Eight painless methods to save money

Eight painless ways to save money

It’s possible to spend a lot less money without making big lifestyle changes.

We all know how to spend less and sacrificing. To eat unless you buy fewer clothes to cut back on vacations, savings through sacrifice can be effective, but painful. So if you are looking for ways to save money, why not start with money saving tips that are relatively painless?

With a little imagination, you’ll find many ways to reduce expenses without making major changes to your lifestyle. To begin, here are eight ways painless to save money.

1. Get healthy: As someone who has struggled to stay healthy, I realize that eating healthily and staying fit is easier said than done. But for those who are in good shape, you can save lots of money on life insurance plans and individual health insurance. As a bonus, you’ll feel better and have more energy.

2. Rethinking Auto Insurance: Each year, a review of your auto insurance policy for potential savings. For example, consider increasing your deductible, which reduces premiums. For older vehicles, to evaluate whether you really need collision coverage, which covers damage to your car when your vehicle hits or is hit by another vehicle or object. And make it a habit to compare quotes car insurance per year, which can be done online in minutes.

3. Improve your credit score: Of all the ways to save money without pain, improve your credit score is probably the most important. From home loans and car loans, credit cards and auto insurance, a good credit score can save you a small fortune. Over a lifetime, the savings can easily reach tens of thousands of dollars.

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DVD Releases: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo DVD

DVD Releases: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo DVD

Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger clan. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder and that the killer is a member of his own tightly knit but dysfunctional family. He employs disgraced journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the ruthless computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate.

When the pair link Harriet’s disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from almost forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history. But the Vanger’s are a secretive clan, and Blomkvist and Salander are about to find out just how far they are prepared to go to protect themselves.

Millennium is based on the trilogy of books by Stieg Larsson and has sold over 21 million copies worldwide. Tragically, Larsson did not live to see the phenomenon his work has become as he died suddenly in 2004 soon after delivering the manuscripts to his Swedish publisher.

In Swedish with English subtitles. Based on the international bestseller by Stieg Larsson, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is the first in the gripping Millennium trilogy.

Director: Niels Arden Oplev
Cast: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Lena Endre, Peter Haber, Sven-Bertil Taube
Bcreenplay: Nikolaj Arcel, Rasmus Heisterberg
Release Date: Friday April 16, 2010 (Theatrical)
Release Date: Tuesday July 6, 2010 (DVD)

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DVD Releases: The Losers on DVD

DVD Releases: The Losers on DVD

An explosive action tale of betrayal and revenge, The Losers centers around the members of an elite Special Forces unit sent to the Bolivian jungle on a search and destroy mission. But the team—Clay, Jensen, Roque, Pooch and Cougar—soon find that they have become the target of a deadly double cross, instigated from the inside by a powerful enemy known only as Max.

Making good use of the fact that they are now presumed dead, the group goes deep undercover in a dangerous plot to clear their names and even the score with Max. They are joined by the mysterious Aisha, a beautiful operative with her own agenda, who is more than capable of scoring a few points of her own.

Working together, when they’re not arguing amongst themselves, they have to stay one step ahead of the globetrotting Max—a ruthless man bent on embroiling the world in a new high-tech global war for his own benefit. If they can take down Max and save the world at the same time, it’ll be a win-win for the team now known as The Losers.

Director: Sylvain White
Cast: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoë Saldana, Chris Evans, Idris Elba, Columbus Short, Oscar Jaenada, Jason Patric
Screenplay: Peter Berg, James Vanderbilt
Release Date: Friday April 23, 2010 (Theatrical)
Release Date: Tuesday July 20, 2010 (DVD)

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DVD Releases: The Runaways on DVD

DVD Releases: The Runaways on DVD

Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning star in this music-fueled, coming of age story of the groundbreaking, all girl, teenage rock band of the 1970s—The Runaways.

Los Angeles 1975. Joan Jett (Kristen Stewart) and Cherie Currie (Dakota Fanning), two teenage valley girls with punk in their blood, meet and become the heart and soul of the seminal all girl band, The Runaways. Under the Svengali-like influence of rock impresario Kim Fowley (Michael Shannon), the group evolves into an outrageous success and a family of misfits.

With its tough-chick image and raw talent, the band quickly earns a name for itself—and so do its two leads: Joan is the band’s pure rock ‘n ‘roll heart, while Cheri, with her Bowie-Bardot looks, is the sex kitten.

Director: Floria Sigismondi
Cast: Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning, Michael Shannon, Stella Maeve, Scout Taylor-Compton, Alia Shawkat, Tatum O’Neal
Screenplay: Floria Sigismondi
Studio: E1 Entertainment
Release Date: Friday March 19, 2010 (Theatrical)
Release Date: Tuesday July 20, 2010 (DVD)

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Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr’s secret wedding

Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr's secret wedding

The British actor and Australian supermodel marry in a private ceremony, their reps confirm.

