SPEND WISELY TO SAVE MONEY

April 11, 2017 in Uncategorized by admin  |  No Comments

Spend Wisely to Save Money

Have you ever noticed that the things you buy every week at the grocery and hardware stores go up a few cents between shopping trips? Not by much…just by a little each week but they continue to creep up and up.

All it takes for the price to jump up by a lot is a little hiccup in the world wide market, note the price of gasoline as it relates to world affairs.

There is a way that we can keep these price increases from impacting our personal finances so much and that is by buying in quantity and finding the best possible prices for the things we use and will continue to use everyday… things that will keep just as well on the shelves in our homes as it does on the shelves at the grocery store or hardware store.

For instance, dog food and cat food costs about 10% less when bought by the case than it does when bought at the single can price and if you wait for close out prices you save a lot more than that.

Set aside some space in your home and make a list of things that you use regularly which will not spoil. Any grain or grain products will need to be stored in airtight containers that rats can’t get into so keep that in mind.

Then set out to find the best prices you can get on quantity purchases of such things as bathroom items and dry and canned food.

You will be surprised at how much you can save by buying a twenty pound bag of rice as opposed to a one pound bag but don’t forget that it must be kept in a rat proof container.

You can buy some clothing items such as men’s socks and underwear because those styles don’t change, avoid buying children’s and women’s clothing, those styles change and sizes change too drastically.

Try to acquire and keep a two year supply of these items and you can save hundreds of dollars.

WHAT IS ONE OF THE LARGEST EXPENSES FOR BUSINESSES?

April 4, 2017 in Uncategorized by admin  |  No Comments

What is one of the largest expenses for businesses?
Advertising
There are many ways to reduce your advertising expense. A little creativity you can reduce those costs considerably.
Local and community newspapers are continually looking for articles from individuals in their community and from community businesses to write articles related to your field of expertise or interest that other people within the community would derive value. These articles can also be submitted to other media and publications having interest in that particular field. The advertising article can have information about the company or business opportunity added to the article giving some additional value to the reader. Once the article writer has gained some recognition this can lead to them being invited on radio and television talk shows and even to interviews. These kinds of opportunities shouldn’t be missed as they provide a chance for free promotion. If it is taking a long time to get an article published this can be addressed with a letter that can be followed up by a telephone call or in-person visit. During the visit, the nature of expertise /interest can be discussed about the business, which will be of interest to the readers of the particular publication. Once a businessperson gains the status of being public-friendly, more offers start pouring in.
Free bulletin boards located in the neighborhood, like in grocery stores, libraries, and hair salons, are another good idea. Advertising circulars can be posted on such boards for free. Circulars for mass distribution can be handed out at the mall, shopping center, bus stops, particularly on weekends when there is a big rush. Students can be hired on part time basis for this purpose. This works particularly well for community businesses or community Hobbists.
Promotional advertisement can be printed on the envelopes used by the business firms. Both the sender and the receiver can view this advertisement. Promotional offers can be sent to customers by postcards, which should be utilized to its full, leaving only place left for writing the address.
Some of the new mail order publications offer free first time and seasonal deductions for advertisers. Other publications offer pay per inquiry space. Inquiries can be made about stand-by space, which means that the publication holds the submission of advertisement until the space is not sold and in that case, thirty three percent saving can be achieved. Usually local newspapers provide these kinds of offers.
If the business is involved in ad sheet or catalog publishing, other publishers can be contacted for the purpose of bartering an advertising exchange. They can place advertisement in their publication, in return for placing their advertisement in the business’s publication.
Free offers can be provided to the customer. This can be done by emailing or printing a newsletter about information regarding the area of interest of the targeted customers. Attach a free coupon with it, which the customers can use for shopping, if a criterion is met like minimum purchase. The response can be huge and some of them will purchase something to receive the free offer. The basic ingredient for affordable advertising is creativity and research.

ARE YOU USING CREDIT CARDS TO PRODUCE A POSITIVE IMPACT ON YOUR CREDIT REPORT?

March 1, 2017 in Uncategorized by admin  |  No Comments

Over the years, credit cards have become very popular. When credit cards were first introduced, they were used for occasional purchases; now millions of people use them daily for something small like a cup of coffee. There are many types of credit cards available, including those that help people who have bad credit. You should always keep in mind that even though credit cards are great to have, they will also have quite an impact on your credit report.

