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English is the language of the global business world, which means demand for English teachers is high while requirements to teach remain relatively low, especially so abroad and even more so online.
In recent years, scores of online certification companies have sprouted up to train soon-to-be English teachers, offering credentials in what’s called Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) or Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). For our purposes, they’re interchangeable.
“This is a very, very rapidly growing industry,” said Jessie Smith, a former English teacher in South Korea and Vietnam who now works at the International TEFL Academy. “The demand can’t really be put into words.”
Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) online is a welcomed side gig for many. Teachers get to set their own schedules, connect with students around the world and rake in between $15 and $25 an hour teaching premade lessons.
Not bad for a part-time, entry-level position.
But before you sign up — and pay — to obtain TEFL certification online, here’s what you need to know.
What to Consider Before Getting a TEFL Certification Online
You might be ready to start shopping for TEFL providers, but do this first: Determine your goals as an ESL teacher.
“You owe it to your students to be a good teacher, to be a trained teacher,” Smith said. “You need to be prepared professionally, mentally.”
Why Do You Want to Teach ESL?
Do a quick pulse check. Ask yourself what you plan to accomplish as an ESL teacher. Do you want a career change? A lucrative side gig? To travel and work in other countries?
Your answer will determine what type of TEFL certification you’re going to need.
For career changes, proper education is always a good idea. Colleges and universities are big providers of TEFL certifications, and some degrees even include them. If you don’t have a degree in TEFL, the University of Cambridge and Trinity College provide the most comprehensive certifications — referred to as the CELTA and the Trinity, respectively. These programs are only offered in-person.
(Full disclosure: I earned a CELTA before teaching English abroad. It was the most intense program I’ve ever experienced.)
But if you’re eyeing a temporary side gig, you may not want to shell out the money for an expensive, in-person certification to teach ESL online. Almost all accredited TEFL certifications will require an in-person component, usually a 20-hour teaching practicum at a local language center or school. However, as members of ESL advice forums will tell you, most online employers don’t check or require accredited certifications with in-person practicums (for now).
Lastly, one of the most effective ways to earn money while traveling is by teaching English abroad. Requirements vary by country, though it’s good to have a bachelor’s degree plus an accredited TEFL certificate with a teaching practicum. Latin American and Southeast Asian countries have laxer rules and may not require a degree or a TEFL certification.
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What Does it Take to Become TEFL-Certified?
The majority of programs simply require that applicants are 18 years old or older and have a high school diploma. Native English fluency isn’t required, as TEFL certifications are popular credentials for foreign English teachers as well. But a high level of English fluency is required to participate in top-tier programs (C1 or IELTS Band 7, for the ESL nerds).
Programs may vary slightly, but quality programs should include at least 120 hours of coursework with 20 hours dedicated to hands-on teaching to foreign-language-speaking students. These lessons should be observed by a qualified ESL professor.
CELTA and Trinity programs are graded on a pass/fail basis while some online hybrid programs may include quizzes and a passing score of 60%.
How Much Do TEFL Certifications Cost?
Depending on what program you choose and what your goals are as a teacher, costs will range widely.
A fully online TEFL certification can run for $9 on Groupon, but you should know that it’s unaccredited. Online ESL teachers tend to purchase Groupon programs simply for a certification code that they add to their job applications, which can boost hourly pay toward the $25 mark. But if you plan to teach in person or long-term, skip the bargain bin programs.
Plan to teach English in person? Get a TEFL certification with an in-person practicum to boost your confidence and gain real-world teaching experience.
The “brand name” TEFL certifications, aka the CELTA and Trinity, run between $2,000 and $3,000. These programs are internationally recognized and are more suited for career ESL teachers.
Most accredited TEFL programs are usually half that price: around $1,100.
“A true, university-level TEFL class could not possibly run under $1,000,” Smith said.
How Do You Know If a TEFL Certification Online is Legit?
Online TEFL providers are everywhere. They’re quick. They’re cheap. And most of the time, they’re unaccredited. Some companies aren’t transparent in their accreditation, which means they probably aren’t legit.
In some program listings, you’ll see the words “self-accredited,” Smith said. “Which — needless to say — means just about nothing.”
Price is another factor. The cheaper the price, the higher the chance the program is unaccredited. That doesn’t mean, however, that expensive programs are automatically legit. Shady providers can just as easily charge more money to give an air of quality.
If the program costs hundreds or thousands of dollars, confirm that it’s run by an experienced professor and that the company holds a recognized accreditation.
