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Target to Eliminate Cash Counting + How to Eliminate Unnecessary Spending



Retail Giant Target announced that workers will no longer count cash. The company has made the decision to introduce automatic cash-counting machines to its nearly 2,000 stores this summer. Cashiers shouldn’t fret though because workers who previously counted cash will be reassigned to different work, the company said. Retailers such as Target and Walmart are increasingly automating store work, notes The Wall Street Journal, as they face record low unemployment and rising wages.

Automation can be the gift and the curse. On one hand it makes the customer experience better but on the other hand it can cost people their jobs. With record low unemployment rates this isn’t necessarily the case now but if things were to decline then those jobs would be needed but I digress. Regardless of whether this is a good job market or a bad market you should always make sure your finances are together in order to not succumb to unforeseen emergencies. So what’s the first step in saving for your just in case fund?

If you want to know the best way to save money my advice is, to be honest with yourself. For years I personally struggled with money, and unfortunately, I spent so many years struggling that even after I was making more money and in a much better financial situation I still had the mindset of being financially limited.

Once I took stock of my situation and realized that I was in better shape than I thought, things began to change. Many of us fall into the same trap. We get into the mindset that we are not doing well financially, and that can in itself be limiting. I’m not saying to pretend everything is together when it’s really not but I’m simply saying that sometimes we don’t stop to take a look at our situation with an objective eye.

The first step is to write it all down.

Make a detailed list of all of your monthly income in one column and all of your monthly expenses in another. Make sure you don’t forget anything. Even include things that you don’t do all the time such as have your clothes dry cleaned. To make sure you don’t forget anything, look back over the past several months of bank statements. Once you’ve got it all down in black and white, you can see just where you are at financially.

Do the math

Once you’ve gotten everything written down all you have to do is deduct the expenses from the income. Ideally, after this step, you will find that you either break even every month or even have a few dollars left over every month. But, if you find that you are in the negative, you need to make some changes. If this is the case, you need to look at your bills as objectively as possible. Where can you cut? At this point, most people would say they can’t cut anything but that is almost always not the case.

Start Cutting Back

There are many easy things you can do to start saving some money:

1 – Make a grocery list before you head off to the store. Only allow yourself to get what is on the list. Have you ever stopped to figure out how much money you spend in a month on those impulse buys? It can really add up.

2 – Cut coupons and buy in bulk when possible. Invest the time to compare rates for your auto insurance and cable or satellite bills. Many companies will be happy to work with you if it means they can keep your business.

3 – What subscriptions do you have that you don’t really use and can cancel?

4 – Maybe you and a friend can go in together to get a membership at a warehouse club like Bj’s, Costco, or Sams Club. You may be able to go together and buy in bulk and then split the bill, and the items when you go shopping.

5 – Be more hands-on with your maintenance for your home and car. Most of the cost of pretty much any type of repair is the labor cost. If you can do it yourself, you can save a bundle on labor.

Most of us can save something, even if it is just a little. We all need to occasionally reevaluate our situations, so we don’t get stuck feeling like we are more limited than we really are.

What are ways you can save money? Comment below


Ash Exantus aka Ash Cash is one of the nation’s top personal finance experts. Dubbed as the Financial Motivator, he uses a culturally responsive approach in teaching financial literacy. He is the Head of Financial Education at BankMobile and Editor-in-Chief at Paradigm Money. The views and opinions expressed are those of Ash Cash and not the views of BankMobile and/or its affiliates.

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T-Mobile’s Dream of Telecommunications Domination Gets the OK + How to Create Mental Toughness While Pursuing Your Dreams



T-Mobile’s $26 billion takeover of Sprint finally got approved by a federal judge, a move that will leave most wireless consumers with three major operators to choose from, including Verizon and AT&T. More than a dozen attorneys general had sued to block the merger that had already been approved by the Justice Department and Federal Communications Commission. The administration has required T-Mobile and Sprint to sell some units to pay-TV operator Dish Network as part of the deal.

Dream chasing isn’t for the faint at heart. It can take years before one sees the financial payoff of what was once an idea. T-Mobile is probably patient on the outside, but internal it is jumping for joy. It took them a few years to get to this point, but I’m sure they will be relieved at the fruits of their patients.

When building a business, your goal has to be more than money, or you will ultimately fail. Your drive has to be based on principle, change, and something greater than yourself. Here is how to stay mentally tough while pursuing your dreams.

Personal Development. The road to success is paved with character and growth. Personal development is one of the key drivers that sustain you on the path of your dreams. Trustworthiness, keeping your word, and dependability are imperative to any industry. It doesn’t matter if you’re a musician or painter, lawyer or doctor, these traits and non-negotiable and forever transferable to success.

