5 Ways To Save Money For Your Dream Vacation

People tend to push aside the vacation they want because of money—or lack thereof. By using these tips, you can save money and have the vacation you have always dreamed of.

Everyone has a bucket list—or at least a list of places that they want to travel to. Whether you want to visit the Amazon Rainforest, see the Northern Lights, go on a safari in Africa, climb and explore Mayan ruins, explore the pyramids of Egypt or hike the gorgeous mountains of British Columbia, you will have to save money. This often prevents people from doing what they truly want to do.
Let’s face it: traveling is expensive, which easily deters people from even considering crossing these places off their bucket lists. However, traveling to whatever destination your heart desires can easily be done. All you need to do is use the right methods to save for your travels.
Don’t sit back and let life pass you by while you wait, and definitely do not let your dreams and exciting things you want to do in life slip past you. Don’t struggle to fit travel in; incorporate it into your life and money plans with these easy and effective tips and tricks on how to save money.
1. Change stash
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Having a system where all your change or even extra bills go is a way to ensure that you are putting money away every time you spend as long as you use cash. This method works wonders because no one likes carrying around change.
By doing this, you are also less likely to buy something small because, psychologically, you won’t want to break any bills or use your credit card for said item. The bonus to this is that you won’t even realize the amount of money that is adding up as long as you don’t touch it and you just put excess change and the occasional bills in. You will have a lot of money saved up by the time you are ready to count it.
2. Hunt for deals

Hunting for deals is a smart way to save some cash: why pay more when you can pay less for the same thing? When buying everyday items, it is a good idea to wait for items to go on sale, look at other stores that offer the same thing or use coupons.
The money you save on the necessities you are buying will add up faster than you think. Just remember to avoid buying items you don’t need. Similarly, when booking your trip, use sites such as Trivago or Kayak as they will also help you find great deals for your airfare and hotels with offers from countless other sites.
3. Luxuries vs. necessities
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In order to save up for what you really want, you need to realize that there’s a difference between necessities and wants. For example, instead of buying new shoes, purses or clothes, save that money. Similarly, you can always pack a lunch with snacks, which will not only help you to stay healthy, but will also help you keep your piggy bank full. The same applies to coffee: if you can make it at home, then go with that because it will save you money and remove the temptation to buy it on your way to work.
4. Credit cards
These can be evil: you go to the mall, say you’re going to buy one thing, but then buy a whole bunch of items and don’t pay too much attention to how much you’ve spent. You then feel like you can keep spending thanks to this small piece of plastic, which really only wants your money in reality. Once again, this is where cash comes in handy: by using cash, you will realize how much you are spending, and will not feel the urge and temptation to spend as much.
The only benefit to credit cards is that you get benefits such as cash back or those that allow for cheaper flights thanks to air miles. Some stores also offer credit cards, so if you are going to buy something from a particular store regularly, use the card for that store as it will give you points that you can use for future necessities, meaning you won’t spend actual money on that item. Just remember not to spend money on items that you don’t actually need; acquiring points will take a long time, but it will also help with future buys and future plans.
5. Money challenges
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If you insist on having Starbucks every day and not giving up that luxury, then challenge yourself every month to go without buying an overly expensive coffee for a week. Who knows: you may actually like how much money you save and might continue the challenge.
This challenge can be done with a variety of things, and is an effective method when it comes to saving money, making you realize how much you spend on certain things, and how you can continue to save even more money.
These tips and tricks on how to save money are easy and effective because all the money you’re saving technically still comes from your job and income, but it isn’t involving you saving money from where there is no money.
The money you would be saving comes from other places you already spend money, meaning it isn’t money you technically don’t have. All you have to do is save, and not touch the money you’ve saved up for travel.
Live your dreams, be happy and take the vacation you have always wanted. Do not let traveling pass by you. Use these tips and tricks to save for what you really want. If you have any more tips and tricks on how to save money for your dream travel destinations, feel free to share!

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Party Foul

 

Peter didn’t write back to my text for almost twenty-four hours. Just as I was starting to think I blew it, he sent me this, ‘Bet my crazy day tops your crazy day. What’s your week like?’
 
We made plans to grab dinner later in the week. I also texted Ashley to see how she was doing.
 
‘I tried the ole hickey trick and it worked. Thank you for that information, middle school sleepover parties,’ she wrote.
 
