Joanna Greenberg


Seven Ideas for a Perfect Man Cave

The Rustic Cave

A perfect look for man cave is the rustic look. One of the best courses to take in this regard is to have design elements like exposed brick and perhaps even a fireplace. A thought is to go for the look and feel of a log cabin.

Consider complementing the space with woodsy colors. In addition, consider complimenting brick with natural wood, including on the floors, whenever possible, with this type of man cave.

Stylish Cave

At the other end of the man cave spectrum is the stylish cave. This is a space that is designed to focus on style and comfort. Rather than being something that appears to have been thrown together in a haphazard manner, the stylish man cave is attractive in its appearance. Indeed, it is a space that took time to conceive. There is a definite commitment to interior design in creating this type of man cave.

No, this doesn’t run against the concept of a man cave. Rather, this underscores the fact that different people have varying ideas and concepts about what a particular room in a residence is to look like. This includes men and their caves.

The Arcade Cave

The arcade man cave is designed to take into consideration the pub or bar experience. Even in this day and age, a good many neighborhood puns feature arcade games. Tis includes the ever-popular pinball machine.

The arcade cave is designed to pay homage to a neighborhood pub, with its arcade games, pool tables, and dart board. This type of man cave usually does come complete with a bar, perhaps even a wet one. The bar itself blends seamlessly in with the games, turning the space into a truly enjoyable man cave.

The Sports Bar Cave

A space somewhat related to the arcade man cave is the sports bar man cave. As the name suggests, this man cave includes memorabilia of the kind commonly featured in the typical sports bar. The sports bar man cave usually features at least one big screen, oftentimes two or three. This really ads to the look and feel of a sports bar.

This man cave really is suited to watching games and other sports events. It is the place where friends and family gather to watch games and enjoy each other’s company, perhaps over a favorite brew.

The Rock and Roll Cave

Many a man enjoys rock and roll. Different men may enjoy rock from different eras, but many males do tend to like this kind of music.

The rock and roll man cave is designed to celebrate the particular rock era, or star, that an individual man likes. The rock and roll man cave nearly always is outfitted with a solid audio system, including high quality speakers. However, big screens and bars are typically the order of the day in this type of man cave as well.

The Upscale Cave

The upscale man cave is a space that takes the stylish man cave up a notch. In reality, this is probably the least used man cave theme. However, when it is the underlying theme for a man cave, the results are not only stylish, but amazing.

It would not be out of the question for this type of man cave to include a chandelier. High quality furniture and other accoutrements certainly will be featured throughout this time of man cave.

There is likely to be a fully operational wet bar. The space may have something of an upscale movie viewing room presentation. This is the type of man cave that comes into being when a person has a bit more money to spend on this type of space than is the norm.

The Retreat Cave

A final type of man cave is what appropriately can be called a true retreat. On some level, this probably is what many people think of when they contemplate a man cave.

In the grand scheme of things, there is no unifying theme for this type of man cave. Rather, it is a complete and absolute reflection of the needs, goals, desires, and tastes of the man who needs this cave.

Of course, having explained the underlying concept of a retreat man cave, all man caves can be categorized in this manner. However, in the case of a retreat man cave, there is less of a focus on developing a space in which a man can entertain others. It really is a space where he can retreat to spend a little time with himself.


Jessica Kane is a writer for The Pinball Company, the best online source for new, used, and refurbished pinball machines, arcade cabinets, and more!

Get Your Home Ready for Sale: Enhance Its Curb Appeal

Curb appeal.

Realtors typically defined curb appeal as: “The general attractiveness of a house or other piece of property from the sidewalk. This term is often used by Realtors trying to sell or evaluate a piece of property.”

If you have made the decision to put your home on the market for sale, a key consideration is whether the curb appeal of your residence is up to par. If you think this may not be the case, you need to begin to consider what you should and should not do to enhance the curb appeal of your home. There are a number is tactics that you will want to give a good look at when it comes to increasing the overall curb appeal of your home.

