5 Items You Shouldn’t Skimp On

Be Smart About How You Spend Your Money

Be Smart About How You Spend Your Money

Part of being frugal involves being smart about when you spend your money on big-ticket items and knowing when you should avoid that huge expense in favor of spending your money on a less expensive alternative product. For example, there’s no reason to insist on buying expensive name-brand food products when cheaper store brand products are available at a cheaper price. While avoiding unnecessarily expensive products is a great strategy for saving money, you should be aware that are numerous situations in which you actually should be opting to spend a little more cash in order to ensure a quality, long-lasting product. If you’re confused about when you should be looking for a generic or cheap version of a product and when it’s worth paying for quality, consider these five items you should splurge for.

A Sharp Kitchen Knife Will Make Your Life Easier

Does it ever seem like you’re buying a new set of knives for your kitchen every couple years when the old set inevitably wears out? It usually doesn’t seem like a good idea to even try sharpening them because they were so cheap. In order to save yourself from the headaches that come from both having to find money to replace your knives, and the dangers of using dull knives to cook with, you should spring for a single high-quality chef’s knife. This large knife will be the most useful tool in your kitchen, and if it’s professionally sharpened, will serve you well for quite a long time. You could even learn how to sharpen it yourself to save money in the future.

Buy Good Shoes and Your Body Will Thank You

Invest Your Money In Good Quality Products

Invest Your Money In Good Quality Products

Avoid falling into the money pit of buying poor-quality shoes. Since shoes are a necessity of life and you can’t go without them, you shouldn’t be putting yourself in a position where you need to replace your shoes every year because they’re falling apart, especially if you’re not working in a particularly high-traffic occupation. Spend the extra money to buy yourself one or, even better, two pairs of high-quality shoes. If you buy two pairs, you can switch between them to extend the lives of both pairs. Not only will you be more comfortable in these shoes, which will translate to a better overall sense of wellness, but you won’t have to worry about scrounging up the money next year to replace them.

Always Have a Snazzy Interview Outfit

One of the biggest things people stress about how to execute a successful job interview is that you have to look good. No one wants to show up to an interview in ratty-looking, faded clothes. Your potential employer will see that and they might even write you off immediately! Instead of freaking out every time you have to prepare for an interview, invest the money in getting yourself an outfit that looks smart and which is reserved wholly for your interviews. It can go back into your regular wardrobe rotation once you’ve locked down a job. Keep it clean and ready to go at all times, and make sure you’re not wearing it when you don’t need to be.

Your Computer is the Most Important Hub in Your Home

Buy Useful And Long Lasting Products

Buy Useful And Long Lasting Products

Personal computers have grown from tools for universities and machines to play games on to virtually being the center of the house. Many important tasks are now carried out on the computer. You can use it to search for jobs, get directions, connect with friends, manage investments and your bank accounts, and even pay your bills. Therefore, it makes sense that your computer should be one item which you don’t skimp on. While that doesn’t mean you should be paying several thousand dollars for a machine on the cutting edge, you should also avoid buying a $200 computer from the shop down the street. Chances are, it won’t be up to performing the tasks you need it to. Research carefully, and buy a computer that will last for several years and perform well.

Don’t Purchase Discount Car Care

While this isn’t necessarily a single item, it’s still something you should always invest well in. Quality car care will save you thousands of dollars over the lifetime of your car. Regular oil and filter changes, as well as routine check-ups for your engine, will prevent you from being in a situation where your head gasket blows and you’re on the hook for a grand. As tempting as it can be, don’t bring your car in to discount centers. Head straight to a reputable mechanic on the regular, and recognize you’re paying a little more now to avoid paying a lot more in the future.

Posted by Alex Worlds | Category: Commerce News, My Thoughts

How Improving Your Mental Health Can Help Weight Loss

Learn To Love Yourself

Learn To Love Yourself

If you’re having a rough time losing weight, or a hard time keeping it off, part of the problem might be your outlook. A bad attitude can completely ruin things for you, believe it or not. None of the diet and health plans talk about it, but having good mental health is the cornerstone of getting the results you want. It can be hard to change your attitude, especially if you’re not confident in your own abilities, but you can do it.

