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Trusted Brags About Choice Payment Solutions your Trusted Saskatoon Payment Solution Providers

The Trusted Saskatoon team is thrilled to welcome  Choice Payment Solutions as your Trusted Saskatoon Payment Solution Providers

Choice Payment Solutions 

Choice Payment Solutions, led by Nelson Crowder, is a Saskatoon payment solution provider serving Saskatchewan.  Choice Payment Solutions provides a variety of easy-to-use and cost-effective payment solutions for a variety of business types. Some of the services they offer include point of sale systemse-commerce solutions, and mobile payment solutions

We became aware of Choice Payment Solutions some time ago as they provided a new payment system for the Trusted office! Our administrative manager, Victoria, had nothing but great things to say about the product and service we received from Nelson. 

"We always try to choose local providers for all we do, however, our payment processing was always with large multinational companies like Moneris or Chase Paymentech, as we didn't know there was a local option!  Choice has a great system and it has sped up the time it takes to process my bulk accounts receivables. In addition to that, we were pleasantly surprised to have saved money on our payment vs our previous suppliers' processing fees. Overall, working with Choice Payments and Nelson has been an amazing experience. In addition to that we have saved money on our payment processing"  - Victoria, Trusted Saskatoon & Trusted Marketing Services

When speaking with clients as part of Choice's verification process to join Trusted Saskatoon, the consistent theme was how much people appreciated working with a Saskatoon payment solution provider who can provide prompt, local face to face customer support. 

Don't just take it from us, hear what more of Choice Payment Solutions clients had to say: 

"Choice has been wonderful - really good customer service and we found the rates were very competitive with other providers we researched."- Chantel, RM of Benson #35
"Any issue we had with our systems was simple to fix, and Choice was very responsive when we needed support" - Rosalind, Dundurn Rural Water Utility.

“Every business is unique. Getting to know our clients and truly understand their goals is what sets us apart. We provide exceptional local service with the added bonus of the full product line of our internationally renowned partner.”

~Nelson Crowder, President


If you are a Saskatchewan business that processes payments we highly recommend contacting Nelson at Choice Payment Solutions. He saved us money and made out lives easier, he could do the same for you! Choice Payment Solutions is a no-brainer! 

We are very proud and excited to welcome Nelson to our Saskatoon directory of excellence, and we give Choice Payment Solutions the thumbs up as Trusted Saskatoon Payment Solution Providers! 

Check out their listings on the Saskatoon Directory of excellence to read more reviews and to find out more about all they offer! 

If you already accept credit cards, take advantage of a complimentary statement analysis to find out how Choice Payment Solutions compares to your current provider.



Trusted Saskatoon Brags about Passions Beauty Studio & The Barber Corner!

The Trusted Saskatoon team is thrilled to welcome Passions Beauty Studio & Barber Corner to our Saskatoon directory of excellence in the Saskatoon salons category!


Passions Beauty Studio & The Barber Corner

Passions are a Local and National Award Winning Salon located in Warman, SK. Chelsey opened the salon & spa in 2009 and she continues to grow and evolve the business. She recently opened The Barber Corner and launched her own hair product line PRIME Hair Brand! 
The Warman salon is beautiful and it offers clients a unique salon & spa experience. Chelsey recognized that each team member has a different skill set and they should be equally valued, as such they work as a team to maximize on each other's skill sets to better serve their clients. This means you could have more than one team member working on your hair to ensure the best results! 
This is the first time that our Trusted Saskatoon Team has seen this as a regular occurrence at a salon and we think it's fantastic!





Owner Chelsey Harder takes great pride in her business and she works alongside her staff to ensure that they stay up to date on all the latest trends in colour, hair and styles. As soon as you step into the salon you feel at home and are treated like family. They truly offer a wonderful experience from start to finish! 














