selling http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/10360/all en-US How an Exit Strategy Can Make You a Better Investor http://www.wisebread.com/how-an-exit-strategy-can-make-you-a-better-investor <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-an-exit-strategy-can-make-you-a-better-investor" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/negative_business_chart_with_a_businessman.jpg" alt="Negative business chart with a businessman" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>While I am generally a big fan of buy and hold investing, I'm well aware that sometimes it makes sense to unload a bad investment. Similarly, there are times when it&rsquo;s smart to take some profits from an investment that has done well.</p> <p>But how do you know when to sell? Trying to find the right timing for the sale of a stock, mutual fund, or other investment is hard, but it helps if you have mapped out an exit strategy &mdash; a set of guidelines to give you a sense of when to sell.</p> <p>The right exit strategy can help you maximize profits from good investments and reduce losses on bad ones. If you are pondering whether to be a seller, ask yourself if any of these things apply to you or your investment.</p> <h2>It&rsquo;s in a bad industry</h2> <p>If you own shares of a company that&rsquo;s struggling, it&rsquo;s fine to wait and see if management can turn things around. But often, the company is in an industry that is in a downward spiral with no signs of recovery. It&rsquo;s hard to admit, but there are some business sectors that are simply dying as a result of changes to technology, consumer habits, or other reasons.</p> <p>Would you invest in a print newspaper chain, or a brick-and-mortar retailer? How about a coal mining operation? If you own shares of a company that&rsquo;s part of a shrinking industry with no signs of renewal, it&rsquo;s probably time to get out. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/help-i-bought-a-stock-dud-what-now?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Help, I Bought a Stock Dud! &mdash; What Now?</a>)</p> <h2>It&rsquo;s priced unreasonably high</h2> <p>It&rsquo;s important to know when to sell a stock when it&rsquo;s a loser, but there are times when you should consider unloading a stock when it&rsquo;s performed exceptionally well. The point of owning a stock is to profit, so once a healthy profit has been reached, it&rsquo;s smart to at least consider taking your profits and investing them elsewhere. This is especially true when a stock is overpriced and potentially due for a fall.</p> <p>One way to determine if a stock is too hot is its price-to-earnings ratio. An average price-to-earnings ratio is between 20 and 25, though it can vary depending on industry. Ratios can go higher if investors are betting on future growth. But if the ratio is high and you&rsquo;re not confident of the growth path of the company, consider taking your profits and moving on. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-smarter-investments-by-mastering-this-simple-ratio?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Make Smarter Investments by Mastering This Simple Ratio</a>)</p> <h2>You wouldn&rsquo;t consider buying the stock now</h2> <p>If you own a struggling stock, it&rsquo;s often important to ask yourself whether you would buy the stock today. It often makes sense to buy stock when it&rsquo;s priced very low if you believe it will rise and make you a profit over time. But if you reflect on a stock you own and realize that you&rsquo;d probably pass on buying if it was presented to you now, that&rsquo;s a sign that it may be time to unload. When crafting an exit strategy, note the lowest price at which you&rsquo;d be willing to buy a stock. Once shares dip to that point, consider selling.</p> <h2>Selling at a loss can help you save on taxes</h2> <p>If you&rsquo;ve been thinking about selling a losing stock but have felt uncertain about when to pull the trigger, consider using the sale to offset your gains and save on taxes. For example, let&rsquo;s say you sold some shares of one company and made $1,000 in profits. That $1,000 is subject to capital gains taxes. But if you sell a different set of shares at a loss, your tax liability will be reduced or even eliminated. This is called tax loss harvesting, and it&rsquo;s one way to feel less bad about the duds in your portfolio.</p> <h2>You&rsquo;re breaking the 10 percent rule</h2> <p>It&rsquo;s not so much a &ldquo;rule&rdquo; but a guideline that many financial planners use to prevent big losses. If you have an investment that has lost 10 percent of its value in a short amount of time, it may be wise to sell before it goes down further. You can even put in place a &ldquo;stop&rdquo; order that automatically sells a security once it hits a certain price.</p> <p>For example, if you buy Facebook stock at $180, consider setting up a stop order to automatically sell it at $162. By using a stop order, you have the peace of mind to know that the investment will sell even if you are not paying close attention. It&rsquo;s also possible to put in a sell order when a stock reaches a predetermined high point, so you can take profits without worry.</p> <h2>You&rsquo;re breaking the 1 percent rule</h2> <p>Under this rule, the idea is that you never want a single investment to cost you more than 1 percent of your total portfolio. So for example, if you have $100,000 saved in a 401(k), you don&rsquo;t want to lose more than $1,000 from a single stock or mutual fund. Having this approach will prevent one dud investment from ruining your overall retirement nest egg.</p> <h2>You&rsquo;re nearing the &ldquo;support&rdquo; and &ldquo;resistance&rdquo; levels</h2> <p>Technical analysts use the term &ldquo;support&rdquo; to refer to the low price that an investment has historically never dropped below. At the &ldquo;support&rdquo; price, investors have generally decided to buy in and have prevented the price from moving lower. However, if a security moves below the historic &ldquo;support&rdquo; level, it&rsquo;s a sign that there is more downward pressure and that things could get even worse for the investment. It&rsquo;s a good idea to sell at this point to avoid further losses.</p> <p>Similarly, the &ldquo;resistance&rdquo; level is the price at which a security has been historically unable to break through. If an investment keeps approaching the resistance line but isn&rsquo;t breaking through, it may be time to take your profits.</p> <h2>There are other good investments available</h2> <p>There are some instances when it&rsquo;s OK to stick with a subpar investment because there are few other good places to put your money. If interest rates are low and the market is performing badly, it might make sense to wait and see if an investment rebounds. But if you find yourself wishing you could put your money in other, better-performing investments, maybe it&rsquo;s time to sell. There is a cost to selling, but if you free up cash to purchase something that is more likely to net you a profit, you may end up doing better in the long run.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fhow-an-exit-strategy-can-make-you-a-better-investor&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHow%2520an%2520Exit%2520Strategy%2520Can%2520Make%2520You%2520a%2520Better%2520Investor.jpg&amp;description=How%20an%20Exit%20Strategy%20Can%20Make%20You%20a%20Better%20Investor"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/How%20an%20Exit%20Strategy%20Can%20Make%20You%20a%20Better%20Investor.jpg" alt="How an Exit Strategy Can Make You a Better Investor" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tim-lemke">Tim Lemke</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-an-exit-strategy-can-make-you-a-better-investor">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-smarter-investments-by-mastering-this-simple-ratio">Make Smarter Investments by Mastering This Simple Ratio</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-portfolio-blind-spots-that-are-ruining-your-investments">4 Portfolio &quot;Blind Spots&quot; That Are Ruining Your Investments</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-questions-to-ask-before-you-sell-a-stock-or-a-fund">10 Questions to Ask Before You Sell a Stock or a Fund</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-the-risk-averse-can-get-into-the-stock-market">How the Risk Averse Can Get Into the Stock Market</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-simple-ways-to-conquer-your-fear-of-investing">4 Simple Ways to Conquer Your Fear of Investing</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Investment bad stocks buying duds exit strategy price to earnings ratio profits selling stock market stocks Thu, 04 Jan 2018 09:30:11 +0000 Tim Lemke 2074014 at http://www.wisebread.com How Being Uninformed Costs You Money http://www.wisebread.com/how-being-uninformed-costs-you-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-being-uninformed-costs-you-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/please_sign_the_contract.jpg" alt="Please sign the contract" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Have you ever negotiated what you thought was a good deal, only to find out later that you didn&rsquo;t have all of the information? You probably could have gotten a <em>better</em> deal (or wouldn&rsquo;t have made the purchase at all) if you had all the facts. That&rsquo;s an awful feeling, because you feel like you let yourself down.</p> <p>In fact, there&rsquo;s a name for this kind of interaction, and there are things you can do to keep it from hurting you again.</p> <h2>Information asymmetry</h2> <p>When one party in any sort of transaction knows more than another, it&rsquo;s called information asymmetry. This mismatch of knowledge means that one person &mdash; the one with more knowledge &mdash; has more power in the transaction.</p> <p>That power differential is why you often feel terrible when you find out you got a bad deal because you didn&rsquo;t know enough. You may feel like you didn&rsquo;t hold the cards you thought you held &mdash; like you were manipulated, cheated, or lied to.</p> <h2>Information asymmetry and your money</h2> <p>When you don&rsquo;t have all the information, you end up losing money. My family experienced this when we bought our first used car. We did all of the right things: drove it around, took it to a mechanic, and asked good questions. However, the previous owners didn&rsquo;t disclose that they had used the wrong kind of chemical in the radiator, clogging the entire system. They cleaned it up just enough so it would pass the typical mechanic&rsquo;s inspection, and they sold it to us.</p> <p>We found out soon enough what had happened, and we had to replace almost every component of the car&rsquo;s cooling system. It was incredibly expensive. A mechanic let us know what he found inside, and we were furious. Had we known about the previous owners&rsquo; mistake, we would have never bought the car.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;ve found yourself in a similar situation, you know the pain of paying for someone else&rsquo;s transgressions. Information asymmetry causes many of our most frustrating money moments, because you almost always lose when you don&rsquo;t know as much as the person you&rsquo;re negotiating with. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-negotiation-mistakes-that-will-destroy-your-deal?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Negotiation Mistakes That Will Destroy Your Deal</a>)</p> <h2>Mitigating the effects of information asymmetry</h2> <p>While you can never get inside another person&rsquo;s head, there are ways to get as much information as possible before you make a financial decision. Research shows that a balance of information creates the best deals possible &mdash; the kind where everyone ends up happy. Therefore, both parties should be interested in disclosing as much information as necessary. Here are some steps you can take to help that happen. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-negotiating-skills-everyone-should-master?ref=seealso" target="_blank">8 Negotiating Skills Everyone Should Master</a>)</p> <h3>1. Educate yourself</h3> <p>Before you enter into any sort of financial transaction, make sure you understand how it works. If you&rsquo;re getting a mortgage, understand the interest rate, whether your loan is fixed or adjustable, and the loan&rsquo;s terms. If you&rsquo;re entering into a business deal, understand the details of what the other person or company does, so you can make sure they are doing as much as possible for you. This takes time, but it will help you get the best deal.</p> <h3>2. Read the fine print</h3> <p>People end up uninformed when they don&rsquo;t read every detail that is available to them. Sometimes, the fine print is literally so fine that it&rsquo;s hard to read. When you take the time to read and understand it, though, it will often give you additional information that you need to understand the deal you&rsquo;re getting &mdash; and to negotiate a better one if you need to.</p> <h3>3. Ask an expert</h3> <p>If you don&rsquo;t understand some aspect of a deal, ask someone who knows the subject at hand to help you out. People sometimes balk at this step because experts often charge money for their assistance (think auto mechanics, home inspectors, and lawyers). However, if you want to be sure you&rsquo;re getting a good deal, it&rsquo;s worth the investment.</p> <h3>4. Ask specific questions</h3> <p>People can always choose to lie, but many will not if you ask them a specific question. Even if they&rsquo;re willing to hide something or omit a detail, they often aren&rsquo;t willing to outright lie about it to your face. For instance, if you ask, &ldquo;Have you ever had problems with this home&rsquo;s foundation?&rdquo; you are more likely to get an honest answer than if you just ask, &ldquo;Any serious issues with the house?&rdquo;</p> <h3>5. Bring out the big guns</h3> <p>This isn&rsquo;t always possible, but sometimes it&rsquo;s appropriate to get someone with authority on your side, especially if you feel powerless. When it comes to information asymmetry, this often means paying a lawyer to represent or advise you. This can be expensive, but if you&rsquo;re in a major negotiation or you feel like something is wrong but you don&rsquo;t know what, it can save you a bundle in the end.</p> <p>You can lose a lot of money because of information asymmetry, but you don&rsquo;t have to. Train yourself to carefully gather as much information as possible before you enter into any sort of negotiation, and try to level the playing field as much as you can. Use your intuition during the transaction to gauge whether something is wrong. If you feel that way, investigate some more. In the end, you will get a deal you feel good about.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fhow-being-uninformed-costs-you-money&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHow%2520Being%2520Uninformed%2520Costs%2520You%2520Money.jpg&amp;description=How%20Being%20Uninformed%20Costs%20You%20Money"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/How%20Being%20Uninformed%20Costs%20You%20Money.jpg" alt="How Being Uninformed Costs You Money" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-being-uninformed-costs-you-money">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sometimes-i-wish-i-had-beautiful-long-blonde-hair-and-ample-cleavage">Sometimes I wish I had beautiful long blonde hair and ample cleavage.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-stuff-i-try-never-to-buy-new">The stuff I try never to buy new</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-trick-salespeople">6 Ways to Trick Salespeople</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-you-should-never-buy-on-groupon-or-livingsocial">5 Things You Should Never Buy on Groupon or LivingSocial</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-sell-gold-without-getting-ripped-off">How to Sell Gold Without Getting Ripped Off</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Consumer Affairs bargaining buying deals information asymmetry negotiation power imbalance research salespeople selling Thu, 21 Dec 2017 10:01:05 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 2074043 at http://www.wisebread.com 4 Portfolio "Blind Spots" That Are Ruining Your Investments http://www.wisebread.com/4-portfolio-blind-spots-that-are-ruining-your-investments <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/4-portfolio-blind-spots-that-are-ruining-your-investments" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/confused_executive_man_looking_at_documents.jpg" alt="Confused executive man looking at documents" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Ignorance definitely isn't bliss when it comes to your investments, and yet we all seem to be hard-wired with blind spots, or as psychologists call them, <em>behavioral biases</em>. Here are some of the more common ways we tend to make irrational and unprofitable investment decisions. