71 ways to help you take your next vacation…FOR FREE

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Let’s face it life today is hectic. It seems that the demands continue to mount and the stresses of life can sometime seem overwhelming. Costs continue to rise and we’re getting older each day. Did I paint the picture for you? You may need…a vacation.
First of all you need to determine where you want to go. Not just a weekend away, I mean a full vacation one that you have been meaning to take for years.  But the question is: How do you come up with the money to pay for it? That’s what we’re going to figure out now. What’s the average cost of a great vacation?  Depending on how many people are going and where, the cost could be between $1000-$1500…or higher. So the million dollar challenge is how can you come up with / save the money that you need with very little extra effort?

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Secondly...when do you want to go? Let’s say you want to go in 6 months. For an example we need to save the $1500 in that period of time to cover the cost of the trip. That’s $250 per month for six months. Do you have the extra money to save or will you need to figure out how to adjust your monthly expenditures so that it would cover the amount needed? You could go out and get a part-time job outside the home but that would cost you time, money, gasoline to get there, and taxes taken out of the money you made. I believe there’s a better way and if you combine this with another money-making strategy you could reach your goal or exceed it that much faster. It’s kinda like losing weight…you want to (1) start exercising and (2) lower your food intake for the fastest results. It’s up to you however to determine how fast you want to accomplish this goal that you have for yourself.

So let’s look at your expenses and daily nonessential spending like stopping for breakfast on the way to work, eating out daily for lunch, stopping for coffee, even going to the drink machine daily instead of bringing your own drink . See the point is there’s always lots of money that is wasted…so with a little attention to the “little things” you should be able to come up with a very large portion of your monthly goal with little effort.

So now that we have our goal set here’s some ways to help you trim your budget and “find” the money for that much needed vacation.

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Here’s 41 ways to save on your MONTHLY EXPENSES 

  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 sun)
  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 and at certain stores on specific days. Use them if you qualify.
  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
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Also see: 7 Ways to Save Money On Monthly Expenses

Here’s 29 additional ways to save on your GROCERY BILL.

One grocery item is priced high, one is priced low. Which item presents the best deal and how can you make your grocery budget stretch? First, you must figure out an amount that you want to spend for the month and divide that into how often you go grocery shopping. How often is the best? Will you go daily, weekly, bi-weekly or monthly? Keep in mind that the more often you have to go to the store, the more expensive  those trips become because of the time / gas involved.

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Here are some tips to help you stretch your budget:

  1. Create your budget with a Monthly Budget Planner
  2. Make a Grocery List
  3. Plan your meals with a Menu Planner
  4. Check the newspapers for “sales”…stock up when items are less expensive
  5. Figure out which stores offer “double coupons”
  6. Figure if it’s worth it to drive to more than one store or not
  7. Use the Bulk buying stores like Sams Club, Costco, etc.
  8. Use Coupons and a Coupon Organizer
  9. Get Coupons Here if you need them
  10. Use a calculator to keep up with how much you have spent
  11. Buy & Stock up on meat only when it’s on sale ( Invest in One of These )
  12. Buy Generics (they are often just as good)
  13. Compare ingredients to see if the items are the same
  14. Look below the items that are “eye level” …they are the most expensive
  15. Look at the dented cans and close-outs that can be a tremendous savings
  16. Don’t purchase unnecessary items (all those items around the cashier)
  17. Don’t pay full price for magazines at the grocery store (some are $9 or more each) Buy Magazines At a Discount Here
  18. Stick to your Budget and don’t go over (put something back)
  19. Ask if there are any discounts available ( store loyalty programs will save you more)
  20. Combine store savings w/gas purchases for more loyalty points
  21. Use the store pharmacy, florist, gas station for more savings on the loyalty program
  22. Save some of your budget for non-food items that can be purchased in bulk or at a cheaper price
  23. Pay in cash…you’ll spend less
  24. Don’t bring a credit card inside the store
  25. Check the dollar stores for some of your personal items like toothpaste / deodorant and buy once a month
  26. Use money-saving apps:  Saving money at DOLLAR GENERAL is this easy…using the Dollar General App
  27. Combine apps w/coupon use and multiply savings…may be able to get item free
  28. Read this to learn how to save $1000 at the grocery store
  29. Stick to budget for 6 months and take you one of these with the money you saved on groceries …gotta have a little motivation 🙂

Bonus tip: Don’t just save in this one area, save 10-15% of your monthly electrical bill using this.

