2 adults, 1 baby, 1 studio

When I first moved out, my biggest worry was money. How the hell am I supposed to handle ALLL THISSS by myself?!? It wasn’t my first time on my own, but it was my first time not having an excuse to fail. 

I got used to it real quick and I loved living by myself. Without going into too much detail, back in march my friend and his son hit some hard times. So I offered them a room. The only room. I sleep on my insanely comfortable couch so I figured i wouldn’t miss the space. I do. My little studio was the perfect size for me and my stuff, but me and a roomate AND a baby. Not too well. But for 1/2 the rent I decided it would be worth it.

My only other roomate was a literal psychopath, so I cant really complain. Make it so or do or do without, right? 

There’s good and bad things about deciding to have a roomate. Less rent is pretty awesome. Less space kind of sucks. Helps with chores is cool. But only if they pull their own weight. 

If you are thinking of allowing 1 &1/2 people into your space, heres somethings you need to think about and soem things to help you transition.

  1. Get rid of any and everything. Clothes, furniture, filler food you’ll never eat, extra hangers, I mean EVERYTHING you dont need. Every. Single. Thing. Try to do it BEFORE they start moving their stuff in. 
  2. Set up your rules and don’t budge. I’m not sure if I’m actually allergic to roaches but my gma told me I was once so I HATE them. So no food scraps or crumbs anywhere for any extended period of time. I haf to drill this so hard it actually started fights, but it’s finally where it needs to be. 
  3. Help each other. I can’t imagine living with someone I wasn’t comfortable with. One amazing thing about living with your friends is you will both sympathize with each other. He knows how busy I get and he is always helping me with my chores I dont have time to do. And since I’m the amazing budgeter, he knows to come to me with money issues before anyone.
  4. Run a tight ship. Even if you arent insane enough to cram 3 people in a studio, the more people in your place, the better you need to keep it together. Think, everyone leaves their towel in the bathroom, everyone throws their change on the table, and everyone keeps their lighters everywhere. Shit piles up quick so get it together. 
  5. Get your designated spaces. Eric has his drawer and I have mine. Eric has my chrarger and I have mine. Eli is the exception to the rule because 2 yr. olds have no concept of privacy or personal space.
  6. Get alternating schedules. Maybe not in the beginning. If your space is super small, though, you WILL get sick of each other. Especially if you only have a door to the bathroom. 
  7. Turn the goddamn lights off. Open the curtains it’s light out. Just because it’s the rule, especially if only one person pays utilities.
  8. Company. Always give notice when you are having company, so anal 20 somethings will have time to clean and put on eyeliner. 
  9. Utilize every square inch of space. Because, a foot above the fridge, a foot above the tv, five inches under the bed, that one empty kitchen drawer, all that empty space will literally save you wll the time in the world. I recently bought six shelves and they are all, now totally full and amazing.

So there ya gooo!!! Roomates can be awesome and annoying, and they definitely arent for everyone. But it’s another awesome way to save money and help you in a chaotic and lonely world.


Saving money: Starbucks

Coffee is the key. To everything I think… As dysfunctional as I may be, coffee keeps me moderately sane. 

The second key, however happens to be money. My life is a struggle between wanting high-end coffee drinks and saving my hard earned money. So I’ve been looking into it and I think I found the perfect-o recipe to an amazing Starbucksks- ish macchiato. 

Step 1: Drench the glass- Typically it would just be caramel but I added a lil sumn-sumn.

Step 2: Add vanilla- 2 tbps give or take depending on glass size and personal preference. 

Step 3: Add milk- Fill a little under 1/2 full. Vanilla Almond milk is my favorite. If you’re a wimp this is the stage to add extra creamer.

Step 4: Add coffee or espresso- Obviously espresso is the best choice, but if you dont have it make a super small, super strong brew. Good coffee is key for this one. Leave a little space for the goodies at the top. (Or not if you want to make it light.)

Step 5: Add ice or not. Makes it more chuggable. 

Step 6: Dress it up! Top it off like a frappucino and enjoy your coffee and your savings 😍

Hope ya enjoyed it! Trying to add some variety to the things I put on here so I’ll add some of the weird other things I do to save a few bucks. Cuz every penny counts!

How to maintain your health when you’re a workaholic

The first time one of my regulars called me a workaholic, I gotta admit, my chest swelled with pride. Now, I hear almost daily “Do you ever go home?” (Rarely.) 

Everyone loves hearing what a hard worker they are, but sometimes it comes at a cost. Month two of doubles, after a meeting with my boss about the direction of my career, my legs gave out standing up. I literally faceplanted in front of my boss.

I wasnt just embarrased, I became extremely concerned about the toll of the physical and psychological stress I was under. The money was good, but was it worth possibly destroying my body?

If you are going to be a crazy workaholic like myself, you’re going to have to take care of your health, or you could do permanent damage to yourself.