Loving Yourself is the First Step

First things first: do you love yourself? You probably at least like yourself, but that’s not enough. You might want to lose weight, but is it even for the right reasons? You should want to lose weight to make yourself healthier, and keep your body in good condition for years to come, not because you have that one wedding to go to and your ex will be there or whatever reason. If you love yourself, then you’ll want to lose the weight for yourself. Take a long look at yourself in the mirror – stand naked in front of it, and instead of picking apart everything that you hate, take time to tell yourself how great you are. It might sound stupid, but these little pep talks work better than you would think. You might have a long way to go on your weight loss goals, but under all the extra pounds you are still yourself, and still worthy of loving. Remind yourself that you want to get healthy as a way of paying homage to yourself, and that you’re not doing it for anyone else. Only after you accept yourself as you are and accept that you need to be a little selfish will you be able to move forwards and meet your goals.

Positive Outlook

Keep Your Goals In Mind

Keep Your Goals In Mind

No matter what, stay on the sunny side. So you caved and ate a slice of cake at that birthday party – so what? It’s not the end of the world. Everyone has slipups every now and then, and you aren’t exempt from that. You can’t expect to be able to quit on bad eating habits cold turkey. Things don’t work that way. Instead of beating yourself up over it, recognize that tomorrow’s another day, and that things will be better tomorrow. People who take time punishing themselves for their dieting mistakes are much more likely to get into a hopeless state of mind and end up giving up on their diets altogether. Don’t be like those people. Just realize that you’re going to make mistakes, and that’s completely okay.

Keeps Weight Loss Plans from Being Unhealthy

Keep A Healthy Weight Loss Plan

Keep A Healthy Weight Loss Plan

Another crucial part of keeping up your good mental health while losing weight is setting realistic and healthy weight loss goals for yourself. The healthy way to lose weight is between five and eight pounds a week, so don’t expect to see massive results in the first few months. With that in mind, set some goals. At any rate, set a goal weight you’d like to hit before the end of the year. Don’t make it out of reach, or else you’ll end up pushing yourself too hard to reach it and could get hurt. Also set a diet for yourself, preferably one that has a cheat day built in so that you have a day to eat things you’ve been craving without feeling guilty about it. This won’t mess up your diet plans. In fact, after a while, those cheat days won’t even be binge days at all, just regular days of your diet. Just remember to take it slow, don’t beat yourself up, and always prioritize your mental health over everything else.

Posted by Alex Worlds | Category: Health Stuff, My Thoughts

Smartwatches, and Why You Will Want One

Smartwatches Are The New Fad

Smartwatches Are The New Fad

The idea of a smartwatch has been around for decades—since the 1940s, at the very latest. From Dick Tracy, to Inspector Gadget, to the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, the idea has always been there, but the technology hasn’t. Smartwatches themselves have been around in the real world since the 1970s, but they were either too expensive for common use, or just novelty “game watches”.


However, consider the technology that we have today. We have cameras, GPS navigation, and Bluetooth, to name only a few things that most people have as standard issue on their cell phones. Now, it all begs the question, “If I have all this stuff on my cell phone, why would I need a watch that does the same thing?” The answer is quite simple, and it’s convenience.

Convenience Is Key for Tech

In the modern day, most consumers want knowledge ready at their fingertips at the drop of a hat, and all things considered, we truly already have it. With wireless internet available at almost any location, not to mention cell phones with higher bandwidths than most internet service providers, we can easily access most information whenever we want.

