the most wonderful time of the year is almost upon us! thanksgiving truly snuck up on me this year, it’s so hard to fathom that it’s next week! but I know a lot of us are looking forward to black friday shopping, too. I didn’t start utilizing black friday deals until the last few years but I will tell you it is the best way to save on your christmas shopping! obviously there are too many black friday deals to count (let alone post!) so I am sharing items from my christmas list with you and where you can find the best deals!
I’m the first to admit I know the benefits of healthy eating – but man, oh man, do I know how hard it is to do when you’re on a budget! some weeks I can allot more money towards groceries and it doesn’t feel so bad, but there are other weeks I feel like I’m going to turn into a Ramen noodle if I don’t chill.
I’m not always the best with my money, but the one thing I always have people asking me is how I manage to spend so little on groceries. on average, I spend about $100 a month on my groceries. granted, my big meal of the day is lunch and I tend to snack around it – breakfast and dinner are generally small. but, for those of you that are looking how to make healthier choices and save a little extra money, here’s how I meal plan + prep around a tight budget.
There’s just something about money that has the power to make you or wreck you, huh? Especially as a young adult – you’re just graduated, probably drowning in student debt, trying to find your footing in this professional world while trying to maintain your sanity. But that feels hard to do when more experienced adults constantly say “it never gets better.” I wouldn’t know, but I’m assuming they’re right – there are always going to be new bills, new expenses, new financial surprises as time goes.
Think about this scenario: if you’re looking for a certain solution to problem – whether that’s to lose weight, help with a skincare problem, hair problem, etc – are you more likely to listen to a paid actor on a TV commercial, or a friend who’s personally tried a product(s) + recommends it to you (and someone who genuinely cares about your concerns and want to help you find a good solution)?
The idea behind network marketing is that in this day of technology + constant communication, the word of mouth method between friends, and then their friends, and then their friends, and so on and so forth is the most effective way to market. Plus, a lot of people would probably prefer to financially support their friends by purchasing products through them instead of funneling money solely into a corporate company.
I’ll be the first to admit that when acquaintances or even complete strangers reach out to me on Facebook or Instagram, I’m guilty of rolling my eyes and curving their offers. Every time I thought, “they just want more money for themselves, they don’t honestly care about me,” and “I’m not an entrepreneur, I wouldn’t succeed in these types of businesses.”
But when close friends started getting involved with network marketing structured companies and explained the process to me, I realized that I’d be crazy to not take the opportunity. You usually pay a fee in order to “start your business,” and after that, the process can be as active or as passive as you want. However, be prepared that if you yourself are going to be very passive with the business, you can expect your income to mirror that. But if you’re passionate about the products and what the company has to offer, I promise, the distribution aspect of the job will come naturally (but the bulk of your success truly depends on how well you build your team).