And Then We Saved - Recommendations

Recommendations

WHAT I PERSONALLY USE AND LOVE  

You can eliminate and reduce a lot of expenses with cutting back but obviously we can't cut out everything! The secret to saving money on the things you have to buy is SUBSTITUTION! Replace what you're already using with lower cost replacements to save, save, save!

I've only included things that I use often and love. These have all be complete GAME-CHANGERS! Yep, they're *that* good. If you try any of them out let me know! I want to to hear what you think! 

Below are a few of my favorite things! 


Health Coverage

As small business owners, we've had to find independent healthcare that is both affordable and meets our needs. A friend recommended US Health Group and after a bunch of research we decided to go with them for our health coverage. Our agent answered all of our questions in a kind and helpful way. Click HERE to get connected with our agent, Cherie Jones, and be sure to tell her I sent ya!


Food

Turns out, carryout is my default setting. With a bit of planning ahead I'm able to forgo my typical, expensive, unhealthy food choices. This freezer meal system has been a total game-changer (especially for a non-cook like me). 

I love that MyFreezEasy makes it super simple to create a meal plan based on your dietary, cooking, and taste preferences. They give you all the step-by-step instructions and the full grocery shopping list. The app is a bonus too. Learn more about freezer cooking HERE.


Sleep

This gel memory foam mattress topper is SO good. It's turned our almost 10-year old mattress into a plush, dreamy paradise. It's what makes our son want to sneak into bed with us every night. When we stay at Airbnb's and hotels it's what makes us say, "Well, that bed's okay but it's just not as cozy as ours." (And, this isn't a case of just prefering our own bed, it's really just better.) The secret, the magic coziness that is our bed, came with this topper. 




Travel

I'm a huge fan of Airbnb and always try to stay at Airbnb's when I go out of town. I love being able to get groceries to save on food costs while traveling (especially breakfast) and it's fun to see what it'd be like to live as a local. 

Click HERE to get $40 off your first stay.


Clothes

With my side gig I get to go on a lot of fun trips and events. I like to stick to a minimalist wardrobe for my day-to-day life so I used to get stressed out about the expense and pressure of finding "just the right thing" for each event. When I started using the Unlimited Rent the Runway plan all that worry went away. 

For $99 (with a promo code) you can rent 4 items at a time over a 30 day period (way less than I was spending to buy new for each event!). 

Click HERE to get $30 off your first rental.


TV

Streaming

It's crazy to think about now but we used to pay over $175/month for cable and DVR. Since cancelling our cable we haven't looked back. 

We got a $42 reburished Roku. Setting it up is easy! It works by plugging it into the USB port in the back of the TV. Then, you connect it to your home wifi and that then allows the Roku to stream channels from the internet (obviously, legally). More below...

Viewing

After doing TONS of research I landed on Hulu Live as the best cable replacement. The things I liked most about it: no commercials, able to fast-forward and rewind, able to record live TV to replay later and you can watch live TV, well, LIVE. Hulu Live has all the channels we used to watch with cable plus some. 

We already had an Amazon Prime account (since you can get free shows and movies through Amazon Prime Video) so we added that to the Roku as an app (AKA channel). We already had Netflix so we added that app/channel too. 

Since cancelling cable we've been able to save over $130/month! That means we're saving just shy of 400%! Jaw-dropping, right?!

By clicking HERE you can try out Hulu for 2 weeks free, on me! Then, plans start at $7.99.

P.S. Since writing this we've now switched to the less-expensive plan, Hulu No Commericals. We realized we just weren't using the Live features enough to justify the price of it. I still think it's a good plan to get if you're "weaning" yourself off cable and getting used to the streaming TV world. 


BLOGGING 

Ad Network

AdThrive has been a godsend. I only wish I'd known about them years ago. I was previously using Google AdSense for my blog ads and when I got with AdThrive my ad revenue increased by, get this -- over 5,000%! Wild, right?! 

So not only have them increased my revenue so I can support my family that much better, they also are THE BEST with their communication and they have integrity. 

On their website they do say that you have to have over 100k pageviews to get signed up with them, HOWEVER, if you contact them directly and tell them that I sent you they will let you sign up BEFORE your traffic is at that point! That means they will guide you and help you from the very beginning! They continually blow me away! They can be reached at support@adthrive.com and be sure you mention my name! 


Web-hosting

Bluehost is super helpful with set-up and education. Click HERE to get your web hosting for just $3.95 a month.

Social Media

Tailwind acts as a personal Pinterest assistant helping you regenerate your content to get the biggest benefit out of your efforts.


COLORADO-SPECIFIC

Recommendations for Locals  

Floating

Before I tried floating for myself, just the idea of being in a sensory deprivation tank would give me ALL the nerves and I was worried I'd feel claustrophobic (turns out the ceiling is high and the door can be left open so it was totally okay). 

I'm glad I took the leap and tried it because it's been one of the best things I've ever done for myself. Besides helping me sleep like a rock the nights I float and besides making my body feel like I've had a 3-hour-long massage, getting the gift of being able to be free from all the technology, pressures, and obligations of life has helped me feel more grounded and more secure in my own skin than ever before. 

I go to Samana Float Center in the LoHi neighborhood of Denver, Colorado and highly recommend it. You can get $16 off your first 90 minute float by booking online and entering the promo code mf-686841.


EMDR

kali institute emdr therapy colorado

EMDR Therapy is something I started doing a year or so ago to focus on Peak Performance (AKA how to get out of my own way ;) to reach my max potential). 

In a nutshell, EMDR is able to pull out the root ball of deeply-ingrained issues. After doing years of traditional therapy I was surprised how effective and permanent EMDR has been. It's truly a different, life-changing kind of therapy.  

I go to the Kali Institute in Broomfield, Colorado (a quick drive from Denver) and both Crystal and Erin are amazing! 

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