These 4 Online Jobs Will Let You Work From Home. Here’s How to Apply

Well, you’re here right now, so I’m operating under the impression that one of the following assumptions must be true:

A. You’re casually looking for a work-from-home job.

B. You’re desperately searching for a work-from-home job.

C. You’re reading this because you’re trying to distract yourself from cubicle life, and, therefore, you’re a person who should be interested in landing a work-from-home job.

D. Your finger slipped while you were scrolling your phone, and you accidentally clicked into this article.

If A through C sounds like you, you’re going to want to stick around.

And if you identify most strongly with option D, you should know that working from home is a pretty sweet deal and that I have some really awesome work-from-home job options to show you today — and maybe, just maybe, your finger slipped serendipitously and your life is about to change for the better.

But what do I know?

Well, this much at least: Working from home is pretty awesome. You roll out of bed at the last possible second and grab some coffee you didn’t have to wait in a forever-long line for. Then you just open up your laptop — and that’s it! No frustrating commute, awkward elevator small talk or gray cubicle walls involved.

Have I convinced you yet? Good, because I’m about to share four awesome work-from-home job opportunities that you’ll definitely* want to apply for today.

*If you decide these work-from-home jobs aren’t the right fit for you and your lifestyle, don’t worry. If you go ahead and like our Jobs page on Facebook, you’ll be the first to know about new and awesome job opportunities. We post them there whenever we find them!

4 Work-From-Home Online Jobs You Can Apply for Now

If you’re A through C, here’s the info you’ve been waiting for. If you’re D, here’s the info you didn’t know you wanted until 60 seconds ago.

1. Customer Experience Associate at ClassPass

ClassPass provides customers with a fitness studio membership that allows them to try out a variety of fitness classes in their community.

The company is currently looking for weekend and evening customer experience associates to work from home.

You’ll respond to customer inquiries via email and live chat, identify and report site and app issues and optimize the overall customer experience — all while maintaining a high satisfaction rating.

The right fit for this job will be positive, helpful, a quick learner and able to adapt to a variety of situations. You should also have excellent written and verbal communication skills with a keen eye for grammar.

There are two shift options to choose from, and the company asks that you note which shift you’d prefer in the application form when you fill it out. The evening shift requires availability from Monday to Friday, 3 p.m. to 12 a.m. EST, while the weekend shift stretches from Saturday to Wednesday, 3 p.m. to 12 a.m. EST.

This position pays $40,000 per year and comes with some really great benefits including medical coverage, flexible vacation time, a 401(k) and a complimentary ClassPass membership.

To apply for this job, go here.

2. Customer Experience Advisor at Warby Parker

Warby Parker is an online-based eyeglass retailer.

The company is currently looking for a part-time customer experience advisor to assist customers and deliver an “above-and-beyond shopping experience.”

You’ll be tasked with assisting customers via email, processing sales, maintaining customer relationships, routing inquiries into the proper channels and helping customers with styling advice and general order completion.

A good fit for this position will be a creative problem solver, an expert communicator, detail-oriented and extremely organized.

You must be available to work at least 20 hours per week (including some weekends), and should be based in the Nashville, Tennessee, area. You’ll be required to spend a three-week (Monday through Thursday) training period in the Nashville office.

We’ve reached out to the company to ask about pay for this position and will update this post when we hear back.

Benefits and perks include a retirement savings plan with company match, an annual eye exam and free eyewear (plus discounts for friends and family).

To apply for this job, go here.

3. Customer Service Rep and Scheduler at Museum Hack

Museum Hack provides “unconventional” tours in the world’s greatest museums.

The company is currently looking for part-time customer service reps to work from home. For the right fit, the part-time independent contractor position has the potential to become a full-time contractor position.

You’ll be tasked with responding to client questions via phone and email, handling difficult customer situations, sending invoices, managing event calendars, scheduling tours, booking travel and tour opportunities and, occasionally, writing web content.

You should have prior experience working both remotely and in customer service, nearly perfect English communication skills, the ability to do high quality, detail-oriented work and strong technical know-how.

You should be available to work 15 to 20 hours per week, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. EST. You may also occasionally be asked to work on weekends before 11 a.m. EST.

Pay for this position is $12-15 per hour, depending on experience.

To apply for this job, go here.

4. Care Agent at Ibotta

If you don’t know what Ibotta is, you probably should.

The company is currently looking for a part-time care agent to work from home in Colorado.

You’ll be tasked with analyzing and responding to customer emails, working through fraud reports, moderating receipts, searching out issues with the app and general problem solving wherever the customer experience is at stake.

