Will Lightning Strike A Third Time For Dr. Boen Tan?

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A Renowned Exploration Geologist Is Pursuing Another Major Uranium Deposit in Saskatchewan’s Athabasca Basin

In late January, Cameco Corp’s director of advanced exploration tantalized the audience at Vancouver’s Minerals Exploration Roundup, discussing the geology, and especially the size, of his company’s Millennium uranium deposit. Drill indicated resources are estimated at 449,000 tonnes with a grade of 4.63 percent uranium oxide. Additional tonnage is inferred at the l…

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A Renowned Exploration Geologist Is Pursuing Another Major Uranium Deposit in Saskatchewan’s Athabasca Basin

In late January, Cameco Corp’s director of advanced exploration tantalized the audience at Vancouver’s Minerals Exploration Roundup, discussing the geology, and especially the size, of his company’s Millennium uranium deposit. Drill indicated resources are estimated at 449,000 tonnes with a grade of 4.63 percent uranium oxide. Additional tonnage is inferred at the lesser grade of 1.81 percent, but still a respectable grade by anyone’s calculations (one percent of uranium oxide is reportedly comparable to about 50 grams of gold). Because of soaring spot uranium prices, this deposit’s gross value might someday conceivably exceed $2.4 billion.

“The geological setting of the Key Lake Road shear zone is quite similar to the Millennium deposit,?Dr. Boen Tan told StockInterview. “The Key Lake Road shear zone is located within the same north-northeastern structural trend as the Millennium deposit.?Cameco’s (NYSE: CCJ) director of advanced exploration, Charles Roy, called the Millennium uranium deposit, “the most significant new basement discovery in more than 30 years.?News reports suggest the Millennium discovery could host a resource of 57 million pounds of uranium oxide. The Millennium deposit is located north of the former world-class Key Lake uranium mine and south of two of the world’s highest grade uranium deposits, McArthur River and Cigar Lake.

So why is Dr. Tan evaluating a relatively early stage exploration project against one of the world’s most recent and highly lucrative uranium discoveries? Most junior companies exploring in Canada’s Athabasca Basin, or for that matter any junior natural resource company, are unduly sanguine about measuring their property’s exploration prospects in relation to a major, often recently discovered, world-class deposit. All too frequently such “closeology?(“we’re close to the big deposit so we can find an elephant, too) comparisons are deceptive and misleading. In many investment circles, it has become a clich? However, when the comparison comes from a highly regarded exploration geologist, such as Boen Tan, one should pay attention. Especially when Dr. Tan talks about his geological insights regarding the greater Key Lake area.

Dr. Tan was the Uranerz project geologist for uranium exploration at Key Lake in the early 1970s. His exploration work led to the discovery of the Gaertner deposit (1975) and the Deilmann deposit (1976) in the Key Lake area. According to a recent Northern Miner article, “It was not until the discovery of the Deilmann and Gaertner deposits at Key Lake that the true unconformity type uranium deposit model was first recognized.?
Dr. Tan also supervised the definition drillings of these two deposits until 1978. According to the Uranium Information Centre, Key Lake once produced about 15 percent of the world’s uranium mined. Over Dr. Tan’s long career, he was also fortunate to have evaluated some of the world’s largest uranium deposits in the Athabasca Basin, which had been previously co-owned by Uranerz. These include the Key Lake deposits, the Rabbit Lake deposits (including Eagle Point, A-, B- and C-Zone, and the McArthur River deposits).

Comparisons between the Key Lake Road Project and Cameco Corp’s Millennium Uranium Deposit

Asked about his opinion of Forum Development’s Key Lake Road project, for which Dr. Tan is the chief geologist, “We have the right lithology, the right structure and, on top of that, we have uranium mineralization.?Dr. Tan was impressed with the amount of uranium mineralization scattered with the graphitic metapelites. “It is very seldom you find such a lot of uranium mineralization there,?he explained. Again, he compared that with exploration around the Key Lake deposit where he remarked, “The graphitic metapelites at the hanging wall of the Key Lake deposit had as much as 4,000 parts per million of uranium.?It’s an optimistic sign in preparation for a summer drilling program.

Let’s look at Dr. Tan’s geological comparisons between Cameco’s mammoth Millennium uranium deposit and the exploration he is overseeing for Forum Development’s Key Lake Road project.

