The Best Part About Being Smarter With Money, Love, & Your Body Is Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

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By Valerie Miller
Ladies, you’re going to want to read this whole letter if you want to learn some of the best ways to:

  • Start saving more money and being smart with your spending
  • Survive Valentine’s Day if you’re in a long distance relationship
  • Learn the do’s and don’ts of a new living arrangement with your man and see what the biggest dating trends of 2016 are going to be
  • Answer some questions about sex you never knew you had
  • Build the absolute best butt ever
It’s Time to Get This Money Thing Down

I know how easy it is to get into debt and spend way beyond your means. When I was younger I took the student loan route with school and used credit cards for everything else. Working three jobs, two as an intern, did virtually nothing to help pay off the bills.

It wasn’t until recently, over ten years later, that I have started to wrangle in the massive debt I accumulated. That’s why I can’t stress enough how important it is for you to take a hold of your financial situation as early and often as possible.

Let’s start somewhere easy like grocery shopping. In her slideshow about the six myths of the supermarket, author Nancy Mann Jackson outlines some great ways to Stop Spending So Much On Food.

For instance, myth number two addresses the fact that most grocery stores charge more for bulk items, making the smaller versions cost less per unit.

“Some stores have shelf tags that show the cost per unit or cost per ounce. If your store doesn’t, you can use your phone’s calculator app to quickly figure out the cost per unit or ounce….Then choose the size that gives you the most product for your money.”

Another good article to check out is How to Make a Grocery Price Book to Save at the Supermarket.

And for those of you who need a little budgeting help when it comes to dressing for success then Best Work Clothes for Women – How to Build a Wardrobe on a Budget is for you.

The money makeover doesn’t stop there ladies because Kelly Burch’s piece What I Learned From My Parents’ Financial Mistakes will weave a very clear picture about what not to do when it comes to your money. To go even further you should take a look at another piece by Jackson on investing, Don’t Panic When the Stock Market Crashes.

To Valentine’s Day & Beyond

Despite how you feel about the big V-Day, you can’t escape the reality of being away from your partner when the day actually arrives. That’s why Brooke Shunatona has 10 Romantic Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in a Long-Distance Relationship.

And in case you are going to be closer than ever this year because the two of you recently moved in together, then you might be interested in Hannah Smothers piece I Didn’t Tell My Parents We’d Moved In Together. There is some great advice from ladies who lived through some bumpy times on their first foray into cohabitation.

Or perhaps you are still keeping your options open for the new year and haven’t quite found what you’re looking for, author Andrea Syrtash will let you in on what the Experts Reveal 6 of the Biggest Relationship Trends for 2016 are going to be.

Some of the highlights include:

  • The reign of singles will continue
  • Couples Messaging apps will explode
  • Facebook will become an even more common of a place to end a relationship…yuck
  • Now you have to see the rest for yourself!
Let’s Talk About Sex

Just for a second anyway. I found this article that asks Why Are So Many Couples Using the Pullout Method as a Form of Birth Control?, and I had my answer, but I wanted to compare. And whether or not you have your own opinion about the topic, it’s worth it to take a couple minutes and see if you learn anything new.

And if you have ever really wondered just what it is about sex that makes you want it, I highly suggest you take a look at psychologist Todd B. Kashdan’s 13 Reasons That We Have Sex.

Hint: It has a lot more to do than with it just feeling awesome.

Build the Best Butt Of Your Life

So by now you have probably tried a few different things to get in shape. If things did not go quite as planned then I would suggest focusing on one area at a time and going all in on it.

Today I declare you focus on your butt and I have three ways for you to do that:

Hopefully those pumped you up and you are feeling like the savvy, smart, sexy woman you are!

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