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Earn With Your Fitbit

This post may contain affiliate links. All opinions are my own. What is a Fitbit? If you don’t already own a Fitbit, chances are you’ve heard of them. They are wearable fitness trackers that are popping up on the wrists of just about everyone. I LOVE my Fitbit and can honestly say that it is one of the best purchases I’ve ever made. I love it so much that I recently bought a refurbished Fitbit scale as well. They sync with a bunch of other fitness related apps and are a great way to keep you mindful of how much you’re moving throughout the day. Fitbit’s come in a range of styles and prices, so you can find one that will fit in your budget. No matter which one you choose I personally think they are worth the money. But, if you’re going to be wearing it anyway, you might as well let it earn money for you. AchieveMint AchieveMint syncs with your Fitbit and a variety of other fitness apps and will give you points for the activities that you do within those apps every day. You will get points for the steps you take, or weighing yourself on…

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Save a Bunch of Money on Your Cell Phone Bill

This post may contain affiliate or referral links. All opinions are my own. Are you sick of paying too much for your cell phone? I am in a lot of groups about saving money or getting out of debt. Once common question in all of these groups is “how do I save money on my cell phone bill?” Cell phones are becoming a part of everyone’s life, and the bill is also becoming a point of contention in everyone’s budget. If you’re sick of paying too much for your cell phone read on to see how I lowered this cost for my family. Evaluate your usage The first thing I did when I was considering making a change to my plan or provider was evaluate how I was using my phone. Most providers offer some sort of data usage information that you can use to determine how many texts you send, minutes you use for calling, and how much data you are using. When I did this, I realized that I was using about 6GB of data. I had an unlimited plan, so I’d never paid any attention before. I knew that a lot of the time I would leave…

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Don’t Trust Your Blog to Bluehost

This post may contain affiliate links. All opinions are my own. I have been blogging for quite a while on a variety of different blogs and platforms. Everything I know about it, I’ve learned by trial and error and from other bloggers. I learned pretty quickly that you really need to have your blog on a host instead of just using free platforms if you want to have more control over what you do with your site. My newbie status and the desire to not spend a lot of money led me to choose Bluehost as my first hosting provider. This was a long time ago when their service was reportedly much better. My site was down…a lot. I wasn’t making any money, it was all for fun, but I knew enough to know that I shouldn’t be spending money on something that didn’t work. So I left and moved to Hostgator. Fast forward to now, and I have left Hostgator as well. What’s Wrong with Bluehost? I’m in a lot of blogging groups on Facebook. Every day one or more bloggers comes into the group with a question about what host they should move to in order to leave…

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4 Things I Learned From Filing Bankruptcy

Several years ago I was faced with a crippling amount of debt and bill collectors calling my friends and family. Some of my debt was the result of just plain bad decisions. I was feeling a lot of post-divorce guilt and spent a lot of money on my kids. Some of it was survival debt. The car needs repairs, but there’s no ready cash, so it goes on a credit card. I reached a point where I decided that bankruptcy was my best option. I learned a few things during the process. Filing Bankruptcy Is Hard! Don’t let anyone tell you that you just walk into a lawyer’s office, fill out some papers, go to court and you’re done. There is a whole lot more to it than that. Each type has it’s own requirements, but I had to make a list of everything I owned and its estimated value. Everything I owned. Even my ancient couch that I would have had to pay someone to take off my hands had to be written down. There were also online classes that I had to go through in order to understand the process and learn how to rebuild my credit after…

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Why I Love Being Makeup Free!

My Makeup Beginnings When I was a pre-teen and then into my teenage years, I used to read women’s magazines and devour the beauty sections. I used to spend my money on whatever makeup I could afford and attempt to recreate the looks I saw in those pages. I was never good at it. I don’t know if it was the poor quality makeup I bought, or the fact that I just couldn’t get the technique down. Either way, I was never able to replicate the looks I loved. Over time I learned about the idea of wearing makeup that made it look like you weren’t wearing any makeup and attempted to perfect that too. Makeup as an Adult I got a little better with my makeup routine over time, but still couldn’t get the looks I loved. So I got to a simple routine that worked for me, and made me feel like I looked a bit better. I like the put together feeling I got when I put makeup on, and I felt like it made me look younger. But in the last few years I would be running behind in the morning getting ready and have to…

