Five Tips For Ordering Wine When You Dine Out

We’ve all had that dinner where you go out with someone who is truly a wine snob.  Or so they think so.   There are few movie scenes better than watching Paul Giamatti in the movie Sideways as he sits alone in a fast food restaurant drinking his prized 1961 Chateau Cheval Blanc from a disposable coffee cup while he aggressively cuts away at his steak.   Going out to a fancy restaurant can be very intimidating when they wine list is present to you on your lap.   However, you shouldn’t get overly nervous because here are five smart money moves for ordering wine when you dine out. Avoid Ordering By The Glass– Restaurant owners generally try to make back the cost of a bottle of wine from the price of just one glass.  What sucks for you as well is that it’s likely the wine was opened already possibly even from the day before.   The bottom line is that you’ll get ...

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Don’t Forget the $150 Drivers Education Tax Credit

Who knew? The Driver School License Training Act actually exists.   This is why Your Smart Money Moves is a top ranked blog.  We stay on top of these things so you can improve your bottom line.   You’ll be filing taxes soon, and if you live in the State of Georgia and have a child who took drivers education you can be eligible for this nice little tax credit.   As long as you took courses from a private school, you’ll be eligible for this 2013 state tax deduction. O.C.G.A. 48-7-29.5 (2010) 48-7-29.5. Tax credit for private driver education courses of minors; required documentation; rules and regulations (a) A taxpayer shall be allowed a credit against the tax imposed by Code Section 48-7-20 with respect to the amount expended by such taxpayer for a completed course of driver education for a dependent minor child of such taxpayer at a private driver training school licensed by the Department of Driver Services under Chapter ...

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Five Items To Always Buy Used

Since we pretty much live in a throwaway society, the savvy shoppers that know how to snap up good deals on those items others are readily willing to depart with can snag themselves a smart money moves deal.   Some garments of clothing such as socks, underwear, and shoes are never to be bought used unless you want to think twice every day you slip them on your body.   However, there are purchases that can really last for a long time and improve your bottom line if you shop the right way.    Here are my five items to always buy used. Office Furniture- Whether you are searching for new office furniture for that space you have leased or the home office you recently built out, there is a glut of office furniture on the market place.     Remember, that many companies have gone out of business over the past five years and this can allow you to grab a great deal by ...

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Why Your Kid Needs To Be On Social Media

I knew as soon as I wrote this title that it seems to defy Jenkin logic. Why in the world Ted does my kid need to be on Social Media? With all the Instagramming, Facebooking, and Twittering, do I really need my child exposed to more technology and creepazoids who are trolling the Internet? My general thought around this has historically been no, but it is becoming increasingly hard to avoid the allure of freebies that can come by simply being plugged into social media. For those that thought this was a fad, you are quickly seeing a transformation around the future of how our children will do much of their communication. How is it possible that having your kids connected to social media can make them more smart money moves in their life? Here are three examples of how this change occurs: Example 1: BurgerFi (In Restaurant Giveaways)– For the past few weekends, my family and I have tried ...

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VIDEO | Top 5 New Years Resolutions

Published on: January 21, 2013 @ 11:00 It’s hard to imagine that another year has passed by so quickly.   In the wake of the fiscal cliff coming down the stretch, it seems ironic that we would be discussing financial New Year’s resolutions.  http://bit.ly/UMnENB  You would think that our politicians and policymakers alike could learn a little bit from my top five this year.    No matter how all of the information gets relayed to us about this fiscal cliff, you can be 100% certain of simple mathematics.   You cannot make progress when your expenses exceed your revenue and more often than not leverage will get you in deep financial trouble.    If you can learn that basic financial principle from what you have witnessed with our country’s finances, you’ll be much better off when you plan your own in 2013.   So here are five financial New Year’s resolutions that can make a dent in your bottom line. ...

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Why Do We Love Coupon Sites So Much?

It’s true, we all love to get a deal.  In fact, I’m pretty certain that if your married, your wife your husband came home one night and said, “Don’t you just love this new (insert word) that I bought today.  Even better, I got it on SALE!”    Why is it that the word SALE or DEAL puts into a hypnotic state reminding me of how Fred Flintstone looked in that one episode where he turned into a zombie every time he heard the word bet?   There’s just something so juicy about thinking that you got something for nothing.   Or at least that you got something for something less than you thought you were going to pay for it when the buying process started. Gary Lipovetsky, CEO of  DealFind (www.dealfind.com) says, “Everybody wants a great deal and a cool way to save money.”  With the proliferation of different coupon and deal sites, it can often be hard to figure out whether ...

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5 Ways To Cut Down Your Cell Phone Bill

Many of the clients I sit down with tell me how their basic bills continue to rise year over year.   Two of the main monthly costs that keep going up and up for many families are the cable bill and the cell phone bill.   Since mobile companies offer so many different types of plans with minutes, data, texting, and other additional options, it’s important that you review your family cell phone bill each year to see how you can keep costs to a minimum.   Here are five ways you can potentially cut down on your cell phone bill. Who Is Your Top Ten?- Most of the mobile phone companies will offer some type free minute program around your top ten friends and family you call the most.   Between my phone, my wife’s phone, and the two phones my daughters have, we checked to see which numbers were called the most so we could access the most amounts of free minutes.    ...

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When Are Companies Going To Learn To Just Shoot Straight?

I’m excited that 2012 is here and consumers are starting to realize that they can win the money battle when they know something is just flat out wrong with a new offering from their provider.    Large companies need to begin to realize that the consumer today is evolving.   They don’t mind paying a fair price for a good product or service.  Sometimes they will even pay a premium if the value is created for them.   However, what they won’t put up with anymore are these made up fees that are broadly titled like they are doing something good for the consumer when in reality it is just another tack on fee to add to the bottom line.    All companies need to understand that the consumer can handle that prices will go up.   They just want to know what it is without any gimmicks or tricks in a straight forward way.   Instead, we keep getting these insulting fees added to bills ...

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Personal Finance 101: Generation X Series – A Vacation Or College Education

Generation X is classically defined at people born between the years 1965 and 1979.    Pretty much those of you in your early 30’s to the mid 40’s.  However, having given personal financial advice to thousands of people, I can tell you that many of you who were born 1960 to 1964 fit within the Generation X type of financial and personal attitude.   Since I am 42 and have had a good deal of financial success, I’ve noticed some big mistakes that I see my generation making with their money and how they think about money.    This week I wanted to discuss the mistake of spending too much on vacations and not enough saving for college education. Where do you think we should take the kids away for spring break this year?      Should we go away for Thanksgiving or would it be better during the holiday season?    I know the children have sports and camps over the summer, but wouldn’t it ...

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5 Reasons You Aren’t Rich . . . Yet

Everybody at some point of their life has that dream of having enough money to do whatever they want whenever they want irrespective of cost.   Well, even if you do think about cost, that idea of becoming rich enough to walk in and tell your boss this is your very last day.   If you want to get rich, here are five things that may be in getting in your way from achieving financial independence, purpose, and freedom. You care what your neighbor’s think–  There are still many people holding on to their overpriced real estate waiting for it to come back.   In the meantime, the mortgage along with all the fixins you really couldn’t afford when you bought that house are killing your bottom line.    I believe most people are hanging on to those properties today along with the country club membership because of their egos and fear about what their neighbors will think.   It’s hard to swallow your price ...

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