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Tips for Lowering the Cost of Homeowner’s Insurance

Following a few Tips for Lowering the Cost of Homeowner’s Insurance can save you a bundle of money

Owning real estate property is something nearly everyone aspires to. That being said, being swamped under with homeowner’s insurance is something everyone can do without. While you can always talk to your local insurance agent to see what can be done about lowering your rates, there’s even more you can do to save on your insurance while still enjoying quality coverage.

Take Steps to Protect Your Home

Anything you can do to protect your home from intruders, fire, earthquakes, water damage and the like is sure to help lower the cost of your insurance. This is because a well-reinforced home is less likely to suffer damage, which means you’re less likely to have to file a claim later on down the road. While you might balk at the initial investment of making such improvements, you’re sure to appreciate how much you save in your insurance costs over the years, and there’s also the fact you can rest easy knowing your home is well-protected.

Shop Around

While you might be happy with your current insurance provider, that doesn’t mean you can’t shop around. If it’s possible for you to get the same coverage with a lower price tag by switching providers, take the leap. You might hate to part with your current agent or company, but you also probably hate parting with your hard-earned cash when you don’t have to. Right? Before you change providers, see if your current home insurance company can do anything to lower the price of your premiums without compromising your coverage.

Raise Your Deductible

Increasing your deductible is another way to better save on the overall cost of your homeowner’s policy. Know that it’s possible to lower your premium cost by as much as 25 percent if you’re willing to raise your deductible to $1,000. No matter what your deductible might be, make sure you always have quick and easy access to that amount should you ever have to file a claim. Even better, put the money in an interest-bearing account so it works for you.

Ask About Discounts

Simply asking for a discount is another way to save money on coverage for your home. If you’ve been with your insurance company for a while, you might be eligible for savings. You might also be able to bundle policies if you also need auto insurance or the like. If you’ve never filed a claim, or if it’s been several years since you’ve filed a claim, you might qualify for a discount.

Review Your Policy

Have you had your homeowner’s policy for a while? If so, your coverage needs might have changed in recent years, which means you might not need the same type or policy or need to pay the same price for your premiums. Sit down with your agent to talk about your life and lifestyle. A single conversation can reveal you have coverage on your current policy you don’t need to pay for.

Think Before You Make a Claim

In the event you have to make a claim, think before you reach out to your agent. This is because making a claim can potentially drive up your premiums, and there’s also the fact your insurance company might view you as a policyholder who’s more trouble than you’re worth if you have a history of filing a claim for an issue you can easily take care of on your own. You might not like having to take care of the cost on your own, but it’s better than developing a bad reputation in the insurance world.

Paying home insurance is a necessity, but paying more than necessary for it most certainly isn’t. Let these tips guide you to getting the coverage you and your home deserve without an inflated price you don’t need.

How to Use Poker as a Mindfulness Practice

Most common mindfulness practices are fundamentally simple. Things like deep breathing, counted breaths, and short breaks and walks can help to calm us, clear our minds, and generate simultaneous states of relaxation and awareness. As much purpose as these small, simple practices have though, there are also some more involved activities that can assist with the development of greater mindfulness. And it may surprise some to learn that the game of poker is among them.

Gaming and Meditation

It is first important to understand that a link has been established between gaming and meditation in general. For a long time there were a lot of misconceptions about gaming as an active, almost violent practice meant solely for young people. But perceptions have changed over time. We now understand that people in all age groups play games of all kinds, and we further accept that a lot of these games have meditative qualities. Gamer testaments and a few scientific studies alike have indicated that the right game can have a soothing effect on one’s mental state.

This is the case with poker as well. A passion for many around the world, it’s a unique game that doesn’t necessarily fall under the umbrella of traditional “gaming” as we tend to think of the term. It is nonetheless similar with regard to mindfulness, however. Approached with intention, it can be a calming, almost meditative hobby for players.

