Grocery Bill Hacks

When asked, what did you spend your money on in Hawaii, you may think crazy things like jet skiing, or a helicopter ride over a volcano; and I wish I could say that was the case. One month in, and where has most of my money gone? You’ll never guess, food. Holy moley, food here is expensive! While I was staying near Sunset Beach in O’ahu there were three grocery stores that were closer to us by bus. We get around by taking the bus here because one, we don’t have a car, and it’s the cheapest form of transportation. With the bus it would probably take 3-4 hours to go there get groceries, and come back. My bill was never under $45 and I would have maybe a bags worth of groceries. I can not believe the expense of groceries for two people! Instead of trying to cope with the expensive groceries we tried a different approach.

This is a hack to saying money on groceries in Haleiwa, O’ahu. Okay, so you still need fresh produce, what I suggest is making friends with farms and buying in bulk. Unfortunately, we weren’t there long enough to make that happen, nor did we have the connections. What we didn’t go do was check out the farmers markets, but we were told they weren’t very good… I think it is worth checking it out just to see if you can hook yourself with a produce man, or women that you can get a discount if you buy it in bulk. There is also an option to grow some of your own food, like bananas, lettuce, avocados, etc.. After all, if you live here and have property, why not use it! Maybe you can grow enough to sell, and help supplement your grocery bill income.

There are also a few other ways, that many people have at there finger tips, but never think to use. It is to buy groceries online, and there are two stores I highly recommend using! One is Amazon, of course, I’m sure you knew it was coming… Amazon has a Prime membership, which means you can get free shipping on everything you purchased! What now?! Yes, in the long run you end up saving yourself time, as well as money by ordering from Amazon. You can buy items in bulk, which means you can create a list for the month search find the best prices, and check out. No driving, catching a bus, and it gets delivered right to your door. Can I get a hell yeah! Now, it can take one to two weeks to get to you, because the shipping is a little slower to Hawaii, as I have experienced. It is still well worth the wait, we saved so much money getting coffee, pasta, pasta sauce, tea etc. all on Amazon.

Then there is Thrive Market. I have been writing about this online store a lot recently, because its so good. The products are of the highest quality, for the lowest prices. There is a reason that Thrive is beginning to become my favorite online grocery store; their ethics are outstanding. If you are a lower income family, student etc. they will gift you a free membership, as well as a grocery stipend. This company just speaks to my heart, it is one I whole heartly believe in. The program is called ThriveGives, if this is a program you think you fit the bill for click ThriveGives. If you want to sign up for the membership, and help support Thrives’ mission, and save money on your grocery bill.

I will create a little guide to help you all build a menu to save some money using Amazon, as well as Thrive Market. Stay tuned for those posts coming to you soon.

Aloha,

allie

 

Simple Way To Save $500 A Year

Hello loves,

With traveling becoming a large part of the 20 “somethings'” lifestyle we are all looking at ways to cut out extra costs. Who couldn’t use an extra $500 in their savings account or to use for an airplane ticket. Where do you have to cut back in order to get it?

Yup, unfortunately those delicious soy frapps have to go.. We subconsciously are spending almost $500 on just coffee or tea. Can you imagine you have a virtual wallet and, it’s wiped clean by your insane need for caffeine filled mornings. With credit cards, debit cards at the ready their is not such a connection as their would be with cash. If you hand your card over you can pay it later as opposed to handing over your hard earned cash right then. A few ways to avoid this insane spending spree:

  • Make your own coffee and by a reusable cute to go mug that will motivate you to fill it with your own coffee
  • Load your Starbucks card with the allotted money you’re allowed to spend for the month
  • Get another job if you are serious about getting Starbucks every week

If you can kick the habit and still want to earn some dough to save for your travels here is blog post I wrote about recently that should help you find a side hustle:

Have an enlightening and adventurous day,

allie

 

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You’ve Graduated Now What

 

Hello Loves,
It’s the season of the cap and, gown! Congratulations to those of you that have graduated, I know you’ve had some struggles whether, it was adjusting to college life, mind boggling studying or, just getting used to the food there was always something. Now that you are done with college people are probably asking what are you going to do                                 
 with the rest of your life? And, you probably have a good idea but, in your head you’re like chill out I just finished school. Now begins the pressure to get a “real job” and pay off those student loans. If you are one of the lucky ones that got a job offer right out of school that is amazing! Maybe you are looking to take some time off an, travel before you jump back into working. I got inspired to create the video below by a Forbes article I read.



They listed Albania as the cheapest place to travel in 2017 and, I thought, ” Sweet, I’m gonna research for my readers.” So, as the researching blogger I am, I found out how much it would cost you all to travel to Albania for a week. Hint, the most expensive part was the plane ticket… If you live in Europe this should be a lot cheaper than those of us located in the U.S.  I also, gave you places that I love to use when researching places to stay and, cheapest flights. I hope you all enjoy!

