All posts filed under: Financial Well-Being

3 Easy Steps To Spring Clean Your Expenses

Remember the chunk of time in 2020 when we were debating the true villains of “Tiger King” and lockdowns had just started? Remember those early weeks when we baked lots bread and Zoom happy hours were still kinda fun? Remember when we ran out of activities and started doing deep dives of Netflix until we realized we needed more options? If you’re like me, you have Netflix. And Prime. And Disney+. Oh, and Hulu, HBO, Showtime, and something called FXX? I don’t know..it was for the show “Archer” and it’s $7.99 so it’s baaaaaa-a-a-sically free. Sound familiar? Those little subscriptions here and there are quietly adding up; because they’re all under $20/month, it’s easy to justify. Soon you have more than five of these subscriptions and that’s just for television. Chances are you probably also have: A gym membership A monthly skin-care regimen/essential oil/hair care product A food delivery service An editing app or software A magazine subscription You get the picture. To get an accurate snapshot of how much you’re spending, you will first …

Shop Smarter: How Grocery Delivery Changed My Spending

I’ll never forget how scared I was this time one year ago: eight months pregnant, beginning of lockdown, wiping down groceries that my husband picked up in what I could only imagine was a post-apocalyptic grocery store free-for-all. (I hadn’t left the house in weeks and had no concept of the outside world…and I’ve watched “Contagion” too many times.) When we realized we could just have our groceries DELIVERED, for a fee, I was skeptical. I didn’t love the idea of someone choosing my produce for me, and paying for it seemed a little insane. But after a few deliveries, I realized I was actually saving PILES of money, and time. We’ll get to that in a minute. Hear me out… For the first time, I actually saw what groceries cost. Instead of mindlessly dropping things in the cart and keeping a very rough tally of my grand total, building my cart online was eye-opening and a little surprising. I’d set a limit for myself and quickly realize that if I bought the usual “essentials,” …