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-one-mental-bias-is-harming-your-investments?ref=seealso" target="_blank">This One Mental Bias Is Harming Your Investments</a>)</p> <h2>1. Assigning too much value to the most recent news</h2> <p>Try to remember what you had for dinner on each of the past seven nights. Assuming there was nothing unusual about any of the meals, which one do you think you'll remember most easily? Last night's dinner, right?</p> <p>That makes sense. It's only natural that we would remember most clearly what happened in the most recent past.</p> <p>But here's the problem when it comes to investing: It isn't just that we most easily remember what happened in the recent past; we tend to assign greater significance to the most recent events as well, viewing them as indicators of what's likely to happen in the future. That's called <em>recency bias</em>.</p> <p>For example, let's say you're thinking about buying a particular stock. Before placing a buy order, you check its performance today and are pleased to see that it's up. Without consciously thinking about it, your built-in recency bias sees this as added confirmation that the stock is worth buying. It might be a good stock to buy, and it might not. One day's performance means very little.</p> <p>What to do? Make sure you're basing your investment decisions on something more than just the most recent news. What are analysts saying about the company's long-term prospects? Where will the company's future growth come from? How much competition does it have?</p> <h2>2. Reacting too strongly to bad news</h2> <p>Recency bias can be magnified if the recent news is bad. That's because of <em>loss aversion</em> &mdash; the tendency to feel the pain of loss on a much greater magnitude than the pleasure of an equal gain. According to some studies, losses can feel twice as bad as the good feelings that accompany comparable gains.</p> <p>This can lead to many forms of bad investor behavior. During a steep market decline, some investors can't stomach the pain and decide to sell. But that often makes matters worse because selling locks in their loss. When the market eventually cycles back up, fear keeps them on the sidelines and they miss the rebound.</p> <p>How to combat loss aversion? Don't monitor your portfolio so closely. People who check their holdings frequently have been found to trade more (because of fear-based selling) and generate lower returns than those who monitor their portfolios less often. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/your-loss-aversion-is-costing-you-more-than-your-fomo?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Your Loss Aversion Is Costing You More Than Your FOMO</a>)</p> <h2>3. Seeing only what you want to see</h2> <p>As the old saying goes, if you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail. By the same token, if you have a hunch about a stock, and especially if you've become emotionally attached to the idea of owning it, you may tend to notice only news that supports your point of view.</p> <p>When <em>confirmation bias</em> gets its claws in you, it becomes very difficult to see things differently. You will ignore contradictory information, selectively remember conversations or articles about the investment you are considering, and even read ambiguous commentary as favoring your point of view.</p> <p>Confirmation bias goes a long way toward explaining the existence of &quot;perma-bears&quot; and &quot;perma-bulls&quot; &mdash; market analysts who <em>always </em>see a bear or bull market on the horizon and can point to evidence supporting their opinions.</p> <p>To avoid confirmation bias, proactively seek opposing points of view. Feeling strongly attached to the idea of investing in XYZ Corp? Look for reasons <em>not </em>to invest in it.</p> <h2>4. Using the wrong benchmarks</h2> <p>When you walk into a car dealer's showroom and see one of its most expensive vehicles on display, the model you had in mind probably looks like a bargain. That's a type of bias called<em> anchoring </em>in action, with the expensive car serving as a very influential point of reference.</p> <p>When it comes to investing, it's common for people to anchor their portfolio's performance to &quot;the market.&quot; Even if they have 40 percent of their money invested in bonds, the fact that the market generated a 30 percent gain makes them feel bad about their paltry 18 percent. It might even prompt them to change their portfolio and take on more risk than they should.</p> <p>What's the solution? Create a written investment plan tailored to your age and risk tolerance, including a realistic assumed average annual rate of return, such as 7 percent. Using <em>that </em>as your anchor, an 18 percent return wouldn't be a disappointment; it would be amazing.</p> <h2>Other ways to combat behavioral biases</h2> <p>The ideal emotional state for an investor is <em>unemotional. </em>However, we're not robots. So, awareness of our many biases is a good starting point for preventing them from steering us in the wrong direction.</p> <p>Perhaps the most helpful step of all is to press the pause button. Since it's impossible to time the market, waiting a couple of days before executing a buy or sell order isn't going to make much difference in that investment's performance. However, using that time to question your assumptions may make a <em>big</em> difference in helping you more rationally decide whether the investment should be bought or sold in the first place. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-mental-biases-that-are-keeping-you-poor?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Mental Biases That Are Keeping You Poor</a>)</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F4-portfolio-blind-spots-that-are-ruining-your-investments&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F4%2520Portfolio%2520Blind%2520Spots%2520That%2520Are%2520Ruining%2520Your%2520Investments.jpg&amp;description=4%20Portfolio%20Blind%20Spots%20That%20Are%20Ruining%20Your%20Investments"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/4%20Portfolio%20Blind%20Spots%20That%20Are%20Ruining%20Your%20Investments.jpg" alt="4 Portfolio &quot;Blind Spots&quot; That Are Ruining Your Investments" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/matt-bell">Matt Bell</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-portfolio-blind-spots-that-are-ruining-your-investments">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-an-exit-strategy-can-make-you-a-better-investor">How an Exit Strategy Can Make You a Better Investor</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-the-risk-averse-can-get-into-the-stock-market">How the Risk Averse Can Get Into the Stock Market</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-3-rules-every-mediocre-investor-must-know">The 3 Rules Every Mediocre Investor Must Know</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-money-moves-to-make-before-you-start-investing">8 Money Moves to Make Before You Start Investing</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-easiest-way-to-invest-in-the-worlds-biggest-companies">The Easiest Way to Invest in the World&#039;s Biggest Companies</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Investment anchoring blind spots buying cognitive biases confirmation bias loss aversion mental biases portfolio recency bias selling stock market Tue, 17 Oct 2017 08:30:10 +0000 Matt Bell 2035896 at http://www.wisebread.com What Is Cryptocurrency, Anyway? http://www.wisebread.com/what-is-cryptocurrency-anyway <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/what-is-cryptocurrency-anyway" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/bitcoin_coin_on_white_keyboard.jpg" alt="Bitcoin coin on white keyboard" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Investors are always looking for the next &quot;big thing.&quot; Throughout 2017, cryptocurrencies have been experiencing a surge in market valuations with Bitcoin and Ethereum trading above $4,000 and $300, respectively, as of August.</p> <p>With the price of one Bitcoin (BTC) trading well above the price of one ounce of gold, more and more people are jumping on the cryptocurrency bandwagon: On August 8, 2011, there were only <a href="https://blockchain.info/charts/n-transactions?timespan=1year&amp;daysAverageString=1&amp;scale=0" target="_blank">8,638 BTC transactions</a>. Fast forward six years, and the daily number of BTC transactions has surged to 260,955! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/heres-everything-you-need-to-get-started-with-bitcoin?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Here's Everything You Need to Get Started With Bitcoin</a>)</p> <p>So what exactly are cryptocurrencies, and should you invest?</p> <h2>What is cryptocurrency?</h2> <p>Basically, cryptocurrency is a digital or virtual asset that uses cryptography as a security measure. Designed by somebody under the pseudonym &quot;Satoshi Nakamoto&quot; back in 2009, Bitcoin was the very first cryptocurrency. Today, there are over 1,050 cryptocurrencies (often referred to as &quot;coins&quot;) with funny names, including Dogecoin, Veritaseum, Factom, and Counterparty. However, their valuations are no joke: The total market capitalization of all coins stood at $151 billion as of August 23, 2017.</p> <p>Unlike currencies issued by nations, cryptocurrencies can be issued by anybody with access to the right technology. Capitalizing on this fact, tech entrepreneurs all around the world are launching coins every day with the promise that once products or services are available, the coins will be redeemable for those products and services. For example, the developers behind Siacoin provide a decentralized storage marketplace in which hosts compete for your business, and those behind Monero deliver a private and untraceable cryptocurrency. Research firm Smith &amp; Crown reports that so far in 2017, 65 projects have raised over $520 million in coins.</p> <h2>Should you invest in cryptocurrency?</h2> <p>The upside potential of a coin is huge, but this doesn't mean that cryptos are for everybody. There are a few important details you should know before you dive in.</p> <h3>There is high volatility</h3> <p>Take for example Neo (formerly AntShares) which was trading at $1.50 per coin on June 10, 2017 and peaked at $51.94 per coin on August 13, 2017. There are very few places that you can get a 3,362 percent return in just two months. But what goes up eventually comes down and Neo traded at $31.76 on August 18, 2017. Could you stomach over a 38 percent drop in value of your investment in just four days? With big price swings on a daily basis, coins aren't for investors with low tolerance to risk.</p> <h3>Investing requires some tech know-how</h3> <p>Buying and trading cryptocurrency requires you to be comfortable using some desktop or smartphone applications. Attention to detail is critical to avoid losing your hard-earned coins. Here are some important things to note:</p> <ul> <li> <p>Typing one wrong character in your 33- to 34-character long Bitcoin address when doing transactions could mean that your money ends up in somebody else's account.</p> </li> <li> <p>Sending cryptocurrency into the wrong address (say, for example, sending Ethereum Classic coins into an Ethereum wallet address) will make your cryptocurrency disappear. Most exchanges won't even help you try to recover the misplaced coins for small amounts (Bittrex sets a $5,000 minimum) and will charge you a hefty fee for the recovery.</p> </li> <li> <p>All exchanges recommend doing a small test amount before doing a large deposit or withdrawal.</p> </li> </ul> <h3>The rules are always changing</h3> <p>With more and more people buying and selling cryptocurrencies, more government agencies at different levels are creating laws that affect consumers in different ways. For example, here are a few regulations that have been placed in recent years:</p> <ul> <li> <p>In 2014, The IRS deemed a cryptocurrency as property. This means that the same general tax principles used for reporting the sale of a piece of land would apply to the sale of 10 BTC (around $42,330 at the time this article was written).</p> </li> <li> <p>In 2015, the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) passed the BitLicense regulatory framework, requiring Bitcoin companies serving New York residents to keep detailed records of all users in that state. Claiming concerns for user privacy, Kraken and Bitfinex decided not to serve users residing in this state.</p> </li> <li> <p>In mid 2017, the Hawaii Division of Financial Institutions (DFI) created regulatory policies that required exchanges to hold cash reserves equivalent to the value of cryptocurrencies held by Hawaii residents. This requirement prompted all exchanges, including Coinbase, to stop operating in Hawaii or postpone their plans to open in that state.</p> </li> </ul> <h3>Transaction wait times can vary</h3> <p>Despite the claims that cryptos are the way of the future, it surely can feel that you're back in the stone age waiting for a Bitcoin transaction to clear. In order to verify transactions, exchanges rely on a number of confirmations from the network. Depending on the volume of transactions and other factors, the wait time can vary from a few minutes to several hours. Waiting for a purchase of $5,000 worth of Litecoin could be a nerve racking experience for a new (and even experienced) investor.</p> <p>This delay in transaction time also means that you won't necessarily get the price you wanted when buying or selling your coins. On Saturday August 19, 2017, Bitcoin Cash was trading as high as $996.92. By Tuesday August 22, 2017, one coin was now trading around $582. If you had been trying to dump your coins on Tuesday, you would probably have done so at a price much different from the one you originally wanted.</p> <h3>There are liquidity issues</h3> <p>With over 1,000 cryptocurrencies to choose from, you may end up with a &quot;winner&quot; that performs well for some time. But as government laws or exchange rules evolve, your coin of choice may be dropped from several exchanges.</p> <p>IOTA is a great example. U.S. residents could buy IOTA from Bitfinex, but on August 11, 2017 the exchange announced that it would stop accepting new U.S. customers and will discontinue services to all current ones over the next 90 days. If you held IOTA, you're now forced to seek a new exchange to trade and/or wallet to store your coins. In the very worst case scenario, you may have to liquidate your position to avoid losing your money. Just ask owners of SpaceBIT, Quebecoin, and DAO.</p> <h2>The bottom line: Trade cautiously</h2> <p>There are several individuals who are making money trading Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. If you had purchased $100 BTC on January 1, 2011, you would have acquired 333.33 coins at $0.30 each. By August 24, 2017, that original investment would be worth over $1.4 million!</p> <p>However, make sure that you understand all the potential risks involved with these virtual currencies. Given their inherent volatility, don't bet the house on cryptocurrencies. Additionally, to have a true picture of how much money you're making with cryptocurrencies, include all applicable fees. Remember that every cryptocurrency transaction, whether it's a purchase, sale, deposit, or withdrawal has a fee from an exchange, financial institution, or both. Happy trading!</p> <p><em>[Disclaimer: The author owns some Bitcoin and Siacoin. He received no payment from any of the cryptocurrencies or exchanges mentioned in this article.]</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fwhat-is-cryptocurrency-anyway&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FWhat%2520Is%2520Cryptocurrency%252C%2520Anyway-.jpg&amp;description=What%20Is%20Cryptocurrency%2C%20Anyway%3F"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/What%20Is%20Cryptocurrency%2C%20Anyway-.jpg" alt="What Is Cryptocurrency, Anyway?" width="250" height="374" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/damian-davila">Damian Davila</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-is-cryptocurrency-anyway">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-an-exit-strategy-can-make-you-a-better-investor">How an Exit Strategy Can Make You a Better Investor</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-portfolio-blind-spots-that-are-ruining-your-investments">4 Portfolio &quot;Blind Spots&quot; That Are Ruining Your Investments</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-virtual-cats-might-be-the-future-of-investing">Buying Virtual Cats Might Be the Future of Investing</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-being-uninformed-costs-you-money">How Being Uninformed Costs You Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dont-be-fooled-by-an-investments-rate-of-return">Don&#039;t Be Fooled by an Investment&#039;s Rate of Return</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Investment bitcoin buying coins cryptocurrency digital currency marketplaces selling technology trading volatility Wed, 11 Oct 2017 08:30:06 +0000 Damian Davila 2034469 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Ways to Make Passive Income Online http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-make-passive-income-online <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-ways-to-make-passive-income-online" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_working_on_a_laptop.jpg" alt="Woman working on a laptop" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The internet is responsible for many wonderful things, from letting you shop whenever and wherever you want, to the ability to view unlimited cat videos. And if you're savvy, the internet can also be a great place to develop income-producing assets for yourself.