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41 Staycation Ideas

Staycation-Ideas

As summer comes around each year, you might start feeling the familiar urge to take a vacation.

Vacations are good for the mind and spirit, but they aren’t always good for your wallet. The costs of airplane tickets, car rentals, gas, hotel rooms, food, eating out, and souvenirs all add up really fast. If you aren’t careful, a vacation can end up being a huge investment just for some quality rest and relaxation.

For a vacation to be most effective, you need it to be as stress-free as possible. Taking a vacation that you can’t actually afford or that will push you further into debt will disrupt your financial stability and leave you feeling more stressed than before.

To reap the many benefits of a vacation without the huge price tag, consider taking a staycation.

What is a Staycation?

A staycation is a vacation where you don’t go anywhere. Instead of going away for vacation, you stay where you are! Hence the name, “stay”cation.

Vacations can be hard to fit into our busy lives. It’s difficult to take enough time out to go through the entire process of packing and traveling somewhere in order to relax and have fun. Not to mention that traveling for vacation can often make your vacation feel a little more chaotic than you want and be more expensive.

That’s why opting for a staycation can be the solution to all your problems. On a staycation, you don’t have to pack, travel, or spend any money! Or at least not nearly as much money you spend traveling and on souvenirs and food when you go away for vacation.

Your backyard is someone else’s dream vacation! Stay where you are, but instead of going on with your normal routine, act as if you are on vacation.

Staycation Ideas

A staycation requires looking at your local community with a new set of eyes. This is great when looking for staycation ideas. What are the activities and events that you’ve never really considered trying out? When people visit from out of town, where do they go?

Many of us live in a paradise without realizing it. For example, if you live near the Rocky Mountains, then you’re just a few miles away from a breathtaking wilderness unlike any other in the world.

But you don’t have to live near any vacation hotspots to have a good staycation. Here are some ideas to consider, no matter where you live:

1. Book a Nearby Hotel or Airbnb

Sometimes you just really need to get out of the house for a while. It might be worth it to book a few nights at a local hotel just so you can have the complete vacation experience.

By booking a nearby hotel you can cut on travel costs but still enjoy the luxury amenities that hotels provide, like room service, breakfast, and great nearby hangouts within walking distance.

Pull up Airbnb and start browsing the local rentals available. You might be surprised by the great Airbnb locations you have close by!

2. Swap Houses with a Friend

Another cheap way to get the relocation experience without going very far or spending too much money is to just swap houses with a friend! Find someone else who could use a change and switch houses with them for a few days.

You might even find a friend with a house that’s better than yours or with new features your own house doesn’t have. For instance, maybe you have a pool but your friend has a decked out theater room that’s great for watching movies. You’ll be surprised by how much a simple change will make you feel like you went away on vacation and give you that same, refreshing, “ready-to-be-home-again” feeling you get from going away for a while.

3. Swap Bedrooms

Even in your own house, you can make refreshing changes to help rejuvenate your mood. Bedroom swaps can even be permanent if you want since the change is in your own house.

The key to a great staycation is to change up your routine. Swapping bedrooms is a great way to change routines, while also refreshing an old space to feel like new.

4. Rearrange the Furniture

If you aren’t too set on your current arrangements, you could rearrange the things in your house to refresh the space. There’s a possibility your house could use a fresh makeover anyway.

The difference here is that you’re actually taking time off from work and other obligations to focus on re-envisioning your space. Take a few days off and allow yourself to simply focus on this one thing. Once your done, you can sit back, relax, and enjoy a whole new house just from decorating and rearranging.

5. Visit Local Museums

No doubt, there’s a local museum you’ve never been to. Change that during your staycation! Look up what local museums are in your own city and go visit them. You might learn something new or gain a new favorite pastime.

By learning all about everything in the museum you can become your own museum guide. Then you can take all your friends to the museum and be an expert at showing them around. Before this though, it’d be a fun idea to actually go through the museum with an actual tour group. That way you’ll get the full tourist experience and not miss any of the fascinating details.

6. Local Visitor’s Centers

Call your town’s local visitor’s center and ask for ideas! Many places have one and the people working there will know all about where to go and what to do right near you. Some visitor centers you can also visit to pick up brochures and maps of your local area.

7. Try a New Restaurant

Eat at a restaurant you’ve never been to before. In our own hometown’s we can easily get into ruts. It can be hard to break your routine when you know what you like. But the vacation experience is all about new and unfamiliar experiences. Take a leap and change things up by choosing a restaurant you’ve never been to before for dinner.

8. See a Play

Go see a play near you. You don’t have to go to Broadway or a major city to catch a live production. There could be theater performances happening nearby! Traveling Broadway productions also pass through many towns. There might be a major high school or university production going on soon that you could go to while supporting your local schools.

9. Spend a Day Downtown

If you’re bored with your own downtown, then visit the downtown of a nearby town instead. Spend the day walking around, enjoying the city, shopping, and eating at new places.

10. Visit a Nearby Campus

If you have a university nearby then you’ll have a wealth of things to do. You can take a tour of your local university to learn more about it. You can also go to events and shows on campus. They might have some free courses for the community as well. Find the event calendar on the university’s website and take advantage of events, lectures, concerts, shows, and more.

11. Backyard Staycation

Instead of going through the hassle of going somewhere far away for vacation, just go to your own backyard.

A backyard staycation is when you transform your own backyard into a relaxing oasis or a fun party-zone. There are tons of things you can do to make your backyard staycation-worthy. You could install some new amenities like a hot tub or a pool. You can even get a temporary pool that’s less expensive just for this occasion.

Invest in some nice lawn furniture to lounge in and put up some great outdoor lighting. Make a fire pit and roast marshmallows. Cook some barbecue on the grill. Set up a tent and go camping right outside your back door. Create a dance floor and have your own dance party. Set up a movie projector and have an outdoor movie night. Go stargazing.

The possibilities for what you can set up in your own backyard are endless.

12. The Kitchen Summer Staycation

Summer Staycation is a TV show from Food Network. They go over different dishes and recipes from all around the world that you can make from home. With all their great recipe videos, you can make foods that make you feel like you’re traveling the world.

13. Beauty Staycation

For some heavy-duty relaxation time plan lots of spa things to do. You don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on treatments at an actual spa. Instead, get your own spa stuff and start relaxing and pampering yourself from home. You can find all kinds of fun home, DIY spa ideas online or on Pinterest! Here are just a few example spa ideas to get you started:

  • Face masks
  • Massage rollers
  • Manicure and pedicures
  • Do a full body face mask in the shower
  • Use bath salts and oils for an extra relaxing bath
  • Do a hair mask
14. Search Events Near Me

Google the phrase “events near me” and see what Google can find for you. Many local events will be listed in Google’s search engine and easy to find. You can also browse the website for your city or town and see what’s listed under “events.” You can also search for events near you on Facebook. Just log into Facebook and in the side menu where it has your name, the “Saved” tab, the “Groups” tab, and many more, you’ll find an “Events” tab listed.

15. Visit Local Parks

Almost every city has at least one park. Go visit the parks near you and see which one you like the best. You might find a new great place to play sports, take your dog on walks, go on runs, or have picnics.

16. Go Do Local Hikes and Nature Trails

By downloading the All Trails app or visiting their website, you can find hikes and trails near you. The All Trails app will even help guide you with a GPS map so you don’t get lost on the trail.

Make a goal and hit every trail near you to find which ones you love and see sights you’ve never seen before.

17. Weekend Getaways

Just do a short weekend getaway instead of going very far away for very long. Sometimes the solution isn’t to not go anywhere at all, but to just not go too far and not for too long. Shorter trips can be just as fun and rejuvenating as long ones. You can even plan a weekend getaway nearby!

18. Go to a Sports Event

Even if you aren’t really into sports, going to a sport’s event can be a fun and exciting way to get out of your comfort zone and do something new. There might even be local teams you didn’t know about that you could start rooting for.

The great thing about sporting events is that you can go with friends, walk around, and grab delicious foods from all the different vendors. Many sporting events also get broadcasted somehow. So you don’t necessarily have to leave your house to create your own at-home sporting event. Just set up a TV or projector for viewing and make all your favorite sporting event snacks and dishes yourself.

