How To Save An Extra $400 This Month

Yes, you heard that right. You can save extra money whether you want to believe it or not.

But it’s going to take a little bit of sacrifice and a little extra work at home! But it IS possible and it is definitely worth it, especially if you’re looking to save up for a trip, new home, etc.

When I moved to Pennsylvania, I knew I wanted to be conscious with my money. Now that I was working my first real job, and paying real bills—keeping my spending habits on track was important for me. So you’re interested in saving an extra $400 a month? Keep on reading to give your wallet and savings account a little extra bliss.

1| Skip Starbucks (or that morning bagel):

Ah-ha. So, you thought I was only going to call out the coffee drinkers of the world? Well, think again. Because whether you’re having a $4 coffee or a bagel with cream cheese, you’re still spending around $100 a month or more. Make coffee at home (because you have a Keurig so you may as well use it) and budget a little extra time to have breakfast at home.

2| Pack your Lunch:

“But I only buy lunch three times a week.” Even if you’re spending a bare minimum of $10 on lunch three times a week, that’s still $120 a month. Meal prep on Sunday, and you will thank yourself later. You’re also going to save yourself a lot of extra calories by making your own food. So, if you’re looking to save money, time and calories—you’ll hit all three goals by packing your lunch.

3| Stick to the list:

How many times have you been to Target or the grocery store with a list of 10 things, yet by the end of it you have 30 or more items not on the list? When you make a list, make it a priority to stick to the list. Spend extra time making sure you’re only buying what you need. You could save around $100 or more every month by only buying what you need at the store.

4| Chill out at Happy Hour:

THE HORRER…but not really. Listen, I’m not saying you shouldn’t go to happy hour ever again. Instead, take a month off from the extra drinks. You know you have a bottle of wine at home, so why not drink it? Say you only have 7 drinks a week at an average cost of $5. After tip, that’s $150. Cut back on your alcohol consumption if you’re looking to save money for a few months.

Ready to save some money? Start with the four tips above, and you’ll work your way to an extra $400 by the end of the month. Do you have any extra tips on saving money? What are you saving for (trips, new home, or wedding)? Make sure to share in the comments below!

 

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5 Benefits of Minimalism

There’s no doubt that minimalism has been a huge topic in 2016, and 2017 seems to be another year of the minimalism trend. Hopefully, this doesn’t remain a “trend,” but more of a conscious way of living for others. For me, since I’ve adopted more minimalist concepts into my life, I’ve noticed benefits that outweigh unnecessary shopping trips, etc. Make sure to leave a comment if you want to know my secrets on how I stopped unnecessary shopping!

Today I’m sharing five benefits of minimalism. Granted, there are many more than five, but these benefits are what I call, “undeniable benefits.” No matter how much you incorporate minimalism into your life, you are guaranteed to feel these benefits!

1| More Time

Let me break it down for you. The less you own in your home, the less you have to clean. The less you have to clean, the more time you have. See how that works? It’s not complicated! Instead of dusting off five extra pieces of furniture that you don’t use or love, you could sell those items, free up more space, and free up your time! Plus if you’re selling your items that you don’t love, you can make a little money through the process.

2| I Appreciate What I Own (Even More)

Before I decided to take on this lifestyle, I had so many things that I didn’t love in my life (mostly clothing). Because of this, I didn’t appreciate the possessions I owned. Now that I decluttered my home, and drastically downsized my closet, I have a deeper appreciation for all the items in my own. Everything I own, I love. That has helped me so much in this journey.

3| More Money

With pursuing minimalism means that you become a more conscious shopper. I haven’t purchased anything that’s non-essential for the last few months, and that has been a wonderful feeling for my wallet. You won’t believe how much money you save by cutting back on what you own because then you’re more aware of your shopping habits. This means more money for travel, or saving of a different purchase!

4| Your Home Is Precious

Be a ruthless editor of what you bring into your home. The less you own the less than owns you. When you decide to take on this lifestyle, your home becomes a personal sanctuary. It becomes your peaceful place. It is a place that you find the most joy because there’s no clutter or excess items to distract you. It is only filled with items you love. That is how every home should feel, but that isn’t always the case until you decide to pursue minimalism,

5| Strong Focus 

Without clutter and items distracting you, you have more time and energy to focus on what you truly want to accomplish with your life. You have more clarity in your life to ask yourself, “What do I want to achieve?” “What brings me the most bliss?” With less stuff, you have more space in your mind for achieving all your #GirlBoss Goals! Minimalism helps your clarity and helps you remove any mental clutter in your mind that could be affecting you from accomplishing what you truly wish to do.

What are other benefits of minimalism have you noticed in your lifestyle? What benefits have I missed? Make sure to leave a comment below!

