How Gratitude Works

the miracle of gratitude

“The miracle of gratitude is that it shifts your perception to such an extent that it changes the world you see.” -Dr. Robert Holden

What are you grateful for today?


in Gratitude, Motivation
18 Tips for Instant Energy (Without Coffee or Red Bull)

tips for instant energy

If you’re feeling sluggish or crappy it can take so much more effort to stay consistent and focused on your money saving goals. Most of us start thinking about some caffeine around 3:00pm (is this you too?) so that means we’re start wandering around looking for that ol’ coffee shop or pop machine. Those quick caffeine trips start to add up quick and before you know if you’ve got yourself a habit. So, before rushing off for that caffeine burst try these 18 techniques for more energy now (without relying on coffee or Red Bull to do it!), and you’ll be well on your way to keeping your money saving goals in line.

18 Tips for More Energy Now (Without Drinking Coffee or Red Bull!)…

1. Get some exercise

Sure, you’re reading this because you’re tired and need more energy, so why in the world would you want to exercise right now?!  While it’s difficult to motivate yourself to move when you’re tired, a brisk walk or a few minutes of physical activity will boost your energy level way more than caffeine will.

2. Decrease the room temperature

When you are comfortably warm, your body naturally wants to relax and take a nap.  When you are slightly cooler, your body will burn more calories in an effort to keep itself warm, and pump more blood.

3. Have an energy boosting snack

When you feel lethargic you may be tempted to reach for a candy bar or other sugary snack.  Sugar can give you a quick energy boost, but it’s followed by a crash that leaves you feeling worse than before you snacked!  Choose energy boosting snacks like peanut butter on apples, string cheese and turkey or chicken slices, almonds, quinoa, or dried fruit.

4. Drink a lot of water

Most of your brain and your body is water and the majority of people simply do not drink enough water to stay hydrated.  When you are even just slightly dehydrated, everything in your body will slow down.  This leads to feeling tired.

5. Eat smaller and more frequent meals

When you overeat you will feel sleepy because your body is attempting to digest the enormous amount of food you just consumed!  Eat smaller, healthy, and more frequent meals throughout the day to help maintain your blood sugar, energy levels, and minimize hunger.

6. Practice stress relief techniques

If you are under chronic stress the hormones your body releases will zap your body of energy.  Not only will you feel tired, but you will probably experience weight gain as well as a compromised immune system.  Take a few moments each day to de-stress with deep breathing exercises or a quick yoga session.  You may be surprised how reducing stress can contribute to increased energy!

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Secrets of a Secret Shopper

secrets of a secret shopper
Have you ever been curious about how to become a Secret Shopper? I have! So when I found out that Tera Borden has been a Secret Shopper for the past two years I knew I had to interview her about it. Today she’s sharing all of her Secret Shopper secrets! – Anna

For those who don’t know, what is a Secret Shopper?

Companies hire people to shop (or pretend to shop) to get a real feel of how their stores are running, such as cleanliness and customer service. If the President walks in, everyone is on their best behavior right? By sending someone in to report on the activities of an establishment, they get an honest feel of how well, or how poor, their staff is performing.

How’d you get the idea to become a Secret Shopper?

I was one of many people who were laid off when the recession hit. I was living alone, but paying two mortgages, so I had to find a way to bring in more income other than the unemployment insurance that I was receiving. My best friend, Jen, suggested that I become a Secret Shopper in order to make some money and get free products, so I did!

What’s the process like to become approved as a Secret Shopper?

Usually, it’s as simple as filling out a form about who you are and where you live, sometimes they’ll request a paragraph about a recent shopping experience. To get specific jobs, a quiz will need to be taken ahead of time to determine if you’re eligible for that particular shop.

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in Make More Money, Practical Solutions, Things To Do
Gratitude Unlocks the Fullness…

gratitude unlocks fullness

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more.” – Melody Beattie

I’ve got so much to be grateful for these days…

What are you grateful for today?


in Gratitude, Motivation
Zoom Zoom – 8 Ways to Save Money at the Airport While Traveling

ways to save money at the airport

It’s holiday season so while traveling can be a lot of fun it can also be very costly. The airport is the ultimate tourist trap in some regards so if you want to save more money for the things that matter, here are seven ways to help you keep more cash in your wallet when passing time at the airport.

8 Ways to Save Money at the Airport While Traveling… 

1. Pack your own snacks

Airport food is expensive so be prepared ahead of time by packing yourself filling snacks so you can avoid starving and the high prices that go along with airport dining. Depending on your layover times and which meals you will miss, keep healthy selections like fruit and nuts in your carry-on bag. Don’t forget to plan for delays or cancellations too. If you are sitting in the airport for several hours make sure your prepared for what may come.

2. Pack a Water Bottle

And then fill it up at the water fountains rather than buying costly bottled water.

3. Stay out of the gift shops

It can be tempting to check out the knickknacks, t-shirts, and other souvenirs but avoid the gift shops to keep your money in your pocket.  If you find anything that you must have, you may be able to find it after your trip through online resources at a much cheaper price. I’ve found the best souvenirs are photographs; they’re free to take and don’t take up space.

4. Bring your own reading material

The airports will sell the latest bestseller, magazines, and tabloid papers but it can be a much better idea to shop at a used book store or online for some titles you are interested in before your trip. You’ll pay top dollar for the airport reading materials so borrow from a friend or buy used to save. Bring along your music and other personal entertainment to keep you from wandering the airport stores and kiosks. I’ll usually stop by the library before trips to have a book to bring along.

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in Travel Cheap
Welcome Baby Boy!

oh henry

baby legs and socks

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you’ve already seen a quick announcement but I wanted to be sure to post it here as well! So… I went and had a baby! On November 2nd we welcomed baby Henry Noble Jones to the family. He weighed in at a massive 9 lbs 5 ounces (!) and was 21 3/4 inches long.

We’ve been getting used to life as a family of 3 and the chaotic schedule that comes with a newborn. I’ve got some posts scheduled so programming should continue fairly normally here on the ol’ blog but I will be taking some time off just to get used to everything so if you send me an email my response might be delayed a bit. xo, Anna


in Personal
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