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How to Control and Save Clothing Costs

Lucille
 

How to Control and Save Clothing Costs

During the Christmas period or end of year, people just love to shop. What do they shop for? The number one merchandise would be clothing. For a pair of pants, it would cost a $19.99 and fine sweater which costs $32.90 for example. What about shoes and hats and so on? The shopping list for clothing is indeed long. The total cost can be a shock to some. This is made worse by women who love to shop and sometimes buy on impulse.

Buying on impulse involves a serious psychology problem where a person buys a certain thing before thinking of the rational consequences (cost). Clothing companies in fact make a lot of money off customers, especially in peak seasons. Knowing this, it is wise to implement some principles when it comes to buying clothing.

If you see the dry cleaning tag, ditch it

Dry cleaning is a process where no water in involved when washing that certain clothing. Instead, try to stick to clothes that are washable by machine (washing machine) and are made of cotton. You would also want to avoid silk and wool because these 2 materials require dry cleaning. It is a definite must to check the small label behind for each time you buy any clothing.

There is no need for fashion trends

If you do this faithfully, you will go bankrupt in a few years time. Some people are known to spend over $30,000 in a 6-month period of time. For some people, that is a huge amount of money. For others, it might seem paltry. But in absolute value, $30,000 is indeed a lot of money.

You must understand that the fashion industry works this way. They earn their living through this way, promoting the latest fads and new faux pas rules. In a sense, they are creating new market structure each time they say something is cool and the other is not. It is an ever changing landscape, the fashion industry. Chasing after the trend will waste a lot of money.

Instead, you could choose your set of clothing in a themed way. For each theme (categorized by outing types), choose no more than 2 sets of clothing. That would mean no more than 2 pair of different shoes for casual outing and outdoor recreation purposes respectively.

Accessories are dispensable

The little things often make up the biggest share in terms of cost. Jewellery and handbags are prime items for women when it comes to shopping. Know that each type of these accessories could last for many years to come. This reduces the need to have many types per accessory.…

How to Control and Save Clothing Costs

Lucille
 

How to Control and Save Clothing Costs

During the Christmas period or end of year, people just love to shop. What do they shop for? The number one merchandise would be clothing. For a pair of pants, it would cost a $19.99 and fine sweater which costs $32.90 for example. What about shoes and hats and so on? The shopping list for clothing is indeed long. The total cost can be a shock to some. This is made worse by women who love to shop and sometimes buy on impulse.

Buying on impulse involves a serious psychology problem where a person buys a certain thing before thinking of the rational consequences (cost). Clothing companies in fact make a lot of money off customers, especially in peak seasons. Knowing this, it is wise to implement some principles when it comes to buying clothing.

If you see the dry cleaning tag, ditch it

Dry cleaning is a process where no water in involved when washing that certain clothing. Instead, try to stick to clothes that are washable by machine (washing machine) and are made of cotton. You would also want to avoid silk and wool because these 2 materials require dry cleaning. It is a definite must to check the small label behind for each time you buy any clothing.

There is no need for fashion trends

If you do this faithfully, you will go bankrupt in a few years time. Some people are known to spend over $30,000 in a 6-month period of time. For some people, that is a huge amount of money. For others, it might seem paltry. But in absolute value, $30,000 is indeed a lot of money.

You must understand that the fashion industry works this way. They earn their living through this way, promoting the latest fads and new faux pas rules. In a sense, they are creating new market structure each time they say something is cool and the other is not. It is an ever changing landscape, the fashion industry. Chasing after the trend will waste a lot of money.

Instead, you could choose your set of clothing in a themed way. For each theme (categorized by outing types), choose no more than 2 sets of clothing. That would mean no more than 2 pair of different shoes for casual outing and outdoor recreation purposes respectively.

Accessories are dispensable

The little things often make up the biggest share in terms of cost. Jewellery and handbags are prime items for women when it comes to shopping. Know that each type of these accessories could last for many years to come. This reduces the need to have many types per accessory.…

Storage Space: Considering The Different Options

Lucille
 

Storage Space: Considering The Different Options

Don’t fret if your put-away space appears to be smaller than you originally thought it was. You might just need to organize your stuff better. Here are a few tips on how to make the most of self storage units.

First, make a list of all the movables. If you have a lot of small items, group and record them into boxes. Jot down the height, width, length and weight of each personal effect. Items in self storage units will be piled up so find out the stacking limits of your items if you can. To make it easier to plan your layout, write each item on a sticky note.

Before you start arranging your pieces of paper, find out the storing limitations of your mini-warehouse. Leave at least three feet off the width to allot walking space for long self storage units. Deduct a foot off from the height for ventilation. Ask the self storage units representative for their policies on the particulars you can store and their weight limitations.

