Ask Away Blog: December 2018

Give Yourself The Gift Of Confidence This Christmas!

Thursday, December 13, 2018


For most Christmas is a time of great joy. It’s a time for giving, family, friendship, togetherness and love. However, there are many who will not be feeling either happy or merry this Christmas. There are some who will feel depressed beyond the remit of Seasonal Affective Disorder. There are many who will have experienced loss, breakups, arguments or other forms of emotional trauma over the holidays. Not to mention those for whom the season can bring back less than pleasant memories.

Gifts for the Outdoor Lover In Your Life


Most people enjoy the outdoors, but then there are people who like it more than most. To those people, it’s not a place where you explore every now and again; it’s a hobby, a space to be enjoyed every weekend, if circumstances will allow it. While there may be times when you’d wish they’d be happy, you know, visiting a museum or something, there is one upside to having an outdoor lover in your life: they’re easy to buy gifts for! Below, we take a look at a few ideas, any of which they’ll be happy with.

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6 Side Hustles to Boost Your Income

6 Side Hustles to Boost Your Income

No matter how hard you work, sometimes your full time job just isn't enough.  Maybe you aren't able to work overtime at your job or you just aren't bringing in enough to pay your bills on a weekly basis so you want to start making some additional income.  Either way, I have 6 side hustles you can consider to boost your income and I'll discuss the pros and cons of each one. 


There's no shame in the side hustle!


Get A Job In One Of These Fields If You Want To Increase Your Income

Tuesday, December 11, 2018


Your income is such an essential part of your financial life. People who have a minimal income will find it harder to save money, harder to afford certain things and generally struggle to balance their finances. If you want to boost your income, then it all boils down to your career. Here are a few fields/industries you might want to think about a career in to give yourself more monthly income:


The Health Industry

Jobs in the health industry are usually very well paid. This is because caring for people’s health is such an important job that it deserves to have a high salary. The drawback of careers in this field is that they tend to be very hard to get into because of the studying requirements. Doctors, surgeons, and dentists all have the best salaries, but gaining these degrees is easier said than done. However, there are other careers - like nursing - that are more accessible. Studying to become a registered nurse isn’t as challenging as some other courses, and then you can find an online RN to BSN program to become a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. This lets you apply for more advanced positions and get a very decent income! If you like helping people and are passionate about health, then this field might be one to consider. 




The Engineering Field

If you search for the highest paid careers out there, then the majority of them will be in the engineering field. It’s such a massive field that encompasses everything from civil engineering to aerospace. Again, it’s a tricky one to get into, but even a general engineering job has a higher salary than most. Plus, there are plenty of courses online where you can train to be an engineer, along with online degree programs as well. If you like designing things and can solve problems very quickly, then this field could hold the key to your future career.




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The Web Design World
This is a more modern field, but the income you can generate from a career in web design & development is quite mind-boggling. A lot of people choose the freelance route and charge thousands of dollars to design a website for people and businesses. The crazy thing is, companies are willing to actually pay this much. When you factor in the low overhead costs, then running a web design business as a freelancer is a desirable prospect. The best thing about this field is that success is born out of talent rather than your education. Some of the best designers out there don’t even have degrees, but their work does all the talking for them! Anyone with a background in graphic design or web development will make an excellent living in this career field.

Increasing your income becomes a lot easier if you have a job in these fields. Now, I know what some of you are thinking; I can’t get a job in any of these fields and nor do I want one. That’s fine but consider this post as an example of how you can boost your income. Don’t just sit around in the same dead-end job as you struggle to pay your bills or save for a mortgage. Make a change in your life and seek out a different career where the financial rewards are far greater and can keep you economically safe and secure.




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Introducing A Dog To Your Home: How To Care For Your Canine Companion

Monday, December 10, 2018


Dogs are one of the most popular types of pet in the US. If you’ve decided that it’s time to embark upon a new friendship with a canine companion, you’re probably counting down the days until you can bring your dog home. Owning a dog is incredibly rewarding, but it is hard work. If you’re introducing a pup or an older dog to your home for the first time, here are some tips you may find useful.


Save $1,378 with the 52 Week Savings Challenge

52 Week Savings Challenge free printable

I know how hard it can be to save money when you're working on other financial goals like getting out of debt, or even just trying to afford the things you need to get with next week's paycheck. 


I totally get it!

So I have an easy and very underwhelming way for you to save a chunk of change ($1,378 to be exact) by the end of next year.   You can start at any time technically, but you just have to do it for 52 weeks.  Since January is right around the corner I figured this would be a good time to share about the 52 Week Challenge.


Dental Implant Care For Long Lasting Teeth

Friday, December 7, 2018




Dental implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth, and if you have just had implants fitted, it is essential you take good care of your new teeth. Technology and titanium combined to bring us a prosthetic solution that is as strong as can be, and once fitted and cared for correctly, your implants will last a lifetime, and with the following advice, you can always be sure that your teeth are in tip-top condition.

10 Practical Gift Ideas for Anyone on Your List

Thursday, December 6, 2018

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10 Practical Gift Ideas for Anyone on Your List

We all have those people on our gift list that either seem to have it all or they just aren't big into material things. Either way, it's silly to get a wasteful gift that won't really get utilized or just ends up being a waste of money for you to even buy it.


So today, I've put together a list of some SUPER practical gift ideas for pretty much anyone on your list.


Stylish Technology for Your Home

Tuesday, December 4, 2018




Technology has come a long way in the past few years, with everything from lamps to litter boxes connected to the Internet of Things. As you browse the technology section of the home improvement store, you may be wondering which options are a smart investment for your home. There are a few tech options that can save you money and improve the quality of your living. Check out these three essential items to improve the style and technology in your home.
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Stress Free Christmas Shopping in 4 Easy Steps


Tis the season for horrendous traffic, long check out lines, and crowded aisles, right?   Well, if you're smart about Christmas shopping this year, it doesn't have to be miserable for you. 

I've been a pro with this and I'm here to teach you my ways.   If you take the stress out of Christmas shopping you can actually sit down and enjoy the beauty of the holiday season. 

How to Deal with Household Cash Problems

Monday, December 3, 2018



If you are finding it hard to make ends meet at home, and would rather not compromise your lifestyle, it might be time to think through your budget and make some improvements. There are several ways you can make your money take you further, and you can add an income stream or two to cover the increased living costs. Below you will find a few tips on how to make the most out of your limited budget without getting into debt.


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How To Easily Save Money on Groceries

Saving money on groceries

When it comes to your expenses, groceries probably take up a huge chunk of your budget each month, don't they? ? But you NEED groceries so most people think there's no way around it.  I'm here today to tell you that there is.  You can easily stay within a budget on your groceries each week and get all the food you need. 


Today' we're going to look at some really easy ways to save money on groceries!


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