Car Care 101: 3 Proactive Ways to Keep Your Car Running

For the record, car care is not an emergency. Cars, as much as they might be an asset/worth something if you want to sell it, are really a big honkin’ liability. They cost money. And it’s the least fun money to spend. If I can help you understand in this article what it takes most people years (um, me) to learn about their car, then I’ve done my duty. Find a Reliable Mechanic Mechanics tend to get a bad rap — and that’s because some of them fix things on your car that either don’t need fixing to squeeze more money out of you, or they suck at their jobs and you pay them for half-hearted work. Ugh, neither of those are good things. Find a mechanic who will explain what’s wrong with your car in simple terms, allowing you to ask questions and learn what they’re talking about. My mechanic is amazing. Everyone at his shop is dedicated to quality work. Sure, I think I pay a bit of a premium dollar-wise by going to them, versus some other shop, but I also know that my car is being thoroughly cared for. The best part? I don’t have to ask my dad all of these questions. It’d be great if I could, but he lives 70 miles away, and there’s a point where I need to take care of my own car and not rely on him to do it for me. Shout out: Major props to my dad for …

4 Reasons To Start A Side Hustle

Wouldn’t it be nice to have multiple streams of income? Even better, wouldn’t it be nice to make money doing something you love? Creating a side hustle not only can stimulate your bank account but can stimulate your mind and soul. There are many reasons to start a side hustle. For me, it was a way to go to school, pursue my dreams, and make extra money. I worked for a cosmetic company for years and loved it. However, the hours were insane and did not allow me to pursue my other passion, finance. I took my network and knowledge of the makeup industry and started my own side hustle. I spent my weekends making brides beautiful. It gave me a creative outlet and a way to make people feel special. By building a side hustle I was able to pursue my dreams and energize my life. Here’s why you need to start your own side hustle TODAY: Side Hustle Reason #1: It will give you an outlet to be creative What could be better than making extra cash and doing something you are excited about. You might love your job but I am sure you also have other hobbies that excite you. Starting a side hustle allows you to develop a creative outlet. When you are creative and use your brain in different ways, it helps inspire you in all aspects of your life. It can also stimulate and expand your mind. You will soon be filled with unlimited …

Choose Your Own Adulthood – Matching Furniture is Dumb Anyway

Choose Your Own Adulthood Adulthood can look however you want it to. Recently, I listened as a friend processed her toil and lament over whether she should “finally get matching furniture,” like what some of her friends were buying to fill their new homes. She admitted that all of her furniture was obtained for free, given to her from friends or family at one time or another, and she wondered if people would judge her for the mismatched collection filling her home. It’s as if she wasn’t “actually an adult”, unless she had matching furniture. And you better believe I cut her short. I gave her my best, “Giiiiirrrrl, your life doesn’t need to look like someone else’s life. If you want to have free furniture filling your house till you die, that’s 100% your choice. And if they’re going to judge you, that’s on them, not you.” Seriously, no one cares. There is no mold for adulthood — regardless of how your parents lived, what the movies tell you or what you imagine life “should look like” in your 20’s. I’m here to tell you — you can ditch the imaginary list of “What it means to be a successful adult.” Pass Go, collect $200 and keep moving. Not the Typical Adult I’m 27.  I do not own a couch. I live with two roommates. I own a used car. I’m paying down my student loan debt sooner than required (for these reasons). I have $3000 in savings. I …

Valentine’s Day Costs WHAT?

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About $19.5 billion was spent on Valentine’s Day last year. Hard to believe that we pour that much money into a holiday designed to show loved ones we care about them.  Even spending $100-$200 on this special day can put a serious hole in your budget if you’re not prepared. What does Valentine’s Day mean to you? To me it is a time to be creative and show my loved ones how much I value them. I always try to come up with fun ways to express my feelings without being too over the top. I do my best to avoid spending a small fortune on mushy holidays. Here are a few ways you can stay on budget this holiday while showing that special someone you care: Tour Your Own City If you are anything like me, you love trying new things or seeing a part of your city you haven’t experienced before. Your city should have a list of weekly events you can attend for a small fee or for free. Take advantage of this holiday and be a tourist in your own city. It will give you a different perspective on the city you live in and you may learn something new about your significant other. Stepping outside your comfort zone and trying new things can show you a different side to your partner. Check out local museums or research trails at a nature reserve. Think outside the box and try something new. You never know where it could …