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These are just a few things we have in our house that I love. 

I love things that work consistently, help keep our family budget in line, make our lives simpler and aren’t complicated.

COFFEE – After years of issues with higher end coffee makers, my wife and I made the move to this simple, inexpensive 12 cup French Press by Bodum It is ready inside of 6 minutes, makes a great cup of coffee, is 100% dishwasher safe and was cheaper than most coffee makers (and makes a far superior cup compared to the cheap ones).   The only downside is being glass walled, it doesn’t keep the coffee hot indefinitely so we use this lone holdover from our previous coffee maker.  A steel, lined coffee thermal carafe by Cuisinart.   Thus we brew, we pour ourselves a cup and put the rest in here.  Also dishwasher safe and keeps the coffee hot for up to an hour.

INEXPENSIVE TABLET – Don’t have the $$ for an iPAD?  Want a cheap tablet for your kids?  Need an inexpensive tablet for work?  I’ve bought 2 of these Lenovo TAB2 A10 tablets.  Under $200 for a full size screen, all the apps you would expect to find, decent speed and memory.

ROKU FOR YOUR TV – A few years back when we were trying to get out of debt (check out the post 5 great ways to improve your finances & save your future!) we ditched our expensive cable and cut back to internet only (saved us over $50/month).  We got 2 Roku boxes and signed up for Netflix and Hulu and 99% of every show we would want to watch can now be streamed whenever we want to watch it.  We’ve had a couple versions but the one we currently use, which I prefer is the Roku Streaming Stick. This simply plugs into an available HDMI jack on your TV and you don’t have to hold the remote towards the TV!  You can also put a remote app on a phone or tablet (great if you have daughters that like to lose the remotes!)  Even if I hit the lottery today, I don’t think I’d go back to our old system; this works great.  TRAVEL HACK – Bring the Roku stick (smaller than your phone) with you when you travel as most hotel TVs have an HDMI port on them; watch what you want to watch when you want to watch it!  Use the app on your phone as a remote and your phone charger to power the stick (same as an Android charger).

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ORGANIZING TOOL – I don’t know about you but I have WAY too much stuff on my to do list to keep it all organized in my head.  I used to make written lists and never feel in love with daily planners.  What I use now, both personally and in my 9to5 is a web based program (but also a phone app) called GQueues!  This is an online based to do list.  I organize mine by month and by category (my kid’s school, important dates, work stuff, blog stuff, etc).

When I complete a task, I simply check it off and it automatically archives.  If I don’t get to it, it shows up in my overdue view or I can change the due date to a future date.  I can also share queues with others and it even integrates to my Google calendar!

I love it and use it on desktop and my phone.  The desktop version is free and the phone app is way cheap!  Check them out if you need to be better organized!  GQueues

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