Thursday, March 31, 2011

3 More Television Shows That Might Make Me Money

This is a follow up article to my recent post of similar title. In addition to my three previous picks, I’ve recently started watching a couple more television shows that I have found could provide a bit of insight into making money by way of antiques and collectibles, and one show geared toward fixing money problems and avoiding financial pitfalls. Since I’ve run through almost all the episodes of my other favorite such shows by way of my cable provider’s OnDemand services, I need something new to put on for an hour or two at night when I’m exhausted and no longer want think.

Here are three of my new favorite new shows that have been providing me with interesting information that provides entertainment, keeps my eyes glued to the screen, but teach me a little something valuable in the process.

Auction Kings
“Auction Kings” is a show I caught just recently in a marathon run. I think I ended up watching about four straight hours. The show revolves around an Atlanta area auction house named Gallery 63. Its owner and employees attempt to research and then sell all sorts of interesting items at auction. Since I was a small child, I thought the auction atmosphere was intriguing, and it certainly can be exciting when a bidding war erupts. From the historical to the just plain odd, you might be as surprised as I am to find out how much certain items sell for.

Catch “Auction Kings” on the Discovery Channel.

Hollywood Treasure
I kind of fell into this show since I typically don’t associated the Syfy channel with providing knowledge on how to make money. However, “Hollywood Treasure” is a unique opportunity to catch a glimpse inside the hunt for and sale at auction of a variety of television and movie props and memorabilia. These items sometimes sell for thousands, even tens of thousands of dollars!

While I don’t get a chance to discover many items from the silver screen where I live, you never know what you might stumble across that has a famed background. And even if the stuff that is being auctioned has been used on film, its back story can still provide an interesting education that can help me in my search for items or paraphernalia that might be viewed as valuable in my future antique hunts.

Catch “Hollywood Treasure” on Syfy.

“‘til Debt do us Part
Breaking away from shows revolving around the finding and selling of valuable heirlooms, memorabilia, or historical items, I’ve decided to toss in a show that focuses more upon personal finances.

In my opinion, the “‘til Debt do us Part” program tends to use a bit of shock value to awaken its viewers to the dangers of debt and overspending. It typically features couples who have dug themselves into tens of thousands of dollars of debt, and who must complete a series of financial challenges that will not only teach them valuable personal finance lessons but will get them closer to receiving a $5000 bonus to put toward their debt upon successful completion of their challenges.

Personally, I like this show not only because it reaffirms many of my opinions and beliefs regarding personal finances, but it occasionally teaches me a thing or two about how better to save and certain techniques that can help cut costs.

Catch “’til Debt do us Part” on CNBC.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Money & Time Saving Projects After Buying a Home

Moving into a new home can be an exciting time in one’s life, and the anticipation that comes with this event often makes you want to settle into your new abode as quickly as you can. You don’t want to jump the gun though, as rushing to move all of your possessions into your home can leave you with a lot of extra work down the road.

There are typically plenty of projects that come along with a home, especially if someone has lived there before you arrived. Getting these projects out of the way before your home is cluttered with your belongings can be save you big headaches later.

If you have the time and opportunity, here are some of the larger projects to consider completing before you officially move in.

SORT LEFTOVERSIt’s amazing what people leave behind when they move out of a home. Much of the time it’s junk, but when my wife and I moved into our first house, we found all sorts of stuff – dishes, dining utensils, garden equipment, laundry, even a paperweight I sold on eBay for $80!

CLEAN CARPETSIf your home has carpets, consider cleaning them, having them cleaned, or removing them (if they’re in really bad condition) before you move your furniture into the house. This can make your life easier since you won’t have to work around furniture and other household items you’ve already placed in rooms.

CLEAN/REFINISH HARDWOOD FLOORSThe same can go for cleaning and/or refinishing any hardwood floors that might need some work. By doing this before you move in your furniture, floor rugs, etc. you avoid double work when you have to move all this stuff a second time when you need access to the floors.

REPLACE/REPAIR TILE FLOORSLike doing work on carpets and wood floors, it can be a good idea to replace or repair any damaged linoleum, ceramic tile, or stone tile surfaces before you have things sitting on top of them. Not only will you save yourself time and effort, but you can avoid doing more damage to already broken or chipped flooring by not moving heavy furniture onto or over it until it’s repaired.

PATCH WALLS/CEILINGSPatching and repairing walls or ceilings before you hang pictures, mirrors, and other decorations is a good idea. Not only do you avoid having to take those items down later to do the work, but drywall dust has a nasty way of finding its way into and onto furniture, rugs, and other possessions when you’re working on these areas.

PAINTInstead of moving all your possessions into the home, and then having to move them again or cover them up when you paint, get your painting done with ahead of time. With no furnishings to mess with, you can just throw a drop cloth down on the floor, do your tape work, and get going.

CLEANOnce furniture is inside your home and blocking walls, baseboards, vents, etc. and you’ve put things in cabinets, drawers, closets, and the like, it can be difficult to do your deep cleaning. Therefore, get this work done while the house is still empty and all areas are easily accessible. This is a good idea, not only because it saves you work doing it later, but who knows what people before you have done to and used these areas for. You don’t want their germs spread to your stuff!

HANG PICTURES/MIRRORSHanging pictures, mirrors, cabinets, and other wall decorations after you have make your repairs and done your cleaning, but before you move in, can make your life easier. This way you aren’t stretching over, moving, or working around furniture that is already in place.

This article is for informational purposes only. Any action taken by the reader due to the information provided in this article is at the reader’s discretion.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Is it Time to Sell Silver?

With silver prices peaking, you may be wondering if it's time to cash in on some of the silver you have been holding on to. But don't be too hasty, the timing might not be right just yet.


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Financial Takeaways from the Disaster in Japan

As terrible as the situation in Japan is, there are some extremely valuable lessons we can take away when it comes to disasters, preparedness, and our personal finances.


Monday, March 14, 2011

Charlie Sheen's Financial Example: A Sign of Hope for Others?

Wondering how Charlie Sheen could be an example to anyone when it comes to finances after he let a $1.8 million per episode job slip away?

READ MORE to find out.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Money Saving Habits: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Have you ever wondered how good saving habits can come back to bite you? I have.

Here are some of the goods, bads and uglies of certain saving habits.