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How To Save $2000 Per Year

This past month we finally had enough after receiving our cable bill that again crept up to over $280 per month from our local cable provider which was littered with equipment, taxes, and random unexplained charges. For years the cable companies operated like the monopolies that earned them that moniker, yet every year we would call in to the service line playing as good of an Oscar role as we could muster to bluff like we were calling into cancel. We would say that we had some place better to go, while knowing there was someone on the other end laughing their ass off, mocking us while hitting the mute button thinking we were full of shit, as there was no other island we could travel to.  Until now! It went something like this: Me: “Ya, our cable bill is now $280.00 again, we are thinking of canceling. We don’t need 270 channels, you made us get a house phone, ...

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Atlanta Small Business Profile – Dave Walens, Exploring Inc.

On this week’s episode of the Atlanta Small Business Profile, small business expert Ted Jenkin speaks with Dave Walens, President and CEO of Exploring Inc. Back in 1983, when Dave first started the business, he never thought he would one day be building large installation pieces like giant baseballs for the Atlanta Braves stadium or larger than life props for the traveling Hamilton Exhibition, but that is precisely what Exploring Inc. specializes in today. As a scenic development company from the construction side of things, Exploring Inc. works on intricately designed projects like the Great Wolf Lodge Locations to create immersive environments and experiences. So, next time you’re out and about in Atlanta, look for Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty figures around the CNN Center or the friendly African penguin statues near the aquarium. To find out more about Dave and Exploring Inc., be sure to check out our entire interview above. ...

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How I Kicked My Post College Kid Out Of The House- And You Can Too!!

It’s official – apparently you can to home again. A recent TD Ameritrade survey found that 50% of “young millennials” plan to move back home with their parents after college. The survey polled 1,027 members of Generation Z (which the survey defines as ages 15-21), 1,026 millennials (which the survey defines as ages 22-28) and 1,001 parents. This issue is actually very personal for me. With my oldest child Olivia having recently graduated college and two others at home closely following in her footsteps, I made a strategic decision. I needed to kick Olivia out of the house and get her living on her own as soon as possible.  You know I love my kids more than life itself.  You know I only want the best for them.  But I remember the struggles I experienced when I started living on my own with less than $100 in my bank account. I lived on a waterbed and ate a steady diet ...

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Atlanta Small Business Profile – Alan Mishkoff, Granite Garage Floors

On this week’s episode of the Atlanta Small Business Profile, small business expert Ted Jenkin speaks with Alan Mishkoff, Founder and Franchisor of Granite Garage Floors. Alan tells Ted that after 23 years in corporate America he felt that he had lost his passion for his work and decided to take a leap of faith in beginning his own business. It was in 2009 that Alan had a granite floor installed in his own garage and he says it was a fantastic upgrade that always caught people’s attention. So, as he was transitioning out of his corporate job he realized that this was an industry that had a lot of opportunities. He thought that if more people knew that an option like this existed they would pay to install these premium industrial quality garage floor. And as the success of his business goes to show, Alan was right. As he describes how his business has grown he tells about how ...

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Americans Are Paying Billions In Hidden Fees

We’ve all thought about it before when buying a ticket to a concert or a sporting event.  How did the price of the seat come up at $200 a seat and then by the time we checked out it cost $250 a seat?  When you last set up your phone bill and they told you it would be $50 a month all in and then you got a bill for almost $70 a month, didn’t you wonder what made up that extra money? A recent study done by Consumer Reports showed that 85% of Americans have experienced a hidden or unexpected fee over the past two years for a service that they have used. In 2018 alone surprise charges included more than 7.6 billion in reservation changes and baggage fees for the airlines and almost 3 billion in resort fees for hotels throughout the United States.  Are we all getting chewed up by these unknown and hidden fees? Who Are ...

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Did You Just Get A 6.2% Raise At Work?

It’s pretty amazing to me how many people still don’t understand our payroll tax system.  When you work as a W-2 for an employer, both you and your employer are going to pay certain payroll taxes.  The two main types of taxes are the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) tax and the Medicare tax.   Both you and your employer pay 6.2% into FICA up to $132,900 this year and Medicare is a perpetuity tax at 1.45%.  Depending on your pay grade and what bonuses you have earned, you may have already received a raise in your paycheck and don’t even know it. The reason is, once you hit the $132,900 limit, you will no longer be paying into Social Security. Unfortunately, since there are many individuals who pay their full amount into social security and their income exceeds $132,900 in a particular calendar year, your HR department won’t send you a notice that you now have an extra 6.2% in ...

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Atlanta Small Business Profile – Randy Kessler, Starsona Personalized Celebrity Videos

On this week’s episode of the Atlanta Small Business Profile, small business expert Ted Jenkin speaks with Randy Kessler, popular celebrity divorce attorney and Founder of Starsona. Starsona is an app where people can gift personalized video shout-outs from celebrities to their friends and family. Notable celebrities include hip-hop artist Da Brat, entertainment blogger Perez Hilton, and NBA star Paul George. And the video messages can range from words of encouragement, to birthdays, to holiday greetings. By Atlanta Small Business Network ...

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