Still no word about when and where they tied the knot, but in a statement released Thursday, Miranda Kerr, 31, has announced that it has canceled an appearance at the Australian Department store David Jones to celebrate.

“Dave Jones very kindly released me throughout this period so that we can celebrate an intimate ceremony and honeymoon together,” she said. “I am very much a part of the family of David Jones and I am very attached to my role. I am extremely grateful to David Jones have had this time to enjoy this special moment in my life.”

Kerr and Bloom, 33 – who have been dating for nearly three years – have announced their engagement in June

“We’ve been together for some time now and we’ve talked about, but when it really happened it was a total surprise, she told the Sunday Times of Australia early this month.

She declined to say when they planned the wedding. “We have family and friends around the world to decide which is sensitive,” said Victoria’s Secret model and David Jones. “We enjoy being engaged for the moment and will take our time to make plans. We’re both very private so it would be intimate and personal.”

Kerr denied that she was pregnant. “The rumors started when it became known, we were engaged,” she said. “We ignore them and enjoy this moment.”

But a few could be on the way soon,” she said. “I’ve always been very open about wanting to be a mother one day and I always thought Orlando would be a great dad,” she told the newspaper.

In 2008, she told Page Six magazine: “My ideal situation would be to live on a farm in a solar house with a hammock and a garden. When this is all over, it’s where I am. I always wanted children, so one day, perhaps, yes, it will happen.”

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Justin Bieber drives Diddy’s $200,000 Lamborghini

Justin Bieber drives Diddy's $200,000 Lamborghini

The pop superstar 16-year-old was spotted shopping in a convertible Lamborghini Gallardo.

It seems P. Diddy was not joking when he promised Justin Bieber he had to give him the keys to his Lamborghini when the pop star girl 16. Tuesday, Bieber was spotted driving for a frozen yogurt with his friend Sean Kingston Gallardo Spyder White Diddy’s.

Justin Bieber, who turned 16 on March 1 and passed the driving test soon after, began to laugh at the promise of Diddy, telling People magazine in March, “[Diddy] said when I turned 16, he will give me his Lamborghini. But we all know Diddy is not going to give me his Lamborghini, it has everyone talking. ”

White Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder (now affectionately called “Bieberghini”) priced at over $ 210,000, according to Yahoo! Autos. Lamborghini has become a kind of go-luxury vehicle to celebrities. Other celebrities who have been known to drive Lamborghini include Soulja Boy, Kobe Bryant, Bam Margera Benji Madden, David Beckham, and Wilmer Valderrama.

Bieber’s cro-yo cohort, rapper Sean Kingston has his own Lamborghini. In 2009, Kingston, Bow Wow challenged to a race in their respective countries “Lambos.” Bow Wow caused some stir in January when he tweeted the conduct of its Gallardo while “drunk”. He later apologized for the tweet, saying he was not a good way to start 2010.

Lamborghini Diddy is not even the first car Bieber was given a gift: His mentor, Usher, gave him a Range Rover for her 16th birthday. Maybe Diddy seeks to show the R & B singer with something flashy. Their march was not the first Lambo in Kingston and Bieber have joined hands, of course – nor the first time they appeared with a luxury car.

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Jennifer Lawrence cast as Mystique, ‘X-Men’ villain

Jennifer Lawrence cast as Mystique, 'X-Men' villain

The role of Mystique in “X-Men: First Class” is being taken over by Jennifer Lawrence.

Jennifer Lawrence, who has been getting rave reviews for her work in “Winter’s Bone”, was thrown into the “X-Men movie as Mystique, a role played by Rebecca Romijn in the first trilogy.

Fox has been furiously casting “X-Men: First Class”, which focuses on Marvel X-Men superpowered team in a young incarnation. James McAvoy plays Professor Charles Xavier, and Michael Fassbender is depicting Erik Lehnsherr, aka Magneto. These roles have been the origin, respectively, by Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen.

Nicholas Hoult, Alice Eve Caleb Jones and Landry are among the mutants playing figures research mentor teachers and guide them in their powers. Kevin Bacon plays the villain, whose identity was not revealed, that the studio keeps the details under lock and key terrain.

Mystique is a shapeshifter who can imitate other people, if it can not replicate superpowers. In comics lore, it was revealed to the mother of X-Man Diablo.

The film is rolling toward an early end to summer in London. Matthew Vaughn live. The role is a big leap in terms of exposure for Lawrence, prices start generating buzz for “Bone” Winter, and also marks his first studio function. The actress is playing in “The house at the end of the street, “a thriller that begins production in Ottawa in August, and then to England to segue” X-Men.”

