Monday, May 16, 2016


Everything is negotiable when it comes to bills. Negotiate your life and all aspects when it comes to paying a bill. I’m going to go over a few examples of how I have applied negotiating bills that I pay for every month and how I went about negotiating them.

Every year about this time, I go over all of my bills and I assess what it is that I need and what I don’t need. The things that I need I keep, such as home insurance as well as car insurance the things that I want services such as Satellite radio, Extra data on phone, or cable TV come next. I like to make a list and speak with each company that is responsible for taking my money every month.  Once again I do this every year and it has always been a good practice that I would recommend anyone do and create a habit of.

Case and point I called my I was able to call my satellite radio subscriber Sirius and got a $80 discount. I simply called them up and stated that I could not afford the price that they had automatically charged my credit card for. They apologized then transferred me to another branch that was in charge of negotiating with customers and from there they charged me $24 for a 6 month subscription. 

The next thing I had on my list was my car insurance.  I have Geico, I went online and got a quote from USAA . As I compared them both side to side I saw there were differences in the types of coverage things such as bodily injury payouts as well as the deductible. I decreased the amounts of these and amazingly that decreased the amount that they would cost overall. I also noted that I did not need roadside assistance for one of my vehicle as it was already covered so I took that away and saved even more, You should always review policies with insurance and know what you have covered as well as what you do not. You will not always need everything that you have so it is important that you make sure you are not double covered for something that you already have insurance from.

Remember that everything is negotiable, and you should always consider negotiating mostly everything. Never be shy or not question the money you spend for a service, it is money you worked hard to get don’t be so quick to give it away. Just like you earned it, make them work hard to earn it as well.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Things To Avoid When Investing In 2016

One of the best investment strategies you can have is one that is centered on not losing money.  Knowing what not to invest in can actually save you more money in the long run than focusing on the best options. Not all of these things are written in stone, but it is advisable to proceed with extreme caution if you are confident in an investment, and made sure you have done as much research beforehand as you can.

Here are a few examples of things to avoid investing in:

1 - Cloning
No, not that kind of cloning! Cloning, as in copying another successful fund’s investment ideas, something that is becoming quite pervasive among a lot of investors these days. The problem with this is that some ideas are simply not based on the right valuations, successful investors don’t always do all their homework, no matter how successful they are, they could just be lucky.

2015 was a terrible year for cloning.  And 2016 is looking to be the same. Investment strategies simply require you to do your own work.

2 - Poor Performing Businesses With “Valuable” Real Estate
Investment pitches whose valuation is based largely on a company’s real estate value is something to avoid. This is when an investor will admit that the business itself may be poor, but it’s value can be thought of in terms of real estate.  Except what they don’t tell you upfront is that this money is going to be locked up in a situation still many years away and until then, the poor business will eat up a large portion of this value through its less than successful operations. Retail operations and healthcare are good examples to watch out for.

3 - Trusting Investment Brokers Advice
Almost 75% of all investors told a Gallup poll that they paid other people to advise them on creating their financial plan. But where that advice comes from makes the world of difference. Financial advisers, brokers, and planners have completely different credentials - and, more importantly, different obligations to their clients.

Some of them operate under the fiduciary standard, meaning that they are required by law to put their clients’ best interests first. Like, for example, by disclosing any conflicts of interest or seeking only low-cost investments if that is all you can afford.

Other brokers, who buy and sell securities, often calling themselves financial advisers, should be avoided when it comes to investing. They operate under some very different rules, none of which are legally binding. First and foremost, they are salesmen, and are required to suggest investments for a client based off of their age, risk profile, investment goals and other factors. Investments brokers recommendations often come with higher fees or commissions that can be quite exploitative of their clients.

If you are seeking professional help with investing, you should definitely find out upfront how they are going to be getting paid in the transaction, and then consider how this might negatively influence their suggestions.

Last But Not Least
Run a background check before you commit. One of the easiest ways to make sure the adviser you are planning on hiring is trustworthy is a simple background check. and are both great online resources to do just that. They can help to shine a light on their professional history, offer information on their registration, a history of their previous clients and whether or not they have any disciplinary records, among other things...