Wednesday, May 28, 2008

HammeRuler ... Short-Measure Acceleration for You!

The HammeRuler is built on the notion of Short-Measure Acceleration (SMA). By cutting down on tool switching time when doing short measures, the HammeRuler makes you more efficient. You probably don't realize how much time you spend putting down your hammer to pick up your ruler.



Frankly speaking, this is the first time I've heard of such a tool. However, it does make sense. If your ruler is already on the hammer itself, you save a lot of time and energy putting down the hammer, looking for the ruler, measuring then put down the ruler and pick up the hammer again.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Teach Your Children To Save

One of the things kids must learn is to save money. This practice should be instilled in childhood instead of the "buy me" mindset. The good, old fashioned piggy bank is a good start, but you should later introduce the concept of the savings account to start your kids on their way to a lifetime of being practical about their money. It's infinitely better than them spending all their Christmas and birthday moneys on unimportant things.

Any Handyman in the Family?

If there is a handyman in the family, congratulations! Doing repairs and making some simple stuff around the house would save you a lot of money, not to mention that professionals would not be able to rip you off. If you are lucky to be one or to have one handyman at home, buying air tools is something that may come in handy. It's also more economical than most power tools, as it is mostly driven by compressed air rather than by electricity.

For Pets

If you are a pet lover but lives only in a small space like a condominium unit where it's impossible to let pets stay outside your living areas, it might be a good idea to get pet beds for them. This way they have their own space and won't use your carpet and furniture and leave fur all over the place. This, of course, means less cleanups, not to mention your household stuff won't be ruined.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Home Entertainment

Some people, like me, would rather stay at home than go out to watch movies. That's because I feel more comfortable when I'm home, and I actually spend more when we go out. See, we have to use the car, which means fuel consumption, pay for parking, pay for dinner, pay for overpriced popcorn and drinks, not to mention we have to find a babysitter. So I'd rather buy a home theater system. It does not have to be an elaborate one and it doesn't have to occupy too much space. Just a wide screen TV, speakers, sofas, a home theater carpet and of course, a DVD player in the living room and that's it.

Buy Quality Furniture

Being practical is not just about saving. It is looking to maximize use of everyday items. The furniture you buy may not be practical if it only lasts a short time. For example if you are contemplating on making use of your balcony or garden for entertaining guests, buy teak outdoor furniture and not just any wood furniture. Teak is considered weatherproof so it won't rot as easily as other wood when exposed to the elements.

Standby Generators?

Whether or not to get standby generators really depends on your needs. If you have a business that is heavily dependent upon a continuous supply of electricity, it may be wise to invest in a generator. This includes hospitals (who have life support equipment which run on electricity), factories with production lines, etc. For the home, it depends on what risks you can take if an outage occurs. 2 years ago, Typhoon Milenyo rendered Metro Manila electricity-less for about 2-3 days. That means a lot of spoiled food and inadequate lighting during this time. But, such a long outage does not happen all the time. Bottomline is, you have to decide if this is a wise move for you, given your own situation.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Spend More...Sometimes

Sometimes spending a little more is the more practical way to go. For example, if you or members of your family have problems with mobility because of pregnancy, mobility problems or aches and pains but do not want to be treated as babies or invalids that need assistance with everything they do, aids that make simple, everyday things more convenient like taking a bath in walk in tubs may be more practical in the long run.

Convenient Clean Ups

Cleansing wipes are a fast, easy way to clean up. They are gentle enough to be able to wipe even the most sensitive areas of your skin. But they can also be used for a lot of other things. In places where it's inconvenient to have soap and water, that can come in handy as an instant cleaner and sanitizer. Great to bring when you have to go out.

Don't Do Drugs

A drug habit is not only expensive, it is also destroys health, lives and relationships. Don't even try to experiment, since you get sucked into the bad habit with ease. If you have a family member or friend who is addicted to drugs, it is better to help him get over his habit by sending him to drug rehab so that he would be on his way to living a more normal life.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Shop online

Sometimes the best deals can be found online. There are good stores online. The advantages of doing online shopping are:
  • easier to do comparison shopping
  • not very prone to impulse buying
  • easier to find hard-to-find items
  • no need to go to the store -- no fuel expense, no parking, less time lost
  • ideal for busy people
Of course, you have to factor in the shipping price too and see if the total cost is worth it.

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Saturday, May 10, 2008

Exercise your creativity -- DIY!

With the advent of Photoshop and other editing software, it's possible for the non-professional to make their own wedding and birthday invitations. You get to exercise your creativity and save a lot in the process!

This also goes for other things like wedding favors and lootbags for birthday parties, balloon decorations, table centerpieces and a whole lot more.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Extra Cash

The U.S. is giving tax rebates to its cash strapped citizens and taxpayers. I wonder when the Philippine government will think of doing that?

Anyway, if you were given 600 dollars, what are YOU going to do with the money?

Friday, May 2, 2008

Stock up on price offs

If there happened to be a price off on some non-perishable but consumable items in the grocery, stock up even when you do not have immediate need for it. This goes for tissue paper, canned foods that are a long way from expiry date, diapers, napkins, soap, toothpaste etc. Meaning things that can be kept for a period of time without breaking down.

You have to check the food if there is a price off and determine why it is sold cheap. If it's because it's nearing the expiry date, don't buy too many because you may end with expired food in your storeroom.

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