Self-care Investments that will make you save money in the long-term

Self-care should be seen as a necessity. It really is a need, it does well to our body and mind.

On this post, I’m going to focus on the physical self-care and in the future, I’ll make a post about self-care investments for our mental health.

These are things I realized I was spending a lot of money on and to be quite honest with you, I’m not willing to give up on my self-care habits because they do make me feel more confident and more happy with myself. Instead, I decided to make a few changes in order to save money in the long-term.

1.Nail Kit

I absolutely love having my nails done, but I realized I was spending 120 dollars every month on them… that’s 1,440 dollars at the end of a year! So, I decided to buy a nail kit and start getting them done myself. The whole kit (with the UV light and all of those products) was 200$. I’ll be honest, it took me a few tries and a lot of Youtube videos to get them perfect, but it’s definitely worth it!

2. At home hair treatment

My hair is super wavy and, personally, I think I look better with straight hair. So, twice a year I used to permanently straighten my hair at a salon. It is an expensive treatment so I thought I should try an “at home straightening treatment”.

The cons are:

-It’s a two people job. I definitely couldn’t do it by myself, fortunately, my mum was able to help me with it;

-It doesn’t last as long as the professional one does;

-The application is a bit messy.

The pros are:

-It feels like the chemicals are less strong (there are a few in the market that are natural and don’t have chemicals but I’ve never tried them so I don’t know if they actually work.)

-They aren’t expensive;

-You can do them at the comfort of your own home;

-My mum and I definitely had a fun time whilst doing it.

Overall, it is a good investment, it makes you save money and that is always a plus.

3. At home Gym

This is one of my favourites. I really dislike going to the gym, I’m never 100% comfortable but, at the same time, I love working out. Also, my gym membership was quite expensive.

I know I’m not the only one feeling this way about the gym, so I started to follow some Youtube workout videos. Then I bought weights and I will buy more equipment. I already had a threat-mile at home, so that helped me a lot. I definitely recommend this tip.

4. Permanent hair removal

This was definitely something I had been thinking about getting for a while. I decided to invest in an IPL device. There are several prince ranges out there which is a really good thing, I don’t remember the exact price of mine, but I know it wasn’t more than 200 dollars. This really works, it takes a lot of treatments to make the hairs completely disappear but it so worth it. Unfortunately, the biggest con about this device is that it doesn’t work on every skin colour or hair colour, you’ll have to do a little research to figure out if it’s something you’ll want to get.

5. Teeth whitening Kit

I’ve always been a bit sceptical about these, I always thought that only the whitening treatments at the dentist would work, until I tried them myself. I got mine at a pharmacy, so it was a little expensive but definitely less than going to the dentist doing the procedure. I recommend trying but just make sure to do a little research before you buy one, be sure that what you’re getting isn’t extremely aggressive to your teeth.

I hope these tips were useful and let me know which ones you’d like to try or already have tried.

Thank you for reading it, and I’ll see you in my next post.

How to work from home and be Productive

I recently started this blog and soon realized this is what I want to do for a living. I’ve never been this happy, I finally found “my purpose”. I take this blog as serious as a job, so I work really hard on it, I’m sure this will be the way that will lead me to success.

If you are a blogger or work from home and want some inspiration to be productive, then this is the post for you. There’s also a free weekly planner printable to help you organize your days, to download it click here.

This is the weekly planner you’ll get.

1.Wake up early

I like waking up early and take my time getting ready, that way I’m not in a rush meaning I’ll be really calm and relaxed once I start working. It’s also a habit that makes me feel more productive because I have more time available to do everything I set myself to do that day.

2. Do some sort of activity

I usually stretch and do a little bit of yoga and, sometimes I even do a small workout. This makes me feel very alert and ready to tackle my day. Keep in mind, running after your children to get them ready counts as a workout haha.

3. Set the goals for the day

This step will make you feel pressured (in a positive way) to accomplish everything you set yourself to achieve for the day. Make a realistic list, or you’ll be frustrated. I like to see it in a weekly planner, like that it’s easier for me to plan according to what I did the previous day. Also, at the end of the week, you will feel like you were super productive, that will boost your confidence and it will make you improve on your work every day.

4. Plan out your meals

At the end of every day, I like to make a small list with ideas for meals for the following day. This saves me a lot of time meaning I get to get more things done.

5. Have fun

Now that you spend your day being extremely productive, you deserve to have fun and relax. Be with your family and friends, watch a few episodes of your favourite series, just enjoy your time. Don’t forget to be proud of your achievements, you might not have the results right away, but you will have them!

Thank you so much for reading it and let me know if you have more tips to be productive, hopefully, the weekly planner helped you! I will see you in my next post.

Beginners Guide to the “50/30/20” System

There are several budgeting techniques and it makes the process of choosing which one works best for us a bit overwhelming. So, my goal is to explain the several existing methods, in order to make your decision slightly easier.

I also have a Beginners guide to the “cash envelope” system, if you want to learn a bit more about it.

The 50/30/20 categories

50%- corresponds to every need you have throughout the month. These needs might be rent/mortgage, utilities, groceries, car payments, etc.

30%- corresponds to your wants. For example clothes, memberships, subscriptions, dining out, etc.

20%- corresponds to your savings.

How to budget according to this system?

1.Figure out the exact amount you can work with

I always start with this step in all my budgeting posts but trust me, this is crucial in for you to succeed at it. You need to know the amount that is left after deducting your taxes, social security, etc.

