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Often Overlooked Items To Pack for a Trip Abroad

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What’s on your packing list for traveling abroad?

I’m setting off for Europe with two carry-on’s: a backpack and a purse – and a packing list that I hope is as short as I need it to be. Now, this may not seem all that impressive-  but if you consider our plans for our one week, you would wonder how we will fit it all in so little space. Well that is to come. But first, I want to show you five things that can be easily forgotten!

Granted, you’re not going to need everything on this list. And depending on where you’re going, you might not need anything! My point is, these are things that we almost forgot – and maybe you will find them equally valuable! I believe each one is well worth the price and the space in your bag. All of these items will be on my packing list for several trips to come.

in Budget Fashion, Splurge-Worthy, Uncategorized

How to get Brand-Name Activewear for Less!

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Have trouble finding fashionable, affordable activewear?

If you’re like me, you love to buy activewear. In the last few years, especially, activewear has really embraced fashion trends. Tops have special cuts and designs, and bottoms can be cropped, full-length, high-waisted, and more. And forget the days of neutrals or one-color items. Women’s activewear racks are loaded with different patterns that are all so eye-catching and beautiful. Unfortunately, some name-brand athletic apparel can be incredibly expensive for the average millennial buyer (Lululemon, anyone?). Some companies have tried the subscription-style type of selling, where you’re charged upwards of $50 monthly even if you don’t choose an outfit to get (no thanks!).

Steeply priced activewear has emerged with a vengeance in recent years. And if you can’t afford Lululemon – sometimes it may feel like you are limited in your choices for fashionable clothes, especially in a modest price range. I will tell you, though, that I have some clothes from Lululemon and what I have is incredible. Both my leggings and my sweatshirt have held up after 8 years of hard use, with barely any sign of wear! That being said, very rarely do I spend the money on it.

So where can you shop for top-name brands or fashionable, affordable activewear for cheap? Read below to find out!

Prices (for Leggings):
$ – Under $15
$$ – $15-$30
$$$ – $30 – $50
$$$$ – $50 – $75
$$$$$ – $75 +

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The Best Flight Search Engines

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Travel Tuesday is a little bit early this week due to Valentine’s Day, but it’s oh-so-good.

It’s no secret that I’m a travel junkie. It’s something I have trouble shutting up about, and I thank the people in my life close to me that listen to my incessant rambling. You may thank me too, by the end of this post. I’m assuming you’ve already heard of the most well-known search engines; Kayak, Cheapoair, Travelocity, etc. I’m not even going to be touching on these giants because I assume you’ve tried and tested them. If not, go check them out and let me know what you think in the comments below!

However, this post is for those of you that really want to make sure you’re finding the best flights for the best deals. This post is for you if you are willing to do several searches before purchasing. It takes a little bit of legwork, but if you’re going to save hundreds of dollars, why wouldn’t you?

in Splurge-Worthy, Technology, Uncategorized

Websites I Check Everyday for Great Deals!

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Great deals come and go, and often without our even knowing! We don’t want to fill our inbox up with constant e-mails from Kate Spade, Zulily and Groupon – but sometimes it’s the only way we hear about fantastic deals.

Some of these websites will e-mail you almost daily, but it may be far more worth your while to actually visit the website. The e-mails might not show you all they great deals. Instead, they’ll just show one or two “featured” deals. I’ve made a list of sites that will save you money in the long run – but there’s a catch! You have to add them to your bookmarks and check them daily. Checking these sites will only take you about 5-10 minutes unless you get really involved.

I’ll tell you a little rule of thumb I like to implement. If there is something I really want but don’t necessarily need, I like to give myself at least a week to think it over. I’ll start to check these websites, because more than likely at least something similar is going to go on sale. If I still want it by the end of the week, then I probably found a good deal for it! If I don’t still want it then that money stays with me.

It’s all just money in the bank, baby.

in Budget-Friendly Travel, Technology, Uncategorized

How to Get the Cheapest Flights to Europe!

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When I see a really great deal, I have a habit of obsessing over it a little bit, especially if it’s travel-related. My boyfriend and I are going to Switzerland and Vienna in May for $1,000 each! I obsess about it (and all the other places I want to go) everday. Today, I almost bought flights to Norway for later in the year because I found what I believe is an amazing deal. A little rooting around has shown me a major hack that I think very few people have realized.

in Beauty Hacks, Splurge-Worthy, Uncategorized

5 Things You Might Be Overpaying For at Sephora

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I consider beauty products one of my vices. It’s one of those things that I can always manage to find money for even during my most stringent savings-streaks. It doesn’t help that beauty products are expensive. Never fear! There are other ways to save your money so you can still splurge at Sephora.

For instance, sometimes you are better off buying the travel-size of an item. I’ve calculated several items by price-per-ounce, and have composed a safe list at the bottom of this post. But first; here are some items that are cheaper per ounce in the travel size.

in Basics of Budgeting & My Experience, Budget-Friendly Travel, Uncategorized

1 Week in Europe for $1,000

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Let me tell you – few things get my heart pumping like travelling. I somehow have been to very few places in my life, but it has been my biggest dream for years to see the world.Now that I am finally in control of my finances, I can start travelling the way I’ve always wanted to. Switzerland is the land of cheese, chocolate and premiere hiking – it is everything I could ever want in a destination.

This explains why I couldn’t pass up cheap tickets to Zurich, Switzerland! Round-trip, nonstop flights from Boston to Zurich for only $450 each?! I must be dreaming.