How To Save Money On Pool Chemicals

One of the main reasons that people would not want to own a swimming pool is because of the costs associated with owning one. Of these many costs one of the greatest is the chemicals required to maintain the balance of the pool water. As any pool owner knows if you let the pool turn green you'll end up spending a great deal of time and money on the water in order to restore it to clear swimming condition again.

This is a classic example where a better understanding of water chemistry could have saved a lot of money.

For example if you understand that maintaining a sanitizer, or chlorine level, in the pool is of critical importance then you could have avoided this green pool situation. If you maintain a minimum of one part per million free chlorine in the swimming pool at all times the water will not turn green. The water only turns green after an extended period of time, maybe as much as 12 or 24 hours or more, with no chlorine levels before you will see algae forming. It is not as simple as just putting chlorine in the pool though. There are are a couple of different circumstances that could cause unexpected variations in the chlorine levels. For example a high levels of rain or prolonged periods of direct sunshine and heat can consume large quantities of chlorine. Also a lack of cyanuric acid, or stabilizer, in the water will allow the sunlight to burn off chlorine at an exponential rate.

The second step in saving money on your pool chemicals is understanding that too much or too little stabilizer in your swimming pool will cost you money. By maintaining your stabilizer level at approximately 50 ppm then you can be sure that you are getting the most out of your chlorine. If you were to add chlorine to your swimming pool and had a stabilizer level of zero, the next day you would have no chlorine in your pool. Even if you don't understand what stabilizer is or how it works, just know that you need 50 ppm of stabilizer or your chlorine might just disappear. In layman's terms stabilizer acts like sunscreen for chlorine. Without the sunscreen the chlorine will just burn up. It is worth noting however that too much stabilizer can cause chlorine lock and prevent chlorine from being active in your pool water so this is not a situation where more is better. Buy granular stabilizer and hang it in a nylon sock from your swimming pool ladder. If you climb to over 70 ppm of stabilizer when you test the water remove the sock for a few days.

One of the simplest ways to save money on your pool chemicals is to test your water often. Not only using test strips or titration kits at home, but also by bringing in your water to a professional water lab for analysis. There are many conditions where a water lab …

5 Situations When Personal Loans Can Save the Day

With a rock solid credit history, you can successfully apply for personal loans and expect a swift processing of the same for meeting temporary financial glitch in life. Personal loans are all-purpose loans that can be availed as secured or unsecured loans. These can be used for multiple reasons and the purpose need not be disclosed ever to the lender.

The interest rate of loan depends on the tenure and credit score of the borrower. These can be drawn for a few months to several years as per your requirement.

5 situations when you can use personal loans as a smart financial move:

  1. When you have immediate cash needs: It is practical to use short-term personal loans to bridge the shortage of funds in your life. You can use the funds to support any of the sudden cash emergencies like medical expenses, home repair or funding a foreign trip. The purpose of loan does not affect its interest rate, however your income and duration of loan does. All you need here in a planning stage is to have a strong back up plan for repaying the loan. The repayment will improve your credit score and add to your future worth at the same time.
  2. To avoid bad credit situation: In case you have lost a job or face a sudden spurt of personal expenses such as a wedding or some other expense in your life, you can take recourse on personal loans. Bad credit is a situation you should always avoid. If you have shortage of funds, rather than missing a loan repayment you can borrow some funds. The idea is to not let the score fall for temporary financial challenges.
  3. Consolidate multiple payments: When you have multiple payments to be made every month, it is better to simplify the process by consolidating the loan into one personal loan. By consolidating loans, you just have to pay a single repayment and that will pay for other loans. Availing short-term loans for bad credit is a practical means to mend mounting debts and save a financial mess.
  4. Additional funding for students: Being a student it is not always easy to keep a track on your expenses. Sometimes you need funds for reasons that your education loan misses to pay for. Herein you can apply for short-term loans for students as these are readily available. The short-term loan can also be used as a right way for building a good history.
  5. Business funding: Every new start-up or a business entity needs positive inflows. You need to maintain adequate supply of funds for maintaining sound terms with your suppliers and business associates. The short-term personal loans can be used as business loans to keep the flexibility of operations in your business.

