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canstockphoto3162840What is the most effective, reliable and a secure means of managing your money? The answer to that million dollar question is by Opening a Bank Account. The bank is an effective means of cashing your check, managing your finances and  providing a variety of services that will help you build your savings. It is really amazing that many people think it is better to hide their money under the mattress than to put their money in the bank.

Here are 3 key reasons why you should open a bank account today.

 

Build Your Savings

You are required by most financial institutions to maintain a balance in your checking and savings account. This means that whenever you make deductions from your account, some banks will require you to save a minimum amount of money in order to continue using their services. This will lead to force saving on your part, which is a good thing.

Another benefit that’s provided by banks is the fact that you are free to continue adding money to your account as much as you would like. Your money will remain safer in the bank than hiding it under the mattress. For example, if your home is burglarized and the thief get his hands on your money, you will have to suffer the loss. You will be better off leaving it in the bank since most financial institutions are FDIC insured.

 

Build Interest on Your Savings

You are actually earning interest on your money while it’s sitting in your account. What are interest rates? These are payments that are made by the bank to your savings account for allowing your money to stay for a long period of time. Whenever you make a deposit, your bank uses a portion of it in its loan operations where it subsequently will earn interest on the loan. The income that’s receive will trickle down to your savings which is one of the ways that banks are able to make a profit.

The more money you save in your account through your deposits, you will end up receiving a higher return on your savings.

 

Build Your Nest Egg

Banks will allow you to open a high yield savings account. Certificate of Deposits (CDs) and other types of investments will require you to leave your money for a long period of time and the return on your investment will possibly be double the amount than what you would normally earn in a regular savings account.

You should take advantage of their services by speaking with a financial consultant about opening a retirement account. This will allow you to have enough money to live on when you retire from your job. Don’t put this off.

The sooner you build your nest egg, you will better prepared for emergencies and have a financially free lifestyle.

 

You have the option to open a bank account either in your local area or online. Make sure you do your homework by finding out which bank offers the highest interest rates. You also need to be aware of the amount you will need to pay for monthly fees, especially if you choose to open a  checking account. Also check out the amount that’s charged for overdraft fees in case you spend over the amount that you have available in your account.

 

Talk to an advisor at your bank about Opening a Bank Account. They offer a variety of services and your money will be in good hands. Start building your savings today and watch your money grow.

canstockphoto3262685The first day of school is just around the corner. There are a few questions that come to mind when it’s time for parents to do their shopping such as “Where can I find the best deals on clothes, notebooks, backpacks and the list goes on. Education is a very important thing when it comes to our children, but at the same time some of these things can be quite costly. Here are  a few simple things you can do to save money on Back To School Supplies.

 

Plan a List 

Write out a list for all of the things that your children will need. The little things such as writing paper, pencils, and crayons may seem like it doesn’t cost that much, but if you purchase it at the retail price you could be wasting a lot of money. You should also involve your children while writing out the list. Depending on their ages, they have an idea of all the things that are needed and this will show them some responsibility.

 

Take Advantage of Tax Holidays

Tax Holiday specials are usually offered annually by many states during the back to school season. This will allow you to purchase school supplies without having to pay the sales tax on any of the items. You may want to do some research by looking in the Sunday’s edition of your local newspaper or by searching online.

 

Purchase By The Bulk

There is a basic economic principle- “The More You Buy, The More You Save.” Well this is relevant if you are making a purchase of a specific item that you will need in the near future. For example, if you are buying pencils you should buy it by the box instead of purchasing individually.

Face it, your children will be using these items throughout the school year. It will be smart to take advantage of the sales while these items are available at rock bottom prices.

 

Prepare Your Children’s Snacks

If your family is not qualified for the free lunch program, take the time to prepare snacks for your children. This will not only save you money, it will ensure that your children are consuming healthier meals. You should also discourage them from purchasing items from vending machines if it’s available at their school. It usually contain high sodium and sugary snacks and drinks. Even though it may cost only a dollar, the money will add up over time especially if it’s purchased on a daily basis. This money can be used to add to their savings.

 Transportation

You may want to consider getting your children a bicycle to bring to school. This of course is not always possible. Providing a cheap and safe way to get your children to school is your top priority . If you are concerned about their safety, you have the option to car pool with your neighbors or to use school bus transportation services in your local district which is usually provided free of charge. Contact the school where your children will be attending for more information.

Saving money on Back To School Supplies isn’t hard. If you follow one or more of these ideas, your savings will add up to a bright future for your family.

