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What is a Chaffle?

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Cutting down on carbs, especially bread, can be one of the hardest parts of dieting. But easy recipes like the chaffle can make low-carb and keto diets so easy!

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What is a Chaffle?

A chaffle is a keto waffle. It’s called a chaffle because one of its primary ingredients is shredded cheese, hence the CHAffle instead of Waffle, because chaffles are cheese waffles. Cute right?

Waffles are usually made of a flour-based batter, but a chaffle is flour free! Instead, chaffles are made of eggs and cheese. I know it sounds odd, but it actually works! And dieters everywhere are going crazy for this new low-carb waffle hack.

Chaffles are a great way for those on the keto diet to get their waffle fix. They’re also a great way to eat less carbs while still eating what you want! Even if it is a modified version. There are also endless combinations for what you can add to it and how you can dress up and use chaffles.

What You’ll Need

Chaffles are extremely simple and quick to make, but there are a few things you’ll need to gather from your kitchen, and if you don’t already have a waffle iron, you’ll need to get one.

Keto Chaffles Recipe

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Here is the basic recipe for these keto, low-carb mini waffles. The serving size of this recipe is 2 chaffles.

Ingredients

1 large egg

1/2 cup finely shredded mozzarella cheese

Optional: (add 2 tablespoons of almond flour, baking powder, or coconut flour, to make it more like a batter)

Steps
  1. Whisk egg
  2. Mix in finely grated cheese
  3. Put the batter in a mini waffle maker for 2–3 minutes
  4. Serve and enjoy!

Sweet Chaffles

Just like ordinary waffles, these low-carb, keto-friendly waffles can come in sweet or savory form. You can make your chaffle sweet by adding any of the following ingredients into your mix:

  • Fruit
  • Cocoa powder
  • Pumpkin
  • Cream cheese

Savory Chaffles

You can also make your chaffle more savory by adding sharper kinds of cheeses. Chaffles work as a great low-carb replacement for sandwich bread. Here are a couple salty chaffle ideas for you to try:

  • Make a mini pizza
  • Use a sharper, cheddar cheese in your mix
  • Make a breakfast sandwich with eggs and bacon
  • Add bacon
  • Cream cheese

 
If you’re interested in this recipe, then you should also check out the following Facebook groups for more recipe ideas from your fellow chaffle-lovers:

Keto Chaffle House

Chaffle Recipes

Keto Chaffle Recipes (Low-Carb Chaffles Too)

There are many health benefits to eating the low-carb lifestyle, but there are monetary benefits too! Making chaffles is not only quick, it’s a super inexpensive meal as well. Learn more ways you can save on your food bill by reading our other article, “5 Easy Ways to Save Money on Your Food Bill,” and take advantage of our payday loans whenever you’re in a financial pinch and need groceries.

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How to Have a Successful YouTube Channel

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For those with the dream to create their own video content, these are the steps you can follow to give your YouTube channel the best chance:

  1. Pick a Niche
  2. Know Your Audience
  3. Make Goals
  4. Create an Online Presence
  5. Create Your Brand
  6. Start Creating!

One of the major keys to success in any endeavor is planning. The same principal applies when creating your own YouTube channel. The most successful YouTube channels do well because they have a level of consistency, planning, and marketing to help them do as well as they can.

You may already be a creative guru, ready to add some great video content to the vlogging universe, but if you don’t go through the process correctly, you’ll miss the key elements of a good YouTube channel.

Follow these tips to make your YouTube channel as professional as it can be.

Step 1: Pick a Niche

You should start by knowing what kind of content you want to create. Being a part of a clearly defined and understood genre or niche will help your audience understand you and what your channel is all about. This will also help you find examples of other channels in your genre that are doing well and learn from their success.

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YouTube Genres

Here is a list of some of the most common YouTube channel genres:

  • Gaming
  • Lifehacks
  • Gossip
  • News
  • Top # lists
  • Fail compilations
  • Food
  • Art
  • Product unwrapping and opening
  • How-to demonstrations
  • Animals
  • Spoofs
  • Online education course
  • Hauls

Step 2: Know Your Audience

Just as you need to understand your niche and subject matter, you also need to understand your audience. In order to make successful videos you need to know who you are reaching and what they are all about. A thorough understanding of who you want watching your videos will help you better know how to cater your videos to their wants and interests.

Learning about the demographics that use YouTube can also be helpful in shaping the content you create. For example, here’s some statistics about YouTube users:

  • 90% are 18 to 44 years old
  • 80% are 45 to 64 years old
  • Over 50% are 65 years or older
  • YouTube is equally popular among males and females

 
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Step 3: Make Goals

You need to make long and short term goals, not only for your channel, but for you and your brand. One benefit of making goals for your channel is that they will give your channel purpose. Having a clear sense of purpose will be felt by your audience and foster your long-term success.

So make goals about how often you want to post, or how many followers you want to get in 3 months. The goals you can make are endless, and they will help you form better plans on how to grow your audience.

Step 4: Create an Online Presence

Your fans will want to find and follow you everywhere online so create accounts across all the major social media platforms. Then you can also post your videos on social media! Having an Instagram connected with your channel can also help you snag viewers from other platforms, not just people browsing YouTube.

You will also want to make sure that each of your profile pages has links to all your other accounts so that your followers can find you easily. You can also utilize social media automation tools that will post your content across all your platforms for you.

Which platforms you want will depend on the nature and purpose of your content and brand, but here are some of the key platforms you will want to look into having along with your YouTube channel:

online presence

  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest
  • Your own official website
Do Some Online Spring Cleaning

When creating an online presence you’ll want to first clean up the online presence you already have. You don’t want anything you already have online to conflict with the brand you are trying to represent and the audience trust you are trying to gain.

Make sure you don’t have anything out on the web that you wouldn’t want members of your audience to find or that doesn’t align with the image and reputation you want your brand to foster.

Interact With Your Audience

Engage on social media! Respond to comments when appropriate and stay connected to your audience. You want to keep in the loop about what your audience does and doesn’t like, and about what’s popular and trending.

But don’t just interact with your audience, interact with other creators in your niche as well. Network with your fellow creators, because you never know what kind of opportunities may arise from supporting a fellow YouTuber. You can even collaborate with other YouTubers and make videos together to combine audiences!

Step 4: Create Your Brand

Branding is an important aspect of marketing. It is your symbol and how your audience recognizes you across mediums. It also sets you apart from the rest of the crowd.

When creating your brand you will want to brainstorm about what makes you unique, how you want to be perceived, and what kinds of things you want your audience to think of and feel when they see your brand. Below are some of the key aspects of creating your brand you will want to do for your channel:

logo design

Make a Logo

There are many tools out there now to help you create your own logo. Here are a few you can try out:

Make a Video Intro

Successful YouTubers usually start their video with a short 8-12 second long intro that often features your logo.

