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    • Conquer Campus Life With Top Tech

      7 October 2022

      (Family Features) Make each day in the classroom or lecture hall an educational success with technology that makes learning more enjoyable and managing all of life’s little details easier. From wearables that keep you connected to gadgets that encourage creativity, get educated about this season’s top technology to take to school.

      Lightweight, Powerful Computing
      Designed to move with you throughout your day, the Galaxy Book Go 5G combines the best features of your smartphone with personal computer performance and productivity. You can answer emails over a latte before school, take notes during class, browse social media during lunch or video call a loved one before dinner with always on, always connected flexibility. Powered by the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G Compute Platform, the device delivers instant boot speeds that allow you to turn on and immediately use your laptop, and lightning-fast 5G connectivity speeds to complete assignments and submit work quickly from nearly anywhere.

      Creative Expression
      Any of today’s smartphones support more than basic call functions, but the Samsung Galaxy S22 powers creativity and self-expression all at once. Built on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Mobile Platform, this smartphone also inspires a creator’s mind with a high-end camera, intelligent personal assistant and elite gaming experience. It delivers groundbreaking innovations in artificial intelligence, photography, gaming and connectivity, and is built with a bold, environmentally conscious design that makes it as aesthetically pleasing as it is high performing.

      Time for a Watch That Does More
      A powerful smartwatch won’t just help you make it to class on time; it’s a handy way to stay connected, keep tabs on your health and more. For example, the Fossil Gen 6 Touchscreen Smartwatch runs WearOS by Google and is powered by the Snapdragon Wear 4100+ Platform, providing users faster application load times, highly responsive user experiences and more efficient power consumption. Key features include increased battery charging speed, upgraded health and wellness sensors, a swim-proof speaker and microphone, improved connectivity with Bluetooth 5 and more.

      Sensational Sound
      There are wireless earbuds then there are Noble Audio’s Falcon ANC equipped with Snapdragon Sound, enabling these earphones to deliver robust connectivity with high-resolution music streaming, low latency for immersive gaming and super wideband voice for crystal-clear calls. With hybrid noise canceling and multi-pairing, multipoint connection capability, these earbuds offer a high level of versatility for downtime entertainment. You can further customize your experience with the app that allows you to finetune a wide selection of settings.

      Headset Hero
      Designed from the ground up to drive advanced features, Snapdragon XR2 is the force behind the Meta Quest 2 headset’s freedom of movement and high-resolution display. This headset allows you to become completely immersed in the virtual reality applications and games you play for maximum adventure experiences. Even better, hundreds of hit games, one-of-a-kind experiences and a growing community await users of this next-level hardware that’s both easy to set up and safe to use.

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    • How to Amp Up Your Morning Cup of Joe

      7 October 2022

      There’s nothing like a nice, warm cup of coffee to start your morning off right, but sometimes black coffee with a dash of milk and two sugars isn’t quite enough to get you going through your busy day. Try these fun tricks to add a little excitement to your cup of joe. 

      Flavor It
      Skip a trip to the coffee shop and save a little extra cash by making your own flavored coffee right at home. Bottles of flavored syrups are available at most grocery stores, as well as online. Try the classics like vanilla, hazelnut and caramel. Or, switch it up and add fun flavors like lavender, pumpkin, peppermint, rose and raspberry to your morning pick-me-up.

      Sprinkle It
      Want to add flavor but don’t want to add the calories? Sprinkle your cup of joe with spices like cinnamon and nutmeg to give your coffee a delicious kick.

      Drizzle It
      Amp up your cup with a sweet little twist. Drizzle chocolate or caramel syrup inside your mug before pouring your coffee. Not enough? Drizzle more on top and enjoy!

      Steam It
      Coffee and milk are a long-time dynamic duo. But even the reliable go-tos can sometimes use a little tweaking every now and then. Make this classic pairing even better by steaming your milk before you mix the two together.

      Switch It
      Sugar is sweet, but you know what’s even sweeter? A little variety! Find new ways to sweeten your coffee with other natural sweeteners such as agave, honey and maple syrup. 

      Blend It
      Become your own barista! Combine coffee, ice, sweetener and milk in a blender and blend until smooth. Top with whip cream and enjoy your blended coffee from the comfort of your own home without the strain on your wallet.

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    • What to Buy and Not Buy at the Dollar Store

      7 October 2022

      A visit to the dollar store is a little like a treasure hunt, and it’s easy to load up your basket. But consumer advisors note that while some items at these discount stores are well worth stocking up on, others are sorely lacking in quality. Here are the best values to be found at the dollar store—and a few things better left behind.

      Do Purchase:

      • Hair Accessories - Scrunchies, barrettes, headbands and other hair accessories often get lost and don’t usually last long anyway. Buying them on the cheap makes sense. 
      • Greeting Cards - Prices at the drug store or food market are outrageous, but we love to send and receive them. Buying them at the dollar store is the answer.
      • Cleaning Products - Brand names and knock-offs in soaps, detergents, and other household cleansers, as well as sponges, rubber gloves, plastic buckets and more are among the best values at the dollar store.
      • Disposable Bakeware - From turkey-sized tin foil bakeware to disposable pie pans, lasagna pans and more, buy them here at less than half the price you’ll pay for them elsewhere.
      • Gift Wrap and Party Goods - Most dollar stores stock a huge array of gift bags and wrap, tissue paper, ribbon, and party paper goods and plastic ware at the lowest prices you’ll find anywhere. Stock up.
      • Picture Frames - If you’re big on framing family photos, the dollar store is the place to buy a variety of sturdy, attractive frames at amazingly inviting prices.

