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hi y'all it's me I'm finally back with more tips and ideas for 20 away for a while but I was really involved with CH a and carlene's visit and then catching up on my projects and things so I just haven't had the chance to post one but hopefully I can get back into the swing of it so I think I'm joining you now with number nine and ten if that's not correct I'll fix it but anyhow my first one is just something cute that I saw and I wanted to share with you I actually saw this idea at Target I was there to shopping and I looked in the dollar bin and something caught my attention and it's a way to take a heart shape like you see here and fold it into an envelope and it wasn't this kit right here that came from Target so pretty cute and it's really simple and there aren't any measurements because the heart size will determine the size of your envelope and basically what you can do is you would basically take your card and lay it down like in the center and then get your measurements of where to score so there's really no actual measurements to this it's just a matter of how you how you score the the piece itself so I will show you how that's done and I have one that I've already scored here you can see my card sizes right here in the middle I'm going to turn that over what you want to do is you want to bring in the sides first bring the bottom up to the top and just adhere it down here on the sides look how cute that is it makes a nice little dip right here for your card and then you bring the top down and there you have your envelope for your greeting card so stinking simple and so stinkin cute and I'm always struggling for envelope templates and stuff and well this almost super easy and if you have a Cricut machine or a silhouette or whatever you can cut out a heart shape and and do that so that was idea number one and number nine sorry and number ten will be closures for your mini books and I know a lot of us just some of us like to put ribbon the front and back and just tie a bow to keep it closed other people like to use I don't know chained or something and this is just my version and I've been doing this for a while so you might have seen it in some of my previous videos but I take these little Clips right here let me remove in just a hair closer so you can get a better look whoa so here they are these come from I got these from Joanne's and a lot of us use them for our homemade clip it ups or our clip it ups these are in the jewelry section jewelry findings and I don't know what their original purpose is or what they're for but anyhow I use them for multi-purpose things and closures for my mini so basically all I do is I remove this wire and you just simply unbend the piece that's down in there I don't think you're gonna be able to see it very well but anyhow you you remove that piece on the inside and take that wire out now you can alcohol ink these I'm not really crazy about the alcohol Engelmann because it kind of looks blotchy to me but if you're gonna put something on top of it and you just want to make sure there's no silver showing it works okay for that too so you could alcohol ink them now in this one I'm going to show you I actually painted the the here it is right here whoops let me come towards me I actually painted these and you can see there it's painted and I used a multi-purpose paint which happens to be this one I got it at MCHA as a sample from a class and it's the multi surface paint which is really good it goes on fabric glass metal wood it's really good I mean if you want to know like a paint that's for everything this is probably the way to go I was impressed and they have a lot of colors too so that's how I painted this one here and then I used some of it as well on the mmm the rims of the flower just to tie in the color and then you simply get a ribbon or whatever you want you slide it through now inside of these little clips that I showed you there's a spring in there you just want to make sure that the ribbon comes up one side and goes down the other side of that spring and then you bring it around and you just tack it down with glue on the back and that's you make this one which is really simple the next one I use some mesh blingy blingy mesh and this is the Pro 31 mesh and I actually excuse me excuse me I cut little pieces of it right here and I adhered them on to the both sides of that clip and remember when you're doing this you want to use a really good glue I recommend a 6000 only because it's gonna get a lot of handling when people open and close it so you want to be sure that it's gonna stay on there and not fall off so an e 6000 is a good glue to use for this and then you do the seam binding them the same way you you know wrap it around and tack it down in the back and then on this one I just added a flower in the center and I use the wire that was on the flower to wrap it onto the seam binding there so that makes another cute closure and then the last one I'm going to show you involves using these ribbon slides now these happen to be the the ones with the real rhinestones I mean they're beautiful but they're a little more expensive than the ones that are the faux bling stuff you know the fake like they're made out of and think they're made out of this stuff these are a little bit more expensive but it's what I had to work with so that's what I want to show you basically I took this