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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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.

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Starting An Amazon FBA Business

Ciao Tutti,

I have now been on Amazon for over two years almost, three and, my goodness have I learned a lot! Like everything you do you need a plan, follow through and, goals. Amazon FBA took a little time to adjust to but, now I am going to give you the tips and, tricks I have learned. Stay tuned for the next post where I give you the insight on what you need to purchase to begin on Amazon. If you are selling more than 40 products a month Amazon FBA is where you will want your business to be otherwise Merchant Fulfillment will not be making you money. The other down side to merchant fulfillment is that, you have to store all your items in your home; yikes, can that really eat up your house space quickly! With Fulfillment By Amazon or FBA you will be storing and, shipping all of your items to an Amazon Warehouse. Just to forewarn you that the items with disperse into different shipments so, it may take you longer to fill one shipment because, news flash it is not all going to one Amazon warehouse. This can get a bit irritating but, do not let it discourage you. Now that you are in the mindset of starting an Amazon FBA business you will need to come up with a business plan. Unlike other businesses Amazon can be a bit unpredictable about where you are purchasing from and, I still do not have a clear indicator of what is selling best.

To Start On Amazon:

  • Amazon Seller Central Account $39.99/mo.
  • Amazon Storage Fees: These fees will be changing as of Feb/March 2017 they are increasing                                  Monthly Inventory Storage Fee
    Month Standard-Size Oversize
    January – October $0.54 per cubic foot $0.43 per cubic foot
    November – December $2.25 per cubic foot $1.15 per cubic foot
  • Initial Cost Of All electronics You Will Need( I will be doing a separate post)
  • ScanPower or wherever you chose to list your items on: for two devices $69.95/mo. ASellerTool is what we use over the season $285 6 mo. for two devices
  • Money for start up to purchase books and items so far, I have spent about $9,000 over the past almost three years they recommend that you have at least $50,000 to spend on all your products to begin with but, I do not have they kind of money

Let’s say you need to purchase about $1,000 worth of inventory a month plus your other expenses you will need $1,109.94/mo. at least once you start shipping products you will also, being paying storage fees.

Ok, so where do you begin now that you are set up and, ready to go? Book sales, retail arbitrage, thrift stores, estate sales and, garage sales. You can also, ask you local library or the book sales if you can purchase all the books they are going to giveaway at .30/lb. That way, they are still making money and, so are you!

Book Sales: They are sales that you go to, to scan the books and, if they are worth purchasing you buy them. Most book sales only deal in cash so, go prepared. You will want to hit up all the book sales possible and, really pay attention to what is selling. Forget the non-fiction sections you do not make any money from them. Be polite at the book sales, bring your own bags and, check ahead to see if you are allowed to scan. Personally, I do not go to the book sales that don’t let you scan but, some really high rollers will still go and, just scan until someone tells them they are not allowed to. They are usually set up in schools, gyms or, libraries and, the ones that are big are really big! We go to two large sales that we stay for two days at a hotel. Of course, if you are going to stay in a hotel you will really need to hustle as you need to make enough to pay for the hotel plus the cost of the trip and, much more. Let me break it down for you

Hotel: $150/night

Gas: $18.24 roughly that is for a 2 hour drive

Food: $60 at $10 a meal

Cost Of Trip: $228.24

You would want to make 20 times that amount roughly

$4,564.80- At .50 you would need to buy 200 plus books most of them will be $2-.25 so,  that figure would probably be a little less but, you catch my drift I hope.

Normally, we will buy 600 books at a sale and, let’s say they average at making $20 a book you will have $12,000 worth of inventory in books. It all depends so, go with what you can afford. If you are able to get those 9,000 books at $20 a book you are looking at some crazy inventory $180,000. We have yet to get 1,000 books at a sale but, we are getting more efficient which means we will be quicker and, therefore, get more books.

You will be going to this site to find book sales: http://www.booksalefinder.com/

Once you have made a schedule and, budget for how much you will be spending at the book sale it is time to head out.

You are looking to cut corners anywhere you go and, if your budget is $100 per book sale you will be going on box/bag day where it is  $10/box and, $5/bag. They will provide you with boxes and, bags so, you do not need your own. However, it is easier to have your own bags like these:

I use the bags and, then strategically pack the boxes so, I can get the most bang for my buck. Bring a sheet with you that you can put over each bag so, no one mistakes your items as part of the sale. Scan away and, be polite there is no reason for you to be rude it does not help your rep. when attending other book sales. Be patient when checking out the volunteers may be unfriendly but, keep a smile and, please and, thank you goes a long way. If you go to a preview sale you will be paying $10 and up plus premium prices for the books and, for the most part sellers leave lots of great stuff so, don’t let it bum you out.