You should have prior customer service experience (prior remote work experience is a plus!), a genuine, pleasant demeanor, a can-do attitude with a serious attention to detail, excellent interpersonal skills and strong written and verbal communication abilities. A four-year degree is preferred but not required.

You must, however, have a firm grasp on technology and a working knowledge of both Android and Apple products.

You must be available to work up to four seven-hour shifts per week, including some nights and weekends.

This position pays $12 per hour.

To apply for this job, go here.

Grace Schweizer is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder.

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Sexual Assault Survivors, How Are You Practicing Self-Care Right Now?

With so many stories about sexual harassment and assault in the news, looking after your mental health is particularly important.

The hashtag, inspired by a tweet by Alyssa Milano, calls on people to share if they've ever been sexually assaulted or harassed, whether by replying “me too” or sharing their experiences in more detail.

If you’ve been sexually assaulted or harassed, the current news cycle can be really hard on your mental health.

If you've been sexually assaulted or harassed, the current news cycle can be really hard on your mental health.

Having your social media flooded by stories of sexual assault and harassment can be upsetting, or even triggering for those who now have PTSD as a result of their trauma.

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So we want to know: If you’ve been sexually assaulted or harassed, how are you taking care of yourself right now?

So we want to know: If you've been sexually assaulted or harassed, how are you taking care of yourself right now?

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Maybe you’ve been limiting how much time you spend reading news or scrolling through Twitter.

Maybe you've been limiting how much time you spend reading news or scrolling through Twitter.

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Or maybe you have a favorite extension that filters out potential triggers for you, so the internet feels safer to browse.

Or maybe you have a favorite extension that filters out potential triggers for you, so the internet feels safer to browse.

Like Soothe, a browser extension that looks for customizable triggering content, and blurs it out so you don't have to see it.

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Maybe you’ve found solace watching a movie or show where people get revenge on their abusers.

Maybe you've found solace watching a movie or show where people get revenge on their abusers.

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Or maybe you’ve found a way to channel your feelings, like anger, into a physical activity.

Or maybe you've found a way to channel your feelings, like anger, into a physical activity.

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And thanks for sharing — your tip just might help someone else who is going through the same thing you are.

18 People Who Fucked Up Their Halloween Costumes

When you dress up as an onion and people think it’s sperm…

SpongeBob, Patrick, and Gary:

SpongeBob, Patrick, and Gary:

“My friends and I were SpongeBob, Patrick, and Gary. We looked great all together, but when separated at parties everyone just asked if I was a unicorn or something.”
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Onion/sperm:

Onion/sperm:

“Tried to be an onion. Ended up a sperm. Most popular kid in the 5th grade.”
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Grass:

Grass:

“One year I went as grass…”
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Elsa/Anna from Frozen:

Elsa/Anna from Frozen:

“Well this is the costume I had for a musical Once. Guess what that play was. That’s right…Frozen!”
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Kidney/kidney stones:

Kidney/kidney stones:

“My friends and I decided last minute to go to a Halloween party on campus but we had no costumes. My friend's boyfriend had just told her he had kidney stones so she wanted to be a kidney stone so she and her friend wore black trash bags while my friend and I wore pink sheets because we were the kidneys. Not great looking costumes but we won most creative!”
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Leela from Futurama:

Leela from Futurama:

“This was my attempt at Leela from Futurama. Not seen: the obnoxious amount of purple hair spray I used that just made it look wet. Lesson learned.”
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A flying pig:

A flying pig:

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Blue Man Group:

Blue Man Group:

“We were going as Blue Man Group, but accidentally bought purple paint.”
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Troll dolls:

Troll dolls:

“My mom dressed us up like the troll dolls. You know, the ones with the tall colorful hair and gem belly buttons? Looks like we got sliced open.”
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Justin Timberlake:

Justin Timberlake:

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Cards Against Humanity:

Cards Against Humanity:

“The easiest and truest Halloween costume I've ever done with my now ex boyfriend.”
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Rubik’s Cube:

Rubik's Cube:

“Needless to say but my best friend and I didn’t get boyfriends till college.”
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“Wrecking Ball” video:

"Wrecking Ball" video:

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Whatever they could find:

Whatever they could find:

“Me and my friend just put on whatever we could find to make a costume and this was the result.”
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Cupcake:

Cupcake:

“When I was 12, my mom tried to make me a cupcake costume hours before Halloween festivities began. When I went trick-or-treating, multiple individuals asked if I was intestines.”
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Hipsters:

Hipsters:

“One year we though it would be a really great idea to dress as 'hipsters.' Why did we think that this was a great idea? #hotmessexpress.”
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Edward Elric from Fullmetal Alchemist:

