You Could Be Entitled To These…

People often think that they’re entitled to a lot more than they actually are. It’s a common issue that the wider public seems to have, and it’s an issue that doesn’t seem to be dying out. However, for all of the things that we’re really not entitled to in this world, there are some that we just might be. We’re talking about money here, and there are plenty of opportunities that you might be missing out on, just because you don’t think you’re eligible. Now, when money is such a rare thing to have it would seem, you’re obviously going to want to know all of the things that you might actually be entitled to. So, we’ve cut out a bit of the hard work for you, and we’ve picked out some ways that some of you are going to be entitled to getting a bit of extra money, without you necessarily having to do much about it!

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Management Rights

If you haven’t explored the revenue that management rights could give you, then we really think you should start looking into them now. They’re the perfect way for you to make more money, without having to go far, or even do too much work. If you haven’t heard of it before, it’s where you buy the rights to the management and maintenance of a building, usually a block of apartments or a business offices. You then have the right to maintain the building, and make a profit from it. Whether it’s you that’s maintaining the building or not, you’re still going to be making a profit from it, think of it as a mini business investment. There are plenty of buildings dotted around, some are probably in your local area. But they will all differ in the revenue that it’ll allow you to make, so make sure that you’re picking the one that’s best going to suit you. Management rights for sale isn’t a common venture to most of you, so you know you won’t have competition. It’s not like a business, where you do have to compete to get your revenue, it’s just your own little way of making money, but you do obviously have to put a lot of time and attention into maintaining the building. All complaints would come to you as well, so it’s wise that you develop some of your customer service skills, as well as your knowledge as to what goes into maintaining a business.

Salary Increases

If you don’t ask, you don’t get. That’s one of the main mottos you should live by in life. With work, some places of work are going to support you, increase pay, increase opportunities etc. Some places of work are going to be the exact opposite. It’s very much a world of favouritism, business, so you need to learn to ask for what you want in some circumstances. If you know that someone who is doing the same role as you, and has worked there for a similar amount of time, is getting paid more than you, it’s likely that you’re due a pay rise! However, you need to make sure you’re being smart about this. If you go to your manager and say that you know how much someone else is on, you could get the both of you in trouble for speaking about your wages. It should tell you in your contract whether this is forbidden or not. Rather than walking up to them and saying you know how much this person is on, tell them that you feel you deserve a pay rise due to your hard work, and your commitment to the company. You also might be due a salary increase if your contract says that you’re allowed an increase every so often. It’s often overlooked, because we’re sure that there aren’t many of you that have actually read the fine print of their contract. But if you look, a lot of them will say that you’re entitled to yearly increases, or even just a bonus. It might be something that’s worth checking out, if you still have a contract.

Money Back

Think about the purchases that you’ve made over the years. We’re not just talking about the ones that you’ve made during your weekly shop, we’re talking about the big spenders, such as your bills. Each time you take out a contract with a new bill, you’ll be given a quote for the amount of money that you’ll need to pay each month. If this is fixed, there could be a chance that you’re actually overspending, meaning the company you’re with should be giving you some money back. But as much as companies like taking your money, they don’t like giving it back, so this might be something that you’re going to have to dig deeper about. Some companies however, will give you a refund when the end of your agreement runs out, but it’s always good to chase things up to make sure that you’re getting what your entitled to.

Car Insurance Reductions

If your car insurance premium is about to expire, then we know you’re going to have either had a renewal letter or email, stating what price that company is prepared to give you. This price should not be listened to. Half of the time, you’ll find that the quote they’ll send you will be even higher than the price you’re paying at the minute, even though you’ve done nothing to suggest that the price should go up! It makes no sense to us, but we do know that you shouldn’t listen to your renewal price. Always make sure you’re using different comparison websites to make sure that you’re getting the best deal that you possibly can. It might also be worth ringing up the company you’re currently with, and asking them why your renewal price is so high. You can also say you’ve had quotes for a certain amount, and they might be inclined to reduce their offer to match the others that you’ve received

So, you’re entitled to more than you think you are, aren’t you! Make sure that you always chase down money opportunities that’ll benefit you!

Do More Than Insure

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Everyone knows that the roads can be a dangerous place. This is why it’s a legal requirement to have insurance on your car in most places. This sort of cover protects other drivers from your mistakes, giving them a chance to have their car fixed without relying on you to have the funds to do it. As the roads get more populated, though, they are getting even more riskier. The lengths that you can use to protect yourself are becoming more varied and reliant on tech. To help you out with this, this post will be going through some of the best ways to compliment your insurance, ensuring complete security on the road.

