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5 Cheap and Useful Ways to Protect Your Home

5 Cheap and Useful Ways to Protect Your Home

Many people think that installing a security system in their home needs to be a very expensive project. Certainly, many security systems won’t fit into your budget, but the reality is that you can find many affordable and easy ways to protect your home and avoid spending lots of money on that task.

Sometimes, when people go on a vacation or simply leave their home for a couple of hours, they leave with the fear of being robbed. We know that every home can be a vulnerable place, so you should take steps to keep your property and your home safe. Following a few simple tips and installing a few gadgets will help.

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Install fake surveillance cameras near your windows and doors

We know this is an old trick, but it is still useful! Fake cameras really do keep thieves away. You just need to find the most realistic-looking fake cameras and install them high up on your walls.

In addition to adding a fake security camera, you can also put warning stickers on your doors and windows with legends like “24-hour guarded property” or “Under video surveillance.” Despite the fact that the cameras are fake, thieves will not risk entering a house that seems to be guarded. If a security system is not in your budget, you can buy security signs and security decals that show the presence of a system even if you don’t actually have it.

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Install a secret doorbell camera

This useful security gadget lets you watch people at your doorstep right from your smartphone, no matter where you are. Some people get nervous about answering the door without knowing who is there, and if you’re one of those people, you can avoid that problem by installing one of these gadgets at home. There are many versions on the market at different sizes and prices, but you can certainly get one for less than $50-$100.

Many secret doorbell cameras have other good features like an easy installation process, easy instructions for use, and the ability to capture live footage and even talk to the people that are outside your door.

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Pretend to say “good-bye” to someone inside your home before you leave

Most of the time, people who are trying to get inside your home and steal your things are watching your moves and your daily routines. Saying goodbye to someone can make thieves think that someone is at home.

You can also leave an indoor light or the TV on to confuse thieves. If you are about to take a long vacation, instead of driving your car, contact a transportation service that can pick you up and drop you off. Some thieves think that when there are no parked cars at home, it is their time to attack.

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If you need to travel and take your car with you, try to load up the car in the garage with the door closed. If you have to carry your bags to the car in public, do it as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Do NOT publish your plans, vacations or status updates when you are out

People just love sharing ALL their plans on social media, and some research has shown that one of the most common ways that thieves find targets is by scanning the victim’s social media accounts for their status updates.

Protect your outdoor belongings

You must know that leaving things (like your bicycle, scooter, or BBQ tools) lying around your backyard or in plain sight from the street can lure thieves onto your property. Someone could easily walk away with your stuff. You should lock them in a shed or in an enclosed garage area.

Another good idea is to take some pictures of your outdoor belongings or anything of value in the backyard. That way you can check whether something is missing after you come back home.

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Last Updated on November 17, 2019

20 Creative Ways To Say Thank You

20 Creative Ways To Say Thank You

Saying, “Thank you,” can be difficult to do. Some things just demand a little something extra because of the magnitude of the favor or the depth of appreciation involved. But what can you do to say thank you in a meaningful way? Sometimes you have to get a little more creative than just firing off an email. Here are 20 creative ways to say thank you that your friends and family will remember and cherish!

1. Make a gift bag.

A unique, homemade gift bag with a custom label or a note is a simple but heartfelt way to show your appreciation for the wonderful things your friends or family have done for you.

2. Give a toast.

Many people fear public speaking more than death, giving this particular thank-you a little extra meaning. Composing a sincere, eloquent toast and delivering it is a nice way to show appreciation that truly comes from the heart.

3. Write a poem.

“Roses are red, violets are blue…” Uh, you could write that...but why not put a little extra zing in it? Find out what their favorite kind of poetry is: haiku, free verse, iambic pentameter, and so on. (Google them if you don’t know what they are.) Then write one that expresses why they deserve your thanks…and why you’re glad to give it!

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4. Create your own labels.

There are a number of websites that offer custom gift labels. Find one that fits your personality and that of your friends and create a personalized thank-you label!

5. Give a gift card.

Sometimes choosing what to give a friend can be tough. A gift card is a good way to get around this problem. As always, be sure to include a personalized note or card thanking the recipient for their friendship and help.

