Archive for August, 2009

$5 Falcons-Lottery scratch-off ticket = Seat on team plane, maybe

The Biz Beat blogger Henry Unger has the details on a deal struck between the Georgia Lottery and the Atlanta Falcons for a $5 scratch-off ticket that can turn into winnings for up $500,000. The ticket will be available starting Tuesday, Sept. 8. Other prizes include season-ticket packages and a trip to a Falcons’ away game on the team plane. You should check out The Biz Beat blog to get more details. Imagine flying high on the team plane with the players!

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Cheap Georgia Tech fball tix | Dave Ramsey books $9.99

Georgia Tech Season-Opener tickets

The 15th-ranked Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets open the season Saturday against Jacksonville State, to start what many are anticipating will be a big year for the team in the ACC. You can see for yourself with these reduced-priced tickets found on Travelzoo.com. TicketsNow has Upper Level tickets up to 85 percent off, including prices ranging from $6-$30 for Tech vs. Jacksonville State, and the Oct. 31 game between Vanderbilt and Georgia Tech. There are also tickets available for the special price for Tennessee vs. Memphis on Nov. 7, and Mississippi vs. Northern Arizona University, also on Nov. 7.

Total Money Makeover

Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover and Financial Peace University are two of the most celebrated tools of money management on the market. All of the Dave Ramsey books, CDs, DVDs and software are on sale right now, for $9.99 on the website. This is a great bargain if indeed this is a program you’ve been interested in. The Total …

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Free career coaching | Free pedometer | Free cheesecake

One step at a time…

The Downtown Atlanta Walk There Challenge, which urges downtown commuters to walk to promote healthy habits, reduce pollution and stay active, isn’t until Oct. 5-31. But you’ll want to get this deal now. The Downtown TMA is giving away free pedometers all this month to the Walk participants. Visit the website to get information about registering for your pedometer and to get a list of dates and times for distribution. Participants will log their steps online, and each week a winner of a Downtown-themed prize will be awarded a gift. At the end of October, the person with the largest step count wins a basket “of goodies perfect for a Downtown getaway.”

Free Career Coaching

This is an opportunity worth considering if you’re a woman met with the challenge of job searching. Free workshop classes are being offered in a course called JumpSTART Your Career. It is available to all women, every Wednesday from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Sept. 23 through Oct. 28 at Peachtree …

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Gwinnett Braves $1 tix | NASCAR specials | Tour Championship special | Free movie and music

Peanuts and Cracker Jacks..

We may not have the good fortune of postseason baseball for our big league team this year. We’ll know soon enough. What we do know is the Gwinnett Braves are still at it, and will wrap up their regular season next weekend. Tickets are going fast, I’m told, especially at this price. The Berm seats — the grassy area surrounding the outfield — are only $1 on Labor Day weekend. So are the hot dogs. I prefer sitting out there myself. If the weather is nice, that’s certainly not a bad way to spend the holiday weekend. They’ll play host to the Charlotte Knights. The games are 6 p.m. on Saturday, and 2 p.m. on Sunday and Monday.

NASCAR specials-PGA Tour Championship

I caught some sports talk radio in the car this week and the topic was about the NASCAR points race and the PGA Tour Championship both being events worked up to get some attention just as football season is heating up. No matter your opinion, if you enjoy the sports, you’ll enjoy saving money on …

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Don’t be a $333 Million lottery loser

You’re suddenly filthy rich, thanks to a shocking and utterly satisfying windfall stacked $333 Mega Million bucks over your head.

Now what?

“Everybody has money problems, it’s just some problems are more fun than others,” said David Fisher, founding partner and chief investment officer at SignatureFD. “Obviously, this would be a nice thing to happen, but it could cause problems.”

Lottery winners have blown it many times over. They’ve lost it in booze and bankruptcy; with compulsive spending and bad investments. They’ve been victims of the unimaginable. And it all leads us to blurt out, “It should have been me. I’d never do that.”

Or so we’d like to think. In the fortunate event that you are the lucky individual holding the $333 million ticket in hand — the largest in two years — you don’t want to travel the road of rags to riches, and double-back. To help you, we’ve solicited the sage advice of metro Atlanta financial advisors and asked what a winner should do if he or she …

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10 common mistakes when starting your own business — and how to avoid them

Whether out of necessity or due to opportunity, many people are taking the path of entrepreneurship. Job losses and pay cuts have forced people to supplement their household income, with many turning longtime hobbies into money-makers. In other cases, people are turning their dreams into reality and getting plans out of their head and into action.