In all of the above cases, personal loans can be used to better manage your finances. However it is prudent that you carefully read terms and conditions of a loan agreement and do not sign a very expensive loan. In case you …

Shop Smart & Save Money 2019

In this eCommerce era, it has become possible to find the best deals using a smartphone or a laptop, and get it shipped to your doorstep. It also became possible to score deals in stores, online and through apps.

There are 3 ways to shop smart and save money in 2019, before buying, while buying and after purchase.

1-How to save money before buying an item?

When I find a product I want or need, the first step is to decide whether to purchase it online or in store. Then what store or online platform offers the best quality to price ratio. I also look at some elements that I believe to be very important before making any purchase:

-Shipping Policy: It's important to know if a price tag online comes with free shipping or if the customer is responsible for this cost.

-Return Policy: It's also important to find out if a seller or a shopping platform offers free returns or not. With a free return policy in place, the seller will pay for the return shipping cost if the customer does not like the item received.

-Location: Where is the item you are purchasing being shipped from? The items origin location will determine how long it should take for your item to arrive. However there are a lot of online sellers that use the drop shipping method. When the consumer purchases, the seller (who doesn't have the item on hand) then has the manufacturer or a 3rd party entity ship the item to the customer. These items are usually being shipped from overseas from countries like China, which will take a lot longer for the for the item to arrive. If you are OK waiting that long for shipping it makes no sense to go through a drop shipper, you could pay less by going directly to Alibabba or ALiexpress websites.

Following are some ways I use to score some good deals
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Shop & Save Money

-Goodwill Outlet Store

Goodwill Outlet is a good example of a store that I never visited before 2018. Now I can go there and buy as many items as I want for very cheap, and if I'm lucky enough that day, I can find some brand name items , to keep or resell online. I can pay up to $ 1.49 for a pound of clothes (prices vary depending on location). The Goodwill outlet in my opinion is not only for someone who resells online. I encourage you to visit the Goodwill outlet store in your area, it's an experience that you will enjoy if you like finding deals, and it's for a good cause. If you decide to go after reading this article or if you have been there, please share with us your experience in the comments area for everyone to learn from

-eBay Auctions

eBay is another platform where you …

How to Save Your Wedding When You Run Out of Money

Planning a wedding is so much fun that it can be easy to get in over your head. You splurge here, spend a little extra there, and before you know it, you have committed to a wedding that is beyond your means. With deposits placed, and final payments looming, this can be a very scary situation for the bride or her parents to find themselves in. Find out what steps you can take to save your wedding when you run out of money.

It is really, really easy to end up planning a wedding that costs too much, especially because the planning can be spread out over many months. When you are only paying one-third to one-half of what things actually cost, it can be easy to lose track of the grand total. For some families, it is not until they get close to the wedding day and they start adding up all the final payments which are due that they realize they can’t cover their bills. This is a horrible situation for any family. What do you? Cancel the wedding? Stiff your vendors? Charge admission to the reception? No, no, and no.

What you should do first and foremost is have a frank conversation with your wedding venue and vendors. Explain your situation, and ask them how you can work it out. Be clear with them that it is important to them that their bills get paid so nobody thinks you are trying to weasel out paying what you owe them. Maybe the florist would be willing to downsize the centerpieces to trim costs. Or she could skip the expensive extras, such as the crystals in the bouquets to match your crystal bridal jewelry. The photographer might allow you to cut back to a smaller package or to have him come for the ceremony and through the cake cutting only, instead of taking pictures from pre-ceremony until the last dance. As long as the vendors have not actually spent money on supplies for your wedding, they might be willing to re-negotiate your contract.

As for your reception venue, call the event manager at once and make an appointment. Figure out your finances before the meeting so you have a clear idea of the difference between what you owe and what you can actually pay. If the gap is not insurmountably wide, it might be possible to get creative with the wedding menu to get your balance down (again, this would have to be before anything has been ordered for your reception). Choose less costly entrees and appetizers, substitute sparkling wine for imported French Champagne, or change from a full open bar to wine and beer only. In some cases, this will be enough to get your balance down to what you can afford.

If you still cannot afford what you owe the venue, you will have to consider more dramatic measures. Could they change the time of your reception from an evening wedding to a brunch? You could save …