The credit report is extremely important, especially when it comes to credit cards. Banks and lenders use your credit report to determine if you meet their criteria for a credit card, a loan or a mortgage. Your credit report is the determining factor for your credit, which is why you should never let your credit cards do any type of damage to your report. To avoid this, simply pay your bill on time.

Most people will use their credit cards responsibly and won’t damage their credit report. Doing this will show lenders that you are responsible, and that they can trust you with loans and credit – which in turn will raise your credit score. Keep in mind however; if you have a lot of open accounts (credit cards), it may tell lenders that you won’t be able to pay them back. Lenders look at several open accounts as being potentially damaging to your credit report, even though you may be paying the credit card back under the lenders terms.

Although you may be tempted to have more than one credit card, it can actually be a downfall in the eyes of the lender. Most lenders will see this as you having a way to spend your entire limit, and will fear that you may do so. Even though you may not have this intention, credit card lenders will almost always fear the worst case scenario. Eventually this can lead to you damaging your credit score – simply because a lender will turn you down for a future credit or loan. Remember every time you apply for a credit card or a loan this gets recorded on the credit report whether the credit card or loan is granted on not.

Something else you need to keep in mind is the fact that it can be really easy to miss a payment on your credit cards. Although this doesn’t sound bad, it can have a very negative impact on your credit report. If you start missing payments, or paying them late; the lender will eventually enter it in your credit report. This can have a negative impact, lowering your beacon score and eventually bringing down your overall credit rating. As well as increase your interest rate on your credits cards.

TAKE THE STEPS TO GET WHAT YOU WANT

February 21, 2017 in Uncategorized by admin  |  No Comments

Did you know that you have the potential to do and be anything you want? People have different perceptions of the ideal life, and it ranges from obtaining financial freedom to as simple as owning a new pair of sneakers. Unfortunately, many fail to reach their aspirations because they can’t get a solid, clear picture in their mind of what they want.

Take the next few days and embark on a fact-finding journey that will be a life-changing experience. Get a pad and pencil and start with this first step:

STEP 1 – KNOW EXACTLY WHAT YOU WANT – Be specific in your passions, then focus all your efforts on that particular desire.

Those who always change their minds and those who give up easily when the going gets tough will never get anywhere. If you’re a bit confused and aren’t sure what you really want in life answer these questions:
1. What makes your heart beat with excitement?
2. What makes you happy?
3. What are you constantly thinking of day and night?
4. What do you want to do with the rest of your life?
5. What do you enjoy doing?
6. What are your obsessions?
7. What things make you jump for joy?

Write down all your possible answers to the above questions. Write down everything, no matter how silly or unimportant it seems. Put all your desires on paper that answers any of the above questions.

When that’s done, go back and circle five to seven items that interest you the most. Then evaluate and choose with your heart, not your mind, the one and only thing worthy to spend all your time and resources on and that brings out the best in you.

Now you may wind up with something like, “I want to play quarterback for the RAMS.” If you’re over 20 I’d say that isn’t too viable a choice, but you could do something related to football or sports. How about starting a sports publication? Or perhaps a sporting goods retail business, sports memorabilia business, or even a gym could be the answer. You can always read books and surf the net to help you in your search.

The most important thing to remember, no matter how “pie in the sky” it seems, is to USE YOUR HEART. Others may disagree with you, but you should be firm with what you really want. Others may offer comments or advice, but the final decision is always yours to make. You should concentrate on what you want, not what others want.

Remember you only get one shot at living your life. There are no replays and you don’t get to do it over. You may not do it right, but at least you’re doing it. Too many lives have been lived in quiet desperation waiting until – until they had saved a nest egg, until the children are out of school, until I retire, and they depart this life before “until” ever arrives.

Don’t go to sleep tonight without making a decision on WHAT YOU REALLY WANT IN LIFE MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE.
Then spend a few days evaluating how to make it possible and make a living at it. Begin living every day as if it were the last day you had – never leaving anything to be done next week, next month, or next year.

There will always be bills, things will always break down eventually and need replacing, there may be storms and earthquakes and repairs – but there will only be one life for you to live. It can’t be put on “hold”!

The final outcome of your efforts may be in the future, but you’re living each day by taking steps toward that outcome.

The Cost of Credit Cards

February 13, 2017 in Uncategorized by admin  |  No Comments

Although some choose to rush into getting a credit card, they normally do so without being aware of the costs. A lot of credit cards out there come with hidden costs and charges, and you should always be aware of this before you apply. In most cases, these fees and charges won’t get noticed by the user until it is too late.