If you’re planning on having a video channel then you probably know what video editors and creators you like the most, but here are some sites you can use to create your video intro:

Step 5: Start Creating!

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Make Your Content and Marketing Plans

Make a schedule for when you post so that you post on a regular, consistent schedule that your audience can expect. Many platforms will have ways for you to schedule when your posts go out.

Create, Edit, Optimize

You’ll want to create good, high quality content that will be successful with your viewers. It may also be helpful to create 2 weeks worth of content before your first post so that you can stay a week ahead of your posting schedule.

Analyze and Improve

Keep an eye on your analytics to see how you are doing, what might be getting more or less likes, and improve your content accordingly.

Remember Search Engine Optimization (SEO):

Make use of keywords and hashtags so that your content does well on search engines and reaches those who are looking for content like yours.

 

YouTubers can make money from their channels, but those who are actually successful at this are often branching out and making money in other ways as well. Their YouTube channel is often just one part of their larger brand.

But regardless, it is amazing to live in a world where personal branding and creativity can allow so many a livelihood doing what they love. And if you need help starting your YouTube channel business, you can always take out a Check City personal loan to help get you started.


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Figure out how much you can expect to make as a YouTuber, “How Much Do YouTubers Make?.”

Learn some of the basics about making a new channel, “Create a New Channel.”

Find some more helpful tips, “How to Start a Successful YouTube Channel for Your Business.”


How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs

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Nobody wants to deal with bed bugs. But if you are dealing with these pests, you’ll need to know the best ways to get rid of them.

What are Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs are a type of parasite. They live off of other living things by taking up residence in things like mattresses and sheets. Like mosquitos, lice, or ticks they bite and drink blood for their nutrients. Bed bugs are a small oval shape with a brown color.

They’re usually the size of any small bug, about the size of a thumb tack, but when their bellies are full of blood they can swell in size and become a redder hue. Thankfully these little demons don’t fly or jump the way some pests can. But they can crawl quickly, meaning they can still spread quickly throughout your house if you don’t tackle getting rid of them as soon as possible.

Bed Bug Bites vs Flea Bites

Since fleas and bed bugs are so similar, it can be easy to get them, and their bites, confused. Below are a few of the key differences between fleas and bed bugs so you can tell the difference.

Flea Bites

Fleas usually prefer to make their homes on animals, so if you have pets make sure to check their fur every so often with a flea comb to make sure they’re flea free. If humans get flea bites it’s usually because a pet they live or interact with has fleas, not because fleas have made you their home. You can also tell if your pet is affected by fleas if they start itching and biting themselves to try and relieve the itching.

Flea bites most commonly occur on the lower half of the body like on legs, feet, waists, and armpits. Their bite marks are red and blotchy like a rash. Like bed bugs, fleas cannot fly, but unlike bed bugs, fleas can jump.

Bed Bug Bites

Bed bug bites look more like mosquito bites than the rash bites that fleas make. Bed bug bites look like small, raised bumps and they often itch. They most commonly bite areas of the upper body like the hands, neck, and arms. Bed bugs are also a bit larger than fleas so they are easier to spot.

If you need some visual references for flea bites on humans, or some bed bug pictures, or some bed bug bites pictures, check out these websites:

How to Treat Bed Bug Bites

Like the common mosquito bite, bed bug bites will fade away in a week or two. To ease the itching you can use a topical itching cream, like corticosteroid cream. If you have a particularly strong allergic reaction to the bites you can take anti-inflammatories like Benadryl.

To effectively treat bed bug bites, do the following:

  1. First and foremost, DON’T itch them
  2. Then, wash the bites with soap and warm water to avoid infections
  3. Put anti-itch or calming cream on the infected area
  4. Wrap the infected spots with bandages to protect them and keep you from itching them

How to Get Rid of Bed Bug Bites Overnight:
First of all, the bed bug bites will go away much quicker if you don’t itch them, so the fastest way to get rid of them is to not itch them. Part of what makes the bite bumps is the swelling, so calming this swelling will help the bumps disappear faster too. Here are some other things you can do to keep yourself from itching them, and help the bites calm down:

  • Use anti-itch cream
  • Use calamine lotion
  • Take an oral antihistamine
  • Pain reliever
  • Wrap up the bitten areas with bandages or long sleeves
  • Wrap up your fingers or wear mittens or cloves so you can’t itch
  • Use an ice pack
  • Use a paste of baking soda and water
  • Apply calming essential oils like camphor or chamomile oil

How to Get Rid of Bed Bug Bite Scars:
If you scratch the bites too much you can open up your skin where the bite marks are and make scars. You treat bed bug bite scars the same way you would care for any scar. Below is a list of things you can use to try and get rid of or hide bed bug bite scars:

  • Vitamin E cream
  • Sunscreen will keep the blemishes from discoloring from the sun
  • Mederma scar gel
  • Aloe vera
  • Honey
  • Coconut oil
  • Apple cider vinegar

There are also a few treatments you can do like laser resurfacing in order to get rid of really bad scarring.

How to Check for Bed Bugs

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The best way to check if you have bed bugs in your house is to remove the bed sheets and check under the mattress. Since bed bugs aren’t as small as fleas it can be easier to spot the bugs themselves in your mattress. But you can also look for the brown, rusty stains of dead bed bugs and feces on the mattress.

If you’re worried you might have bed bugs, but you aren’t sure, you can also have a professional exterminator come in for an inspection.

Common places where bed bugs can be found:
  • Mattresses
  • Bed frame
  • Box springs
  • Carpet
  • Curtains
  • Clothes
  • Furniture
  • Pillows
  • Blankets
  • Bed sheets
  • Stuffed animals
  • Cracks in places like the baseboards

You can also set up bed bug traps to see if you have any bed bugs in your house or near your bed.

How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs Naturally

Not everyone is comfortable introducing harsh chemicals into their home, especially if they have kids or pets. Check out this website to learn what natural bed bug remedies do and don’t work. If you need to get rid of bed bugs, but you want to do it the natural way, here are some tips on the most effective home remedies to get rid of bed bugs:

Heat

Heat is one of the best weapons against bed bugs. You can use heat to kill bed bugs by washing and drying bedsheets and clothes on the hottest settings. It is most effective if you can use a hot temperature of 115 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.
You can also use a clothes irons and steamers to iron sheets or steam your carpet and curtains.

Cold

You can also use extreme cold temperatures to freeze and kill bed bugs. You can do this by keeping infected items outside in temperatures 0 degrees Fahrenheit or lower for at least 4 days.