and I put a pearl in the center that I had and then I made one and I'm going to show it to you on an actual book and that's it right here this is a mini that Rina made me thanks Rini and you could see it there isn't that lovely and it came out really lovely and for this one for the connector oops I used a piece of pearl strand and I just had heared it down there with the e6000 but as you can see it's a beautiful addition to your closure if it requires one and even if it doesn't is so pretty so that's um tip number ten and so I think that's about all I have for you now you might also know that you can take this bling mesh the one that's this one here and you can also cut shapes out of it as well to use and I even put a pearl I just cut a square see it's just a regular square on the back and I exclude a pearl right to the top of it it's not exactly as pretty as the others but it's a it's an alternative for those of you who don't have access to the other kind so that's just something else you could do and that will be it for number 9 and 10 I'm also going to be linking two or three links below one of them is a mini page that I did for a Valentine's Day and it has the second video we'll have the tutorial on how the fold out pocket was made on the back it's heart shape it's pretty cute and then I also linked another video that I did long ago for Valentine's Day on altering a coffee can for Valentine's Day so just so you can have some more ideas before the magical love day gets here so thanks for watching so much and talk to you soon bye
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today we're gonna talk about what it takes to save $400,000 hi I'm Joseph and I'm Tasha with one big happy life and we hope you find balance build wealth and live happy everything that you need to create the life that you want now before we dive into today's video we wanted to personally invite you to our brand new money masterclass the four essential keys to creating your financial dream life so this masterclass is gonna be all about giving you the financial tools and strategies that you need to create a money plan for the life that you actually want to live so you definitely don't want to miss out head on over to one big happy life dot-com forward slash masterclass to join us there live for all the good stuff yeah so this is the last time this year that we'll be offering a free live masterclass so you definitely want to go over and reserve your spot go to one big happy life comm slash masterclass and we'll see you next week right up front fYI poor Joseph is sick he is taking one for the team right now shooting this video with me for you guys so there may be some sniffles along the way just excuse there was one but alright so to kick this video off we wanted to start by taking a trip down memory lane right because we didn't always have a four hundred thousand dollar nest egg once upon a time he had zero so we actually started saving back in you know around 2011 and we eat yeah because for a long time we were in school especially me you know she worked for a little while outside because you know the Marine over here but we did do a lot of Education and while it would have been great for us to go ahead and put something away for a rainy day or retirement we didn't do that what we're in school yeah so we started in 2011 like a hundred dollars a month each and then it took us about four years to save our first hundred thousand now along the way we got employer matching and we always made sure to increase our savings every single year but then only about two years later we hit 200,000 and we actually did a video on it so definitely check that one out because I mean the the jumps from starting out to when you start really making some huge leaps it's a little bit different and it and it's really really fun yeah so then we hit three hundred and fifty thousand just earlier this year in May of 2019 there's also video about that we'll drop that down below so you can watch the whole journey which is awesome and now we are at four hundred thousand dollars which is really incredible I won't say though but the thing that we won't say is it's not unexpected right this is what we've been planning for from the very beginning we expect it to be exactly here exactly now and so we're gonna be sharing some of the strategies that you can implement in your life to create your wealth building plan yeah and so even when we started our savings way back in 2011 we still had the goals of when we were going to have a million dollars and we wanted to have a million dollars by the time I was 40 and so that is certainly still on the table even though like markets have been up and down and all that kind of stuffs going on but because we have made that that commitment and that we're definitely saving and we've saved enough and started to get more and more aggressive you know we're gonna hit that goal I feel certain yeah our millionaire target date is 2025 so that's about six years away so here's what's awesome also about hitting this four hundred thousand dollar milestone it means that we've pre-funded our retirement account so if we stopped saving investing today because all of this money is invested it's not sitting in a safe that's invested if we stop saving today investing today assuming an average rate of return of eight percent and the market has averaged ten over the past thirty years then we'll have four million dollars