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Saving money is much easier said than done. There always seem to be those unexpected expenses that throw any good money saving intentions off track.
Learning how to budget and creatively cut costs will allow you to live a budget-friendly life without having to sacrifice all of your favorite luxuries.
Most money-saving tips include getting rid of cable because it’s an unnecessary expense when trying to save money. For many, though, television is the best relaxing method after a long day at the office and unless otherwise forced to, they would rather not give it up.
But cable prices are expensive. Most cable companies hold a monopoly over certain areas and hike their prices up because they can. Instead of paying for cable, look into the homepage of satellite TV companies. Although satellite sounds as if it would be more expensive, most basic packages are half the price of cable.
Five Dollar Trick
Anytime there is a five dollar bill in the wallet, put it into a savings jar. Because five dollars seems like a small amount, most often when that is sitting in a person’s wallet they are more likely to spend it. While this tip sounds unproductive and possibly useless, for those who carry cash around, those five dollars will add up quickly.
Sign Up For Rewards
Credit card companies, retail stores, and grocery stores have rewards programs that offer big savings. Most of these rewards programs are free and easy to sign up for.
Various credit cards offer points, frequent flyer miles, or money back on all purchases.
Stores such as Williams-Sonoma and Amazon offer their own credit cards. When signing up for them, they usually offer a gift card or bonus, and each time the card is used, there are significant earnings built up. Check your favorite stores to see what kinds of rewards they offer with their personal credit card.
Other stores such as Target have their own debit card which saves 5% on the entire total. Target also has an app that has different weekly coupons with additional savings.
Spend happy hour at home with a group of friends instead of in a bar. Happy hour prices are generally low enough that more money ends up being spent than originally intended. Purchasing bottles of alcohol or having everyone bring their own favorites for mixed drinks will be much cheaper than paying for individual drinks. Everyone will have fun just kicking back and hanging out in a relaxed atmosphere, and most likely, they’ll reciprocate not long afterwards.
The 30 Day Rule
If tempted to purchase an unnecessary item, wait 30 days to see if you still want it. Generally the urge to splurge has passed and you have not wasted that amount of money.
Saving money does not mean having to cut out your favorite things like television, credit cards, friends, and shopping. Instead, being smart with your money means enjoying those things while saving money.
Author Abby Evans is a mother and freelance journalist currently reviewing money saving options for her family.
The holidays are behind us, the new year has begun. I love those first weeks after the new year. I feel as though for a moment I can breathe for getting onto the business of business goals. Yep. New year = new and updated business goals. This is where some of my attentions have been focused of late. Business goals for the blog. Goals that include nailing down our social media marketing plan, fine tuning the Naturally Frugalicious editorial calendar and even getting a toll-free number that rings in my home office. Those are just a few of my business goals for the upcoming year. Do you have any?
— Lilah (@naturallyfrugal) January 27, 2014
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As a mom, you worry about your children’s safety. It begins the moment you realize you have a wee one growing within your body and never ends, no matter how old or self-sufficient they become. With children ranging in age from early adulthood to elementary, I realize it only takes a brief moment and an accident or tragedy can occur. With small children, we feel as though we have a bit more control over their safety. As they mature, that confidence is not as strong because our children start spending more time away from home and eventually move into their own lives. We do our best to teach, guide and provide them with the tools to make smart decisions for themselves. React Mobile is one of those tools.
React Mobile is an app that helps to provide peace of mind for this mother of older children. A simple and effective user-friendly app installed on a smartphone, React Mobile helps keep your kids safe.
After React Mobile co-founder, Robb Monkman, was held at gunpoint during a home invasion while in college, he quickly realized the need for a device that could silently and discreetly alert authorities to an emergency situation. Launched in March of 2013, React Mobile was born as a mobile safety app that could be help to provide increased security on college campuses and in other real life situations.
While I cannot always be with my older children, React Mobile allows me to know where they are with the Follow Me feature of this powerful app. When Follow Me is enabled, the real-time GPS location of the user is shared with those the user has specified in their Follow Me contact list. This gives me peace of mind when my children are at an extracurricular activity, sports event, out with friends or on their way home. Using my own smartphone, I am able to see where they are real-time.
If an emergency should arise, the React Mobile user can send an immediate SOS alert with a direct link to the user’s GPS location via text and email to their chosen contacts. This is done simply by activating the shield within the React Mobile application. Once the sheild has been activated, React Mobile gives the user the option of additionally contacting 911 and alerting authorities and emergency responders to the exact GPS location of the user, all with the tap of a finger. Without intentionally opting to contact 911, a false alarm will not be sent. Not only does this give parents room to allow their children their much needed freedom, it also empowers our children to spread their wings while knowing they are safe and help is only a tap away.
React Mobile Helps Keep Your Kids Safe With:
- SOS Alerts: SMS, Email & Social Networks
- New – “Follow Me”: Real-Time Tracking
- Group Messaging: Link to Your Location
- Automatic 911 Prompt Options
- Last Known GPS: In Case of Lost Coverage
How React Mobile works:
I love that React Mobile offers security with providing peace of mind by helping to keep your kids safe – and that makes momma happy! React’s mobile safety app is available on the App Store and as an Android app on Google Play, you can try React Mobile and see how it can fit into your own personal safety as well as that of your family. If you would like to learn more about React Mobile, please follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
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