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How to plan for early retirement the Crazy Cat way

Can I Afford to Retire Early?

Here at Crazy Cat we are in our 50’s and always on the lookout for ways to retire early!

Planning for your Retirement may seem a long way off, but act now and the benefits will follow – here are our  “How to retire early” tips:

  1. Find out how much you will need to Retire on – ask your Pension provider for a forecast & work out how much you currently spend per year.
  2. Start to increase your savings pot – 10%-15% is what you need to save of your yearly income for Retirement.
  3. Prioritize your Retirement fund first – Then think about your kid’s college fund after. Your children have their whole lives ahead of them.
  4. Tackle your debts – switch your credit cards to zero interest, pay off your mortgage early (without incurring costs)
  5. Join a company Pension plan and max out on what you can pay. Check that your employer matches your contribution.
  6. Cut down on major costs – Downsizing, switching loans to lower rates, holiday at home, keep your car for a year longer.
  7. Delay your retirement or consider part-time employment if you can.
  8. Get Financial help from an Independent financial advisor
  9. Make a Financial plan, agree on it with the family and stick to it.
  10. Don’t fall victim to a scam – if you are unsure then visit your local Citizens advice bureau who will help point you in the right direction.

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Let’s face it who really knows what Pensions are all about? If you do then you have my full admiration, if you don’t then below are some links to easy to read websites.

Useful link for you is the government website which provides information on the State Pension – if you are entitled to it and when you can take it.

Money Advice Service has independent information on understanding the pension minefield.

How to avoid a Pension scam

I hope this helps..and if you need a freshly ground cup of coffee drink whilst reading all this then click the link for a Cup of Crazy Cat – enjoy.

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Crazy Cats Freshly Ground Coffee

 


How to sponsor a local team or club

Local sponsorship is good for business

“Crazy cat doesn’t sponsor the team for any financial benefit we do it to support grassroots rugby”

As a family, we have been involved with HRFC for many years as our son played & Al coached. Sport & rugby specifically brings huge benefits to Adults, children & their families in many ways and we are proud to be able to lend some financial support to ensure the team has the facilities, kit, and training gear they need.

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Crazy Cat Coffee supporting local teams

Why did we choose to sponsor a local club?

1. Community benefits

We know from personal experience the huge benefits that being part of a club brings children, adults & families as a whole. You literally gain a whole new family a social life emotional and physical support to name but a few.

2. Family interests

Those with children were more likely to invest in their team and so do the aunts uncles and grandparents! Many parents would not be able to afford a new kit if it wasn’t for local sponsorship. It keeps the child and the family within the rugby community.

3. Company branding

Company logos on shirts & advertising boards will be visible week after week.

4. Just ask!

When we first started to raise funds for our son’s team we had no experience. We asked local businesses, prominent local people and that’s how word spread that we needed help. We also managed to rope in our local curry house and a pub or 2!

5. Financial ability

Thriving companies are in a perfect position to put something back into the community but you need to be brave enough to ask. Many turned us down as they already made contributions to other causes but a few didn’t and they were with us for 5+ years.

Sponsorship should be seen as a mutually beneficial relationship between the two organisations. Businesses may get good publicity, it creates valuable goodwill – teams get new shirts, drinks bottles, first aid kits, and facilities.

Of course, big clubs need the big boy sponsorships but it doesn’t have to be considered the domain of big business, there are plenty of excellent opportunities for small local companies.

Local sponsorship doesn’t have to be in sport, for example, art exhibitions, charities, school project or volunteering groups are all willing to receive a boost to their coffers however small.

“Sponsorship is a long-term relationship, and as such many of the benefits come in the long term.”

So what are you waiting for – if you’re part of a local club – be brave & go out there and ask for sponsorship?

If you’re a local business then try approaching a club that you are interested in following,  offer to help support them. You may find a whole new family out there!

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Sponsorship of Hinckley rugby football club

and if you like coffee then give ours a go – available from our website or amazon.co.uk

Crazy Cat Ground Coffee


Decaf coffee can help you sleep

When you’re sleeping you’re healing

One of the many quotes from my mother in law and one that we live by in this family.

I wasn’t aware of my sleeping habits until I had children and then it hit me like a thunderbolt. The effect of sleep deprivation is horrendous.

Our sleeping patterns have changed over the past 30years or so and many think it’s for the worse.

The western hemisphere has the worse sleeping patterns on the planet, we sleep less and our quality of sleep has decreased.

Yes, we are all going to blame the need to be switched on to one form of  Social media or another but we do have the power to hit the off button especially at night time.Decaf Coffee

Why you need good sleep

  • In both children & adults, poor sleep is associated with increased risk of weight & obesity
  • Good sleep can enhance memory & maximize your problem-solving skills.
  • Scarily the less good sleep you get the increased risk of heart disease & stroke goes up.
  • Those with sleeping disorders are more likely to show signs of depression
  • When we sleep we heal – getting the sleep you need can improve your immune function.
  • Sleep deprivation affects the way we interact with people usually in a negative way. We’re tired and cranky.

 

Ignore your sleep at your peril as you simply cannot be healthy & happy when you don’t have enough sleep.

If you love coffee but it’s keeping you awake at night then switch to our Decaf.

We have actually found a Decaf that has the taste of regular coffee but hardly any of the caffeine kick.

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No Caffeine or Decaffeinated – is there a difference?

“Decaffeinated” does not mean 100% caffeine free. Most ground coffee still has between 5-10% caffeine so be careful about your choice of coffee.

