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Yeti, Aria and Santa Fe. Which is the best buy?
Let’s take a cursory glance at each of the brawny beauties we are soon going to see dominating the roads.

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Rose Vs. Wall: 5 Things the Washington Wizards Learned Against the Chicago Bulls
John Wall and the Washington Wizards faced off against Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls in search for their third win of the season.  Statistically speaking, the outcome wasn’t much of a surprise, as the Wizards took the loss. 

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Killing a Financial Budget – Easier Than You May Think

Have you ever noticed that the people with the least amount of money often have happier family lives, and more free time? It’s no coincidence that those with enough money to meet the necessities, but not enough to indulge in excess frivolity in life are often the less stressed, more content people around. Why? Because they’ve learned an important lesson: happiness isn’t about acquiring things.

Many newlyweds don’t find financial success for years down the road, yet they never seem as content once they’ve “made it” to the better neighborhood and the bigger house, as they did during those initial years of struggle. The more we have, the more stress we add to our lives and the more time we take away from our families. Houses take upkeep. Pools need to be cleaned. Big yards need to be mowed. Private schools need to be paid for, and every car you own needs to be maintained. Even the clothes spilling from your closet need to be washed, hung and put away. This all takes time, energy and money. Many are finding that the cost of ownership is becoming too high, both financially and emotionally, causing a backlash to today’s overindulgent way of life.

Simplicity is making a comeback, allowing overindulgence and debt to take a ride, for an easier and less stressful way of life. Becoming debt free isn’t as hard as it may seem. It just requires taking a good hard look at your life, setting new priorities and cutting out all the stuff that only manages to add stress and chaos to your life, for a more stable financial future. Some experts say that the average middle class American could cut their annual expenses in half by simply cutting out the excess waste in their budgets. If you marvel at that statistic, wondering if it could ever be possible to live on half of what you do now, consider how and what your family spends their money on. Now, consider these cost-cutting moves for a more cost-effective way of life:

Cut Out The Excess:
Movies, dinners, lattes, vending machine snacks, designer clothes, top-flight golf clubs; these are frivolous (yet enjoyable) things that the average middle-class American considers necessities. Free yourself from the baggage of excess debt and worry. Add up all the non-essential things and activities that your family spends money on throughout the year. The number may amaze you! Now, we’re not saying that you shouldn’t have any fun, or enjoy special activities. The key here is to choose carefully, and trim the excess. No one needs 20 pairs of jeans in their closet. Yet, we indulge in that sort of overindulgence on a regular basis for dozens of items. Our children do not need to be in basketball, gymnastics and voice lessons all at the same time. It’s exhausting and expensive.

Choose the ONE activity or club per season that means the most, and let the rest go. It isn’t just the cost of the excess activities that you’ll save, but the gas money it costs to run your children from place to place; the fast food you buy on busy nights; the fundraisers you won’t be participating in anymore; the cost of snacks during the event; among others. Begin simplifying your life and budget by first trimming the excess.

Make Substitutions:
From buying generic products at the supermarket, to camping at the beach instead of staying at a luxury hotel, substituting cheaper ways to buy and do things can all aid your quest for a simpler life and less financial distress. For many, the change may be drastic, while others will find it an enjoyable challenge to discover new ways to keep the same activities on less money.

Here are a few places to start:

-Rent new DVD’s instead of buying them. Better yet, borrow them from friends, family or the library. So you won’t see new releases the first week they come out, but does that really matter?

-Take the family out to dinner a little earlier. Early bird entrees can be as much as half the price, just by being seated at your favorite restaurant at 5 pm instead of 6 pm.

-Go on vacation during the off-season. Peak vacation times are more crowded and expensive. Instead of heading to the shore during the fourth of July, opt for the first week of June, or mid-September instead. The weather is still great; the hotels and restaurants are running killer specials; and the crowds are gone. The only things you may be missing out on are some of those expensive touristy attractions and trendy boardwalk stores. Go into town and purchase your souvenirs from a local shopkeeper instead.