Also see: How to STOP Living Paycheck to Paycheck…and Start THRIVING

What are some additional ways that you save money on your bills? Leave us some comments below.

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10 Items You Must Have To Start a SUCCESSFUL EBAY ONLINE BUSINESS (create an awesome side hustle)

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If you are considering starting a Ebay business congratulations…you can have a lot of fun and make a lot of money.  There are a couple of rules, things that you need to know and “tools” that you absolutely have to possess to succeed long-term.

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You may have some of these items already, but these investments in your business will pay off handsomely in your greater efficiency, improved productivity and professionalism as the end goal with satisfied customers raving about your products that you sell.

These are items that you must have to succeed long term in your Ebay Business.

  1. A HIGH QUALITY SHIPPING SCALE…Everything you sell must be weighed to know what type of shipping is REQUIRED. The weight of a item and knowing the right type of packaging is super important to making sure your item arrives quickly and on time.
  2. TAPE DISPENSER & SHIPPING TAPE.  You’ll use lots of tape your EBay business so getting the best deal on supplies is one key to making sure you are profitable.
  3. If you are serious about selling on EBAY invest in a THERMAL PRINTER. This is what separates the Successful Ebay Sellers from the “amateurs”. Trust me on this one…you will look and seem like a big corporation with your packages to your customers and get great feedback too.
  4. POLY SHIPPING MAILING BAGS will get your packages to your customers safely and without damage. These shipping bags are tearproof, lightweight and really take a pounding and will make you look professional. Well worth the investment.
  5. HIGH QUALITY BUBBLE WRAP is necessary to protect those items that may break during shipping. Be generous in usage and protect your items well. There’s nothing worse for a buyer than getting an item in the mail that arrives broken. 
  6. PHOTOGRAPHY LIGHTING KIT…the quality of your pictures often determine who looks at your items and whether Ebay promotes them or not.
  7. HIGH QUALITY LASER PRINTER…this will be a huge money saver because it uses toner rather than traditional ink allowing you to print thousands of pages of labels, thank- you notes, or whatever communications are needed. This is the type of printer that big businesses use because of lower overall cost.
  8. You must know the “rules” of shipping and have knowledge of how to get your packages quickly to your customers and how this affects you and the feedback they leave you. Your feedback affects your ability to sell on the platform. Review this SHIPPING PLAYLIST in its entirety to save lots of money on your shipping costs and improve your bottom line.
  9. People may occasionally try to scam you. Certain products seem to have a higher “scam rate” than others. Here is a video that will help you to NOT GET SCAMMED OUT OF YOUR EBAY GOODS.
  10. Good supply of USPS Mailing shipping envelopes ( flat rate & legal flat rate shipping envelopes, get a few regional A & B boxes too). Order them for free at USPS.COM

BONUS: The right mindset is vital...listen to motivational videos and books while you work and allow nothing to stop you. How do you succeed at Ebay? Here is a short 3 minute video to help you succeed on EBAY and don’t stop until you succeed…thereby guaranteeing your success. Now go out there and make you some 💰.

Do you think these products will help you succeed online…leave us some comments below or tell us what you use to succeed on EBAY.

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HOW TO PREPARE Your Family For a NATURAL DISASTER, EXTREME WEATHER, STORMS & EMERGENCIES (emergency preparedness)

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It’s that time of the year again… It’s hurricane, thunderstorm, flood, earthquake and tornado seasons. But the real question is ARE YOU PREPARED for it? What do you and your family have planned in case of a real emergency, in case of a natural disaster such as have recently occurred in Houston, Texas our other locations around the world lately? If the same thing were to hit in your area with very little notice would you and your family be prepared or would you be one of the ones who get caught in the crossfire unprepared with no escape plan, not knowing what to do?

Please take 5 minutes, stop what you’re doing right now and prepare yourself physically for what could easily happen to any of us, anywhere…at any time.

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Most of us think that things like this can and won’t happen in our area, (we’re safe) perhaps just like they did in Houston or New Orleans or other places that have experienced natural disasters of an exorbitant magnitude. After seeing what happened in Houston, Texas with the flood, it made me think about what we can do as individuals or even as families to prepare ourselves for an emergency of that magnitude. For example do you have your ready to go emergency kit  and first aid backpacks ready in the area where they are easily accessible ready to grab quickly?