19. Build a Fort

Home forts can go anywhere. You can set a fort up in the playroom or the kids’ bedroom. You can also make a fort in the living room, or even outside. Once your master fort is complete, you can enjoy a sleepover movie night inside.

20. TV or Movie Marathon

Movie marathons are an event all by themselves. Make some yummy homemade snacks like caramel popcorn, Chex mix, cookies, and brownies. What’s great about having a viewing party at home is that you can pick whatever you want to watch!

21. Game Night

Have a game night, complete with prizes for winning rounds and unique games and challenges. You can even invite friends to participate in game night via Skype and Facetime. There are even games you can play together online. You just have to find one you can all enjoy and set up your game party.

22. Local Tours

Go on a tour in your own hometown. Just search for local tours near you and see what you can find. You might have to pay for admission, but it’s worth it. Tours often come with a wealth of new knowledge about your own town.

23. Day Trip

Take a day trip somewhere nearby. You can still consider it a staycation if you’re only gone for one day. figure out how far you’re willing to drive in one day, and search for fun places to go near you. This is a great idea for taking a day trip to a nearby city. Maybe you live close to a major metropolitan area! Don’t overcomplicate your vacation, just go enjoy the city in one day of fun.

24. Camping

Camping is a great staycation idea. You can even go camping in your own backyard or even your living room! But odds are there are camping grounds nearby that you can go to. pretend you’re from out of town and go camping at a campsite nearby. Make dinner over the fire, tell stories, and gaze up at the stars all within a 100-mile radius of your own home.

25. Take a Class

Taking a class might not seem like a vacation-worthy activity, but extracurricular classes are very different from the classes you took in school. Take a course at your local college, community center, or library. You might even find some cheap, discounted, or free classes for members of the community. Choose something new, interesting, and fun like an art class or a cooking class.

26. Volunteer

I know what you’re thinking. Volunteering doesn’t seem very relaxing. Vacation is supposed to be for fun and for some much needed you-time. But volunteering can be fun and doing service for others can give you the same mood boost that a vacation can. Forget yourself for a while and feel good about yourself through doing some local volunteering. This is also a great way to make new friends and meet some new great people.

27. Local Marketplace

Instead of going to the big chain grocery stores you usually go to, explore the local markets. Find out where the farmer’s market near you is located and go see what they have to offer. The groceries and produce you get there will be fresher, healthier, and grown nearby rather than being shipped from far away and then overcharged because of it. Not only can you save money on groceries and organic foods, but you’ll be supporting your local businesses and farmers.

Many local marketplaces also have other local vendors selling all kinds of neat things. Explore what the vendors in your local area have to offer by visiting and supporting local businesses and entrepreneurs in your town.

28. Backyard Waterpark

Set up a makeshift pool or water play yard in the backyard. You can buy yourselves a blow up pool or water slide. Or you can put down tarps and play with the hose. Fill up a giant bin with water balloons and have an all out water war!

29. Bonfire

If you don’t have your own fire pit then you could take this opportunity to make one. Or you could spend a day or an evening at your local camping grounds to have a bonfire night. Prepare some yummy tin foil dinners that you can roast over the fire. There are also lots of desserts you can make with a fire that will be extra fun to create outside together. Bonfires also create a great mood for hanging out with loved ones, singing songs, telling stories, and playing campfire games.

30. Cookouts and Barbecues

Nothing is more relaxing and rejuvenating than wonderful food. Take your staycation meals to the next level by having a cookout or a barbecue. You can make kabobs, grill foods, or roast food over the fire. There are so many delicious cookout recipes out there to choose from.

31. Bird Watching

Buy yourself some bird watching binoculars and a guide to bird watching and local bird species. Now go outside and start finding all the different types of birds found in your own local area.

32. Plant Scavenger Hunt

Pick up a guide to all the different kinds of plants that grow near you. Then go outside in your outdoor gear and start finding all the plants you can. When you find each different kind of plant snap a picture as proof that you found it. Make it a game with others and see who can find more plants.

33. Hire a Personal Chef

Who says you have to go to fancy restaurants to have fancy food? By hiring a personal chef for dinner, you can get gourmet food created just for you. The best part about hiring your own chef is that you can enjoy a 5-star meal without ever leaving your house.

34. Go on a Picnic

Pack a picnic basket and go outside to eat today. You can eat in your own backyard or you can travel a little to your favorite outdoor spot. Creating your own custom picnic basket can also be a fun way to pass the time during your staycation.

35. Eat Breakfast in Bed

One of the most luxurious feelings in the world is eating breakfast in bed. If you live alone then you might have to still prepare your own breakfast, but you can still get right back into bed to enjoy it. If you live with others than you can take turns making breakfast for each other each morning of your staycation.

36. Rent a Cool Car for the Day

A fun part of traveling for some people is getting to rent a car. Renting a car can be expensive, but if you’re only renting the vehicle for one day, then you save a lot of money. Because you’re only renting it out for one day, it’ll also be easier and more affordable to rent out a really cool car!

37. Hire a Masseuse or a Masseur

A masseuse is a woman who practices massage and a masseur is a man who practices massage. Many people who do not know this difference will often simply use the term masseuse for any person who practices massage. It comes from the French word “masser,” which means, “to massage.”

A masseuse or a masseur has studied the body and the art of massage. They have learned many technics on how to use massage to ease tension and bodily pains. Hiring a masseuse or a masseur can be a great way to get all the built up tension out of your body without having to go to an expensive resort.

38. Bike Rides

Bike rides can be strenuous or leisurely depending on what biking trail you choose and your bike ride preferences. You also want to consider safety, your level of biking skills, and the type of bike you have when deciding on a type of bike ride excursion.

Pick your bike carefully so you have the right setup for the trail you want to bike on. You could bike on a nature trail or on the road, it’s up to you! You can go for a real workout by biking several miles or biking some rougher terrain. Or you can relax a little and go for a slow and calm bike ride and maybe stop at some point for a picnic.

39. Find a Great Staycation Read

Reading can take you anywhere. Getaway during this staycation by picking up a good book. Books are also a lot cheaper than an entire vacation, but you can go just as far away. There is a genre out there for everyone. If you don’t already know what kind of books you like that’s ok! Visit your local library and test out a popular book from each genre. Don’t worry about finishing each one. Just focus on finding the types of stories that draw you in.

40. Go Berry Picking

Find local farms near you and see what kind of picking is available. In the summer, berry picking is the most common. Berry picking is fun because it gets you outside and allows you to pick your own fresh berries off the vine without having to maintain your own garden.

41. Plan a Fun Summer Challenge

Make your summer staycation last the whole summer long with a fun challenge! You can challenge yourself however you want. You could decide to make something completely new for dinner every Sunday. You could challenge yourself to hike every trail in your area. You could make a challenge to bike to an awesome nearby site or attraction. Or you could challenge yourself to do one new, fun family activity each Friday night. It’s up to you!

Staycation AZ

If you’re in Arizona then you’re going to need some staycation ideas specific to your area. Lucky for you, Arizona has some fantastic staycation options. You could spend your Arizona staycation in a rental Yurt! You could also spend a staycation nearby in any one of the many Arizona resorts.

Arizona has resort options that are perfect for kids, families, and couples. They also have some of the best golf resorts for the avid golfer.

Arizona is also a state full of natural wonders and sites to see. There is the Fossil Creek Wilderness, the Water Wheel Falls, and the Tonto Natural Bridge just to name of few of Arizona’s natural wonders.

Staycation Phoenix

Phoenix is the capital city of Arizona. If you live in Phoenix Arizona, don’t bother going far away on vacation. Phoenix already has everything you need for a perfect vacation.

The city of Phoenix has a number of beautiful resorts and hotels for you to choose from. There are also countless tours and excursions to sign up for like the Desert Wolf Tour and the Rainbow Ryders hot air balloon rides.

You can also be your own guide at any of the many hikes near Phoenix, like the Echo Canyon Trail, the Piestewa Peak Summit Trail, Cholla Trail, or Camelback Mountain.

