Month : November 2013

Business

Horsedrawn carriages: perfect for corporate events

Horsedrawn carriages are a perfect feature at any corporate event. Once a common part of everyday life, these days a horsedrawn carriage is something to be marvelled at.

Cars, trains and aeroplanes may have left horses well and truly behind in the world of transportation, but they definitely still have their uses. People love horses and they love to ride on horsedrawn carriages.

Therefore if you’re looking to really make your corporate event stand out, horsedrawn carriage hire is perfect. 

Types of corporate events

There are many types of corporate events you can organise. Judging by the charts on colorpopevents.com, the most common tend to be:

  • Paintballing
  • Zombie apocalypse days
  • Yoga
  • Formal parties

All of the above are fun and fantastic ways of marketing and giving your team motivation.

Zombie days are the latest craze and they definitely aren’t for everyone. If you want to really stand out then horsedrawn carriage hire is highly recommended. 

The benefits of horsedrawn carriage hire

There are numerous benefits of hiring horsedrawn carriages for your corporate event. The main ones include:

  • It’s unique
  • Adds style and elegance
  • Attracts more people
  • Fun and memorable

One of the main goals of any business is to be unique. If you want to set yourself apart from the competition, you need to have a certain edge. The fact a horsedrawn carriage is unique and not used by many businesses will give you an advantage. You can use it as a marketing strategy and attract more people to the event. Advertising ‘horsedrawn carriage rides’ will definitely get more people interested in your event.

If you’re looking to impress potential clients then horsedrawn carriages will also help with that. They add style and elegance to your event; creating a more high-end theme. While the cost of a horsedrawn carriage isn’t cheap, it will be a long term investment due to the impression it leaves with your clients/customers.

The fun element is also something you can’t ignore. Corporate events can have the tendency to be a little dull. Hiring a horsedrawn carriage will liven things up and make sure your event is anything but boring. This in turn will keep your guests talking about it and that will generate even more interest in the company.

Businesses that do take advantage of horsedrawn carriage hire are clever and resourceful. It’s a well-known fact that people love horses. They represent power and strength which is something you want people to associate with your business. Having horses there will give your business a more important stature.

Overall, there are many ways to make your corporate event a success. Horsedrawn carriages are the topic of many excellent stories. They can really help to set your event apart from the competition. You can either hire the carriages to take people on rides, or simply to stay outside the venue to enhance the theme of the event.

Carriage rides are a great way to explore an area and they can be really fun too. Why not take a look at the cost of horsedrawn carriage hire today to see if it’s something your business could benefit from?

Frugality

Don’t Miss Out On Easy Savings: Coupons Pt 1

a-case-for-coupons-coupons1 There are many ways to save money these days, but one of the best and easy way is coupons. What? You don’t have time for that? Have you tried?

“Anything that’s worth doing, is worth doing poorly”

I’m not going to lie to you. In the beginning it’s not going to save you much money and you’re probably going to make some mistakes. However, as you build up a stockpile of coupons and learn the ways of the masters, you will save a significant amount of money and I’m going to tell you how.

Get Coupons

The first thing you need to do is actually get coupons. There are several places to get them and some of them may surprise you.

Newspaper

The best place to get them is the Sunday paper. You could just pick one up every Sunday but the easiest thing to do is get it delivered. Delivery is better for two reasons. Most likely you will get a discount on delivery versus buying it at a store. My local newspaper offers the Sunday paper for 6 months at $20.50. That’s about a 50% savings for choosing the easy route.

The second reason is so you don’t have to get dressed and go to the store, which will most likely keep you from actually going to the store. It’s kinda like automatic savings….kinda.

Before you sign up for delivery:

  • Check the paper at the store to see if there’s a deal on getting the paper delivered. Mine had a code for about $14 for 26 weeks for even more savings.
  • The most important thing is to make sure the paper you order actually carries the coupons. Go to the store first to check out which local newspaper carries coupons.

