Moving Out For The First Time – The Definite Guide through your Fears, Money, and Life Skills

Moving out for the First Time - A Definitive Guide to moving out of your parents house

I moved out for the first time when I was 16. I was eager to try the adult life and dumb enough to do it without any plan. I simply packed up my things (it was just about a bag worth of stuff) and left to live at my girlfriends’ for a couple of months.

Looking back now, I think I was an idiot.

Sure, I was independent, but as a result, I dropped out of school, and couldn’t get a job, because I didn’t know everything I later learned about getting jobs. To be clear, I still think moving out early is a very positive decision, but it must be done with enough preparation and plan, and definitely not ‘on a whim’ or out of teenage anger. Things don’t turn out as expected, so you better buckle up for a crazy ride.

I’m starting to sound like your parents. Let’s just move on.

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How To Cut Your Own Hair And Save Money in the process

How to Cut your own hair

Here’s something my readers don’t know about me – I have been cutting my own hair for more than a year. This post is about why and how.

Learning how to cut your own hair

The number one reason is that I don’t like random people touching me, especially not my hair. Number two is that due to my frugality, my hair was always overgrown. I would rarely go to a friend (who is a hairdresser) to get a haircut for $20. At a certain point I had figured out that this expense is going to stick with me for my entire life, meaning that if I only get one haircut per month and I get to live for another 50 years (being 21 yo at the time of this writing), I’ll blow $12.000 just to look decent.  I thought that’s unacceptable if I can get the best hair clippers on Amazon for less than $20, so I went ahead and bought ‘em at a local supermarket.

How To Cut Your Own Hair And Save Money in the process

It turns out I am not the only one who had thought of this. And now I want to teach you how to cut your own hair too :) Cutting your hair can save money and sometimes lead to better hair styles.

What you’ll need to cut your own hair

  • hair clippers with guards
  • scissors (optional)
  • styling comb (optional)
  • a towel (or another mean of protecting your clothes from hairs) and/or a cleaning brush (optional)
  • 1 large mirror (preferably two)
  • at least some idea of what kind of a haircut you want – check out these men’s hairstyles for example


Haircut types that you can give yourself

My own haircut is relatively simple; my hair is very short on sides and on the back, and there’s a little more hair on top; I later discovered that this haircut is called Quiff. It’s very popular with teenagers nowadays.

Of course, there are numerous different haircuts that you can do with hair trimmers. The easiest to do yourself (called ‘buzzcuts’) are butch cut, crew cut, flattop, and ivy league. These are sometimes named introduction cut, high and tight, Harvard clip, or Princeton, but they’re not much different from one another anyway.


Buzzcut haircuts that you can do yourself

A little harder to do are quiff, undercut, mohawk, and Caesar’s cut.


A little more advanced haircuts

I’m sure there are other haircuts out there, you can find them here. Now let’s move on.

When you’ve decided which haircut you want, you need to figure out how to do it. You can do that by simply looking at a photo and noticing where the hair is the shortest and where it is the longest. Where does it fade and how quickly? Draw diagrams for the chosen haircut to create a cheat-sheet and check out this resource for hints.

Techniques to cut your own hair

Personally, I only use hair clippers with 2 clip-on guard combs that came with it. I wanted to develop a simple enough workflow for cutting my hair, so I never used additional tools such as ear guide combs, I don’t even use a secondary mirror to check the back of my head. I would suggest you develop your own style and get whatever additional tool you need. You’re going to save tons of money anyway.

Get the cheat-sheet and decide which size of the hair clipper guards will determine the longest hair in the haircut – most probably, it will be on the top of your head. Put guards on and start cutting your hair – always cut hair in the opposite direction of its growth. The following image shows in which direction hair normally grow – it might be different with you though. Simply run your hand through your hair to find out!


How hair normally grows

You want to cut the whole head with this largest size. Afterwards, set the next, smaller size and cut that area. When making a fade (smooth transition in between two sizes), gently lift the clippers when finishing the cut. This method is called ‘fading’ – this video does a pretty good job of explaining it.