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Home where Marilyn Monroe died for sale

Home where Marilyn Monroe died for sale

The only home the actress ever owned, which also is where she died, is on the market.

For a short six months, Marilyn Monroe lived in this Spanish-style home in Brentwood, Calif. She dedicated much of that time to decorating the home before she died there in 1962. The home, which Luxist says might be the “most special Marilyn collectible,” is on the market for $3.59 million.

Built in 1929, the home has been renovated numerous times since it was the three-bedroom, two-bath house that Monroe purchased for $90,000, according to The Real Estalker. But it still retains many of its original details, including terra cotta tile floors, wood beamed ceilings and even its original kidney-shaped swimming pool.

Now, the 2,624-square-foot home has four bedrooms and three baths, an office, a formal living room, a family room and an open kitchen, as well as a poolside game room and a separate child’s playhouse. The half-acre lot also boasts a private courtyard with a garden and tree-filled grounds including a citrus grove.

And if you want to keep Monroe all to yourself, the property also comes with a high wall to keep all of the other fans out of your business.

Curbed L.A. even quotes a fan website’s warning about not disturbing the current owners: “Be aware that the current owners of the house do NOT appreciate Marilyn fans disturbing their privacy. There is a high wall, and they have a tarp covering the gate so that you can’t usually see much from the street except for the roof and some trees.”

And considering that the listing from real-estate agent David Offer doesn’t mention a thing about Monroe once owning the home, fans likely won’t be able to get through the door without proving that they’re also seriously considering buying the home.

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In Theaters: Leonardo DiCaprio vs. Nicolas Cage


Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a skilled thief, the best in the dangerous art of extraction: stealing valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state when the mind is at its most vulnerable. Cobb’s rare ability has made him a coveted player in this treacherous new world of corporate espionage, but it has also made him an international fugitive and cost him everything he has ever loved.

Now Cobb is being offered a chance at redemption. One last job could give him his life back but only if he can accomplish the impossible—inception. Instead of the perfect heist, Cobb and his team of specialists have to pull off the reverse; their task is not to steal an idea but to plant one. If they succeed, it could be the perfect crime. But no amount of careful planning or expertise can prepare the team for the dangerous enemy that seems to predict their every move. An enemy that only Cobb could have seen coming.

Related Link: Inception Full Production Notes

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Balthazar Blake (Nicolas Cage) is a master sorcerer in modern-day Manhattan trying to defend the city from his arch-nemesis, Maxim Horvath (Alfred Molina). Balthazar can’t do it alone, so he recruits Dave Stutler (Jay Baruchel), a seemingly average guy who demonstrates hidden potential, as his reluctant protégé. The sorcerer gives his unwilling accomplice a crash course in the art and science of magic, and together, these unlikely partners work to stop the forces of darkness. It’ll take all the courage Dave can muster to survive his training, save the city and get the girl as he becomes The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.

Related Link: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Full Production Notes

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More employees visiting social networks at work

More employees visiting social networks at work

Although several companies are regulating social networking sites, employees are finding ways around the blocks of security, according to a new survey by Trend Micro.

The survey included 1600 users in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany and Japan, found the world of social networking at work increased by 19 per cent in 2008 to 24 percent in 2010. The largest increase in social networking in the workplace over the past two years has been found among users in the United Kingdom, which had an increase of 6 percent, and Germany with an increase of 10 percent.

“Social networking is an extremely important tool for both personal and professional relationship-building. And while most companies’ concerns about social networks in the central office in the loss of employee productivity, they can not understand is that many social networking sites are built on technologies interactive give unlimited opportunities for cybercriminals exploit end users, stealing personal identities and professional, and corrupt corporate networks from malicious software, “said David Perry, global director of education for Trend Micro.

“With the right security solutions and guidelines for social networking implemented, there is no reason why companies choose to allow their employees the opportunity to visit these sites should be too exposed to these risks.”

Excluding Japan, there were no major differences between users and small businesses from large companies, but the investigation revealed laptop users are much more likely than users to visit the local sites social networking. Overall, the use of social networks through laptops rose 8 percent from 2008 to 2010. In the U.S., it rose 10 percent and in Germany, up 14 percent.

In 2010, 29 percent of laptop users, compared to 18 per cent of desktop users surveyed said they visited these sites at work. In Japan, 2010, employees of small businesses were much more likely than large companies to visit social networking sites – 21 percent of small firms compared to 7 percent of large companies.

For all countries surveyed in 2010, users of phones that can connect to the Internet outside the corporate network are more likely to share confidential information via instant messaging, e-mail and social applications that media which are always connected to the corporate network.

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