Switching homes in 2017? Move your stuff the smart way…

Switching homes in 2017? Make this move much better than others in the past
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New year, new home. After spending several years in your starter place, you have finally managed to upgrade to the house of your dreams.

Congratulations!

As you are aware from previous experiences, however, moving is often about as pleasant as taking a trip to the dentist. Sorting through your things, getting them on a truck, and ensuring that no fragile items break is tough enough.

However, the toughest part of this process involves combing through various removal companies in an effort to find one that is worthy of your trust.

This was a hit-or-miss effort as recently as several years ago, but thanks to the debut of a service known as Shiply (http://www.shiply.com), this chore has now been made much simpler.

How have they made one of modern life’s most stressful experiences easier to stomach? Below, we will take you through the steps of using this service.

1) Get a quote

Before one of Shiply’s 102,000 registered providers can help you move all of your possessions to your new pad, start by supplying the details of your task via their simple job order form.

Once these companies know exactly what they are dealing with, they will be able to provide you with a quote.

2) Review the results

Shortly after submitting your information to Shiply’s servers, you will be sent a quote from every removal company that is willing to compete for your business.

You won’t have to make inferences based on the price they charge you, as each contending company will have a list of customer reviews that you will be able to peruse.

Based on this evidence, you can then contrast it against the quotes provided in order to pick the company that is right for your needs.

3) Await their arrival

After accepting the quote that you liked the best, all you have to do is ensure that you are prepared for their arrival.

After they have moved your stuff to your new abode, submit your review to Shiply, and the system will be further improved for those that use this service after you.

Eight years, 3.1 million successful deliveries

The information revolution has transformed so many aspects of our lives. With moving being such a difficult task to execute, why not let the internet make this process simpler for you?

With savings of up to 75% off standard rates being reported by past users, and a rigorous vetting process that screens out fraudulent operators, you owe it to yourself to make this next move much less stressful than others have been in the past.

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How to Get Great Deals Online

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There are a great many advantages to shopping online. Of course, there is the convenience that comes from not having to fight holiday crowds, take time out of a busy weekend to visit the mall, or figure out how to get a large or bulky purchase home.  However, one of the biggest advantages of online shopping the potential to get great deals, not only through promotions but also by understanding how online shopping works.  In addition to comparison shopping for the best prices, here are some tips to help you save money as well time by shopping online.

Promo-codes and Coupons

One of the easiest ways to save money on your online purchases is through the use of promocodes and coupons.  Promo-codes are offered by retailers to encourage customers to sign-up for services or open an account – entering the code when you make your first purchase will get you a discount.  Coupons online work in the same way as regular coupons.  Sometimes you are only able to use one coupon or promo-code at a time, but if you are able to use more than one, the savings can be huge.  Be smart – if you have a coupon that gets you a percentage off the purchase and another than gives you a fixed amount discount, be sure to use the percentage discount first!  Before you buy anything online, be sure to check if any codes are available to get great savings.

Clear Your Cache and Search Privately

Have you ever noticed that advertisements for hotels and restaurants in another start showing up on the pages you search just after you take a look at flights?  Or have your told your friends about a great deal online only to hear from them that the price they get is different than the price you just saw? It is no secret that advertisers and retailers are able to gather quite a bit of information about your spending habits and tailor prices that they show you.  In order to get the best deals, be sure that you browse in private mode, and that you clear your cookies and your cache.

Make Them Come to You

Have you ever put a few items in your cart online, only to be distracted or interrupted in the purchase?  After a few days, you might notice that you get an email from the store encouraging you to complete your purchase.  This might include a discount offer.  For this reason, it is always a good idea to fill your cart and then wait a few days before you finish the order – in the meantime, you might get a deal!  Be sure that you have an account with the retailer and that you stay logged in in the meantime.

These are just some of the ways that you can save your hard-earned money by shopping online. From medical supplies to holiday gifts, there is always a deal to be had!

 

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Tips to save big on your next trip

Eating big meals at lunch is one way to save big on your next trip
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Planning your next holiday soon, but want to keep your costs under control? These tips will help you save big on your next trip.

1) Make use of coupon codes

While there are deals available on flights, accommodations, rental cars, and activities, there are ways to save even more money on these travel costs.

Before you book anything online, be sure to search for a coupon code for whichever site you are using. For example, if you are reserving a room in a resort, checking for Hotels.com Coupons is strongly advised, as any codes that you might find there will save you more money than you ever thought possible.

2) Fly during the middle of the week

The heaviest travel times during the week are on Fridays and Mondays, when business travelers and weekend warriors set out to their respective destinations.

As such, airlines elevate their fares on these days, as it makes sense for them to make hay while the sun shines. The mid-week period is much quieter, leading them to slash fares in a bid to attract more passengers.

Plan your holidays in order to capture these savings, and you will find yourself saving hundreds of dollars in airfare costs.