Smartwatches Give You Access To Specialized Kinds Of Information

Smartwatches Give You Access To Specialized Kinds Of Information

Now, just as smartphones did with the telephone, smartwatches give you access to specialized kinds of information, and features to add more convenience to your life. What most smartwatches are doing is quite similar to what smartphones have done. Essentially, smartwatches are a wearable cell phone that is able to tell time, give you various notifications (receiving a text message, keeping track of the latest scores of a sporting event, and so on), and even give you turn by turn navigation. One of the major benefits to a smartwatch is the fact that it syncs up with your Android smartphone through Bluetooth. Instead of pulling out your phone every five seconds, all you have to do is glance at your wrist and all the same information is applied right there, just as it would be if you asked Google or Siri. It’s just a quick swipe to the left or right on the smartwatch, just as you would with your phone.

Walking Down the Block Like What Up, I’ve Got a Big Watch

What about the look and feel of smartwatches? Battery life? Will it really add that much more to your daily life to warrant such a price tag? Companies are already working with major watch manufacturers to make them look just like, if not better than, a $600 watch. Leather and metal swappable wristbands are available in various colors to go with the sleek round style.

Now what about battery life? It’s simply not convenient to charge your watch every day alongside your phone. Motorola’s “Moto 360”, coming out soon, will have a battery saving technique similar to what they already use on their “Moto X” smartphone. Because the smartwatch boasts a smaller screen with roughly the same battery size, you can expect it to keep a charge for quite some time.

Are you Ready To Buy A Smartwatch?

Are you Ready To Buy A Smartwatch?

As for convenience, will it really make things easier for that price tag? Yes! As the popularity of smartwatches rises, the price will drop. As for most smartwatches right now, most are in the sub-$200 range for a premium device. The ability to open up text messages, emails, alarms, GPS, and more, all with a simple glance at your wrist, is highly convenient. Smartwatches are rising in popularity quickly, and with Motorola’s upcoming watch, as well as Apple’s announcement later this year, everyone is going to want a smartwatch—and so will you.

Posted by Alex Worlds | Category: My Thoughts, Technology Items

How to Handle an Unruly Patron

Defuse The Difficult Situation Without  Confrontation

Defuse The Difficult Situation Without Confrontation

A passion for customer service is probably one reason why you decided to open your own business in the first place. You love the satisfaction of helping someone find just the item that they need, or helping to resolve a problem that results in everyone walking away happy. You even try to instill a sense of of duty towards serving customers in your employees. So when a situation arises where you have an unruly patron in your business, who is becoming irate or disagreeable, it can make for a very stressful situation. They could be upset for any number of reasons, from feeling mistreated by one of your employees to being upset about how much they were charged for something. Regardless of the motive, your job is to make sure that you resolve the situation peacefully. How can you do that?

Speak Calmly and Don’t Rise to an Argument

The one thing you never want to do in these situations is let yourself become embroiled in an argument. Even if the patron has been insulting to you or one of your staff members, avoid raising your voice and do not allow yourself to become visibly angry. Getting into a heated debate with a customer not only will make it much harder to resolve the situation, but other patrons around you may see the exchange occur and come away feeling as though you acted very unprofessionally. To avoid this, always wait for an upset customer to finish speaking before you respond, allow yourself a few moments to compose your thoughts, and never speak in an accusatory manner. Some customers may become even more upset when you do not rise to the occasion of a verbal argument, but you should hold your ground. Being a picture of serenity while dealing with a guest who is unhappy not only reinforces your image of professionalism in the workplace, but it could also be the key to getting someone to calm down and listen to you.

Be Firm but Pleasant, and Don’t Bend the Rules

A Business Owner Has The Right To Establish His/Her Own Rules

A Business Owner Has The Right To Establish His/Her Own Rules

Don’t insult your guest. That doesn’t mean, though, that you should coddle them. While you are speaking calmly to them about the issue at hand, make sure that your tone of voice is also firm, especially if you are explaining a matter of policy. Consistently offer to explain the policy over again, or give them some reasons as to why the situation has unfolded in the manner it has. If one of your employees was rude to them, apologize but avoid trying to make excuses or shift the blame elsewhere. If the customer is demanding something in return for their inconvenience, and it’s not something explicitly spelled out in your store policy, don’t be afraid to tell them no. Again, firmly but kindly explain that you are running a business whose purpose is to make money, and while you would be happy to work out some other arrangement with the guest, you can’t bend the rules just for them.

