Category: Financial Planning

Is Being Too Economical Actually Costing You More

Too Economical Costing You More

While being frugal can mean saving for your future, there are some special cases where it can turn against you instead. You have to understand that expenses do not always mean the cost price of a product. The true value lies in getting the most bang for every dollar you spend. The most likely scenarios where you should look at the bigger picture instead of just trying to be typically economical are mentioned below. This can actually make you pre-aware and help you make a more evolved decision when faced with any of these categories in your life.

Premiums for preventive care

Never skip any maintenance or periodical checkups you have scheduled. Dental cleanings, annual full body checkups or any particular diagnostic checks for maintenance of lifestyle diseases, need proper checking at periodic intervals. Ina absence of that, the situation can fast ball in to a much bigger problem fast, which will ultimately cost you much higher in terms of medical costs. Even if you do have insurance, you would not be covered for all of it.

Do not skimp on insurance premiums

If you buy a low coverage insurance, it might actually cost you much more than you anticipated. A bare minimum coverage might be as much effective as having no insurance at all. You should analyze if you would be able to cope with replacing or living without the asset you underlay for the insurance coverage, such as the car , mortgage, property belongings and/or income ( in case of disability or life insurance). If you do not have a second option to deal with such a loss, do not skimp on the associated insurance premium and leaving yourself short of the risk cover.

Know when to skimp

Do not get pulled in by the announcements of sale or low price offers. The only time you should consider skimping on prices or considering value offers is if you know the product you are buying will only be used once. In clothes that can be statement, dresses for Prom or a bridesmaid dress in a particular style or color. Do not skimp on the makeup though, since it will have a direct effect on your skin and you can use the products multiple times again for different events.

Added savings options

Instead of buying the cheaper option, look for added savings options on the quality product that you have in the market. High quality products will breakdown less and give you a much better performance for your money. Compare prices online and also browse through coupon sites to get the best priced deal for your higher quality product, than skimping on the price for a lower quality option that keeps breaking down on you.

 

Online Resources to Create a Business Plan

Too Economical Costing You More

Wrapped up in writing a business plan? Whether you’re stalled on the first page or polishing the final draft, the Web’s business plan resources can help. Writing a Business Plan section of our site, we’ve assembled a collection of selected articles, book excerpts and tools to help you with your plan. But we’d also like to alert you to the following useful sites and sources elsewhere online.

Writing an Effective Business Plan will give you a comprehensive cover-to-cover tour of a standard business plan’s components. Created by the accounting and consulting firm Deloitte & Touche LLP, Writing an Effective Business Plan contains plenty of solid information, particularly for growth companies whose plans are aimed at attracting outside investors. You can read the executive summary section online and request the book.

If you’re planning a small enterprise — and are writing a plan for yourself or a banker rather than for a professional venture capitalist — here are two more resources that are particularly appropriate.

The Business Plan Road Map to Success from the U.S. Small Business Administration will help you create the essential parts of your plan. Most beneficial for traditional small businesses, The Business Plan Road Map to Success lists commonly recognized sections of a plan, outlines what each should contain, and suggests questions that will further focus your thinking. An appendix includes resources within the SBA and other governmental agencies.
The Business Plan Template from NEBS, a provider of business and computer forms, offers “cyber hand-holding” especially helpful for first-time plan writers. This template not only outlines the elements of a business plan but also allows you to write your own draft as you proceed. Tips are within clicking range all along the way if you need them. Your work can then be saved and formatted into a starter business plan draft.
In addition, a number of companies produce business plan software or provide business plan consulting. Some of those companies’ sites include excellent resources for plan writers of all types — if you don’t mind getting a sales pitch, too. Here are some sites to start with:

Palo Alto Software, makers of Business Plan Pro, boasts several sites. The Bplans.com site allows easy access to an assortment of sample business and marketing plans created with Palo Alto software. The company says that all of the listed plans were approved for funding. For more individualized assistance, the Bplans.com site also has an “Ask the Experts” feature that allows you to submit business plan questions that will be answered via e-mail. If you just have a good idea and want to know how feasible it is for a business, you could try the MiniPlan site. It leads you through an interactive exercise to help you evaluate your idea. (Note: Palo Alto Software is also an inc.com Solutions Provider.)
If model plans inspire you, visit the site of Business Resource Software, creators of Plan Write for Business software. Here you’ll find business plans from the Moot Corp. International Entrepreneurial Challenge, a well-known business plan competition for M.B.A. students.

Plenty of sites are full of instructions for writing a business plan, but few describe the very real pitfalls. At the Virtual Business Plan, developed by Internet-based business plan consulting firm BizPlanIt.com, you will find an interactive resource that not only tackles each portion of a business plan but also outlines common mistakes.
If you’re interested in researching business plan software, other manufacturers’ sites include:

Adarus Software
Makers of Adarus Business Plan software
JIAN Software
Makers of BizPlanBuilder software
Adams Media
Makers of Adams Streetwise Complete Business Plan software

Finally, for a gentle reminder that a business plan isn’t the be-all and end-all of your start-up, check out the Service Corps of Retired Executives’ 35 Biz Planning Tips — Best Practices for Practical Success. In this brief article from SCORE, a nonprofit association that provides counseling to small-business owners, you’ll get a big-picture look at planning and starting a business.