For trailing spouses and penny pinchers, here are some links that will help you save money, adapt to cross-cultural living, and decorate your office with style.
Four Easy Ways to Save Money on Furniture- Because we move so frequently, I’m always reluctant to buy new furniture. It’s expensive, and it’s a pain to move. Here are four great tips for saving money on furniture. I’ve tried several of these tricks, like trading pieces with family members, and reinventing/repurposing the pieces I already have. These ideas work great whether you’re moving or just trying to save some money.
8 Daily Deal Sites to Help You Save Money- When I’m in the U.S., I often use sites like Groupon and Living Social to get deals on restaurants and trips. I’ve even written about how these sites can show you a lot about a place. Here’s a more comprehensive list of daily deal sites that can help you save money.
Living Well Where You Don’t Belong- For all the expats and frequent movers out there, here are eight great tips for living a successful and fulfilling cross-cultural life. My favorite tip: view everything as a privilege, not as an entitlement. When you live in a foreign country, you are not entitled to the same freedoms, conveniences, and efficiencies that you have at home. You’ll feel better if you view everything as a privilege, and keep your expectations low.
Good Friend, Bad Friend? Make Your Friendships Blossom- I write frequently about making friends, because it’s so much tougher when you move frequently and no longer have the built-in network of school or work. This article is a great reminder that it’s not just making friends that’s important, but the quality of friends you make.
Stylish Desk Lamps- Many of us trailing spouses work from home, but it doesn’t mean we don’t have an office. Check out these modern-looking desk lamps, which can add some light and style to your desk.
Photo By: Mike Linksvayer