</p> <p>Income-producing assets are products you create or invest in that earn passive income. In essence, passive income allows you to earn money without having to do additional work after creating the asset. There are several ways you can do this online. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-surprising-ways-to-earn-money-online?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Surprising Ways to Earn Money Online</a>)</p> <h2>1. Sell a course or ebook</h2> <p>Everyone's an expert on something, right? And the world is full of people looking to learn. One income-producing idea is to develop an online course. People will pay to learn what you know about the best travel spots in Europe, how to be a better public speaker, and everything in between. There are multiple online platforms where you can host an e-course (though you will have to pay for most of them), or you can host the course through your own blog or social media channels. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-you-really-make-a-living-as-an-ebook-writer?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Can You Really Make a Living as an Ebook Writer?</a>)</p> <p>There are plenty of tutorial, video course, and ebook content creators out there generating a steady monthly income. How you design, develop, and create your course or ebook will be very dependent on what you teach, how you teach, and the best way for your readers to learn. This all requires some legwork upfront, but if you can get the ball rolling, your online book or course can continue generating passive income well into the future. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-i-made-400-in-10-days-by-selling-an-online-course-i-created?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How I Made $400 in 10 Days by Selling an Online Course I Created</a>)</p> <h2>2. Earn interest on a loan</h2> <p>If you have some cash to spare, you could earn a nice return by investing in peer to peer lending. Peer to peer lending removes financial institutions from the equation. With sites like Prosper or Lending Club, you can put up a sum of money &mdash; whether it's a few hundred dollars or a few thousand &mdash; to fund a personal or business loan yourself. Just like if they had worked with a bank, borrowers then pay the loan back with interest, which acts as a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-money-with-peer-to-peer-lending-service-prosper?ref=internal" target="_blank">passive income stream for you</a>. Most sites report lenders see a return of between six and seven percent. Note that each peer to peer lending site will have its own qualifications and terms and conditions, so do some research to find the best option for you. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-peer-to-peer-investing-with-lending-club?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Everything You Need to Know About Peer-to-Peer Investing With Lending Club</a>)</p> <h2>3. Become an affiliate</h2> <p>Affiliate programs pay you in exchange for sending them customers via your website, blog, or social media channels. The best-known example of a popular affiliate program is Amazon, which pays &quot;Associates&quot; commissions of up to 10 percent.</p> <p>Here's how it works: Say you run a food blog where you showcase your favorite recipes. People who read your blog are likely interested in all things cooking: cookware, cookbooks, kitchen remodeling &mdash; you get the picture. If you include an Amazon affiliate link to a mixer you're using, for example, you'll earn money any time a visitor clicks through from your blog and makes that purchase. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-easy-ways-to-make-extra-money-blogging?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Easy Ways to Make Extra Money Blogging</a>)</p> <p>If you want to expand your affiliate partnerships beyond Amazon, you can join networks that connect you to companies looking for affiliates &mdash; ShareASale can help you do this. Also, if there is a particular company you would like to work with, check out their website. Usually at the very bottom of the page, in the footer bar, you'll find a link to learn about any affiliate program they might offer.</p> <h2>4. Use AdSense</h2> <p>AdSense, an advertising service run by Google, operates in a similar fashion to an affiliate program. To use AdSense, you'll also need to have a content site, YouTube channel, or blog with views. But rather than letting you promote or link to a specific item or brand, AdSense automatically places relevant ads on your site for readers to click through. These ads won't be random; they'll relate in some way to the type of content you normally post. You'll automatically earn money for views and clicks on your ad. The more views you get, the more money you can make. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-you-really-make-money-by-starting-a-blog?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Can You Really Make Money by Starting a Blog?</a>)</p> <h2>5. Sell your photos</h2> <p>Do you have a good eye for photography? Are friends and family always commenting how much they'd love one of your photos hanging on their wall? Take the hint! Build a portfolio storefront with sites like SmugMug or Zenfolio where fans of your photography can purchase prints. Many gallery sites do require paying for a monthly &quot;plan&quot; and may take a small commission, but their bottom tier packages are often fairly affordable at a few bucks per month. Many also have plugins that allow you to process print orders with high-quality photo labs and drop-ship directly to your customers. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/earn-extra-income-with-your-smartphone-camera?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Earn Extra Income With Your Smartphone Camera</a>)</p> <p>You could also sell your own photography to be used as stock photos. While there are many big-name stock photo agencies out there, such as Getty Images and Shutterstock, becoming a contributor often involves a lot of competition and a lengthy application process. Selling your stock photography on your own website allows you to set your own prices, licenses, and keep 100 percent of the earnings for yourself.</p> <p>The internet has opened up a world of opportunity for anyone to earn a little extra money. Think of what you're passionate about, what skills you have that someone might be willing to pay for, and create a revenue generating asset that will keep extra cash flowing into your budget. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-ways-to-make-money-online-that-arent-scams?ref=seealso" target="_blank">13 Ways to Make Money Online That Aren't Scams</a>)</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F5-ways-to-make-passive-income-online&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F5%2520Ways%2520to%2520Make%2520Passive%2520Income%2520Online.jpg&amp;description=5%20Ways%20to%20Make%20Passive%20Income%20Online"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/5%20Ways%20to%20Make%20Passive%20Income%20Online.jpg" alt="5 Ways To MakePassive Income Online" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/anum-yoon">Anum Yoon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-make-passive-income-online">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-make-money-outside-your-day-job">15 Ways to Make Money Outside Your Day Job</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-online-affiliate-programs-that-can-make-you-extra-cash">3 Online Affiliate Programs That Can Make You Extra Cash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-make-amazon-pay-you">7 Ways to Make Amazon Pay YOU!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-turn-your-instagram-account-into-a-paying-gig">How to Turn Your Instagram Account Into a Paying Gig</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/clear-out-that-clutter-15-places-to-sell-your-stuff">Clear Out That Clutter: 15 Places to Sell Your Stuff</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income ads affiliate programs assets bloggers eBooks Internet online online courses passive income peer to peer lending photography selling Wed, 27 Sep 2017 08:30:11 +0000 Anum Yoon 2025921 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Turn Your Backyard Into a Moneymaker http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-turn-your-backyard-into-a-moneymaker <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-turn-your-backyard-into-a-moneymaker" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/in_gardening_business.jpg" alt="In gardening business" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Having a backyard costs money. Not only do you pay to own that space, but you also have to shell out for upkeep and maintenance. Regardless, your little plot of land could actually be the answer to your financial woes. Don't just spend money on your yard &mdash; make some money with it. Here are several clever ways to monetize your outdoor space.</p> <h2>Build a tiny rental house</h2> <p>Due to the housing crunch in major metropolitan areas, cities around the United States are relaxing zoning codes or creating new housing laws to deal with the shortage of rental properties. In Los Angeles, it is now legal to turn your garage into an apartment or build a &quot;granny flat&quot; in your backyard. Given that the average monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Los Angeles in July 2017 was $2,209, according to Rent Jungle, converting an existing outdoor building into a living space, or even building one from scratch, is a real estate investment worth consideration.</p> <h2>Turn your property into a private campground</h2> <p>Do you live within walking distance of a convention center, major hospital, or historic center? My friend MaryAnn has been renting out tricked-out vintage trailers in her backyard since before online rentals were even a thing. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-easy-ways-to-make-good-money-from-airbnb?Ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Easy Ways to Make Good Money From Airbnb</a>)</p> <p>But even if you don't have a prefab shelter, don't let that stop you. If you live close to a natural wonder, a killer surf break, or a unique trailhead, you can rent out your backyard as a private campground to backpackers and glampers via <a href="https://www.hipcamp.com" target="_blank">Hip Camp</a>.</p> <h2>Sell your surplus backyard produce</h2> <p>I have a gigantic Mission fig tree in my backyard. Although I personally hate figs, I love this tree. Every year, I make several hundred dollars selling ripe figs and my award-winning fig jam to my neighbors, from the comfort of my front porch. People will pay a premium for organic, seasonal produce, especially rare varieties that are hard to find in stores.</p> <h2>Sell your trees</h2> <p>My neighbor just chopped down the 70-year-old Canary Island date palm tree in his front yard because he was tired of cleaning up palm fronds. Alas, he could have saved himself the hard work and made hundreds of dollars <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/money-in-your-yard-how-to-sell-palm-trees-for-cash" target="_blank">selling this tree</a> to a commercial landscaper. Before you chop mature trees, check with your local arborist about your tree's potential resale value.</p> <h2>Raise bees or rent your yard to a beekeeper</h2> <p>As a backyard beekeeper, I am on track to make about $4,000 this year selling honey to my urban neighbors and selling bees to local farmers. And, because Los Angeles limits me to keeping just two hives on my property, I am always on the hunt for people willing to keep two hives on their property in exchange for a percentage of the honey harvest.</p> <h2>Keep city chickens</h2> <p>In an effort to keep food waste out of the landfill, the city of Austin, Texas is offering a <a href="http://www.kvue.com/news/local/city-giving-free-classes-cash-to-austinites-who-plan-on-keeping-chickens/431009868?fb_comment_id=1097551370349084_1097597210344500#f31b6d9f013fb8c" target="_blank">$75 rebate</a> to Austinites who keep backyard chickens.</p> <p>Beyond the green street cred you will gain from chicken-based recycling, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-raise-backyard-chickens" target="_blank">raising your own chickens</a> comes with a host of benefits. The chickens can eat your food scraps and create healthy soil, all while giving you free eggs. That said, be sure to do the math before investing in a backyard chicken empire. In urban areas like Los Angeles, where fresh, organic chickens sell for $20 and no one blinks an eye at paying $1 per backyard egg, it's easier to make money raising chickens than in some other places. Check your local poultry economy to accurately assess your return on investment.</p> <h2>Grow vegetable seedlings</h2> <p>Lora, my gardener, discovered that she could make more profit growing and selling heirloom vegetable seedlings (with less effort) than she could by growing landscaping plants. Heirloom vegetable seeds cost a few bucks per package, but she sells seedlings for $1 each at her the local farmers market a &mdash; 1,400 percent markup!</p> <h2>Sell your garden space or expertise</h2> <p>Most community gardens are on the lottery system. Only a fraction of the people who want to grow their own food have access to arable land. If you have space to spare in your backyard, try renting out your land to local greenthumbs.</p> <p>If you're creative with your own garden and landscaping, you might be able to market that expertise. My friend Judy accidentally launched her career as a garden designer after fixing up her own backyard.</p> <h2>Offer your yard as a wedding and party venue</h2> <p>Is your garden or farmland picturesque? Rustic weddings are all the rage these days. Connect with local wedding and event planners in your area to find out how much you can make renting out your pristine lawn or barn.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fhow-to-turn-your-backyard-into-a-moneymaker&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHow%2520to%2520Turn%2520Your%2520Backyard%2520Into%2520a%2520Moneymaker.jpg&amp;description=How%20to%20Turn%20Your%20Backyard%20Into%20a%20Moneymaker"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/How%20to%20Turn%20Your%20Backyard%20Into%20a%20Moneymaker.jpg" alt="How to Turn Your Backyard Into a Moneymaker" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/max-wong">Max Wong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-turn-your-backyard-into-a-moneymaker">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-decorative-plants-you-can-eat-too">6 Decorative Plants You Can Eat, Too</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-things-you-should-never-hide-from-your-landlord">8 Things You Should Never Hide From Your Landlord</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-surprising-things-you-can-rent-for-extra-cash">13 Surprising Things You Can Rent for Extra Cash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-your-pet-can-earn-a-paycheck">6 Ways Your Pet Can Earn a Paycheck</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-make-money-outside-your-day-job">15 Ways to Make Money Outside Your Day Job</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income backyard beekeeper camping chickens DIY gardening home and garden plants renting selling vegetables Mon, 28 Aug 2017 08:30:15 +0000 Max Wong 2010037 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Fast Ways to Restock an Emergency Fund After an Emergency http://www.wisebread.com/6-fast-ways-to-restock-an-emergency-fund-after-an-emergency <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-fast-ways-to-restock-an-emergency-fund-after-an-emergency" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-605778350.jpg" alt="Learning fast ways to restock an emergency fund" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You worked hard to build up your emergency fund &mdash; and then you needed to use it. That's OK! That's why you had an emergency fund in the first place. Now it's time to rebuild that financial safety net (and your peace of mind). Here are six quick ways to replenish the savings.