5 Valentine’s Day Gifts Under $50

Valentine’s Day is in the air and what will this mean to your wallet?  According to the National Retail Federation, 10 years ago more than 60% of adults planned to celebrate, but today that number has dropped to more than half.  Have we lost that loving feeling??  Despite the number of people who plan to participate, it is expected that sales top 20 billion this year for Valentine’s Day, and the average spend is targeting $161.96 per person by the time you throw in cards, candy, gifts, and entertainment.   So, if you are trying to continue your New Year’s Resolution and stick to a budget, what are some good ideas to have a great gift while not breaking the bank? Date Crate– Some of us have the hardest time coming up with an idea for a date night beyond eating out, the movies, or just grabbing a drink.  What Date Crate will do for you through a subscription service is ...

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Top Gifts For Your Pet

In a majority of households, those shiny presents under the Christmas tree or Hanukkah bush, are meant for the family pets. The holiday season is one we traditionally dedicate to giving, and it turns out the most Americans extend that spirit to our furry four legged family members. Christmas is, unsurprisingly, the most popular pet-giving holiday, ahead of their birthdays and Valentine’s Day according to Rover.com. I was in attendance at the American Pet Products Association (APPA), when CEO Bob Vetere announced that the overall spending in the pet industry for 2015 came in at a record $60.28 billion. “The pet humanization trend is alive and well and continues to drive growth at the premium end of the market,” said Vetere. “As millennials prepare to take the reins from the baby boomer generation as the primary demographic of pet owners, they stand to further develop this trend.” Spending on supplies such as beds, collars, leashes, toys, litter, bedding, food and water ...

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How To Save $1,000 Fast

How many times have you told yourself, “If I just had an extra thousand dollars in my pocket I would . . . .” in your life?   There are many things that we would like to purchase month to month or year to year if only that little bit of extra cash was in our pockets.  I discuss a lot of different techniques to make money or save money in the your smart money moves blog, but now let’s talk about a few ways to get cash quick in your pocket.   If you need $1,000 bucks for something you want to buy, a vacation you want to take, or to make an investment that needs to be done now, here are eight ways to save $1,000 fast. Sell Your Stuff– Whether you do this through a garage sale, you take it on Craigslist, odds are that you have items in your house that you just don’t want or need anymore.  ...

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5 Father’s Day Gifts For Under $100

Father’s Day is right around corner and it’s always hard to figure out what to get for Dad’s. Skip the socks, ties, golf attire, and homemade gifts, and take a look a few ideas that I put together for under $100. Dad is sure to love these and remember to say you heard about it from Your Smart Money Moves. Chillsner ($19.99)– We all know how much Dad’s love an ice cold beer. Especially now that the craft beer revolution is happening. This is a great gift so dad can simply drop this in his favorite IPA and within just a few minutes have an ice cold one ready to go. Carnivore Cookbook ($27)– Do you know how many Dad’s have tried the Paleo Caveman diet? Remember, your dad probably isn’t hitting the latest recipes on Pinterest, so check out Michael Symon’s cookbook on meat eating meals you can make at home. Tarantino XX ($90)– Can you believe it has ...

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5 Gifts You Didn’t Know About For The Holidays

One of the reasons I love having clients is that I get to meet all kinds of different business owners. There are those that have been entrepreneurs for their whole lives and others who woke up one day with a dream of creating a product that could change the face of an industry. Now that it is holiday time, I thought I would share with you some stocking stuffers and other gift ideas that you won’t see on mainstream lists and items that will leave your family quizzing you on how exactly you found that item. Just say you heard about it on YourSmartMoneyMoves and enjoy these five gift ideas for the holidays. Pet Applause (http://etsy.me/1A1klG2)- Cindy Patrick has come up with a truly genius idea in the card and memory book business for pets. Aren’t you sick and tired of the same old thank you cards? If you are a pet lover, you will love her ‘Thank You Furry ...

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5 Gifts That You Can Regift

Who really knows how long the practice of ‘regifting’ has been going on as a true tradition? Don’t get mad at me for bringing this subject up because I’m not ‘Miss Manners’, and I know you’ve all done it at least once in your lifetime. Regifting became a really popular term after the famous “Label Maker” Seinfeld episode where Jerry and Elaine track down well known suspected regifter Dr. Tim Whatley. Jerry had received the label maker from Dr. Tim after Elaine gave the label maker to Dr. Tim for Christmas. Here are five gifts worth holding on to for a future regift. Wine– For most of us, we won’t be able to tell the difference between a $10 bottle and a $50 bottle. It’s not like you would care anyway whether Wine Spectator gave it 92 points or 72 points. If your wine rack is full or you just aren’t a big drinker then no harm, no foul. Keep ...

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Gobble. Gobble. Corporations Ate All Of The Dessert During Thanksgiving And Want More

The last several years I wrote posts about Black Friday or Cyber Monday, but with retail stores now officially opening this year right after Thanksgiving dinner I say enough is enough.   I’m all for working hard.  In fact, some say I may have a slight workaholic problem with my personal computer acting as an adopted child in my family.   However, Thanksgiving is truly one of those traditions that I think was meant to be spent with you and your family watching football games, carving up turkey, and sparking up a great evening fire.    Although not much could seem worse than being relegated to the fold out card table, what IS even worse is that many stores like Target and Wal-Mart opened their doors yesterday evening before the clock struck midnight. I worked for a Fortune 500 corporation for more than 16 years.    It took me a while during my career to understand this concept, but corporations by nature have an ...

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VIDEO | How Much To Give For A Wedding Gift – Your Smart Money Moves

Published on Jul 5, 2012 SEE FULL STORY HERE – http://bit.ly/IkD3kM – Your college roommate or long time childhood friend invites you to their wedding. Or better yet, you’ve got a big family and your second cousin Joe is getting married and last time you saw him was two years ago at the family reunion. Now you have got to spend money to get an airline ticket, book a hotel room, and possibly buy a new dress or suit for the upcoming wedding this summer. It dawns on you that now you’ve got to figure out how much is the right amount to give for a wedding gift. You are no Miss Manners by any stretch of the imagination, but you don’t want to walk away like some cheapskate that the wedding couple laughs at that evening when they open up their gifts. So, how much should you give for a wedding gift? http://bit.ly/IkD3kM   ...

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