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It’s not always easy to make new friends as adults, when we’re settled into routines and see the same people every day. Remember when it was as easy as saying “Hi, let’s be friends”? In today’s Service For Life! ® Free consumer newsletter, you’ll learn some ways to meet people who enjoy the same things you do.
You’ll also learn about when and how to help your grade school-aged children with their homework, simple money-saving habits you can use every day, tips to avoid the worst effects of jet lag when you travel – plus fun facts, a trivia challenge, and lots more.
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We are two sisters, one dark and one fair. In our twin towers, we are quite a pair. One is from land, one from the sea. Who are we?
(See page 4 for the answer.)
5 Ways Adults
Can Make New Friends
When we were kids, making friends was as straightforward as marching up to a new face and asking if they wanted to play. As adults, however, forging new friendships can be a little more challenging. Here are a few things to try when you want to expand your circle of like-minded friends:
- Join a Book Club: Look for local groups that already get together and do things you like to do (substitute “book club” for “knit night,” “jogging group,” “wine tasting,” or whatever else you enjoy). Meetup.com is a great place to start.
- Do Volunteer Work: When you’re passionate about a cause, it’s wonderful to hang out with others who are, too. Chances are there’s a food bank, animal shelter, or library near you that has an active volunteer program.
- Take a Class: Many community colleges have night classes on hundreds of subjects, from gardening to languages to art history. Craft shops often have regular classes, too, like embroidery or wood carving. And, of course, an exercise class at your gym is always a popular spot to meet new folks.
- Go on An Organized Tour: There are tour operators that specialize in trips for solo travelers—and it’s not hard to bond with a fellow adventurer on the same trip. Just be sure the trip you’re taking is geared toward people traveling alone (you don’t want to end up the only single traveler in a group of couples).
- Host a Friends-of-Friends Gathering: Invite some good friends over with the stipulation that they each bring a good friend you don’t already know. Everyone’s been vetted by someone you trust, and multiple people get to expand their friend network.
No matter which method (or methods) you try, remember that just showing up isn’t always enough. Someone has to start talking! Be prepared to introduce yourself to people with a compliment or question to strike up a conversation about your mutual interests.
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How To Help Grade Schoolers Succeed With Homework
Homework, a given by the time a student reaches high school, starts early for most students. Teachers even send home assignments with kindergarteners. It’s important for parents to establish healthy routines around homework, and that includes knowing when—and how—to help your young kids complete their homework assignments.
- Location, location, location: For many young children, doing homework tucked away in their room isn’t ideal. Setting up at the dining room table while you’re making dinner means they’re not lonely or distracted by toys, and you’re available to answer questions.
- Goal-setting: Some kids benefit from creating a task list for the day—and perhaps even an order in which to do things. And, as an incentive, you might withhold screen time until certain goals are met.
- Question the questioner: When your child says they don’t understand an assignment, ask what they think it means. When they ask how to spell something, ask how they think it’s spelled (and point them to a hard copy of a dictionary for kids). This gives you a chance to provide gentle guidance or encouragement while still letting kids think things through.
- Limit the lifelines: If your kid asks for help constantly, try limiting the number of questions they can ask on a given day to three. They’ll be more apt to try to solve problems on their own to save those precious lifelines.
- Redirecting: In some cases, rather than helping your kids finish all their homework, it’s best to let them turn in something that’s incomplete so they can get assistance from the teacher. This helps establish a pattern for future homework questions in high school and beyond, when the teacher may be the only source of guidance.
Above all, remember it’s crucial for children to learn how to do their own homework—don’t do it for them!
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7 Simple Money-Saving Hacks
Saving money isn’t just about getting a great deal on a big purchase or putting a percentage of each paycheck into a rainy day fund. Make saving money a daily habit with some of these small steps:
1. Change the time when you normally go out. Happy hour and movie matinees cost less than dinner or evening showings.
2. Find out what your library has to offer. You know about the books already, but your local library may also have a multitude of movies, magazines, CDs, museum passes, and even a “library of things” (think kitchen or gardening tools) you can check out for free.
3. Make double batches of dinner for next-day leftovers or freeze the extra for nights when you might otherwise get take-out.
4. Choose fabric over paper. Keep a stash of cloth rags in the kitchen to use instead of paper towels. Use cloth napkins instead of paper ones.
5. Shop secondhand. Browse local thrift stores, garage sales, or check out online auction sites like Ebid.net.
6. Set up an auto-transfer to savings accounts or IRAs. An automated bank transfer will help build your savings with zero stress. Even a small amount, bi-weekly or weekly, is better than nothing.
7. Eat more veggies. Meat generally costs more, so swap it out for more vegetables. Beans, for instance, are filling and crammed with nutrients.
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Minimizing Jet Lag
You’ve planned and saved for a vacation, and the last thing you want is to spend half of it feeling groggy. Here are things you can do before and during your trip to mitigate the impact of jet lag, which is caused by traversing several time zones and affects your internal clock.
Before you travel
- Be well-rested when you get on the plane. Being overtired before a flight can make jet lag worse.
- Try to adjust to the new time zone gradually over a few days.
- Drink lots of water.
During your flight
- Steer clear of caffeine and alcohol—dehydration exacerbates jet lag.
- Adopt the new time zone’s sleeping and eating schedule as soon as you board.
- Keep drinking water.
When you arrive
- Engage in physical activity (walking is enough!) and get outdoors as much as possible.
- Stay awake until sunset—no napping.
- Drink even more water—no kidding! It’s the best medicine.
“Who Else Wants To Win
Dinner & A Movie?”
Guess who won last month’s Trivia Question? I’m pleased to announce the lucky winner of last month’s quiz. And the winner is…drum roll please: Norman Black was the first person to correctly answer my quiz question.
Which real-life shipwreck inspired
Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick?”
a) The Two Brothers b) The Essex c) The Charles Carroll
The answer is b) The Essex. Launched in 1799, the ship was sunk by a sperm whale in 1820. Only eight of the original crew of 20 survived, found drifting at sea in a small whaleboat three months after the ship sank. So let’s move on to this month’s trivia question.
Which of these cities did a volcano destroy in 79 AD?
a) Pompeii and Atlantis b) Micenum and Mt. Vesuvius c) Pompeii and Herculaneum d) Micenum and Atlantis
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Brain Teaser Answer:
Salt and pepper
Real Estate Corner…
Q. How do I find the right house for me?
A. Make a wish list of everything you would like to have in a new house. Then make a list of everything you don’t like in your current home. These two lists will give you a good idea of where to start, and help you analyze your needs.
Buying a home requires making some compromises. You may not get everything you want, but make sure to get what you need. For example, when buying a home, the neighborhood should be your main consideration. Is the house in a neighborhood that you like and feel safe? Will you have a reasonable commute to work? Does it have a good school system? (Not only is this important if you have children; it will impact the resale value of your home down the road.) Does the area have the amenities that you’re looking for (parks, stores, and library) within a few miles?
Want to learn more? Ask for my Free Consumer Report called “8 Secrets For Saving Thousands When Buying.” I’ll send a copy right over to you.
Do you have a question related to real estate or home ownership? Please call me at 832-721-0442. Perhaps I’ll feature your question in my next issue!