</p> <h2>1. Take on a weekend job</h2> <p>If your regular job is on a Monday-Friday schedule, you could look for a part-time weekend job. Retailers and restaurants are often on the search for dependable staff. You can also look for weekend positions in janitorial work or temp staffing positions. There are often various part-time positions available at any business or service that has to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For example, elderly care homes, emergency services, and gas stations all need part-time help.</p> <p>You won't make big bucks at most of these jobs, but if you put 100 percent of your weekend paychecks into your emergency fund, you can rebuild it fairly quickly: If you net $150 per weekend, you can save $3,600 in six months of consistent weekend work.</p> <h2>2. Work retail for the holidays</h2> <p>Seasonable businesses depend on the profits they make in the high season, which is sometimes only a few key months out of the year. For example, retailers depend on holiday sales, so they increase their people power accordingly, hiring thousands of additional workers. You could be one of those workers, bringing in a decent hourly rate for all those extended shopping times. If you're willing to put in overtime, you can seriously raise that seasonal paycheck. Working retail during November and December could net you enough to rebuild your emergency fund, and get you a sweet employee discount for doing your own holiday shopping.</p> <h2>3. Work at other seasonal businesses<strong> </strong></h2> <p>Other seasonal businesses include landscaping and lawn care companies, which get busiest in the spring and summer months. They often need additional help to do the landscaping work, and may also need help with office jobs, such as answering the phone, responding to customers, scheduling appointments, and handling invoicing and billing.</p> <p>Seek out the seasonal businesses in your area and apply for a position. If you have experience in any of the work that seasonal businesses need done, negotiate for a higher rate; since it's seasonal work, they don't have a lot of time to spend on training. If you can jump in at full-speed, you're worth a higher salary, which means your emergency fund gets rebuilt even sooner.</p> <h2>4. Clean out and sell</h2> <p>Cleaning out your house, garage, and yard can be a great way to bring in some funds quickly. For higher-value items, such as appliances, furniture, or specialty wear like a wedding dress, list each one individually. Lower-value items, like books and everyday used clothes, can often be bundled for a faster sale and higher profit. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-money-and-declutter-by-selling-these-5-unlikely-treasures?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Make Money and Declutter by Selling These 5 Unlikely Treasures</a>)</p> <p>You can approach selling your items in two different ways.</p> <p>First, you can do it yourself using online classified services and social media. With this method, you keep all the money but you have to do all the marketing and work yourself.</p> <p>Second, you can take your items to a resale shop that will take them in on commission or purchase them outright. You'll make less money, but the shop will handle the work of selling.</p> <p>Here's one important note on selling your stuff: If you have specialty items, such as antique furniture, jewelry, or collectibles, seek out an appraisal from a qualified dealer. General resale shops often won't know the value of specialty items. A dealer, however, can help you set a fair price that reflects the value and may even be able to help set up a sale for a fee.</p> <h2>5. Offer your services</h2> <p>If you have any specialized skills or services, you can make the most of them now to rebuild your savings.</p> <h3>Child care</h3> <p>Parents of young children are often searching for dependable, trustworthy care for their kids. And the hourly rate can be much more than minimum wage, depending on the area you live in. Provide references and make your child care services available through your local network of friends and social media.</p> <h3>Tutoring</h3> <p>Kids in school need tutoring, and adults in continuing education or returning to college often need tutoring as well. You can find a local tutoring service in your area and apply for a position, or work solo. Find a public location (such as a library) to meet for your tutoring sessions. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-earn-1000-a-month-or-more-as-an-online-tutor?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Earn $1,000 a Month or More as an Online Tutor</a>)</p> <h3>Marketing</h3> <p>Local businesses often need help with social media, content marketing, flyer or brochure design, or script-writing for ad or television spots. How can you help? Put together a short list of your services and rates and approach local business owners via email, phone, or at their location.</p> <p>The list of services you can offer is really only as limited as your capabilities. If you have a hobby, special interest, or any sort of experience in something other people need help with, you've got a service to offer.</p> <h2>6. Cut down to minimums</h2> <p>If you have little time to spare, take a hard look at your budget. Cut down to absolute minimums on all your spending for the next three to six months, and dedicate the difference to rebuilding your emergency fund. While living on a bare-bones budget isn't a lot of fun, it helps to know it's only for a limited time. Once you rebuild your savings, you can revert to your normal budget.</p> <p>For maximum speed in rebuilding your emergency fund, combine a couple of approaches. For example, if you can sell some high-value items and also pick up seasonal work, you'll move that much faster toward a replenished savings account.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F6-fast-ways-to-restock-an-emergency-fund-after-an-emergency&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F6%2520Fast%2520Ways%2520to%2520Restock%2520an%2520Emergency%2520Fund%2520After%2520an%2520Emergency.jpg&amp;description=6%20Fast%20Ways%20to%20Restock%20an%20Emergency%20Fund%20After%20an%20Emergency"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/6%20Fast%20Ways%20to%20Restock%20an%20Emergency%20Fund%20After%20an%20Emergency.jpg" alt="6 Fast Ways to Restock an Emergency Fund After an Emergency" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/annie-mueller">Annie Mueller</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-fast-ways-to-restock-an-emergency-fund-after-an-emergency">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-come-up-with-1000-in-the-next-30-days">How to Come Up With $1,000 in the Next 30 Days</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-signs-youre-financially-ready-to-start-a-family">7 Signs You&#039;re Financially Ready to Start a Family</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-easy-ways-to-build-an-emergency-fund-from-0">7 Easy Ways to Build an Emergency Fund From $0</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-money-moves-that-ll-protect-you-during-the-next-recession">7 Money Moves That’ll Protect You During the Next Recession</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/where-to-find-emergency-funds-when-you-dont-have-an-emergency-fund">Where to Find Emergency Funds When You Don&#039;t Have an Emergency Fund</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance Extra Income budgeting consignment emergency funds making money part-time jobs safety net saving money seasonal jobs selling side jobs Wed, 09 Aug 2017 08:00:06 +0000 Annie Mueller 1995768 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Handle Credit Card Debt When You're Unemployed http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-handle-credit-card-debt-when-youre-unemployed <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-handle-credit-card-debt-when-youre-unemployed" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-503543640.jpg" alt="handle credit card debt while unemployed" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>As if unemployment isn't a big enough blow on its own, dealing with debt while out of work can make things even worse. You might be able to catch a break from federal student loans and even some private loans through temporary deferment and forbearance &mdash; but what about credit card debt?</p> <p>See also:<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-manage-debt-while-unemployed?ref=seealso2" target="_blank"> How to Manage Debt While Unemployed</a></p> <h2>Call your creditors</h2> <p>While your unemployment status might want to make you hide from the world, it is best to deal with the situation head on and right away. Call your creditors first thing and explain the situation. See what they can offer in terms of assistance. Even if they can allow you to skip a month of payments without penalty, it will help.</p> <h2>See if you qualify for a 0 percent balance transfer card</h2> <p>If your credit score is strong, you could qualify for a credit card with a promotional <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-0-balance-transfer-credit-cards?ref=internal" target="_blank">0 percent balance transfer</a> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-0-balance-transfer-credit-cards?ref=internal">o</a>f<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-0-balance-transfer-credit-cards?ref=internal">f</a>e<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-0-balance-transfer-credit-cards?ref=internal">r</a>. Transferring your credit card debt can help you save money on your monthly credit card payments by avoiding interest charges. Just know that there are a couple of catches. First, you will usually have to pay a balance transfer fee (3 percent is typical). Secondly, if you do not pay off the transferred balance during the promotional period, you'll be subject to an interest rate that's usually higher than average on the remaining balance. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/when-to-do-a-balance-transfer-to-pay-off-credit-card-debt?ref=seealso" target="_blank">When to Pay Off Credit Card Debt With a Balance Transfer</a>)</p> <h2>Put your budget in emergency mode</h2> <p>Even if you don't plan on being unemployed for long, it is still a good idea to put your budget in emergency mode until you have secured another position. Cut everything but the basic necessities. This includes all of your cable or TV streaming options, fast food and dining out, and any unnecessary shopping. Live as if you only have enough money for basic groceries and utilities.</p> <h2>Don't fall for quick fixes</h2> <p>When money is tight, people get desperate. Don't fall for quick money fixes that will only mess up your finances further. Payday loans and cash advances might seem like promising solutions, but they come at a grave price. You don't want to waste money or ruin your credit during this time. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-protect-yourself-from-predatory-lending?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Protect Yourself From Predatory Lending</a>)</p> <p>Also avoid racking up more credit card debt to cover your living expenses. While a new credit card might make one month of living easier, it will certainly make balancing your finances harder in the future.</p> <h2>Get creative about cash flow</h2> <p>While your paycheck might be cut off, you can still bring in a few hundred dollars through creative means. What side jobs can you do while you are looking for new work? Can you take on a few hours of lawn work or babysitting each week? (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-come-up-with-1000-in-the-next-30-days?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Come Up With $1,000 in the Next 30 Days</a>)</p> <p>Also, don't underestimate the value of the clutter lying around your home. Deep clean your house and find all of the stuff you no longer use or like. Sort into three piles: an eBay pile, a Craigslist pile, and a garage sale pile. Everything small and with a resale value of more than $5&ndash;$10 can be listed on eBay (think designer clothing, tech gadgets, and profitable character items or collectibles). Anything large with a decent resale value can be listed on Craigslist (think furniture). And finally, everything else can be sold at a garage sale. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-money-and-declutter-by-selling-these-5-unlikely-treasures?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Make Money and Declutter by Selling These 5 Unlikely Treasures</a>)</p> <p>The process can bring in about $500&ndash;$1,000 extra cash, depending on what you have to sell. You will be surprised by what types of things sell on eBay, so be sure to look items up before deeming them unsellable.</p> <h2>Save drastic measures for last</h2> <p>Hopefully your unemployment will be short-term, but in case it isn't, have a backup plan. Here are a few things to discuss with your family and to consider further. They might not be desirable, but they can keep you financially stable in the face of your debt burden:</p> <ul> <li>Expanding your job search geographically</li> <li>Moving in with relatives for a short duration</li> <li>Renting out a room in your home or renting out your whole house</li> <li>Selling a vehicle</li> <li>Downsizing your home and moving to a more affordable area</li> </ul> <p>Dealing with credit card debt on top of unemployment is hard, but you have options. Don't take your situation lying down and don't be ashamed to tell people, especially your creditors who may be able to offer temporary relief.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fhow-to-handle-credit-card-debt-when-youre-unemployed&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHow%2520to%2520Handle%2520Credit%2520Card%2520Debt%2520When%2520Youre%2520Unemployed.jpg&amp;description=How%20to%20Handle%20Credit%20Card%20Debt%20When%20Youre%20Unemployed"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/How%20to%20Handle%20Credit%20Card%20Debt%20When%20Youre%20Unemployed.jpg" alt="How to Handle Credit Card Debt When You're Unemployed" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-eneriz">Ashley Eneriz</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-handle-credit-card-debt-when-youre-unemployed">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-manage-debt-while-unemployed">How to Manage Debt While Unemployed</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/never-do-these-5-things-when-youre-in-debt">Never Do These 5 Things When You&#039;re in Debt</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-easy-first-steps-to-paying-off-debt">7 Easy First Steps to Paying Off Debt</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-to-negotiate-credit-card-debt">4 Ways to Negotiate Credit Card Debt</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-fast-ways-to-restock-an-emergency-fund-after-an-emergency">6 Fast Ways to Restock an Emergency Fund After an Emergency</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Debt Management budgeting credit card debt emergency money negotiating out of work selling side jobs unemployed Mon, 03 Apr 2017 08:30:17 +0000 Ashley Eneriz 1919579 at http://www.wisebread.com This Simple Negotiating Trick Puts Money in Your Pocket http://www.wisebread.com/this-simple-negotiating-trick-puts-money-in-your-pocket <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/this-simple-negotiating-trick-puts-money-in-your-pocket" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-513381684.jpg" alt="Man using negotiating trick to keep money in his pocket" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When you hear the word &quot;anchoring,&quot; what comes to mind? No doubt something that involves a ship dropping anchor, or perhaps fixing something to a wall or floor. But it's also a known technique used in sales and negotiations that helps people get what they want.</p> <p>The basic premise is not unlike that ship dropping its anchor, only instead of keeping the vessel in one place, it keeps your mind there. Whether it's a price, a salary, a sale, or a goal, this technique anchors your mind at a certain level. Then, all decision-making is based on that first piece of information you were given.</p> <p>Let's take a look at how it can be used to help you get what you want, save money, and even achieve a lot more around the house.</p> <h2>Negotiate a Bigger Raise or Starting Salary</h2> <p>Many people foolishly wait for the other person to make the first move when it comes to salary negotiations. The thinking here is that you don't want to show any of your cards too soon. Well, that's the complete opposite of what you should actually do. Using the anchoring technique, you can choose a salary that sets the starting point for the negotiations.