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9th December 2016

Check out this list of money-saving websites, services, and other products that will help you in your life.

 

I made this page so you all can easily find all of the companies, services, and products I use or recommend using. On this page, you’ll be able to find out how to make extra money, save money, make life easier, and more. I’ve only included what I use myself or what I would highly recommend to others.

Disclosure: There are some affiliate links below, but they are all products I encourage using. I won’t put anything on this page that I haven’t verified or personally used.

 

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Check out this list of items that are essential for any trip! This list is so helpful.

10 Affordable Essentials For Traveling

21st November 2016

You’re going on a trip in a month and want to depart as prepared as possible. You want to make sure you can fit enough into your backpack or suitcase without forgetting any essentials or overpacking.

Over the past year, I have lived and traveled in over 10 countries. There were many times when I wish I had a certain item or came more prepared and protected.

Although traveling can be such an exciting, rewarding experience, there is also a dark reality to it as well, such as pickpocketers or not bringing essential items for backpacking.

I’ve compiled a list of items that will help you go on your next trip as prepared as possible, without breaking the bank.

Below is a list of 10 items that I have found to be crucial to have during my travels.

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5 Important Rules For New and Old Couchsurfers

24th April 2015

If you are new to Couchsurfing or have never heard of it before, you will definitely want to read further.

I was inspired to write this post because my mom has been Couchsurfing all over Europe at the age of 61 years old. She is living life to the fullest, even on a tight budget! A lot of people get the idea that only rich people can travel when that is not the case at all.

You can sign up for Couchsurfing for free here.Important rules for couchsurfers! Couchsurfing is an awesome way to make friends all around the world and get free accommodations. Continue reading

Should Females Solo Couchsurf?

25th November 2014

I was inspired to write this post because of how many people were shocked that I went couchsurfing by myself – and stayed with a guy!taj-mahal-333915_1920

I had such a great experience with using the Couchsurfing site. I have to admit I was a bit nervous to use the site altogether, and going through a man wasn’t the top option on my list. I actually made it a rule to myself to not go through a male if I decided to use the site at all.

I contacted many women and none of them wanted to do anything I was interested in. Most if not all of the women were going to be working the entire time.

Others wanted to go to concerts that I had no interest in going to. I originally was going with a woman who would’ve been working almost the entire time, until I found another host to go through, who was a guy.

I was pretty shocked at my decision to couchsurf with a man.

Okay, so I didn’t just stay with any guy. He had probably the most credible page on the site, filled with references, many verifications, etc. He was extremely active as well and there were many positives to choosing him.

You can sign up for Couchsurfing for free here.

So would I couchsurf with a guy again?

Definitely. I get along with girls fine, but I feel like I get along with guys better. I’m not into what most girls are and I don’t truly enjoy talking about the same things they do. I swear I am a man in a woman’s body. My mentality with almost every aspect in life is a bit more on the manly side. My feminist side is kicking myself in the butt for saying that.

Would I advise you to go through a guy?

I don’t want to make the decision for you, but simply don’t steer clear of men on the site. Most of them are extremely nice and aren’t creepy at all. They really just want to show you a good time in their city.

Don’t trust EVERYONE on the site. Obviously.

There are a lot of men on there that are trying to pick up girls as well. Just be smart about who you go through. Looking at their profile can pretty much give you an idea of what they want. I also make sure to talk to the person first and get to know them. I’m usually really good at seeing what a person is like through a few messages. People are great at hiding their intentions, though, so just be smart.

If you do decide to go couchsurfing and you’re a bit nervous your first time, make sure to check in with friends every so often. Make set times you’ll call or text them. Calling is better because if the person ends up being a serial killer, they will read your text messages and pretend to be you. Did I take that too far? Haha.

If you’re a female, would you go couchsurfing by yourself?

Here are my go-to ways to saving and making money:

  • $5 Meal Plan: Monthly meal plan with recipes and grocery list
  • Booking.com: How to find the best online price for hotel accommodations
  • Ebates: Awesome way to earn cash back on your regular online purchases, easy to use)
  • How To Travel The World On $50 A Day: How to save on travels
  • Ibotta: How to get cash back on grocery, clothing, household items and more 
  • Swagbucks: Make money filling out surveys and more

Denver Trip + My First Couchsurfing Experience

10th November 2014

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Hey guys! So I’m finally able to say I’m a couchsurfer. I did it.

