40 Songs to Refresh Your Workout Playlist

40 Songs to Refresh Your Workout Playlist

For many of us, working out comes across as something drab and boring to cross off our list. However, we all know fitting exercise into our schedule is important for our physical and mental health.

So, if you’re like me and need some extra motivation for that workout, here is some music to get you moving and then help you cool off.

These songs are in no particular order. I tried to pick a good mix of familiar and less familiar works to keep things interesting.

Classic Songs That Make You Want To Move

Classic rock and pop songs are a great source of fast, fun rhythms and catchy lyrics to get you in the exercising mood.

  1. “Rock You Like A Hurricane” by the Scorpions
  2. “No One Like You” by the Scorpions
  3. “Welcome To The Jungle” by Guns N’ Roses
  4. “We’re Not Gonna Take It” by Twisted Sister
  5. “Cum On Feel The Noise” by Quiet Riot
  6. “Runaway” by Bon Jovi
  7. “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor
  8. “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor
  9. “Gonna Fly Now” (Rocky Theme) by Bill Conti
  10. “The Final Countdown” by Europe

Newer Songs to Jam At The Gym With

When you’re starting to feel that burn in your muscles, here are some popular, catchy songs to keep your mindset in “Go Mode”.

  1. “Hear Me Now” by Hollywood Undead
  2. “Circus” by Brittney Spears
  3. “A Cut Above” by Avery Watts
  4. “Lose Yourself” by Eminem
  5. “Titanium” by David Guetta
  6. “Believer” by Imagine Dragons
  7. “You Can’t Take Me” by Bryan Adams
  8. “Fighter” by Christina Aguilera
  9. “Stop Me When You’ve Had Enough” by Nural
  10. “Remember the Name” by Fort Minor

Slower Songs For That Cool Down

 

After all that sweat, tears, and blood—well, sweat, at least—make sure to take some time to pull your body back down to your normal breathing and heart rate.

 

Those Classics Again

 

Here are some older tunes to help you out.

  1. “Your Song” by Elton John
  2. “Imagine” by John Lennon
  3. “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles
  4. “Hotel California” by The Eagles
  5. “The Piano Man” by Billy Joel
  6. “Yesterday” by The Beatles
  7. “True Colors” by Cyndi Lauper
  8. “Carry On Wayward Son” by Kansas
  9. “Fire and Rain” by James Taylor
  10. “Can’t Fight This Feeling” by REO Speedwagon

 

Today’s Chill Songs

 

Find your Zen after your workout with these songs.

  1. “Breathe Me” by Sia
  2. “We Don’t Have to Be Ordinary” by Something in the Night
  3. “Lonely Road” by Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
  4. “Superman” by Rachel Platten
  5. “Stars” by Skillet
  6. “Unsteady” by X Ambassadors
  7. “Stand in the Light” by Jordan Smith
  8. “Roar” by Katy Perry
  9. “I See Fire” by Ed Sheeran
  10. “We Believe” by Good Charlotte

 

Lift your mood while you move because exercising doesn’t have to be that chore we dread. So, set yourself up in your living room, your running route, or at the gym and enjoy your workout session with these fun, motivational songs!

Too Dark? Here’s How to Lighten Your Hair at Home

Too Dark? Here’s How to Lighten Your Hair at Home

We are soon saying goodbye to winter and approaching spring. During this time many of us begin to get our summer body together. We might start to work out a bit more, drink more water, try to clear up our skin, and many of us want to lighten our hair. If you are feeling like it is time to get rid of that dark hair, here are some ways to lighten your hair at home.

If you are more of a natural living kind of person then these next few solutions are for you:

Lemons

Diluted lemon water (half lemon, half water mixture) can lighten the hair when applied. This is a very common method for naturally lightening all over the hair.

Honey

Honey when mixed with olive oil will lighten hair. This is a very popular at home method for creating highlights. It does need to be left on for longer periods of time: approximately 30-60 minutes is recommended. You may also need to apply multiple times to have effects. Make sure to be careful if you are washing it off while standing in the shower as it is sticky and you could slip.

If you do not prefer olive oil, you can mix honey with apple cider vinegar and apply it to the hair. Use two cups of vinegar to one cup of honey. Apply it to the hair and cover with a towel. Leave it on overnight and wash in the morning.

Baking soda

Use approximately ½ cup of baking soda and water to make a medium thickness paste. Apply the paste to the hair and leave on for 15-20 minutes. If you like the lightness it offers you after 20 minutes, you can wash it out. If you want lighter hair you can leave it on longer.