</p> <p>If you're an employer, throw out a figure that is way too low. If you're an employee, raise the bar higher than you'd expect to hit. If you ask for a $180,000 salary, and the actual salary on offer is $120,000, you may actually get a little more than what they originally intended to pay. It's much harder to come down to $120k from $180k than it is from $130k. Similarly, giving an employee an offer of $70,000 for a job you'd be willing to pay $120,000 is just as effective.</p> <h2>Sell a Product or Service for More Money</h2> <p>You don't have to be in a big business to use this effectively. It can work online, at a market stall, or even a garage sale. Here, you will use anchoring as a comparison tool.</p> <p>For instance, let's say you're selling vinyl records, which are very popular these days. Set a few vinyls on the table and mark them way above the price you actually want. Then, further back, put a larger selection of vinyls set at a price slightly above what you would like, but much lower than the other, more expensive records. When the patron comes to peruse the stock, they'll initially get sticker shock. But then, they see a vast drop off. That initial price of $20 per vinyl just dropped to $8. These $8 vinyls seem like a bargain. However, if they had all been marked at $8, or some cheaper ones had been placed first, that initial anchor price would have set the standard. Try it out. You'll be amazed at the results.</p> <h2>Get More Done at Home or at Work</h2> <p>If you're having trouble getting all of your tasks done, either at home or at the office, you can use anchoring as a way to be more productive. In this case, it can be overwhelming to have 20 different things to do when you get home. You are anchored to a task list so large that you simply don't do any of them.</p> <p>Instead of 20, anchor yourself at a more manageable number. How about five? Divide those 20 tasks into five groups of four, and attack them that way. For example, instead of organizing the fridge, doing the dishes, cleaning the stove, and wiping the counters, your task instead becomes &quot;clean the kitchen.&quot; By grouping your activities, and creating a smaller list of tasks, you are anchoring yourself at a much more achievable goal. At the office, it's the same thing. Don't give yourself a massive list of tasks. Instead, divide and conquer.</p> <h2>Get a Better Price on a Car or a House</h2> <p>Car dealerships use anchoring all the time to get you to pay more for a vehicle. The sticker says $18,000, but in reality, they're willing to go as low as $13,000; they just never tell you that. It's time to turn the tables on them.</p> <p>When you go into the dealership, never tell them what you are prepared to pay for the car. Instead, set your price way lower. If you're ready to spend $20,000, tell them the most you can pay is $15,000. It's your hard stop. No more. The salesperson will now be anchored at that lower price, and will do whatever he or she can to get you to go past it by a few thousand dollars. This is good news for you, because in reality, you're going to spend a few thousand less than you actually wanted to pay. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-things-car-salesmen-dont-want-you-to-know?ref=seealso" target="_blank">17 Things Car Salesmen Don't Want You to Know</a>)</p> <p>The same goes for buying a house. Your initial offer should be low. Not low enough to price yourself out of a bidding war, but low enough to set the expectations of the seller. And as an aside, if you're selling the home, go high. When you list the home at $300,000 and sell it for $280,000, the buyer thinks they saved $20,000. However, you may well have wanted $270,000 for the house. You just made an extra $10,000 and the buyer is happy with the deal.</p> <h2>Use Your Knowledge of Anchoring to Beat the Sales Staff</h2> <p>Whether you're buying a car, a bag of apples, a new set of wireless headphones, or a few books, anchoring will often come into play. Trained sales staff know how to use anchoring to get what they want. But, if you're prepared, you can become &quot;anchorproof&quot; and pay less. Here are a few techniques at your disposal.</p> <p>First, you can simply ignore their anchor, especially if it's ridiculously high or low. Now, you don't want to say &quot;No way,&quot; as this halts the process. Instead, use language like &quot;I see, that's not quite what I had in mind, let's look at this at a different way and find something we can both be comfortable with.&quot;</p> <p>If you don't want to do that, try an anchor that negates theirs. For example, at a car dealership, when the salesperson gives you the old &quot;We can take $3,000 off this car,&quot; you can reply &quot;Wow, that still puts it $3,000 above my maximum price.&quot;</p> <p>You can also deflect an anchor by offering one from a different company. At that same dealership, you can say &quot;That's a great discount, but it's still $2,000 more than the same vehicle on offer at ABC Dealership.&quot; Of course, to do this you have to have done your research. Make sure you know exactly what the prices are at competitors, and be ready to back it up.</p> <p>So, armed with all of this, you should now be ready to use anchoring to make and earn more money, and save money every time you have to negotiate a price. Go get 'em.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-simple-negotiating-trick-puts-money-in-your-pocket">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-negotiating-skills-everyone-should-master">8 Negotiating Skills Everyone Should Master</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-jobs-that-pay-over-50k-and-dont-require-a-bachelors-degree">5 Jobs That Pay Over $50K and Don&#039;t Require a Bachelor&#039;s Degree</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-improve-your-finances-using-social-media">How to Improve Your Finances Using Social Media</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-7-best-free-tools-to-improve-your-work-performance">The 7 Best Free Tools to Improve Your Work Performance</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-retailers-where-you-can-negotiate-a-lower-price">11 Retailers Where You Can Negotiate a Lower Price</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks Career Building deals goals negotiating productivity raises salaries sales saving money selling strategy Wed, 15 Mar 2017 10:30:19 +0000 Paul Michael 1907105 at http://www.wisebread.com 11 Easy Ways to Earn More on eBay http://www.wisebread.com/11-easy-ways-to-earn-more-on-ebay <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/11-easy-ways-to-earn-more-on-ebay" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-155431059.jpg" alt="make more money selling on ebay" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Selling unwanted items on eBay is a great way to clear away clutter and make some extra money on the side. Use these tips, and you'll start making even more.</p> <h2>1. Take Clear Pictures</h2> <p>Clear, sharp, and well-lit pictures are important. This is the first thing buyers will notice when looking at whatever it is you're selling. While it's a good idea to include the manufacturer's photo of the item, you'll also want to include some of your own so that bidders will know exactly what they're purchasing. They will also be looking at the background in the photos, so make sure to take them in a clean, well-lighted space.</p> <h2>2. Write a Good Description</h2> <p>Write an accurate, thorough description. Make sure to specify the brand, type, size, color, material, and other important keywords for the item you're selling. You will also want to clearly specify the condition of the item. In the description field, highlight the benefits of the product and what makes it different from another seller's listing. Check for misspellings in your description, which can throw off your keywords and make your item more difficult to find.</p> <h2>3. Determine Your Pricing</h2> <p>To set a price, first do some market research to see what identical items in similar condition are selling for, and how it compares to the original asking price. Be sure to also factor in the cost of shipping, packing supplies, and <a href="http://www.fees.ebay.com/feeweb/feecalculator" target="_blank">calculate any fees</a>.</p> <h2>4. Timing Is Everything</h2> <p>You can set the time that your listing will begin and expire on eBay. It's important to take into account that you may have bidders on both the East and West Coast, so you want to set your listing to end at a time that is convenient for both timezones.</p> <p>According to eBay, buyers are most active between 5 p.m. PST and 10 p.m. PST. In most cases, it's wise to end your listing between 6 p.m. PST and 9 p.m. PST. This allows bidders to place their final bid once they are home from work, but before they go to sleep, regardless of which coast they are on. Sunday is generally the best day of the week to end your sale. Weekends see the most traffic on eBay, and Sunday evening is the most active.</p> <h2>5. Set Unsuccessful Listings to Resell</h2> <p>eBay will allow you to relist items that didn't sell up to three times at no extra charge. If you set each listing to seven days and choose the option to resell unsuccessful listings, your item will be up for a total of 21 days at no fee.</p> <h2>6. Bundle Items Together</h2> <p>Whenever possible, bundle items together. This makes it seem like buyers are getting a better deal, and can help make your listing stand out. Best of all, it can save you time and money on shipping. This is especially effective around the holidays when shoppers are looking for gifts.</p> <h2>7. Have Positive Feedback</h2> <p>Bidders will look at your feedback, so it's important that you have some positive reviews. If you haven't sold anything or don't have any reviews yet, consider selling some smaller items first so that you can build up some positive feedback. This will allow buyers to be more confident in you when considering a high priced item.</p> <h2>8. Offer Free Shipping</h2> <p><a href="http://pages.ebay.com/seller-center/shipping/best-practices.html" target="_blank">According to eBay</a>, most buyers are looking for items that offer free shipping. It allows buyers to see the total price easily rather than having to factor in an additional cost. If you don't want to offer free shipping, then offer cheaper shipping.</p> <p>Make sure to ship through your eBay dashboard. This will make it more convenient for you, and results in <a href="http://pages.ebay.com/seller-center/shipping/shipping-basics.html#labels" target="_blank">shipping discounts</a> of up to 24% on Priority Mail and up to 37% on FedEx shipments. It also allows the buyer to automatically track the shipment and can charge your PayPal account for the shipping fees.</p> <h2>9. Ship Items Quickly</h2> <p>By shipping your items quickly, you can get more positive feedback, which is important to future sales. International shipping can be expensive and time-consuming, so you may want to turn international shipping options off when selling your item.</p> <h2>10. Answer Buyers' Questions<strong> </strong></h2> <p>If a potential buyer asks a question about your product, it's important that you respond quickly and accurately. If you take your time answering, the buyer may have moved on to another seller and you'll lose out on a sale.</p> <h2>11. Offer Good Customer Service</h2> <p>If you are frequently selling items, issues are certain to happen from time to time. As the seller, you have the responsibility to make an effort to provide customer satisfaction. This may mean accepting a return even when you feel you were accurate in your description, or providing a partial refund to satisfy a complaint. Do your best to remain respectful and calm, even if you feel the buyer is being unreasonable.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-easy-ways-to-earn-more-on-ebay">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/effective-ebay-listing-0">Effective eBay Listing</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-should-always-buy-and-sell-on-ebay">10 Things You Should Always Buy and Sell on eBay</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/clear-out-that-clutter-15-places-to-sell-your-stuff">Clear Out That Clutter: 15 Places to Sell Your Stuff</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-business-of-ebay">The Business of eBay</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-weird-things-to-sell-on-ebay-for-extra-cash">6 Weird Things to Sell on eBay for Extra Cash</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income bidders clutter customer service eBay making money online auctions sales selling shipping Fri, 27 Jan 2017 10:30:32 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1881631 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Stocks to Dump Before the New Year http://www.wisebread.com/8-stocks-to-dump-before-the-new-year <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-stocks-to-dump-before-the-new-year" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/alarm_clock_2017_610877858.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We here at Wise Bread are big supporters of long-term investing. Therefore, we don't really advocate selling stocks just because they aren't trading where you want them to be at any given moment. That said, there are times when selling <em>some </em>securities at year's end makes sense.</p> <p>In some instances, it's time to sell an investment because they are stinkers, plain and simple. In other instances, it may be time to cut ties because there's little good news on the horizon to suggest they will grow in value in the coming year. But in other cases, it's a matter of selling at a loss in order to offset capital gains elsewhere, thus saving on your tax bill. (You can always buy these stocks back if they are still trading at low prices, as long as you wait more than 30 days.)</p> <p>Here are some notable stocks and other investments that may be worth selling before the calendar turns.</p> <h2>1. Nike [NYSE: <a href="https://finance.yahoo.com/q?s=nke">NKE</a>]</h2> <p>Nike used to be the king of everything athletics, but it's been facing some stiff competition in recent years from Reebok, adidas, and the new biggest player, Under Armour. Nike is still a huge brand, but shares are down 17% in 2016. Sales growth has been uninspiring, margins have been shrinking, and no one really knows how low Nike will go.</p> <h2>2. Starbucks [NYSE: <a href="https://finance.yahoo.com/q?s=SBUX">SBUX</a>]</h2> <p>Starbucks is a solid company, so there's an argument to be made that you should never sell shares once you own them. But the company had a less-than-stellar year, with shares falling more than 2% in 2016, and some analysts have argued that the company is no longer in a position to see massive growth year after year. The American market is a bit saturated, and it may take time for some of the company's investments overseas to bear fruit. Starbucks could be a bargain for those who don't already own shares, but if you bought shares early in 2016, you may be able to use some losses to offset gains elsewhere in your portfolio.</p> <h2>3. Coca-Cola [NYSE: <a href="https://finance.yahoo.com/q?s=KO">KO</a>]</h2> <p>Yes, we know Warren Buffett, America's #1 Coke Lover, would probably have something to say about this. But the reality is that Coca-Cola hasn't had a good year, and faces continued headwinds as it looks to sell products to a populace that is growing more health conscious. Coke shares are down more than 4.5% in 2016. Sales are expected to decline next year after the company spun off most of its bottling operation. Dividends from Coca-Cola are still solid, but some say they have come at the expense of growth. All of this comes at a time when the company's CEO announced he would resign next May.</p> <h2>4. Anheuser-Busch InBev [NYSE: <a href="https://finance.yahoo.com/q?s=BUD">BUD</a>]</h2> <p>Shares of the big beer maker are down nearly 18% in 2016 as the industry faces stiff competition from craft breweries. A-B InBev did complete its takeover of SABMiller, but it will take a while for that merger to have a positive impact. Long-term investors will probably still want to hang on to this stock, but anyone looking for a rebound in price in the short term shouldn't hold their breath.</p> <h2>5. The Walt Disney Co. [NYSE: <a href="https://finance.yahoo.com/q?s=dis">DIS</a>]</h2> <p>On one hand, Disney owns some very profitable theme parks and a humble movie franchise called Star Wars. But questions surround its television offerings, as cord cutters have led to declining subscriptions of its channels, most notably ESPN. Shares are down more than 1.6% in 2016 and 6% in the last 52 weeks. Disney has made some investments to take advantage of the shift from cable to streaming, but it may take time before we see if they pay off.