Staycation NYC

Like we’ve said before, your own city could be another person’s dream vacation. If you live and work in New York City than it might not seem so wondrous to you anymore. Gain that wonder back by seeing the sites of New York you’ve never taken the time to see before.

You could visit New York’s Botanical Garden, sail on the Hudson River, visit any of the iconic NYC restaurants, take a helicopter tour of the city, plan a day trip on Long Island, visit any of the museums or art galleries, catch a show, hike Forest Park, or walk Central Park.

Florida Staycation

Beach vacationers who live in Florida have it made in the shade. Instead of going out of state for some beach fun, just visit any number of the many Florida beaches already near you. You could go to Key West, Amelia Island, Key Largo, Marco Island, explore the city of Tampa or St Petersburg, or visit the manatees in Homosassa.

Staycation Dallas

Dallas is a city exploding with tourist attractions. Dallas has the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, the Dallas World Aquarium, White Rock Lake, Six Flags, Reunion Tower, the Dallas Zoo, and many beautiful parks and trails. Spending your staycation in Dallas is sure to not be boring.

Staycation Los Angeles

The biggest attraction in Los Angeles would probably be Disneyland. But there is a lot more to do in Los Angeles as well. There are museums like the Los Angeles Zoo, Griffith Park, Echo Park, Runyon Canyon Park, Universal Studios Hollywood, the California Science Center, and the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.

Staycation Near Me

Finding a staycation near you might not be so easy though if you don’t live in or near a major city with lots of tourist attractions to choose from. But finding what is available near you isn’t hard at all. To find fun staycation ideas near you just follow these steps:

Step 1: open up Facebook. In the menu select “Events” and browse the Facebook events near you.

Step 2: google “events near me” and browse the list of events Google has.

Step 3: google the phrase “attractions near me,” “sites near me,” or “things to do near me” and you’ll find trails, museums, parks, and all kinds of nearby activities near you.

Step 4: Plan a day or weekend trip to your nearest major city.

Plan a Successful Staycation

In order to truly get the most out of your staycation, you’ll want to keep a few important tips in mind.

First think about what your goals are for this staycation. What are the most important things you want to get out of your staycation? It might be saving money, relaxing, having fun, bonding with loved ones, getting a break from work, or a mix of these goals.

It’s important to have some solid staycation goals because if your primary goal is to relax, then planning one activity after another won’t work for you. Instead, you’ll want to plan more downtime for reading, napping, lounging, and sunbathing.

The next important step in planning a staycation is to make sure you put work away completely. This is especially important for staycations because you don’t have the added distance from work and home to keep you from doing business. Set up automatic messages to respond to anyone who might try and contact you while you’re away and then set everything on the do not disturb setting. Explain on your message that you are away on vacation, when you’ll be available again, and where or how to contact you in case of an emergency that cannot wait.

While the whole point of a staycation is to “stay put,” feel free to expand your horizons to include anywhere that you can drive to in just a few short hours. The cost of gas and time it takes you to drive an hour away to see a beautiful site or do something really fun will still be a lot less than if you were to go out of state for the same thing.

When you’re planning your staycation itinerary, don’t forget to leave plenty of room for spontaneous activities and down time. Don’t pack so much into your day that you don’t have time to enjoy the unexpected or time to shut off your brain and do nothing for a while.

Planning a staycation is simple and easy. With a Check City Prepaid Debit Card you can make staycation planning even easier by giving yourself a vacation allowance on your prepaid debit card. That way you’ll be sure to not overspend as you enjoy the local sites and attractions your own city has to offer.

Summer Quotes

Summer-Quotes

Use this summer to find balance. Whether that’s inner balance, work-life balance, or a more balanced budget.

Explore the Best Summer Quotes:

Summer is the perfect time of year to find new balance in your life. The year is now well underway and it’s time to reassess our yearly goals, get remotivated, and find more balance in every aspect of our lives.

Summer is also a time of fun, relaxation, and family bonding time. During the summer you might go on vacation or enjoy a relaxing staycation. Either way, be sure to get your rest this summer and find a way to enjoy yourself a little before the cold fall and winter months begin.

Short Summer Quotes

Sometimes you just need a quick, short summer quote! Short summer quotes are great for going on cards or for leaving a happy little note for someone to find. Try writing one of these fun, short summer quotes on a bathroom mirror, or on a post-it note you leave for someone to find and make their summer day a little sweeter.

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“There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart.”
―Celia Thaxte

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“Summertime is always the best of what might be.”
―Charles Bowden

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“Some of the best memories are made in flip flops.”
―Kellie Elmore

Cute Summer Quotes

Cute summer quotes are also great for decorations, Pinterest, or Instagram posts. Nothing like a cute summer quote to brighten up your day and the summer day of all your followers.

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“Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”
―Henry James

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“One benefit of summer was that each day we had more light to read by.”
―Jeanette Walls

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“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”
―Marcus Tullius Cicero

Happy Summer Quotes

Summer isn’t always sunshine and roses. Sometimes there are rainy summer days as well! While you might like a relaxing rainy day, I know I do, a gloomy day could also benefit from happy summer quotes to help you feel better.

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“One must maintain a little bit of summer, even in the middle of winter.”
―Henry David Thoreau

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“When I figured out how to work my grill, it was quite a moment. I discovered that summer is a completely different experience when you know how to grill.”
―Taylor Swift

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“Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air and you.”
―Langston Hughes

Summer Inspirational Quotes

Every season is a season for inspiration. That includes summer! Use these summer inspirational quotes to find the spark you need to have the best summer of your life.

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“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.”
―Albert Camus

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“But tomorrow may rain, so I’ll follow the sun.”
―The Beatles

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“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.”
―Audrey Hepburn

Summer Love Quotes

You know what they say. Summer is a time of love and romance. Ever since the premiere of Grease and the song Summer Love, the idea that summertime is a time of romance has been engraved in the hearts of romance lovers everywhere.

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“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?”
―William Shakespeare

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“Your voice was the soundtrack of my summer.”
―Unknown

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“If a June night could talk, it would probably boast it invented romance.”
―Bern Williams

Summer Solstice Quotes

What is the summer solstice? The summer solstice is when summer officially begins each year. The summer solstice occurs on the longest day of the year. It usually takes place sometime in June.

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“This is the solstice, the still point of the sun, its cusp and midnight, the year’s threshold and unlocking, where the past lets go of and becomes the future; the place of caught breath.”
―Margaret Atwood

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“Both the Winter and the Summer Solstices are expressions of love. They show us the opposition of light and dark, expansion and contraction, that characterize our experiences in the Earth school so that we can recognize our options as we move through our lives.”
―Gary Zukav

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“One way of celebrating the Solstice is to consider it a sacred time of reflection, release, restoration, and renewal.”
―Sarah Ban Breathnach

Summer Quotes For Kids

All kids know that summer is a special time for kids everywhere. School is out and family vacation and swimming pools await them. The summer’s of our youth are some of the most memorable times of our lives.

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“I’ve learned… That simple walks with my father around the block on summer nights when I was a child did wonders for me as an adult.”
―Andy Rooney

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“I was on the beach every summer. That was the pleasant part of my childhood because we were right by the sea. We’d take a picnic, and I’d spend hours in the water until I turned blue. You couldn’t get me out of there.”
―Olga Kurylenko

Summer Beach Quotes

The beach may be the most popular place to visit in the summer. And there’s so much to do at the beach! You can go swimming, surfing, boating, snorkeling, sea shell scavenging, sandcastle building, sunbathing, picnics, and so much more!

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“If you’re not barefoot, then you’re overdressed.”
―Unknown

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“What a boon to live on the water! Such delicious shades and hues! This is a template worthy of the greatest painters.”
―Adriana Trigiani

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“Nothing soothes the soul like a walk on the beach.”
―Unknown

Summer Vacation Quotes

What summer vacation plans do you have this year? Even if you aren’t going anywhere, a much needed staycation might be in order. A summer staycation can include anything you want. Campfires, camping, star gazing, playing with the hose, building a fort in the living room, and putting together ice-cold treats in the kitchen, for example!

