Friday, October 20, 2017

Easy Money Saving with Digit

Have you ever tried saving money, but it just wasn't feasible? You've tried setting up an automatic deduction to go straight into your savings account, or you pull out a twenty for your piggy bank, only to accidentally spend it?

Honestly, I'm the same way. I'm terrible with saving money. I started that way when I was in high school and had to start buying my own gas. And then there was going to the movies. Eating out with my friends. You get the idea.

As a woman in my thirties, I'm really starting to understand just how important it is to save money for the future. Especially if I want to buy my own home one day. I don't want to have to rent for the rest of my life.

I've found other ways of making money in the past, but sometimes you just want something easy. Set it and forget it.

Digit is just that. It's an app that's connected to your bank account (and completely secure and encrypted) and pulls out a little every day in varying amounts based on how it sees you spending your money. Its algorithm detects when you spend money and when it sees you can afford to take a little out for your savings. It's fun to see it add up. Earlier this year I was up to $100 in just a few weeks!

What's better is that they're so confident of their algorithm that they guarantee to repay you if your bank overdrafts because of one of their charges (up to two instances). It happened to me a few months ago, and I sent them a screenshot of the statement. They put the overdraft fee in my Digit account and I was able to transfer the funds back to my checking account. It was so simple and they had amazing customer service. They also let me set it up that they'll stop withdrawing if my checking account gets to a certain point. My point is $20.

Now, there is a free trial, but after that, it's $2.99 a month, but it's such a great app that I think spending that little on a little extra savings help is negligible.

They also offer savings bonus when you save for three consecutive months. It's 1% and added directly to your account.

To read more, you can go here.

What's more, if you love it like I do, you should tell your friends about it. Get $5 for every friend you refer. There's no limit on how many friends you can refer!

Are you ready to amp up your savings and really see your goals explode? Check it out! You won't be sorry!

Your Turn!

  • What's your favorite way to save money?
  • Have you ever tried Digit?

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

5 Best Movies for Halloween

Happy October! Fall is the time for hot drinks, chunky sweaters, soups, stews (thank God comfort food is back!), and HALLOWEEN MOVIES!

Yes. Halloween movies! I know some people have been getting ready pretty much since September 1, but I like to start in October. It's like concentrating on spooky movies for a limited amount of time, making it all the more special.

So without further ado, here are my five picks for Halloween movies, in descending order.

5. The Nightmare Before Christmas

I know. This is probably at the VERY TOP of some people's lists, but not mine. But it IS up there. I think that The Nightmare Before Christmas is one of those groundbreaking films that really showed artistry in animation. The story is fun and the music is even better (Be sure to check out the cover songs album too!). 

When this movie came out I remember my sister and I begged our parents to let us see it. It was NOT what we were expecting (I don't think it was what anyone was expecting), and we didn't watch it again for years. I don't think my sister likes this movie at all, but it continues to intrigue me.

What skeeves me out about this movie is Oogie Boogie, though. That entire sequence just gives me the willies, which, honestly, is something to look for and appreciate in a Halloween movie. 

And absolutely you can watch this at Christmas, too!

4. Practical Magic

The trailer to Practical Magic makes it look like a cutesy romantic comedy, but it is NOT that (BAD trailer editor!). This movie is actually a lot darker than that (though it does have it's funny, fluffy, romantic moments). 

I'm a sucker for movies about sisters (have I blabbed about how awesome my own sis is lately? She's the bee's knees!), and this one is no different. 

Sally and Jillian Owens are witches, descended from a line of witches doomed for their true loves to die horrible deaths. Sally vows as a child never to fall in love and casts a spell that one specific man will be her true love (she doesn't know who he is, she just gives him really specific traits like one green eye and one blue, he can flip pancakes, has a good heart, and his favorite shape is a star). She makes it so outrageous that he won't actually exist. Jillian is just the opposite. She falls in love almost daily and runs away with a boyfriend, sending postcards to Sally and their matronly aunts. When Jillian calls Sally in distress, Sally rushes to help her and they find themselves involved in a murder investigation that leads Sally to her destiny. 

Starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman as the sisters, and Aiden Quinn, Stockard Channing, and Dianne Wiest, this movie is the Halloween chick flick to end all Chick Flicks.

The Book is also great, and makes a 3-hour drive go quickly!

3. Young Frankenstein

Put ze candle Beck!

Oh, Mel Brooks. Where would we be without his wit and charm? And this wonderful monster movie?

When I was in high school we read Frankenstein and as a reward for making it through our teacher let us watch Young Frankenstein. This movie is so funny! It's the story of Victor Frankenstein's great great grandson, Frederick, trying to live down his kooky ancestor's antics, but while on a trip to Transylvania, he discovers the scientific principles that led Victor to reanimate life. Along the way are memorable characters and gags that would continue into all of Mel Brooks' films

I frequently quote this movie (apparently I inherited that from my parents. They used to quote it to each other all the time!), and it was one of the movies we watched last year when Gene Wilder passed away.

2. Hocus Pocus

Would you believe that I don't actually own Hocus Pocus

Also, this movie scared the bejeesus out of me as a child (I was eight when it came out). The idea of witches sucking the life force out of children struck a nerve.

I got over it by the time I got to college, and actually watched it with friends one rainy afternoon. A few years later two friends and I dressed up as the Sanderson sisters for Halloween (I was Mary). When I took an Insta-pic of my Halloween movies last week the general consensus was outrage that I didn't own this movie. So when I get paid, I'll be popping down to Target for it.

This movie has everything Halloween: Witches, Zombies, Black Cats (we LOVE black cats!), and shenanigans. Lots and LOTS of shenanigans! If you've never seen it, check it out. You won't regret it!

1. Carrie

I never considered myself a Stephen King fan until I saw Carrie. I don't know what it is about this movie, but I absolutely LOVE it. I love the story (I read the book last year), I love the acting, the drama. I actually own the 1976 version, the 1999 sequel, and the made for TV remake that they tried to turn into a TV series. I don't own the newest version, but I have seen it. 

The first time I saw this was on the night of my sister's prom back in 2002. I was sixteen and watched it with my best friend. It was a fun night. I've seen it several times since then, and it's really fun to see the who's gone on in their careers.

I'm trying to convince my family to watch it with me this year. My mom suggested that we do a movie night with PMS food (the story starts with Carrie getting her period, and all hell breaks loose from there).

Also, fun fact: Apparently Piper Laurie, who plays Carrie's mother, thought the movie was a comedy and will argue that fact to this day. That's why she played it so over the top. Same with Nancy Allen and John Travolta. Nancy thought they were such bickering morons that they were the comic relief. Film editing can make or break a movie.

When I was in college, I took a film class, and this was one of the first movies we watched. I'd seen it, but no one else had, so it was funny watching all of the reactions to everyone during the Prom scene, and what followed.

Your Turn!

  • What movies do you recommend for Halloween viewing?
  • What is your absolute favorite Halloween movie?
  • Do you dress up for Halloween or hide in your house? I prefer to hunker down and pray for daylight, myself. 

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Monday, October 2, 2017

How to Find Super Cute Prescription Glasses

I got a pair of sunglasses from to write this post, but the opinions are 100% my own.

Since it's back to school time, that means a lot of people are looking to buy new glasses for their children, for themselves, or you could be like me and just want to get some really cute prescription sunglasses in preparation for a cruise to Mexico in December.

I was first directed to buying glasses online by Lauren who'd had some experience with it. Before that, I'd always just picked up glasses at the kiosk inside my eye doctor's office, but I have to tell you, the number styles always left something to be desired. On top of that, I have a wide face, so finding glasses frames that didn't squeeze my temples was next to impossible and I was left with frames that not only were uncomfortable, but they just weren't the style I was looking for. 

I will say, when it comes to prescription glasses and sunglasses, my tastes are basically as retro as you can get, and I want funky frames that make me stand out a bit. I've been like this since I got my first pair of glasses in eighth grade (sadly, I couldn't find pictures of me wearing them, but I was going for a Lisa Loeb look. Hello, 1999.). I like to think I was part of the movement that brought funky frames to the forefront of American style (please don't crush my dreams). That's why is a great place to shop. They actually have styles for every taste. For people like me who like to express themselves with their glasses, to people who just wear glasses and don't use it as a style statement. 

One of the things I loved about it is that you can search for your glasses by size. No more trying on a hundred pairs just to find something that fits. You can input your current glasses measurements (mine are 150 55-17-145, which measures the bow, the lens width, height, and the total frame), and they'll list all of the glasses with the same measurements. If you don't know your exact measurements, you can select small, medium, and large and it'll help you get an idea of what you want. 

Also, as you can see from the screenshot above, their prices are extremely reasonable. I get vision insurance through my employer, but even with insurance, I always had to pay a little something extra, which was quite a strain on the finances. I'd rather use my Flexible Spending Account on something a little less extravagant (I was taught from an early age about shopping for the best deals, and it's stuck with me throughout life). If I can get more for my money I'm there 100%. Getting two pairs for the price of one at a normal eyeglass shop is right up my alley. 

I got this snazzy pair of sunglasses from and I am in love. They're HUGE, they're lightweight, and they came in a nice case with a glasses cloth to clean them as needed. I was originally drawn to them because they reminded me of the glasses I got for my last vacation (which were NOT prescription but fit over my regular glasses). Now I can get the same look without doubling up on glasses (and risking scratching both pairs).

In order to get prescription glasses, you will need to know your prescription from your eye doctor, including Pupillary Distance (PD), but they should be able to give you that at your appointment, which you should get done once a year (Speaking of which, I'm a bit due for mine). 

Discount Time!

If you're in the market for new glasses (or you just want some variety with what you currently have), then I have a treat. has given me a discount code for you to save 50% on frames with FREE LENSES! What a great deal, right? Just add GSHOT50 to the promo box at checkout and you're in. That's a fantastic deal if you ask me. I'm due for new glasses in a few months, and I know I'll be going through I'm very impressed with everything they have to offer.

You can check them out on Facebook or Instagram and see what other people are buying and how they're styling themselves. 

Your Turn!

  • How do you like saving money on glasses?
  • Which frames are your favorite?