Mental and Emotional Calm

When considering the game of poker specifically, one tends to think first of strategy, luck, and mathematics. In some sense, these are the building blocks of any given game of poker, and it will of course be important for any aspiring player to learn how they all factor in. However, what really helps successful players to win at poker is a sound mindset. The manifestation of a sound overall poker game requires that players learn to accept defeat and to avoid getting too high from a win. It demands reasonable approaches to betting and competition, clear-eyed social interaction, and the ability to operate without ego.

Add those factors up, and what success in poker really demands is mental and emotional calm. Players need skill and strategy to be sure, but above all else they need to be able to clear their minds of various pressures and shut out hasty impulses. This in and of itself is nearly a form of meditation, and certainly serves as a sort of training for mindfulness practice.

Focused Meditation

Beyond helping players to establish a general sense of mental and emotional calm, poker also leads to an ability to focus that, in its own way, is meditative. Generally, a focused meditation is described as the practice of focusing on something intently as a way of staying in the present moment and slowing down inner dialogue. It more or less means zeroing in on one subject to the exclusion of all else for the purpose of clearing one’s head — which is pretty much exactly what one has to do in poker! Even the slightest distraction can be a problem, and while the game demands a lot of attention it still makes for such narrow focus that one can clear one’s mind in a useful and soothing way.

Even given all of these benefits, poker does not comprise an entire mindfulness or meditation routine. For those interested in working on these aspects of personal wellness though, it’s always good to have one more option! Some will find this simple, popular card game to be legitimately beneficial.

If you enjoyed this article, you might also like our piece on how to boost your energy, especially useful as we enter a new year and search for fresh motivations!

Earfree Nitebuds: For Better Sleep

Earfree Nitebuds, the two-in-one speaker and pillow that plays calming music, improving the quality of your sleep, is launching on Indiegogo.

The idea for the Nitebuds sleep pillow came from people who used to sleep with earphones in. Many of us who have trouble sleeping at night use earphones to listen to calming sleep music, but sleeping with earphones in is just too uncomfortable. Using earphones while you sleep can cause pain and inflammation in the ear; plus, earphones tend to fall out in the middle of the night. But the adverse effects of earphones on ear health is undoubtedly the most critical of these issues.

Nitebuds puts music IN the pillow to solve the problems caused by conventional earbuds. All you have to do is lay your head down on the pillow to be serenated with lovely music. There’s no earbuds involved – so you can roll around in bed all you like without having to worry about damage to your ears or earbuds falling out.

Nitebuds are simple to use. Just place the speakers in the special sleep-aid pillow, then use Bluetooth to pair your smartphone and begin your music therapy. Once your music is playing, Nitebuds’ crater-shaped design enhances the acoustics, making you feel like you’re listening in on a concert hall performance. This design also prevents the sound from leaking out, giving you the same quality of sound at a 30% lower volume, so as not to bother whoever’s sleeping next to you.

The Nitebuds app also provides free ASMR music and ambience, soothing the brain and easing any anxiety. This white noise works has great benefits on mental health and attentiveness, making the sleep music from the Nitebuds app particularly effective at inducing a natural sleep.

Nitebuds uses 3D mesh material for full, fluffy comfort. The mesh also helps the music play through the pillow without getting muffled, plus high-quality microfiber cotton is also used to give the perfect amount of depth and coziness. The microfiber cotton is also a renewable, biodegradable material, which means Nitebuds is eco-friendly, too.

Even though Nitebuds is electronic, the speaker and pillow are fully separable, meaning the pillow can be washed without issue. If you want, you can even use the pillow by itself without the speakers, or even place other items inside the pillow to help you sleep.

For instance, if you find yourself sweating a lot in those hot summer nights, you can place ice-packs in the pillow to help cool off. Or, when you’re stressed out and in the mood for aromatherapy, the CYPRESS insert can be used for some phytoncide healing.

Also, if you have a preference for a specific pillow height, just use the COTTON insert to adjust the pillow’s height to your preference.

You can back Earfree Nitebuds – the high-tech pillow that serenades you to sleep – by finding their campaign on Indiegogo.