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!
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)
How was your week, friends? I phone banked (again!) and as you read this, I’m halfway through a trip to Denver to see a bunch of friends, hike, watch mermaids, and tour the Celestial Seasonings tea factory. You can see all my travel photos here!
Today’s Web Time Wasters is a short one, because I’m on vacation!
How was your week, friends? I saw Eighth Grade with a buddy, phone banked for the DFL (totally not scary!), and packed + planned for my trip to Denver next week. Totally excited to see the Denver Aquarium mermaids and try out some great vegan restaurants!
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
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.