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Money Saving Monday

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At the beginning of all of my posts from now until December 31st I will be including a link to my Dressember fundraising page. I will also be sharing facts about modern day slavery. Today’s fact: “Almost 80% of human trafficking is for sex, 19% is for labor, and the remaining 1% is a combination of a different reasons.  (information found here).

Here is the link to my fundraising page if you want to join me in helping exploited women experience freedom.  Part of Dressember is just starting the conversation, but another large part is raising money to help Dressember’s partners carry out rescue missions. Just $200 dollars helps with the immediate needs a woman has when she leaves a trafficking situation. Whether or not you make a donation, start the conversation!

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This Money Saving Monday is all about going on a spending freeze. I’ve only done one of these but after the holidays I am planning on doing another. A spending freeze is exactly what it sounds like: you do not spend any money for a designated period of time. I did one for approximately three weeks and it was hard! I included grocery shopping in this freeze so this really forced me to make food using what I had.

As a college student I have it easier because I do not have bills and if I had really needed something to make dinner I could just use my dining dollars at the convenience store on campus.

Until Christmas I will be doing a partial freeze so I will be refraining from buying unnecessary things.

Below are the directions for my partial freeze:

What I can spend money on…

  • Groceries (Although I am trying to make it through the end of the semester without going shopping!)
  • Gas (I’m trying not to go on too many trips but my ride home is long so it would be unrealistic to say I can’t say I won’t spend anything)
  • Any last minute presents

What I can’t spend money on…

  • Clothes
  • Trips to Panera (Once I get home and start working at the mall I am always there for my lunch or dinner breaks so I’m hoping to save a little extra money here.)

If you’re trying a spending freeze let me know how it goes in the comments!

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Lifestyle, Uncategorized

Giving Tuesday

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At the beginning of all of my posts from now until December 31st I will be including a link to my Dressember fundraising page. I will also be sharing facts about modern day slavery. Today’s fact: Alleged sex trafficker Ludwig Fainberg explains, “You can buy a woman for $10,000 and make your money back in a week if she is pretty and young. Then everything else is profit.” (information was found here).

Here is the link to my fundraising page if you want to join me in helping exploited women experience freedom.  Part of Dressember is just starting the conversation, but another large part is raising money to help Dressember’s partners carry out rescue missions. Just $200 dollars helps with the immediate needs a woman has when she leaves a trafficking situation. Whether or not you make a donation, start the conversation!

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I thought about rounding up some Cyber Monday deals for Monday Saving Monday but then I thought I would try something a little bit different. Odds are, if you’re interested in Cyber Monday deals you already picked out the ones that peak your interest. I’ve decided to share something that isn’t on quite as many people’s radar- Giving Tuesday!

Giving Tuesday started in 2012 as a day to give back. As a country we go from being extremely thankful to trampling people to get a 60″ flatscreen TV in not even 24 hours. Although Massachusetts has blue laws that prevent a lot of retail stores from being open on Thanksgiving, retail workers in other states are not so lucky. In what seems like a competition to be the first open on Black Friday, many stores now open on Thanksgiving.

2005 brought Cyber Monday. Another day, a little less dangerous, where people are solely focused on snagging the best items for the best price. Many people do not even need what they are buying, they just feel like they need to participate in the bargain hunting.

As a result, Giving Tuesday was created as a way to get back into the holiday spirit. You do not even have to spend money to participate, you can donate your time!

This will be my third year helping out at my college’s Giving Tuesday. Every year the Rachel’s Challenge group pairs with a leadership conference to host a clothing and food drive. Every year I have donated clothes as well as helping at the booth or collecting donations from the residence halls.

So I shared my way of getting involved on Giving Tuesday and here are  5 suggestions for you to get involved in Giving Tuesday…

  1. Donate to my Dressember campaign! Dressember uses the funds they raise to write grants to two organizations called International Justice Mission and A21 to help them in the fight against human trafficking. Just $200 will help provide a woman who has just gotten out of trafficking with meals, counseling, vocational training, and any legal needs.You do not have to give a ton but it would mean the world to me if you donated to my page!

2.  Do a closet clean out! This does not require you to spend anything! If you bought three  articles of clothing for yourself try finding three articles of clothing that you do not wear and donate them to charity.

3. Spend time at an animal shelter! This is such a popular volunteering option and it seems like they’re always in need of people to help. It isn’t just office work many shelters need help with you can help feed kittens, clean cages, and walk dogs. Here’s the story of a cross country team that takes shelter dogs on a run every morning!

4. Donate blood! In high school I used to help coordinate blood drives and giving blood has been very important to me ever since. While the Red Cross is an awesome place to give blood you can also give to local hospitals. Personally I’ve given to the Red Cross, Boston Children’s Bloodmobile, and Baystate Hospital’s Bloodmobile!

5. Make compliment cards! This is another thing I have done with the Rachel’s Challenge group at school. Just like the Kindness Rocks, you take fun paper, write compliments on them, and pass them out. You can leave them in a place where someone will find it or you can pass them out to friends! My suggestion is to avoid physical compliments like “You’re pretty” and try to focus more on their personality with compliments like: “I am a better person because I met you”, “You never fail to make me smile”, or “You light up the room”.

