How to Enjoy Summer Without Breaking the Bank


Summer is a fun time of the year. Kids are out of school, and many of us plan some sort of vacation. However, summer can also get expensive. If you don't have a plan, the costs can add up fast. If you don't want your summer spending to get out of control, here are some strategies that can help: Embrace the Staycation Rather than spending lots of money on a big vacation, consider the staycation. A staycation can cost a lot less, and introduce you to surprisingly fun and affordable activities in your own backyard. My family is big on…

Should You Say No to Your Boss? How to Do It Right


One of the hardest things you can do in your career is to say no to your boss. We are conditioned to want to say yes to a boss -- even if we really don't have the time, energy, or expertise to do something well. It's hard to say no to one more thing, especially since you don't want to put your job at risk. However, there comes a point when you really can't take on another work-related project. You might be swamped at work, or you might find yourself working increasingly long hours without a corresponding increase in compensation.…

Combat the crash with alternative finance


BOOM! What was that sound you just heard? That was the faint echo of the financial meltdown of 2008. With one profound and sudden explosion, chaos erupted in the finance sector. At least, that’s what it seemed like to the casual bystander. You flicked on the news and, all of a sudden, there it was – recession. The reality is, as you might expect, quite different. The economy had been booming for too long, with too many finance professionals taking advantage of the situation, for the wheels to not fall off the carriage at some point. Naturally, the meltdown hasn’t just…

Stop Wasting Money On Your Lawn


Do you currently own a home? Do you have yard that requires constant upkeep? I’d say the majority of us would answer ‘yes’ to these questions, and with spring upon us and summer approaching, lawn care might be creeping into your thoughts. Spreading seed, laying fertilizer, cutting the grass, sprinkling: these are all things that just need to be done each year in order to have a respectable lawn. While many of these things are essential, there are a large number of dollars that could be saved each year if they are just done a little differently. Plus, these methods…