</p> <h2>6. Monster Beverage [Nasdaq: <a href="https://finance.yahoo.com/q?s=mnst">MNST</a>]</h2> <p>There was a time when Monster, a top maker of energy drinks, was one of the hottest stocks available for trade. But like Coke and Starbucks, the story for beverages wasn't great in 2016. Shares of Monster have fallen 13% in 2016. Some analysts say Monster will see strong sales growth as the overall market for energy drinks expands. But with a price-to-earnings ratio that's nearly 40% higher than the national average, Monster is hardly a bargain.</p> <h2>7. Biotech and Pharma</h2> <p>It just hasn't been a good year if you invested in biotech or pharmaceuticals. Companies including Gilead, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, and Bristol Myers-Squibb have all posted losses in 2016. And a look at the biggest losers among ETFs and mutual funds will include a large dose of biotech and pharma. These investments are known for their volatility, so if you knew that going in, perhaps you have the stomach to ride the wave and see if things rebound in 2017. Otherwise, it may be time to cut your losses.</p> <h2>8. Automakers</h2> <p>Major car manufacturers here in the U.S. and abroad had mediocre years at best. Shares of Ford [NYSE: <a href="https://finance.yahoo.com/q?s=F">F</a>] are down about 7.5%, while Toyota and Honda are also in negative territory. Auto sales aren't bad, so there's no massive risk in holding on to some of these stocks. But a tough market in Latin America and uncertainty about trade agreements under the incoming Trump administration are making investors wonder when the growth in share prices will return.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tim-lemke">Tim Lemke</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-stocks-to-dump-before-the-new-year">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-an-exit-strategy-can-make-you-a-better-investor">How an Exit Strategy Can Make You a Better Investor</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/help-i-bought-a-stock-dud-what-now">Help, I Bought a Stock Dud! — What Now?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-questions-to-ask-before-you-sell-a-stock-or-a-fund">10 Questions to Ask Before You Sell a Stock or a Fund</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-questions-to-ask-before-buying-any-stock">8 Questions to Ask Before Buying Any Stock</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-the-risk-averse-can-get-into-the-stock-market">How the Risk Averse Can Get Into the Stock Market</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Investment 2016 capital gains Coca-Cola Disney Nike selling Starbucks stocks tax-loss harvesting Fri, 23 Dec 2016 10:00:08 +0000 Tim Lemke 1860473 at http://www.wisebread.com 35 Bizarre Things You Can Be Taxed On http://www.wisebread.com/35-bizarre-things-you-can-be-taxed-on <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/35-bizarre-things-you-can-be-taxed-on" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-516281044.jpg" alt="you can be taxed on these bizarre things" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Once the Yuletide log burns out and the New Year's ball drops, it's soon time for a less-joyful annual tradition: Calculating how much money you owe the Internal Revenue Service.</p> <p>We all know that Uncle Sam takes a share of our earnings, but have you considered other events in the past year that you may owe taxes on? You might be surprised at all the ways Uncle Sam can lighten your wallet.</p> <p><em>Note: I'm not an accountant. Consult a tax professional for advice on your personal situation.</em></p> <h2>1. You Caught a Baseball</h2> <p>You are the lucky fan who catches a historic home run ball from the outfield bleachers. The not-so-lucky part? The IRS could hold you responsible for the <a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB118532191532076935" target="_blank">resale value of the ball</a> as soon as it hits your glove &mdash; even if you weren't planning to sell it.</p> <h2>2. You Found a Pot of Gold</h2> <p>You finally found the cache at the end of the rainbow. Or maybe you found a stash of rare baseball cards hidden in the wall of your home during a remodel, or a treasure chest while scuba diving in a shipwreck. Under the same regulation that applies to the baseball, the <a href="https://www.irs.gov/publications/p17/ch12.html" target="_blank">treasure trove rule</a>, that windfall is taxable to you the first year that you find it. Sadly, this means that you may be forced to sell all or part of your find even if you wanted to keep it.</p> <h2>3. You Held Up a Liquor Store</h2> <p>It doesn't matter if you got it illegally: Stolen money or property should be reported, lest a tax evasion charge be added to your legal woes when you get caught. Says the IRS, &quot;If you steal property, you must report its fair market value in your income in the year you steal it unless in the same year, you return it to its rightful owner.&quot;</p> <h2>4. You Accepted Hush Money</h2> <p>The IRS is blunt on this one: &quot;If you receive a bribe, include it in your income.&quot;</p> <h2>5. You Dealt in Illegal Goods</h2> <p>If you made money dealing drugs or by any other illegal form of self employment, the IRS requires you to <a href="https://www.irs.gov/publications/p17/ch12.html" target="_blank">report it on Schedule C</a>.</p> <h2>6. You Hit the Jackpot</h2> <p>Yes, you have to pay taxes on your lottery prize. Yes, if you have been buying lottery tickets all year, you can also deduct the expenses. But you have to keep a <a href="https://www.irs.gov/publications/p17/ch28.html#en_US_2015_publink1000174141" target="_blank">diary of wins and losses</a>, and the IRS has specific instructions on how to do that.</p> <h2>7. You Stuck the Landing and Won Gold</h2> <p>It's estimated that Michael Phelps <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/personalfinance/2016/08/15/olympics-victory-tax-gold-medal/88587636/" target="_blank">will owe $55,000</a> to the IRS on his Rio winnings &mdash; the medals and the cash prizes that come with each are taxable. Many other Rio champions will get off scot free, however. That's because Congress recently passed a law to exempt Olympians from &quot;victory taxes&quot; &mdash; but only for athletes who earn a million dollars a year or less. Phelps earned an estimated $12 million in endorsements alone in 2016, so he doesn't get that break.</p> <h2>8. You Got a McArthur Genius Grant</h2> <p>It would feel great to win this $625,000 no-strings stipend, or the approximately $1 million that comes with the Nobel Prize. That good feeling won't protect you from the tax bite, though. You're required to pay taxes on all such awards &mdash; unless you have them <a href="https://www.irs.gov/publications/p17/ch12.html" target="_blank">directly transferred to a recognized charity</a>. That's what President Obama did with his 2009 Nobel Peace Prize winnings.</p> <h2>9. You Are Gifted</h2> <p>Usually, the presents you unwrap over the holidays come to you tax-free, but there are some exceptions. Cash or a gift card from your boss is taxable as a fringe benefit. A hostess gift you receive as a thank-you for having a sales party in your home is <a href="https://turbotax.intuit.com/tax-tools/tax-tips/General-Tax-Tips/Taxable-Income-vs--Nontaxable-Income--What-You-Should-Know/INF26326.html" target="_blank">taxed as miscellaneous income</a>. <a href="http://blog.taxact.com/gift-tax-do-i-have-to-pay-gift-tax-when-someone-gives-me-money/" target="_blank">Personal gifts</a>, though, are generally safe from the tax man.</p> <h2>10. You Airbnb'd Your Pad</h2> <p>Just like regular rent payments, money you earn by hosting Airbnb guests is counted as <a href="http://assets.airbnb.com/eyguidance/us.pdf" target="_blank">part of your gross income</a>. The exception: You don't have to pay if you live in the home and rent it out for <a href="https://turbotax.intuit.com/tax-tools/tax-tips/Self-Employment-Taxes/10-Tax-Tips-for-Airbnb--HomeAway---VRBO-Vacation-Rentals/INF29184.html" target="_blank">two weeks or less per year</a>.</p> <h2>11. You Got Your Social Security Check</h2> <p>It may seem nonsensical that the government pays people and then <a href="https://www.irs.gov/help-resources/tools-faqs/faqs-for-individuals/frequently-asked-tax-questions-answers/social-security-income/regular-disability-benefits/regular-disability-benefits" target="_blank">collects tax money</a> on those payments, but that's how it goes. However, SSI, or disability benefits, are not taxable.</p> <h2>12. You Divorced Well</h2> <p>Alimony you receive from your ex is <a href="https://www.irs.gov/publications/p17/ch18.html" target="_blank">taxable income</a>, but child support payments are not. For this reason, it's important to know how payments are categorized in your divorce settlement.</p> <h2>13. You Won a Scholarship</h2> <p>If you win a grant that covers your tuition and books, that's tax-free. But if it pays for <a href="https://www.irs.gov/publications/p970/ch01.html#en_US_2015_publink1000178003" target="_blank">room and board or travel</a>, pay up.</p> <h2>14. Your Fantasy Football Team Won the Super Bowl</h2> <p>If you win at least $600 worth of cash and prizes from a business operating a <a href="http://newsroom.hrblock.com/tax-tip-it-may-be-fantasy-football-but-tax-implications-are-real" target="_blank">fantasy sports league</a>, they'll file a 1099-MISC with the IRS. But even if you win less or your league is informal, you are still supposed to pay on your winnings.</p> <h2>15. Triple 7s Came Up</h2> <p>Just like with the lottery, the IRS gets a cut of your casino winnings once they surpass the amount you document losing. Usually it's a <a href="http://www.efile.com/taxable-gambling-winnings-income-taxes/" target="_blank">flat 25%</a>.</p> <h2>16. You Spun the Wheel of Fortune</h2> <p>It's simple enough to pay the tax if you win a cash prize, but if you win a car or vacation, you still owe tax on its value &mdash; which can be tough to pay if you didn't <em>also</em> win cash. Because of this, it's often wise to take the cash equivalent of a prize if offered.</p> <h2>17. Your Debt Was Forgiven</h2> <p>The IRS is very specific about this: If a debt is cancelled as a gift to you &mdash; for example, if Grandpa says, &quot;Merry Christmas, you no longer owe me for that time I bailed you out!&quot; &mdash; you <a href="https://www.irs.gov/publications/p17/ch12.html" target="_blank">don't have to pay taxes</a>. Otherwise, you <em>do</em>.</p> <h2>18. You Traded a Haircut for Cigarettes</h2> <p>This may surprise you, but if you receive goods or services in exchange for services you render, the IRS expects you to <a href="https://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc420.html" target="_blank">include the value of those</a> in your gross taxable income.</p> <h2>19. The Boss Lets You Take the Ice Cream Truck Camping</h2> <p>If you drive your company car to work and home, or use it on weekends, this is a <a href="http://smallbusiness.chron.com/irs-taxable-fringe-benefits-company-car-15565.html" target="_blank">taxable fringe benefit</a> and you should be tracking and reporting your personal miles.</p> <h2>20. Your Bitcoins Doubled in Value</h2> <p>Bitcoin is a virtual currency that is represented by computer code, but it can be used to buy real goods and services. So of course, the IRS considers gains in this or <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/laurashin/2015/12/16/bitcoin-at-tax-time-what-you-need-to-know-about-trading-tipping-mining-and-more/#20c59ae46692" target="_blank">any other virtual currency taxable</a>. It's considered a capital asset like stocks and bonds, so if you buy Bitcoins low and sell them high, the difference is your profit. But it can be even more complicated than that: If you create new Bitcoins by mining, you have to count those as income, too.</p> <h2>21. You Got a Blogger Freebie</h2> <p>If a widget maker sends you their SuperWidget 2000 to review and you get to keep it, you just received a taxable payment. However, you don't owe taxes on the market value of the product &mdash; just what the company agrees it's worth. Make sure to put an agreed-upon value in your contract.</p> <h2>22. You Sold Stuff on eBay</h2> <p>If you occasionally sell your kids' outgrown clothes on eBay, you won't owe taxes because you most likely took a loss on the items. But if you create a resale business on eBay, you better believe you have to <a href="http://smallbusiness.chron.com/claim-ebay-sales-taxes-59661.html" target="_blank">report your profits</a>.</p> <h2>23. You Had a Yard Sale</h2> <p>Like eBay, most yard sale transactions are <a href="http://dontmesswithtaxes.typepad.com/dont_mess_with_taxes/2009/05/are-garage-sale-proceeds-taxable.html" target="_blank">not income producers</a>, but if you're one of those people who holds a sale every weekend and resells stuff at a profit, do the right thing.</p> <h2>24. You're a Child Entrepreneur</h2> <p>Starting a small business, whether it's dog walking or selling handmade items, can be a great activity for a tween or teen. But don't expect them to be IRS-exempt just because they're kids. If the <a href="http://www.marketwatch.com/story/does-uncle-sam-tax-lemonade-stands-2013-07-08" target="_blank">business earns more than $400</a>, file a tax return.</p> <h2>25. You Set Up a GoFundMe Campaign</h2> <p>This is one of those tricky gray areas. If you start a crowdfunding benefit for someone in need, the donations should be considered personal gifts. But if the gifts run into the large numbers, the crowdfunding site may file a 1099, reporting the transaction to the IRS. A word to the wise: If you are setting up a crowdfunding campaign for a needy friend, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/steve-rhode/crowdfunding-to-help-a-sick-friend-can-lead-to-a-big-tax-bill-for-you_b_6615616.html" target="_blank">make sure it's in their name</a> so you don't end up wondering if you need to pay taxes on money you handed over to them. And consult an accountant before going down this route.</p> <h2>26. You Asked for Spare Change</h2> <p>There are differing opinions out there over whether quarters dropped in a panhandler's cup are considered earned income or a gift. Since panhandlers tend to live below the poverty line, they probably wouldn't owe any income taxes, either way. A more pressing issue for many would be whether the panhandling counts as earned income, qualifying recipients for the earned income tax credit, which could lead to a cash payment from the IRS even if the panhandler pays no taxes.</p> <h2>27. You Received Punitive Damages</h2> <p>Court settlements vary in their tax treatment. If you get a settlement in court to compensate you for a physical injury or emotional distress stemming from an injury, the money isn't taxable. But if you get paid for emotional distress not tied to an injury, or you receive punitive damages, <a href="https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p4345.pdf" target="_blank">you have to pay</a>.</p> <h2>28. You Cashed in Your Life Insurance Policy</h2> <p>If you die, your beneficiaries probably won't be taxed on your life insurance payout. But if you cash it in while you're alive? Any <a href="https://www.ameriprise.com/research-market-insights/tax-center/tax-planning/taxation-of-life-insurance/" target="_blank">profit you made on the policy</a> &mdash; that is, the value in excess of premiums paid &mdash; is taxable.</p> <h2>29. Your Champion Pug Had a Litter</h2> <p>Whether you breed your dog as a business or a hobby, money made <a href="http://www.akc.org/content/dog-breeding/articles/tax-tips-for-dog-breeders/" target="_blank">selling puppies is taxable income</a>. However, it's also not cheap to breed and raise puppies, so once you deduct stud fees and all those vet bills, you may not actually show a taxable profit for your prize pups.</p> <h2>30. You Put on the Red Light</h2> <p>Just like dealing drugs, if you sell your body in a jurisdiction where that's illegal, you still have to <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/explainer/2009/09/how_do_prostitutes_pay_their_taxes.html" target="_blank">report the income on Schedule C</a>. In fact, smart high-earning prostitutes declare their income to put themselves into the position to buy a house or get credit.</p> <h2>31. You Couldn't Get Out of Jury Duty</h2> <p>If you got $15 for sitting on a jury, that's taxable income, even if you turn it over to your employer. However, if you did turn it over to your employer, you also put in a <a href="https://apps.irs.gov/app/vita/content/17/17_08_005.jsp" target="_blank">deduction for the same amount</a> on your tax form so your gross income will remain the same.</p> <h2>32. You Got a Tax Refund</h2> <p>Last year's state and federal refunds are <a href="https://www.taxslayer.com/support/knowledgebasearticle324.aspx" target="_blank">taxable in some situations</a>.</p> <h2>33. You Exercised Stock Options</h2> <p>This is one that has gotten a lot of tech workers into financial hot water. If your company gives you stock options, that's not a taxable event. But when you exercise the option by purchasing stock in your employer at a discount, <a href="http://www.investopedia.com/articles/optioninvestor/07/esoabout.asp" target="_blank">that is a taxable event</a> even if you don't sell the stock right away. This can go bad if the stock declines in value after you exercise the option, because now you may owe the IRS more money than you can raise by selling the stock.