Vacuuming

Vacuuming also works to pick up bugs and get them out of your house. Just make sure you empty the vacuums dust bag outside of the house, in a trash bag that’s going to get far away from your house, so you they can’t escape back into your house after getting vacuumed up.

Diatomaceous Earth

Diatomaceous earth is a kind of dust made of finely ground fossils that contain silica. It’s a common pesticide used to kill bed bugs, cockroaches, crickets, fleas, ticks, and spiders. This powder can generally be used inside and outside buildings, on farms, in gardens, and in pet kennels. Depending on the powder you might be able to even use diatomaceous earth on your pet directly.

Diatomaceous earth is a great substance to use to get rid of bed bugs because it isn’t poisonous and it’s been categorized as safe by the FDA. It can even be found in food, medicines, and toothpastes. Regardless of it’s safety, always read the labels and instructions before using any product to get rid of or prevent pests.

How does diatomaceous earth work?
Diatomaceous earth gets rid of pests like bed bugs by drying them out. The dust absorbs all the oils in the insects body and they in essence, suffocate on dust. You can even buy diatomaceous earth on amazon.

How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs for Good

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One of the best ways to get rid of bed bugs for good is to hire a professional exterminator to come in and treat your home. These are some of the traditional ways to get rid of bed bugs if you don’t mind involving some chemical warfare into the process. After killing as many of the bugs as possible with pesticides, you’ll still need to take care of some key parts of the house to really make sure all the bugs are gone.

How to get rid of bed bugs in a mattress

Remove or get rid of infected bed sheets and mattresses. You can also treat infected mattresses by dusting them with diatomaceous earth.

How to get rid of bed bugs in clothes

Put all your bed sheets through the wash. They key is to use the hottest settings on the washer and dryer. You can do the same with clothes, pillows, blankets, and stuffed animals, or you can put these items in airtight bags for several days to try and suffocate any bugs left in them. You can also put them in below-freezing temperatures like a shed outside in winter or a freezer to freeze whatever bugs are left.

How to get rid of bed bugs in couch

Vacuum the couches thoroughly, including the couch cushions.

How to get rid of bed bugs everywhere else

Bed bugs can also reside in the walls, floors, and areas around the bed. So vacuum all the floors, especially the carpets, emptying the vacuum’s dust bin and taking that trash out to remove any vacuumed bugs from your home.

How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs PERMANENTLY

These tips are for those in dire need of some real results. Maybe you’ve tried everything else and they just didn’t work. If so, you can bring out the big guns against your bed bug problem to make sure the problem is really gone.
You can use chemicals to ensure you’re using maximum power against killing every last bug. Here are a couple common pesticides you could use:

  • pyrethrins
  • pyrethroids
  • desiccants
  • biochemicals
  • pyrroles
  • neonicotinoids
  • insect growth regulators

Some of these chemicals you can use yourself, but the best thing to do if you want to implement these harsher tactics is to call in a specialist to treat your house with these chemicals for you.

How to Prevent Bed Bugs

Here are some tips on how to protect your home from bed bugs in the first place.

  • Get a mattress protector or furniture covers.
  • Spray bed bug repellent to kill them before they multiply.
  • Be careful about getting secondhand furniture and clothes. Check them for bugs before allowing it in your home.
  • Be careful at shared laundry facilities where you’ll be around the clothes and sheets of many other people.
  • Keep the house clean and clutter free so bed bugs don’t have great places to hide out and make their homes.
  • Use bed bug monitor traps that will show you as soon as bed bugs arrive.
  • Make sure your house is sealed up, especially along the baseboards where bed bugs can start to hide out in the cracks.
  • Be careful of public places like hotels

 
Pests are a pretty big nuisance, and small parasites can become a nightmare as they infest your home like a virus. But like the common cold, there are measures you can take to eradicate your home of bed bugs once and for all. If you need help paying for everything you might need to get rid of the bed bugs, stop by Check City and use a Personal Loan.



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To read more about bed bugs, check out the following informative articles from WebMD and Entomology.

Learn more about taking care of pets in your home by reading, “How to Make Your Home Pet Friendly.”

Today’s Amazon Daily Deals!

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There are lots of great deals you can take advantage of every single day, with Amazon’s Daily Deals! You won’t believe some of the great things you can find. Every Tuesday we highlight some of our favorite Amazon Daily Deal buys. Here are some of our top picks from today:

*The prices shown below are the sale prices listed at the time of posting.

Ring Video Doorbell Pro

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Current Sale Price: $149.00
Originally: $224.00
You Save: $75.00! (33% off)

Get a certified refurbished video doorbell pro for a great price! This video doorbell works with Alexa. With the Ring doorbell you can easily check your front door and keep an eye on your house, at any time of day or night. You can even speak to visitors at your doorstep through the ring doorbell, and it’ll send you alerts when it detects movement.
 

Echo Show

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Current Sale Price: $64.99
Originally: $89.99
You Save: $25.00! (28% off)

The Echo Show is a compact smart display that works with your other Alexa devices. You can also get an adjustable stand to go along with it. The Echo Show is incredibly useful. With it you can watch the nursery to check on your sleeping baby, you can make video calls, and you can use it to listen to music and audio books.
 

Electric Kettle

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Current Sale Price: $29.99
Originally: $36.99
You Save: $7.00! (19% off)

This sleek looking Miroco electric kettle is a great staple to get for the oncoming winter months. It holds up to 1.5 liters, which can fill up to 8 glasses. It’s also 100% stainless steel with double walls so it’s safe to touch. This electric kettle also comes with overheat protection and auto shut-off so you won’t have any boiling accidents. But one of the most convenient features of this kettle is that it’s cordless! Use this electric kettle to brew all kinds of warm beverages and stay cozy this winter season.
 

YOSUDA Stationary Indoor Cycling Bike

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Current Sale Price: $220.99
Originally: $259.99
You Save: $39.00! (15% off)

With winter coming around it can get harder to stay active. Not all of us have the resolve to keep jogging outside when the weather starts turning cold and snowy. But with an indoor bike you can keep up with your workouts from the cozy comfort of your own home. The YOSUDA stationary bike comes with an iPad mount, a comfortable seat cushion, and a water bottle holder, so you won’t want for anything as you meet your goals this year and stay active this winter.
 

Winix Air Purifier

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Current Sale Price: $99.99
Originally: $199.99
You Save: $100.00! (50% off)

Clean air is as important to our well being as eating healthy. Getting an air purifier for your room can be a great way to clean up the air you breath in your house every day. It even connects to WiFi and Alexa, so you can control the air purifier with your voice.



