101 Small Ways to Save Big Money

Who doesn’t like saving money? What if there were some easy ways to save extra money that would be easy to do and wouldn’t impact your lifestyle in a negative way? Popsugar put together a great list of 101 different ways to save money that could make a big impact long term. Below we’ve pulled out a few of our favorite ideas from the article! To check out all 101 ways to save money, you can read the article HERE.

  • Article Item #4: “Automate money from your paycheck to your savings every month so you won’t be tempted to overspend.”
  • Article Item #9: “Check your bills for mistakes.”
  • Article Item #16: “Keep your home organized so you know what you have and won’y buy duplicates at the store.”
  • Article Item #17: “Take a shopping list with you to the store and stick to it.”
  • Article Item #23: “Get a home energy audit.”
  • Article Item #25: “Max out an employer-matched 401K plan.”
  • Article Item #64: “Turn off lights and unplug electronics when not in use.”
  • Article Item #73: “Monitor your bank or Mint account regularly so you are spending consciously every day.”
  • Article Item #98: “Shop around for a home insurance policy to save.”

 

Source:

https://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/101-Ways-Save-Money-31143289#photo-45857489,” Popsugar.

Photo by Pixabay.

 

 

Top 15 Pumpkin Patches in the U.S.

It’s hard to believe that fall is already here! With fall comes all kinds of fun traditions, including all things pumpkin. Many people grew up carving pumpkins and going to a local farm or pumpkin patch to pick out their favorite pumpkin. The Travel Channel has compiled a fun list of their Top 15 Pumpkin Patches across the U.S. Check out the names and locations below to see if one is near you! To read the full article, check it out HERE.

Top 15 Pumpkin Patches in the U.S.

  1. The Great Pumpkin Farm – Clarence, New York
  2. Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm – Lockport, Illinois
  3. Tom Thumb Pumpkin Patch – Dallas, Texas
  4. Vala’s Pumpkin Patch – Gretna, Nebraska
  5. Pumpkin Hollow – Piggott, Arkansas
  6. Craven Farm – Snohomish, Washington
  7. Cool Patch Pumpkins – Dixon, California
  8. Papa’s Pumpkin Patch – Bismark, North Dakota
  9. Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival – Half Moon Bay, California
  10. Jumbo’s Pumpkin Patch – Middletown, Maryland
  11. Lucky Ladd Farms – Eagleville, Tennessee
  12. Linvilla Orchards – Media, Pennsylvania
  13. Chesterfield Berry Farm & Market – Moseley, Virginia
  14. Baugher’s Orchards – Westminster, Maryland
  15. Three Cedars Farm – Northville, Michigan

 

Source:

https://www.travelchannel.com/interests/fall/photos/top-10-pumpkin-patches,” Travel Channel.

Photo by Pixabay

 

Lake Travis is Biggest Lake-Based Real Estate Market in Texas

Austin is known for a lot of things, and one favorite of locals and visitors alike are the Austin-area lakes. According to an article in Community Impact Newspaper, Austin’s Lake Travis, was named number one in a report as the state of Texas’ biggest lake-based real estate market.

Interestingly, although Lake Travis is the biggest lake-based real estate market in Texas, it is not the most expensive. That honor goes to Lake Austin. In comparison, Lake Travis ranks as number five most expensive. Lake Austin comes in right behind Lake Travis as the number two biggest lake home market in Texas.

Nationally, Lake Travis ranks number four for the biggest lake markets in the U.S. Lake Austin ranks number two nationally for on the list of the most expensive homes in lake markets in the U.S.

To check out the rest of the article, you can visit HERE.

 

Source:

https://communityimpact.com/austin/lake-travis-westlake/housing-real-estate/2019/08/02/report-names-lake-travis-as-biggest-lake-based-real-estate-market-in-texas/”, Community Impact.

 

Best Austin Weekend Getaways and Staycations

I love to travel! I also feel incredibly fortunate to live in a city like Austin that is travel destination for many and offers a huge variety of activities and places to explore and experience.

For this reason, I absolutely love this guide that Austin Local has put together with Austin’s best weekend getaway and staycation ideas! Looking over the list of lodging options, I cannot wait to plan my next trip! To read the entire article and check out all of the staycation ideas for yourself, visit HERE.