If chemicals do not bother you, the bleaching your hair at home may be the right fit:

Bleach

You can bleach your hair at home, however, you should have very healthy hair to proceed. If you are not using virgin hair and healthy hair, this is not recommended. You will need to purchase bleaching powder and developer/peroxide. The developer/peroxide comes in 10 volume (ideal for already light hair), 20 volume (light brown hair to lift 2-3 colors), 30 volume (for darker hair to life 3-4 colors) and 40 volume (high-lift but really damaging to the hair). Once you have mixed the bleach and developer/peroxide, apply it to the ends of your hair with gloves and apply it to the scalp last. Do not leave the bleach on for more than 30-40 minutes. Carefully watch it to see when your preferred lightness has arrived. Wash it out thoroughly and be sure to use a deep conditioning treatment to prevent damage.

Whatever method you prefer, natural or chemical, it is so fun to be able to experiment with how you look. For some reason hair is always the go to. Maybe because we feel instantly transformed by a simply color change. However you achieve your perfect look is great. I just hope you enjoy the outcome!

25 Perfect Gifts To Give Someone Moving Into Their First Apartment

25 Perfect Gifts To Give Someone Moving Into Their First Apartment

By: Elise Castelaz

Looking for the perfect housewarming gift for your friend finally leaving the nest? Look no further! We’ve put together an extensive list of the perfect first apartment gifts, and even better, they can all be found on Amazon. So go ahead and hop on your (or your mom’s, we don’t judge) Prime account and grab that last minute housewarming gift.

This cocktail shaker kit comes with all the basics for making fancy af cocktails, and at about $22 for a 6-piece set, it’s a steal!

A classic- the Fujifilm Polaroid Camera makes an amazing move-in gift because it is a perfect way to capture special moments, like a housewarming or dinner party.

Help your friends make a good first impression with their new neighbors with a cheery welcome mat for their front door.

Provide the gift of the perfect background music at all times by snagging a portable Bluetooth speaker. Perfect for use inside the home, picnics in the backyard, and anywhere else your friend enjoys good tunes!

Is your friend more analogue than Bluetooth? Instead of a speaker, try a sweet, vintage-looking record player.

You won’t know you need this tool kit until you really need it- which is why this makes the perfect thoughtful and useful gift.

As if a spread of cheese and grapes wasn’t already the easiest way to feel classy fast- take your friend’s charcuterie board to the next level with this gorgeous wood and marble cutting board. It comes with three knives that fit right into the board for satisfyingly cute functionality.

Hippy at heart? This super cute macramé plant hanger is less than $10 and will help your friend get a head start on her trendy urban jungle.

This giant bean bag pillow will make your friend’s new apartment the ultimate hang out spot. Sprawl out alone, or pile on with all your friends!

Every apartment needs a good coffee table book collection! Help your friend start theirs off with this inspirational book of adventures- The Bucket List: 1000 Adventures Big and Small.

Okay, admittedly cleaning supplies aren’t the sexiest. But this set of 5 pure, sulfate-free detergents and cleaners are the perfect starter set for a new apartment dweller.

There’s nothing like a good book and perfect cup of coffee on a rainy day right? This pillow would agree, and we think your friend will too!

Speaking of coffee… this coffee maker does it all! It can brew up a full pot, or just a single serve, and takes both coffee grounds or coffee pods.

A tried and true favorite for transforming a plain old wall into a centerpiece: a tapestry! Take a room from boring to boho in literal seconds.

These eco-friendly and stylish silicon and bamboo utensils are a perfect kitchen starter set.

This joyfully colorful 13-piece mixing bowl set is another great gift to make sure your friend’s kitchen always stays fully stocked! It even includes measuring cups, a mesh-wire strainer, and a colander that all nest neatly into each other for easy storage in a small apartment kitchen.

Turn even the smallest bathroom into a bright, happy space with this adorable shower curtain. The banana leaf pattern will bring all the tropical vibes without actually having to leave your house.

Everyone dreads the sound of their alarm in the morning, so give the gift of a peaceful morning, every morning with this awesome wake-up light. It stimulates a sunrise that will wake you up gradually and peacefully, but still has backup alarm sounds if your friend is a heavy sleeper!

