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12.16.2014

10 Best // Things I Learned About in 2014

ynab short for you need a budget.  it's budgeting software for your computer, and there's also a phone app.  ask my mom - it would have taken nothing short of a miracle for me to not overdraft my bank account in college.  even up until my loans were paid off earlier this year, i would spend without tracking, not really saving much.  ynab is 100% to credit for turning that around.  nothing else clicked for me (especially not printable budget forms or the mint app.)  it's worth every penny.

walk for a dog.  it's a phone app.  every time you walk, you work towards donating to the shelter of your choice.  after each mile, you earn for your shelter and the app pays out to them about twice a year, with the money coming from sponsors and donors.  meaning, not you.  the app is 100% free.  you don't even need to have a dog to use it.  all you do is walk.

swagbucks i've written quite a few times about making money with swagbucks.  i started with the site mid-april of this year and my earnings are currently at $1000.

unroll.me.  a totally free service that unsubscribes you from any unwanted e-mails in just 1 click.  and anything you want to keep, but don't consider super important (sales notices from a favorite store perhaps), you can choose to 'roll up' meaning that they will all come in a single email from unroll, at the time of day you choose.  experience the inbox zero bliss.

editorial calendars.  i wrote this post for sarah at venus trapped in mars about my system for getting my blog posts ready.  i'm excited to do the same this year, over my christmas/new year break.  it's a huge time saver in the long run.

budget bytes.  this website has been the ultimate saver of time, money, and sanity when it comes to meal planning.  i am so happy to have found it.

amazon wish list they have a toolbar extension (similar to pinterest) so you can add anything from any website to your amazon wish list.

evernote.  i know i still don't even use it to it's full potential, but i get a lot done with evernote.

minimalism.  somewhere in my love for decluttering and organizing, there was always a minimalist.  but i didn't really figure that out until this year and with my current shopping ban and declutter project, i've found more and more good resources on the topic.  namely getting my wardrobe culled way, way down.

and let's be honest, most important:

how to pair wine with girl scout cookies.


so what about you?  what did you discover in 2014?

26 comments:

  1. "i started with the site mid-april of this year and my earnings are currently at $1000." Whoa. How? I've been using Swagbucks for a couple of months but I've only managed a £5 Amazon gift card so far.

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  2. Ummm how have I never read about how to pair wine and girl scout cookies?!

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  3. I am obsessed with amazon wish lists!

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  4. I've been much better at using my rewards points this year. I can attribute that to you!

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  5. I keep my Amazon wish list going year round. Definitely need to download ynab!

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  6. Amazon makes things so much easier... I've gotten everyone in my family to keep a list too. The dog walking app is downloading now - what a cool and easy idea!

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  7. I use the Mint and enjoy it... but I neglect it more than I should.
    I signed up for Swagbucks and my inbox started getting bombarded with spam and I started getting a ton of telemarketers calling me! Lame. I even set up a new email just for spam... I'm giving it a break for now but might jump back on the bandwagon after a while.

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  8. i bow down! you know so many cool tips and tricks!

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  9. Ahhh such a great list. So many things I need to go check out now!

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  10. I've been slacking on YNAB. Plus, I *can not* convince my husband to use it. Drives me crazy!!!

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  11. I really like the minimalism website! And I got a good laugh out of your last item.

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  12. Oooh I have so many things I have to check out! I love the sound of the walk for a dog app. I remember you mentioning it before and I was meaning to check it out. I'm excited to head over and read your tips for planning an editorial calendar. That's something I'm hoping to be more on top of in the new year to make life a little easier!

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  13. Love these. Cant wait to try out ynab!

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  14. I use my amazon wish list possibly too much haha. Its insane how many things I have on it! Love this list!

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  15. Even though I have my own budgeting system (which I have promised you I will share soon), I downloaded YNAB the other day, curiosity to see it if can make me even better at keeping track of our dollars, just joined Swagbucks because I'll join anything that helps me save $$$.

    And strangely enough I have discovered minimalism this year too. The more I declutter the house, the more stuff I seem to want to get rid of, it's kind of addictive. I love the feeling in the rooms once all that crap is gone!

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  16. HA! The wine/Girl Scout cookies combo is my favorite! But now I'm totally intrigued by ynab and will be checking it out - thanks for the tip!

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  17. I am going to have to check out most of these. Thank you for sharing!

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  18. i loved your post about planning your posts, i love to schedule posts and had a bunch scheduled at one time but because i didn't really plan it well, it became a mess and i had to start over. now i think ahead a little better because of that!
    and yes, love budget bytes! that walk for a dog app sounds amazing and i need to check it out. and i LOVE swagbucks. I am totally going to try and buy all of my christmas stuff for next year with them.

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  19. I will have to look up the dog app, that sounds awesome!! I walk quite a bit too. Great list!!

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  20. I've heard a lot about YNAB, but I haven't checked into it. That'll be one of my goals for 2015...

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  21. Evernote is on my 2015 goal list. I know I'd use it, it's just getting used to it.

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  22. I love this list. And $1,000? Dont even tak to me! Haha :) I think I got $50 so far this year. But that is a huge win because $50 is better than none!!!

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  23. I ADORE YNAB. It's been the most helpful budgeting system for my husband and I, too. Also, I am forever thankful that you introduced me to unroll.me earlier this year!

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  24. I just downloaded the dog walk app! I wish I knew about this sooner!

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  25. This is the greatest of lists that have ever been listed!

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