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“Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.”
―Sam Keen

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“What do I want to take home from my summer vacation? Time. The wonderful luxury of being at rest. The days when you shut down the mental machinery that keeps life on track and let life simply wander. The days when you stop planning, analyzing, thinking and just are. Summer is my period of grace.”
―Ellen Goodman

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“A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it in.”
―Robert Orben

End of Summer Quotes

Alas, all good things must come to an end, summer included. But that’s ok, because the summer helps us appreciate the winter and vice versa! If you’re feeling a little down about the end of summer, just take a look at some of the best end of summer quotes to help you feel better about the change.

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“If it could only be like this always—always summer, always alone, the fruit always ripe.”
―Evelyn Waugh

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“A fallen leaf is nothing more than a summer’s wave goodbye.”
―Unknown

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“To say it was a beautiful day would not begin to explain it. It was that day when the end of summer intersects perfectly with the start of fall.”
―Ann Patchett

Summer is about balance and renewal. Summer offers us an opportunity to relax, take much needed breaks from our work and our daily lives, and recenter ourselves for the rest of the year. Take full advantage of your summer by taking the vacation you deserve and allowing yourself to take some moments for yourself.

The Best Places to Retire

Best Places to Retire

Explore this Retirement Guide:

How to Decide Where to Retire

One of the things you must do when planning for your future retirement is to plan where you want to live when you retire. This is something you especially want to consider when buying a home. Ideally, you’ll finish paying off your mortgage before you retire, and since mortgages can take 30+ years to finish paying, it’s a good idea to consider how you want to retire before purchasing a home.

Other people might plan on moving later in life after their children have all flown the nest into a smaller, single-story home. Whatever you decide to do, the type of home you want to manage in your retirement days is something to think about sooner rather than later in life.

Some people might also want to live in a certain area to retire. Retirement allows for a lot of leisure time, which is why many retirees choose to live in warmer climates or near where they want to vacation like the beach.

But this isn’t all you have to consider when planning where to retire.

Cost of Living

You can calculate the cost of living on my many online cost of living calculators. The cost of living calculators will ask you where you currently live, where you want to live, and the amount of your current household income.

Once you enter the needed information, the cost of living calculator will give you several important insights:

How much you need to make each year to maintain your current standard of living in your new area and the higher or lower percentage costs for each aspect of living. This includes the cost of housing, transportation, food, entertainment, and healthcare.

Cost of living calculators are helpful because they allow you to easily compare the cost of living you’re currently used to with what the costs of things will be like in a different place.

Area Amenities

How do you know if a place will be fun or interesting to live in? The first thing you’ll want to think about is what you like to do and what kind of amenities and recreational activities you want to have nearby in retirement.

For instance, if you want to spend a lot of time golfing, then you should look up what golf courses are available in the area. Or maybe you want to live near parks and nature trails. These are also things you can ask your realtor to keep in mind for you when they are searching for homes to show you.

Here are some other recreational amenities you might want to consider when deciding where to retire:

  • golf courses
  • apartment complex amenities and activities
  • parks
  • nature trails and hiking
  • dog parks
  • the beach
  • swimming pools
  • restaurants
  • entertainment
  • local libraries and community centers
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Something you cannot forget to consider when planning where to live when you retire is the tax environment. Not all states leave retirement income exempt from taxes. Some places also have high sales or property taxes.

When considering an area or state for retirement, look into all the taxes of that area that might affect you in retirement. For example, Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, and Wyoming currently don’t have personal state income taxes. Hawaii, Illinois, Mississippi, and Pennsylvania don’t tax all or most of your income in retirement. These are the types of tax laws you want to look into when researching where to live during retirement.

Climate and Geography

Everyone has different preferences when it comes to their ideal local climate and geography. Some people love the rain, others love the sunshine, some people love lots of snow, while others love more temperate climates.

Likewise, some people want to live near mountains where they can explore and go on frequent hikes. Other retirees will want to be close to the beach so they can enjoy the water and the sunshine anytime they like. Your preferences for climate and geography are also important things for you to consider when deciding where to retire.

Travel

If you have grandchildren, friends, and family members you want to be able to visit frequently then you’ll either want to live close by them or live where you can easily travel back and forth to visit them.

When considering where to live in retirement, you’ll want to look at how far away you’ll be from everyone and how easy it will be to travel to visit loved ones. This might also mean considering the cost of gas in your proposed retirement area.

Crime Rates

When you enter into retirement, the last thing you want to do is deal with high crime rates in your new neighborhood. Avoid this problem preemptively by finding the neighborhoods with the lowest crime rates to focus your retirement home searches.

There are a couple of resources you can use to learn about crime statistics in the area. City Data is a great website that lists all the states alongside a map of the US. Choose your state and then choose your city to find out more about the city crime statistics of that area.

If you want to compare crime statistics between your current place and where you want to move, then BestPlaces.net will let you compare both places at once. This website is great because crime is going to exist at some level almost everywhere, but you don’t want to move into an area with higher crime rates than your current city has.

Go on exploratory vacations. One of the best ways to figure out where to live when you retire is to go on some exploratory vacations to all the places you’re interested in!

How to Pick a Retirement Home

There are many reasons that bring some retirees to choose to live in a retirement home. Health concerns, the need for extra help or care throughout the day, mental or physical disabilities, and illnesses can be one smart reason to pick a retirement home with on-site caretakers.

But there are many other reasons besides physical health to pick a retirement home. Retirement homes can come with a lot of amenities, perks, and added benefits.

At a retirement home, you won’t have to worry about cleaning or upkeeping a house and yard. Many retirement homes also have regular activities, classes, clubs, and events that are fun, informative, and entertaining. Retirement communities can also provide a strong sense of community with your neighbors or fellow residents.

There are also many different kinds of retirement housing to choose from, each with different perks and levels of independence. Some retirement housing operates the exact same way as any other apartment or housing complex.

The only difference is that they only provide housing for the 55+ community and provide helpful HOA services like snow removal. Other retirement complexes provide even more features like on-site caretakers and medical staff.

Best Places to Retire in the US

  • Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • Portland, Oregon
  • Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Manchester, New Hampshire
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • Athens, Georgia
  • Bella Vista, Arkansas
  • Boise, Idaho
  • Columbia, Missouri
  • Fargo, North Dakota
  • Iowa City, Iowa
  • Lawrence, Kansas
  • Lexington, Kentucky
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Rochester, Minnesota
  • Savannah, Georgia
  • Wenatchee, Washington
  • Winchester, Virginia

Best Places to Retire in Florida

  • Sarasota, Florida
  • Orlando, Florida
  • Melbourne, Florida
  • Tampa, Florida
  • Lakeland, Florida
  • Jacksonville, Florida
  • Port St. Lucie, Florida
  • Fort Myers, Florida
  • Clearwater, Florida
  • Delray Beach, Florida
  • Palm Bay, Florida
  • Miami, Florida

Best Places to Retire in Arizona

  • Green Valley, Arizona
  • Sun City, Arizona
  • Litchfield Park, Arizona
  • Prescott, Arizona
  • Cave Creek, Arizona
  • Paradise Valley, Arizona
  • Cottonwood, Arizona
  • Golden Valley, Arizona
  • Scottsdale, Arizona

Best Places to Retire in California

  • Beverly Hills, California
  • Westlake Village, California
  • Rancho Mirage, California
  • Auburn, California
  • Laguna Woods, California
  • Oaji, California
  • Los Alamitos, California
  • Marina del Rey, California
  • Grass Valley, California
  • Indian Wells, California

Best Places to Retire in North Carolina

  • Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Asheville, North Carolina
  • Brevard, North Carolina
  • Charlotte, North Carolina

Best Places to Retire in Tennessee

  • Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Nashville, Tennessee
  • Maryville, Tennessee

Best Places to Retire in Texas

  • El Paso, Texas
  • Austin, Texas
  • Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas
  • San Antonio, Texas
  • San Marcos, Texas

Best Places to Retire in the World

  • Boquete, Panama
  • Cahuita, Costa Rica
  • Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Medellin, Colombia
  • Arequipa, Peru
  • Bangkok, Thailand
  • Madrid, Spain
  • The Algarve, Portugal
  • Annecy, France
  • Bled, Slovenia
  • Canggu, Bali
  • Cascais, Portugal
  • Città Sant’Angelo, Italy
  • Cuenca, Ecuador
  • Fortaleza, Brazil


Sources


The Balance. “Where Should You Retire?” by Melissa Phipps.

