19 Ways to Ensure You Make a Great First Impression
Author: Anna Newell Jones

19 Ways to Make a Good Impression (and why it's vital to your success that you do) | AndThenWeSaved.com

Yesterday we talked about things that people do to make a bad impression so now let’s flip it and talk about all the GOOD things you can do to make an insanely great impression. Having people think highly of us can significantly impact the course of our lives. From our careers, to friends, to partners (in both love in business), other’s thoughts about us really do affect our success in life.

While most people will strive to create just the right impression for the moment, there are some things that can skew the perception that people have of you. You may only have a few seconds in the presence of another person to make that first, lasting impression.

The old cliché of ‘never getting a second chance to make a first impression’ is still very true. Luckily, making a good impression isn’t all that hard to do! :)

Here are 19 ways to ensure you instantly make a good impression:


1. Watch What Your Body Says

Body language can be a dead giveaway—it can easily show how you really feel and what you really think. So it is important to be cognizant of how your body reacts in different situations such as when you are nervous or even over-confident. Smirks, eye rolls, and nervous tics can be perceived as disinterest or impatience, even if that is not your intention. Read More »


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15 Ways to Instantly Make a Bad Impression (and How It’s Costing You)
Author: Anna Newell Jones

15 ways to make a bad impression and why it's vital to your finances that you don't! andthenwesaved.com

Bad impressions are a hard thing to overcome.

Whether you make a bad impression socially or on your career path, it can change the course of your life. In the long (and short!) run bad impressions can cost you A LOT of money. Tomorrow, we’re going to talk all about ways to make a good impression so you can make the most of all your connections, and never miss an opportunity.

Here are some examples of bad impressions that you can avoid to prevent a faux pas (and potential failure):

1. You’re Late for a Very Important Date

It is always bad form to be late for a set appointment. A job interview, client meeting, or doctor’s appointment is scheduled at a certain time for a reason. By being late, you are showing a lack of respect for everyone else’s time. (If getting to work on time is a trouble area for you then read: 19 Ways to Get to Work on Time (and Generally be Better at Your Job).

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Living Tiny: Nicole’s Bathhouse – Home Tour
Author: Melanie Gnau

Living Tiny: Nicole's Bathhouse - Home Tour

Hi! Melanie here! At ATWS we’re interested in challenging the norm of debt and spending. That’s why we’re starting a new column called, “Living Tiny.” (See the 1st tiny home tour.) We’re focusing on people who have gone to (what some would say) extreme means with their living situations to get out of debt, save money and live a simpler life. Today we have a tiny house tour with Nicole. She’s a studio manager for a photography studio and lives with her cat, Nuka in Portland, Oregon. Take it away, Nicole!

Living Tiny: Nicole's Bathhouse - Home Tour

Hi, I’m Nicole! I’m a Portland, Oregon native that loves the outdoors, travel and my cat, Nuka. In my spare time I hike and shoot photos, go camping and help people design their tiny homes. I have a love for film photography and try to shoot film for personal projects.

My tiny house journey started while traveling back and forth between Portland and Cortes Island, BC. A good friend asked me if I’d like to make a photo book of tiny living spaces. After visiting some tiny homes on Cortes, I realized I wanted to build my own.

My reasons for wanting to live in a tiny house are all encompassing. I cannot fathom being able to afford an average 2-3 bedroom home in Portland with student loan debt, but I needed my own space. Rent has been going up in Portland at exponential rates and I became tired of paying $500+ for a room in a shared house. I felt like I was throwing money away. After living in a travel trailer and a car for a year, I realized how little I need, and the freedom of movement became more and more appealing. A tiny house seemed like a great investment towards ownership and I could get cheaper rent on a larger plot of land- allowing for money saved and more food gardening. Currently, I pay $250 a month plus utilities for a plot in a good friend’s backyard in NE Portland. Read More »


in DIY, Living Tiny (Home Tours), Minimalism, Simple Living
To Close Or Not to Close (Your Credit Card Account)
Author: Anna Newell Jones

Should you close your paid off credit card? | AndThenWeSaved.com

Here’s a quick one for you today…

Hey, Anna!

I just paid off my highest interest credit card that I’ve had for over 10 years. I hear different things about closing cards completely—mainly that it would lower my FICO™ score to close it. What is your take on this?


To Close or Not to Close

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Our Collective Savings
Author: Anna Newell Jones

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May’s Collective Savings were INSANE!! Together, in ONE MONTH!, we have saved/paid off $149,322.25! 

Now, our Collective Savings have grown to close to 1 MILLION DOLLARS! We’re up to $693,449.86! My eyes are popping out of my head in disbelief right now!

Join us by taking the Get Out of Debt Pledge and then add your savings so your hard work can be added to June’s total!

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in Motivation, Paying Off Debt, Savings Total, Spending Fast
Are Prefabs the Affordable and Sustainable Way to Own a Home?
Author: Anum Yoon

Are Prefabs the Affordable and Sustainable Way to Own a Home? | AndThenWeSaved.com

You need a house, pronto. You need a large, roomy and comfy place to live in, without having to deal with rent and annoying neighbors.

Fair enough. But there’s one problem: You can’t afford a traditional, site-built house.

Granted, you can take out a loan, but even loans can get pricey over time. So what’s a poor homeowner to do?

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How to Make Over $700 Selling Used Books
Author: Kyle Taylor

How to Make Money Selling Used Books | AndThenWeSaved.com

It’s a bit of a horrifying experience the first time you walk into a college bookstore. I remember the first time saying to myself, “You want a $145 for that?” To say I felt ripped off is an understatement, which is why this side hustle I’m about to share is all the more delicious.

I’ve written previously about how I sell used books online for extra money (“How to Become a Used Book Hunter“), but that involves going to garage sales every weekend and sweating the summer heat. Today I’m going to show you how to buy textbooks online at sites like EbayBookScouter.com. Consider it my sweet revenge against the bookstores that overcharged me as a college student. :)

Here’s how to do it…

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in How To, Money
Simple Money Rules
Author: Melanie Gnau

Simple Money Rules

According to Warren Buffett, the rules of money are simple. “Rule number 1: Never lose money. Rule number 2: Don’t forget rule number 1.” And yet, we often break the rules. We lose money on bad investments or that late-night TV gadget. We lose money in the pockets of old jeans and from mindless online shopping. And the worst part about losing money isn’t just losing money, it’s losing your pride.

Have you ever broken Warren Buffett’s simple money rules? Tell me about it in the comments.

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