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Save Money at College with Amazon Prime

Post may contain affiliate links. All opinions are my own. College is Expensive I live in a college town. We have one major university in the city, and two smaller schools nearby. You can see a noticeable difference in the stores when the students return for a new year. When I see the parents pushing carts full of supplies behind their new college students I think about just how expensive college is. Even if you live simply, you still need a lot of things to live out on your own for the first time, and to get through your classes. Amazon Prime for College Students When I made a comment on Facebook about the number of students I saw in the stores, a friend said that he thought college should come with a subscription to Amazon Prime. As someone who loves her Prime membership I totally agree. College may not come with a membership, but Amazon does offer a free trial for college students. A student membership comes with free 2-day shipping on any size order, and you can borrow free books on your Kindle. As an English major I used this feature a lot to save money on some…

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Become a Freelance Writer in 30 Days or Less

This post may contain affiliate links. All opinions are my own. So you want to be a writer? I don’t blame you! I have never wanted to be anything else. Perhaps way back when I was little I may have some aspirations of being a doctor or lawyer, but for as long as I can remember I have wanted to be a writer. Thankfully, I made that dream a reality, and I work for a great little company and write every day! Why freelance writing? As much as I love what I do, I’m not content to write just one type of thing all of the time. So lately I have been learning the in’s and out’s of freelance writing. Freelance writing allows you to select projects that are a good fit for your skills, and that you will enjoy writing. It also let’s you control your own income and your own hours. You want work as much or as little as you want. So how do you become a freelance writer? There are a lot of ways to go about finding freelance clients, but it can be overwhelming figuring out where to look, who to trust, and what to…

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How I Make Money With Swagbucks

This post contains referral links. What is Swagbucks? Swagbucks is a shopping site/search engine that allows you to earn Swagbucks (SB for short) for your activities. There are a ton of ways to earn on this site. As a disclaimer, some of them require you buy things, or give them your email address, etc. I do not personally participate in most of those. As with anything online, please use your own judgement as to what info you want to provide. I have been a member of Swagbucks for a long time, but I haven’t always used it to its fullest potential. Now I’m earning on it like never before, and I want to help you do the same. How do I get started? Go here and sign up! There are mobile apps for Swagbucks, but I recommend signing in from a computer to perform most of your tasks. From there you will be taken to your dashboard. Here is where it can get confusing because there is a lot going on, and it can be overwhelming. Not to worry, I’ll give you everything you need to know!   The Toolbar Along the top of your screen you will see a…

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Must Have Tools for a Plant Based Life

This post may contain affiliate links. All opinions are my own. Plant Based Beginnings Let me begin by saying that you do not need to be a vegetarian, vegan, or plant based eater of any type to be welcome at my blog. I share the things that make me happy here in the hopes that you might find something of value. If you are a meat eater, you are still very welcome here. If you are curious about a plant based diet, or just want some cool information that really can apply to anyone, then I hope you’ll continue along with me here. My personal journey toward eating a plant based diet is far from finished. I still struggle with adhering to it and not going after the junk food. I still have some dairy products though I am working on eliminating those as well. I’m by no means perfect, but I do believe that a plant based lifestyle can help you feel fantastic. When I am sticking to it I have a ton of energy, and just feel like I know I should all of the time. I started my journey after reading two books. The first, was Mad…

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6 of the Best Health and Fitness Snapchat Accounts

Instagram Stories Vs. Snapchat If something looks a little bit different when you open Instagram, that’s because they have released their new Instagram Stories. Anyone who has taken a peek has probably noticed that it looks a whole like another popular social media tool. The comparison between Instagram Stories and Snapchat cannot be denied. The major difference is the lack of filters in Stories, and many say that it is easier to use than Snapchat. Personally, I’ve never found Snapchat that difficult to use, but I know that a lot of people really feel like it is geared toward teenagers. I have yet to share my own story on Instagram, but I have watched a few. One things that I don’t like about Stories is that everyone who posts a story shows up in your list whether you want them there or not. I follow a lot more people on Instagram than I do on Snapchat, so the feed size is very different. I know that I don’t have to watch them all, but on Snapchat, I just let them run until I’ve watched them all. My list on Snapchat is curated to the people I really want to watch.…

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