Give your friend a gift that’s both trendy and functional: a modern yet rustic hanging shelf. She can display pictures, plants, knickknacks, and more on the sleek and sturdy circular shelf.

Light up a room and your friend’s smile with this gift. This super cool neon light comes in every letter of the alphabet and numbers 1-9, so you can pick the letter of your friend’s name, or buy multiple and spell out a word or the numbers of her address for a sweet personal touch.

With first apartments come first roommates. Help your friend mediate complaints with a sense of humor with this hilarious sticky-note set.

A hanging hammock chair is a super unique gift, and will instantly make your friend’s living room or deck extra relaxing, not to mention really cute too!

What Do You Meme is a perfect housewarming gift! It will provide lots of laughs, and a great, easy way to entertain a group.

An aromatherapy diffuser is a perfect gift for anyone, life is stressful! Your friend will love the natural wood grain pattern and soothing colored lights of this humidifying diffuser.

Apartments aren’t typically known for their abundant amounts of storage and organization space. This slim, 3-tier rolling cart is the perfect way to make the most out of a small space.

What Is MCT Oil And Why Should You Use It?

What Is MCT Oil And Why Should You Use It?

MCT oil is so popular right now. We are hearing about it everywhere. It is being added to coffees, dressings, and your morning protein shake. But what is it really? And should we be using it? Today I have all the answers for you, but ultimately you get to decide whether or not to add it to your diet.

So, what even is MCT oil?

MCT stands for medium-chain triglyceride oil. It is essentially a short-length fat that is easily digested by our bodies. Its benefits include adjusting how your body processes these fats. MCT oil is extracted fro coconut, palm oil, dairy products, and other foods. There are many different types of MCT oils, but caprylic and capric acid types are the most popular of the MCT oils.

What does MCT oil do for us?

MCT oil has many health benefits that are backed by science. Here are a few of the benefits:

  1. Weight loss

Consuming MCT oil helps us to feel full, therefore preventing us from eating too much and thus gaining weight from overeating. Our body processes MCT oil differently than other fats and this may help us to burn calories. We also have to store less fat because MCT oil can be immediately transformed into energy.

  1. Energy

MCT does not have to be broken down the same way that other fats do by our liver, therefore making it an immediate energy source. MCT oil is known to be a brain booster because of this immediate energy source.

  1. Assist with managing Epilepsy and Alzheimer’s disease

MCT is able to be transformed into ketones, which may help manage Epilepsy by reducing the frequency of seizures. This should be managed with the support of a Physician, however. Please do not start an MCT oil regimen to manage Epilepsy without consulting a professional. Ketones also help to block the work in the part of the brain that promotes memory loss, therefore potentially making it beneficial for Alzheimer’s patients.

  1. Fight bacteria

MCTs, in coconut oil, help to reduce several different bacteria. Some that are responsible for the development of skin infections and others that reduce the development of fungus. This could be related to the caprylic, capric, and lauric acids that are found in MCTs. Further research will need to be done on this topic, however.

  1. Help control blood sugar levels

For people experiencing Type 2 Diabetes as related to being overweight, using MCT oil to increase fat burning can be helpful in long-term maintenance and weight loss. MCT oil use can reduce body weight and insulin resistance. If a person were to lose enough weight, they could potentially reverse the condition of Type 2 Diabetes or drastically decrease its impact.

Where to get it

MCT oil has many physical health benefits. It, like anything, should be used in moderation because it may be hard on your gastrointestinal system at first. Find a good recipe for a morning smoothie and maybe add some. I suggest ordering this product off Amazon, it is a best seller!

$26.55

10 Pre-Fab Homes You Can Buy On Amazon

10 Pre-Fab Homes You Can Buy On Amazon

Let’s be honest, we all want to eventually own a home. But the reality in the current economy is that most of us can’t afford to buy one-especially without getting into massive debt.  

So some, such as myself, have decided to go a minimalist route. However, if you’re someone who maybe doesn’t have the skills or time to build a small structure to live in, never fear! There are lots of options out there including on Amazon.  Ready to prime yourself a house?  

Lillevilla Allwood Cabin Kit Getaway

$18,800

292 square feet + sleeping loft

The teal accent color. The cute loft. I’m sold.

Allwood Timberline

$34,900

483 square feet + 129 loft

The small front porch is homey and inviting, and the loft allows the downstairs to be open—especially with the front windows offering a good amount of natural light.

