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The Insider's Guide To Choosing A Security Provider

posted by My Saskatoon    |   July 14, 2016 21:40

In July 2015 Lead Pilates, Cycle & Fitness and Lead Integrated Health Therapies expanded into their 9,000 square foot facility in the Sutherland area. Their state-of-the-art facility hosts over 100 classes per week including classes for healthy and healing bodies, for golfers, for bodies who are or have gone through cancer treatment, and athletic classes like their Hot Pilates (appropriately named "Burn).  Their youngest client is 5 and their oldest is 87.  Connected to the fitness area is their integrated health services clinic - home to chiropractic, massage therapy, sports medicine and reiki. Later this summer their Naturopathic Medicine doctor and their Reflexologist will join the team. The goal at Lead is to educate, inspire and move every body that walks in their door. Their team works together to meet the wellness needs of their clients. In essence, each client has their own personal wellness team!

To start the project we met Jason Danielson, co-owner, on site and provided a FREE Security Evaluation. After the installation we connected with Jana Danielson, co-owner, and these were her comments: 

  • There were many options that we considered when we selected a security provider for our new location
  • Criteria that we used to narrow down our selection was:
    • service from a local company
    • experience in the industry
    • quality of product compared to price
    • technology available in the security system to protect our investment
  • When considering these parameters there was only one company that not only met all of our requirements, but ranked highest in almost every category and that was Reed Security
  • Right from the proposal phase of our experience with Virgil and his team, they were by far the most detailed and easiest to work with
  • We encountered a few challenges caused by other contractors actions prior to the installation that the Reed Security team stepped up and handled without even troubling us during a very busy and stressful time prior to opening our doors


"Reed Security Makes Families Feel Safe and Helps Businesses Grow the Bottom Line" LEARN MORE...

Contact Us today for a FREE Security Evaluation

SASKATOON...Call 306.653.3200
PRINCE ALBERT...Call 306.922.7200
CALGARY...Call 587.393.2800

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David Reekie: Unusual RRSP Facts That You Should Know

posted by My Saskatoon    |   February 12, 2016 17:09

 

 

                                                                                

 Here's what you probably already know about RRSPs: You regularly contribute to RRSP-eligible investments, the contributions are tax-deductible and the RRSP is tax-sheltered until you make withdrawals in retirement and you enjoy the considerable benefits of compound growth over the longer term of your time in the plan.

 

Here are a couple RRSP facts that you may not know- but knowing them will help you get the most from your RRSP-eligible investments:


The Home Buyer's Plan allows you to borrow from investments held in your RRSP for the purchase of your first home. You and your spouse can each borrow up to $25,000 if you are considered first-time home buyers and you must repay investments held in your RRSP over the next fifteen years or you'll pay tax on any amounts not repaid.

The Lifelong Learning Plan allows you to use funds held within your RRSP to pay for training or education. If you qualify, you can withdraw up to $10,000 in a calendar year with the total withdrawal amount capped at $20,000 over a maximum of four consecutive years. You must repay within ten years to avoid tax penalties. 

 

 

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David Reekie: The Super Seven Ways To Save & Grow

posted by My Saskatoon    |   January 25, 2016 14:34

You already know that one of the best retirement savings strategies for most Canadians is a Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RSSP)-- and, as this year's RRSP contribution deadline nears, here is a Super Seven list of some of the best ways to get the most of your RRSP.

 

1. Beat the deadline

This year's RRSP contribution deadline is February 29, 2016- don't miss it!

2. Maximize

Always make your maximum contribution each year- that's how to get the most in immediate tax savings and in long-term growth. You will find your contribution room on your most recent notice of assessment from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

3. Catch Up

Fill up unused contribution room. You can do that in a single year or over a number of years until you reach age seventy-one.

4. Rise Up

To have more money in retirement, raise your RRSP contributions as your income rises.

