The New year comes with the feelings of being able to start over, to clean off the black board a re-do any bad choices from the previous year. But before we jump into a list of resolutions, there's the party... which is always my favorite part.
This year, my roommates and I are the ones hosting. So naturally I've spent the last two weeks looking at Pinterest for any ideas I can get for decorating our house without overspending. And here are five of my favorite recommendations!
1. use your tree:: or at least some of the decorations. I bought some gold and silver balls to put into vases on our make-shift mantel. And since Christmas has past, they were less than $2 for 12 from my local Christmas store.
2. balloons:: even though we're no longer 8, balloons can still make any party look nice without costing too much. I'm planning on making this fun wall "collage" in our dining room.
You can also use them to display some of your favorite pictures from the year.
3. when in doubt, add glitter:: in the words of Ke$ha, "throw some glitter make it rain on 'em." Add this craft herpes to just about anything for a fun New Year's Eve decoration. You can even put it in the balloons. My favorite idea has been to put it on the champagne bottles you'll open at the start of the new year.
4. all of the kisses:: the candy. Almost everyone wants a kiss at midnight to ring in the new year and here's an easy way to make that happen... even if it is just chocolate. I even found some printables to stick on the bottoms of them to make them festive.
5. lights:: everyone loves a good string of twinkle lights right? Use these as part of a backdrop for a photo booth or just as a way to light up a room without using those over head lights (I think those are the worst).
I hope these are helpful for any fellow procrastinators!
Do you have any New Year's Eve decor hacks?
I recently moved and in the time leading up to moving day, it felt like I had an endless list of things to get done. And in an effort to help some else's move go a little smoother, I thought I'd share a few things you want to make sure you do when preparing to move.
If you're moving withing the same county, you can have your electric/gas/water transferred to your new home for a fraction of the cost of starting a new account.
And don't be afraid to resort to bribery. I invited people over for a pizza party after the hard work was done!
What are some of the things y'all have learned from moving?
I know it's been a while since I last talked about budgeting, but I'm back at it and wanted to talk a little more about the grocery budget. This is perhaps one of my most difficult "envelopes" to stick to. However, over the past few years I've learned a few tricks to staying within your budgeting goal.
>>plan your meals<< this is something I could definitely stand to do more of, but for now the little bit of planning that I do works. I will usually think about how many times that week I want to eat out and how many times I want to eat at home. From there, I try to decide specifically which days are going to be easiest for me to cook. The days were I know I'll have a lot going on, I just plan to eat out. You may also be able to plan your meals based on what's on sale that week.
>>make a list<< DUH! I can't tell you how many times I've gone to the grocery store without a list and ended up spending most of the month's budget in that one trip. Figure out what you need and what you want; the things you need are for sure purchases, the wants are only if you have room in the budget. Ex. a need for me is coffee, a want is orange juice. You'll want to make your list based on the meals that you've planned for the week.
>>look for a sale<< I'm not one who likes to drive all over town to try to find the best deal on cereal. By the time you find it on sale, you've saved $0.30 on the cereal and used $3.00 worth of gas... not worth it. I usually only shop at one store, occasionally going to a second if they have a lot of things on my list for sale.
>>coupons<< I'm not saying you have to become an extreme couponer. I'm Kroger shopper so I always make sure to go on their website to check for any online coupons I can load to my Kroger Plus card before leaving the house. If your Plus Card is registered with them then they'll also send you coupons monthly based on your previous purchases; which is really helpful.
Publix also has BOGO deals every week, and if a good amount of my need items are on their BOGO list then I make sure to stop by.
>>apps<< there are some apps out there that will almost do the couponing work for you. Checkout 51 is my favorite. They have a list of groceries each week that you can get discounts on and very few of them are brand specific. They also have coupons for things like avocados, and strawberries which you rarely have coupons. Once you've gone shopping, all you have to do is upload a picture of your receipt and they add the allotted amount to your account. Once you've reached $20, they send you a check. It's like coupons in reverse.
Ibotta is also another app I use. This one requires a little more time, but it works similarly to Checkout 51. On this app, you earn your rewards by taking a short question quiz or "learning something new" about that product. Again, once you get to $20 in savings, you receive a check.
I hope you'll find this helpful as you continue to strive to manage your money wisely!
How do you cut costs on your grocery bill?
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