How to Save Money on your Dry Cleaning


You’ll never get a second chance to make a first impression. It goes without saying that we are all judged by how we look and what we wear…either for the good of for the bad. The cost of obtaining quality clothing is getting higher and so is the cost of MAINTAINING those clothes. Here’s some things that you need to know to keep them looking good and get the best deals on your dry cleaning…so you won’t be “taken to the cleaners”. 

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First thing is to shop around for the best prices on the items that you regularly take to the cleaners. The prices can vary widely based on the item. It has been found that certain cleaners charge more for some items and less for others, make it work to your advantage in order to save the most money on the items you clean.

Save your items and bundle for the best prices. The more that you take the greater the discount. Usually you can get at least 10% off the posted prices by simply asking for a discount when you bring in a “bundle”.

Another Secret: most of the items that you are taking to the dry cleaners can be washed by you at home using either Woolite or  At home Dry Cleaning Kits. This can result in amazing savings to you and help you keep your clothes longer. Dry cleaners use chemicals to “dry clean” the items but items like shirts are “laundered” in regular water, which is exactly what you can do. If you decide to wash your items at home, you can later take those items to the cleaners to be pressed only. This alone could cut the cost of having a crisp shirt in half or more.

If you decide to wash and press your shirts or items at home it is very important to take them out after being washed and iron them while wet. This is what they do at the dry cleaners. The difference is they use commercial irons. So you want to invest in a high quality iron. Make sure not to put your freshly washed items on wire hangers as this could leave stains on the shirts or the item. Use wood or plastic hangers. If you go this route you will want to use a good stain remover especially on the neck area known for “ring around the collar” or other vulnerable areas of the clothing.

One of the best things that you can do to keep your clothes looking wrinkle free is invest in a clothing steamer. This will give your clothes that freshly pressed look in between cleanings. These items work amazingly well and take about 15-20 seconds to steam and will allow you to steam an item or two before having to refill with water. This tip alone will save you hundreds or more during the life cycle of the item of clothing. You’ll thank me later for this tip. Buy a clothing steamer on Amazon.


Pays for itself after a few uses.

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Also See: The One Question You MUST ASK to Maximize Your Money-Saving Efforts




How to Create a BEAUTIFUL Container Garden

Are you a plant lover? It seems that once you get it in your system you can’t get it out. Here are some tips for arranging and setting up a container garden where you live. Some homeowners also set up plants in containers to add to the beauty of their decks, porches, pool areas and landscaping. Try different (1) colors of planters / containers  (2) heights and (3) position of the plants to achieve the best look for your container garden, (4) plant stands also contribute to a more cohesive look. Adding colorful containers can greatly increase the beauty of your container garden.

Remember to adjust your care for the conditions and the adjustment in lighting for best results. Fertilize all your plants and review The Secret to Big Beautiful Healthy FERNS for secrets of healthy green plants.

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The Importance of Having & Maintaining an EMERGENCY FUND

Stop failing to plan for life’s emergencies.

Have you ever noticed that life always happens when you least expect it. The tire get a flat, the dryer goes out, they cut your hours or your commissions at work, and the list goes on and on. One thing is for certain…we’re all going to have emergencies that come up when we least expect it. If it hasn’t happened to you yet, count yourself very fortunate. There can be so many unexpected expenses that happen every month that we failed to plan for in advance, and that cause us to go running looking for a solution to. Let’s get this out of the way at the onset, we’re not talking about retirement money, 401K’s, stocks, and other monies that may be tied up and not easily accessible. We’re talking out cold hard cash that you might need.

Just stop and think for one moment. How many unexpected occurences have this had this week…this month…this year? You get the point, but how do you deal with them when they happen is often linked to how proactive you have been in advance. Most people don’t plan to fail, they fail to plan and this also affects us when it comes to being prepared for life’s emergencies. For an example there are things that we often forget to budget for like: regular maintenance on the your vehicle, oil changes, air filters, tires that have flats, engine repairs, etc…and this is just relating to your car(s). What about the ac going out in the middle of the summer on your home, kids school trips, etc? You know what your friend says…”If it can go wrong, it will go wrong”-Murphy’s Law. This is not being pessimistic, just impressing the need to develop a sense of urgency when it comes to developing and maintaining our emergency funds!  


All of these things should make you appreciate the importance of that emergency fund. But unfortunately, most people working today still haven’t seen the importance of establishing an emergency fund. There are many things you can do to establish one with a little effort.

