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We’ve got: the great, cool fall weather that my very pregnant self is loving; pumpkin spice lattes (total splurge); a mention in October’s issue of Glamour magazine! (page 220), and also And Then We Saved has become a finalist for Best Debt-Focused Personal-Finace Blog and Blog of the Year (say what!??!)!
Something I never thought would happen when I started this blog was that I’d be in the airport or grocery store flipping through the magazines and see my name pop back out at me. I don’t think I’ll ever get used to that. It’s such a cool feeling and I’m so grateful that ATWS has resonated with people because that just means the getting-out-of-debt hope is able to get spread to that many more people.
I pestered y’all for nominations a little while back (thank you for the love!;), and I was honored to find out that ATWS has become a real-live finalist in not 1 but 2 categories! The Blog of the Year nomination is something that wasn’t even on my radar so that’s especially cool, and my gosh, the other finalists in that category are just kind of, um, amazing so it’s neat to be mentioned with such great sites like: Budgets are Sexy, Financial Samurai, Frugal Beautiful, Good Financial Cents, Making Sense of Cents, Mr. Money Mustache, Planting Money Seeds, PT Money, and of course, Wise Bread.
If you missed adding your nomination a couple of months ago, there’s good news: voting is still open for the People’s Choice award so you can add your fave there.
I’m bummed that I’ll be missing FinCon and the Plutus Awards that are held at FinCon this year (because of pregnancy related travel restrictions… too close to my estimated due date) but I’ll be there in spirit (and on Twitter;) cheering everyone along!
Just wanted to share this exciting news with you all and thank you again for supporting ATWS! xo, Anna
I heard this really powerful saying the other day. So powerful that I felt compelled to go up to the lady and talk to her after she said it. She wrote it down for me so I wouldn’t forget it. She wrote it on a napkin; that napkin in the picture :)
“What I had, I spent. What I saved, I lost. What I gave, I have.”
I think that saying meant so much to me when I heard it because it showed me that while we talk so much the technical aspects of saving money and getting out of debt on this site that really what has become the most important piece of keeping myself out of debt, and to avoid having those bad money habits creep back into my life is to share the real and personal stuff about how I got out of debt.
What I learned throughout the years of the Spending Fast and Spending Diet is not mine to keep to myself, to hoard, to be selfish with. Sharing and giving what I know is what it’s all about. It’s also why I love it when you all tell me and the other readers what you know about saving money and getting out of debt in the comments and in the Community section. I know I don’t know it all, and I always, always learn so much from you all. Feeling sappy today for some reason… xo, anna
Sometimes I find little purchases that seem to make a huge, fancy difference, and all I want to do is share them! Here are a few cheap luxuries that I love–all under $20–that are also at least a little bit practical.
Super-sizing your ice cubes will make any drink better. Drinks get sexier and less watered down with this cheap tray. // I love the super-soft, delicate quality of Everlane’s U-neck tee, but all their t-shirts are luxury status. // This mini print from Note To Self is so classy. // A silver-tip light bulb is an easy update to make an exposed bulb more refined–and give off softer light. // Fresh fragrances for both guys and gals are a nice change of pace every once in a while. // Coconut oil seems a little extravagant in the grocery store, but consider its millions of uses in cooking and beauty. It’s awesome as a hair product alone! // A gorgeous handmade soap is a step up from the usual pump for guests or gifts. // I love this darling tiny scalloped dish to hold little pieces of jewelry. Functional decor! // This gilded notebook is just gorgeous. // Nail polish seems simple, but even this small change can sometimes make all your old outfits feel fresh.
What little luxuries do you treat yourself to that make life just a bit nicer?
Lauren Johnson is a filmmaker/producer living in West Hollywood who enjoys a great foreign thriller, leisure beers, and non-primary colors. Lauren also writes the blog LOCONCEPTS.
I’ve clearly got babies on the brain. Having a baby is an exciting time in anyone’s life. If this is a first-time baby, there can be a lot of information swirling around the parents-to-be’s brain and the process of prepping for baby can be incredibly overwhelming. Whether it is you that is about to be blessed with a little bundle of joy or you are in need of coming up with the perfect gift for the baby shower, one sure-fire tip for success is to think practically.
The baby industry makes billions of dollars each year because let’s face it – who can resist the cute outfits, cuddly toys, and the sweet décor that goes along with baby fever…?There is so much to consider when it comes to new baby gear that people tend to go overboard and practicality is the furthest thing from anyone’s mind. Baby stuff is expensive, even when you just consider the essentials, so when selecting a gift or compiling a baby registry, do your best to keep your wits about you. I know, easier said than done;)
Why Practicality Matters
It can be all too easy to get wrapped up in baby stuff madness, it is important to approach the subject with a level head. Practicality is important because new parents will need to have certain essentials for the health and safety of their infant. Basic needs obviously need to be met which include food, shelter, clothing, safe crib and playpen, and appropriate travel gear.
Once the basic necessities are taken care of, many parents are then overwhelmed with all of the stuff they could never possibly use. As babies tend to grow rather quickly, many well-meaning gifts become unusable.
Practical Gift Ideas for New Babies…