3 Reasons Why We Kissed Budgeting Goodbye

Yes, I am the author of The Secret to a Successful Budget. Yes, in that book I said, "[the budget is] an essential component of any healthy financial plan." Yes, I also said, "If I had to identify one financial habit that helped us become debt-free, it would be the budget." Yes, I did mention, "For almost seven years now we've kept a budget - even now that we are debt-free. And we still … [Read more...]

A Guarantee is Only as Good as the Guarantor

I once had an awful experience with the Hilton Hotel Brand. The short and sweet version is that I booked a hotel through Expedia.  Since Hilton has a Price Match Guarantee, I submitted all my paperwork that showed I got the hotel through Expedia for 50% less than the best rate at Hilton.  They did not honor my request. Here are the reasons why: Reason #1 – Mr. Ford, You booked through an … [Read more...]

6 Reasons to Use Skype When Making Business Related Calls from Home

Inevitably, it is going to happen.  Someone is going to mess up your order, billing, delivery, or even the product itself.  Life is always filled with mistakes.  As such, you will have the responsibility to follow up with a call with the company to try and sort out the mess. When that happens, Skype is a great tool for making all business related calls. Why Making Business Calls With Skype … [Read more...]

20 Reasons to Start a Budget

A budget is a forecasting tool, so it lets you plan your future. Budgeting is a tool that helps you reach your life goals. Every dollar you save by budgeting is better than a dollar you make working. It provides a platform for communication between a husband and wife. Motivation.  When you get a clear vision of your progress each month, you are motivated to continue forward. Self … [Read more...]