GE in Talks to Sell Home Appliance Business - Again

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GE in Talks to Sell Home Appliance Business - Again
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By Sagarika Jaisinghani

General Electric (GE) is in talks to sell its century-old household appliances business for as much as $2.5 billion, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

GE's appliances and lighting unit reported revenue of more than $8 billion in 2013. The appliances business may fetch $1.5 billion to $2.5 billion in a sale, Bloomberg quoted the people as saying.

GE was waiting to wrap up its acquisition of Alstom's energy assets before pursuing options, including an outright sale, for its appliances business, Bloomberg reported, citing one of the people.

With the Alstom deal signed, GE is talking to bidders for its appliances business, Bloomberg quoted the people as saying.

GE spokesman Seth Martin declined to comment.

The business sells home appliances under the GE Monogram, GE Cafe and Hotpoint brands.

The move is part of GE's strategy of divesting businesses and restructuring itself to boost its valuation to be in line with its peers.

The company has outlined plans to divest $4 billion worth of industrial businesses this year to focus its portfolio on businesses with high returns.

GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt attempted to sell off the home appliance unit in 2008, hiring Goldman Sachs (GS) to explore options. Immelt said at the time that the division was too tied to the tumultuous U.S. market and needed to be more globally focused, Bloomberg reported.

GE's shares were up 1.7 percent at $27.06 in afternoon trading on the New York Stock Exchange.

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Most of us spend a ton of time researching our options when we first sign up for a plan or policy, then forget all about it and make monthly payments like a robot. But this can cost you.

If you've been on the same cell phone plan for a while, or you haven't looked at the terms of your insurance policies (home, life, auto) since you got them, it's time to do a review. Your circumstances may have changed, and new plans or deductions may have come out since you first signed up. Call up customer service (or your agent) and have them walk you through your options if you're having trouble comparing things on your own.
One of the biggest budget sucks is our own forgetfulness. We miss payments and incur late fees because we've misplaced our statement or didn't manage to get our mail out in time. We fail to save as much as we'd like because we just never remember to do it.

The easiest way to save yourself some money (and hassle and stress) is to set it and forget it. Sign up for auto-pay so your monthly bills are automatically deducted from your checking account. Have a certain amount automatically transferred each month from your checking to your savings account. Remove the human error factor, and your budget will be better for it.
We charge so much nowadays -- whether on credit cards or debit cards -- that it's easy to spend a lot of money without really registering it. When you have a set amount of bills in your wallet, however, it's extremely easy to see how much you've spent so far this month and how much is left.

Take those budget categories of yours -- groceries, entertainment, etc. -- and turn them into real, physical envelopes. At the beginning of each month, put that month's allotment of cash into each envelope. When you're running low, you'll know you need to be careful with your purchases. When you're out, you're done spending on that category till next month.
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For smaller impulse buys, like that fancy new product you spotted in the grocery aisle, follow a 10-second rule. Before the item can go into your cart, spend 10 full seconds asking yourself if you really need it and how you will use it. Simply analyzing why you're getting something can disrupt the siren call of a product.
It's all too easy to blow $5, $10, even $20 on something, whether it's an extra meal out or a coffee on the run. In the grand scheme of things, it "doesn't seem like much" to us. But if you start thinking of your money in terms of the time it took you to earn that money, suddenly you find yourself evaluating your spending choices a little closer.

Figure out what you make per hour if you're salaried (if you're hourly, this will be easy). Let's say you make $15 per hour. For every $15 you spend, you'll have to spend another hour of your time at work to pay for that item. A coffee a day for a week can cost you an hour or two. And bigger items, like that flat screen TV you're eyeing? You get the drift. Framing purchases in light of time spent can help you make sure something is worth it.
In the end, a budget is simply a means of making sure your money is working for you. It allows you to see how much you're brining in and allocate it towards the things that are most important to you. If you can hold those bigger goals in mind, everyday budgeting becomes easier.

If you're wondering whether or not to buy something, ask yourself if that money would be better spent towards your big goal. Put a visual reminder in your wallet to keep you on task-like a photo of a sandy beach if you're trying to save up money for a trip. Viewing your budget in terms of what it will allow you accomplish-not the things it won't allow you to buy, can revolutionize your spending.
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