The most popular accrediting bodies for TEFL programs are:
Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET)
Chartered College of Teaching (formerly College of Teachers)
Training Qualifications U.K. (TQUK)
The World TEFL Accrediting Commission
Popular accredited TEFL providers include:
Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)
International TEFL Academy
International Open Academy
University-run TEFL programs, including the CELTA and Trinity
You owe it to your students to be a good teacher, to be a trained teacher. You need to be prepared professionally.
The list is by no means exhaustive. If you stumble upon a program that you’re unsure of, search the website for an accreditation seal or license number. Still unsure? Contact the accrediting body directly to confirm that the provider is legit. If you’re only shelling out $9, you may decide it’s not worth your time. But if you come across an expensive TEFL program that isn’t mentioned above, be sure to check for accreditation.
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Want to know what books I finished in July? In 2019, I’m sharing the books I read each month and what my honest thoughts were on those books. If you love books, you don’t want to miss this post! (You can see all of my book reviews for this year here.)
I set a goal to finish 80 books in 2019 and a second goal that 40 of those books will be books I already own. (You can see which books I picked to read from those I already own here).
By the way, I’m truly loving using GoodReads to track my reading. You all were right! It is really motivational to see my progress! And I’ve been ahead on my goal for the last month!
I finished 7 books in June —- yay! Here’s what I read + my honest thoughts on each of the books:
Becoming Mrs. Lewis
I am so conflicted on what to say about this book. On the one hand, it was a very well-written story that was pretty captivating, but on the other hand, I struggled to like it.
It’s the unconventional love story of C.S. Lewis and his wife. It was both beautiful and tragic and not at all what I expected.
I wanted to like it, but I just couldn’t.
Some of that was because I think there was too much fiction woven in and I didn’t know what was fact and what was fiction — and that bothered me. Some of it was because I was concerned with Lewis’ relationship with Joy when she was still married. If it were true, from my vantage point, it felt like it crossed some lines of emotional attachment that shouldn’t happen between two people when one of them is married.
If I could tie up this review with a bow, I would. But I can’t. Because I just don’t know what to say or think about this book.
Have you read it? If so, please let me know what you thought of it. And please let me know if you disagree with me and why! I really wish I could be persuaded to like it.
Verdict: 3 stars
This book moved me at a deep level. While I felt like sometimes I wasn’t poetic enough to understand the depths of what was being communicated.
It felt so raw and honest and vulnerable and yet so beautiful and rich and inspiring. I didn’t want it to end.
Two of the quotes that were the most meaningful to me:
“We don’t get to the truth while we’re deeply invested in what’s false.”
“God’s story is a narrative of emancipation.”
Of all the books I read in July, this was my favorite… thus, the 4-star verdict.
Verdict: 4 stars
Preach to Yourself
I wanted to love this book and I did love many parts of it. But I felt like it was hard to slog through at times. Some of the chapters felt really long and drawn out.
And yet, some of the sections were so powerful and so important. For instance, this passage is GOLD:
“Many of us — maybe all of us — don’t live what we say we believe… We say we depend on God, but we act like we’ve got to make it happen on our own. We say we believe God can heal, but we’re walking around with decades-old wounds. We say we believe God is at work, but we’re asleep at the wheel of the one life He’s given us.”
So, despite some of the chapters feeling longer than necessary, this book has some very valuable stuff and is worth the read.
Verdicts: 3 stars
Last Christmas in Paris
This book had been recommended to me as one to read since I loved The Geurnsey Literary and Potato Peel Society. It’s the love story of a soldier at war and his friend’s sister at home.
They began writing letters just to keep each other company. But slowly, ever so slowly, it morphed into more. It’s a fairly slow-developing story, but there is a lot of history woven throughout and I learned quite a bit about World War I. (I realized I have read a lot about World War II, but very few books about World War I.)
The book is epistolary, which means the story is told through letters and telegrams. I found it fascinating in the afterward to discover that the authors wrote the bones of this book as actual letters back and forth.
Verdicts: 3 stars
It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way
Lysa always has a way with words to penetrate your heart and challenge you, while also drawing you in with her funny and authentic story-telling.
For some reason, though, unlike her others books I’ve read, I felt like this book was missing something. I’m not sure if it’s because she wrote it while still very much in the midst of the story that is a big story arc for the book or if it was something else. I couldn’t put a finger on it.
I do feel like the book would be a real encouragement to someone who is going through a difficult time when life feelings overwhelming, hard, and just doesn’t make sense.
