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A Few Money Saving Tips

Most of us spend a lot of time trying to come up with innovative ways to pinch a few pennies!  After reading several articles and websites online, I’ve come across quite a few tips for cutting back a few dollars here and there…some of them obvious, some of them not-so-obvious…

  1. Switch to CFL light bulbs.
  2. Buy clothing out of season. Shop for bathing suits at the end of Summer or coats at the end of Winter.  Many products are marked down 30-70%.
  3. Keep the temperature in your home at 68 degrees in the Winter and 78 in the Summer. If you have ceiling fans, adjust them to spin in the reverse direction to help distribute hot or cold air.
  4. Buy a “low-flow” shower head.
  5. Switch from “name-brand” to generic cleaning supplies.
  6. Kick the soda habit. A $6.00 case of soda each week = $312.00 year!
  7. Make your own coffee.  A “cup of joe” at a corner café can run $3.00 a cup.  Home brewed coffee costs about $.50 cents a pot (2-4 cups).
  8. Limit eating out to once a week.
  9. Consider carpooling if you have a lengthy commute to work.
  10. We all love TV, but premium cable can cost a hundred dollars a month, Netflix costs about $10.00 a month, but the Library is free.
By Admin Wolf Kline

Have you ever rented an apartment that turned out to be a dud?  Often times most people get caught up in the excitement of renting a new place that they focus on the qualities they love and simply forget the red flags that were glaring at them from the very beginning.  Trust your gut…if something doesn’t seem right….it probably isn’t and watch for some of the signs that something might be shady.

- Keep an eye out for signs of neglect or unsafe conditions.  Does the property look poorly maintained with peeling paint, broken glass or appliances.  Are there smoke detectors, working locks, and adequate exits in case of emergencies?  If a Landlord is willing to show an apartment in a state of disrepair, chances are he or she will be slow to address any maintenance issues.

- Beware of an overeager Landlord who isn’t concerned with running credit checks or verifying income or if they are more than willing to drop the monthly rent.  If the price is ridiculously cheap there is often a hidden reason.  Ask point-blank why the rent is so low and gauge their answer carefully.

- If the Landlord is not able to provide you with a lease to review or if there is no lease at all, do not rent from them.

If you find yourself in a situation like this, listen to your instincts and ask specific/direct questions: Why is this broken?, How fast do you answer repair requests? and if the answers seem vague walk away and continue your search.
By Admin Wolf Kline

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