Don't take it from us - hear what some of their regular clients had to say:




"I have been a client at Passion’s Beauty Studio almost since the beginning. I started going there in 2010 and I have been impressed since day 1. I’ve seen this small-town start-up company evolve into an award-winning, top-of-the-line dual company who produces its own hair product line. Passion’s Beauty Studio is nothing but the best. It is a luxurious and unique space. I have never had a bad experience at Passions. I have had my hair dyed, styled and cut many times, my nails done and facials, I even got my grad hair and makeup at Passions. 
I had the luxury of being one of Corey Harder and the Barber Corner’s first colour hair clients. Recently, I have hopped on the Prime Hair Brand train and I have enjoyed the volume shampoo and conditioner, texture spray and thickening mist. These products have been a huge game changer for me in styling my hair as I have very fine hair. Overall, my experience at Passion’s has been amazing. There is always a friendly face to talk to! They have a large beverage selection which is especially nice when waiting for colour to sit. I am and always will be a client at Passion’s Beauty Studio."      - Brooklyn Boehm





"They are unique and innovative and keep up with the times. They are always continuing to improve on their products and services. They give back a lot to the community which I like and I am always impressed with the service. I recommend them to my friends and family and give them a 10/10!" -Matt Gore (Martensville)


When we were talking to Passions Beauty Studio & The Barber Corner's clients they all commented on how great the service was and that they really like the fact that their staff take ongoing training to improve on their skills and keep up with the trends. Chelsey and her team are friendly, caring and we highly recommend them!

Trusted Saskatoon warmly welcomes Passions Beauty Studio & The Barber Corner to our directory of excellence in the Saskatoon Salons category, and we are proud to give them the thumbs up!


Trusted Saskatoon Realtor Clark Dziadyk Gives Tips on How to Get Into Today's Housing Market

Whether you’re buying a house for the first time, the second or the seventh time, it’s still one of the biggest decisions you ever have to make. In order to ensure sheer success, you need a Trusted Saskatoon Realtor like Clark Dziadyk! Clark will ease your mind by taking the pressure off of you to find your dream home! Clark puts 100% effort into everything he does.

 

Read what clients have to say about Clark Dziadyk hereClark Dziadyk is 'The Realtor in Your Neighbourhood'


Trusted Saskatoon Realtor Clark Dziadyk explains some tips from a recent online blog. Here are some tips on how to get into today’s housing market:


Tips to Get into Today’s Housing Market from Trusted Saskatoon Realtor Clark Dziadyk




# 1 Become a Landlord


Most people don’t know that if you buy a home that contains a rental unit, the income from that unit can help you to qualify to get a mortgage. For example, if you were to buy a home with a basement suite, you can rent out the basement. For maximum income, you could even live in the basement suite yourself and rent out the upper portion of the house.

In order to cut costs, even more, you could look into doing renovations to the rental yourself, which is, of course, more work but it could save you lots of money in the end. Rental spaces are definitely worth exploring! You can always run the numbers on purchasing certain properties with rental spaces in them to determine the best possible outcome for you. Worried about irritating and irrational tenants? Or dealing with the regulations that come with renting out a portion of your home? Concerns such as these can be dealt with by screening tenants during application processes. Make sure to check out the Government Canada website for regulations that need to be followed.


# 2 Go in With a Partner (or a few)





A huge way to cut costs would be to split everything between you and another or a few people! Let’s be honest, these days it’s becoming common for couples to find themselves living with other couples! To make this happen, you must first choose a worthy partner. Whether it be a few siblings sharing a house, a couple friends splitting a condo well you get the idea! You may be able to split the bills, monthly payments and the havoc of a down payment with one or more people! A few things need to be in place in order for this process to work! Like well-chosen partners, a draft of a co-ownership agreement drawn up by a lawyer that spells out all of the rules, and a system for communication between partners to make sure that everything moves smoothly. Communication between housemates is key, especially in preventing miscommunications and conflicts.

Another alternative in order to lessen your stress is to consider co-ownership opportunities. These allow you to buy shares of a company that owns the property, or to buy a small ownership percentage of the property. By doing this, it grants you specific rights to a unit itself. 


