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When you’re not making a lot of dough,  going on vacation usually doesn’t quite fit into the budget. But frequent travelers will tell you there are things you could be doing that will give you a shot at that vacation you’ve been dreaming about for months, maybe even years, and they are so simple you probably wonder why you never did it before. 

Ways to save money for vacations include:

  • Use Apps like Digit and Qapital – These apps skim money from your accounts without you even realizing it to put to the side for future purchases, like vacation. For example Qapital rounds debit spending to the nearest $5, and can put the extra money into an account for travel.
  • Set aside money each month in a designated travel account – If possible, try putting a small percentage of your monthly income aside specifically into an account for travel. One expert traveler adds that they set aside any extra singles or change and keep it just for vacatons. Another person adds $2 for every meal they cook at home into an account for travel. 
  • Borrow clothes you need for an upcoming trip – A lot of the money spent on a vacation goes to buying new clothes for that trip, but one expert traveler looks to friends and family to borrow what they’ll need instead of spending extra dough.
  • Dine out less at home so you can dine out more on vaca – Try cutting back on simple expenses, like that daily Starbucks coffee, or starting bringing lunch to save you money. Or limit the nights you eat out during the week and put that money towards a trip.
  • Designate certain income streams for “travel only” – If you have a side hustle, or maybe rent out your place on AirBNB, set aside that money just for your upcoming travel needs. Of if you get a year-end bonus, you can hold that for a vacation as well.
  • Save up miles and use them wisely – Getting a credit card that gives you miles for purchases can help you get free flights, as long as you’re good about paying those cards off.
  • Put travel experiences higher on your list – If travel is really that important to you, make it a priority, and think about that before you spend your money on other things like clothes or shoes. You can even look into selling some stuff that’s not as important to you and put it towards your travel.

Source: Self


Starbucks is adding a new drink to their permanent menu and it sounds like it will be the perfect antidote to the hot days of summer. 

Starting today, you can get your hands on the Serious Strawberry Frappuccino, which consists of strawberry puree and the Strawberries and Crème Frappuccino base, which contains ice, milk and the store’s "strawberry infusion blend.” If that wasn’t enough strawberry, it’s then topped with strawberry puree and vanilla whipped cream.

While this definitely sounds delicious, and you may think it’s healthy thanks to all that fruit, having too many of them may not be great for your waistline. A 16-ounce version will set you back 350 calories, 14 grans of fat and 50 grams of sugar.

The Serious Strawberry Frap is the third new permanent item Starbucks as added this year, following the Ultra Caramel Frappuccino and the Triple Mocha Frappuccino, which were put on the menu last month.

  • ONE MORE THING! The Serious Strawberry Frap isn’t the only addition coming to Starbucks’ menus today. In the food area, they are adding the Chicken Chorizo & Tortilla Sous Vide Egg Bites and the Kitchen Sink Cookie, made with pecans, pretzels, marshmallows and chocolate chunks. Yum!!!

Source: USA Today 


We’ve heard time and time again that money can be a touchy subject for couples, especially if you have a partner who tends to spend a lot of dough on foolish purchases. While it’s completely understandable to be angry if your partner spends ridiculous amounts of money on things they don’t need, some people can get annoyed at even the simplest of purchases, much to the frustration of their S.O.

Well, a new thread on the anonymous Whisper app has folks revealing the purchases that caused huge fights in their relationships, and it may leave you wondering whether these couples should be together in the first place. 

Purchases that caused major arguments include:

  • “My girlfriend got mad because I bought my ex flowers.”
  • “My girlfriend broke up with me because I bought the wrong pizza.”
  • “My girlfriend is so mad she won’t even talk to me because I bought a $40 pillow.”
  • “My boyfriend got mad because I bought a Jon Snow poster. He’s just a character, I can’t cheat on you with him dude.”
  • “My boyfriend thinks we live in the 1950s. I bought him dinner the other night and he’s STILL mad. WTF. I don’t need or want you to pay for everything.”
  • “My wife got mad because I got myself a PS4. So today I bought her 2 dozen roses, a 6 pack of chocolate cupcakes and chocolate strawberries. We’re all good now.”
  • “I’m in the doghouse. My wife is mad that I brought home a puppy at 1 am for our newborn baby…It was most certainly a drunk purchase.”