US News and World Report. “The Best Places to Retire in 2020,” by Emily Brandon.

Forbes. “Best Places to Retire.”

Forbes. “The Top 10 Places In The World To Retire: 2 New Lists,” by Richard Eisenberg.

Smart Asset. “Best Places to Retire in California, Best Places to Retire in Arizona,” by Ben Geler.

Best Places Retire. “Where Are The 2020 Best Places To Retire In The US And Around The World?”

Retirement Quotes

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The best retirement quotes are ones that can get your well-wishes for the retiree across, show how much you care and how much they will be missed, all while putting a smile on everyone’s face!

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This article not only has some truly great retirement quotes, but we’ve made happy retirement images and quotes as well. We’ve also made retirement quotes for any situation!

Maybe you need retirement quotes for a friend, a colleague, a family member, a mentor, or a boss. You can find the perfect retirement quote here.

Funny Retirement Quotes

Funny retirement quotes make great retirement quotes for friends. Since you are closest to your friends you can enjoy more fun, jokes, and gags for your retiring buddies.

Humorous retirement quotes can also be a great way to ease any tension, stress, or sadness about leaving a place of work for a retiring coworker. Use some of these funny retirement jokes and quotes to brighten the mood and get everyone laughing at the next retirement celebration you attend.

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“If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there’d be a shortage of fishing poles.”
―Doug Larson

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“The trouble with retirement is that you never get a day off.”
―Abe Lemons

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“Retirement is like a long vacation in Las Vegas. The goal is to enjoy it the fullest, but not so fully that you run out of money.”
―Jonathan Clements

Happy Retirement Quotes

Many retirement cards will come with their own sayings inside them. But maybe you want to write something in the retirement card yourself! These retirement quotes for cards are short quotes, simple quotes, and perfect for putting on the inside of a retirement card.

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Retirement is when you stop living at work and start working at living.

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Wishing you a new journey of success and happiness in retirement. May you be showered with abundant opportunities to do what your heart desires.

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“You don’t stop laughing when you grow old, you grow old when you stop laughing.”
―George Bernard Shaw

Inspirational Retirement Quotes

Retirement is an inspirational time. The retiree is making a new beginning in their life as they leave work behind and focus on personal pursuits. Use some awe-inspiring inspirational retirement quotes to feed your creativity and get excited about this new beginning.

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Retirement. Not the end of the road. The beginning of an open highway.

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“Don’t act your age in retirement. Act like the inner young person you have always been.”
―J. A. West

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“There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.”
―Sophia Loren

Retirement Wishes Quotes

When someone we know retires, we have a lot of wishes for them. We wish them happiness, relaxation, ease, and fulfillment. Express your well-wishes with some retirement wishes quotes.

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Retirement marks the end of working for someone else and the beginning of living for yourself.

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You can’t retire from being great!

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“Retirement, a time to do what you want to do, when you want to do it, where you want to do it and how you want to do it,”
―Catherine Pulsifer

Short Retirement Quotes

Sometimes you just need a short retirement quote. For example, retirement quotes for cakes need to be short so they can fit on the cake, or retirement quotes for cards need to be short so they can fit on the page.

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“Retire from work, but not from life.”
―M.K. Soni

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“I don’t feel old. I don’t feel anything until noon. Then it’s time for my nap.”
―Bob Hope

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“There’s never enough time to do all the nothing you want.”
―Bill Waterson, Calvin & Hobbes

Famous Retirement Quotes

Some of our favorite retirement quotes come from famous people from the past. Take a look at these famous retirement quotes from some of our favorite voices like Mark Twain, Fred Rogers, and Robert Frost.

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“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”
―Mark Twain

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“Often when you think you’re at the end of something, you’re at the beginning of something else.”
―Fred Rogers

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“The afternoon knows what the morning never suspected.”
―Robert Frost

Retirement Thank You Quotes

If you are saying farewell to someone you’ve admired or worked with, then a retirement thank you quote might be in order. Express your gratitude for their hard work and wisdom with these retirement thank you quotes that will adequately show your thanks for all they’ve done.

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You made work a happier place to be. Thank you, and Happy Retirement!

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Thanks for being so great to work with and for seeing me through the challenging times.

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Years from now, when I think back on the highlights of my career, I’ll definitely remember you.

Hallmark Retirement Quotes

Hallmark is a great place to go for retirement cards and some great retirement quotes. Browse Hallmark’s collection to get the perfect retirement card, or check out these hallmark retirement quotes to get some inspiration for a retirement quote of your own.

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Celebrate your accomplishments, enjoy your newfound freedom, and always remember what a positive difference you’ve made.

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Wishing you blue skies, big dreams, new adventures, and time to enjoy them all.

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This is a day of celebration, not only for all you’ve accomplished but also for all the possibilities that are unfolding before you.

Retirement Quotes For Teachers

Teachers can be some of the hardest people to say goodbye too when they retire. They are our mentors, counselors, and advisors in so many things. When teachers retire, it takes a special retirement quote for teachers to really express your love and gratitude for their work.

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Education is one thing, but you gave us much more. With inspiration beyond limits, you helped us rise and soar. Happy Retirement!

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Your teachings will forever be treasured, your contribution in our lives can never be measured. Happy retirement.

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Good teachers are the reason why ordinary students dream to do extraordinary things. Wish you a happy retirement.

Retirement Quotes For Coworkers

One of the most common places where you’ll need retirement quotes is for your coworkers who are retiring from the workplace. If you need some good retirement quotes for coworkers than you’ve come to the right place.

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The best part about being retired is never having to request time off. Congratulations!

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Wishing you the best retirement ever! Enjoy the new chapter of your life and enjoy being your own boss.

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Enjoy your 7-day weekends!

Retirement is an exciting time meant for celebration. When someone retires, it’s because they’ve worked hard and are ready to spend some time in more personal and fun pursuits. Wish the retirees in your life well with this list of our favorite retirement quotes and sayings.

Spring Quotes

Spring-Quotes

Spring is meant to be a time of rebirth. Baby animals are learning to walk for the first time, new plants are beginning to bloom, and the skies are full of spring showers.

Spring is a welcome time of renewal and fresh starts after a long, cold winter. Spring is also full of festivities now that the weather is getting warmer. You might also be starting on your garden now that the earth has thawed.

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However you decide to spend your springtime this year, springtime inspiration from some beautiful spring quotes can help you get productive and seek your own forms of self-renewal this spring.

Below are some of our favorite spring quotes. We have funny spring quotes, spring break quotes, happy spring quotes, first day of spring quotes, spring cleaning quotes, spring motivational quotes, short spring quotes. Enjoy these beautiful words of springtime inspiration as you enjoy your spring this year!

Funny Spring Quotes

When beginning any new endeavor there are bound to be missteps, failures, and mistakes. But that’s ok!

These are just funny moments to look back on fondly as you look back on how much you’ve grown. Don’t let the mishaps keep you from enjoying spring.

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“Spring is nature’s way of saying, Let’s party!”
―Robin Williams

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“Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush.”
―Doug Larson

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“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”
―Margaret Atwood

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“Despite the forecast, live like it’s Spring.”
―Lilly Pulitzer

Spring Break Quotes

Spring break is a much needed respite during the last semester of the school year. It’s the perfect opportunity to start your spring with some travel or much needed vacation time.

Every year people fret over how to spend their spring break. The following quotes might help give you some ideas.

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“Go where the wifi is weak and the sun is strong.”
―Unknown

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“Travel: the best way to be lost and found at the same time.”
―Brenna Smith

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“Spring won’t let me stay in this house any longer! I must get out and breathe the air deeply again.”
―Gustav Mahler

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“We travel, not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.”
―Unknown

Inspirational Spring Quotes

Maybe you want to tackle a personal project this spring. You could work on getting into shape, make a garden in your backyard, clean and organize the house, or renovate your kitchen.