Starting a business, no matter the reason or the size, is rarely simple, though. There are losses, headaches and unexpected difficulties. To help you avoid common mistakes, we’ve asked Gary B. Roberts and Carlotta D. Roberts to provide this week’s Voice of the Expert blog on starting a business as an “income patch.”

Gary Roberts is professor of management and entrepreneurship in the Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University. His wife, Carlotta D. Roberts, has a law degree and was area director of the Small Business Development Center at Kennesaw State for 20 years. She is now Business Consultant at The Edge Connection, a …

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Two ways to save big on energy efficient appliances

If you’re in the market for an energy efficient appliance, there are two cost-saving options in sight. Problem is, it is impossible at this point to determine which will save you the most money.

Georgia is in line for $9.3 million in federal stimulus money that will be directed toward a rebate program for Energy Star appliances. The details of the deal are still being hammered out, but $300 million in federal dollars is being distributed to states based on population.

How Georgia will run its rebate program is unclear, said Shane Hix, spokesman for the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority. Hix spoke to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution earlier today.

“While $9.3 million sounds like a lot, it can only go so far,” he continued. “We’ll have to find the best way to manage the program and roll it out in a way that as many people as possible can take advantage, and still provide a reasonable rebate on these products.”

A national report says that consumers can expect to get …

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Free Wall-E screening | Sushi Happy Hour | Swaptember

Girls’ Night Out

Atlantic Station continues free screenings on at dusk at Movies & The Market with a showing of Wall-E tonight, but the venue is making next month’s Thursday evening showings extra special for Audrey Hepburn Tribute Month. The event will feature Girls’ Night Out drink specials and discounts from Atlantic Station retailers. For example, Dillard’s will offer makeovers and makeup artist samplings from 5-8:30 p.m., and White House/Black Market will host Fashion 101 events showcasing fall fashions. For more information on the offerings, click here. The Audrey Hepburn movie lineup is: Sept. 3, Breakfast at Tiffany’s; Sept. 10, My Fair Lady; Sept. 17, Roman Holiday; Sept. 24, Sabrina. Movies & The Market runs through Oct. 29.

Sushi Special

Starting in September, Rise Sushi Lounge, located at 300 Marietta St., Atlanta, will offer a free Chef’s Tasting Plate with a bar purchase for seating in the lounge or at the bar. The Happy Hour special is from 5-7:30 p.m. For the …

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Date Night on a budget: Live music | Ice Cream | Art | Zoo

Rock On

Is no one listening to us in Atlanta? The Society of American Travel Writers jut released its list of North America’s Top 10 Cities for Live Music, and Atlanta wasn’t among them. I’ve lived in Austin, Texas, where the live music scene is pretty hot. It’s not bad here, though, and when it comes to cheap dates, few things deliver like live music. So, judge for yourself where Atlanta stands after checking out spots like Variety Playhouse, Eddie’s Attic, Smith’s Olde Bar, 529 and The Earl. Do yourself a favor by purchasing tickets in advance, and be on the lookout for specials. Tickets range from $5 each, to about $12-$15, depending on the band and venue.

Arts Festivals

Just the name, Hapeville Happy Days Festival, makes you feel good inside. That’s what you want on a date, right? Festivals of all kinds are great on the wallet and enjoyable as well. Lucky for us, there are a few on the calendar in metro Atlanta. For starters, the Atlanta Arts Festival returns Sept. 12-13 …

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11 destructive habits that will slow your financial progress

We often discuss the things we should be doing to gain financial stability. Avoiding impulse purchases, creating and sticking to a budget, using credit cards wisely and maximizing bargain shopping are a few strategies we can implement to help us gain a more secure financial footing.

What we talk less about — and hear less about — is what we should avoid doing. In this case, it doesn’t just involve paying full price on items you can get on a discount with a little research and patience. There’s more to getting a leg up than thrift store shopping and coupon clipping.

In many ways, it’s about remaining focused on your financial goals and diligently pursuing them. The Simple Dollar offers Eleven Things You Can Do Today to Fall Behind Financially.

Where do you want to be in five years? If you’re not bothering to think about it, you’re going to be in the same place you are right now in five years – or in a worse place.

Waste time. Make unnecessary purchases. Put off making changes …

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