12 Ways To Stay Fit and Feeling Good As A Broke Student

If you’re a broke student, you might think that all hope is lost for you right now. Many broke students don’t think that it’s within their budget to be fit and healthy, or even feel good for that matter. Well, this is incorrect. There are actually quite a few things you can do if you want to stay fit and feeling good as a broke student. Below we’ll talk you through 12 of these things:

 

  1. Use A Cashback Site

First off, have a cashback site bookmarked on your browser ready to use for whatever you’re buying. You might be buying workout gear, some protein powder, or something else – whatever it is, you can get cashback for it. It may only be a small amount per purchase depending on what it is you buy, where from, and the rate, but this can really add up over time.

 

  1. Use A Coupon App Before Buying Anything

Before you buy anything, ensure you look for discounts and coupons, too. One of the easiest ways to do this is by installing an app called ‘Honey’, as this app automatically looks for and applies voucher codes for you to help you get money off. You don’t have to waste any time, as the app does all the work. It’s pretty neat!

 

  1. Look On Second-Hand Sites For Items

Be smart about what you buy if you don’t need to buy it brand new. You can probably buy a ton of workout equipment, as well as workout clothing on sites like eBay and Depop. A lot of this stuff will be close to new and you’ll get it for a bargain.

 

  1. Get Into The Routine Of Working Out At Home Or Outdoors

You don’t need a gym membership to get fit. You can do home workouts with the help of YouTube videos, or even an app. You can also go running outdoors, or use a setting such as a park to get a good workout in. If you can workout in your garden, that’s probably a little better – many people prefer to get out of the house to work out as it helps them to get in the zone.

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  1. Be Smart With The Clothes You Buy

Some people don’t realize that they have feet small enough to fit into what’s classed as kids shoes. The shoes are exactly the same but a fraction of the price. If you can fit into the kid’s version, save yourself some cash – just don’t try to do this if your feet are too big, as you’ll cause issues with your feet later on.

 

  1. If You Can’t Make At Least Two Meals Out Of Something Don’t Buy It

When you’re food shopping, you need to think about how many meals you will get out of whatever it is you’re buying. If you don’t get a minimum of two meals out of whatever it is you’re buying, then don’t do it. You’ll get so much more bang for your buck this way and you’ll avoid wasting money on one time snacks.

 

  1. Always Eat Leftovers Later

If you have leftovers, don’t waste them. Make another meal out of them for the next day’s lunch. Never waste food if you can help it!

 

  1. Focus On A Healthy Sleeping Pattern

Healthy sleep has as much to do with your fitness as working out. Making sure you’re getting 8 hours a night can be tough for a student, but it’s definitely possible. Below you’ll find some pointers that can help you to sleep better at night:

  • Stay away from technology at least an hour before sleep so you can drop off.
  • Dim the lights and get into a bedtime routine that helps you to feel relaxed.
  • Rather than watching TV, read a book.
  • Stop consuming caffeine earlier on in the day so it’s not keeping you awake at night. Stick to caffeine free tea as a bedtime drink if you want something other than water.
  • Make sure your room is as dark as possible as the slightest light can interrupt sleep.
  • Use an alarm clock that simulates sunrise/sunset so that you can drop off and wake up naturally.

 

  1. Find Ways To Reduce Your Stress Levels

Stress is common for a student, but this doesn’t mean you just have to put up with it. Finding ways to reduce your stress levels will help you both in your fitness and your studies. Here are some helpful pointers for this:

  • Get into a good routine with your schoolwork so you don’t have to cram or do too much at once. Give yourself plenty of time and start in advance.
  • Take regular short breaks away from the screen and technology to help you stay focused.
  • Do some yoga, pilates, or another form of relaxing exercise that helps you to focus on your breathing.
  • Take deep breaths. It’s simple but effective!
  • Practice self care regularly. Take a hot bath, practice some hobby you have, etc.

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  1. Eat Slower

When eating, don’t be tempted to wolf down your food. Take your time to chew properly and eat slowly, so that you can really listen to the signals of your body telling you that it’s full.

 

  1. Don’t Ever Go Shopping Hungry

Going shopping hungry will mean spending double compared to what you’d usually spend. Make sure you eat before you go, and always take a list so that you stick to what you need.

 

  1. Make Small Lifestyle Changes

Small lifestyle changes really can add up if you’re serious about making a change. They’re great because you might not even notice that you’re getting more active. Things, like using the stairs instead of taking the lift, can be a big help. Aim to walk more if you can, even cycle if you enjoy that. Consider all of the lifestyle changes you can make and slowly begin to implement them.

