Category: Daily Life/Lifestyle

Tips for AirBnB Hosting

Tips for AirBnB Hosting

I almost always rent out my house on AirBnB when I’m out of town because it’s such an easy way to cover the cost of the trip and can bring in a lot of extra cash.  No matter how dirty things are when you get home, you can scrub things down and clean them well.  If things break, guests will usually pay to replace them, and I keep my valuables and important breakables safely hidden/locked away.  AirBnB takes the guest’s money up front when they book and directly deposits into my account the day after they check in, protecting us both.  AirBnB does a great job marketing.  They also help with conflict resolution. See AirBnB’s insurance policy for more details on how they help protect their hosts.

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Amazon Prime Perks You Might Be Missing Out On

Amazon Prime Perks You Might Be Missing Out On

I have a subscription for Amazon Prime, and I find it extremely valuable for more than just free two day shipping.  I end up saving more than the annual fee just from the extra services, so it’s worth it for me.  You still should always shop around when making purchases, and you can use CamelCamelCamel.com to check the historical price of your Amazon purchases.  If you won’t use any of the other perks, I still recommend just using free standard shipping for Amazon purchases over $25.

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How I Moved Across the Country in an Edge

How I Moved Across the Country in an Edge

I hate cold.  I survived Michigan with at least three layers of clothing at all times and an electric blanket.  A new job opened up in my company down in Florida, and I secured it with a phone interview and a recommendation from my mentor.  The new job was a promotion right up my alley and located somewhere warm, so of course I jumped at the opportunity without hesitation.  I managed to make the move in a Ford Edge.  I’ve since learned that moving across the country in one car is pretty common for the single younger crowd.  The time to make these career moves is while you are young and not yet tied down.

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Buying My Second House

Buying My Second House

My move from Michigan to Florida felt both exciting and terrifying.  I considered renting for a bit, but my preferred lifestyle choice is home ownership.  I had an offer in hand for my house in Michigan.  I had been browsing the listings in my new area for about 8 months and had visited a couple times so I had a good idea of the market.  I had spent the summer wrapping up the rest of my renovations on my house in Michigan, and had some ideas for how I wanted my new house to function.  I started working with a realtor as soon as I got down to Florida.  I gave him my list of requirements, we found a great foreclosure in one of the best areas in the city, and I was able to secure financing and close within two months of moving down.

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My First House

My First House

After graduating college in 2012 and finding my first job, I kept living in my mom and stepdad’s house for about half a year.  I took advantage of the opportunity to save as much money as I could.  I first paid off my remaining debt, including the rest of school costs and a small wardrobe for my new professional career.  Then I focused on setting up my 401k and building a mini nest egg just to get it moving.  After, the house fund was started.  I bought my first house at age 22 in June 2013.

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Games for a Group

Games for a Group

Every other week, I host a weekly game night at home.  It starts after work, usually around 6pm.  I “cook” something for dinner, always enough to feed everyone and usually something purchased on sale in the frozen section.  I ask friends to bring any beverages or dessert they’d like, although I do keep wine on hand.  Once we finish eating, we bring out a board game for the evening.  Our favorite games are ones where anyone can jump in somewhat easily, and that don’t require as much set up or take down. It means our guests are interacting with something fun instead of just sitting around, and it’s ideal since often our guests don’t know each other.  We always have a great time, and it’s a lot more fun and frugal than sitting around a restaurant.  It’s a great way to build relationships.

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Hosting Friends in Your Home – Tips and Tricks

Hosting Friends in Your Home – Tips and Tricks

I genuinely enjoy hosting in my house.  It provides frugal entertainment for everyone.  I often hear people say they can’t host because they need more space, their place is messy, or they feel the need to go all out for a meal and it’s just too much work.  However, it can be a lot more fun and a lot less work than you realize.  I really enjoy cooking dinner and pairing it with a board game as a way to break up the week, and we’ve frequently hosted weekend gatherings as well.

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Getting Ready for Hurricane Irma

Getting Ready for Hurricane Irma

While we are all still hoping the hurricane skips us here in Florida in favor of the open ocean, it’s important to prepare. This preparation is key not only to survival, but also in bouncing back after the storm has passed.  For anyone affected, aim for three days’ worth of supplies at a minimum.  Like every storm in life, the most important thing is to start preparing now while you have plenty of time.

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Your Debt is Dragging You Down

Your Debt is Dragging You Down

Debt may not seem like a big deal, but having debt deeply affects your lifestyle.  Even small amounts of debt cause people to lose sleep, weigh on the mind, and can impact your relationships. Large debts can lead to large monthly payments which can lead to even more debt.  Job loss can wipe out a debt-laden family.  Even if you only have a small amount of debt, it needs to be addressed now before it becomes a big problem. 

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