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How To Save on Flight Costs During Inflation as One-Third of Americans Overspend

One thing you should prepare for when you start planning your trip is that flights will likely be more expensive than you might typically expect. In addition to trying to recoup lost revenue during the pandemic, airlines are reeling from skyrocketing fuel costs and lingering travel restrictions. However, there are still ways you can get the best deals, even if it’s just on a relative basis:

  • Travel on off-peak days, typically Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday.
  • Compare prices at low-cost airlines, but factor in all ancillary costs.
  • If your ticket is flexible, continually recheck prices for rebooking opportunities.
  • Consider flying into or out of alternate airports.
  • Take a redeye or fly at unpopular hours.
  • Use reward air miles, if possible.
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Best Pain Reliever for Back 

Back pain is common. And there are many causes for back pain, from a simple muscle strain to more serious medical emergencies. Acute back pain refers to pain in your back that has been around fewer than 4 weeks. For many people, acute back pain that a musculoskeletal problem causes often gets better without medications or other treatments. But some people aren’t as lucky. In certain cases, back pain can become chronic (long term). 

Best over-the-counter pain relievers for back pain: NSAIDs are the best over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers for back pain. When you notice pain in your back, your body’s inflammatory system is active in that area. NSAIDs work by lowering inflammation, which in turn decreases back pain. If you have acute back pain that is affecting your life, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), with or without muscle relaxants, help people the most.

Best for fast back pain relief: Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin)

Best for all day/night back pain relief: Naproxen (Aleve)

Best for back pain relief if you can’t use NSAIDs: Acetaminophen (Tylenol)

Best topical back pain option: Diclofenac gel (Voltaren gel, Aspercreme gel)

There are other safe and effective natural back pain relievers. Here are some to consider.

Home exercise: Moving your body at home can help with back pain symptoms. A home exercise regimen is a safe way to try to improve back pain on your own, without needing someone else’s help. It may be more helpful for back pain that has been around for over a month. 

Heat or ice: It may help to apply heat to your back in the area where you feel the pain. And this may be more beneficial when the pain is new and not severe. You can also use cold, like an ice pack. There’s better evidence for heat therapy than ice.

Spinal manipulation: Spinal manipulation can improve pain and function in some people with back pain. Different types of practitioners can do spinal manipulation, including chiropractors, osteopathic physicians, and physical therapists. The therapist moves the affected joint(s) in different directions as far as they can safely go.

Acupuncture: Acupuncture involves placing small needles in specific points of your skin and body. It’s based in traditional Chinese medicine. And it’s very safe. Some studies have shown that acupuncture can help chronic low back pain. 

Physical therapy: Certain people are more likely to benefit from physical therapy for low back pain. Consider physical therapy if you generally have trouble moving around. Your healthcare provider can refer you for outpatient or at-home physical therapy, if they think you will benefit from it. 

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So Long, Aspen! 10 Cities Where Outdoor Lovers Can Actually Afford To Buy a Home, 2022

COVID-19 sparked seismic shifts in how Americans live, and one change that’s still going strong today is the itch to ditch those languishing gym memberships and hop on a bike, go on a hike, or otherwise embrace the great outdoors. For real.

A record-high number of individuals (53%) participated in outdoor recreational activities in 2021 largely due to necessity, according to a recent Outdoor Industry Association survey. Not only do open-air spaces sport lower COVID-19 transmission rates, but they also carry psychological benefits many realized they needed dearly. It was only a matter of time before this new wave of outdoor enthusiasts started dreaming of settling down in more natural surroundings 24/7.  We narrowed our rankings to places within a four-hour drive of a national park, and picked just one metro per state to ensure geographic diversity. (Metros include the main city and surrounding towns, suburbs, and smaller urban areas.)   The results prove it’s entirely possible for mere mortals with regular-sized paychecks to purchase property in an outdoor paradise—they just have to meander a bit off the beaten track.

Source: https://www.realtor.com/news/trends/americas-2022-most-affordable-outdoorsy-cities/

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7 Common Moving Costs to Know Before You Pack Up

1. Moving Your Stuff

Hiring pros. You might want to get estimates from a few companies to make sure you’re getting the best deal.

Expect to pay an average of $550 to $2,000 for a basic local move, and $2,000 and up for a long-distance move.

A packing service can add a chunk to these costs (but may be well worth it to you). You should consider “full value protection” through your mover to protect against loss or damaged.  Standard coverage is minimal.

