Wednesday, January 23, 2019

7 Tips To Save Money While Renting

Saving money while renting a house or apartment is a tough challenge. With all the bills and fees that you have to cover as a tenant, it seems like saving is the last thing you’ll ever accomplish in your life.

But the truth is, some tips and tricks will help you actually save money while renting. Some of the most effective ones are as follows.

Choose location wisely

Before you sign up that lease, make sure that the apartment you chose is close to your job or school, to major establishments and transportation. Make sure that it’s only a few minutes away to the places that you will visit frequently. Aside from allowing you to save money, choosing the best location can save you precious amounts of time!

Know your wants and needs

If you are dead serious about saving money while renting, you should cut down on some rental perks and amenities. Always go with the space that offers all your needs for a pretty affordable price instead of renting one with added amenities that you won’t be really using that much as a tenant.

Watch out your energy consumption

Turn off the lights when they are not in use. Unplug all of your appliances (don’t just turn them off) if you’ll be away for a few hours or so. If you can replace all of the electrical appliances into energy saving ones to save money in the long run.

Go with the utility bills included with the rental 

Houses or apartments for rent with utilities included can help you save money while renting in the long run. Look out for these spaces and see if the stuff they offer is fit and right for your needs and preferences. With these, you also don’t need to think about paying your utility bills separately.

Use multitasking furniture or appliances.

Multitasking furniture or appliances don't only help you save floor space. It also enables you to save money in the long run. Get a sofa with a hidden bed. Use a coffee table that doubles as storage. The same thing goes with your kitchen appliances and items.

Consider roommates

The best and easiest way to save money on your rent is by getting the right roommate. Get someone you know or trust to live with you in your rented space. This way, you can split all the bills, not only the rental fee, but also the grocery, utility (if they are not included on the rental) and more.

Negotiate your lease

If you are a good tenant, negotiate when you sign a new lease. Good paying tenants are always of excellent value for landlords. They will do everything they can to keep you in. It won’t hurt to ask them for some sort of discount or special fee upon signing your renew lease. They might not give you much, but if you plan to stay in the long run, it can turn into significant savings on your bank account.

Saving money while renting could be tough but not that impossible to achieve. Try the above-given tips, and you’ll be able to keep some of your hard earned money.

About the Author

Ron is the webmaster of Apartments-For-Rent-In-Michigan.Com. He often writes tips and advice for homeowners, tenants, and landlords. You can visit MichiganHousesOnline.com blog for more information.

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

What I Learned in 2018

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Looking back at 2018 I had a good year. God has taught me to be grateful in all things.

In February, I got healthy. I began a new exercise and eating program. I also hired a personal trainer. I was feeling great. I was feeling strong and so proud of myself for not giving up.

September hit and I thought it would be fun to try the trapeze when the kids and I were at a park. I was feeling strong, so I figured I could do this.

Well, I did and fell wrong into a foam pit. My legs bounced over my head. I caused soft tissue damage to my back and pulled something in my arm.

My arm just felt like I had pulled it. I continued to see my chiropractor and lift weights. Slowly, even though I never stopped moving it my shoulder froze. This is my second battle with frozen shoulder. 

My pain level is high. Right now I live on CBD oil and occasional painkillers. Here is what I'm grateful for! I have use of my other arm, and my range of motion is improving.

All of this made me realize we are so much stronger than we think we are. After, my arm is done battling me I will be back to weightlifting. In the meantime, I'm dealing with Graston treatments and physical therapy.

I crave a more simple life as I get older. When I was younger the bigger the house, the better. We care for three houses right now. It's a strain. My current home has three bathrooms and a large finished basement. Do you think we use the three bathrooms? Nope, we all fight over the one next to the bedrooms. I don't use my basement either. I just use the basement for storage and laundry.

I also learned that teenagers do eventually come back to you. Tweens and teens are wired to become their own person. They might want nothing to do with you for years but trust they will want to spend time with you again.

My sixteen-year-old daughter has gotten over the wanting nothing to do with her parents and moved onto wanting to spend time with us. It was just in time for my 12-year-old to start wanting nothing to do with us. The more I read, the more I learn this is perfectly normal. It doesn't mean it doesn't break my heart though.

I'm an introvert. At 43, I know myself quite well. I know when I can't people anymore. Sometimes I hide out. That's perfectly okay!

Tons of people think that having friends is a number game. I'm here to tell you it's not. If you're lucky enough to have a few friends that you chit-chat with daily like I do you're so blessed.

