Financial Peace with Capital One 360

Happy Thanksgiving! After a day spent with family eating good food and sharing a few laughs, I’m exhausted. I hope everyone had a lovely time with their families. Being around family and friends during the holidays always keeps me grounded in what’s important. It’s easy to get caught up in other things throughout the year but when the holidays roll around you realize what matters the most.

One of the things that you can get caught up in (and can cause a lot of fights, apparently) is establishing and sticking to a reasonable and responsible budget. For years I was stuck in an endless cycle of spending too much and scrambling to pay it off. It wasn’t fun, and a lot of times I had no idea what I was really using most of my finances for. There were one too many months where I reached the end of the month and thought to myself, where did I spend all of this money? I definitely wasn’t spending my money smartly, and it felt horrible.

Thankfully, I put my butt into gear and came up with a budget that worked for me and my family. I put it off year after year but finally decided that enough was enough! By charting out our needs for the month, we were able to have everything we need, save a little and even have some fun! There are so many ways to save money and you would be surprised at the bonuses and deals you can get. There are so many programs out there that can help you track and plan a budget. I think the best part of all though, is the financial peace of mind it brings you. Being stressed out about money isn’t fun. Why ruin your mood with those worries when establishing a financial plan is so easy?

Capital One 360 Black Friday Sale

With all the energy surrounding black friday sales, I was really excited to hear about Capital One’s Black Friday Sale. A credit card company having a black friday sale? Yes, you heard correctly! This holiday, to encourage consumers to stay on track with their finances, Capital One 360 is decking the halls with deals you can bank on, including new account bonuses, referral bonuses and closing cost credits. You can save even more this year by taking advantage of these money saving products. I found this really encouraging because saving during this time of the year can be hard, and finding great deals can send you off in the right direction.

Even better yet, you can give your friends and family the gift of financial peace of mind by encouraging them to take advantage of the deals from Capital One 360 and refer them to the sale. If they sign up, you may be eligible for a $40 referral bonus. It’s a win-win situation! Check it out, find out if any of their products can benefit you, and say hello to financial peace in your life. You won’t regret it!

Q: Do you have any tips for financial peace of mind?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Handmade Korea Fair

Yay, time for another COEX post! New fairs come to the the COEX every week so you can definitely find something that interests you if you want to attend. I always browse through the list and bookmark the ones that look interesting, if you book early you can usually get in free! Last July there was the annual Handmade Korea Fair. Think of it like a huge expo with a ton of Etsy sellers. If you are looking for something homemade, you will find it here!

Handmade Korea Fair Wooden Crafts

Handmade Korea Fair Wooden Stamps

Handmade Korea Fair Watercolor Postcards

Handmade Korea Fair Wooden Barrettes

Most of the sellers are grouped according to what they are, so you will find the woodwork in one area, the baby stuff in another area, etc. There are so many amazing artists here! A lot of them were still crafting their items right there at their booth so you could really see the hard work they put into making their stuff.

Handmade Korea Fair Wooden Figures Around the World

Handmade Korea Fair Unique Cat and Dog Postcards

Handmade Korea Fair Unique Bowls and Spoons

Handmade Korea Fair Stuffed Toys

The prices were a little steep but it’s to be expected for handmade products. I didn’t have tons of money to spend but I found plenty of cheaper items to buy. The original artwork was amazing but expensive. Thankfully there were a lot of printed art of the originals on postcards and the like so I could still take some home! Most of the postcards had awesome designs and were only $1.

Handmade Korea Fair Recycled Electronics Artwork

Handmade Korea Fair Paper Flower Artwork

Handmade Korea Fair Stuffed Toys Display

Handmade Korea Fair Phone Number Templates for Cars

There were a lot of practical things to buy too. There were stuffed toys galore! One of the most popular booths had cute wooden plaques for your car that they attached wooden numbers to list your phone number. In Korea they usually place these in their cars because their parking is crazy crowded so sometimes you need to call a car’s owner to move their car from blocking something.

Handmade Korea Fair Plushies

Handmade Korea Fair Pens and Pins

Handmade Korea Fair Mason Jar Lights

Handmade Korea Fair Painted Shoes

I felt like I was browsing pinterest at some of the booths. There were so many baby booths with the cutest stuff ever. It made me wish I had a kid so I could buy everything! The mason jar lighting looked so pretty. There were a lot of international artists participating too.

Handmade Korea Fair Life Size Plush Doll

Handmade Korea Fair Knitted Bears in Pots

Handmade Korea Fair Hanbok Pins

Handmade Korea Fair Funky Accessories

Knitted bears in pots! Ahh, I wanted these so badly! There was so many cute things here.

Handmade Korea Fair Felt Macarons and Ice Cream Cones

Handmade Korea Fair Knitted Animals in Pots

Handmade Korea Fair Fabric Clock and Hair Accessories

Handmade Korea Fair Engraved Stamps

Engraved stamps are important in Korea and families have stamps with their family name to sign important documents. It’s kind of like a signature. You can get a ton of cute stamp designs with your name on the bottom, or anything you’d like written there!

Handmade Korea Fair Delicate Floral Pins

Handmade Korea Fair Cute Postcards

Handmade Korea Fair Cupcakes

Handmade Korea Fair Bracelets in Cups

There were even some homemade baked goods. I was surprised to see the little pie shop across from my school at the fair too! It was a really good deal because usually their pies are $30 and you can’t just buy a slice. It was nice to try a slice of each pie instead of having to buy the whole pie without knowing if you like it or not!

Handmade Korea Fair Barrettes and Pins

A big part of the fair is the mural portion of the fair. I can’t wait to showcase some of their awesome creations on my next blog post. Look forward to it! ;)

If you want to check out the current events happening at the COEX, you can find it here.

Q: What was your favorite craft from the expo? Do you know any cute Korean Indie brands?

 

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