The possibilities are endless, but personal projects take hard work, and hard work calls for a healthy dose of inspiration to get you going.

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“You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep Spring from coming.”
―Pablo Neruda

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“Spring is the time of plans and projects.”
―Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

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“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.”
―Anne Bradstreet

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“That is one good thing about this world…there are always sure to be more springs.”
―L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea

Happy Spring Quotes

Above all, spring is a time for happiness! Sunshine itself reminds us of happiness for a reason. As the weather improves, so does our mood.

If you’re feeling especially happy this spring day, then enjoy one of these spring quotes all about happiness.

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“Spring work is going on with joyful enthusiasm.”
―John Muir, The Wilderness World of John Muir

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“It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want—oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!”
―Mark Twain

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“Spring is the fountain of love for thirsty winter.”
―Munia Khan

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“Everything is made new in the spring. Springs themselves are always so new, too. No spring is ever just like any other spring. It always has something of its own to be its peculiar sweetness.”
―L.M. Montgomery, Anne of the Island

First Day of Spring Quotes

The first day of spring can be really exciting. The ground is beginning to thaw and with the warming weather you can begin to do so many things again!

All the warm weather activities that you had to put away last winter are available again after the first day of spring arrives. Whatever spring activities you most love, get outside and enjoy them now that the first day of spring has past.

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“Spring makes its own statement, so loud and clear that the gardener seems to be only one of the instruments, not the composer.”
―Geoffrey B. Charlesworth

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“April prepares her green traffic light and the world thinks Go.”
―Christopher Morley

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“The beautiful spring came; and when Nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also.”
―Harriet Ann Jacobs

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“Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love!”
―Sitting Bull

Spring Cleaning Quotes

Spring cleaning is a very important part of the year. Spring cleaning might feel really overwhelming but it doesn’t have to be if you know where to start.

Check out our Ultimate Spring Cleaning Checklist to help you tackle every spring cleaning job. It also doesn’t hurt to take some inspiration from a few funny spring cleaning quotes.

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“It’s time for a spring cleaning of your thoughts, it’s time to stop to just existing it’s time to start living.”
―Steve Maraboli

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“Forgive and set yourself free. When we forgive, we heal our own anger and hurt and are able to let love lead again. It’s like spring cleaning for our heart.”
―Angie Karan

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“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”
―William Morris

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“I look forward to spring cleaning and putting things in their place. It’s therapeutic for me.”
―Kimora Lee Simmons

Spring Motivational Quotes

Not everyone has an easy time with trying new things. With some spring motivational quotes you can find the inner strength to give new things a try this spring and reach your personal goals.

Don’t let fear or frustration keep you down. Stay motivated this spring for whatever projects you might be tackling with these spring motivational quotes.

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“If people did not love one another, I really don’t see what use there would be in having any spring.”
―Victor Hugo

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“Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.”
―Robert H. Schuller

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“They say it’s better to bury your sadness in a graveyard or garden that waits for the spring to wake from its sleep and burst into green.”
―Conor Oberst

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“The deep roots never doubt spring will come.”
―Marty Rubin

Short Spring Quotes

Let’s end this article with some short spring quotes. Don’t worry, these short spring quotes are short and sweet!

Life in the springtime often gets pretty busy. But busy life doesn’t have to keep you from enjoying some of these short spring quotes.

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“April hath put a spirit of youth in everything.”
―William Shakespeare

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“Spring is a true reconstructionist.”
―Henry Timrod

Make your spring this year a time of self-reflection, productivity, and renewal with these inspiring spring quotes. Begin something new in your life, put plans into action to reach your goals this year, and get outside and enjoy nature this spring!

30-Day Challenges You Can Do at Home

30-Day Challenges You Can Do at Home

Sometimes giving yourself a deadline is the key to making your goals a reality.

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Making your goals into a monthly 30-day challenge is a great way to set yourself up for success. Science has found that it takes the average person about 21 days of doing something new to make it a habit.

So why not take that science a step further and make your new goals or habits into a 30 day challenge to last the whole month. Then you’ll be extra certain your new and better habits stick.

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It’s also just fun to give yourself a personal theme for the month and find fun ways to make the most of your new monthly theme each month. Just be sure to create SMART goals that are specific and well-planned.

30 Day Workout Challenges

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One great place to start when you want to start making goals in your life, is to start with your physical health and wellbeing. Assess what might be lacking in your physical health and how exactly you could improve.

Maybe you need to lose weight, maybe you need to gain weight, or maybe you just want to feel healthier and more energized. Whatever your ultimate health goal is, make sure you plan specific actions that can get you there.

  • go on a 20 minute jog every morning
  • eat 3 healthy meals a day
  • drink 8 cups of water each day
  • stop putting sweeteners in tea and coffee
  • limit yourself to one dessert a week
  • stop eating out for a month
  • do 100 squats every day
30 Day Ab Challenge

Working on our core is the key to getting toned everywhere else. Having strong abdominal muscles will help you have better digestive health and help all your other workouts be easier. The first step to creating a 30 day ab challenge is to pick which ab workouts you want to use. A couple of great ab workouts include, the reverse crunch, leg lifts, ankle reach crunches, criss cross crunches, and sit up crunches.

Then, make a plan for how many ab workouts you’re going to do each day. For example, you might do 5 reps of each ab workout during the first week, 10 reps in the second week, 15 reps the third week, and 20 reps the fourth week. Or, you could go further and increase the number of reps you do each day of your 30 day month challenge.

30 Day Squat Challenge

Squats are another great workout to make into a 30-day challenge. You can modify the squat into many different forms to target different muscles too. Like the ab challenge, you can also increase the number of reps you do each day or each week during your 30 day squat challenge. Some squat variations you can try are chair squats, jumping squats, leg raise squats, and plie squats. A good idea is to start day 1 of your challenge by doing as many squats as you can, and then doing more than that number each following day. But many 30 day squat challenges start with 50 squats a day and increase to 200 or more squats every day in the end.

30 Day Plank Challenge

The plank doesn’t have too many variations you can try, but a regular plank already does a lot for your body. A 30 day plank challenge includes timing how long you can hold a plank and working to increase that amount of time each day during the 30 day challenge. Planks can be really hard, so it’s ok if you need to start with only 10 seconds. If you start your first day with a 10 second plank, and increase your plank time by just 10 seconds each day, you can work your way up to a 5 minute plank by the end of the month.

30 Day Pushup Challenge

Pushups are the key workout for your upper body. Taking part in a 30 day pushup challenge can help you build and slim down your upper body and arms. Pushups generally come with one modification. You can do a regular pushup or you can rest your knees on the ground during your pushup. Everyone is going to start at a different place when it comes to how many pushups they can do. So if you need to start with knee pushups that’s ok, you’re still getting a great upper body workout out of it. Many 30 day pushup challenges start with 5 pushups and then increase by 2 each day.

30 Day Workout Challenge

Maybe you don’t want to focus on a specific area of the body. Instead, you can plan out a whole month’s worth of different workouts to try. For example, you might plan to do a cardio day every monday, a lower body workout on tuesdays, a core workout on wednesday, an upper body workout on thursday, and a strength workout on friday. Then, saturday and sunday can be your rest days or saturday can be the day you do yoga.

30 Day Fitness Challenge

A 30 day fitness challenge doesn’t have to just be about exercise though. Fitness can also include other aspects of your physical health like eating healthy. But making these kinds of fitness goals into a 30 day challenge can give you the focus you need to make healthier habits. You might want to cook more at home and make a meal plan for the month. Or maybe you make a month-long goal to only eat a dessert once a week, or drink a certain amount of water every day.

Monthly Self-Care Challenge

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The next important thing you want to take care of in your life is your mental health and wellbeing. Stress, anxiety, depression, and worry can all have negative affects on all other aspects of our life. That’s why it’s so important to remember mental and emotional self-care.

