Saving Thursday: Adding Extra “Income”

Hi Y’all,

Today’s tip is all about adding extra money to help out your savings.

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I do this primarily through survey websites. I personally have accounts with Swagbucks, Inbox Dollars, and Survey Junkie. I haven’t been part of Inbox Dollars or Survey Junkie to tell you how much I earn per month, but I typically earn enough SwagBucks for a $25 paypal gift card every month.

(*Please note, that these are referral links and I will receive a small commission of the points you earn; however, I do not take points away from you, they credit it separately).

I also suggest having ebates! While they pay out every quarter, I still get a reasonable amount of money back.

However, another great way to add “extra income” is to have a savings account with a great interest rate. I recently got a new savings account through Ally Bank and their interest rates is off the charts! I make an extra dollar or two every month, which is always nice.

While none of these add up to a large amount of money, it is useful for earning a few extra bucks a month.

How do you earn extra money?

xx,

Lindsey Elizabeth

http://www.lindseyelizabeth93.wordpress.com

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Teaching Tuesday: Job Hunting

Hi Y’all,

It’s that time of the year where teachers are hunting jobs for the next school year.

Me included. I thought I would write a post about my job hunt experience.

Teaching Tuesday

Find a teaching job is both easy and hard. Once you fill out an online profile for one district, chances are another district you’ll be applying to uses the same system. Plus, once you’ve filled out the generic answers, hitting the “apply” button to every potential job you’re interested in goes really quickly.

This has pretty much been the story of my life for the past few weeks: see job, find out distance from potential living quarters, hit apply. Wait for interview.

Over and over again.

Obviously, I’m not 100% sure where I’ll be living. However, I always look at the pay scale (this is public knowledge and you can find it on the district’s main website under Human Resources). This way, you’ll know about how much you’ll be paid, and thus where you can afford to live.

Fortunately, I do not have a significant other at this time, so I have a broader job search than most. While, I would love to stay close to my family; I am also realistic about having a job.

I’m currently waiting on interviews, and I know that the districts I’m applying to have rift lists as well, meaning my wait could be a little longer than most.

Are you a teacher hunting a job? How’s it going for you?

xx,

Lindsey Elizabeth

101 in 1001 Update

Hi y’all,

I definitely did not complete as many as I thought I would have by now.

But here’s an updated 101 in 1001 for you…

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Start: January 1, 2017

End: September 29, 2019

Professional:

  1. Finish my teaching program November 2017
  2. Student Teach August-November 2017
  3. Get my teaching license December 2017
  4. Get a teaching job/contract
  5. Pass my tests to become a teacher January 2017
  6. Attend a professional conference
  7. Start my master’s degree
  8. Learn CPR 5.5.17
  9. Set up a virtual file for Word Study August 2017
  10. Copy some math handouts November 2017
  11. Update my resume November 2017
  12. Keep a journal during practicums  March-April 2017
  13. Keep a journal during student teaching August-November 2017
  14. Organize my own classroom

Personal:

