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You secretly spend over a million dollars on your car!

You secretly spend over a million dollars on your car!

Everyone is always angling to save more money since we all know it matters a lot. One thing we often don’t think about is how expensive cars are. I know they cost a lot of money, but when you add everything up it’s incredible! Each car you buy is practically a downpayment on a house, and it ends up in the scrap heap before too long! Mix in most families having two cars and replacing them every 10 years and you get some big bills. Maybe when people talk about downsizing their homes they should really be talking about downsizing their cars first!

Infographic source: https://fiveyearfireescape.com/how-much-car-can-i-afford/

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The 3 best tricks to make a little extra money today

The 3 best tricks to make a little extra money today 

If you ever look up how to make extra money there are a lot of options people will put in front of you. Like starting a website or doing online surveys. But, did you know the 3 most lucrative money-making opportunities are sitting right in front of you, and accessible to everyone? This infographic points out how with very little effort you can make a pile of money by selling your things, negotiating or cancelling some services you forgot about, or how you should get a salary survey to try to boost your income. Really these things are so easy we should all hop on them right now!

 Infographic source: https://fiveyearfireescape.com/make-money-fast/

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So that’s what $1,000,000 looks like

So that’s what $1,000,000 looks like

With all this recession and Covid talk going around there are some huge numbers being used and it desensitizes you to how much money that really is. This many millions of dollars being lost. That many billions being spent. Well, I found this infographic to be a fun way to put it all back into perspective. One million dollars isn’t really a huge amount of money for the government, and it can even fit in a briefcase like in the movies. If you put it in real items though it really adds up. This guy uses burritos!

 Infographic source: https://fiveyearfireescape.com/what-does-one-million-dollars-look-like/

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Everyday folks can save big by making simple changes

Everyday folks can save big by making simple changes

Saving money is a big topic and everyone knows it’s important. The problem is there are hundreds of different ways to save. Couponing, growing your own vegetables, being cheap and the list goes on. The number of options out there can drive you a little crazy. Luckily, I found this infographic that lists out how much money you can save as an hourly rate! It really puts things in perspective and shows you where to focus your saving efforts. Who knew 3 hours could save me so much money!

Infographic source: https://fiveyearfireescape.com/how-to-save-money/

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Beat Summertime Blues

Beat Summertime Blues


The summer is usually a time to shed the winter funk. The sun shines brighter. The weather is warmer. Birds are always singing a song. But for some, those feelings of depression are hard to shake, no matter how beautiful the day is.

Here’s some ideas on how to quash those summertime blues.

It’s okay to take a break


Summer is the most widely acceptable time to take a vacation. Vacations can be expensive, stressful and above all give you the need to have a vacation after your vacation. Plan accordingly. Give yourself a day of rest after you get back.

If you don’t have the funds to go away, plan a few days of a staycation. Sure, use a few days to get things done on your to-do list, but remember to have time to rest as well as have fun.

Keep a journal

Keeping a journal is a great way to release the everyday stress and low thoughts going on. Write down what’s bothering you. But here’s a twist, finish your thoughts with positive goals. List options of how to fix the situation or write out positive quotes to balance your mindset.

Plan for the future

We all have dreams and goals. Planning for the future allows you to look past the hopelessness of a bad moment. Write out a five-year plan. After that, write down a one-year plan. This will help give you realistic steps on how to accomplish your dream-worthy goals. This might take a couple hours, days or weeks, but write down things that you look forward to achieving.

You’re not alone

Summer can bring on emotions of feeling alone. Friends are on vacation. Perhaps, you and your partner have parted ways for the summer. Use this time to focus on yourself. Get healthy. Mental health is just as important as physical health.

Take an exercise class. Start walking. Being active releases positive brain chemicals to fight off depression.

Next, find someone to talk to. There’s plenty of great ways to approach this. Ask your doctor to refer a therapist. Or, talk to a therapist or counselor online. Sometimes, we as humans get lonely. But know this, you are not alone.  There are many outlets to remind us of that if we just take a second to look beyond ourselves.

Find your joy

You can make this task easy or difficult. Think back to when you were a child. Simple things made you happy. Yes, some we’re material things. However, there were plenty of things that put a smile on your face without costing a thing. I’m not saying live in the past. Move forward with child-like eyes. Enjoy the simple things in life. Enjoy that sunset. Enjoy taking off your shoes and walking in the grass. Enjoy sitting by the city fountain on a hot day and feeling the cool spray of the water.

Your best days are ahead of you. Just remember to rest, get healthy, find your peace and learn what makes you happy.

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Holiday Blues

Holiday Blues

You might think that only people who spend the holidays alone are susceptible to holiday depression. That’s not the case. Depression doesn’t really care if you’re alone or surrounded by loved ones. Depression and anxiety can hit hard during the holidays. There plenty of factors around this time of year to push your mind to its limits.