 

canstockphoto10046761In the summer months, the temperatures are on the rise and many people try to find a way to stay cool. Air conditioners are a great way to provide comfort, but it can consume many units of electricity. This can be an expensive way of regulating temperatures as the summer may prolong to four months. As the summertime approaches, many households are looking for ways to lower their electric bills. There are a number of ways on how to Lower Electric Bill In Summer and it includes the following:

 

Keep the shades or blinds closed

During the summer months, temperatures tend to increase greatly and this will make the home an uncomfortable place to be. Keeping your shades or blinds open, most of the energy from the sun will get in and your house will heat up hence need for an air conditioner. This may greatly increase your electric bills. Closing your blinds, shades and turning off  the lights will go a long way in cooling your house as the level of heat will decrease greatly.

 

Leak free house

Make sure that your house is leak free! In the morning time, you will find that air in the house is cool but if there is an opening, then the cool air will escape and the hot air will come in. This therefore requires that you call a professional to assess your house to ensure that it does not have leaks. An energy professional or contractor will use a diagnostic tool to find out areas where cool air might escape from. On the other hand ensure that all doors or windows are closed so as to maintain the cool air inside throughout the day.

 

Unplug your electronics

There may be a number of electronic gadgets in your home which consume a lot of electricity. With the changes in technology, many electronic gadgets use a lot of electricity even when it’s turned off. It is best to unplug them from the sockets. It is highly recommended that you make use of a smart strip or surge protector to make it easier to unplug all of your electronics at once with just a flick of a switch.

 

Make Use of Energy Star Electronics and Appliances

Energy Star electronics and appliances are designed to conserve energy and will help you to save on your electric bill. Since air conditioning units are used more in the summer time or even year around in places with a warm climate, using Energy Star air conditioners can help you to save money. If you prefer to use wall or window air conditioners, make sure to buy the appropriate size. A large air conditioner will use a lot of electricity and take up more space.

 

Avoid Using The Clothes Dryer

Clothes dryers use a lot of energy and at the same time it produces a lot of heat. Instead of using the clothes dryer, hang your Laundry on a clothes line outside to save on your electricity bills. You can save more money by using the washing machine less. Wash your clothes when you have a full load instead of washing a few pieces at a time.

All of the methods above are a few ways to lower your electric bill during the summer. Take action now and watch your bills gradually decrease while you’re comfortable in your home without emptying your wallet.

 

 

 

 

canstockphoto16950235Teen years are an important time for learning the value of money. Even though they are taught reading, math, science and history, it is unfortunate that the educational system don’t educate children when it comes to money management. How can teenagers learn the value of a dollar? For many teens, their idea of earning money is by receiving an allowance from their parents. Some parents give their children an allowance based on household chores while others don’t require their children do anything.

Getting a Summer Job is one of the best ways to teach them about hard work and  becoming responsible young adults. Below are other lessons teens can learn from securing a job during the summer.

 

1. A Summer Job will teach teenagers discipline. If your teen have a habit of staying up late and have difficulty waking up when it’s time for school or other appointments, getting a job is the best way to help them change their behavior.

The best lesson teens will learn is they are required to show up on time at their workplace. If they have a habit of tardiness, some employers will deduct their earnings or they will be terminated. This is an excellent way of learning how to balance their schedule.

An employer expects all tasks to be completed as directed, unlike parents who are forgiving if their teens’ chores aren’t done on time or correctly. Not following directions can mean they are without a job. This is a hard lesson to learn that they will never forget.

A disciplined environment can help your teen to appreciate hard work and the benefits of working in a cooperative and systematic manner. Earning a regular paycheck and gaining confidence will prepare your teen to become a responsible adult.

 

2. Hard Work Pays Off. When your teen is working in a disciplined environment, she will have a better appreciation of the value of money. She will know exactly what it took to earn her first paycheck and will less likely spend her money frivolously.

She will also learn how many hours it took of her labor to earn that money and a sense of accomplishment at being recognized for her hard work in this way.

Earning money instead of receiving it will also give her a sense of self-reliance and experience that will encourage her to take on more responsibility in the home and in the community.

 

 3. It will teach teens to balance their time. They are not adults and will need time to enjoy age-appropriate activities. Summertime is a great time for securing employment, but should be balanced with spending time with family and friends as well as enjoying their favorite hobbies.  For example, they can work a part-time job while participating in piano lessons before or after work.

 

Getting a Summer Job instead of depending on an allowance will teach teens the value of hard work and the value of a dollar. The next time your teen ask for a raise on her allowance, just say “Have you ever thought about getting a part-time job this summer?