hello fresh
I finally caved in and signed up for the meal plan Hello Fresh when I was able to try it out for $19 after seeing advertisements and coupon codes for the weekly food boxes constantly.

Hello Fresh advertises themselves as a money-saving, time-saving alternative to eating out. Here are my top pros and cons of the company.

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The American Dream has always been based around the ideal of home ownership, with the idea that bigger is better. In fact, last year’s statistics show that the average American home is 2,600 square feet, up from 2,400 during the housing boom years.

But even though average home sizes are increasing, there’s a small but growing trend in the opposite direction: tiny houses. Documentaries on tiny house dwellers highlight the incredible contrast between the average American home and the average tiny home, which is less than 500 square feet.

Although tiny homes still account for less than 1% of real estate sales, their appeal is increasing among many people who are tired of upside-down mortgages, the cost and time consumption of accumulating and maintaining 2,600 square feet of possessions, and have a desire to live a simpler life.

Even if you’re content to keep living the American Dream, consider these four financial advantages of living in a tiny home.

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I’ve been curious about juicing ever since I heard my brother-in-law was juicing fruits and vegetables with his new $80 appliance. I was looking for a way to stay healthy throughout the year, and I thought juicing would be a great way to take in lots of fruits and vegetables each day.

Though I looked into the health benefits and costs of juicing, I really want to ask you for your opinions.

What’s your experience with this?

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financial therapist
Many of us could use the advice of a financial advisor when it comes to areas like investing, consolidating debt, and planning for retirement. Some of us need more than financial knowledge or advice that only addresses the number side of the equation though. We also need help addressing our emotional relationship with money. This task isn’t as well-suited for a financial planner as it is for a financial therapist.

Financial therapy is a rather new field, as the Financial Therapy Association has only been around since 2010. The concept of therapy isn’t new at all though. Just as someone might need a therapist’s help to deal with thought patterns and emotions surrounding their relationships with family, spouses, or friends, we all have a very real relationship with money that might need similar attention.

If you answer yes to any of the following questions, it might be time to see a financial therapist:

  • Do you feel frequently depressed or anxious about your finances or making financial decisions?
  • Do you think about what to do about your finances obsessively but fail to follow through with changes?
  • Have you tried to make positive changes like saving money, but keep failing or falling back into old habits?
  • Do you suspect you could be sabotaging your own goals?

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facebook groups
Recently I joined a Facebook Group called Buy Nothing. At first, I thought maybe it was a type of bartering platform or re-sell market like Offer Up. Maybe it even had something to do with Buy Nothing Day, Buy Nothing Month, or No Spend November. But, as I read more, I realized the group wasn’t about any of these.

The Buy Nothing Project (buynothingproject.org) was started in 2013 by a few ladies from Washington state who wanted to help people reduce their consumption of new merchandise and lengthen the life of used goods already out there—and might otherwise end up in landfills. While this concept is shared by groups like The Freecycle Network and the free section on Craigslist, Buy Nothing groups center them around the local neighborhood.

Members of Buy Nothing groups are invited to both request and gift, lend or share items, services, time or help: selling or bartering are strictly forbidden. The possibilities are endless, and so are the advantages for those who participate.

Here are four reasons to consider joining a “Buy Nothing” Facebook Group.
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family vacation
Summer isn’t that far away. One thing we have to look forward to is the yearly summer vacation. White sandy beaches and tropical weather sounds like a dream and to many, it might just be.

The average cost of vacation for a family of four is $4,000. That’s a large sum to spend on a trip and not everyone can afford the expense.

Vacations seem to get more lavish every year, but you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg just to have a nice family vacation. It’s entirely possible to vacation on a budget and still have an amazing time.

Here are 5 vacations hacks you need to know for your next trip:

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