at retirement so we could stop saving today and retire very comfortably just on the nest egg that we've managed to amass up to now which is our like mid mid to late 30s and of course we don't intend to stop investing and saving that money for retirement but now each dollar that we're investing does one of two things or both it either increases the lifestyle that we can have when we're in retirement or it can let us retire earlier just depending on what we feel like at the time so let's talk a little bit about keys to success right and some of these are financial principles and some are kind of mindset money planning principles so we're gonna start with the mindset money planning stuff because really that is where it all starts so number one no one believed that you actually can build wealth we see so many comments of people saying things like oh I wish or oh wouldn't that be nice but the reality reality is that you absolutely can build wealth but it's about making the decision that you are going to start making choices in your life to help facilitate that like I just sent an email out to our newsletter and if you haven't joined you should head on over to one big happy live.com and sign up but talking about the five hundred and sixty-six thousand dollar mistake that I made which is that when I was 18 years old I didn't start saving $100 a month back then if I had I would have an extra half a million in my retirement account account at traditional retirement age just a hundred dollars a month and I absolutely could have saved $100 a month back then had I been more responsible with my money even though I was only making $14,000 a year I totally could have saved $100 a month yeah and kind of going hand-in-hand with that mindset that the belief that you can build wealth no matter what position you're in is then the next step making that commitment to start that saving and in any amount of success is broken down into habits and getting better habits create more success and so even starting small investing a little bit of money starts that habit and like Tasha said if she had started when she was 18 the habit doesn't have to be huge just a hundred dollars and has mega impact a half a million at retirement is a lot of it so we're gonna pause just gonna check on what's happening with the puppy hold on a minute all right now he's back so next you're gonna want to actually crunch the numbers so we see a lot where people talk about they feel like they're not gonna be able to accomplish this or that financial goal but understand that the great thing about personal finance right is that you can in theory take all the feelings out of it and start by actually just looking at the numbers so we teach in wolf Builders Academy how to know your numbers so you don't have to feel like you can't save you can look at your numbers and start crunching them so that you can see first of all exactly how much you need to save because you don't necessarily have to hit the same savings goals as us right you want to make a plan that is tailored to you and then also see where in your budget you can tweak and out completely outside of your feelings and sticking entirely in the numbers so the first step to getting rid of those feelings of overwhelm and feeling like you can't do with this or that thing is to start by understanding and knowing what you can factually and actually do according to your numbers yeah and of course Tasha's dancing around one of the other things that you need to do which is take those numbers and incorporate them into your plan so your budget specifically hopefully your one year spending plan because that is the best way to get your overall picture of what's gonna happen for the entire year and make sure that something is not gonna come up that unexpectedly later on because you have a full year plan for that alright so now that we've talked a little bit about some of the mindset type issues and you should definitely check out the other videos that we have done in this series because we have been sharing golden nuggets along the way now we can talk about some really specific financial principles that we've that we employ one of the things that we've done to ensure that our nest egg is growing the way that it should be we've taken a look at which accounts we have been investing in and made some strategic rollover its meaning we've taken money from one type of account and moved it over to another and the reason that you might want to do this is looking for investments that have lower fees or just better returns and recently we have had both happen to us so we moved some money from one of Tasha's retirement plans into another because it had better returns and and a lot more options for investing on top of that and then we are about to make another rollover away from an investing company that says they're gonna start charging us $250 per quarter when they're not advising us they're doing nothing or money's just sitting there and some ETFs so we're gonna move it over somewhere else that doesn't have any fees so the next thing and we talk about this a lot because it's a big one if you crunch your numbers and you recognize that based on your current I am also sick and I'm on the verge of sneezing hold it hard time you mean our current house okay so based on your current financial picture if you look at your numbers and you're not able to hit your minimum savings rate you're not able to hit