During my time in undergrad, I learned that school is more than sitting in a classroom. So, even if you’re not heading back to school in the fall, that doesn’t mean you can’t nurture your love for learning into your adulthood!
You can further your education without filing that FAFSA all over again. Get resourceful, and use your connections and community to improve your skill set and beef up your résumé. Or heck—just learn something new because you think it’s cool. That works too. Here are four ways you can do it for free.
If you’re like me, there isn’t a gym rat bone in your entire body.
Hey, it can be intimidating to hop on a treadmill and run your 13-minute mile next to the marathon runner-in-training. Unfortunately, if your insecurities keep you away too long, you just wasted a perfectly good (and expensive!) gym membership.
Besides that, activation fees, cancellation charges, and monthly payments to use state-of-the-art facilities may not be in your budget, and that’s OK. I’ve found four ways to get fit for free—so grab your sneakers and leave your wallet at home:
I got my hair relaxed for the first time when I started elementary school. For the next 13 years, my family spent time, money, and effort chemically straightening my curls. I simply thought it was part of overall hygiene and hair care—every two months, burn those fuzzy roots into submission!
By the time I was a senior in high school, my poor strands were fried and limp. I’d spend time, money, and effort to add volume back into my hair. “Wait a minute,” I thought. “Why am I doing this—don’t I naturally have curly hair? Aren’t I, ya know, genetically predisposed to voluminous hair?”
I’ve been thinking of ways to curb costs (what’s new?), and since I can’t bear to part with my cable provider just yet, I thought focusing on my impulse buys would be a great start.
Then, after some quick cleaning in my old bedroom at my parents’ house, I discovered a treasure trove to help me take on this challenge: a fat stack of gift cards!
If you’re like me, and you won’t be enjoying a tax refund check this year, you probably need one good tip to get your finances back on track. Here it is: unsubscribe from retail email newsletters.
I’m not a shopaholic by any stretch of the imagination, but I do love a good sale. Who doesn’t? And isn’t it so nice of our favorite stores to send email newsletters about every sale they have? No. It’s not nice, it’s slick. Don’t fall into their trap!
Cancun and Miami out of the question for spring break this year? Don’t mope around! (Events never unfold quite like they do in those college movies anyway.)
Before you know it, college will be over and vacation time will be written into a stone-cold contract. So, be sure to have fun with any break you get—even if you don’t have a lot of money to spend. Check out four affordable ways I enjoy time off in my own city.
If I have to hear about the polar vortex one more time, I just might cry. Down here in the South, we’re struggling with this prolonged period of inclement weather, and it’s putting a strain on my emotions!
Getting up in the morning for work is such a chore when outside looks as gloomy and dark as it did when I came home from work. Fortunately, we can overcome this season—and not just from a “how do I scrape the ice off my windshield?” standpoint. (Guys, I had to use a fork.)
Here are five inexpensive or free ways to add some happiness into your life, just in case you’ve forgotten what “rise and shine” means.
I’m writing this post in a bustling coffee shop. The espresso thing is whirring, the music is blaring, and the Wi-Fi is moving at a snail’s pace. I thought if I came here, I could focus on my work. I was wrong.
I’m always wrong.
It’s almost payday, everyone!
If you’re like me, you’re a little lazy and a lot forgetful, so you set your bills to be automatically withdrawn from your checking account. And, if you are like me, by the time rent, utilities, car payments, and student loans make their rounds, you’re practically back to square one.
Writing for the SALT™ Blog and reading everyone’s helpful content certainly helped me manage my money better and work toward things like international travel and healthier eating in 2013.
But, hey—I never claimed to be Suze Orman, did I? I’m willing to air out my dirty laundry for the greater good, in hopes that my mistakes help you look closer at your spending habits. You can’t make those resolutions without first taking note of where you slipped up the year before.
So, counting down, here are the five most embarrassing things I waste my money on.