Edward Elric from Fullmetal Alchemist:

“Edward Elric from Fullmetal Alchemist. My friend wrapped her whole, bare arm, shoulder to fingertips, in duct tape. Trying to take it off afterwards totally sucked!”
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Lieutenant Dan from Forrest Gump:

Lieutenant Dan from Forrest Gump:

“At work, when Halloween comes Monday through Thursday, we dress up. One year, I threw out the idea that my mom be Lt. Dan from Forrest Gump. Makeshift wheelchair from an office chair, two hula hoops, and duct tape.
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Secret Hopper Won’t Make You Rich, but it’s a Great Way to Drink Free Beer

There’s no denying it — I’m a beer geek.

One of my favorite things to do on a weekend — or anytime, really — is to head to a local brewery and try its newest offerings. There’s nothing better than seeing a nice beer sampler lined up in front of me. The variety of colors, aromas and flavors is a blast to experience for the first time.

But then comes the check. Exploring the awesome world of hoppy pale ales and malty stouts and porters can get expensive.

At least that used to be the case. Now, I’ve found a way to visit local breweries, try their wares and help them make their businesses better — and get free beer!

How to Get Free Beer as a Mystery Shopper

An photo of the inside of Coppertail Brewing Co. in Tampa, Fla.

Photo courtesy of Coppertail Brewing Co.

There’s a relatively new company out there called Secret Hopper that invites beer lovers to secret shop at breweries. When I found out about this thanks to a loyal Penny Hoarder reader, I signed up immediately.

Within a few days, I had an email from Secret Hopper co-owner Andrew Coplon saying he thought there would be some opportunities coming up in my area. A couple weeks later, I had my first assignment.

My task was to head to Coppertail Brewing Co. in Tampa, Florida, and order a flight of four beers, followed by a pint of my favorite brew. OK, no problem here. The brewery had several new offerings on the board, including a couple Belgian pale ales, which I thoroughly enjoy.

How did I rate the beers? I didn’t. Secret Hopper isn’t about rating the beers themselves, but the experience at the brewery.

Were you greeted when you came in? Did they offer a sampler? Did the bartender engage you in conversation? There is a rather extensive questionnaire you fill out after visiting the brewery. It helps to review it beforehand so you know what to look for while you’re there.

In my case, Coppertail was slammed when I arrived, so while staffers did not do everything on the list, who could blame them? No one wants to see a bartender having a long conversation with a customer while eight more are waiting to order a beer.

How to Become a Secret Hopper

Freshly poured beer sits on a table at Rapp Brewing Company in Seminole, Fla.

Are you a fan of craft beer? Secret Hopper can help you try new beer for free by giving you the task of trying out a brewery and then rating them on your brewery experience. Tina Russell/The Penny Hoarder

Signing up to be a Secret Hopper is easy. Just go to the web page and fill out the simple form. It will ask you about your age, gender and general beer knowledge.

“We select our secret hoppers according to demographics,” said Coplon. “We are looking for people who want to do more than just get free beer. We are looking for people who can tell a true story about their experience. Age, gender and level of beer drinker is also a factor.”

If your information is a match for what Secret Hopper needs in your area, the company will reach out to let you know you’re on the list.

Then, when it’s lined up some breweries that need a secret shopper visit, you’ll receive an email with dates and times. Choose which ones work best for you. Once I picked my date, Coplon told me I’d be headed to Coppertail.

The breweries in Tampa Bay are pretty spread out, so I was happy to get one that is close to home.

Once my visit was done, I filled out the questionnaire and emailed a photo of my receipt. My bill was about $16 for the sampler plus a pint and a tip. I was paid $20 via PayPal within a day or two.

For Coplon, it’s a dream job. “Both my wife and I had a lot of interaction in customer service. It’s about more than the dinner on your plate. It’s about creating an overall experience. What can we do to make a little extra money and also have a good time with something we love?”

The company isn’t in every part of the country just yet, but it continues to grow and will need more Secret Hoppers in the future.

Admittedly, being a mystery shopper at breweries isn’t the dream side hustle I’d hoped it would be. But, that was never Coplon’s intention.

“It’s not a career or even a part-time job. If you’re going to go out already, we’re happy to pay for it,” he said. “We are looking for people who want to do more than just get free beer. We are looking for people who can tell a true story about their experience.”

In short, if you like to head out to your local breweries, have a couple beers and maybe help them create a better customer experience, you may dig being a Secret Hopper.

