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Looking to give your pickup truck or SUV a boost in its value without going overboard and breaking the bank? There are tons of upgrades to choose from, many of which are very stylish but may not accomplish your objective. To lead you in the right direction, here are some cost-efficient add-ons that are worth considering:

Apply a Fresh Coat of Paint

Is your paint looking a bit rusty or riddled with tiny dents and blemishes? Skip the touch-up formula and head to the body shop for a new paint job, but request that the painter add a layer of protection film. This will come at a cost, but increase your vehicle’s value since the paint job will be covered for the life of the vehicle, with the exception of collisions.

Add a New Set of Rubber

Not only are worn tires a safety hazard, but they’re also visually unappealing. There’s nothing like a used car on the market with a new set of tires; that’s one less expense for the prospective owners to worry about. Invest in a new set of rubber from a reputable brand, such as Nitto, which can be found at an affordable rate from TireBuyer.com.

Tune It Up

The routine oil changes aren’t enough to keep your truck or SUV in stellar condition, mechanically. And to most consumers, that’s what matters most when searching for a new vehicle. Occasionally, you’ll need to tune things up to avoid major mechanical issues, including oil and water leaks, transmission and engine glitches, and problems with the timing belts or water pump later on down the road. And don’t forget about the fluids and filters as they also have the potential to wreak havoc on your vehicle if not properly cared for.

Tint the Windows

The visual appeal of tinted windows isn’t the only advantage. There are many benefits to window tinting. It also blocks up to 99.9 percent of the sun’s harmful UVA/UVB rays, which minimizes driving distractions while protecting your skin. Another added perk: the risk of cracked leather seats and faded upholstery as a result of direct sunlight will be minimized.

Install a Bedliner and Grill

Whether you use the bed of your pickup truck for heavy or minimal hauling, a drop-in bedliner will protect it from sustaining damages to the surface. And while you’re at it, don’t forget the grill, which can also be placed on an SUV, to shield the front of the vehicle from sustaining collison-related or off-road damage.

Make it Shine

Image is not everything, but it is weighted highly for prospective buyers. After all, no one wants to be spotted driving a filthy ride. And with an extensive detailing job of the exterior and interior, you’ll have a head turner that will wow both spectators and passengers. Besides, who doesn’t enjoy riding in style?

A quick note on the interior: if a hardcore cleaning of the seats, ceiling, floors and crevices don’t get the job done, consider low-cost replacements. And don’t forget about the worn weather-stripping as it’s sure to be an eyesore if left intact.

With a few of these simple adjustments, your truck or SUV will be in tip-top shape and ready to be placed on the market when the time’s right to turn a profit.

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Smile!

Smile!

Monday has always been a little bit of a let down, what with it being the beginning of the work week and all.

So to start things out on a bright note for the week, I bring you the…

Baby Boomers Monday Musings.

 Love and Marriage: A Tale

An elderly man lay dying in his bed. Nearing the final curtain, he suddenly smelled the aroma of his favorite chocolate chip cookies wafting up the stairs. He gathered his remaining strength, and lifted himself from the bed.

Leaning against the wall, he slowly made his way out of the bedroom, and with even greater effort forced himself down the stairs, gripping the railing with both hands. With labored breath, he leaned against the door-frame, gazing into the kitchen.

Were it not for death’s agony, he would have thought himself already in heaven: there, spread out upon newspapers on the kitchen table were literally hundreds of his favorite chocolate chip cookies.

Was it heaven? Or, was it one final act of heroic love from his devoted wife, seeing to it that he left this world a happy man?

Mustering one great final effort, he threw himself toward the table, landing on his knees in a rumpled posture. His parched lips parted; the wondrous taste of the cookie was already in his mouth; seemingly bringing him back to life.

The aged and withered hand, shakingly made its way to a cookie at the edge of the table, when it was suddenly smacked with a spatula by his wife. “Stay out of those!” she said, “They’re for the funeral.”

Hope that put a little smile on your face and Keep On Smilin’

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Going about your day-to-day activities when you’re in pain is grueling. Pain affects your mood, your relationships with friends and family and your overall quality of life. You’ve probably already tried over-the-counter treatments such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (ibuprofen), and maybe your doctor has prescribed pain relievers such as corticosteroids, opioids or anti-depressants. If you’re looking for a more natural way of managing your pain, you do have options. Natural remedies can be found in the produce department or herb section of your local natural grocery store.

Food

Ginger: The ginger extract contains phytochemicals which help stop inflammation. Ginger’s warm essential oil improves circulation and blood flow, helping to relieve tired muscles. Grate four tablespoons of fresh ginger into cheesecloth. Place the cheesecloth under running bathwater and soak your soreness away.

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Garlic: Garlic is another natural anti-inflammatory. Use it in your cooking, add it to soups and any savory dish. Think garlic bread, garlic potatoes and roasted garlic butter on your asparagus.

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Manipulation

Acupuncture: Some studies show that acupuncture relieves pain, while others disagree. Studies indicate that acupuncture can cause multiple biological responses. Evidence supports that opioid peptides are released during the process and have analgesic effects. To find an acupuncturist certified by the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, visit NCCAOM.org.

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Chiropractic Care: Chiropractic care is widely recognized as one of the safest drug-free, noninvasive method of treating pain. Commonly called spinal manipulation or chiropractic adjustment, the process works on muscles that have become hypo-mobile due to their restricted movement as a result of injury. Injured tissue undergoes physical and chemical damages that cause inflammation and diminish function. To find a chiropractor registered with the American Chiropractic Association, visit ACAToday.org.

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Exercise

Home Exercise: A sedentary lifestyle is not going to take the pain away. Talk with your doctors about what exercises you can do at home to keep your muscles flexible. Weight-bearing exercise can be painful and damaging to an injured body, so consider nonweight-bearing exercises such as swimming or water aerobics to keep your muscles flexible and prevent atrophy.

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Prescribed Exercises: Talk to your doctor about working with a physical therapist. A physical therapist will work with your doctor to determine the best exercises to do to strengthen your muscles. Muscles can become atrophied with lack of use, making pain worse. Stop the spiraling effect of pain and get moving. Check with your doctor and your insurance provider to understand your coverage and out-of-pocket expenses.

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