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Month: April 2016

How to Haggle with Your Landlord When Your Lease Renews

When you’re renewing your lease as a renter, don’t just assume you need to keep paying the same price. If you’re a good tenant, your landlord most likely wants to keep you around. You can haggle within reason for lower rent if it’s the right time to do so. There are a number of factors to consider to make sure you have ground to stand on, but if all the elements align, don’t miss the opportunity to do so. Here are three tips for how to haggle with your landlord to reduce your rent payment. Compare Other Real Estate Trends The first step is deciding whether it’s time to haggle over your rent is to review other real estate trends. If the housing market in your community is in a downward spiral, that’s the perfect time to haggle over how much you’re paying per month. When there are other properties up for grabs at better prices, this gives your landlord serious incentive to negotiate. Look up some home listings online and show them to your landlord to back up your case. When dealing with your landlord, always be polite and courteous, but be firm about the fact that you’re aware…

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Games That Will Suck In Any Fantasy Fan

Fantasy is at the heart of gaming. Though recent years have seen an overtaking in shooters, many foundational games arm players with the sword and spell. For a fan of high fantasy looking to get into gaming, however, picking a game can be rather daunting. With such a wide library, what’s actually worth checking out? Here are a couple of fantastic fantasy games for any fan. Telltale’s Game of Thrones game for PC The fantasy series has made its way into the realm of games. Telltale is known for acclaimed adventure games such as their series based on The Walking dead, making this game highly anticipated. Though George RR Martin, author of the books the show and game are based on, is not writing this personally, it is being approved to make sure the characters, events, and lore can all be considered canon for the series. You take on the role of a member of House Forrester, a noble family that supports the Starks, as well as the intake of valuable Ironwood into the markets. As the war begins to sweep their small house up, you must navigate the shaky political landscape to keep your small house from meeting its…

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How to Tell if the Art Program You Are Using is No Good

With the rise of digital art and digital media in general, art based programs have become a really important part of any budding artists possessions. There are plenty of different art programs to choose from, some of them extremely expensive and only available to the people who have the money to spend on something like that, and some of them completely free and not always in the best of conditions. Those are the kinds that you can never be quite sure if you are dealing with a dud program or you yourself are just having a hard time understanding what you should be doing with it. That is why we have compiled some tips to help you figure out if the art program you are using is no good. Lacking Layers The most important thing that any art program needs is the ability to work with layers. The majority of programs have this option and it is the greatest tool that any digital artist can use. That is why, if you find yourself using a program that does not have the ability to let you work with layers, you should definitely drop that program and find a different one to…

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One Advertising Trick that Doesn’t Work as Well as You Think

Companies come up with marketing strategies around the clock, so that their services can reach as many people as possible. While some advertising tricks and strategies can work wonders for some companies, there are others that actually end up doing a lot more harm than good. One particular strategy can be seen everywhere from television, to the Internet, and even on billboards and radios. This strategy has gained tons of popularity, but popularity doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s a good strategy. Actually, the act of calling out a competitor’s company as a way to advertise ones own product can be frowned upon in the business world. It Makes It Look Like Your Company Can’t Stand On Its Own When you call out a competitor’s company in an advertisement, it tells people that you are relying on the competing company to help you sell your product. Take a company selling a product for example. The company should be able to announce the product and demonstrate why it is great without comparing it to other products. When you compare your company to another company (or its products), it shows people that you see them as a threat. If you see them as…

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Packing Good Food For A Long Trip

Whether with family or friends, road trips can be a lot of fun. But they can have their fair share of stress, too. After cramming your suitcases into your car, fitting your kids into their seats and playing a game of car tetris to arrange everything so you can still see out of the back, you’re finally ready to go. And the last thing you want to think about is spending tons of money on food while you’re on the road, or stress out over unfolding everyone from the car only to have to pack them back in again and deal with fights about who gets to sit where. Thankfully there are plenty of great foods you can pack and keep safely in your car to minimize both stress and spending. Breakfast If you subscribe to the Sunday paper, you’ve probably gotten sample boxes of cereal. They’re great to save for road trips. Did you know the box can be used as a bowl? Cut the side of the box, open the plastic bag and pour the cereal directly inside the box. Then add milk, and you have a great on the go breakfast. Breads are also a great option,…

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Methods to Improve Word of Mouth Advertising for Your Company or Business

Owning a company or business is a great experience, but it is a lot of work. If you want to be successful, you need to make sure that people actually know about you and your company. To do this, you need to advertise. Advertising is essential for any company or business to succeed and have a chance at becoming popular. Word of mouth advertising is one of the best methods to ensure that you get the clients and customers you need. However, it’s not the easiest thing in the world to do. You need to know the best ways to improve your word of mouth advertising so that you can help your company or business be as successful as possible in the long run. Here’s what you need to know: Does It Really Make a Difference? You may be wondering if word of mouth advertising really makes that much of a difference in the long run. The truth is that this is one of the most common and most successful ways to advertise your company or business. It is tried and true, and you can’t really go wrong. It definitely takes effort in order to hold up good word of…

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P90X: Is it for You?

Everyone wants to get the best results that they can now. That might mean test results, lab results, or (the most popular) exercise results. We’re a country that has been raised to live in the moment, so it’s hard to work out for weeks at a time with nothing to show for it but a little less beer gut. Because of this many people skip as much as they can and go straight for the big guys. There was a huge fad of that revolving around P90X, the workout system. It’s known for being intense, with ripped guys working it out. With that kind of reputation and backup then it must work, right? Yes, and no. It’s not for everyone, but it’s up to you to decide whether it’s right for you. Do You Even Lift? Are you already in shape? If you are, then you’re on a good path to P90X. If you’re not, then you may want to consider something else. This system was actually built for people who are already in shape. Even they need help staying motivated enough to workout. With that in mind it makes so much more sense as to why everyone looks so…

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