6. Send a letter.

Snail-mail is a largely lost art form. Don’t worry about how long the letter is, though. What really matters here is that you took the time to put pen to paper and express your feelings sincerely and honestly!

7. Use social media to send a special message.

If someone’s done something you think the whole world should know about, why not put out a social media blast? Use your blog, your Facebook, your Google+ account, and your Twitter to spread the word about why this person’s someone your friends will want to know too!

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8. Make your own digital greeting card.

While an email isn’t always the best way to go when saying thank you, a digital greeting card that you put time and effort into creating can really brighten someone’s day! Make the card reflect the recipient’s personality and compose a short message of thanks for their generosity.

9. Make a YouTube video.

Sometimes, actually hearing someone say, “Thank you,” can make all the difference. Why not take it a step further and create a special video of thanks for your friends, family, and those special people who helped make your day so important…or who helped you through that rough time?

10. Deliver cookies or candies.

Making something yourself is a fun and delightful way to say thank you to someone. Create a sampling of baked goods or homemade candies and decorate them with a simple message, or make them so they form letters! (Think Valentine’s candies, only situationally appropriate.) Attach a thank-you note or label and surprise those special people with the gift of your time and creativity.

11. Make surprise gifts for guests.

There’s no need to wait until “later” to send a thank-you message. Why not do it at the time? Create little gift packets or bags for your guests with surprises inside. This is a great way to say thanks to the people who attended your event, and make sure they won’t want to miss the next one!

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12. Put together a flower basket.

Whether you prefer fresh or artificial flowers, assembling a flower basket with a thank-you note is an excellent way to brighten someone’s day and show you appreciate them.

13. Take a picture.

Sometimes capturing the moment is the best way to put a smile on someone’s face. Have someone take a picture of you receiving that special gift or opening that surprise package and send the giver a copy with a quick but sincere note to say thanks!

14. Repay their generosity by paying it forward.

The best gifts come from the heart, and the best way to repay a gift is to pay it forward. If your friend has a special cause they care about or something they believe in passionately, why not make a donation in their name or volunteer some of your time to the cause? This will mean more than any number of cookies, candies, or thank-you notes because you’re taking your friend’s love and spreading it around to others.

15. Do something special for them.

Take them out to dinner. (See “make a toast.”) Give them that movie they’ve been wanting forever. Cook them dinner and give them a present when they arrive. Any of these are good options for showing someone you really appreciate them and how grateful you are to have them in your life.

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16. Reciprocate their help.

Everyone needs help sometime. Whether it’s holding their hand through a particularly traumatic incident or helping them replace the alternator in their car, being there when they need it shows you remember what they did for you and how much it meant. It also shows that you’re willing to be just as good a friend to them as they were to you!

17. Be there for them.

Not every thank-you gesture has to be a grand public spectacle. Sometimes just giving them a place to come hang out when they’re lonely or showing up to offer them a sympathetic shoulder means the world to a person.

18. Listen to them.

Listening is almost as lost an art as the handwritten letter. When your friend or family member needs to talk, listen to them. Ask questions when appropriate, but just letting them know you’re there and paying attention to them to the exclusion of all else for a little while is a great way to say thank you for the times they listened to you.

19. Say it in another language…or two…

A simple thank you is great…but why not spice it up a little? Instead of just saying, “Thank you,” write or make a video of you telling them thank you in different languages. Some examples might be, “Gracias! Merci! Danke schoen! Spasibo! Mahalo!” and any other ways or languages you can think of. (The ones listed above are Spanish, French, German, Russian, and Hawaiian, in case you were wondering.) If you want to really get tricky about it, say a short phrase in each language that conveys why you’re thanking them!

20. Show them some love.

A simple touch, a hug, or helping out when they need it without being asked may be the most powerful gratitude message you can send. Offer to take the dogs for a walk, sit for the kids for a few hours, or run to the grocery store so they don’t have to. The little things are often the most important and meaningful. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still send a note, but sometimes your simple presence and willingness to help is all that really matters.

Featured photo credit: Hanny Naibaho via unsplash.com

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