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Taking a Budget Trip to Philly in Five Easy Steps

Taking a Budget Trip to Philly in Five Easy Steps

Much in the same way as I am sensible, I am also thrifty. My Amish heritage serves me well when I’m faced with decisions such as, “Should I buy a Lamborghini or an old Corolla for my next ride?” and thrift usually wins out. So when my friend and I wanted to add a trip to Philly to our fall, but weren’t sure it was sensible, I was ready with my reasons. “Oh, we can do a budget trip,” I…

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Day 28: Living With Roommates

Day 28: Living With Roommates

Living with a roommate is taking a real chance. One one hand, you save loads of money as opposed to living alone, but on the other, having the wrong roommate could make your life miserable. There are plenty of horror stories floating around the internet of terrible roommates- people who steal your food and clog the shower drain and watch you when you sleep. And then there’s the second kind of roommate- someone with whom you live merely to save…

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Day 19: Dumpster Diving

Day 19: Dumpster Diving

You are totally allowed to give me a sideways look for this one. But a few years ago while visiting a friend in Pennsylvania, she suggested that we go dumpster diving that evening and see what we find. Always up for an adventure that feels like breaking the law without actually breaking it, I said YES! So we piled four girls into the car, and drove out into the dark and rainy night in search of the best trash. Hilarity…

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Day 4: Picnics

Day 4: Picnics

Maybe I’ve told you this before. If so, my apologies in advance, but here goes. My roommate and I have a summer tradition we love. After work on a Friday night, we’ll head to Winston Salem and spend an hour at the mega thrift store there. Once we’re shopped out, we make a stop at Trader Joe’s and grab some of our favorites. A baguette Triple cream Brie with mushrooms Green and kalamata olives in herbs Ginger beer Dark chocolate…

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House Makeover, Before and After

House Makeover, Before and After

The Padres bought a house. The first time we went to see it, the previous owners still hadn’t quite moved out, and it was a perfect pit of chaos and grime. The floors looked like they hadn’t been washed in months, if not years, the walls were painted garish, uneven colors, and the smell was unpleasant at best. They must have loved color, because the entry was blue, the kitchen red, the bedrooms chocolate brown, purple, and hot pink with…

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Easy Steps to Becoming the World’s Greatest Minimalist

Easy Steps to Becoming the World’s Greatest Minimalist

We all know that minimalism has taken the world by storm, leaving in its wake a string of awesome empty closets, bare white walls, and straight chairs with no throw pillows. Throwing away is the new shopping! Since this is such a massively popular lifestyle right now, and since everyone knows that my home is as empty of things and color as can possibly be (cough, cough), I’ve decided to let you in on my great secret. I am the…

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Stages of Used Car Shopping For the Uninformed Girl

Stages of Used Car Shopping For the Uninformed Girl

Recently my beloved red Jetta coughed and gave up the ghost with little warning. Sure, she may have had no AC, and the ceiling may have been falling down and shedding orange sticky goo over everything, and half the windows may not have worked, but she was a good little car and her death was a blow to me! But, since she wouldn’t cart me around anymore, I was required to take up the arduous business of car shopping. I…

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Weekend roundup: Ten Guides to Make Your Life Easier.

Weekend roundup: Ten Guides to Make Your Life Easier.

Happy Saturday! So, what are you doing with your weekend? I’m going to help my mother attack the painting at the house my parents are remodeling. Also, I’m inordinately excited about the cooler weather predicted, and hope to take advantage of it in a park tomorrow. Picnics float my boat. Many of you all are new here, so I wanted to say welcome to the party. Drop a comment below telling me how you arrived here, and what you’d like…

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Life On My Own

Life On My Own

My roommate Lyn is gone for the summer, and I am busy checking “living alone” off my 30-Before-30 list. If you are looking for a helpful guide to aid you in making the decision of whether to have roommates or not, I have written one up for you. So here goes, pros and cons of living alone.   Pro. Quiet mornings without hearing anybody else. Con. Quiet evenings in which the creaks of the house are amplified.   Pro. You…

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An Impulse Purchase That Actually Turned Out Well

An Impulse Purchase That Actually Turned Out Well

I’m blaming Pinterest, with its perfect little bohemian houses. But whoever made me do it, somehow I ended up buying a mandala throw instead of a traditional beach towel when I was doing my pre-beach shopping last summer. Turns out, it was one of my favorite purchases all year. Allow me to tell you why. One. The light, cottony fabric is perfect for wadding into a little ball to stuff into your beach bag or picnic basket. It folds up much…

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That Time We Had “Free Facials” and Lived to Tell

That Time We Had “Free Facials” and Lived to Tell

“So, what are we doing exactly?” I asked Lyn. “I’m really not sure myself,” she replied, as we travelled the long road to our mysterious destination. It started like this: I heard whisperings that there was a random lady who wanted to give away free facials. She was trying to do a certain number each month, and through some twisted grapevine, she had offered to do facials for Lyn and I and a friend. What a goodhearted lady, it seemed,…

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