Refresh or Redo the Paint

One very basic step you can take to enhance the curb appeal of your residence is to refresh or redo the paint. Generally speaking, this is a step that you can take without breaking the budget. You can also accomplish this task in short amount of time.

You also have two courses to consider about accomplishing this task. First, you can go the do it yourself route. Second, you can hire a professional painter.

Improve the Lawn

Take a good look at your lawn when you are contemplating what does and does not need to be done when it comes to enhancing the curb appeal of your home. If you are like most people, there very well may be issues with your lawn that need remediation. You may not have really focused on this issues.

The reality is that simply because of its presence in front of your home, the state of your lawn does send a message to prospective buyers. Right or wrong, fair or unfair, prospective buyers who see a flaw or issue with your lawn may take that a step further. These people will conclude that you are not on top of other elements of home maintenance.

Odds are what needs to be done with your lawn will not prove to be very complicated. Indeed, it more than likely will prove to be a matter of laying some fresh sod here and there or reseeding in certain places.

Establish the Right Greenery Balance

On a related note, examine what is going on in your front yard in the way of plants, trees, and bushes. A mistake that some people make when it comes to striving to enhance the curb appeal of their homes is to plant more of just about everything. By taking this approach, these individuals overkill.

In the final analysis, when it comes to plants, trees, and bushes in your front yard, moderation matters. You want the front of your house to look vibrant. On the other hand, you don’t want to leave a prospective purchaser with the idea that if he or she bought the house, that person would be left caring for a proverbial jungle.

Deal with Concrete Cracks

Another step you will want to take when it comes to improving the overall curb appeal of your home, you need to make sure that the driveway and sidewalks are in good repair. Take the time, and make the investment, in repairing any issues associated with concrete in front of the residence.

Ensure an Attractive Entryway

Make sure that the entryway to your residence is up to par. Once a prospective buyer evaluates the general appearance of the overall front side of your home from the curb, that individual’s focus is more than likely to zoom onto the entryway and front door. You need to make sure that the entryway looks inviting and well kept. Unless you’ve allowed the property to get off track for some time, dealing with the entryway should not be a significant task.

Final Note on Safety

If you plan on taking on some curb appeal enhancement project on your on, in anticipation of putting your home on the market, you must keep safety in mind. The last thing you want to have happen is to end up injured as part of a DIY home improvement effort.

When it comes to sprucing up the front of your residence, including painting and landscaping, you may find yourself using a ladder or scaffold. These have the potential to be to dangerous pieces of equipment.

You need to make absolutely certain that a ladder properly is positioned and a scaffold appropriately assembled. A common cause of accidents associated with a ladder or scaffold are incorrect position of the former and improper assembly of the latter.


Jessica Kane is a professional blogger who writes for Scaffold Store, the favorite and trusted scaffold supplier of the largest contractors.

7 Ideal Types of Retirement Gifts

When a person finally reaches the point at which he or she retires, it really is a milestone. If you have someone in your life that is getting ready to retire, you likely are wondering what type of gift to give. There are seven categories from which an ideal retirement gift can be drawn.

Years of Service Gift

For generations, the most common type of retirement gift was one focused on years of service. This type of gift oftentimes was given by an employer. However, that was during a time period when most people spent the greater part of their working lives in one, or perhaps two, jobs.

With that noted, a years of service gift is still a solid choice, even if it doesn’t officially or formally come from an employer. This type of gift could come from family, friends, or colleagues and will still have a nice impact.

Examples of years of services gifts include things like a watch or some type of jewelry. Silver is a solid choice when it comes to this type of years of service gift.

Hobby Gift

If the new retiree enjoys some type of hobby, a gift related to that endeavor is wise choice. People have a wide range of hobbies in this day and age, some of which are easier to find an appropriate gift. For example, if a person is a wine connoisseur, you will likely be able to come up with some obvious options.

If your associate has a hobby you are not particularly familiar with, reach out to that person. Ask him or her what type of item would be highly useful in the pursuit of that hobby.