1. Athabasca’s eastern basin is comprised of Archean granitoid gneisses and Paleoproterozoic metasedimentary rocks. Dr Tan wrote, “Both the Lower Proterozoic rocks and the Archean granitoid rocks occur within the KLR shear zone in similar geological setting (along the north-south structural trend,) as the Millennium deposit.?
2. The Millennium’s main uranium zone occurs in a pelitic to semi-pelitic stratigraphic assemblage of gneisses and schists. Asked about the drill targets on the Key Lake Road project, Dr. Tan responded, “The targets are in the pelitic stratigraphic assemblage at depth which includes the same graphitic pelitic gneiss and the calc-silicate which host the uranium mineralization in the Millennium Deposit.?
3. Cameco’s geophysical surveys indicated the presence of a significant resistivity low centered over the uranium mineralization. Dr. Tan explained, “Forum did airborne VTEM (electromagnetic survey) and multiple parallel EM conductors of over 40 kilometers long were outlined. Last year’s radiometric prospecting was carried out and several uranium showings (from 0.1 to over 5 percent uranium) were found in the graphitic metapelites, calc-silicate and pegmatites along this 40 km conductive trend.?
4. The Millennium deposit features extensive hydrothermal alteration over the lithology. The uranium mineralization was associated with dark chlorite and illite, and with a distal halo that included sericite. Dr. Tan remarked, “In the Key Lake Road area, we did observe moderate clay alteration in the fractured and brecciated calc-silicates and pelitic gneiss which appear to be chlorite and sericite. In 1980’s five reconnaissance holes were drilled in the area and chlorite alteration in the meta-pelites was reported from the drill cores. In a project Forum has scheduled for drilling this winter, Dr. Tan pointed out, “In the Costigan Lake area clay alteration in the pelitic gneiss were intersected in several holes. One drill hole intersected uranium mineralization of 0.43% U3O8 in 0.36 m of clay altered graphitic pelitic gneiss.?
5. The Millennium deposit’s ore mineralogy is comprised of pitchblende, with lesser amounts of coffinite and uraninite. Dr. Tan discussed the comparative mineralogy, saying, “We found uraninites in the calc-silicates which occur as fine to coarse disseminated grains and as nuggets up to 2 centimeters in diameter (over 5 percent uranium). Fine grained uranium mineralization (up to 0.6 percent U) found in the fractured graphitic meta-pelite appear to be secondary uranium mineral.?In the Key Lake Road’s “Molly Zone,?Dr. Tan indicated, “Uranium mineralization was found within the calc-silicates and pegmatites along the shear zone. The calc-silicates contained up to 5 percent uranium with visible pitchblende?He also pointed out that at Forum’s Maurice Point project, which the company may drill in 2007, “the prospector discovered a zone of mineralization of 100 by 10 meters wide with uranium mineralization from 1 percent up to 7 percent uranium in an outcrop.?
6. Finally, Dr. Tan explained, “Because all the unconformity uranium deposits in the Athabasca Basin, such as the Millennium, Key Lake and McArthur, always have lots of boron. That is indication of the hydrothermal diagenetic ore-forming process. Do any of Forum’s properties show boron? Dr. Tan said, “The Beach Zone in the Maurice Point project has high boron elements. On top of the good uranium grades, yes, that is the extra special thing. Because it is characteristic for a hydrothermal uranium deposit in Athabasca, like Key Lake. It’s a good indication like pathfinder elements.?
Evaluation of Forum Development’s Exploration Prospects

As with any early exploration project, additional drilling helps define the property’s potential. Many of Dr. Tan’s comparisons, while valid, require drilling the most promising targets. Asked about what questions that drilling the Key Lake Road project might answer, Dr. Tan responded, “If the uranium is deposited under hot water, in a hydrothermal environment around 300 degrees, if you don’t see the uranium during drilling, you want to see the rock alteration, the pathfinder geochemistry, the boron, and elevated uranium.?He also pointed out the most obvious answer you want to see during a drill program, “The thing you want to see in drilling is to see some uranium.?
Some might consider Forum Development Corp’s relatively shallow drilling approach with hesitation. The company plans drill holes between 150 and 200 meters deep, not the 700 meters usually drilled in the Athabasca Basin. Forum’s Chief Executive Rick Mazur, who is also a geoscientist, saw the positive side to that philosophy, calling his exploration model “unique?(which it is). He added, “The Key Lake project was a concept where we were looking for near or at surface mineralization. We acquired ground just outside the erosional context of the Athabasca sandstone, where we believe that basement hosted deposits could be found at or near surface.?
Expensive drilling in the Athabasca Basin can break any junior uranium exploration company’s bank. Financing for these drill programs can run into the millions. Exploration can take years. Investors should note that deep drilling into hundreds of meters of overburden can quickly drain a company’s exploration budget. Mazur explained, “We are fortunate enough to have rock exposed on surface, and not covered with 400 to 800 meters of Athabasca sandstone.?What is Forum’s advantage for shallow drilling? “We can go in there and with a very cost-effective program of geological mapping and prospecting, evaluate areas on our property where uranium mineralization has already been discovered in detail,?Mazur concluded.