Take Breaks. To get there, you must rest one mile at a time. The grind is overrated. Reflecting on how far you’ve come energizes you for the road ahead. Burnout is a danger to your accomplishments and leads to a failure by default.

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. Steve Jobs popularized this quote from an ad in The Whole Earth Catalog. It read Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. We come to a point when we are happy with a level of progress and think we’ve learned everything. Accepting the truth that we never stop growing, and there is no limit to our success gives us the ability to keep going. To continue, you must never settle. You must always seek new ways of fixing things and solving problems. Discover new opportunities and be open to learning more.

Faith. Steve Jobs also mentioned faith throughout his journey. Believing so deeply in an idea that you make it come to life. Belief takes ideas and materializes them; and when you realize you can actually make something come to life, the sky becomes your launching pad, not the limit.

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Amazon Plans to Add 15,000 Jobs + How to Prepare for the Job You Want



Amazon says it will hire 15,000 more people at its Bellevue, Washington, campus, as part of the company’s effort to allocate new workers after it abandoned its plans for New York City. The e-commerce giant had issues in New York trying to open a facility there, called Bellevue, where 2,000 employees are already located, a “business-friendly city.” It’s also close to the company’s Seattle headquarters. This is good news for those in the job market but if this isn’t what you are looking to do then how do you make yourself valuable in the job market?

Here are four ways to prepare for the job you want no matter your age:

1. Focus on Your Strengths, Not What You’re Lacking

Whether you are 20 years old or over 40 instead of focusing on your age, you need to focus on your strengths. Many young people with limited experience or older people who may not be up to date with the latest technologies focus on what they’re lacking, and this is a big mistake. Do you have the qualifications for the job? Can you bring value to this position? Whatever your strong suits are you should play that up in your resume, cover letter or communications with the recruiter. It’s easy to focus on why you can’t get the job, but the trick is not to let that get to you. Focus on your value!

2. Attack Your Job Search from All Angles

Networking, Answering ads and/or working with recruiters are the most effective ways to land a job. It is important that you just don’t focus on one method but all three. Networking obviously is the ideal way because it allows you to communicate your value directly, but the other methods have their benefits as well. Be proactive and use each method effectively.

3. Show/Explain Your Leadership Abilities and/or Innovation

Leadership and taking the initiative have nothing to do with age. Young leaders and old leaders can be more or equally effective as those who have the “ideal” age. Focus on your leadership abilities and be sure to display this to your current or potential employee. Also, make sure you are keeping up to date with current trends in your industry. This will allow you to show your innovation and add more value to your company.

4. Ask For What You are Worth

Lastly, ask for what you are worth. Don’t let being “too young” or “too old” deter you from asking for a salary you deserve. In fact, trying to downplay your worth may very well backfire on you. Also, if you have been with a company for a long time and your salary outpaces what the position is worth making sure you are adding to your skill set and not staying complacent.

Following these four tips can help you gain or retain employment. What are some other ways? Comment below>>>

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New Survey Says that Young People Don’t Like Job Hopping + How to Get Paid What You’re Worth



Contrary to popular belief young people are not keen on job-hopping as most people think. According to a new survey, U.S. millennials and Gen Zers want to stay at their current companies for an average of 10 years and six years, respectively. Additionally, they say work is a major part of their lives, with 65% of people in Gen Z and 73% of millennials saying it’s part of their identities, according to a Zapier-sponsored poll. The age groups’ actions reflect the findings: Seven in 10 say they constantly check work messages outside the office. This is great for corporations but what does that mean for business owners?

If you are a freelancer or entrepreneur you know all too well the fight to get what you are worth. You will constantly be bombarded with offers to work for less or even for “exposure” as many like to call it now. But how do you gain the confidence and know how to charge and get what you’re worth? Here are 3 tips:

Build Your Resume. It’s said that if you do what you love you’ll never work a day in your life. Pursuing your passions and getting paid for it is the ultimate professional dream. You may have to start by working for free or at a discount rate to builds skill, ability, and your resume but once you have some stats under your belt its time to get that money… Keep in mind that if you are only in it for the money it will be difficult to experience long term financial gains so make sure you are pursuing your passion not only the paycheck.

Set a Standard. Pioneers have the ability to set standards. And even if you are providing services already in the market, no one can deliver them quite like you. Style and quality set you aside from others opening up a field of buyers seeking exactly what you offer.

Don’t Give In. A colorist (a person who literally adds color by hand or digitally in films and visual media; yes, there is a path for everyone) from Brooklyn, NYC once told me he had to be firm with pricing because he didn’t want to become that guy who works for free. After you have put in the work and set a standard you must not give in to fees below your ability. Yes, flexibility is key but don’t short change yourself. Getting paid your worth is ultimately the result of you believing in your ability and knowing there are people who will pay for it.

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