‘What’s the hickey trick?’ I wrote back.
 
‘Use a comb and work it over the hickey, gets the circulation moving or something,’ she responded.
 
I found it absolutely absurd that we were talking about a bruise on her neck, left by her monster of a boyfriend, like it was a hickey. But I’d spent the day on various domestic violence websites (which was surreal), and from what I’d been able to glean, putting the ‘victim’ (also surreal that Ashley is a victim) on the defense would only alienate her more. The best course of action was to withhold judgment on him, and on her decision to stay with him, and instead stress how wonderful/amazing/special a person Ashley is, and how I’m concerned she isn’t being appreciated as such. Passing judgment is a gene coded into my DNA, I’m sure of it, so this was going to be a challenge for me.
 
I woke up early on Monday, went to a spin class, and hit up the fancy market on my walk home, where I spent a small fortune on cheese (necessary). The first episode of Social Media featuring moi was airing that night, and a few friends were coming over to my apartment for a little viewing party. It took all of my willpower to keep from diving into the Gruyere when I got back to my apartment. It was only 8 AM. Inappropriate.
 
I’d invited Nina, Kate, Kevin, and Ashley, though I didn’t actually expect her to show. I hadn’t invited Richard because I’d invited Peter, but Peter couldn’t make it because he had a work event. Now, I was on the fence about inviting Richard, especially because the theme of that morning’s spin class had been about making peace—with ourselves, with the pigeons of discontent in our lives. Plus, I know Kate would wonder why Richard wasn’t there and I couldn’t lie and say I’d invited him but he couldn’t make it, because she was still in touch with him and there was a chance she would bring it up to him, like, “Missed you at Josie’s party!” And then he would be like, “Wait, Josie had a party and didn’t invite me?” And Kate would wonder why I lied and Richard would sink into an even deeper depression, having lost his job and his friends, and with little motivation to go on he’d be forced to abandon his dreams of being a writer, move home at twenty-eight years old, and mow his parents lawn to cover his share of the electricity bill. I couldn’t have that on my conscience!
 
So, with the intent of making peace and preventing a Richard meltdown, I texted him and invited him.
 
When I arrived at work, I got the shock of my life. William was in his office, already plugging away at his computer. It was 8:55 AM. The earliest I’d ever seen William in the office was 10, and even then it was only because he had a meeting with the CFO of the company and he’d bitched about it for days.
 
“Hi,” I knocked on his door. “How come you’re in so early?”
 
William spun around in his seat. He had a big grin on his face. “It’s Monday morning. Time to start our day. Time to start our lives, honey buns!” Gross.
 
William pointed his finger at me. “Don’t tell HR I said that.” He placed his meaty palms flat on his desk. “Just got some good news this weekend, and I was too excited to sleep.” He nodded to the piece of paper in my hand. “So what have you got for me?” I’d been on my way to leave the cover of the latest New York Mag issue on his desk. The infamous Grumpy Cat was on the cover, with the coverline, Boom Brands.
 
“Have you seen this?” I asked, walking over to him and handing him the cover.
 
William sighed. “Sometimes I loathe the world we live in.”
 
It was something Megan would have said. But the difference between William and Megan was that William listened when I told him I thought we needed to open our scope even more now. We’d started off with celebrity memoirs, now we were on to bloggers. These boom brands were the next big thing, and we had to be the ones to scoop up the Grumpy Cats of the world, whip together a cute little picture book that would make for the perfect coffee table book or stocking stuffer, and then rake it in.
 
“Great. Find me the next meanie cat,” William said when I was done.
 
“Um, Grumpy Cat,” I said.
 
William waved his hand irritably. “Whatever. Can you get me a latte?” He put both hands on his rotund middle. “Skim. I’m watching my figure.”
 
It’s like he was daring me to tweet about him, hashtag #Sh&tMyBossSays.
 
Social Media had secured a 9 PM time slot. The first two episodes had been a little ho-hum, in my opinion, and the Internet community seemed to agree—the show hadn’t garnered much press at all. I couldn’t decide if this was a good thing or a bad thing. The shows that seem to take off and net a ton of attention usually involve drunken cat fights, occasional violence, tan fake breasts, and gaudy displays of wealth that eventually came back to haunt the stars when they are forced to declare bankruptcy come season three. Of course I wanted our show to do well, but if it wasn’t doing well because we lacked all of the above, I was willing to concede defeat.
 