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I hope you enjoyed these Giving Tuesday tips and I hope you try to incorporate some of them into your Tuesday!

xox,

Marissa

Style, Uncategorized

Money Saving Monday: Brand Representatives

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At the beginning of all of my posts from now until December 31st I will be including a link to my Dressember fundraising page. I will also be sharing facts about modern day slavery. Today’s fact: In my last post I shared how many people around the world and in Thailand specifically live without citizenship. Women and children in native tribes in Thailand are much more likely to be victims of trafficking and exploitation (information was found here).

Here is the link to my fundraising page if you want to join me in helping exploited women experience freedom.  Part of Dressember is just starting the conversation, but another large part is raising money to help Dressember’s partners carry out rescue missions. Just $200 dollars helps with the immediate needs a woman has when she leaves a trafficking situation. Whether or not you make a donation, start the conversation!

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If you’re like me and you spend a lot of time on Instagram you’ve probably seen brand representative discount codes by now. A lot of people who use Instagram to promote their product use brand representatives or brand ambassadors. These brand representatives get items at a discounted price in return for promoting the products they receive.

Here’s an example: I just started being a brand ambassador for Hampton Ivy. For me, this means that I will receive stuff from them in return for writing a post about it/featuring it on my social media outlets. For you this means 15% off your purchase! If you use the code marissam15 you will get a 15% discount on your purchase. If you’d like to see some of the items I received from Hampton Ivy, look no further!

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One of the great things about using Instagram for your shopping is that you’re supporting small businesses.  Most of these people are working from home and sharing their product on Etsy. It’s really hard to compete with giant name brand companies, but when you shop small you are supporting the American dream!

I’m just going to be sharing the name of the Instagram shop below. I figured it wouldn’t be fair for me to pick and choose which brand representatives to use but if you are a brand representative and would like to be on the list, let me know and I can add your name!

So without further ado here are some shops that use Brand Ambassadors or Brand Representatives:

@jadelynnbrooke: This is a very popular preppy clothing brand and I’m sure you follow a few of their reps on Instagram, I know I do. Staying true to supporting the American Dream like I told you earlier this shop is run by three sisters. They have both high school and college representatives and you can find them by looking through the tag #jadelynnbrooke. Using a representative’s code will get you 15% off!

@sgprep: Southern Girl Prep is another store that specializes in cute graphic tees. You can find some of their representatives by looking through their posts and see if they are featured or by searching the tag #sgprep or #teamsgp. This code will also get you 15% off your purchase!

@barklyngrace: Not only do they make cute shirts but a portion of all sales go towards saving homeless dogs! You can get 20% off your purchase when you use a code. Not sure where to look? Try searching through the #barklyngrace tag!

@thepinkishflamingo: This start-up started in a dorm room, how cool is that! Inspired by flocking, the creators wanted to create a brand that shows just how fun life can be! By searching #tpflamingo you can find their brand representatives and get 30% off your purchase!

Happy saving!

xox,

Marissa

If you missed my last post on what I’m reading you can find it here!

 

Lifestyle

Money Saving Monday

 

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At the beginning of all of my posts from now until December 31st I will be including a link to my Dressember fundraising page. I will also be sharing facts about modern day slavery. Today’s fact: The average slave costs $90 (direct quote from Do Something). Just think about how disgusting that is, the value of a person is less than $100.

Here is the link to my fundraising page if you want to join me in helping exploited women experience freedom.  Part of Dressember is just starting the conversation, but another large part is raising money to help Dressember’s partners carry out rescue missions. Just $200 dollars helps with the immediate needs a woman has when she leaves a trafficking situation. Whether or not you make a donation, start the conversation!

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Hello friends!

Another series I wanted to start was about saving money. I’m always looking for a bargain and today I am going to be talking about Poshmark. I found out about this website not too long ago and it’s such a great place to buys and sell clothes!

Poshmark works by snapping a picture of clothing you want to sell, describing the item, and then posting it. There are also events called Posh Parties where you get to shop a specific brand or type of clothing. They have parties dedicated to Nike, handbags, and kids clothing. These events give you a specific place where you can look through one brand that really interests you. 

One thing I really love about Poshmark is the buyer protection aspect. Posh Protect is the fact that Poshmark does not give the seller money until the recipient tells them that the item has arrived and is in the same conditions that was described to them. I think this is important because as a buyer you know that you are not being taken advantage of.

My other favorite thing about Postmark is that it helps me set a budget. Because I am selling clothes, I have set a limit for myself that I cannot buy anything unless the money I’ve made from selling clothes will cover it.

My favorite deal that I have found is the Kate Spade glitter earrings. I’ve wanted them for so long now and instead of paying the $38 they normally are, I got them for $14! That’s crazy!

So I know what you guys are thinking now… how do I sign up?! Head on over to Poshmark! If you’re making a new account use the code marissamoq to get a $5 credit to use on your first purchase. If you’re looking to shop my closet just search marissamoq.

Happy saving!

xox,

Marissa

 

 

Logo was screenshotted from the Postmark Website!