I have 25+ years of experience of being an Executive Secretary. I have worked with CEOs, Senior Directors, National Marketing Managers, Operations Managers, Controllers, Division Chiefs, and an additional 12 years of working in general office settings.
Each of the executives with whom I worked had their own idiosyncrasies. Some wanted to inspect every single piece of paper that came into their office. The majority simply wanted me to run their offices and let them know whenever I ran into issues.
The tips, tricks, and techniques I learned over the years also work to save money and stay organized.
SORT: Even if you do not work in an office atmosphere, learning how to be proactive rather than being reactive will save you time and in many cases, money. There are many steps you can take to tame the chaos at work, at school, or at home.
SAVE: My daughter-in-law is absolutely amazing at how far she can make money go. She walked me through some of the steps she completes BEFORE she paid for any bills. I took it a step farther and researched other ways to earn rewards, points, and cash back. I also used many of the tricks I learned from all those years as an Executive Secretary. The first time that I “paid” for a stay at a Hampton Inn and it did not cost me one single penny, I was hooked. When I “paid” for an entire wardrobe without using any of my own money, I was completely sold! We planned a Hawaiian vacation and used all techniques to pay for the 10-day vacation. For two years I used all of the techniques that I had learned, I “paid” for approximately 85 percent of that entire 10-day vacation. And, I paid for all of my granddaughter’s food and restaurant bills. And, I gave her $200 to spend on anything she wanted! All of that money was from the Combination Techniques that I now use every day.
Because there are so many steps that you can include BEFORE making a purchase that will save money, I refer to this process as Combination Techniques. The more steps you include, the more money you save or cash back you will receive or points that you earn that you can redeem for free gift cards. You do not need to buy anything at all to use any of these techniques and everything is perfectly legal. You do need to have internet access, and you clearly already have that if you are reading this webpage.
By the way, to prove that the Combination Techniques really do work, I took a photo of a rental car receipt that I got while on that Hawaiian vacation. We used a rental car the entire 10 days that we were in Hawaii. During a 3-day excursion to the Big Island, we used rentals from 2 different companies. I got a one-day rental from Avis and my son & daughter-in-law got a 2-day rental from Hertz. The bill for my Avis rental initially started at $119.50. By using some of the techniques, my invoice ended up being only $8.17 for the one-day rental. I circled the items and explained what they are below.
- Total Miles Driven: 221 Miles
- Pickup Date/Time: June 13, 2014 @ 7:11am
- Return Date/Time: June 13, 2014 @ 8:20pm
- Daily Rate: $53.99
- Notice that it is added and then deducted
- NET CHARGES: USD $8.17
- $4.50 = Customer Facility Charge
- $0.46 = Vehicle License Fee
- $0.21 = Sales Tax
- $3.00 = Highway Surcharge
- $8.17 Total
I broke the Combination Techniques into groups because each group uses different websites, different combinations of steps, and different ways of accumulating savings: (1) Travel & Vacation, (2) Online Purchasing, (3) Entertainment & Dining Out, (4) Gasoline and Utilities.
My goal with this website is to show others how to save significant amounts of money so they can realize their dreams and goals. Because I need proof before I will consider buying something new, I decided to make all of the tips, tricks, and techniques for grocery shopping available to everyone for free (10-Step Supermarket Combination Technique). The food budget is the 3rd largest expense in anyone’s budget. Housing and transportation are #1 and #2. What better way than to let them see for themselves how much money they can save? And, all without spending one single penny of their own money?
My hope is that after people have proved to themselves that the Combination Techniques really do work, that they will consider buying the other Combination Techniques I use. When that happens, I can realize my own goal, which is to supplement my retirement with my website so that I can continue to be “Traveling Nana”.
My Warmest Regards,
Please leave a comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to let me know how many of my tips, tricks, and techniques and how much money you saved.