WHAT TO BUY? – A Book About Investing

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Learning the ropes of investing can be intimidating.

Wth these books you will definitely find investing much easier to understand.

Following, you can find a list of the 13 best books for beginning investors to take away the mystery and empower people with knowledge about their finances on their own time at their own pace. There’s a book by women for women and one written by a millennial and even one by Warren Buffett. 

A BOOK ABOUT INVESTING

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13 books for learning how to invest

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If You Can: How Millennials Can Get Rich Slowly (Amazon.com / Barnes & Noble). Author: William J. Bernstein

The Financial Diet: A Total Beginner’s Guide to Getting Good with Money (Amazon.com / Barnes & Noble). Authors: Chelsea Fagan and Lauren Ver Hage

The Little Book That Still Beats the Market (Amazon.com / Barnes & Noble). Author: Joel Greenblatt

The Psychology of Money: Timeless Lessons on Wealth, Greed, and Happiness (Purchase: Amazon.com / Barnes & Noble). Author: Morgan Housel

The Simple Path to Wealth: Your Road Map to Financial Independence and a Rich, Free Life The Psychology of Money: Timeless Lessons on Wealth, Greed, and Happiness (Purchase: Amazon.com / Barnes & Noble). Author: JL Collins

The Bogleheads’ Guide to Investing (Purchase: Amazon.com / Barnes & Noble). Authors: Taylor Larimore, Mel Lindauer and Michael LeBoeuf

The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Investors and Managers (Purchase: Amazon.com). Authors: Warren E. Buffett and Lawrence A. Cunningham

Women of The Street: Why Female Money Managers Generate Higher Returns (Purchase: Amazon.com). Author: Meredith A. Jones

Technical Analysis of the Financial Markets: A Comprehensive Guide to Trading Methods and Applications (Purchase: Amazon.com / Barnes & Noble). Author: John J. Murphy

The Intelligent Investor: The Definitive Book on Value Investing (Purchase: Amazon.com / Barnes & Noble). Author: Benjamin Graham

A Random Walk Down Wall Street: The Time-Tested Strategy for Successful Investing (Purchase: Amazon.com / Barnes & Noble). Author: Burton Malkiel

Broke Millennial Takes on Investing: A Beginner’s Guide to Leveling Up Your Money (Purchase: Amazon.com / Barnes & Noble). Author: Erin Lowry

Clever Girl Finance: Learn How Investing Works, Grow Your Money (Purchase: Amazon.com / Barnes & Noble). Author: Bola Sokunbi

COSTS:

The range in costs goes from free (downloadable e-book) to about $40 for the top-end hardcover.

WHAT TO BUY? – Air purifiers and Covid

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Recent studies on portable purifiers have shown that when fitted with a HEPA filter they can reduce the presence of the virus in the air. However, there is still no confirmation of their ability to concretely prevent infections.

A subtle but not trivial distinction that confirms that the most effective prevention to have as clean air as possible remains that of opening the windows often.

But then you ask yourself, “Why buy a purifier?”

Air purifiers, besides being useful in fighting viruses, have other advantages: from my personal experience, I can confirm that it is very useful to get relief for those who suffer from asthma or are allergic to dust and mites.

AIR PURIFIERS AND COVID

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The air purifier is an electrical apparatus for indoor environments suitable for filtering and for cleaning the air in those environments where there are bad smells such as smoke that can create problems to the health of people or for the elimination of germs and bacteria responsible of diseases.

THE BEST AIR PURIFIERS ON THE MARKET:

Please note that for real advantages, the purifier must have a HEPA filter.

COSTS:

Above you can see the prices in euros. For prices in dollars, please check them out at retailers in your area.

WHAT TO BUY? – Restaurant Gift Card

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The restaurant industry has been hit particularly hard during the pandemic. One way to support local businesses and give your friend or loved one a night off from cooking is to buy them a gift card from a local restaurant.

If your friend just prefers to do their own cooking, you could also get them a gift certificate to a grocery store or a local specialty food store.

RESTAURANT GIFT CARD

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A restaurant coupon, a last minute gift that everybody will appreciate.

HOW IT WORKS:

You just need to choose a dinner through sites such as Groupon, print the coupon and voilà your gift is ready. It’s also a nice idea for a birthday or other occasion.

COSTS:

You can choose from a casual dinner (starting from $ 10) up to $ 150 for an elegant or romantic dinner).

WHAT TO BUY? – Warehouse Club membership

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A few years ago it would have sounded like a joke, but nowadays, giving a warehouse club membership as a gift can be very appreciated.

With these cards you will have the chance to access all year round promotions and save.

WAREHOUSE CLUB MEMBERSHIP

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Warehouse club membership cards that allow to buy all year round at very good prices

HOW IT WORKS:

I mentioned Costco, but there are so many other warehouses that give this opportunity for great savings.

All you have to do is to apply with the data of the person to whom you want to make the gift. After a year they will decide if to renew it or not.

COSTS:

Annual memberships for Sam’s Club, BJ’s and Costco range from $45 to $120 and can include discounts or gift cards as part of the membership.

For more information visit Costco.

WHAT TO BUY? – Small kitchen appliances

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It might seem obvious, but I believe that one of the gifts that is amongst the most appreciated and that we cannot live without in our homes, is all that concerns small kitchen appliances.

You have a various choices here, from the small apparel to the larger ones such as cooking machines that literally cook for you!

SMALL KITCHEN APPLIANCES

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Cooking machines, popcorn makers, pizza stones, ice cream makers, standing mixers, etc.

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These machines, as already mentioned above, can really make our cooking much easier and pleasant. Online you can get so many ideas just by clicking home appliances.