those savings goals then one of your best bets is to look for ways that you can grow your income and that doesn't necessarily mean side hustling it could mean and we highly recommend growing your income in your day job another thing that you should definitely do to help your in saving and investing habit is to go ahead and automate your savings so contact your employer's HR department if it's that big or just your boss and say hey I would really like my retirement investing to just come straight out of my paycheck where I don't even have to think about it and then have it just go immediately into the investments that you want hopefully you have that option as well the more steps that you can take out of your decision-making process the better it is and so you can you know make these decisions when you are you know best equipped to decide hey this is plan as opposed to you payday when you got that money you're like oh my gosh it's payday I want to go do this I'm gonna go out and this is hard to make those decisions so go ahead and automate it have automatic transfers so much better and then lastly don't be afraid to reevaluate your goals as necessary so a few years ago when Joseph and I decided that we wanted to bump up our minimum savings we were actually thinking that we might go ahead and retire early like retire in our 40s with just a million but over the years our vision for our lives has really changed and we realized that we enjoy doing things that cost more money things like being able to travel internationally even right now it's once a year but maybe multiple times a year things like being able to donate generously to causes that we believe in and so for us just stopping at that million and then retiring and living on like thirty thousand dollars a year which is very valid but you know we've just decided to pivot and so for us that meant we're not gonna stop working in our forties we're gonna push on probably to our 60s and Beyond and so the choice that we made is okay how can we live fulfilling enriching happy lives and continue to work and continue continue to build our nest egg in a way that makes sense and feels very natural and authentic to us yeah all right I hope that you take all this advice and our experiences to heart and can save however much you want for your retirement dream life and don't forget to sign up for the money master class at one big happy live.com slash masterclass see you next week right
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shanell savings week so it's probably the right time for this Tara Willingham is here now with her top three savings tips so what so let's start with those I started with the first one I thought premium bonds you know there's so many people out there that spend two or three pounds a week on the national lottery well actually why not spend that money in a year buying premium bonds they're safe and at the end of the day somebody could come and knock on your door and you could win it win a million places you can catch them in whenever you want to yes exactly then it but while they're there they keep you never know I never know it's a fun way of saving because because they are safe and yet you never know you might get really advanced and every so often she'll open up should get serb units a25 eight or 50 yes we always give God children premium bonds right blessings just the amount of money you win or the amount of people who win change depending on interest rates and things like that no it's and it's all tax-free as well when you win it so you can win up to between five pounds or a million pounds which is great another thing that another thing that we used to do piggy bank savings what we used to do at home will have a massive big glass bowl in the living room all the spare change went into it once a year is to empty it all out all over the carpet and the kids used to count it all in decide row we're going to go once a year nice way of saving doesn't have to be for the special day out could also be for the washer breaking or whatever well you said that if you if you buy a coffee every morning on your way to work and you stop doing it and put your two powers into a jar around 250 working days per year you save about 500 quid exactly cash Isis I know everybody thinks that cash eyes is boring but when we start talking about things like that this is the place to put your money five thousand three hundred forty pounds a year you can put it it is tax-free you should be looking out for around three percent then if you're taxed at source how does it I don't understand how it then saves tax-free in that account you're allowed to put three that's up to five thousand three hundred forty pounds into a cash icer every year and you don't get taxed at all on the interest okay so no matter so if you're a 40% tax earner for example you're saving 40% so more you're self-employed then that regardless your that that is everybody whether you're a 20% 20% 25% 40% tax payer you're allowed to put that amount into a cash you say you should make sure you look for one that's giving you about 3% there's loads of rubbish should be honest there are loads of rubbish ones out there under 1% it's not worth the effort frankly yeah look for the look for the around 3% okay eBay yes this is my make up a name this is the principle of to sell it before you buy my friend Sarah needs to buy some new things for her holiday so I'm gonna help her