  1. Save $5000
  2. Get a puppy
  3. Read 32 books (1 for each month)-total complete: 25
  4. Take a trip November 2017
  5. Attend my sorority’s 5th year anniversary celebration November 2017
  6. Unplug from technology for 24 hours
  7. Workout every day for 30 days
  8. Go back to London/UK
  9. Move into my own apartment
  10. Sell some of my old Lilly clothes/clothes I don’t wear
  11. Buy a new computer
  12. Watch a full baseball game
  13. Run a mile
  14. Finish a whole BeachBody program
  15. Sell $300 worth of LipSense/SeneGence products
  16. Attend a polo match
  17. Go apple picking
  18. Go ice skating
  19. Drink 70 oz. of water every day for a week 1.15.17
  20. Buy nothing for 30 days Feb. 2017
  21. Go on a hike
  22. Blog 5 days a week for a month
  23. Visit Charleston, SC
  24. Go to CNU’s Homecoming November 2017
  25. Celebrate my friend’s Medical School graduation
  26. Train my puppy to sit, come, stay, and lay down
  27. Take a trip alone
  28. Clean out my technology- computer, iPad, phone, and iPod August 2017
  29. Give to CNU March 2017
  30. Give to Alpha Delta Pi May 2017
  31. Frame my college diploma
  32. Clean my room
  33. Write a handwritten letter, that is not a thank you note
  34. Unsubscribe from all unwanted emails
  35. Get to inbox zero on all of my emails January 2018
  36. Make my bed every day for a week 1. 29.17
  37. Go one month without shopping Feb. 2017
  38. Make dinner with a friend
  39. Spend time with friends
  40. Learn to a shoot a gun
  41. Take a trip with a friend
  42. Work on my Spanish Started February 2017-use the app Duolingo.
  43. Have a puppy play date
  44. Take a day for myself
  45. Clean out my closet
  46. Go kayaking with a friend
  47. Take 5 minutes a day for myself for a month
  48. Visit a zoo
  49. Visit a new museum
  50. Clean my car myself August 2017
  51. Clean my bathroom once a week for a month Jan. 2017
  52. Dye my hair
  53. Go camping
  54. Hold a plank for 3 minutes
  55. Clean out social media “friends” Jan. 2017
  56. Take my coins to the bank
  57. Buy myself flowers
  58. Watch a documentary 5.11.17 {On the Farm: Life Inside Angola}
  59. Go to a concert September 2018 (Concert for Cville)
  60. Spend time in a park
  61. Make my bed everyday for a month
  62. Do a 30 day exercise challenge
  63. Do PT exercises everyday for a month
  64. Get a new doctor June 2017
  65. Go to “Sunset Series”
  66. Try paddle boarding
  67. Have/go to a bonfire
  68. Watch the sunrise with someone
  69. Watch the sunset with someone
  70. Have a day where I stay in bed all day
  71. Walk 30,000 steps in a day
  72. Plan outfits out for the next day the night before for a week August 2017
  73. Cook someone dinner
  74. Cook someone breakfast
  75. Organize jewelry Jan. 2017
  76. Binge watch a show I haven’t watched before
  77. Get my t-shirt quilt made of my sorority and college t-shirts
  78. Reach out to a sorority sister November 2017
  79. Have a rainy movie day with a friend
  80. Go to a fair
  81. Go to the beach
  82. Visit Harry Potter Studio Tour in England
  83. Have a picnic
  84. Pick up for 5 minutes a day for a month
  85. Go on a ghost tour
  86. Post to Instagram every day for a month
  87. Buy myself a nice piece of jewelry. March 2018 (necklace from Kendra Scott)

*1 month= 30 days, 1 week= 7 days

 

Total Complete: 32/101

To Go: 69

Saving Thursdays: Having a Game Plan

Hi Y’all,

I’m a pretty big fan of series, and since one of my goals has to become a saver, I thought I would start a series about it. Each Thursday I’ll have something about saving money!

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For this first one, it’s going to be about having a game plan. Everyone talks about how important planning is. Plus, I’ve noticed most of my “expenses” are impulse buys. For instance, I went to return things to the Lilly store, and instead of just returning I bought (granted, I did actually spend less than I was returning!).

Please keep in mind, that I do not actually have any debt, I’m attempting to work on setting myself up for the future instead of having a spending problem.

Here’s my new game plan:

-Think about everything for 24-48 hours if it is not a necessity (aka food).

-Limit Lilly purchases to 2 dresses (roughly $350-$400) until end of May (this will be a pretty big feat if I make it).

-Instead of online shopping, workout or do something else productive. I’ve been spending a lot of time looking at clothes (#bloggerproblems). Instead of focusing so much on that, I’m going to work on other things, like my brain! I have definitely not been using my langauge app (Duolingo) very much and it is so helpful. Plus, I have a ton of other things that are way more productive than shopping. I could also spend more time doing surveys and other money earning things.

-Write down all money I spend frivolously (aka clothes).