David Scott, an eResearch geological analyst, issued a speculative buy recommendation on Forum Development Corporation (TSX: FDC) in October, 2005, and wrote the company “has an excellent management and advisory team with decades of experience in the Basin. They have staked two well-positioned properties and have moved quickly to explore them.?eResearch set a 12-month target price of C$0.60/share on FDC shares, with a potential target price of C$0.90/share “if the company continues to get good results in the Athabasca Basin.?
The analyst re-iterated the speculative buy recommendation on February 13th with the target price of C$0.60/share. The analyst based his investment opinion and price target by comparing Forum Development against “peer group?junior uranium exploration companies. Valuation was arrived at his price target by comparing Forum Development in terms of (a) similar-sized uranium exploration companies and (b) uranium exploration companies with properties next to Forum Development. FDC shares traded between C$0.40 and C$0.50/share during February.

Snapshot: Dr. Boen Tan

Dr. Boen Tan is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan, and possesses over twenty-five years of uranium exploration experience. Dr. Tan joined Uranerz, a private German company, in 1969 and after a number of years as a field geologist in Germany and Australia, moved to Canada in 1973 as a senior geologist and Project Manager for Uranerz Exploration & Mining Ltd. (UEM), conducting uranium exploration in the Athabasca Basin.

Dr. Tan was instrumental in the discovery of the Key Lake uranium deposit and the development of the Key Lake Mine which produced 195 million pounds of U3O8 at a grade of 2.5% over a fifteen year mine life from 1983 to 1997. After the development of the Key Lake Mine, Dr. Tan continued to supervise UEM’s uranium exploration and drilling programs in the Athabasca Basin, including regional exploration in the greater Key Lake area. Dr. Tan monitored the exploration and diamond drilling of UEM’s joint ventures with Cameco Corporation at the McArthur River, Maurice Bay, Millennium and Rabbit Lake deposits until all uranium property and project interests were sold to Cameco in 1998.

Tips On Finding Reputable Debt Counseling Services

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For the debtor who is already at the end of his rope and trying to figure out how to get out of debt, the last thing he needs to worry about is whether the debt counselor he has chosen to help him is going to make his problems worse.

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For the debtor who is already at the end of his rope and trying to figure out how to get out of debt, the last thing he needs to worry about is whether the debt counselor he has chosen to help him is going to make his problems worse. He needs to be assured that he is not making a mistake by choosing debt counseling over bankruptcy or working out a settlement with the creditors.

The first thing one should do to gain some certainty that the debt counselor they are planning to choose is reputable is to check with the Better Business Bureau. Of course, this isn’t a guarantee since they only have on file information from people who have filed complaints, so if it’s a new company or one who has had no complaints filed against it, you really aren’t going to know. Nonetheless, this is the best tool you have, and you should utilize it to the greatest degree possible.

Another way to find out the reputation of a debt counseling service is through word of mouth. If the company is reputable, they will not mind providing you with information about other clients. Of course you want to be sure that they are not giving out false or unsolicited information. If they are really reputable, they will likely have something on their application allowing them to release information to other potential clients.

If it’s a local company, perhaps you even know people who have utilized their services. If they are not willing to give you references you can check, then you’re much better off to move forward to someone who is willing to cooperate with you. In most, though not all, cases, refusal to provide references means there is something they are trying to hide, and this is not the kind of person with whom you want to do business.

The Internet is a wonderful place to search for information on various subjects, and if there is a company of questionable reputation, there is more than likely a forum that has been set up to complain about this company. Strange as it may seem, people on the Internet actually set up websites, forums, and groups on Yahoo and MSN to do nothing more than complain about companies they feel have treated them unfairly.

Utilize all the tools that are at your disposal, and if it’s a local company, be sure you check with all of the local agencies including the Attorney General’s Office who would know of any illegal activity that has been reported. If you have come this far, you do not have the funds to be taken for a ride, so you want to be very careful to whom you give your money. It’s not going to help your situation if the person you choose doesn’t do the job they promise to do, and you can’t even collect damages in court if they ultimately close down their operation.

