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How To Afford All The Things You Want

01/17/2015   Decor   Leave a Comment

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At some point in our lives, we all start realizing that we need our own place. Not the one that you would be sharing with your parents or other people, and definitely not the place that you would be renting. Just a place that you could proudly call your home and where you could start planning your future with someone else. To own a place is very expensive – to buy a house or a flat cost a lot and to make it really livable and cozy requires a lot of investment too. A lot of people these days spend a lot of money on the decorating the place and take huge loans just for that. The place itself can be easy to afford, but what goes inside is what costs the most. Fortunately, these days there are a few ways you can save some money on things you might not have thought it was possible to save on:

  • Though in the very beginning it is advised to save money and spend as less as possible, there are some things that you cannot live without from the very start. One of those things is the lights in the house. Lamps, chandeliers, and etc., usually cost a lot of money, but with overstock coupons you can buy lights for your home for a much lower price. Lighting is one of those things it’s better to invest in right away and with coupons you can afford to buy whichever you like the most.
  • Tiles are also one of the things that usually cost a lot. Of course, you might be one of those people who care a lot about what kind of tiles they have in their bathroom or kitchen, so you need something beautiful that you know you will love for a long time. Use this overstock code for tiles and buy the ones you want, not the ones you can afford.
  • Some basic furniture like a bed, table or couch is required in every home. Though it is not difficult to find nice tables or couches that are price-friendly, with beds it is a little bit more difficult. If you want the one that is nice and firm, you will need to pay a lot. And if you want a big bed, you will need to pay even more. Well, it is not such a big deal anymore, because with an overstock promo code you can buy the bed of your dreams and it can be as big as you wish.

Home is the place where we come back to rest and of course, it has to be nice and cozy for us to feel good in it. And though usually it costs a lot of money to make your home like that, with overstock discounts it is much easier to create the welcoming atmosphere in your place. With this online shop you can have all the things you want for your home, and not spend too much!

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A 2014 Minimalist Gift Guide

12/12/2014   Personal   2 Comments

2014 Gift Guide

It’s that time of year again! Here is my gift guide for the minimalist who still wants to gift something special to loved ones this year:

  • Succulents: This is my go-to gift this year for the casual yet special people in my life that I owe a big “Thank You!” to. Succulents are cute, cheap, enjoyable in the longterm, and really easy to take care of. You can also get creative with the pot that you use to present them in.
  • Lip Scrub: Another cheap alternative that will last the receiver a long time. These little jars of lip scrubs are really cute and can be a DIY project, check out this post on an easy DIY lip scrub. If you’re in a pinch, just pick one up from LUSH!
  • Quality Stationary: Gifting a great set of paper for stationary use or simply taking notes is usually always appreciated. Rifle Paper Co. is a favorite of mine. This Rifle Paper Co. Shopping List Pad is a great example, it’s even magnetic to place onto your refrigerator.
  • Minimalist Planner: Another great DIY, make a planner or calendar as a gift to someone. You can even print the planner pages yourself and have fun decorating the outside of the planner. There are wonderful resources on Etsy, like this Printable 2015 Planner from 505design. Buying these on Etsy also supports an artist!


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Firmoo Eye Glasses Review

11/11/2014   Beauty   Leave a Comment

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I’ve purchased glasses online with hit or miss success throughout the years. When I came across Firmoo, I few things made me want to give them a try: the glasses seemed fairly priced, the styles were modern, and the amount of customization was beyond what I’ve seen from similar companies.

I decided that since I had a pair of reading glasses already, I wanted to have another pair of sunglasses. Like I mentioned, Firmoo is great about customization, so you can take any style from their website and order them as sunglasses or reading glasses! I ended up ordering this style in burgundy.

The Good:

  • Fast shipping
  • Great customer service
  • Nice websites with virtual try-on feature
  • Provides a ton of information about the glasses
  • Plenty of styles, especially modern!
  • Order included a bag, cleaning cloth, cleaning spray, and a screw for tightening the glasses screws
  • Offer a lot of promotions to get a good deal

The Bad:

  • Low to average quality frames for the price
  • Grammar on the website can make some information confusing

All in all, I’m happy about the sunglasses I received and the process in general! However, on the downside, I can’t help but feel they were a tiny bit overpriced. I say to take advantage of the awesome styles they have available, but only order when you see they’re offering a great deal. If you order right now, they actually have a Veteran’s Day sale going on and free shipping with orders over $39. Not bad!