 

How will you stay fit as a broke student? Let us know in the comments!

5 Gifts You Should Buy Your Dad This Father’s Day

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Although Spring has only just begun, Father’s Day will be fast upon us. With just under two months to go, it’s time to start preparing the best possible gifts you can buy. Whether you already have a gift in mind or you’re still deciding what to get, this guide will give you that little bit of inspiration you need. With that in mind, here are 5 gifts you should buy your Dad this Father’s Day:

 

– Tickets To See His Favourite Team

If you’re Dad is a big sports fan, why not consider getting him some tickets to see his favorite team play? Whether they’re your local team or someone a bit further away, buying tickets to a game is a great way to make the gift last that little bit longer as it gives you a chance to go to the game together. If you really want to treat your Dad, why not get him season tickets? For a guide to finding affordable game tickets, you can visit this site here.

 

– Some Jewellery Or A Nice Watch

If you’re Dad is fond of things that he can keep for years to come, buying some jewelry or a nice watch is a great idea. Whether it’s a bracelet for best or a watch they can wear every day, your Father will appreciate the thought that has gone into buying your gift. To make it even more special, why not consider getting it engraved with their initials?

 

– A Collection Of Toiletries And Aftershave

Although most people think that toiletries and fragrances are the perfect gifts for a woman, you can also buy them for the men in your life. As Father’s Day draws closer and closer, you will be able to find lots of different aftershave kits that are both affordable and high quality. With most including an aftershave, and aftershave balm and a shaving gel, you can be sure your Dad will be stocked up for at least a few months. For aftershave gift sets, you can visit this site here.

 

– A Wine Subscription Service

If you’re looking for something a little different, why not consider a wine subscriptions service? If your Dad is a fan of the finer things in life you can now purchase a wine subscription service that will deliver a selection of different wines to them each month. From a range of different countries, you can be sure they’ll have a new favorite in no time. For an idea of which subscription service to sign up for, you can view the wine club reviews here.

 

– A Unique Experience Or Day Out

Finally, if you want to get them something they will remember for years to come, why not consider a unique experience or a day out. Whether it’s a hot air balloon ride above your local town or a day our driving racecars – you can be sure they’ll have an incredible experience that they’ll always remember.

 

Are you struggling to think of gifts for Father’s Day this year? What can you get that is completely unique and personal? Let me know in the comments section below.

A Little Freedom for You and the Kids

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As joyful as being a family is, sometimes, you just need a bit of space from each other. The kids need to feel that they are trusted enough to have their independence from time to time and you need to get some adult alone time in too.

While there isn’t a clear cut method that works for everyone, working out a way for your whole family to recharge and take some time alone is a really good idea. If nothing else, spending some time apart will give you new things to talk about!

Weeks Apart

When you are feeling run down but the kids are full of energy, it can be really difficult to keep everyone happy. The summer holidays are a key time for this as the kids are at home and getting bored quickly.

A kids camp like Camp Regis AppleJack is a great idea. You can send your kids along knowing that they are going to have a brilliant time doing all the activities and making friends and you can have some peace. There are different age groups and you can send your kids for the full season of just part of it for the first time.

Weekends Apart

Spending a day or two apart is much less extreme and can be really beneficial for very young children and their parents. Kids who have separation anxiety may need a bit more support, to begin with, but gradually learning to spend time apart is a good way to boost their self-confidence.

Sleepovers are a lot of fun and if your child has a close friendship group, it’s a good idea for the parents to organize some sort of rota. That way, you get to have a couple of nights off for every night you are hosting the party. Sleepover hosting is pretty easy too since you can stick on a nice film, fill them up with pizza and popcorn and let them get on with making a fort to sleep in. Just remember you’ll need to supply breakfast too.

Evenings Apart

Having an evening a week to do an activity that is just yours is a really important way to assert your personality away from home. Whether you are a grown-up looking for people your own age to hang out with, or a kid who needs time to run around, evening activities are ideal.

Some kids go all out for activities and want to do everything but others might need a bit of a push. Encourage your kids to try lots of new things and then choose an activity they would like to do each week. Choosing is an important part of learning, so give your child this freedom even if they are only really choosing from pre-approved options!

Spending time apart is a good way to strengthen family bonds as when you come together again, you will likely appreciate each other more and have plenty to share. Getting stuck in a rut is a normal problem for families but as you can see, the list of remedies is long enough to accommodate everyone.

