Cutting Prom Costs

Cutting Prom Costs

Many people fondly remember their high school proms. While proms make great memories, they can also break the bank!

Prom can be an expensive occasion. On average, American families plan to spend $900 on their children’s prom. Here are some helpful tips to help cut costs when it comes to preparing for prom 2017!

Search for deals: Subscribe to mailing lists and download apps such as Living Social or Groupon to find the best deals on flowers, formal wear, and all the extras.

Go supermarket floral: Supermarkets and warehouse clubs may offer discounted prices on flowers, which prom goers can fashion into boutonnieres and corsages. Also, nothing says you cannot pull a beautiful bloom out of your home garden as well!

Be your own paparazzi: Smartphone cameras now have excellent capabilities, and certain apps can apply filters and fix minor flaws easily. Pair with a coupon for discount photo prints, and soon you’ll have a frugal photo memory book or wall portrait.

Savings in numbers: See if a particular vendor will cut costs if you book services with a group of friends. Retailers will guarantee the sales, and prom goers can save some money.

Prom is meant for making memories, not getting in debt. Save money with smart shopping and avoid all the stress!

Happy prom season!

Written by: Amanda Haase

Simple Winter Hacks To Help You Save

Simple Winter Hacks To Help You Save

Colder days are among us, and that means a higher utility bill, due to hot water and heat. Experts say that this winter season could significantly increase your bill compared to other years due to the rising fuel costs.

If you want to save some of your pennies this year, follow some of these simple hacks you can do around the house that will help you save big.

  • Put weather stripping around windows and doors to stop air leaks. Air strips are only a few dollars and they take seconds to install.
  • Turn your thermostat down when you’re not home. If your entire family is away from your home during the daytime, there is no reason to have the heat up. Instead, open your drapes and let the natural light and warmth in from the sun.
  • Set your ceiling fan to turn clockwise. This will allow the hot air that has risen to be pushed back down to warm you.
  • Check the setting on your hot water heater. Lowering your temperature 20 degrees can help you save up to 11 percent on your utility bill.
  • Take shorter showers. Although the hot water feels good, money in your pocket will feel even better. On average, an entire family can use up to 150 gallons of hot water in the morning while showering.
  • Perform an energy audit to see exactly how much energy you’re wasting and where the biggest problems are. You can either hire an expert to do this or you can do it for free by clicking here and seeing how, https://energy.gov/energysaver/do-it-yourself-home-energy-audits.

How much energy and money do you plan to save this winter season?

Written by: Amanda Haase

Cut Your Energy Costs

Cut Your Energy Costs

It’s a New Year, and now is the perfect time to cut back on your energy costs. Taking the steps to cut your energy costs will not only save you money, but it will save our resources and the planet.

Here are some tips to help you get started:

  • Make sure your home is sealed during the winter to avoid wasting heat. Close all fireplace dampers, windows, and make sure any cracks are sealed.
  • Cool your home naturally in the summer by opening windows on cool nights.
  • On nice days, hang your laundry out to dry instead of using the dryer.
  • Replace regular incandescent light bulbs and fixtures with Energy Star qualified fluorescent lights.
  • Unplug any appliances or devices that you are not using. Although they are not on, they are still drawing energy.
  • Replace your old refrigerator. Refrigerators made before 1993 could be costing $140 a year in electricity. Even refrigerators built between 1993 and 2001 cost about $60 a year to run. By comparison, a new Energy Star rated refrigerator runs on about $20 a year.
  • Only run your dishwasher when it is completely full to avoid running it multiple times in a day.

Everybody wants a little more money in their pockets. Attempting to save on energy will help you! You could save over $900 a year just by doing the basics. Imagine how much more you could save by finding more ways to save on your energy.

Written by: Amanda Haase

Five Ways To Cut the Cost of Your Homeowner’s Insurance

Five Ways To Cut the Cost of Your Homeowner’s Insurance

home 1Having a homeowner’s insurance policy is necessary when owning a home, but why over pay when you don’t truly have to? Homeowners insurance premiums have risen over the past several years almost double to triple the amount it used to be. If you are looking to cut your costs but not your coverage, see how these 5 tips could help put some more “jingle” in your pocket.

Raise Your Homeowner’s Insurance Deductible: Your deductible is the amount of risk you agree to accept before the insurance company starts paying on a claim. If you have a low deductible of $50 or $100, consider raising your deductible to $500 or $1,000. Raising this limit could save you up to 25% on your premium.

Combine Your Homeowner’s Insurance and Auto Insurance Policies: Having a package policy can save you 5% to 15% if you buy two policies at one time. Shop around and make sure that the coupler price for your Home and Auto is lower than buying the two polices from two separate agencies.

alarm systemMake Sure you are Receiving All The Discounts You Are Eligible For: Discounts such as smoke detectors, deadbolt locks, security and fire alarms and fire extinguishers in the home can offer you a discount. As well as if you are 55 or older and retired, you may qualify for a 10% discount.

Don’t Buy Homeowners Coverage You Don’t Need: It makes no sense to buy coverage to protect yourself against risks and situations that you may never encounter. For example, buying earthquake coverage when you live in a non-earthquake zone or buying a personal articles floater when you do not own expensive jewelry.

Completing Updates To Your Home: Your home is your biggest investment. Completing updates in your home such as, roofing, plumbing or heating can make you eligible for a discount.

Residential-Insurance-Coverage-AustinBefore you renew or even shop for a homeowner’s policy, it is important to ask questions and review your coverages to ensure that you are properly covered. Call C.H. Edwards, Inc . and find out some of the many ways that we can help you save. Our Customer Service Representatives are happy to assist you Monday-Friday from 8:30am-4:30pm. Give us a call at (516) 249-5200 or visit our website at www.chedwards.net for more information.

Written by: Amanda Haase