Tuesday Tips

Tuesday Tips – Books You Should Read Pt. II

Last time on Tuesday Tips, we asked what books you would recommend for the top books you should read before you die. Here are the top responses we received:

1. 1984 – George Orwell

This book may not have come true, however, many of the ideas that are presented in this book connect to the present day. This bizarre book will either leave you fulfilled or completely baffled and angry! Take a risk and see if you love or hate this book!

2. The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien

This book received overwhelming support from our readers, and if you haven’t heard of it by now, you have been living under a rock. This may be one of the greatest modern adventures written in the English language. J.R.R. truly paid attention to the details when creating his world of Middle Earth.

3. Anything By Steven King

We received so many suggestions for numerous novels by Steven King that when combined together, they outnumbered the two novels above. Therefore, we decided that Mr. King should receive the honor of the number three spot, despite not necessarily having a novel in the top 3. His books tend to be odd and sometimes disturbing, but they will hook you in the first chapter. 

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Tuesday Tips

Tuesday Tips – Books You MUST Read Before You Die (Pt. I)

I have decided to compile of list of books you should most definitely read before you pass on. Even if you don’t like reading, hopefully this list will help you learn to love simple stories that touch the heart (even if you are a man).

  1. Night – Eli Weisel: This story of a holocaust survivor is pretty brutal, but I guarantee you will look at life a lot different after you read this book. This is a must read story… and it’s short!
  2. To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee – This classic American novel certainly shows how a simply story can be such a masterpiece, and the lessons learned in Lee’s novel are applicable to anyone of any age.
  3. The Chronicles of Narnia Series – C.S. Lewis – While this series tends to cater to younger ages, these books are entertaining at any age. The magic in these books seem to seep through the pages.

 

Any suggestions? We’ll continue part 2 next week with your suggestions. Comment or e-mail at admin@iammwright.com

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Tuesday Tips

Tuesday Tips: Ways to Save Money Continued

Last week, we talked about some ways to save and make money. Expanding on that idea, here are some more ideas for your wallet to expand, some you even submitted!

Cut out unnecessary bills – Whether it be Netflix, cable, the land line that just racks up phony calls, or reducing bills such as opting to a limited minutes (or data) plan for your cell phone, this is a somewhat difficult but a great way to save BIG cash,

Buy online or buy used/out of season – What may be a blow to the ego for some people is actually a great way to save some money. Rather than paying full price for a brand new, in style purse, you can just buy a gently used older one for under half the price. As for buying online, it must be noted that you have to shop well – some items will cost the same in the store, and also be wary of the price of shipping.

Use your talents to benefit you – Good in math? On average, tutors make about 15 dollars an hour! Once you get some background in the business, it can really start going (I know this from personal experience). Also, if you are good at art or crafts, consider selling your goods at a bazaar or on a website like Etsy.com. Maybe your good with kids? Consider babysitting! Share your tutoring and babysitting business with people looking for tutors or sitters on Care.com. Dog care more your thing? Lots of people can no longer go outside to pick up the dog’s mess (or don’t want to do it), or simply can’t take their dog on a walk! There are lots of opportunities out there!

 

Comment some of your own ways to save money!

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Tuesday Tips: Easy Ways to Save (or Make) Money

If there is one thing that I believe in, it is being very careful with money. Not only can it vanish quickly, but you never know when your car will break down or you need some gas money. These tips are for anyone of any age, regardless of how much you make (unless you make none). Some may be easier for others, but by doing these tips you will surely see your pocketbooks have some green lining!

1. Save Spare Change
I know it may sound super simple, but you would be amazed if I told you that if you simply saved all of your spare change instead of just loosing it like 71% of Americans admit they do, then you could potentially save 10 bucks a week. Think that’s not worth it? That adds up to about $520 a year, or roughly $33,280 in your adult life. That $520 could pay some bills, so remember “A Penny Saved Is A Penny Earned”.

2. Sell Things You Don’t a Want (or Need)
Everyone has books, games, or clothes they don’t want or need. Instead of letting them gather dust or throw them out, try selling them on eBay, Craigslist, or at shops like Plato’s Closet. Even team up with friends and have a huge rummage sale. However, it should be noted that not all items are worth money. Do some research before you start selling.

3. BUDGET: And ALWAYS Save More Than You Spend
At the beginning of every paycheck cycle, I always budget for how much I will spend vs. how much I save. I actually manage to always save a little over half, which is hard for most people. However, what you can do is save at least a THIRD. Always think before you buy, and always live within your means. Don’t spend money you don’t have. Basically, be smart with your earned money.

We’ll continue this subject next week, as well as another topic for Tuesday Tips at 6 AM (EST) next Tuesday! Comment your thoughts or suggestions or contact me personally at admin@iammwright.com

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