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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 Get the Most from Your Doctor Visit

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Have you ever made an appointment with a physician and afterward felt as though you wasted your time and money? I have and it’s made even worse because I really hate going to the doctor. Most people have had this type of experience at least once,  and it’s very frustrating to spend time and money going to a doctor visit when you are sick only to leave with more questions than answers. But there are things you can do to help both yourself and your doctor find the answers you’re looking for so you can save time and money by not having to go in a for a repeat visit unless you truly need one. Here are some tips for how you can get the most from your doctor visit. Arrive Early I can’t stress this enough. It might seem like a waste of time to arrive to a doctor visit early, especially when it seems like your doctor’s office is always running behind schedule. But you should arrive at least 15-20 minutes early to give yourself time to complete any paperwork and fill out forms after you check-in, especially if it is the first time you have been to that ...

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How to Spring Clean on a Budget

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Warmer weather often triggers an increase in many people’s activity and motivation levels, at least I know it does for me. I always get in a slump during the winter, but once April hits I’m ready to spring clean and get to work outside as the weather allows. It’s almost summer now, but I still think it’s ok to do some “spring cleaning”. But if you are trying to keep a tight budget, you might be able to save a little money by employing some different strategies while still making your home tidy and fresh. Here are some tips for how you can spring clean on a budget. Check Your Supply Level Before you get ready to spring clean, you should check to see what you already have and what you may need to get so you can accomplish your spring cleaning. I have often forgotten this important step and ended up buying things I didn’t really need because I didn’t want to run out or “just in case”. Make sure you check out your supplies before you hit the store so you don’t end up buying things you don’t need. Buy in Bulk If you already have a warehouse ...

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Inexpensive Kitchen Updates that Add Value

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Unfortunately, home renovations cost money. It may not seem like it when you watch HGTV and some home owners are able to get seemingly endless home upgrades and updates on what seems like a small budget, but that’s generally not reality. When your budget is limited, like most of ours tend to be for things like this, you need to plan carefully to get the biggest return on your investment, no matter if you are making updates to improve your quality of life or to raise the resale value of your home. So what’s the first room in your home you should look at if nearly every area needs updates of one kind or another? According to This Old House, it’s the kitchen. Below I have listed some inexpensive kitchen updates you should consider because they can add value to your home. Paint the Walls Nothing is more boring than white or beige walls. Take a trip to the hardware store, pick out a cheery paint color, or even two if you have an area that could use an accent, grab your supplies, and add some color to your life. A fresh coat of paint makes a huge difference to ...

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Why it Pays to Organize Your Grocery List

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I hate to grocery shop. Like I really loathe it. It takes up a lot of time no matter when I go to the store. I’ve tried going on the weekends, but that’s when all of the 9 to 5 40-hour-a-week-ers go to the store. I’ve tried going during their work hours, but that’s when the elderly people who like to walk slowly and talk in the middle of aisles tend to go to the store. That’s also when the stay-at-home-moms go and it never fails that there’s at least one screaming child in the grocery store. Sigh! (No dig to the moms, I know it’s tough to manage kids in a grocery store.) I know several other people who also dislike grocery shopping. But it’s kind of like doing laundry because it doesn’t really matter that we dislike doing it since it still has to get done if you don’t want to survive off of fast food. But there are ways to make it go faster and smoother. One way is to organize your grocery list. Here’s why you should organize your grocery list. Save Time I try to write my list in the order of where the items ...

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Lessons for a First Time Mom: The Voice of Reason

Having a baby is one of the most joyous moments of anyone’s life because it’s an amazing life-changing experience. If you’re a first-time mother, you might be a little lost when it comes to shopping and planning for your new arrival. With so many baby products on the market, it can be hard to know exactly what you need. Since babies can cost a lot of money, it’s important to know what items you definitely need and what items you could really do without to save money. Don’t Hesitate To Buy Used One of the most common mistakes first-time parents make is that they buy everything new. When it comes to buying brand new items for your new bundle of joy, things can get pretty expensive. One thing you can do to save a decent amount of money is to buy used. You can buy adorable baby clothing and accessories on www.swap.com for a fraction of the cost of new clothes. Other items besides clothing that are okay to buy used include: Baby toys Shoes Playpens Changing table Rocking chair Strollers When buying used furniture, always make sure there are no loose or missing parts on them. It’s also important ...

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