Here are a few things that you could do to make it happen right away:

  1. “Prepare for your day before going out so that you aren’t spending unnecessary money on sodas, chips, lunches, snacks, etc”- contributed by Teresa Long. This tip alone could help you develop a $1000 Emergency Fund in a few months. Ultimately you want to increase the amount to cover 3-6 months of your living expenses. This will also help you sleep better at night. 🙂
  2. Increase your income and decrease your spending on everything. Sacrifice now for a more secure later. “Don’t buy it if you don’t need it” says Karen Winkis.
  3. Review: 7 Ways to Save Money On Monthly Expenses
  4. Review: 41 Cool Ways to Save Money On Your Monthly Expenses
  5. Consider a “side hustle”.. Uber, Lyft, even start selling online: 5 Reasons EVERYONE Should Learn to Sell on Ebay
  6. Cut your grocery bill by reading / implementing: 29 Ways to Cut your Bill at the Grocery Store

So do whatever you have to do make it happen as quickly as possible.  You’ll be the winner, you’ll feel better and it will get you on the right financial track. “See you at the top”- Zig Ziglar

What are you doing to achieve your emergency fund goals quickly? Leave us some comments below.

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What Our Money-Spending Habits Say About Us



There is an familiar saying and it goes something like this: “Old Habits Die Hard”…meaning that it is very hard to change the way we have been doing things and the way we do things is usually what we will continue to do over and over again, year after year. What do your spending habits say about you? Listen to what actress Tori Spelling (who grew up in one of largest homes in the world and was around unimaginable wealth due to her father Aaron Spelling efforts) recently wrote about her struggles with money: “It’s no mystery why I have money problems,” Spelling wrote in her 2013 book, “Spelling It Like It Is” “I grew up rich beyond anyone’s dreams. Even when I try to embrace a simpler lifestyle, I can’t seem to let go of my ­expensive tastes.” Recently, it was reported that the IRS took 707K from her bank account.

What about you? Ask yourself this question: “Do I always have to have the best of everything”? When you go to a store, do you always have to get the most expensive item in the category you are looking in? What does that say about our self-esteem and the way we have to pacify ourselves with overpriced items to feel good about ourselves. This emotional way of spending could definitely impact our finances in a negative way. It is important for us to identify the reason we spend. For example, are you an emotional spender? Every time you feel upset…do you go shopping and start spending money to feel better. It may have even been money that was to be used for something else, maybe even for a bill that was to be paid. It has been said that most of a couples arguments occur over finances or the improper use of money or credit, which results in further stress for the family.

Notice this headline from CNBC showing how important it is to manage whatever finances we have properly. There’s no amount of money that can’t be outspent.

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This may differ greatly from what those with substantial wealth act. I know of a person that went to very elite private school in New York City with some of the kids of some of the richest most influential people in the city (very famous actors/actresses kids went to this school and paid $30,000 per year per child to attend this school…many of them had 2-3 children at this school). Amazingly I was told personally that most of their “rich friends” from this school weren’t even name brand conscious when it came to what they wore. It wasn’t that important to them, they had nothing to prove…they were already well off and totally unconcerned about trends. Isn’t it amazing that some of the people with the least amount of disposable income spend their money on things that really have no lasting value to “appear” more well off than they really are? Maybe if that’s us, it’s time for a change. We don’t have anything to prove to others. If those we’re around don’t approve of us the way we are and our good spending habits, they weren’t really our friends anyway.

Our habits can help us if we have created good ones, but hurt us if we have fallen prey to bad habits. Which ones dominate your choice? It  can easily be ascertained by answering this question “Where are you financially”? It is most likely the result of our habits we have in regards to handling and managing our available funds. Experts tell us that it takes 21 days to create a new habit. What good financial habit can you create in regards to handling your current resources in a better more beneficial way? What can you do that will have the greatest impact on your overall happiness and financial success in life.

Also See: Double your Income With One investment

I would like to encourage everyone to read at least one Recommended Financial Educational Reading books a month on how to improve your current financial situation (even if it’s good). This is important so that we can teach our children the correct way to handle our finances in the proper way. This vicious cycle of not paying ourselves first has to stop somewhere. Start a new trend today and mentor someone else to improve their financial life.