I’d told everyone to come by around 8. Richard had texted me back to say he’d love to come but he couldn’t stay long enough to watch the show. ‘Kind of awkward but I have a date,’ he wrote.
 
I started to write back, ‘That’s great!’ realized it sounded fake and insincere, and settled on, ‘No problem. It will be good to catch up.’ Nina said she thought he was still trying to make me jealous, but I actually thought exactly the opposite: That was Richard’s attempt to alleviate some of the tension that had crept into our friendship. His way of letting me know he understood nothing was going to happen between us—he was moving on, and there were no hard feelings.
 
Richard was the third to arrive, behind Kate, who had come over with me straight from work, and Nina, who’d arrived early because she heard there was cheese from the good cheese place.
 
Richard presented me with a bottle of wine and gave me a hug. Richard has always been trim, but he looked skinnier than when I’d seen him last, and it hadn’t even been that long. “Are you eating?” I asked like a concerned abuelita.
 
“I’m not drinking,” Richard said. “It’s amazing how quick the weight falls off when you lay off the sauce.”
 
“What do you mean you’re not drinking?” I asked.
 
“I just decided to take a break,” Richard said. “Clear my head, keep my focus sharp. At least until I find a new job.”
 
“How’s that going?” Kate asked.
 
“I have a few solid leads,” Richard said. “But I’m also kind of working on my own thing.”
 
“You’re writing?” I asked.
 
“Eh, not really,” he said. “I don’t really want to talk about it because if it doesn’t take off I don’t want to be that delusional guy who was standing in your kitchen, talking about how it would.”
 
I was intrigued, but I didn’t press. The idea of branching off on my own has always excited me, but I just don’t see a way to make it happen yet. The book I wrote for Big Apple Publishing barely paid me, and it didn’t even have my name on it. The publisher wanted to print it, especially after they found out that I was going to be talking about it on a TV show, but Bill—my old boss who I was in touch with here and there—recommended I stick to the pen name. ‘If you ever want to be a serious author,’ he’d written me, ‘I’d strongly recommend that you use a pen name with this.’
 
After that, the rest of my friends started rolling in—Kevin, and then, shockingly, Ashley. Oh, but that wasn’t the shocking part. Nope, the shocking part was that Ashley arrived with Tom.
 
I’ve only ever had the urge to be violent with someone once in my life, and that was with my ex-boyfriend, Eric, the night he told me he’d cheated on me. It literally took all of my willpower not to throw a chair at him, and I had to tell him to leave because I was so enraged I was afraid of what I might do. I felt that feeling again now, especially because Tom was gripping Ashley’s hand, a little bit too tightly, and he had a big, shit eating grin on his face and nary a mark on his body, which I could clearly see because unlike Ashley, he didn’t have to cover up his bruises with a bulky turtleneck. What a piece of shit, this guy.
 
I locked eyes with Nina. By the expression on her face, she was feeling the exact same way.
 
“There’s the big star,” Ashley said, enveloping me in a hug. She was overcompensating, trying to placate my rage by being extra sweet, her way of proving everything was peachy-keen. Ashley was never this gushy with me.
 
“Hey,” Tom said, thrusting a too-expensive bottle of champagne into my hands. Then he hugged me. And I hugged him back, because what else could I do?
 
“Hi,” I said coldly, tightly gripping the bottle in my hand, contemplating taking a swing at his balls with it. “I should put this on ice,” I said, and made a beeline for the kitchen.
 
Nina followed me. “What the fuck?” she hissed, when we were alone.
 
“I know,” I said.
 
“You hugged him!” Nina seethed.
 
I turned around. “What do you expect me to do, Nina? We talked about this. We push her away if we push him away.”
 
“I can’t do it,” Nina said. “I have to go. I can’t be in the same room as that asshole.”
 
“Nina!” I called after her. But she’d already unhooked her jacket from the back of a chair. She gave Tom the evil eye as she stormed past him. “You’re not fooling anyone,” is all she said to him, and Tom gave her a look, all innocent, like, ‘Whatever do you mean?’ Ashley looked at the ground, her cheeks burning red.
 
