- Find an alternative power source. Always be prepared for any emergencies by investing in an alternative power source — like a power pack or solar charger. Make sure you have extra batteries on hand in your home for gadgets like your phone or flashlight. And if possible, try to look for places outside your home that will let you charge your electronics so you won't be drying out your power sources.
- Limit your usage. Prioritize what's important. Use your gadgets conservatively since you don't have a reliable power source.
- Communicate with your office mates. Keep your colleagues and boss updated on your situation, and let them know if you will be inaccessible or if you will be available only intermittently. If you are unable to work, notify them as soon as you are able. Keep an open line of communication so they aren't left wondering what you're up to.
- Stay comfortable. Above all else, it's important to be comfortable to be able to concentrate on your work. Stay nourished and hydrated with items you've packed in your emergency kit — nonperishable food items and at least one gallon of water a day. Keep warm by properly insulating your room and layering your clothes, and consider investing in a propane heater (but be cautious when using one!). Keep cool in a heat wave by making sure you're drinking enough water, taking cool showers, and more.
- Get out of the house. If your home situation is unbearable, find another location to work from, such as a friend's house or a public space that may have better heating or cooling.
- Keyboard your tablet. Use your tablet with a keyboard instead of a laptop. The battery life of a tablet is longer, so you can save your batteries for other uses.
- Seek out pay phones. Go old school and look for the pay phone that's closest to you. Try to rely on them for calls (if it's convenient) so that you're not burning through your phone's batteries.
- Find other ways to go online. If the Internet's down, you might be lucky enough to access it through your phone if you've signed up for a tethering plan with your carrier. However, that extra feature can be pricey and cost anywhere from $20 to $30 a month. If you really need to access the Internet, there are often public spaces you can go to access free WiFi at libraries or establishments such as Starbucks and Whole Foods.
You're in luck — we've reopened orders for our December POPSUGAR Must Have box! The first round sold out so quickly that we decided to increase our inventory to allow for more subscribers and more Must Have fun. In case you missed it, we just revealed everything amazing inside our October Must Have box, and we're still loving all your reactions to our September Must Have box as well. We have exciting surprises in store for our December box and are having so much fun filling January, February, and more. Join POPSUGAR Must Have to receive handpicked items our editors love — from fashion, beauty, home, fitness, and entertainment!
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If you were to stop and go through the quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies weighing down your purse or cluttering up your car cup holder, how much do you think you'd collect? $10? $25? Well, according to the experts at Coinstar, the average amount cashed in for eCertificates and/or gift cards at their coin kiosks is a whopping $56 — twice as much as people think they have. Talk about a nice, unexpected chunk of change as we head into the holiday season (especially since so many of us go over budget on holiday shopping!).
Our advice to you: make every coin count! Take a few minutes to grab all the spare change "jingle-belling" in your purses, pockets, car, and desk drawers, then hit your local Coinstar kiosk, where you can turn the contents of your coin jar into cash or no-fee eCertificates from popular brands, including Amazon, iTunes, Gap, and Starbucks. Click here to find the Coinstar kiosk closest to you.
Now that you know there might be more change lying around than you think, what would you do with those extra pennies this holiday?
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- Reasons to choose traditional books over ebooks — Wise Bread
- Are men intimidated by strong, smart, and successful women? — HuffPost Women
- 18 clever organizing tricks — Real Simple
- How to train for a marathon when you work 100 hours a week — The Grindstone
- The new way to haggle online — AllYou
- Friends in town? Ways to entertain without going broke — The Daily Muse
We're happy to present this article from our partner site Yahoo! Shine:
Bad hair days can make us depressed, so it may come as no surprise that some women are addicted to blow-outs. In New York City, ladies spend thousands of dollars a year for sleek, shiny hair and perfectly tamed curls. Gabby Fraenkel, 23, told The New York Post, "I've been getting three to four blow-outs a week for as long as I can remember." Fraenkel's biweekly salon blow-outs are $40 a pop, and she pays $65 for house calls. Annually, that adds up to around $7,500, or 15 percent of her $50,000 salary. "[It's] something I do for 'me' to feel good inside and out," she told the Post.
Lauren Pressman, 32, prefers the $20 blow-outs at Yani Hair Salon on Manhattan's Upper East Side. "I can't remember the last time I washed my hair," Pressman told the Post. "I've been here every week twice a week for five years." Though her salon visits over the past five years have cost her $10,000, she thinks they're worth it. "It's definitely an addiction: all the compliments and looking good, it spoils you," she admits. "I've never had a guy compliment my shoes, but a million guys have complimented my hair."
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- Sheldon Adelson, 79, chairman and CEO of Las Vegas Sands Corporation: $44.2 million
- Harold Simmons, 81, owner of $9 billion company Contran Corporation: $22 million
- Bob J. Perry, 80, owner of a real estate firm worth about $650 million: $18.3 million
- Robert Rowling, 58, owner of TRT Holdings, which is the parent company of Gold's Gym and Omni Hotels: $5.1 million
- William Koch, 72, invests in oil and other industries and has a $4 billion net worth: $4 million
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It's October and the leaves have changed, so we want to curl up by a candle and tear into the most anticipated book release of the year. Of course, we couldn't send out our October box without including candy, and we're especially thrilled to share gummy treats from Dylan's Candy Bar, heaven for anyone with a sweet tooth. Finally, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and as women, it's especially important to stay involved in this cause, which affects all of our lives. That's why we're excited to include pink products that help support important charities. We're thrilled to show you what was in our October POPSUGAR Must Have box!
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One of the savviest moves to make is to buy generic items over name brand. You'll be saving a few dollars or more off every product, which can amount to a decent amount of savings come checkout time.
In many instances, store-brand items are just as good as their more well-known counterparts. A recent Reddit thread discussed which generic products can live up to the name-brand ones. Here are the tried and tested opinions from Reddit users: