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10 genius home tricks when you’re on a budget

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Looking for ways to give your safe haven a makeover without breaking the bank? Here are a few simple tricks that can help you hit refresh on your house’s interior without spending big bucks.

  • Give a makeover to a room without spending a rupee by rearranging the furniture and wall hangings
  • Try printed wallpapers to change the look of a room for less

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  • Spend big on the solid stuff (tables, cabinets) that lasts longer and less on the soft stuff (cushions, sofas, bed) that you will replace in a couple of months/years.
  • Spend less on the curtains so you can play with the fabric according to seasons (sheer, linen in summers and cotton, silk in winters).

 

  • Choose lighters colours such as white, lavender, mint green on the walls and darker colours on the roof to make rooms seem spacious.
  • Mix up patterns and textures, old and new, expensive and inexpensive to create a statement

 

  • Building a house? Pick the paint last to ensure it matches your furniture and upholstery
  • Go for quality over quantity when it comes to furniture
  • Go for vertical paintings when decorating to give the illusion of height and bigger rooms

 

  • Themed rooms are nice but can limit your options when you decide to refurnish. Mix it up!

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Money Matters – Saving Tips for Over-spenders

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Do you zero out your accounts each month and go broke until the next paycheck comes in? Do you feel guilty about all those impulse purchases you could’ve done without? Sounds like you’re a chronic over-spender (like me).

While it may not be easy to spot your own overspending habits, the good news is, it’s never too late to curb your overspending. Here are 4 tips on how I started saving up.

Save up and then spend

Living from paycheck to paycheck can be tough especially when you’ve chipped away at your savings already. If you’ve got two bank accounts, the best way to make sure you don’t spend too much on unnecessary stuff is to transfer half your salary to another account and forget about it. Once you get this 50%-rule right, it’s a smooth road ahead.

Pack up some lunch for work

You never realize how much you spend on food till you start packing lunch from home. This gets not only your healthy eating habit on track but also helps save some extra cash every week. You can always treat yourself to a delicious meal on Fridays (TGIF!).

No expensive hangouts

Hanging out with friends doesn’t have to burn a hole in your pocket. As much as we all love meet-ups at swanky coffee places, it’s best to limit those high budget plans to once a month. Alternatively, you can always meet your friends for some ‘Karak chai’ at a dhaaba near you.

Maintain a spreadsheet

If you have diversified streams of income, putting down all your expenses and income in a spreadsheet is the best way to keep a tab on how much you’re spending vs. how much you’ve saved.

Got more saving tips to share? Share with us in the comments below.

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Safest places for solo female travelers

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If you’re a girl-on-the-go whose heels get itchy every 3 – 6 months for some globe-trotting, you’d know just how difficult it is to plan a trip. Weather, cost, visa, and convenience are some of the things every traveler has to consider in detail before planning a trip. However, one factor that bothers most female travelers is the safety of traveling alone and what places are ‘female-friendly’.

We’ve listed down 5 travel destinations that are safest for girls traveling alone along with a whole lot of fun.

Iceland

Iceland ranked #1 on the Global Peace Index, a report released by the Institute for Economics and Peace gauging the peacefulness of regions and countries around the world; obviously, it had to be number one on our list too. If you’re a nature’s child, this place has several selfie-perfect attractions such as the Blue Lagoon and Northern Lights.

 

Florence, Italy

Also touted as the hub of fashion, food, and glamour, Italy has slowly but surely become the glamour capital of Europe. Walking on the cobbled streets of Italy lauded with culture and heritage gives a sense of empowerment and enlightenment at the same time. Florence, mainly known for its architecture, is an ideal safe place for a solo traveler who also is an undercover history, architecture and culture lover.

 

Singapore

If you’re a clean freak with a hint of OCD, Singapore will be your playland minus the mess, obviously. With futuristic buildings, clean, and safe environment, this South East Asian beauty is the perfect place for the girl who looks for art in architecture, loves shopping and never says no to delectable cuisines.

 

Montreal, Canada

Tim Hortons, Maple syrup, and snowstorms, there are so many reasons Canada pops up on our newsfeed but not many people know that it’s also the safest place for solo female travelers. Experience Europe for less and head to Montreal. With its scenic riverfront Old Port, history museums, an array of restaurants offering scrumptious cuisines, and old cobblestone streets leading to 17th-century buildings, Montreal gives you the European experience on a budget.

Auckland, New Zealand

Also known as the Land of the Kiwis, New Zealand is one of the most visited places by solo travelers. It is extremely safe, has breathtaking views, and so many outdoor activities to keep your itchy toes satisfied.

Which travel destination is on your list?

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