Summer Date Ideas: Outdoor Adventures


One of the greatest things about summer is the freedom of activities you have at your fingertips. No longer do you have to plan indoor only date nights, which can get boring and predictable. Now, you have the great outdoors to explore. Below you’ll find a list of fun, cute, and romantic date night ideas to try this summer.

Go Camping

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The great thing about camping is you can tailor it to your likes and interests. If you really love getting out in nature, then spend an entire day, or two, in the wild, fishing, sleeping in a tent, and hiking. If you like the idea of camping, but you don’t want to go without comfort for too long, then simply go for a few hours. You can still have fun hiking, roasting marshmallows, and spending quality time together outdoors.

Go to a Carnival

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Carnivals are popular during the summer, so finding one shouldn’t be a challenge. Ride rides, win prizes for each other and eat delicious food you won’t find at local restaurants. Any date where cotton candy is involved is a win. Plus, the view of city lights from the Ferris Wheel at night can be extremely romantic when you’re snuggled close together.

Have a Picnic

This is another fun way to take advantage of a beautiful sunny afternoon. Cook up some of your favorites, or grab take-out from your favorite restaurant, find a cozy spot, such as a park or under a large tree, and lay a blanket down. It’s a simple, cheap, and romantic date that can include romantically feeding each other strawberries.

Go to a Music Festival

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Tour Your City

So many of us don’t visit the local touristy places our city is popular for. If this is true for you, then spend a day acting like tourists in your own city. Get a snow cone or ice cream first, then walk hand in hand as you explore some of the places that make your city so great.

Play Putt-Putt Golf

5235779073_44741c35aa_m.jpgEngage in some fun, friendly competition during a round of Putt-Putt golf. These courses are normally easy but entertaining. Plus, you can make it more interesting by placing a bet on who will win, such as loser buys dinner for the winner.

 

A date doesn’t have to be extravagant to be memorable. So, this summer, have fun together with these fun and casual outdoor adventures.

Review: Pet Magasin Self-Heated Bed

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My dog, Mayday, isn’t a huge fan of new beds but she took a liking to this large Self-Heated Bed almost immediately. Once it was laid on the floor she automatically sat right on top of it claiming it as her own.

The Pet Magasin Self-Heated Bed is self heating by absorbing, holding and reflecting your Pet’s body heat right back at them with a thin layer of mylar film (the same insulator that is used in spacesuits). This will keep them nice and cozy during those cold nights of summer. The cover on top

The Pet Magasin Self-Heated Bed Large package comes with two mats is padded with a IMG_0911.jpgnice thick, soft and hypoallergenic foam that won’t go flat for years. Even the bottom has rubber studs so the bed stays put even when your pup runs there to get a T-R-E-A-T.

1 large (28.5″ x 34.5″) and 1 small (17″ x 11″). This bed can either be bought through Amazon (get that 2 day free shipping through Prime) or through petmagasin.com and with the Coupon Code: 5F2WSQO4 you can get this bed for 30% off.

Get one for your pet or for a friend’s pet and you won’t be sorry. This is a great product by a great company whom primary concerns are that everything made is safe for pets and their owners,with a quality item that has a great value. The self heating bed by Pet Magasin gets two paws up.

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Unexpected Rewards Programs the Reward Things You Already Buy

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When it comes to saving money, reward programs are an excellent way to do so. However, many people tend to over think what rewards programs they should choose. Instead of choosing a program for activities you do sparingly, you will get the most benefit for activities you do every week or even every day. These can often be unexpected, but there are a lot of reward programs out there.

Papa John’s

Let’s be real here, you probably order pizza more than you realize. It is fast, easy, and delicious while cooking for yourself is difficult and often less rewarding. Fortunately for you and your functioning pizza addiction, one of the best rewards programs out there is Papa John’s. Each order nets you points depending on what you order and what you spend. Those points add up surprisingly quickly towards what we all desire – free pizza.

Walgreens

With your health insurance as expensive as it probably is, medicine is one area you don’t expect to save on. However, if you frequently need to go to CVS or Walgreens to get your prescriptions filled, you can save. Walgreens actually beats out CVS in terms of rewards programs since it allows you to accrue points and then put those points toward hefty discounts on your purchases.

AMC

This rewards program probably depends how much you actually go out to the movies. For some people, they go on a date near every week while others only go out maybe once a year. However, if your city is overrun with AMC-owned theaters, as most cities are, you can actually get some great discounts with their rewards programs. From discounts on snacks to free movie tickets, you can accrue them all with the AMC Stubs programs. However, in return for the flat discount rates it also give, you have to pay a yearly fee of $12.

Side Hustles That Require Very Little Effort

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If you want to get into the side hustle game to start earning a little extra cash, you don’t want it to eat up every second of your free time. There is nothing worse than realizing that all your after work time has suddenly become even more work time. However, while a lot of side hustles can expand into some long hours, there are a few that require minimal effort on your part.

Dog Walking

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Dog walking is actually a great way to multitask if you want to hit the gym, but also want to make some money. It is a super easy business to break into, especially if you live in the bigger city where not everyone can get home to take their dogs out. Providing the dogs get along alright, you can even walk them in larger packs which can save you on time while still making you a good deal of extra cash.

Be a Notary

While it takes a small initial investment to become a certified notary, it is as easy of a side hustle as you can get. You get to charge your own fees and you can run your notary services however you’d like. You can charge more if you are the type of notary that will actually go to the person, but with cheaper prices, plenty of people will still pay to come to you.