2.Calculate the amount for each category 

Income (step1) * 0,5= Needs

Income (step1) * 0,3= Wants

Income (step1) * 0,2= Savings

These will be the exact amounts you’ll be able to spend on each category.

Tip: try to stay under budget in the needs and wants categories, that way, you will be able to add more to your savings. Enabling you to create future investments, savings account, an emergency fund or even pay off any debt quicker.

Feel free to adjust the percentages if you think that will benefit you. Overall, it’s a really good method to start a budgeting journey and increase your savings.

Thank you for reading it, and I’ll see you in my next post.

Beginners Guide to the “Cash Envelope” System

The “cash envelope” method is a great way to save money, to pay off debt and even to build your retirement account. It’s actually an easy way of achieving some of your goals, you get to save for that dream holiday, for the house of your dreams, for the huge wedding you’ve always dreamt of or even to plan the move for the country you’ve always wanted to live in.

So, here’s how this method works:

1.Figure out what you can work with.

Start with your tax and expenses free income. Know exactly the amount you’ll be able to take out of your bank to use it on the envelopes. Keep in mind, some things are paid with your debit card, just make sure to incorporate them on your budget.

If you need help making your budget, you can read this post that I wrote on How to budget your income.

2. The categories

This step may be different from mine. I’ll give a few examples with my categories, but you should adjust them to your life. Mine are: Groceries, needs, knowledge investment and fun money.

3. Choose the envelopes

Try to get envelopes with different colours, this will help you memorize which envelopes correspond to which categories and also because they’re cuter! I use paper envelopes but there are other envelope systems, for example, the Dave Ramsey’s.

4. Fill your envelopes

Now that you know your budget and you have the categories on your envelopes, you can start filling them with the specific amount that you designated for each.

Don’t forget to leave the money meant for the things you’ll pay with the debit card in the bank.

5. What’s next?

Well, now you go shopping and only spend what’s in the envelopes. Some people like to just have their envelops when they’re going shopping. To be quite honest, it’s something that bothers me, so when I go shopping I take the amount from the specific category and put it in my purse.

6. At the end of the month

Whatever is left on the envelopes and on my bank account that I didn’t use that month, I put it into savings. That was key to sky-rocket my savings account.

I really hope you try this method. Thank you for reading it. I will see you in my next post.

5 Fun ways to save money

Here are 5 ways to save money. You will have access to 3 free printables. They will help you keep track of your savings and it will make it a lot more fun.

1.Save $800 in 20 weeks

You can click below and download this printable. You just need to mark off the amount as you go!

Click here to download it.

2. Save $1,820 in a year!

This is one of my favourites. If you save 5 dollars every day, at the end of a year you’ll be left with $1,820! It could be your emergency fund, for example.

3. The $120 Challenge

Every month put away 120 dollars and at the end of a year you’ll have gathered 1,440 dollars!

4. 12 week challenge

Save $300 with the help of this printable. You just have to download it. Have fun!

Click here to download it.

5. Save $1,270 in 6 months

With the help of this printable, at the end of 24 weeks you’ll have 1,270 dollars to spend on whatever you want.

Click here to download it.

I really hope you enjoyed this blog post, it was so fun to make these printables for you. Thank you so much for reading it, I’ll see you in my next post.

5 Simple ways to make extra money

Who wouldn’t want some extra dollars at the end of the month? In this post I’ll be sharing 5 simple ways to make money.

1.Sell your books

The books that you no longer read or have more than one copy (trust me, you’re not the only one!), you could sell them online or to those small second hand book fairs and make a few extra dollars.

2. Sell your clothes

I don’t know about you but I own a lot of clothes that I no longer use. They take up a lot of space in my closet. So, if you’re like me, selling them is the best option.

3. Sell old furniture

If you have old furniture that just taking up space and has no use, then this is a good option and you make money out of it! You can sell them to second-hand shops or to antique shops.

4. Create your own products

If you have any talent then you should take advantage of it and start creating your own products and sell them online. There are so many platforms where you can do it and you’ll be able to make really good money from it.

5. Become a Tutor

Regardless of where you are now professionally if you were good at any subject when you were in school, you should definitely give this one a try. You can even do it online!

I hope you found this useful! Thank you for reading it and I’ll see you in my next post.

5 things you should stop buying

We all are affected by consumerism, and everything is so reachable nowadays, that we often don’t realize how much money we are overspending on our day-to-day lives.

So, here’s a small list of tips you can incorporate in your routines, that will have a huge impact on your savings at the end of the month.

1.Stop buying coffee outside

You can make your own coffee and bring it with you instead. Those fancy coffee shops are usually extremely expensive, plus those drinks have too much sugar in it. Your health and your wallet will appreciate it.

2. Join your local library

If you’re as addicted to books as I am, you’ll find that at the end of the month you’re practically broke. To change this, I joined my local library. I pay a low monthly fee and I get to loan tons of books. You should definitely try it.

3. Get reusable water bottles

First, we all know that we need to drink a couple of liters of water per day. That equals 4 small plastic bottles. This isn’t just affecting the environment but is also making you overspend every day. If you get those reusable bottles, you’ll be saving both your money and the environment.

4. Quit or decrease dine outs

This is pretty self-explanatory. If you decrease going out for meals you’ll save more money, but obviously, don’t make this a strict rule, you can be flexible. The point is to save money but still enjoy life!  

5. Review your subscriptions

Go through your subscriptions and figure out what you actually consume. You should finish or adjust the ones that you are no longer using.

That is it, thank you for reading it. I’ll see you in my next post.