 

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5 Things to Remove From Your Office Space

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Prior to beginning my journey with minimalism, my office space was unnecessarily cluttered with unused organization, papers I didn’t need, and trinkets that wouldn’t fit in the space. Now, I’ve transformed my office at home and at work into an organized, minimal space. I’m sharing five things you can remove from your office space to achieve a more minimal, clean space for you to work and have a productive day!

1| Unnecessary organization

If you have five file organizers, but you’re only use one—why keep the rest? Do you have a drawer organizer for supplies you don’t use? Donate it, or find a way to use it in your home. When you keep unnecessary organization items, you’re giving yourself a reason to have more clutter in your home. Don’t give yourself a reason to get more things you don’t need. Remember, eliminate instead of organize.

2| Papers and receipts you don’t need

I am so guilty of this because I keep my receipts until I know everything has been processed in my bank account or until I pay my credit card statement. But sometimes this leads to me not throwing out receipts from several months ago. Don’t hoard paper clutter of any kind. It’s distracting and leaves you unproductive because you’re focused on a mess at your desk.

3| Things that don’t belong

Do you have random storage in your office space like old photos you haven’t looked at in 10 years, makeup, jewelry, and everything in between? Get. rid. of. it. Make sure your designated office space only has the things you need for your office. The rest of the items can go where they belong. Don’t make your desk a place to store other things in your house.

4| Extra, unnecessary supplies

There is no reason any human being should keep pens that don’t work, or any other extra supplies when they don’t use them. I simply don’t need or use tacks and paper clips. Guess how many paperclips and tacks I had? Way. Too. Many. It didn’t make sense. Instead, I kept the essentials, and made sure to remove anything I didn’t use regularly or even sparingly. Trust me, you’ll love only keeping items you need.

5| Clutter

You know the type of people who have their desk filled with so much stuff, you wonder how they even have space to work at their desk? Don’t be that person! You don’t need a stack of magazines, three plants, a jewelry stand, your makeup supplies, a mirror, and other random items on your desk for decoration or to fill space. Only keep what is necessary for you to work, and remove the rest and put it in a designated space.

What do you need to remove from your office? What other things would you remove from your office space that weren’t on this list? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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10 Ways to Improve Your Mood (in 10 Minutes or Less)

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Did you ever have one of those days where nothing seems to be going right? You’ve been trying to turn your day around, but you can’t stop thinking of that stressful work meeting, an important project for school. Or, maybe you haven’t had enough time for yourself recently. Today, I’m sharing 10 ways to improve your mood in under 10 minutes, so you don’t have to worry about taking up a ton of your time.

1| Compliment Someone and Mean It

One of the easiest ways to reduce a little stress and improve your mood is by giving someone a genuine comment. Think about it: it makes you feel good when someone compliments you, so why not give an honest compliment to cheer someone else up? You’ll feel the happy affects just as much as the person you’re complimenting.

2| Watch a Funny YouTube Video

There are millions of quick, funny videos you can find. If all else fails, and you can’t find a video, type in: “Funny cat videos” or “funny dog videos,” and I’m sure you’ll find more than enough content to get you through 10 hours. Just remember not to get too carried away if you decide to watch a video on your break!

3| Call a Friend/Family Member

Call a friend or your mom for 10 minutes on your lunch break to have a chat and catch up on your day. I always talk to my mom and dad on my drive to work, and I find that I’m happy when I go into work because I’ve had connection with a loved one before I begin a long, stressful day.

4| Focus on Your Breath

If you want to remove any stress and improve your mood immediately, follow this breathing patterns: 1. Breathe in for four seconds 2. Hold your breath for seven seconds 3. Breathe out for eight seconds. Repeat this two or three times. You’ll naturally feel less stressed and your mood will improve with ease.

5| Set a Timer for 10 Minutes and Clean Something

Clean something in your home. Make sure you set a timer for 10 minutes, so you don’t get too involved with cleaning.  Cleaning your space helps you cross of some tasks off your to-do list, so you’re not going to worry about it later. And, a clean space means a clean mind, which means an easy way to add a little bliss in your life in a short amount of time.

6| Journal

You can search a writing prompt online, or you can you write anything on your mind. Or, maybe you want to make a list of things you have to do for the week. Writing can help improve your mood especially if you’re writing about things that have been bothering you. Use it as stress-relieving method.

7| Take a Power Nap

One of the most underrated things you can do is to set a timer for 10 minutes and allow yourself time for a power nap. If you’re having a long, exhausting day, a quick nap can improve your mood and give you the energy you need to get through the rest of your day. Power naps were my go-to activity in college when I was on the go from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.

