Reducing the Expense of Your Move

 

Whether your move is job-related or you’ve decided that you would prefer to live in another state, , especially with children, is a big deal. There’s a lot of planning with things like hiring the movers, packing up, eliminating what you don’t need and scheduling it for the right time of year. Moving can become quite expensive, but with a list in hand and careful planning, you can save money.

Hiring the right movers

The movers you hire will be the ones responsible for the care of your entire worth of belongings. For this reason, you need to make sure that you do your research on several interstate moving companies before making a final decision. Moving companies are not all alike and making sure that their overall customer satisfaction rate is high, is very important. Get quotes and then decide which one with your combined research fairs the best. 

Avoid peak seasons

One of the biggest ways to save money on your move is to avoid the peak season. For most companies, this generally falls between the middle of May through the end of September. Another way to save even more is to schedule the move for a weekday. Since most people want to move when their children are out of school or on the weekends, you can really enjoy a huge savings. 

Do the packing yourself

Packing up your things, especially if you have a large family can become overwhelming. However, if you opt to do this work on your own you can save hundreds, even up to a thousand dollars on the original quote. For that price decrease, it’s well worth it. If you’re lucky enough to have time on your hands and over a month before the actual move, you can go room by room and do a little bit each week, starting with the off-season items and forward. This way the packing up process won’t seem so tedious and time-consuming. If you decide to do the packing yourself, just keep in mind the number and the sizes of the boxes that you got your original quote for. If you go over, those savings you received may all but disappear. Another point to keep in mind is to pack each box up carefully. If any damage occurs you will be responsible.

Getting the most space out of each box

While you’re under contract for a specific amount of boxes, there are ways to get more space out of each one. There are many products on the market that are great for packing up clothing, blankets and even stuffed animals. Many of them reduce the air with the use of a vacuum. This lets you double the load on several of your boxes. Since you need your things to arrive in good condition, it’s also important to wrap glasses and breakables secure. Bubble wrap, white newspaper, linens and even coffee filter are all essentials. 

Purchasing boxes 

Planning out a move is critical. It gives you time ahead to enjoy savings in many ways. Take boxes, for instance, if you have a month or more before you need to move, you can drop by your local supermarket or retail store and inquire about their shipment dates. Most companies still toss out their boxes and if you’re lucky enough to reach them before they do you can get you boxes for nothing more than an hour or so of your time. If your move is sudden and your time is of the essence, you can still save some money by purchasing them on your own versus through the moving company. Just make certain that you have the right sizes and count. 

Reduce your cargo

If you’ve lived in your current residence for several years, you probably have a lot of things in your possession that you no longer need or want. If this is the case hosting a yard sale or donating the items to a church or charity is a great way to give something to another and reduce the cost of your move. 

Moving doesn’t have to cost you your hard-earned savings or cause extreme amounts of daily stress. With careful planning and the willingness to do some of the work on your own you can cut your original estimate down significantly.

 

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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A Guide for Wearing a Strapless Homecoming Dress

 

Strapless dresses whether they are worn on the beach or formally, they are some of the most favorite items in the wardrobe of most women. If your daughter is planning to attend homecoming night, a strapless can be a great option. Strapless dresses can create new desirable looks that are attractive for various occasions. For homecoming, different factors should be considered when deciding what to combine with a strapless dress. Some of the factors include; the weather, type of people your daughter will meet, and the distance.

 

During a cold night, faux fur or fur wraps can be used to make the outfit comfortable. There is no point of looking good in the strapless dress yet your daughter is freezing. Staying warm also gives her the confidence and the ability to sit for a long period of time in public. She can also move around easily without shaking due to the cold weather. The warm coverage also makes it easy for her to dance, eat or drink. Using a fur wrap is also manageable and attractive thus making it appropriate for the homecoming in such weather.

 

Furs come in shades of white, black, gray, and brown. Depending on the color of the dress, you may have to choose a blending or matching color for your daughter to use. However, the wraps can go well with different colors and styles of dresses. Asking a fashion-savvy friend may help to decide which color of a wrap will go well with the strapless dress. Matching colors and bright colors do not disappoint people who like being conspicuous. Additionally, the wraps should not drag on the ground or someone might step on it accidentally.

 

Other strapless dresses go well with a velvet jacket, especially dark colors. Depending on your daughter’s level of confidence and preference, creativity makes a velvet jacket go well with a variety of dresses from a trusted Chicago dress retail store. A coat decorated with rhinestones, beads or other types of glittering embellishments is a good choice. Most formal jackets are specially designed with bolero style. Bolero jackets are an excellent choice for warm weather because they are short, generally ending at the bust line. Such jackets usually have no fastenings or buttons meaning that they should be worn open.

 

If it is heavily raining or snowing, it is best for your daughter to wear a classic black coat with her strapless dress. The coat should not always be worn, but it is best to carry it around just in case the weather worsens. Such heavy jackets also look presentable and give your daughter the confidence she needs for the homecoming night. You may also want your daughter use a light wrap under the coat in case the venue becomes chilly.

 

Those are some of the tips you should take note of when your daughter is planning to attend homecoming and wear a strapless dress. The tips we’ve discussed above can help your daughter look her best and be confident about herself.