find some items in the house that she can sell so that she can afford to do it Oh whose are these so once you've got all your unwanted items you can start selling there are many online sites where you can sell your unwanted items I'm gonna use eBay we're gonna start by setting up an account so most sites gonna charge you between 5 or 10 percent commission but make sure you check out the fees before you start so once you've set up your account I'd recommend you set up a PayPal account this is the most secure way of sending and receiving money so you'll need to link your online account with your PayPal account so the first thing you'll be asked to do is put in a title and this is so important this is the bit that the buyers actually see so sell your item brand-new in box pop-up they're brand new in box so when you're filling out your form you must be really honest about the condition of your item if it's got flaws take photographs of those flaws most people want to see what they're buying a photos free to upload so use it and take a good one the secondhand items on average you can get up to about 50 percent of today's selling price if the item was new so start the bidding at 99 Pete then it's free to list after that for a valuable item make sure that you set a reserve price how big is your parcel it's a packet it's 40 grams it's going to the UK get estimate see how easy that was now all we've got to do is wait and see how much money Sarah makes and we have that amount now here's how much she made three hundred and thirty two it's not amazing in two hours well everybody freaks out when you start talking about selling stuff on the internet because they think it's so complicated I mean look you know eBay have done some research the reckon everybody has got around 450 pounds yeah so you – I bet you've got a lot more than that what I will say is that these scams you get in your junk mail that are constantly getting these hoaxes and things if you do sign up for this and then you get and it will probably be completely unrelated as someone saying your PayPal account has been compromised please give us your details on this yeah yeah yeah it'd be really really careful because it's no don't what I don't want people to think about scams when they thinking about trying to making some money from syrup from a site like eBay this is not difficult open the Wardrobe you will fly so just give it go my mum put one item on at this weekend yeah there are loads of other ways to tell as well if you are scared of the Internet yes loot magazine for example that's a that's a free newspaper local adverts still in your local post office your local supermarket car boot sales ok cool a bit standard a car boot sale stands somewhere in the middle don't stand near the loos and don't stand near the exit and take lots of change with you and check the weather basically ok I'm a space guys lots of the ways gets paid for your space you can rent a room in your house look at spare room co uk free of charge to rent free of charge to join you can rent your garden camp in my garden brilliant earn up to 25 pounds a night renting out your survey you idea of like a festival exactly rent out your drive my parking space or park at my house again if you live near an airport or sporting venue you can rent out your parking space and your front drive fantastic and rent out your home as a film set that's always a good one you never know really thanks to it sorry I'm just think about the pocket if you live near a train station I think like that every day and that's a regular income it's fantastic I feel home for film sets you do have to live in a castle you don't have to live in a castle they need very normal places exactly if you wanted to be for example a film extra exactly the same they're not necessarily looking for 6-foot tall gorgeous models they're looking for normal people all this information is on the website which is on how to make money from your opinion in the last version swell interesting everybody uses lots of brands out there these big businesses want to know what you think of them so register on loads of these sites you can get paid from 40 to 150 pounds just for telling people what you think of using your shampoo it's fantastic all the details are on the website that's brilliant very good indeed thank you and also we're gonna work we're gonna tell you how how you can get paid for your talents as well that's online so you don't have to be academic for that one no you don't cupcakes flower arranging whatever everyone's got some kind of skill get out there use it sell yourself all those details on our website Icom /this for you and we've got loads more money making tips and some special money-saving vouchers online as well and sarah's heading to the hub now for a web chat so get in touch if you want more money-saving advice still to come today berries are on the menu with phil Vickery's duck and blackberry sauce we've got joanna lumley it des O'Connor and a performance on the 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Five thousand, four hundred dollars a year. That is $54,000 in a decade! That is money that could go towards retirement savings accounts, emergency funds and even a mortgage down payment. So if you feel like you're wasting your money buying things that you don't need and the impulse shopping is getting out of hand – then this video is for you. I'm going to share 15 easy and practical tips