Skip Inconvenient Lines At The Post Office This Holiday Season

There are a lot of moving pieces during the holiday season. There are a lot of people who you want to let know that you love them and are thinking about them, especially those who you don’t live close to.

Once you’ve figured out what you want to get everyone, and once you’ve purchased all your gifts, then it’s time to get tricky with shipping and not waste time at the post office this year. First of all, if you are someone who loves to online shop, utilizing many company’s free gift-wrapping and shipping deals is a serious lifesaver. If you prefer to ship things a little more personally, then the U.S. Postal Service has some tips to help you out.

To help alleviate postal stress and delay, you can even get most of these things done all online without stepping foot into a post office. USPS is reminding people that you can request free shipment of flat-rate priority mail boxes on the USPS website. They’ll mail you the size of boxes you need, and all you have to do is shove your carefully wrapped gift in there and pay for the flat-rate shipping cost.

When you’re ready to ship, you can make an online account for the USPS website, and then you’re able to both purchase and print postage for your packages from home. You’ll have to weigh any non-flat-rate boxes yourself. Don’t forget to buy some stamps for your holiday cards, too!

When all your postage is paid, printed, and affixed, you can request a USPS package pickup from essentially any address that is convenient for you with no extra charge! The United States Postal Service has totally got your back this year!

Live By These 5 Life Hacks To Boost Your Budget

As a new generation of smart, internet-savvy young adults grows up and starts to look for new ways to save money and gain traction on this whole life thing, we have begun to ask ourselves if the traditional methods of living and saving money really apply to the cyber world and the new global network. This is not our parents’ economy, and because of that, we don’t have to have the same expenditures that they did.

With that in mind, check out the following 5 life hacks that can help young people save on the things that can be cut, and which items are essential and should be bought outright.

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1. Cut Down On Expenses

We no longer need to buy fancy clothes and bags for big-deal events. Its expensive and then we’re stuck with the same formal clothes for every event. Instead, save money and rent designer clothes on sites like Rent the Runway, which sends different sizes for free so you can find something that really works.

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2. Use Public Transportation

Also, for many, many young people, owning a car is no longer a priority. Buying your first car used to mean freedom, but now it means an unnecessary burden on our finances. Many are opting for public transportation and ride-sharing; it’s cheaper and it cuts our carbon footprints!

3. Buy Your Own Electronics and Wifi

With cyber protection such an issue, coupled with the fact that many of us use these devices for work, buying your own personal smartphone and laptop is a splurge that just makes sense. Coupled with this idea of electronic independence is buying your own wifi. Sure, you could steal your neighbor’s or do your internet surfing at Starbucks, but the channels aren’t secure and really, do you want to watch the new season of House of Cards on a glitchy borrowed wifi connection?

4. Rent Your Space

One way you can make cash, instead of just saving it, is by renting your place out! Airbnb is a fantastic example of how young people are looking at their lives, seeing excess (in the form of extra living space) and flipping it on it’s head to make money.

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5. Sell Your Skill

Consider selling your photographs (or something similar). If you’re an amateur photographer, you can very easily sell your pictures to stock photo sites for cash, very easily. You make money every time someone uses one of your pictures, and you might even catch a glimpse of your work on TV sometime!

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Man Shares Disturbing Photo Of Bare Wall To Reveal What 20 Years Of Smoking Can Really Do

We all know that smoking is bad… theoretically. We’ve been pictures of black lungs and know of people who have died or suffered from lung cancer, emphysema, and heart disease, but few of us encounter the actual physical impacts of living in a smoke-filled environment every day.

Well, a man recently posted a picture on Reddit that shows just that. Captioned “This is what 2 packs a day for 20 years looks like,” the picture is super disturbing. It shows a blank wall where three pictures used to hang. Those spots are stark white, while the walls around them are stained an ashy yellow gray. This clearly shows the damage that second-hand smoke can do; when you smoke, you are not only putting dangerous and addictive chemicals into your own body, but also releasing them into the air around you.

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With over 40 million Americans still classified as smokers, this is a huge health issue for many people.

Tobacco smoke stains everything from your walls to your fingertips to your teeth, and the chemicals are not only harmful but also smell really pungent, even if smokers themselves can no longer detect the odor.

Cigarette smoke also causes people to age prematurely. Luckily, most of these effects are reversible, but only if you first take the major step of quitting.

For help doing that, check out Smokefree. Please consider not only your life, but also the lives and happiness of everyone around you, who are all affected every time you light up.

Here Is Where Airplanes Go When They Are Too Old To Fly Anymore

What happens when airplanes are deemed too old to fly? Some classics and warbirds may find themselves in museums or private collections. But, what about the planes that don’t? Many old aircrafts make their final flights to either an airplane boneyard to sit and rust into obscurity or to a more eco friendly disassembly specialist like Air Salvage International to be taken apart for usable scrap parts or disposed of in a landfill.

Mark Gregory, ASI’s founder and CEO said, “they’re fully airworthy when they arrive and sometimes look like they’re about to go on another trip with a load of holiday-makers on board. It can be quite sad.”

Every year ASI takes apart aircraft ranging from smaller Cessna Citations and Learjets to commercial sized aircraft like Airbus A320s and Boeing 737s/747s. During the deconstruction process, you never know what you may find in these retired aircraft. In 2010 ASI engineers found $4 million worth of cocaine hidden in an airplane bathroom! You can barely fit a person in an airplane bathroom!

With many landfills overflowing, recyclability is a major issue when it comes to these massive jetliners. Often times the plane’s parts and frames can be recycled in some way. Also, many of an airplane’s parts are able to be salvaged, sold, or repurposed.

An aircraft’s engine, avionics, air conditioning, brakes etc. maybe all be fully functioning. They can then be cannibalized from the retired plane and put into younger planes still deemed airworthy.

ASI  has also sold some aircraft sections to flight schools and major players in the entertainment industry for movies like, “World War Z,” and “Johnny English,” as well as “Batman” and “Star Wars” franchises.

Want to take a piece of a plane home? Many airplane parts and seats find themselves repurposed into home or office furniture and decoration. Of course if you don’t want to leave home without your piece of a plane, you can even find airplane seat belts repurposed into actual fashion belts! Even with airplane parts we can work to recycle, reduce, reuse and close the loop.