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Think about this: In cases of a disaster, being prepared could actually save your life or the life of a family member. So wouldn’t it make sense to make a checklist right now and see what you would have to do in case of an event like this? You may even want to have a second “ready to go kit” for you to keep in your vehicle in the event it becomes necessary to use it.

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Here are some items you may need for emergency preparedness

  1. Backpack with emergency supplies in it. This is your “ready to go kit”.
  2. CASH… in cases of natural disasters ATM machines or banks and stores may not be available and some credit card machines may be down or not working.
  3. 5 gallon gas can container (none will be available if you wait till the last-minute). Get 2 if possible and fill when notified of impending emergency.
  4. Bottled water for at least 3 days for the entire family.
  5. Emergency Blankets and clean clothing.
  6.  First aid kit in case of injuries.
  7. Solar chargers for your cell phone and other devices.
  8. Emergency generator (like the one shown below) + stored fuel (fuel might be nearly impossible to find during a real emergency).
  9. Electrical Power Cords may be necessary to power devices from your auxiliary power sources. Remember to get power strips too.
  10. Emergency food supplies + non perishable can goods and a good non electric can opener.
  11. Rechargeable Batteries & ChargersMoney Saving Tip of the Day…Rechargeable Batteries!
  12. Get a high quality portable cooler (like the one shown below) that is designed to keep your items frozen and cold for days at a time. ( may not have power for days, weeks or longer).
  13. Talk to your family today and set up a designated location to meet up in case of some family members getting misplaced during the chaos of everything happening so fast.
  14. Emergency Radio & Flashlight (like the yellow one shown below)
  15. Emergency candles w/matches and/or lighters (put in resealable plastic bags so they won’t get wet).
  16. Glow sticks (artificial lighting) can be a lifesaver during long periods without light or power.
  17. Battery Operated Power Tools…Chain Saws etc… make sure that all your battery-powered items are charged fully in advance during this season.
  18. Make sure to have a medical organizer for medications you may need. Be sure to make a checklist and replace every couple of months (expiration date).
  19. Make several copies of your important papers and store them in this for waterproof safekeeping.
  20. Keep some (1) charcoal, (2) lighter fluid, (3) matches and (4) a small grill available for food preparation and heating water up.
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Reality: Better to have these items and not need them…than to need them and not have them. So sit down for a minute and see if you need any other emergency supplies from our checklist.

What are some creative things that you may have done to prepare for potentially life changing events like this? Leave us some comments below and share it with all of us…thanks in advance.

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Hopefully this information will make you think of the importance of preparing ahead of time instead of trying to “wing it” during an actual emergency. Pass this information on to a friend or someone else you love…it may just save their life.

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The BEST WAY to STOP FOOT PAIN right now and make your FEET FEEL GREAT!

How many of you all walk on your feet? Most of us right! I have discovered something that I have been searching for a while (no…it’s not using gel inserts) and that is to be comfortable and to have my feet feeling great while I am working, standing or walking. So it doesn’t matter if you have “tired feet”, plantar fasciitis, flat feet, low arches or most other foot issues…you can be helped with this information. Now this topic may not be for everyone, but for the millions of us that suffer from hurting feet to burning sensations on the bottom of our feet, to those of us that have to walk miles each day for a living…this post will prove to be a blessing. There are all kinds of so-called remedies out there that you may have tried with limited success, but I wanted to quickly share what has “worked wonders” for me and others alike and that is trying the best product that I have ever tried to keep your sore feet feeling great and it is this product by a well-known brand. This is by far the most comfortable way to keep your feet feeling awesome…so much so that you will want to dance all day. 

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So if you are on your feet all day or just have hurting sore feel try this product with no risk. I actually found mine by accident but the results are so great that I just had to share it with you. You won’t have to go to a podiatrist, take a foot bath or rub any special concoction on your feet. You don’t even have to spend $50-$300 on custom orthotics to make your feet feel good. Can you imagine having your hurting feet start feeling great for under $15 and that comes with a money back guarantee. It’s a no-brainer!  I actually use them and love them myself!!! Here’s a new twist to an old problem. Here’s the special link : Make your FEET FEEL GREAT again!  Get them now and feel better right away.  Share this post with someone else that suffers from hurting feet.

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Home Security Tips that Burglars Don’t Want you to know…part 2…AVOID HOME BREAK-INS

 

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If you think that your home is safe by only locking your doors…think again. Watch this 3 minute amazing eye opening video shared by Delmarva locs. This video will really create a sense of urgency. Watch this…and make sure that you share this with everyone you love.