Important Things To Consider Before Giving Your Home A Makeover

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There comes a time when many of us decide to give our homes a makeover.

 

The decor might be worn or dated. Our tastes may have changed over time. We might want to make a few changes to accommodate children or pets. And if we plan to sell our homes in the near future, we might want to give certain rooms a makeover to increase home value. These are all excellent reasons to consider making a few changes, and for all we know, you might currently be arming yourself with a paintbrush and a nail gun ready to make some alterations yourselves. However, before you get to work, there are some important things you need to consider.

 

#1: Do you need to hire the professionals?

Okay, so you may be able to change your light bulbs. And your skills with a paintbrush may be out of this world. But if you don’t consider yourself a DIY pro, then there are some jobs you shouldn’t attempt alone. Especially when dealing with gas, electric, and plumbing systems, you might cause both yourself and your home an injury if you rely on your skills (or lack of) to tackle certain renovation jobs. Therefore, seriously consider hiring a local tradesman to do them for you. And even when it comes to carpeting and wallpapering, you might want to hire somebody else if you don’t really know what you’re doing. Carpet One installs carpets, so have a word with them if you’re planning on upgrading your flooring, and find a decent painter and decorator if you’re in any way lacking in this area. Considering our next point, you might only waste money if you don’t do your home makeover jobs properly.

 

#2: What is your budget?

Sure, you might want to create the home of your dreams, but if the cost is astronomical, then you might want to limit yourself to what you can realistically afford. You might want to limit yourself to one room at a time, for example, so even if you can’t give your home a complete makeover, you can still have the pleasure of one or two rooms with a fresh design. If you don’t budget properly, you might start work and then have to leave a room unfinished because you have run out of money. And as stated in our last point, this may be the result of a bodge job you have made yourself, especially if you need to start again on any aspect. By setting a budget, you can work out what you can afford to spend, with some wiggle room in case of any mistakes or unexpected costs. This will help you make wise decisions as to which areas of your home to renovate, and will give you cause to look for ways to save money on your makeover.

 

#3: What are your practical needs?

Think about why you are giving your home a makeover in the first place. Even when making changes to refresh your home’s look, you might want to take into account practical aspects of your life before starting work. If you have children, for example, you might want to look for ways to make your home child-friendly, such as adding easy-to-clean flooring or wallpaper. If you are considering selling your home in the future, you might want to avoid any decor that is too personal to your tastes, opting for something more neutral instead. You might only reduce your home’s value, otherwise. And think about such things as pets, houseguests, and your passions and hobbies. When making over your home, you might want to consider these and other factors when thinking about your practical needs at home.

 

Thanks for reading!

3 Corners Of The Cruelty-Free Lifestyle

If you are hoping to live a life which is as conscious of others as possible, there are plenty of considerations to take on board. One of the most important, however, is always going to be that you aim to cause or be a part of, as little cruelty as possible – whether that means towards other humans or towards different species around the world. Living this kind of lifestyle requires a strong conscience and no small amount of effort on your part to ensure that you are not encouraging or supporting cruel practices. At first, you might be surprised at how much you need to pay attention to if you are to successfully live the cruelty-free lifestyle. To help you out, we have gathered here just a few of the main concerns that you should pay close attention to in order to ensure that you are living in this mode.

 

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Food

This is probably the first that most people will look to when they are trying to live a more cruelty-free lifestyle, and in many ways, it is the easiest to manage. Nonetheless, it is still a major challenge for many people, especially if you have never even attempted something like a vegan diet before. It is helpful, first of all, to put aside a few of the more common myths about veganism. Despite what you might think, you do not need animal products to have a healthy, balanced diet. In fact, there is increasing evidence in the field of nutrition that an animal-free diet is the best for you. Focusing on a whole food, plant-based diet will reduce your chance of developing all of the major causes of death in the developed world, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes and many kinds of cancer. All of these are worsened by eating meat and dairy, so going vegan is actually the best option for you.

 

That being said, you must ensure that you plan your meals out, especially at the start of the switch, as otherwise, it can be all too easy to not eat enough, or not enough of the right stuff, or even to eat too much and put on weight. As long as you have a diet plan, however, you will find that you can turn vegan more easily than you might imagine – and help to keep animals safe and unharmed in the process.

 

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Makeup

If you are determined to try and live as cruelty-free as possible, this is another issue which you will probably need to focus on early on, as it is another of the huge problems for animal cruelty worldwide. If you do not currently put much thought into what makeup you use, then you are quite possibly adding to the suffering of animals by doing so. This is due to the simple fact that the majority of the most popular makeup brands use some kind of animal testing on their products. This is obviously not harmless, and will more often than not result in some poor side effects for the animals involved. So the simplest thing you can do here is to simply change your brand – but how do you know which brands to go for and which to avoid?

