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Tech Deals from 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.
 
Share with us what deals you snagged today by using the hashtags #amazondailydeals #checkcity

Take Advantage of Amazon Daily Deals

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We love to shop, but more than shopping, we love event shopping. That’s why things like Black Friday Sales are so popular because it makes shopping into a tradition, an event where you come away with gifts you picked and some bonding time with your shopping buddies.

With Amazon’s Daily Deals you can have a shopping event any day of the week, and you don’t have to wait for a printed catalogue in the mail to enjoy it. Instead you can just take a look at their daily deals online at any time.
 
Below are some of our top picks from today’s Amazon deals. The prices shown below are the sale prices listed at the time of posting.

Pressure Washer

 
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Current Sale Price: $145.49
Originally: $279.00
You Save: $133.51! (48% off)

The Sun Joe pressure washer is a high performance machine with a powerful motor. Its maximum pressure reaches 2200 PSI! It also has two detergent tanks with dials that let you control the mix of detergent and water, a 34-inch extension wand, and a garden hose adapter. This product also comes with free shipping, free returns, and 2-3 year protection plans for only $22 to $30.

White Noise/Sleep Sound Machine

 
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Current Sale Price: $11.98
Originally: $29.99
You Save: $18.01! (60% off)

Have trouble sleeping? Take advantage of this sale and get yourself a Sleep Sounds Machine. You can use it for yourself, or keep it in the baby’s room to help them sleep a full night. It comes with 6 different noise options, and you can power it with either batteries or by plugging it into an outlet, allowing you to take your sleep sound machine anywhere. It even has an option to set a timer on it for 15, 30, or 60 minutes so that it won’t be on all night, just long enough to put you to sleep for the night.

Mini Projector

 
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Current Sale Price: $107.00
Originally: $189.99
You Save: $82.99! (44% off)

Need a projector for your dorm apartment, or want to put on a cinematic outdoor movie night? Then this is the deal for you. This mini projector is small, compact, and wonderfully portable with it’s own fitted case. It’s also compatible with a Fire TV Stick, PS4, HDMI, VGA, AV, USB, and Smartphones, with a 200 inch display.

PNY Products

The following PNY Products are some of the best deals going on today. You can get up to 512 gigabytes of extra space for 60% the original price!
 
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128 GB PNY Flash Card

Current Sale Price: $15.99
Originally: $44.55
You Save: $28.56! (64% off)

256 GB PNY Flash Card

Current Sale Price: $32.99
Originally: $89.55
You Save: $56.56! (63% off)

512 GB PNY Flash Card

Current Sale Price: $77.99
Originally: $199.39
You Save: $121.40! (61% off)

64 GB PNY Flash Drive

flash drive sale
 

Current Sale Price: $9.49
Originally: $25.04
You Save: $15.55! (62% off)

 
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.
 
Share with us what deals you snagged today by using the hashtag #amazondailydeals, and #checkcity.

Cell Phone Security Apps and Other Ways to Lock Down Your Phone

The first iPhone was released June 29, 2007, ushering in a new era of mobile gadgets. Smart phones have allowed us to take the internet with us wherever we go, and there are literally hundreds of thousands of apps designed to make our lives easier.

One of the reasons smart phones are so cool also makes them vulnerable to theft—their portability. It’s not too challenging for a thief to snatch an iPhone from an unsuspecting pedestrian and take off running.
Thankfully, as smart phones have gotten more advanced, so have the security features designed to reduce theft. In fact, the development of a “kill switch” for the latest iPhone resulted in a 38% drop in robberies in San Francisco, and a 24% drop in London, according to the New York Times.

Let’s take a look at some of the more advanced smart phone security features that can help make sure you’re not a victim of theft.

‘Kill Switch’ Security App

The name “kill switch” is a little deceiving. It doesn’t kill anyone, and it doesn’t even kill your phone. It simply renders it useless for would-be robbers.

