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Monday, January 15, 2018

The Money View Get Financially Fit Calendar


We all want to be in total control of our finances. And for that, we take serious measures. We make budgets, download apps, we even set reminders. Given all this, it’s understandable if we miss a deadline here or there. It’s not easy to keep track of everything in our busy schedule. Earning money is tough enough and if we top it with managing it like a pro, we are talking about a lot of pressure. Financial fitness is a hard task. It’s not an easy feat. Plus, we are here to lend a helping hand. We have prepared a Fitness Calendar for our MoneyView readers to pump up finances in 2018. Follow this calendar month by month and by the end of the year, your finances would be in pretty good shape.

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Grace and the Guiltless - Impeccable Language with Realistic Climax


I don't like reading a certain genre. But this is 2018. I wanted to do something new. I picked up one from those books I buy when I go out and have a strong urge to stack my bookshelves. So while shopping for furniture at Ikea one day, I bought 'Grace and the Guiltless' from The Dollar Store nearby in Vaughan.

This novel is a story of Grace whose family is brutally murdered by 'The Guiltless Gang.' She is the lone survivor who must take revenge. So she does. Her journey from being a normal girl to a victim or desperately wandering in woods, to facing death, and to becoming a bounty hunter sounds real. There is not even a single moment where she loses focus. She knows what she wants. She is determined and not even the love of her life can stop him.

I love her clarity of thought, steadfastness, unflinching determination to prove herself. The two things that stood out for me in the book - impeccable language and climax. I googled this book. It falls under the Young Adult category. The language is beautiful. The narration flows. I didn't miss a single line. If I did (while sipping my smoothie) I re-read the entire paragraph. I learned language articulation from this book.

The climax of the book is unusual. The author, Erin Johnson, is clear in her vision. It is a revenge saga, not a love story. There is a spark of a love story in the novel. But Grace says a silent goodbye to her lover, not to her mission. And I loved it!

I don't write book reviews. I don't know the craft and techniques it requires to critique a book. I write my feelings. The purpose of this review is to maintain a journal of the books I read. But if you are looking for a recommendation, I would say 'yes.'

Happy Reading,

P. S. I love Book Photography. I took these pictures while reading this book.

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Monday, January 8, 2018

Top Financial Resolutions That Will Make You Financially Fit


2018 is here. It’s a perfect opportunity for us to start afresh. Wipe the slate clean, and make new resolutions that will help us to have a better life. As money is always a concern for most of us, we have a list of top financial resolutions that can help to become financially fit. Follow them to trim your expenditures and give a kick to your savings. Here’s the list:

Save first, spend later

It’s the oldest trick in the book. And it’s the most effective. What I like most about it - once you start following this ‘save first, spend later’ resolution, it becomes a habit. You start thinking from the perspective of saving money in every scenario. Money wisdom seeps into your bones. If you’ve not tried it yet, bring this habit to your life in 2018. Save first. Set automatic deduction from your account on the day you get your salary. If you choose to invest in SIP, Mutual fund or RD - even better.

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Monday, January 1, 2018

I’m the girl even your friends won’t approve


I burn your soul,
I light that kind of fire.
My words slit innocence into half,
I demand that much desire.

I ruin your days,
Your nights are no longer yours.
Love tastes like brandy-poison mix,
It is not pure.

You reek of desperation,
Your blood boils often.
You write letters with blood,
Only to bury them in an empty coffin.

Neither your body,
Nor your mind makes sense.
I treat you as a lover,
But I call you a friend.

When you grab me by my waist,
I stare into your eyes.
I’m your salvation,
The woman who can listen to your silent cries.

I leave you half-thirsty,
I’m that unfinished prose,
You hate the idea of love now,
You look for yourself on empty roads.

Still you want a lifetime with me?
Because you like the taste of fire.
I may not be a perfect girl,
I’m the only one you admire.

It’s too late now,
I seep into bones fast.
Don’t regret falling in love with me,
Don’t ever call me your past.

Your friends hate me,
You fight for me too.
You declare us soulmates,
Knowing too well that’s not true.

Then why we started all this?
Why you fell for me?
Two messed-ups in a tragic story,
One hurricane, other the raging sea.

P. S. I’m still looking for an answer.
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Monday, December 25, 2017

6 Ways to Get Cheap Flight Tickets for Year-end Holidays


End of December is the time the whole world takes a break. A majority of us travel to make the best of free time. We plan ahead - buy air tickets, make itineraries and book hotels. In case you’ve not done it already. Worry not! Two years back, I went to Miami and booked plane tickets on 28th November and managed to get a great deal. How, you ask? As an avid traveler, who has wasted a chunk of money, I’ve learned a few tricks over the years. To get a cheap flight deal, follow these simple tips while searching and booking flight tickets online:

Browse in incognito mode

When we search for flight tickets, website track our activities. Ever heard of cookies? Websites ask us to ‘enable cookies’. With the help of these cookies, websites track our search history. In case we search the same flight again and again, that website will increase the price based on our history. So the best way to avoid being duped by inflated price is to browse in incognito mode. Not sure how to do it? Here’s how:

Mac - Press Shift + Command + n
Chrome, Windows, and Linux - Press Shift + Ctrl + n

Once we do this on our operating system, a new window will appear that is set in private mode. Always search in incognito/private mode while surfing deals.

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