Verdict: 3 stars
Kind is the New Classy
This is a quick read (or listen) and definitely had some valuable content. However, I have to admit that I was sort of turned off by how the author seemed to drop in unnecessary details that just felt kind of prideful.
I know that we all come at things differently and only God knows someone’s heart, however, I hadn’t said anything to Jesse about this and was listening to the book when he was in the room and he picked up on this same thing, too.
I think there is a lot of helpful inspiration in this book, I just struggled to love it because I kept getting hung up on the presentation.
Verdict: 3 stars
Monica asked me if I would write an endorsement for her brand-new book. Since I love her work, I said yes!
Here was the endorsement I wrote after reading it:
In Beauty Maker, Monica invites us on a journey to cultivating more beauty — in our surroundings and in our souls. Her words inspired me to prioritize taking time to create more beauty in our home and to prioritize taking time to be a noticer of the beauty that is all around me.
My favorite part of the book? The rich and yet simple photos that showcase how Monica lives out her message in her everyday life.
Verdict: 3 stars
Important & Super Honest Note:
I’m kind of not wanting to hit publish on this post. Why did I ever commit to writing honest reviews of all the books I read anyway?? I want to be truthful, but I also want to be kind and gracious… and I struggled with how to strike that balance well in my reviews today.
I want you to know that I’m not going to sugarcoat my feelings, but I also know that authors are real people who have put so much effort into their books that it’s hard for me to write reviews that feel like they lean toward being negative.
Ugh. This is the part of my job that is so hard sometimes.
If you felt I didn’t communicate graciously or you are the author of any of these books and you felt hurt by what I wrote, please let me know. This is an area where I’m still a big work in progress and I don’t want to offend or hurt anyone if I can help it!
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Extracurricular activities are great for children. They help kids learn new things and perfect their skills. They provide opportunities to bond with peers and a constructive use of time. They look great on college and scholarship applications.
But all that enrichment comes at a cost. And these nonessential additions to the household budget can be expensive to keep up with — especially when you have multiple children with multiple interests.
Huntington Bank and Communities in Schools’ 2019 Backpack Index estimates extracurricular fees average about $150 for elementary students, $250 for middle school students and $350 for high school students.
Of course, there are parents who spend much more. A 2017 Capital One poll found that over a third of those surveyed planned to spend more than $1,000 per kid on extracurricular activities for the school year.
If the cost of after-school activities concerns you, consider these ways to make them more affordable.
1. Turn to Government or Nonprofit Programs
Before signing your kids up for private music lessons or a traveling sports league, check to see if there are similar offerings located at or sponsored by your local:
Boys and Girls Club
Police Athletic League
Girl Scouts/Boy Scouts
City or county parks and recreation department
2. Ask About Discounts
Be thrifty and save where you can by asking the activity provider about discounts. Is there a trial period where you kid can take a class or two for free before signing up for the season? Can you get a discounted rate for being a returning participant, enrolling more than one child or recommending another family to sign up?
Some programs offer a reduced rate if you register before a certain date, if you sign up for a package of sessions or if you volunteer to coach. Others offer scholarships or set their prices on a sliding scale based on income. You might want to ask if the organization will allow you to set up a payment plan rather than requiring all the money upfront.
Check discount sites like Groupon or Living Social for current deals on activities.
3. Reduce the Associated Costs of After-School Activities
The cost to enroll your child in an activity is rarely the only expense you’ll encounter. Equipment, supplies, uniforms, fundraisers, travel and performance tickets can greatly increase your investment.
Find ways to lower these additional costs whenever possible. Arrange a carpool with team members. Buy secondhand equipment and attire. Limit the family members who attend smaller performances throughout the year, and save up so everyone can attend the major show at the end of the season.
4. DIY Your Extracurriculars
Your kid can get the benefits of participating in an activity without it being a formal program that you pay for. Consider your children’s interests and figure out how to pursue them on an individual scale.
If your kid is into music, hit up YouTube for free tutorials. There are tons of cooking blogs with detailed recipes for those who want to master baking. Your library may provide free access to software to learn a foreign language.
Tap into your network of family, friends and neighbors to expose your child to different pursuits. Commit to teaching their kids about a skill you’ve mastered in exchange. It might be a bigger investment in time, but you can save a lot of money by creating your own means of developing your child’s interests.
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There may be times where you simply have to say no to your kid’s request to enroll in another extracurricular activity. If you don’t have the funds and you’d have to charge expenses on a credit card, you should reevaluate things.
