Here are 5 things you should know.
1. Studies show that the older you are, the more you value experiences over material goods. When picking presents. Toys will bring more happiness for children, experiences for older folks.
Your expensive TV in 10 years will just be an old TV that might need a replacement while the memory of a fun trip will create some fun talking points and joy. In other words, its value only increases with time while a material gift’s value only decreases with time.
This study found that children up to 12 years old prefer material gifts while children over 12 years old prefer experience-based gifts. Explaining the results: our memory develops and in general, the older we get, the more we value our memories. Material gifts don’t tend to create many fun memories compared to experience-based ones.
If someone likes these kinds of studies, here you can find many more of them summarized. They explore different factors and scenarios.
The conclusion about the main question is the same in almost all of them – most people derive more happiness from experience-based gifts and purchases.
2. In a survival situation, cook things in water instead of fire.
You will get the best and the most nutrients if you cook anything you forage, hunt, or fish in the wild in some water instead of grilling it on the fire, it is also the most efficient way to share equally with someone in case you’re not alone. We often see on surviving shows and movies people putting food directly in the fire or eating it raw, that’s the worst way to cook nutritionally efficient for surviving. If you have the choice to cook everything in a pot of water (or whatever container you have available) do it that way, joints in the bones and the skin will break into collagen and that will be more easily and quickly absorbed by your body, organs that are rich in vitamins and minerals will also break up and infuse the broth with nutrition, plants and mushrooms are often safer and easily digested when cooked in water, and you can always use this method to mush everything evenly so you can share better (it’s much more difficult to share a fish or a lizard in two equal pieces when it’s roasted). Unripe fruits can be hard to digest and even dangerous to eat when not ripe, cooking them is also the best practice if you find any. Roasted vegetables or meat can get burnt pieces and these burnt bits are just gone calories and nutrition, whatever gets burned is not used by our body, and in a survival situation, any calories, carbs, and protein are vital. Surely not the tastiest, but definitely the most efficient.
3. Amazon Warehouse’s description of ‘Used – Acceptable’ products are usually exaggerated.
Amazon exaggerates the product descriptions (usually uses a template description) of items that have cosmetic imperfections or have been returned and sell them under their Amazon Warehouse seller account. Typically (not always) these are just products that don’t include original packaging or have minor cosmetic flaws, yet they are heavily discounted. If Amazon is not the seller then this may not be the case. Expect the worst and hope for the best. You can return the item if it’s worse than described.
You can sometimes get a 10-20% discount on products that have only been returned.
4. With all accounts now being online (bank and insurance) there’s no paper trial for your loved ones to follow incase you pass away.
If all your accounts are online and password protected and you have no will (or the will is buried under ten-hundred thousand papers) your heirs aren’t going to know anything existed for them unless you tell them, especially in a time of unorganized chaos. Your heirs are also not going to know which attorney you’ve e filed your will with or about the safety deposit box (and key) unless you tell them.
5. Download PDF versions of all of your better appliances and save them to an “Owner’s Manuals” folder on your computer/mobile device.
It helps you stay organized, find troubleshooting resources quicker, and takes up less space… and you can’t lose them.