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Another layer of protection is making sure that you have bump proof deadbolt locks and making sure that you have a very good security system to deter burglars away.

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I had to share this information with you right away. It is short but not so sweet, Part 3 coming next week…stay tuned.
Think of how safe you will feel, and all the money that you can save with these money-saving tips.

What are some things that you do to protect your families security? Leave us some comments below…thanks in advance.

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This is a REPOST of Part 1 of this topic…because it is so important.

Home Security Tips That BURGLARS Don’t Want You to Know…part 1

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Everyone today is concerned about their security and that of their family. After all you want to go to work, come home and you want to relax in a safe secure environment. Unfortunately, there are those out there that want to come into your home and take the things that you have worked hard for. However, if you have ever experienced a burglary, you know that material possessions aren’t the only thing that gets taken…they can take your peace of mind. That is more valuable than anything that they can take from you. Not feeling secure in your own home makes you want to leave and move to another place where you can feel safe and secure. Keep in mind that if you have to file a claim of a burglary there is usually a deductible that can be $500-$1000 or more before they will pay. So how to avoid this from happening to you is really a very good money-saving tip. Make sure that you share this with everyone you love as you will see how serious this topic can be.

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Imagine for a minute that you are a burglar…would you choose your house?  You have no yard signs or stickers on your windows. You have no solar motion detector sensor lights. There is nothing at your home during the day / night indicating that someone is at home. There is no barking dog. Your home has no alarm system. Now think about what a “sitting duck” you would be if this description fit your home. It’s just a matter of time before someone may try to burglarize your home. Remember that the more roadblocks to entering your home that you can put up, the greater chance you have of keeping your home secure and burglary free. But by the same token, the less things that you have blocking them the greater your chance becomes of becoming a statistic. Also, keep in mind that just because you have never been burglarized or been a target before doesn’t mean that you can’t become one. As an example…there were 10,000 people killed last year…that had never died before. It’s that serious!

Things can be replaced…that’s the purpose of insurance. So this post is about keeping you and your family safe and secure and allowing them to feel good in their own home as long as you choose to live there. Keep in mind some say that if a burglar wants to get into your house they can usually do so, but there are some things that you can do to deter them from trying to get into your home, or even choosing your’s in the first place. Part 1 is all about keeping burglars on the outside of your house and not allowing them to enter your home. Family members could be on the inside and this makes it more important to take proactive action to protect them. Statistics show that if a burglar comes into your home and someone is there especially a woman…it greatly increases the chances that an assault could take place. Keep them out of your house at all costs!

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One of the first things to remember is that burglars don’t like anything that brings attention to them, so we are going to get started talking about lighting. Proper lighting especially at night is very important to keeping the burglars on the outside of your home. I highly recommend money-saving solar motion detector lights . The solar saves you money and the motion detection puts light on the subject when detected. The benefits can be amazing. They light up all areas of the outside of your home long before a burglar can get close to a door or a window if they are aimed correctly. The cost is only the initial and the sun renews the batteries and doesn’t cost you any electricity to maintain (saving you money on your electrical bill). Make sure to put them up high on each corner of your home and make sure that they completely light up an area at night if someone comes close to your home. This item alone could keep a burglar from coming into your home, thus making your family more secure.

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If you have a driveway you can also add a driveway motion sensor to alert you that someone is coming towards your home. This can be invaluable to you so that you aren’t caught off guard if visitors or someone with ill intent comes in your homes direction.

When you are away you want to leave on some lights or add a lamp timer to make it look as if someone is at home. This acts as a deterrent to a burglar as well. Making the home look occupied is always a good idea even during the day when most burglaries take place.

If you are a single woman or elderly person living alone you want to make the front door look as if there is a big man living there. Go to the Goodwill or other thrift store, buy and put the biggest boots that you can find at the front door. You want to give the appearance that some “big burly guy” lives there. This also can be a deterrent to a criminal so that they won’t think that your home will be “easy pickens”…easy to rob.

Part 2 is coming next so stay tuned as I will show you just how easy it is for a thief to get into your home…you won’t believe it (even though you have deadbolts on your doors). Hint: replace your locks with “bump proof deadbolts”. Make sure to subscribe to this blog for more home security money-saving tips are coming.

So before we go ask yourself…when is the best time to protect your home and family-before something happens or after something happens? 

Watch this video to see what real burglars have to say about burglary prevention. Video is from HLN.

