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How to Take the Pain out of Moving and Vacationing

How to Take the Pain out of Moving and Vacationing

Moving into a new apartment is my most dreaded yearly ritual. It follows the weeks of packing and planning, costs hundreds of dollars and leaves me sore and exhausted. There has to be a better way that I can afford.

After working as a contractor for years, I never had vacation time, but now that I do, I plan to make use of it.

No one likes to move

I’ve helped friends move and they’ve helped me in return. However, this past year the number of friends available to help was small and I was tired of killing myself for a weekend then trying to recover the following week. There had to be a better way.

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Our move was going to be far enough it would be cumbersome to make multiple trips. I have a small one bedroom apartment so a professional moving company was overkill and too expensive.

So I consulted the Great Sage Google and found MapDispatch. The site allowed us to list what I wanted to move and about how much I wanted to pay and it offered a reasonable suggestion.

Make them come to you

Then once our move was listed, various movers around the area sent us bids and I found one from a reputable looking person who had a very competitive bid. I contacted him and finalized the details hours later.

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It was the best decision I could have made. When the mover arrived he brought a truck I was convinced was far too small. However, he was quick and professional and made short work of my worldly possessions, expertly packing them into the truck.

Not just for big moves

The site covers all sorts of moves from entire houses to single items like furniture and appliances. At the end of the weekend, we spent less than the cost of a truck rental and we didn’t have to lift a thing.

I was unpacked and ready to start life in my new place and I could still feel my legs and my arms didn’t ache.

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Now that you’ve saved money moving, use it on a nice vacation.

    Vacations are vital to sanity

    Everyone needs a vacation and summer is the perfect time to take one as work slows down and the beaches beckon me. While the cold winds were blowing the hunt for the summer vacation began.

    I didn’t want to spend a lot of money for a hotel room and renting a house for a week was not in the budget.

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    After some searching, I found HomeAway which lists rental condos and houses from all over the United States. The benefit of this is the rentals are all done by the owners of the properties and not a real estate company so prices are lower and perks are higher.

    Spend less and get more

    I was able to locate a condo in beautiful Hilton Head, SC that came equipped with linens for beds, towels, beach chairs, a fully stocked kitchen and so much more.

    The condo was perfect and my wife and I were able to afford a weeklong getaway for the price of a long weekend in a hotel room. HomeAway keeps tabs on the people renting and there’s an extensive rating system that gives you an idea of what you’re getting.

    Craigslist is the king of buying and selling but MapDispatch and HomeAway are the champions of moving and vacation planning.

    Featured photo credit: Moving via Shutterstock and inline photo by Jocelyn via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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    Last Updated on June 25, 2019

    5 Books You Must Read if You Want to Be a Millionaire in Your 20’s

    5 Books You Must Read if You Want to Be a Millionaire in Your 20’s

    Millionaires and billionaires read more than you think. In fact, the likes of Warren Buffet are said to read 1.000 pages a day. As the old saying goes “There’s no smoke without fire”; so, start off with these 5 incredible books!

    1. The 48 Laws of Power

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      “If you are unsure of a course of action, do not attempt it. Your doubts and hesitations will infect your execution. Timidity is dangerous: Better to enter with boldness. Any mistakes you commit through audacity are easily corrected with more audacity. Everyone admires the bold; no one honors the timid.”

      On your journey to becoming a millionaire in your 20’s, there will be many people trying to manipulate you into doing what they want. This international bestseller by Robert Greene is the widely read by those in the entertainment industry because of its dog-eat-dog environment. This book is a must-read for anybody who wants to claim power and keep it. it’s a fun read that tells the story of some of the most powerful people in history.

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      An example of a law of power is: Always say less than necessary.

      • When trying to impress, the more you say the more common you look and less in control.
      • Be vague.
      • Powerful people impress and intimidate by saying less.

      2. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion

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        “Often we don’t realize that our attitude toward something has been influenced by the number of times we have been exposed to it in the past.”

        This book explains the core strategies people use to influence others using real world examples. Robert Cialdini’s book goes over human quirks like the need to be consistent, and how you can use that in your marketing strategy to make more money. “People’s ability to understand the factors that affect their behaviour is surprisingly poor,” Cialdini says, “which leads to people making poor decisions without realising why.”

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        Cialdini includes real world examples of why people join cults, buy certain jewellery, or give to charity.

        3. Blue Ocean Strategy

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          “Value innovation is the cornerstone of blue ocean strategy. We call it value innovation because instead of focusing on beating the competition, you focus on making the competition irrelevant by creating a leap in value for buyers and your company, thereby opening up new and uncontested market space. Value innovation places equal emphasis on value.”

          This book argues that leading companies don’t succeed by battling competitors in “Red Oceans”, but by creating “Blue Oceans” where they have uncontested market space to grow. It goes over case studies like “Cirque Du Soleil” who created a blue ocean by creating a circus platform that didn’t include animals or more than one act on at once but instead, decided to focus on talented performers and music who created a mystical storyline.

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          4. The Fountainhead

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            “A man’s spirit is himself. That entity which is his consciousness. To think, to feel, to judge, to act are functions of the ego.”

            The Fountainhead takes place in the United States, mostly in New York City, during the 1920s and 1930s. Billionaire Mark Cuban named his yacht “Fountainhead” after this book. This classic novel is about the struggles of an innovative architect named Howard Roark and his effort to achieve success on his own terms. Many entrepreneurs are inspired by this book because it depicts how you should be uncompromising when it comes to your vision and your goals. If you follow this way of life, you develop the ability to change the world and creating something unique.

            5. The Compound Effect

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              “Do you know how the casinos make so much money in Vegas? Because they track every table, every winner, every hour. Why do Olympic trainers get paid top dollar? Because they track every workout, every calorie, and every micronutrient for their athletes. All winners are trackers.”

              This book is by Darren Hardy the CEO of Success Magazine, he goes over how it’s the small, seemingly insignificant choices that compound to create success or failure over time. No one has a plan to be broke and fat but that’s what happens when you don’t have a plan and go along the path of least resistance. Hardy argues that you cannot improve something until you measure it and to always take 100 percent responsibility for everything that happens to you.

              So, those are five books you must read if you want to give it a try to become a millionaire in your 20’s. What are the best books you have ever read? Leave a comment and share these life-changing books with your friends to help them become successful like you.

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