-Use Coupons. They’re not just for groceries anymore. Many stores, restaurants and attractions offer wonderful coupon deals on services and products. Get the rugs in three rooms of your house shampooed for the price of 1 on Tuesdays; get your dry-cleaning done for half price on Thursdays; these are all great coupon deals that can help you save money with very little effort or change.

-Buy Gifts Throughout The Year. Whether it’s for Christmas, a birthday, or anniversary, watch the clearance racks for great gifts all year through. Almost every store, no matter how expensive — has end of season clearance sales where they discount everything from toys and games to fine jewelry and house wares anywhere from 50-80% in order to make room for new merchandise. Take advantage of these deep discounts to save hundreds on this year’s gift giving.

Never Pay Full Price:
Eventually, everything goes on sale – maybe even clearance! From food, shoes and luggage to clothes, sporting goods and candy, every store finds it necessary to move goods out to make room for new merchandise eventually, and offers the items on discount to do it. Never pay full price, and if you do out of necessity, keep your receipts. Many stores will pay you the difference if an item goes on sale within 30 days of your purchase with a sales receipt.

Buying used items is also another way to save big. High-end consignment shops are an excellent place to find good quality (and often brand new) merchandise at a fraction of the cost. Everyone buys things they never wear or use, and often try to get rid of them by consigning them at a local store.

Consider Some Drastic Changes:
Want to save the big bucks? You may be ready for some drastic changes in your life. Here are a few ways to save thousands every year:

-Downsize Your Home. Have you realized that 3,000 square feet of house is more than a family of 4 really needs? Is 3-acres of land too much to care for? It may be a good time to sell your home and buy a smaller one. Downsizing from a larger home to a more reasonable one can save you thousands on mortgage costs, utilities, upkeep, and more.

-Sell Your Car. Do you really need two or three cars? Once you begin to rid your family life of those excess activities and such, you may find it possible to either get rid of your second car, or sell it and pay cash for a used one instead.

-Get Rid of Anything That Costs You Money To Upkeep. Ditch the pool, the hot tub, the vacation home, boat, trailer, even your perfectly manicured lawn. Anything that costs money to maintain and/or upkeep can go.

-Ditch the Vacation. Stay home instead. Or take a few day trips in your area to save big bucks.

As you can see, living a simpler, less expensive life doesn’t have to mean giving up all the fun stuff. It does mean setting new priorities and finding new ways to achieve your goals without all the added expense.

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The Daily Syrian Stress Cycle

Today recorded an unusually sharp rise in my normally “normal” stress levels due to unforeseen and unnecessary feuds with family and loved ones…oh yeah, and a series of trips to the market to buy some necessary items for my new house…

Of course, “normal” by Syrian standards is different from any other international “normal” standard….you see, here in Syria, we like do things differently…All this has put me in the mood to inflict yet another totally unnecessary article upon you…..following, is a typical account of the daily Syrian stress cycle….

Naturally, no day could start here without the usual rude awakening, administered by a semi-hysterical shouting female (wife/mother/sister) …..yes, mornings wouldn’t be the same if they didn’t begin with a shrill banshee call to arms(”wake up you’re late again”), with background music generously supplied by rowdy neighbors and street vendors of all denominations….

After making the arduous ascent up from a stuffy hot bed, damp with a nights worth of summer sweat, a ritual trip to the bathroom, sees you no fresher than you were when you first got up…. Apparently, the intermittent(*1) 8 hours or so of sleep that you’ve just had last night, were just not sufficient to wash away yesterdays vicious onslaught of stress, cigarettes, shouting, arguing and staying up till 4a.m watching the same news on different channels.

Breakfast is a non essential meal in Syria, but you couldn’t guess that by the sight of over weight, belly clad men. However, it’s more than made up for at lunch and supper.

So lets say, at the start of the day, stress levels are at a nominal 15%.