A kill switch, sometimes called an “activation lock,” is a security app to lock your phone remotely if you suspect it’s been lost or stolen. Suddenly, the street value of your smart phone is reduced to zero, dissuading any would-be robbers from snatching and grabbing phones in the future.

Fingerprint Locking

Cell phones have had locking capabilities for years now to provide basic cell phone security. Typically, it’s a four-digit code or some kind of pattern, but several smart phones feature fingerprint locking, making it even harder (or even impossible) for someone to hack into your phone.

Wireless Proximity Alarm

A wireless proximity alarm is an actual physical product rather than a security app that alerts you when your phone has gotten away from you. Basically, it’s a small fob you can attach to your keys or keep in your purse, and you can wirelessly connect it to your smart phone through an app. The alarm will go off if your phone reaches a certain distance from the fob, alerting you if you’ve accidentally left your phone behind or if a robber has walked off with it.

Facial Recognition Lock

Cell phone security has gotten so futuristic that all you have to do is look at your phone to unlock it. With facial recognition software, your phone will only open up to someone who has the exact same facial features as you. Unless you have an identical twin, then you’d be the only one with access to your phone’s contents.

‘Find My iPhone’ Security App and Other Remote Locating Features

Smart phones are probably lost more than they’re stolen. If you’re the kind of person who compulsively leaves your iPhone behind at restaurants and bars, or who can’t seem to locate it in the morning when you have to leave for work, then this security feature is for you.

With the “Find My iPhone” security app, you can go onto your computer and locate your phone through GPS, and even make it give off an alarm so you can find it quickly.

No matter what kind of smart phone you own, chances are it has one of the security features listed above, and probably something even more futuristic. However, no matter how advanced our phones get, common sense is probably the best anti-theft device widely available to everyone.

Protect your money with safe and secure financial transactions through Check City, such as money orders and bill pay services. Stop by one of our locations today!

How to Fight a Technology Addiction

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With the internet, you have access to a limitless supply of knowledge. Unfortunately, sometimes a desire to digest all of that knowledge at once can lead to a technology addiction. And with your smart phone, all that information is accessible everywhere you go – though some might argue this is completely at the mercy of their service carrier!

Not only is the internet a vast encyclopedia of knowledge, but other related advances in technology have given us many tools to potentially make our lives much easier. There are an infinite number of apps to meet every need, instant messaging tools to reach anyone, online banking and online payday loan tools that allow you to get approved for a loan in a fraction of the time it used to take, and software that can help you design just about anything.

So why does it sometimes seem like we are completely missing out on the benefits of technology by getting less and less done throughout the day?
The biggest reason for this disconnect between the potential power of technology and how we actually use it has to do with our personal habits. If you can change the way you consume technology, then you can avoid a technology addiction and begin to harness it in a way that makes aspects of your life far more convenient. Soon you will be controlling all of your techno-gadgets, instead of letting them control you.

Here are 5 steps toward taking control of the technology in your life:

Step 1: Embrace Technology

If you’ve somehow gotten the impression from the first part of this blog that all technology is bad, then allow me to clarify: Technology is incredibly useful, and it’s not a bad idea to embrace it in your personal and professional lives.

But as with any other habit we might enjoy, the amount of time we spend overindulging in technological devices can get out of hand. Add to this the fact that all this technology surrounding us has the potential to take over our entire existence, and suddenly we begin to see that it can actually impair our ability to live a balanced, happy life.
Which brings us to step 2:

Step 2: Limit Tech Usage

One healthy way to approach tech usage is to consider the purpose you are using it for. Is it for educational, work or recreational purposes? If it’s for work, then your parameters are probably pretty well defined in the areas of productivity and personal conduct. Try not to deviate from these in terms of what you are permitted to do, and what is expected of you.
If you are using technology for educational purposes, it’s always a good idea to have a plan:

  • Allocate a specific amount of time, or time frames, for your tech use.
  • Structure this time according to the type of information or experience you need to gain.
  • For research purposes, make a list of the information or skills you need come away with.
  • Use reputable search engines, sources and instructional mediums.
  • Take your breaks away from the screen to avoid getting distracted by social media, click bait or other alluring but time consuming cyber offerings.

