25 things to stop buying to save money

If you want more money, you have two options: make more or spend less. If you’ve already done all you can to make more money, then the next step is to find little ways to shave off areas of your existing budget. Just like earning extra money, living frugally is all about the slow and steady race. But if you stick with it, you can easily save $5,000 or more a year!

My dearest essential oils,

Oh how I love thee, my sweet (sometimes spicy) essential oils. It’s hard to believe we’ve only been together for three short years. You are the peanut butter to my jelly. The Kleenex to my boogers. Whether my nose is runny, my vacuum is stinky, or my muscles are achey, I know I can always count on you to come through for me. Remember that one time I put lavender on my tongue and almost died from the taste of what can only be described as licking a dumpster? Our trust was shaken, and it was touch and go there for awhile. But I knew I could never leave you. My heart is forever bound to your magical ability to make my garbage disposal smell like an orchard of oranges on fridge-cleaning day. Basically, you da real MVP, essential oils.

Love your guts,

I seem to always start the New Year with lofty savings goals… and then when I haven’t even made a dent by February, I usually get frustrated, binge eat two containers of those Target sugar cookies with the fluffy icing, and throw my savings goals out the window. So this year, I decided to jump start my 2019 savings with some creative, yet completely effortless, approaches in December – and I actually ended up making $232.96!