4 Inexpensive Ways to Develop a New Skill in 2019

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We are very much in the age of rapid development. Whether it’s new smartphones coming out every half year or new computer technology and software that we haven’t even heard of yet, things are moving faster than they have ever moved before.

With everything moving at a cheetah pace, it seems like there are new qualifications that must be earned at every turn. But with the new year comes new solutions, so don’t panic. There are plenty of ways to adapt to the new work environment. Learning the new skills necessary to compete in the workforce is key.

Fortunately, there are a few easy and inexpensive ways to acquire new skills that will last you a lifetime.

1. Visit the Public Library

The library is a great and often overlooked resource. For a cheap library fee, you get unlimited access to the resources (both online and in-person) of your local library. Of course, some libraries have more information than others, so make sure to do some research first.

Libraries are great because of the variety of tools they offer. From traditional hardcover books to e-books to DVDs and CDs, you’re sure to find something interesting.

The only issue is that some of the resources might be a bit aged. This can hinder you depending on the type of skill you wish to learn – for example, they may not have the most up to date knowledge on web development. In most cases, however, the library should have enough modern resources to get you skilled in just about anything.

2. Take a Master Class

A Master Class is a great way to efficiently develop a new skill and have fun doing it. There are Master Class courses in almost every subject imaginable, from computer programing to baking. Plus, these classes aren’t a big-time commitment, since they can be done flexibly online.

These classes are taught by professionals in their fields who have various accolades and recognitions. They provide syllabi and materials that are tailored to how you work best, helping you learn faster.

3. Listen to Podcasts

These are a more modern, on-the-go resource. Podcasts are amazing because they can be accessed from your smartphone just about anywhere you have service. They have podcasts about almost every topic, from digital marketing to creative writing.

A lot of podcasts are skill acquisition based. These are most helpful for language learning, starting your own business, and even investing in the stock market. The podcasts don’t usually come with other material to help the learning process. That might take a little bit of planning on your part.

4. Take on an Internship

Internships aren’t just for college students – there are plenty of adult internship programs that are geared toward helping people switch careers later in life. If you help someone who already knows the skill you wish to acquire, this is an amazing opportunity to learn up close and personal.

For instance, if you want to become a better writer, shadow a writer and see how they perform. Maybe you can pick up techniques such as outlining or drafting that you would have never thought of by yourself. Plus, with a mentor, you have a connection that is already in the world that you are trying to enter by learning this skill.

Conclusion

Having the ability to learn new skills and adapt to a changing work environment is extremely important, now more than ever. It might seem daunting to learn a completely new skill all on your own, but there are plenty of affordable ways to get there.

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Swag IQ Referral Promotion

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Have you played SwagIQ? It’s a live trivia game show where you test your knowledge to win cash prizes. It’s free to play, just download the app to get started. To earn money, you must be a member of SwagBucks. It’s also free to sign up, and there are plenty of ways to get free gifts cards by using the site! Just click on my referral link to get started!

Here’s a little more about Swag IQ:
Monday through Thursday they broadcast a live game. Simply tune-in at the appointed time by launching the SwagIQ app and log-in with your Swagbucks account credentials. The game show host will ask a series of multiple-choice trivia questions. You’ll have 10 seconds to answer each one.

Get it right; you get SB (points you can use to get gift cards) and move on. Answer them all correctly and you can win a grand prize! If more than one player wins, the winners split the grand prize.

Get it wrong; still play along. Some questions have an SB award attached to them. If you answer those questions correctly, you get SB, even if you’re out of the running for the big money. And, if you’re in a groove but miss a question, you’ll have the option to rejoin a game by redeeming a few SB.

Have fun! SIGN UP HERE

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Winner of the Exec Socks Giveaway

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The winner of the pair of Exec Socks is….

Author: Jackie (jackievillano@…)
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I have sent you an email but if you did not received it you can email me at pooh5497@yahoo.com with your name, address and phone number.

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Exec Socks 12 Days of Giveaways – Win a Free Pair of Socks

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Exec Socks is a sock subscription service that delivers fresh styles to your door each month. I was given a few pairs to check out and they are very good quality and the patterns they offer are so fun!  You can choose from so many distinctive eye-catching socks that are guaranteed to impress. Plus monthly subscriptions start at only $10, so it’s an affordable way to give a holiday gift that keeps giving throughout the year for both men and women alike.

NOTE: if you prefer to make a one time purchase from the site and not subscribe to a monthly plan, you can do that as well.

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Additionally, Exec Socks is offering 25% off all subscriptions orders placed online now through Christmas Day using the code JINGLESOCKS.

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Now for the giveaway…..

One lucky reader is going to win a free pair of Exec Socks.

To enter, leave a comment stating your favorite pattern or type of socks by end of day.

I will give you additional entries for each of the following:

I will end this giveaway at the end of the day on December 17.

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Harlem Globetrotters Discount Code and Another Opportunity to Win Tickets

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The Harlem Globetrotters are almost here with their one-of-a-kind show at the CFE Arena on December 2 at 2 pm.  Featuring some of the most elite dunkers on the planet, exceptional ball handlers, and Guinness World Record holders, a Globetrotters game is more than just basketball – they are the ultimate in family entertainment that will bring smiles and fan interaction to people of all ages.