Start by picking out the heaviest items first. These will form the bottom level of the room. For hefty items with low stacking capabilities, like beds for instance, store them upright to maximize on space.

Self storage units should be planned upwards, level by level. The lighter the item, the higher up you can place it. Irregularly shaped items can store small and light boxes in their empty spaces. A chair, for example, can seat a box of figurines to make up for the space occupied by its arms and back.

Be careful when putting appliances or engines inside self storage units. Empty out all oil and gas tanks, including fumes, to prevent against fire. Observe proper fire safety procedures as well, like storing books and paper files in fire-retardant boxes.

Remember to always clean the storage shed before you start unloading your things. Spread a thick coat of disinfectant on your boxes and spray the corners of the room with insect repellant. Keep mothballs near clothes, fabrics, books and paper. Cleaning of self storage units should occur at least once every six months.

Like all rentals, self storage units cost money. By learning how to properly arrange your possessions, you can subscribe for a smaller space and save money. You could even add more items to your storage unit. Practice proper upkeep to preserve the state of your belongings.…

Storage Space: Considering The Different Options

Lucille
 

Storage Space: Considering The Different Options

Don’t fret if your put-away space appears to be smaller than you originally thought it was. You might just need to organize your stuff better. Here are a few tips on how to make the most of self storage units.

First, make a list of all the movables. If you have a lot of small items, group and record them into boxes. Jot down the height, width, length and weight of each personal effect. Items in self storage units will be piled up so find out the stacking limits of your items if you can. To make it easier to plan your layout, write each item on a sticky note.

Before you start arranging your pieces of paper, find out the storing limitations of your mini-warehouse. Leave at least three feet off the width to allot walking space for long self storage units. Deduct a foot off from the height for ventilation. Ask the self storage units representative for their policies on the particulars you can store and their weight limitations.

Start by picking out the heaviest items first. These will form the bottom level of the room. For hefty items with low stacking capabilities, like beds for instance, store them upright to maximize on space.

Self storage units should be planned upwards, level by level. The lighter the item, the higher up you can place it. Irregularly shaped items can store small and light boxes in their empty spaces. A chair, for example, can seat a box of figurines to make up for the space occupied by its arms and back.

Be careful when putting appliances or engines inside self storage units. Empty out all oil and gas tanks, including fumes, to prevent against fire. Observe proper fire safety procedures as well, like storing books and paper files in fire-retardant boxes.

Remember to always clean the storage shed before you start unloading your things. Spread a thick coat of disinfectant on your boxes and spray the corners of the room with insect repellant. Keep mothballs near clothes, fabrics, books and paper. Cleaning of self storage units should occur at least once every six months.

Like all rentals, self storage units cost money. By learning how to properly arrange your possessions, you can subscribe for a smaller space and save money. You could even add more items to your storage unit. Practice proper upkeep to preserve the state of your belongings.…

Storage Space: Considering The Different Options

Lucille
 

Storage Space: Considering The Different Options

Don’t fret if your put-away space appears to be smaller than you originally thought it was. You might just need to organize your stuff better. Here are a few tips on how to make the most of self storage units.

First, make a list of all the movables. If you have a lot of small items, group and record them into boxes. Jot down the height, width, length and weight of each personal effect. Items in self storage units will be piled up so find out the stacking limits of your items if you can. To make it easier to plan your layout, write each item on a sticky note.

Before you start arranging your pieces of paper, find out the storing limitations of your mini-warehouse. Leave at least three feet off the width to allot walking space for long self storage units. Deduct a foot off from the height for ventilation. Ask the self storage units representative for their policies on the particulars you can store and their weight limitations.

Start by picking out the heaviest items first. These will form the bottom level of the room. For hefty items with low stacking capabilities, like beds for instance, store them upright to maximize on space.

Self storage units should be planned upwards, level by level. The lighter the item, the higher up you can place it. Irregularly shaped items can store small and light boxes in their empty spaces. A chair, for example, can seat a box of figurines to make up for the space occupied by its arms and back.

Be careful when putting appliances or engines inside self storage units. Empty out all oil and gas tanks, including fumes, to prevent against fire. Observe proper fire safety procedures as well, like storing books and paper files in fire-retardant boxes.

Remember to always clean the storage shed before you start unloading your things. Spread a thick coat of disinfectant on your boxes and spray the corners of the room with insect repellant. Keep mothballs near clothes, fabrics, books and paper. Cleaning of self storage units should occur at least once every six months.

