Friday Finances: July 2015, Week 5

Posted on Jul 31, 2015 in budget, Finances | 0 comments

Friday Finances: July 2015, Week 5

Today is the last day of July and it is time again for the Friday Finances post. Every Friday I post about my finances for the week in an effort to monitor my income and expenses. I used to post all of the actual figures but I have recently decided to stop doing this. I will now post SOME of my actual expenses and leave the rest to your imagination. All income and expenses are recorded in Mint and any amounts are rolled over into the next month. This week my expenses were: $7 for the car inspection. It used to be more than that…I think about $12 or $13 but I am too lazy to check now....

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Friday Finances: July 2015, Week 4

Posted on Jul 24, 2015 in Finances | 0 comments

Every Friday I post about my finances for the week in an effort to monitor my income and expenses. I used to post all of the actual figures but I have recently decided to stop doing this. I will now post SOME of my actual expenses and leave the rest to your imagination. All income and expenses are recorded in Mint and any amounts are rolled over into the next month. This week my expenses were: $31.71 for the phone bill. Yes it was higher this month than my normal spending because I had some extra charges last month from my trip abroad. I had to buy a data plan while I was away and there were...

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Time For A Mid Year Finance Check Up

Posted on Jul 20, 2015 in Finances | 0 comments

Time For A Mid Year Finance Check Up

It is the middle of the year…ok a little past the middle of the year and it is time again to do a Mid Year Finance check up. This is where you take a look at your history for the year to date and determine how it compares to your annual budget. For me this is easy with Mint since it provides not only a monthly tab but also a year to date count of what I have spent and what I have gotten as income. I will review my finances to date to determine whether or not I am on track to stay under budget. If I am on track to go over the annual budget then this is a good time for me to review the...

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Paid For Lunch At Olive Garden With Ziosk

Posted on Jul 15, 2015 in Finances | 0 comments

Paid For Lunch At Olive Garden With Ziosk

So I recently had lunch at Olive Garden and paid with their Ziosk. For those who don’t know, Ziosk is a tabletop tablet-like machine that is supposed to make service a little easier. It has games, which you have to pay for, along with other utilities. For example, on the home screen you can push a button to call your server back to your table. This sends them a signal somehow, not sure if they have a receiver or if someone tells them, and they come back to you instead of you hoping to flag them down. The Ziosk also has information about the allergy related foods and allows you to order...

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Changes To Ally Bank’s ATM Fee Policy

Posted on Jul 13, 2015 in Save Money | 0 comments

Changes To Ally Bank’s ATM Fee Policy

As you all know I use Ally as my secondary bank. I really like this bank because of the rates on CDs and the fact that they offer the no penalty CD as well. I do not generally use cash but I just got a notice about the ATM fees that I wanted to share with you. Here is a portion of the email I received. “Ally is pleased to announce that we have joined the Allpoint® network to allow customers no-fee access to more than 43,000 ATMs nationwide. Allpoint is the largest no-fee network, with terminals throughout the U.S. in locations such as CVS and Walgreens pharmacies, Target stores, 7-11...

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Online shopping behavior: Women vs Men. Are we that different? (Guest Post)

Posted on Jul 8, 2015 in Save Money | 0 comments

Online shopping behavior: Women vs Men. Are we that different? (Guest Post)

With any online store it helps significantly to understand the people who are purchasing from you. Store owners often find the best information through Google Analytics and other data gathering tools. However, there’s nothing like a case study pieced together in an easily digestible infographic.   This infographic is presented by Ecommerce Platforms, and it outlines the clear differences in the online shopping habits of men and women. From how women like to buy gifts for other people to how men are less interested in discounts, sales and deals, the infographic assists ecommerce store...

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I Want A New Tablet

Posted on Jul 6, 2015 in budget, Daily life | 0 comments

I Want A New Tablet

I want a new tablet that I can use as an alternative to my laptop for work and school. Right now my laptop is a bit heavy and bulky and it is not convenient to carry it to work and school every day. I have a tablet but it is very old!!! I actually got it as a gift three years ago and it was a very low end, simple tablet. In fact we got it at 2 for $99 so that should tell you something. It has served me well so far but the firmware is old and does not support a lot of newer software. Recently it can no longer access Dropbox!!!! I don’t even know how that happens. I had set all of my...

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