For those of you who have not purchased your tickets yet, you can use code SAVE35 to save 35% on your tickets at Ticketmaster.com, the CFE Arena box office or by phone at 800-745-3000. For more information, please visit cfearena.com.  Also I have another chance to win 4 tickets below.

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For the latest news and information about the Harlem Globetrotters, visit the Globetrotters’ official Web site: harlemglobetrotters.com and follow them on Twitter @Globies.

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Now for the giveaway…..

TWO readers are going to win 4 tickets to Harlem Globetrotters at the UCF  CFE Arena  on 12/2.

To enter, leave a comment stating if you have seen the Harlem Globetrotters before.

I will give you additional entries for each of the following:

I will end this giveaway on 11/30 at 3 pm EST.

 

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6 Tips for Cleaning Your Home for the Holidays

As December lingers into the near future some us already have our schedules packed full, which is making us, wonder how in the world we’re going to manage our regular schedules, including keeping the house together?

If you are worried about keeping things together this holiday season, then you are not alone. As always, things get busy and we find ourselves with less and less time as each day passes.

As simple as it sounds, keeping up with cleaning and other household chores can get overwhelming but if done correctly will help relieve your stress and make every day run smoothly.

Here are a few tips to staying on top of everything in between working, holiday parties, and more.

1. Trust Your Nose

The scent your home brings on during the holidays is a huge factor in how clean everything seems, feels, and actually is. Using a good Putzmittel to scrub your couches, rugs, and pillows will make sure your space smells new and refreshing each time you walk through the door.

2. Clean and Clear Air

As cold as it might be outside, you should also try to get the windows cracked open for at least thirty minutes a day as this can revamp the closed-in or musty feeling that is caused by clutter and dust.

Not only will the fresh air help with feeling good when you͛re just hanging around the house and even sleeping, the fresh air will also create a clean and comforting environment for you to think clearly.

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3. Set Up A Schedule

Having a regular cleaning day just once a week will help you stay on top of how much cleaning you’re actually doing and making sure it gets done.

Setting aside a few hours once a week will be a nice way to help time move more slowly too. With every week that passes, especially during the holidays, its difficult to remember what even happened yesterday!

This way, you’ll feel more in control of your schedule and it will help keep your surroundings and your thoughts free of clutter.

4. One Big Thing at a Time

Whilst doing your regular weekly cleaning such as vacuuming, mopping, and wiping the counters, try to pick at least one big thing a week that you want to also get done.

This could be cleaning all the blinds, wiping all the glass windows, or even dusting in those hard to get places. Try to find something that usually gets overlooked on a regular basis, and may need some serious attention.

Sometimes these big tasks seem irrelevant but are usually what people notice the most when they’re over for your holiday party.

5. Maintaining the Main Entrance

A lot of your around-the-house cleaning can be managed pretty simply if there is an organized and clean way that people enter and exit your home.

Setting up a coat rack for your family and visitors to keep their cold layers is a great way to keep these items from lingering around unwanted.

Underneath this rack you can also set up a little area for shoes too. This way no one will be tracking muddy footprints and debris from outside, which means less cleaning for everyone.

Because the main entrance is the center stage for anyone who walks in the door, keeping it under control will help set the mood throughout the season.

6. We’re Not Forgetting the Fridge, Now Are We?

One of the most overlooked household items is the refrigerator. Its͛ use is to hold our food, and when the door is shut, it becomes completely forgotten.

This season, try to stay on top of the food you͛re putting in your fridge, as its bound to get overstuffed with leftovers that will keep getting shoved to the back. This task can usually be added to the weekly cleaning spree and is something you can pass on to the kids. Don͛t forget that they’re allowed to help too!

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Captain Morgan Merchandise for the Holidays

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Starting today, the Captain Morgan’s rum brand’s holiday apparel partner Tipsy Elves is selling everything from ugly sweaters to onesies to leggings – and even a tandem sweater perfect for couples or best friends.

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Plus on Cyber Monday (11/26), the official Captain Morgan Body Pillow (5’ tall, 26” wide) will go on sale for the limited-time price of $20.18 on the Captain Morgan online merch store: CaptainMorganStore.com. Following the flash sale, the body pillow will remain on sale (pending inventory) for the regular price of $34.99.

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Kellogg’s Family Rewards Code Worth 50 Points

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Enter the code below for 50 points at Kellogg’s Family Rewards

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Gerber Childrenswear Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals

Black Friday Deals:

On Walmart.com: Trusted for generations, Gerber is offering new parents the most practical (and essential!) Black Friday deal at Walmart.com. No need to wait in line to pick up a 6-pack of white long-sleeve Gerber Onesies(r) bodysuits for just $10, starting Black Friday. Perfect for layering in the winter months! That’s less than $2 per item and more than 35% off! (Original price: $15.84). The deal is available starting Black Friday while quantities last.

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On Gerberchildrenswear.com: For those looking to get a head start, Thursday (11/22) through Saturday (11/24), visit Gerberchildrenswear.com for major discounts on a variety of clothing and accessories, including:
– 25% off all Onesies(r) bodysuits & swaddles and blankets
– 30% off Take-Me-Home sets
– 40% off Playwear.
– Up to 75% off select items sitewide
– Free shipping on any order (no minimum purchase) with code: JINGLE

Cyber Monday Deals

Beginning Sunday (11/25) at 3 PM EST, Gerber Childrenswear will offer 30% off sitewide – no code required! For free shipping on any order (no minimum purchase), use code: JINGLE.

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