Allwood Sunray

$8,690

162 square feet

While this home is a bit smaller than the other tiny homes, the glass doors and front windows allow for the natural light to accentuate the open floor plan of this home.

Allwood Eagle Point

$46,900

1108 square feet

With a total of 1,108 square feet spread out across a downstairs and upstairs floor plan, this tiny home has a beautiful exterior design—not to mention the spaciousness of the interior. Also, this home has a spiral staircase. Super fancy!

Allwood Eagle Vista

$64,6500

1336 SQF Cabin Kit

This tiny house is nearly sheer perfection. The upstairs and downstairs have about equal square footage, unlike many tiny homes that merely just have an upstairs loft. The house design allows for eleven rooms, including three bathrooms.

Allwood Claudia

$7,900

209 square feet

I cannot get over the windows for this tiny home! Like many of the previous homes, the natural lighting is fantastic, and while this home is no different, the two extra windows on the front sides.

Expandable Container House with Solar Energy

$24,800

20 ft/40 ft

A fireproof, waterproof, anti-rust expandable home with glass walls.

 

 

Timber Frame Cabin Kit

$59,321

725 square ft

This home is beautiful! It’s a 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom cabin with timber framing. Gorgeous!

Tiny Home Park Model RV

$64,900

399 sq.ft

This 1 bed, 1 bath vacation home has an open floor plan and comes with a covered front porch.

Tiny Home- Park Model RV

$51,500

399 sq ft

This 1 bed, 1 bath tiny home includes pine accents, tile floor, and kitchen appliances. The open floor plan and high ceilings allows for ample storage.

The Best Beach Locations for Spring Break

The Best Beach Locations for Spring Break

We are nearing the end of winter, which means you are inevitably going to come out of hiding to put those bathing suits on. I love this time of year. The sun, music, food, drinks, and friendships are always the main focus of spring and summer. With spring coming up, what are you doing for spring break? Are you looking for the traditional spring break spent beaching? If so, here are the best beach locations for spring break. You will not be disappointed.

Bahamas

If you are looking for the perfect Instagram shot featuring wild pigs, the Bahamas is your spring break destination. There is so much to do here. Local eating, shopping, and exploring will take plenty of your time. I suggest checking out the Queen’s Staircase. You can snorkel over beautiful reefs, but watch out for sharks. The sunbathing on white sand beaches isn’t too bad either! And of course, check out Atlantis while you are there. It features such a great aquarium and water slides. You might even run into Mary Kate and Ashley- okay, maybe not. The 90’s kid in me can dream though.

Cabo San Lucas

If you are looking for all-inclusive resorts and great nightlife, Cabo is for you. Even if you are a daytime adventurer, Cabo is a great destination. You can walk on Lover’s Beach, snorkel and scuba dive amongst the fishes, and even kayak through caves. If it is nightlife you are looking for, Cabo Wabo Cantina, Giggling Marlin, The Office, El Squid Roe, Nowhere Bar, and others will excite you. Spend your days on the beach and your nights dancing away.

Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta features some amazing beaches and daytime cruises. Be sure to book a sailboat tour or whale watching cruise on this spring break trip. The El Malecon boardwalk is definitely worth checking out. It is along the sandy beaches of Puerto Vallarta. This is such a beautiful, warm, and perfect spring break destination because it too features the inclusive resorts, and nightlife, but less college kids as compared to Cabo, if that isn’t quite your thing.

Miami

Miami Beach and South Beach are famous for their spring break parties! If you are looking for a big party, Miami be the perfect spot for you an all your friends. This is where you will find an abundance of college kids. South Beach features all the popular nightclubs during this time of the year and daytime beach parties. Here you will find music, drinks, games, and more. Miami even has a clothing optional beach called Haulover Beach. Proceed with caution!

Santa Monica

If you are more of a West Coast kind of person, Santa Monica will be the spring break beach for you. It is over three miles of soft sand and features a pier with a Ferris wheel, shops, and great beach food. The Santa Monica beach is an iconic California beach.

 

These are five of the most recommended spring break beaches. Now go get started planning the spring break of your dreams. Remember to find the perfect bathing suit and pack plenty of water!

5 Top Rated Easy Baked Pasta Dishes Perfect For Any Night

5 Top Rated Easy Baked Pasta Dishes Perfect For Any Night

A bit of winter blues, with a dash of extra stress, and a sprinkle of dropping outdoor temperatures sounds like a perfect recipe for comfort food cravings and for me pasta screams comfort. A box of mac and cheese mixed with some leftovers works great for most cravings. However, a full out craving for the comfort only pasta can dish out needs a web search for the best and easiest baked pasta dishes. I ended up with a dizzying array of results to fit any pasta craving.

