My Old School Savings Method

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This Christmas I spent 1$ on this piggy bank, that doesn`t at all look like a piggy bank, but I have no idea what else you call it in English, in Norwegian it`s just called a “sparebøsse”, which doesn`t make much sense either, just that it`s something you save money in. Anyway, back to topic. I bought this in order to save some cash for my summer vacation, and I guess you`re all thinking, “why aren`t you saving the money in a real bank?” Well, here`s my answer. This “piggy” bank doesn`t have an easy way of taking out money whenever I need (i.e. want) it. I have to physically destroy by using a can opener to get to the money.

As for me, who is used to a 24/7 accessability to my online bank, having money on a savings account with literally no interest at all, can be too tempting. I don`t really earn anything by having the money in the bank, which makes it so much more “acceptable” in my mind to dip into. I do have a special savings account for holidays and vacations, and well, let`s just say it`s too easy to access them. That´s why I decided to save cash. Now do keep in mind, this is only for a short-period and for a limited amount of money. I do of course have more serious savings account that I never dip into, like my saving for-a-house account, or my emergency savings.

And before you ask, I`ve already paid for my airline tickets, and the accommodation is free, as it`s my parents apartment I`ll be living in. The money I`m saving up now is just for food, entertainment and shopping. So until June I`ll keep on saving cash. So far I`ve saved about 150$! And by adding some cash now and then the next three months, it`ll probably be a nice surprise when I eventually have to use that dreaded can-opener!

Do you ever go old school like me when it comes to smaller saving goals?

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Happy Monday

And then the weekend was over and monday is a fact! I hope everyone had a great weekend and that you don`t have too much of the Monday blues. I know Mondays can come as a shock sometimes, especially after those weekends filled with activites from sunrise to sunset. My weekend was one of those.

I came home from my winter break on Thursday evening, and was met by BF on the train station, who surprised me with having invited our friends over for dinner the next day. I love having dinner parties, especially casual ones, so of course I was up to it. So on Friday I went grocery shopping, and then spent the remaining day before the dinner, baking portion bread (we were all out), tortillas for dinner and delish Chocolate Cupcakes for dessert. We had tacos for dinner. A super easy and yummy dinner that`s perfect for a casual evening with friends! And they loved it!

On Saturday I had to get up way to early than what I´m used to, as we were heading over to my BF`s sister. She and her man are selling their apartment and building a house of their own, so they needed some help to paint the apartment so it`d look good for future buyers. And that`s all that happened really. I painted, and painted and then painted some more for about 6 hours.. I was pretty tired of white paint by the end of the day. But hey, 6 people did manage to paint an entire 2-bedroom apartment on one day!!

When I woke up on Sunday, I was supposed to spend the day inside, studying. But just one look out of the window, and Change of Plans! It was such a beautiful day, so we hopped on the subway and went walking for hours downtown, and I had brought my camera with, so I went all touristy and took pictures of everything! Such as our beautiful Royal Palace! Royal Palace

How was your weekend? Did you do anything special?

A Dream House

Dream House

I would love to live in a house like this… A traditional, white painted house with a big front lawn with a Magnolia tree. Couldn`t you just imagine sitting on the porch during a warm summer`s night, drinking iced tea while watching the sunset… And in the back yard there could be some apple trees and a little cottage like this where your guests could stay for a visit…

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Ah, how I love dreaming about the future…

Go for a Walk – it won`t cost you a dime!

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It was such a beautiful weather today! A couple degrees above freezing point, not a cloud on the sky and a warm, bright sun. My mom and I then decided to grasp the opportunity, and together with the dogs, we went for a long walk in the woods. I brought my camera along so I`d be able to take some snapshots. And it made me think. Why don´t I do this more often? I might not have a dog to walk at home, but that shouldn`t stop me, should it? Because it really is the perfect and most frugal activity I can think of.

  1. You get fresh air
  2. You get some exercise and improve your health
  3. If you`re in need of some alone time you can go by yourself
  4. It can be a social activity. Call up a friend, or make it into a date with your loved one.
  5. If you got children, take them with you, and make a day of it. Bring some snacks and beverage, and you`re good to go.
  6. You can go walking in the woods, by the ocean, or if you live in a big city, why not take a stroll in the park?
  7. Bring a camera.  Take silly shadow pictures, or try capturing your dog in motion. Make some memories!
  8. If you got a dog, make sure to bring a treat. They`ll love it! 😉
  9. It won´t cost you anything!
  10. It`s fun to experience nature

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What kind of activites do you do? Do you have any frugal ones?

La Vie Est Belle – What`s your fragrance?

ImageLa Vie Est Belle – Lancôme

 I`ve always loved perfumes, and I think I got that from my mom who`s been the main contributor to my perfume collection over the last 10 years. What I love so much about perfume is that it`s able to tell you something about the person wearing it. Their personality, their age, the mood they want to convey and so on. It`s the perfect accessory!

I`ve always been careful of what kind of perfume I use in different contexts. On a summer`s day I might use a light, fresh fragrance, but during on a winter night out with friends, I`ll probably use something more heavy with a hint of sweetness but still fresh. As I mentioned, my mom has been the one who`s given me all these perfumes, either for christmas, birthdays or just as a surprise. Therefore, I do have a lot of perfume bottles hidden in my bathroom cabinet, though I`d preferred if they were on a nice shelf, because many of the bottles are simly gorgeous that they`d make beautiful bathroom decorations!

These are a few of my favourite fragrances, all various types of perfume for different kind of use;

ImageL’Eau de Chloe – Chloe

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Ralph – Ralph Lauren

ImageRed Jeans – Versace

ImageRicci Ricci by Nina Ricci

ImageBody by Burberry

 

What`s your favourite fragrances? and how do you prefer it? Sweet, citrusy, heavy, flowery, light, fresh?