When Your Wallet is Wounded

When Your Wallet is Wounded

The perfect fix for when you are having money troubles.
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It’s no secret that money controls the world we live in today. Prices keep getting higher, and people are having a hard time keeping up. From rent, to groceries, to gas, even to something as simple as buying yourself an ice cream cone after dinner has become a huge stressor in everyone’s lives.

We all know the pain of looking at our bank accounts and thinking, “I guess I’ll just starve and walk around naked for the next month or so.” I have good news…it doesn’t have to be that way. Making simple switches to your usual routine may not seem like much at first, but I promise you that it builds up over time, and you actually end up saving a good deal of money. Through personal experience, I’ve put together the most manageable, quickest, and easiest ways to give your wallet a break this year:

  • 1. Stop buying water bottles. Not only is it better for the environment, but also a huge chunk of savings you can put away each week. All you have to do is buy one purifier to keep in your fridge and fill up a reusable bottle to drink from each day.
  • 2. Grocery stores like to mark up prices whenever they can, especially when it comes to fruits and vegetables. Shop at separate produce stores. Everything you want is in one spot, just as fresh, for a cheaper price. I see no negatives here.



  • 3. I don’t know who has time to read their email every hour of every day; I know I sure as hell don’t. With technology advancing these days, many stores now send out text message updates for when there are sales. Subscribe to these and you will save money and time.



  • 4. Pay for gas with cash. Even though it’s only a few cents different, when you’re filling your tank those cents add up.



  • 5. Next time you go out to buy any type of cosmetic, hair product, or pain relief medicine stray away from the designer brand stuff. Buy the store brand! It’s the same exact thing, ingredients and all, and does the same job for a much cheaper price.



  • 6. Especially when it comes to home décor, thrift stores have way more than you would expect. I was super hesitant when I first started shopping at them, but you can find some really neat and helpful things in there.



  • 7. Go out and enjoy HAPPY HOUR! We all love our alcohol and we all hate the prices. Happy hour is a great way to go out and enjoy your time with friends while saving money simultaneously.



  • 8. Eat out less. It’s as simple as it sounds. You save gas money, tax money, and tip money. Plus, eating from home is usually more healthy.
  • 9. Your total has just come to $19.65. That left over 35 cents? Save it! Keep your spare change any chance you get in a jar, cup, mug, anything. At the end of each month take it to your local bank and cash it in. You'd be surprised how much pennies and nickels become a value to you.
  • 10. Last but not least, websites like Ebay and Amazon really do give you a bargain for your buck. Any online site that is known for having discounted items is telling the truth. Type in what you want, and odds are you will find exactly what you’re looking for at a cheaper price than any other place.
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My stepdad has done any and every thing for me. From when I was little until now. He was and still is my go-to. If I was hungry, he would get me food. If something was broken, he would fix it. If I wanted something, he would normally always find a way to get it. He didn't spoil me (just sometimes), but he would make sure that I was always taken care of.

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Yup, the tough one. My stepdad has taught me things that I would have never figured out on my own. He has stood beside me through every mistake. He has been there to pick me up when I am down. My stepdad is like the book of knowledge: crazy hormonal teenage edition. Boy problems? He would probably make me feel better. He just always seemed to know what to say. I think that the most important lesson that I have learned from my stepdad is: to never give up. My stepdad has been through three cycles of leukemia. He is now in remission, yay!! But, I never heard him complain. I never heard him worry and I never saw him feeling sorry for himself. Through you, I found strength.

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So you're about to graduate high school and you think you have it all figured out. You and your best friends are going to stay close throughout college and you're going to take those long road trips in college to see each other. Think again.

Life after high school isn't always what you want it to be. You think you'll miss high school, you'll always be close with your high school besties, and you'll have all this free time in college. That's just not entirely true. I personally do not miss high school. I don't really talk to anyone I went to high school with on a regular basis, and I'm totally OK with that. I have friends in college that I believe will be my lifelong friends whereas my friends in high school didn't make an effort to keep in contact with me after high school.

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