Parents never want to put financial stress on their kids, but it’s okay to be up-front about the limitations of your budget. This might mean having your kids choose one sport to commit to rather than two, or asking if they prefer dance lessons over vacationing at the beach next summer.
If you have teenagers, get them to contribute to their extracurricular expenses with money from babysitting, mowing lawns or a part-time job. Depending on the activity, you can challenge your child to turn their hobby into an entrepreneurial pursuit — like selling handmade bracelets at local festivals or giving piano lessons to younger kids.
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Want to see what we bought for this week’s $70 grocery budget? I’m currently challenging myself to stick with a $70 budget for our family of five. This includes almost all of our breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and dinners + most household products (toiletries, laundry soap, etc.).
For live updates, be sure to follow my Instagram Stories. See all posts on my $70 Grocery Budget here.
Because of our traveling the last 4 weeks, I haven’t posted our grocery budget + menu plan posts. It feels good to be back to it now that school has started and we’re back into the swing of a more normal routine.
Speaking of school starting, here’s a real-life photo from the first day: Kathrynne headed out to a 4-day back to school camp (her school starts with an all-school 4-day camp!), Silas all ready for his first day in his uniform, and Kaitlynn sporting a thermometer because she had a low grade fever and had to stay home.
I couldn’t believe this HUGE cart full of egg noodles marked down to $0.69 each at Kroger this week!
But I didn’t buy them because Kroger has Private Selection on pasta for $0.50 when you buy 5 participating items.
Kroger Shopping Trip #1:
Kroger breakfast links — free with coupons from Kroger mailer
2 canisters of breadcrumbs — on closeout for $0.47 each
Kroger peanut butter — free with coupons from Kroger mailer
A&W Cream Soda — free with coupon mailed to me
Quest bar — free with Freebie Friday coupon
1 can Kroger green beans — marked down to $0.29
2 cans of hominy — marked down to $0.29 each
Turkey Hill Tea — marked down to $0.39
Kroger broth — marked down to $0.69
3 boxes of Kroger toaster pastries — marked down to $0.59 each
1 bag of peppers — marked down to $0.99
1 cantaloupe — marked down to $0.99
1 bag of onions/avocados — marked down to $0.99
1 can Simple Truth green beans — marked down to $0.49
1 package of egg roll wraps — marked down to $0.49
2 bags of Blue Corn chips — $0.99 each when you buy 5 participating items
1 package of Oscar Mayer hot dogs — $0.99 each when you buy 5 participating items
2 bags of Goldfish — $0.99 each when you buy 5 participating items
4 packages of Private Selection pasta — $0.50 each when you buy 5 participating items
1 box of oatmeal — used $0.40/1 Kroger digital coupon = $1.09 after coupon
Total with tax: $18.95
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Kroger Shopping Trip #2
Kroger whole wheat flour — marked down to $1.69
Brown rice — marked down to $1.19
3 packages of Eckrich sausage — $1.69 each when you buy 5 participating items
5 packages of cheese — $0.99 each with Friday-Saturday deal
2 boxes of Cheerios — $1.49 when you buy 5 participating items — used $1/2 Kroger digital coupon = $0.99 each
Bag of grapefruit/lime juice — $0.99
Tub of lettuce — marked down to $1.79
1 dozen cage-free eggs — $2.50
1 back to school brownie bites — marked down to $2.49
Total with tax: $25.09
Sprouts Shopping Trip
Bartlett Pears — $0.95
3 18-oz. cartons of blueberries — $1.98 each
Peaches — $1.09
Water — $1.98
Total with tax: $10.64
BigLots Shopping Trip
2 bags of chips — $0.25 each
2 double packs of English Muffins — $1.40 each
4 packages of Keebler cookies — $0.25 each
4 to-go cups — $0.25 each
4 bags of peanuts — $0.25 each
Total with tax: $7.26
I couldn’t believe the great deals we found at BigLots! It reminded me of the Christian County Discount Freight & Grocery last week!
What We Ate This Past Week
Note: When you see the meals below, please remember this: I buy ahead often. Which means that when I find a great deal on something I know we’ll use, I buy as much as I can afford in our budget to have on hand.
This means that you aren’t going to see all of the groceries my shopping trip that I used to make all of the meals we ate.
Please also remember that I’m putting this out there and it’s not a perfectly balanced menu. This is just really what we ate — and I hope that it encourages you to see the real-ness and lack of perfection here.