Like all rentals, self storage units cost money. By learning how to properly arrange your possessions, you can subscribe for a smaller space and save money. You could even add more items to your storage unit. Practice proper upkeep to preserve the state of your belongings.…

A Few Tips for Homeowners in Utilizing a Storage Unit

Lucille
 

A Few Tips for Homeowners in Utilizing a Storage Unit

Our lives our certainly busy these days and there are a lot of items constantly moving in and out of our house. Whether it’s a family passing on furniture or a student returning home from college, self-storage units are a great place to store your belongings until the time is right for them to reenter the home. Below is a list of a few tips for homeowners and how they can effectively utilize a self-storage unit.

You may have a college student(s) and realize that once they have moved to their dorm room, their old room is now filled with items you did not know where to store, with today’s economy chance are they are going to need a place to stay for the summer or camp out until they find the right job. Store those belongings in a self-storage unit.

Family heirlooms are an important part of most every family, and whether it is sitting high up on a shelf, proudly displayed on a counter, or simply out of site, it is always smart to find these possessions a safe and secure location to be. Consider using a storage unit to safely stow these items until it is time to pass them along to other family members.

Rooms in your house that are not being used for anything important are usually stored with random belongings. Maybe it’s about time you opened that room up into a new office and stored the kayak, boxes, and lamps in a more suitable location until you decide to use them again. Self-storage units provide excellent accessibility and should be open 24/7.

Bills over the years are starting to go more electronic and you may have paper files filled with excess information that just may be useful if an issue arises, these files are best stored in a self-storage unit where they will be closely monitored.

Many storage facilities provide excellent security systems which leave you feeling assured your belongings are safe. They are open usually 24/7 so you can personally access your items in case of that last minute emergency. If you would like more information, go online and search “self-storage units” followed by your city or desired location.…

Crisis – Really?

Lucille
 

Crisis – Really?

The news about the so called crisis just does not stop. Every day we are confronted with it on the news and in the papers. Everyone is talking about it and everyone is scared for their jobs or to lose their house.

Many think that people are being scared by all the commotion. It’s almost like a panic wave throughout the globe. But how much of this actually affects the normal people living in your street? We all understand one would be afraid to lose the job, because companies are very careful with expanding and investments. We also know people cannot get a mortgage for a new house that easily at the moment.

Would it be possible for the normal people to make the economy roll again like it did a year ago? How can we convince everyone that the crisis is not as bad as the media make it look? Some say that we can overcome this by living our lives more or less like we did before this worldwide problem. For some this will be easier than for others, but it’s possible to give the economy a slight boost by continuing to spend money. Any money spent will help. That doesn’t mean we should all start spending money like mad, but perhaps people shouldn’t be too careful. When the cash flow stops the economy stops.

Companies could cut down on expenses for marketing and research for example and focus on continuing to sell their products using different strategies. Play with special offers and lower prices on certain services. Anything to make sure people WILL spend money, because we all know everyone will spend money easier when a product or service is cheaper than it was.

The key is: Don’t stop consuming. Keep the cash rolling and boost the economy. Keep buying presents. Just check out the special offers, so you won’t spend too much.

Together we can help solve the so called crisis.…

Organize Your Stuff in Self Storage Units

Lucille
 

Organize Your Stuff in Self Storage Units

The concept of self storage does not only focus on keeping your valuable personal possessions in a safe place. Its other important purpose is to help people organize their stuff.

Let’s face it, not many people have the right skills in organizing their belongings. Some are just content stacking their things in different areas of their house, apartment or office. But for those who are particular about creating space and keeping things in proper order, they would normally prefer to use boxes when storing important items and documents that no longer have a space in their cabinets and drawers.

So if you think that self storage units are good for storing only items that you won’t be using for a long time, think again. Even if you have stuff that you use every now and then such as clothes and sports equipment, you can still keep them safely in the facility and still have fast and easy access to them should you need to use those belongings.

Your first consideration is the size of the unit you will be renting. The smallest unit available is usually the size of a bathroom which is ideal if you’ll be storing only several boxes containing your personal belongings. For those wanting to store furniture and bulky appliances, a bigger unit may be necessary.

An important tip to consider here is to use boxes of different sizes. You can use the carton type or the plastic ones when packing your items. The sizes will depend on the items you will be storing. What matters is you organize them properly.

Use separate boxes for your shirts, pants, sweaters and jackets, sports gear and shoes. The shoes can be further divided into the sneakers, high heeled ones and flats most especially for women. For other items such as electronic gadgets, dinnerware and cookware, group them together to make it easy for you to locate them later on. If you have children, provide a box for each child and label accordingly.

Remember to label after packing each box. Don’t wait until you have packed your things in all boxes before labeling as you risk forgetting what items have been stored in what box.