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For example, you can find Pizza stones from about $12, while the costs of other kitchen appliances can range into the hundreds of dollars.

WHAT TO BUY? – Cooking Classes

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Cooking classes can be a great way to cut your recipient’s restaurant costs. Check community calendars for seminars, or look to chains, such as Williams-Sonoma and Sur La Table.

For example, in a number of Sur La Table locations across the country, you can find a holiday cookie decorating class—giving your gift recipients both a cooking lesson and a fun activity to entertain their kids for a couple of hours during the school break.

COOKING CLASSES

Apulian traditional cooking classes | Leonardo Trulli Resort, holidays in  North Salento | Official Site

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Online cooking classes for recipes from all over the world

HOW IT WORKS:

All you have t do is choose the kind of recipes you like (Italian, Chinese, Middle Eastern cuisines), and subscribe.

COSTS:

Prices at Sur La Table vary, depending on the type of class and location. The holiday cookie decorating class for kids costs $59 per person in stores around the country. Sur La Table also offers online courses recognized by the American Culinary Institute for $59 to $1,500.

WHAT TO BUY? – Educational Software

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The gift of wisdom can pay off for a lifetime. Fortunately, you can buy some online. Educational software, such as Rosetta Stone for languages or The Great Courses for a variety of subjects including sciences and the fine arts, can be a great gift for your favorite knowledge-seeker. Fun and functional, educational applications can help brush up on French before a trip to Paris or add some highly desirable skills to a resume.

Another very good educational software is Udemy, from which you can download almsot every course possible!

If your loved one would prefer learning in an actual classroom, consider getting her a gift card for a local community college. Many can be used for books and merchandise, as well as credit hours.

EDUCATIONAL SOFTWARE

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online courses on various topics: languages, computer and so much more

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You just need to go on the sites mentioned above and download the educational software you are most interested in.

Many of these courses can be paid individually and generally you can use them for as long as you want.

COSTS:

You can give a Rosetta Stone eGift instantly—perfect for procrastinators. The Spanish subscriptions range from $36 for three months to $179 for a lifetime subscription.

Keep an eye on the promotions; sometimes you can find singular courses available for a very low price (for example on Udemy).

WHAT TO BUY? – Coffee Maker

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There are 5 valid reasons to give as a gift, or give yourself a coffee machine. Let’s see them:
1. The first coffee of the day is the most important: do it to your taste. …
2. You can discover the fantastic world of coffee culture: it is boundless. …
3. No one can make your ideal coffee better than you. …
4. A home espresso machine is an ecological choice, not to mention the savings side.

Let’s start!!!!

COFFEE MAKER

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Coffee machines

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You know that trope about how daily lattes from the coffee shop are the impediment to wealth? It’s more complicated than that. But, if you’d like to press the point, give your favorite coffee lover the means to make the caffeine she craves on her own.

Depending on the tastes, you could get a French press, a drip pot, a single server or an espresso maker. If your budget allows, you might also throw into her stocking your favorite brand of coffee.

COSTS:

Prices vary. The popular single-serving Keurig machines cost from about $55 to about $200. The best coffee makers can run $300, but you can get a really good one for much less. For example, you can get a Braun BrewSense was on sale.

Check out the 10 best coffee machines on the market:

WHAT TO BUY? – Streaming TV Subscription

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The average U.S. households spent $55 a month on streaming tv services, up from $47 just six months before and double the amount spent last year. With so many new options becoming available and prices being hiked all the time as more people stay home for entertainment during the pandemic, it’s easy to see how the cost of entertainment can drag down a family budget. 

You can help your tv-watching friends and family with those costs by footing the cost of a subscription to Netflix, Apple TV, HBO Max, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Disney Plus or one of any other of the constantly emerging streaming services.

Gift cards for streaming service are available at participating retailers, including Walmart, Target and Best Buy. You can also buy them online through Amazon.com, Target.com and Walmart.com. The gift-card recipient can use it to create a new subscription or add the value of the card to his existing account.

STREAMING TV SUBSCRIPTION

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See the best programs and movies by subscribing on streaming channels

HOW IT WORKS:

As said above, you can buy streaming subscriptions in many ways: online or in shops and supermarkets.

COSTS:

For example, physical Netflix gift cards are available for $30, $60 or $100. You’re free to select the amount for electronic gift cards. (Subscriptions start at $8.99 a month).

But there are so many other streaming channels to choose from on the internet.

To see a list go on: https://www.pcmag.com/picks/the-best-video-streaming-services

WHAT TO BUY? – Celebrity Video Messages

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If you don’t know what gift to make to your loved ones this year and you know that they have a passion for a specific celebrity, you might want to try this: a video message from a celebrity.

If you choose this alternative gift idea, you will just have to pay the star to record a personalised video through Cameo or Memmo. Celebrity options range from Thomas the Tank Engine to Peewee Herman and include athletes like Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas and football legend Joe Montana.

There are also musicians like Gloria Estefan and Kenny G, some astronauts and even some political figures like Anthony Scaramucci or Donald Trump Jr. You can even get a video from Iron Chef Jose Garces for the reality show foodie in your life.

Or, for those who really believe in Santa Claus, how about a phone call directly from him?

CELEBRITY VIDEO MESSAGES

Cameo:

Memmo

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Messages from celebrities

HOW IT WORKS:

You just have to go on Cameo or Memmo and choose among the celebrities you want a video message from.

COSTS:

Prices range all over the map from $2 for a video from stuntman/actor Preston Corbell to $10 for a conversation with Santa to starting at $2,500 for a video from Caitlyn Jenner.  

For more information visit Cameo or Memmo.