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10 Free Online Resources That Can Make Your Life Better

10 Free Online Resources That Can Make Your Life Better

With just a little bit of time to spare and some digging around on the internet, it’s easy to come across free online resources. I have utilized some myself. Now after doing more research, I look forward to trying out a few others too. Here are ten of online resources that may be beneficial to your life too:

1. Free Online Education

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    Alison provides over 750 free online diploma and certificate courses in a range of categories. The categories of courses available are: Diploma Courses, Business and Enterprise Skills, Digital Literacy & IT Skills, Personal Development and Soft Skills, Languages, Schools Curriculum, Health & Safety & Compliance, Health Literacy, and Financial & Economic Literacy. There are also other services and resources, study groups, and a community page available on the site.

    2. Money Saving Tips

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      The Pennyhoarder is a site that compiles inspiring money stories and practical tips about how to earn and save. They provide information on a variety of topics relating to: money hacks (money saving tips), work from home, budgeting, coupons, freebies, and more. Many of the tips are simple and straight forth, making it easy to utilize in our own lives.

      3. Swap Your Unwanted Clothes

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        Rehash is a free clothing, shoes, accessories, jewelry, and makeup swap site. The site says, “Rehash is free to use. There are no listing fees or trading fees; you simply pay for your own shipping and trade as much as you want. Exchange what you don’t wear for stuff you will wear.” I personally haven’t tried any of the swapping sites yet, but it might be a great way to get rid of all the jeans we no longer fit into, or that “what was I thinking?!” polka dot blouse in exchange for someone else’ unwanted items. It seems you photograph your items, add a description, wait for offers, and request trades.

        4. Money Saving Coupons

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          Find 100’s of coupons for grocery, household and personal care items. As the Coupons site says, “just click, print and save!” Grocery bills can add up quick every week; why not take advantage of extra savings with coupons?! Match them with sale items for an even better deal too. They also offer coupon codes and cashback offers.

          5. Nature and Relaxing

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            Calmsound, An Oasis of Relaxation, offers free, calming nature sounds and videos. Rain, ocean, waterfall, country garden and more. Take a break to ‘get away’ for a few moments at work, or relax to the sounds while laying in bed at night. Calming sounds can help to relieve stress along with relaxing the mind and body. CD’s of these nature sounds are also available for sale.

            6. Educational Games for Kids

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              Learning Games for Kids offers a huge variety of games and activities for preschool and elementary school aged children. These games will help to build skills in areas such as math, language arts, science, social studies, and more. Fun for children, yet challenging and educational too.

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              7. Free Gift Cards

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                Earn points to receive free gift cards by performing various online activities such as watching videos, playing games, taking surveys, and more through Swagbucks. The more time you put into the activities, the faster your points will grow. Generally, the more tedious the task, the more points it’s worth. For example, completing a 15 minute survey offers more points than watching a 30 second video. On occasion, ‘Swag Codes’ are available for free points through their blog and social media sites. Gift cards are redeemed through the Rewards Store, with thousands of rewards available. Just to give you an idea, you can receive a $5.00 Amazon gift card by redeeming 500 Swag Bucks (points).

                8. CPR and First Aid

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                  Knowing CPR and First Aid basics is important for everyone. We never know if or when we’ll need it, but it’s best to be prepared. FirstAidWeb offers both these courses for free, and they adhere to the most recent American Red Cross and American Heart Association guidelines.

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                  9. Be Prepared For Emergencies

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                    Sites like Emergency and Disaster Supplies offers various emergency supplies, both for free and for purchase. It’s important for you and your family to have a plan in place should the need ever arise. There are many free downloadable PDF’s for emergency contacts, an emergency kit checklist, contact and medical information carry cards, and more. There are also other links listed for government sites, weather, services, and training resources.

                    10. Product Samples Can Be Found Through Free Online Resources Too!

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                      Product samples allow us to try items before spending the money on full size containers, potentially saving us money in the long run. Samples are also great to toss into luggage, purses or overnight bags too. Sites like My Savings offers free samples, coupons, giveaways and more.

                      With the vast information available to us now through the internet, there are tons of free online resources that we can utilize in our own lives. Useful tips and resources, free of charge, are right at our fingertips!

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                      How to Increase Brain Power: 10 Simple Ways to Train Your Brain

                      How to Increase Brain Power: 10 Simple Ways to Train Your Brain

                      How often do you think about your brain? Do you ever stop to marvel at its incredible power and supreme cleverness? Or at least check in and give it a little spring clean and a recharge it from time to time?