Obviously, my spending habits are something I’m acknowledging that I need to work on. Plus, I’m trying to figure out how to sell some clothes I no longer wear (if y’all have any tips for that let me know).

 

What are your tips and tricks to saving money?

xx,

Lindsey

Wish List Wednesday 3.28.18

Hi Y’all,

Today’s Wish List Wednesday is not exactly going to be tangible things.

Instead, there’s going to be a little story time.

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I recently met up with a blogger friend who just moved to the area. We went to lunch and then I was showing her around some stores. Almost every store I walked out of (empty handed) someone made a comment about the fact I didn’t buy anything.

I’ll be the first person to say that 99% of the time I go shopping, I’m going shopping with something in mind.

After making a fairly large purchase at the beginning of this month plus buying some stuff for my future bedroom, I knew I was going to have to save some money in the second half.

I honestly have only been working one of my jobs consistently this month, which means for my second job I haven’t been earning as much. I know I’ll be working on of my jobs a ton in April, so that is helping some. In the meantime, I’ve also upped my Swagbucks game. If you don’t know what Swagbucks is, it’s a website that helps you earn money (via giftcards) for doing surveys and watching short video clips. It’s super easy and I typically earn enough to pay for a tank of gas every month.

However, these comments really made me think about how much I spend and on what I’m spending it on. So, I think along with a normal “Wish List” every week, I’m also going to share what I spent money on for the previous week. Hopefully, this will help kick me into high gear for saving money instead of just spending it.

How do y’all earn and save money?

xx,

Lindsey

Teaching Tuesday: Choices

Hi y’all,

Today’s Teaching Tuesday is all about choices.

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Not teaching choices, but student choices. We often give students things to do, and that’s what they do. This is leading them to do one simple idea and to just do the status quo. They’re not even attempting to think outside the box.

I found this out when I assigned a hands on activity: make the ocean floor out of salt dough. The only requirement was they had to work together in their group and if they did not cooperate together or misbehaved, I had an alternative assignment ready for them.

Every single group approached it the same way: they thought I meant they had to do a 3-D model. They complained they didn’t have enough salt dough to do it with. Yet, they never tried to just lay it flat and carve out the different aspects.

How do we change this mentality?

Give them choices. Give them a homework board with 3 columns on it (Language Arts, Math, Content). Each column has 3 choices (total of 9 choices). Have them do 2 from each column, that way they each get to choose what they do. Allow them to pick a book to take home for reading homework. Let them pick their station order (Daily 5 model).

How do you help students learn how to make choices?

xx,

Lindsey

{Future} Bedroom Plans

Hi Y’all,

I am so anxious to know that I have a job for the fall just so I can finalize my living arrangements and start fulling planning everything out. Of course, I do still have some things from college I plan on using. However, I do plan on making some upgrades, like to a queen bed! Needless to say, I know moving is expensive so I started making some plans now, and I definitely hit up the Pottery Barn X Lilly Pulitzer launch and picked out a few things that will work well with my color scheme for my future bedroom. I love navy and white together (and let’s be honest, it’s half of my closet). A small change to the color scheme is it will be navy and grey with a few different hues of blue sprinkled throughout.

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Zebra Rug|Sheet Set | London Print |Pillow Sham| Lumbar Pillow |

 

I’ve had two of the rugs I’ll be taking with me for a while. I got them during one of the Nordstrom sales a few years ago. Unfortunately, the two I have Nordstrom no longer carries. This one is the same brand, though. Since I’m planning on adding a toy poodle to the family, I don’t want to get something new right away.

I also plan on adding a few pops of color. During college, I got to live out a lifelong dream and studied abroad in London. This print from Evelyn Henson is perfect. I bought myself and my college roommate one for Christmas and got them framed (you can buy the print either framed or without). I love mine and cannot wait to actually have a space to hang it. To add to the London print, I have a map of London and cannot wait to have that framed and hung up.

How have y’all decorated your bedrooms?

xx,

Lindsey