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Them to Leave

If It Is Too Hard To Handle Those Unruly Patrons, Ask Them To Leave

If It Is Too Hard To Handle Those Unruly Patrons, Ask Them To Leave

It’s your right as a business owner to remove someone from your premises if they are being unruly. If a customer has become so irate that they are bordering on abusive, or if they have caused damage to your establishment, don’t be afraid to have them removed from the store. Some issues simply won’t be fixable, and other times you may encounter individuals who are trying to scam you. In either case, you should ask them to leave and in extreme cases you may even consider banning them from visiting in the future. Your goal is to offer good customer service, but it shouldn’t be at the expense of your integrity.

Posted by Alex Worlds | Category: Business Help, My Thoughts

The Friend Zone Doesn’t Exist and Here’s Why

The Friend Zone Is Not Real

The Friend Zone Is Not Real

If you’re a guy, then the idea of the friend zone is probably ingrained in your vocabulary. It’s used to describe the place you end up when you want to date a woman and she just sees you as a friend. Don’t get us wrong, it can suck to be in that position, but calling it the friend zone isn’t just offensive, it’s also completely wrong. In case you were wondering, the friend zone doesn’t exist. It’s just something made up by men to make women feel bad about not dating them, and to make men feel better about the fact that they aren’t being dated. If you don’t believe us, just keep reading.

She Isn’t Obligated to Date You

Keep in mind that when you like someone, she isn’t obligated to like you back. There’s nothing in her mind that forces her to have a crush on you when you have one on her, so don’t get upset if she doesn’t feel the same way. Especially don’t make her feel like crap for not liking you. Not only does that ensure that she never will, but it also makes you seem like a huge jerk. Making her feel like she’s holding out on you will strain things, and then you won’t even get to be her friend. You might be upset, but keep it to yourself.

Friend Dates Are a Thing

Hanging Out As Friends

Hanging Out As Friends

In case you weren’t aware, women go out on friend dates all the time. If she’s asking you out, don’t assume that you’re an item. She might just want an opportunity to hang out with just you, as friends. Also remember that even if you buy her things on said date, she might just think you’re being nice. Unless she says straight up that it’s a date, assume that it’s not. You’ll end up happier because of it, and won’t get upset that you’re being strung along. She’s not leading you on, she just genuinely isn’t interested at the moment. Though, if she wants to spend time with you alone, she might be considering what it would be like to date you.

You’re Still Valuable

Even if she doesn’t want to date you, you’re still a very valuable friend to her. If you don’t think that’s enough for you, then you really need to reevaluate your position on this, because women rarely make friends with men. She’s not doing it to be an asshole to you. Honestly, if she considers you a friend, then this is a big deal. Don’t make it all about you and how you won’t be getting laid. Just take time instead to appreciate having her as a friend, and don’t let it get to you. This attitude makes her way more likely to think of you as something more anyway, and not just an angry little baby who can’t take having female friends.

Don’t Push It

Do Not Pretend To Be Her Friend

Do Not Pretend To Be Her Friend

If she’s not into you, don’t push it. Yeah, she might come to like you in time, but she might not. You never know, and it’s not your place to try and force her to fall for you. In fact, that kind of attitude will send her running in the complete opposite direction, and will make you seem really creepy on top of that. You don’t want to be that guy who thinks he’s entitled to every woman he’s interested in, do you? Probably not, so cool it. Let her come to you if she wants to, and keep being her friend if she doesn’t. Men and women can be friends without having anything romantic between them, and it can actually be a really fun experience if you’ll give it the chance.

Posted by Alex Worlds | Category: My Thoughts, Women Help