Travel Gift

If the retiree is fond of travel, or has indicated a desire to spend time traveling once retired, considering giving the individual some type of travel gift. Examples of these types of gifts include luggage, passport holder, or personalized luggage tags. Books about possible travel destinations are solid ideas.

Depending on your relationship with the retiree, and your own budgetary considerations, giving a trip is a wonderful gift for a retiree. If the cost of a trip is beyond your own budget, odds are you will be able to organize people to collectively buy this type of gift for a retiree.

Experiences Gift

By the time many people reach retirement age, they have accumulated a good deal of “stuff.” Another idea for a perfect retirement gift is something from the experiences category.

Examples of what you can consider giving from the experiences category includes tickers to a concert, theatre, or sporting event. A gift certificate to a nice restaurant is another idea.

You can take one of two approaches when you give an experience gift. First, you can take the retiree and his or her significant other, if there is one, to the experience. Second, you can purchase tickets and let the retiree plan the specifics with whoever he or she would like to take.

Industry Gift

Another category of retirement recognition is the industry gift. As the name suggests, this type of gift is something associated with the industry or profession in which the person worked. This type of gift does hearken back to days gone by when an industry gift was more commonplace. As with a years of service gift, some years ago, this type of gift was quite commonly given by an employer as a means of commemorating the work of a retiree.

Charitable Contribution Gift

Many people heading into retirement have spent at least part of their working career in support of some type of charitable organization, at least in some manner. In other words, there is a strong possibility that the retiree has what is best described as a favorite charity.

If that is the case, you might want to consider making a contribution to a particular charity on behalf of the retiree. If the retiree doesn’t seem to have a favorite charity, you could ask the individual if there is one he or she would like to see a donation go.

Social Gift

This is something of a derivation of the experience gift. A social gift oftentimes is something added to another type of gift.

In basic terms, a social gift is one in which you invite the retiree to join you for something like lunch or dinner at some point in the future. You could be creative and make a coupon which the retiree can redeem at some point in the future for a social connection of some sort.


Jessica Kane is a writer for Silver Superstore, home of the internet’s best flatware.

Five Bright, Fresh Cocktails for Springtime

When springtime is upon us, the attention of adults oftentimes turns to bright, refreshing cocktails. As the world starts coming alive through the warmth of the spring, people from all walks of life look to tasty eats and drinks to celebrate the season. There are five perfect springtime cocktails that you should try this season. Keep in mind that these suggested libations for the springtime are perfect the year around.

Strawberry Basil Margaritas

This recipe for a lively take on beloved Margaritas fills a pitcher. It is a perfect choice for gatherings with friends and families. The recipe is easy.

Here’s what you need for Strawberry Basil Margaritas:

One 12-ounce can of frozen limeade concentrate

10 to 12 strawberries (before too long you will be able to get these from your own backyard of the local farmer’s market)

Eight fresh basil leaves

2 to 2 1/2 cups tequila (you can use gold or silver, depending on your preference)

And here’s how you make a delicious pitcher of these springtime Margaritas:

Empty limeade concentrate into the pitcher. Add 2 1/2 cans of water. Add 1 1/2 (18 ounces) of tequila (you can cut back the tequila if you want your drinks to be not quite as strong.

Hull the strawberries and then cut lengthwise slices. Add the fresh berries to the pitcher.

Crumple the basil moderately in your hands. The process of crumpling the leaves helps to release the basil flavor into the drink. Drop the leaves into the pitcher.

Cover the pitcher and place it into the refrigerator. It is best to place it in the fridge overnight, however four hours will suffice in a pinch.

When you take the pitcher out of the fridge, your Margaritas will have an attractive pale pink hue. The libation is ready to serve.

Pimm’s Cup

This recipe for Pimm’s Cup makes one cocktail. If you’ve spent any time in England, you know Pimm’s Cup is a favorite.

The ingredients you need for this tasty beverage are:

1 1/2 ounces Pimm’s No. 1 Cup

lemonade (in the alternative, depending on your preference, you can also use ginger ale, or lemon-lime soda)

lemon slices

cucumber slices

You can vary the theme of your Pimm’s Cup and consider: orange slice, fresh borage, mint leaves, apple slices, or a strawberry.