</p> <h2>34. Your Landlord Is Paying You to Get Out</h2> <p>In rent-controlled areas with high demand, such as San Francisco, it's common for landlords to buy tenants out. This is often referred to as a relocation assistance. This is taxable, but whether to treat it as regular income or a capital gain is dicey, so you may need professional help with that one.</p> <h2>35. You Are an Undocumented Worker</h2> <p>Despite a common belief that undocumented immigrants don't contribute to society with tax dollars, anyone working in the U.S. is legally required to pay taxes, papers or not. And they do pay. Studies show about half of people working illegally are paying income tax, resulting in about <a href="http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2016-03-01/study-undocumented-immigrants-pay-billions-in-taxes" target="_blank">$12 billion per year</a> in state and local revenue.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-bizarre-things-you-can-be-taxed-on">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-freelancers-and-side-giggers-need-to-know-about-income-taxes">What Freelancers and Side Giggers Need to Know About Income Taxes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-amazing-outrageous-and-just-plain-weird-tax-deductions">20 amazing, outrageous and just plain weird tax deductions</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-signs-you-probably-need-an-accountant">5 Signs You Probably Need an Accountant</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/clear-out-that-clutter-15-places-to-sell-your-stuff">Clear Out That Clutter: 15 Places to Sell Your Stuff</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-tax-scams-you-should-know-about-for-2018">5 Tax Scams You Should Know About for 2018</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Taxes bizarre taxes eBay entrepreneurs gambling illegal income taxes IRS prizes real estate selling sports winnings Mon, 19 Dec 2016 10:00:08 +0000 Carrie Kirby 1855930 at http://www.wisebread.com My 16 Favorite Ways to Get Rid of Clutter http://www.wisebread.com/my-16-favorite-ways-to-get-rid-of-clutter <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my-16-favorite-ways-to-get-rid-of-clutter" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_clothes_clutter_39948832.jpg" alt="Woman finding ways to get rid of clutter" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Ugh. <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-clutter-keeps-you-poor">I hate clutter</a>. It actually hurts my brain. However, even if I were Mari Kondo fancy, and could afford to throw away everything in my house that I don't love, my inner-tree-hugger would feel guilty about putting perfectly usable items into the landfill. So, what's an environmentally responsible person to do with their clutter?</p> <p>Here are my top 16 clutter-busters that keep my house from looking like a warehouse:</p> <h2>1. Stop Bringing New Clutter Into Your House</h2> <p>If you have a cluttered house, chances are you already <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/one-simple-thing-you-can-do-today-to-start-living-frugally">have everything you need</a> to survive. If you are like me and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/from-dumpster-diving-to-garage-sales-turning-trash-into-cash">love to trash pick</a> like it's a competitive sport, this means sidelining your treasure-hunting hobby until you have a grip on what you own.</p> <p>But, don't despair my freegan brethren. You can still get the thrill of the hunt; you just have to do it inside your house.</p> <h2>2. Use It Up, Wear It Out, Make It Do, or Do Without</h2> <p>I like to turn this Depression Era proverb into a game. How long can I go without buying groceries? How long will it take for me to eat through my pantry? If you have a hard time staying on the no new clutter wagon, challenge a like-minded friend to a competition to keep yourself accountable. Can you go one year without bringing stuff into your home?</p> <p>By the way, stepping away from the consumer treadmill even for 90 days (or 30, or even 10!) is a great way to save money.</p> <h2>3. Sell Your Stuff Online</h2> <p>Duh. This seems obvious. Typically I make a few thousand dollars every year by selling my old things on eBay, Etsy, and Craigslist.</p> <p>There are different price thresholds for different selling platforms. I can generally get more money by selling vintage items and clothes on Etsy and eBay than I can by selling them on Craigslist. For things like home electronics, buyers in my area will pay more on Craigslist than they will at a garage sale for the exact same item. To maximize your cash do a little research on who is paying a premium for your things.</p> <p>Depending on what you own, you might be able to flip your old things for cash by using specialty sites that focus on one type of merchandise such as <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-sell-your-kids-stuff-at-a-consignment-sale">baby clothes</a>, <a href="https://www.discogs.com/sell/list">vinyl records</a>, and <a href="https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/">vintage home furnishings</a>.</p> <h2>4. Consign Your Stuff at a Brick and Mortar Store</h2> <p>I personally prefer to sell difficult to ship items like furniture and glassware to a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beyond-goodwill-the-different-types-of-thrift-stores">local second hand store</a> for either store credit or cash. Although stores usually take a 30% to 60% cut of the sale price, sometimes it's better to cash out so you can get those things out of your house before you break them and they become unsellable.</p> <p>There are some second hand stores that will buy goods outright for cash, and some stores that will only give you store credit. If you consign your items at a store, make sure that you are clear about pricing. Some stores will discount your goods to nothing after a set period of time. And some stores will not return items that don't sell to you. If you have a bottom price threshold, this needs to be negotiated in advance and on paper.</p> <p>In addition to bulky vintage items, I also sell back my used books, records, and contemporary clothes to second hand stores for cash.</p> <h2>5. Throw a Garage Sale</h2> <p>I paid for two entire years of my life by trash picking furniture and then selling it back to my neighbors at monthly garage sales. Last year my husband and I paid for our Christmas vacation with money that we'd earned selling stuff at garage sales. And our garage sale inventory wasn't even that amazing. Like, I can't even remember half the things we got rid of! They were that inconsequential to my life.</p> <p>I approach every garage sale as an opportunity to get other people to pay to remove clutter from my house, so most things are priced at one dollar. By taking this grateful-to-my-customer stance, I am always happy with my garage sale earnings, regardless of how paltry.</p> <h2>6. Gift</h2> <p>Shopping for presents is time consuming and expensive. A few years ago I decided to start gifting clothes and things in my house to admiring friends and family members. As in, &quot;Oh, you like that? Here, just take it with you. Happy early birthday.&quot; This on the spot gifting is always a welcome surprise and I don't have to fuss with wrapping.</p> <h2>7. Recycle</h2> <p>I know many people who live in homes that resemble recycling centers because they care about the environment. While it is a good thing to keep resources like glass and paper out of the landfill, you are not actually doing the world any good by turning your house into a mini dump. Companies as diverse as <a href="https://www.terracycle.com/en-US/brigades">Terracycle</a> and <a href="https://www.madewell.com/madewell_feature/DENIMDONATION_sm.jsp">Madewell</a> have recycling programs for hard to recycle items like denim, instrument strings, and Solo Cups.</p> <h2>8. Upcycle</h2> <p>Why pay for new craft supplies when you have clutter? Instead of bringing new, virgin goods into your home, find <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-awesome-practically-free-upcycled-craft-projects?ref=seealso">new uses for your old things</a>. You don't even have to have any creative talent to upcycle. For example, upcycle your old cotton underwear into cleaning rags.</p> <p>My husband and I own two Moroccan poufs. Rather than pay for new stuffing, we filled our poufs with old linens and drop cloths that are too torn or stained to sell or donate.</p> <h2>9. Share</h2> <p>I share a china pattern with my brother-in-law. I only have space in my small kitchen for eight place settings. My brother-in-law has 12 place settings. Whenever we have larger dinner parties, we loan each other dishes. What can you share with your friends and neighbors? I share garden tools with my friend Laura. I share kitchen gadgets with my neighbor Alexandra. I share a set of luggage with my sister. I only have to store those things in my house half the time. More importantly, I don't have to buy every single thing.</p> <h2>10. Check It Out</h2> <p>If you don't have handy friends and neighbors, look for a tool library in your area. I don't own bike repair tools because I live within walking distance of a bike repair cooperative.</p> <p>I am a lifelong library patron. In addition to checking out books, music, and videos, I use my library as an air-conditioned oasis in the summer when my house becomes unbearably hot, and as my personal newsstand. Once a month a have a magazine date with myself and spend an afternoon flipping through glossy pages to my heart's content. I give myself a little reading vacation, and cut the clutter and the cost of owning a personal subscription all in one fell swoop.</p> <h2>11. Catch and Release</h2> <p>I am a minimalist traveler. The only time I buy books is when I'm going on a trip. I buy the cheapest copy of the books I want to read so I have no problem leaving them behind in cafes and airports when I am done with them. Not only do I get cheap, analog entertainment, this book packing method always ensures that I have a little room in my luggage for vacation purchases.</p> <h2>12. Rent</h2> <p>Due to near constant <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/my-2016-budget-challenge-everything-breaks">car trouble this year</a>, I have been experimenting, unintentionally, with living as a one-car household in Los Angeles. I suspect by the end of the year that the math will prove that it is cheaper for us to rent a second car when we need one rather than own three cars outright.</p> <p>I don't love renting because I know that ownership is generally a better deal. But, do I really need to buy a jackhammer to break up my cracked driveway? No, I do not.</p> <p>When deciding when to rent and when to own, be honest: How often will you use this item? Will your daughter wear her Quinceañera dress a second time? Consider the extra cost of renting to be money that you saved on storage fees.</p> <h2>13. Swap</h2> <p>Even our shyest friends love our book exchange party that we host every New Year's Day. The concept is simple: Everyone brings the books they enjoyed reading but are now taking up shelf space, and throws them on the communal pile. Our guests take as many books as they want home, for free. The books that are left behind are donated to the Los Angeles Public Book Drive.</p> <p>Swap parties are fun because it's weirdly satisfying to see people fall in love with your old things. But why stop at books? What about a winter coat swap at your kid's school? How about a kitchen tool or recipe swap party with your neighbors? I offset the cost of my groceries by attending a monthly neighborhood backyard produce swap.</p> <h2>14. Donate Like a True Do-Gooder (Without Getting Audited)</h2> <p>If you want to get stuff out of your house in a hurry, feel like you are helping the less fortunate, and get a tax write off, donate your extra stuff to charity.</p> <p>Charities like The Salvation Army and Goodwill do not set a valuation on your donation. That responsibility is left up to you. But donor beware! Huge tax deductions for donated goods are a red flag to auditors. Use a <a href="https://satruck.org/Home/DonationValueGuide">donation value guide</a> to assess the true market value of your used items. Also, it's a good practice to photograph your donated goods so you have evidence of your good works should you get audited.</p> <p>Ahem, let me get on my soapbox for one moment.</p> <p>Charities spend a huge amount of their budgets on trash collection because so many people use their local shop as a dumping ground for all their old crap. Would you buy a pair of pants with a brown stain across the front? No, you would not. Don't be that guy who trades trash for a tax write-off. That's cheating on taxes and on charity.</p> <p>When it comes to charity donations I am very careful to only donate items that are in selling condition. As in, an item is in such good condition that I would spend money to buy it.</p> <p>(Steps off soapbox.)</p> <p>That said, just like I am always on the hunt for new places to recycle weird stuff, I am always on the lookout for groups that repair expensive, broken goods for charity. For example, I donate my old glasses to the <a href="http://www.lionsclubs.org/EN/how-we-serve/health/sight/eyeglass-recycling.php">Lions Club</a>.</p> <p>The screen of my laptop computer died in January. Although I could sell it on Craigslist for parts, I'm donating it to CRASH Space, my local hackerspace, because I know the makers there will recycle the entire machine responsibly. As a side benefit, I can claim this donation as a tax write-off since CRASH Space is a nonprofit.</p> <h2>15. Curb It</h2> <p>My nightly walk takes me past a wide set of concrete steps that used to lead to an apartment building but now lead to a vacant lot. I few years ago I started leaving items that were in usable condition, but not nice enough to donate or sell for money, on the steps to nowhere. I leave pretty much everything &mdash; stinky shampoo, old clothes, recently expired canned goods, vintage electronics, magazines, pens that I don't like &mdash; on the steps, neatly merchandised for easy shopping. The things that aren't gone by the next night, I know they are truly garbage. I throw the leftovers away without guilt. Usually, the stuff is gone before morning.</p> <p>This personal donation spot has been a fun experiment. I have met some of my late night shoppers and I was happy to hear how they are enjoying my old things. Also, some of my neighbors have started copying me. About once a week I see that someone else has made a donation to the steps.</p> <h2>16. Go Digital</h2> <p>Yes, I am old. I came of age in a world without cloud storage and I have nostalgia for books made from dead trees. So is it any surprise that the bulk of my clutter is paper-based? Between the library and our digital subscriptions to everything from IMDB to Netflix, we're managing our shelf space, but our file cabinet is exploding.</p> <p>Although I have successfully resisted this chore for more than a decade, I am finally getting around to digitizing the hard copies of all my old contracts, patterns, notes, etc. for clutter free, online storage.</p> <p>Does anyone have any tips on digitizing documents and ditching paper clutter? (Oh, please). I could use all the help I can get!</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fmy-16-favorite-ways-to-get-rid-of-clutter&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FMy%252016%2520Favorite%2520Ways%2520to%2520Get%2520Rid%2520of%2520Clutter.jpg&amp;description=My%2016%20Favorite%20Ways%20to%20Get%20Rid%20of%20Clutter"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/My%2016%20Favorite%20Ways%20to%20Get%20Rid%20of%20Clutter.jpg" alt="My 16 Favorite Ways to Get Rid of Clutter" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/max-wong">Max Wong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/my-16-favorite-ways-to-get-rid-of-clutter">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-money-and-declutter-by-selling-these-5-unlikely-treasures">Make Money and Declutter by Selling These 5 Unlikely Treasures</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-things-to-throw-out-today">25 Things to Throw Out Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-rid-of-all-your-crap">How to Get Rid of All Your Crap</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-gifts-that-wont-become-clutter">9 Gifts That Won&#039;t Become Clutter</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-easy-ways-to-earn-more-on-ebay">11 Easy Ways to Earn More on eBay</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Organization charity cleaning clutter craigslist downsizing eBay garage sales mari kondo renting selling waste Tue, 01 Nov 2016 09:30:31 +0000 Max Wong 1824618 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Come Up With $1,000 in the Next 30 Days http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-come-up-with-1000-in-the-next-30-days <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-come-up-with-1000-in-the-next-30-days" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_money_jar_19788438.jpg" alt="Woman coming up with $1,000 in 30 days" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A few years ago, I needed to come up with about $1,000 quickly. I moved into a new house that had a perfect spot for a flat screen TV &mdash; but I didn&rsquo;t have a flat screen TV. I made a deal with myself that I could to go ahead and buy a TV, even though it was certainly a luxury item. But I would need to come up with the cash first without breaking my budget.