Never Settle For A “Default Future”!

As a person who controls future events, you know that if you’ll be continuing to do the things you’ve always done, you’ll continue getting what you’ve already always have had!

When I heard this phrase, 1 year ago, it hit me like a ton of bricks and I realized that if I want anything to change in my life I have to make changes to my life. Those changes had everything to do with my thinking. The way I perceived just about everything in life and especially my attitude.

Let me explain, it all started with the fact, that many years ago, I dropped out of high school. Despite this fact, I did well, but now I was thinking that’s time for me get my Diploma. I found so many good online resources, such as BestGED classes, it’s so easy to prepare for the test and pass it.

Then I was thinking about Jonathan Budd’s Unstoppable Entrepreneur event, which was full of powerful messages: Never Settle For A Default Future!

 

The result is that I no longer feel like I have to accept a “default future” and that I am creating a future of my choice.

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Investing In The Stock Market?

For about 15 years, I’ve had the pleasure of working in the financial services industry, with 5 of them being on the retail brokerage side. I wish I had a dollar for every time investors told me who they “listened to.”

Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with taking advice from others in regards to your investment needs, this is a personal finance blog after all. Nonetheless, the problem that can arise is when the advice is blindly followed and puts your investments at risk. This begs the question – who exactly should you listen to when it comes to investing?

Dangerous Talking Heads

I love watching CNBC. In fact, my young kids go crazy when I turn it on. While it shows a bit of my nerdy side, I will generally never take investing advice based off of the opinion of some talking head on the television. Why do you ask? It’s quite simple in fact – they’re there to get ratings and nothing else really. Their job is to sensationalize what is going on in the stock market, doing nothing but creating noise that can make it difficult to figure out what you should be doing with your money. (more…)

Smart Retirement Planning now includes Solar Energy

Retirement costs have skyrocketed over the past several years, as life expectancy increases and the economy remains questionable. Today’s retirees are living eight years longer than they were in the 1970s. That gives you eight more years to enjoy your retirement traveling or enjoying your grandkids.

Of course, it also means eight more years of savings you’ll have to put away. In today’s economy, there are many factors that are threatening a comfortable retirement such as higher costs for basic living expenses- like gas, groceries, healthcare and of course, electricity. A well-planned retirement strategy is critical, especially as employer contributions are shrinking, interest rates are climbing and the cost of living is climbing.

Solar energy can help. New financing programs including solar leases, can immediately lower your electric bill and keep it low for years to come- with no out of the pocket investment. More people are discovering that leasing solar panels and harnessing the sun’s energy to produce their own power gives them savings, predictability, and peace of mind.

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Home Improvement Loans Minneapolis

Home improvement loans are essentially money that is lent to homeowners to carry out repairs or remodel their property. The following Dave Ramsey video will help you to find secure resources to help you find the proper channels and take control of your money without running any risks.

A home improvement loan is not automatically secured by the property that it is intended to improve and might be simply classified as a home improvement by the lending agency. These advances are unsecured or secured and are typically short-term loans.

Loans for home improvement in the Twin City area are intended to boost the value of the home; therefore, it is essential to carefully think about the best ways to use the loan. The money that is spent on improving the home is added to the overall value of the home and your aim should be to recoup the cost in the event that you ever decide to put the home up for sale.

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Tips for Buying Your First (or even second) Home

My husband and I bought our first house in 2013. A few years later, we are selling and about to move and to be honest, we’re not entirely sure where yet! One thing we know is that we are not rushing it this time, which brings me to the topic of discussion, tips on buying a home whether you’re a first timer, or not. Learn from my family’s experience as buyers and sellers. See also this interesting video with great tips:

1. Order your credit report (you’re entitled to one free credit report through all 3 major bureaus from Annualcreditreport.com). I recommend ordering your score as well. Check for any mistakes and dispute any discrepancies such as account information, addresses, payment amounts, etc. This will not only help you see where you stand with your credit but it will prevent any surprises later when the bank runs your credit. (more…)

Eat seasonal foods in Minnesota

In seasonally-challenged Minnesota, it’s hard to know what foods are fresh and in season. After all, ripe and ready tomatoes gather on store shelves even when the entire state is covered in a thick enamel of permafrost. But eating local and in-season foods not only tastes better; it’s better for your health and the environment.

The facts about industrial farms are overwhelming. For example, foods imported from industrial farms produce as much as 650 times the amount of C02 than foods produced at local, small farms. And large industrial farms reaching all ends of the country and towns in between also take another serious toll on the environment: Pesticides, herbicides, and animal waste pollute area waters, causing an increase in what the EPA has determined to be water bodies in “critical” condition.

Of course, in recent years, a spotlight has been shed on these serious issues, prompting more and more people to want to eat local, organic, and in-season.

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