I met up with a complete stranger from Couchsurfing. They were verified/background checked and had numerous references, so I went the “safer” route.

I’m officially in love with this site! I saved A TON of money since I don’t have to spend anything on a hotel. I also got a personal “tour guide” all to myself. This was an amazing experience and has motivated/inspired me to do this again.

I plan on taking a 2 week trip in December solely using the couchsurfing site. I’d like to hit up 3-4 places during those 2 weeks, but I haven’t decided where I will travel to yet.

My trip to Denver.

I stayed in Denver, CO from Thursday-Sunday morning. It was a nice and much-needed vacation. I went to Milwaukee the weekend before, but I was ready to go somewhere like I’ve never been. I hear constantly about how amazing Denver is! Now I know what all of the fuss is about.

So when I arrived, I was pretty much jet lagged and extremely tired. The first couple of days were honestly lazy days. I was too tired to do anything but made a promise to myself to go all out on the third day. I did go on a couple runs in the city and I was lucky enough to be staying with someone who lived smack downtown in Denver next to the capital. Pretty sure I got a better view than if I was staying in a hotel.

I was greeted by my host and I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a bit nervous. It was my first couchsurfing experience and I was also staying with a guy, but he ended up being super awesome! I felt comfortable throughout my stay and I’m happy I didn’t choose someone else.

I met a ton of great people in Denver. There were a couple things that I noticed about Denver though:

  1. Everyone is attractive and fit. Everyone is super trendy and the beards are absolutely magnificent.
  2. EVERYONE wears Ray Bans. Everyone. Nothing else.

I worked out each day I was in Denver, and I feel more fit already. I went to a gym called “Fitness In The City” and it was beyond awesome. I actually enjoyed the workout and it had tons of variety. If you live in Denver, you should definitely check this place out!

After our workout, we hit up a brewery. (Makes sense, right?) The brewery was called Great Divide and they had AMAZING beer. I tried out 6 different kinds and it only cost me $6 for a generous amount of each beer. I’m starting to become a fan of beer! Never thought I’d say that.

After the brewery, we went to a place called Snooze and it was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. Seriously. If you are in Denver or going to visit, this is a definite place to hit up. Don’t feel guilty either! I didn’t!

After Snooze, which now I know why it’s called Snooze, we decided to take a trip and browse some street art in the city. I can’t believe people can actually create these kinds of images and I can’t even draw a perfect circle.

Once we were done with the street art portion of our day, we rented some bikes and went on the most gorgeous bike ride I’ve ever been in my life. I am seriously contemplating on moving to Denver once I am done with school. I can’t wait until I graduate! I wish I would’ve taken some pictures during the bike ride, but I was pretty much done for the day. I just wanted to get home at this point.

Too much beer and pancakes.

We later went out at night and hit up a gay bar and a couple of other bars. I forgot how much I missed going to gay bars. It’s the best place to go to when you don’t want to get hit on and just want to dance! We went to another bar afterwards and I met some awesome people. Denver has to have some of the nicest people I’ve ever met.

My first time using Uber.

As I was leaving my host’s house, I decided to use Uber to take me to the airport. If you haven’t heard of Uber, it’s basically a better version of a taxi and it’s cheaper. Uber is more convenient all around and if you haven’t yet, download the app. There’s also a promo code for first time users that I used so it made my ride extremely cheap. You can use my sister’s code which is “michelles1019). My Uber driver was amazing and gave me all the ins and outs on Uber. I learned a fun tip: Don’t throw up in their cars cause it’ll cost you at least $150 (no, I didn’t throw up. The driver was just telling me fun facts about Uber).

If you’re reading this Matt, you were an awesome host. I’ll always remember my first experience going couchsurfing and now I’m inspired to do it all the time!

Where do you think I should go during the 2 weeks I have in December?

Would you ever go couchsurfing?

P.S. I also got a haircut and I felt it was necessary to include a picture. Haha.

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  • 21 Day Fix: At home workout program, a beginner version of 21 Day Fix Extreme
  • 21 Day Fix Extreme: A more intense version of 21 Day Fix, how I achieved my results
  • 3 Day Refresh: Help kick off your health journey or break a plateau
  • How Not To Die: A book to educate you on nutrition and health
  • Fitbit: Stay motivated and on track with this fitness tracker