Sometimes deals and sales are the way that we get things we really need. You may especially depend on sales when you’re in college, or just starting out on your own, or in a new place. So when you find something you really need on sale, and payday is just a couple days too late, that can be really frustrating. Luckily Check City can help you out with a quick and easy Payday Loan so that you can take advantage of important deals regardless of when your payday comes.
 
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Amazon Daily Deals!

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There are lots of great deals you can take advantage of every single day, with Amazon’s Daily Deals! You won’t believe some of the great things you can find. Every Tuesday we highlight some of our favorite Amazon Daily Deal buys. Here are some of our top picks from today:

*The prices shown below are the sale prices listed at the time of posting.

Running Pouch

 
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Current Sale Price: $9.97
Originally: $24.99
You Save: $15.02! (60% off)

With fall underway, it’s a good time to take advantage of the cool weather and get running outdoors again. Bundle up and use this running belt to hold your keys, phone, and whatever else you may need on your run. It comes in black, has two pockets, and a sleek, thin design that makes it easy to forget about while you can focus on the run.

Telescope

 
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Current Sale Price: $59.49
Originally: $72.99
You Save: $13.50! (18% off)

The cool autumn sky is also a great time to do some star gazing. Make your star gazing even more amazing with a powerful telescope. The TELMU telescope is adjustable, portable, and even has a phone adaptor that you can use with any phone. It also comes with its own basket so you can easily take it anywhere to best see the stars.

AbergBest Digital Camera

 
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Current Sale Price: $40.99
Originally: $26.12
You Save: $14.87! (36% off)

Phones are taking better and better photos with each new model that comes out, but having a digital camera just for all your snapshots can still be useful. You can take more photos without having to worry about taking up space on your phone, so if you like to take a lot of photos, this is a good buy. It’s an HD digital camera, does video and comes in black, blue, red, and pink. It’s a sleek small design too, so it’s easy to take and use anywhere.

Rove Dashboard Camera

 
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Current Sale Price: $74.97
Originally: $299.99
You Save: $225.02! (75% off)

Another camera deal today! This might be the best Amazon deal today, saving you the most money in this one purchase. This dashboard camera comes with a wide angle, and night vision. It also has useful built in WiFi and GPS technology. It can also start recording video if it detects any kind of impact.
Use this dashboard camera to help keep you and your loved ones safe while on the road.

Eyelash and Brow Growth Serum

 
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Current Sale Price: $26.99
Originally: $44.99
You Save: $18.00! (40% off)

This serum is by ESSY Naturals and is irritation free. It’ll give you longer, thicker, and stronger lashes in just 3 to 4 weeks. The serum is made of ginseng root and Egyptian blue water lily. It comes in a mascara-like container and has a little brush on the end of the wand for easy application. Remember that this beauty product is normally $45, so now is the best time to buy up on your eyelash serum, and try out this beauty care fad for yourself.

Omega 3 Fish Oil

 
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Current Sale Price: $13.49
Originally: $24.99
You Save: $11.50! (46% off)

Omega 3 fish oil has a lot of health benefits. It helps you have a healthier heart, brain, joints, skin, hair, and can even boost your mood. These vitamins from MAV Nutrition are soft gel, lemon flavored pills for easy swallowing. It comes with 120 pills with a total of 3,600 milligrams of fish oil. Take advantage of this sale on some essential vitamins and see what healthy changes it can make for you!



Sometimes deals and sales are the way that we get things we really need. You may especially depend on sales when you’re in college, or just starting out on your own, or in a new place. So when you find something you really need on sale, and payday is just a couple days too late, that can be really frustrating. Luckily Check City can help you out with a quick and easy Payday Loan so that you can take advantage of important deals regardless of when your payday comes.
 
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6 Basic Instant Pot Recipes

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Having a yummy, wholesome, home cooked meal for dinner each night is a part of the typical dream lifestyle. But who has the time? By using an instant pot to make your meals you won’t need time to have home cooked meals every day!

Below are some the most basic instant pot recipes to help get you started:

  1. Potatoes
  2. Rice
  3. Beans
  4. Chicken
  5. Vegetables
  6. Pasta

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Unlike a slow cooker, an instant pot lets you make healthy, budget friendly meals in a matter of minutes instead of hours. It can bring you back to cooking basics and save you on the kinds of groceries that add up quickly the way things like frozen pizzas do.

If you need any help with the food bill this week while you wait for an inconveniently placed payday, you can always get a Check City Personal Loan to tide you over.

With an instant pot cooker you can plan your weeknight dinners for the week much more easily. Instant Pot is one of the main instant pot brands, but there are many brands of pressure cookers you can choose from for your instant cooking needs.

Instant Pot’s website also has their own list of recipes for you to choose from. The recipes below come from a couple different sources, and are some of the most basic recipes you’ll want to to start saving on your grocery bill and getting back to the basics of homemade meals.

1. Potatoes

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You can do so many things with potatoes, mashed potatoes being one of the most popular American dishes. With the quick and easy instant pot you can make comfort foods like potato soup as well.

Ingredients

3lbs russet potatoes (cut into cubes)
1 cup chicken broth, or water
1/2 cup milk or half and half
3 tbsp butter

Steps
  1. put potatoes, broth or water in the pot
  2. seal the lid
  3. select pressure cook and adjust to high
  4. set timer for 8 minutes
  5. After 8 minutes turn the valve to venting to manually quick release the pressure
  6. drain potatoes and set the liquid aside
  7. add milk (or half and half) and butter
  8. mash
  9. add back the liquid you set aside as needed

2. Rice

rice
 

Rice is a side dish that can go with almost any meal. For instance, you can serve chicken and rice along with some steamed vegetables for a rounded dinner.

Ingredients

1 cup rice
1 cup water
1 tsp oil
a pinch of salt

Steps
  1. rinse rice
  2. add rice, water, oil, and salt to instant pot
  3. lock lid and set steam valve to seal
  4. cook 4-8 minutes
  5. let pressure release naturally for 10 minutes, then release manually

3. Beans

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Beans are a healthy source of protein and can also go well with a lot of other dishes. You can use beans in different soups and salads as well as a side dish to your main meal.

Ingredients

1 lb black beans
1 tbsp onion powder
2 tsp garlic powder
1-2 tsp salt
1 bay leaf
6 cups vegetable/chicken broth or water (Use 4 cups liquid for every 1 cup beans. Make sure the pot is not filled more than halfway so your beans have room to expand)

Steps
  1. put everything into the pot
  2. turn valve to sealing
  3. press beans and chili
  4. release pressure naturally for 20 minutes before opening

4. Chicken

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Instant pot chicken may be one of the most popular dishes to make. Chicken is cheap and with some seasonings and sauces it can make a truly delicious meal. You can even use chicken thighs for some extra tender flavor.