I have two words for 2019. I want to keep it simple and be at peace. I think I found my peace a few weeks ago with a significant happening that I can't discuss on here. Let's just say someone that treated my family horribly apologized. 

You can forgive people and be totally at peace without choosing to have them in your life.

Cheers to 2019!

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Rock of Ages at the Fox Theatre & Giveaway

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This blog post is sponsored. All opinions are 100% my own.

Broadway’s Best Party is turning up the volume to ten! The ROCK OF AGES Tenth Anniversary Tour is blazing across North America and will appear at the Fox Theatre for three appearances from January 18-19, 2019 as part of the Fox Theatre Series.

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Nominated for five Tony® Awards, including Best Musical, ROCK OF AGES captures the iconic era that was the big bad 1980s Hollywood. “Know What Love Is,” “Feel the Noise” and “Take Your Best Shot” at one of the Sunset Strip’s last epic venues, a place where the legendary Stacee Jaxx returns to the stage and rock-n-roll dreamers line up to turn their fantasies into reality.

Featuring the music of hit bands such as Styx, Poison, Twisted Sister and Whitesnake among many others, this Tenth Anniversary production features a dynamic new cast revisiting the larger than life characters and an exhilarating story that turned ROCK OF AGES into a global phenomenon.

This is one for the ages that will have you singing “Here I Go Again.”

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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Deck the Halls With Home Security

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Are you looking for the PERFECT gift to give this holiday season? Well, look no further. This year you should deck the halls with home security! Yes, home security!!

Six months ago, we had Guardian Alarm installed in our home. It has changed our lives. I can't imagine our lives now without the piece of mind of Guardian Alarm

Guardian Alarm has outstanding home automation abilities. I wanted to cover a few of my favorite that makes my life safer and more comfortable in so many ways.

  • Using the Guardian Alarm app, I can see when anyone in my family comes in the home or leaves. Each person has their own unique code, and you can receive notifications when someone arms or disarms the alarm.
  • Do you have someone watching a pet? You can either create a code for them or lock or unlock the door for them.
  • I totally adore not having to use keys. I just enter in my passcode, or if my hands are full, I can unlock my door using the app.
  • Are you away from home and are not sure if you locked the door? You can check on the app to make sure your door is locked. If not, a touch of a button on the app will lock it for you.
  • I have children that are old enough to stay home alone. Do, I always trust them? Nope! I have a camera in my home, and I can use my app to see what they're up to. Haha, mom win!
  • Do you worry about your home when you're not home? Well, you can turn on and off your lights with your app. I love this! I teach a 4:30 AM in the morning, and it's nice to just hit a button when I'm half asleep.
  • You can turn on/off your alarm from your bed. Okay, just about every night I set it while I'm relaxing in bed.
I love all of these home automation capabilities that my Guardian Alarm brings me. So, this holiday season deck the halls with home security. You will be glad you did!

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Shoveling Snow Safety Tips

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Winter came early this year! Along with the snow comes shoveling. Thankfully, as I'm writing this, we haven't had to shovel yet, but living in Michigan I know it's coming. 

Something we don't usually think about when we are younger is shoveling snow safety tips, but frankly, it's so essential for all ages. So, before we get our first big snow storm of the season, I wanted to bring you some safety tips.

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Shoveling Snow Safety Tips

Before you begin shoveling, don't forget to warm-up as if you're doing a workout. I recommend doing some simple stretches, or even walking up and down the (salted) sidewalk to get your body moving.

When you're shoveling, do more pushing of the snow than lifting.  If you do lift, don't fill the shovel with snow completely. Don't strain yourself.

When you're lifting, make sure to tighten your core and use your leg muscles. Don't lift using your back. Suck the tummy and push with your legs.

If the snow is wet and heavy, make sure you're taking a break every 20-30 minutes. Pacing yourself helps you protect your body from overexertion

If you're middle-aged or have any kind of health issues always make sure to check with your Doctor before shoveling snow. Think of it as an intense workout.

Dress in layers that are easy to remove as your body warms up from shoveling. 

Finally, consider a light plastic shovel instead of the heavy metal shovels. The plastic shovel will save you time and will cause less pressure on your arms.

Once you finish shoveling come in from out of the cold and take your kids for a swim at Aqua-Tots Swim Schools. Continuing or beginning swim lessons during the winter months will have your child building confidence and life-long skills in the water, so they're ready to dive-in once Michigan thaws out.

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