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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 January 21, 2020

    How to Develop a Millionaire Mindset in 6 Simple Steps

    How to Develop a Millionaire Mindset in 6 Simple Steps

    We all like to dream about being financially wealthy. For most people though, it remains a dream and nothing more. Why is that?

    It’s because most people don’t set their mind to achieving that goal. They might not be happy in their current situation but they’re comfortable – and comfort is one of the biggest enemies of growth.

    How do you go about developing that millionaire mindset? By following these simple steps:

    1. Focus On What You Want – And Take It!

    So many people are too timid to admit they want something and go for it. When there is something that you want to accomplish don’t think “I could never actually do that”, think “I could do that and I WILL do that”.

    Millionaires play to win, not to avoid defeat.

    This doesn’t mean to have to become a selfish jerk. What it means is becoming more assertive and honest with yourself. You don’t have to grab off other people. There is a big pot of unclaimed gold in the middle of the table — why shouldn’t you be the one to claim it? You deserve it!

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    2. Become Goal-Orientated

    It’s almost impossible to achieve anything if you don’t set firm goals. Only lottery winners become millionaires overnight. By setting yourself attainable goals, you will get there eventually. Don’t try to get rich quickly — get rich slowly.

    Let’s take the idea of making your first million dollars and expand on what kind of goals you might set to get there. Let’s also say you’re starting at a break-even position – you’re making enough to get by with a few luxuries, but nothing more.

    Your goal for the first year can be having $10,000 in the bank within a year. It won’t be easy but it is doable. Next, you need to figure out the steps you need to take to achieve that goal.

    Always look at ways to make growth before cutbacks. With that in mind, you might want to see if you can negotiate a pay rise with your boss, or if there’s another job out there that will pay better. You might be comfortable in your old job but remember, comfort stunts growth.

    You may also have other skills outside of your workplace that you can monetize to boost your bank balance. Maybe you can design websites for people, at a fee of course, or make alterations to clothes.

    If this is still not enough to make the money you need to save $10,000 in a year, then it’s time to look at cutbacks. Do you have a bunch of old junk that someone else might love? Sell it! Do you really need to spend $10 on your lunch everyday when you could make your own for a fraction of the cost?

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    If you are to become a millionaire, you need to start accumulating money.

    Here’re some tips to help you: How to Become Goal Oriented and Achieve More in Life

    3. Don’t Spend Your Money – Invest It

    The reason you need to accumulate money is for step three. Millionaires tend to be frugal people, and that’s because they know the true value of money is in investing. Being your own boss goes hand-in-hand with becoming a millionaire. You’ll want to quit your regular job at some point.

    Stop working for your money and make your money work for you.

    Rather than buying yourself a new iPad, that $500 could be used to invest in the stock market. Find the right shares (more on that later), and that money could easily double within a year.

    There’s not just the stock market — there’s also property, and your own education.

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    4. Never Stop Learning

    The best thing you can invest in is yourself.

    Once most people leave the education system, they think their learning days are over. Well theirs might be, but yours shouldn’t be. Successful people continually learn and adapt.

    Billionaire Warren Buffet estimates that he read at least 100 books on investing before he turned twenty. Most people never read another book after they’ve left school. Who would you rather be?

    Learn everything you can about how economics works, how the stocks markets work, how they trend.

    Learn new skills. If you have an interest in it, learn everything you can about it. You’d be surprised at how often, seemingly useless skills, can become extremely useful in the right situation.

    Start developing the habit of learning continuously: How to Create a Habit of Continuous Learning for a Better You

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    5. Think Big

    While I advise to start off with small goals, you absolutely should have a big goal in mind. If you have a business idea, then that is your ultimate goal – to start that business and make a success of it. If you want to invest your way to millions of dollars and do little work other than research, then that is your big goal.

    There is no shame in not achieving a big goal. If you run a business and aim to make $1 million profit in a year and “only” make $200,000, then you’re still significantly ahead of most people.

    Aim for the stars, if you fail you’ll still be over the moon.

    6. Enjoy the Attention

    To be successful, you have to be willing to promote yourself and enjoy the attention to a certain extent. Now the attention doesn’t need to be on yourself, it could be on your brand, but attention definitely attracts money.

    Never be embarrassed to get your name out there. That means finding a spotlight and being brave enough to step right up underneath it.

    If you run a business, try contacting the local papers. You’d be surprised at how amenable they often are to running a story about you and your business, and it’s all free publicity.

    Above all, remember: You control your own destiny. Push hard enough for anything and you’ll get it.

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