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Business & Your Family In 2011


If you are like us, you have always looked at businesses you do business with like you look at other people. You think it is your responsibility to treat them the way you would like to be treated.

The problem is that many of these companies have begun to think about you in terms of only how much money they can get from you. In addition to this, they have begun to think in terms of how they can limit their expenses and often their services while still getting the full payment participation from your family.

As a result, we have adjusted our thinking so that we treat them as a negative event in our family budget and we recommend you treat them the same way. What does this mean for you? It means that you should review your services at least once each year and work with them to seek a reduction in pricing.

No, I am not kidding.

Times have gotten more and more difficult for middle class families. On the other hand, big business (especially) in this country are FLUSH with cash. This is because they constantly operate from a conservative position of limiting and reducing expenses while PRESSING for PROFIT.

To meet this challenge you should start this at least yearly process of approaching every business that gets money from your household and PRESSING THEM for REDUCTION in costs.

The process begins with a phone call, but you must learn to be pleasant and firm while being prepared to make multiple phone calls and seek out supervisors multiple times to reduce costs while keeping services.

You start by telling them that you are having financial difficulties and really want to keep their services. However, you should also tell them that you need to reduce the bill you receive by 10 – 12%. That’s where the negotiation begins.

Again – be patient.

Be willing to listen to their suggestions. Be willing to talk to multiple supervisors and stay calm and pleasant as you work your way to a DISCOUNT.

When you negotiate a discount, take the money you saved (in actual dollars from your monthly bill) and add it to your “automatic savings bill.” This will help you establish or expand a regular monthly “bill” that actually goes directly to savings in a money market savings account.

In 2011 you should be working toward having 15 to 18 months of your family expenses in actual savings to have a proper emergency savings fund (correctly funded). Why? Because it may take you longer to find a new job making your current income if you lose your job. You may become a part of a large wave of people who cannot replace your current income if you lose your job. Having a right-sized emergency savings fund for 2011 will be very helpful to your family.

If you do not have this kind of emergency savings fund, we recommend you look back in previous blog entries here and at http://www.StickyAsset.com/blog to find our “1% Savings Plan” or check it out at http://www.MiddleClassMoney.com to begin a systematic way to launch and grow regular savings.

We believe it’s us against the world. That means your family must take more control of your money and see companies you do business as BUSINESSES that must be NEGOTIATED with so you get the most value for the least costs.

And always actually save what you save. This is a major key to GROWING SAVINGS.

HELPING YOUR KIDS GET AHEAD

If you think I was born saving money, you are wrong. My own family didn’t believe in saving. They don’t believe in having a 401k. Our people have had “emergencies” all our lives. These emergencies always get in the way of saving money regularly, and our family is not different than millions of other good American families. I was not brought up to save and invest regularly and I have made every mistake you can think about when it comes to money. My parents thought they were shielding me from the realities of bills and worry. In fact, they were isolating me. I have had to learn from my own mistakes over time. I have had to learn the absolute hard way how to get savings on track and make it a part of your life without killing your lifestyle or allowing “it” to overwhelm you. It is my mission to share what I have learned about regularly saving with my own children and also share it with you. That’s why we have a lot of “free” (blogs like http://www.boostmywealth.wordpress.com and http://www.stickyasset.com/blog and groups on Facebook like “Coupons & Coupon Codes”) associated with our mission!

It is our goal to encourage everyone to teach our children about money, managing money, and saving regularly (and automatically. Children should receive lessons about compound interest and steady investing for a long-term future before they face the hard choices of adult life while being subjected to the consequences of the high-speed marketing culture we live in. As a parent, we are always concerned that they get a good education and go to a good college so they can make a lot of money or have a valued career path. The truth is that we could do our children the biggest favor by simply sharing with them sound saving and investing principles.

You can join our free Facebook group (or have your children do it, too) by searching in the Facebook bar on your “wall” for “Live The Lifestyle Your Family Deserves.” Click on “become a fan.” It’s free and it ties our free blogs into that group. You can get our free e-saver newsletter by signing up at http://www.StickyAsset.com/blog.