 

A good place to start is by looking at the packaging of anything that you buy, as by law they have to specify if they use animal testing or if they have any animal parts in the product. Beyond that, you can hopefully do some research and come across a few brands which you happen to know are cruelty-free, such as doseofcolors.com, and then simply stick to those companies. This is a simple switch to make, but it’s one that has a hugely positive ongoing effect, and is absolutely worthwhile for that reason.

 

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It’s always interesting to see how little thought most people put into the clothes they wear. Most of us are only really concerned with whether something looks good on us, and not where it comes from or what kind of practices have gone into its production. However, living a truly cruelty-free lifestyle means that you need to pay attention to these kinds of things, and that in particular means knowing what clothes you should wear and which you should avoid. Some of the obvious things you need to avoid are leather and fur, but you would be surprised at some of the other concerns too. Some jeans, for instance, have animal products in them, so you need to be careful and really check the label – so that you can support only those who are really doing right by the animals of the earth. See onegreenplanet.org for some options here.

Balancing The Brightness With Boldness In Your Decor

The modern home is incredibly bright. We have all kinds of LED light in our home such as lamps, stair lights, reading lamps, and even in our ceilings. They are powerful and even more efficient than conventional bulbs. They add a lot of light into our home giving us a lot of exposure and amplifying the color of everything around you. However it’s not just the lights in our homes that allow us to live in a vivid environment, we also have spectacular decor options in the way of sofas, chairs, kitchen backsplashes and countertops as well as tiles in our bathrooms. Of course, you could just add brightness the old fashioned way by painting the walls of your home in springtime shades. One could ask the question for this day and age, do we live in too bright homes? Maybe we don’t think so because we’re always surrounded by the most used color of our time in interior design which is neutral white. How about balancing the bright with the bold?

The boring sofa

Perhaps to begin with, take a look at your sofa. Usually, contemporary sofas will come in the common earthy brown tone. They might come in a dull grey occasionally or quite simple the matte black shade. Sofas have always been the highlighting piece of the downstairs decor. The continue to be the center of attention when guests come over and for the family also. Yet, sofas are often boring. They are meant to be enjoyed and not always seen as a fashion statement. So interrupt the bold or plain color of the sofa with a few bright cushions. For example, if you have a white sofa, pick out some royal blue or sunrise red colored cushions to offset each other. Do the opposite for a dark sofa such as black, by adding yellow cushions or pearl white instead. Balance out the boldness of the sofa with a little additional brightness.

Something of life

 

When we think about color in a home and how it should look natural and beautiful, what better way than to send flowers to your house to bring life into your living space? Take for example a phalaenopsis orchid which is bright white flowers that stand tall and they spread out wide. You could put this in the corner of your dining room if you don’t have a plant already. The glass or wooden dining table and chairs, could also be balanced out by a Rio de Janeiro bouquet. The bright festive colors would do brilliantly in an office where there are a lot of neutral tones. The bright yellow, pink and greens would bring a natural healthy presence into a boring and dull room. If flowers are not up to your liking at the very least you can buy some hanging plants to live in the kitchen where they can get lots of light and water.

 

No home should sway too much to one side or the other. Bold colors should be offset by bright colors but incorporate this into your entire interior decor. Start with the sofa and work your way around the home from there.

Should You Move to Your Dream City?

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We all have that one place where we felt completely at home. Perhaps you were on holiday, totally relaxed and dreaming of moving into your hotel permanently or maybe you were just passing through on the way to somewhere else. Or your dream city could only in your head, still to be found in the real world.

 

But whether your dream city is the university town that got under your skin like Anthony Markofsky or you have never lived there for more than a holiday, if you get the chance to move to your dream city should you take it? The answer might be more complicated than you might think!

Living the Dream Lifestyle

One of the main reasons that people move to cities is to make the most of the lifestyle there. Some cities are best known for their food (practically anywhere in Italy or France), others for their music (Melbourne and New Orleans spring to mind) and still others for their high rise lifestyle (New York, Beijing, Singapore to name just a few).

 

But, when you are thinking about the lifestyle you want, you should be thinking about more than just where that is. Your lifestyle comes down to how you spend your time and your money as well as opportunity. Look at your dream city through the lens of a worker bee as well as a holidaymaker. Is it still just as exciting?