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The Secret to Big Beautiful Healthy FERNS

Healthy Ferns are easy to achieve

Have you ever noticed how good the outdoor ferns in the stores look before you buy them, and you get them home, it seems they immediately start to turn brown and not so great-looking? There is a reason that they look so nice coming from the greenhouses that they are grown in, but when you bring them home one of the reasons could be that they may be in less than ideal conditions. But what can you do about it so that they THRIVE and last for the entire season and possibly for many years to come?
Here is a few tips that I have found to work well with all your outdoor ferns ( especially the hanging ones). 

  1. Keep them out of direct sunlight if your are in a very hot zone. Ferns need a good amount of light but thrive in shady areas with indirect sunlight.
  2. Make sure that the containers and beautiful planters that they are in have sufficient drainage holes in them to keep the fern from sitting in water and to avoid root rot.
  3. Buy a good sprayer and give them a good misting regularly (daily if possible). This will help keep the tips and the rest of the plants leaves looking and feeling moist and will also encourage new growth. This is more important in the areas that have excessive heat and dry conditions.
  4. Keep the soil moist and don’t let the fern dry out completely so that the fronds (leaves) will be healthy and not dried out and brown at the tips. One of the best ways to do this is to WATER THE FERN TWICE A DAY …once in the morning and once at night. This is the difference between big healthy, beautiful plants and ones that are scrawny and small. Some successful plant lovers with multiple ferns have also set up a big barrel and completely submerge the base of the hanging fern in the water and allow the water to drain naturally. You can also set up a humidifier to maintain the moisture in the air that will help the plant thrive.
  5. Keep the fern idealistically in an area that is from 60 to 75 degrees. Ferns also love the moisture generated from the shower and love in be in moist areas like the bathroom. Just make sure your bathroom window or skylight allows it to get sufficient lighting.
  6. Ferns really love the treat of…Miracle Grow fertilizer and a mixture of Epsom Salt. This is the key to the healthy look of the plant. Combined they can make your plants look greener and grow more bushy. Epsom salt is made up of hydrated magnesium sulfate (magnesium and sulfur), which is important to healthy plant growth. cpt_1494558448170Fertilize your ferns and plants with this combination: 2 tablespoons of epsom salt per gallon of water with miracle grow fertilizer every 2 weeks on the 1st and the 15th (easy way to remember) of the month. This will help them look lush and beautiful. Epsom salt will also help all your plants keep from yellowing. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon per every 12 inches around your plants, trees, flowers, and vegetables that you want to green up. This same mixture has worked incredibly well on Sago Palms as well.

What has worked well to keep your plants looking beautiful? Leave some comments below.

Sago Palm’s love this mixture too.

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Also see: How to Spray Paint a Flower Pot

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What you MUST know if you are thinking about Cutting the Cord on Cable and Streaming

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Ask 10 people how to save money and a few of them are bound to say “cut the cord“. One of the first things that people looking to save money want to cut out is cable (average cable bill $99-$120 a month depending on services / types of premium channels etc. and the number of tv’s that you have and use internet only to stream their content). Here’s what you must know to make that happen if you insist on using internet only and are considering cutting the cord. Make sure that you count the total cost of all the services that you plan to use and compare the cost to what you’re currently spending (it may be close than you think). I have outlined the 5 steps to getting a quality HD picture and great internet speeds for all your streaming needs.

The first thing you need is a super fast internet speed from a provider like Spectum that allow you to stream unlimited content with no overage costs or usage limits.  Unlimited usage is important to keep your costs under control and from getting surprise bills in the mail ( like some providers do ) after you have used over their limits. Check with your current provider to see how much usage you have. Check your current internet speed here.

The second thing you need to do is BUY a great ROUTER like this one ( buying a router will save you the monthly rental cost associated with renting one) that will be able to handle the fast speeds of today’s internet. (60 mbps +) and getting faster everyday.  Note: if you previously have a “N” or a “G” router that were used in slower internet speeds, or it skips and goes out…it may be time to upgrade to the speed shown in the link above. Extend your wifi signal to far ends of your home / business with a wifi range extender. (Click on the pictures below to see the details of the product)

The third thing is you must get a far-reaching HDTV digital antenna like this one on Amazon that will pick up your local channels and some other channels that you can pick up for free. The farther the distance that it can access the better and the more channels you can pick up.

