How My Sister Is Working, Attending College & Traveling – Plus a $100 Cash Giveaway

How My Sister Is Working, Attending College & TravelingHello! Here is a post from my wonderful sister who blogs over at FITnancials. She is getting ready to leave for the summer for a volunteer trip in Peru. I’m a proud sister! Also, don’t forget to enter the $100 cash giveaway at the end!

Hello everyone! My name is Alexis and I’m the blogger behind Fitnancials.com. I am also Michelle’s younger sister!

She inspired me to create my own blog since I’m so incredibly passionate about fitness and saving money. I not only talk about fitness and budgeting, I also talk about traveling and how I plan on earning a living while seeing more of the world.

As you may know, our dad passed away due to lung cancer a few years ago (it will be 7 years on Saturday). My dad was just over 50 years old, but he spent his entire life traveling the world. He is a big reason for why I love traveling so much.

His wanderlust transferred over to me and I know he would be so proud to see all of the traveling I’m doing. I can’t wait to pass on this travel bug of mine onto my children as well.

I have traveled more than ever in the past several months, and with that I have also received many questions about how I’m doing this. I want to say that it is possible for anyone to do what I’m doing, if you truly want it. It might take a little hard work, but it’s mainly about good planning and time management.

Below are some of the questions I often hear. Hopefully this will help you be able to travel more as well. [Read more…]

How To Change Your Life And Live Your Dream Today

How To Change Your Life And Live Your Dream TodayWhether we are talking about changing your financial situation or changing your lifestyle, there are many ways to start making changes in your life so that you can start living the life you want to live.

Learning how to change your life doesn’t have to be hard.

You can start off small and gradually move onto bigger changes. Or you can make one big change and start living your dream life even sooner.

Everyone has some sort of change they want to make in their life.

Maybe you want to travel more, learn another language, start your own business, get out of debt, be in shape, retire, or something else. Whatever the words “dream life” mean to you, there are ways for you to eventually get there.

Below are my tips on how to change your life today. [Read more…]

Why I’ll Never Buy A Timeshare

Are Timeshares Worth It Why Are Timeshares BadLately, I’ve been hearing about more and more people buying timeshares.

Someone I know recently dropped $15,000 on a timeshare. I know of another person who has bought multiple timeshares with their student loans. I recently read on Facebook that another person is trying to sell their timeshare for $1, and there aren’t any takers yet.

Sure, I have an open mind and perhaps sometimes timeshares are an okay idea, so I won’t completely discredit them. However, I’ve never met someone who bought a timeshare and was happy with their purchase years down the line.

I’ve only heard horror stories about timeshares.

Due to this, I’ve never really understood the appeal of timeshares.

And I’m not sure I ever will. [Read more…]

February Goals Update, New March Goals And Colorado Pictures

Move To Fruita Colorado Pictures  2Hello everyone! Time for another life and goals update.

February was another great and crazy month for us. We moved to Colorado, we put our house on the market, and it was a great month for business.

Our new home looks great and it’s already starting to feel like a real home. It is a great feeling knowing that pretty much everything is done and now we can just start enjoying our new state.

Also, as I said earlier, our old house is on the market. We decided to list it for now and see what happens. If it doesn’t sell, then we plan renting it out until our neighborhood rebounds from the tanking that it has experienced lately.

We’ve had two showings so far, so I’m not sure what to think. I realize that it’s only been a little over a week so I guess we will see. Please wish us luck!

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Should You Rent Or Buy? – Why I’m Excited To Rent

Should You Rent Or BuyWe are currently in the process of settling into our new home in Fruita, Colorado. This move came quickly and we are enjoying our new home so far.

Ever since I announced that we are renting our current home, I have received many questions. Some for some reason have given me flack for deciding to rent, whereas others understand why we made this decision.

While we loved owning our last home and there were many positives, owning this time around would be a huge hassle.

I believe there are positives and negatives when trying to decide whether to rent or buy a house, and our reasons for renting this time around clearly outweigh buying.

Below are the many reasons for why I’m excited to rent a home. Hopefully the below will help you decide whether you should rent or buy a house as well if you are stuck in a similar situation. [Read more…]

Our Moving Expenses And Moving Checklist – Colorado Move Update

Moving To Colorado On A Budget & A Moving ChecklistToday, I’m going to talk about our move to Colorado. It kind of popped up out of nowhere but now we are right in the middle of it all. I can’t believe how quickly everything is moving along and I am extremely excited.

Out of all of the moves we’ve done, this one is definitely the largest. We’ve moved a few times now, but they have all been fairly cheap and short distance moves.

However, after collecting, hoarding, and buying things over the last 5 years, we have many more items to move this time around. Even if we were just moving across town it would be difficult with all of our stuff.

Moving to Colorado will be our longest move as well as our most expensive. I’ve heard of people spending over $10,000 moving, and that is something we didn’t want to come anywhere close to.

Below are some updates for our move to Colorado, including our moving expenses and what’s left on our moving checklist. [Read more…]