Tuesday, May 22, 2018

PMB Step 5: Google Map / Moving Day MP4 S2 17-18

Google MAP Project
Today you will be creating a GOOGLE MAP of your new home and work area. Please sign-in to GMAIL and then follow Google site to Google Maps. Below is a link to a sample map that I created for myself. It assumes that my first job out of college was teaching here. I located our school, a local apartment, and I saved the route I take to work (use Get Directions and save the result to your map). I also included most of the information that you will have to find for yourself. See my example at the following link:
Once you have looked at my map, your assignment today is to CREATE your own GOOGLE MAP that includes the following items:

Work, Home, Directions (Route) from Home to Work

You must also include the following:
CLOSEST MAJOR AIRPORT (In case you need to fly home to Philly)

Please add Mr. S (hscribner@ccs.us) as a COLLABORATOR and email me the link to your map. 

This exercise will give you an idea of what types of things you need to look for if you move to another city someday to take a job or start college. Even if you share an apartment/house with others, you should know this information. 

Now you need to furnish your new place to live. Find a list of the following sources, and add it to your shopping list page.

1. Transportation around town: (Bike, Car, Public Transportation, Walk, etc.)

2. Basic Furniture: Bed, Couch, Table & Chairs, Lamps, Desk, Lights, TV, Stereo, Dresser, Computer, and other major items:

3. Household Goods: Dishes, Pots&Pans, Glassware, Silverware, Towels, Sheets, Blankets, Pillows, Plants, etc.:

List each item on your shopping list sheet of your SPREADSHEET. You must keep track of everywhere online you shop and enter your spending in your checkbook ledger. All of your spending will be tracked on this ledger for the month. Credits are deposits and Debits are spending/checks etc.

Monday, May 21, 2018

PMB Step 4: Finding a House (Start the Budget) MP4 S2 17-18

Figure out your BASE PAY using the following website and formula:

Do career research and find in-depth salary data for specific jobs, employers, schools, and more.  Once you have identified your Job Title and Location in the United States, it will give you a salary range.  You will make the Entry-Level (25%) to start with.  You will need to use the following formula to change your salary from Annual GROSS PAY to Monthly NET PAY for your budget:

Yearly GROSS PAY x .65 = Yearly NET PAY
Yearly NET PAY / 12 Months = Monthly NET PAY

Today we will review the PMB Worksheets, and enter the information that includes estimating our expenses.  We will spend time, in class, reviewing the following worksheet:

Once you have opened the worksheet, review all of the sections.  You are required, for this project, to keep track of all of your spending.  Your CheckBook tab will have all of your Debits and Credits listed as you make decisions.  Today we will fill out the Projected totals on the worksheet to give you an idea of how much you THINK you will spend.  When we put actual costs in, you might be surprised by what differences there are.  Make sure you enter all the information requested on the Data Sheet, and keep track of your Menu, Grocery List, and Shopping Lists on the specific pages listed.  The main worksheet is only for looking at the totals received or spent.  Make sure you use FILE, MAKE A COPY and SHARE it with Mr. S (hscribner@ccs.us) for credit.

Today your project is to find a place to live in your new town.  Make sure you identify how much it is to live there.  You need to make sure that you consider whether the rent includes any utilities, or other amenities that you might want.  Part of this search will require you to find a way to get to your new job.  What type of transportation is available, or will you need to live where you have chosen.  How far is it from shopping and other supplies/stores?

Things to consider:

How are you getting to this new location?

What are you taking with you, and how will you get it all there?

Find a way to price the cost of your transportation.  Be specific about why you are choosing this place to live.  How much of your monthly budget will you spend to live here?

List the Address of your new home below, and include the amount you will pay for rent each month:

You can use some of the following websites to assist you in your search:

More Resources:

Article with GREAT Checklists and Facts from FASTWEB.com:

"7-Step Guide to Finding Your First Apartment"
BY MIRIAM CALDWELL ,Updated April 12, 2018

Once you start your first real job, you will be looking for a new place to live. You need to know how to rent your first apartment. This is an exciting time, and you may be considering getting your own place. This allows you greater freedom and flexibility. Before you make this decision you need to make sure you carefully consider how much you really can afford.

1. Determine How Much You Can Afford to Pay - Before you go out to begin looking for your first apartment, you should determine how much rent you can comfortably pay.  Generally, your rent should be about 25 percent of your income. You may be approved for up to 30 percent of your income. However, you need to consider your other expenses and debt payments. You should be able to cover most of your daily living expenses (groceries, utilities, eating out, and entertainment) on about 25 percent of your income. Take time to look at your budget before you start looking for your apartment. You should be focusing a lot on getting out of debt and saving money.

2. Find the Area Where You Want to Live - You need to determine the best place for you to live in relation to where you work. The farther away you are from work, the higher your transportation costs will be. If you work in a major metropolitan area you will find that the housing costs decrease the farther away you live. The trick is to find a balance between the two. You may save money by moving close to a train line.  You can begin by searching online to get a general idea of the pricing in the area.

3. Consider Getting a Roommate - After you have determined the general prices and what you can afford, you should decide whether or not you need a roommate. You need to take into consideration that you will be paying for all of the utilities yourself.  These may cost more than you realize. You should also determine the size of the place that you need. Generally, your first apartment is rather small.