I suggest delivery the most because one of the mantras of couponing is the more the merrier (which I’ll get into more in the next part of this series). Getting more than one of the same coupon allows you to save so much more. Once you get the paper delivered, you can check to see if it’s a good week for coupons. If it is, then you can buy another paper or two in the store later, when you’re out and about. That’s not necessary when you’re just starting if you think it’s going to turn you off from couponing. Just get started first and worry about the best tips later.

Magazines

There are several magazines that contain exclusive coupons. Here are a few:

Unless you have an interest in the other magazines content, I’d only recommend All You and Everyday with Rachael Ray. They have the best content and coupons to go with it.

*Side Note*

I wouldn’t recommend buying it direct from the magazine company because you can usually buy it cheaper from a magazine discount site. I purchased my All You subscription from Tanga.com because it was the best deal around. Another great site is BestDealMagazines.com, this is where I purchased multiple hobby magazines I enjoy.

*Back on subject*

The World Wide Web

Another source is none other than the wonderful internet. One argument against printing out coupons is it costs more to print them than you’re going to save. Not true, especially if you print out more than one coupon at a time and reuse the paper to print another coupon. Some great sources are:

A surprising place to find coupons is Facebook. If you “Like” companies Facebook page, they usually have coupons you can access.

*Shameless self promotion*

Feel free to “Like” my Facebook page: Financially Poor. You won’t get any coupons to buy me, but you’ll get updated about my posts on Facebook and one day maybe even exclusive giveaways.

*End shameless self promotion*

Last but maybe not the most surprising is Twitter. The easiest way to find coupons on twitter is by sites set up to only show coupons from twitter, of course. The best sites I found are CheapTweet.com and CouponTweet.com.

Now What?

Once you get the coupons then the next step is to organize and learn how to use them. Join me next week as I go over these steps in the next episode of this chapter on couponing. Stay tuned….Dun Dun Duuuun…

P.S. Some of the links in this post I earn a little bit of money from, in order to pay my bills. But I promise to never to intentionally lead you to a bad company and to never let the money affect my opinion.

Have you taken on the quest of couponing? Have you had any bumps in the road when you first began?

Check out Part 2 of the series

Money Management

3 Tips For Couples To Make A Budget

CoupleHaving a budget as a couple is not an easy thing. Me and my girlfriend have one and I’ll be the first to tell you it takes a lot of adjustments. I have definitely learned a lot going through that. Here’s some tips to get you through it.

Be Open

Talk about how you feel about a budget. If you’re both not ready for one then it’s not going to work. Go over the whole budget together and talk about each category. Make sure that you agree on how much you are going to spend on the categories. The important thing is to talk about it and make sure that you let your feelings out. If you have a problem let it be known. If you don’t let the other person know about it, then they won’t know why you can’t stay in budget.

Compromise

Doing a budget with two people can end horribly if there is no compromise. The process of give and take in a relationship applies to a budget as well. With me and my girlfriend (Beth), she’s more of a spender. In order to accommodate that I have to save a little less but her spending gets put under control with the budget. So it’s give and take.

Know Each Other

This goes somewhat with compromise but know if each other are spenders or savers. I’m a saver but she’s a spender. I know she likes to buy things, so there’s a place in the budget to spend. I like to stay in but she likes to go out, so there’s a little more in the entertainment category. It’s easy for me as a saver to say “Why don’t we just save our money instead of going out”. But It’s just as easy for her to say “Why don’t we just go out and enjoy life instead of stay cooped up all night”. So we adjusted the budget to be able to go out a little and save a little.

I used to get upset when we would spend more than we budgeted for but after talking it over with her I decided to increase the amount we could spend on certain categories. Just having that extra breathing room decreased my stress level and we actually ended up not spending as much as we budgeted for and saved more money than I planned.

In the end, the important thing is that you are both happy. Life is too short to be upset at every little thing and be stubborn. If you can create a budget together, you have a great future ahead of yourselves.

Have you had any issues making a budget with your significant other? What did you do to get through it?