The fourth thing you must get a Smart TV like this one that already have the apps built right into it and allow you to stream directly from the app with the unlimited internet service that you have. If you don’t have a smart tv it may be time to upgrade and get the latest 4K models on sale like the ones shown here on sale at

Lastly, some like to stream using Amazon Fire TV (shown below) using the Firestick (below) or Roku Streaming Stick and use the combination of the other things listed to get some other TV shows, YouTube and some of their favorite premium channels. The savings are all over if you combine these tips with the others money-saving tips found in this blog. Happy streaming…let me know how it works out.

ps…You may want to top it all off with some amazing surround sound for the complete sound package and the ultimate viewing experience.

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Also see: 35 Best Ways to Save Money on your Cable Bill…without Cutting the Cord


Money-Saving Tips from Real People

Screenshot_2017-04-27-00-00-48Everywhere I go I ask people one question and that question is “What are some of your BEST money-saving tips…something that helps you cut your costs down. Everyone had a different approach to their way of savings. See if some of these would benefit you. This is what some of them had to say:

  • “Go home–being in the street costs you money”  -Louis Johnson-owner (J&B Tires)
  • “Use the Wal-Mart App and only buy your groceries from there” (they price match), she received over $350 back last year from using the Savings Catcher App. “Never buy anything unless it’s on sale” – Resha Boyd
  • “Talk to other financially successful people to see what they do successfully and duplicate it” – Tommy Porter
  • “Buy in bulk and wholesale whenever possible. Get the big bulk discounts”- Randall Spears
  • “Get a good mechanic…it will save you a lot of money”(dealership hourly rates are very expensive) – Tommy Porter
  • “Shop around and keep it local”. – Tommy Cotney
  • “Don’t pay for repairs– try them yourself. Get on YouTube and learn to do it yourself and save yourself thousands” – Richard McGee
  • “Buy your houseplants only when they are on sale” (most expensive plants just need a little sun, water and tlc)  – Richard McGee
  • “People in uniforms get discounts or free drinks and other items. Senior citizens get the same benefits” – John Rogers
  • Uses apps and rewards when traveling using the Choice and Wyndham Rewards program and books online before getting to her destination. Recently stayed oceanfront in Miami for only $87 a night! – Geraldine Duke
  • Don’t give up easily on finding discounts–  Recently he had book a hotel at the Westin in Ohio for trade show this summer. The room was going for over $300 a night and thanks to the persistence of the agent that was working with him (she asked him if any family member worked for the government…he said “his wife was a teacher”) as a result, he was able to get the room for only $115 a night! – Bo Tidwell
  • Check the Groupon App regularly when going out to eat, on vacation, doing anything. She recently found a coupon for a local beauty salon that offered a $23 visit that would normally cost $45 -Kelli McGee
  • “Always Buy Quality, Shop around and compare unit prices –don’t get the first thing you see” – J.C. & Mildred Whitlow

Thanks to all the ones above that gave their input. I’m sure each of you has ways to stretch your dollars. What’s One of your best money-saving tips? Leave us some comments below.

Also see: 35 Best Ways to Save Money on your Cable Bill…without Cutting the Cord

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Successful selling on Ebay is not hard if you know what to do and have the right tools to do it to make the job quicker and more efficient resulting in a satisfied Ebay customer and positive feedback for you. Here are some of the tools that I use to make money on Ebay and YouTube videos. Whether you are looking to make some quick cash or get to the point where you replace your income, it’s important that you learn from someone that has done it already and not just talking about it with no full knowledge and experience. Let me show you what I know that works. Wishing you all the best on your Ebay Selling money-making ventures. Stay close and tuned in for more information.

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The One Question You MUST ASK to Maximize Your Money-Saving Efforts

Screenshot_2017-04-26-18-40-09Ask and you shall receive. It’s been written down and holds true in everything you do even when it comes to spending your money on your purchases. If you could negotiate and get everything you purchased a little cheaper…how much would that give you extra each year to use however you wanted to?

This morning I had the opportunity to go to a dentist and get X-rays and some plans for some work to be done on the way how we set down and begin to talk and she explained to me the work that would be needed right away and the price was well over $3,000 so I sat there took a deep breath and asked her one simple question.  I asked her what money-saving tips and discounts do you have”? She paused for a moment and told me to use a 20% coupon that was on the Aspen Dental Website. I did, presented it and got the discount applied.  Imagine that… one quick question saved me over $600 on this one occasion just because I asked her for a discount!

