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Headline: Achieve Morning Person Status

Ever wish you could become one of those rare morning people? The ones that wake with a start, feeling refreshed and energized. The ones that get in that morning workout or wrap up some work before many of us even hit the snooze button for the first time. Here are five tips to help you achieve that early bird status!

  1. Create a morning schedule. Physically write down the things you’d like to complete in the morning and set a time for each. Then stick with it. Once you force yourself out of bed early one or two weeks consistently, you’ll find it gets easier and easier to do.
  2. Let the light in. Whether natural or artificial, light tells your brain its time to get up and get going. If your room lacks large windows where you can open the blinds up, consider investing in a timed lamp or alarm clock with a light.
  3. Prep and eat breakfast. Although there are many of us who chose the skip breakfast, it is key to perking up your energy in the morning. Try prepping protein-focused meals the night before or grab a yogurt or fruit and try to consume it right after you wake.
  4. Get your body moving. Whether it’s a short walk around your neighborhood or a rigorous 5:30 am spin class, getting your blood pumping will help wake up your body and has a ton of other benefits, like stress and anxiety reduction.
  5. Feed your mind. Stimulate your brain and do something you enjoy first thing in the morning. Try reading a favorite book, catching up on the news, doing daily meditation, or setting intentions.

Headline: Make Your House Appear Canine-Free

During the process of selling your home, you will be constantly hosting open houses and having potential buyers in for showings. To show your home in the very best light possible, you’ll want to keep it spotless. As most pet owners know, this can be a little difficult with your furry ball of love running around the house. Here are our top tips to help keep your home neat and tidy.

  1. Keep your pet groomed. Take your pet to a professional groomer before you list and keep regular appointments. Then, in between, brush them daily outside to keep as much unwanted shedding off your carpet and furniture as possible.
  2. Fill scratch marks. Do your best to cover up and fill any scratch marks from pet nails. Paint over marks on walls, doors, and window sills and try using sandpaper and wood polish to buff out any on your wooden floors.
  3. Clean grout and trimming. Even if you have tile floors that are mostly resistant to pet accidents, the grout in between is not. Take time to scrub those porous areas that may hold on to stains. Additionally, deep clean your baseboards where small pet hairs love to accumulate.
  4. Cover your furniture. Although it may be a little unsightly temporarily, consider covering your couches and chairs with blankets. This will limit the amount of cleaning you will need to do before an open house or showing. Just remove the cover and give them a quick vacuum.
  5. Dispel pet odors. Try using an air purifier or odor-absorbing charcoal to remove any unwelcoming smells prior to inviting prospective buyers into your home.

Headline: Save or Pay? Which Route Should You Choose

The balancing act between paying more than the minimum payment to rid yourself of debts and building solid savings can be a difficult one for some. Here are some things to consider when making this decision.

  • What’s the interest rate on your loan or credit card? If your debt carries high interest, choosing to pay more and settle that bill first can be more financially beneficial in the long run. You will likely gain more by paying it off than the return on the average savings account or stock if you were to invest that sum.
  • Do you have a cushioned savings account? Failing to maintain a solid emergency fund can potentially get you into bigger financial trouble down the road. Anything from a tire replacement on your car to an expected doctor bill can throw you off track. It is recommended to try and pad your account with enough money to cover at least three months of living expenses.
  • Do you have an employer match through your job? If your job offers a retirement savings plan that has an employer match available, you want to contribute at least the maximum amount each month for the match. Forfeiting that benefit is essentially turning down free money.
  • Will payments reduce your monthly minimum? Making payments to standard loans such as student loans and mortgages generally only reduces the outstanding principal. Paying over the minimum usually doesn’t cause your lender to recalculate and lower your monthly payment. In a case like this, it may be more beneficial to save some extra money instead.

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