Easy Money Management for Millennials

When it comes to managing money, every age group has handled things differently.  I know that my parents used some software on a computer and my grandparents used good old pen and paper to budget their spending.  But for millennials there really hasn’t been any real effective way to manage their money and budget for the future.

But that has all changed with the launch of the Squeeze App.

What is the Squeeze App?

This money management app for millennials works with you to save for the future, track your spending and shows you what your current finances are.  This is all done seamlessly through your smartphone, so it is easy to see at a glance the balance of your bank account, record the coffee you just bought this morning and helps you to see how close you are to saving enough money for a downpayment on your first home.

It is like having a financial advisor right in your pocket.

If you are a millennial, you should be using the Squeeze App each and every day to keep you on track to get the life that you deserve – after all, you will need money to do it 😉

The Perfect Geeky Art Birthday Gift

When it comes to being a geek, my brother would be the biggest one of all.  He has been that way since he was a child, and every year I try to find him the perfect birthday present that encapsulates who he is.  This means that I usually have to hunt far and wide to find him the right item as mainstream stores just don’t carry what he loves.

Thankfully, the internet has made it a lot easier to find him the right gifts for his birthday.  In fact, this year was a piece of cake.  You see, I discovered the perfect store to get him a piece of geeky art for his present.  I discovered TanksandTiaras on Etsy, a store that covers just about all of his tastes.  They carry a wide selection of unique art and gifts that are certain to appeal to just about everyone.

These items are not anything like you would find in a big-box store and that was just perfect for my needs.  Having access to unique gifts is always a good thing, and there is no shortage in the Tanks and Tiaras store.

If you need to find the perfect gift for a geek in your circle of friends and family, this is definitely the place to shop – you won’t be disappointed.

Try Before you Buy

When it comes to spending my money I try to be responsible.  In the big scheme of things there is only so much to go around and I make sure to make every dollar count.  This means that I do research and like to give things a test drive before I commit to any product or program.

Ideally, I want to try before I buy.

I know that most of you will think of test driving cars as an example of trying a product before buying it, but honestly, there are many other things that you can try out before purchasing them.

One of my favorite places to find free trials is TrialForFree.com.  This site is a wonderful resource to find products and services that you can try before committing any kind of money.  They list everything from education products and services, to entertainment, music and software.  I found that it really saved me a lot of time having all of the companies that offered free trials in one place and it made it easy for me to try new products and services.

This site is definitely a timesaver that I know that I will visit often and I have added it to my favorites.

Making Our Packages Customer Friendly

Customer services is important for both online and offline clients.  For years, we have been listening to our customers in our brick-and-mortar store and tweaking our services and products to better meet their needs.  This has not only increased our sales, but has really helped us to maintain high levels of customer satisfaction.

So when it came to our online store, we had been looking for ways to make the products that we sold from the site better for our customers.  We were looking to provide them with the best experience possible, and therefore we have been listening to their feedback and making tweaks to our business model.

One of the biggest complaints with the packages that we ship out to our online customers has been difficulties opening packages.  Like many other companies, we packed our customer orders in cardboard boxes and taped them up with a generous amount of packing tape.  But many of our customers complained that it was hard to get into their packages and some of them managed to cut themselves or damage their order in the process.  There was an opportunity here to change the way that we did business and make the whole unpacking process easier.

After looking at many options, we decided to switch to a carton box that was easy to open and easy for the customer to see if their order had been tampered with.  Not only did this make our packages more “customer-friendly”, but it made things easier for our warehouse staff as they were able to process customer orders in a shorter period of time.

Switching to these zipper carton boxes was a smart move for our business.

Buying my First Segway

This year has been a big leap for me as I try out some new technology in an attempt to both get up with the times and step out of my comfort zone.  Up until this year I only considered tech that I needed for business and did not buy any real gadgets for myself.  But as many of my friends have mentioned over the years, if you don’t take the time to learn along the way, you will get left behind.

For me, that isn’t an option.

So one of my “big” first steps into getting out of my comfort zone when it comes to tech is getting my first Segway or hoverboard.  As much as I wanted to try it, I couldn’t fight my thrifty side, so I started to look for a cheap Segway without handles.  I figured that going “handle-less” would make it easier to store in my home.

Being a first time buyer, I knew that I had to make sure to read as many reviews as possible as well as check out a number of review videos to make an informed buying decision.  These toys were not cheap and I wanted to make sure that I bought the best one on the market.

While I haven’t figured out exactly which one to buy, I have a short list that I have been working on, and I plan to make a decision by the end of the week.  Once I get the hang of it, I’ll maybe post a video or two sharing my thoughts on the Segway I end up buying.

Eczema Relief

For as long as I can remember I have suffered from Eczema.  While most people get this skin condition from time to time, I spend a good part of my life with it.  It makes my skin itchy and drives me crazy, so over the years I have tried different remedies to make it go away.  While I had hoped that there was some kind of “magic pill” that would make my skin feel better, I never had any luck finding any kind of remedy that would relieve my symptoms.

