cologne/perfumes this is most likely your first instinct but BEWARE more often than not the smell of your cologne/perfume is not likely to mask the scent of cannabis but instead mix in with (due to the high content of alcohol in most of these fragrances) and end up leaving you with a foul smell.

  • Cloth deodorizerLightly spray yourself with a deodorant spray or fabric neutralizer to mask the scent of the marijuana. It will not erase the smell, but it will be more prominent than the marijuana smoke. You will be more likely to hear that you smell good, rather than you smell like a skunk.
  • DO NOT drown yourself in any sprays, it will combine smells and will most likely make you smell of a vile combination of bud and spray.

Tips to prevent odor: May seem obvious but these easy steps will help you that often get forgotten

  • Smoke outdoors – Pretty simple math..If you smoke outdoors, as opposed to a confined space, the marijuana smoke is less likely to stick to your clothing, since there more degree of airflow. Even if wind is at a minimum, fresh air will help clear the smell out.
  • Blow your smoke up – Quite possibly the easiest, and most often forgotten method of avoiding the smell of marijuana on your clothes. The smoke can’t get on your clothes if your smoke goes straight up in the air. This works best outdoors, but can also decrease the strength of the scent on your clothes if you’re smoking indoors.

Last but not least…

Never Smoke Shitty Weed

Trump Tower Protesters Costing Retail Store Millions of Dollars

Donald Trump’s primary residence, Trump Tower, stands at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street in NYC. It just happens to be smack dab in the middle of the wealthiest retail district in the world (rents for commercial space are $3,000 per square foot a month). Re-vamped security and the sheer volume of protesters coming back day after day to rail against the President-elect have all but closed off stores like Tiffany & Co., Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Harry Winston from potential shoppers.

Though it has only been a week since America elected its 45th president, heightened security and the enormous number of protesters gathering there have taken a big financial toll. According to Women’s Wear Daily, the stores have already lost millions of dollars.

This pattern emerged directly after Election Day, when protection around Trump Tower tightened. CBS News reported that due to increased security, sales at the Giorgio Armani Boutique a block south of Trump’s residence on Nov. 9 were “tragic.”

Retailers in this area pay the hefty fees because it’s typically worth it. Eight percent of Tiffany & Co.’s annual sales come from its Fifth Avenue locationBut this new activity, which is driving potential buyers away, could spell disaster for this store. It is the holiday season, after all — when most brands make up for the rest of the year in profits.

Because protests are not likely to scale down any time soon, this is bad news for all stores along Fifth Avenue. But, honestly, screaming crowds with signage are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the potential for declining sales.

Trump has reportedly said he wants to spend as much time in NYC as possible, even after his inauguration. Sources told the New York Daily News that the Secret Service plans to shut down Fifth Avenue to traffic every time Trump visits. That means an endless amount of street closings, and, in turn, more lost revenue for retailers in the area for the foreseeable future.

Serious Crimes Drop in Kingston, Residents Still Don’t Feel Safe

While the rate of serious crime continues to fall in Kingston, New York, members of the neighborhood don’t feel the city is safe enough to be comfortable. In light of a recent shooting, the local neighborhood watch has set out to find ways to lessen the violence and drug use in the community.

hudson valley new york travelStatistics show that in the past year, the rate of serious crimes such as murder, rape, robbery, assault, burglary, larceny and vehicle theft has decreased in Kingston. However, serious crimes of that realm continue to happen and the people living in these neighborhoods don’t have enough police presence to feel safe on the streets. Many residents have questioned the validity of last year’s statistics and have wondered what they mean for their quality of life in Kingston.

“The statistics do not include the kinds of crimes residents often complain about most: drug dealing, disorderly conduct, drinking in public and various nuisance violation,” police chief Keller admitted.

According to long-time residents, what was once a safe family neighborhood has turned into one where door and window locks are necessary at all times to feel secure. Parks have been taken over by drug activity and building landlords only care about collecting rent at the start of each month.

When crimes and arrests are occurring so frequently, it’s important to have a defender on the people’s side to deal with the justice system. Serious crimes call for serious violent crime defense to maintain the balance between the rights of the accused and the justice system.

Neighborhood Scout data shows that Kingston is only 16 percent safer than all of the other cities in America. Chances of residents becoming a victim of a violent crime are 1 in 298, compared to New York City where chances are just barely higher at 1 and 262.

Many residents still hold on to the hope of cleaning up the city. The Kingston Neighborhood Watch meets weekly to brainstorm ways to lessen the criminal activity they see in their community.