Tyler Omoth is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder who loves soaking up the sun and finding creative ways to help others. He’s been spotted at local breweries a time or two, sometimes in lederhosen. Catch him on Twitter at @Tyomoth.

This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, one of the largest personal finance websites. We help millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. In 2016, Inc. 500 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the No. 1 fastest-growing private media company in the U.S.

17 “Sexy” Costumes For Guys That Will Make You Lose Your Faith In Halloween

Gird your loins.

Maybe you want to be a “clown”?

Maybe you want to be a "clown"?

Price: $42.95

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Or a “football player”:

Or a "football player":

Price: $39.95

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Or a this…

Or a this...

Price: $18.99

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…maybe even a…that:

...maybe even a...that:

Price: $18.95

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This “wild cowboy”:

This "wild cowboy":

Price: $39.99

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Perhaps a “sexy cop”:

Perhaps a "sexy cop":

Price: $41.95

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Or you could just wear a kilt?

Or you could just wear a kilt?

Price: $49.99

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Ever wanted to be a “mechanic”?

Ever wanted to be a "mechanic"?

Price: $44.95

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Or you could cook something up as this “chef”:

Or you could cook something up as this "chef":

Price: $42.99

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Maybe you’re feeling “fantasy island”:

Maybe you're feeling "fantasy island":

Price: $17.99

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LOL, better yet serve something up as a “butt-ler”:

LOL, better yet serve something up as a "butt-ler":

Price: $32.95

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Haha, do you wanna place a bet with this:

Haha, do you wanna place a bet with this:

Price: $21.99

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Maybe this look will “whet” your appetite:

Maybe this look will "whet" your appetite:

Price: $34.95

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You guys this is getting out of hand…

You guys this is getting out of hand...

Price: $18.95

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This “cowboy” seems out of place:

This "cowboy" seems out of place:

Price: $35.95

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Spice Up The Party (for Cheap) With These 3 Homemade Salsa Recipes

Snacking is one of my favorite activities — you can do it while you’re reading, watching TV, in bed with the dogs or even while writing an article for The Penny Hoarder, like I am now (home-popped popcorn, light salt).

One of my favorite snacks when I’m in a crunchy mood is chips and lots of dip. But given that I toe the line between dad bod and straight-up beer gut, I’m trying to watch what I eat. That’s why I turn to tortilla chips and salsa when I’m feeling snacky (that is, every day).

Pain old jarred salsa from Kroger can get a little boring and is never as good as the fresh stuff, but a pound of fresh Whole Foods Market salsa pico de gallo is nearly $10 where I live in Nashville.

Heck, go to Chipotle and ask for guac and they say, (everybody chime in), “Guac is extra; is that OK?” But you want that guac so desperately that of course it’s OK to spend an extra two bucks for a spoonful of that green guacamole goodness.

Instead of paying those high store and restaurant prices to get our fix, my partner Nick and I have decided to keep things healthy by making our salsas at home. Not only is it cheaper, but it also allows us to try out a variety of flavors and gives us some bonding time in the kitchen. (Let’s be honest, though: he does the cooking, and I just sneak spoonfuls of half-made salsa when he turns around.)

Here are three of our favorite super-easy, super-healthy and super-affordable homemade tortilla chip dips.

The amount of servings, of course, depends on how well your eyes and stomach are communicating. Produce costs may vary; I’ve estimated using current produce prices at a Kroger in Nashville.

Pico de Gallo

pico de gallo ingredients

Photo courtesy of Timothy Moore

The beauty of this recipe is that it is so simple I could make it without Nick’s supervision (though I don’t). Makes 4 to 6 servings.

Ingredients

2 cups red onion, diced: $1

4 to 6 medium-sized tomatoes, diced: $2

½ cup cilantro, chopped: 15 cents

3 cloves of garlic, minced: 10 cents

1 large jalapeño, seeded and diced: 10 cents

2 tablespoons of lime juice: 10 cents

Total Cost: $3.45

Directions

Prepare all ingredients on a cutting board. Combine in a large mixing bowl and stir until everything is mixed evenly. Eat with no shame, right there at the counter.

Variations

This recipe is so easy to customize to your liking over time. Depending on your preferences, you can add more jalapeño (or even throw in a habanero) or do away with them completely, if you’re averse to spicy flavors. You can cut out the garlic, go with a yellow onion instead of a red one, and you can use different types of tomatoes to alter the flavor.

Mango Guacamole

Photo courtesy of Timothy Moore

Adding mango or a similar fruit to guac gives this staple dip a unique twist, but if you want to keep it traditional, use two tomatoes on the vine in place of the mango.

