One of the biggest benefits that I have ever gained from getting myself out of debt is to have the financial means to travel internationally. Of course it is a matter of personal taste, but if my choices are driving a brand new sports car or taking several trips to foreign countries, it’s an easy decision. Buy the latest flat screen TV or take a sightseeing trip through Europe? It’s a no brainer. There is nothing as fulfilling to me as being able to experience a new part of the world.
In this day and age of trying to deal with the recent economic downturn, more and more people are looking to sell unwanted or unused items that they have in their homes. People that have never before even thought of selling these items on the internet are now exploring the possibility.
There are many options out there, but the two biggest players in the game are eBay and Amazon. For both places, you basically list the item at the price you want to sell it for, and then wait for someone to decide that they want to buy it at your price. However, both sites have their advantages and disadvantages and I want to go over the highlights of each.
The best piece of advice that I can give you when it comes to the use of ATM/debit cards is this: be careful.
Personally, I own a debit card and I do carry it with me, but mainly for emergency purposes and because it’s a debit card that can actually generate rewards. Believe it or not, I would say I use it maybe one time per year because of the huge dangers involved.
Am I sounding paranoid? Am I just spouting off and making a mountain out of a molehill? Here are 4 reasons to help you understand my perspective:
If you haven’t been exposed recently to at least some form of advertisement regarding what to do with your unwanted gold, you have probably been living under a rock. The “great ideas” range from sending it through the mail, to dropping it off at a “We Buy Gold” place, to attending a gold buying party.
Where To Go To Sell Your Gold?
Little pop-up walk-in gold stores have flooded my town over the past several months. They are literally everywhere.
When I think of carpooling, the first thing that comes to mind is that it’s not feasible or convenient, so why bother looking into it? The way my work schedule is, there aren’t too many people that drive into the city when I do and go home when I do. Moreover, while some people live fairly close to me, it’s still a bit of a trek. I think we all know that carpooling can free up our budget a little, but is it really worth it?
I have recently noticed a few things in my daily life that has led me to believe that our government is doing anything in its power to stick its hand in my pocket and take out more money than ever. Call me a conspiracy theorist if you like, but this economic recession has affected all of us, including governments. Budget shortfalls it seems are daily fodder on our news broadcasts.
The number of online accounting websites out there seems to be increasing by the day. They are popping up all over the place. One that I recently had the chance to take a look at is Outright. Their claim is that with their website you can “free yourself from accounting.” Outright is designed for sole proprietorships and single member LLCs. In layman’s terms, they are designed for the self-employed and small business owners. And, as an owner of two small businesses myself, I can tell you from personal experience the absolute need for something like Outright. And Outright seems to handle it all.
This is the first installment in what will be a continuing series on tips for investing for beginners. I am not an expert, but I think I can shed some light on the topic because it was only a few years ago that I myself was a beginner. Rather than getting discourse from an investment expert who has worked in the field for the last thirty years, I can remember some of the initial questions that I had and hopefully I can answer some of them for you.
Where to Start?
I recently had a dentist’s appointment to have my teeth cleaned. For the most part, I am terrible with keeping up with regular dentist appointments. This was the first time I had been in a few years. Regardless, this latest trip helped me to realize that, yes, you can save money at the dentist’s office. Of course, the first line of defense against saving money on dental visits is to take great care of your teeth. But beyond that, here are 5 more great tips:
1. Choose the Right One
I have had many conversations with many people in the past who have inquired about how to get out of debt. Most of these people realize that they are in debt and that they do need to do something about it. Realization of the problem and desire for a solution is one of the all-important first steps, but there’s still a lot of work to do. With that said, some people out there don’t even realize that they will be “wallowing” financially for the rest of their lives if they don’t do something. For them, they need to start off by admitting the problem. However, for those that have made the realization, their biggest question is: Where do I start? What do I do first? What’s the best way to get going?
Recently, my wife was involved in a car accident and we were looking back on the entire situation. We have realized that there were quite a few ways that we could have saved ourselves some money. I’d like to recount a bit of my experience and some lessons I learned in the hopes that if you are someday presented with a similar situation, you might be able to keep a little more money in your pocket.
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