It’s not too hard. Find the right length guard (when in doubt, go longer. You can always go shorter afterwards). I’d recommend looking in a mirror and having a second hand-held mirror handy for the back.You’re gonna want to dampen your hair a little, then comb the sides down until the part is how you want it. Comb the top inwards, so that the part is clear.

Next, turn on your clippers, and using the mirrors, slowly cut. This way, you can go a little faster while trimming the bottom portion. When you get to the back, face away from the wall mirror and use the hand-held mirror to see. Slowly cut around the part again, then do the bottom portion.

For the back side, I normally just feel my hair to see if it’s smooth, but you can use a smaller secondary mirror to check the back side (I even used my phone’s camera a couple of times). Either way you need to have a good idea of what your back of the head looks like and about hair growth direction.

After you’re done with the haircut you can put some final touches in, creating nice arches and sideburns, fixing the neckline (for hair clipping, I recommend the tapered nape), forming a mohawk, etc. You can do that with scissors and such, but I only use clippers.

Closing tips on how to cut your own hair

I hope this guide came in handy to anyone who would like to save at least $20 per month. I’d like to stress that practice makes perfect – I still make mistakes, even though it’s been about a year I’ve been making this exact haircut. Don’t be shy to ask your family for help – you can even cut each other’s hair.

The most difficult part with cutting your hair will obviously be the back of the head. You can either do the 2 mirror strategy (which is actually pretty hard/confusing at first because your right/left switch when looking at a mirror backwards) or you can do it by feel. Both are very difficult but I think that by doing it by feel leads to better results and less mistakes.

I am sorry this guide is not covering the topic of cutting your own hair if you are long-haired – in this case, hair clippers are obviously not the way (unless you want some undercut). If you’re wondering about the subject, I suggest you check out this report and this guide.

I recommend having someone else help you with your neckline, as it gets a little tricky. It’s confusing trying to discern which direction to move your hand in the mirror and it’s easily messed up. If you can, get a beard trimmer (or any smaller clippers) for the next part. Remove all guards from it and cut sideburns to desired length, then around the ears, and you’re good.

Practice cutting your own hair!

Whatever way you cur your own hair, you’re going to have to keep practicing which will mean you’ll need a backup plan for those instances when you really mess up your hair. For example, a backup plan is to shave down my head to a very short length, which incidentally coincides with the lowest sized clip for the sides/back of my head. obviously, starting off you’ll want to start with a 4 and work your way up to an 8 (larger the # the more hair it keeps on your head). a 4 is a safe size, but you’ll need to cut your hair more often at first. once you get comfortable with the process then you can go down to a 2 or even a 1/0 if you want a tigher (less hair on the sides/back) fade.

20+ Essential Dirt Cheap Ingredients That Go A Long Way

20+ Essential Dirt-cheap ingredients that can make a ton of different meals

Today we’re discovering the secret method for getting yourself to eat out less. It’s not that secret, really, the main idea is to have certain foods at home that enable you to cook up a delicious meal in very little time. I tried to put them in a handy list that can be easily transformed into a shopping list. Here’s our list of cheap ingredients that go a long way when you’re on a budget.

Essential Dirt Cheap Ingredients That Go A Long Way

Ready-made and processed foods

  • Soups

can easily be made into sauces – the best for this intent are mushroom, chicken, and celery.

  • Tomato sauce (jarred/canned)

even if you can’t cook anything, you can still cook a pasta with tomato sauce from a jar.

Veggies and fruits

  • Chickpeas, beans, and lentils

can be used for loads of things, like salads, soups, as a side dish, etc. They take a long time to cook, so it’s best in most cases to get canned ones.

  • Tomato puree/concentrate

if you’re out of tomato sauce, it can be used for pasta (for recipe, check out our post about weird meat-less recipes), plus it has numerous other uses.

  • Carrots(fresh)

are super, and I mean super, cheap. Stock up on them and recipes with them – my wife for example makes mean carrot soup with ginger.

  • Salad.

If you’re like me, you never have the time to wash, cut up, and prepare a salad, so I am a big fan of salad kits, but they can get a little bit expensive. I suppose you could buy plenty of salad, get it cut up and ready, and store it in the fridge.

