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Rounding Up: March 2017

March was probably one of the craziest months of my life. But it was so good!

First off, I got married at the beginning of the month. Then we took a week off for our honeymoon in Sonoma, which was so relaxing. This was my first real vacation in 4 years, and I forgot how nice vacations are! We were excited though to get back into a routine.

Health:

  • I have no regrets in how much I splurged with eating on the honeymoon. Wine, cheese, and chocolate were a staple of every meal, and it was heavenly! But with that, I did come back feeling pretty sluggish. I’ve been hitting the gym most mornings before work. It’s becoming more habitual and enjoyable to me, so I’d like to keep it up! I’ll admit, the first few days were ROUGH. But now I feel more energized when I get up to workout.
  • I’m also continuing on my quest to *try* to eat more vegetables, even though I hate them. My husband does all of the cooking and we’ve had fun trying to make lighter versions of our favorite foods, like pad thai, curry, arepas, etc. He is an amazing cook.
  • I’ve rediscovered my love for avocados, which you can see on my Instagram 🙂

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Why You Need an Emergency Fund

Did you know most Americans do not have enough cash to cover a $500 unexpected expense or emergency?

Emergencies can and will happen. No, they will never be convenient. They will rarely be anticipated. And the last thing you should be worried about in case of emergency is money.

That’s why you need an emergency fund today.

What are emergency funds?

Emergency funds are savings account set aside for a rainy day. They are only to be used for true emergencies, such as job loss, medical expenses, or a major car repair.

Think of all the times you had a large surprise expense. How did you pay for it? Did it ruin your budget? Did you have to get by “living” on credit for awhile? Or ask someone for money?

Emergency funds are so important because you cannot get your financial life in order without one. If you’re in the middle of paying off credit card debt, you still need an emergency fund. Why? Because otherwise, more often than not, that emergency will be put on a credit card if you don’t have an emergency fund, thus undoing all the debt repayment progress you have made so far.

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Affordable Outfits for Spring!

I don’t know about you all, but I am getting some serious spring fever over here. It’s been so hot in Charleston that I am wanting to bust out my summer clothes, but am settling for some spring ones! As you can tell, I’m going through an obsession with off the shoulder right now 🙂

12 Ways to Make Money Online

Do you want to make money from home on your own time? Here are 12 legitimate ways to make money online.Thank goodness for the internet. There are so many ways you can make money online from the comfort of your own home.

I encourage everyone to find at least one way to make money outside of their full-time job. I could go on and on about why you need a side hustle, but, to keep it brief, it will help you get out of debt, build a business, act as career insurance, and help you meet your savings goals SO much faster.

Like I said, there are many ways to make money online, but I wanted to hit on some of my favorites, including what I do to make money. So here it is!

1) Blog

I’m sure it’s no surprise that blogging is the first thing I list. Blogging is a great way to earn money because you’re able to blog about anything that interests you.

Though you probably won’t make money from blogging immediately, there is no limit to what you can earn if you put in the work. I make a good chunk of money from this blog, and it opened up the doors to other ways of making money online.

If you’re interested in starting a blog quickly, easily, and affordably, you can follow my tutorial here, where I list out everything in detail.

2) Freelance writing

My blog allowed me to find clients who pay me to write for them. How amazing is that?! Never in my dreams did I imagine I would be earning money through writing.

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