Ingredients

2 tsp dried parsley
1 tsp dried dill
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp dried chives
1/4 tsp onion powder
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper
2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup low-sodium chicken broth

Steps
  1. set to saute and add oil
  2. sear chicken on both sides until golden
  3. transfer to a plate and add spices to the chicken
  4. add broth to pot
  5. put trivet in pot and put chicken on the trivet
  6. Lock lid and pressure cook on high for 5 minutes

5. Vegetables

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Vegetables are an important part of our diet, but we often forget about them. With a pressure cooker you can easily whip up any assortment of your favorite veggies to go along with almost any supper. Buying fresh vegetables is often cheaper than buying them frozen too.

Ingredients

1 cup water or vegetable broth
1/2lb carrots
1lb fresh, trimmed green beans
1 1/2lbs chopped red potatoes

Steps
  1. pour water into the pot
  2. put steamer basket into the pot
  3. place vegetables into the steamer basket
  4. secure the lid
  5. steam for 5 minutes and let sit for 5 more minutes
  6. season the vegetables to taste

6. Pasta

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Next to bread, pasta may be one of the world’s favorite carbs. Healthy pastas can be a great source of grain in your diet when eaten in moderation. Pasta can also be a great base for a lot of creative dishes.

Ingredients

4 cups water, plus more as needed
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 1/4 tsp salt
1 (16 ounces) package penne pasta
1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes in puree
1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dried basil OR 1 tablespoon fresh chopped basil
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
Freshly grated parmesan, romano, or mozzarella cheese for garnishing

Steps
  1. put the water, vegetable oil, salt, and pasta into the instant pot
  2. place rack in the instant pot
  3. put the tomatoes, garlic powder, basil, red pepper flakes, and salt into a pot on top of the rack
  4. lock the lid
  5. select high pressure and set to 3 minutes
  6. quick release the lid
  7. strain water out of the noodles and combine the pasta and sauce

These are just a few examples of some super basic instant pot recipes that you can use to make an unending array of meals throughout the week. Make your meals quickly each night or cook in bulk and have awesome leftovers for the rest of the week.

These aren’t the only basic recipes you can do with a pressure cooker though. Take a look at the READ MORE section at the bottom of this article for more essential instant pot recipes.



READ MORE
Learn all about taking care of your instant pot, “How to Use an Instant Pot to Save You Money.”

For a collection of beef recipes, including beef stew, “Most Popular Instant Pot Beef Recipes.”

For instant pot pulled pork, “Instant Pot Pulled Pork.”

For roasting pork in the instant pot, “How to Roast Pork in the Instant Pot.”

Instant pot boiled eggs recipe, “Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs.”

For some other ways to save money on your grocery bill read, “How to Save Money on Food Costs.”

How to Use an Instant Pot to Save You Money

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We’re always looking for ways to save on meals and groceries, but have you ever thought about how the way you cook food could also save you money?

How Does an Instant Pot Work?

An instant pot is basically the modernized version of a pressure cooker. A pressure cooker uses high pressure to cook the food inside. A pressure cooker is a pot that you use on the stove top, but the instant pot is an electric pressure cooker, so it doesn’t go on the stove top, it plugs into an outlet. It uses a strong clamp-down lid to seal in the contents of the pot and the heat, for some fast, efficient cooking. Now your water can boil at even higher temperatures because less heat is escaping into the air. The steam and building pressure inside the instant pot can also help your food get more moist, tender, and full of infused flavors.

In a really simple form, you can think of it as a crock pot, or a slow cooker. You put the ingredients inside, close the lid, and punch in your settings. But instead of letting your food stew in the crock pot for 4 to 8 hours, you can put ingredients inside the instant pot, close the lid, set the settings, and have your food ready in just 15 to 30 minutes.

When your food is done cooking there are two ways to release the steam inside. You can use a quick release by turning the valve at the top manually and letting all the steam out right away or you can let it go, and the steam will naturally release over time. You’ll want to use the quick release when your food is done cooking, and the natural release when you want your food to keep cooking a little longer while it cools down.

How to Use an Instant Pot
  1. heat up the pressure cooker
  2. place the food inside
  3. seal the lid
  4. set your pressure level and your cooking time
  5. release the pressure when the time goes off
  6. wait however long the recipe says for the pressure to release
  7. thoroughly clean the pressure cooker after your meal and put it away for next time

 
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Hot Water Test

Understanding how an instant pot works is important if you’re going to start cooking with one. It is a different type of cooking since you aren’t just using heat from the stovetop or oven, you’re using pressurized heat and steam. Because of this instant pots come with their own science of cooking that you’ll want to become acquainted with before you begin using your new instant pot.

To help you understand what happens inside your instant pot while it’s cooking you can do the hot water test. The hot water test will show you how the pressure cooker works, and how much water evaporates as it cooks. Depending on what you’re cooking inside the pot, you will probably need less water than you’re used to.

  1. pour 3 cups of water into the instant pot
  2. close the lid
  3. in your settings select simply steam or pressure cook
  4. set the timer to 5 minutes
  5. when the timer goes off, turn the valve to release the pressure

Now you can see what happened to the water. Measure it and see for yourself how much water evaporates in a pressure cooker as opposed to a pot on the stovetop.

How an Instant Pot Saves You Money

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Have you ever felt the struggle of wanting to eat well, but not having the amount of time necessary or the energy to spend cooking healthy, real meals every day? We know that eating healthy has so many obvious, long-term benefits, but in our busy day-to-day lives, it can be a real struggle to eat right. Money and time constraints get in the way and we end up buying another frozen pizza or eating out again. Thankfully, with the instant pot, eating right doesn’t have to take more than 20 minutes of your time.

By eating healthier every day you’ll have better health. Staying in good health can really save your wallet. Being healthier means you’ll feel more energized, get sick less often, avoid missing work, keep your medical bills low, and keep the doctor away, as the saying goes.

An instant pot can help you save while stocking your pantry as well. Cooking with the instant pot can bring you back to cooking basics, helping you eat simpler, more satisfying meals. You can easily and quickly cook rice and even dry beans! Eating this way is also ultimately cheaper. It’s cheaper to keep your pantry stocked with the basics (like rice, beans, potatoes, seasonings, and sauces etc.) that you can use to make many different kinds of meals throughout the week, rather than pay for a full meal at a fast food place.

If you need any help with the food bill this week while you wait for an inconveniently placed payday, you can always get a Check City Personal Loan to tide you over.

  • Miss work less often
  • Spend less on medical bills and doctor visits
  • Spend less time cooking meals and more time on other pursuits
  • Spend less on groceries

How to Clean Your Instant Pot

After eating your yummy, healthy, homemade meal, it can be tempting to leave the dishes undone and move on to other things. But try and not wait too long after using the instant pot to clean it out, because letting thing crust over will only make it harder to clean later.