If you are using technology for recreational purposes remember; allowing yourself time to use and enjoy your gadgets is not a bad thing, as long as it does not interfere with anything you should be doing at that time. As soon as you allow technology to interfere with what you should be doing it starts to become an addiction. To avoid the addiction, set a clear and reasonable time limit for your recreational usage. How much time you allow yourself to browse the internet or play a game on your smart phone is entirely up to you – you probably already have a good idea of when things start to get out of hand.

Step 3: Know When to Shun Technology

Sometimes you’ve got to buckle down and get things done. A beeping phone or pop-up email might shatter your concentration. You need to be able to turn these things off and place them far away from your mind, or even your reach, until the task at hand is finished. Alternatively, you can set specific times each day for when you will check and respond to messages.

Step 4: Technology Doth Not a Relationship Make

It’s pretty ridiculous when you see a group of friends at dinner, completely immersed in their smart phones instead of enjoying each other’s company. But if you’re not careful, technology can have this effect on anyone. Social media is not a substitute for the type of social interaction that occurs when people are physically (and mentally!) present.

Similarly, any relationship conducted via cyber communication cannot compete with actual physical interaction. Real conversations are made up of more than words and emoji’s are not a legitimate substitute for facial expressions, body gestures and vocal intonations.

It’s simple: when you are with your family, friends, and loved ones, make sure you’re spending quality time with them, instead of splitting your attention between them and your smart phone.

Step 5: Use Technology to Better Yourself

Finally, what good would technology be if we didn’t use it to better ourselves? Find an online tutorial to learn a new skill, use software to create music, or download a good household budgeting app to help you get out of debt and save money. Whatever your passion is, there’s technology out there to help you along the way!

Once you’ve figured out how to avoid a technology addiction and strike a good healthy balance with technology, you’ll finally be able to unleash its true power in your life; you might be amazed at what it’s possible for you to accomplish when you use technology effectively, rather than just spending all day looking up funny cat pictures!

How do you avoid a technology addiction? Let us know in the comments section below.

Grocery IQ: the Best Grocery Shopping App on the Market

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Saving money at the grocery store is an art form for many people.

How much you save is directly related to how much time you spend writing a list and searching for deals. You can bet that the people who waste the most money shopping for food are the ones who go to the store without a plan and browse the aisles aimlessly.

But not everyone who wants to save money on groceries also wants to spend hours clipping coupons each week. Thankfully, there’s an grocery app for that: Grocery IQ.

Technology Meets Extreme Couponing

Thanks to TLC’s reality TV show Extreme Couponing, hoarding coupons has experienced a surge in popularity. The biggest takeaway from this show is that some people go way overboard, but they also save a lot of money.

Not all coupons are found in the Sunday edition of the newspaper anymore. The website Coupons.com provides you with thousands of coupon options—all you need is a computer.

Now you can take all those deals to the store with you, with the Coupons.com mobile app, Grocery iQ. While you’re browsing the isles for a good deal on ketchup, simply look for coupons on your phone.

The Best Features in the Grocery Shopping App: Grocery iQ

Grocery iQ is more than a grocery app. It’s also a tool to build your grocery list and help you shop smart.
For example, you can create custom grocery lists and revisit them anytime, so you never forget an item again. All past items you’ve checked out are compiled in your history, and you can create favorites so making a list is extremely quick.

Another handy feature is Aisles, which allows you to group favorite products by category into “aisles.” When you’re crafting your list, just browse through items in your aisles.

Adding a new item to your aisles and lists is as easy as pointing your camera a taking a picture of its barcode. This way you can actually keep tabs on prices for the stores you frequently visit.

Access to Coupons

The main benefit of Grocery iQ is its access to thousands of coupons through Coupons.com. When you’re at the grocery store, it’s easy to look up a coupon for a specific item using this app. You can have the coupon added to your store loyalty card, or have the checkout line attendant scan a code directly from your phone. The Grocery iQ grocery app also sends you recommended coupons based on your purchase history.