Original story from http://www.kingston-ny-neighborhood-watch.com/2010/07/reflecting-on-crime-statistics-in.html

Scary Movies : The Twisted Truth Behind Why We Love Them

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Freddy. Jason. Annabelle. If these names give you both chills and joy, you are someone who’s content with spending $13 or $14 on getting a good scare at the movies. You watch these films all year round because every day is Halloween, really. You’re able to recall with precision the scene from Nightmare on Elm Street where Johnny Depp falls asleep and gets swallowed alive by his bed. The dark red splatter that follows has haunted you for decades. You’ve seen The Exorcist more times than you can remember.

You know witches are real. You also know that whatever your dog saw was more than a tree shadow. So why do you do it? Why do you put yourself through 90 minutes (sometimes more) of pure fear? Why do you keep on watching when you know something terrifying is coming around the corner?

Believe it or not, watching a scary movie is a great way to work things out or to go through a cleansing of sorts (not to be confused with the many cleansing or detox kits you buy at Whole Foods after New Year’s Eve). The word “catharsis” may come to mind, as its origins are from the Greek word “katharsis,” which relates to the purification or purging of emotions.

HUMANS ARE OBSESSED WITH DEATH

Thrill seekers have made the brains behind World War Z, the Resident Evil franchise, and most recently, the South Korean zombie thriller Train to Busan very, very rich. And let’s not forget The Walking Dead and its companion prequel, Fear the Walking Dead. Why are you drawn to the horrible sounding creatures who just won’t stop in their quest to eat you (and possibly make you one of their own)? Humanity has always been interested in death and what happens when our lives end. Like Roth, Dr. Paul J. Patterson of Saint Joseph’s University thinks that zombies make a lot of sense right now. “It’s about the environment degrading and falling apart,” says Patterson, who is the Director of the Medieval, Renaissance, and Reformation Studies Program. “It’s a disease following you. It’s the Zika virus, the Ebola, this constant news stream of disease and environmental damage.” The zombies on The Walking Dead, for example, serve as a commentary to how humans react when society breaks down. “That’s always the fear in the back of our minds,” Patterson says. “When society fails us, when the government fails us, how will we react? Will we help each other?”

Is hair loss a confidence killer for young men?

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As men become older, the loss of hair not only becomes expected but in most cases it is accepted. In fact, research from leading hair transplant clinic; Crown Clinic have found that just 1 in 10 men over the age 55 in the UK are likely to consider a hair transplant.  One theory behind the statistic is that older men may be led to believe they are not eligible for a hair transplant, however, this is simply not true, and men over 50 often receive excellent results.

So, when is the right time for a hair transplant

Male pattern baldness can occur at any time from adolescence. Many young men these days decide to seek treatment early to avoid all types of hair loss, and 39% of them are likely to consider a hair transplant if they have a receding hairline. 

Older men, on the other hand, seem to accept that hair loss is merely a way of life, and therefore disregard hair treatment. However, with all the technology in the world today, accepting hair loss can be a thing of the past. 

When hair loss starts late in life, or a drastic lifestyle change occurs, hair restoration can be the best option, sometimes it is a necessity. For instance, at this age, it is not uncommon that a youthful appearance could be advantageous in someone’s career.

For men over 50

For men over the age of 50 seeking hair restoration for the first time; there are many points to consider and discuss with a hair restoration specialist. This could include:

  • A hair transplantation of men this age will probably produce age appropriate results, meaning they shouldn’t expect the full hair style of a 25-year-old, but instead improve the appearance baldness
  • The number of donor grafts is also another important factor for men over 50 when deciding what is an achievable goal. For an older man, a first- time hair transplant may be their only chance of hair restoration if hair loss continues to diminish the patient’s supply of donor hair
  • One of the main goals for a man of this age is to achieve restoration of a frontal hairline, as well as strategic placement of grafts behind the hairline in order to achieve a fuller head of hair

Success Rates

One of the great things about hair transplants at an older age is that the hair patterns have already been established, whereas a younger man’s hair pattern is still unpredictable – which could mean repeat ‘top ups’ for younger men as hair loss continues into later life. 

The Goals

Whether or not an older man’s hair goals are achievable should be discussed after the hair specialist has examined the scalp. For instance, an older man with a significant amount of hair loss, may only be able to achieve certain results. All hair transplant consultations should be undertaken on a case by case basis. 

The amount and quality of the donor’s hair, the anticipation of future hair loss and the degree of current hair loss are all things you should discuss with a hair restoration specialist for achievable goals.

This infographic from FUE Hair Transplant Experts Crown Clinic explains the link between hair loss and confidence in men in more detail: