5 Ways to Be Productive While Commuting

5 Ways to Be Productive While Commuting

When have I ever NOT been a commuter? From the time I got my first job slinging pizzas, I had to drive 30 minutes over a bridge and into a whole different state for work (small town probs). Today, I still commute. During my hour of commuting time daily, I began getting bored. Like really bored. The radio plays the same songs over and over and who on earth can handle listening to talk shows that early in the morning? Not me. As an attempt to be more intentional with…

10 Ways to Stop Impulse Shopping

10 Ways to Stop Impulse Shopping

How many girls do you know who are fairly decent at budgeting, but then BAM, their closet is spilling over and they can be found at the mall every weekend? I’ll let you in on a secret: that used to be me. Shopping was such an emotional habit for me. I’d shop when I was bored, when I was lonely, when I was stressed, when I was procrastinating. Shopping made me feel better for a little bit, but it wasn’t solving anything. The worst part of it was that I…

6 Things to Always Buy Generic

6 Things to Always Buy Generic

With regards to generic items, it seems like there are two teams. One is all about buying everything generic, no matter how low the quality might be. The other team is full of name-brand snobs, the ones who never look on the lower shelves in the supermarket for the cheaper items. I used to be on Team Generic, while my fiancé is on Team Name-Brand. I was bound and determined to show him how much money I saved by buying generic, until recently. Short story: A few weeks ago, I…

How I Made an Extra $200 This Week by Selling my Stuff

How I Made an Extra $200 This Week by Selling my Stuff

Fact: I was the worst Girl Scout ever. Every single year, I sold the fewest boxes of Girl Scout cookies out of anyone in my troop. I am not a saleswoman in the slightest. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I have been in the process of moving apartments. Moving is utterly exhausting, but selling stuff ahead of time is one of my tips to make a move easier. So I went on a selling rampage. Here’s the breakdown of what I sold: Microwave $25 Set of chairs $60 Fish…

7 Wedding Items You Shouldn’t Buy

7 Wedding Items You Shouldn’t Buy

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. As a bride-to-be on a budget, I definitely wanted to emphasize using old and borrowed wedding items. However, I am getting a little more sentimental about my decisions than I thought I would. I’ve always tried to be fairly minimalist and hold little sentimental value to things. I want to hold onto memories, not stuff. With regards to my wedding, people kept telling me that I’ll want these little pieces of sentiment when I’m older to remember the day by, and I…

How to Shop for Professional Clothes on a Budget

How to Shop for Professional Clothes on a Budget

Graduation is HARD. So much is changing all at once and everyone seems to be at different stages. Maybe you have a job, you are looking for a job, you are moving, or you are staying. It is a whole period of adjustment that is completely overwhelming but exciting, and then again, terrifying. For me, building a professional wardrobe was the LAST thing from my mind as a broke college graduate. Though I am lucky that I can wear jeans and a t-shirt to work every day at the law…

How I Saved $5,000 in 3 months

How I Saved $5,000 in 3 months

To give you a little life update or if you haven’t visited before, I recently became engaged! My fiancé and I had always kept an open dialogue about our relationship and when we wanted to get married. It was during the holidays of 2015 that I tricked him into telling me that he was in the process of buying an engagement ring (I am very snoopy and convincing). He actually designed my engagement ring and had a very talented family friend make it, so it is extra special to me….

Are Coupons Worth It?

Are Coupons Worth It?

Back when I just graduated college and was working a lower-paying job, I was the coupon queen. Okay, maybe I wasn’t an Extreme Couponer, but I did pretty well at it. Now I can’t even remember the last time I’ve used coupons, which is something I used to preach about. Is it wrong? Shouldn’t a young, indebted financial blogger be doing everything possible to be frugal? Truthfully, the only reason I stopped using coupons is because they took a decent amount of time and planning to have a successful shopping…

The One Thing I Did to Save Over $500 a Month

The One Thing I Did to Save Over $500 a Month

After college, I pictured myself getting a glamorous job, my own apartment and a puppy. I lived with 50 girls in a sorority house all throughout college. Didn’t I deserve to live on my own for once? I received a wake-up call when I moved to Charleston. The cost of living is not as expensive as major cities, but for me coming from Iowa, it seems like a lot. Because I didn’t know any potential roommates when I moved here, I decided to rent a fairly cheap one-bedroom apartment on…

10 Tips to Improve Your LinkedIn Profile

10 Tips to Improve Your LinkedIn Profile

If you aren’t living under a rock, you most likely have a Facebook page at the least, if not others. Probably the most taken for granted social media site is LinkedIn. Where I utilize my Instagram page to excessive pictures of my pets (cat lady status), my LinkedIn is much more important to me. I may not check it as frequently as my other social media sites, but I make sure that my LinkedIn page is always on point. Why does it matter, you ask? What does LinkedIn benefit me? LinkedIn…