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Home Security Tips That BURGLARS Don’t Want You to Know…part 1…AVOID HOME BREAK-INS

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Everyone today is concerned about their security and that of their family. After all you want to go to work, come home and you want to relax in a safe secure environment. Unfortunately, there are those out there that want to come into your home and take the things that you have worked hard for. However, if you have ever experienced a burglary, you know that material possessions aren’t the only thing that gets taken…they can take your peace of mind. That is more valuable than anything that they can take from you. Not feeling secure in your own home makes you want to leave and move to another place where you can feel safe and secure. Keep in mind that if you have to file a claim of a burglary there is usually a deductible that can be $500-$1000 or more before they will pay. So how to avoid this from happening to you is really a very good money-saving tip. Make sure that you share this with everyone you love as you will see how serious this topic can be.

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Imagine for a minute that you are a burglar…would you choose your house?  You have no yard signs or stickers on your windows. You have no solar motion detector sensor lights. There is nothing at your home during the day / night indicating that someone is at home. There is no barking dog. Your home has no alarm system. Now think about what a “sitting duck” you would be if this description fit your home. It’s just a matter of time before someone may try to burglarize your home. Remember that the more roadblocks to entering your home that you can put up, the greater chance you have of keeping your home secure and burglary free. But by the same token, the less things that you have blocking them the greater your chance becomes of becoming a statistic. Also, keep in mind that just because you have never been burglarized or been a target before doesn’t mean that you can’t become one. As an example…there were 10,000 people killed last year…that had never died before. It’s that serious!

Things can be replaced…that’s the purpose of insurance. So this post is about keeping you and your family safe and secure and allowing them to feel good in their own home as long as you choose to live there. Keep in mind some say that if a burglar wants to get into your house they can usually do so, but there are some things that you can do to deter them from trying to get into your home, or even choosing your’s in the first place. Part 1 is all about keeping burglars on the outside of your house and not allowing them to enter your home. Family members could be on the inside and this makes it more important to take proactive action to protect them. Statistics show that if a burglar comes into your home and someone is there especially a woman…it greatly increases the chances that an assault could take place. Keep them out of your house at all costs!

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One of the first things to remember is that burglars don’t like anything that brings attention to them, so we are going to get started talking about lighting. Proper lighting especially at night is very important to keeping the burglars on the outside of your home. I highly recommend money-saving solar motion detector lights . The solar saves you money and the motion detection puts light on the subject when detected. The benefits can be amazing. They light up all areas of the outside of your home long before a burglar can get close to a door or a window if they are aimed correctly. The cost is only the initial and the sun renews the batteries and doesn’t cost you any electricity to maintain (saving you money on your electrical bill). Make sure to put them up high on each corner of your home and make sure that they completely light up an area at night if someone comes close to your home. This item alone could keep a burglar from coming into your home, thus making your family more secure.

See the Best Solar Outdoor Motion Lighting On Amazon…CLICK HERE

If you have a driveway you can also add a driveway motion sensor to alert you that someone is coming towards your home. This can be invaluable to you so that you aren’t caught off guard if visitors or someone with ill intent comes in your homes direction.

When you are away you want to leave on some lights or add a lamp timer to make it look as if someone is at home. This acts as a deterrent to a burglar as well. Making the home look occupied is always a good idea even during the day when most burglaries take place.

If you are a single woman or elderly person living alone you want to make the front door look as if there is a big man living there. Go to the Goodwill or other thrift store, buy and put the biggest boots that you can find at the front door. You want to give the appearance that some “big burly guy” lives there. This also can be a deterrent to a criminal so that they won’t think that your home will be “easy pickens”…easy to rob.

Part 2 is coming next so stay tuned as I will show you just how easy it is for a thief to get into your home…you won’t believe it (even though you have deadbolts on your doors). Hint: replace your locks with “bump proof deadbolts”. Make sure to subscribe to this blog for more home security money-saving tips are coming.

So before we go ask yourself…when is the best time to protect your home and family-before something happens or after something happens? Leave us some comments below.

Watch this video to see what real burglars have to say about burglary prevention. Video is from HLN.

See the new Simplisafe Wireless Home Security Systems

**MUST SEE VIDEO**: Home Security Tips that Burglars Don’t Want you to know…part 2

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The Importance of Having & Maintaining an EMERGENCY FUND

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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!  

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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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The Secret to Big Beautiful Healthy FERNS

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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.

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Sago Palm’s love this mixture too.

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