      Steer Clear of:  
      • Electronics - In general, electronics such as headphones, HDMI cords, and USB chargers purchased at the dollar store won't survive daily use, and may even lead to safety issues.  
      • Food Storage Containers - When dealing with food storage, you should be   careful about materials and ingredients. According to some reports, unless they are major brands, they may contain possible harmful chemicals. 
      • Toys - When it comes to toys, you mostly get what you pay for - and toys at the dollar store tend to be poor quality and break quickly. An exception may be picture puzzles, because pieces tend to get lost easily, so you might as well buy them cheap.
      • Batteries - While they may be packaged as branded ones, they tend to be poorly manufactured and may empty quickly, or worse, may leak.

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    • Americans are Turning to Side Hustles to Combat Inflation

      6 October 2022

      (Family Features) As inflation increases, many Americans are looking for ways to make some extra cash to reach financial goals faster, save for a big purchase or simply make ends meet. In fact, 41% of Americans need additional income from sources like side hustles, according to a Bankrate survey, up from 31% in 2019.
      The rise of the gig economy and a variety of side hustle options may be a solution for some. One option, the Spark Driver platform, powers delivery services for Walmart, Sam’s Club and other retailers, allowing drivers to deliver everything from groceries and cleaning supplies to tools and home decor. Available in more than 600 cities and all 50 states, the platform allows independent contractors to earn money by delivering or shopping and delivering orders in flexible, convenient time windows of their choosing.
      What is a Side Hustle?
      Different from full-time or part-time employment, a side hustle is a flexible way to provide services while being your own boss. You control which opportunities you want to take and can independently supplement your primary income or bridge the gap between jobs. Side hustles can even provide opportunities for people who can’t work traditional jobs. In fact, 93% of Americans have a side hustle, according to research from, and 44% of survey respondents said they’re doing it to make ends meet. Gig opportunities, like shopping orders and delivering goods using your personal vehicle, are increasingly popular as side hustles.
      Benefits of Side Hustles
      While most people turn to side hustles because of the potential for additional earnings, there are other benefits that can make them a fit for you and your situation, such as:

      • Flexibility and Convenience: Available almost anywhere at times that work for your schedule, side hustles allow you to be your own boss and earn extra cash when you want. Be sure to pick one that fits your schedule and can be done at any time. Many offer different windows of time to complete the service and let you choose where you’re willing to travel to, which makes it easy to plan around other obligations.
      • Earning Potential: Many people turn to side hustles as a supplement to full-time positions with specific, money-oriented goals in mind. For example, most drivers on the Spark Driver platform drive as a secondary source of income. In order to reach a desired goal, it’s important to know how much you can expect to earn. When receiving an offer, the platform will show the minimum amount you earn for completing the delivery, so drivers know their earnings before accepting offers. Most deliveries also allow for tips, and incentives and referrals create additional opportunities for increasing earnings.
      • Simplicity: The ideal side hustle is one that can be done without heavy investment or training. Many gig opportunities offer quick sign-up processes through easy-to-use apps and only require a background check, smartphone, valid driver’s license and operational vehicle.
      Learn more about how to make extra cash through gig opportunities by visiting or downloading the app.

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    • Should You Get a Store Credit Card?

      6 October 2022

      If you make a purchase at a department store or another type of business, an employee may ask you if you would like to sign up for a store credit card that can be used exclusively to buy items at that chain. Doing so can offer benefits and save you money, but it can also cost you. 

      You May Qualify for Substantial Discounts
      Often, when retailers offer a store credit card, they sweeten the deal by providing a discount on items that are being purchased at that time. If you’re making an expensive transaction, that initial discount can save you a significant amount of money.

      Retailers typically reward loyal customers by providing ongoing opportunities to save. After you sign up for a store credit card, you may regularly receive additional discounts and coupons that consumers without store credit cards don’t get. You may be able to use those discounts on items that are already on sale. 

      You May Pay a Lot in Interest
      Store credit cards tend to have higher interest rates than traditional credit cards. If you’re disciplined and you pay off your balance in full each month, that won’t be a problem. If, however, you carry a balance from month to month, those interest charges can add up. Even if you get discounts at the time of purchase, the total you wind up spending in interest may be much more than the amount you save.

      Your Credit May Improve, or It May Suffer
      If you have a low credit score and you’ve had trouble getting approved for a traditional credit card, you may have a better chance at getting a store credit card. Since store cards have higher interest rates, they have less stringent guidelines to qualify. If you get a store credit card and use it responsibly, you can build your credit. 

      Any time you apply for a new line of credit, the business checks your credit. A hard inquiry is reported to the credit bureaus, and it causes your credit score to take a small hit. If you have too many hard inquiries in a short period of time, that can cause more harm and can make it difficult to qualify for another form of credit, such as a mortgage or a car loan.

      The credit limits on store credit cards are usually lower than the limits on traditional credit cards. If you don’t pay off your balance in full each month, you may quickly find yourself approaching your limit. A high credit utilization ratio (percentage of available credit you are using) can hurt your credit score.

      Is a Store Credit Card Right for You?
      Applying for a store credit card may or may not be a wise move. It depends on your circumstances and how you would use the card. Weigh the pros and cons carefully before you make a decision.

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