8| Make/Play a Calming Playlist

Have a playlist on your phone or computer that you can play whenever you’re feeling upset, stressed, angry, etc. Compile a collection of songs that will lift you up and make you feel good. No matter what negative mood you’re feeling, you’ll be able to turn it around with your customized, blissful playlist.

9| Think of What You’re Thankful For

Better yet, write down the things you’re thankful for. Then, whenever you need a reminder to lift your spirits, you can reference all your blessings in life to put everything in perspective. We all can get lost by worrying about the little things, but the reality is—you need think big picture and not stress so much.

10| 10-Minute Workout

“Is a ten-minute work even worth it?!” YES, girl—it is! Whether you decide to stretch in your office for 10 minutes, or you throw together a work and easy workout in your dorm room to do before your next class, working out releases a happy-mood endorphin. Whatever type of day you’re having, your mood will improve immediately after a little workout.

What other tips do you use to help improve your mood? Make sure to leave your suggestions in the comments below!

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10 Self-Care Tips For Bloggers

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Whether blogging is your full-time career, a side hustle, or a hobby—it’s important to give yourself some time for self care throughout the process. Today I’m sharing some self-care tips I practice as a blogger, and how you can incorporate them into your routine. For my fellow bloggers, you will be able to add a little bliss to your life knowing you’re balancing your blog and everything in between.

1| Don’t let blogging get in the way

By this I mean, don’t let blogging become your only focus. There is so much more to life than your blog. Don’t let it become priority over your children, spouse, family, friends or your well-being altogether. It’s important to love your blog and give it your all, but don’t lose track of the big picture. Remember to balance your blog, family, friends and time for yourself.

2| Step back when you’re stressed

If posting five days a week stresses you out, and you haven’t been able to sleep well for weeks on end—change your posting schedule to three time a week. If you have a lot going on in your personal life, take a step back from your blog and focus on what you need to focus on in your life. It’s okay to time when life becomes too much. Your readers will be forgiving!

3| Take social media breaks

I take my social media breaks on the weekends. For me, taking a break from social media is important because it can be the most stressful component of blogging. Having two or three days where you’re not worrying about Twitter chats, relevant hashtags, and creating gorgeous, Instagram-worthy content is helpful for your self-care routine as a blogger.

4| Unplug consistently

Whether you set an alarm for 8 p.m. and unplug, or you don’t go on social media at all two days a week—make sure you unplug from social media. Blogging isn’t just about writing posts and taking photos. It’s all-consuming with the addition of social media. Don’t feel like you need to be “on the clock” with social media seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Give yourself time when you unplug from the digital world completely and rest.

5| Be mindful and focused

When I talk about “mindfulness,” I ask that you are present when you’re blogging. Stay focused when you do set aside two hours for writing that new post you’re excited about. Don’t let your mind wander, play YouTube videos in the background. Have no distractions so that when you’re done blogging, you will feel accomplished and satisfied.

6| Have a schedule

Many bloggers work on their blog every day for more than eight hours a day because there are posts to write, photos to edit and social media content to create. Instead, focus on creating a schedule for blogging so that you’re not over-working yourself. For example, work from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on everything blogging-related, then give yourself time to focus on cooking, cleaning and other life commitments.

7| Stop comparing yourself

Don’t look at another blogger and play the comparison game. “She has such a beautiful Instagram theme. Maybe I don’t have as many followers because my theme isn’t like hers.” This is only one example, but there are so many ways you can compare yourself to other bloggers in the community. Remember, your blog, theme, and posts are completely original to what YOU want and that’s wonderful. Don’t compare yourself and put yourself down.

8|Schedule off-screen time

Between your laptop, iPhone, TV, etc. there is so much time we spend staring at a screen. Make sure you have time every day when you’re away from your electronics. Get outside for a walk, do a workout at home, read, go out for coffee with your friend, have a spontaneous date night, or visit family. Enjoy time offline and don’t forget to have a life outside of your blog.

9| Take time/days off

How many bloggers do something for their blog (even if it’s only 30 minutes of work) at some point during the day. You need time off. You deserve time off and you deserve a break from blogging. You won’t hard every day, and you need to let your mind recharge from its work. Schedule days off when you don’t work on your blog or stress about your blog either.

10|Take time for yourself

While you’re juggling your blog, work, family, friends, and everything else in life, don’t forget that you need time for YOURSELF! Schedule time for self care whether that’s treating yourself to a massage, creating a workout routine, or having a hobby you enjoy. Don’t forget to give yourself a little love because you’re doing great even if you don’t think you are. Remember that!

What tips would you add to the list? Make sure to leave your suggestions in the comments below!

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