5. Borrow To Save

An RRSP loan can be a good option for maximizing this year's contribution or catching up on past contributions- but only if the interest rate is low and you can pay it back as quickly as possible. A good way to do that: Use your RRSP tax savings to help pay off the loan.

6. Diversify For Growth

Your maximum RRSP contributions are capped by the government-so to get the additional income you'll likely need to enjoy the retirement of your dreams, be sure to invest in a Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA) and a wel- balanced non-registered portfolio based on an asset allocation plan that matches your rise profile and time horizon.

7. Designate

Choose a beneficiary for your RRSP. Generally, RRSP assets with a beneficiary designation do not form part of your estate and do not attract probate fees. If your beneficiary is your spouse/partner or a disabled child/grandchild, your RRSP can be transferred tax-deferred to your beneficiary's registered plan.

 

Saving for retirement is an absolute necessity- and an RRSP is a great way to do just that when it's part of an overall financial plan tailored to achieve your retirement dreams. 

 

 

 

                                 

 

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Reed Security In Saskatoon: How To Prevent Home Theft

posted by My Saskatoon    |   January 8, 2016 12:07

 

How to Prevent Theft

  • Use Common Sense
    • If you lose a key, get the locks changed.
    • Ask all strangers for identification.
    • Never hide an extra key outdoor - especially underneath a mat or on top of a light fixture. This is the first place the bad guys look. Leave an extra house key with a friend or a neighbor.
    • DO NOT advertise on Facebook or other social media that you are on vacation.
    • For insurance purposes take photos of the contents of your home.
    • Keep all receipts in a safe and easy to find location.
    • Write down the model and serial number of all electronics.
  • Make it Difficult
    • Door chains are easy to bypass. Install deadbolts.
    • Install a stopper or stick on all sliding doors and windows.
    • Install window bars on all basement windows.
    • Make sure all doors and windows are properly locked.
    • Keep your premises well lit at night.
    • Install timers that turn lights on at different times. This gives the appearance that someone is home.
  • Install a monitored Home Security system
    • 400% less likely to have a break-in.
    • up to 25% insurance discount.
    • optional ALARM.COM with automatic lights.
  • In case you do have a break-in:
    • If it looks like a door or window was forced open, DO NOT go inside. The Burglar may still be on site.
    • Call the Police from your cellular phone or from a neighbor's house and wait.
 

 
Check out Reed Security's Spotlight Profile for information on location, hours and more!

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Maaco Saskatoon: How To Purchase Winter Tires

posted by My Saskatoon    |   January 4, 2016 12:50

A message from locally owned, Maaco Collision Repair & Auto Painting.

 

Buying your winter tires is an important choice which should be made with careful consideration.  Upon buying them, you must also maintain them, which is another important consideration.  During this segment, we want to offer you some collected wisdom that we’ve gathered from all over the place that we personally swear by, if you’re ever in need of purchasing or maintenance advice.  Also in our tips are some common sense strategies that will hopefully have an effect on winter driving in general, and getting used to your winter tires.

                                                    


1.  All-season tires are a bad compromise. On snow, ice or cold pavement, the stopping distance of a car that has winter tires can be up to 30 to 40 per cent shorter than one with all-seasons.  The force of a crash increases as a result of the square impact of speed, and this could mean the difference between life and death.

2. Although it’s the treads that a customer buying tires usually notices, the most important part of a winter tire is actually the rubber compound that it is made up of.  This rubber compound is designed to stay soft in freezing temperatures. Similar to a gecko climbing a sheet of glass, a winter tire sticks to the road by conforming to tiny imperfections.  The weather transforms a summer tire’s consistency into that of a hockey puck.  The soft rubber treads of a winter tire are able to splay and wrap themselves around miniscule protrusions on cold pavement, or even on what appears to be ice that is perfectly smooth. Summer tires, which have been designed to operate in warm temperatures, harden as the temperature falls. Although all-season tires must be designed for year-round use, they cannot match winter tires in low temperatures.  They still hold a bit of rigidity in frigid weather, though not as much as summer tires, and cannot beat the snow tires’ elasticity, as well as the studs that snow tires can come with.