An example of a great mental self-care monthly goal would be to write in a journal for 5 minutes once a day. But there are endless possibilities to the mental self-care goals you could make.

  • meditate for at least 5 minutes once a day
  • read a good book for 20 minutes each day
  • write a letter to someone you care about each day
  • make your bed every morning
  • brush and floss your teeth twice a day
  • go outside every day
  • get dressed and ready for the day everyday
  • add a new inspirational quote to your quote wall each day
  • do 20 minutes of yoga each day

Monthly Reading Challenge

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We all know reading is good for us, but it can be hard to find the time. That’s why reading makes a great monthly challenge, because giving yourself a deadline for finishing a book will help you make the time.

A monthly reading challenge can be a fun practice to do every month. You can also include your friends and family and read a book together. Having your own little book club to support your monthly reading challenge can also help you stay motivated and inspired by your fellow readers’ insights.

Go ahead and include the kids in your monthly reading challenge too! They can work on reading their first chapter book, or they could read a new children’s book each day. With reading, the possibilities are endless.

Monthly Meal Planning Challenge

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Cooking at home can be a challenge all its own. But ultimately, eating home cooked meals is healthier for your body and your wallet in the long term. The best way to start a monthly meal planning challenge is to start with simple recipes and dishes you know you like. Then, once you have some solid meal prepping skills, you can start becoming more adventurous.

Another way to succeed at creating meals at home is to focus on meal prep. You want to use meals that you can prepare ahead of time and easily put together in the crock pot, the instant pot, or the oven. Then you can do a week’s worth of meal prepping just one day a week and make your daily cooking a lot less strenuous.

Monthly Cleaning Challenge

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Getting your entire house in order might seem like an impossible feat. But cleaning your entire house becomes easy when you split up the work over the course of a month.

Every home is going to have different cleaning and organizational needs. You might only have a studio apartment and want to focus on organizing and detailed dusting. Or you might have a bigger house with a garage, basement, and attic that could all use a major overhaul.

One monthly cleaning example would be to spend the first week of the month on the kitchen only, the second week on the living room, the third week on the bathrooms, and the final week of the month on the bedrooms.

But if you have garages, basements, or attics to tackle, you can combine the bathroom and bedroom weeks into one week so you can dedicate a week to cleaning out the garage, basement, or attic. Or, you can always make a whole cleaning month dedicated to the garage, basement, or attic. It’s up to you!

You might also just want to be better about being clean and organized in your daily life at home. If this is the case for you, you can set a goal to spend 15 minutes tidying up the house before going to bed each night.

Monthly Budget Challenge

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Budgeting is hard. And it’s hard to feel motivated for a goal that restricts your spending. That’s why it’s important to have a clear purpose for budgeting.

For example, fulfilling a monthly budget challenge might help you save up for something important, or help you get out of debt faster. In the long term, learning to budget effectively can help you finally gain control of your money so you have more of it when you need it.

The key to succeeding at a monthly budget challenge is to create a very specific money program for yourself. Don’t give yourself the chance to mess up your budget. Take out a monthly allowance for yourself in cash or in a Check City Prepaid Debit Card. Then make all your other expenses, bills, and purchases automatic and completely preplanned. This way, nothing can keep you from reaching your budget goals.

Finally learning to stick to a budget isn’t the only monthly money challenge you can do. You could also make a goal to put aside a certain amount each week into a savings account. You could also make it a goal to work extra, or work an extra job and save all the money you earn. You’ll be surprised what you can manage to save in a month’s time.

Monthly Art Challenges

Download 30-Day Art Challenge Calendar

There are always new monthly art challenges going on. Participate in a monthly art challenge this month and exercise your creative muscles! You can find all kinds of monthly art challenge templates online to give you an art prompt every day of the month.

Here are just a few examples of the most popular monthly art challenges that exist right now:

Month Art Challenge
January Creaturary
February Faebruary
March March of Robots, Monster March
April April Showers, Adventure April, April Colors
May Mermay
June Junebug
July Watercolors
August Smaugust
September Sketchtember
October Inktober
November 30 Character Challenge, Huevember
December Drawcember

Don’t be afraid to take the necessary time to reach your goals. Too often we quit before we’ve really started, or we try and reach big goals in a matter of days or weeks. But to really learn a new skill or become a better or more healthier version of yourself, you need to let your goals take time. So go ahead and take a whole month to focus on just one goal and allow yourself to really focus on one thing.


Sources


James Clear. “How Long Does It Actually Take to Form a New Habit? (Backed by Science).”

Mayo Clinic. “Water: How much should you drink every day?.”

How to Buy a House in Utah

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When buying a house, it’s important to know that the housing market is going to be different depending on your state.

It can even depend on what county or neighborhood you want to live in. Buying a house can also be a complicated process if you don’t know what to do first.

Some households might also still be contemplating between renting an apartment, buying a home, or using Utah home builders to build their own home. Currently, the median home price in Utah is $370,000 with the median rent price at $1,550 per month.

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What is Needed to Buy a House in Utah

A lot of the requirements to buy a house in Utah are going to be the same things you’d need to buy a house anywhere. But there are things specific to your state that you’ll want to research. This is primarily to help you be familiar with the housing market in your specific area.

Below are all the things you’ll want to go over and have in order when buying a home in Utah:

Get a Real Estate Agent

First, you need to find a buyer’s agent, otherwise known as your real estate agent. A realtor is a person that will help guide you smoothly through the home buying process and handle much of the paperwork.

Some other services that a realtor provides a home buyer include negotiating on your behalf with the seller, showing available properties, and helping you find what you’re looking for in a home.

Do Your Research

When buying a house you have to do some of your own research. There are things you must be aware of before you can responsibly buy a house and make this important decision.

For example, you might want to do your own research on areas that you want to live in, average prices, property taxes in that area, the housing market right now, and whether it’s a good time to buy.

But you also need a basic home buyer’s knowledge of many things pertaining to buying a home like what an HOA is and what kinds of mortgages are available to you.

For example, property taxes in Utah are calculated based on the value of your home. So how much you will pay in property taxes depends on the overall value of your home and your specific county. In Utah County the average property tax rate is about 0.565% meaning that many homes end up paying about $1,413 a year in property taxes.

You also have to consider closing costs and fees. In Utah, the average closing costs on a home are around $1,891, but they can be anywhere between 2% and 5% of your home. That means that more likely, Utah residents might end up paying between $6,812 and $17,030 in closing costs for their home.

Make a Pros and Cons List

Don’t forget to make a pros and cons list before you go into the home buying process. You want to make a list of things you do and don’t want in a house to help your realtor show you homes you would like.

Having a pros and cons list will also help you make a final decision. But you also have to be familiar with what are deal breakers in a home and what you can easily do without. You might really need an office space in your home for working from home, but maybe a kitchen island is something you would like to have but don’t have to have.

All of these things are the details you’ll have to work out for yourself or with other members of your household before you can easily make a decision on a home in the end.

Figure Out How Much House You Can Afford

There are actually a couple of calculations you can use to figure out how much house you can afford. You can determine how much you can spend on a house based on how much you have saved, your income, or the monthly payments you can afford.

Take the amount you have saved up for a house and divide it by 20% or take your gross annual income and multiply it by 2.5 to get how much you can afford in total on a house.

Take your gross annual income and divide it by 28% to figure out how much you can afford to spend in total each month on a mortgage payment.

Read more about how to figure out how much house you can afford by checking out the article, “How Much House Can I Afford?

Get Together a Down Payment

You need a down payment in order to buy a house. A down payment on a home usually needs to be at least 20% of the total cost you expect to spend on a house. This is often the minimum you need saved up in order to get most mortgages approved.

Ideally, you would pay a higher down payment than just 20%. Many financial advisors even suggest home buyers save up all the money they want to spend on a house so that they can buy their house in cash and forgo getting a mortgage altogether.

But most people can’t afford to pay for a house in cash and that’s ok. Just know that the higher the down payment you can afford, the more likely you’ll get a great mortgage.

