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How was your week, friends? I am SO PROUD of Minnesota for electing Dave Hutchinson as Hennepin county sheriff (he’s the first openly gay sheriff in the Midwest) and for electing Ilhan Omar as one of two Muslim women elected to legislator office in America. Yay!

Before we dig into the fun(ish) links: How to help victims of the California fires.

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16 fun, cheap ways to celebrate the holidays (that don’t feel chintzy or grinchy)

Looking for cheap ways to celebrate the holidays? Trying to budget for Christmas? Tap through for money-saving tips that will make your holidays affordable AND fun! #holidaytips #budgetholiday #minimalism #Christmasideas

Are you looking for ways to celebrate the holidays that are more affordable and more meaningful? <- That’s pretty much a trick question because I’ve never met anyone who says “Ya know what I’d like to do? Rack up MORE credit card debt on Secret Santa gifts for a co-worker don’t know very well!”

I’m sharing these fun, affordable ways to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, and Thanksgiving because I want you to have time to plan a holiday season that isn’t filled with overdraft fees and regrettable purchases.

Americans spend $465 billion on Christmas. Meanwhile, the average American has $6,385 in credit card debt and 40% of middle class Americans couldn’t weather a $400 financial emergency. And even if you’re totally debt free, most of us would prefer to spend less money rather than more, right?

Luckily, dialing back holiday spending doesn’t have to feel Grinchy. In fact, it can feel intentional and creative. Truly!

16 fun, cheap ways to celebrate the holidays (that don’t feel chintzy)

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6 Instagram Ideas That Will Make Your Life Happier + Better (Instead Of Falling Into The Comparison Trap)

Looking for Instagram ideas? These aren't your usual Instagram tips about cropping and filters. Click through for advice on using social media in a way that makes you happier and supports your personal development!

What are your Instagram ideas?

“My house should look like that and since it doesn’t I am clearly a loser.”
“How in the name of all that is good and holy can they afford that? And why can’t I?”
“I don’t look like that in a swimsuit. I AM NEVER WEARING A SWIMSUIT AGAIN.”

I’m sure you’ve seen a million studies that say social media negatively affects our self-esteem. Instagram is charged with this more often than Twitter or Facebook – and I get it! It’s not hard to filter and crop our way to a perfect-looking life. It’s easy to forget that social media is a highlight reel.

There are certainly arguments for using our phones and social media less. But I’d like to make the controversial argument that – when used with intention – Instagram in particular can actually make us happier.

6 Instagram Ideas That Will Make Your Life Happier + Better 

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I’m so excited to share that I’ll be teaching the minimalist money section of A Simple Year this year! Click here to learn more. 

How was your week, friends? I spent the first half up north at a friend’s cabin and the rest of it enjoy Proper Fall Weather after 2+ weeks of rain. Gorgeous! This weekend we’re helping a friend celebrate his 35th birthday and phone banking for the DFL.

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