  1. Take it apart
  2. Hand wash the outer lid and instant pot with warm soapy water. The inner pot and accessories can go in the dishwasher
  3. let white vinegar sit in the instant pot for 5 minutes to remove stains
  4. Use a small brush to get in between spaces
  5. Steam clean it, 1 cup water, 1 cup vinegar, lemon slices, on the steam mode to get rid of smells
  6. Dry and put back together

Tips and Tricks You’ll Want to Know

  • Replace sealing rings
  • You can get accessories like a glass lid so you can see inside
  • Bring your instant pot camping or on vacation, all it needs is a power source to cook
  • You can cook freezer meals
  • You can make popcorn
  • Get meal Tupperware and prep your meals for the week ahead of time
  • Reheat in the instant pot instead of the microwave using the warm setting
  • Use the rack to cook 2 things at the same time, like meat and veggies, or do pot-in-pot cooking
  • Use the curved end of the ladle to safely turn the release valve without getting your hands too close to the steam.
  • You can rest your lid upright by putting the handle of the lid into the rectangle opening of the handle of the pot.
  • To cook even faster, use already hot water in your instant pot so it comes to pressure even faster
  • Make a tin foil sling to put under the pot your putting in the pot so that you can easily lift your pot out
  • Get more than one stainless steel insert
  • Use some handy time-table charts to know how long things should cook
  • You can turn the instant pot onto saute mode before you put your ingredients inside in order to get it heated up and cook faster

Warnings

There are some warnings to be careful of when working with an instant pot. There are also some things you just can’t do with a pressure cooker, but don’t worry. What you can do with a pressure cooker still far outweighs what you can’t.

  • Be careful you don’t overheat it
  • Be careful of the steam
  • Keep it off of hot surfaces
  • Don’t put the appliance in the dishwasher
  • Don’t fill it more than 2/3
  • Don’t open the lid until it’s completely depressurized
  • Don’t make fried foods in a pressure cooker
  • Milk will curdle in the pressure cooker



READ MORE
Read more about how to save money on groceries, “How to Save Money on Food Costs.”

Find some great basic instant pot recipes, “6 Basic Instant Pot Recipes.”

Read more about Instant Pot hacks by reading the following articles:

11 Clever Hacks That Will Make You Love Your Instant Pot Even More

20 Instant Pot Hacks Every Cook Should Know

16 Genius Instant Pot Hacks That Will Blow Your Mind

How Much Do Nurses Make?

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The nursing profession has been around for a very long time. Today there are over 100 different nursing specialties. So the field not only offers a lucrative salary, but a chance to specialize in what you are most passionate about as well. This article will take a closer look at the salary aspect of the Nursing profession.

Everyone at some point has to figure out what to do with their life and what job to take. We all want a job that will make us happy, foster our passions, and provide for ourselves. If your passion includes helping people then the nursing profession may be the perfect career for you.

There are many reasons becoming a registered nurse (RN) is a great career choice. For one thing, the registered nurse profession currently has an expected growth rate of 15%, which is much faster than the average job’s growth rate. So if you’re wondering if your job outlook as a future nurse is good or not, have no fear, the demand for nurses is only going to get higher.

A career as a registered nurse is a great option not only because the future outlook, job security, and demand looks good. It also only requires a bachelor’s degree, and the average salary for registered nurses is $71,730 a year! Not only that but the nursing profession has a vast array of subfields and specialties you can go into as well. No matter your temperament or passion you can bet that the nursing profession has a niche for you.

What Determines Pay?

According to the Bureau of Labor statistics RNs tend to make an average of $34.48 an hour. When calculating for annual salary, the lowest 10% was around $50,800 a year, the median annual salary was $71,730 a year, and the highest 10% was up to $106,530 a year.

Like all jobs, how much an RN makes is also going to depend on certain factors unique to that field. The variables that affect the salary of a registered nurse are:

What state you work in

Different states all have different average RN salaries. For example, RNs in Alabama have an average annual salary of $57,890, but RNs in California have an average annual salary of $102,700. Just keep in mind that these numbers often vary due to things like cost of living. Nurses may make more in California each year than nurses in Alabama, but the cost of living between these two states may differ greatly as well.

Level of education

There are 4 different levels of education that you can seek in the nursing field. All of which will require studies in nursing, physiology, anatomy, and nutrition. Generally the higher your education level, the higher your starting salary at a job is going to be.

  1. Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN) takes 2-3 years.
  2. Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) takes 4 years.
  3. Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) takes 2 years.
  4. Doctorate in Nursing (DNP) takes 4 to 6 years.
Experience or how long you’ve been working as a nurse

The more experience you have working as a nurse the more your salary is likely to increase compared to nurses who are newer or haven’t worked as RNs for as long. The fact that experience and time spent in the job factors into salary is helpful because it means employers will recognize you for your experience and compensate you more for your time spent in the field.

But if you are new to the field and still only making that starting salary, you may need some help here and there to stay on track financially. If you find yourself needing some help during the month, you can use the Check City Payday Loan.
 
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What Do Nurses Do?

What everyday tasks a nurse does will potentially depend on whether they are specializing in a specific field or not. But below are a couple of common RN duties to give you a feel for the kind of work that would be required of you on a daily basis:

  • Administer medications and treatments
  • Assist in examinations
  • Instruct patients on how to care for themselves after leaving a medical facility
  • Observe patients
  • Operate medical equipment
  • Perform tests
  • Record patient medical histories
  • Record symptoms
  • Supervise the Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs)
RN Hours:

Some patients are going to need around-the-clock care, so there will always needs to be some RNs on duty. RNs usually take the 24 hours in shifts so that there are always nurses available in the day and night. This means that as an RN you may end up working nights, weekends, holidays, or be on call.

If you are interested in the work that RNs do but want to work more regular business hours, then there are some options available. There are places of work where RNs are needed but they only operate during normal business hours. Places like offices and schools will only require a regular work shift.

Nurse Related Jobs and Specialties

There are many nurse related jobs that are also worth considering if you are interested in this type of vocation. This is one of the perks of the nursing career. It has the potential to lead to other jobs, and it connects you to the medical career world in general.

There are also many different specialties within the nursing field itself. As you become a registered nurse you may find that a specific area of work interests you above the others, and if you want you can pursue that specific area of practice.

The following charts are just a few examples showing the range of salaries for some common nursing specialties. But there are over a 100 different nursing specialties available in the medical field right now. Below we will continue to go over some of these other kinds of nurse specialties. For more information about different nursing specialties and what they do you can visit RegisteredNursing.org.
 
