When Your Wallet is Wounded

When Your Wallet is Wounded

The perfect fix for when you are having money troubles.

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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30 Things I'd Rather Be Than 'Pretty'

Because "pretty" is so overrated.

Nowadays, we put so much emphasis on our looks. We focus so much on the outside that we forget to really focus on what matters. I was inspired by a list that I found online of "Things I Would Rather Be Called Instead Of Pretty," so I made my own version. Here is a list of things that I would rather be than "pretty."

1. Captivating

I want one glance at me to completely steal your breath away.

2. Magnetic

I want people to feel drawn to me. I want something to be different about me that people recognize at first glance.

3. Raw

I want to be real. Vulnerable. Completely, genuinely myself.

4. Intoxicating

..and I want you addicted.

5. Humble

I want to recognize my abilities, but not be boastful or proud.

6. Exemplary

I want to stand out.

7. Loyal

I want to pride myself on sticking out the storm.

8. Fascinating

I want you to be hanging on every word I say.

9. Empathetic

I want to be able to feel your pain, so that I can help you heal.

10. Vivacious

I want to be the life of the party.

11. Reckless

I want to be crazy. Thrilling. Unpredictable. I want to keep you guessing, keep your heart pounding, and your blood rushing.

12. Philanthropic

I want to give.

13. Philosophical

I want to ask the tough questions that get you thinking about the purpose of our beating hearts.

14. Loving

When my name is spoken, I want my tenderness to come to mind.

15. Quaintrelle

I want my passion to ooze out of me.

16. Belesprit

I want to be quick. Witty. Always on my toes.

17. Conscientious

I want to always be thinking of others.

18. Passionate

...and I want people to know what my passions are.

19. Alluring

I want to be a woman who draws people in.

20. Kind

Simply put, I want to be pleasant and kind.

21. Selcouth

Even if you've known me your whole life, I want strange, yet marvelous. Rare and wondrous.

22. Pierian

From the way I move to the way I speak, I want to be poetic.

23. Esoteric

Do not mistake this. I do not want to be misunderstood. But rather I'd like to keep my circle small and close. I don't want to be an average, everyday person.

24. Authentic

I don't want anyone to ever question whether I am being genuine or telling the truth.

25. Novaturient

..about my own life. I never want to settle for good enough. Instead I always want to seek to make a positive change.

26. Observant

I want to take all of life in.

27. Peart

I want to be honestly in good spirits at all times.

28. Romantic

Sure, I want to be a little old school in this sense.

29. Elysian

I want to give you the same feeling that you get in paradise.

30. Curious

And I never want to stop searching for answers.
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Growing Up In America

The struggles of learning English in a first generation household.


I was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico and moved to Virginia when I was almost 2 years old. I had lived in a predominantly Hispanic/Latino area in Alexandria before my family and I moved again to Prince William County. We moved because my parents wanted my siblings and I lived in a safe place where we could attend a good school to get our education.

My parents always focused on our education, especially since they didn't have the opportunity to get theirs. So, as you can image, my parents were very tough on us when it came time to work on homework, projects, and whatever else what assigned to us. I was 6 years old when I started school, and although I was very young, I still remember all the obstacles we went through.

The summer before my first-grade year, my dad had gotten my sister and me a new (to us) desk that we would use to do our homework on. I was so excited, it was this large pink desk with two little drawers where we stored my pencils and crayons. Just the idea of doing American homework made me so excited, but when school came around, my excitement quickly vanished.

I caught onto the English language fairly quickly but reading and writing was a whole other story. My parents and I spent many nights sitting at that pink desk, struggling trying to figure out my homework assignment, but I couldn't understand it as I still didn't really know how to read or write. What made it even more difficult was that my parents were also limited in reading and writing of English. We struggled a lot, but we were able to come up with a system;

1. Break out the English/Spanish dictionary

2. Word for word, break down that homework assignment

3. Come up with an answer to the homework

4. Write the answer down, then translate it to English

5. Go back, reread (to the best of my ability) to make sure it sounded okay (this was my time to practice sounding out the words, my least favorite part)

6. Next day, ask a friend to look over homework to make sure I did okay

This was my homework routine for first and second grade. It was tough at first but luckily with time, it became easier. Made it even better was that my parents started attending English classes. They would practice what they had learned in class with my siblings and me. My parents were not going to let a language barrier get in the way of our education, so they worked just as hard as we were to learn all that we could. We grew and learned as a family.

I think back to these moments a lot because although we had many long nights trying to decipher my homework, my parents never gave up and kept pushing us to get our education. It's because of their tough love, their high expectations and their focus on our education, that I will be graduating this May.

Gracias Mami y Papi, esto es para ustedes. Los quiero mucho.

(Thank you, Mom and Dad, this one is for you. I love you so much)

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