Cereal, Homemade Granola, Toast, Cantaloupe, Yogurt
Ham Sandwiches, Granola Bars, Yogurt, Capri Sun, Salad, Leftovers, Fruit,
Cookies, Popcorn, Ice Cream, Go-Gurts
Sunday — Chicken Noodle Soup, Oyster Crackers
Monday — Fend for Yourself
Tuesday — Chick-fil-A
Wednesday — Smoked Ribs
Thursday — Chicken Noodle Soup, Bran Muffins
Friday — Chicken Rice Casserole, Cantaloupe, Roasted Broccoli
Saturday — Leftovers
Total spent on groceries: $61.94
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Do me a favor and take a quick look in your closet. Overflowing, right?
Well, there’s a solution to that problem: selling your used clothes.
It’s a win-win, and you don’t have to wait for a spring-cleaning binge to get started. In fact, you should do it seasonally to stay in vogue.
So tear a page from the Marie Kondo playbook and make one big pile of all your clothes. Yes, even your winter gear from the living room closet. Definitely the swimsuit collection. And all the baby shower clothes that you never even used, too.
You may surprise yourself with the amount of clothes you have once you get them all in one place. Kondo recommends that as you sift through your stuff, you ask yourself, “Does this item spark joy?”
Nope? Then sell it.
Where to Sell Used Clothes
Plenty of apps and websites like Poshmark, Threadflip, Etsy and eBay allow you to sell used clothes online. But maybe you don’t have the technical know-how (or the patience) to do it yourself. Don’t fret.
There are several other brick-and-mortar places to pawn off your used clothes, shoes, handbags, accessories — even baby clothes, toys and supplies — to get cash in your pocket by the end of the day.
Want to pop some tags? Uptown Cheapskate is your place. It’s located in 21 states and is a cross between a trendy boutique and a thrift store for young adults. You can sell or trade in men’s and women’s clothes at any of its locations. Trade-ins get 25% bonus store credit.
Brands that do well at Uptown Cheapskate include Urban Outfitters, Levi’s and H&M. If you’re unsure if your clothes will fit in style-wise, visit its website for more info on trending brands and styles.
Founded back in 1974, Buffalo Exchange has remained family owned as it has expanded to 18 states and the District of Columbia. The company is a firm believer in reusing and recycling clothes to reduce waste and pollution (and save cash). Each store also partners with local charities.
If you don’t live near a Buffalo Exchange, the company also has a sell-by-mail program.
Buffalo Exchange accepts a wide array of clothes for both men and women — vintage, athletic wear, plus sizes and more. Contrary to its name, it does not accept bison at this time. Sorry in advance.
Clothes Mentor is a one-stop shop for fashionable women’s clothing sized 0 to 26 and maternity wear. It’s a hub for those who want designer brands without designer price tags.
Clothes that sell well include Armani, Banana Republic, Saks Fifth Avenue, White House Black Market and others. Shoes, accessories, jewelry and handbags are also accepted. Clothes Mentor has 136 stores across 30 states and, at certain locations, offers personal shoppers who tailor outfits to suit your tastes.
Ah, the ole standby, Plato’s Closet. You may not have known this was a clothing exchange store, but it’s likely that you’ve caught a glimpse of one of its more than 480 locations in North America — probably tucked between your local Chinese buffet and the grocery store.
Plato’s is Winmark Corp.’s most successful clothing exchange franchise, and it’s aimed at teens and young adults. Everyday styles from Abercrombie & Fitch, American Eagle, H&M, Nike and Obey are typically in demand.
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Plato’s Closet also buys athletic wear, shoes and accessories.
To see if your wardrobe surplus is a good fit for Plato’s, browse its website for other brands and styles that sell well.
Another solid option from Winmark Corp. is Style Encore. It’s like Plato’s sibling, only slightly older and more sophisticated.
Style Encore accepts women’s clothing from brands like Banana Republic, Calvin Klein, Coach and Kate Spade. Like Clothes Mentor, Style Encore has personal stylists to help you look like a million bucks (without spending a million).
It’s Winmark’s newest clothing exchange brand, so locations aren’t as comprehensive as Plato’s. Double-check the store locator to find the closest one to you.
Once Upon a Child
Last but not least in Winmark’s clothing resale portfolio is Once Upon a Child.
It’s no surprise that child care expenses are a budget buster, but this store can help keep costs down when it comes to baby clothes, supplies and even furniture.
In addition to children’s clothes sized preemie to youth 20, Once Upon a Child will buy used cribs, cradles, strollers, baby electronics, halloween costumes and toys. Even more good news for parents: You won’t have to look very far. Once Upon a Child has more than 380 stores across the U.S. and Canada.