Now I’ve never been a great role model for good health. I smoke too much and I rely a bit too heavily on coffee. BUT, the way that I live depends on me being able to get up and go at any point in time, for hours and hours. Sooooo without further adieu, here are some good tips for maintaing your health as a workaholic:

  • Mental health matters too: If you are breaking down in tears over, anything really, it might be a good idea to ask for a little extra time off to just come to terms with yourself. People will be sympathetic, if you’re willing to lay it out for them.
  • Don’t sacrifice your sleep: Yes, I know you miss having fun. Yes, I know you want to watch tv and process the day. But disrupting your already chaotic sleep schedule can be absolutely destructive. Your body needs it. Your mind needs it. You need it. 
  • Eat often: Snacks rule. You’re tired and you’re cranky. You’re hangry and other people dont want to hear it. Don’t wait till break or when you get home keep lots of HEALTHY snack in your bag, in your pocket, in your desk, and in your car. Your coworkers/customers/sanity will thank you.
  • Eat HEALTHY: You cannot survive on fast food and pizza. I tried. It does not work. Food is fuel and it can be nourishing and revitalizing or it can be garbage that makes you sluggish and tired.
  • Exercise: This one is kind of meh, if you work on your feet for 16 hours a day. If I didn’t love both of my jobs, I would get one active and one sedentary.  But regardless, if you’re sluggish and tired get up and move. It doesnt have to be a lot to be effective.
  • Don’t let your hygiene suffer. Nothing is quite as demoralizing as waking up one day and realizing you can’t remember the last time you washed your hair. Make time to het yourself together before work, and if you have a second job, kepp toothpaste and a toothbrush, deodorant and a hairbrush on you or in your car.
  • Keep your vices in check: I remember one specific incident that always reminds me to only cut loose if im not working. It involves a stress old 20yr. old and a bottle of tequila. Long story short, it did not end well. And if you smoke, don’t use stressed out or tired as an excuse to up the habit, if anything it should give you more of a reason to quit.

    My last and final tip is to know when you need a break. One particular week of exactly 12 hours of sleep I broke down crying and called in for the first time in 2 years. But it had to be done. Don’t feel guilty for not being invincible. 

    Stay happy, stay positive, and happy hustling 😊

    Quickthoughts – My favorite survey site❤

    I’ve made a few buck with online surveys before. Usually very slowly, and with a lot of time involved. 

    However, three months ago after reading some random blog about surveys, I downloaded like ten that wasted my time, plus Quickthoughts. Guys, this is a good one. 

    Okay, so occasionally you get a “mission”- mine included going to our local Walgreens and taking pictures of their candy stand and answering questions. This paid 20$ in Amazon gift cards. The minimum payout is $20. Haven’t got one of them since, but I check it everyday when on break, or during my down time. I also hear you get a lot more missions in bigger cities.

    I’ve made about $60 so far. Right now I have $30, and I’m saving it for a new pair of work shoes. 

    You won’t make a ton of money using it, but it will save you money on things you’d be buying anyways. 

    A little off the subject, but, My here’s my best tips for using survey apps 

    • Download several at a time.
    • Keep the notifications turned on.
    • Check them daily.
    • Keep you location turned on.
    • Keep your phone charged, so you dont miss out!

    Here’s the link to Quickthoughts: http://www.quickthoughtsapp.com.

    10/10 def. recommend it. 

    The cost of Convienience

    We’re all busy. None of us really want to cook tonight, and sometimes we really dont even want to go through a drive through. Not when we have the ability to have a hot delicious pizza delivered to our door in under 30 minutes.  

    But convenience comes at a price and sometimes it’s worth it, sometimes it really isn’t.

    Here are some common convenience costs and how to avoid them them:

    • Atm fees- 1$ to 3$ dollars to withdraw money that’s yours. Absolutely not. Avoid ATM fees by keeping cash on you, strictly going through your bank, and utilizing cash back at stores.
    • Delivery fees- I probably haven’t said it already but, I AM A BUSY PERSON. However I refuse to pay 5 dollars plus a tip for something that wouldve taken me five minutes  to pick up. While im at it. Fast food in general is a waste of money. Most of it has minimal nutritional value. Avoid splurging on munchies by keeping snacks in your car and pre-packing and freezing your meals.
    • Outsourcing your chores- Whether it be cleaning or lawn mowing, paying someone to do thing you could be doing is a waste of money. Just don’t fall for it. 
    • Convienience stores- I get it literally every night, “Why is this so much more expensive than (wherever)”.  Because, your paying for the convenience of being able to buy milk at 3am. We get our milk the same price of everyone. Avoid the extra by simply planning ahead. Don’t write lists, keep them on your phone. You ALWAYS have your phone.
    • Paper towels- Laundry sucks, I get it. Rags are just as effective and if you know how to thread a needle, you won’t really even need to buy them.
    • Coffee- I dont without coffee. Really anything. I don’t anything without it. But the cheapest cup of coffee I’ve bought was 24 oz.  for $1.83. Which is 56(ish) dollars a month that I really shouldn’t be spending, soooo… I bring a cup (or two) of pre-brewed coffee to work with me, load of on their free sugar and cream and on the off chance I need more, get the refill discount, which is almost free with the employee discount.
    • Check, debit, and sometimes cash fee’s- Why am I charged more for trying to pay my bills? That doesn’t even… Whatever. My Insurance charges $5 for using a debit card!!!! That’s insane! You’re charging me extra for paying!! The first time they told me that I always brought cash, and because I’ve also been chrged extra for paying with cash, I always keep cash, checks, debit, and credit cards on me.
    • Overdraft fee’s- I only add this one because forgetting bills is so incredibly convienient. Did you know Americans spend billions of dollars a year in overdraft things? I’ll pass. Set up Auto-pay, set reminders, staple your bills to your clothes, whatever you do, don’t be a statistic.
    • Laws?- Okay, so not really the laws themselves, but what you pay for breaking them. Speeding because you’re late will cost you more than that ten minutes you missed of work.
    • Bottled water- Never understood why people bother with bottled water. I bought a filtered water bottle 3 years ago that tastes just as good as fiji.
    • Health food stores- So there are some instances where this may be the only option to get what you need, But if you’re just looking for organic produce, You’re better off shopping at the famers market. Plus you can actually ask questions about your products from those who grew it. 
    • Gym memberships- Unless you’re as strong and thin as you can possibly get at home- it’s a waste. I understand the appeal, but really, I still regret signing my contract. I love my gym but I know I can get the same exercise at home.

      My problem with convenience is that it can come at such a high cost. You think, “Well I work so much, I don’t have time for this”, when in reality, you could be spending less time working if you’d spend less time spending. 


      How to work two jobs (and not turn into a zombie)

      I’m up to month four and though it still gets chaotic, I’m starting to find balance again. 

      Here’s pretty much how it went:

      • Month 1: Totally excited, overwhelmed, and exhausted. I was soooo enthusiastic about everything, yet terrified I was biting off more than I could chew. Along with multiple breakdowns, I was consistenly late for my old job for about a week straight.
      • Month 2: Why am I terrible at everything? When is the last time I showered? What is food? These are the questions I asked myself as I stared at my clock, counting down the minutes until I had to be back at work. Wait, where am I supposed to be at 3???
      • Month 3: My savings look sooo pretty! Some normalcy has returned and I can actually see my family again. 
      • Month 4: I am literally superwoman.

      My life pretty much HAS to revolve around efficiency and budgeting at this point. I feel invincible, really. So here’s some awesome tips on how to skip SOME of the misery i put myself through.

      1. Pre-packing meals. My family literally hates me for how much I talk about this, but I feel like any busy person who isn’t doing this is missing out.
      2. Eat healthy, not boring. Salads are the easiest of the pre-packed meals to make. But after about four weeks straight, you’ll skip one and begin a week long McDonalds binge. But eating healthy will make everything so much easier on your body. Protein and complex carbs. Also, coffee is not a food group.
      3. Coffee? Kinda… So I have a high caffeine tolerance, but recently I have realized it can still catch up to you. Missing out on sleep for a quick wake-me-up is sooo not worth it. So my rule for myself is, drink away at the first job, but halfway through second shift: STOP.
      4. Exercise is something I hear a lot, but I think it only really applies if you have a desk job. Though standing in one place is pretty exhausting for me. So get your blood pumping but don’t go overboard if you’re already on your feet all day.
      5. Don’t fall into convienience costs. This can deter all of your effort to save money, pay off debt, whatever else your doing working two jobs. This includes fast food. The dollar menu tricks you into thinking it’s a bargain (It’s not), Shopping at expensive stores because they’re closer. I work at a Gas station & Wholefoods. I literally cannot afford to shop at these places. Delivery fee’s. You can drive to the store in three minutes and save yourself 3$ plus a tip. Your not that tired.
      6. Scheduling. It will be more likely that your oldest job is willing to work with schedule changes. So make sure they NEVER overlap. I had the same 2 days off for teo months and I prefer it to the way it is now. Yes its easier to schedule extra things, but I had a great system of bill day/ see people day and my day of catching up on sleep and destressing.
      7. Remeber: even if you feel like it, you are not superwoman. You were 5 minutes late: chill, it’s okay. And jumping into something you don’t know is hard. Let yourself relax.
      8. Keep your jobs seperate. I still answer the phones with the wrong place of business and adk people if they want a receipt at the bakery. I dont have a register at the bakery. Promise not to stress about one job while you’re at the other, and promise not to stress about either while you’re at home.
      9. ×2 401k!!! Try to match it with your companies limit, but at least do something!! You’re literally throwing away money not doing it.

        In short take advantage of your situation and stay positive. Happiness can be found anywhere in anything and you have to make the most of it.