My apartment rattled as Nina slammed the door behind her. Everyone froze, wide eyed. “What was that about?” Kate whispered behind me.
 
“You don’t want to know,” I said.
 
Thankfully Tom and Ashley only stayed through the end of the show—in which I had about 90 seconds air time total. I needed more lipstick and a spray tan but other than that I looked pretty good. I’d had nightmares that I’d see myself in high def and realize I needed a face lift or something. Richard had to leave before it even began, but told me he had it DVRd back at his place. By 10, everyone had cleared out. I was cleaning up cheese rinds (Nina certainly didn’t leave hungry) and washing out wine glasses when I heard my phone vibrating. I dried my hands off, and rushed over to my bag, thinking it might be Peter. I thought it might be him asking how everything went. But when I retrieved my phone, I saw that it was from a number I didn’t recognize.
 
“Hello?” I said.
 
“Josie?” It was a woman’s voice.
 
“This is Josie,” I said. “Who is this?”
 
And because the universe decided that Tom wasn’t enough toxicity for the evening, the voice said, “It’s Elizabeth.”
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20 Amaing Beauty Products For Under $10

If you’re in love with makeup, you’ve probably spent paycheck after paycheck splurging on beauty products, but why not save a few bucks on amazing, affordable makeup? Check out our favorite beauty products all under $10.

Buying makeup can be a blessing and a curse. We quickly fall in love with all the options for foundations, eyeshadows, and lipsticks, but when the prices start adding up after a Sephora or Ulta haul, our wallets and heads might start feeling a little light.
Weeding through all the beauty products at the drugstore might seem like a tedious thing, but there are some amazing finds that are sometimes overlooked. If you’re still trying to stock up on makeup without breaking your bank, this is our list of 20 great beauty products under $10.
Primers
Maybelline Face Studio Master Prime ($7.99)

