Saving Money in This Economy For Your Family on Your Food Bill

With ten percent of the population out of work and most of the rest trying to scrape by it is important to save as much money as we can for our families. This is not to say we have to live a life of minimalism, we just have to start watching what we buy, when we buy it, and to rely on ourselves more for the things our family needs.

In a family a large portion of the budget is consumed by food. You can save a lot of money for your family by watching how you do grocery shopping, where you eat, and brown bagging your lunch. When going to the grocery store always have a list prepared ahead of time. Try to stick to that grocery list as much as possible and not to buy any food on impulse. Do not go to the grocery store when you are hungry. You will end up buying more food than you need for the week. If you have children try to leave them home when doing the weekly shopping, they have a tendency to throw extra things in the cart that is hard to say no to. This is not to say you should not buy snacks for your kids, it is just easier without them to be the one who regulates what kind of snacks they will be.

Use coupons where you can and if your grocery store has a discount card program use it. Buy generic products. Most of the time generic products are just as good as the name brand ones. Buy things that you will use in bulk if you will use all of it before the food expires. Try to keep the grocery shopping to once a week instead of going every other day. This will save on gas and you will end up buying less. Make your own coffee at home and bring it with you in a travel cup or mug. Coffee costs around $ 1.75 at the conveinence store, you can make it at home the way you like it for under 50 cents.

With both the husband and wife having to work in families to make ends meet it gets hectic. Try to cook dinners at home to save money. I love it when my wife cooks dinner, I also love cooking for her and our family. This will not only save you money in your food bill by not having to go out to eat so much, it will also give you some good family time around the dinner table.

These are some great tips to save your family on your food bill in this tough economy. These ideas should not hamper your lifestyle too much and at the end of the work week you may have extra money in your pocket.

How to Get a FREE Tax Sale Auction List

Let’s face it. There’s a lot of misinformation out there when it comes to investing in tax foreclosure properties. One of the most laughable pieces of misinformation that I seem to always come across has to do with auction lists. Much of this misinformation implies that you must belong to some sort of exclusive or paid membership club to access a tax sale list. Or that you need to fork over hundreds of dollars before you can access a list. The truth of the matter is tax sale lists are FREE, have always been FREE and will always be FREE.

As an informed investor, we must look at it from the county’s perspective. The county is foreclosing on these properties since the owner failed to pay the property taxes. Property tax payments contribute to a variety of expenses that help a county and its’ government operate. We’re talking about things such as law enforcement, fire and rescue services, educational funds, road construction and maintenance, and a lot of other necessities. When someone fails to pay the property taxes the county no longer has the money needed from the tax roll revenue to pay for these costs.

When a property is sold at tax sale auction two primary objectives are met. The first is that the auction itself brings proceeds from the selling price. Properties that are sold at a tax sale auction have not produced revenue for a period of 1-3 years. Accordingly, the proceeds from the auction will essentially reimburse the county for covering that property’s share of governmental expenses during this time.

The second and primary objective that it meets is that the property is returned to the tax roll as a tax revenue producing property. The county would rather not have to even deal with tax sale auctions. The ideal situation of course, would be that all property owners make timely payment of their taxes so that tax revenues would be at capacity. But when this doesn’t happen the next best thing is that the property is returned to the tax roll as a revenue producing property as quickly as possible. This is done when the property is sold to a responsible tax payer at auction.

Now that we understand the benefits of tax sale auctions does it really make sense to you that counties are going to make it difficult or expensive to obtain tax sale auction lists? Of course not! They want to make it as easy as possible for you!

So how can you get your hands on one of these “elusive” tax sale lists? ASK FOR ONE! It’s that simple.

The first thing you need to do is determine who the responsible governmental entity is for tax foreclosures in the area you’re investing in. This is the office in charge of handling the tax sale auction. It could be the county clerk, the treasurer, the tax collector, the sheriff’s office or another government office as it varies from one area to another. The best way to determine this is to do some quick research through Google. Find out who collects the taxes, give them a call and then ask them who handles the tax sale auctions in the area.

This leads us to the second and final step which is to contact that office and ask for information about any upcoming tax sales. Many times it will be as easy as going to their website and clicking on the “tax sale” link. Other times you’ll have to contact a receptionist and ask the best way to obtain one. If a list is not published on their website, they will typically either email, fax or mail it to you. If they fax or mail it you might have to pay a nominal postage or long distance fee but it will usually be free.

