Freedom Debt Relief - Frugal Green Tips


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“Green” is a word that refers to so much more than the color of grass or money. It has
become a recent buzzword in modern society that defines products, lifestyles, and tasks that are environmentally conscious. Becoming more “green” usually involves consuming fewer resources and can result in
saving money on typical household expenses. The tips below list some simple
ways that you can “green” your life while putting more “green” in your wallet.

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Freedom Debt Relief - Frugal Green Tips

  1. 1. Volume 4 #3 Frugal Green Tips • FDR Client Reminders Renting Tips • Make a Credit Comeback Fun Online Money Games • Spare Change Welcome to the Freedom Debt Relief monthly newsletter! As part of our ongoing goal to enhance our services, we will be sending you a monthly newsletter filled with interesting articles and helpful financial tips and advice. We hope you enjoy this issue, and that you find the enclosed 1-800-655-6303 information helpful as you continue on the road to financial freedom. Living a “green” lifestyle will help the environment and put more “green” in your wallet Some people may associate living green with abandoning all personal possessions and “Green” Mountain Institute modern technologies to live on (RMI), an organization a commune. In actuality, some is a word that refers to so that focuses on energy technological advancements can much more than the color policy, a six-minute actually help reduce the amount of grass or money. It has shower uses 20 gallons of waste that ends up in landfills. become a recent buzzword of water. Taking short Consider the options below. Keep in mind that the following in modern society showers can reduce tips are meant to help you get that defines products, water consumption and the most use out of items that Drive greener. lifestyles, and tasks that your water bill. For less can receive reward points you may already own; we are not are environmentally than $10, RMI also based on how much Most green articles urge encouraging you to purchase conscious. Becoming recommends installing they recycle. Visit www. consumers to purchase a brand new equipment. more “green” usually an on/off valve between to find hybrid car. As you strive to involves consuming fewer the shower arm and out if this program is settle your debts, buying a Go paperless! You can pay resources and can result in showerhead. 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  2. 2. Client Reminders D espite of the costs associated information for Upon moving out, difficult with owning a home. repairs. You also want make sure you leave financial In addition to a to review the policies the rental property in Tax Debt? If you owe money to times, the National mortgage, purchasing on terminating a lease. the same condition as Multi Housing a home also involves Most property owners when you moved in. the IRS and would like information Council reports that many other expenses do not make it easy For example, clean, on how to reduce your tax debts, the apartment industry such as maintenance, for renters. Make vacuum, and fill small please contact our sister company, is not affected. In insurance, and sure you understand holes in the wall fact, affordable rental property taxes. As a the provisions in case with spackle. Many Freedom Tax Relief at 1-800-455- units will be coming renter, your landlord circumstances arise apartment complexes 6TAX. Our tax attorneys and tax available as desperate or property manager is that do not allow you also require that specialists are eager to immediately sellers try to rent out responsible for fixing to fulfill the terms of you have the carpets units that are just not major repairs like a the lease. professionally cleaned start helping you resolve your tax selling in the current broken furnace or a before moving out. troubles. In addition, existing FDR market, according leaky roof. Expenses Don’t alter the You are more likely to clients are eligible for a $100 referral to, such as these could property. The lease receive the majority of an online financial really break your should also state what your security deposit, bonus if they refer someone to resource. Therefore, budget, especially the landlord’s rules are which is usually Freedom Tax Relief. the number of renters while you are focusing on making alterations equivalent to one is expected to increase. on settling your debts. to the property. One month’s rent, if you American Consumers Union If you are currently of the downfalls of follow the move-out renting or expect to Read the lease. If renting is that most instructions. We have recently partnered with sign a lease in the near you are required to property mangers do the consumer advocacy group, future, below are some sign a lease before not allow tenants to American Consumers Union, tips that you may want moving in to an paint walls or make to keep in mind. apartment, make sure permanent changes in order to provide additional you read it. Leases to rental property support to our clients with respect Renting may be usually include quite without written to creditor harassment. All FDR a good financial a few pages of small permission. Even if move. There are print and it can be you do receive written clients are automatically given many benefits of tedious to read. But, permission to paint, membership into the American buying a home. keep in mind that for example, you will Consumers Union, and are given Homeownership has you are signing a legal usually have to change often been equated and binding contract the color back to the the full use and support of the with the American and it is beneficial original before you advocacy group, at no additional Rental dream. However, this to understand the move out, which can charge. This is a terrific benefit for Links dream can easily turn agreement. Pay close be a hassle. Before you into a nightmare for attention to the rent make improvements our clients, and we are happy to be • Search commercial consumers that are due date, late fees, such as install an able to provide this service to our web sites such as not prepared for all and the contact air conditioner or a, www. clients at our expense. You can visit dishwasher, consider, the fact that you may them online at and www.rentnet. not be able to take com. All landlords these items with you do not place ads for *** when you move. This apartments. You may can be an especially want to drive through Customer Service costly endeavor if you your town and look Phone Number: do not plan to live at for “For Rent” signs the property very long. 1-800-655-6303 on various properties. Take care of your • Tenants review Hours of Operation: property. When apartment moving in, note any complexes on web 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM PST damage that is already sites such as www. visible on the property apartmentreviews. E-mail: net and www. so you do not get apartmentratings. charged for the repair com. when you move out.
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