How to Save Money with All You Magazine + $50 Giveaway!

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and All You Magazine, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #lifeforless http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV
 
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As we’ve mentioned in previous posts, Hudson and I are all about finding out how to save money. The Baltimore / DC area isn’t cheap, that’s for sure! Housing costs more than double what it does in most areas, so our cash flow  is definitely not what we would like it to be. Can you relate?

Hudson gets a little obsessive about how to save money from time to time. He tracks our payments like a hawk, which means there’s no sneaking in Starbucks trips for me! (not that I ever would do that :) And I, on the other hand, used to be a big advocate of couponing until I realized that there aren’t many coupons for fresh meat, fruit, and vegetables — which is basically all that we buy. Plus, sometimes using my time wisely is more important than saving a couple dollars. Anyone with me?!

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Now that being said, I am not someone who buys magazines. Until I found “All You” magazine at Safeway. On the cover, it boasts “This magazine pays for itself!” and that could not be more true. I bought it for $1.99 (using this $1 off coupon – while supplies last) and saved over $50 because of the magazine! Talk about how to save money, I think I’ve found the answer: buy All You. And the best part? Hudson agrees!

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To start off, there are coupons. Lots of them. But the thing that I liked is that the coupons really related to who I am and what I buy. I got free eggs, 50 cents off Texas Toast, 20% off at Bed Bath & Beyond — and many more — for a savings of around $14 just with coupons alone!

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They also suggest lots of ways to save money, both already known good reminders like take shorter showers and keep your thermostat one degree lower, plus new ideas like websites to sell electronics. I sold my old camera and got almost $40 from it! Prior to reading All You, it had been sitting in our junk drawer for the past year. We also switched out all of our light bulbs for energy efficient ones.

In addition to tips on how to save money, there are also other great tips I learned, like a simple way to get rid of pimples and an app that shows food’s nutrition when you scan something. Plus, there are some great recipes that I plan to make this week. I’m all about practicality, so All You is exactly the kind of magazine I love. AND this is the first time that my husband has actually asked me to buy a magazine. Yes, I will be heading to Safeway for All You every month now, thankyouverymuch! And you can too — it’s available there nationwide.

And, in keeping in line with the whole how to save money thing, All You is generously offering one of you a $50 gift card to Safeway so you can go buy a magazine of your own! Enter below, and enjoy!

 

 

Looking Into The Future

looking into the futureIn my grandparents’ living room, there’s a wall where big 11×14″ picture frames of each of their grandchildren are hung. I distinctly remember sitting there with my sisters and cousins, as a middle schooler,  looking into the future. Talking about how amazing it was that we had no idea who we were going to date, what we were going to major in, and where we’d be in 10 years from then. High school seniors seemed SO old, but we were excited about the future and loved dreaming about who we’d become.

Fast forward 10+ years…

Looking into the future, who would have guessed that the girl who had a Xanga (anyone remember those days?) would have a real blog a decade later? That the boy across the table from me in 6th grade “English Explosion” class would ask me to marry him? That I’d still be wearing the same pair of shoes I did in 8th grade? (Don’t worry friends, I got rid of my so-called “duckbill platypus boots” this year after much convincing from my sisters ;).

But seriously, who knew?!

Here’s little ol’ me, sitting in a cubicle every day at a marketing/PR job. Coming home to my best friend. Wishing for the weekend. Wanting to be “young” again.

But for some reason, looking into the future still excites me. Yes, I wish I could go back and replay my life all over. Knowing that some things that seemed awful at the time actually turned into good things. And that missing Summa Cum Laude by .001%, and crying about it, would not make any difference whatsoever. And most importantly, that choosing to spend time with family and friends over doing something I thought was more important would be worth it 100% of the time.

But then I realize…I am STILL young. I have a whole future ahead of me even now (and even if you’re 60, you do too). And I have the opportunity to choose whether I want to live in the past, wishing I could have a do-over on the million mistakes I made — or whether I want to live in the present, making the most of each moment and being excited for what’s ahead.

Proverbs 31:25 says “She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.”

Ya’ll know I love Proverbs 31…oh how I desire for that to be me. To be without fear of the future, and to love every part of who I am right now because I know it’s who God created me to be. Who knows…maybe in 10 more years, blogging as we know it will be non-existent. Maybe I’ll have three kids to drive around in my big green van. And maybe, just maybe, I’ll be able to find those duckbill platypus boots at Goodwill and wear them again.

It’s fun to dream. :)

Christian Dating Advice

Christian dating adviceToday on the blog, we have a special guest post from a Christian Dating website :) Please note, this is a sponsored post and we have not personally tried the website, but we can attest to the good principles and godly morals listed in this guest post. They definitely have helped keep our relationship strong!

What makes a relationship healthy?

Relationships don’t just happen. Okay, sometimes someone comes out of the blue and all of a sudden love is in the air.  But even then, in order for any Christian relationship to develop from a vulnerable sapling to a strong sturdy tree, you need the guidance of God.

To make sure that a relationship is thriving and healthy, the following Christian dating advice may help.

Don’t forget God

There is plenty of Christian dating advice in the Bible about how to conduct Christian Dating and relationships in a healthy way. Church groups and mentors can also be invaluable resources to support anyone who is struggling in their relationships.

Sure, it’s great to be in that head-over-heels state of being in love, but that’s when it’s most important to keep both feet on the ground.

Adhering to Christian principles won’t put a damper on romance. On the contrary, those values will more than likely deepen the relationship as a connection with God can encompass and enhance the bond with a romantic partner.

Don’t be alone

Before two people can meet, fall in love and talk about building a life together, they need to have friends, family, church duties, and hobbies – plus be happy with who they are.

How often do new couples spend so much time together that other areas of their lives end up suffering and their other relationships lose their strength?

By all means, enjoy one another, but also enjoy togetherness with family members and friends. Maintaining contact with these people ensures you will always have a support network if times get tough.

Talk

The fun of romance can be very absorbing, and so it should be. But partners should sit down from time to time to discuss their values, where the relationship is going, and their connection with God. Be honest. In order for a relationship to thrive, healthy and honest communication is so important.

Keep in touch

If the relationship is serious and leading towards marriage, it’s a great idea to get pre-marital counselling and talk to Christian mentors who have already walked that path with God.

After all, there’s strength in support to help you foster a truly healthy relationship on all levels.
Hope you enjoyed this Christian dating advice! If you have some of your own, leave it in the comments below!