How 10 Productive Minutes Can Change Your World

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Sometimes you need to just stop your work and take a deep breath. Like when you have a problem that’s pretty serious. It could be a job problem or it could be a family problem. It could be a money problem or a health problem, or any combination of these that are causing you to just stress out and feel like nothing is going right. That’s why taking a deep breath and taking even just a few minutes out can really help boost your productivity. How about taking ten minutes?

Ten minutes isn't much time, but by spending them wisely, you can leverage them into a more productive day. Try some of these ideas to jumpstart your life.

Ten minutes isn’t really a very long time. It’s less time than it takes to play a quarter in a pro football game. You can listen to 2½ songs on the radio in 10 minutes. It’s even less time than it takes you to read your daily e-mails. In other words, it’s just a few minutes, but oh how great it is to have such an opportunity to increase your productivity, save money, build relationships, and move forward in that brief time period. And most importantly, feel better!

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Why Take Money Advice From a 71-Year-Old Blogger?

I’m not quite sure when it happened. It definitely has a way of sneaking up on you. I’m talking about aging. The whole thing about getting older and having seen so many things over your lifetime that in some cases you don’t feel that “surprise” or even “shock” that so many inexperienced younger people feel all the time. Even though I can’t quite remember exactly when, it has happened.

Is the money advice from a 71-year-old blogger relevant to your experience? Here's why you should give it a read.

And here’s the other amazing thing that happens when you age. You find that younger people just don’t listen to you or any warnings you extend to help them handle and soften the blows they may be about to take. That’s the hardest part for me to accept. I guess that’s the reason I have asked myself the question here: Why should anyone take money advice from a 71-year-old?

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Are You Missing Your 2020 Stimulus Check?

Now that we are into the year 2021, we have a new clean slate and that means we can start our financial recovery right now. So if you are entitled to government help via a stimulus check, then make sure you get every cent of it! If you haven’t as of yet, there is a remedy.

Are you missing your 2020 stimulus check? Here's why you might have missed it, and how to get it now with your 2020 tax return!
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To help fight the economic losses from the coronavirus impact, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued about 160 million stimulus checks (many of them $1,200 checks) for eligible Americans in the first round of economic impact payments (EIP) that began in April of 2020. Millions more payments, dubbed EIP 2 ($600 checks), started going out last December as a second round of stimulus.

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Thinking of Santa and My 2020 Letter

You’re probably thinking, “What does a nice Jewish boy from Philadelphia know about Santa Claus?” Well, if truth is to be told, I actually have a relationship with the great friend of every kid and am not a stranger by any means. I’ll even share my letter to Santa Claus with you.

You don't have to be a child to write a letter to Santa Claus. Here are my thoughts as an adult, and my letter as well!

Santa Claus, represents for both you and I a very special friend, one who can give us some hope and encourage us to tow the line if we want to be rewarded for doing that and get a few of the niceties in life that we all seem to want! So, yes Santa and I go way back.

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Giving Tuesday: How to Be Smart About Your Giving

This has been a difficult year for so many of us. Facing a terrible pandemic, many of us have been sick, or have lost someone close to us, or have lost our source of income. And now we have the holidays upon us and some of us don’t have what we need. Some families are hungry and may even be facing homelessness. It’s a time for those of us who have enough to help by giving what we can. And that brings us to this coming Tuesday: Giving Tuesday.

Giving Tuesday is the perfect opportunity to give back to the community. With so many ways to give, these tips will ensure the best use of your donation.

We had Thanksgiving, and then for the shopping-minded we have Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday. But Tuesday, December 1, 2020 is Giving Tuesday and it is a time set aside for generosity and charitable giving.

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Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise Are Not a Package Deal

Forever I have heard the saying of one of my favorites Ben Franklin that includes the phrase “healthy, wealthy, and wise”. OK, if going to bed early could really simply foster those things wouldn’t we all be heading to dreamland around 8 PM and basking in great health and wealth when we woke up each day?

For those seeking to be healthy, wealthy, and wise, the path isn't always easy. Here are some thoughts on getting there and current events.

But let’s be real for a second. First of all, almost all of us don’t go to bed early simply because we enjoy doing all the things that you can do in the evening like dining out, watching television, and, well, just doing the things we can’t do in the daytime because of work. So strike one right there. The days of going to bed at dusk ended when being a farmer was no longer the number one job anyone could have. No offense intended Ben, but health and wealth and wisdom don’t just come to those gentle souls automatically!

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Just a Quick Note

Thanks for checking in on Super Saving Tips and for being a supporter. There’s no regular blog post today because I’m going to be taking off the next week to take care of some health issues. Not to worry, I’ll be back soon. The next blog post will be on September 25th and the next newsletter will be sent on September 30th. If you’re not signed up for the newsletter, be sure to subscribe here. Hope you have a great week!

5 Simple Daily Steps to Success

If there’s one particular subject that everyone thinks about, my guess is that it has something to do with becoming a “success”. Of course, before you get to the steps to success, you need to figure out exactly what defines success for you because it may be different than what it means to me or anyone else. Success in most cases is personal and that makes it a perfect subject right here in a personal finance article.

If you're looking to succeed, start by emulating the habits of successful people. These simple daily steps to success will help you reach your goals.

Where Do You See YOUR Success?

I have written several times about success, the financial and the personal kind. Both are important areas and when we gain success in one or the other or both, we feel much better about our lives and ourselves.

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