3. Premium winter tires perform better than basic models. What you’re paying for is the latest in rubber technology and tread design. What you get is traction that may be up to 15 per cent better than economy-model winter tires. (If you want to see the difference between different grades of winter tires, go to an ice race. Ian Law, an Ontario racer and winter driving instructor says, “The drivers with the premium tires are all out in front.  There’s no comparison.”)

4. It’s about temperature, not snow. Winter tires must be installed when the customer expects temperatures to fall to 7 C (that’s plus 7!) or below. As the temperature falls, the rubber in summer and all-season tires becomes inflexible, killing traction. Watch the thermometer and use common sense, because no one will tell you exactly when to put on snow tires (except in Quebec, where the law dictates that your car should be equipped with winter tires between Dec. 15 and March 15).

5. Winter tires should be narrower than summer models. Customers have expressed the thought that proper winter tires can look a little like spare tires.  Experts recommend going down one or two sizes when installing winter tires – if you car came with 215-millimetre wide summer or all-season tires, for example, your winter tires should be 205 mm or 195 mm. Reducing the width of a tire increases the pressure it exerts on the surface beneath it – this will help the tire slice through snow, and reduces hydroplaning.

6. Winter tires are designed to move water. When a tire presses down on snow or ice, it melts the top layer, which creates a thin film of water.  This is the same phenomenon that occurs as a skate glides across a rink, because of the friction created by movement. If the water isn’t moved away from the area in front of the tire, the car will hydroplane. This is why winter tires are covered with grooves (including tiny channels known as “sipes”) that move water away to the sides, allowing the tire to stay in contact with the surface.

 

                                                       

 

7.  In the old days, winter tires came with deep, aggressive treads designed to paddle through deep snow. This made for a noisy ride and compromised stability, since the treads deflected under acceleration, braking and cornering loads. Current winter tire technology now focuses on shallower treads with closely spaced grooves that carry away the water film created when the tire presses down on ice or snow.

8. All-wheel drive helps you accelerate, not stop. On slippery surfaces, vehicles with four driving wheels can accelerate better than those with two-wheel drive. But their cornering and braking capabilities are little different than a two-wheel-drive model. When you’re trying to stop or turn, the limits are determined by the traction capabilities of your tires, not the number of driven wheels.

9. Black ice is not a death sentence. In the case of black ice, good winter tires will stick, but only if they are within their traction limits. If your car begins to slide, look straight down the road to where you need to go, and maintain a light grip on the wheel. As the car decelerates, you will gradually regain control as the tire’s rubber begins gripping surface imperfections on the ice. Slow speed and gentle control inputs will maintain traction.

10. The performance of winter tires has been significantly improved over the past decade by advanced rubber compounds that allow designers to make tires softer without sacrificing other critical properties, including wear and heat buildup as temperatures climb. Major manufacturers spend a lot of money on R&D. Jaap Leendertse, winter tire platform manager for Pirelli in Milan, Italy, has said that his company has developed more than 300 compounds in the ongoing quest for the ideal winter tire.

11. Although testing makes it easy to see the performance advantages of a winter tire, the technology behind it is deceptively complex. Tire designers must consider a long list of factors, including tread stability and hysteresis.  This is a process which generates heat as a tire repeatedly deforms and recovers as it rotates under the weight of a car.

 12.  Although they offer an advantage on glare ice, studded tires are far less effective than non-studded models on cold, bare pavement (where most drivers spend the majority of their time during the winter months).

13.  Some manufacturers offer winter tires that use rubber mixed with hard materials (like crushed walnut shells and chopped nylon strands) to give increased bite. Although these can offer improved traction in some conditions, the most important factors in a winter tire’s all-round grip are the quality of its rubber compound and its tread design.