Local Consignment Shops
If none of the above stores fit the bill, you can always try your nearest consignment shop.
These shops work a little differently than clothing exchanges, because consignment stores may not pay you until your item sells. That means it’s unlikely you’ll walk out with a pocketful of cash. It’s also difficult to predict what brands they will buy, because most local stores don’t have databases and metrics to go off of. Sales are often based on personal taste or season.
But hey, anything is better than leaving unused clothes tucked away in the furthest corner of your shelf for years to come.
How to Get the Most Cash From Your Clothes
Some things are guesswork when trying to sell your clothes. Stock and styles change, so it’s hard to say for sure which brand or outfit will sell. However, there are a few things you should always take into consideration, no matter the item or the store.
Following these few guidelines will ensure you get the best quote possible.
Clean and Fold Your Clothes
If it seems like I’m wagging my finger, it’s because I’m wagging my finger.
Almost every store listed above recommends washing your clothes before taking them in. Since your payout is based on an associate’s quote after they carefully check each item, you don’t want dirt or food caked to your shirt. It’ll definitely go in the “no” pile.
In general, to keep colors bright, you can soak your clothes in salt. Only wash them as needed — inside out and in cool water to avoid fading.
Likewise, super wrinkly clothes come across as unwashed, and you don’t want to give that impression. So be sure to fold them neatly before taking them in.
Use a Nice Basket or Hamper to Carry Your Clothes
Quick! What do you think of when you see trash bags?
Trash, right? Not clothes.
Presentation matters. The associates checking your clothes don’t want to sift through trash bags. So after you’ve washed all the clothes you want to sell, fold them and place them in a basket, hamper or box that you can take to the store.
Check for Damage or Pit Stains
If you were a shopper, would you buy a shirt that had pit stains or a missing pocket? Didn’t think so. The stores work the same way. They don’t want damaged, stained or heavily faded clothing.
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Wondering if The Ultimate Productivity Bundle is worth buying? Read my honest review below, and you can decide for yourself!
If you are on other blogger’s email lists, there’s a good chance you’ve gotten some emails or seen some blog posts or social media posts yesterday and today about The Ultimate Productivity Bundle.
I know a number of you have already purchased this bundle, but if you haven’t purchased The Ultimate Productivity Bundle yet this year, here are two things you need to know:
1) It is back again through midnight tonight for a Flash Sale! This is your last chance to grab it at this huge discount!
2) I went through every single resource in the bundle and went through it so I could give you my completely honest review.
Yes, you read that right. I literally signed up for every.single.course and downloaded every ebook and printable. My poor computer put in a lot of work!
While I didn’t read every word or listen to every single minute of video (that would have taken me a LONG time!), I went through and at least skimmed every single resource and decided to share my really honest thoughts…
Here were my honest thoughts:
Some of the products had an inflated price tag. This is a pet peeve of mine. Don’t put $29 on a product just to make it sound more impressive. While The Ultimately Productivity Bundle is supposedly valued at $1500, I’m going to be honest and say that I felt at least 25% of the products had an inflated price tag. And I likely wouldn’t use at least 60% of them, so for me, the value would be really and truly more like a few hundred dollars, not $1500.
There weren’t as many products in it as I was expecting. I was surprised that there weren’t more like 60-70 products in it (there are only 46 products in it). I think I’m used to them having that many when it’s the Homemaking Bundle, so I thought the options weren’t as plentiful as I was hoping for.
I wish there had been more ebooks. While courses are great, I often prefer ebooks because they are easier for me to read and digest — especially since I’m a fast reader and sometimes skim (Shh! Don’t tell anyone!). There are only 5 ebooks in this bundle and the rest of the products are printables or courses.
Some of the printables were poorly designed. I know that we don’t always have the highest quality design on things we offer because of various reasons and I know sometimes you just do the best you can do, but I found that at least 30% of the printables were ones I would never consider using because they just looked like they were designed by someone who didn’t have a lot of design experience or it just was not my style at all.
A few products felt very clunky to download. I noticed there were a number of .zip files as well as some courses that seemed to require multiple hoops to jump through to get them to download. It felt like it sort of flew in the face of productivity to have to go to quite a bit of effort to download a product in order to be able to use it.
There were a number of really helpful and well-designed printables. I was impressed with how many different styles of printables this bundle offered. If you love printables, you will just adore this bundle! So many great options to choose from!
I loved that many of the resources were created by people who aren’t naturally organized. It seems like many times, productivity classes and courses and ebooks are created by naturally organized people. This was not the case with many of the products in this bundle — many of the creators said they were more of a Type B, laid back personality — and that’s why I feel like it has much wider appeal.