Have an enlightening and adventurous day,

allie

 

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Here are my favorite gems for traveling, saving money and, so much more!

Airbnb: This is my favorite way to travel. While in Italy we saved so much money using Airbnb and stayed in an amzing apartment. Airbnb is much cheaper than a hotel and, you can filter what you need for your trip. You can get an entire house or, a room in a house. It’s customized to your needs.

How Most Bloggers Go From Making $0 To Making Some Cash As A Blog : Blogging can be a very challenging experience and, I have been working very hard to understand what I need to go from $0 to $50,000 plus a year. I’ve learned a lot has to do with affilate links and, marketing. It can get a bit confusing all you can do is research and, continue to learn.

Ibotta: Clip coupons no more! This app has all the coupons you want minus the many hours of coupon clipping. I even saw 1% off ebay! Ibotta helps you save money on groceries, mobile shopping, travel and, so much more! You also get $10 just for signing up through my account. 

Ebates: Get the best deals on Ebates while collecting money! Invite friends and, get $5 bonus for each friend that signs up. Who doesn’t love building up cash to shop!

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How To Pack As A Minimalist

Hello Loves,

I am back from my beautiful, adventures and, scenic trip to Arizona! This trip was a bit tricky to pack because we were going from hot Phoenix, AZ to Cold Grand Canyon. Yes, there was ice and snow on the ground at the Grand Canyon and, it snowed over night while we were there. We did not hike down the mountain but, we saw almost the entire South Rim of the Grand canyon. If you follow my travel Instagram Forever Seeking Wanderlust you would have seen some incredible pictures of my trip. So, we were packing for pretty warm weather and, then cold weather. If you are trying to pack for a plane you know it is hard to figure out what to bring with you. I did over pack but, I did a pretty good job picking exactly what I was going to wear. I went with a backpack, carry on and, a bigger bag for my luggage.

  • Shoes: One Pair Of Sneakers, Hiking Shoes, Sandals and, shoes I wore on the plan slip on loafers. I ended up wearing each of these shoes multiple times. I felt I packaged exactly what I needed in shoes and, did not over pack.
  • Tops: I wore every shirt shirt I brought as expect one as, I packed enough shirts for 7 days. So, I could have left that shirt behind.
  • Bottoms: There are two pairs I did not end up wearing which were a skort and, shorts. I could have avoided bringing them because they weren’t necessary.
  • I brought earrings and, a ring that I wore almost everyday.
  • All of the toiletries I used
  • All Of The electronics I used
  • I also, used both of my bathing suits
  • All socks and, underwear were used
  • One dress was not used

I really scaled down with packing this trip and, I think I did a stellar job. Here are some tips to help you pack in a minimal way.

  • Clean every piece of clothing you own including socks and, underwear

This way you can look at your whole wardrobe to see what you might want to wear for your trip.

  • Evaluate what the weather is going to be like- You can check this on the weather channel app on your phone so, you can see the weather pattern leading up to your trip and, get alerts if the weather changes.
  • Get everything together you want to pack and, make outfits. Clothing can always be cleaned so, put together only the amount of outfits necessary for the trip. This includes jewelry, shoes and, accessories.
  • Toiletries can be tricky but, if you plan on checking your luggage have a little travel bag for all your toiletries to go into. Do not over pack your makeup you only need what you are going to use.
  • Download books or movies onto your electronic device. Lugging a book or, DVD with you is too much of inconvenience and, will not leave you with enough room for other essentials.
  • You should pack snacks and, bring food with you. It usually cost money to get food on the plane so, bringing a sandwich with you or, snack can save you from spending a lot.
  • Bring headphones to listen to your device.
  • One thing I never go to the airport without is a water bottle that you can reuse that is not filled. You can fill it up at the water fountain and you don’t have to waste a plastic bottle or, like $4.
Please let me know if you have any topics you’s like me to write about in the comments below and, I will get to them as soon as possible.
Have an enlightening and adventurous day,
allie

5 Tips For Hiking In Arizona

Hello Loves,

I’m back from Arizona and, I have a few tips I found helpful while hiking. I am not an expert when it comes to hiking but, I learned a few things when it comes to hiking in AZ. It is not a flat or paved area in most places where you will hike. There are lots of rocks which, can be hard to walk on and step inclines. I thoroughly enjoyed our hike and, here are my 5 tips!