things that I've done and I hope that they help you too. Hello hello! Welcome back to The Whole Happy Life. I'm Ria. So I wanted to create this video because I used to be such an impulsive shopper when I was younger. I spent so much money and I wish I have known these tips before because I could have saved maybe thirty or forty thousand dollars in my twenties. So I hope that these tips can be useful to you. As always, with money things are a little bit different for everybody so take what you want from this video and leave the rest out. And before we begin, let me know in the comments below what is your biggest impulse purchase. The one that you regret the most. I'm really curious to know – let me know in the comments below. Let's begin. Tip number one – don't shop when you're emotional or when you're really stressed. I think it's so easy to use shopping as a way to feel better – as a quick pick-me-up… retail therapy. But the problem is shopping and retail therapy is not effective. It's short-term – you'll feel good for maybe a couple hours… maybe even a day or two but after that you're back to your normal self. So I think retail therapy is prohibitively expensive if you're an impulse shopper and it's just a good idea to find other things to do to deal with those emotions. So let's say you're feeling sad – instead of going to the mall maybe talk to a friend, watch a funny movie on Netflix that you enjoy – do something else that doesn't involve spending copious amounts of money. And if you're feeling stressed there are other things that you could do that don't involve spending money. Go for a walk in the park. Go for a workout. Do some self-care at home. Things that you could do for free. Tip number two – don't shop out of sheer boredom. I can't tell you the number of times I've gone to the mall because I was bored. I thought I was only going to window shop and that window shopping quickly became real shopping. When you're at the mall, you're in a place of temptation and if you're someone who has a tendency to purchase things impulsively it's really hard not to buy things, so don't put yourself in that position. Don't go to the mall when you're bored – find other things to do. So as an example if you're an introvert – maybe journal writing, reading, watching a movie at home… that might be something you could do when you're bored. Or if you're an extrovert, you could go out in the city and find free things to do. There's always something to do for free in every city or town – just find those things to do and don't go shopping. Because if you go shopping you're probably going to spend money that you don't need to spend. Tip number three – shop with intention and with a very specific list. I've noticed that when I shop without a list, I tend to get carried away and I do make a lot more impulse purchases, but when I make a list and not just a generic list but a very specific list… I'm less likely to get carried away. Tip number four – when you're shopping online, avoid creating an account and storing your credit card information. So a lot of times when you shop online, shops want us to create an account. That way you have the name, address and credit card information stored, so the next time you want to shop with them it's just the matter of a click of a button and it becomes so easy to shop. The problem is if you are an impulse shopper, it's a little too easy to shop. So if you want to avoid those impulse purchases, my suggestion is check out as a guest- not as someone who has an account. By checking out as a guest you have to physically enter your name, your address and your credit card information and let me tell you, I have abandoned so many shopping carts in the past because I was too lazy to get my credit card out of my wallet. So there we go. If you're an impulse shopper, this can act as a deterrent, so just try to avoid creating accounts and check out as a guest instead. Tip number five – embrace aspects of minimalism. I think out of all of the tips in this video the one thing that helped me the most is becoming more of a minimalist. I do recognize that it is not for everybody but at the same time we don't need to completely become minimalists. Some of us may just want to embrace aspects of it. I think minimalism is a spectrum – we can all do it in our own way and if it can help you become a little more intentional, help you become a little more aware and mindful of your purchases – why not? If you're interested in learning more about practical minimalism, I do have an e-book and workbook on it which I'm going to link in the description. And don't buy the workbook impulsively. I don't want you to do that! Buy it if you really feel like it's going to help you and it's gonna add value to you, otherwise you don't need to get it. Tip number six – try to buy from stores that have a return policy and keep the receipts. I can't tell you the number of times I have purchased something and then I've quickly regretted it the next day and I couldn't return it because store did not have a return policy or I lost the receipt or I took the tags off. So my suggestion is don't take the tags off, keep your receipts for at least for 7 days and try to avoid buying things from places that don't have a return policy. My philosophy now is if it doesn't have a return policy, I'm not buying it. I don't buy things on final sale because that is how you end up buying things you don't really need. Tip