Looking good shouldn't break the bank!
It's SO easy.
It's easier than you think.
Whether you like to get up early in the morning the day after Thanksgiving to score the doorbuster sales at your favorite shops or you'd rather surf the web for the best deals, it's hard to beat the prices you find on Black Friday.
Well peeps, I did it. 30 days. 90 meals. Plenty of late night snacks. All cooked by yours truly. And no fires, burnt dishes or kitchen snafus to speak of!
I’m generally a pretty positive person; not one to harp on the small potatoes problems in my life (like how sick I am of eating - and cooking - said small potatoes). And while I still stand by a lot of the fabulous benefits that led me to take on this challenge in the first place - I really am becoming a domesticated w-o-m-a-n (roar!) and I’m saving lots of cashola - this week brought up some obstacles in this “genius” idea of a four-week challenge.
It's a brand spankin new me, people. A domesticated me. A Martha Stewart - but with more inflection in my voice while speaking - me!
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Truth be told, after living in my apartment for over two years, a friend had to teach me how to use my dishwasher after a party I had. Yes, you just read that correctly. Two years. Never used my dishwasher. If only my mom (and world's best cook) could see me now; she'd be BEAMING with pride.
Let’s face it, “the talk” is awkward for everyone: You, picturing your parents at your age; your parents trying to cover all the bases (protection, safety, responsibility and the long-term consequences of your young-adult actions) before letting you leave the nest. You know we’re talking about the “money talk,” right?
So, how 'bout this?: textbook comparison shopping in your pocket. iBookstore is an iPhone app that'll let you scan in a book's barcode right there in the store and then see rough prices for it online.
Thankfully, this week was extra busy for me. Between work and holiday shopping (I’m one of those last minute shoppers), I didn’t really have much time to even want fast food. That being said, I can’t say I had much time to cook either. So I enjoyed lots of leftovers, made by my wonderful mama.
At 3 weeks in, the “challenges” within this "I'm not eating any meals out this month" challenge are finally starting to show. Don’t get me wrong, I love some of the effects of this challenge; I am proud that I can cook some delicious and edible meals, and the effects it’s had on my wallet have been extraordinary.
No matter which holiday you celebrate, gift giving is a staple of the holiday season. But there is some major pressure when picking out a gift for that special someone. And in this not-so-fabulous economy, a lot of people don’t have the resources to buy the perfect gift anymore.
After raiding my cabinets this week, and realizing we had, like, no food, I decided I would have to go food shopping if I was going to survive this no restaurant month. Being that I’m an impulse buyer, I also “attempted” to make a grocery list. And while I bought a majority of items off my list, I found myself coming home with lots of comfort foods: Easy Mac, ramen, spaghetti.
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I’ve decided to challenge myself to not eat out for the entire month of December. And only 4 days in, I’ve already got a hunger for some delicious food that doesn’t require me cooking. Let’s not forget that the only dishes I can cook successfully are Kraft Mac and Cheese and Cup O’Noodles.
• Nutritionist loses 30 pounds on junk food diet • This music video is nothing short of amazing • adorable animal photobombs • How to save money in college • Girls act crazy, sexy, stupid online • Kanye West needs to pay a real therapist • Pink is preggers! That baby will be full of girl power!
• Sparknotes is the best study tool in the world • Campus fashion • How to save money on campus • Letter from your friend at a warmer school • College degree only guarantees one thing • How to make amazing drunk nachoes • What the worst theme party ideas ever?
• Let's watch the best scenes again! • 5 things you gotta experience before you graduate. • Tim Gunn has something to say about EVERYONE. • Old men are creepy (via the New York Times). • 5 single girl traits to re-learn after a break up. • Dirty little secrets we ladies keep from men.
Dear Dude, My boyfriend and I have been together for a little over a year. Things between us are simply awesome. We are best friends and we want to spend the rest of our lives together. Recently, my boyfriend moved into his own apartment. Since this happened, all we ever do is stay in and watch movies on the couch.
• Are any 20-somethings not saving money? • Wanna tone those arms? • J-Woww talks Jersey Shore strike and salaries. • Michael Lohan is a bigger jerk than we thought. • You CAN stay fabulous on a budget. • Do you think Taylor Momsen will regret this?
Shopping, like any other sport, requires technique, skill and good eye for talent. Okay, so maybe shopping isn't exactly an Olympic sport (yet), but being smart about the way you go about it can make you feel like you've certainly won some kind of contest (and saved some big bucks!).
• Penn State applicants do, that's who. • Why are humans so damn irresistible to vampires? • I don't think Lilo's SCRAM bracelet is working... • Who's excited for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows!? • Angelina Jolie opens up a bit, looks gorgeous. • 9 easy ways to save a little cashola.
This week I was perusing USA Today and stumbled upon an article that struck me as, frankly, a bit terrifying. The article screamed HUGE DEBT, NO SAVINGS in my face, warning all of us in "Gen-Y" (that group of seventeen - twenty-somethings) that we're the only generation unlikely to out-succeed our parents financially.
Finally, the last week of my challenge. I never thought I'd get here without sneaking around UrbanOutfitters.com at midnight to get my window shopping fix (Okay, so maybe I did it once. Or twice.), but here I am. And surprisingly, I'm not counting down until 11:59pm, April 30th with my credit card in my hand.
• Get a sneak peak at Gossip Girl's upcoming dramz! • The 6 most annoying celebrity chefs. • Good news, Lady Gaga fans! • Heidi and Spencer finally do something right. • 10 things you didn't know about orgasms. • The downsides of living frugally.
Clearly, there are plenty of reasons for me to be bitter about my lack o' travels this Spring Break but, I am deciding to look the bright side for a change. Sweating poolside under the shade of an US Weekly magazine or not, I'm going to make the best out of my Spring Break, and - turns out - it is easier than I thought because you can:
I’m a Freshman and my first ever college spring break is coming. All of my friends want to do this Cancun trip (everyone we know is going), but it’s really expensive. I want to go away with all of them, but I don’t know if its worth the money. Is this the kind of thing I “can’t miss out on” like they all say?
am your future (a fabulous, successful, happy, sexy, awesome, etc. girl) and I know what is to come. Allow me to guide you in your choices - based on all I have seen in my 5 years (gasp!) since graduating - to ensure you make the right choices and don't end up with the same regrets I have.
• Everything you never knew about Girl Scout cookies. Yum! • What's the future like for Rihanna and her new man? • Giada De Laurentiis does Target! • Gwen, Madonna and other celebs who should have fitness videos. • Is this Hollywood's newest couple? • Are 20-somethings not saving money?
• Is Shaq the next Tiger Woods? • Conan rips NBC a new...well, you know. • Simon and Paula may be together again! • Wanna travel more? Try a little of this. • Work out tips from Kristin Cavallari. • What's on Obama's DVR?
Dining options in college are pretty slim: either you can eat yet another salad, sandwich, or boring hot entrée at the dining hall, which can become a snoozefest, or you can get takeout/go out to eat, which can get expensive. And then there's the whole "cook for yourself" idea, if your dorm has a kitchen or you live off-campus.
One of my resolutions for this year was to save money, but it seems almost impossible to do in college. Do you have any ideas where to start or what I can do to save a few bucks? I need money badly because I’m interning (with no pay!) in NYC this summer, but as much as I try I just can’t save anything. Help?