Every food website seems to have a few baked pasta dishes to offer. I had just landed in foodie paradise, where there is a pasta dish for everyone. Whether I want light on the dairy, heavy on the veggies, and no meat please to full throttle loads of it all, or anything in between I am in heaven. So, follow me as I follow my cravings and make your choices based on eating style, mood, and your pasta cravings.

All these options make you a little dizzy? If so, start with these top rated easy baked pasta dishes. You’ll be whipping up awesome delicious pasta dinners in no time. I chose a variety of dishes ensuring there is something for everyone. We are going to jump right in starting with an Amish Baked Spaghetti recipe from Pinterest. Feel free to use premade sauce if homemade is a bit intimidating.

Photo: The Seasoned Mom

Photo: KITCHEN SANCTUARY.

Amish know their food, especially anything baked. Take an Italian favorite like spaghetti, add an Amish twist, and the results are likely amazing. Looking for a traditional pasta dish with just a slight twist look no further than Amish Baked Spaghetti with 5 out of 5 stars on reviews its sure to be a hit with your family.

Source: Food Network

This is a meaty hearty dish with just enough cheese and tomato to balance it all out. This easy one pot baked pasta dish, Pastitsio is rated, 4.6 out of 5 stars, is warm and filling for those long winter nights. Topped with a generous amount of melted cheese covering the top of the dish.

Source: Food Network

This cheesy, meaty baked pasta dish is an old favorite of pasta lovers with a simple twist. The Lasagna Rolls are more elegant and less messy than the traditional dish. With a review rating of 4.6/5 stars, it will likely become a family favorite.

Photo: Food Network

With this hearty easy dish for those cold winter nights, you won’t even miss the meat with its rating of 4.7/5 stars. Baked Penne with Roasted Vegetables can easily be made into a non-vegetarian meal by adding crumbled precooked drained hamburger meat into the mix.

Photo: Food Network

This creamy vegetarian option of an Italian favorite is sure to please. For those of us that enjoy meat, Creamy Spinach and Mushroom Lasagna could be easily transformed from a vegetarian meal with the addition of precooked boneless skinless chicken breast. With a rating of 4.8/5 stars this is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

This Cute Washi Tape Looks Just Like Sushi

This Cute Washi Tape Looks Just Like Sushi

If you dig way back you’ll discover my love for bullet journaling.  Now, I’m a purist… which is just how I say that I’m too lazy to use fancy tapes and pens and such.  Regardless I love to browse the sections of the store made for journaling.  I especially love the washi tapes.  Now, if you’re unfarmiliar, washi tape is Japanese decorative tape made of rice paper.  It’s thin and perfect for sticking to a variety of surfaces. 

Recently, a British illustrator by the name of Rosie Upright created an extremely adorable washi tape collection designed to look like Japansese sushi. The collection of tape features four designs and is available now for washi tape collectors everywhere.

Shower Squeegees: Reduce Your Time Cleaning The Shower

Shower Squeegees: Reduce Your Time Cleaning The Shower

Shower squeegees are not the most exciting topic, but they do provide you with an easy way to reduce the amount of time you spend cleaning your shower.   And who doesn’t love that?

A quick swipe of a squeegee will effectively remove soap scum, excess water, bacteria, and even reduce mold and hard water stains.  And it only takes a second, so why not give it a try?  After all, if you’re anything like me, you’ll put off cleaning until the shower scum is so grown over that it takes a good thirty minutes of scrubbing to take care of it.

If you want to give it a try, here are some of the best squeegees money can buy.

Hiware All-Purpose Shower Squeegee

With an average 5 star rating, this squeegee is a best seller on Amazon. It provides streak-free drying with a smooth wiping motion. It comes with an ergonomic handle, making it easy on the hands, it’s lightweight, and it comes with a set up to hang it in the shower.

Some other great things about the Hiware Squeegee is that it can be used on multiple surfaces, depending on your needs. It’s great for the shower, windows, mirrors, and even car windows! It comes with a 2 year warranty in case you’re skeptical. Sounds like it’s worth a try!

