Category: Make & Save Money

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21 Things to Stop Buying to Save Money

Learn what to stop buying and save money!

Stop buying these 21 things and save money

Do you waste money? Have you ever really looked – I mean really looked – at what you could cut out of your budget to save more?

There are so many ways to save money, but finding them is not always so easy.

I always recommend sticking to ideas that work for you. I mean, if that morning cup of Joe is SUPER important to you, then keep it but use the other 20 ways I have listed to help you get your budget back on track.

Personal finance is a tricky thing for many people. Often people buy what they want or THINK they need without looking at price tags. If you are super rich, then good for you! I hope to be in your shoes one day. But for the rest of us, wouldn’t it be nice to take a vacation or build up an emergency fund with all the “little things” we can save money on over time?

In today’s post, I have listed 21 things people waste money on that can be avoided and save you over $3000 per year. Put that $3000 away in a separate savings account and there you have your mini-emergency fund or your vacation fund… So start planning.

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What You Wish You Knew Before Buying a Tiny House

 

What You Wish You Knew Before Buying a Tiny Home

I am obsessed with Tiny House shows on HGTV. When I say small, these houses are small. Like really small.

There’s Tiny House Hunters, Tiny House, Big Living, and Tiny House Living. It has become the new obsession. Own a small house and live more!

It intrigues me that people would downsize to a house that is as tiny as a hermit crab’s dwelling.

Have you ever considered buying a Tiny House after watching these shows? I have and in today’s post, we are going to learn why a tiny house might be a good option and if a tiny house really saves you money.

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50 Cute Dates That Are Frugal or Free

50 Frugal Date Ideas

Reconnect with Your Spouse 

Is your relationship lacking that spark it once had? Do you feel the need to reconnect with your partner? If you are in this boat and looking for ways to reconnect, finding cute dates is the obvious choice! I know when my husband and I feel a little off-balance, nothing helps more than spending some quality “alone time” together. However, we try to stick to a monthly budget and going out to dinner and a movie, although a nice treat once in a while, can cost an upwards of $70, and that figure does not include babysitter’s fees. Unfortunately, we are now looking at over $100 for a few hours of entertainment.

Furthermore, many couples cannot afford to spend large amounts of money on a night out and are left feeling like their marriage is in a rut. However, date night once a week can literally save your marriage and it doesn’t have to break your bank. There are many alternatives to dinner and a movie that are as frugal as your first kiss!

According to Dr. Charles D Schmitz and Dr. Elizabeth A Schmitz, marriage experts from “The Simple Things Matter,” one of the predictors of a successful marriage is finding joy in spending time together. Couples that spend alone time together are more likely to stay married. With a divorce rate of 40-50% in the United States alone (American Psychology Association), finding ways to stay hitched are extremely important.

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Pinecone Research Review: How to Make Money Using Pinecone Research

Pinecone Research Review

Do you like making money in your pajamas? Are you a stay-at-home mom that would like some extra spending cash? Then Pinecone Research is a survey company worth checking out.

Personally, I have made over $100 using Pinecone research and today I am recommending them to you because they are a trusted company that pays in cash or gift cards and pays well in terms of survey companies. They pay $3 for most surveys and sometimes more.

Pinecone Research is one of the best survey companies I use. In this post, you will learn how to get started using Pinecone Research and begin earning. Also, you will read about helpful tips and as a bonus, I have included other ideas I love and use to earn extra spending money. (more…)

How I Earn Extra Money: 7 Best Survey Sites

7 Best Survey Sites: Earn Extra Money

Earning extra money isn’t always easy, however what if you could make some extra cash while sitting on your couch watching T.V.? Would you do it? Taking surveys is such an easy side hustle it is hard to pass up. Yet, you must know before you start, you are not going to become rich by taking surveys and it would be extremely difficult to make this your full-time job. Nonetheless, if you are just looking for some extra spending money or saving up for the Holidays or vacation spending money, then this is the side gig for you!

Reservations:

One reservation I had about taking surveys was putting my information out there; however, if you work with a trusted survey site (see the ones I recommend below) you can rest at ease and feel confident in sharing your opinion. Sometimes you will even get to try free products! For example,  I’ve got four different samples from Pinecone Research shipped right to my door. The best part was, I got paid $3 to review the products which took around 15 minutes. I don’t know about you, but I LOVE getting paid to try new products.

Reasons people may shy away from surveys:

  • Too much work, not enough money
  • Don’t want to share personal information
  • Not many survey opportunities
  • It’s not the right “time” to sign up
  • Afraid of scams

Like many people, maybe you are intrigued by the whole “survey thing” but you just haven’t taken the plunge and signed up. – Or maybe you don’t know where to start. I feel you. These are valid concerns! Yet, the survey companies listed below are all trusted companies that I have personally tried myself (or I wouldn’t be recommending them to you.) You can trust that you will make money or gift cards and you will get the most money for your time – I don’t like wasting my time either.

Suggested Reading: 7 Common Money Mistakes and How to Fix Them

Don’t forget, the more sites you sign up for, the more earning potential you will have since you will not get survey opportunities every day from most of these companies.

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Lyft: How to Earn Easy Money With Your Car

Is Lyft worth your time?

Lyft - Earn Money with Your Car

Lyft is the new Uber! It is the same concept, but different company. Do you own a car? What about a smartphone? You could be making some extra dough on your free time! The beauty of Lyft is that you aren’t applying for a job (although they will do a background check). You are signing up to drive and making your own hours. It is an easy concept!

What if you were already driving to the airport anyway? Why not pick someone up and help pay for the cost of your gas and make a little on the side? You could use this reasoning anytime you go somewhere – if you feel like it. You choose your own hours and keep your tips!

I do not drive for Lyft, but I have had the pleasure of using this service around ten times and talking with the drivers each time, so I am going to give you the skinny on what drivers are saying and why you should consider using this service as a driver (think more money) or a rider (think cheaper than a taxi). I’m also excited to announce one of my best friends just started driving for Lyft so we will hear from her as well!

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