Month : May 2014

Frugality

The Basics of Hydroponics

This guest post is brought to you by Hydroponics Superstore

For people who want to have their own small garden in the comfort of their homes but have little real estate to work with, hydroponics can be an ideal solution to address this need. Hydroponics is the method of growing common vegetables like tomatoes without using soil. From the term itself, hydroponics only utilizes water – or more accurately mineral nutrient solutions – to supply the plant roots with the needed mineral for growth without having to put soil on which the plant can grow. 

At first glance, the method may seem difficult but the truth is that it is fairly easy. Using any of the two common methods known as static and continuous hydroponics, homeowners can utilize small indoor spaces to grow a variety of vegetable produce. 

In static hydroponics, the plant is grown in containers with nutrient solution which can either be homemade or bought from a specialty store. The containers can be anything from residual plastic food containers to bucket tubs or tanks. In contrast, continuous hydroponics requires that the nutrient solution flows across the roots of plants. In some cases, a pump may be required to circulate the mineral solution through the root bed so that all the plants get their fair share of nutrients for growth. 

Any of these methods present considerable advantages over conventional growing techniques, especially in the context of homeowners who have little space to work with. Because there is no soil is necessary for plant growth, in can be done in practically any location, even those with arid climates. The nutrient solution can also be controlled to maintain the nutrient supply all throughout. The yields are proven to be stable and high enough to make it practical. And best of all, water is constantly recycled so water costs are lower in a hydroponics culture. 

Such an innovative approach as hydroponics is already taking the world by storm, empowering people from virtually any country to grow their own gardens even in the middle of winter. Indeed, it’s well worth the effort for those eyeing their own year-round supply of vegetables. All that you need to do is try it out and you might just have found a hobby to last the rest of your life. 

Home Ownership

How Proper Planning Can Help You Save Costs on Personal Projects

Outside of the normal confines of our homes, it is fairly expected that we implement the most sophisticated methods to ensure that our projects at work are completed in time and close to the desired budget. However, this may not be the case in many of our personal lives. Consider, how many times have you taken the time to sit down to plot the necessary activities on a personal project such as remodeling a home? 

You are not alone in that regard. As much as we are well-versed in project planning and organization at work, home projects belong to the less systematic “wing it” variety. We would never care to use tools like the Cordell estimator to see our personal projects to fruition. 

But then again, why not? The truth is that managing our personal finances especially those related to projects is just as important as managing the corporate budget. For this reason, it is actually very helpful to implement what we know from our corporate experience into the way we execute our own home DIY ventures. 

Take note of the following tips through which one can use proper planning methodologies to ensure the success of a personal venture: 

  • Write down your budget and break it down accordingly. It is easy to overspend on personal DIY projects once you get to the store because you want this or that even if it exceeds your initial estimation. By writing it down, you will be more compelled to stick to it because you personal see the consequence of going over budget.
  • Plot your timelines. Everything has to happen at precisely the right time. One of the biggest reasons why personal projects exceed the budget is due to the extra time needed to finish it. When you need to pay the contractor an extra two works worth of work, it should not be a surprise as to why you overspent on the project.
  • Source your materials properly. You can either entrust this to the contractor or do it yourself. At the end of the day, it is important to implement the rigor of checking all suppliers before choosing one with the right quality for the right price. 

Home projects are major killers of one’s personal budget. By implementing proper project planning techniques, you can take a hold of your spending to make sure that you see your project through without having to spend a single penny on it more than you need to. 

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Celebrating Mothers Day

Happy almost Mothers Day. Tomorrow’s Mothers Day and it’s time to celebrate the person that gave birth to you as well as other mom’s in the world.

Mothers are great because they took care of us growing up. They sacrificed and gave us everything they could to make sure we grew up to be the best we could be. It’s time to celebrate what they did for us and what they had to sacrifice for us.

Online Trading Academy recently celebrated mom’s in business and finance by interviewing several moms about their work and how they balance being a mom with it. There’s a lot of good advice you should go look at to see what mom’s have to do to balance life.

One of my favorite ways one of the mom’s, Denise Winston, does to balance work life and family really made sense to me. She said:

As I got older, I realized I was doing my daughter a disservice by “doing” for her all the time. I was unintentionally robbing her of life skills that I hold near and dear (like budgeting, paying bills, etc). Understanding my role as a mother and what my true job was allowed me to provide my daughter with an education that has helped her survive in the real world.

This is great advice. Kids learn best by doing. Even when failing it’s a learning lesson. Too often parents do too much for their kids so when it’s time for the real world they fall hard on their face. You’re not doing your child a favor by doing everything for them. Like Denise said, it’s a diservice.

Go check out what all of the mom’s have to say and be sure to tell your mom you love her and spend some time with her.