  1. Read The Trail Signs: Here in N.J. it is common to go walking in a park but, in A.Z. you have to make sure you read the signs before you go on the hike. Figure out which trail you will be able follow and, proceed to the trail. You can also, read about heat exhaustion and, to be aware if you aren’t feeling well turn around and, head back to the main area.
  2. Bring A Backpack: You should e wearing breathable clothing, hiking shoes and, a hat before your backpack even hits your shoulders. Hiking shoes are a must you will fall or, slide without them on. Your backpack doesn’t have to be large however, it should include sunscreen, two-three water bottles and, a few snacks. All of this will be important if you are hiking a long way or, if you have low blood pressure. You may not realize how many calories you are burning and, how much you are actually losing when it comes to sweat. In Arizona I did not sweat anywhere close to how much I do in N.J. It can be deceiving and, you may become dehydrated without even being aware. When you are half way done with your water you should head back to the main building where the trail started. Passing out from heat exhaustion or, dehydration is not fun. It is also, very dry so, you will be very thirsty. So, stay hydrated.
  3. Bring A Friend: You really should not go hiking alone. It can be dangerous if you do en up getting sick or, go to far there may not be someone to help you. It is also, a safety precaution because you don’t know who is going to be on the trail. If you don’t bring someone with you be sure to make someone aware of your location and, keep in touch with them on the trail ( I had service and, was able to text without a problem).
  4. Watch Out For Bikers: There  are bikers on the trail and, you want to make sure you stay out of their way because they can run you over. All of them are traveling at a speed that may be difficult for them to make a sudden stop. They were polite and, said thank you for moving. If you are wearing headphones keep one ear available to hear for bikers, snakes etc…
  5. Don’t go off the trail: If you are not from Arizona you may not be aware of how much danger could come your way be diverting from the trail. It is also, a disrespectful thing to do as they are trying to conserve their land. Not only can wildlife harm you but, plants can as well… If you are near this certain cactus and move to close the whole part of the plant will launch at you. Have fun getting those spikes out of your leg. Respect the trails stay on them, they were put there for a reason.

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Italy under $1,100

Ciao Tutti,

I recently visited beautiful Italia, I got to see a few different cities and, I absolutely fell in love with Venice. I can not imagine how it would look in the summer but, even in the fall it is breathtaking. As you all know I do not have a steady income at the moment and, need to be frugal with my money. If you have been following my blog for three year you will know I have gone on and, on about how much I wanted to go. I wrote about it quite a few times and, we finally made it  happen. I went with my brother and, a friend of ours. We went for 10 days most of the time in Regello we also, went to Lucca , Florence and, spent two days in Venice. The airbnb in Venice was great we were in the older part of Venice with cobble streets and, little alleyways. We enjoyed being out of the center but, I will do an entire post on the airbnb I did a whole tour that will be on my YouTube Channel. How much did I have before I went? How did I save for Italy? Where did we stay? The plane ticket was paid for over the summer with a few pet sitting jobs so, I did not have to worry about that. I had put away money in my savings mainly from pet sitting. I made sure that I was careful with my money over the summer and, I made sure to keep tossing some money into my savings account until it reached my desired amount. If you have a steady income it should be a lot easier for you to set out a budget and, put away each month for your desired vacation.

How did I only spend $300-$350 in Italy? Before, we get into all that one big tip and, you are going to thank me use the Italian atm to take money out of your debit account. You will get hit with a few but, it is nothing compared to exchanging your money which is pointless unless you are exchanging thousands of dollars and, be prepared to lose half because there fee is 40-50%, ouch! Save yourself the frustration of losing all your money… Make sure you alert your bank and, the card company. You need to let them know how much you pan to take out everyday and, how long you will be away. Do not get stuck with a useless card. Our accommodations were free because my brother had volunteered at the place two six month stents a few years ago. We ended up leaving fifty euro each as a donation. In Venice we paid $37 each night per person so, I paid that before I left $74 and, then the 3 euro in taxes each when we left. We ate out four nights out of 10 and, ate for free where we were staying we also, had breakfast there over 8 days and, some lunches. This helped a great deal leaving us with paying a little bit for food and, spending most money on transportation. We did buy a cheese platter and, olive oil as birthday/Christmas presents but, we planned that in advance and that is included in the $300-$350 that were spent. I was extremely frugal with my money and, decided not to get anything extra as, I thought the memories were priceless. A few tips, if you know someone in Italy or you can drive it is worth it if you are planning to go to somewhere like Venice. A train ticket is more expensive compared to the tolls and, paid parking to store your car. With four of us I think it totaled to $100 split four ways is $25. We saved over three hundred-four hundred dollars. In Venice take the water buses not, the water taxis they are much more expensive. Take trains when traveling to places like Florence if they are close it is pretty inexpensive. Obviously, the further you are away the more expensive it is going to the place. Trains are usually the preferred form of transportation in Italy. I suggest signing up to volunteer places with organizations such as, WOOFING. They will allow you to work in trade for free food and, stay. Hostiles are preferred and, common among younger travelers who do not have a great deal of money. Going there with a plan is essential to saving your money and, hopefully will allow you travel to many destinations. I am thinking about W.O.O.F.I.N.G. in New Zealand so, we shall see what the future holds in regards to that. Next I’m going to be telling you how I saved for NZ haha. Look out for the Italian travel blogs because they are coming. I hope you are all enjoying my new series Frugal Shopper and, bringing back Holiday Hunny! What exciting times we live in!

Hav an enlightening and adventurous day,

allie