Makes 6 to 8 servings.

Ingredients

3 to 4 avocados, peeled, pitted and sliced: $4

1 mango, peeled, pitted and diced: $1

¼ cup red onion, diced: 25 cents

¼ cup cilantro, chopped: 7 cents

2 cloves of garlic, minced: 7 cents

1 large jalapeño, seeded and diced: 10 cents

2 tablespoons of lime juice: 10 cents

Salt and pepper to taste

Total Cost: $5.59

Directions

Prepare all ingredients on a cutting board. Mash the avocados with a fork in a large mixing bowl. Sprinkle lime juice over the avocados while preparing the rest of the ingredients. Add all ingredients to the bowl with the avocados. Stir until everything is mixed evenly. Consume as much as you can before Nick tells you it’s for your guests, who are arriving soon.

Variations

Nick and I have played with the cilantro/garlic-to-mango ratio of this recipe to adjust the sweetness; add or subtract to your liking. We’ve also swapped mango for pineapple for a different flavor and have resorted to frozen mango when fresh wasn’t available. I also would love to sneak a habanero into this recipe when Nick isn’t looking, but I haven’t been successful yet.

Corn Salsa

Photo courtesy of Timothy Moore

Easily my favorite of the three, the roasted red peppers give this dip more of a kick — and when eaten fresh, warm the dip up compared to the other room-temperature options.

Makes 3 to 4 servings.

Ingredients

One 15.25-ounce can of sweet corn: 60 cents

1 red pepper: $1

1 large jalapeño, seeded and diced: 10 cents

¾ cups cilantro: 20 cents

½ cup red onion: 50 cents

1 tablespoon lime juice: 5 cents

Splash of olive oil

Salt, pepper and chipotle seasoning to taste

Total Cost: $2.45

Directions

Dice red pepper on a cutting board, then mix with a splash of olive oil, salt, pepper and chipotle seasoning in a bowl. Place on a baking sheet and put in the oven to broil. Prepare all other ingredients on a cutting board.

Add all ingredients to a large mixing bowl. Add the red pepper when broiled to your liking (we usually broil for about 10 minutes). Stir until everything is mixed evenly. Inhale copious amounts over the sink.
Variations

We prefer to roast our red peppers for this dish, but raw red peppers give the salsa its own unique flavor. You can also use corn straight from the cob for a fresher taste.

One final tip to save even more money and make these dishes healthier/tastier: Consider growing a few of the essentials, such as peppers and tomatoes, in your own garden. Nick and I just moved to Nashville and hope to garden next year. But much like the cooking, I suspect Nick will do most of the work, and I’ll just be playing in the dirt when his back is turned.

Happy eating!

Timothy Moore is a writer and editor in Nashville who loves to eat. In fact, he’s been doing it since the day he was born. His favorite foods are burgers, peanut butter, mashed potatoes, ice cream, sour cream and jalapeños — but never all together.

Nicholas Kreider is an interior design and décor small-business owner who sometimes swaps his paintbrush for a spatula. Despite having celiac disease, Nick has a recipe for everything, but he can usually be found making something with Tim’s favorite foods.

This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, one of the largest personal finance websites. We help millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. In 2016, Inc. 500 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the No. 1 fastest-growing private media company in the U.S.

There’s Actually A Reason You Sneeze When You Look At Light

Props to whoever named it ACHOO.

Have you ever tried looking into a light (or the sun) to sneeze?

Have you ever tried looking into a light (or the sun) to sneeze?

Someone might have suggested it to you once after noticing that you were on the verge of sneezing, but couldn't quiiiite get it out. Did it work? Did it make you wonder how on earth looking at light — y'know, with your eyes! — could possibly make you sneeze? If you're like me and you never heard of this before, then chances are you thought this HAD TO BE a myth.

Well guess what y'all, I'm here to tell you now that this is not BS. It's legit. Go ahead, try it out and see if it works for you.

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If it worked for you, then you might have what’s known as photic sneeze reflex — although I prefer calling it by its other name, ACHOO.

If it worked for you, then you might have what's known as photic sneeze reflex — although I prefer calling it by its other name, ACHOO.

ACHOO actually stands for autosomal dominant compelling helioopthalmic outburst syndrome, and it's surprisingly common throughout the population, occurring in about one out of every four people.

Upon discovering this, I reached out to ear, nose, and throat specialists Dr. Roheen Raithatha, of ENT & Allergy Associates, LLP in New York City, and Dr. Abbas Anwar, of Southern California Head & Neck Medical Group, to learn about this random AF phenomena. Here's what they had to say about it.