Nowadays, it’s becoming much more common for legal battles to come out of car accidents. When people get hurt, they will often try to claim compensation for any time they’ve had to spend out of work. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to test someone for whiplash. So, if you get into an accident, people will often claim to have this affliction without any evidence at all. Protecting yourself against this sort of behaviour is nice and easy, though. Video is the considered to be the greatest evidence you can have. It provides definitive proof as to whether or not you were at fault during an accident. Dash cams have become incredibly cheap in recent years, providing you with the chance to pick one up for nearly nothing at all. Just take a look at websites like Amazon and eBay to find the cheapest examples.

Of course, you can’t just rely on video to get you out of a jam. Instead, it’s best to go even further with this effort. Legal professionals come in loads of shapes and sizes, with some offering the best protection against theft or assault, and others being better at helping people with car accident claims. It’s important to choose the right person to help you at this stage. You can’t just choose any car accident lawyer and hope for the best; research has to be done. Use online reviews and testimonials from other clients to find out which of your local lawyers would be best to represent you. Some professionals will be happy to travel to serve their clients, so it’s worth looking quite broadly.

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Sometimes, the best way to protect yourself on the road is by learning how to drive defensively. Most normal driving courses don’t really teach you how to drive. Instead, they simply give you the basic knowledge you need to pass the test. Most people will pick up the rest of the skills they need in the first few years of driving, leaving it to their own instincts and habits to shape them. Unfortunately, this can lead to poor driving and struggling to get through difficult situations. To solve this, advanced driving courses can be taken, offering the chance to improve your driving and get better on the road. This is one of the best ways to protect yourself but will be most effective with your other lines of defence.

Hopefully, this post will help you to understand exactly what can be done when you’re trying to make driving more secure and safe for yourself. Along with helping you, these methods can also help the drivers around you. By making a conscious effort to improve your driving, you will have more success than you expect.

Minimising Risk and Cost When You’re Out On The Roads

Driving in winter definitely comes with extra risks that aren’t a problem during the rest of the year. Rain, snow, and ice all cause slippery road surfaces meaning it’s easy to lose control or take longer to brake which is a big issue when it comes to emergencies. So being cautious on the roads is more important than ever, not only for your safety but for your finances too since car troubles can be extremely costly! Here’s how you can save cash while minimizing risk when you’re out on the roads.

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Do Regular Vehicle Checks

Don’t just wait until your MOT to check if your vehicle is safe. There are checks that you should be doing all throughout the year (particularly before long journeys) to make sure everything is in full working order. Your wipers should clear your windscreen properly so that visibility isn’t reduced in the rain, all of your vehicle fluid levels should be above the minimum line, and the brakes should feel firm and slow down the car properly. Having some de-icer, a warning triangle and a hi-vis vest in car is useful in case of an emergency. The tyres on your vehicle should also be a priority, they should have a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm- any lower than this and you’re breaking the law. But to go a step further, invest in some winter tyres which give the best grip when the ground is slippery. Any problems with your car can hugely increase the chance of an accident. Whether another car or property is involved, if it’s deemed to be your fault due to neglecting to maintain your car you will be stuck with some costly repairs to fork out for. Sometimes it’s not clear cut who was at fault in an accident, if you believe you have been wrongly accused then you could visit a lawyer’s website such as https://www.warriorsforjustice.com/ for more information.

Consider Breakdown Cover

We all know how expensive car repairs are, and breaking down is a nightmare just about every car owner will face now and again. But you can cushion the blow by investing in breakdown cover. These companies will first try to fix your car on the roadside, but if not will tow you to a local garage. If you buy cover up front, it works out a lot cheaper than having to book an emergency breakdown visit, so it’s always worth being covered just in case. Make sure the company offers 24/7 and 365 days a year service to give you full peace of mind.

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Only Make Essential Journeys

In bad weather conditions- snow, ice, fog- only make journeys if you absolutely have to. It goes without saying that the more you’re out in these circumstances, the more likely you are to have an accident. Could you walk instead of drive, or skip that social meet with friends until the weather has cleared? Sometimes it’s unavoidable, and you need to drive, but think carefully. Be extra cautious, keep your wits about you and always maintain a safe separation distance since it will take you longer than usual to brake.

Preparing For The Big Milestones In Your Children’s Lives

Having children means you need to be prepared for anything.  From the small problems we all share, like how to keep the magic of Christmas alive, to the larger problems that can crop up, such as medical bills.  As they grow older you will need to be prepared for heartaches, new jobs, fashion demands and the ever so popular gap year.

Let’s take a look at three of the big events that are bound to crop up as your children come of age and, how to negotiate your way around them.