3) Splurge during lunch, be frugal at dinner

Restaurants make the most of their money at dinner. As such, they charge higher prices to diners for the final meal of the day. However, many of the same entrees served at dinner are also available at lunch, and they are priced economically in order to attract more business at this time of day.

As such, you should plan most of your extravagant meals then. By doing that and ordering more modestly priced mains at dinner, you’ll be able to make the most of the money that you spend on food.

4) Opt for a walking tour

Instead of enlisting the services of a guided tour while on holiday, you should seriously consider seeing the sights with a guidebook and your own two feet.

With plenty of background information available from tourism boards at most destinations, you can read up on the sights as you see them, allowing you to save money on what you would have paid for a tour bus and a guide.

Walking around is also a great way to get exercise, but if the thought of this makes your feet hurt, renting a bike to get around town will still allow you to see the area under your own power without placing undue pressure on your feet and joints.

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Ways to Make Your Money Make Money  

The saying ‘make your money work for you’ has almost become a cliche in the world of finance and one that is often overused. In spite of this, the fact remains the same, having money gives you far more opportunities to make money than if you don’t. The question is how, how can your savings make you money, and how much risk do you want to take with your savings in order to go after that extra cash. If you have a healthy savings account then here are some ways that you can use it to grow your wealth.

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 Use an Investment Group

 One of the best ways that I have found to grow my wealth is to use an investment group, these businesses rely on investors like you and me and offer heathy returns through a series of buyouts and large scale investments. I started using Alta Growth Capital, a Mexican based firm who have helped me to make a healthy return on my money. My investment manager is a guy called Javier Garcia Teruel Avila, he has a rich history in private equity investing and consultancy and has an MBA from Harvard Business School, his rich resume in the finance and energy sectors throughout the Americas plus the smart decisions that he has made with my cash has given me reason to trust both him and the company and invest more money with them.

Real Estate

 Everyone will tell you that real estate is where the money is, whilst this can very often be true, there is no cast iron guarantee that buying and selling property will yield you riches. As with anything, getting into the real estate game comes with risk, it is vital therefore, that you know the market inside out. Few people can predict which way the market is going to go so it is important that you start off small, buying houses at auctions, giving them some TLC and selling them on can be a great way to start. Patience is required in real estate, sometimes you could be sitting on a property for a long period of time before finding someone to buy or rent. If you aren’t in a rush for the money and you are prepared to heavily invest your time in research then real estate could be the way to go.

 High Interest Bank Accounts

 Anybody with a healthy amount of savings should start by looking at what interest rate their bank can offer them, the average in the U.S. is just 0.02%, an incredibly low figure when you consider that there are opportunities to get a flat 1% on your money. Putting your money into an account such as this will not make you rich, but it will earn you a great deal more than you are currently making with your 0.02% interest rate. Shop around on the market and speaks to banks directly about how much savings you have, they can then offer you the best rate available, find out which is the highest and put your money to work.

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Top Tips to Make Your Money Go Further

Money rules all, and it always will, the main concern in almost everyone’s lives is having enough money, enough money to survive, enough money to buy what they want or enough money to achieve their dreams. Whatever your reason for being concerned with the size of your income or bank account I’m sure that you will echo these sentiments. So, how do we go about solving the issue of money worries, well, there are two approaches that you can take, making more of it and working hard to spend less of it, both of which can give you a more positive view of your finances and ultimately a happier life. Here are some tips for you as to how you can achieve this.

Couponing

Gone are the days where people would rake through magazines searching for a 50 cents-off promotion in the back pages or walking into the grocery store armed to the teeth with glossy pieces of paper to save them cash. These days the online world of couponing is a craze that is engaging everyone with internet access and it is a brilliant way for you to save money. The emergence of voucher and coupon websites has not only encouraged businesses to make more money by offering great deals for their prospective customers but has saved the general public tens of millions of dollars in purchases that they have made simply by downloading a coupon for free online, get involved and save some money.

Use Your Cash

There are several ways of using your money to make even more money, firstly you should be looking into what kind of account your bank offers you, if you have an APY of anything less than 0.2% the you should be looking to put your money elsewhere to let it grow. If you have large savings then consider investments into businesses, stocks or property to hopefully take some big profits from your investments. Money does breed money and the same goes for things like online gambling, if you take the risk then the rewards could be huge, you can start off risk-free as well with a bonus for online casino games that means that you won’t even be gambling with your own cash to start with, what better way to learn the trade than by using someone else’s money!

Sharing Economy

The values of a sharing economy can work wonders in your life and for your finances, the essence of this economic system is that people live within their means and open up opportunities for others to share parts of their lives. Whether this means that you decide to use a car pool to get to work or rent out your spare room, the idea of collaborative consumption is the perfect way to save more money in your life and something that you should be looking at trying out to aid your financial situation. By spending less and sharing more you can give your monthly finances a boost and give yourself the opportunity to meet more people and create a more sociable World, the perfect combination.

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