I Am Obsessed With Saving Money, But Here Is How I Treat Myself

I Am Obsessed With Saving Money, But Here Is How I Treat Myself

Being a College Student, on a budget — is a real struggle!

Yes, I am one of those. The girl that loves saving money as much as she can. The girl who scopes over the online weekly ads for local grocery stores and checks out online sales before purchasing anything.

That doesn’t go to say that some of my splurge purchases are worthy of their cost – because they are! Some things are meant to have a large price tag that accompanies it, however – there is no reason to spend, spend, spend without saving money.

Whether it be a dollar here or there or saving hundreds at a time – at least, you will have some money to fall back on in the future if needed. I am obsessed with saving money, any way possible – but here is how I learned to treat myself.

Working on a college budget, there are books to order, supplies to purchase, and groceries that need to be bought in order to survive everyday life, as a College Student. Here lately, I have attempted to save $15-$20 a month to buy myself something nice. It doesn’t have to be extravagant – but maybe a cute tunic, or a pair of earrings you’ve been spotting for a while now. This month, I purchased myself a new laptop case. Amazon has fantastic deals and the two-day shipping is a huge plus!

Checking out the weekly specials at the local restaurants near you is never a bad idea. For example, on Mondays, Mellow Mushroom has the $5 small pizza special. This, my friend, is a reason to treat yourself! When are you ever going to get Mellow Mushroom with a drink for less than $10? Kickin Chicken’ also has daily specials for their loyalty members throughout the week. Going out to dinner with your friends can be difficult when you are on a budget – but be sure to take advantage of those restaurants specials!

Another way that I have learned to treat myself, is taking advantage of the free things in life! Go for a walk, enjoy the beach, plan an adventure to somewhere new. These activities have been seemingly less stressful, than buying an item. It’s not every day that I am able to go for a walk or lay out on the beach. It is a treat for me to take 1-2 hours of my time to treat myself. Besides, it gets annoying every time I see the beach in passing – take time and enjoy it for once!

Treating yourself can be accomplished in many ways throughout our daily lives. It doesn’t always take extra money. Next time you get paid, go shopping at Marshall’s or TJ Maxx – these companies pride themselves on providing quality clothing for lower prices. The next time you want to have dinner with your friends suggest the restaurant with the dinner specials – I can promise you won’t be the only one that is thankful. Lastly, take time to yourself to enjoy the free things in life. As the old saying goes, “Money can’t buy happiness’ can be found true in many settings, however – having money to buy things that make you happy, is totally acceptable – your decisions don’t’ have to break the bank!

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To The Senior Graduating High School In A Month

"What feels like the end, is often the beginning."

It wasn’t too long ago that I was in your shoes. Just a little over a year ago, I was the senior that had a month left. One month left in the hometown that I grew up in. One month left with the friends that I didn’t want to leave. One month left in the place that I had called “my school” for the past four years. You are probably thinking the same things I thought whenever it came down to only 30 days left. You’re probably scared, nervous, worried, or anxious. Maybe you’re like me and are dying to get out of high school, ready to start a new chapter. Or maybe you aren’t so ready yet. Maybe you’re wishing for a little more time.

As scary as it is, this month you have left will fly by. You’ll blink and you’ll be standing in your cap and gown, waiting for your name to be called to receive your diploma. You’ll look back on your last four years at your school and wonder why time went by so fast. It’ll be bittersweet. However, trust me when I say that you have so much to look forward to. You are about to begin taking the steps to build your future. You are going to grow and learn so much more than any high school class could teach you. You are going to meet amazing people and accomplish amazing things. So, as scared as you might be, I encourage you to take that first step out of your comfort zone and face this world head on. Chase your dreams and work towards your goals. You are smart. You are brave. You are capable of achieving amazing things. All your life, the lessons you have learned have prepared you for this point in your life. You are more than ready.

There are times when you will feel alone, scared, or confused. There are times when it won’t always be easy. But those are the times when you will shine the most because I know you will work through whatever problems you may face. Don’t think of the bad times as a terrible thing. Use them all as learning experiences. As author Joshua Marine once said, “Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”

You might think that this is the end. However, it’s not. This is only the beginning. Trust me when I say that the adventures and opportunities you are about to face are nothing compared to high school. Whether you are going to college, going to work, or something else, this is the beginning of your journey called life. It will be exciting, it will be terrifying, but it will all be worth it.

So, as you walk out of your high school for the very last time, I encourage you to take a deep breath. Relax. You’ll always have the memories to look back on from high school. But your time is now, it begins today. Embrace it.

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10 Pieces Of Advice From My Parents That Have Helped Me Survive This Thing Called Life

I don't like admitting that they're right, but they've helped me through more than they'll ever know.


As I've entered my 20s and have made it halfway through college, I've learned that life can be hard and challenging at times. Like many kids, when I was growing up, I could care less about what my parent's advice or opinions were. Nine times out of ten, I would do the complete opposite of what they said. Once I got older and actually started listening to their advice and put it into perceptive, I learned that they're right more often than I'd like to admit.

1. Don't take things for granted

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I've learned to cherish what I have because I might not always have it. It's easy to take life itself and many things it involves for granted. They've taught me to take a step back from this crazy life sometimes and be grateful for all that I have.

2. Don't be afraid to put your heart on your sleeve


My parents have taught me that if you feel something, don't be afraid to say it or embrace it. If you love someone, then tell them. Don't be afraid to put your heart out there just because you might get hurt.

3. Be vulnerable

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In life, in relationships, in your work. Take risks, get shot down, and then try again. Being vulnerable is scary yet so powerful.

4. You can never have too many shoes


Otherwise known as it's okay to treat yourself. Life is hard, so take care of you. If that means going on a shopping spree every once in a while, then so be it.

5. You're going to be okay

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Whatever it is you're going through, you're going through it and you're going to come out on the other side. It may seem horrible now, but you'll learn from it and be okay in the end.

6. You have to have friends in life


It's important to have people to lean on, especially on your bad days, and to celebrate with on your good ones. You can't just have you or a significant other to rely on.

7. Never be afraid to share your opinion

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Don't be afraid to put your thoughts and opinions out there because they might be wrong. They could have a huge impact on someone or something.

8. Don't stress over things you have no control over

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Everyone is on their own path, which means everything will work out the way it's supposed to, even if it doesn't make sense right now. Again, you're going to be okay.

9. Happy, healthy, wealthy, wise


My dad always says if you tell yourself every day that you're happy with yourself or your life, you're healthy and strong, you're wealthy in love and surrounded by great people, and you're knowledgable or wise, then you can achieve anything in life.

10.  S*** or get off the pot

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My all-time favorite piece of advice. Making decisions can be hard and scary, especially if the outcome could be getting hurt in the end. So, you either make a decision and roll with it no matter the outcome or you walk away.

Thanks, mom and dad for always being a phone call away when I need it! Just know that your advice and words of wisdom don't go unnoticed. For others, your parents have been on this planet much longer than you have and most likely experienced the same situations that you're dealing with. They don't have all the answers, but they are there to help.

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