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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 Health-related Finance, Saving Money & Getting Healthy!, Uncategorized

How to Switch Over to Locally Grown Food (Without Going Broke)

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The Switch to Locally Grown Food

My biggest goal for this year is to make a shift in my eating to more locally raised and locally grown food. Over the past several years, my beliefs have been greatly impacted by documentaries and books, most recently The Omnivore’s Dilemna – which has since changed my life. I realized that in order to eat as far in alignment with my beliefs as possible, much of my diet needs to become more localized. I am making strides to become more reliant on my local neighbors and farmers as opposed to “the man” – and have put together some tips below for you if you would like to do the same.

As always, I am trying to be as thrifty as possible through this transition. Locally grown and raised food is likely to be a little bit more expensive than your typical grocery store. However, you may consider your investment in food an investment in your health – this is how I see it.

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 +

in Budget-Friendly Travel, Uncategorized

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 Goals & Progress, My Income / Progress Reports, Uncategorized

1 Month Goal Review

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I can’t believe it’s been one month since I started this blog. In this post I’m going to re-cap my numbers for you (everything) and tell you what I learned in my first month of blogging that I didn’t learn from other people.

I want to be totally honest with everyone about the numbers I see, because I think that people are sometimes misled. I was buying into the whole “Make $10,000 in Your First Month of Blogging!” Sure, that may be true for someone who already has successful blogs and websites, but I think on the whole this doesn’t happen. This certainly didn’t happen to me!

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10 Things to Do When You’re Searching For Purpose

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Sometimes in life we hit a crossroads. We may deal with a bout of depression, we may have a falling-out with someone we care deeply about, or we may even get so entrenched in the day-to-day routine that we lose sight of our goals. Sometimes we can get stuck – for days, weeks, months or even years. Have you ever spent too long at a job you hated? Ever had a day that ended and you had nothing to show for it? Ever stayed in an unfulfilling relationship just because of convenience?

This is all normal. As human beings we are blessed with a consciousness that is fluid and constantly changing thanks to our experiences. We need to acknowledge, harness and embrace our mental growth and soul-searching to remain happy and healthy. We need to ask questions of ourselves that may not always be easy.

When you’re feeling stuck, you have a few options. You can either wait for your ‘funk’ to pass (if it is even a phase), or you can do something about it. Here are some ideas to help you take control.

in Technology, Uncategorized

How I Read any Books I Want for Free!

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This post contains affiliate links. This has had no impact on what I have written below, everything below is 100% my opinion and experience.

I Haven’t Paid for a Book in Over a Year

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 Meal Plans, Health-related Finance, Uncategorized

1 Week of Fresh, Clean-Eating for $30! (Shopping List & Meal Plan Included)

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$30 – 100% Clean, (Almost) 100% Fresh Eating for 1 Week! Try the challenge with me!

I love clean-eating. Since I’ve changed my overall diet to cleaner foods, I’ve benefited in many noticeable ways. My skin is clearer, I’ve lost about 22 pounds, I have more energy and stamina and my mood has improved. I feel better than ever before and I no longer want to nap after every meal.

1-Week, Clean-Eating, Fresh Food Meal Plan & Grocery List for $30.

When people ask me what the trick is, I tell them to just “eat clean.” I often hear this in turn:  “it’s too expensive.”

This will be said by the same people that will order pizza for lunch or buy two boxes of Chips Ahoy! cookies for home.

“I can’t afford it” is not a viable excuse for most people anymore. Yes, it’s better to eat organic and grass-fed, but if you can’t afford that then non-organic vegetables and non-grass fed meat is better than highly-processed, packaged foods. Two packages of Chips Ahoy! cookies will set you back about the same as a pound of non-steroid, non-antibiotic chicken. The same price could get you 3 pounds or more of lesser-quality chicken.

My point is – you don’t need to have a lot of money to make a lifestyle change. Still need the snacks in the home? I stopped craving all of that junk over time, and you may too.

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.

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