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It’s definitely a trait that’s passed down from one of your parents.

It's definitely a trait that's passed down from one of your parents.

ACHOO has been recognized for hundreds of years. In Aristotle's Book of Problems, he suggests that looking at the sun causes the moisture in the nose to evaporate, forcing us to sneeze.

It was a good guess, but since then, scientists have discovered that there's a genetic basis for the reflex. In most body cells, there are 23 pairs of chromosomes (you inherit one set from each parent). Only one of these pairs are the sex chromosomes, and the other 22 are what are known as autosomes. So the “autosomal dominant” in ACHOO means that it's a non-sex-linked dominant trait. “If one parent has it, there's a 50/50 chance that their children will have it,” Raithatha tells BuzzFeed Health.

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And while nobody knows exactly how it happens, there are a couple of theories. One of them is that it’s caused by a glitch in one of the head’s main nerves.

And while nobody knows exactly how it happens, there are a couple of theories. One of them is that it's caused by a glitch in one of the head's main nerves.

That nerve is the trigeminal nerve, and it has three main branches, each of which extends to the upper, middle, or lower part of the head. With ACHOO, it's the top two branches — the ophthalmic and maxillary branches — that get crosswired, Anwar tells BuzzFeed Health. So even though it should only be the ophthalmic branch that reacts to bright light (which can be considered an irritant), the maxillary branch gets caught up in this reaction, too. It thinks there's an irritant in the nose, and triggers a sneeze.

Apparently, this sort of cross-wiring is common throughout the head, Anwar says. “Some people have sore throats and feel it in their ears…there’s so much cross-wiring going on with these nerves, and it’s such a tiny area.”

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The other theory is that it’s caused by a quirk in your body’s involuntary nervous system.

The other theory is that it's caused by a quirk in your body's involuntary nervous system.

Also known as the autonomic nervous system (ANS), this system is responsible for bodily functions that we cannot consciously influence. Within the ANS is the parasympathetic nervous system (PSNS), which might be where your ACHOO comes from. “Another theory is called parasympathetic generalization,” Raithatha says. “That's when one portion of the PSNS gets activated, other parts of the same system can also be activated. So when a bright light causes a pupil of the eye to constrict, which is part of the PSNS, it may indirectly cause another portion of the PSNS to respond, which can cause secretions and congestion in the nasal mucous membranes, and can sometimes lead to a sneeze as well.”

And yes, this can happen pretty quickly, he says. “It's why when people eat spicy foods, they can immediately get a runny nose.”

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The reflex is most often triggered by sudden exposure to bright light — like when coming out of a tunnel and seeing the sun — but really, it could probably be any light.

The reflex is most often triggered by sudden exposure to bright light — like when coming out of a tunnel and seeing the sun — but really, it could probably be any light.

“Historically, we talk about it being sunlight but in theory it can be any bright light,” Raithatha says. “Scientists have actually elicited a response from people by shining a bright flashlight into the eyes of patients. Camera flashes can be a trigger as well, and that’s been shown.”

People might also have variations of the response, he says. So while some people might only feel an itchiness in their nose after seeing a bright light, others might sneeze once, while others will have a full-on sneezing fit.

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After you sneeze, there will usually be a period of time where looking at light will have little to no effect.

After you sneeze, there will usually be a period of time where looking at light will have little to no effect.

It's called a refractory period, and it's a certain amount of time — anywhere from a few minutes to several hours, depending on the person — where looking at light won't really trigger the reflex. “It kind of fatigues itself for a while,” Anwar says.

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There’s not much you can do to stop the reflex from happening, but being aware of it can help to reduce the effects it has.

There's not much you can do to stop the reflex from happening, but being aware of it can help to reduce the effects it has.

We don't hear about ACHOO too much because it's not really something that severely affects people's quality of life. “I’ve actually never seen a patient coming in specifically for that,” says Anwar. But ACHOO can present certain dangers to people who are operating heavy machinery, like driving a car or piloting an aircraft, if it happens at an inopportune time, he says. “It can cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle,” he says, noting that people can try to lessen the effect of the light by wearing sunglasses or hats.

If you have the reflex, then it might also be good to notify your doctor or dentist about it if you're getting any kind of procedure done around the eyes or mouth, especially if sharp instruments are involved, Raithatha says. “If someone knows they have a condition like this, where they’re triggered by bright light, they should certainly let their doctor know so that they can let their sneezing pass before the doctor proceeds with the procedure itself,” he says.

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Whoa, This Fussy Baby Hack Is Legit Mesmerizing

This is pretty genius.

It’s a look that every parent knows all too well: the dreaded ~Baby Cryface~.

