Month: December 2015

How to Make Money For Stay at Home Moms

If you have access to a computer, the internet, and an hour or two per day to invest in you and your family’s future I have a solution.

Being a mother of 4 I am busy with the day to day chores of carpool, school lunch, dance classes and Karate… sound familiar? Searching the internet one day for opportunities to work from home I wandered into a site I ended up researching all day. Becoming an Affiliate.

With a step by step process I became an affiliate, set up a pay account, and started marketing my link in under an hour…. at this point your probably thinking, I am a stay at home mom, how am I going to learn to do all this and still take care of the kids? The how to tutorial made it simple. I started the tutorial and if something interrupted me I just hit pause. I set up my accounts as I was listening! I believe every mom has an hour in her day she can align the stars and make money for her family. Today I created a website as well, even better…. I don’t have to manage it, all I did was listen to the tutorial which walked me through creating this money maker then it showed me how to forward it to the site that was already built! Becoming an affiliate sounds…. lets be honest kind of boring. When I found out I could be an affiliate in any arena that was exciting! Making money in the Travel, Scrapbook, Diet & Nutrition you name it there are thousands of companies who will pay you to direct people to their sites!

When do I have time to do this? I literally go on the internet after everyone is in bed, take 2 hours and work hard, when the kids wake up…. ready to be a mom. Making money does not have to take away from family time…

8 Financial Tips For Young Adults

8 Financial Tips For Young AdultsUnfortunately, personal finance has not yet become a required subject in high school or college, so you might be fairly clueless about how to manage your money when you’re out in the real world for the first time. If you think that understanding personal finance is way above your head, though, you’re wrong. All it takes to get started on the right path is the willingness to do a little reading – you don’t even need to be particularly good at math.

To help you get started, we’ll take a look at eight of the most important things to understand about money if you want to live a comfortable and prosperous life.

Learn Self Control
If you’re lucky, your parents taught you this skill when you were a kid. If not, keep in mind that the sooner you learn the fine art of delaying gratification, the sooner you’ll find it easy to keep your finances in order. Although you can effortlessly purchase an item on credit the minute you want it, it’s better to wait until you’ve actually saved up the money. Do you really want to pay interest on a pair of jeans or a box of cereal? (To learn more about credit, check out Understanding Credit Card Interest and our Debt Management feature.)

If you make a habit of putting all your purchases on credit cards, regardless of whether you can pay your bill in full at the end of the month, you might still be paying for those items in 10 years. If you want to keep your credit cards for the convenience factor or the rewards they offer, make sure to always pay your balance in full when the bill arrives, and don’t carry more cards than you can keep track of.
Take Control of Your Own Financial Future
If you don’t learn to manage your own money, other people will find ways to (mis)manage it for you. Some of these people may be ill-intentioned, like unscrupulous commission-based financial planners. Others may be well-meaning, but may not know what they’re doing, like Grandma Betty who really wants you to buy a house even though you can only afford a treacherous adjustable-rate mortgage.

Instead of relying on others for advice, take charge and read a few basic books on personal finance. Once you’re armed with personal finance knowledge, don’t let anyone catch you off guard – whether it’s a significant other that slowly siphons your bank account or friends who want you to go out and blow tons of money with them every weekend. Understanding how money works is the first step toward making your money work for you. (To find out how to have fun and still save money, see Budget Without Blowing Off Your Friends.)
Know Where Your Money Goes
Once you’ve gone through a few personal finance books, you’ll realize how important it is to make sure your expenses aren’t exceeding your income. The best way to do this is by budgeting. Once you see how your morning java adds up over the course of a month, you’ll realize that making small, manageable changes in your everyday expenses can have just as big of an impact on your financial situation as getting a raise. In addition, keeping your recurring monthly expenses as low as possible will also save you big bucks over time. If you don’t waste your money on a posh apartment now, you might be able to afford a nice condo or a house before you know it. (Read more on budgeting in our Budgeting 101 special feature.)
Start an Emergency Fund
One of personal finance’s oft-repeated mantras is “pay yourself first”. No matter how much you owe in student loans or credit card debt and no matter how low your salary may seem, it’s wise to find some amount – any amount – of money in your budget to save in an emergency fund every month.