Choose a company who has been in business long enough to have a record of clientele, and choose one you feel is looking out for your best interests and not just wanting to take your money. Choose a debt counselor as carefully as you would choose a babysitter for your newborn baby.

Tips for Reducing Energy Costs

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Future natural gas prices are expected to be higher, but demand will grow more slowly than in previous projections, according to the Energy Information Administration’s latest annual long-term forecast, the “Annual Energy Outlook 2006.”

Tips for Reducing Energy Costs

Future natural gas prices are expected to be higher, but demand will grow more slowly than in previous projections, according to the Energy Information Administration’s latest annual long-term forecast, the “Annual Energy Outlook 2006.”

Additionally, residential consumption of natural gas is projected to fall by 6 percent from 2005 levels this year but increase by 7.7 percent in 2007, the EIA says.

Energy conservation would help those cooling bills now and in the future. To help save energy:

* Put curtains on your windows to keep out the sun.

* Install a thermostat that will automatically adjust temperatures. Set it for 75 degrees in the summer when you are at home and raise it when you are out.

* Turn off lights, appliances and electrical equipment when not in use. Do your baking, washing, drying and ironing early in the morning or the evening.

* Clean or replace the filter for your air conditioner.

* Let dishes air dry in the dishwasher.

Costs related to natural gas consist of four main components: production, transmission, distribution and commodity price as determined by the marketplace.

When the gas is produced, it is transmitted over long distances by pipeline from the wellhead to a local gas company. Once at the gas company, it is stored and then distributed to local customers. The price of natural gas consumed is determined by supply, demand and other market conditions.

The Gulf of Mexico supplies 25 percent of domestic natural gas that is consumed in the U.S. But 11 percent of Gulf production is still blocked due to damage from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Twenty-three percent of natural gas goes to home use and 27 percent goes to electricity generation. Companies like Mammoth Resource Partners Inc., a Kentucky-based oil and gas exploration company, are striving to put a dent in skyrocketing natural gas prices by tapping into the gas-rich Appalachian Basin.

“While people are facing ever-increasing energy costs, investors recognize that within these increases exists a greater investment potential,” says Roger L. Cory, president of Mammoth Resource Partners.

Wealth Is Made By Focusing In Stocks

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STOP.

STOP trying to create the perfect trading system. There isn’t one.

Phew..what a relief. Stop spending all those hours creating more and more trading rules and realize this:

Money creation in the stock market is made from CONCENTRATION. That’s right. Trading the very best stocks atthe right time with enough capital to make a big difference.

You must go from wealth CREATION to wealth maintance in this game. Unless you plan on “investing” for the next 25+ y…

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STOP.

STOP trying to create the perfect trading system. There isn’t one.

Phew..what a relief. Stop spending all those hours creating more and more trading rules and realize this:

Money creation in the stock market is made from CONCENTRATION. That’s right. Trading the very best stocks atthe right time with enough capital to make a big difference.

You must go from wealth CREATION to wealth maintance in this game. Unless you plan on “investing” for the next 25+ years and building wealth slowly.. this is my plan of how you can make millions in the stock market:

In Darvas’s book “How I Made $2 Million…”

How many looked at his position sizing? In his early trades Darvas only trade 1 or 2 stocks at any one time on MARGIN! Only when he got upto over $500,000 did he start diversifying a little. Most people overlook these facts.

MY Momentum Stock PLAN:

CONCENTRATION BUILDS WEALTH DIVERSIFICATION MAINTAINS WEALTH

END GOAL:

$2 MILLION+ ACCOUNT MAKING 20-30% P.A

Start with:
$50,000 Trade 2 stocks with half capital in each.

RISK Per TRADE = 5%

When at $100,000 Trade 3 stocks with 1/3 capital in each.

Risk Per Trade = 3%

When at:

$500,000 Trade 5 stocks with 1/5 capital:

Risk Per Trade = 2%

When at $2 Million Trade 8 stocks with 1/8 capital:

Risk Per Trade = 1.25%

You first have to create wealth in order to maintain it. Whilst trading only two stocks at a time may be deemed to “risky?by the “professionals?you must be very selective on the stocks you trade. Quality beats quantity. Especially when you concentrate so much.

This is the only way a small account can break into the big time. You must not only focus your efforts in the early stages but you must also onlytrade the top 0.1% of stocks in the marketand get yourtiming SPOT ON.