As any British pub owner or inn keeper will tell you, the Pimm’s Cup is easy to make:

Fill a Collins glass halfway with ice and two or three slices of cucumber. Add borage leaves or other garnishes as you desire.

Add one measure of Pimm’s.

Top glass with lemonade, ginger ale, or lemon-lime soda.

Stir gently. If necessary, you can add additional ice.

Finally, garnish with slices of lemon and cucumber.

A note: No, Pimm’s Cup is not a “lady’s drink.” The gender barriers associated with adult libations truly are a thing of the past.

Lady Mary

Lady Mary is a homage to Downton Abbey, this recipe making one cocktail. The drink is inspired by the character on the hit British television show that viewers love to hate.

The ingredients for this springtime drink are:

1.5 oz of Lillet Blanc

.75 oz fresh-squeezed lemon juice

4 to 5 basil leaves

Champagne, chilled (if your not interested in complete authenticity, sparkling California wine works just as well)

Add lemon juice and basil leaves to a shaker and muddle.

Add Lillet Blanc and ice.

Shake, and then strain into a flute.

Top with Champagne or sparkling wine.

Watermelon & Cucumber Refresher

Watermelon and cucumber really are the combination coming to the forefront for the springtime. Tis recipe makes a single cocktail. The ingredients for this delectable libation are:

3 parts vodka 1 1/2 ounces and tequila is a great recipe variation, if that is your preference]

1 part (1/2 ounce) triple sec

1 part (1/2 ounce) watermelon-cucumber-mint juice

1 part (1/2 ounce) fresh lime juice

This refreshing selection is easy to blend:

Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and then strain into a cocktail glass.

Garnish with a watermelon or cucumber slice, or a sprig of mint.

The Original Hurricane

The Original Hurricane is not just for Bourbon Street, not just for Mardi Gras. You can make this iconic libation with the following ingredients to make one cocktail:

2 ounces dark rum

1 ounce passion fruit syrup

1 ounce fresh-squeezed lemon juice

With these ingredients, prepare your cocktail:

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice.

Shake and strain into an ice-filled glass. The traditional recipe does recommend crushed ice.

Bring it home with an orange slice and cherry garnish.


Jessica Kane writes for TIPS Alcohol Training, offering TIPS responsible alcohol service training online for both on and off premise needs.

Make Your Front Yard More Livable with a Perimeter Fence

If you are like a considerable number of homeowners across the United States, you spend a decent amount of time working on the appearance of the front of your home. This includes tending to the lawn as well as gardens that you may also have fronting your home.

With all the time you spend tending to your front yard, you may wonder what can you do to get more out of that space. You may ponder what steps you can take to make your front yard more livable. one addition you can take to make the most out of your front yard is the addition of a privacy fence around your front yard.

Privacy and a Front Yard Fence

A primary way in which a perimeter fence around the front of your home makes your residence more livable is because it adds a level of privacy you would not otherwise enjoy. In this day and age, a majority of people really are able to make little use of their front yards precisely because they have so little privacy.

When it comes to a homeowner making use of the front yard, this oftentimes is limited to planting some trees, some bushes, and maybe a flowerbed or two. Because the typical front yard is exposed to the world, many homeowners spend no time in that space, save for tending to the lawn and foliage.

By adding a fence, the front yard becomes far more private. A homeowner can engage in an array of enjoyable activities on the front lawn without feeling completely exposed to the neighborhood.

Security and a Front Perimeter Fence

Not only does a front perimeter fence make you yard more livable, it makes your home more habitable as well. One of the primary reasons why installing a front perimeter fence makes your home more habitable stems from the fact that it renders your home safer and more secure.

This is a day and age when crime occurs in all types of neighborhoods. In many ways, no one is immune from the dangerous conduct of criminals. For example, one out of every five Americans will be victims of a home invasion during the course of their lifetimes.