</p> <p>Football season was starting, so I wanted to get the money together as quickly as possible and get the new TV installed. The challenge was on!</p> <h2>The Game Plan: $1,000 in 30 Days</h2> <p>I needed a way to keep track of my progress so I would know when I had come up with enough money to buy a TV. I went with a very simple approach: I kept the TV money in an envelope and wrote the total on the outside of the envelope as I added more. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-comprehensive-guide-to-the-envelope-system?ref=seealso">A Comprehensive Guide to the Envelope System</a>)</p> <h3>Get Motivated</h3> <p>I also made a chart to keep on the refrigerator so the whole family could track the progress. As we added more money to the TV fund, I increased the length of the bar on the chart, moving it closer to the goal on the right side of the page.</p> <p>Keeping a visible reminder of progress toward the savings goal was a great motivation and communication tool. This encouraged everyone to think of ways to save more money so we could get a TV faster. Plus, I never had to answer questions about whether we could buy the TV yet. The answer was on the chart.</p> <p>The next issue was to figure out how to get extra money to put in my empty envelope. There are two basic approaches to getting money together: either make extra money somehow, or cut expenses and apply the savings toward your goal. If you want to come up with $1,000 in 30 days to pay off a big bill or save up some cash for the holidays, you will likely need to both make extra money and cut expenses.</p> <h2>How to Get Extra Money</h2> <p>A simple approach to coming up with extra money quickly is to sell some stuff that you no longer need or use. You may also be able to turn some of your extra time into money, as well.</p> <h3>Sell, Sell, Sell</h3> <p>It is easier than ever to sell things to get cash quickly &mdash; just what you need to help meet your goal of $1,000 in 30 days. I made some extra money for my TV fund by having a garage sale and selling items on Craigslist and eBay.</p> <p>I made a few hundred dollars at my garage sale selling a variety of things, including some patio furniture and a bunk bed that my kids outgrew. I sold some collectibles on eBay, and on Craigslist I found buyers for my old rototiller, a ladder, and some tools I no longer needed. It was amazing that people wanted to buy almost anything I wanted to sell! Altogether, I made about $800 by selling unneeded items.</p> <p>One of the benefits of selling at a garage sale, or on Craigslist or eBay, is that you get the money quickly. Consignment stores are a convenient place to sell extra items, but your stuff may take longer than 30 days to sell. If you need money quickly, selling at a consignment shop may not be fast enough.</p> <h3>Return, Return, Return</h3> <p>Another way I made quick money was to return some unopened items to the store. For a variety of reasons, I had accumulated some fixtures and other items for home improvement projects that I never got around to using. Much to my delight, I was able to return many of the items to the store and get my money back. I also had some new clothes that still had the tags and decided to return these too, and put the money into the TV fund.</p> <h3>Dig Deep</h3> <p>A natural place to round up some money was from the change jar. I also found some spare change in my car. I rounded up all of the change I could find and took it to my credit union to get about $75 in bills to put in my envelope.</p> <p>Some other ideas to get some quick money:</p> <ul> <li>If you rent your house, offer to take care of some maintenance in exchange for reduced rent that month. I once cleaned out the gutters and repaired some screen windows and got $100 off my rent.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Take on a temporary part-time job. I started blogging to make extra money, but it took more than 30 days for the money to start coming in. You might be able take on an odd job such as working at a retail store or delivering newspapers to get some extra cash.</li> </ul> <h2>How to Cut Spending Fast</h2> <p>The second approach to getting extra money quickly is to do some good old fashioned cost-cutting. Even if you have your expenses on a short leash, it seems like there is always room to cut back a bit more, especially for a short time like 30 days.</p> <h3>Mind the Weekend</h3> <p>A good way to jump-start spending reduction is to limit your spending to paying bills, buying food, and putting gas in your car. Eliminate other spending as much as possible during the next 30 days. Put any optional spending on hold, such as buying clothes or going to the movies. I find that weekends are especially difficult when it comes to controlling expenses &mdash; sometimes it seems like my weekends are spent driving around and spending money! Avoid <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-common-weekend-money-traps-and-how-to-avoid-them">weekend money traps</a> by staying away from situations that are likely to empty your wallet.</p> <h3>Defer Big &mdash; and Small &mdash; Purchases</h3> <p>Defer as many purchases as possible such as electronics, furniture, or sporting goods. Deferring purchases not only saves you money in the short term, but you may be able to avoid the expense altogether. For about a year, I was really interested in recumbent bikes. I read about recumbent bikes, looked at recumbent bikes in bike shops, and looked at ads for them on Craigslist almost every day. It would have been easy to spend $500 or more to get a recumbent bike, but I kept putting it off until I had the money saved up. Eventually, I realized that a recumbent bike would take up a lot of room in my garage and be too wide to ride easily on the local trails. By deferring the expense long enough, I avoided it.</p> <h3>Cut Subscriptions</h3> <p>You may be able to cut some of your bills to save money right away. Consider cutting or pausing your cable TV or satellite TV service. Depending on your package, you may be able to save $50 to $100 with one phone call. You may also be able to cut or pause your gym membership and newspaper subscription to save some money right away.</p> <p>If you run out of something during the next 30 days, try to use a substitute that you already have on hand, rather than paying to replace items. For example, if you run out of one type of cleaning product, try to use a different one that you already have. If you run out of paper towels, try to use a cloth instead. If you run out of body wash, try to use a bar of soap you have in the closet instead of buying more body wash.</p> <h3>Re-Negotiate Insurance and Other Bills</h3> <p>You might be able to reduce your insurance bill and save money this month. Call a couple competing insurance companies to get quotes on car insurance and home insurance for the same coverage. Some insurance companies offer discounts if you have multiple policies, such as home and vehicle.</p> <p>Refinancing your mortgage can be another opportunity to get some quick savings. Since most lenders charge origination fees, refinancing can make sense if you are planning to be in your house for a few years. If interest rates have dropped since you financed your home, you can reduce your mortgage payment every month.</p> <h3>Cut Food and Transport Costs</h3> <p>Food and transportation expenses are mandatory for practically everyone, but even these essential expenses can be reduced in most cases. Making your meals and coffee at home is a huge money saver &mdash; eating at a restaurant of fast food place costs about three times as much as eating at home, and avoiding the coffee shop can save you dollars per day. You should also pack a lunch to bring to the office and avoid temptation at the vending machine. If you think you&rsquo;ll be hungry later, pack a snack.</p> <p>You can save money on gas by simply driving less and making trips out for essentials only. Maybe you can even join a carpool to significantly reduce your transportation expenses.</p> <p>You may find that some of the special things you do to cut expenses during the next 30 days are things that you want to continue doing so you can have &ldquo;extra&rdquo; money all the time.</p> <h2>How Much Can You Cut?</h2> <p>How much can you cut your expenses in 30 days? Your potential savings depends on your specific expenses and what can be reduced. I saved about $200 mainly by packing my lunch every day and cutting back on dining out throughout the month.</p> <h2>Success!</h2> <p>It was a great feeling to walk into the electronics store and pay for my new TV with cash that I saved up by making extra money and cutting expenses!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dr-penny-pincher">Dr Penny Pincher</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-come-up-with-1000-in-the-next-30-days">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-easy-ways-to-get-richer-in-2018">4 Easy Ways to Get Richer In 2018</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/youve-been-saving-money-all-wrong-heres-why">You&#039;ve Been Saving Money All Wrong. Here&#039;s Why</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-fast-ways-to-restock-an-emergency-fund-after-an-emergency">6 Fast Ways to Restock an Emergency Fund After an Emergency</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-you-can-cut-costs-right-before-you-retire-0">6 Ways You Can Cut Costs Right Before You Retire</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-find-the-savings-strategy-that-works-for-you">How to Find the Savings Strategy That Works For You</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance Extra Income budgeting cutting costs downsizing Envelope system expenses fast money quick cash saving money selling Wed, 19 Oct 2016 09:00:08 +0000 Dr Penny Pincher 1815775 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Earn Money on Etsy — No Craft Required http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-earn-money-on-etsy-no-craft-required <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-earn-money-on-etsy-no-craft-required" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_selling_clothes_75889247.jpg" alt="Woman learning how to earn money on etsy " title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Etsy is a wonderful marketplace to sell crafts and other handmade goods. However, you do not have to be crafty to make a profit on Etsy. There are several individuals who make their living off of selling a wide range of art supplies (that do not need to be handmade or customized), as well as vintage items.</p> <h2>Selling Supplies on Etsy</h2> <p>For individuals selling art and craft supplies directly to consumers, there are not many online markets. Both eBay and Amazon can prove profitable, but the reach that Etsy has as a crafting platform and community is beyond compare.</p> <p>Generally, people who buy or browse Etsy are individuals who love handmade goods and are interested in crafting at some level. The benefit of selling supplies is that all crafters need it, both beginning hobbyists, as well as experienced craft makers who sell their work for a living.</p> <p>See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-places-besides-etsy-to-sell-your-handmade-goods?ref=seealso">20 Places Besides Etsy to Sell Your Handmade Goods</a></p> <h2>How to Sell Supplies on Etsy</h2> <p>In order to be successful selling supplies on Etsy, you have to know the field. For example, if you want to sell yarn, you will need to know a thing or two about knitting. This doesn't mean that you have to be an expert knitter, but you do need to be willing to put in the research about yarns and yarn related crafts.</p> <p>Is important that you also have the ability to find quality products for inexpensive costs. When considering what to list, think of Etsy's fees. Having an Etsy shop is free, but listing a product costs $0.20, and Etsy then takes 3.5% from the selling price. Therefore, if you list a skein of yarn for $9, then you will pay $0.52 in fees. Calculating fees beforehand can ensure that you make the most possible profit for your item.</p> <p>Depending on the supplies you want to sell, you will be able to get inventory through local craft stores with coupons and a wholesale license, which allows you to buy the item tax-free. You might also need to purchase supplies in bulk, overseas, like through&nbsp;<a href="https://www.alibaba.com/">Alibaba</a>.</p> <h2>Selling Vintage Items on Etsy</h2> <p>eBay is a popular selling platform for selling used items, but many times the kitschy and fashionable items do not get the respect or views they deserve. Etsy allows individuals to sell vintage items in the same way as a boutique owner would sell their wares.</p> <p>Veronica Staudt, owner of&nbsp;<a href="https://www.etsy.com/shop/VintageMeetModern?ref=hdr_shop_menu">Vintage Meet Modern</a>, used to sell her vintage jewelry finds on eBay before Etsy was popular. However, she has seen more success using Etsy, because it is a more personable platform. &quot;I did a lot of homework about where I could sell vintage goods and have them respected, understood, appreciated, and desired,&quot; she says. &quot;At the time there were not very many selling platforms that allowed for that. Etsy is one of the few that appreciates what makes vintage special and unique.&quot; She is more than just a username and seller ID, unlike on eBay. She was able to create a brand through Etsy, which just would not have been possible to do through eBay or Amazon.</p> <p>Heidi Ferguson, owner of&nbsp;<a href="https://www.etsy.com/shop/princessntheflea">Princessntheflea</a>, is another successful vintage shop on Etsy. She originally started selling her vintage finds on eBay in the late 90s, but took a five year break when eBay changed its business model and made selling vintage items harder. &quot;I started my Etsy shop in August of 2015 with about 10 items to get a feel for how the site worked and quickly sold out of items,&quot; she says. &quot;I started making goals of 20, then 30, then 40 items in the shop until I finally reached 100.&quot;</p> <p>Lauren Arkin, owner of&nbsp;<a href="https://www.etsy.com/shop/LABoudoirMiami?ref=search_shop_redirect">LABoudoirMiami</a>, says, &quot;My vintage business LA Boudoir started off as a brick and mortar shop and after five years of my clientele being mainly locals and tourists, I wanted to reach out to more potential clientele nationally and internationally. Through some research, I thought Etsy had a great platform to reach that goal. Now I have clients all over the world including those in Europe and Asia. It took about six to eight months to get my Etsy shop to where I am happy with it.&quot;</p> <p>See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-etsy-can-help-start-your-small-business?ref=seealso">5 Ways Etsy Can Help Start Your Small Business</a></p> <h2>How to Sell Vintage Items on Etsy</h2> <p>The three women above are proof that selling vintage items on Etsy can be a successful side business, but how do you get started? First things first, find a niche that works for you. If you don't know anything about jewelry or designers, then those should not be your first choice of items to buy and sell, unless you are willing to put in many hours of research.</p> <p>Once you find your niche, research the best selling items in your area of interest. It is important to know how much certain items go for, so that you will know what buying price you need to stick to. You can find inventory at thrift stores, yard sales, and estate sales. It can be tempting to want to buy a lot of inventory when you first start, but it is better to start off slow and buy items of the highest quality.</p> <p>If you are looking to explore a side business, don't overlook Etsy. Both crafters and non-crafters alike can benefit from Etsy's personable and tight-knit selling platform.</p> <p><em>Do you sell on Etsy? Share your experience below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-eneriz">Ashley Eneriz</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-earn-money-on-etsy-no-craft-required">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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