Your decent into the real world is where the real challenge begins….simply by stepping out of the front door of your home, and leaving that secure all encasing fortress, you unleash all the undesirable stress initiating events that Syria has to offer….

Traveling to work is the first serious hazard that you’ll encounter. The normal working man takes the mini bus(servees) to work, or possibly a taxi if he can afford it.(*2) Normal stress procedure for the duration of this unholy trip include, but are not limited to, clinically insane and suicidal drivers, loud Bedouin music, smelly/shifty/nervous co-passengers, over crowding, and of course frequent traffic accidents.

Those whom God has endowed with wealth(*3), will be driving their cars to work…..an exercise no less stressful than taking public transportation…stress inducing incidents will normally include public transport drivers, other drivers, pot holes, road bumps, traffic police(*4), incessant and abusive usage of car horns, and the lack of any parking space when arriving at the chosen destination.

Average stress levels will have risen to about 25% at this point.

Whereas standard work conditions throughout Syria will differ in nature and severity according to profession(*5), they all have certain, stress manufacturing components in common. These will invariably include obnoxious customers, idiotic/scheming co-workers/staff, corrupt government officials, extended price haggling, and a hot and crowded workplace.

Surviving the daily bread earning ritual, will add another 40% bonus to your stress levels, bringing the grand total to 65%. A hectic commute back from work, will add a further 10%, picking up groceries/extended family members along the way or doing errands for an ungrateful house hold will append the total levels with another 10%, bringing it up to 75%.

Provided that your grand, triumphant return to your home/bastion goes unimpeded while climbing up the stairs by falling household items/objects/kids courtesy of your neighbors, you may deduct 10% from the overall score for having finally made it back safely to the cave…..not so fast, upon opening and making passage into your home, the unflattering greetings of communal shouting, offensive cooking odors and recrimination for deeds not done bestowed upon you by irate female/juvenile members of your household erase whatever deduction in stress you have just earned…back to 75%.

A large, but strangely unsatisfying meal soon ensues, enjoyment of this daily concoction of beverage served up by a female member of your household will be spoilt by reminiscing over the day’s events.

The nightly ritual of residing on your favorite couch, interrupted by frequent bouts of tea drinking and water melon/pistachio consumption, watching the news on several different satellite channels now begins, and continues into the wee hours of the morning. Other family members will also be present to an extent, brooding visibly in an attempt to persuade you to switch to a soap opera, video clip or religious program that they have already seen, but want to watch again.

At this point, an average of 20% is added to your stress factor, due to the frustrating/disturbing/disgusting news(*6) and current affairs program that you have just seen on Al Jazeera vividly depicting Arabs and Muslims from different parts of the world being slaughtered, and the futile and weak official Arab and global response.

The total now is a dangerously high 95%…..

Despite the unusually high stress levels, no Syrian’s day would be complete without engaging in a humungous late supper….usually leftovers garnished with supplemental items such as jebneh, zeitoun, ziet n’ zatar, makdous and salata*….the adventurous may even have some shingleesh…(*7)

Gastrointestinal disturbance, and an absurd bedtime of 3a.m+, add another 10% to stress levels. The final, grand total for a typical Syrian’s daily stress level is 105%!!!!

And that’s just a normal working day. A day packed with fun filled and joy bringing wholesome events like the one I had today, could see that measurement rise to 125%.(*8)

So, at the end of this informative and rich article illustrating daily life in Syria, can you really be surprised that most Syrians die of a heart attack in their fifties? Personally, I’m surprised they live that long!

*1- usually a good night’s sleep in Syria is withheld from the aspiring hopeful due to a large dosage of mosquitoes, wedding parties, noisy neighbors, or all of the above.

*2- cars are still regarded as a luxury item in Syria, and not as a means of transportation

*3- “those whom God has endowed with wealth” is a popular call at wedding parties for people who have cars to go and fetch the bride and her consort to the party.

