Surprise Unemployment? Make The Most of It

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Stephanie was generous enough to write a 3-part story on her recent experience with being laid-off, how she’s managing to stay within a budget, and how she’s learning to thrive in her new unemployed status.

Stephanie Morillo is a musician and writer from New York City. While she has recently been displaced in the 9-5 sense, she has recently shown a knack for web programming and has been performing regularly in NYC. Stephanie can be found on her website and on Twitter @radiomorillo. Below is the 2nd post in her 3 part series (see the 1st post).

“In my last post, I discussed a few things that I did leading up to my last day at work including scheduling last-minute doctor’s appointments and health insurance, networking, and leaving a lasting impression with my employer. In this post, I will discuss getting my finances in order with a new (and substantially lower) income.
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in Do Without, Guest Interviews, Societal Pressures, Struggle, Unemployment
Chasing Happiness and Other Noble Goals

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“The happiest people don’t have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything.” -Unknown

Aren’t we all chasing happiness? Isn’t that why we want out of debt anyway? So we can be happy and so we can be free?

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in Goals, Money, Motivation
Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Packing Light & Stylishly

Hello And Then We Saved readers! Megan and Sarah here again from Hello Holiday, and this is another installment of our monthly column where we feature money-saving style tips and fun diy’s. we’ve been traveling a lot lately to prepare for the launch of our shop and in the process we’ve become very efficient packers. Today we’re sharing some of our tips for packing light while remaining stylish!

We’ve found that the more we travel, the less we pack. Earlier in the month we went to Las Vegas, and we were able to save baggage fees and travel lighter by fitting all of our clothing into our carry-on bags and sharing basics and accessories. Some airlines charge up to $70 per checked bag (depending on your destination) so the money you’re not spending on checking bags you can put to better use. Take a look at this site called airfare watch dog for current checked-bag rates.

Here’s what we packed, followed by 7 easy tips that will help you get the most out your limited carry-on space!

packing for las vegas

Megan’s bag above: 1: A versatile shift dress made of breathable cotton; doesn’t wrinkle easy plus it’s comfortable both inside and oustide. 2: Keds! 3: Straight-leg jeans. 4: Cotton blouse in a bright poppy color. 5: Crew socks to cut down on blisters. 6: Favorite comfy tee. 7: Swimsuit. 8: A cute bag to roll everything up into. 9: Polyester-blend pleated skirt (looks expensive and never wrinkles! I got this one at JC Penney). 10: Flat shoe in a cute print. 11: Small shoulder bag that goes with everything.

Sarah’s bag below: 1: This lace-top dress offers lots of options–you can wear a tank or bandeau underneath it, or pull a sweater over it. 2: Swimsuit! 3: Sundress in a lightweight fabric doesn’t take up much suitcase room. 4: When it comes to Sarah’s signature accessory, two sets of sunglasses are better than one! They add instant freshness to any outfit. 5: This black tank can go under anything or it can be worn alone. 6: Another easy-to-wear top. 7: Sarah always gets compliments on this unique bright orange bag. 8: Neutral flats with a special detail, and of course socks to prevent blisters. 9: Can’t forget a few favorite accessories–we pack our jewelry in a hard-shell sunglasses case. 10: Cotton pencil skirt rolls up and packs easily. 11: Roomy but lightweight bag which is easy to carry around the airport!

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And Now, Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Packing Light and Stylish – 7 Easy Tips!…

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in Practical Solutions, Societal Pressures, Style, Things To Do, Travel Cheap
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