Retirement Income for Life

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How can you get income for life? An example of two different ways to provide income for your life and possibly for your beneficiary’s life too.

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Joe Smith writes-
I just retired. I have worked all my life and am ready to have some fun in retirement. I want to figure out how much income I can take in retirement without running out. I have $200,000 in my 401k plan with my former employer. I am 65 years old and my wife Emma is 56 years old and would like to be guaranteed to at least have income for the next 20 years for me or for my wife if I don’t make it that long. What are my options when it comes to annuities?

We have two solutions you may want to consider. As with all investment planning there are advantages and disadvantages to each option and my job is to help you understand them.

Option #1 Income for life
There are different types of annuities available that can help make sure you have income for the rest of your life and the rest of your beneficiary’s life. One solution is called a “lifetime five” option. This is where you invest in an annuity that is invested in a managed portfolio of stocks and bonds. The investment decision-making is left up to the annuity company.

You are initially guaranteed each year to receive 5% of the original amount invested for your life and your wife’s life. Since you are both over the age of 55 you would qualify for this type of annuity. Age 55 is the minimum age. You are guaranteed by the annuity company that you will be able to take an income payment of at least:
$200,000 x 5% = $10,000 per year for the rest of your life and the rest of your wife’s life

This is the minimum guarantee provided by the insurance company. This annuity also has the ability to raise the minimum amount you can be paid every 3 years. For example: If you invest $200,000 and in three years your portfolio has grown to $215,000 your new minimum guarantee is:
$215,000 x 5% = $10,750. You just got a $750 dollar raise per year for the rest of your lives.

On the other hand, your portfolio may fall to $190,000 after three years. In this scenario you would not have any stepped up minimum guarantee so you would just collect your original $200,000 x 5% = $10,000 per year for the rest of your lives. You would get another chance to increase your income stream in three years.

Remember, you get a chance to step up this account value every three years, but the amount of your annual payout can only go up, it can never go down.

You may ask, “What if I need some money for an emergency in a lump sum?” In this situation you would be able to withdraw your portfolio’s value, less any withdrawals and penalties. It most likely will have some value but due to market fluctuations and withdrawals it may be lower than your original investment. You may also have to pay a surrender fee of up to 10%.

In Advantages:
Known income stream for life, with upside potential. (In this example a minimum of $10,000 for life.)
You have upside potential but no downside risk in income streams
You can participate in market gains every three years and possibly adjust your income upward.
If, after the surrender period is up, (usually 7 to 10 years) and your account value has gone up, you can walk away from the contract if you want and invest in another annuity. This may be to your advantage if you don’t want to wait another 3 years to up your income stream.
Guaranteed an income stream for over 20 years, if you live longer than 20 years and for your wife’s life even if she lives any number of years after you die.

Disadvantages:
If you need to withdraw the entire amount of your money within the first 7 to 10 years of investing your money, you will pay a surrender fee of up to 10%.
If you want to walk away from the annuity contract because you need the money in a lump sum your account value can possibly be down from your original investment.
The insurance company allowing this “income for life guaranteed benefit” no matter what happens to the account value does not come for free. There are additional annual fees involved in order to provide these guarantees. You should expect somewhere between 0.50% and 0.75% of the account value.
Option #2 Income for your life or 20 years whichever is longer. (Immediate Annuity)

In this type of annuity we are talking about an immediate annuity. This is where you buy an annuity contract and immediately annuitize the contract. In this situation things are a little simpler, but as we may demonstrate you may pay a price for the simplicity.

In this type of contract the main advantage is the annual payout for this contract is higher than in the previous example. For an individual who has $200,000 to invest the immediate annuity quotes we get from annuity companies average out to $13,500.

Let’s look at how this works. In this example, the annuity company will pay $13,500 every year for the rest of your life, or 20 years, whichever lasts longer. So if you live for 25 years, to age 90, the annuity company will pay him $13,500 every year for 25 years. If you lives only another 11 years and dies, his beneficiary (in this case probably his wife Emma) will receive the remaining 9 years of income payments of $13,500 and that is it. At the end of your life the annuity company knows that if they have not already paid out 20 years of payments one of the beneficiaries will get the remaining payments.

Let’s say you die in 21 years after he initiated this contract. The annuity company has fulfilled their promise of a minimum of 20 years so there will not be anymore payments to anyone. There will be no more money left in the contract and your wife will get nothing.

