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Tidying Up Your Finances: Clean Up Your Budget the Marie Kondo Way

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that Marie Kondo, author of the phenom book “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up“, now has a show on Netflix. Tidying Up with Marie Kondo is a sweet show that focuses on a variety of families and their struggles with clutter. In each episode, Marie and her interpreter visit the featured home and guide the family along her personal method for tidying. Now that I have approximately 5 episodes of tidying experience with  ...

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How to Use the $5 Challenge to Change your Financial Future

Here’s the truth: a $5 bill has the power to change your life. Here’s the harder truth: It’s completely up to you whether that power is for your benefit or your downfall.¬† I first learned about the $5 challenge from someone on Pinterest several years ago and decided to add that into my envelope system lifestyle.¬†Basically, the idea of the $5 challenge is that you never spend a $5 bill, and instead you collect it in a jar (a mason jar with burlap for me please, #basic).  ...

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The Frugal Black Friday Shopping Tips You Probably Forgot About

I can’t believe it’s almost Thanksgiving! If you’ve been here for awhile, you might remember that last Thanksgiving/Black Friday was when I accidentally made over $500 from affiliate marketing and decided to finally get serious about making this blog something special. I could (and want to) wax nostalgic over the evolution of CHL this year, but now is not the time. Because now it is time to talk about how to save money on Black Friday. My mom was never a big Black Friday  ...

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How I Shop Secondhand in my Pajamas: A ThredUp Thrift Store Shopping Review

This post is sponsored by ThredUp. When I started my first job at a clothing store at the mall, I became responsible for my clothing budget. Wanting to stretch my money as far as possible, I decided to check out the local Goodwill. $20, an hour, and a few bags of clothes later, I was completely hooked on thrift store shopping. Especially when it comes to increasing sustainability and my constant efforts to “go green” in our daily life, shopping at the thrift stores helps reduce  ...

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