number 7 – sleep on the decision especially if the item is above $100. So I have a rule – if an item is above $100, I do not buy it the day I see it. If it's at the mall or online I won't buy it. I will sleep on it for at least a day if not two or three nights and I can't tell you the number of times I've completely forgotten about the item in two or three days. So give yourself a little time to think through that decision and who knows you might change your mind. Tip number eight – avoid joining email lists. A lot of times when you shop online or even in the store – stores will ask us for our email address in exchange for a coupon or something of that sort and the problem with that is while that coupon may seem very nice in the beginning they're going to keep sending you emails again and again and you're going to end up buying more things. Things that you don't need. So my suggestion is to unsubscribe from all of those email subscriptions so that you don't have to face temptation all the time. I think for an impulse shopper the biggest thing you can do is remove the temptations. By removing the temptations you're just not going to shop as much. Tip number nine – don't shop with friends that push you to buy things that you don't need. Now we all have friends that help us make really good decisions – go shopping with them but then we also have friends that make us buy things that we don't need. They kind of push us into impulsive purchases and they tell us that everything looks good on us… when in fact it really doesn't. So don't go shopping with those people. I actually bought a pink poofy wedding dress ten years ago. It was horrible. I got persuaded by my friends and my husband had a look at that dress and he was just like" oh my gosh what were you thinking? ". So thankfully that was not actually the wedding dress I wore on my wedding day but I learned a lot from that experience. Do not go shopping with people who you don't really trust in terms of their opinion and who push you into making bad decisions. Just avoid shopping with them. Tip number 10 – always check reviews for items that are above $50. So I've a rule – if an item is above $50 I won't buy it until I check the reviews even if I'm in the store. I will take my phone out and I will try to check the reviews because this way I'm not making a purchase that is somewhat expensive without knowing everything about it. I think the thing with reviews is you've got to check both positive and negative. It's so easy to just read the positive ones and think "hey this item is great". No. Read the negative ones too have a balanced view and then make your decision. I have purchased a lot of things without checking reviews and then I deeply regretted it later, so try to avoid that. Stick to that rule whatever dollar amount it may be. For you it might not be 50 – it could be a bit different but stick to that rule. Don't buy it unless you checked the reviews. Tip number 11 – remind yourself of your financial goals before you go shopping. If you don't have financial goals then I do suggest having some – just a number and what you're saving it for. I think it can be very helpful in changing your mindset about money. I didn't have financial goals before so I used to spend because I didn't really care but now I do and I remind myself of my financial goals regularly and because of that I'm less likely to make impulse purchases. So my suggestion is if you don't have goals… sit down and think about what your goals might be. It could be something really simple- I want to save $5,000 for an emergency fund. Whatever it may be just write it down and think about it regularly so that you know what you're trying to do and you're going to be less likely to get carried away with your impulse purchases. Tip number 12 – re-evaluate what you already own the next time you're shopping. So as an example let's say I'm shopping for jeans and I see a nice pair of jeans… it's very easy to get carried away thinking "hey it's on sale. It looks good. I need it." But then take a moment to re-evaluate whether or not you already own something that's similar. Sometimes you actually have the exact same color at home and you don't really need that extra pair. Tip number 13 – think about your worst impulse purchases and make a list. I made a mental list of the worst impulse purchases I've made and that list really really helped me change my mindset. I realize how many impulse purchases I forgot about and once I made that list it reminded me of how much money I had spent and how much I deeply regretted those purchases. So if you're someone who makes a lot of these impulse purchases just make a list and take it one step further. Put that list in your wallet so the next time you're actually tempted to spend some money you're going to have that list right in front of you. And maybe …maybe it will act as a deterrent and you might not end up making that impulse purchase. Tip number 14 – get to the root cause. If you have tried everything in this video as well as tips from other people and you're still struggling with your impulse spending maybe it's time to take a step back and figure out the root cause. It could be something like anxiety. It could be something like sadness. It could be a multitude of different things but you need to figure out the root cause so you can work on a solution. If you need help, maybe it's time to talk to a therapist. Tip number 15 -make it