Finding the Right Home

The right home is vital for your dream to come true but while you might be able to make the inside more attractive, you need to be aware of just how much inside you can afford. Cities like New York or London might be thrilling culturally but do remember that with so many people around, homes are getting smaller and more expensive all the time!

 

You need to be realistic about what your budget will afford you and where you will get the most for your money. If your heart is set on a particular city and district, you may be disappointed so broaden your horizons and think a little further beyond perfect.

Friends and Family

Though upping and moving to a new city is bursting with opportunity, you should think about the friends and family around you. Will you be moving too far away to see each other regularly? Do you want to be close to your family or are you happy to move away? While you will certainly make new friends when you move, these questions should inform your choice as it can be isolating to find yourself in a new place without that support network.

 

That said, making new friends in a new city is a fun way to discover new things about yourself and explore new avenues of interest. The city life is all about getting out of your home and seeing the world around you. Experience is everything and a new circle of friends is just a part of that.

 

Moving to your dream city could be the best thing you ever do but don’t make the decision rashly, take your time, do your research and be smart.

 

 

 

 

How To Ensure Your Home Is An Attractive One

 

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Your home is such an important aspect of your life, as it’s the place you grow and create new memories every single day. Not only that, but it’s your protector; your security, and it keeps you safe, dry, and warm, which is an extremely fortunate thing to have. For that reason, you should always try and make your home look and feel it’s best because it’s the least it deserves. It gives you so much, so in return, you should make it pretty and special, while having it reflect you and your personality. No matter how similar a house may be to another, you and your style are what gives it that magical edge and uniqueness.

 

One important thing to remember when giving your home that extra flare, is that you’re doing it for you, not anyone else. Sure, it’s a lovely feeling to invite guests round and have them compliment your interior design and special features – it’s a huge pat on the back after all the hard work and cares you’ve put into it. But this shouldn’t be your driving force – your happiness should be what drives you to create your very own beauty.

 

Understandably, if you’re not that familiar in the area of interior design, you may find it very hard to know where to start and what exactly to do with the space you have. This is why it always helps to do your research and seek out inspiration. This can be anything from looking through magazines, browsing the web, or even seeking some inspiration from the great outdoors. Remember that mother nature has created so much beauty without the help of anyone and that in itself is enough to give you the confidence to let go and be free, while expressing yourself throughout your home.

 

Here are some ideas to help get you started.

 

Nature

Flowers and plants are such a stunning thing to have within your home as a way of brightening it up, and better yet you can place them in every single room and not have to be concerned about overdoing it. You don’t even need to worry about leaving your home either, instead, you can look at a wide selection with companies like Lakes Floral and have them delivered right to your door. Plants not only look pretty and freshen up the area, but they even purify the air while balancing the level of humidity you have. And let’s not forget about the lovely smelling scent that comes with all of that.

 

Art

One of the best things about art is the fact that there are no rules whatsoever, and everything can and will be interpreted into so many different stories and emotions. If you’re a creative sort, then you should have a go at creating your own art, be it a sculpture, a painting, or whatever else you’re able to do. There are no restrictions, so don’t feel nervous to let loose and go wild – that’s what art is all about. If you’re not looking to do the work yourself though, then you can seek out art from essentially anywhere you like. It’s always nice to look up local artists around your area as a pose to shopping commercially, as this not only helps out raw talent but also ensures you are getting your own unique piece.

 

Colour

Colour is such an expressive form and can mean so many different things, especially depending on how you go about using it. It’s a good idea to have a think about a color scheme or the overall theme you’re trying to achieve, as that way you have a basis of where to go and what to do. The most common way of coming up with a color scheme is to choose the main color, and then a secondary color that compliments the first, but also has a strong enough contrast to make it stand out and visually pop. Don’t be afraid to stand out from the crowd and go a little older than you usually would. For example, you may never think that charcoal grey would work with a peacock blue or a burnt orange, and yet the contrast is so striking that it brings everything together.

Now you have a few ideas, have a good look around your home and see what needs that little bit more attention. And remember, it’s a trial and error process, so if something doesn’t necessarily work out how you thought it would – it’s easy enough to change.

8 Ways To Repurpose Your Old Clothes

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Whilst you can always sell and donate old clothes, there could be other ways to get extra use out of them. Here are just eight ways to repurpose those old garments gathering dust in your wardrobe.