                      If you’re like the majority, then your answer will likely be “no”.

                      Astoundingly, we only use around 10% of our brains yet we seldom think to invest in a little training every now and then.

                      For a long time, scientists believed that we were stuck with the brain we were born with! Luckily for us, that hypothesis has gone out the window!

                      Enter neuroplasticity – a new theory that has proven one very incredible fact: Our brains can change.

                      This means, if you’re not very intelligent in one area – that’s OK! You have the option to literally ‘change that area of your brain’ through some little trainings.

                      Your brain is a muscle. You need to exercise it regularly.

                      The exciting thing is that you don’t have to be a millionaire to increase your brain capacity. All you need to do is invest some time to regularly train your brain.

                      So how to increase brain power?

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                      Here are 10 simple ways to increase your brain power and improve your intelligence!

                      1. Do something new

                      When you experience something ‘new’, that actually ‘stimulate’ your brain!

                      Don’t get stuck in a rut doing the same old things – the only way to change the structure of your brain is to do something new. This creates new neural pathways, increasing your intelligence level.

                      You could take a new route to work, try a new recipe for dinner, or even a new form of exercise – mix them up!

                      2. Ditch the GPS

                      Gone are the days of map reading! Sat Nav may have made our lives easier, it has also made our brains lazier and less efficient at the same time!

                      Go back to the old school and use a map to navigate every now and then. This exercises the part of your brain responsible for understanding spatial relationships.

                      3. Ban the calculator

                      Remember back at school when we were taught to use our brains to do simple sums like times tables? It’s incredible how we now rely on devices like smart-phones and laptops to calculate really simple equations.

                      Resist the urge to work things out using an external device and use the device you were born with – your brain!

                      4. Be curious

                      Instead of taking everything at face value, get into the habit of questioning everyday things/products, services that you come into contact with.

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                      By being ‘curious’ and questioning everything, you force your brain to innovate and create new ideas.

                      Curiosity may have killed that cat but it created super important things like electricity and computers!

                      5. Think positive

                      Stress and anxiety kill existing brain neurons and also stop new neurons from being created.

                      Research has shown that positive thinking, especially in the future tense, speeds up the creation of cells and dramatically reduces stress and anxiety.

                      Try and get a handle on negative thoughts and make an effort to replace them with positive ones.

                      Not sure how to do it? Take a look at this article:

                      How to Turn Off Negative Thoughts in Your Mind

                      6. Exercise regularly

                      It’s been proven that regular exercise helps to increase brain function and enhances neurogenesis. This means that every time you exercise, you are creating new brain cells!

                      Here’re 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise, get off the couch and get moving!

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                      Your brain will thank you for it.

                      7. Train your memory

                      How often do you hear people say “I wish I had a better memory!’ Yet no-one does anything about this!

                      If you discipline yourself to memorize phone numbers and other important numbers (passport, credit card, insurance, driving license) you will start to see a marked improvement in your memory.

                      8. Eat healthy

                      Our diets have a HUGE impact on brain function. Our brains consume over 20% of all nutrients & oxygen that we consumed – so remember to feed your brain with the good stuff! (i.e. fresh fruit and veg & plenty of OMEGA 3 oils found in oily fish)

                      Here’re more healthy foods that will boost your brain power:

                      10 Healthy Foods That Make You Smarter

                      9. Read a book

                      Reading relieves tension and stress, which is brain-cell killers because it’s a form of escapism.

                      Research has also shown that using your imagination is a great way to train your brain because you force your mind to ‘picture’ what you are imagining. Reading is a great way to trigger your imagination!

                      Reading every day helps your thinking and imagination, learn more about it here:

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                      10 Benefits of Reading: Why You Should Read Every Day

                      10. Get enough sleep

                      Sleep is like a mini detox for the brain. This is when your body regenerates cells and removes all the toxins that have built up during the day.

                      Get to bed between the hours of 9pm and midnight to benefit from the most effective hours of sleep!

                      If you have difficulty sleeping, you should read this guide:

                      The Ultimate Night Routine Guide: Sleep Better and Wake Up Productive

                      An intelligent brain comes from hard work

                      If you do take my suggestion and do these things consistently, you’ll soon realize your brain is sharper and you can remember more stuff.

                      You don’t need to do everything all at once, pick one to two and start making them your daily habit.

                      Intelligence comes from hard work. Make effort to train your brain and you’ll become smarter.

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