Credit card holders who aren’t aware of any hidden costs could easily end up paying possibly thousands of dollars at the end of the year – and not even realize it. If you have a reward credit card, your rewards could easily be destroyed by these hidden costs. Although some credit card users may realize it, there are many out there who aren’t aware of these costs at all.

The first factor for hidden costs is found in the grace period. The grace period is the extra time you have to pay your bill without having extra fees added to your bill. Even though this can be great for paying your bill, it can quickly lead to a pitfall if you let it. To avoid any type of costs or hidden fees, you should pay your bill as soon as it arrives. This way, you won’t have to worry about your grace period or the interest that can accrue from letting your bill get later and later.

The late fee is another factor with credit cards that is often overlooked by credit card users. Late fees are common with credit cards, although their potential for costs is often overlooked. Some people choose to pay it and be done with it, unaware of the fact that these costs can indeed add up in no time at all. To be on the safe side, you should always know what the late charges are and how fast they can add up.

The easiest way to avoid any type of hidden fees or costs is to pay your bill on time – as soon as you receive your bill. You should also pay more than the minimum, as this helps to pay your bill off faster and ensure that you pay the bill and not just the interest. Paying your bill late is never a good thing, as it can easily destroy your credit report. If you continue to make late payments, your company or bank can increase your interest rates.

No matter what you do, you should always pay your credit card bill on time. Hidden fees and costs are out there – it’s up to you to avoid them. Credit card companies and banks won’t tell you what the hidden fees are, unless you ask them. To protect yourself and your credit – you should always be aware of the costs – and how to prevent them from happening to you.

STUDENT LOAN CONSOLIDATION

February 5, 2017 in Uncategorized by admin  |  No Comments

Student Loan Consolidation

Student loan consolidation is a way to slim down your monthly financial burden.

Going to college is very important. Even once married couples still continue to go to college. This is because you have better future if you are able to finish college and this is true of most other countries.
To help you with this important factor in your life, student loans are available to help finance you go through college. However, students can end up knee-deep in student loan debt..If you are one of these students, you need not despair; you may shop around to find the best student loan consolidation entities to help you in the process of getting out of debt.

Student loan consolidations can help reduce your monthly payment of up to 50%.You cannot find any better deal than that.

Reducing your monthly payment will mean that you can have some spare money for other purposes. Student loan consolidation will help you have some money to meet other expenses like car payments, household needs, and childcare.

Additionally, because of the student loan consolidation program, your credit rating will improve and you can even extend your paying period from the usual ten years to as long as thirty years. You may also find a student loan consolidation company that will give an additional discount on the interest rate on top of the savings from the consolidation. This will also lessen your monthly financial burden.

If your student loan is under the federal direct student loans, you may qualify for the best federal direct loan consolidation program. In this program, in addition to the 50% or more reduction in your monthly payments, there is a lock in lower interest rate available for you. This lock in lower interest rate will shield you against inflation rates. This will mean that you will not have to worry about additional charges due to the inflation rate fluctuations.

To top it all off, the student loan consolidation deal under the federal direct program is easy to apply, and there are no fees, credit checks, application fees, or additional charges.

If you are not sure if your student loans are under the federal direct student loans program, you may check out the Internet. Match your student loans listed to see if they will qualify for the student loan consolidation program.

You can also find on the Internet additional information that you can use to help you get out of that knee-deep debt.

WHAT CAN 8 DO FOR YOU?

March 31, 2016 in Uncategorized by admin  |  No Comments

INVEST LIKE THE BANKS
WHAT CAN 8
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• 8% per annum can help you get off the stock market roller-coaster!

• 8% per annum can give you and your retirement peace of mind!

• 8% per annum can give you access to an investment with collateralized real estate!

HAVE YOU ASKED YOURSELF THIS SIMPLE QUESTION?

– HOW DO THE BANKS CONSISTENTLY MAKE STEADY PROFITS ON THEIR PORTFOLIOS?

THE ANSWER IS SIMPLER THAN YOU CAN IMAGINE
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If you are an investor or business person looking for an exceptional rate of return you may wish to speak with business professionals who restructure companies and assist to bring companies into a profitable position. They usually have several types of businesses that come available with some rates of returns of 6- 18% depending on the type of business, real estate development or construction project. The type of business or investment would determine the type of security offered. Some construction and development projects offer rates of return in the 10-12% PA secured by first mortgage on the property. Some are paid out of trust funds. Some projects and businesses are RRSP and RESP eligible. The options are only limited by the experience of the professional you deal with.