 

Turn your sweater into a winter hat and mittens

Got an old sweater that you no longer wear? You could upcycle it into a winter hat and mittens. The collar on a sweater can make the perfect rim of a hat – you can simply cut a section out and sew it together to form a hat. You can meanwhile cut off parts of the sleeves to make your own makeshift matching mittens. It’s also possible to make beanies and slouchies using old sweaters (you can also repurpose cardigans and use the buttons as features).

 

Turn your t-shirt into an infinity scarf

You can create all kinds of new items of clothing using an old t-shirt from a crop top to a skirt. If you’re looking for a simple craft project, however, an infinity scarf could be a great project to try. This can be done by simply cutting a strip out from around the collar of a shirt. It’s also possible to make a scarf using the sleeves.

 

Make your own headband

Another simple DIY upcycling project could be to make your own headband from recycled clothes. If you’ve got a t-shirt with an elasticated collar, this could be perfect for turning into a headband. You could also make your own denim headband out of old jeans.

 

Make a quilt out of t-shirts

For those feeling a little more ambitious, it’s also possible to turn your old t-shirts into a quilt. This could be a great way to upcycle lots of old shirts. There are companies out there that sell quilts made from t-shirts – you could try one of these companies if you don’t fancy taking on this craft project yourself. Quilts can also be made out of other clothes such as jackets and jeans.

 

Turn your shirts into pillowcases

To go with your quilt, you could also try making some of your own makeshift pillowcases from old shirts. You can do this by simply cutting the sleeves off and then sewing up the armholes and neckhole (you could even add your own zip to the bottom). You can also make your own sofa cushions using this method.

 

Make your own tote bag

It’s also possible to turn an old t-shirt or jumper into a tote bag. This can be done by cutting the sleeves off and cutting the neckline away and then sewing up the bottom. You can decide how deep you want the bag to be by choosing where to sew the bottom of the bag.

 

Cover a notebook in denim

For a cool and unique notebook cover, you could consider using an old pair of jeans. By using the top of the jeans you can make use of the pockets (these could be used to store pens or pencils). It’s also possible to use other types of clothing to make your own notebook covers.  

 

Create DIY dog toys

If you’ve got a pet dog, you could even try turning your old clothes into chew toys. By twisting a few old t-shirts together and knotting them at one end, you can make your own tug toy. You can also repurpose jeans and leather jackets for tougher dog toys. This could be a great way of saving money on dog toys.

Has Your Home’s Value Increased Since You Moved In?

 

Property is one of the best investment you can ever make. As the saying goes, ‘buy land because God isn’t making anymore of it’. Once you do have land, it’s very difficult for it to lose its value from the current state that you bought it in. Even homes that are troubled by severe flooding almost every year won’t necessarily go down in value. They may stay stagnant but decreasing is extremely rare. Only when certain issues arise will this happen such as when pesky critters such as moles and gophers begin to dig holes in the earth. So if you are a homeowner you should be silently confident that your home has gone up in value. You’re sitting in an investment that could net you a very handsome profit if you ever do choose to sell. Time is the main thing that increases the value of the land. As more and more homes are built and on smaller patches of earth, your current home might be the best on your street due to its inherently bigger size. The question is how much has your home’s value increased?


 

 

What have you done?

If you have done something to your home that can be seen as improvements, this can greatly improve the value of your home. Perhaps you have built a garage on a portion of the front or back garden. Maybe you have even installed a jacuzzi outside or possibly had a swimming pool built outdoors. These are some of the things that can increase the value of your home. The increases will vary from construction to construction but the more leisure activities the home or gardens have the higher the fetching price will be in the listings. For example, a jacuzzi can end up putting 75-80% of the cost it took to build on top of your home’s value. For example, if it cost you $30,000 to put in, it could add $55,000 to your home’s value.

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Out of your hands

Sometimes it’s not what you do, but what happens around your home that can increase its value. Living close to natural scenic beauty is definitely something that will add value, but having it blocked off by a public fence, another property or trees might negate this factor. Complex calculations like the home value estimator on William Pitt uses an algorithm to see what’s popular with potential buyers and how those trends affect your property’s value. They also factor in nearby sales so you can get a gist of the general consensus of what other homes in your neighborhood are worth. Sometimes you just have to sit tight and allow the world around you to increase your home’s worth but knowing when you should sell is something you will need to study.

The general rule of thumb is that if there are more buyers than sellers, the average property will increase in value depending on how popular the area and features are. Building something like a garage for vehicles is a practical element that will definitely be usable for any buyer. On the other hand, just sit tight and see how the world around you changes and study your neighborhood’s general sale prices.