First off, it’s cold

Seasonal depression is real! Lack of warmth and sun can cause any flower to wilt. So make sure you get your daily dose of vitamin D through your diet. Also, if the sun is shining, bundle up and get outside for a few minutes. This will help boost your mood.

Spending money

It’s true that some folks love to spend money, but there’s usually a pang of guilt in doing so. Especially, if it was a frivolous purchase. Other people feel a lot of pressure when spending money around the holiday season. Do they have enough money for presents? Is it a good enough present? How can I afford that? For parents, the largest concern is, I want to make sure they have a great Christmas… All of these thoughts put unnecessary pressure on yourself. Anxiety heightens, and that’s when depression can also slip into the party. Take the pressure off. Put a cap on your budget. Ask your kids if they could only have one thing, what would it be? This allows you to find out where their priorities lie. With friends and relatives, suggest a white elephant exchange or a Pollyanna. And do you still feel like you need to get something for everyone? Do a cookie bake or make homemade bath bombs and scrubs. Homemade gifts are always treasured.

Family drama, not made for TV

During holidays, lots of family drama can surface. It May sound too simple, but shake it off. Who cares that aunt so-n-so doesn’t think that’s a proper desert for the holiday dinner or grandparents think you’re in the wrong line of work? If you’re spending the holidays with them, the only answer should be you love them. Love them for who they are, even if you feel they can’t love you for who you are. If you can’t, then you should consider who you are spending your time with. This is the time of year to spend with LOVED ones.

It’s the end of the year and you still haven’t accomplished that

Every year, millions, if not billions, make New Year resolutions for their life. 12 months later, they didn’t accomplish what they set out to do. Take the pressure off yourself and try a five-year plan instead. Having goals is important. But having deadlines can cause anxiety. Give yourself a break. And remember, if it’s part of your destiny, you’ll eventually get there.

Which brings me to my final point, …Therapy

This is the time of year for giving, more than receiving. Therapy comes in many forms. So if depression hits, try volunteering your time. Donate gifts, food or clothing to the less fortunate. Helping others can pull you out of your own depression.

Mental health is important all year round. But there’s certain times throughout the year, the mind can be tested. We miss loved ones or ended-relationships during certain periods of life. Around the holidays, we are reminded this is a time to be spent with loved ones. And it’s alright to miss them, but we must remember to celebrate these times as well. If you can’t shake the blues or you feel them coming on perhaps it’s best to talk with a therapist. Remember, there are people that can help if you need to talk. If you or someone you know is suffering with depression this holiday season, remember, you are not alone, please seek help.

Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy holiday season!

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3 Gestures to Show Your Loved Ones That You Care

3 Gestures to Show Your Loved Ones That You Care

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In life, we frequently preoccupy ourselves with all kinds of considerations, ranging to deep anxieties and hopes for our professional lives, five-year plans for our financial future, or our property portfolio, and maybe writing a bestselling novel somewhere down the line.

 

While there are many significant things that we can choose to preoccupy ourselves with in life, however, our loved ones invariably come first. Life just wouldn’t be worth it without those precious people who we hold dear.

 

Bearing that in mind, it’s important to remember to pause every once in a while — no matter how busy or ambitious you may be — in order to remind your loved ones how much they mean to you.

 

There are certain gestures that can show your loved ones you care. Some of these are ritualised and focus on material goods. For example, you can read this James Allen review to get a sense of the significant role of diamonds in wedding rings.

 

Here are a few more everyday gestures that you can make for the sake of reminding those special people that they’re special to you.

 

Simply make the time to talk and listen to them

 

It’s one of the easiest things in the world to stop what you’re doing and listen to someone else when they’ve got something to say to you, but many of us are so distracted and constantly on the move, that we routinely fail to make time to talk and listen to our loved ones the way we should.

 

Nobody wants to be the parent who brushes their child off when they’re trying to proudly show off their latest drawing, and no one wants to be the distracted spouse who ignores their significant other’s small talk and instead checks up on business emails on their phone.

 

These things happen accidentally, but they do happen, and the effects can be devastating. Make the time to pause, pay attention, listen, and talk with your loved ones.

 

Recommend doing fun things that you know they want to do

 

As human beings, we’re generally inclined to try and push in favour of our own interests. If your significant other wants to watch a particular movie but you don’t want to, you’ll likely write the idea off, for example.

 

While it’s good to stand your own ground and push for your own interests in a relationship, a great way to show that you care can be to recommend doing fun things that you know your loved ones want to do, even if you, yourself, aren’t necessarily crazy about the idea.

 

Be a source of joy and brightness in their lives, especially when times are dark

 

No one is positive or happy all the time, but it’s important to understand that the people you care most about in this world likely look to you for comfort and strength in the times when they feel at their lowest.

 

Simply working on yourself to see the positive in life, to be optimistic and proactive, and to offer words of encouragement when needed, can result in a significant boost to the wellbeing of your loved ones.

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