8. The sweet smell of saving money on your trash service and more!

Are you spending more than necessary on your trash service, doctor link house alarm and postage?

One of the easiest jobs in the world is the one we love to hate! Taking out the trash can be smelly, find drugs sticky and just gross. I remember when we had little ones and our trash can was awful. I would put on one of my paint masks to hide as much of the smell as I could every time I took out another bag of diapers. Have you checked with the competition on your trash service lately?

I was relaying the fact that I was writing this article to a friend, site and he passed on a great example I want to share with you. My friend owns a business and was paying around $200 per month for his trash service. Obviously, he creates more waste than we do in our homes, but after getting fed up with his monthly bill, he finally checked rates with other companies, and made a switch. He is now paying $70 per month for his service! Another trick I learned is to ask if your company has as needed pickup.  My parents, for example, rarely have a full can every week.

House and office alarms are another expense that can be shopped. If you are out of your initial contract, monitoring can be provided by any company! Another friend gave me an alarm example I want to share. This friend owns an office building and needed to change his monitoring service because he rented a section of  vacant space.  Even though his call to the alarm company was to change and not cancel his service, the rate was lowered more than he anticipated to keep his business.

Postage costs are another expense that can be managed. Do you still mail your bills? Most companies have the ability to take payments via their website. Furthermore, your bank probably has bill pay service, which allows you to tell them how much to pay and when the payment needs to be made. Every 10 payments you can make online, you save $4.40 now and in all probability more when postal rates increase.

Is it possible for everyone to use these ideas? Maybe, but I will make one promise. If you do not try, you will not save money!

Make sure also to watch for our next Savvy Dads webinar June 2nd. It is FREE and Ken Canfield PhD will talk about Dads & Daughters with special guest Maurice Hilliard!!! Click here to register.

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011 Financial concepts

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