Source: Whisper


There’s no doubt that we all love our pets, and most people love to spoil them rotten, especially when it comes to slipping them a treat here and there. But all those treats are adding up to some very overweight animals, and it’s become a real problem.

A new poll finds that half of dog and cat owners admit they give their animals food if they beg for it, while another 25% say they overfeed their pet at times because it makes them happy. And that's resulting in a lot of fat pets. Believe it or not, some estimates suggest that 59% of dogs and 52% of cats worldwide are overweight, although owners don’t even realize it. In fact, the survey finds that only 25% of dog and pet owner believe their pet is overweight, which shows how big the disconnect is.

The big issue is that owners don’t realize how bad it is to overfeed one’s pet. The reality is that over 60% of animal owners don’t know that overweight pets are more likely to get diabetes and suffer from orthopedic issues, which will reduce their quality of life, and increase their risk of heart disease and shorter life spans.

Source: Sentinel-Tribune


One of the best parts of being a kid was breaking out a brand new box of Crayola crayons. Almost any color you could think of was in that 24 pack and imagination was the law of the land. 

Those days aren’t behind you anymore! Crayola has decided to tap into the child in us with their Crayola Beauty line. It’s a 58-piece collection with over 95 shades. Think of all the imagining you can do. And yes, they are crayons…box and all. 

Face crayons can be used on your eyes, lips, and face. There are color-changing lipsticks, highlighters, colored mascaras, eye shadow palettes, and even a brush kit complete with pencil case. 

There’s only one place to get the Crayola Beauty collection; ASOS.com– so if you’re interested, find out more there. 

Source: Cosmopolitan 


Newsflash: some of the most talked about fitness rules are false. 

Personal trainer Marcus Rice took to Instagram to set the record straight on six myths that need to get kicked to the curb. You’ll be thrilled too! 

  • “Eating carbs makes you fat”- It’s not what you eat but how many calories you put into your body. Put too many calories in and over time you’ll gain weight.
  • “Weightlifting makes you bulky and unattractive”- Lifting weights sheds body fat and makes you leaner.
  • “Tons of cardio is needed to get toned”- Cardio does burn calories but strength training is more effective.
  • “Eating clean is all that matter for weight loss”- Healthy foods are better for you and make you feel fuller and more energized, but you still need to be mindful of calories.
  • You can’t enjoy your favorite food when dieting”- The rule of thumb is everything in moderation.
  • “You can spot reduce fat on your body”- Crunches won’t reduce your belly fat and squats won’t get rid of cellulite. The only way to reduce the fat is get rid of it overall. 

Source: Popsugar 


More and more people are cutting foods out of their diets because of perceived allergies or intolerance. A new study by DNA Fit that nearly half of the four thousand British adults studied believe they have a food intolerance to things like gluten and dairy, but most of them have never gotten tested. Only 15% of the group actually did! 

The trend has led to a knew label: nutrichondria, which is “a preoccupation with how diet can affect you negatively based on incorrect or flawed scientific evidence.” It’s becoming more and more common too.

Nutrition expert Rhiannon Lambert says people assume they have an intolerance and cut out whole food groups only to find out they were not negatively affecting them. Part of the problem according to Lambert is social media. There are many people giving anecdotal information about how “dairy is bad for you” and “gluten messes with your gut health.” Not true…unless you have a true allergy or intolerance. 

If you think you have a real intolerance, there are many tests to diagnose you now, so the best thing to do is visit a doctor, nutritionist, or dietician. And word to the wise: self-diagnosis can lead to other health problems if you aren’t getting the nutrients you need. So be smart – TALK TO YOUR DOC! 

Source: Daily Mail 

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