I had just about given up hope.

But one of my good friends who happens to be a dermatologist suggested that I try Argan oil.  While my first though was to try some cheap version on the market, she cautioned me that I would be better off using some organic variety to ensure that I had the best possible results.

She has never steered me in the wrong direction, so I chose to follow her advice.  I ordered some bulk Organic Argan Oil and it arrived just a few days later.  Following her directions, I put a drop of the Argan oil onto my hands and rubbed it on the Eczema.  It didn’t take too long before I started to see a noticeable change in my skin and before long everything was cleared up.

I am very happy to finally have relief from my Eczema.

Decorating my Aquarium with Macroalgae

It has been a couple of years now since I started out with my first aquarium and it has been quite the adventure.  From discovering the right amount of food to give the fish to learning how to take care of the aquarium, I have had the opportunity to learn and make some mistakes along the way.  I started out with a freshwater aquarium, but for the last eight months I have been working with a salt water aquarium.

Why saltwater?

Well, I looked at it this way: it was a new challenge with more opportunities to do different things.  For example, I have been able to use live plants, care for new species of fish in my tank and make my aquarium at home look like something that you would see in a museum at our local college.

I love being able to create a unique environment for the fish as well as something I can show off to the guests that come to my home.

My latest experiment has been working with macroalgae to create a unique look to my aquarium.  When I first heard of creating a macroalgaetank I was worried that I would end up using green algae like Chaetomorpha which does not look nice at all.  But with a little research and speaking to experts in the community, I discovered that there were many types of red, green and brown algae out there that would transform my boring aquarium display into something that you would typically see in a coral reef.

I just started out with this macro-algae a few weeks ago, but it is going to take some time, patience and some experimentation to make sure that everything turns out just right.  In the meantime I will enjoy this new challenge and I can’t wait to share pictures with you as to how everything turns out.

Celebrating my Trip to Ghana

I Love Ghana T-Shirts Over the last few months I have had the opportunity to travel the world and discover new places.  It has been something that I had wanted to do for years and I decided this year that I would make it happen.  There is no time like the present, and I wanted to make sure that I lived life and did not just spend all of my time working.

One of my favorite trips so far has been to Ghana.  A good friend of mine suggested that I travel there and I came back from the trip just a few weeks ago.  I really fell in love with the people and the country, but one of the things that I forgot to do was buy any kind of souvenirs.

I guess I was too busy having fun.

Now that I am back home, I decided that I should buy something to remember my trip.  Out of all the choices that I could have made, I decided to go with something that would work as a souvenir and be practical as well.  I bought some Ghana t-shirts that I can wear every day and be reminded of the great times that I had there.

I’ll have to wait until my new shirts are delivered to my home, but I am really looking forward to showing them off at the office.

Changing my Hairstyle

For years I have worn my hair the same way.  I suppose it is because I grew up with my hair in a certain style that my mother approved of, but I never really thought of changing it.  I was a guy after all, and how much difference could a new haircut make, right?

At least that is what I thought.  But after being dared by a friend to change things up in my life a little bit, I started to look at my hair in a new way.  Could I change it to something different?  Why had I not done it before?  These were questions that started to swirl around in my mind, so I decided to explore the possibility of changing my hairstyle.

But it was hard to know where to start seeing that I never looked at different hairstyles in my life.  Thankfully, the internet is a wonderful resource to use when you are researching just about any topic, so I decided to look for the latest trendy hairstyles and haircuts to see if I could find something that I would like.

After a bit of poking around, I ended up on Hairious, a blog dedicated to the latest trends in hairstyles and haircuts.  I discovered some styles that I really loved and some that I hated.  It really helped me to visualize the possibilities I could explore with my own hair, and I jotted down the styles that I loved the best.

I have an appointment with my local hairdresser tomorrow, and I’m going to take a chance and change my hairstyle.

I’ll let you know how I make out.

Heading to Montros Midweek

I should be in bed.

I’m working late to get my itinerary for the week completed.  I am known for procrastination, and today is no different.  I had the whole weekend to get everything lined up, but I decided to live my life and push back my work responsibilities.  I suppose that is the problem with the “weekend mentality”, and I will pay the price tomorrow morning when I wakeup without enough sleep.

But that doesn’t matter now as I have made my choice to stay up late.

This week is shaping up to be pretty productive.  From the meeting with the head of HR on Tuesday to my stop in Montros midweek, it is looking like I will get a lot done for a change.  I am hoping to have some Milgard Aluminum Windows In Montros installed while I am there so that I can get my latest flip completed.

I have been sitting on the home too long because I have been so busy.  But I am losing patience (and my profit margin), so I really need to get my latest home to flip completed.  Thankfully I am the boss at my company, so taking off a few days should not be a big deal.

It will be nice to get out of the office and work in peace-and-quiet in Montros.