Perhaps the best part is you have access to coupons, lists, and price comparisons, all in one place.

A Word of Caution

While all of this sounds great, some might say that this grocery apps makes saving money a little too easy. As with all sales, discounts, and coupons, there is a temptation to make purchases for things you don’t actually need. You’re not really saving money if you buy unnecessary stuff, just because you have a coupon.

A good rule of thumb is to only use coupons for things you would have bought anyway. Using a grocery shopping app at the grocery store can be extremely effective, mostly because we all have to buy food. So start with the food you already love, and find coupons for those items.

Where Technology Saves You Money!

The internet is a great place to make money as well as organize your money. Learn more about how technology can save you money by checking back with our weekly installment, Tech Thursday, only on the Check City blog.

Smartphone Apps that Make your Life Easier

Your smartphone isn’t just for playing bird-themed games and snapping pictures each and every meal you order at your favorite restaurant. While there are a number of features on every smartphone that allow us amazing conveniences that have never before been experienced, there are also additional apps that you can download to help make your life easier, calmer, and more manageable. In previous posts we’ve covered some of the top personal finance apps but here are a few of the top selections for everyday productivity apps:

Evernote

In this crazy world we live in, organization is everything. Just try living one day without keeping track of all the things you have to do – oh wait, that’s what a surprising percentage of the smartphone-owning population does already. If you want to move beyond occasionally updating the built-in calendar on your smartphone and actually be in control of your schedule, then download Evernote. This app allows you to make lists, take notes, record voice reminder, and shares this information across all of your devices so that you’re constantly in sync. Once you start using Evernote, you’ll wonder how you ever survived without it.

The Weather Channel

While most smartphones come with pre-installed apps that let you know the average temperature during the day, they can’t compete with The Weather Channel app. This app is extremely accurate in its predictions, and can also give you detailed information about how the weather will change through the course of the day. There are few things more irritating than being forced to walk outside in the pouring rain without an umbrella, but with this app on your smartphone, that won’t happen.

GroupMe

To describe GroupMe in a sentence, it’s basically texting in a chat room. While texting is already useful, it can be time consuming to text groups of people and update them all on what’s happening. GroupMe allows you to invite your friends who have downloaded the app to groups where all texts are visible to the invited parties. GroupMe is not only a fun way to text with groups of friends, but can also be useful in settings where you need to communicate with multiple people at once, such as communication between project team members.

PayPal

If you do not have a PayPal account already, then it should go to the top of your priority list. PayPal allows payment by using just your email address. And as well as using PayPal for online purchases, you can also use it to transfer money to friends. This is where the app comes in useful. While physically receiving a money order in cash requires the services of an authorized store like Check City, digital money transfers can be sent directly to your friends’ bank accounts with the PayPal app.

After spending all that money on your smartphone and its accompanying data plan, it’d be in your best interests to get as much out of it as possible. So do your homework. Decide which of these listed apps you need in your life and then research what other undiscovered gems are lurking in the itunes app store or Google Play store.

Top 7 Most Commonly Forgotten Car Maintenance Items

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Keeping ahead of car maintenance won’t just help your car run longer, it will help it run better too. The following are 8 of the most commonly forgotten car maintenance items that you need to be doing throughout the life of a car.

  1. Don’t let your brakes wear down
  2. Rotate and replace your tires
  3. Check your gas cap
  4. Keep your car in the garage
  5. Stay on top of oil changes
  6. Replace your air filter
  7. Change your windshield wipers out

There are a lot of reasons car maintenance is important. Maintaining your vehicle properly will help it keep it’s value in case you ever need to sell your car. Cars depreciate in value over time just by driving them, but their value will depreciate even faster if you don’t practice basic car maintenance. Keeping up with basic car maintenance also helps your car run better and live longer. Cars also get problems over time. They get older and need their parts tuned up or replaced. By keeping up with car maintenance you can mitigate depreciation and the effects of normal wear and tear.