The bundle offered a variety of printable planners. If you are looking for a planner for yourself and you’re okay with printing it yourself, you’ve got a wealth of choices in this bundle!
There were some really high quality products. There were some really high quality products in the bundle that I felt would make it worth the price tag ($37) if you would use these and they would help your life be more organized. Like I said, I went through each and every product to pick out the ones I felt were the highest quality and value and something I would personally use or that I thought would be really helpful to other people.
Here were my top 4 favorites:
Family Chore Planner: The Complete Home Management System for Families ($17 value)
This PDF download not only offers some great tips for getting your kids to help around the house and suggested chore ideas for different ages, but you get customizable rotating chore chart systems for your family!
Child, It’s Time to Get Off Your Butt ($7 value)
This may have been one of my favorite resources in the bundle. It’s an inspirational ebook with very practical tips on how to get your kids to go from being couch potatoes to being assets in your home — without having some rigid system that was designed for Type A moms.
There are lots of helpful charts and hands-on examples in the book, like this:
If you’re frustrated that your kids aren’t more disciplined and diligent but you just don’t know where to start, you’ll find a lot of fantastic help in this short but highly actionable ebook.
Brilliant Baby Steps: Productivity Course ($47 value)
This course was one of the most beautiful and value-packed courses in the bundle and I couldn’t believe all you got for the price. It definitely was not one of the products that I felt had an inflated price tag.
One of the best parts of it is where Beth Anne shows you just how much you can get done in 10 minutes. She’s not a Type A personality, so her advice will work for pretty much every personality type.
How to Organize Your Life With Trello ($47 value)
Okay, so full disclosure here: I am not a Trello person and I don’t think I ever will be. BUT, I do believe that it can be an amazing organizational system for many people and I wanted to highlight this course because it was so well done and helpful for those who are looking for a better way to organize their life and thoughts and projects.
If you haven’t purchased The Ultimate Productivity Bundle yet, and you are still interested in purchasing after reading my honest review, you can click here to purchase it for just $37 through August 15, 2019!
You’ll get access to these 4 products + 42 other resources including a number of printable planners and other time management and organizational and goal-setting resources! Go here to read more.
Click here to purchase The Ultimate Productivity Bundle. Remember, this special flash sale price is only good through midnight tonight (August 15, 2019)!
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We’ve all been there: You finally find an item you’ve been looking for online, and it’s on sale for $5!
You add it to your cart, go to check out — and realize you have to pay $8 for shipping. It’s not such a good deal anymore.
Here’s another common scenario: You add everything you need to your cart, and the total comes to $25. The site offers free shipping — but only on orders over $50.
Shipping costs often double or even triple the price you pay for small orders — eliminating the savings of shopping online. But if you know where to look, you can get thousands of items shipped for free.
35 Stores With Free Shipping
These companies offer free shipping with no minimum purchase. Some of them ship worldwide for free, while others only ship free within the continental U.S. Some also offer free shipping to your local store.
If you have a Target REDcard, you’re in for a treat!
In addition to saving 5% off your order, you qualify for free U.S. shipping. Alaska and Hawaii are included, and Target also ships to APO/FPO addresses.
Known for its boots and outdoors wear, Timberland offers free standard U.S. shipping on every order.
3. The North Face
The North Face sells outdoor apparel and equipment for men, women and kids. Standard shipping is free on all orders in the U.S.
Nordstrom is known for its high-end products, but it offers free U.S. shipping to soften the blow — including Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico.
If that’s not enough, it also offers free returns!
5. Neiman Marcus
Much like Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus is top-of-the-line. But there’s no shipping costs added to their premium offerings, and you’ll have your goods in 3 to 5 business days.
6. Kate Spade
Everyone’s favorite purse label — which also sells clothing, shoes and jewelry, by the way — offers free shipping and free returns in all 50 states, via USPS.
7. Lily Pulitzer
You know this brand for its brightly colored tropical and paisley prints. But did you know Lily Pulitzer offers free economy shipping on all orders in the U.S., including Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico?
8. Tiffany & Co.
The most storied jewelry store ever offers free shipping and free returns on every precious order.
This sustainable women’s clothing maker uses the tagline “Being naked is the #1 most sustainable option. We’re #2.” Bonus: It offers free shipping and free returns on all orders.
This men’s clothing and accessories shop distinguishes itself with free shipping and free returns in the U.S.