One of the most important steps that you can take to make your home more livable by making it more secure is the installation of a fence. Not only does a fence provide a deterrent to a criminal actually accessing your property, its very existence will likely dissuade a criminal from even trying.

One additional note. As a part of your overall home security efforts, consider adding lights on or around your perimeter fence. Lighting renders your fence an even greater deterrent to a criminal with at least some thought about entering your property and your home. In addition, because of the wide selection of different types of lights, the illumination provided by them can enhance the overall look and appearance of your home.

Curb Appeal and a Front Yard Fence

A nicely designed fence can work to enhance the curb appeal of your home. With that said, you don’t have to abandon planting a lovely flower bed in front of your home, or other types of foliage, in a manner that can be seen by others. You have the ability to setback a fence a bit. By taking this step, you are left with a zone in front of the fence in which you can display your gardening prowess.

Enhancing the curb appeal of your home will make you an even prouder homeowner as long as you live in your residence. In addition, should the day come that you want to sell your residence, enhance curb appeal will make your home far more appealing to house hunters.


Jessica Kane is a writer for Viking Fence, the number on fence rental company in Houston.

What is it Like on the Rocketship?

A great deal is said these days about “charter schools” and whether they are a blessing or a bane. One major entity in the field is Rocketship Public Schools (started as “Rocketship Education” in 2006), which has expanded from an initial school in San Jose to a network of 20 schools in three states and the District of Columbia.

A detailed account of RSED’s rise is education writer Richard Whitmire’s On the Rocketship: A Tech Entrepreneur’s Journey to Re-Think Education Through Charter Schools. (Jossey-Bass 2014).
Rocketship says its approach has “three pillars”;

• ““Personalized Learning: Tailoring instruction, content, learning experience, and pace to unleash the potential of every student.”
• “Talent Development: Investing in the growth and development of every team member to unleash their full potential in the classroom and beyond.”
• “Parent Power: Unleashing the power of parents to champion their children’s education, hold leaders accountable, and enable high-quality public schools to thrive.”

Rocketship has been known as a major proponent of what is known as “blended learning”, which seeks to use the best advantages of computerized digital learning techniques and more traditional classroom settings. Its particular approach is the “Lab Rotation” system, which divides a school day into subject blocks in classrooms (in turn split between humanities and mathematical subjects , and the “Learning Lab”, where Rocketship’s tutors assist students in making use of computerized learning systems.. Teachers also make use of devices such as iPads and Chromebooks in the classroom setting.

Reports on newer adjustments in this have led people to claim RSED is “turning away from” the blended learning paradigm. But former CEO John Danner responds: “Only in public education would continuous evolution be seen as a negative. Rocketship is never satisfied with its program, technology, approach, because they can see clearly how much better they can do. “

The latest Year in Review report gives statistical data on success in “closing the achievement gap” with pupils previously in underperforming schools.
A teacher working at one of the Nashville schools writes: “A progressive place to work! This company values the opinions of their employees. Th e company provided continual training and appreciation days for their teachers. It was a diverse environment with mission-driven goals!

Another teacher success story is recounted by Jeremy Ault about his experience at Rocketship’s Southside Community Prep in Milwaukee. He gives a heartfelt account of his experiences drawing out an initially nonverbal student.

More information is available at RSED’s own site.

3 Reasons to Make Cairo Your Next Stop for a Vacation

Egypt’s history has always been the major attraction to people visiting the capital – Cairo. The pyramids, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, are a sight to reckon and the multiple tombs are another attraction every student and expat wants to see at least once in their lifetime. Put together, these sites give us a brief history of early man and shed some light on the origins of civilization.

So, if you’re traveling to Egypt, these destinations would most likely be at the top of your list, which is by all mean a great idea.

However, did you know that there are dozens of other great spots and exhilarating sceneries to consider in the capital? Below, we look at three reasons to visit Cairo aside from the historical spots.

