Bad money habits you need to break

A while ago, I started making a lot of changes to improve my finances. I realized I wasn’t saving the amount of money I desired and after breaking some bad habits, my savings account increased.. a lot! So, today I’m sharing with you 4 bad habits you need to break and achieve financial freedom.

1.Living above your means

Many of us do this without even realizing. For example, I used to dine out every weekend and I clearly couldn’t afford that lifestyle at the time. Some people pay extremely high rents for what I can afford, etc. Figure out what kind of lifestyle you can afford and make the most out of it.

2. Not saving for an emergency fund

Emergency funds are crucial for us to overcome a crisis. Hopefully, we’ll never go through them, but having that money on the side can make a huge difference. This must be a priority.

3. Not having a budget

I know a lot of people don’t like making budgets, but this is key to be able to live comfortably. There are different techniques that will adapt to your life. Here are a few examples: “How to budget your income”, “The ultimate beginners guide to the 50/30/20 system” and “the ultimate beginners guide to the cash envelope method”.

4. Impulse buying

This was a big problem for me. Whenever I’d get into a store, I’d always leave with bags. It really adds up at the end of the month, so always think twice before buying and make sure it’s something you truly need. You can always add a category to your budget and, that way you’ll get to have fun but it won’t have a bad impact at the end of the month.

I hope this was useful and thank you for reading it. I’ll see you in my next post.

What you should do to stop being broke

This could happen to anyone. Sometimes, things don’t go according to what we previously planned, but it doesn’t mean everything is lost. You can take this as an opportunity to learn and grow new habits.

Here are 6 tips that will help you get out of your reality.

1.Write down all your expenses

Know exactly where you’re spending your money on. Write down every single item that you buy during the month.

2. Divide them

Divide all the items into two categories.

Wants: all the things you are perfectly fine living without.

Needs: all the things you can’t live without.

Also, make sure to figure out how much you spend on each category.

3. Cancel your subscriptions

Cancel all the unnecessary subscriptions, for example, your Netflix subscription or your gym membership. This step will make you have more money on the side.

4. Sell items you no longer need

This is a fast way of making some extra money. I have a post that goes a bit more in debt about this tip.

5 simple ways to make extra money”.

5. Downsize your lifestyle

Try to move to a smaller house so you can pay a lower rent or, move back to your parent’s. Be aware this is only a temporary situation, so don’t be afraid to live with them for a while.

If you’re paying a car debt, you could try to sell it, pay off your debt and get a cheaper one or, instead, you could use public transportation. Again, this is temporary.

6. Get new habits

Start cooking your own meals instead of going out to eat. Clothe shop only when necessary. Quit outside coffee and snacks, bring your own coffee and snacks with you. Make, the start of an emergency fund, a priority.

These are all the tips I have for you. I’d like to highlight the importance of an emergency fund. It’s definitely something, that in case of losing a job or any other unpredictable event, will help you get back on your feet.

Once you move forward from this moment and are finally back on you’re feet, make sure not to stop doing some of the steps on this post. Continue to stay on track of your expenses and don’t live above your means. For example, save money to buy a car instead of getting a loan. This will completely change your reality.

Thank you so much for reading it, I really hope this post helped you and, I’ll see you in my next.

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.

Different types of savings everyone should have!

In all of my budgeting posts, I mention frequently the importance of turning a big portion of your income into savings. This is a habit we should all have because if we hustle and plan ahead when we are young, our future will be more peacefully and we will be able to enjoy every moment with the people we love.

If you’d like to learn how to budget your income then you should read the posts I’ve written about it: How to budget your income, Beginners guide to the “Cash Envelope” system and the Beginners Guide to the “50/30/20” method.

These are the types of savings we should all have.

1.Emergency Fund

This an extremely important saving you should have. It will help you “survive” in a crisis. If, for some reason, you are left without a job or can’t work because of an illness or you might need to assist a family member, then having this money will make things less stressful.

It should be 6 months to a year worth of bills and debt payments, as well as groceries and other needs.

2. Investment

Having money on the side for future investments that will make you more money, is actually a really good strategy for the future. For example, it could be money to invest in a property so you can rent it and make it a source of passive income. It should be something to start thinking once all of the more urgent savings accounts are more secure.

3. Long-term Savings

This type of savings is meant for something that you know you are going to want or need in the next 10 years. It could be, for example, a house, certain debts covered, university funds for your children, etc.

4. Short-term Savings

If you’re planning, in the next 5 years, upgrading to a new or bigger car/house or for example you want to renovate your space, or even a holiday this is exactly the type of savings account you’ll need.

5. Retirement

This is probably the most important one because we know this is inevitable, we are going to retire someday and we’ll need a fund to live off. Since it’s something more down the road it means we have more time to save but it also means that we have an opportunity to save more and make our retirement less stressing and more enjoyable.

So these are the several account savings we should have. I know not everyone has an income that can cover all of this, but what I want to transmit to you is that even a small amount of money towards them, will have a really positive impact on your future.

Check 5 simple ways to make extra money if you’d like to have a few ideas to earn extra money.

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.

How to make a shopping list

This post will show you the best tips or hacks to make an efficient shopping list, in order to save money and not over buy.

1. Make an inventory
This might sound a bit crazy but trust me, it’s really helpful. Write down every single product you have. Make different lists: a food list (don’t forget to check the expiration date!), a hygiene list, a household list and a medicine list (again, check the dates).

2. Plan out your meals
Write down all your lunch ideas, dinner recipes and snacks that you’d normally have throughout the month/week, depending on the shopping list you’re making (a weekly or a monthly one).


3. Check your coupons
Go through your coupons and see if any of them match the items on your list, if they do, don’t forget to bring them (keep them close to your shopping list). See the expiring date of the remaining coupons. If they’re close to the end, you might want to buy the products on it, doing so you’ll be saving money and making the most out of the existing coupons.

4. Make the shopping list

Now that you finally gathered all of your data, you are ready to start writing down your shopping list. Write down all the needed items and have fun with it!


That’s it, I hope you enjoyed it and thank you for reading it. I’ll see you in my next post.