Nature is awesome, man. Is there anything more inspirational than those ad campaigns from REI? A beautiful and giant mountain or forest with a fit human thrown in for scale. Pictures like that really help to put into perspective how big the world truly is. Backpacking and hiking are amazing outlets to get out of hectic lives
The truth is, while you don’t need all the fancy hiking and backpacking gear, you do need some basic things. Things like hiking boots, comfortable socks, first aid kit, and sleeping bag, etc. are pretty much non negotiable. But have you ever price checked all of that stuff? As I talked about in this post about making extra money, gear is expensive, yo. I didn’t realize a hobby that can help you enjoy things for free (nature) would cost so much! The nice thing is, is once you have a lot of the gear it will last you a long time. Since I am on a budget these are some of the tips I employed to get started, and I hope they can help you as well!
We all know I love hiking by now. One of the best parts of hiking is that it’s free! However, the gear to make it more comfortable is anything but. Who doesn’t love saving some cash in their wallet while shopping? I know I certainly do. Since minimizing, I’ve been trying to find extra ways to save even more money. Coupons, discount codes, shopper rewards programs, I try to take advantage of them all. Growing up, we never had much extra money so I think (actually I know) that finding ways to save money is in my blood. Thanks mom. With a love of all things money-saving, technology has decided to kick it up a notch. Now we’re able to get cash back from things we already buy all the time! I have 3 apps in particular I click-through before making a purchase and I wanted to share them with you today.
Long before I started my blog, I planned out my blog. I literally had a small notebook filled with scribbles, ideas, and mostly disconnected words. Armed with Thesaurus.com and a dream I jotted down everything and anything that came to my mind or inspired me. I loved reading other people’s blogs and I finally decided it was my time to claim my own little corner of internet-land.
Since starting the Minimalist Game from The Minimalists, I have been analyzing almost every aspect of my life in a material sense to save money wherever I can. I have been thinking twice before I make any purchase which is a good habit to get into as a self-proclaimed impulsive shopper. I have really looked at where all my dolla-dolla bills are going. To be honest not all of them were being used in the most efficient ways. (I’m lookin’ at you oh-so-delicious, yet oh-so-expensive Starbucks latte). Here are 8 ways that I have (so far) discovered and saved myself some money.
This past year has been a whirlwind. Between moving cross-country, getting settled, and getting married, I feel very fortunate. This blog has been the latest project that has turned my life upside down and cost me a few hours of Zzz’s. It’s not one of those stressful I’m-up-all-night-worried things though, it’s more of a black hole of Youtube how-to’s and googling. It’s really fun for me to write for you guys and learn something new in the process. It’s honestly mind-boggling how much there is to learn about this blogging world!
Luckily for me, starting so close to the end of the year leaves all of 2018 to learn and grow some more! So let’s get started with the word on everyone’s lips this time of year: GOALS.