Price: $12.99

 

OXO Good Grips All-Purpose Squeegee

Ratings from over 3,000 customers lead to an average 4 stars for this squeegee, making it a reliable choice. The lightweight build and comfortable, non-slip grip make it easy to use. The suction cup holder provides a simple way to hang it up where needed. It has a durable blade and should last long enough to be worth your money.

Price: $11.99

 

Original Soft-N-Dry T-Bar Silicone Water Blade

This squeegee also boasts a 4 star rating from customers and can be used on multiple surfaces besides the shower. The unique T-Bar edge eliminates over 90% of standing water stains, and its silicone blade bends to fit the surface being worked on, helping to get a deeper clean.

This squeegee does not come with a way to hang it on the shower wall.

Price: $11.94

 

CLERET iDO Shower Squeegee with DUAL Wiping Edge Cleaning Blade

The CLERET iDO squeegee with dual wiping edge cleaning blade is an Amazon’s Choice product and is a quality product while also being inexpensive. With an average 4.5 star rating, customers have shown this is a squeegee they prefer.

The dual wiping edge design leads to better cleaning than a one edge squeegee. Also, it only weighs 3.9 oz! Talk about easy to carry. With an attractive design and practically invisible wall holder, this squeegee is good for the eyes as well as for cleaning the shower.

Price: $8.99

 

E-PRANCE Shower Window Squeegee

Over 500 customer reviews have led to the E-PRANCE squeegee having an average 4 star rating. Like many of the other squeegees, this squeegee can be used on multiple surfaces, not just the shower. Its secure holder mounts on the wall and is more reliable than suction cup holders.

E-PRANCE consists of durable, quality parts, ensuring it will last. Also, the new handle design provides a longer handle with stripes for easy gripping.

 

Price: $16.99

 

Get Your Squeegee On

In the end, we all have our own preferences when it comes to cleaning products like squeegees. But sometimes it’s worth giving something new a try, so get your squeegee on!

10 Ways To Actually Save Money

10 Ways To Actually Save Money

Saving money is difficult when living from one payday to the next. However, there are ways you can save cash without much sacrifice.

Our editors tried out different methods of saving money to determine which one is best for actually saving money and not feeling too deprived.  Here are the ten methods that worked best for us.

Homemade meals and money savings.

Eating out, ordering in, and mail order meals are all ways the convenience of avoiding cooking can wreak havoc on your budget. Making larger meals and reuse leftovers in different ways throughout the week to help your savings pile up even faster.

Plan travel using incognito mode.

When travel planning, use incognito mode on your browser and delete cookies between searches to get the best rates. This keeps sites from using your browser history and computer type to adjust rates.

Use financial apps.

Apps like Acorns and Stash help track expenses and while growing your savings. Money Brilliant and Betterment are two other good choices for this. Most money apps help with budgeting, saving, and tracking expenses.

Get your bills automated.

Automated drafts for monthly expenses can save you cash in a couple ways. If they’re set to draft on or before the due date, you’ll avoid late fees. Being sure its drafted on or after pay day will help you avoid overdraft fees. Some companies offer discounts for having your payments automated and can help you avoid reconnection fees due to payment issues.

Unlink checking and savings accounts.

Linking checking and savings accounts makes it easy to borrow from savings for unnecessary purchases or holiday splurges. Moving your savings to an unlinked account or a different bank to minimize the urge to overspend.

Cancel unused subscriptions.

Automated subscriptions are forgotten or go unused. Especially when choosing the annual option for a larger discount. Forgetting these subscriptions can cost you more than just paying for unused services. It could cause overdraft fees from forgotten annual payments as well.

Do a 7-day money detox.

For a detox choose 7 days during an 8-week period in which you won’t spend any money. Prepaid services don’t count as spending when using the service. Have plenty of gas and groceries or prepaid public transportation passes to avoid spending on detox day.

Create your own savings challenge.

A savings challenge is an almost painless way to begin saving. Starting with $1 the first week, $2 the second week, and continue adding an additional $1 for 52 weeks. Your savings will total $1,378 upon completion. Find a variation that works for you like reverse it by starting at $52 on week one and working down to $1 on week 52 or a checklist numbered 1 – 52 pick different amounts each week until they’re all used.

Find local free events.

Placing free events on your calendar will enable you to suggest entertainment while hanging out without straining your budget. Use an online search to find free local events such as festivals or concerts.

Utilize free money courses.

Opportunities for free financial literacy courses can be found with an online search. You’ll find free courses at libraries or online. Books can also teach you the basics of money management.

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