Naturally people are conditioned to the thought process of, “If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it” so they let a lot of these maintenance items slip because there isn’t currently a problem with their vehicle. Similar to the way most people don’t visit the dentist unless they feel like they might have a cavity. But it’s important to have a yearly dental checkup even when everything seems fine, and the same goes for your car’s care. This routine maintenance will end up saving you money in the long run and allow you to build more equity in your vehicle which will come in handy if you ever need an auto title loan.

#1: Don’t let your brakes wear down

Breaks are an important part of car safety. Have you ever felt your car start shaking and hear grinding as you brake? That’s a sign that your brakes are just about to fail. You don’t want to risk getting anywhere near this level. Change them when they squeal or get too thin. Don’t continue to drive on them when you know they need replaced.

#2: Rotate and replace your tires

Your tread will wear out unevenly depending on the tire’s location. To redistribute that wear, have your tires rotated every six months. Tire rotation is one of the cheaper repairs you can get, costing anywhere between 24 and 120 dollars.
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Eventually you’ll also need to replace your tires. ‘Worn out’ doesn’t mean until your tires pop or become completely bald. In fact, the closer your tires get to bald, the more likely you are to get a blow-out, not to mention losing all traction on slippery roads.

Your state likely has a legal limit for how short your tire tread can be. Find out what’s legal for your state and keep an eye on your tread depth. If you deal with wet roads it’s a good idea to replace your tires when they have 4/32 inchesof remaining tread depth. Replace tires that are worn out to make sure you make it safely from point A to point B.

#3: Check your gas cap

Over the years, your gas cap can lose its seal as the rubber warps, breaks, or just wears down. This can cause you to lose gas mileage and can often turn your “check engine light” on. It can also cause moisture to get into your gas tank and hurt your engine’s performance.

Most gas caps are designed to last up to 100,000 miles. When you see your gas cap is getting old, pick up a new one and swap it out. They are usually cheap and easy to replace yourself.

#4: Keep your car in the garage

This isn’t a traditional maintenance item, but it is an important one that many forget about. A car is an investment, and exposing it to the outside elements for years can do a number to your car, and not just to the paint job. Keeping your car outdoors will depreciate it’s value over time much faster than if you keep it inside a garage.

Clean out the garage and make space to fit your cars into designated spots inside. Garages are often full of junk you’ll never use again anyway. Sell the junk, keep what you need, and organize what you keep better to get the most out of your garage space.

How to Organize Your Garage
    1. Remove everything from the garage.
    2. Get rid of things and put everything else into categories.
      • Examples of categories: Seasonal (like Christmas decorations), Biking, Tools, Gardening
    3. Clean the garage.
      • Sweep and wash the floors and walls, paint, and do any other renovations your garage might need.
    4. Install organization units.
      • Overhead storage on the ceiling
      •  Cabinets
      • Storage bins
      • Peg boards
      •  Shelving
      • Wall hooks and racks
      • Work bench and table
    5. Move all your things back into the garage now with everything in a planned out place, along with your car that now fits!

#5: Stay on top of oil changes

Depending on what kind of oil you get, you’ll only need to come in once every 7,500 to 10,000 miles to change your oil. Whatever the recommendation your oil gives you, stick to it. The consequence of not doing so is dirty oil passing through your engine. The more debris that makes it through means more damage to the engine.

Also, if you’re not keeping track of your oil levels, your engine could be burning more oil than you’re putting in. Should your oil run too low, your engine could seize up because temperatures run too hot. Not only does your oil keep the engine lubricated, but it also helps transfer heat out.

#6: Replace your air filter

Your engine requires a proper mixture of air and gasoline to run most efficiently. Your car sucks in enough air to mix with the fuel as it moves through the engine. The last thing you want to come in with that air is any dirt or debris from the earth. The debris will hurt the inside of your engine.