a game with a jar method. So this is something that I recently started and I've been enjoying it. So every single time I avoid an impulse purchase, I write down the item and the dollar amount and put it on a piece of paper and stick it in the jar. And then at the end of the month I look at all of the little pieces of paper in the jar and tally up the amount that I avoided spending. So last month I avoided spending two hundred and fifty dollars- which is not a small sum of money. It actually is quite a bit especially if you end up saving that much each month. So I'm going to continue doing this and hopefully by the end of the year I might have a couple thousand dollars saved up. This is just a fun little thing that you could do to reward yourself every single time you avoid an impulse purchase. Thank you for watching this video, if you enjoyed it please do give it a thumbs up because that helps me a lot and if you haven't subscribed already, please do consider subscribing. And you can find the link to my minimalism ebook in the description as well as the pinned comment I will see you in the next video which will be about boosting your iron levels naturally without pills. See you then. Bye!
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Wow let me just let's talk about some practical things that people allow you these are the extremes people are not going to do nor do they want to but but you got some good practical exactly well a lot of what they seem to be concerned with is saving money and energy resources water especially so let me tell you a couple of things that anybody can do very practical very sanitary ways as well to really save first of all here's a little device called a faucet aerator it's a very simple thing that you put on a faucet in your kitchen sink in your bathroom it's very easy you just snap it on to the faucet head it only costs you like two bucks online but here's the thing this one little device can save you over five hundred and fifty dollars in five years the reason is because it has a it makes the water pressure that come out the exact same but a reduced amount of water comes out so you're really saving money with this a faucet aerator that's a great is very easy yeah now about the toilet just please let me tell something bout the toilet yeah okay hello so we've all seen we've all seen these you know these little things inside the the toilet that you have in the top part of the basin this is called a toilet flapper again very low cost only a buck to buy but the idea is that if you don't change these and you're not flushing very often so I often you're changing the toilet flapper you're supposed to change them once a year because it's plastic so it can break down very easily and cause you a leak that can make about 200 gallons a day literally in water but what does the flapper do it actually helps your it seals in the water okay and then when you flush the toilet it opens so that the water that you flush escapes okay but you want it to stay sealed most times okay but having a new one every single year is very important again it's only a buck online in home improvement store etc it'll save you a hundred and ten dollars we'll put links on our website to where to get these products you have another one is there a couple of other things too energy is a big one right you guys are talking about saving energy go to my energy com anybody can do this they do essentially a personal audit of your consumption your electricity your energy your water uses they'll even tell you how you compare versus your neighbors etc and give you tips on ways to save energy my energy luxuries because a lot of us want to money on groceries understand you don't have to dumpster dive you can do you can use a couple of really neat apps one is called get locavore and it's an app that'll show you about in your area of places where you can get local exactly food that's fresh and healthy and frankly a lot cheaper that's a really good way to save money and the last one I was going to mention is a plate an app called grocery IQ again it's a great one you actually scan the items you want right from your own home they put it in a barcode fashion they create a list for you and they'll tell you hey there's coupons on these if it's meat produce poultry vegetables whatever it is you want you can save money literally right from your home so there everybody wants to save money but you've got to do something that's sustainable that's healthy that won't crimp your lifestyle or hurt your relationships and your potentially you know upset other people in Gregg there are a lot of people who don't like the idea of their you know as you said you're paying good money for something brand new and you've been out running around in it that's not very understandable you know I realize if I want to date someday I'm gonna have to give up someday right I'm gonna have to you know change my way significantly but for now you know it's it's hard to impress girl there really is you know I mean you you have to have nice clothes you have to have you know all these things that really should come first and that's my biggest concern is I'm the well-being of others Israel not catching something right I'm sure they're waiting you can impress girls without Bill's expensive well yeah medically are we gonna succeed unless you find a woman like me I couldn't agree more I mean yeah but it's not unfortunately come up please