How To Lower Your Cable Bill

Bills. Junk Mail. Bills.  So many times I’ve mentioned how excited I get to open the mail every day only to realize it’s either a junk solicitation, a statement, or a bill.   Still no pen pal letters, and thank you cards are far and few between.   January is typically the time of year that I’ll call all of my vendors and see what kind of deal I can strike with them.   When it comes to cable, internet, and/or home phone (if you still have one), Comcast may provide one or all of these services for your family.   How can you go about lowering your current Comcast bill? First things first.  Don’t waste your time calling the billing department.   All they are going to do is spend time making sure you are paying your bills and that the bill looks accurate.  You can spend your energy and effort disputing a bill, but it isn’t going to change your budget one bit. ...

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5 year-end tax strategies for your small business

It’s that time of year to start thinking about your 2011 taxes and what moves you might be able to make to save in taxes! Here are 5 ways to cut your 2011 business taxes: 1. Equipment Deductions – The legislation enacted at the end of 2010 already provides a very generous write-off for business owners in 2011. Buy your new equipment and place it in service before 2012. You can combine an enhanced Section 179 deduction with “bonus depreciation”. For 2011, the maximum deduction for qualified equipment is a staggering $500,000 and does not phase out until $2,000,000. The bonus depreciation for the equipment, which was previously 50%, increases to 100% for qualified assets acquired and placed in service before the end of 2012. Since it is expected that these two breaks will be downsized in 2012, take advantage of this tax break before 2011 is over! 2. Bad Debts – Most business owners have the most trouble collecting ...

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Is Black Friday Now Black Thursday Night?

It’s that time of year when the real holiday shopping season begins. Everyone knows it as the dreaded Black Friday.  With my schedule today on Thanksgiving, I almost wonder if they should start calling the holiday Late Black Thursday Evening. My daughter told me the other night that the local North Point Mall has a Rocking Shoppin’ Eve that would be just great for dad and her to go to as the clocks strikes midnight on Thanksgiving.  I thought she was kidding because how early can Black Friday really begin?  (www.northpointmall.com/events/black-friday) After doing a little homework, I did in fact find out that the North Point Mall in Alpharetta, GA is going to open its doors for a few hours as the clock strikes midnight and give away some cool prizes as well as exclusive shopping deals.  The next morning (just a few hours later) they will open their doors at six a.m. to let the real shoppers get their ...

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