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Gifts For Baby

Are you planning to purchase a gift for a baby? If you are then you should know that the number one rule for buying a gift for a baby is safety. Make sure the baby can’t chew the paint off of a toy. Make sure there are no small parts for the baby to choke on and make sure it’s something the parents will approve of the baby having. Babies love to chew on things. Keep that in mind when buying a gift online or in a store.

 

Safety Guidelines When Buying A Toy For The Baby

There have been plenty of toy-related injuries that resulted in babies being taken to the hospital. Of those, more than one-third involved kids under five years old. To prevent that from happening, here are seven guidelines you should be aware of:

 

  1. Pick toys that are designed for the age of the child you are buying for. The package should give you an age range. Some kids are more advanced. You should ask the parent if the child is ready to use the toy in question.
  2. Chose sturdy, well-made toys. Used toys might not be a good decision, because they are older and they might be damaged and not safe. Some toys may have been recalled or not safe by new safety guidelines. Check toys for things that the child may be able to pull off. If they can pull off anything small then pass. Make sure that the toy parts are bigger than the baby’s mouth. This will ensure you that the baby isn’t going to choke on anything.
  3. Make sure the child is physically ready for the toy. For example, people with older kids may buy a bike that is too big for the child so the child can use it longer. Do not do this with babies. Stick to the appropriate age.
  4. Do not buy heavy toys. If the toy fell on the child, could the child be hurt? If so then pass.
  5. No balloons for babies. Latex balloons are the primary cause of injuries in children. The baby can swallow the balloon, or the balloon can shoot down the baby’s throat.
  6. Do not pick toys with string or cords longer than 12 inches. The string could get wrapped around the child’s neck. Remove anything mobile or anything hanging from the crib when the child is old enough to pull up.
  7. No toys with magnets or toxic toys.

 

 

10 Additional Tips For Buying Gifts For Babies 

  1. Do research.
  2. Ask what the baby already has.
  3. Consider the baby’s gender.
  4. Think about what stage or age the baby is when buying play things. Chose a toy that will challenge the baby. Do not buy something too advanced for the child.
  5. Create a gift basket with age appropriate toys and baby shampoos, lotions and diapers. You can also include washcloths and towels. There is also a wide selection of baby hampers online where you can place those gifts.
  6. Be thoughtful.
  7. Safe mirrors for baby are always fun and stimulate the brain.
  8. Do something unique for the baby. Personalised gifts are something the baby and parents will want to hold onto.
  9. Purchase clothes for the baby. Everyone loves to dress nice when going out. Babies also want to be comfy. Buy comfy clothes and onesies that the baby can play in
  10. Buy things they can hold onto in the future. Keepsakes help everyone hold onto precious memories.

 

Take note of the tips above and you can be certain that you’ll purchase a gift that any mum will appreciate.

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Wordless Wednesday

It’s been forever since I’ve done a wordless Wednesday. Actually it’s been forever since I’ve been on the blog! Look for me more this summer!

 

 

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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6 Tips For Buying A Car With A Good Resale Value

 

When you are shopping around for the perfect car for you, there are a few things you absolutely have to take into consideration. It can be easy to forget about what kind of resale value the potential car will have when you are caught up in the excitement of owning it, but, it’s a necessary consideration.

 

Don’t Forget About Resale Value

When you are looking for a car that is just right for your lifestyle, you need to take its resale value into consideration. Below is a list of things that will make up the best criteria for the very best resale value.

1. The Brand

Having a car that is popular in the market and has a high brand value is already half a battle won. That’s because the popularity and values, especially of German, Korean and Japanese cars, remains relatively high. It’s a lot less easy if the car is a niche type with considerable lower sales volumes.

2. The Body Type

As far as passenger cars go, sedans, crossovers, and four-door hatches tend to be the most popular. Sports cars, coupes, and convertibles, on the other hand, are less in number and have small audience appeal within the used market. That being said, because they are niche cars and are relatively scarce, the resale values can sometimes outstrip that of mainstream choices. The best thing to do is get professional free car valuations before making a decision.

3.The Engine

Big cars that guzzle gas are out, and smaller, more eco-friendly varieties are very much in. For those buyers who are on a budget, a car has absolutely everything to do with the running costs.

4. The Gearbox

With traffic congestion always on the rise, automatic cars are increasing in favour. Today’s gearboxes tend to shift quickly, have a manual function, have a controllable sports setting, are a lot more fun to drive, and since the engine continues to turn at the speed where it produces power the best, the engine lands up using less fuel, making it a win-win situation.

5. The Accessories

Believe it or not, all those cool factor extras that were added when the car was new mean very little when it comes to reselling the car, particularly if the accessory is a rather sophisticated electronic sort. That’s because the potential for expensive maintenance costs tends to be bigger. Overall, broad-based used values are calculated only by averages for that car in terms of stock availability, popularity, and sales volumes. Of course, a tow bar, for example, is going to add a little value, but a factory sat nav may have been a bad idea as there are cheaper, portable options on the market.

6. The Colour

Typically, silver and white cars tend to be the easiest to resell. Darker colours like navy and black a lot less so. That’s because of the hot climate. Buyers tend to prefer silver/grey, white, and shades of browns, greens, and yellows.

Take these six points into consideration when you next buy a car so that when you are ready to sell it, you know its resale value will be just what you need.

 

 

 

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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