It's a look that every parent knows all too well: the dreaded ~Baby Cryface~.

It's inevitable. And loud!

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But Dr. Robert Hamilton, a California pediatrician for almost 30 years, has a quick trick to stop these mini meltdowns. He calls it “The Hold.”

But Dr. Robert Hamilton, a California pediatrician for almost 30 years, has a quick trick to stop these mini meltdowns. He calls it "The Hold."

He first posted a YouTube tutorial on the technique a few years back — and he told BuzzFeed that it continues be super popular and relevant among new parents.

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First, approach the crying baby. 😭

First, approach the crying baby. 😭

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Pick them up — and fold their right arm over their chest…

Pick them up — and fold their right arm over their chest...

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Then fold their left arm over their right one.

Then fold their left arm over their right one.

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Hold those arms in, then move your other hand to their lil’ baby butt…

Hold those arms in, then move your other hand to their lil' baby butt...

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And give it a booty shake! 🍑

And give it a booty shake! 🍑

Then gently bounce the baby around a bit, at a 45 degree angle.

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And boom — problem solved! No more tears.

And boom — problem solved! No more tears.

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But WHY does it work? 🤔

But WHY does it work? 🤔

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According to Dr. Hamilton, it’s because of the quick POV change. “This isn’t a position that babies commonly find themselves in,” he told BuzzFeed.

According to Dr. Hamilton, it's because of the quick POV change. "This isn't a position that babies commonly find themselves in," he told BuzzFeed.

“By putting them in a new or novel position, you're changing their focus and almost overwhelming them,” he explained.

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“It’s causing them to reflect and think, ‘huh, this is different!’,” he said. “And that’s usually enough to stop the crying.”

"It's causing them to reflect and think, 'huh, this is different!'," he said. "And that's usually enough to stop the crying."

Dr. Hamilton also says the position itself is important — because babies have a natural reflex to want to flail their arms out. So holding their arms in is the first step to curbing that reflex, and comforting them.

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One thing to note, though? All babies are different, so this trick won’t on work on everyone. (It also won’t work, he says, if the fussiness is caused by a more concrete issue — like if your baby is hungry or not feeling well.)

One thing to note, though? All babies are different, so this trick won't on work on everyone. (It also won't work, he says, if the fussiness is caused by a more concrete issue — like if your baby is hungry or not feeling well.)

Dr. Hamilton also says that the technique works best for babies under three months. After that, they either get too heavy, or the novelty wears off.

But he estimates that his success rate with babies in his office is “around 90%” — and a quick scan through the comments on the video shows lots of parents vouching for this trick working on their babies. (Psst… it worked for mine, too!)

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Watch the full video here:

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19 ’00s Hairstyles That Were Cool Then But Are Cringey Now

So many side fringes.

“I loved my mohawk, but I didn’t want my employment options limited to Hot Topic or nothing.”

"I loved my mohawk, but I didn't want my employment options limited to Hot Topic or nothing."

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“This is really embarrassing. That hairstyle and the colors didn’t work for me at all.”

"This is really embarrassing. That hairstyle and the colors didn't work for me at all."

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“Circa 2003, peep the butterfly clips.”

"Circa 2003, peep the butterfly clips."

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“The hair was bad, but the eyebrows… or lack thereof.”

"The hair was bad, but the eyebrows... or lack thereof."

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“My room, my hair, my chain…”

"My room, my hair, my chain..."

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“I guess I really liked crimped hair?”

"I guess I really liked crimped hair?"

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“I don’t even know why my mother allowed this picture to be taken.”

"I don’t even know why my mother allowed this picture to be taken."

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“I really don’t know what is more stereotypical: the double tank tops, the huge hoops, the outward hair flip, or the crazy chunky highlights… My senior pics haunt my dreams.”

"I really don't know what is more stereotypical: the double tank tops, the huge hoops, the outward hair flip, or the crazy chunky highlights... My senior pics haunt my dreams."

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“Going to a Jonas Brothers concert in 2009!”

"Going to a Jonas Brothers concert in 2009!"

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“I tried to be ‘edgy’ with my blue streaks and the Myspace angle gave me a double chin so I’d do this.”

"I tried to be 'edgy' with my blue streaks and the Myspace angle gave me a double chin so I'd do this."

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“Back from when I was a human bell pepper. Why I thought this was cool I’ll never know.”

"Back from when I was a human bell pepper. Why I thought this was cool I’ll never know."

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“Side bangs I cut myself and straightened when I crimped my hair. It took over a year to grow them out and even longer for me to realize that I should never touch a hair crimper ever again.”