# 3 Consider Using Your RRSP


As a first time homeowner, you have written proof that you plan to build or buy a new home and you have money in your RRSP. As a Trusted Saskatoon realtor, Clark Dziadyk can help you with all of your pre-ownership needs! You may be able to use the RRSP Home Buyer’s Plan to get your hands on a tax-free down payment. However, if you are helping a relative with a disability through this process, you also qualify! The Home Buyer’s Plan allows each spouse to withdraw $25,000 to purchase a house. The only downfall is that you need to pay the money back to your RSSP in annual payments within 15 years. Any amount unpaid within that timeframe will be subject to income tax.

Tax-free money homeownership looks pretty good, doesn’t it? Or at least being able to start off your homeownership using tax-free money is. Depending on your individual tax bracket, it could be like having almost twice as much money at your disposal. You just cannot forget about those annual repayments in your new budget. 


#4 Make MORE Money


This is always the end goal in life now-a-days isn't it? 

Home prices seem to be increasing but that doesn’t always mean that your income is. An obvious solution is to make more money; however, this is easier said than done. Here are some approaches that can be taken:

The quickest approach is to ask for a raise at work. This can be a lot to ask, but it doesn’t always have to be. Communicating to your boss that you’re looking to settle down and buy a home (first time, second, upgrade, etc.) and what income level you’re striving for in order to make it happen, you could persuade them into giving you the raise you are looking for! In the end, asking for a raise is like a sales pitch. You are selling yourself by describing the situation, your goals, how to leverage your strengths, and ultimately asking for the raise itself. Whether you believe it or not, employers are people! Generally, people like to be as helpful as they can towards others. Sharing personal stories always have a measure of relatability to them, and more often than not they work better than pure logic.

On the other hand, if you’re willing to open yourself up to new opportunities, there is no harm in looking into another job. Shop yourself around and see if you are truly earning what you should be in your career marketplace. You will surprise yourself and may open new doors to new job opportunities in your field. Increase your network and speak to recruiters, you may find the job that you’ve been looking for that increases your income!


# 5 Relax


Let’s be honest, you’re not getting any younger. You want to be a homeowner! The whole process can be very stressful for a person. In order to relieve stress, you should consider using a Trusted Saskatoon Realtor such as Clark Dziadyk!

You need to make sure you’re ready before you become a homeowner! The right house will come along, it always does! Clark can make sure that you find your dream home! We live in a real-estate obsessed culture, but the relationships you build with family and friends will be the real key to your happiness in the long run. 

Set goals for the next few years of where you want to get to and take it one goal at a time. Write out your plan for home ownership and hold yourself accountable to it! Meanwhile, take a deep breath, relax, sign up for a yoga class and don’t rush things. You will be a homeowner one day! Believe it!








This article was adapted from Zoocasa.


CLARK DZIADYK, The Associates of Ron Baliski Realty Inc. Coldwell Banker and he is 

a Trusted Saskatoon Realtor. You can find him at 1322 8th Street East Saskatoon! View his Facebook page here!



           

Trusted Sara's Trusted Saskatoon 2018 Fitness Focus Challenge Week nine: Rowing is hard

Trusted Saskatoon owner and founder Sara Wheelwright accepted a fitness challenge from the excellent team at Trusted Saskatoon gym Fitness Focus. Follow along on her fitness journey as she blogs and video journals her motivations, successes, failures, frustration and her pain as she struggles to get fit and fabulous in her forties!  


WEEK 9 - NO TAKING IT EASY!  

Let's start by giving my trainer Denise some kudos! This woman is an inspiration and so dedicated to fitness it is mind-blowing. She competed in Vancouver and as you can see she was in staggering shape. ( I think she should have won - but what do I know) She has been a big part of my fitness journey and there have been times when I have just dragged myself to the gym because of her. 