14.  Although it’s not recommended for everyday driving, reducing the air pressure in your tires can help you gain in an emergency. Reducing tire pressure increases the tire’s contact patch, and may help you make it up an otherwise impassable icy grade, for example. Bear in mind that this is an emergency technique only, and will reduce overall control of your car by making the tire carcass less stable. Unless you’re stuck at the bottom of an icy hill with no other option, the inflation pressures recommended by your car manufacturer should be used. If lowering the tire pressure in a winter tire is needed to make it out of an emergency situation, be sure to drive slowly and re-inflate the tires back to the recommended pressure as soon as possible.  Driving with lowered tire pressure than is normal can be hazardous if maintained for too long of a period.

 

                                                                   

 

 

We hope you are never involved in a collision, but if you are, we are here to help, during and after your car has been fixed, with our Customer for Life program.  Please call us at 306-653-5655, or come down to the shop at 659 51st St E, so that we can help you out and get you back on the road.  Remember, we can’t prevent an accident, but we can make it like it never happened.     

 




MAACO SASKATOON




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Safety Training Courses at Victory Safety Saskatoon

posted by My Saskatoon    |   December 21, 2015 11:28

 

"Wow, it wasn't even boring!"

At Victory we here this all the time. Why should safety training be boring when at Victory we have a great crew of instructors of many different courses including Standard First Aid (Red Cross), H2S Alive (Enform), Ground Disturbance level 2 (Global Training Centre), OSSA Fall Protection (Fusion Safety Svs.), OSSA Confined space entry (Fusion Safety Svs.) and much more available regularly at our location in Saskatoon.

We can also accommodate your group on your schedule as well.

So why settle for anything less when you can come to Victory for some of the most highly recognized training courses in the industry at a reasonable rate in a fun friendly environment. All because "At Victory, YOUR SAFETY IS OUR BUSINESS."

 

 

 

 


Victory Safety and Training

 

 

 

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Fashion For Your Windows at Braid Flooring & Window

posted by My Saskatoon    |   December 15, 2015 15:22

Regardless of when you read this blog, it's safe to assume you're close to a home or office window in Saskatoon. Take a moment to look at the window and the blinds that currently exist in that space. 

Do the blinds control the light? Do they add style and fashion to the room?

Chances are you've never truly considered window coverings as part of your home's fashion. But they actually play a key role beyond the control of light and privacy in a room. The Hunter Douglas Alustra blind collection provides the best of functionality and style for your home.

Watch this short video for several before and after pictures showcasing the fashion these high quality blinds create.

 

To touch and feel this collection visit our showroom and experience the only Hunter Douglas Gallery in Saskatoon.

All of this and you still receive the top Hunter Douglas warranty in Saskatoon only available at Braid Flooring & Window Fashions.

 

 

 

BRAID FLOORING AND WINDOW FASHIONS

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Ready For The Holidays With Mr.Green Cleaning In Saskatoon

posted by My Saskatoon    |   December 2, 2015 14:57

 Are you hosting a house full of family this Christmas season? While you are busy shopping and preparing for the big day, call Mr. Green Cleaning Services for the cleaning!

                  

                  

 

Mr. Green Cleaning Services is a green cleaning company with 3 years of commercial and residential cleaning experience. We use advanced equipment and eco-friendly methods to clean your space. Our passion is a cleaning job well done, and a satisfied customer. 


We take great pride in providing professional services, reliable quality and very competitive pricing to our clients. 


We invite you to make our company your one-stop for both residential and commercial cleaning. When you invite Mr. Green Cleaning Services into your home or business, you can rest assured that your space will be cleaner and greener than ever before. 

If you are looking for residential and commercial cleaning services. Call us at: 306.382.1700

For more information please contact us online

                           

                   

 

You can check out Mr. Green's Cleaning Services Spotlight Profile here.

 

 The My Saskatoon Team

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5 Reasons To Replace Windows With Glass Doctor Saskatoon

posted by My Saskatoon    |   November 24, 2015 11:22

 

 

 

Upgrading the windows on your home is a major project. However, the benefits of having new, modern windows on your Saskatoon home will pay you back in more ways than one. If you're thinking about replacing your home's windows, here are five signs it's time to do it now.

