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Thrifty Woman Travels to Cambodia, Australia, and Philippines from 52-Week Money Challenge

Year after year, many of us make a New Year’s resolution to save money yet most of us fail. Things just happen – there are new emergency stuff we need to pay for, a lot of bills to pay, and other things that just come up. Plus, our salaries are just not enough for us to save money!

But to those who actually saved last year, such are just excuses. There are still a lot of other reasons why you can still save money despite all those expenses…

Let’s all find inspiration in one woman who was able to take a trip to a number of places in the Philippines, Cambodia, and Australia using money from the 52-week challenge. You’ve heard of that, yes?

Photo credit: Stella Marie Encina / Her Brave Soul

Stella Marie Encina shared her inspiring story, telling her readers on blog ‘Her Brave Soul’ how she was able to travel using money from the 52-week challenge.

But before that, she explained that she actually has a number of other savings programs/challenges, works for the family business, and has invested her money so that she actually has extra cash to spare. Plus, she doesn’t have to support her family and her salary is entirely helps, which are big factors as to why she got to save that much money and the luxury to spend it anyway she likes.

Photo credit: Stella Marie Encina / Her Brave Soul

Still, Stella encourages everyone to try the savings challenge, no matter how small or big it will be because while everyone has a different status and challenges in life, it is still good to learn the habit of saving so you can pay for your debts or, like her, have fun with the money you saved at the end of the year.

With the 52-week challenge, Stella was able to save so much that she got to travel twice to Boracay, once to Cebu, then to Siem Reap (she got help from her sister), and some parts of Australia. She pointed out that the Australia trip was quite expensive, that’s why she was glad that she really found business of saving money a serious one as this enabled her to save enough for the trip.

Photo credit: Stella Marie Encina / Her Brave Soul

So, who’s up to join another round of the 52-week challenge? Stella suggests doing it in reverse. While this method is more difficult at the start, the going gets easier as the weeks pass, making it easier for you to stick to the savings challenge.

Let’s do this!

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5 Easy Nightly Routines To Make Your Bundle Of Joy Sleep Faster

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Are you a new mom who struggles with putting your baby to sleep? Or a dad who can’t figure it out either? If you’re someone who finds it hard to cradle a baby to sleep, here’s a guide for you made by genius mom from Three Day Nanny.

According to moms Gina Ford and Kathryn Mewes, crying babies can be left crying until they stop. This helps them understand that they can’t be picked up at all times. They will eventually lay low with their crying games.

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Another tip that has for other moms is to avoid eye-to-eye with their kids if they are trying to get them to sleep. Although many questioned this trick, a lot has agreed.

Emily-Jane Clark, another mom, and a writer share her own advice on how she gets her kids to sleep.

1. Get in your comfortable clothes are prepare for bed

Because getting a kid to fall asleep could get you drowsy, too. It is advisable that you prepare for bed together with your kids so both of you can rest well.

2. Plan out your nightly routine

Full-Time moms don’t usually get things planned out very well because they know for sure 90% of them won’t get accomplished. However, if you want a more convenient way of putting your kid to sleep, it is helpful to organize your own schedule and activities while lying in bed.

3. Deep sleep

Before moving an inch, make sure that the baby is in deep sleep and not half awake. This way, you won’t wake him/her up when you transfer.

4. Drink coffee– lots of it

If the child will only sleep on you or with you, prepare cups of coffee! If your kid is a newborn, you want to stay awake while cradling the child because if you end up sleeping, the baby might end up on the floor. Keep your eyes on him/her.

5. Eye contact

Contrary to the tip by Ford, Clark says keeping an eye-to-eye contact is important. Their look will give you an extra boost of energy during groggy midnight routines.

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Traveler Gets Arrested for Wearing Too Many Clothes, Gets Refused on Plane Twice

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One traveler who tried to cheat the airline by wearing many layers of clothing to allegedly keep him from paying excess baggage charges was refused boarding by an airline. He was arrested, then, refused boarding by the next flight he booked the following day! Ouch.

Ryan Carney Williams, who uses the handle Ryan Hawaii on Twitter, took to social media to express his disappointment after British Airways refused to let him board the plane after he put on the clothes that wouldn’t fit within his check-in baggage in a flight from Iceland to England.

Cops were soon called to arrest Williams after he put on eight pairs of pants and ten shirts. He accused the airline of racial profiling, saying he had done nothing wrong except put on the clothes that were in excess of his baggage allowance. He further claims he wasn’t trying to cheat the airline but just couldn’t afford to pay for the excess.

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He also claimed he had been polite throughout the incident but the airline’s ground crew had called the cops on him for ‘unruly behavior’.

According to Williams, the cops arrested him at Iceland Keflavík International Airport, sprayed him with mace, and held him on the ground despite him staying polite and just refusing to leave the counter – but why would he leave the counter, anyway, when he was actually trying to get into the flight?

He was brought to the police station where he formally gave his report. The plane flew without him.

After missing the flight over the incident, Williams booked one with EasyJet the following day but though he was able to go through check-in and security without problems this time, he was refused boarding at the flight gate – again!

He was told that he was not allowed on board because of the previous day’s incident with British Airways. Ironically, though, his luggage was able to fly ahead as it had already been checked in at that flight.

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It angered Williams to be stuck in Iceland with no money – and no more luggage! He took to Twitter to express his frustration. Fortunately, while reactions varied from netizens, he did receive a refund from both airlines.

He was later able to finally fly to England on a Norwegian airline. Whew.

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Man From Taiwan Earns $2700 A Month Just For Cleaning A House And Brushing A Turtle

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Being a housekeeper is a noble job. They help us to our day-to-day lives, without them, people can’t go through to their busy schedules.

However, much as we benefit from their service, it’s common knowledge that housekeeper doesn’t earn much despite their heavy loads of work, but not this Taiwanese housekeeper.

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Recently, a Taiwanese guy named Lee became viral after he was learned to have earned TW$80,000 (approx. US $2714) salary each month for being a housekeeper.

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Lee was once an employee at a restaurant who only earned TW$30,000 (approx. US $1017) per month. But one day, he decided to switch career and become a full-time housekeeper, and guess what, it turned out to be the best decision he ever made in his life!

“Many families in Taiwan have dual incomes. Since both the husband and wife need to head out to work, they have no time to take care of their home. This is where housekeepers like us come in to help sort things out,” 

Aside from his main job which includes cleaning the house and other normal chores for a housekeeper, Lee was required to clean the client’s tortoise. Easy, right? Well, read on.

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You may think cleaning tortoise is an easy task but it’s not. Cleaning the client’s tortoise require skills and should be done with extra care.

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Lee would first brush the tortoise’s’ shell and repeat the process on its belly. He then would try to remove any possible dirt from the shell. For that, he earned TW$80,000. Just be careful not to hurt the tortoise and scratch its valuable shell if you want to keep the job.

Same as to the most of us, Lee works ten hours a day, only he’s paid double or triple our salary for being a housekeeper.

Boy, doesn’t it make you want to switch jobs?

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