If you are a keen gardener then you’ll know how much money it can cost to keep your garden looking beautiful and pristine. A good deal of time and resources goes into making a garden exceptional. You can, however, save a little bit of money with smart planting and a few accessories.
It was your usual tropical paradise combo of sea, sun, sand and simply nothing to do. How awful, right? This particular heaven on earth was the island of Koh Lanta off the coast of Thailand in the Andaman Sea. Koh Lanta is a quiet island, especially off season, which blissfully isnāt over run with gap year students and stoned looking backpackers.
Itās mostly small family run hotels and restaurants with very little visible night life (at least off season ā apparently it is much livelier in high season). We were there for some much needed R&R, so it was perfect. Though imagine my surprise the first time I whipped out my visa card to pay for lunch to learn that they didnāt accept credit cards. My pulse quickenedā¦ what, no credit cards?
Everyone is looking for ways to cut back on the budget. That’s the smart way to go, but it doesn’t mean you have to cut back on the quality of life as well. There are plenty of ways to live well without busting your budget.
Here are some ideas of things you could consider cutting out to lead a more frugal life while still enjoying yourself.
As a mum of three kids, an entrepreneur and a wife, I have operated on a budget for quite some time and am constantly revamping my way or organising our lives on paper. My limited knowledge of spreadsheets meant having one column that listed all of our family expenses with a total at the bottom. I had no idea you could find these templates on the web that will allow you to input your numbers and track your data without writing one formula or spending one minute trying to format the size of everything to fit nicely in your screen shot. You can find free spreadsheets for just about any need on the web.
With the help of technology, getting the word out about your product or service has never been easier or cheaper! Between YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, Twitter, personal websites and email marketing, you can inform potential customers about a promotion, invite them to an event, and persuade them to contact their circles of influence all with the click of a button on your computer.
Despite the rapid movement of information and ease with which we can all reach our target markets, nothing, however, takes the place of good ole fashion networking! A face-to-face conversation will never be outdone by fancy graphics or a hundred ālikes!ā
Purchasing a domain with a ā.com, .biz, .net, .info, or .orgāĀ doesnāt come with any restrictions. They are considered āpolicy freeā and anyone can purchase one. Websites like www.godaddy.com are commonly used to search for an available domain name. You can pay to own it for a few years up front and even receive assistance and guidance about hosting your website.
The power of the written word is very much alive in business today. While new graduates of universities may be lacking in ideal communication abilities, the vast majority of people are still swayed by persuasive and informative writing. A well-maintained business blog can be the difference between a million dollar business and a lost investment.
Finding out that your wallet has been stolen with all of your credit cards inside can be very scary. In this day and age of credit card fraud horror stories, taking action quickly upon discovering your cards are missing is the key to saving yourself a lot of trouble down the road.
When the word productivity is discussed in relation to Australiaās economy, most people think of regulatory issues, manufacturing, mining, infrastructure, and opening up ports as a way to increase productivity and drive up the standard of living. An often overlooked platform for economical growth is technology. Many experts are worried that Australia is being left behind other first world nations because of its lack of investment in technology and pursuit of technological advancements.