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How to make friends at a new school
Thursday, 05 March 2015 00:00

Starting a new school is hard.

How to Make Friends at a New School

Five Parts:
1. Finding your confidence
2. Having a positive approach
3. Getting involved
4. Detecting the cliques
5. Enjoying your new friendships

Starting with a new school can be difficult. Everything seems to be so weird, and you don't even know where to go for your own classes. Making new friends can be hard too, because everyone seems to have already made their own cliques. However, you can integrate into your new environment. Just try to have as much fun as you did in your old school. One way is to simply ask someone, "What's your name?" or "Would you like to hang out after school?" (but make sure you know how they act around other people). You can also ask if they have seen a certain movie or show. They might ignore you, but if they do, simply move on to someone else.

Part 1 of 5: Finding your confidence
1. Take a deep breath. You shouldn't be nervous, you're going to a new school, not to torture. Remember that in your new school you will find kids your age. You're going to meet people who like you there. Don't judge others before you get to know them
2. Be yourself. Never change who you are to try and fit in. If your friends don't accept you for you, they're not really friends. Most people belong with a certain clique simply because they are being themselves and their unique personalities and interests falls into that stereotype. For example, someone who is naturally athletic may become a jock in high school or someone who naturally artistic or emotional may become part of the emo crowd. Many people can tell you are a fake. Don't try too hard.

Cut your grocery budget
Sunday, 01 February 2015 00:00

The Thrifty Frugal Mom.

Sometimes people think that the only way that they can save money on groceries is by using coupons and while using coupons does provide huge savings, there are lots of other ways to save as well.  Here are a few ways that you can save money on groceries without using coupons:

1. Use a grocery list

When shopping without a list you are quicker to grab anything that looks appealing and are less likely to think through your purchases and as a result you spend more.  Before you head to the grocery store think about the items you need.  Look in your cupboards and assess what you are low on.  Do you only have a partial box of pasta?  Is there just one roll of toilet paper left?  Then put those things on your list.  Even better, keep a running grocery list.  When you open a new box of something, add that item to your grocery list to avoid running out and having to make a last minute trip to the store.

When making your grocery list, you’ll also want to think about what food you plan to make that week.  It might be helpful to jot down a menu so that you know exactly what items you need to purchase. I also like to look over my store’s sales flyer to see what items are on sale for a great price.  If it is something I typically use I’ll add it to my list.  Are there events you need to take food to?  Keep that in mind as well.

Once you are at the store, stick to your list.  Don’t let that package of Oreos seduce you into putting them in your cart!

2. Bigger is not always cheaper!

It’s easy to think that bigger packages are always cheaper than smaller ones.  And in fact, they frequently are.  However you might be surprised to find out just how often smaller packages are actually less expensive.  Make it a habit to look at the price per unit (such as kg for kg.) which most stores have displayed on their shelf price labels.  Compare the unit price and buy whichever size is the least expensive.

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