 

I leave on vacation soon and I feel energized, healthy, lighter and I definitely look and feel better overall- the numnbers below really do speak for themselves. 

Thank you so much  Denise and the team at Fitness Focus for helping me change my lifestyle - I'm determined that I am not going back!   

SARA'S PROGRESS BEYOND THE BIKINI 

So its all great that I look better in a bikini - but true fitness is more than just being lean.

STRENGTH -FLEXIBILITY -STAMINA-  the 3 pillars of fitness. 

Strength - By doing resistance training and weight lifting I am getting stronger and I can feel my muscles and am starting to see them appear from under the layers of inactivity I'd formed over last 7 years!  

Flexibility - Stretching, stretching and exercises like yoga. If you aren't flexible you will hurt yourself- so I stretch before and after every workout. 

Stamina- Physical fitness is key to a long life and good health. Your body’s capacity to transport and use oxygen during exercise (VO2 max) is the most precise measure of overall cardiovascular fitness.  Changes in VO2 levels equate to changes in aerobic fitness and this, in turn, can affect your chances of getting a cardiovascular and pulmonary disease....so this number is IMPORTANT! 


After punching in the numbers my results were provided and they matched up exactly with what my Fitbit has been showing me. 

In the first 2 screenshots, you can see that I  have VO2 of 41 - this is an excellent score for a 44-year-old woman ( It increased from a VO2 of 35 in April) - and I have the same score as an average 29-year-old woman. Woo Hooo!! 


 
 

The next 2 screenshots clearly show the change in my resting heart rate (RHR) 

Resting Beats Per Minute (BPM).

   

What the RHR Numbers Should Say

According to the National Institute of Health, the average resting heart rate for adults is between 60-100 beats per minute. Well-trained athletes tend to fall somewhere between 40-60 beats per minute. Regardless of what your RHR is, that first baseline measurement will be an important number by which you’ll be able to spot trends over time. 

This is why it is important to regularly check your RHR.

1. If, for example, you notice that your RHR is rising, it could be an early warning sign of a heart problem. Much research has been devoted to demonstrating the link between elevated heart rate and the development of conditions such as hypertension, atherosclerosis, and other cardiovascular diseases.

2. Alternatively, you can also experience a reduction in your RHR as a result of increased fitness, meaning your heart is working more efficiently. These numbers can be especially motivating as you progress through a workout program or training regimen. When you notice your RHR slowly declining over weeks and months, it’s an indication you’re getting fitter. ( THATS ME!!) 

Methods for Lowering Resting Heart Rate

There’s a reason they call them “cardio” workouts. As previously noted, exercise is perhaps your best bet when it comes to decreasing your resting heart rate and boosting heart health. Going hand-in-hand with that is good nutrition and achieving a healthy weight. Hydration also plays a role in keeping your heart healthy. To be sure, good hydration means your heart doesn’t have to work as hard to pump blood through the body. This thereby increases the overall efficiency of your cardiovascular system.

Another factor that can increase your risk of heart issues is a poor sleep over a prolonged period of time. When you get the right amount of high-quality sleep, blood pressure and heart rate drop overnight, giving your heart a break.  What’s more, not enough sleep has also been connected to weight gain which is yet another factor that can affect resting heart rate and heart health.

Want to see where you rank for your age? 

Based on the extensive research of The K. G. Jebsen Center of Exercise in Medicine at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, you can easily estimate your fitness level by answering a few questions. Simply click on this link to find out. www.worldfitnesslevel.org 



 



ROUNDUP

Postive of week 8-9

  • I have lost 10lb
  • I feel energized and I am looking forward to working out. 
  • Cardio is easier! 
  • I feel the urge and the energy to do things I never had time for before - cleaning out closets and draws! 
  • My resting heart rate has dropped from mid 80s range in April to high 60's in July!! 
  • I have the fitness of an average 29year old! 
  • I worked out 12 days in a row!! 
Negatives from week 8-9

  • Darn friends - I just am not good at just hanging out without a drink!  
  • Had a few cheat days for food because we had house guests. 
  • I have not hit my weightlooss goal - but that is because of mey cheats - I take full responsibility. DRAT
Goals for vacation 

1. Eat mindfully - 2 meals of each day to be healthy choices( so hard in Scotland !!) 
2. Walk walk walk everywhere 
3. Take my work out gear with me and actually use it. 
4. Try NOT to overindulge drinking - this is particularly hard in my hometown in England and on Islay- the home of the best Scotch in the world!  