Test the amount of caffeine you drink – if you have an adverse reaction then reduce it or cut it out.

But then that goes for everything we humans do be it relationships, jobs, exercise.

I say  “If it hurts don’t do it” 🤗

Our decaffeinated coffee uses the Mexican mountain washing process removes 99.5-99.9% of caffeine. It’s as close as you can get without losing the dark Italian roast strength.

If you would like to try Crazy Cat Decaffeinated Coffee it’s available via Amazon.co.uk. Click the link or the image below.

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Decaf coffee can help you sleep

Coffee & sleep a match made in heaven or hell?

The effect of caffeine on the body can be, in some people be sudden and dramatic, in others, none existent.

Coffee keeps me awake but not my fellow bedmate. Whilst I’m still wide awake at 3am he’s happily in the land of nod.

According to a BBC article dated back  2015 Coffee has a secret trick to stop sleep. Scientists say in their study, (Science Translation Medicine) showed caffeine was more than just a stimulant and actually slowed down the body’s internal clock.Decaf ground coffee

One of the researchers, Dr John O’Neill, from the Medical Research Council’s Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, studied cells grown in a dish that was exposed to caffeine to work out how it changed their ability to keep time.

It showed the drug (caffeine) was able to alter the chemical clocks ticking away in every cell of the human body.

 

 

 

Meanwhile, five people at the University of Colorado Boulder, in the US, were locked in a sleep laboratory for 50 days.

And as light exposure is the main way we normally control our body clock, they spent most of their incarceration in very dim light.

In a series of experiments over the month and a half, the scientists showed that an evening dose of caffeine slowed the body clock by 40 minutes.

It (caffeine) had roughly half the impact of three hours of bright light at bedtime.

Caffeine is the worlds most popular drug, found naturally in over 60 plants including the coffee bean, tea leaf, kola nut and cacao pod. Worldwide people consume Over 2.25 billion cups of coffee a day..that’s just coffee. Caffeine also turns up in tea, cocoa, chocolate, some soft drinks, and some drugs.

While it is important to note that caffeine cannot replace sleep, it can temporarily make us feel more alert by blocking sleep-inducing chemicals in the brain and increasing adrenaline production.

Sleep deprivation can make you feel awful. Waking up tired, cranky and out of sorts not only affects you but also the people you come into contact with.

How to get more sleep:

Natural Sleep Foundation recommends practicing the following sleep tips:

  • Maintain a regular bed and wake time schedule including weekends
  • Establish a regular, relaxing bedtime routine such as taking a bath or listening to music
  • Create a sleep environment that is dark, quiet, comfortable and cool
  • Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillows
  • Use your bedroom only for sleep and sex
  • Finish eating at least 2-3 hours before your regular bedtime
  • Exercise regularly but avoid it a few hours before bedtime
  • Avoid caffeine (e.g. coffee, tea, soft drinks, chocolate) close to bedtime
  • Don’t smoke — not only is it a major health risk it can lead to poor sleep
  • Avoid alcohol close to bedtime; it can lead to disrupted sleep later in the night

~~~Don’t forget to turn off your mobile phone/laptop ~~~leave them downstairs~~~invest in an old-fashioned alarm clock~~ you managed before you had a smartphone so you can do it again (unless you are a millennial!)

You could also try swapping your last cup of coffee for a Decaf – it’s hard to find a decaf that tastes like a decent cup of coffee, I know because we’ve tried!

But we have managed to source one – click the link for Crazy Cat Decaf.

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Serve fresh ground coffee when meeting new clients

Tips for meeting potential clients

Good communication is as stimulating as a decent cup of coffee…… and just as hard to sleep after.

After meeting potential clients for the first time, I replay the meeting on a continuous loop… all night.

If you have the meeting set up then you have your foot in the door, now all you have to do is impress them.ground coffee

Here are a few pointers:

  1. Most importantly – do your homework on your client/their company/market they are in, a google search takes seconds but can reap huge rewards.
  2. Chose your meeting space wisely, if it’s a cafe then is there a quiet room you can use, out of the way so you can talk in peace? If not then is your space clear of clutter but reflects your personality? Can you showcase your talent without it being too obvious – unless that’s the whole point then go for it ..show off?
  3. Dress smartly/professionally but not out of character – you have to be comfortable too.
  4. Be aware of your body language – you may be nervous but try not to show it. Take deep breaths, smile & enjoy it.
  5. Start with small talk & don’t go straight into the business it will overwhelm the situation.
  6. Decent Coffee – I know we own a coffee business but I can’t emphasise enough how little effort it takes to serve amazing tasting coffee.
  7. Now you can talk business – make sure you have also researched their competitors & those industries aligned with their business.
  8. Gently critique their business – what they are good at, what they are not good out, list how you can help them improve.
  9. Ask them what they like about their business what they don’t like & what they are looking for.
  10. Ask open-ended questions, take notes & repeat their answers so you know that the information is correct.
  11. Only say “Yes” or agree to work with them if you are 100% sure you can deliver.

If the client has taken time out to meet with you then chances are they want to work with you.

Take all the information you have, write it down in a contractual agreement, making sure both parties understand the small print…and you are both happy with it.Crazy Cat Ground Coffee

Amazing coffee isn’t expensive & if you get it right your prospective client will be impressed right from the start.

If you’re not a coffee drinker then here’s our link to help you out. Buy a cafetiere & practice making a brew before your meeting takes place.

We sell decaf coffee too.

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