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The Maybelline Face Studio Master Prime is a great drug store primer that has a lot of beneficial powers such as blurring pores, smoothing fine lines, and evening the skin tone.
This primer comes in three different shades. One is meant to blur and illuminate the skin to create a healthy glow. The second is meant for fairer skin tones and acts as a redness control. The last primer is meant to smooth out pores and fine lines. You can get them here.
Revlon PhotoReady Perfecting Primer ($8.50)
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This ivory colored primer is lightweight, long lasting, and blends well into the skin. It is best used under makeup to create a flawless “PhotoReady” look, but can always be worn on its own. Get your best deal here.
Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Primer ($5.39)
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If you have large pores and oily skin, this Maybelline primer will be your next Holy Grail item. The Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser will visibly blur pores while also leaving the face with a matte finish which is perfect for those with combination or oily skin. Buy it here from Amazon.
Benefit POREfessional Matte Rescue Invisible Finish-Mattifying Gel Mini ($10)
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If there is one primer in higher end brands that you’ve heard, it’s most likely the Benefit POREfessional. Beauty vloggers all over Youtube have raved about this product. Often said to be the higher end version of the Maybelline Baby Skin Primer, this gel primer is lightweight, reduces shine, and blurs the look of pores.
Foundations
Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation ($4.97)
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With a roster of 24 shades, the Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation is perfect for normal to oily skin types. The shade ranges include pink, golden, and red undertones, and the brand recently added new shades to the collection. This foundation will help to control oil and blur pores. Buy it here now.
L’Oreal True Match Super Blendable Makeup ($7.99)
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This oil-free foundation from L’Oreal might be one of their most popular products. The True Match foundation comes in 32 different shades and promises to match not only skin tone but texture.
If you’re not into full coverage foundation, this has promises for light to medium coverage and is suited for all skin types. You can get it here now.
Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation + Concealer ($9.99)
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One of the newer items on this list, Milani’s newest product is a foundation and concealer duo. Only $9.99, this foundation is definitely buildable up to full coverage. This product promises water-resistant wear as well as coverage for under eye circles and redness. Although there are 14 shades, this product is known to oxidize (turn darker) after applied to the face.
Concealer
Maybelline FIT ME Concealer ($4.38)
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Often compared to the Nars Creamy Radiant Concealer, Maybelline’s Fit Me Concealer might be one of the most talked about drug store items. Although this only includes 6 shades, the concealer is most commonly used as a highlight shade which can be tweaked and work with a variety of skin tones. This oil free concealer makes it ideal for all skin types. Buy it here now.
NYX Dark Circle Concealer ($6.00)
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We’ve all had those days, nights, weeks, or even months where we don’t get enough sleep and we start to see the evidence in the form of dark circles. Sometimes foundation might not fully cover these circles and leave a gray shadow underneath the makeup. NYX’s Dark Circle Concealer is specifically designed with an orange tint to help counter dark circles. You can buy it here.
L.A. Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer ($5.49)
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Coming in an impressive 24 shades, the L.A. Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer might be the most talked about drugstore product. Available for under $3, this product provides a great amount of coverage while helping to even the skin tone. In addition to their regular concealing shades, they also have 3 ‘corrector’ shades that help even out redness or hyperpigmentation. Get your best deal on Amazon.
Powder
Maybeline FIT ME Set + Smooth/Matte + Poreless Powder ($4.99)
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Both of Maybelline’s powders help cover the range of skin issues. The Set + Smooth is more catered to normal and dry skin while the Matte + Poreless powder is crafted for normal, but more specifically, oily skin types. With promises of lasting up to 16 hours, these powders are light weight, long lasting, and come in 12 shades. Get it here.
Revlon ColorStay Pressed Powder ($6.87)
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Available in 6 shades, the Revlon ColorStay carries shades from light to deep. This powder will help control oil and smooth out the skin. The shades include a translucent powder which is perfect for giving the face a matte appearance without adding any addition color. You can buy it here.
Milani Prep + Set + Go Transparent Face Powder ($9.99)
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When it comes to setting under eye concealer, the point is to have a powder that will leave the face looking bright without giving any flashback with a camera. Translucent powders are the go-to for this situation, and Milani recently came out with their own translucent/transparent face powder that will help control shine, blur pores, mattify the skin, and leaving the skin looking bright.
Eyes
Ardell Glamour Wispies ($3.99)
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If you love it when your lashes flutter in the wind, Ardell Glamour Wispies are the lashes for you. Not only will these lashes give you the length and width that you’re hoping for, but the wispiness of the lashes create a very natural looking eye.
Revlon ColorStay Liquid Liner ($7.99)
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When it comes to makeup, we’re often intimidated by liquid liner and creating the perfect winged liner. The Revlon ColorStay Liquid Liner comes with an ultra-skinny tip that is perfect for precision. Not only does this liner come in the classic black and brown shades, but it also comes in a bright navy and green color. Buy it here.
Maybelline Eyeshadow Palette – The Nudes ($9.29)
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If you’re a beginner or a pro in makeup, you would learn to love and appreciate the colors and pigmentation in the Maybelline “The Nudes” eyeshadow palette. With 12 shimmer and matte shades, this palette is especially catered towards the newer makeup aficionados.
Along the back of the palette, Maybelline includes ideas for creating different eye looks. Get your best deal on Amazon.
L’Oreal Telescopic Carbon Black Mascara ($7.49)
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False lashes might be a part of your regular makeup routine, but if you’re looking for something to enhance your natural lashes or even your falsies, the L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara packs two punches in one go. Not only does it separate the lashes to increase the intensity, but it also adds length. They credit the increased intensity to the Carbon Black pigments in the mascara. Buy it here now.
Lips
Colourpop Ultra Matte/Satin/Metallic/Glossy Lips ($6)
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Colourpop is an Indie brand that has shot to the forefront of beauty since its launch in 2014. Selling all of their lip products for $6 or under, Colourpop has an impressive catalog of 100+ shades including matte, metallic and satin lip sticks.
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream ($5.99)
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When it comes to lip products, NYX is on top of their game. Their Soft Matte Lip Cream is only $6 and comes in an amazing 34 different shades ranging from pale nudes to blues to purples. These cream lipsticks glide on smooth and leave a ‘soft matte’ finish. Get your best deal on Amazon.
Milani Amore Matte Lip Crème ($8.99)
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Matte lipsticks are one of the hottest trends currently, and Milani has definitely stepped up to the plate in this game. With 18 shades of their Amore Matte Lip Crème, these lipsticks are not only highly saturated, but they promise long wear and transfer proof application.
Now that you’ve got 20 beauty products under $10 that you can splurge on, let us know in the comments below some of your favorite affordable beauty products or makeup brands!

 

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