Then position the boxes in the self storage unit in a way that you can easily identify each of them upon entering the room. Make sure as well to seal them to avoid dust and dirt from gathering in your items and prevent pests, if any, from entering the boxes.

Organization is key to fitting your items and boxes in a self storage unit. Avoid piling your things in the room without having an organizational plan. If you do this, you will only have a hard time finding your things when the time comes for you to pull some of them out.

This skill not only applies when using self storage units but even when organizing your personal stuff at home or in the office. An organized …

Helpful Financial Tips for New Parents

Lucille
 

Helpful Financial Tips for New Parents

It is the most exciting time in your life when you have a new child in the family. This time is also the start of an expensive journey. You can easily spend $250,000 or more raising your child until they turn 18. You need to make smart financial choices from the very beginning to ensure financial stability for your family.

Create a Budget

You need to create a household budget. Before your baby is born, determine how much you will need to spend each month on diapers, baby food and related expenses. Add a few extra dollars each month to your estimate since babies have a lot of needs. Include your estimated expenses into your budget.

As you are creating your budget, determine if there are any expenses you can cut out. Perhaps you can give up that daily coffee or settle for a cell phone plan with less frills. Now is the time to cut down on some of your unnecessary expenses. Once you create your budget, do everything you can to stick with it!

Pay Down on Debt

If you are planning to start a family in the near future, you should start to pay down on some of your debt. Work hard to pay down on your (or your spouse’s) student loan debts. Try to pay off credit cards and other revolving debt. If you have already started your new family, pay more than the minimum payments on this type of debt (add these payments to your budget to help ensure they can be afforded).

Plan for the Future

You are probably not thinking about retirement when you are just starting out in life. It is the last thing on your mind when you have a new baby in the family. However, you should not neglect your retirement fund. It is important to still work to place at least 1/10 of your income in your retirement fund.

Open a college account for your child. It is never to early to start saving money for college. Shop around for college account options in your state that provide you with tax saving benefits. Consider asking relatives and friends to make contributions to your child’s college fund rather than buying them gifts.

Buy Insurance

It is important for you and your spouse to have life insurance. This is not something you want to think about when you are starting a new family, but you should. You will want to make sure that your spouse and children would be in a good position if something where to happen to you. It is also a good idea for you both to purchase disability insurance in case someone becomes sick or injured and is not able to work for a while.

Plan to live within your means

Plan to always live within your means. Do not buy your child the most expensive toys and baby items. Chances are that they will do just fine with moderately priced …

How to Operate a Self Storage Business and Make a Profit

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How to Operate a Self Storage Business and Make a Profit

The question that haunts most, if not all, of the self storage business owners, both past and present, is the one about profiteering. The self storage industry requires intelligence, patience, personality, mathematical ability, and above all, a good sense of salesmanship or sales womanship. See, that example right there is what it is all about, equality and equitable sales acumen. The answer to how to make a profit in the self-storage business is not so complex that it cannot be either learned or expanded upon. There is always room for improvement, always.

Basics are Important

In order to make a profit and a very sizable one at that, one needs to be able to understand the basics of what makes a great business. The foundation that has sent sole proprietorships into franchise heaven is the same across the board in the self-storage business atmosphere. Good business plan, sound financials, great customer service, fantastic sales figures, and a winning attitude are all points of light for the business that makes a big splash. The amount of effort that is placed into an efficient self storage business is immense and never ending. The big boys in the industry, such as U-Store It and Bob’s self-storage both have that winning edge and retain the market share by never letting up. There is no time or reason for that as this race is run in an oval track and the laps are as numerous as the amount of competitors pitching for a piece of that market share. Never-ending.

The Operation of the Self Storage Business

The self-storage unit business is an efficiently operated well-oiled machine that can virtually run itself. This is the feeling that should radiate throughout both the office and the storage unit area. The feeling should be all about winning and all about retaining and accumulating new and existing customers, perpetually. The office environment should be clean and professional at all times with no signs of neglect or mismanagement. These signs are easily picked up by the foot traffic and the existing customer base as they come into this area to pay the rental, update customer information, or refer a friend or family member. Recall that every instance when a customer or a person inquiring about a unit, comes into the office, this is the moment that must be treasured. It is the most important part of office-operational standards, the sale is the boss, and everything else follows its lead. This can be argued by those that will say that customer service should be first, and the answer to that is without sales, the need for customer anything, is a moot point.

Outside the Office

The office area is an important facet of any self-storage establishment yet there is another region that shares in the load and that is the outside area. This involves everything that is not inside the confines of the nice and clean and pleasant self-storage office. …