 Wish me luck. 

Gravel Road Safety Tips From Trusted Saskatoon Auto Body Shop Superior Auto Body

Superior Auto Body has been in business since 1961, and SGI accredited since 1982... There are many reasons they have so many loyal longstanding clients from all over the city, but mostly it is the small, personal touches that they offer to people who have been unfortunate enough to require their services. They offer newer model courtesy cars and vans for their clients.. and to help out they will actually pick up your vehicle and take it to your SGI appointment for you and deliver the courtesy car to you at home... Superior take pride in their workmanship... as they always say, "When we get through it's just like new".


Superior Auto Body is a TRUSTED SASKATOON AUTO BODY shop…you will not regret choosing them!

Auto Body Experts at Superior Auto Body Saskatoon Give Gravel Road Safety Tips


As we all know, living in Saskatchewan you're bound to drive on a gravel road sooner or later. Make sure you're prepared properly! Here is a few tips from the experts themselves at Superior Auto Body:

Gravel roads are a part of life in Saskatchewan. They all have 1 thing in common: they can be dangerous. On average in Saskatchewan, rural municipal and roads on First Nation communities are the scenes of nearly 7,200 crashes each year. These collisions result in more than 1,000 injuries and 32 deaths annually. You can help protect yourself and your loved ones by following some basic gravel road safety tips:

Slow Down on Gravel Roads

Even the best-maintained gravel roads have rough sections and loose gravel that require lower speeds. Gravel roads without posted limits are 80 km/h zones, although it’s important to remember that this speed is for ideal conditions only. Your tires are another important reason to slow down. They have less traction on loose gravel, which can increase your risk of a collision when you accelerate or turn a corner. To get the most out of your tires, accelerate and brake gradually to avoid skidding. Also, try to avoid swerving to miss animals or objects on the road. Your vehicle may slip or even roll over. Remain calm if your vehicle begins to skid. Take your foot off the accelerator and declutch or shift into neutral. At the same time, look where you want to go and steer in that direction. Once you have regained control of the vehicle, resume driving at a lower speed.


Stay on the Tracks

When driving on gravel, it’s a good idea to drive in the tire tracks already on the road. This holds true even when there is only 1 set of tracks in the road’s centre. If you climb a hill or meet a vehicle travelling from the opposite direction, be prepared to slow down and pull over as far to the right as possible. Large trucks or farm implements may even require you to stop. Be careful when pulling over to the right because you risk slipping into the ditch if your tires go off the packed surface. If you find yourself drifting off the road, don’t slam on the brakes. Slow down gradually and then steer back onto the road.

Back Off




It takes longer to safely stop on gravel roads, and dust can greatly decrease your visibility. Even under the best conditions, it’s best to allow at least 6 seconds of following distance on gravel. If the conditions are less than ideal, you need to leave an even bigger gap between your vehicle and the 1 ahead.

Light It PP

Whether you’re enjoying an afternoon jaunt or making a twilight trip home, your headlights should always be on, especially if you’re driving on gravel. They help other drivers see you sooner than they otherwise might, ensuring you and all your precious cargo make it home safely.

Looking to read more road safety and auto body industry articles?? You can read more of Superior’s tips and autobody articles by clicking right here.








Find Superior Autobody Online at http://www.superiorautobodysk.com/  or go to their listing in AUTO BODY here, or Go visit them at Ave Q South ... they are on THE Saskatoon directory of excellence ..they are your Saskatoon Auto Body experts!



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