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Kayla is a mid-20s single girl living in the Midwest, USA. She is focused on paying off her consumer and student loans, while simplifying her life and closet. You can join her on her journey at ShoeaholicNoMore or follow her on Twitter.

How to Save at the Gas Pump

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As consumers we know there are price increases from time to time on the goods and services we use every day. However, one extreme fluctuation happened about eight years ago when the average price of a gallon of gas spiked at over $4.00. This was largely due largely to an increase in the cost of oil. I don’t know about you, but that hit my budget pretty hard even though I was still in high school at the time. My parents did pay for some of my fuel, but I had to chip in too and I found myself doing far less driving when the price at the gas pump spiked. Even though the price of fuel has gone down since then, I still try figure out how to save at the gas pump whenever I can. Below are a few ideas I use to help me save as much as I can. Make Trips Count Even though that was quite a few years ago, I started getting into the habit then of making my trips around town count as much as possible. At the time, I lived a few miles from town on my family’s farm, so trips back and ...

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7 Gadgets That Can Help You Save Money

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Gadgets can be addictive. For many people, snapping up the newest product and showing it off to friends and co-workers demonstrates their coolness. Gadgets can also be a source of “keeping up with the Joneses“. I’ve struggled with this personally in the past. But not all gadgets are a waste of money. Some gadgets may actually help you save time and money. Here are some of my favorite money saving gadgets. Tile Tile is a device that allows you to attach it to your keychain, purse, or whatever you sometimes misplace so you can find it again. If you are one of those people who constantly misplace your wallet, for instance, put one inside it and you will be able to locate it quickly with the app on your phone. These days, time is money, so the elimination of wasted time could save you some money at the same time. Rechargeable Batteries Investing in a battery charger and rechargeable batteries make sense if you are going through them often. You can pick one up for around $20, and a 4-pack of rechargeable AAA batteries at Walmart is around $9.  Since the disposable ones run about half the price of rechargeable batteries, ...

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Is Laser Hair Removal Worth the Money Spent?

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Unwanted body hair isn’t something that plagues everyone, but for those who have an excess, it is annoying and sometimes time consuming to be rid of it. Ask any woman what part of her beauty regimen she hates the most, and many times the answer will be shaving or waxing.  Of course there are a variety of ways to get rid of unwanted hair besides just shaving and waxing, like using hair removal products and creams, threading, and laser hair removal. But if you decide to “go under the laser” to remove your unwanted hair for good, is it worth the money spent? Here are some things to consider before you decide to try laser hair removal. Are You a Good Candidate? According to a variety of internet sources, fair skinned people with darker hair are the best candidates for laser hair removal treatments. It helps if they also have a high pain tolerance because it takes several treatments in the same area to effectively get rid of or reduce the unwanted hair in your chosen region. Costs The price of ridding yourself of unwanted hair can vary greatly depending on your choice of hair removal centers. Of course, the cost ...

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Save on Groceries: Stop Buying These 9 Items

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Saving money is on the minds of quite a few people these days, and cutting back on your grocery bill is one way you may be able to tighten your budget a little. Personally, groceries is one area of my budget that tends to be a slippery slope, so I try to go back and review my grocery budget and purchases every few months to make sure I stay on track. Sure, food is a necessity and buying groceries is a lot cheaper than eating out, but that doesn’t mean you can buy groceries all willy-nilly because they are a “need” and not a “want”. There are some items at the grocery store that are definitely not a need. Pay attention to what you put in your cart before you pay so you save on groceries. In fact, if you want to save the most money, stop buying these 9 items as part of your regular grocery shopping. 1 Alcohol Cut back your alcohol consumption or eliminate it altogether to save money in your budget each month. If you must purchase alcohol, don’t buy it at a grocery store. It’s usually higher there than at a Sam’s, Costco, or another warehouse ...

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5 Easy Ways to Save on Family Pictures

Time feels like it passes all too quickly. I’ve heard this happens even more when you have young children at home. Several of my friends have kids, and they tell me that all it seems to take is the blink of their eyes to find out their kids have gone from being babies to toddlers to starting school. If you don’t take pictures of them along the way, you’ll regret it as you don’t have the opportunity to go back and do it later. So whenever possible, you should grab a camera or your phone and snap away. Another great way to capture the moment is to have family pictures taken. But that can cost quite a bit if you hire it done and order prints to give to family and friends or hang in your home or at work. It’s sad, but the cost of family pictures can deter some families from having them done a regular basis. If you don’t want to miss these family photo opportunities, but you don’t want to go broke either, here are some ways you can save on family pictures. 1 DIY Doing things yourself has become very popular these days, so why not ...

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