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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
731 W Skippack Pike  Blue Bell  PA 19422
Phone:  610-277-4060
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The Only 3 Rules You Need to Build Savings

June 30, 2016 2:45 am

When it comes to putting money aside for a rainy day, discipline is the first word that springs to the lips of most financial advisors—and it does, indeed, take discipline.

Many people, however, need more specific guidance on what kind of discipline is needed to bulk up their savings. Financial editor Eric McWhinnie told the Wall Street Cheat Sheet there are three basic ways to make a disciplined approach work best:

1. Automatically Pay Yourself First – When too many people are lined up waiting for a piece of your paycheck, you’ll save money if you put yourself at the head of the line. Don’t plan to spend what’s left over at the end of the month. Instead, set up an automatic deposit plan to pull money (10 percent is recommended) from every paycheck and deposit it directly into savings. Adjust your spending to make the balance last until your next paycheck.

2. Track Your Spending – For at least one month, keep notes on every dollar you spend. It’s the best way to get a clear understanding about where your money is going day by day and how and where you can cut back. (Subscriptions? Lattes? Services or insurance deductibles?) Do quarterly check-ups to review how your savings account is growing and how you are doing at reducing your discretionary spending.

3. Take Advantage of 401(k) Plans – When available, 401(k)s are the most efficient way to save money because, for many participants, the employer is contributing matching funds. In effect, it is free money, so take maximum advantage of the benefit by contributing as much as possible.

Following these three rules has proven to grow savings—and it can work for you, too.

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Your Property: Lightning Myths and Protection

June 30, 2016 2:45 am

Did you know lightning can be as damaging to the home—if not more—as other weather events?

There are many misconceptions about lightning and its effects—the ol’ rubber trick, for instance, is a myth. According to the Lightning Protection Institute (LPI), rubber tires or rubber-soled shoes will not protect a person from lightning. Metal is not a magnet for lightning, either. Lightning, too, can strike the same place twice—take the Empire State Building or the Sears Tower, both of which have been struck repeatedly.

A lightning protection system is one the most effective ways to prevent damage to your property, according to the LPI. A whole-house arrester or surge protector, though beneficial, should be just one component of that system.

Green and smart homeowners, especially, should install a system to protect the other systems in the home—lightning strikes often damage multiple systems at once.

Leave the installation of the lightning protection system to the professionals, the LPI advises. Look for an LPI-certified specialist, who adheres to strict safety standards when it comes to the design and installation of the system.

Source: Lightning Protection Institute (LPI)

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