An air filter is placed in the way of all incoming air to catch all the debris. The filter can get so dirty that it actually blocks air flow, changing the air-gasoline mixture and reducing your engine’s effectiveness. You can usually tell that your filter is too dirty because the dirt looks caked onto the fibers. Change it before it reaches that point.

Generally you should change your air filter between 15,000 and 30,000 miles. If you drive on a lot of unpaved, dirt roads than you may need to change it more frequently.

#7: Change your windshield wipers out

Too often drivers don’t think about their windshield wipers because they only use them when it rains. They’ll go well over a year without changing their wipers. In the meantime, the rubber on the blades have started to crack, rip, and break, making them ineffective.

When they start missing large sections of water, making lots of squeaking sounds, or smearing your window instead of cleaning it, you know it’s time to change them. As a general rule you should replace your windshield wipers every 6 to 12 months.
 
Basic car maintenance and upkeep is an important thing for every car owner to get used to. If you take proper care of your vehicle you can rely on your car more. It will also help your car live longer and run better throughout its life. Then, when it eventually comes time to sell or trade in your car, it will have much more value than if you slacked on basic car maintenance. Keeping up with car maintenance can also help you out if you ever need a title loan.


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Watch a video from Lowes about “How to Organize Your Garage.”

Read another Check City article about how to save on Car Maintenance, “Save Big-Time With These Car Maintenance Tips.”

How to Prevent Identity Theft

Protect Yourself

The digital world has offered us amazing opportunities and made life much more convenient. Through online technologies, we can access our bank account anywhere, pay bills in a matter of seconds, transfer money to a checking account and purchase music or movies straight to your device. All we have to do is swipe our finger on a smart phone. The internet acts as a super highway for moving money with very little effort on our part. With the right people using the internet, this process would be perfect.

Unfortunately, not all people are using the internet for good reasons. There are many out there who would steal your account information and use it for their own benefit. You could look at your account one day, only to find a drained account. Upon further investigation, you find that all of your money went to purchasing something you never purchased.

The good thing is there are different things you can do to help teach you how to prevent identity theft. We are here to help you keep your information safe and find the best identity theft protection for you.

Check your Credit Report

Federal law allows consumers one free credit report per year. You are entitled to a report from the 3 major credit bureaus. Look through your credit report for any suspicious activities. It is important to know if your credit score will be dinged by checking your score. Talk to a professional before doing so.

What Can You Do?

Although not everyone is honest on the web, there are some great things you can to do to help ensure your information is safe.

  • Use a credit or debit card for all online purchases. Using a card keeps your actual money safe while allowing you the time to appeal your bank for credit card fraud. You can likely get the charge omitted from your bill well before the billing date. That way your money stays safe with you.
  • If you are planning on making a lot of purchases online, call your bank and ask them for a randomized, temporary credit card number. You can set a preset limit on the card as well as an impending expiration date. That way, even if someone does get a hold of your card information, you and your bank will not be hit with a ridiculously large bill.
  • Use an anonymizer. Look into how you can use a proxy server to mask your computer’s identity. Essentially, an anonymizer will make it appear that you are coming from a different internet location and will help protect your information.
  • Make sure your anti-virus/security software’s operating system and browsers are protected with the latest, up-to-date, patches. Also, ensure that your computer/security software is set to automatic updates. When learning how to prevent identity theft, it is really important to always have a good anti-virus software.
  • Back-up your hard drive and financial information to an external hard drive and keep in a safe place.
  • Strengthen your passwords. Be aware that hackers use sophisticated software that simply runs through common, and not so common sets of words. Consider putting capitals in the middle, and mix up words with numbers. The more uncommon your password, the harder it will be to crack.
  • Utilize your banking institutions alerts. You can sign up to have alerts for changes/charges made to your account sent to your mobile phone or email. With this trick, you can easily keep close track of your accounts.
  • Be wary of public Wi-Fi. Be very wary of doing financial transactions over public Wi-Fi. You never know who is tapped into the Wi-Fi at the same time.

Your internet safety is vital and it is important to be alert. We hope you have learned some great tips on how to prevent identity theft. Thanks for reading!

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