Having money in savings to use for emergencies can really keep you out of trouble financially and help you sleep better at night. Also, if you get into the habit of saving money and treating it as a non-negotiable monthly “expense”, pretty soon you’ll have more than just emergency money saved up: you’ll have retirement money, vacation money and even money for a home down payment.

Don’t just sock away this money under your mattress; put it in a high-interest online savings account, a certificate of deposit or a money market account. Otherwise, inflation will erode the value of your savings.
Start Saving for Retirement Now
Just as you headed off to kindergarten with your parents’ hope to prepare you for success in a world that seemed eons away, you need to prepare for your retirement well in advance. Because of the way compound interest works, the sooner you start saving, the less principal you’ll have to invest to end up with the amount you need to retire, and the sooner you’ll be able to call working an “option” rather than a “necessity”.

Company-sponsored retirement plans are a particularly great choice because you get to put in pretax dollars and the contribution limits tend to be high (much more than you can contribute to an individual retirement plan). Also, companies will often match part of your contribution, which is like getting free money. (To learn more, see Understanding The Time Value Of Money and Retirement Savings Tips For 18- To 24-Year-Olds.)
Get a Grip on Taxes
It’s important to understand how income taxes work even before you get your first paycheck. When a company offers you a starting salary, you need to know how to calculate whether that salary will give you enough money after taxes to meet your financial goals and obligations. Fortunately, there are plenty of online calculators that have taken the dirty work out of determining your own payroll taxes, such as Paycheck City. These calculators will show you your gross pay, how much goes to taxes and how much you’ll be left with, which is also known as net, or take-home pay.

For example, $35,000 a year in California will leave you with about $27,600 after taxes in 2008, or about $2,300 a month. By the same token, if you’re considering leaving one job for another in search of a salary increase, you’ll need to understand how your marginal tax rate will affect your raise and that a salary increase from $35,000 a year to $41,000 a year won’t give you an extra $6,000, or $500 per month – it will only give you an extra $4,200, or $350 per month (again, the amount will vary depending on your state of residence). Also, you’ll be better off in the long run if you learn to prepare your annual tax return yourself, as there is plenty of bad tax advice and misinformation floating around out there. (To learn all about your taxes, visit our Income Tax Guide.)
Guard Your Health
If meeting monthly health insurance premiums seems impossible, what will you do if you have to go to the emergency room, where a single visit for a minor injury like a broken bone can cost thousands of dollars? If you’re uninsured, don’t wait another day to apply for health insurance; it’s easier than you think to wind up in a car accident or trip down the stairs. You can save money by getting quotes from different insurance providers to find the lowest rates. Also, by taking daily steps now to keep yourself healthy, like eating fruits and vegetables, maintaining a healthy weight, exercising, not smoking, not consuming alcohol in excess, and even driving defensively, you’ll thank yourself down the road when you aren’t paying exorbitant medical bills.
Guard Your Wealth
If you want to make sure that all of your hard-earned money doesn’t vanish, you’ll need to take steps to protect it. If you rent, get renter’s insurance to protect the contents of your place from events like burglary or fire. Disability insurance protects your greatest asset – the ability to earn an income – by providing you with a steady income if you ever become unable to work for an extended period of time due to illness or injury.

If you want help managing your money, find a fee-only financial planner to provide unbiased advice that’s in your best interest, rather than a commission-based financial advisor, who earns money when you sign up with the investments his or her company backs. You’ll also want to protect your money from taxes, which is easy to do with a retirement account, and inflation, which you can do by making sure that all of your money is earning interest through vehicles like high-interest savings accounts, money market funds, CDs, stocks, bonds and mutual funds. (Find out all you need to know about insurance in Understand Your Insurance Contract, Five Insurance Policies Everyone Should Have and Insurance 101 For Renters.)

