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What money wasters can you identify in your life that you could easily do without?(123RF)
What money wasters can you identify in your life that you could easily do without?(123RF)
文/吳約翰

文章一:Stop Paying for Things You Don't Need

Imagine how much cash we'd have right now if we could get a do-over on all the thoughtless purchases we've made in our lifetimes.

The sales pitch is compelling, and the promise of better health is hard to deny. But getting roped into a legal obligation to pay a big monthly fee for the next two or three years—whether you use the gym or not—makes no sense.

Get smart: Find a gym or health club that requires no contract (you pay by the month if and when you desire). Or don't pay at all: There's a big wonderful world out there where you can walk, jog, or run for free!

OK, so it's cool to have apps, filters, and games on your devices. And sure, $2 to $3 a pop or $10 a month may not seem like a lot of money for so much fun. But watch out. You can blow through a lot of cash in no time.

Get smart: Make a hard-and-fast rule that you do not pay for apps or games—and then find them for free. They're out there; you just have to search for the ones that work on your particular phone and with your service provider. Check the Apple Store for iPhone and Google Play for Android.

What money wasters can you identify in your life that you could easily do without? It's good to think about things like this from time to time!

想一想:

1. 根據第二段,作者提醒要謹慎考慮的付費項目是什麼?

2. 根據第三段,作者建議如何避免支付小額的APP或遊戲的費用?

3. 檢視一下自己目前每月的花費,是否也有一些不必要的花費呢?

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解答:

1. Gym Fees(健身房會員月費)

2. Make a hard-and-fast rule that you do not pay for apps or games—and then find them for free.(硬性規定自己不買,且下載免費的。)

(文章來源:英文《大紀元時報》)

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文章二:Hydrogen Peroxide Can Make Your Life Easier

Hydrogen peroxide is as harmless as it is powerful, and it's so much more than just a household cleaner. It is nontoxic, safe, really cheap, and available in any grocery or drug store in a 3 percent dilution. It's a wonderful cleaning product, first-aid product, and sanitizer.

There's one thing you need to keep in mind to avoid disappointment: Hydrogen peroxide has a limited shelf life of about one year when not opened and only six months once opened, provided you store it in a dark place.

ItIt's a wonderful cleaning product, first-aid product, and sanitizer.(123RF)

You can stop paying $7 or more for a commercial veggie wash. Make your own by adding a quarter-cup of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide to a sink of cold water. Wash your fruit and vegetables in the solution, and then rinse thoroughly with cool water.

Bloodstains in kitchen towels, clothes, or other items can be difficult to remove. The secret is to saturate the stain with hydrogen peroxide. Allow to sit for a few minutes, and rinse with water. Then launder as usual.

To whiten teeth, mix salt, baking soda, and hydrogen peroxide into a paste for brushing your teeth. Not only will this help to reverse the early stages of gingivitis, but it will also remove stains and whiten your teeth if used regularly.

Because hydrogen peroxide dissipates so quickly, you'll need to make this right before every use.

想一想:

1. 根據本文,「Hydrogen peroxide」是一種什麼東西?

2. 關於「Hydrogen peroxide」,文中提到它有幾種功效?分別可以做什麼?

3. 在日常生活中,請問你還會如何使用「Hydrogen peroxide」?試分享。

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解答:

1. It's a wonderful cleaning product, first-aid product, and sanitizer.(清潔用品、急救品、消毒殺菌劑)

2. 3種。To wash veggies, to remove bloodstains, and to whiten teeth(清洗蔬果、去除血漬和漂白牙齒)

(文章來源:英文《大紀元時報》)◇