  1. Wildlife

Like most of the African countries, Egypt is home to a wide range of wildlife. One study says that the capital Cairo has approximately 100 mammal species. Some of the mammals you can expect to see include camels, Nubian ibex, giraffes, gazelles, ostriches, sand cats, and hedgehogs. Depending on the season, you might even be lucky to see a Fennec, the world’s smallest fox.

Besides these mammals, the capital is also home to dozens of marine animals including whales, dolphins, dugongs, seals, and manatees. Then, there is a range of reptiles also including cobras, horned vipers, and the Nile crocodiles.

Owing to the extreme weather conditions, some of these animals’ lives are in constant danger. Therefore, most of them can only be found in zoos and parks.

  1. Dip into the Arab culture

A visit to Cairo would put you in the heart of the Arab culture. It means you can explore everything about the culture from cuisines to arts and hospitality to lifestyles. What’s better, many tourists who’ve been there only have good things to say about the capital. Just about everyone in Cairo is excited to see tourists.

If you’re a music lover, you can also use the trip to learn about the local styles. Cairo is home to many different types of music, some of which aren’t globally heard. For instance, their traditional harps and flutes are rarely heard beyond the borders but are some of the most soothing musical instruments.

To complement the music, the locals are known to dance in bright colored, sequined designed bras and long flowing skirts. It’s majestic!

  1. The Nile River in all its glory

Being the longest river in the world at over 4,000 meters, the Nile is a must-see if you’re visiting Cairo. This north-flowing river runs right through the city and offers breathtaking views of the city’s skyline during the early mornings and late evenings.

You can also get the chance to tour the river if you’re staying at one of the nearby luxurious hotels like Renaissance Cairo Mirage City Hotel. It takes approximately three days to cruise from Aswan to Luxor, and you’ll be more than amazed by the ever-changing scenery; from lush green bushes to forests and then camel-filled deserts. From the deck of the ship, you’ll also be able to see Egyptian women washing along the river and men plowing their fields.

By the end of your visit, rest assured that you’ll have seen enough to convince you to come back.

What Happens to All the Reviews and Stars You Give a Service Provider?

Getting together with friends, going out with family or your Friday date nights success depend on how well you’ll get serviced. These occasions may warrant you to getting a bite at Chef Kanida Chey restaurant and letting other people take care of you for awhile. Most establishments invest a lot on making sure their staff and ambiance make you want more. Ever wondered how they take the reviews and comments you leave at the end of your stay? This is what is usually supposed to happen.


Taking an example of the food industry, which is bound to deal with people everyday and get a whole lot of reviews. There is no way around this. It is assured that there will be lots of feedback from the customers. About various things including ; the food, the ambiance or even the staff serving them. In the food industry, every aspect deals with hospitality. How the customers are treated, how you get served and how clean the sitting area is.It is inevitable that there will be criticism and complaints. If the restaurant keeps the customers coming, then the compliments are an assurance. They are entitled to whatever opinion they want to have. So at the end of the day, the manager or whoever is in charge sits down and looks through all these reviews.

Accept or ignore the reviews

The managers are trained to know the fluff from the quality reviews. Some people just like to rave and rant and will complain about every little thing. Separating these reviews from those of well meaning gives the owners insight on what they really need to improve on. Sometimes whatever the review might be complaining about may be  complimented in another review. In this case the manager leaves it be for awhile to see what other clients might think then decide on what change to make. They also might consult the people who were working the floor, like waitresses or salespersons, to see why a certain review was given.

Improve or Excuse the Situation

Some improvements or changes to a situation might take awhile to be cleared by the necessary protocols involved. This is where you find the managers or staff excusing whatever situation that might potentially make you uncomfortable. They’ll take a second or two to explain why the situation is still present and how they’re working to improve It in the next week or so. If most people don’t mind, then the excuse will be made a part of the establishments pitch just incase someone does mind. If the reviews were praising the good quality of the service then the establishment will aim to maintain the standards.

Wrap up

So as you go out and get serviced, keep in mind to give an honest review that will be a positive critic. People tend to ignore these reviews thinking that it won’t make a difference when in truth establishment owners take them very serious. If you wish to see something changed or improved don’t be afraid to say so. But also remember to give compliments where they’re due. You might just be the cause of someone getting a raise.