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Nurses hold some of the most important jobs in order to make a hospital function properly. They literally fill hundreds of rolls and perform a countless array of duties. If you are looking for a job that will allow you to live comfortably, while letting you pursue your individual passions in the medical arena, then becoming a registered nurse is the ideal path for you.


READ MORE
This article is apart of a series, read “How Much Do Teachers Make?” to learn more about the salary of other professions.

Explore this Career Guide Series for more information on how to become a nurse and what the job is like.

Connect with the Nursing Community and read more about different Nursing Career Specialties.

4 SMART Goal Examples

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This article is meant to help you understand SMART goals and how to use them. By giving plenty of examples along the way, you can use this goal making tool to your advantage and achieve all your personal and professional goals. You may have heard the acronym SMART goals by now, and you may be wondering what it means and how to use this tool to up your goal setting game.

  1. Professional Goals
  2. Fun Personal Goals
  3. Serious Personal Goals
  4. Financial Goals

What are SMART Goals?

SMART is an acronym that stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Bound. SMART is a mnemonic device that is meant to help you create “smarter” goals. The 5 elements of a SMART goal are the 5 key characteristics of an effective goal that you can actually achieve. So you want the goals you make to be specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound.

Specific

To make your goals specific enough, you want to answer the key “W” questions, who, what, when, where, why? You want to decide your goal and describe it in as much detail as possible. The key is to have a clearly defined picture of your goal in your mind, leaving no room for ambiguity.

Ask who, what, where, and any other details?

Measurable

Making your goal measurable is mainly making it so you have a measurable outcome to work toward, so you’ll know for certain when you are successful or not. So instead of just wanting to lose weight, figure out how many pounds you want to lose. If you want more Instagram followers, think about how many more followers you want. What you can measure is going to be different for each goal, but there is always something you can measure. Maybe you want to be happier, what are some measurable things you can keep track of that will show whether your plans are working? Maybe you can measure how many hours of sleep you get each night to see if you’re getting your full 8 hours each night, or record in a mood journal how you feel at certain times of the day for a couple weeks to try and find patterns.

Ask how?

Attainable

Just like when dealing with your finances you’ll want to determine whether the ROI is worth it. Each goal is going to take time and resources. Are they going to yield worth while results? Is the effort your goal would require doable? Maybe you want to run a marathon but you’ve never run before, so perhaps a better goal to start with would be to run 20 minutes every day. Sometimes you need to take your vision down a bit for a goal that you are actually able to do right now in your life.

What’s the level of attainability?

Relevant

Sometimes we feel pressured by our surroundings to make certain goals. Maybe your parents want you to be a doctor, but you want to be an English teacher. Maybe the people around you make you feel like you need to make intense dieting and weight goals to buff up or slim down, but you’re actually at a healthy bmi(link to how to gain weight on a budget post). Goals take time and effort, they come with their own costs, so above all your goals have to be made for you, by you. So when making a goal ask yourself what your motives are and make sure they’re good, worth it, will actually yield the results you desire.

Ask why?

Time-Bound

Time needs to be a major element in any goal you make. You need to create a plan that aligns with calendar dates and deadlines. Having a due date helps us stay focused, motivated, and kick us into action. Remember that it is here where you can bog yourself down if you’re not careful, so be flexible and plan smartly so you don’t overwhelm yourself. Don’t be afraid to adjust when you need to, sometimes learning your limits and what works best for you takes some trial and error.

Ask when?

SMART Goal Examples

There are different elements that make up our lives and thus there are different kinds of goals we can make for each aspect of our lives. There are the more formal, professional, and serious goals we need to make, and then there are personal and fun goals we want to make. Make goals for your more professional and serious successes, but set goals for yourself as well. Below are some key goal categories to remember:

1. Professional Goals

Specific: (ask who, what, where, and any other details) You want to wake up earlier for work each morning.

Measurable: (ask how) You record on a chart beside your bed every night you manage to go to bed at 10:30 pm. On a similar chart beside the door you mark each morning you are able to leave your house for work at 7:30 am.

Attainable: (what’s the level of attainability) Instead of making a goal to get to work by 7 each morning, you’ve started with a goal to get to work by 8 each morning, because you know working toward this goal is more feasible for you right now.

Relevant: (ask why) This goal is relevant for you because going to work earlier will allow you to leave earlier in the day, giving you more time for other goals and endeavors outside of work.

Time-Bound: (ask when) You’ve set alarms on your phone to remind you when to get ready for bed, and when to wake up and get ready for the day. You’ve decided to give yourself a month to get into this routine, and if you are successful, you’ll reward yourself to a Friday movie night with friends.
 
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2. Fun Personal Goals

Specific: (ask who, what, where, and any other details) You want to make more friends in college.

Measurable: (ask how) You plan social events to go to every weekend this month and decide you have to stay at each for at least a full hour, and must talk to at least 3 people you don’t know. You record the events, how long you stayed, and who you befriended in your journal after each weekend.

Attainable: (what’s the level of attainability) You know you can attain this goal because there are social events you know you’ll be able to go to, and you have a roommate who is very social land willing to go with you to each event.

Relevant: (ask why) This goal is relevant to you because you’re a freshman in college and want to make friends in this new phase of your life. You know your overall wellbeing and happiness will increase by reaching this goal.

Time-Bound: (ask when) You have this month to enact your plan before reevaluating all the new people you met, and continuing with your goal by inviting some of those people to a social event at your own apartment at the beginning of the following month.
 
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3. Serious Personal Goals

Specific: (ask who, what, where, and any other details) You want to lose 10 pounds.

Measurable: (ask how) You’ll weigh yourself on a scale and record your weight progress on a chart.

Attainable: (what’s the level of attainability) This goal is attainable because you’ve spoken with your doctor and it is ok for you to lose 10 pounds. You also have a dietary and exercise plan that should yield results over time.

Relevant: (ask why) This goal is relevant to you because losing 10 pounds will put you at a healthier weight, give you more energy, and build your confidence.

Time-Bound: (ask when) You schedule regular weigh-in dates for the following weeks to come, and estimate that you should reach your weight loss goal in time for the beginning of summer.
 
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4. Financial Goals

Specific: (ask who, what, where, and any other details) You want to decrease your debts.

Measurable: (ask how) You know how much overall debt you have, and after sitting down with your budget you can reorganize your spending so you know exactly how much you can spend on debts and other spending each month. This will also tell you exactly how long it will take for you to pay it all off. You can keep a record of when you successfully make each payment, and visually see yourself getting closer to paying all of it.

Attainable: (what’s the level of attainability) You can know the attainability of this goal by how well you budget for spending more on debts and less on other varied expenses. If you ever need help reaching your financial goals and getting back on track you can take out a personal loan at Check City.