 

 

Want to Live Longer?

Ever wondered if there was anything you could do to live longer? Turns out scientists have been asking the same question and a recent article in TIME outlined a study that proposed sticking to just five healthy habits could extend your lifespan by about a decade. Here are the study’s five recommendations:

  1. Eat a Healthy Diet. Multiple studies have long linked our diet and longevity. To increase longevity, research suggests sticking to the Mediterranean diet, which includes eating plenty of whole grains, fiber, plant-based proteins, fish and healthy fats. This also includes limiting the intake of sugar, red meat, processed food and fried foods, all of which have been linked to higher risk of disease and death.
  2. Exercise Regularly. Exercise has proven benefits for both physical and mental health. And the good news is that you don’t have to exercise exorbitantly to get the benefits.The federal physical activity guidelines recommend 150 minutes of moderate level aerobic activity each week or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity each week, plus muscle-strengthening sessions twice per week to reap the benefits.
  3. Maintain a Healthy Body Weight. Combining a health diet with exercise can help maintain a healthy body weight. Maintaining a health body weight is important because studies show that those who are overweight or obese are at an increased risk of certain health conditions including Type 2 Diabetes, cancer and heart disease.
  4. Drink in Moderation. Newer research is emerging that shows any potential health benefits from alcohol (such as improved cardiovascular health) are outweighed by the net risks to the population including cancer, accidents, addiction and more. As a result of this research, a more cautious approach to alcohol consumption is now being recommended.
  5. No Smoking. We all know there are a variety of potential health risks associated with smoking including heart disease, cancer, and stroke. All of these conditions can lead to a shorter life. According to experts, the best way to reduce your risk from smoking is to never start – or to quit as soon as possible.

For more information or to read the full article, check out the link in the source below.

Source:

http://time.com/5543459/longevity-live-longer/,” TIME.

 

Liquidating the Extra “Stuff”

Over time, most of us can accumulate a variety of things we no longer need, want or use. Figuring out what to do with these extra items can be a challenge. Here are some ideas and places to help you liquidate your extra stuff.

GENERAL DONATIONS:

BookSpring

Easter Seals

Goodwill

FreeStore Austin

Manos de Cristo

Salvation Army

SafePlace

The Settlement Home

Society of St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Stores

Treasure City Thrift

Top Drawer Thrift

SPECIFIC DONATIONS:

Habitat for Humanity ReStore (Appliances and building materials/recycled house fixtures)

Arc of the Arts Studio (Art supplies/materials)

Austin Partners in Education (Art supplies/materials)

Creative Action (Art supplies/materials)

Imagine Art (Art supplies/materials)

Recycled Reads for Austin Library (Books)

Inside Books Project (Books)

BookSpring (Books)

Cell Phones for Soldiers (Cell Phones)

SAFE Austin – formerly SafePlace (Cell Phones)

Dress for Succes (Professional women’s clothing)

Most public schools (Clothing)

Austin Partners in Education (Computers)

Goodwill Computer Works (Computers)

Latinitas (Computers)

Austin Diaper Bank (Diapers)

Ronald McDonald House Charities (Household items, cleaners, paper goods)

AGE of Central Texas (Medical supplies/equipment/wheelchairs)

Austin Smiles (Medical supplies/equipment/wheelchairs)

Manos de Cristo (Office equipment)

Austin Pets Alive (Pet items/old towels and blankets)

Austin Humane Society (Pet items/old towels and blankets)

Creative Action (Photography/video equipment)

Latinitas (Photography/video equipment)

Austin Bat Cave (School/office supplies)

Austin Partners in Education (School/office supplies)

Austin Creative Reuse (Arts/Crafts Items)

SELLING ITEMS:

Facebook buy, sell trade pages

Craigslist

OfferUp Phone App

Let It Go Phone App

Consignment Stores

For even more ideas, visit https://www.givingcityaustin.com/takeaction/list-of-places-to-donate-in-kind-items-and-stuff-in-austin/.

 

Source:

https://www.givingcityaustin.com/takeaction/list-of-places-to-donate-in-kind-items-and-stuff-in-austin/,” Giving City Austin.