Have a snack bag with water and, lunch/snacks. You will not have time to go out and, have lunch and, this will save you quite a bit of water. Take a break of 20 min. find a place to sit and, have your lunch. If you are at a sale for 8 hours or more it is hard to walk away but, trust me you need at least two breaks of five minutes and, a 20 minute lunch break. Your eyes may get tired and, you need quite a bit of stamina to last the whole 8 hours or more of, mostly standing. Wear comfortable sneakers, have short sleeves on and, bring a comfortable sweater. The place can be freezing one minute and, you could be sweating the next. You will need a descent sized vehicle and, need to be able to lift heavy boxes. If there are two of you that is perfect because there is a lot of ground to cover and, even with both of you, you will not be able to cover 25% if it is a large sale. Be prepared to work very long hours.. This is not a scam and, it will not get you rich overnight you have to work for it.

After the sale you will list the books and, then ship them out to Amazon. I will explain in this series about how I can afford to be an FBA Seller, where I work, how to ship the books, where to purchase inventory, finding a niche and, much more. There will be a bundle of posts containing loads of info coming your way so, be sure to look out for it. If you have questions leave them below or Tweet me @thatsabang! If you have loads of questions I will be happy to do a live YouTube video answering your questions so, comment away. As always, this is from my experience and, it is meant to help you. There are FBA Sellers who have been selling over five-ten years and, I will be linking videos for you to watch as well.

Have an enlightening and, adventurous day,

allie

Free Piano Lessons

 

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There is a promotion that will be going on this Sunday for free piano lessons. I will provide the link below and, a clearer description of the promotion. If you leave a review please email me your review so, I can send it back to the company. They are thrilled to provide you all with free music lessons that will never expire.

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This book and streaming video course is all that you will ever need for getting started playing the most famous and cherished piano classics by the great composers, like Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven!

Piano Professor, Damon Ferrante guides you through each piece with step-by-step piano lessons for beginners and 20 streaming video lessons.

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If your answer to any of the these questions is yes, then this beginner piano classics book and video course is definitely for you!

Have an enlightening and, adventurous day,

allie

 

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

Frugal Shopper

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I have been doing some research on saving especially when your money comes is sporadically like mine and, I don’t have a set income each month. I’m still building up Amazon and, working on my ebooks. I thought with the holidays coming up this would be a perfect time to start saving big time! I have a few holiday meals that I will testing off of Pinterest in the next three as, I anticipate Christmas. You many not celebrate Christmas like I do but, maybe want some holiday yummy recipes that are inexpensive. There are 20 appetizers, sides, main courses, and desserts that I am going to be making on a very tight budget. Now I already planned ahead a bit and bought a bit in bulk for my cashews, dates, nutritional yeast and, mixed dried fruits. I figured these would be the most expensive items to acquire. I think I have spent about $100 for all these products. I am giving myself a $300 which means I only have $200 left. I am going test all of these Pinterest recipes to see if they make the cut while staying on budget. This is going to be a challenge but, I am thrilled. I will have all my grocery bills on here as well as, all of the foods that I am attempting to make. I am very excited! Stay updated with my Frugal shopper posts by subscribing and, being part of the email alerts from my blog; you will get emailed every-time I post a new blog! You will never miss a post. Let the holiday festivities begin!

Have an enlightening and adventurous day,

allie

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Frugal Searcher

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Another week , another job and, probably another bill unpaid or another $ added to the credit card. Well, I may not be knee deep in debt but, I do have a goal of making $1,000-$10,000 a month. $10,000 goal is high but, it is still a goal I will try to pursue.  I really enjoy Pinterest I always search for new ways to make money at home.  Since I am already working from home I wanted to add a few extra hours to my day by finding a side or, full-time job. While searching on Pinterest I found a few options and, one of them really spoke to me. I signed up to be a test reviewer for websites. Making $10 an hour for testing websites is a great side job for me as, I am used to talking to a recording from YouTube. I also, have some experience from Freelance jobs. If I am able to have two side jobs along with my other jobs that will keep me a great income.

I have tested the site and, in fact they do give jobs right away so, I’m well on my way to earning that extra dough. I am currently in the middle of testing out a radio station with perks, writing for greeting cards, and, selling my junk mail. I will eventually test quite a few more so, I give you all some fun jobs that are lucrative for you to do as a side or, full time job.

Have an enlightening and adventurous day,

allie