Stick with the budget through DIY flowers.

Are you aware that going the DIY route can help you save on costs of flowers for wedding and special events? You can order DIY flowers at Bloominous, not just the flowers but even the accessories needed for arranging it.

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My younger cousin, Aubrey, got married a few weeks ago. Since she knew I assisted my brother in his own wedding last year, she would call me up and ask for guidance herself. Of course, I helped her every step of the way. One of the first things I told her to do was make a budget. List down each item and set aside a budget for each.

When Aubrey asked about the flowers I got for my brother’s wedding, she immediately said no to it. Too expensive, she said. It was last minute when she found flowers that fit her budget. Still, too expensive for her but since she didn’t have a choice anymore, she sucked it up and paid for it. If only we knew about Bloominous back then…

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You see, going the DIY way will lessen the cost of the flowers. Instead of paying a professional to arrange a bouquet or centerpiece for you, do it yourself! Bloominous will send the whole package to you. Fresh flowers, pre-cut and dethorned, plus there are pictorials for you to follow to make it all easy for the DIYer.

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Stick with your wedding budget through DIY flowers only at Bloominous.

After-sales service.

I keep in mind the companies, brands, establishments which have really good after-sales service. It is very important to me because I’ve had experience wherein a brand’s customer service was close to non-existent when I needed help in a product I bought. I was so disappointed that the next time I needed the same product, I didn’t buy that same brand anymore. I switched to another brand which has good customer service according to feedback from users. After-sales service is very important because it shows how much a company, brand, establishment care for their customers/clients.

Another thing that I look into when I buy something? Money Back Guarantee. A friend of mine told me about the same feature that an online site where musical instruments and anything music-related products can be bought. I am so glad to hear about it I made sure to bookmark the site for this coming holiday shopping that I intend to do on the last week of November.

Remember to check customer/client feedback before buying a product or availing a service. Most especially, the after-sales service and money back guarantee. Both are very important.

Live simply.

I can tell you what I’ve become after years of continually improving my way of life… I’ve become a simple person! And I am saying this in a good way. I’ve learned to live simply. I’ve learned that not everything money can buy can make us happy. There is a reason behind the saying “the best things in life are free”. I also learned that some people are there for you no matter what and those are the best people to have around you when you are on top!

I am happy that I have those kind of people in my life, those who are there for me when I am at my lowest and darkest. A handful, apart from my family, who have been with me throughout the years. I have gone back to living simply, yes, but I won’t hesitate to give one of those friends a Tube Tech CL-1B Compressor this coming Christmas even if it will put a dent to my pocket. I won’t mind spending as much for the others, in fact. They have been valuable to me and, simple life or not, I will go out of my way to show them just how much I appreciate their presence in my life.

A holiday gift list.

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I read that and it reminded me of the coming holiday season. I know that it’s time for me to make my annual list of gifts I will be giving to specific people in the family and from work. It’s not an easy task because it is hard for me to think of what to give some people. I find myself in a bind whenever I think of what to give especially to men other than family. Plus, there’s the budget that I need to think of and stick to when shopping.

I will start my list with family members. They are the ones who are easy to think what to give to. Then, there are the uncles, aunts and cousins. Some relatives with whom I am really close to. Of course, my godchildren are priority, too. And then there are the closest friends, friends from work, and neighbors. There are so many people to whom I should give something to this coming Christmas season. Just to let them know you remember them.

I have to set aside a bigger budget every year, more so than the last one. I don’t really mind as it is my own sweet way of telling everyone on my list that I thought about them and that they are special to me.

Rent textbooks and make a child smile!

I’ve been hearing about renting college textbooks way back when. If I am not mistaken, a friend of mine mentioned it to me. I didn’t really focused on it before because, well, I am already done with college and I didn’t have any use for that information. Boy, was I wrong! Fast forward to a month or so ago, three younger cousins of mine asked my help in securing college textbooks. I was racking my brain, forcing myself to remember what my friend told me about. It’s a good thing that textbooks rental came to mind.

CampusBookRentals.com is a site offering college textbooks rental to those who need it. Guaranteed up to 80% savings, definitely lower cost in securing textbooks than buying in bookstores, college kids can surely use those savings in other more important school fees. Other perks when you choose CampusBookRentals.com are the following:

– free shipping both ways
– largest selection of textbooks nationwide
– very flexible rental duration
– excellent support staff

And you know what else is great about renting textbooks? A donation is made to Operation Smile with each textbook rented! It is an international medical charity for children suffering from cleft lip and cleft palate. The organization performs safe and effective surgery as well as postoperative and medical therapies to children from low-income families. What a great cause!

Now, if you are one of those who feel the need to get all textbooks and are now done using it, you can use RentBack to rent your books out to other students. Instead of selling it, you will get back the cost of your textbook more by renting it out. Learn more through the following video:

Now, I can tell college students I know that they can rent textbooks and, at the same time, help kids with cleft get the help they need. And, there is also a way to get back the cost of a textbook bought and it is by renting it out to other students. So many options to save and help!

A lifestyle change.

I’ve been reading one status posted after another by a friend of mine in Facebook. She is in the process of changing her lifestyle. She works in a fast-paced environment and lives a pretty decadent life. It took her a while before she realized that she’s working and partying herself to death! If she wouldn’t stop the kind of life she’s living, she will just keel over and die from the abuse she’s doing to her own body and soul.

So, a lifestyle change is in order for her. She begun by getting her hair cut pixie style. It was a symbolic rite of shedding off the old lifestyle she had. Then, she did a general cleaning of her flat. She threw or gave away every item that she felt would only lead her back to her old life or would hinder the change she’s about to do. She raided her refrigerator and gave away food that she won’t eat anymore. She’s making a leap to healthy eating. She also got a outremer fragrance from smallflower.com just to inspire her to continue pushing herself to become the better version of who she is now.

Onward to a lifestyle change! I wish I can do the same.

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