Finance

Money Saving Monday: Selling Yourself

You may be wondering why this Money Saving Monday post is titled “Selling Yourself.” The skill of selling yourself can be a major money maker and saver. Speaking from first hand experience, colleges typically do no teach you how to sell yourself or how to market yourself. In school, we learn the skills needed in order to carry out our profession. However at no point does anyone tell you how to better market yourself and sell yourself (your persona) to someone else. Part of selling yourself is to make a great first impression. Regardless to what you may have on your resume, your resume is a piece of paper that everyone is not going to see. Besides, your resume is not needed when you are trying to make a deal, people are cutting you a deal based on the person that they are looking at right now.

When you first introduce yourself to anyone, you are making an impression whether good or bad.  We all will come across times where we will do interviews, need to bargain, become business owners, or seek out ambitious opportunities. All of the aforementioned  require some form of human interaction. Be aware that your impression is not limited to those aforementioned arenas, you may meet another parent, a salesperson, a repair person, etc.  The impression you make can make the difference between getting hired, making a deal, getting your child added to the car pool or the repair person cutting you deal because you are so personable. You selling yourself to make a great impression will determine whether you are remembered, immediately forgotten and/or deemed unappealing. Continue reading “Money Saving Monday: Selling Yourself”

Fitness & Wellness · Kids and Family

Eliminate Your Distractions by Being the Flow

I know from my own experience that there are so many things that want my attention. Family, friends, business, pets and those pesky alerts from our electronic devices. If you are like me and are trying to get focused on a project, then you fully get the importance of eliminating distractions. There are plenty of articles that will tell you to find a quiet place. To turn off your devices and to get away from it all. You have heard that kind of advice numerous times. Yes, I will agree it is practical if you can achieve that pristine morning silence. Yes, I will agree there are plenty of task that require your dedicated attention. Despite the aforementioned, I have also discovered overtime that taking time to eliminate distractions can sometime become a distraction within itself. Sometimes it about being in the flow. Bruce Lee has a famous quote about being like water:

“You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. When you pour water in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can drip and it can crash. Become like water my friend.”

This awesome quote can apply to every aspect of life. But for our needs today it demonstrates that it easier to go with the flow rather than fighting against them. I sometimes find myself planning to wake up extra early so I can take care of a few task without distractions. Continue reading “Eliminate Your Distractions by Being the Flow”

Finance

Fix the Funds February

Fix the Funds February

The latter part of January and the beginning of February are considered very stressful financially for many. Between the months of November and December we tend to make quite a few holiday purchases; whether it was buying gifts, paying for travel, or entertaining winter guests. Some of us have charged those expenses and are just now getting the credit card bills for them.

The current financial stress that tails us from last year can be remedied. I am declaring February as Fix the Funds February.

This month is a great opportunity to create an action plan to  begin a financial recovery process. We will explore some practical ways to cut down spending. The money that is saved can be applied to credit card debit, other debts, or savings. Many other debt counselors would have advised you to put away your credit cards and to not use them for a while. However some of us did not accumulate credit card debt but instead spent tons a cash just the same. Part of any recovery is to first let the wounded area heal. You remember when you were a child and would get wounded, you kept picking at your scab? Your parents would tell you to stop picking the wound otherwise you were delaying the healing process. Each of the Fix the Funds February task will only last for one week. Yes, I could make each task a one month long challenge, but lets be honest lots of us have issues committing and this a great way to get started .

The first Fix the Funds February task is to not make any purchases. I am a huge fan of online shopping. I will admit that there are many nights I am shopping online while in bed from my smartphone. I have gotten really good of at putting lots of items in the cart or my wish-list and determining if any of them are an actually needed. I challenge you to not purchase anything that is not absolutely necessary this week. Continue reading “Fix the Funds February”

Kids and Family

Never Stop Learning

You guys know that I like to make sure I provide you with the most streamline method to do everything in order to make our lives easier. I have compiled a quick list of ways in which you and/or your student can totally learn to master any college coursework. I know from my own experience that people generally don’t want to read 200 pages to learn how to better learn. I have taken this valuable information and trimmed it down to most essential information needed so that you can complete reading it in roughly 30 minutes so you or your student can master any subject. You can easily get your copy of How to Quickly Crush Each College Course by clicking here or the picture above. Thank you for your support and I wish you much success in your studies.