You might ask, “What if I need to take the money out after 10 years has gone by to pay a medical bill?”
The answer is that you cannot do so. When you get into an immediate annuity contract there is virtually no way to get out of it. You will not have any cash value after you sign the paperwork. All the annuity company is obligated to do is pay out 20 years, or the length of your life whichever is longer. After the annuity’s obligation is up the contract is worth nothing.

In
Advantages:
Known income stream for life of the owner.
Higher starting income stream that never changes
No concerns of the underlying investments because the annuity company is responsible for that.
Guaranteed an income stream for 20 years, if the owner lives longer than 20 years the annuity company will pay the same amount until the owner passes away.

Disadvantages:
If you need your money back at anytime after investing your money, you cannot get it back in lump sum form. You can only collect the annuity payments.
If you live for 20 years or longer your beneficiary will not see any money from this annuity.
There is no ability to increase your income stream. Your payments will stay the same and will not have a chance to increase with inflation.

These are two of many options available to one person’s situation. Both of these annuities have benefits and drawbacks. It may make sense to discuss further details with our local Denver, Colorado annuity consultant.

Top 5 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Credit Card

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Credit cards offer a high level of security and flexibility to customers, and this is why so many people use their credit cards for day to day purchases as well as for special purchases.

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Credit cards offer a high level of security and flexibility to customers, and this is why so many people use their credit cards for day to day purchases as well as for special purchases. However, in order to make the most of your credit card you need to make sure that you use it and repay it sensibly and responsibly.

If abused credit cards can result in high levels of debt, which can create huge financial problems for the future. It is therefore worthwhile remembering some valuable tips in order to make the most of your credit card whilst reducing the risk of falling into unmanageable levels of debt:

1. Always try and repay the balance in full when it comes to your credit card repayments, as this will enable you to avoid paying interest on your borrowing, and will also help you to avoid being charged for late or missed repayments.

2. If you cannot repay the balance in full on your credit card, always try and pay more than the minimum requested repayments. If you only every pay the minimum it could take you years to clear a relatively small balance, and it could cost you a fortune in interest.

3. Make sure that you compare credit cards in order to find the best one for your needs. For instance, if you tend to repay your balance in full at the end of each month then a rewards based credit card may suit your needs. However, if you plan to spread your repayments then you may fare better with a low interest rate credit card.

4. If you already have existing credit card balances on which high interest rates are being charged, it is worth considering consolidating these. You could do this through a 0% balance transfer credit card, or by taking out a loan to repay all of your cards.

5. Resist the temptation to use your credit card for purchases that are not really necessary simply because you have it to hand. Remember, you will have to repay whatever you spend on it, so if you can’t afford to make the purchase then don’t.

Tracking Your Daily Expenses Can Lead To Big Savings!

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Do you write checks for everything you buy?

Are you a cash only type of person?

or…

Are you like me and you live and die by your debit(debt)/check card?

Regardless of the method you use to make your purchases, it is important to not only know what was spent, but what was purchased. When you can determine where your money is going it helps to accomplish a few different tasks at one time.

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Do you write checks for everything you buy?

Are you a cash only type of person?

or…

Are you like me and you live and die by your debit(debt)/check card?

Regardless of the method you use to make your purchases, it is important to not only know what was spent, but what was purchased. When you can determine where your money is going it helps to accomplish a few different tasks at one time.

The first advantage to tracking your spending is that you can visually see how much you are spending in a particular category.

What most people don’t realize is that by knowing the exact figure that is spent on a particular category will lead to a subsconscious effort to control spending in that area.

Secondly, by tracking your spending you can effectively set up a savings plan that will help you to avoid financial disasters.

The saying “Plan for the unexpected!” fits very appropriately here.

If you have savings, you can be ready in the event something unexpected happens. (i.e. car breaks down, roof collapses, you take ill, etc.)

Tracking your expenditures will also lead to better money management. You will know exactly where you stand financially. This is very helpful in avoiding or reducing overdraft fees and other associated bank fees.

If your bank requires that you keep a minimum balance in your checking account, *you* will know when you are approaching that limit and can manage your money accordingly.

Lastly, tracking can lead to piece of mind. Meaning, if done right, you can rest at ease knowing that you have a strong grasp on your finances.

Even if you are not debt free, by tracking your can create a plan that will lead you out of debt and eliminate the stress that goes along with it.

These are just some of the advantages of tracking where your money goes. Of course, for every one there may be even additional advantages that we didn’t mention here. Most importantly is just doing it. If nothing else you can save money, avoid costly fees and be prepared for just about any financial disaster that may happen.