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How Apps Paid for Christmas!

This post may contain affiliate¬†or referral links. All opinions are my own. Can I Earn Enough for Christmas? I have never been very good at saving money for Christmas. It’s not like it sneaks up on me, it’s always in December. But I never properly prepare and always struggle to pay for things. Or even worse, I get into more debt to make sure everyone has a nice holiday. Last January I decided to try a little experiment. I wanted to see if I could pay for Christmas using money and rewards that I earned just by using the apps on my phone. So how did it work? Well, here we are in December and I wanted to share my results. I want to emphasize that I really didn’t utilize any of these apps to their fullest potential. If I had, I think my results would have been even better. Even still, I’m really happy with how things turned out and I intend to repeat this process starting now so that I’m ready for next year! The Apps I Used Swagbucks – This was by far my biggest earner. I have a complete guide for how I use Swagbucks and…

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Eat to Live Week 3

This post may contain affiliate links. All opinions are my own. As I mentioned in my Eat to Live post, I have decided to try the six week plan from Eat to Live. I will be documenting how it’s going in a weekly post. Week 3 I didn’t keep track of my days this week, and it was reflected in my discipline and on the scale. From the perspective of Eat to Live and from my weight it wasn’t a good week and I guess it could be looked at as a failure. In the past, this is where I would stop. But, I have learned that I can’t be so hard on myself because when I am, I gain anything I’ve lost back and then some. This time I am determined to learn why I behave the way that I do with food, and keep going even when things go in reverse. I know a lot about my eating habits and patterns, but this brought to light just how impossible it is for me to eat in moderation. It’s a great theory, and for the people it works for, it makes total sense. It simply does not work for…

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Eat to Live Week 2

This post may contain affiliate links. All opinions are my own. As I mentioned in my Eat to Live post, I have decided to try the six week plan from Eat to Live. I will be documenting how it’s going in a weekly post. Day 8 I woke up with a cold, so I was worried about how that would make me want to eat. We always want comfort food when we don’t feel well. Overall I did pretty good and got most of my veggies in even though salad wasn’t all that appealing. Still feeling much better in terms of energy and cravings. Day 9 Cold was worse, and I just didn’t eat much all around. Didn’t get all of the servings of fruits and veggies in and had some popcorn with vegan butter. I mostly just laid around wondering how the election was going to turn out once I got home from work. I really didn’t pay much attention to what I ate, but I was still mostly on plan. Day 10 The day after the election and I only got about two hours of sleep the night before between watching coverage and not sleeping because of my…

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Eat To Live Week 1

This post may contain affiliate links. All opinions are my own.   As I mentioned in my Eat to Live post, I have decided to try the six week plan from Eat to Live. I will be documenting how it’s going in a weekly post. Day 1 Every time I have attempted following this plan in the past I have struggled with the toxic hunger that Dr. Fuhrman says you will be faced with. It has always caused me to revert back to my old ways. My official day one was October 31st which was a Monday. But this time I started a slow transition over the weekend. I ate some of the things I had been eating, and added more of the things I knew I would be eating on the plan. So on day one I really didn’t feel too bad. I had a tiny bit of leftover spaghetti, but other than that I remained on the plan. I didn’t get all of my vegetables in but I know that is a process as well. Day 2 I stayed right on the plan for day two. I still wasn’t able to get all of my vegetables in and…

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Eat to Live

¬†This post may contain affiliate links. All opinions are my own. Several years ago I was overweight and had developed severe heartburn which then turned into a chronic cough. My doctor told me what I already knew, that the heartburn was caused by my weight and he sent me off with a prescription. I threw the prescription in the trash and joined Weight Watchers. Over the course of a year I lost sixty pounds. Then over the next five years I gained fifty of those pounds back. During the year I lost the weight I became a vegetarian. I started absorbing every bit of knowledge I could get my hands on about vegan, vegetarian, and plant based diets. Enter Eat to Live I happened to be home in the middle of a weekday and caught an episode of Dr. Oz (cue groaning…I don’t like him anymore either). One of the guests on his show was Dr. Joel Fuhrman and he was talking about his book Eat to Live. Oddly enough I already had a copy of the book sitting on my shelf. I had purchased it during an Amazon holiday sale because I thought it looked interesting, but I hadn’t…

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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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