Proofreading

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Unlike blogging or ghostwriting, your time won’t get completely sucked up with proofreading. You can easily fall down the rabbit hole with actually writing for money, but if you are an avid reader with a decent grasp on the English language, less sure writers will pay you for it. Some writers don’t even care about proper grammar, they just want you to make sure it sounds good and is easy to understand.

Frugal Living – The Miracle of Paint


It doesn’t matter whether you are young and just starting out in life or whether you are older and focused on saving for retirement, if you’ve been shopping for furniture lately, you’ve noticed the big dollar amounts on all the price tags.  Even a relatively plain dining room chair can cost nearly a hundred dollars!  Is it really necessary to pay such steep prices for furniture and accessories or is there another way to affordable furniture?

For those do-it-yourselfers and those interested in frugal living, a can of paint or wood stain might end up being your best friend.  If you need furniture, whether it is a bed frame, nightstand, dining room chair or plant stand, consider going to your local Salvation Army or Goodwill store to find some really interesting and eclectic pieces.  Craigslist and local garage sales are also great places to find some cool pieces of furniture or other accessories at rock bottom prices.

Many people have furniture items they no longer need or they have pieces with a scratch here or a stain there and they don’t have the time or the knowledge to make the proper repairs.  It really isn’t that difficult to learn how to paint or use stain to restore wood items to their original glory.  Furniture refinishing can be as simple as painting an item and leaving all the dings in place for the “shabby chic” look or sanding down the entire piece, using wood filler to fill in the holes and then staining or painting to make the piece look like new again.

Often it is the unique, older pieces of furniture that really help to make a house a home.  There is also the sense of accomplishment that one receives after taking something that was once destined for a landfill and restoring it to its former beauty.  An expense of $30 or so in refinishing supplies is a small price to invest in a piece of furniture that is just right for your home.   

Frugal Living Hacks to Save More Money


The average American has less than $1,000 in savings, according to a recent Google Consumer Survey. Without a “nest egg,” unforeseen expenses could spell disaster for you and your family. But the good news is that you save more money by embracing frugal living.

Walmart Savings Catcher

If you shop at Walmart, be sure take advantage of the retailing giant’s Savings Catcher program. This program will automatically check competitors’ prices for purchased products to see if they are lower. If a competitor is selling the product at a lower price, Savings Catcher will give you the difference in the form of an electronic gift card.

Here’s a tip: you can save even more money at Walmart by paying with a cash back rewards credit card. Some credit cards may offer 1-3% cash back on all purchases, meaning for every $100 you spend, you’ll earn $1 to $3 in rewards bonuses.

Finance Manager App

Assuming you own a smartphone (and you probably do), try downloading a finance manager app like Mint. This app will organize all of your expenses and financial information to create a detailed budget. So instead of crossing your fingers and “hoping” that you don’t overspend one month, you’ll know exactly how much money is coming in and how much is going out.

Freeze Perishable Food

According to the National Resource Defense Council (NRDC), Americans throw out approximately 40% of their uneaten food, the equivalent of $165 billion annually. If you have a tendency to toss uneaten foods, consider freezing them long-term storage. From blueberries and strawberries to ground beef, chicken and even condiments, you can significantly extend the shelf life of most perishable foods by freezing.

Buy in Bulk

Another helpful frugal living tip is to buy in bulk. There are certain items that, when purchased in bulk, can yield huge savings. These typically include things like paper towels, toilet paper, laundry detergent, toothpaste, etc.

Eat Out Less

There’s nothing wrong with splurging every once in a while by dining out at your favorite restaurant, but this should be kept a minimum if you are trying to save money. Packing your lunch for work and eating meals at home can yield big savings over the course of a month.

Flexible Side Hustle as a Transcriber

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We’ve all heard the popular saying, “don’t put all your eggs in one basket.” This cliché rings true in many aspects of our lives and for some reason tends to be what we think when it comes to earning our income.

How many different ways of making money do you have? In most cases a person’s 9 to 5 is about all they can vouch for. This is why finding different niches that adhere to your skills is crucial in growing your side hustle business. One of the many jobs that freelancers have taken up from home is in the field of transcribing. This on its own can easily make you $20 – $60 a day in your spare time.

While there are several writing jobs on the internet transcribing has gained some traction over the years as a go-to option for anyone looking to make extra money on the side. There are currently several website that offer online job applications to see if you qualify on the spot. These websites give you some tests and typically send an email out within a day or two to inform you on whether or not you’ve been hired to transcribe for them.

Transcribing for beginners may or may not prove to be difficult for some. There are a number of variables that can affect how much you earn. Each job, assuming you’re getting transcribing gigs from a company, will require you to implement their practices for transcribing to their clients. Your typing speed is another big part that will depict how quickly you get jobs done. With an average typing speed of 50 wpm you should be able to complete roughly 15 minutes of clean audio within an hours time. However, once you’ve gotten the hang of it your speed will increase and you’ll be able to pull some freelancing work for more money. Some popular sites to get started with for work on transcribing are Rev.com, Scribie.com, as well as Transcribe.com just to name a few.

Once you’ve established a few independent freelancing jobs consistently, this can easily be added as an increase in your financial savings. This in no way should be seen as a get rich quick scheme, but when climbing to the top it’s good to have some skills that you potentially can develop in order to take on new lanes in your financial future.