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Great Ways to Earn Extra Cash in Retirement

Bringing in a few more dollars each month can make a difference, especially if you’re living on a fixed budget. Finding ways to earn extra cash in retirement often takes a bit of time and creativity.

Here are some ideas to make money in retirement:

— Declutter and sell.

— Assist the elderly.

— Share your vehicle.

— Put pictures up for sale.

— Care for pets.

— Fix and resell items.

— Help with websites.

— Assist local sports.

— Assemble furniture.

— Volunteer to get connected.

— Babysit.

— Deliver items.

— Sell at a farmers market.

— Start a gardening service.

— Offer handyman services.

— Work at an apartment community.

— Be a notary.

— Do graphic design work.

— Tutor students.

— Be a mock juror.

— Help with research.

— Be a local tour guide.

— Sell jewelry.

Use these ideas to help you start upping your retirement income.

Declutter and Sell

Old phones, used bikes, electronics and any other gear you no longer use can be posted on sites like Facebook Marketplace or OfferUp. Include a photo, description of the item, its current condition and the price. If you give priority to those who show interest first, you can often make a quick sale.

[See: 15 In-Demand Jobs for Seniors.]

Assist the Elderly

Look on your community website for listings that request helping a senior. This might involve taking care of housework or shopping for an elderly individual. “If you once worked with numbers or bookkeeping, there are opportunities to help seniors pay their bills a few times a month,” says Mark Charnet, founder and CEO of American Prosperity Group in Pompton Plains, New Jersey.

Share Your Vehicle

Car sharing platforms like Turo and Avail connect car owners with drivers who

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6 ways sliding doors can be used as a design feature

Sliding doors can be used to separate the dining area and add depth to the space. (Recommend.my)

Why are sliding doors better than swing doors? They offer functionality and style to make a home unique.

They help to promote natural light. Though they are generally used for the balcony or terrace, they can be used throughout the home as room dividers.

Here are some interesting ways to incorporate sliding doors into the home.

1. Enhance privacy in the dining area

Sliding glass doors are a great way to create a partition between the living room and dining area.

These doors are particularly useful open when hosting dinner parties with large crowds or closed during more formal settings.

These space-saving doors also help to enhance the flow between each room.

Use different coloured glass to add a coherent balance with the rest of the interiors. (MOUS Design)

2. Separate the wet and dry kitchen

Wet and dry kitchens are a common in Malaysia. The dry kitchen is used for light cooking or as a space for food preparation and the wet kitchen is used for heavy cooking that emits grease and smoke.

Installing a sliding glass door between the two areas will distinguish between them and act as a shield to prevent unwanted odours from escaping.

Sliding glass doors can be used to separate two distinct areas of the home, such as this wet and dry kitchen. (MOUS Design)

3. Keep bathrooms sleek and stylish

Regardless if it is small or large, the bathroom could probably benefit from sliding glass doors – whether it is the entrance to a teeny-tiny bathroom or to partition a spacious one.

Sliding glass doors add a stylish element to the bathroom.

Sliding glass doors provide a convenient way to enclose the bathroom. (Pocket Square)
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Home Improvement: Safe and effective ways to clean up leaves – Salisbury Post

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Removing leaves from the yard is a task that homeowners must perform each fall. Thousands upon thousands of leaves can drop from a single tree. Multiply that by the number of trees on a property, and it’s no surprise the task of leaf cleanup can seem so daunting. Furthermore, not all leaves are shed at the same time, so several cleanup sessions may be necessary before the last leaf is banished from the yard. Just like removing snow, leaf cleanup can be a taxing job if done by hand. For people unaccustomed to exercise, cleaning up leaves can turn into quite a workout.

According to the Discovery Health Calorie Counter, raking leaves for one hour can burn nearly 292 calories. Shoulders and arms will feel the burn. Raking leaves is considered moderate physical activity, similar to brisk walking. Those who find themselves straining or out of breath should take a break, and these tips also make the job safer and easier.

• Wear layers when cleaning up leaves. It may be cool at first, but it’s easy to work up a sweat after raking for awhile. Layers can be peeled off so as not to get overheated or risk hypothermia from sweating in chilly temps.

• Pay attention to your posture while raking. James Weinstein, chairman of the Department of Orthopedics at Dartmouth Medical School, recommends forming a wide base with the feet and holding the rake slightly toward the end of the handle with one hand three-quarters of the way down the handle from the other. Do not twist the spine; move your entire body. Avoid overuse of muscles on one side of the body by switching sides periodically.

• Do not try to rake or blow leaves on windy days. Wind will only make the task

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4 Ways COVID Has Changed Home Design

There’s no place like home. 

The phrase has always been true, but especially in the last six months. What used to be a place to return to after a long day now serves multiple purposes to people all day, every day. The home is now an office, school, restaurant, gym, playroom and more. 

And with most people around the world spending significantly more time in their homes than ever before, change has inevitably occurred. 

Spending so much time at home leaves people to look at their homes and want to make changes. Research has found that 70% of Americans have completed a home improvement project during the pandemic, with more projects planned for 2021. Consequently, sales and stock prices for companies like Home Depot, Lowe’s and Sherwin Williams have seen tremendous growth in recent months. 

Home design changes and improvements have long been linked to pandemics. In fact, the design of the modern bathroom is largely due to infectious diseases. A cholera outbreak in London served as a catalyst to replace thick carpet and heavy drapes in bathrooms with tile and smooth materials that are easier to clean. It was during the 1918 flu pandemic that homeowners started installing small bathrooms on the main levels of their homes so guests could wash up without traipsing through the entire house. Powder rooms or main level guest bathrooms are a common design practice today. 

With homeowners spending more time at home and investing in home improvement projects, styles and trends are also changing. Just like how past outbreaks have changed home design, so too will the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Here are four ways home design has changed because of COVID-19. 

1 . Focus On Cleanliness And Health

One of the biggest priorities for homeowners is health and safety. Instead of choosing materials

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7 Best Ways to Finance Home Improvement Projects | Pennyhoarder

Home improvement projects have a way of increasing in priority when you’re always in the house.

The leaky kitchen faucet never really bothered you until you had to turn your kitchen table into a desk, forcing you to listen to the dribble. All. Day. Long.

Or maybe you discovered your cozy home isn’t quite big enough to also house an office, gym and school, so you need to rethink your space.

Whatever the reason and whatever the size of the project, you need to make a change — but how are you going to pay for it?

Considering the eye-popping price tag — the average cost for just a garage door replacement is $3,695 and a minor kitchen remodel surpasses $23,000 — you might not know where to start for financing your home improvement projects.

But whether the price tag is a few hundred dollars or into the triple digits, we’re here to help you decide the best way to finance your project — without winding up in debt long after the last coat of paint has dried.

7 Ways to Finance Home Improvements

Listening to financial experts talk about how to pay for your home improvement is a good idea, but what do they know about the real-life leaking roof you’re living with?

Well, Jill Emanuel is the lead financial coach at Fiscal Fitness Phoenix. She works with plenty of clients as they choose financing for their home renovations.

But she’s also a homeowner who needed to replace her entire air-conditioning system and ductwork this past spring — and in Arizona, air conditioning is not optional.

She spoke with us about how to decide which options are best for a home renovation — as well as her personal experience financing her own project.

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