Five Great Technology Mother’s Day Gifts

Mother’s Day is tomorrow and word on the street is that spending is up this year…bigger than ever. The National Retail Federation estimated that consumers will spend 23.6 billion dollars on Mom this year in 2017, so who says people aren’t shelling out their wallets for Mom. If you are counting that is an average of $186.39 per consumer which is an 6% increase from 2016. Moms work hard and they are entitled to a show of appreciation on their special day. Most consumers will acknowledge that appreciation with a greeting card (77.9%%), though it appears her loved ones will also look for special gifts. Two-thirds (68.5%) of those celebrating will buy mom her favorite flowers, spending a total of $2.6 billion, and 37% percent will look for spring sweaters and blouses, spending a total of $2.1 billion on apparel and accessory items. Mom’s loved ones will also buy 2 billion dollars of consumer electronics this year, so you should ...

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Stop Trying To Impress People With Your Money

If you are really trying to get wealthy, there are important life lessons to learn that will make you a smart money moves person.   It’s very difficult to pull down your guard when it comes to money.  You might be ashamed or embarrassed around poor financial decisions you made, and then tend to overcompensate by spending too much money just to prove that you can keep up with your friends or neighbors.  Here is a great post on how to build up your bank account and leave the right impression on others. You don’t have to dress for success anymore– Has anyone seen Mark Zuckerburg as of late?   Jeans and a hoodie will do just fine.  Don’t worry about the label on your clothes or your pocketbook. It just doesn’t matter. Be a leader– Perhaps you can be the one to suggest walking around a local fair or flea market, or even going to a free park to throw a ...

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No More Buying Cookie Dough From Your Kids!

By: Genna Jenkin The Your Smart Money Moves Mom We’ve all been there. At some point during the school year your child brings home the dreaded fundraising envelope! Inside are all the materials you will need to ply friends and family to purchase vats of cookie dough, reams of wrapping paper or the never-ending magazine subscriptions. However since these unwanted items help in providing much-needed funds to your local schools the purchases are begrudgingly made. Can you imagine what a treat it would be to be able to provide those same funds to your youngster’s school not by buying something, but by getting rid of something you no longer need? This is the concept behind an amazing program conceived by Stacey Boyd. Since this entrepreneur and CEO of Schoola.com opened the cyber doors of her new idea, schoola.com/stitch, many parents throughout the country have signed up to make money for their schools by cleaning out their closets, specifically their children’s closets. ...

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How To Save Money On Shoes

Many women (and now men) have a decent shoe collection in their closet. As parents, we know that after spending lots of money on clothes for our kids, shoes can come in a close second for the family budget. Between growth spurts, general wear and tear, and special events, kids can change shoes faster than Vin Diesel drives in Fast 6! One of the smart money move habits we can all get into this year is thinking about using different strategies to reduce our shoe costs. Here are five of my tips on how to keep light on your feet while keeping your cash in the wallet. 1)   Buy Out Of Season– With most items we buy in life, buying during the peak season is primarily when you will pay the highest dollar amount for anything especially shoes. Most parents will begin the process of stocking up on school supplies and running their children over to the shoe store to ...

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What Not To Eat In Your Car

The exciting part of writing my own blog is that I get to comment on a few silly topics from time to time. Most of these come from observations I have just watching people through the daily trials and tribulations of life. Having been in and around salespeople the past 21 years, I have witnessed many a salesperson trying to fit in a lunch or dinner while driving on the road hustling to make it to their next appointment. Sometimes at the end of the week, you can ascertain pretty quickly where you stopped to eat by checking out the stains on your clothes as you bag them for the dry cleaner. As most of you know, dry cleaning bills can add up pretty quickly between the shirts and suits you drop them off for cleaning every week. Before I give you my list of what not to eat in your car, let’s set some ground rules. If you are ...

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Keep Your Golf Costs Down

About 18 months, I took up the sport of golf after 20 years of saying I just didn’t have the time to play the game.    I was probably avoiding playing so I wasn’t completely embarrassed the first time I teed the ball up only to hit a ground ball that barely made it past the ladies tees.   Everyone says golf is an expensive sport, and they weren’t kidding.  Between clubs, balls, clothes, gadgets, greens fees, and (country club dues for some) it can cost you a pretty penny to play this frustrating sport.  So, what can you do to keep your costs down? Golf Balls– Let’s face it, for most of you playing with Titleist Prov V-1 ball isn’t going to improve you game at all.   People who are actually good at golf will get you all excited that this ball is going to help you hit further and straighter, but you still have to be able to swing the ...

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My 15 Year Anniversary

On Friday, I celebrated my fifteen year anniversary with my wife. I was reminded that will all of the gadgets, jewelry, clothes, and vacations you can buy with money, the best gifts in life are still free. Although I did get something really nice for my wife, some of the most enjoyable times we have had together over our fifteen years didn’t cost a lot of money. Here are five ideas that you can use if you are on a low budget, but you would like to do something special. ...

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