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Posted by: Union on Wednesday, June 1, 2016

6 Booking Secrets for Travelers

You can start saving money before you go anywhere with these six quick travel booking tips:

Don't immediately book airfare online—call the airlines directly and compare from there. Phone agents often get access to deals not posted on the web—and even if there is a service fee, it may still save you in the long run.

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Posted by: Union Mortgage Investment Group, Corp. on Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Promote, Boost or Advertise on Facebook

Promote, Boost or Advertise on Facebook


Facebook marketing is a good value for promoting business locally on a limited budget. Because Facebook has minimized the amount of unpaid, organic reach that businesses can get, paid marketing has become a reality.
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Posted by: Union on Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Timing is Everything...Especially When it Comes to Saving

Did you know that the fiscal year for Japanese companies ends in March? Do you care? You should, if you want the best deal on a new television for your home theater system.

That's because new models and products are scheduled for release at the beginning of the new fiscal year - which for Japanese electronics companies is April. And the release of the new models means, you guessed it, huge discounts on the previous year's models. So if you're shopping for a television, stereo, or other electronics, your best bet is to watch for sales in spring.

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Posted by: Union Mortgage on Thursday, April 21, 2016

What Was Your Name Again?

Have you ever been introduced to someone and, about two seconds after shaking his hand, forgotten his name? Don't worry. This is not evidence that you're losing your mind or that you're on the fast track to senility. Turns out, this is actually an extremely common occurrence for many busy people today... including me!

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Posted by: Union Mortgage Investment Group, Corp. on Tuesday, April 19, 2016

3 Secrets to Growing an Einstein Brain

3 Secrets to Growing an Einstein Brain


Relativity and quantum physics weren't the only things on Albert Einstein's mind—he also had a few tricks up his sleeve for making sure his brain was both working at peak efficiency and harnessing as much of its power as possible.

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Posted by: Union Mortgage on Thursday, April 14, 2016

Get to the IRS on Time

Get to the IRS on Time: Even If You Can't Pay


Have you ever completed your tax returns only to find out that you owe way more to Uncle Sam than you were expecting – or worse, that your tax bill is more than you can possibly afford to pay right now? Don't worry. If this is the case, you're not alone.

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Posted by: Union Mortgage on Thursday, April 7, 2016

Credit, Debit, or Paypal...Which is safest?

Debit, Credit, or PayPal... Which is Safest?

Mammoth retailer Target recently revised its estimate of stolen credit card data to over 70 million cards. This was an astounding breach and a reminder to be aware of any identity theft and bank account safety at all times. Here are a few tips on the best ways to use payment conveniences and still protect your money.

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Posted by: Union Mortgage Investment Group, Corp. on Tuesday, April 5, 2016

6 Ways to Supercharge One-on-one Meetings

6 Ways to Supercharge One-on-one Meetings
 

One-on-one meetings are a powerful way to develop new referral partnerships, cement client relationships and brainstorm new directions. If you want to amp up your next face-to-face, keep these tips in mind:
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Posted by: Union on Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Tips on Tipping

Tipping at restaurants is a given, but what about that tip jar on the deli counter, the exterminator, or your cable guy? See below for a few "tips" on tipping:

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Posted by: Union on Thursday, March 24, 2016

Dining for Dollars

Dining out can be a great way to kick off the weekend, catch up with friends or celebrate special occasions. But it doesn't have to break your budget, especially if you know the best tricks for saving at restaurants.
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Posted by: Union Mortgage Investment Group, Corp. on Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Reactivate Lost Customers

Losing a client is tough, but that doesn't mean all hope is lost. Former clients can be recovered—and they can even become some of your most loyal supporters if you show them how committed you are to meeting their needs.

Here are four steps that can help reactivate lost customers:

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Posted by: Union on Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The Benefits of Volunteering

Take a look around your neighborhood or your community. Chances are, you'll notice at least a few things that are either overlooked or are in need of a little help. Maybe there's a non-profit organization that needs its lawn mowed or help collecting food for the needy. Perhaps there's a youth camp that needs people to take kids on a hike or children at a child-care center that would love to have an adult read books to them once a week.

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Posted by: Union on Tuesday, March 8, 2016

The Art of Happiness

In The Art of Happiness*, the Dalai Lama shares this powerful insight into life:

"I believe that the very purpose of our life is to seek happiness. That is clear. [Regardless of religion], we are all seeking something better in life. So I think the very motion of our life is toward happiness."

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Posted by: Unknown on Thursday, March 3, 2016

Tips for a More Productive Commute

The average commute time in America is about 24 minutes each way, according to recent reports from the Census Bureau. That means Americans spend about 48 minutes travelling to and from work each day. And, if we work about 245 days a year, that adds up to a total of 196 hours a year! That means, on average, we spend more than 8 full days just sitting in our cars each year. Imagine what you could accomplish if you could only get half of this time back.

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Posted by: Unknown on Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Gasoline Sense - Tips for Stretching Your Tank

In terms of the economy and its effect on our daily lives, there is no hotter topic than the outrageous prices we are seeing at the pumps. The maddening part is as consumers, we have zero control over these inflated costs. To make matters worse, there's always that person who says something like, "You know, Europeans pay a lot more for gas than we do." That's true, but it doesn't make it any easier when we're reaching for our credit cards at the pump. The absolute worst part about high gas prices, however, is the notion of having no alternatives. Even a diligent hybrid owner has to make a trip to the gas station at some point, right?
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Posted by: Union on Thursday, February 25, 2016

8 Steps To Reduce Property Taxes

As the sluggish economy drags on, county boards everywhere are looking for ways to replace lost income, and re-assessments of residential real estate taxes is just one of those ways. Sometimes it's fair, other times it avoids belt-tightening. If your property taxes have been raised and you feel it's unfair, here is how to prepare to meet your assessor for a review to lower them:

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Posted by: Union on Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Late Night Snacks That Won't Give You Nightmares

Late night snacking isn't ideal, especially if you're watching your waistline. However, it's still a good idea not to go to bed hungry. According to the Sleep Medicine Center in Pittsburgh, low blood sugar before bed can prevent you from getting to sleep quickly and make it difficult to wake feeling your best.

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Posted by: Union on Friday, February 19, 2016

Watch Your (Business) Language

The words you use, and even the ones you don't, significantly impact how people perceive you. Turns out, you may be communicating poorly without knowing it.

Here are three offenders and how to avoid them:

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6 Booking Secrets for Travelers

You can start saving money before you go anywhere with these six quick travel booking tips:

Don't immediately book airfare online—call the airlines directly and compare from there. Phone agents often get access to deals not posted on the web—and even if there is a service fee, it may still save you in the long run.