Let me ask you…how did you get your mate or significant other? I got mine by asking her a question, I simply asked her. You will rarely get anything good or beneficial that you don’t ask for. Usually some type of action is necessary to get the desired positive results.

Again what could asking a simple question about any discounts save you in the future? Try using this question: “Are there any unadvertised specials, coupons or other discounts that can be applied”?  Wait patiently until they look and exhaust all avenues. They may say they have to ask the manager and that’s ok…you just want the discount. Would it be worth the extra effort or minutes to receive an extra 10-15% or more of all your purchases…everyday? It could really add up.


Try this for the rest of the week, month, year and calculate the savings, then figure out how much savings you would have using this question every day for the rest of your life !!

Also see: Double your Income With One investment

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41 Cool Ways to Save Money On Your Monthly Expenses


Let’s face it we all want to save money on everything we buy but it’s the little everyday expenses that tend to hurt our budget the most. Here are several of the simplest ways to save money on our everyday expenses. Make sure you read them all the way down to the bottom and see how many you can apply and figure out the annual savings that you will have using these money-saving tips. Create a compelling reason for trying to hit your financial savings goal and make it happen. Here’s some ways to help you do that.

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  1. Use Your AC sparingly and use a Programmable Thermometer. They have been shown to save you 10-15% on your electric bill every month…forever!!
  2. Use Ceiling Fans year round to help control temperatures and air / heat flows in your rooms.
  3. Don’t get cash from an ATM. Stores like Wal-Mart and other retailers will let you get up to $100 as cash back for free with no extra charge.
  4. Watch the way you drive to avoid tickets and an increase in your insurance costs.
  5. Take shorter showers (set a timer) saves you on your electric / gas bills.
  6. Buy quality items that will last…like Cast Iron  ..don’t buy cheap items that have to be replaced every couple of years.
  7. Inspect your cell phone bill for over billing and errors.
  8. Use the Groupon App to buy discounts.
  9. Take discounted vacations like the ones shown on Amazon.
  10. Use houseplants to purify the air…cheaper that Air-Purifers and require no filters…ever.
  11. Adjust the temperature on your hot water heater down to the recommended temperature of 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
  12. Buy good items from consignment (like Plato’s Closet) and thrift stores (but get only the good stuff)
  13. Go Solar on all outdoor lighting and motion detector security lighting. (Use free renewable energy source – the sunext
  14. Use 13-watt compact fluorescent bulbs on all your indoor lighting (60 watt equivalent).
  15. Just ask for a Discount..everywhere the savings are worth the effort. What’s the worst thing that could happen?
  16. Shop at overstock outlets like Ollies, Big Lots, and wholesalers like Sams Club / Costco.
  17. Check & Buy from Today’s Deals on Amazon (big savings)
  18. Use Cash envelopes for your expenses that Dave Ramsey talks about.
  19. Put your thermostat at 75 in summer and 68 in winter. See alsoProgrammable Thermostats…Do They REALLY save you money? What’s the best brand?
  20. Wash clothes on cold water when possible.
  21. Dry your clothes at night in the summer months to keep the house cool during the day.
  22. Check your Cable Bill and adjust your services for maximum savings.
  23. Compare cell phone providers and plans. Combine your services with other family/friends to get the best rates.
  24. Share rides to stores, etc and share costs on everything you can.
  25. Use Public Transportation to save gas and operating costs.
  26. Cook more at home. Eat out only ONCE a month=BIG SAVINGS.
  27. Invest in a crock pot and plan your meals weekly
  28. Senior citizens often get free or reduced items at restaurants.
  29. Go Generic on your Groceries.
  30. Use Generic prescriptions and combine with other store savings opportunities like gas savings etc.
  31. Use credit cards that give you cash back (1.5% or better) like Capital One)
  32. Don’t buy your favorite magazines at the store…get subscriptions to them cheaper on Amazon.
  33. Sign up for all savings /rewards plans at the stores you shop like CVS, Kroger, etc.
  34. Buy items ONLY when they are on sale (never pay full price) and stock up accordingly (see opening image).
  35. Save on your travel costs. Let your luggage / bags  fly free when you travel on airlines like Southwest ( Savings=cost X #bags)
  36. Download coupon apps
  37. Don’t ever buy Batteries again= lifetime savings.
  38. Get the Sunday Paper (has the largest number of coupons in them)
  39. Compare grocery stores savings and ads

Also see: 7 Ways to Save Money On Monthly Expenses

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