Winter date ideas

It’s starting to become chilly outside, but that doesn’t mean date nights have to stop. There are still hundreds of things you can do in the wintertime that is romantic, cute, fun, and most impoartanly, cheap. Below are some ideas that I want to do this season with my man.

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Food Shopping, Savings/Budgeting

Name-brand​ vs. store (off) brand

People always ask, “is the store brand as good as the name brand?” Sometimes the answer is no, but honestly, a majority of the time it really it. It all depends on the type of products you’re buying, food, cleaning supplies, paper products, clothing, but I have some to notice that the store brand is just as good, if not better.

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Bringing snacks with you

I am sound like a mom in this post, but seriously, bring snacks with you for anything and everything you do. You would be lying to yourself if that hasn’t been at least a handful of times that your mom told you to bring a snack, but you didn’t, and then you were starving. You asked if you could go buy a snack somewhere and what did she say? “No, I told you to bring a snack and you chose not to.” You may be 20+ years old, but I think it’s time to learn that bringing snacks is one of the best things you could do.

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Food Shopping, General Shopping

Big box brand or grocery store?

It is better to go to a big box brand store like Walmart or Target or is it better to go to an actual grocery store like Woodmans or Piggly Wiggly? Both sell groceries, so which one is better? I have shopped at both options, and each has its pros and cons.

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General Shopping

Is Black Friday shopping worth it?

The lines, the cold, the waiting, and more lines! Is Black Friday shopping really worth it? People have been participating in this for years, and each year it gets earlier and earlier. People have also died from participating in this! They get trampled by the crowd or get shot because the got the last blender on sale. How is the possiblity of injury or death still attract people to go shopping?

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What should you be saving for?

Some day, you’re going to want to purchase something that will be over $300, or even over $1,000. Some day you’re going to have an unexpected injury or something breaking in your home that needs to be fixed ASAP. You will need money saved to be able to pay for it unless you want to be on a year-long payment plan. Below I list some things that you should be saving for, even when in college.

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On-Campus activities

This post will be directed more towards my school in Wisconsin with the free/ reasonably priced activities they offer on campus, but some of these could be at your school too! now if your school doesn’t offer free/reasonably priced activities, this could help generate ideas to do when you’re bored and on campus.

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Food Shopping, General Shopping, Savings/Budgeting

Save money with an app!

Since we live in a world that revolves around technology and our phones (I don’t always believe this but it seems to be the norm), why not use your phone to save money! Finding coupons and earning free money has never been so easy, and it’s at the touch of your finger tips!

There are tons of apps available that earn you points by simply using them! Now I’m going to be real here, it takes a lot of “points” or “check-ins” to get something in return. It can be kind of annoying and even seem like it’s not worth it. However, if you really stick to it and are determined to get something out of it, then it’s worth it.

Here are some apps I like to use to save money:

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Why should you work during college?

College can be stressful and jammed pack with classes, friends, relationships, clubs, and everything in-between. Now let’s add a job on top of all of that. Depending on what you do for work, it can be very timely and take a toll on yourself and even your schoolwork. However, with that being said, I would still recommend having a job while being in college.

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Food Shopping, General Shopping, Savings/Budgeting

Finding Coupons

Now I know what you’re probably thinking: I’m not about to be that crazy coupon lady. I am not asking you to be like the people on Extreme Couponers, even though they’re kind of genius. They get stores to out them money in the end! But that also means that they probably purchased 35 bottles of mustard and who needs that much mustard!

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What you can learn from high school​​ jobs

Working in high school… what a fun time. Sometimes I wonder how I went to school for 8 hours a day and then worked a 5-hour shift, but hey I needed money. I had a wide array of jobs in high school. I worked with customers, worked in the food industry, working in an office, working for myself. Honestly, one of the only jobs I didn’t do was work in retail, which I’m 100% okay with.

Read below to learn about the amazing places I got to say I worked at in high school and what they taught me.

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Clothing Ideas, General Shopping

Why I Love Marshalls

Why pay full price for an American Eagle shirt when you can get it for half the price and still brand spanking new? Isn’t a $12 shirt better than a $25 shirt? At Marshalls, TJ Maxx and Homegoods, you can do that. All three of these stores are sister companies and do the same thing: have anything and everything you’d want, but at a discounted price

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3 ideas for how to have fun when you have no money

It’s a Saturday night and all your friends want to do something. You haven’t done anything all day besides homework, you’re in college so homework is all we ever do, so you need a change of scenery. Then the reality sinks in, you don’t really have any money to anything “fun”.

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Clothing Ideas

Cute Clothes at a Cute Cost

With the weather finally starting to cool down and it’s finally feeling like fall, that means wanting a new wardrobe. I love getting new sweaters, flannels, and jackets, but I can’t drop $300 to buy every cute fall item I want. Winter is also coming soon, sadly, and I can’t keep dropping hundreds of dollars for each new season. Luckily, I have found new ways to get cute clothes at a cute cost.

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Food Shopping

Buying Fruits and Veggies

The more color, the better!

I don’t know about everyone else, but I love me some fresh fruits and veggies! Something about the bright colors, the juiciness, the healthy feeling after eating really gets to me. I have loved fruits and veggies for as long as I can remember. Maybe it was growing up with a backyard garden, or my parents were big on having them around the house, but whatever it was, but thankful for it.

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Food Shopping

Grocery Shopping

When it comes to grocery shopping, I totally understand how people can spend $100+ for a week or two’s worth of food. You think you’re going make these crazy meals or eat all these snacks, when in reality you probably won’t. By time you go grocery shopping again, you end up throwing away half your things because they went bad.

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Why You Should Save?

You may be asking, “what’s the whole point of saving when I want to do/buy stuff now?” It’s a valid question. Hopefully, you’ll be making money every week and don’t have to worry about getting behind on rent or other bills. However, that thought can and might be in the back of your mind. You don’t want to think about a day that you’ll loose your job, but you may have a day that you need a nesting fund. You could get in a accident, have your dishwasher go out, need to repair your car, the situations are endless.

However, not every situation will be a negative one. You may want to see your favorite band in concert, want a new pair of shoes, go on a weekend getaway with friends. You want to have that money readitly available to you for when you really need it.

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What does it mean to budget?

Budgeting meaning different things to different people. Some people look at it as only having $100 a week to spend, and you need to pick how much you spend on what items. Other people look at it as spending still spending a $100 a week, but $50 is for groceries, $10 is for gas, and the rest is for activities. No matter how you look at budgeting, it all comes down to setting a limit on how much you can spend in a given time frame or at a given location.

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