Finance

5 Quick Way to Save Money

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With shopping season upon us each of us are looking for ways in which we can pinch pennies before we scour the mall. There’s lots of things you can do right now that can save you lots of dough. You guys know that I always wanna talk about streamlining things in order to make life as comfortable, fun, and easy as possible. I know there are lots of readers that don’t start saving in January for late November and December shopping. I wanted to give a few last minute tips that can save you some dough so shopping season won’t be having you reaching for your credit card. Cash over credit eliminates January credit card bill stress, right? Ask yourself what services did you pay for that you could be doing yourself. This of course does not just apply for shopping season it applies all year long.
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Finance

3 Ways to Save on New Tires

TireEvery year I plan for things to be different. I think I am never going back to that place, only to go to another place to have the same over-priced experience. If you are like me, when it comes to buying car tires you want quality at a great price. My expectation is to purchase the tires and not to be hit with 3 more additional fees.  I have a few tips that can save you a pretty penny.

  1. Research which tires are best for your car– The factory tires are not necessarily the only option for your car. Each of us live in various conditions and use our vehicles for various things. Snow tires are not needed where I live because it only snows once every few years for 10 minutes.  If you are doing routine things like driving to and from events and never loading or hauling anything, then you would not need tires that were made for heavy load capacities.  Lastly, unless you drive for Nascar you likely will not need tires for higher speed ratings. There is no sense paying extra for a tire that is made to exceed 140 miles per hour when the fastest you drive is only 70 miles per hour.
  2. Comparison Shop- If you have membership to wholesale retailers such as Sam’s Warehouse and Costco, then you definitely want to start there. For well-known tire retailer like NTB and Discount tire search online for coupons and promotions. They likely even have a promotion in your local Sunday paper. Lastly Shop online, since you know your tire size and needs try online retailers like Amazon. It has been my personal experience that you can get a very competitive price from Amazon. In addition to a great price depending on the area Amazon also has and installation service that you can pay for that will come to your home to do the install. The installation service in not necessarily a money saver but it is a great time saver for sure! There are lots of lesser known online retailers like onlinetires.com, tirerack.com & tire easy.com that are also have very competitive pricing.
  3. Purchase and Installation can be separate– Much like my post about how to save on eye glasses, your new tires can be purchased at one place and installed at another. There are lots of little mom and pop tire shops that will install and balance the tires at a nominal fee. Smaller tires shops tend to be able to give a better rate for tire installation because they control what they want to charge for labor. On the other-hand a smaller shop will not likely be able to give you a great deal on four new tires.  Please read my post called The Money Saving Secrets Businesses are Not Going to Tell you, to see how to get the best deal.

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Kids and Family

5 Crunch Time Bathroom Tips

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We all have had those moments in which we discover company is in the way over at the worst possible time. You guys know what I am talking about, they  call to say they are on the way and will be at your home in a few minutes. Usually it would not be a problem, but this time around there was a sleep-over two night before and you were down with flu. The bathroom is not gross but it’s not knit-picky house guest ready. I have a few tips that will have the restroom ready in a crunch and the stress off your shoulders.

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  1. Keep wet wipes in the restroom– We have all experienced dried mouthwash, toothpaste residue droplets, and dried liquid soap on the restroom counter and sink fixtures. In a crunch the counters can be quickly wiped down with wet wipes and none will be the wiseressential-oils
  2. Keep scented cleaner or essential oils to create a fresh smell in the toilet– If you generally keep your restroom clean but want to create the illusion of extra freshness then I recommend adding a couple of drops of cleaner into the toilet. Your guest will think you just scrubbed the restroom before their arrival.trash-can
  3. Keep dryer sheets in the hamper and waste baskets– you know what you may have put in the waste baskets but there is no telling what the kiddos put in there or a guest. Its easier to stay on the safe side and to use either scented trash bags or dryer sheets to ensure that there is no questionable smell emanating from the waste basket.baseboard
  4. Do a quick swipe of the base boards with a dry cloth– Lets face it, for any of us that need to style our hair on a regular basis there are fly away strands of hair that end upon the floor and especially on the base boards. Trust me when someone needs to use your restroom the baseboards are noticed if they are not clean, and unnoticed when they are perfect. shower curtain
  5. Close that shower curtain or shower door, whether it’s clean or dirty no one wants to see inside of your tub. If you have a really nice shower curtain and it is closed, it adds to the ambiance of a well maintained restroom. Leaving the shower curtain open is the equivalent of leaving kitchen cabinets open. No matter how clean the kitchen, it will appear dis-shoveled if the cabinet doors are left open.

Wanna talk about a load off? These tips will save you time and stress next time unexpected company comes over!! Happy Savings! Happy Health!!