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About Kara Perez

About Kara Perez

Kara Perez lives and works in Texas. She has a degree from Wesleyan University, enjoys hiking, Netflix and obsessing over her Mint app. She writes about getting out from under her student loan debt at fromfrugaltofree.wordpress.com.

How to Break Bad Spending Habits (and Create Good Ones)

No one in this whole wide world of ours is immune from some sort of bad money habit. For me, it’s spending at the grocery store. I love to eat and I love food. I like wandering around, looking at all the options available – ready made, ingredients to make something comforting and delicious, or a new dish to try.

I have to summon an iron will every time I go grocery shopping so I don’t walk out with basically all the candy, peanut butter, and sushi the store has to offer.

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Spend Your Money on Experiences, Not Things

I recently helped a friend move cities. She had gotten a new exciting and grown-up job as a director at a company in a city about 3 hours away. She had to pack up her entire life and move it in a short time.

As a friend, it was my job to be there with the tunes and the arms to help her get it done. After she had gathered her stuff from around the entire house and was trying to get it into boxes, it struck us both: she had so much stuff.

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How to Stop Social Media from Influencing Your Spending

Scrolling though your Instagram or Facebook feed can temporarily transport you to another place. Maybe one of your friends went to Greece recently and you fall into an album of beach pictures, white houses with blue roofs, and stunning views of the Mediterranean. Or maybe another friend has been documenting their meals at restaurants around town and you see plate after plate of organic, fresh, beautifully arranged food.

You might think, “These people are living the life! I want those things!” and decide to book a trip to Italy this summer. Or hey, why not try that new sushi place for dinner tonight?

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4 Millennial Characteristics That Rock

Sometimes I feel protective of my generation. You know that old rule of life, where you can dump on your siblings, but no one else can? That’s how I’m beginning to feel about my whole generation. Sure, I can moan and groan at a bar about how every guy I meet is suffering from Peter Pan syndrome, but baby boomers can’t.

It can be really easy to get swept up in all the negative talk about millennials. There are always articles about how millennials are still living with their parents, or how students are taking out loans they’ll never be able pay back. When the words “selfish,” “lazy,” and “technologically dependent” are used to describe your generation, you can begin to feel bad about yourself. It’s nice to take a step back and remember all the great things we’re doing, and all the new paths we’re forging.

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5 Affordable Places to Travel to in Your Lifetime

Traveling is widely cited as one of the best decisions people ever make. From road trips during college to a year in Europe to teaching English abroad, people love going elsewhere. Why not? We live on a stunning planet and people over the centuries have formed incredible cultures. All over the world are different foods to be eaten, dances to watch, natural beauty to take in, and customs to learn.

Traveling is a way to learn about new people, see new places, and try new things. It’s one of life’s most wonderful experiences. It can also be one of life’s most expensive – so much so that some people avoid it. If you’re interested in traveling, we can get you to some pretty stellar places for some pretty low prices.

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