Eco-Friendly Roofing Options

Not only are environmentally friendly types of roofing materials beneficial to the environment, but they can also be more durable and last longer than traditional roofing options. A typical asphalt roof lasts about 20 years, though heat and extreme weather could shorten its lifespan. Some eco-friendly roofing options can last from 50 to 100 years.

The benefits of eco-friendly roofing options

Eco-friendly materials reduce landfill waste and the need to process raw materials, which lowers both energy consumption and pollution as well as maintains our natural resources. They may also provide better insulation for your home. Certain eco-friendly materials may also qualify for a tax credit. When choosing eco-friendly roofing supplies, it’s important to consider the amount of recycled content, how long it will last, and whether it can be recycled. You’ll also need to check fire and hail ratings to see how it holds up in extreme weather. Finally, choose a roofing contractor who has worked with eco-friendly materials in the past to ensure proper installation.

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John Hancock Redefines Manager of Managers

by Sean Bryant on November 19, 2014

Let’s be honest with ourselves, none of us are experts at everything.  That is why we rely on others to help us with the things that we don’t excel at.  This is how all of us should think about our investments.  You wouldn’t want to invest in a bond fund that is being run by an expert in technology companies.  That is why working with a Manager of Manager is important to making wise investment.

If you are not familiar with what a Manager of Managers is, its a company that hires different investment professionals based on their strengths.  The Manager of Managers has the ability to remove and replace investment managers if it’s in the best interest of their clients.

Check out the video below for more information and then check out John Hancock.

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Buying Groceries: 6 Unique Ways To Save

by Sean Bryant on November 18, 2014

Couponing

It’s no secret that grocery bills can get expensive, especially when you have a lot of mouths to feed. If you’re diligent about it, grocery shopping doesn’t have to break the bank, and you don’t even have to worry about coupon cutting. Check out these six other unique ways to save on groceries.

Earn Points You Can Use to Purchase Merchandise

One option that many families are taking advantage of is becoming a research participant for the National Consumer Panel. If you’re selected to become a Nielsen Homescan family, you’ll get a scanner sent straight to your home. Then, just scan your groceries after each shopping trip, and earn points that you can redeem for merchandise.

Scan Your Receipts

Scanning your receipts? Earning cash back can’t be that easy! Actually, it is. With countless apps like Ibotta or Checkout 51, you can earn money just by scanning your grocery receipts. All you need is a smartphone that allows you to scan bar codes with its camera. Apps such as Ibotta are free on iOS and Android products and will pay you cash back through PayPal or Venmo. The amount of cash back that you receive depends on the products that you buy.

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How to Repurpose Your Old Drapes

by Sean Bryant on November 17, 2014

How to Repurpose Drapes

If you have little kids, you know that you can never have enough crafting materials on hand for fun and creative projects. And if you’re on a tight budget, you probably think twice before buying all the new, trendy crafting supplies. But timing could be on your side if it’s time to replace those old drapes—there are plenty of ways to repurpose old drapes into new, exciting craft projects and decor. Check out a few of these fun ideas:

Get Crafty

Drapes offer lots of material that can be put to good use for crafting. Danielle Smith, blogger at ExtraordinaryMommy.com, knows the value of used fabrics. She shows readers how to use strips of material cut from old drapes to fold, twist, and hot-glue into different sizes of ragged roses to use as hair clips, shoe decorations, brooches, and clips for fastening a scarf—even as embellishments for decorating picture frames.

If you’re creative and crafty, you can probably come up with plenty of good projects for all the material from old drapes. Sew them into decorative pillow covers. Make them into little things like pin cushions, pencil cases, or reusable grocery bags. Apartment Therapy describes how handbag designers Toni Hacker and Ben Harnett of Hayden-Harnett used curtain panels to cover a headboard and add some color and patterns to a white-walled bedroom. A staple gun, a hot glue gun, and a little imagination are all you need to create a fabulous fabric-covered headboard.

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technology

If you’re financially minded, you’re probably always on the lookout for ways to save yourself and your business money. Did you ever stop to think about how technology — including the devices you are already using — can save you some serious cash?

Here are a few ideas to inspire you.

Electronic Invoices/Receipts Replace Expensive Printers

Help your business save money on printer devices, paper and ink by switching to electronic invoice/receipt system. Instead of printing out receipts or mailing hard copies of invoices, send them electronically (this also eliminates lots of expensive postage!)!

Large corporations like Nordstrom have already implemented emailed receipts into their brick and mortar stores. The stores save on their receipt paper and ink, and customers love having access to electronic receipts (they are so much easier to store and keep track of, both for record keeping and returns).

Telecommuting Saves on Overhead Costs

One of the most popular trends in the workforce is telecommuting, where employees work remotely. Allowing employees to work from home (or vacation, the coffee shop or anywhere they like!) can not only improve productivity, but it can help you save tremendous amounts on overhead costs like electricity, office equipment and other physical resources.

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3 People That Will Make Your Startup a Success

November 7, 2014
Startups

It’s natural for humans to seek out friends and companions who are similar to them in several aspects of life. A 2012 Columbia University study of corporate executives at a social mixer found that the investment bankers flocked to other investment bankers, accountants to other accountants, etc. Entrepreneurs typically extend this phenomenon to their hiring […]

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Save Money With an Online University

November 5, 2014
4 Ways Online University Can Save You Money

Finding a job is becoming increasingly difficult for those of us without a college education. With almost two thirds of job openings requiring a degree of some kind, a quality education is more necessary than ever. Luckily, students also have more options than ever before. Online education is more affordable and provides students with greater flexibility […]

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