"Side bangs I cut myself and straightened when I crimped my hair. It took over a year to grow them out and even longer for me to realize that I should never touch a hair crimper ever again."

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“White eyeshadow with eyeliner, and a bald ponytail with a skinny headband! Classic 2009.”

"White eyeshadow with eyeliner, and a bald ponytail with a skinny headband! Classic 2009."

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“Peep that zigzag part. Right before going to an Aaron Carter concert.”

"Peep that zigzag part. Right before going to an Aaron Carter concert."

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“I was on the middle school football team and my long hair always got caught in my helmet so my mom gave me this sick ‘do. I still haven’t forgiven her.”

"I was on the middle school football team and my long hair always got caught in my helmet so my mom gave me this sick 'do. I still haven't forgiven her."

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“Problems with this haircut: 1) middle part, 2) side bangs on curly hair, and 3) headband serving no actual purpose.”

"Problems with this haircut: 1) middle part, 2) side bangs on curly hair, and 3) headband serving no actual purpose."

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“Rocking that blue hair (featuring Kendall Schmidt from Big Time Rush, since that apparently was a thing).”

"Rocking that blue hair (featuring Kendall Schmidt from Big Time Rush, since that apparently was a thing)."

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“Seventh grade, boxed dyed and self-cut hair.”

"Seventh grade, boxed dyed and self-cut hair."

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“Ugh. Circa 2004 or ’05. I still cringe when I see this photo. My hair looks a lot better now.”

"Ugh. Circa 2004 or '05. I still cringe when I see this photo. My hair looks a lot better now."

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Turns Out 23% of Americans Have Been Carrying Credit Card Debt for 5 Years

As odd as this might sound, credit cards can be among the most frightening tools in a Penny Hoarder’s life.

I once ranked my fear of these flimsy pieces of plastic right up there with roaches and heights.

Yeah, that’s ridiculous, you say. But I’ve read a few too many surveys and studies that expose the dangers of credit cards to your personal finances.

Including this recent one from CreditCards.com that polled 2,005 Americans.

It revealed that a hefty number of us carry an outstanding credit card balance. These outstanding balances lead to a never-ending “credit-card-debt treadmill,” the site describes. (Think: The crazy 15% to 20% interest rates that come with not paying off a card.)

Here are some numbers that served up a jolt of reality:

  • Approximately 28% of Americans admitted they don’t pay their credit card bill in full each month.
  • Of those, 43% reported they hadn’t fully paid down their credit card in more than two years.
  • Nearly 23% folks have been carrying credit card debt for five or more years. In context, that’s nearly 29 million Americans.

When asked why they carry a balance, 32% of the respondents said they simply needed to cover day-to-day expenses; this was the No. 1 reason.

Other reasons included retail purchases, such as clothing or electronics (16%), medical bills (12%), home repairs (10%), vacation expenses (10%) and car repairs (7%).

How to Pay Off Credit Card Debt

This process will differ for everyone, but there are a few basic steps you can take to getting on track.

1. Take a Deep Breath and See What You Owe

This, perhaps, will be your most difficult step — but it needs to be done.

Take stock of your debt. One of the easiest ways to do this is to pull a free credit report, which will outline all of your accounts, including those credit cards with outstanding balances.

For this, I use Credit Sesame. It’s easy and free, and I can check in at any time to take my financial pulse. Plus, it gives me tailored advice on how to clean up my credit report and, in turn, boost my credit score.

2. Draw Up a Budget

If you don’t already have a monthly budget, now’s the time to sketch one out. (Here’s a seven-step guide.)

Within that budget, factor in some type of payment plan and how much you want to start paying off each month. No matter how slow and steady the plan is, stick to it.

3. Quit Credit Cards

Yes, there are perks to these suckers (like travel points), but if you’re struggling to manage your money or pay off debt, now isn’t the time to be tempted.

Plus, according to last year’s TD Bank “Merry Money Survey” on holiday spending, consumers end up spending less if they pay with cash.

4. Consider Credit Card Debt Consolidation or Refinancing

This might not be the best fit for everyone, but consolidating or refinancing your debt can knock down those insane interest rates and help with your monthly payments.

You’ll want to do some research first.

Start by perusing Credible’s personal loan options. It’s basically a marketplace of consolidating and refinancing options. You don’t have to commit to anything, and it makes comparing interest rates easy.

If you want more tips to pay off credit card debt, this was just the abbreviated version. We’ve got a full guide to the process here.

Carson Kohler (@CarsonKohler) is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder. After writing this, she’s considering burning her one credit card.

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