4. Consider Both Large Complexes and Private Rentals - Once you have decided on one or two areas that you want to live in you should look online as well as in the newspaper. You may be surprised at the deals that you can find there. Landlords with smaller properties often only advertise in the paper, though Craigslist has become another viable option. You may also want to call a few property management companies to find out what they have available.

5. Start By Looking at 5 Properties - Choose up to five properties to look at. If you do more than this all at once, you will be exhausted and the properties start to blur together. You may want to take pictures of the exterior and interior so that you can remember the apartments. You should also consider safety if you are going to be living alone. A second story apartment is safer than one on the first story. You may also want to look for a gated community, depending on where you are living.

6. Take Your Time to Make a Decision - Although you may feel pressured to make an immediate choice, generally you should be okay thinking about it for 24 hours.  You should go with your general feelings about the place when you make a decision. If you simply choose the cheapest but felt that it was too rundown or unsafe, then you are not making a wise decision. You should feel good about both the price and the apartment. Don’t forget to consider the amenities offered by the apartment community. The more amenities generally means you will pay higher rent. However, if you find a good deal, you may end up saving money if you were to purchase cable, a gym membership, and a phone line.

7. Fill Out Your Application - Finally, you will need to fill out the application, and pay the application fee. Some apartments may require a co-signer if you are just starting your first job. They may waive this for a larger deposit. Generally, you will pay your deposit along with your first and last month’s rent when you sign your lease.This usually happens on the day that you move into the apartment

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Integrity (13 Characteristics)

13 Characteristics of People Who Have Integrity

1. They Value Other People's Time: They value their own time so they also value the time of other people. They know you have plenty of other places you need to be and won’t hold you up. If you spend time with them, it is likely they will thank you for that as well.

2. They Give Credit Where It Is Due: They do not take credit for things they did not do. They will always credit those who deserve it. If you help this person with a project he or she will likely mention your name so you can take credit for your work.

3. They Are Authentic: They are their truest forms. You won’t catch them in a lie or being fake.

4. They Are Always Honest: They are honest people that feel no need to lie as it is important for them to get to where they need to get in life honestly.

5. They Never Take Advantage Of Others: They are not the kind of people who will take advantage of someone else. They love to build people up and help them get where they need to be. Taking too much from someone else will never be an issue with someone who has a lot of integrity.

6. The Do Not Argue Over Disagreements: They will talk through things in a civil manner or not talk at all. You cannot and will not force this person into arguing over something completely ridiculous. I find this to be a very respectable trait.

7. They Give Most People The Benefit Of The Doubt: They try to see the good in everyone. I think this is because they feel like maybe there are more people in this world that also have integrity. That being said, if you take advantage of them too much they will get rid of you.

8. They Know When Something Is Bothering Someone: They have a great intuition that lets them know when something is going on. If someone is down in the dumps they will notice. Chances are they will actually do what they can to cheer you up.

9. They Believe In Others: They accept your word as truth until it is dis-proven. That being said, they do not take lying well. And once you lie to them, it is unlikely that they will ever take your word again.

10. They Apologize First: If they have done something wrong they will come to you and apologize. This is just how they are. They own up to their mistake and try to make things right.

11. They Are Humble: They do not quite know their own worth. While they are very important and do so much good they don’t quite see it. You should remind them of it.

12. They Do Good When They Can: They are always helping other people. They love to know that they have improved someone’s life. It gives their lives meaning.

13. They Are Always Kind To Those Who Need It: Giving kindness can go a long way. When someone looks like they need a little pick me up these people deliver. They can brighten up almost anyone’s day.

If you are someone who has true integrity, thank you for being who you are and thank you for all that you do. You really do actually make a difference in society, please keep up the good work. If you feel no one else is proud of you, know that I am.

Journal Entries 2012-2013

1. Introduction (9/10/12 - Weebly Journal)
2. 9/11 Reflection (9/11/12 - Email Instructor)
3. Internet Safety (9/19/12 - Weebly Journal)
4. Violence (9/20/12 - Weebly Journal)
5. Taylor Mali Conviction (9/25/12 Email Instructor)
6. 12x12x12 (10/1/12 - Weebly Journal)
7. Habit #1 Reflection (10-9-12 - Weebly Journal)
8. Habit #2 Reflection (10-24-12 - Weebly Journal)
9. Habit #3 Reflection (11-9-12 - Weebly Journal)
10. Interview a Veteran (11-12-12 - Email Instructor)
11. Digital Photography Reflection (11-19-12 Weebly)
12. Habit #4 Reflection (11-27-12 - Weebly Journal)
13. New Years Resolutions (01-03-12 - Weebly Journal)
14. Habit #5 Reflection (1-9-13 - Weebly Journal)
15. College Inquiry Project Reflection (1-14-13 - Weebly)
16. Habit #6 Reflection (2-6-13 - Weebly)
17. Habit #7 Reflection (2-11-13 - Weebly)
18. Indian Talking Stick (Covey) (2-20-13 Weebly)
19. Historical Figure Reflection (3-4-13 Weebly)
20. Investing vs Gambling Reflection (4-8-13 Weebly)
21. Poverty On My Block (4-15-13 Weebly)
22. Apartment Utility Cost Summary (5-13-13 Weebly)
23. Memorial Day Reflection (5-24-13 Weebly)

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