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10 Tips to Organize Your Home Finances in a Single Weekend

09/03/2014   Minimalist   4 Comments

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Organizing your home finances may sound like an overwhelming task, but, with proper planning, you can get it all done in just a couple of days. Here are 10 tips to organize your home finances over one weekend:

Create a Filing System and File Appropriate Documents

First, you’ll want to gather all of your financial documents— utility bills, bank statements, mortgage bills or rental receipts, tax forms, and anything else relevant. When it comes to filing, you have a couple of options: paper or electronic.

If you receive most of your bills and statements through the mail, or you’re not overly familiar with computers, filing paper copies is probably the best option. Make sure you designate a labelled folder for each category, and organize your documents by dates. If you’re comfortable with technology and receive most of your statements and bills electronically, the best option for you is electronic filing. Make sure to back up all of your files. If you have paper documents, there are many ways to convert them to digital.

Create a Budget, Decide Where You Can Cut Expenses, and Plan to Establish an Emergency Fund

If you have Microsoft Excel or a similar program, you can search the internet to find a simple template for setting up your monthly budget. Be honest with yourself when setting your budget. If you spend five pounds a day at Starbucks, for example, it’s probably not realistic to cut Starbucks out of your budget entirely. You should plan for gradual changes, instead. An emergency fund is one of the most overlooked parts of a budget, but, according to Juilet Schor, professor at Boston College, it is the most important part. Ideally, you should plan to save three months of living expenses in case of an unforeseen emergency.

Set Goals and Calculate Future Expenses

Once you create your budget, you should have a better idea of how much money you have left each month to spend, save, or invest. This will help you set financial goals, such as buying a car or house in the near future. Tools such as a mortgage interest calculator can help you to better determine future expenses if you are planning to buy a house

Calculate all Debt; Make a Plan to Pay It Off, and Close Any Inactive Accounts

You should have already calculated your debt in your budget, but go back and check anyway, as you may have overlooked some of your smaller debt. Having even just a few hundred pounds of debt on a credit card or bank account can be detrimental to your credit. Plan to pay off what you can as soon as possible. In addition, closing inactive accounts will simplify your finances and improve your credit.

Organizing your home finances needn’t be overly complicated or time-consuming. In a single weekend, you’ll be well on your way to being financially sound!

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Ideas to Transform a Dull Corner Into a Focal Point

08/26/2014   Decor   Leave a Comment

If you have a dull corner in your home that you find yourself looking at and wondering, “what can I do to make that better? Make it a focal point?”, look no further because we are here to help you out. Turning a boring, drab and dull corner into a focal point that will make your guests and you smile is not that hard nor is it that expensive. Let’s take a look at some of the easiest tips to brighten up any drab corner.

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Using a creative and different TV stand in a dull corner that is taken up by TV or a media unit is one of the best ways you can better the space. By making the area about more then just the Television or media center you will add a little pop to the area. While when you have the Television on it can be a focal point but when it is off, it is just another set unless you add a little pop of unique shape and color.

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TV stand/coffee table & media stand from Zespoke

Along the same lines as the TV unit is a media stand. Instead of just stacking DVD’s or CD’s any kind of media you have on their own, or in a dull shelf you can add a drop of color with a smooth shaped stand that has a colorful trim. This will make the area turn into a pretty focus with minimal effort.

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If the area is not only drab but dark you could try giving it some extra light. A lamp that is both brightening and unique in an area will give an instant focal and conversation piece to any formally boring corner. It is a simple fix and one that will help with the light in your room too.

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Miro lamp & bottle vases from the Olive Tree Company

If lighting is not your style and you prefer something more natural you can give vases with fresh or silk flowers a try. Flowers have long been a focal point in any room and there is no reason you can’t use them for your corner as well.

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