If you want to give your children the same information we are giving ours, you can purchase the only thing we sell on any of our blogs or groups. It’s called “How To Survive Any Financial Crisis” and you can get it for only $4.95 at http://www.middleclassmoney.com.

Good luck to you and your children.

Thank you for reading our blog and good luck!

Loyd Ford
http://www.stickyasset.com/blog
http://www.middleclassmoney.com
http://www.boostmywealth.wordpress.com
http://www.squidoo.com/boostmywealth
http://www.stickyasset.com

Connect with us on Facebook with these free groups:
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How Many Licks Does It Take To Get To The Center Of A Blow Pop?


It’s tough to live in what I call “the hard middle.” By the time you reach “middle age,” you are grinding it out with multiple priorities of family life, job, debt and a variety of things that only come with the words middle age.

But do you remember when you were a kid? Do you remember those ads for the Blow Pop? You know, “how many licks does it take to get to the center of a Blow Pop?”

Most American families are struggling with the power of the great recession and the pull backs by corporations and small businesses who are allowing fear to drive business decisions. You can’t blame these companies. After all, we have seemingly been to the edge and everyone is watching the decision makers in politics and economics to see how or when they can get the U.S. economy back on track.

How can you add true savings to the mix of family priorities and bill paying even if you may face a no raise environment (or have suffered from a reduction in pay over the last several years)?

Steady and regular savings should not be optional in any family that wants to survive and thrive in the next two decades.

You can begin by calling a family meeting and simply brainstorming about current and past spending for the purpose of reducing expenses now and in the future.

If you don’t have a savings plan in place today, go to past blog entries to see our “1% Savings Plan.” It may knock your socks off and it can absolutely increase your steady savings without killing your lifestyle.

Look at all the money you spend for any reason. Take your cue from the major corporations: Reduce your expenses across the board by talking to EVERY company that sends a bill to your home. Negotiate with them to reduce your bill with them by 10 – 15% each month. Be open-minded to their suggestions and be consistent and relentless. If they say no, ask for a supervisor. Tell them you really want to remain a customer of theirs, but tell them you need help. It may take multiple calls, but you will be happy when they give a little breathing room. Any percentage they give to you, you must add to your REGULAR and STEADY monthly savings from that point forward.

Think of it this way: The money you make is only important until you pay for your very basic food and shelter for the family. The real IMPORTANT and KEY money that flows to your family IS ONLY WHAT YOU SAVE & INVEST.

This is 2010 (almost 2011). We must become more aggressive about steady savings and investment. Focusing your family and including everyone in this will be a powerful friend to help you build wealth.

In 2010, you should have 15 to 18 months of your expenses in emergency savings. Don’t have it? Don’t worry. Just get started. It will build faster than you can imagine.

Slow and steady really does win the race. Put it to the test. You’ll be glad you did.

You can do it.

HELPING YOUR KIDS GET AHEAD

If you think I was born saving money, you are wrong. My own family didn’t believe in saving. They don’t believe in having a 401k. Our people have had “emergencies” all our lives. These emergencies always get in the way of saving money regularly, and our family is not different than millions of other good American families. I was not brought up to save and invest regularly and I have made every mistake you can think about when it comes to money. My parents thought they were shielding me from the realities of bills and worry. In fact, they were isolating me. I have had to learn from my own mistakes over time. I have had to learn the absolute hard way how to get savings on track and make it a part of your life without killing your lifestyle or allowing “it” to overwhelm you. It is my mission to share what I have learned about regularly saving with my own children and also share it with you. That’s why we have a lot of “free” (blogs like http://www.boostmywealth.wordpress.com and http://www.stickyasset.com/blog and groups on Facebook like “Coupons & Coupon Codes”) associated with our mission!