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THINGS YOU SHOULD DO 3-5 YEARS BEFORE YOU RETIRE

March 17, 2016 in Uncategorized by admin  |  No Comments

THINGS YOU SHOULD DO 3 TO 5 YEARS BEFORE RETIRING

1. Fix up your house. Do all the renovations and repairs that need to be done while you still have your higher income. In the event repairs or renovations go higher than expected you can still adjust your retirement date to accommodate paying off those expenses before you retire.
2. Pay off your home. Paying off your home or downsizing to a smaller home is one of the most effective ways of reducing your monthly expenses when you enter retirement. Most people are carrying housing debt 60 -65% of their income which would be devastating if you took those costs into retirement.
3. Pay off your vehicle. Paying off your vehicle before retirement is beneficial. Reduction in auto expenses if the vehicle is not too old or in the recent past you have been plagued with repairs. You want to consider purchasing a newer vehicle a couple of years before retirement.
4. Pay off debt. You definitely don’t want to carry any credit card debt or any payment plans into retirement especially those that have a balloon payment. Many furniture companies offer one or two years with no payment but in the second or third year you have a balloon payment if you do not pay in full all the interest is charged back to day one and added to your debt.
5. Tighten your budget- calculate what will be your income when you retire and live on those limited funds for a period of time before you retire. The sooner you do this exercise the better as if you cannot live on it you have time to adjust your situation.
6. Do a financial plan that incorporates the benefits offered by various branches of government. This can be assistance on housing costs, medical , etc. Most community centres carry brochures on these benefits s for people over 60.
7. Draft the lifestyle you want to live when you enter retirement. This can be where do you want to live, how many vacations per year, activities you would like to explore, etc
8. Start to scale down. Selling or giving away items you no longer want or need.
9. The motto should be travel light.

HEARD THE WORD NO TOO MANY TIMES

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Business loan mythsHEARD THE WORD NO TOO MANY TIMES

Been to the banks, heard the word NO too many times, your options are drying up and you feel lost.  Welcome to the club.  Being in business is tough and if you don’t stay two steps ahead of the economy, your competition, and the government then be prepared to give a kiss goodbye to your dream and all the sweat, tears and hard work you’ve already spent building up your business.  What are our options, where can we turn to for help?  It’s always good to have an independent accountant with whom you can make inquires. A lot of us just go to our bank to ask the how and why concerning our finances but remember that banks like any other business work for themselves.  There are some actions one can take to help alleviate some of the pressure we may face when times are tough.

Look outside the box, is there a facet of your company that may have hidden potential, something that you can promote to bring in extra sales.   One enterprising gentleman, whose mother knitted hand puppets, started advertising these puppets on his website and the orders started rolling in.  Who would have thought knitted hand puppets would be a good seller.

Take a chance.  We usually do our advertising in the newspapers, on local television, and in our community papers and these are all good advertising avenues.  However, why not give the internet a try or maybe set up a website promoting your store’s product. A company that makes hand crafted western boots built a website to promote their western footwear and they started receiving orders from around the world.

Cut back, or trim off the fat wherever possible but remember not to cut too deeply if you do cut too deeply and hit bone you may find it too difficult to recover.  Reduce where you can but be wise at what you’re cutting out.

As times get tougher and you see the reduction in profits maybe your suppliers are feeling the same losses in profits as you, is it possible to renegotiate you’re billing or pricing with them.  Remember they have a vested interest in keeping you in business; your increase in profits will increase their profits.

Can you diversify?  Is there something you can do to add a new revenue source to your business? I have seen a laundromat business install a mail box wall that housed about 30 mail boxes.  Not only did they rent out the mail boxes on a yearly bases they started selling envelopes, stamps, writing paper, pens and birthday cards.

Can you bargain?  A lot of us find this too stressful and just pay what the seller is asking and then feel cheated when we learn that someone did barter and got exactly what we did for half the price.  Who can we blame when this happens, only ourselves?  If stepping outside our comfort zone is what it takes to keep our business going then we must learn how to become more adaptable to that process. I have been told that once you get accustom to bartering it can actually be fun.

Come together with others in your industry.  You may find it to be a good learning tool to gain insight into how your competition is fairing.  Are they experiencing the same downturn as you are?  Have they been where you are now and if so how did they regain their footing?  You may be surprised to learn that they need your support as much as you need theirs.