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7 fun & useful upgrades to make before 35

October 2, 2019

This post is sponsored by Kelley Blue Book, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

As I get older, I like to upgrade to better (for me) items. I’m into more sustainable, more reliant, more energy-efficient, better quality, items and experiences. Better quality doesn’t always mean more money. We like to live somewhat minimally and like to save money as well! Here is a list of things I’m upgrading before 35.

  1. Vehicle. I am a stickler for safety standards but I love an SUV! I have been using Kelley Blue Book since I can remember. My dad showed me how to use it when I was about 12, learning about cars. It’s an awesome tool for buying or selling cars. Since we’re in the middle of selling a car, I immediately checked KBB.com (Kelley Blue Book’s website) to see how much the car is worth. KBB.com’s Instant Cash Offer allows car owners to receive a trade-in offer that they can take into a participating dealership to use towards a new car or to receive a check. To check out the Kelley Blue Book℠ Instant Cash Offer, submit your vehicle information, see how much your car is worth, and find a participating car dealer near you!

  1. Furniture. We started buying really inexpensive furniture in the beginning. It was perfect for our start. After a few years, we began to develop our own interior style and started collecting better built pieces. We enjoy finding one-of-a-kind pieces and solid pieces that will last us years to come.

 

  1. Home. We moved around a lot because my husband was military. Now that we’re no longer required to move every 2.5 years or so, we can look at buying an upgrade home. We are compiling our must-haves for the house and interests. It’s going to be such a fun journey finding our next home!

 

  1. Travel. We do a LOT of travel! I’ve been traveling my entire life (my first international move was at 1.5 years old). We do little things to upgrade our travel. Little things like: getting better travel points credit cards, bringing our own coffee and snacks, better travel gear, better airlines. It’s all of the little things that really add up!

 

  1. Food. Food is a pretty easy thing to upgrade! We have a monthly budget for food and it really gives me freedom to dream up the best food for my family. It saves SO much money! But if you’re not food-savvy, you can easily look into great meal prep or meal box options! We save the most money for travel by eating really good food in the house.

 

  1. Drinks. We’re in the process of upgrading our beverages too! We try to find great deals but really quality things like coffee beans, tea, and wine. We try to limit the amount of non-water drinks we have (for health). So when we have a cold-brewed coffee or sweet tea, it’s a nice treat. It makes a big difference for us and is totally worth it!

 

  1. Wardrobe. I had to clean out our closets before our last move. I had so many clothes that I wasn’t wearing or even seeing! Now, if I buy a new item, I try to either give away or throw away an item in my closet. I try to shop at sustainable shops, shop locally, and buy better quality items whenever possible. It’s great for the environment. But it also saves so much money in the long run!

 


I hope you have enjoyed this list as much as I had fun writing it! Do you have anything to add to the list? Please feel free to comment down below. I love reading y’all’s suggestions!

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