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Saving Money with Groupon Coupons

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine. I love shopping with Groupon. I purchased my current cell phone from Groupon as well as several online courses. So I was very excited to learn that they offer Groupon Coupons to save you money on your online shopping. I do most of my shopping online and I’m a bargain hunter, so I’m always looking for ways to save on the purchases that I plan to make. They have thousands of coupons for popular online stores and this is a totally free service from Groupon! The best part is they are totally searchable by store or category. So if you’re looking for a deal on travel, you could search for Hotwire, and get all of the latest deals for your travel needs. These aren’t random places that you’ve never heard of, they are brands that you know and love. The next time I want to take my kids to the movies I’m checking out their deals from Fandango! Just some of the brands you can find on Groupon Coupons: Sephora H&R Block Microsoft Urban Outfitters Samsung That’s just a sampling of all of the great brands you can find. This service…

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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

 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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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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