It is our goal to encourage everyone to teach our children about money, managing money, and saving regularly (and automatically. Children should receive lessons about compound interest and steady investing for a long-term future before they face the hard choices of adult life while being subjected to the consequences of the high-speed marketing culture we live in. As a parent, we are always concerned that they get a good education and go to a good college so they can make a lot of money or have a valued career path. The truth is that we could do our children the biggest favor by simply sharing with them sound saving and investing principles.

You can join our free Facebook group (or have your children do it, too) by searching in the Facebook bar on your “wall” for “Live The Lifestyle Your Family Deserves.” Click on “become a fan.” It’s free and it ties our free blogs into that group. You can get our free e-saver newsletter by signing up at http://www.StickyAsset.com/blog.

If you want to give your children the same information we are giving ours, you can purchase the only thing we sell on any of our blogs or groups. It’s called “How To Survive Any Financial Crisis” and you can get it for only $4.95 at http://www.middleclassmoney.com.

Good luck to you and your children.

Thank you for reading our blog and good luck!

Loyd Ford
http://www.stickyasset.com/blog
http://www.middleclassmoney.com
http://www.boostmywealth.wordpress.com
http://www.squidoo.com/boostmywealth
http://www.stickyasset.com

Connect with us on Facebook with these free groups:
“Coupons & Coupon Codes”
“Live The Lifestyle Your Family Deserves”
All on Facebook – join. It’s free.

How To Get Out From Behind The 8 Ball

behind the 8 ball
It may seem boring to some, but I think about this blog all the time. I think about people in my family and my little boys and people I know are having a difficult time out of the financial crisis.

People who know me well know that I call this part of our lives “the hard middle.” Humans are poor at predicting the future. No one knows what is going to happen. Too many of us have made the poor decision not to save beginning when we took our first job. We have put ourselves in a position of being “behind the 8 ball” without even knowing it. That is because education in the United States does not primarily focus on saving and investing. It focuses on other fundamentals.

Most people look at what is happening around them right now and react to those things. Our entire philosophy behind this blog and our other personal finance “stuff” is to suggest that you begin to think long-term and focus on automatic and regular forced (not optional) savings as a way to build a safety-net around your family and in your personal career.

If your boss came to you and said he had to let you go, do you think you would be worried as much if you had the “secret knowledge” of having our recommended 15 to 18 months of expenses in savings vehicles (FDIC-insured money market savings accounts and certificates of deposit)?

Think about the end result you would like to have in your life. Then, build it backwards and put in the goals you need to set to reach that result.

Check out past blog entries in this blog to find tips on additional ways to build savings without destroying your lifestyle. We are all about easier ways to save (note that we are not saying easy).

You can make a bigger difference in the lives of your family members (now and in the future) by building your own strategic plan to build savings regularly and adopt new tricks to push more money from your checking account into savings vehicles.

Do it. Just do it. Do. That’s right. Today is the day you can begin to save if you haven’t already. Or you can find additional ways to save MORE MONEY by hanging out with us and other savers and investors. You can do it.

SAVE MORE THAN MONEY

In this country we don’t do enough to teach our children about money, managing money, saving regularly (and automatically), compound interest and steady investing for a long-term future. As a parent, we are always concerned that they get a good education and go to a good college so they can make a lot of money or have a valued career path. The truth is that we could do our children the biggest favor and one of the best things by sharing with them sound saving and investing principles.

You can join our free Facebook group (or have your children do it, too) by searching in the Facebook bar on your “wall” for “Live The Lifestyle Your Family Deserves.” Click on “become a fan.” It’s free and it ties our free blogs into that group.

If you want to give your children the same information we are giving ours, you can purchase the only thing we sell on any of our blogs or groups. It’s called “How To Survive Any Financial Crisis” and you can get it for only $4.95 at http://www.middleclassmoney.com.

Thank you for reading our blog and good luck!

Loyd Ford
http://www.stickyasset.com/blog
http://www.middleclassmoney.com
http://www.boostmywealth.wordpress.com
http://www.squidoo.com/boostmywealth
http://www.stickyasset.com