2. Transporting Yourself

Short or long move, you’ll have to get yourself there, too. That could mean a road trip, which includes gas, tolls, possibly lodging, and meals along the way.  Otherwise, it means the cost of a plane ticket, getting yourself to and from the airport, and possibly the price of shipping your car.

3. Moving Supplies

You probably know that you’ll need boxes. But don’t forget the oodles of tape, bubble wrap, packing peanuts, labels, and markers.  You may be able to save by asking for free boxes from local grocery stores, abc stores and using recycled newspaper as packing material.

4. Costs Upon Arrival

If you’re renting, you might owe a security deposit and first month’s rent to your new landlord. You may also be responsible for a pet deposit or fees for getting utilities hooked up.

If you’re moving into a home of your own, you may need to make repairs before you settle in. Some new homeowners also invest in changing locks, putting in security alarms, or replacing smoke detectors.

You may also want to take care of renovating some areas before all your stuff is in the way, and if you have a lawn for the first time, you might need to buy a mower or hire a service.

Will you need a storage unit? Plan on about $ 150 to $400 a month depending on size and location.

5. Cleaning Costs and Supplies

You might be responsible for leaving your old place in tip-top shape. That means paying for stuff like floor cleaner, mops, brushes, and wipes. You may also need to hire a carpet cleaner or house cleaners if you’re short on time.  On the other end, you might need supplies to clean your new apartment or house before you unpack everything.

6. Furniture and Other Items

Even if you’re bringing a lot of things with you, chances are you’ll need to buy some furniture for your new home. You might save by searching online or perusing garage sales and flea markets.

Still, if you need any substantial pieces, like a bed, couch, or table, you could be looking at a few hundred dollars. Beyond furniture, if you’ve moved far away, you might need to stock your new place with all kinds of everyday items, from pantry staples to toiletries.

7. New License and Vehicle Registration

If you’re moving to a different state and have a car, you’ll need to apply for a new license and register your car with the local department of motor vehicles. This comes with a fee, of course.  It is time sensitive before fines set in (really).

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Understanding Fuel Surcharges In Freight Shipping

No matter what type of shipping option you use, there’s one fact everyone learns pretty quickly – fuel surcharges can add up in a hurry.

Fuel surcharges are tacked on to shipments by carriers to balance the fluctuating costs of fuel. This can become a concern for shippers, because it takes time and attention to fully understand them.

Recent Impact of Events In Ukraine

In early 2022, supply chain congestion had already led to year-over-year rises in costs at the pump. However, the invasion of Ukraine by Russia in February 2022 led to a significant spike in fuel surcharges across the U.S. and around the globe.

For context, the national average price for diesel was $3.846 on January 31, 2022. By March 7th, that price had risen by more than a dollar to $4.849 per gallon. 

At first, the increase doesn’t make much sense for the American market. At the time of the invasion, the U.S. was a small-time buyer of Russian oil. However, the oil market is, in fact, a global market. And that is where the challenges arise for Americans.

In the grand scheme of things, Russia has been a large player in the global oil and fuel market. Europe, for example, purchased 60% of Russia’s oil exports in 2021. China also purchased 20% of Russia’s oil exports that year.

As a result, fuel surcharges will most likely remain volatile throughout 2022 as shippers and carriers deal with uncertainty abroad.

The Bottom Line.

Fuel surcharges are a valuable tool for carriers to protect themselves against fuel price increases over the life of a contract. At the same time, they’re also a factor that can greatly impact overall shipping costs. Knowing how they work is essential in fully understanding your cost of operations.

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12 Room Organization Ideas for Your Home

Organize Your Spices.
Opt for a step organizer for spices placed in deep cabinets. A tiered organizer allows you to have easy access to your spices and see the names of all of them at once. 
Transform Your Junk Drawer Into an Everyday Drawer. Instead of calling it a junk drawer, think of it as an everyday necessity drawer.
Employ Over-the-Door Storage.
Taking advantage of doors is an easy way to add storage space.
Add Drawer Dividers for Extra Space. Maximize the storage capacity and organization of your drawers with drawer organizers or dividers.
Color Coordinate Your Closet. It can help you to organize clothes in your closet by color and make them visually appealing. 
Use Hooks to Maximize Wall Space. Hooks are a handy way to utilize wall space, especially if you live in a small home or apartment. 
Incorporate Shoe Boxes. Shoe boxes prevent your shoes from getting dusty and damaged by other shoes being thrown on top of them. 
Fold Your Jeans.
You generally don’t have to worry about jeans getting creased if you fold them. So to keep them organized, store your jeans in a neatly folded stack rather than spending time hanging them. 