11. Cents of Style
Cents of Style is an affordable women’s retailer selling clothes, shoes and accessories. Double down on the deals with free shipping all the time.
What’s cooler than a pair of slick shades? Free U.S. shipping from Ray-Ban!
Alaska and Hawaii are included, and orders usually arrive within two to three days. If you want to send an item back, you can return it for free.
You probably know Fossil for its watches. But it also has full lines of men’s and women’s clothing, plus bags and jewelry. All of it ships for free in the U.S. and territories, with delivery in 7 to 10 business days.
Enjoy free shipping and free returns on all your sneaker orders.
From shoes to handbags, Zappos has a wonderful selection of clothing and accessories, and everything ships free. This includes Alaska, Hawaii and U.S. territories. The site also offers free returns for one year.
Zappos uses USPS Priority Mail to make sure your order gets to your doorstep in four to five days.
16. MAC Cosmetics
Makeup, skincare products, kits, makeup tools, fragrances — all MAC products ship for free with standard shipping, which arrives in 2 to 5 business days.
Dermstore, which sells skincare products, makeup and hair care products, offers free standard shipping on all orders — including to Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico.
If the iPad or Mac you’re eyeing is in stock on Apple’s online store, it most likely ships for free. (Excluded are such items as customized Macs and engraved products.) For iPhones you can even get free next-day shipping.
Microsoft will give you free standard shipping on all orders to the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
If you’re in the market for a new laptop, you can get free U.S. shipping to any of the 48 contiguous states. Your order will arrive within three to five days, and you won’t spend a penny extra.
Dell also offers a price match guarantee to make sure you get the most bang for your buck.
Samsung offers free shipping on all order in the contiguous United States, including on big TVs. Mobile devices and accessories default to free expedited shipping.
AT&T offers free express shipping on all orders, which normally costs $14.95. Accessory-only orders get free priority shipping, and AT&T will even pay for the return shipping if you choose to send an item back.
23. Otter Box
Otter Box makes mobile phone cases, yes. But they also sell outdoor gear including coolers, dry bags and tumblers. All U.S. orders ship free.
24. Crate & Barrel
Longing for a new addition to your kitchen? Crate & Barrel boasts a wide range of products that all ship free.
As long as you’re in the contiguous U.S., you can snag this deal. Make sure your cart only contains eligible items, or else you’ll have to fork over the shipping cost.
If you’re a musician who regularly buys gear, consider buying from Sweetwater. The highly reputable site offers free U.S. shipping on thousands of items.
While APO and FPO addresses qualify, Alaska and Hawaii don’t. Most of the company’s orders ship the same day, so you’ll get your new equipment at lightning speed.
26. Amoeba Music
Need another reason to buy that record you’ve been eyeballing? Free U.S. shipping from Amoeba should do the trick. It offers cost-free USPS media mail shipping for all music and movie formats.
While orders can take 5 to 21 days to arrive, the wait is worth it.
27. Molton Brown
Molton Brown’s wide selection of cruelty-free bath and body products is even cooler because of the free U.S shipping. If you’re in the contiguous states, you’ll receive your order within three to seven days.
Bonus: You’ll get a free 1-ounce sample with every order and a complimentary gift box if you’re buying for someone else.
AbeBooks has a humongous selection of books at unbelievably low prices, and thousands of them qualify for free shipping.
The best part? You can search for books that will ship for free specifically to your corner of the world. The site allows you to search for free shipping to the U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia, and they even have a worldwide option.
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Do you wish you could be more productive and use your time intentionally? If so, you’ll definitely want to grab this productivity bundle that’s on sale right now!
This bundle was SO popular earlier this year when it was offered, and they’ve brought it back as a flash sale for two days only!! Hurry and grab it for just $37 before the end of tomorrow, August 15th!
This Productivity Bundle has everything you need to conquer your to-do list, be more productive, free up more time for yourself, and reach your goals — and you can get it for just $37!!
It contains $1506.90 worth of eBooks, printables, eCourses, and membership sites…and all you pay is $37 for all 46 resources!
These resources are designed to help you:
Set clear goals and priorities so you’ll use your time wisely
Create routines to help you be more productive so you won’t fall behind
Get started with tasks instead of procrastinating
Deal with distractions instead of getting sidetracked
Find the energy to be productive all day instead of burning out
If you feel overwhelmed or stuck when it comes to your productivity and time-management, this Productivity Bundle will help give you the practical tools and tips you need to take that first step!
Go here to grab your Ultimate Productivity Bundle for just $37. [...]