* 4- traffic police: looking to make their first pay out of the day(istiftaheyeh)

*5- most work in Syria is limited to either civil servant, or small shop owner.

*6- all adult male Syrians watch the news and follow world affairs closely, consequently they are all experts in politics, theology, culture, economics and kebab barbecuing

*7- in order they are: cheese, olives, origanum n oil, squished aubergine, salad and some sort of rotting dairy product.

* 8- The record for total daily stress levels is held my a mister Souheil Hadry(Abo Abdo) of Aleppo, Syria. Official measurements indicate a reading of 157%. Sadly, mister Souheil passed away shortly afterwards from complications arising from hernia, and heart attack.

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5 A Day Franchise

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Boston Celtics @ Los Angeles Lakers – ABC HD – Christmas Day – Part #5 ??

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Top 15 Used Car Selling Tips

Buying and selling new cars is a simple and hassle-free job but when it comes to buying and selling used cars, both the sellers and the buyers face a tough time. There are various issues associated with used cars that may result in buying a defective car or getting a low value when selling the car. So, its necessary to gain some knowledge on used car buying and selling tips.

Here are top 15 tips for used car selling from our experts:

  1. Firstly, you need to asses your car completely from exterior as well as the interior and research on the market value of the car.

  2. Also check the car mileage. Based on the age, condition, and mileage of the car set a market price.

  3. Make sure that you research well on the market price of the car so that you can set the right price.

  4. Also analyse the number of customized car features that you have fitted in your car.

  5. If you have made any major repairs in your car during the car ownership, make sure that you store the maintenance bills. The buyer has the right to know the history of the car.

  6. Once based on your analysis you have decided the price fro your used car, decide the selling method.

  7. The traditional method of selling cars is to place ads in the newspaper car classifieds.

  8. You can also place your used car ads on online car portals. Today, the Internet has various car portals that have special sections for used car classifieds. This is considered to be one of the most advanced and easiest method of selling your used car.

  9. After setting a reasonable price of the car, decide the selling method. The traditional method of selling cars is to place ads in newspaper classifieds.

  10. Keep your car clean and well-maintained.

  11. Make some investment on the car if there are any minor repairs. This would help you get better value for your car.

  12. Do car waxing and clean the interiors well. A clean, tidy, and shining appeal of the car attracts the buyer.

  13. Be wise and disclose if there are any faults in your used car. Clear all the doubts that the buyer has with respect to your car.

  14. Give some room for negotiation of car prices and finalize the deal at a prices that is affordable for you as well as the buyer.

  15. Finally, when locking the used car deal, ensure that you make your payment preferences in advance. Also get all the paperwork done cautiously. Read twice before signing any legal documents to avoid the future conflicts.

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Business Expense & Tax Deductions – A Complete Guide on Business Expenses For Tax Deductions

You are about the “crack the code” on business expenses and tax deductions. Following this simple-to-follow and easy-to-implement information will help you get the most out of your tax deductions.

The expenses to run a trade or business are business expenses. Rent, payroll, advertising, repairs, interest, depreciation, taxes, etc. are few examples of business expenses. If the business is run to make profit and the expenses are ordinary and necessary, then these expenses qualify as deductible business expenses. Payroll expense is commonly accepted expense for most businesses and therefore it is deductible business expense.

It is necessary to distinguish the business expenses from cost of goods sold, capital expenses, and personal expenses because these expenses have special rules to decide how to figure out these expenses, and how much can be treated as deductible business expenses for a particular tax year. Let us review these expenses with some more details.

Cost of Goods Sold:

If you are in manufacturing or resale business, you need to value your inventory at the beginning and end of tax year to determine your cost of goods sold. Cost of raw materials, freight, storage, direct labor, factory overheads are the type of expenses that go into figuring cost of goods sold. Cost of goods sold is deducted from gross receipts to figure out gross profit. The expenses allocated to figure out cost of goods sold, cannot be claimed again as business expense.