Tips For Keeping Safe During the Holidays

When the Holiday Season is upon us, it is unfortunate that some may use a happy time of year to prey on others. Here are some tips for keeping yourself and your family safe during that time of year and all year round:

* Dispose of packaging discreetly. Criminals can spot something you’ve discarded and target you for their next burglary or theft.

* When leaving town, have a trusted friend or neighbor take care of your home. Avoid cancelling regular deliveries such as the paper or your mail.

* Arrange to have packages delivered to a neighbor if you are not home to receive them.

* Packages left on porches or doorsteps are “easy picking” for thieves. And it will draw unwanted attention to your home.

* check the identification of all persons delivering packages to your home.

* Keep gifts out of view of windows and doors.

* Leave a TV or radio on when you are away from home.

* Always lock your car and close the windows and keep packages in the trunk.

* Shop with at least one partner.

* Have a meeting place for your children and/or shopping partner in case you are separated.

* Have your car or house key in your hand as you approach the door and use it as a weapon if necessary!

* Do not park next to vans, trucks, campers or vehicles with dark tinted windows.

* Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.

* Instead of one big shopping trip, try several small ones to cut down on the amount of money you are carrying or the number or packages you will have to transport to your car.

* Park in well lit areas.

* If you write a check, give only the necessary information, never your social security number.

* Safeguard your credit cards or checks just as you do your cash. Do not leave them in jacket pockets or sitting out in restaurants, stores, or hotel rooms.

* Keep your purse or wallet on you. Shoulder straps should be worn across your body, not hanging on your shoulder.

* Make a list of all your credit cards and debit cards and keep it in a safe place at home.

* Use ATM machines in secure locations and shield your PIN number from others.

* Always keep your receipts and reconcile your account to check for discrepancies.

The number one thing to remember is to report it to the police immediately if you are victimized.

Financial Irrelevance to God by Those Missing the Real Treasure

Money is manmade and has nothing to do with the way God sees the world. Wealth is an addiction created by greed and those who engage in it are unlikely to be a part of the inheritance of the great treasure at the end of the day. Following my reincarnation and with a strong link to the Spirit of the Universe, the only real God, it commissioned me to tear down the wall of blindness and bring in the harvest. In a vision a great treasure was shown to me buried deep under the ground.

The meaning of the treasure haunted me for some two to three weeks and my pleas to be shown what it implied had no effect. That is until one day while praying with a minister at the Order of St. Luke’s Healing Service where we each asked for something special. He asked for the healing of one of his charges in a nursing home. My request was to be shown the meaning of the treasure.

On the way home the Spirit led me by a different route which took me past a friend’s house. She is a spiritual person and we were often drawn together for the purpose of serving God. Nearing her door the tears started and they were flowing full pelt when she opened it. Ushering me into her lounge room the tongues started and they poured from my mouth in an unstoppable fashion.

As soon as they ceased my friend jumped to her feet with the interpretation. The Spirit told us that the treasure was buried by the churches and that they lie and hide the truth. It informed us that it would be I who would unearth the treasure and return it to the children from whence it was stolen.

Over months of working in the Spirit and with healing miracles part of my work the treasure has been shown to me. It is the truth and the knowledge of how religions have stolen the name of the real God and given it to the false God of religion, Jesus Christ. He was the image put up by Constantine who established the Catholic Church in 325 AD.

The wall was built by the first beast, the sun, and strengthened by the emperor who was an Amorite by inheritance. The Amors inhabited Babylon and stylised the sun-star into a woman named Mary. Men considered they could ‘marry’ Mary by dying on a cross at dawn and rising with the sun into the heavens. Constantine reinstated her as the Mother of God and his new religion was based on it and the Islamic rituals of Islam.

He buried the treasure by denying the children of Israel the truth and he hid the way to gain access to the Spirit of the Universe. The Vatican then banned reincarnation and anyone who went against its orders were murdered. The emperor introduced the systems that control governments, the law, military, religions, and the economy. He is 666 and identified as such in a vision shown to me and in Revelation 13:18. Money continues to separate those seeking knowledge of God from the Spirit.