How to Save Money on a Beach Vacation

It’s half-way through September — so clearly the *perfect* time for me to publish a post about taking a summer beach vacation —


How to save money on a beach vacation. Outer Banks, NC #OBX
Yes, this picture was actually taken from the deck of the beach house we rented  — Rodanthe, NC

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By the Sea

I started writing this post mid-August while I was on vacation. Don’t worry, I also did plenty of relaxing. In fact, I felt like I’d been relaxing a bit too much, and not taking full advantage of potential blogging time.

Because once that two week vacation was over and I returned home to my day job, I knew there would be the usual time crunch. Blogging would be de-prioritized, and my focus would again gravitate to my regular 9-to-5.

(Hello, one month later…)

Although I do have hopes I can start motivating myself by making clear blogging goals, and being more productive on a daily basis.

But while I was in the beautiful Outer Banks of North Carolina, I thought maybe I could make a little bit of progress on my blog.

And now that I’m back in New England, and back into the swing of things — it’s time to get this puppy out there.

Because can you believe, it’s been a whole month since I’ve posted anything?

Crazy how time gets away from you —

But here we are, with the next topic at hand:  How to Save Money on Vacation (at the beach).

As everyone knows, money is a pretty big factor when one starts to consider going on vacation.

It can definitely dictate where you go, how long you stay, what you do there and what kind of meals you have.

So I figured this would be an appropriate way to tie in these two topics — vacation and money.

And being on this two week excursion with my family and friends, I can pretty much speak from our own personal experiences.


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What I Learned From One Year of Blogging Anonymously

 What I Learned From One Year of Blogging Anonymously

It’s been almost one year since I started this journey of blogging anonymously.

When I researched and purchased my domain name, set up a pretty basic and free WordPress theme. Signed up for a few free online courses. And dove headfirst into the glamorous world of beginner blogging.

Along the way, I’ve learned a few things.

Things like:

Your website doesn’t need to be that fancy, since most people will be reading your blog over mobile anyway.

Pinterest is a quick way to start getting traffic, but it isn’t the end-all-be-all of blogging strategy. And it shouldn’t be your only means of gaining traffic.

Also, a lot of people will try to sell you stuff. The magic elixir to blogging success. The way to increase blog traffic by 5000%. The secret sauce to making an affiliate sale within 5 hours so you can haul in $80,000 of profits in your first 30 days. Ha.

But a lot of them are really good at it because I’ve fallen for so many of these sales pitches over the past 12 months.

Also, I happen to be an extremely optimistic and trusting person, giving most people the benefit of the doubt. So I’m sure my naivete played into this equation as well.

And, oh yeah, the MOST important thing I’ve learned while blogging anonymously —

Blogging is HARD work.
There is A LOT to learn.
And it can be overwhelming.

So why would anyone want to begin blogging in the first place?

And why in the world would you even think about blogging anonymously?

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Fetch Rewards App Review – Is It Worth Your Time?

Fetch Rewards app review

Fetch Rewards App Review 

If you’ve tried some popular receipt scanning apps like Ibotta, Checkout 51 or Saving Star, then you might have heard of a new one called the Fetch Rewards app.

Fetch Rewards App - Scan Receipt
Scan Receipts, Earn Points


Fetch Rewards is a receipt scanning app that turns your store receipts into rewards. According to its website, you use the Fetch Rewards app to scan grocery receipts from any grocery, convenience, or club store.


And actually, you can do way more than that. You can also scan receipts from drugstores, big box stores, dollar stores and liquor or package stores. 


The app reads the items from your receipt and Fetches points for you. And the points vary based on the product or brand that you purchase. Keep collecting points to redeem for awesome rewards. 

What kind of rewards? Well, all types of stuff –

Beauty products, electronics, clothing, music, housewares, restaurant gift cards and even Visa or MasterCard gift cards.

Want to check out Fetch Rewards? You can download the Fetch Rewards app from the App store for iOS devices, or from the Google Play store for an Android device.

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For Love and Money – Talking Finances with Your Partner

For Richer, For Poorer

Ah, love. Exciting and new.

So many possibilities. So much chemistry. The whirlwind romance, plans for the future.
Cohabiting, vows, babies — and no, it doesn’t have to be in that order (or at all).

But then there’s the bank account.

Do you have one, or maybe two? Does your partner have one? Should you combine them?
And before you even think about doing anything jointly, have you had that crucial conversation about money?

It’s so easy to fall in love, but why is it so hard to have a heart-to-heart with your amour about finances?


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How to Stay Focused to Pay Off Debt

Staying Motivated to Pay Off Debt

This update won’t be nearly as interesting, controversial or fun as my last debt update was. But when you pay off debt, there are peaks and valleys. High points and low points.

This progress report floats along somewhere in the middle.

There were no windfalls, tax refunds or bonuses.
No over the top expenses, medical or vet bills (thank goodness!)
And no huge progress made in terms of debt payoff — unfortunately.

The last two months were kind of ho-hum, business as usual.
But at least we were able to keep on truckin’.

Sometimes moving forward is the best sort of progress you can hope for.

So let’s get down to it —

Where our debt payoff strategy wound up over these past two months.

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