For more information about tax aspects of cost of goods sold, please refer to chapter 6 of IRS Publication 334. Please refer to IRS Publication 538 on inventories.

Capital Expenses:

Capital expenses are the part of your investment in the business. Business start up costs, business assets, and improvement costs are the main types of capital expenses. Capital expenses are considered assets of business and generally their benefits are available for period more than a year. You must capitalize, rather than deduct these expenses. You may be able to recover this expense through depreciation, amortization, or depletion. These recovery methods allow you to deduct part of your cost each year.

Business start up costs: You can elect to deduct or amortize certain business start up expenses. For more information, please refer to Chapter 7 and 8 of IRS Publication 535. Advertizing, travel, and training are the examples of business start up costs.

What if your attempt to get into business fails? In that case, the costs you had before making a decision to acquire or begin a specific business are your personal and non-deductible expenses. The expenses for search or investigation of a business or investment possibility are examples of this kind of expenses. The costs you had after making a decision to attempt to acquire or begin a specific business are capital expenses and you can deduct them as capital loss.

Business Assets: Land, buildings, machinery, furniture, trucks, franchise rights, and patents are examples of business assets. You must fully capitalize these assets.

Improvements: Improvements are capital expenses if they increase the general value, or the utility value and life of the asset. New electrical wiring, lighting improvements, structural improvements etc. are examples of Improvements that can be treated as capital expense. However the repairs intended to keep the machinery in normal operation is not capital expense and you can deduct these repairs as normal business expenses.

Personal Expenses:

While recording an expense transaction in books of business, it is important to make sure that it is not personal, living, or family expenses as these are not deductible business expenses. However, if you have an expense that is used partly for personal and partly for business purpose, divide the total cost between the personal and business part. You can deduct the business part of the cost.

Business use of home and car are examples of personal expenses that can be partly treated as business expenses. You need to be very cautious and precise in treating personal expenses as business expenses as this is the area which might trigger tax audit.

If the deductible business expenses are more than income, you have a loss. There may be limits on how much of the loss you can deduct. Not-for-profits limits, At-risk limits, Passive activities etc. are some limits that decide deductible loss. Net operating loss can be used to lower taxes in other years.

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Amy recommends Bipin Bhatt, a New Jersey based Accountant. He offers high quality & affordable accounting, tax, and, payroll services through his accounting firm. Bipin offers expert NJ tax return and NJ Accountant services. Bipin also offers nation wide tax, accounting, & payroll services.

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Subway Franchise Wikipedia

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Exciting Retail Opportunity in Northern Manhattan, Heavy Walk-by and Drive-by traffic.

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Tips for Spring Cleaning your Car

It’s that time of year again when we begin to shake off those winter chills and head outside. Your car, like most, has probably been neglected throughout the colder winter months. Now is a great time to start thinking about preparing your car for the upcoming summer months. Here are some tips which will help get your car back in tip-top shape.

* Do a complete interior cleaning and vacuuming. This includes shaking all those floor mats, vacuuming the seats, and possibly even doing a shampoo. Interiors are by far the least cleaned area of a vehicle, but where we spend most of our time.

* Thoroughly clean your car’s exterior. Start first by picking a high-quality wash product. One of my favorites is eco touch™ waterless car wash + polish

. Make sure you get the wheels and tires too which took a lot of wear and tear over the winter.

* Check your tire pressure. Consult your owners manual for the right levels.

* Check your oil levels and re-fill or go in for a complete change.

* Replace windshield wipers.

* Clean windows inside and out. It’s amazing how much visibility you’ll get back once you’ve cleaned them!

* Clean off those headlights too. You’ll definitely notice an improvement during your night driving once these have been cleaned off.

Following these simple steps can help bring your car back to life for summertime driving. For more articles like this one, be sure to visit the eco touchâ„¢ waterless car wash + polish

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James Dudra is an ecopreneur from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. He currently owns and runs eco touch LLC, which sells a complete line of earth-friendly waterless car care products at eco touchâ„¢ waterless car care

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