Hit The Road

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One of the biggest events in your child’s life is going to be learning to drive.  This is their first opportunity to taste freedom.  No more worrying about lifts or relying on mum and dad to get them to the party.  Owning your first car is much more than it seems.

Getting young people on the road is not a cheap affair.  Driving lessons don’t come cheap, Insurance costs for new drivers are insane and quite often more expensive than the car itself.  Of course you are going to want to keep them as safe as you can so purchasing a cheap, second hand car might not be the route you want to go down.

Teaching your children to save from a young age will help bring the cost of getting them mobile down for you.  It is also really beneficial for them to experience the feeling you get when you buy something special with your own money.  They are far more likely to take care of it if they can place a value on the effort and sacrifices it took to buy it.  However, there are lots of incentives for taking out a finance deal on a new car.  Many manufactures offer a years free insurance on certain model in their range which takes one of the huge costs of driving away and gives you a year to build up no claims bonuses.  Perhaps you could take out the agreement and have your child pay the monthly payments to you from their earnings or, by taking on more tasks around the house.

Should you be buying a second hand car then you will need to consider the insurance costs.  Get online and research the best companies for getting them covered and consider all the options for helping them.  Whilst you cannot protect them when they are behind the wheel you can make sure they are covered for the emergencies that can happen.  If you can afford it, give them their insurance as a birthday or Christmas present or share the cost with other family members.

Of course all of this depends on whether they can pass their driving test.  Whilst driving instructors are the best educated to help them achieve this, relying on them can be a pricey business.  Once your kids have mastered the basics consider taking them out with you and letting them practice.  You will need to do your research too because most of us have picked up bad habits over the years.  Do not share these with your children!

The last area to pay attention to is car maintenance.  Teaching the basics of servicing is really important.  Tyre pressures, washer fluid, how to use snow chains.  All this stuff will ensure they are switched on if things go wrong.  Get them into the routine of regularly checking their vehicle over and also, make sure they keep water and a light snack in their glove box.

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Some of us won’t have to worry about our sons and daughters coming home to announce they want to take a break in their education.  However it is now a very common break to make and there are some real benefits to it.

Travelling the world to increase your cultural awareness and life experience can add a real boost when it comes to getting your first job.  There are loads of ways to ensure your children get a year to discover themselves whilst ensuring they don’t waste this opportunity or create a hurdle within their education.

There are various different routes your children can take.  Considering a volunteer package is a really fantastic idea and there are loads on offer which will support their education.  For sport fanatics there are opportunities to teach out in Africa.  Ghana welcome English teaching assistants plus there are numerous conservations projects.  Keeping it closer to home you could look at homeless shelters, wildlife and nature conservation groups or working with the vulnerable.

Financing a gap year can be hard.  So try to encourage your children to think about this and work out how they can fund their choice.  Perhaps evening work or part time work will help pay for flights or expenses.

Of course one of the biggest worries is what happens if something goes wrong whilst they are in another country.  Make sure they have a good insurance policy.  Failing that talk to friends and family to help raise money.  Depending on the situation you could even look at social media or crowd funding.  In absolute ‘back against the wall’ emergencies, you may need to consider a loan.  There are some great companies offering a variety of finance packages take a look at Swift Money Short Term Loans and work out if this is the right route for you.  Just make sure you have exhausted all options before getting yourself into debt.

Heartbreak Hotel

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The awful inevitable that at some point your son or daughter will turn up in your kitchen with that indescribable look of pain, comes sooner than you think when kids hit their late teens.  It is a part of life we all have been through and when it is the break up of your first love, it seems even more cutting than ever.

The most important thing you can do is listen.  Offer advice when prompted but be their rock.  Talking is the only way they are going to work through the devastation of a relationship break up.

There can be financial implications involved.  Perhaps the couple were living together in their first home, or had debts they shared.  So whilst listening to them, perhaps offer some logical advice.  It can help to be constructive if you are trying to heal a broken heart and financial pressures are only ever going to cause more tension.

It could be worth, depending on the age of your children, talking to the other parents to take the pressure off them by managing any financial affairs they have.  Allowing them to concentrate on the emotional affects not the financial ones.

Just try to remember that broken hearts do mend and with time they will find their own way through.  Girls are probably easier to support in times like this but boys will need your support even more.  Stay calm, because the truth is watching your baby feeling completely empty is one of the hardest things you will have to do as a parent.  You can’t fix this one, you can only make it a little easier.

Think ahead, stay prepared, research all your options but make sure you give your offspring a little push to be more financially and emotionally aware.