The Cat Column – Is Audra the New Oprah? 5 Great Ways to Spend $1,000!

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Dear Humans,

Human, if I had $1,000, I would make 1,000 separate orders on Amazon to be delivered to Ramsey, NJ. And it wouldn’t even matter what I bought! Because every single Amazon order would come in it’s own special brown cardboard box, and that is the real present. Boxes are the most amazing inventions ever because they are the most cosy places to curl up and sleep (beds are so last year)! I could wax poetic on cardboard boxes all day, but as humans are too fat to fit into most boxes and therefore unable to fully appreciate the beauty of boxes, I will move on.

In this week’s article, I will tell you all how to spend your money. Am I the new Oprah (except better because I am fluffy)? That is up to you to decide (Hint: Yes). Regardless, I am still waiting for my billions to arrive in the bank. In the meantime, I am going to help you spend your hard earned money (which is just as awesome as giving every person who reads this a new car)!

There are many reasons that you might have some extra dough to spend! Maybe you recently received a bonus at work or scored a sizable tax refund. Regardless of the reason, if you have ,000 to spare, here are 3 suggestions on how to spend it on your home!

  1. Get Organized and Spark Joy!

Maybe you have recently watched and gotten subsequently obsessed with the new Netflix show Tidying Up with Marie Kondo (if not, definitely add it to your watch list) where Marie Kondo helps messy homeowners declutter their homes by removing everything that does not spark joy. If you have a mess that you would like to declutter, consider hiring a professional organizer to help set up a filing system or organize your home. You can find a professional organizer on or, and according to, most organizers charge $30-$80 an hour! This is an opportunity for you to get tidying!

  1. Be a Better BBQ-er

So I know that there is always competition on who makes the best BBQ, so what if I told you that there was a way you could totally blow your competition out of the water (or the grill as it were)? Well, people swear by the Big Green Egg (~$1,000), which grills, roasts, and smokes meat over wood or charcoal in a domed ceramic cooker! Certain sizes can even grill up to eight steaks or a dozen burgers at once! Perfect for a family BBQ, 4th of July, or block parties! Find one at

  1. Make Your Home Brilliant

Your home may be smart, but you can make it smarter! There are many ways to make your home more brilliant and convenient for you, such as installing smart speakers and smart thermostats. For smart speakers, the Amazon Echo ($100) and Google Home ($130) are great choices that will listen to your commands, whether that is to set a timer or play music louder! Additionally, adding a Ecobee 3 List ($170) or Nest Learning Thermostat ($250) will be a smart thermostat that turns the heat or air conditioning on just before you come home and turns it off when you leave! These devices can be both brilliant and energy saving!

In conclusion, there are many ways that you can improve your home so that it can be smarter! If you have an extra $1,000 lying around, consider spending it on bettering the place you spend every day and night! As always, if you would like any assistance managing your money or creating a financial plan, please feel free to contact the Taylor Financial Group team, and we would be happy to assist you. We are located in Franklin Lakes, NJ, in Northern New Jersey.

Till next time,


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