Giveaways and Contests!

As a broke twenty-something, I am all about contests and giveaways. I’m constantly stalking social media and emails for a new potential prize! Here are some of my favorites going on right now:

2 days left! Trend Tribe, one of my favorite jewelry companies, is giving away a $100 gift card. Follow the link and enter by liking/following them on various social media sites.

Fellow New Englanders: my favorite local radio station, Mix 104.1 always has lots of contests on their website. Since you’re going to be snowed in for a while (boo!!), you might as well get something good out of it!

The BIG One, which I’ve written about already, the HGTV Dream Home. Who wouldn’t want that beautiful house, especially on Martha’s Vineyard?

What are your favorite contests going on right now? Good luck to everyone entering any 🙂

Tips for Your First Apartment

We’re moving in to our new place next weekend! This is the first time either of us are moving out of our parents’ house, other than college, so there’s a lot to do and be done!

While we still have a lot to get done over the next week, we’ve accomplished a lot as well. We have a few things to buy and a lot of packing to do, but things are pretty well figured out.

Since getting ready for your first place can be a stressful time, I thought I would share some helpful advice I’ve received over the last few months:

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•Prepare a list of what you have and what you need to get Prioritize what you still need to get, since you don’t need everything right away. For example, we want to get end tables and another couch, but we don’t need them for the first month or two at least.

•Don’t be afraid to ask friends and family if they have anything they want to get rid of. My aunt gave us two big boxes of cups and other kitchen supplies. Every little bit helps!

•Comparison shop and look for coupons/sales. You can get the necessities (toilet paper, detergent, towels, etc.) for really good prices!

•You don’t need top of the line brands for everything. I’m not saying you should get the cheapest brands, but instead get solid, reasonably priced basics and replace them over time.

Moving in to your first apartment should be an exciting time, so try not to stress (advice I should take myself) and enjoy the adventure!

Price Adjustments

Have you ever bought something just to find out a few days later that it went on sale or had a price reduction? I just had this happen. We bought a Keurig for the new apartment and then a few days later realized it had gone on sale for 20% off. Frustrating, right?

Well, as it turns out, many retailers recognize their customers lost-saving woes and offer what is called a “price adjustment”. Yay for money back!2015/01/img_2869.jpg
Price adjustment policies vary from store to store and not every store offers them, so be sure to do your research before you get your hopes up.

Generally, stores allow you to bring in your receipt within two weeks of purchase and if the price has been reduced in that time, you get a refund. There are some exceptions, such as certain sales like Black Friday, but it can’t hurt to try if you notice a big price drop right after you buy.

I’d suggest checking out this list of stores that offer price adjustments. Then compare what you’ve bought recently to what this week’s sales are. You could be due a decent sized refund!

On My Reading List

Since I started grad school, I haven’t had very much time at all for reading, which is tough for someone like me who used to read a minimum of one book a week!

Since my reading time will be limited for the foreseeable future, I’m collecting a list of books I really want to read so it’s ready whenever I have some free time. Here’s what’s on my list:

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(In no particular order)

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – I’ve read a few Le Carré novels before. He is regarded as one of the best spy novelists of all time. Id eventually like to read his whole collection.

The Maze Runner – my dad recommended this one to me. Who doesn’t love a teen dystopia novel?

The Quiet American – another oldie but goodie. I actually read half of this one in college but didn’t ever have the chance to finish it. Can’t wait to dig out my copy and delve into this great spy novel again.

If I Stay – this seems like such an interesting concept, something out of the box.

Luckiest Girl Alive – (comes out in May 2015). As a huge fan of Jessica Knoll’s writing style, seen in her blog Love Sex Pizza, I’m anxiously awaiting the release of her first novel!

What books are you looking forward to reading in 2015? My list is pretty short, so I could use some suggestions 🙂