How To Get A Bang For Your Buck When It Comes To Family Money

The topic of family money management is one that comes with raised eyebrows. Apparently, everyone seems to have their own idea of money management, and in some cases, it makes it hard to progress. It is estimated that around 30% of couples clash over monies. This is because of priorities, tough choices and personal preferences for money management. Luckily, there are few things that can restore calm and ensure a good return for every dime spent.

Good Budgeting

There is no perfect budgeting criteria that can end all family clashes over finances. However, there are a number of things that can help a family with good budgeting.

First, you need to embrace the habit of creating one. Many people know about budgeting but rarely do it. All kinds of expenses emerge every day and you need a realistic and systematic way of ensuring efficient fund use.

Secondly, you need to set your priorities straight, which is the sole purpose of a budget. Good budgeting will focus on family priorities creating a win-win deal for everyone. Start good budgeting today and you will lessen family clashes.

Consulting and Support

Many hands make work light and two heads are better than one. It is not wrong to seek out advice and support from other people who have been in your situation before. This will really help you more than you can imagine.

You will not only gain great insight into successful family money management but also avoid certain mistakes that generally cut across most families. So, take an initiative to seek counsel and advice. You will be one step ahead.

Account Consolidation

Some people have multiple accounts. This may mean having multiple credit card balances over time if you are in need of money. Managing all these credit accounts can be very expensive. Consider taking out a loan to consolidate existing debts, thereby reducing the managing costs by settling everything all at once.

Time-savers for Money

Family comes with tons of responsibilities and you will never have enough time in your hands to do everything. So why not try out some options to save time.

A good example is checking with your bank to see what kind of services they offer to their customers. Do they have mobile banking? Can you automate bill payments? Is it possible to schedule savings? And can you have a system for email and text alerts concerning your finances? These are all awesome ways of saving time and creating room for other things.

Successful family money management can be achieved with discipline and effort. These tips are just a few reminders of what you need to do.

Could Subscription Based Cars Replace Car Ownership?

Subscriptions are a big deal in our lives – subscription TV, beauty boxes, even digital magazines.  But would you subscribe to a car rather than owning your own vehicle?  Motor giant Ford is betting that people will along with several other big-name automotive producers and are looking into offer subscription-based cars.

How the idea works

People still want to have a car but what they don’t want is the commitment – the cost of running, the cost of parts if there’s a breakdown, (at, for example,) all the other expenses of being a car owner.  The idea behind a car subscription is that everything is bundled into one monthly price – the warranty, maintenance and roadside assistance as well as the vehicle itself.

There are already examples out there – Book by Cadillac offers a monthly price of $1800 so customers can swap and change their vehicle as they want.  And for those with a bigger budget, you can choose any of the 22 models of Porsche on their Passport scheme for $3000 a month.

Ford are targeting a different audience – millennials and customers who work with a budget.  Their packages start from $400 a month depending on the vehicle and other options that you choose.  You can select the mileage plan like you would select a contract for your smartphone and unused miles can roll over from one month to another.  There’s no contract and you can just give seven days’ notice to stop altogether – obviously and return the vehicle.

Ford Canvas

The scheme is called Ford Canvas and is currently based on the idea of Fair, a vehicle subscription company out of Santa Monica, California.  Run by Scott Painter and backed by BMW another others, the company recently set up a deal with Uber’s Xchange to become the exclusive supplier for US drivers who need to access a car for more than 30 days.

Canvas is still in its infancy with just 600 customers around the San Francisco and Los Angeles area so far.  But that’s the way Ford planned it, having bought a start-up called Breeze in 2016 and focusing on supplying vehicles to Uber and Lyft drivers.

Building on success

Ford intends to take this early success and offer it to a wider audience in 2018 with more customer needs to be catered for.  Month to month subscriptions is the start with greater customization coming along with the ability to cater for customers who want to use the product for the longer term at better deal prices.