Wasn’t that easy? No expensive memberships or exclusive clubs to belong to. Just find the responsible government entity and contact them. There isn’t much more to it.

The most important thing here is what you do with that list once you have it. How do you read the list? What properties should you choose to invest in? How much do you pay? How much should they sell for? The questions can go on and on.

Before you try to venture into it alone consider getting someone with more experience to train you. As someone who has over a decade worth of full-time experience in numerous states, my experience in unparallelled.

Play Games at My Wedding Reception?

You can add spice to your wedding reception and have great fun doing it by playing games! Of course, you’ll still have that first dance with your new spouse to the tune from when you first met. And, you’ll still get to eat from each other’s fork when you cut-the-cake.

While the bride may play games at her bridal shower with the other “girls”, games are not reserved for showers only. You can use games to encourage conversation among your guests. Games can also help in cases where you want a fully enjoyed reception, yet there are religious or other reasons for limiting your dancing or music.

There are basically three types of games that work at a wedding reception. They are: Games for Everyone, The Joke is on the Bride and/or Groom and Outdoor Games (of course for an outdoor wedding).

Games for Everyone

Pass the Buck – Play musical dollar at each table. Whoever is left holding the $1, wins the centerpiece.

Switch the Shoes – The bride and groom may hold up a shoe or garment belonging to the opposite spouse in answer to a what-if question on how they will act in married life.

On the Spot Art – Each guest is given a paper and pen and asked to draw another random guest. This works best when they don’t know beforehand the guest being drawn.

Guess the Truth – Guests are asked multiple choice questions that have been previously asked of the bride and groom. A show of hands will see how many guests are on target.

On the Spot Poetry – Each guest is given a piece of paper and a pen. The paper has the start of a poem like “Sally and Mike met at the fair…” The guests complete the poem.

Games where the Joke is on the Bride and/or Groom

*If you are the bride or groom, let your best man or a bridesmaid read these

Give Back the Keys – (This only works if the bride and groom do not yet share a home) The bride and groom is each given a basket. Announce that “Anyone who still has her house keys must give them back.” Lots of guys get up and drop keys in her basket. Only one guy and the groom’s aunt return keys to the groom’s house.

Guess the Bride – Blindfold the groom and present him with 5 barefooted persons. He must guess which feet belong to the bride. Choose anyone but the bride to be among the 5 persons. In fact, this is really funny if they are all men.

Guess the Groom – Blindfold the bride and ask her to feel 5 men’s faces to guess which belongs to the groom. Choose anyone but the groom to be among the 5 persons.

Outdoor Games

What you play will depend on where the wedding is and how the guests are attired. A game like croquet is easy to set up in a park or large backyard and is possible in semi-formal clothing.

If the wedding is very casual, a park with large grassy area may be great for Volleyball or a huge circle of folks passing a Frisbee. And limbo – with the right music – is great almost anywhere, especially for a Caribbean or beach themed reception.

Telecommunication Industry Tricks

How many of you out there are unhappy with your current phone company? Do you feel like you are being ripped off and taken advantage of. Well I'm going to share with you how to get better customer service and better products as well as guard against telecommunication industry tricks I will also share with you some of the common problems with telecommunication industry services today.

Some companies in the telecommunication industry will do anything to get your business as the telecommunication industry is so competitive they even use really dirty tricks to do this, Below are just a couple of the tricks telecommunications industry companies use which you should be aware of.

1. Picking. This is a very sneaky way of getting your business and laws have done a great job of putting an end to it, but it still happens from time to time. 'Picking' is when a communications carrier gets your business by your 'something' unaware authorization. You fill out some form to win a prize or answer a survey and the next thing you know, you've been switched without knowing it and suddenly your outrageous bill is your only indication that something is horribly wrong.

2. Slamming – This is just what it sounds like, you go to bed using one service and wake up using another and you'll never know it until you've gotten that outrageous bill.

A lot of telecommunication companies out there in the telecommunication industry use all kinds of creative ways to get your business, none of which is really based around approaching your business.

The best advice I can give you to avoid these problems is to have a personal telecommunication industry specialist who is assigned to make sure all of your telecommunications needs are being met. The assigned telecommunications specialist will make sure all your services are being provided at not only the best rate, but also with the best in customer service. I'm not talking about hiring someone for this, but finding a company that allows its reps to provide that 'direct link' to the company.