It is extremely easy to go on a trip and spend buckets of money. Between the accommodations and food to the fun activities and transportation, money just seems to fly out the window. Over my years, I have definitely been on the trips where my money disappears like a magic trick, but it has been a fantastic learning experience because I now have come up with a few easy ways to save money while traveling. Today, I wanted to share with you my tips for saving money in New Jersey!

Easy Ways To Save Money On Your Trip To New Jersey



  • Find free or inexpensive activities


There are so many free and inexpensive things to do in the New Jersey area and they are relatively easy to scout out. All you have to do is complete a quick Google search to find fun activities! I searched “Free things to do in New Jersey” and got so many options. For example, a few attractions that came up were: Cape May County Park and Zoo, Twin Lights Historic Site, Bridgeton Hall of Fame All Sports Museum, and more. Before you take your trip, do a small amount of research, write down your results and it will save you so much money in the end! You will be so thankful that you did this before your trip.

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Doctor Doctor, You’re Costing Me A Fortune!

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Here’s a fun fact to start your day with. Medical bills are one of the most common reasons for families to go into debt. This shouldn’t be that surprising because some medical bills can cost anything up to millions of dollars. In fact, a recent legal case saw a woman suing for ten million in damages just to pay for medical costs. That’s crazy, and this is why it’s important to cut down healthcare costs as much as possible. But how can you do this?

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Stop Living Paycheck To Paycheck And Break The Cycle

The concept of living “paycheck to paycheck” entered the popular lexicon in the aftermath of the financial crisis nearly ten years ago. Once people stopped living beyond their means and started paying down their debts, they found that they had little money left over at the end of the month to put away for a rainy day. Although people are saving more today than they were in the run-up to the Great Recession, they’re still only saving a fraction of what they used to save in earlier decades – including the 1980s.

So what’s behind all this? Why aren’t people saving like they did in the past?

One answer is that it is a generational thing. So many people have grown up relying on credit from banks and building societies that they have essentially forgotten how to save. There’s a culture of being able to have everything now and work for it later, rather than saving up in advance. [Read more…]

Technology Can Help You Save Money

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When you say ‘technology’, most people think of expensive iPhones and games consoles, and although there is no denying that buying the latest tech can set you back a princely sum, the right technology can also save you money. If you’ve already splurged on the gadgets, you might as well get them working for you, right?


Here are some of the best ways you can make technology work for you:


Money-Saving Apps


If you have a smartphone, you can download a number of apps that will save you money. From apps that give you cashback every time you make a purchase to companies like Uber, which will enable you to spend less of the cost of transport when you need it, there’s always an app that will help you out when you need it. [Read more…]


Peanuts Easter Giveaway

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EVERYBODY loves Spring.  It brings with it things like April showers, May flowers, Mother’s Day and Easter!! A lot of us go to church on Easter, spend time with our families and await the arrival of the Easter Beagle.

Well, Spring is FINALLY here and Easter is around the corner. I have an awesome spring-inspired package to help you celebrate. [Read more…]


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Taking proper care of your teeth is very important since they have to last you your whole life.  Good dental hygiene is something that needs to be instilled at a young age. Using products designed especially for children makes it more appealing and fun to use them, and as you get older, it becomes a habit and a way of life !!    [Read more…]


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Making The Experience Of Buying Your First Home Easier

Has the time come to buy your first home? If you’ve recently decided that you want to get a foot on the property ladder, then the chances are you are thinking about what it takes to get that house of your dreams. Admittedly, buying a house isn’t always as straightforward as a lot of buyers think, it’s actually a fairly complex process, especially when you are buying for the first time.


One reason why more and more people are choosing to buy rather than renting is because it means that instead of wasting money on rent each month, you are paying for a little bit more of the property. You’re not lining someone else’s pockets. Instead, you are ensuring that when it comes to yours’ and your children’s futures, that you are preparing. Although buying a house is costly, in the long run, it saves you wasting a lot of money, which is why it’s something that’s definitely worth doing if you can.

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To make the process of buying your first home easier, here’s what you need to do:


Save as much money as possible


If you are going to successfully buy a house, you will need to save up at least a ten percent deposit. If you’ve already got savings, then you may not need to worry about this, but if you haven’t then you will need to spend some time saving up. Remember, the higher your deposit, the more likely you are to be accepted for a mortgage. So, the more money you can save up, the better.

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Do You Really Have To Spend A Fortune On Makeup?

In recent years there has been a phenomenal shift in the makeup industry. What was once a dull scene dominated by a specific few drugstore brands is now a multi-million dollar industry, with everyone from Kylie Jenner to Kat Von D bringing out their own mascaras and lip kits. So, what exactly has changed? The most obvious argument is the landslide of makeup-related social media that is thrust in our faces on a daily basis. Ten years ago, we were all buying makeup, but none of us had any clue how to actually use it. Today, however, we can simply log onto YouTube, and a whole array of makeup tutorials and reviews are right at our fingertips. This rise of makeup bloggers and vloggers is typically what has caused the expansion of the industry, as picture-perfect makeup is something that becomes achievable for all of us. But all this availability comes at a cost – makeup is no longer the cheap asset it once was. With a good quality mascara now setting you back up to $18, it is clear that in order to get hold of the very best, you need to put aside a fair amount of money. Or do you? Take a look at these tips for getting the Instagram-worthy makeup look for a fraction of the price. [Read more…]


Beef Nachos


I love good munchies, and this is most definitely one of my favorite “munchie foods.”

It’s also a great thing to make with leftover taco meat, and I will often whip this up the day after “Taco Night” for lunch  since it only takes a couple of minutes to prepare.  

You can add additional ingredients like tomatoes, re-fried beans, black olives, etc., but I prefer mine pretty plain.

I KNOW you will enjoy these as much as I do.

Beef Nachos
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
  1. 1/2 - 1 lb. ground beef
  2. 1 package taco seasoning mix
  3. 1 c. lettuce, chopped/shredded
  4. 1/2 c. onion, diced
  5. 1 c. Mexican Cheese
  6. 1 bag of Tortilla chips
  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. 2. Brown ground beef, add taco seasoning, and prepare the meat as you would for tacos.
  3. 3. Line a pan with Tortilla Chips. Top with lettuce, beef mixture, onions, cheese (and additional toppings if desired).
  4. 4. Bake for 5-10 minutes, or until cheese melts.
  5. 5. Enjoy!!
  1. You can add additional toppings such as tomatoes, re-fried beans, etc.
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