File Your T-Shirts.
By folding your T-shirts in such a way that they file one behind another, you can pull out one shirt without the others moving. This also allows you to see what’s on each shirt all at once.
Label Containers for Pet Treats.
Don’t forget to organize your pet items. Since dry pet food bags can be bulky, a great way to keep things neat and organized is to empty the food into a plastic container.
Store Children’s Toys in Bins.
Bins are a terrific way to organize children’s toys in one place. Large items such as stuffed animals, dolls, and sports balls tend to take up a lot of space, and it can be difficult to find a suitable storage spot for them.
Use a Track System for the Garage. Track systems come in different forms, but they all have a horizontal track with different ways to hold items vertically. They often have hooks or clips that allow you to effortlessly hang many items you need in a garage
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Sea Notes Choral Society

“At long last, the Sea Notes Choral Society will present their spring 2022 concert entitled Sing! Sing! Sing! at Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College in Bolivia on Saturday, March 26 at 3:00 pm and Sunday, March 27 at 3:00 pm. Approximately 90 singers will be directed by Dianne Hoffman and accompanied by Lynn McDowell. Sing! Sing! Sing! includes a wonderful mix of spirituals and ballads, Sinatra-era music, as well as stage and screen numbers. Concerts are always free to the public. Tickets are not required. Donations are welcomed as Sea Notes is a non-profit organization. For more information, go to www.sea-notes.com.”

https://www.southport-oakisland.com/event/sea-notes-choral-society-spring-concert.html

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One Love Market

As a community-based 501-3C, non-profit organization, ONE LOVE MARKET donates net proceeds from vendor market fees, as well as 100% of fundraising efforts to the greater South Brunswick County community. Their mission is to present community events that provide a gathering place where guests and residents of the area can meet and support local artisans and small businesses, while giving back to our local rescues: human, furry and wild, including select youth leadership and educational programs. 

You can find more information about One Love Market at https://www.onelovemarketnc.com/

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How to Buy a House While Selling Your Own: 10 Options to Consider

First: Do your research

Next: Understand the timeline

Buying before selling:

·      Option 1: Buy a new house and cross your fingers

·      Option 2: Buy with a sales contingency

·      Option 3: Buy with a bridge loan

·      Option 4: Use a home equity loan or line of credit to buy

·      Option 5: Borrow from your investment funds

·      Option 6: Consider your alternatives

Selling before buying:

·      Option 7: Sell and cross your fingers

·      Option 8: Stretch out the closing process

·      Option 9: Ask for a rent-back clause

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What is Hunger?

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“Hunger” is an evocative word. Everyone understands what it feels like to be hungry. Our stomachs start rumbling. We get irritable. It becomes hard to think straight. To make those symptoms go away, we eat something. Our stomachs are full, and we are content.

Defining the problem as “hunger,” as Janet Poppendieck contends, “has directed our attention away from the more fundamental problem.”

“Hunger” is best understood as a symptom of the larger issues of poverty and inequality. It needs to be addressed through a combination of economic and political solutions.

Over 42 million Americans face hunger each and every day including 1 in 6 children. If we think about hunger as most of us experience it, as a temporary sensation, the solution to this problem is straightforward: we just need to get more food to people who don’t have enough.

Food banks, shelters, and soup kitchens may seem like the answer to hunger in America. They are, however, a short-term and inadequate response. There has been a stunning increase in the number of emergency food programs over the last 40 years. In 1980, there were about 2 dozen food banks in the United States.

Today, there are more than 350, which serve 63,000 affiliated pantries and shelters. The growth of the emergency food system, however, has failed to solve “hunger.” Despite a spike during the Great Recession and a recent trend downward as the economy has recovered, the prevalence of food insecurity has remained relatively constant over the past 25 years. 11.1% of households were food insecure in 2018, which is only slightly below the 11.9% rate that was recorded in 1995, the year the federal government started keeping statistics.

If we want to solve hunger once and for all, we need to reduce the need for emergency assistance that food banks provide.

Moving? Set aside your unopened,
non-perishable food items.
Our crew will pack up your food
and deliver it to the local food pantry.
From there, your donations will be sorted and delivered to local families in need.