  • Tomatoes

tend to be super-cheap, and they are also very healthy. Buy them in bulk and make pasta sauce or juice, or just cut them up fresh to make a simple salad. Tomato from the farmer’s market is much tastier than the one in supermarkets.

  • Potatoes

it’s really cheap and can be cooked, baked, fried, mashed, or mixed. The most basic recipe is to boil a few potatoes in salted water and cooking them for about 30 minutes.

  • Other frozen and canned vegetables.

Buy as needed, and stock up when it’s discounted.

Meat, fish, and alternatives

  • Tuna (pref. canned)

is great to combine with tomato sauce and pasta for a quick meal. Like other fish, it’s a great source of protein, and it offers a significant flavour.

  • Sardines (pref. canned)

Make a great snack when mixed with mustard, and can be used similarly to tuna.

  • Eggs

are dirt cheap, nutritious, and healthy. They can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and there are numerous ways of preparing them. They can even be frozen.

  • Cheese.

Everybody loves cheese, but it can be pricy at times. Buy it when it’s discounted, grate it, and  freeze. You’ll have cheese for the next couple of months. Isn’t that just grate?

  • Chicken

Chicken is like cheese, buy when discounted and freeze for later. Chicken is generally the cheapest of all meat. I love a good roasted chicken. You can do an oven roasted chicken with root vegetables for like $6. I buy these little 2.5lbs chickens and they are delicious (and usually about $1.50 a pound)

is awesome if you like the taste. You can keep it covered in water in the fridge for up to a week, just make sure you change that water every day.


  • Pasta,

especially dried one is easy to prepare (10-15 minutes of cooking) and can be combined with meat, fish, vegetables, and pretty much everything else.

  • Rice

is great to be bought in bulk as it doesn’t go bad for ages. Normally, it takes some time to cook it, so if you eat a lot of it, get one of those rice cookers. Black beans and rice:

  • Cook up some instant rice (about 2 servings is perfect)
  • Toss in a can of black beans. For anything else I rinse them, but I like the bean brine for this.
  • Pour in some spicy V8
  • Add spices to make it hotter/tastier: red pepper flakes, garlic, onions (onion powder will do), your favorite hot sauce, and I usually put in some of this cajun rub from Weber. I put it on everything, it’s fantastic. Oh and salt, especially if you used low sodium beans or V8.

Feeds 2 and I can throw it together in 15 minutes.

‘Taste enhancers’ that are Cheap

  • Onions

are the core basics of many foods – from soups to pasta, you can always just fry half a sliced up onion and cook it along for better taste.

  1. Garlic

is almost the same as onions, and you can even use them together. It also has many positive health effects.

  • Soy and fish sauce.

You will need these to make anything asian. They don’t cost much and can be used for non-asian foods as well.

  • Essential seasonings

– as I had written in previous posts, simple seasoning can save the day when it comes to cooking. Even if you’re eating pasta or rice every single day, you can make it different by adding oregano, rosemary and other herbs de provence to the meal while cooking. Curry is another great example, but for another type of foods (soups, sauces).

  • Salad and barbecue sauce

can be used in things like sandwiches. If you happen to just make some plain chicken, you can add some sauce and make it into a finished meal.

So, it’s your turn. What would you add to the list?

10 no-BS Ways of Making Beer Money Online + 30 Legitimate Sites on where to get started

10 ways to make beer money online + 30 legit sites

When you’re just too busy with college or working full-time, it’s hard to get motivated to start another part-time job or to freelance in the evenings. But in some cases, you just need those couple of bucks extra to buy a new video game, beer money or to go out without feeling guilty. These online money making sites are great for people who would be watching videos and learning about different products anyways. Why not get paid to do what you are doing for free online now?

What is Beer Money?

Beer money generally refers to making some side money online, usually used to purchase beer.  There are many different sites online that let you earn small amount of money for minimal work. This page lists some of the most popular ways to earn beer money online and make some side money from online websites.

How to Make Money Online

The following sites and techniques might not make you rich (not even close), but they will provide some spending money without much effort and most importantly, they are checked and vouched for from online earners’ community. I tried to dig up the ones that pay in cash (PayPal), don’t require any special skills, and are not bid- or contest-based – so you do the work, and get the money.

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