Relevant: (ask why) This goal is relevant because you have debt to get rid of, and getting rid of debt will free you to spend more on other things and save for the future.

Time-Bound: (ask when) You have a due date for your bills each month and by keeping on track with these monthly dates, you stay on track to finish paying off your debt in the months you’ve given yourself.
 
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Document Your Goals

In order to make sure your goals follow the SMART goal rules, it may help to record them on a chart or utilize a goal setting app. There are countless goal setting apps out there to help you track your habits and reach your aspirations. Here are some of the best goal setting apps for making SMART goals:

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In some ways, goals are how we live our lives. It’s how we make decisions and enact change. Understanding the 5 key characteristics of SMART goal-making can help you level up in your personal and professional life, and more effectively plan for success. As a great artist once said:
 
“Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.”

—Pablo Picasso



READ MORE
Read the section on SMART goals from YourCoach.
 
Read another Check City article about goal making by reading, “How to Set Goals.”

How to Set Goals

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We all make goals and we make them for many reasons. They can help us be productive in both our personal and professional lives. But if you don’t know the key aspects of goal making than your efforts can seem pointless. By taking into mind the following key components of goal setting, you can successfully accomplish all your goals.

  1. Make the Main Goal
  2. Find the Goal’s Purpose
  3. Make a Detailed Plan
  4. Measure the Results
  5. Reward Yourself

Why Make Goals?

Goals are how you decide to do something and the plan you take to achieve it. Goals consist of long term and short term goals. Sometimes your goal is a big picture, far in the future kind of goal, and other times your goal is closer to the present. Sometimes long term and short term goals can be seen as main goals and sub goals that lead you to your ultimate goal.
For instance, maybe you want to start a successful business, having a successful business would be your long term or ultimate goal. All of the tasks and accomplishments that are necessary for you to get to your ultimate goal are the short term goals or subtasks or steps necessary to achieve the main objective. One of those short term goals might be getting the papers for your business in order.
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Different Kinds of Goals

Goals don’t just have to be professional. You can make fun goals too! There are lots of formal, professional, and serious goals we need to make throughout our lives, but there are personal and fun goals we can be making along the way as well. Make goals for your more professional and serious successes, but set goals for yourself as well, like to get out every Friday, or to save up for a vacation this summer. You’ll also want to be making financial goals, like to save up for a new car, or spend less on entertainment this month. If you ever need help reaching your financial goals and getting back on track you can take out a personal loan at Check City.

  • Professional Goals (goals about work, or your own professional endeavors, hobbies, or talents)
  • Fun Personal Goals (goal to save up for vacation this summer)
  • Serious Personal Goals (goals to better your physical or mental health)
  • Financial Goals

What are SMART Goals?

SMART goals stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Bound. It is an acronym that describes the kind of goals you want to make. You want the goals you make to be specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound.
 
Don’t just make a blanket goal to lose weight, make a specific goal to lose 10 pounds.
Utilize a scale to measure your progress.
Plan to achieve your goal by formulating a new plan for your meals and exercise.
Make a plan to lose weight because this goal is relevant to your life, and will give you tangible health benefits.
Give yourself a timeline by planning dates for weigh-ins, with specific weight goals for each weigh-in date.

1. Make the Main Goal

Don’t have too many goals at one time. This may be difficult if you are creating a business, but that is why hiring dependable employees and delegating effectively and communicating well with each other is so important, especially in the beginning. If any one person in your project has too many goals they need to achieve they can have trouble focusing and end up not accomplishing anything very well. So delegate goals so that each person can have the most focus possible for their manageable set of goals. That way, each goal gets accomplished on time, and in the best way, done all the way and not incomplete or done poorly.

2. Find the Goal’s Purpose

Every goal needs a clear sense of purpose. You need to have a specific objective in order to effectively motivate yourself to achieve this goal. Yes you may want to have a successful business but why? Think about your reasons and write these down. Many successful businesses today made it big because they had a clear motivation behind all they do, and a lot of them end up sharing this in their company’s origination stories or in their company motto.

3. Make a Detailed Plan

When planning your goals you’ll want to list out a series of steps or subtasks, or sub-goals that are going to get you to your main goal. You want these steps to be very specific things you can really do. Be detailed so nothing important falls by the wayside. For instance, only saying “make print ads” may not be helpful. You also need to plan out how you’re going to make them, when they are due, and where they’re going to get posted, and who is in charge of getting the permissions to post them at each location. Right all these things out, plan out the times, the places, and the people involved.

4. Measure the Results

Keep track of how you’re doing. If the steps you have in your plan aren’t giving measurable results than you can change your plan.

5. Reward Yourself

Sometimes an extra motivator or benefit is helpful when reaching your goals. In life we always like to have good things to look forward to, so feel free to reward yourself when you reach your goals. There are many healthy ways you can reward yourself. You can reward yourself with food, like a celebratory dinner, or a favorite dessert. You can also reward yourself by going shopping and buying yourself a gift. It doesn’t have to be expensive either. Activities like fun outings, a movie or spa night, can also be great ways to reward yourself for achieving something.
 
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Create a Goal Workspace

It can also help to have a place where you write all these things down. Some even find it helpful to hang up your planned goals where you can see them every day. It can also help to place your plans in the most relevant place. For example, if your goal is about losing weight it would make sense to keep your goal chart in the kitchen, or near your treadmill. If your goal is about work then you’ll want to keep your goal chart in your workspace.

  • Put your goals on a calendar. With a calendar you can easily outline the dates of your plan.
  • Put your goals on a template, or chart. With a chart you can keep track of your progress levels and check off items once you’ve finished sub-goals.
  • Use an app. There are countless apps out there to help you track your habits and reach your aspirations. Here are some of the best goal setting apps:

Daylio is a great app for journaling and tracking your moods. It is also one of the most customizable apps, and allows you to track anything you want. It has a pleasing design, icons, and color palettes.
Loop is another great app for tracking. With Loop you can easily see all your goals and their progress in one place.
ATracker has some nice calendar and task features.
TickTick is a great goal app for groups or partners. You can sync and share tasks and goals with other people. There’s also a function to help you focus on certain tasks.
 
In some ways, goals are how we live our lives. It’s how we make decisions and enact change. Knowing how to properly set goals can help you level up in your personal and professional life. As Les Brown once said, “Your goals are the road maps that guide you and show you what is possible for your life.”


READ MORE
Learn more about setting goals by reading, “How to Set Goals the Easy Way.”
 
Read more about SMART goals and how this acronym applies to your personal life by reading, “Personal Goal Setting: Planning to Live Your Life Your Way.”

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