1. Broken Glass

Damaged windows are the most obvious sign that it's time to upgrade. Not only are your possessions at risk from thieves, but your home is open to harsh weather conditions and unwanted pests. Of course, a single window glass repair is always an option, but it might be an excellent excuse to freshen up your entire home.

2. Boost Curb Appeal

If your home sticks out like a sore thumb because the windows are tired and dated, it is definitely time for an improvement. Your home will look great, and your neighbours will thank you!

3. Noisy Neighbourhood

If your once-quiet neighbourhood has become a bustling hub of activity, you don't have to move just to get a little peace and quiet. Upgrade to insulated glass units to block that unwanted noise and return your home to the cozy sanctuary you remember.

4. Button Up a Drafty Home

If your heating and cooling system is working overtime to compensate for your old drafty windows, an upgrade is definitely in order. Plus, your home will be much more comfortable when you do not have one room that is far too warm and another that is far too chilly from all the air leakage.

5. Cutting Energy Costs

It is easy to go green and save a little cash on your monthly energy expenses when you upgrade to energy efficient double pane windows. These work by sandwiching air between two panes of glass. The air acts as an insulator so your expensive heated or cooled air stays inside where it belongs.

Upgrade Today!

Whether you need a simple window glass repair, or you are ready to upgrade all the windows in your home, Glass Doctor® of Saskatoon will help. We offer an in-home consultation with no obligation to purchase. Call or schedule an appointment online today.

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Revamp Your Kitchen With Kitchen Magic In Saskatoon

posted by My Saskatoon    |   November 20, 2015 11:35

Kitchen Refacing with Kitchen Magic Inc., a locally owned and operated company, is an inexpensive and environmentally friendly option to replacing your kitchen cabinetry. It is an option that has been used in the USA and Eastern Canada for decades. The experts at Kitchen Magic Inc., are using the same technology and high quality products to provide homeowners and contractors with an opportunity to rescue an old, tired kitchen.


                                                                  

 

Whether you are planning to sell your home, or stay and enjoy it for a few more years, refacing your kitchen will ensure a renewed feeling of warmth and home; there's no place like home! 

As Kitchen Magic Inc grows, so does our awareness of what our potential customers need. Therefore, we are proud to announce that we now provide a partnership with a tile and flooring supplier. We can provide you with high quality products and installation for backsplashes and kitchen flooring, producing the full package. With a kitchen renovation project, you may need all or some of these items. Kitchen Magic Inc is the company that can take care of all your needs

  • Flooring – Tile, linoleum, hardwood, or laminate
  • Backsplash – Tile or Facade

 

Design Work

We are one of the leading kitchen renovation design teams in Saskatchewan. We can redesign your kitchen and, with the proper information, provide you with a quote to have the job completed. This can be accomplished by email or during a free in-home consultation. 

What sets us apart from our competitors? 

With such a large list of happy customers, We'd have to say it is a number of things.

  • prompt service
  • great quality products
  • the ability to quote by email

Busy schedules don't always allow time to have someone come into your home to quote your kitchen renovation project. We provide this service by email, so you can view and ponder on your own time (even at midnight). Call Donna at 306-280-8232 to find out how this is done or email us at kitmagicinc@gmail.com . 

Our Mission Statement: We at Kitchen Magic Inc. believe in providing the best in customer service - period. Our mobile ability allows us to bring the showroom to you. Everything is done right in your kitchen. From the choices of style, colour, accents and countertops, this makes the process simple and ensures that each choice you make will compliment your existing decor. We are also able to keep costs down as we do not have a large, expensive showroom to man, stock, and upkeep. Therefore, we can pass the savings on to you! 

 

 

Below are two different project examples of BEFORE and AFTER 

        

 

For more information on Kitchen Magic's hours of operations, visit their Spotlight Profile.




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