Get Approved for a Mortgage

You need to get preapproved with a lender for your mortgage before you can make an offer on a house in Utah. This will show sellers that you are ready and approved to finance the purchase of the home. Getting approved for a mortgage can also give you a budget when looking at houses of different prices.

Credit Score to Buy a House in Utah

Different housing markets are going to have different demands when it comes to credit score requirements and expectations. Credit Karma says that the average first-time homebuyer has a credit score of 684, so this is probably the credit score you want to aim for.

But the average credit score for homebuyers will also change depending on your region. For example, they also found that if you live on the West Coast, you’ll be better off if you have a higher credit score of 700 or more. Many Utah home buyers have a credit score of 690, buy their first home at age 31, and have an average mortgage of about $315,951.

How to Buy a House in Utah with Bad Credit

If you have bad credit you might have a harder time getting a mortgage and getting a good interest rate on that mortgage. It might be in your best interest to postpone buying a house so that you can work on your credit score first.

But if that isn’t possible you do have options. There are specific mortgage lenders, lending programs, or housing communities that you can go to in order to get a mortgage approved.

There are federal organizations you can use to get a mortgage approved with bad credit like, FHA loans, VA loans, and USDA loans. There are also state-specific programs in Utah that you can turn to as a mortgage resource when buying a home in Utah.

  • FirstHome Loan
  • HomeAgain Loan
  • Score Loan
  • NoMI Loan
  • Grants for Veterans
Average Credit Score to Buy a House in Utah

Your credit score, also known as your FICO score, is one of the things mortgage lenders look at during your application for a loan. This will tell them how likely you are to be a good loan customer. Depending on where you apply will depend on how good you need your credit score to be. In Utah, home buyers want to have a credit score of 620 or higher, but ideally home buyers in Utah will have an average score of 690 or higher.

Best Place to Buy a House in Utah

Finding the best place to live will depend on a lot of factors. Different places have different market advantages and advantages for residents who live there. Like if you want to sell your house again later in the future, you might want to be in a good neighborhood with a great school and parks nearby.

You might also have a job that you want to live near or family that you want to live closer to. All of these personal factors will go into your choice.

Buy a House in Provo Utah

Provo is a very popular place in Utah. It’s a hotspot for tourists, businesses, and has Brigham Young University. The median home prices for Provo is around $219,900, which is actually on in the lower range for homes in Utah.

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Cheapest Place to Buy a House in Utah

If you’re looking for an even cheaper place to buy a house in Utah, then you’ll want to check out the home prices in different counties and towns. But the best city for first-time homebuyers in Utah according to the National Association of Realtors is Ogden, Utah. The National Association of Realtors based their analysis on domestic migration, housing affordability, job growth, population age, whether retirees want to live there, and home price appreciation.

Zillow also has lots of information about different major cities in Utah and how much the average house costs there.

City in Utah Median Home Price
Sandy $295,800
Salt Lake City $281,300
West Jordan $252,200
Orem $236,200
Layton $232,800
Saint George $231,400
Provo $219,900
West Valley City $202,100
Ogden $145,200

Best Time to Buy a House in Utah

The housing market is actually seasonal in Utah, as with many states. Spring and summer tend to be the best times to buy a house in Utah because this is when sellers list their houses for sale.

But if you don’t want as much competition from other buyers than buying offseason, during the fall and winter, could be smarter. You could also get a better price because there are fewer buyers for you to compete against.

When thinking about when to buy a home, it’s paramount that you consider the overall housing market. On Zillow right now, the median price of a home in Utah is $352,595 and this price is projected to go steadily higher in the next year. The values of homes in Utah have gone up 5.2% in the past year and Zillow predicts they’ll continue to rise 4.4% in the year to come.

How to Buy a House Without a Realtor in Utah

If you choose to not use a realtor, you can save money, and take your own time searching for and finding a home.

But you’ll have to go through all the steps of buying a home, do research on the neighborhood, get seller disclosures, get preapproved for a loan, get an inspection, make negotiations all on your own.

You won’t have as much knowledge about the market, you’ll have to do negotiations all by yourself, there is a lot of paperwork involved in buying a home that you’ll have to take care of, and at the end of your home buying experience, you really won’t save a lot of money buying a home without a realtor.

But if you decide to go it alone anyway, here are the steps you’ll have to go through in place of your real estate agent:

Step 1: Apply for a mortgage

You’ll want to shop for a home loan, pick your lender, and get preapproved so that you have the means to purchase your home when that time comes.

Step 2: Do your research

Normally a realtor would be able to tell you about the neighborhood, the housing market, or what prices are fair or unfair. Thoroughly research everything question you can think of.

Step 3: Choose a house

Now it’s time to shop for and pick a house! Make sure you know what you want, what you can afford, and what different features are worth.

Step 4: Get a seller disclosure

A seller’s disclosure is a document that overviews everything the seller knows about the property. You’ll still want to get your own inspection done on the house.

Step 5: Make your offer

Normally when buying a house you’ll make an offer and make getting your own inspection on the house done a part of your offer.

Step 6: Get an inspection

It’s important that you get your own home inspection done on the house before you finalize the purchase of the house. That way you can catch anything that might affect the value of the home.

Step 7: Negotiate

After your own home inspection, it might be time to do some negotiating on the house price. For instance, if you find a major problem in the piping or something you can sometimes negotiate a lower price.

Step 8: Finalize the sale

Now that you’ve done all that work it’s time to finish the paperwork and make the house your own!

Retirement Communities in Utah

There are many retirement communities that are specifically created for the 55+ community. But maybe you don’t want a home that is going to control or alter too much of your life with specific 55+ community requirements. Maybe you just want a home you can grow old in and make your life a little easier.

If this is what you’re looking for in a house then the homes at Strawberry Fields might be the dream place for you.

What is a Retirement Community?

A retirement community, like Strawberry Fields Utah, is a community of houses or a facility specifically designed for residents who are 55 years old or older. They can also be called assisted living communities and can come in different levels of assisted living.

Their purpose is to provide certain benefits to members of the 55+ community age group. A lot of them are meant to help older age groups live as independently as possible, or take care of members of the 55+ community. Some retirement communities will do everything for their residents, including providing meals and having a staff of registered nurses while others will provide fewer services and staff and allow for much more independence.

Independent Living Facilities

Independent living facilities are for residents who don’t need special medical treatment or daily help. They can simply be a community of houses that are restricted to the 55+ age group, or houses that are designed for ground floor living with wider doors and hallways for easier wheelchair access should that ever be necessary.

Assisted Living Facilities

Assisted living facilities are just that, homes or a housing facility that has the added benefits of assistance from a professional staff. People who live in assisted living facilities often don’t need extensive care, but they do need some assistance with certain daily tasks.

Nursing Home

Nursing homes are for people who need more extensive, daily care. They have professionals continually on staff and provide everything for their residents.


Twenty 2020 Quotes About Dreams and Goals

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You can do everything in your power to set and achieve your goals, but at the end of the day, it’s inspiration that will keep you motivated, positive, and help you fulfill your goals.

People are making goals every day. We make couple goals, relationship goals, hair goals, fitness goals, career goals, and so much more! We make goals because we recognize an area of our life that we want to improve. Then we research smart goals and goal setting strategies to try and figure out the most effective way to make and keep goals.

But what is it really that helps us actually achieve our goals? Does it really come down to planning and organizing? That can certainly help a lot, but at the end of the day, it’s our own focus, motivation, positivity, and inspiration that will determine how successful we are at reaching our goals.

Inspirational quotes are a great way to keep up your moral as you pursue a goal. Use them as a motto, a mantra, or a personal affirmation you read to yourself every morning as you start the day. You can also make an effort to read a new goal-quote each morning as a daily or weekly theme.

 

Relationship Goals Quotes

Couples goals quotes can help you with your relationship goals! Goals can be a really healthy part of any relationship. They can help you figure out your differences

1. Everyone has flaws

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“Affection is when you see someone’s strengths; love is when you accept someone’s flaws.”
One Day

Sometimes the hardest relationship goals are the ones that have to do with our flaws. But don’t despair! We all have flaws and it’s ok to need some extra help becoming better.

2. First learn to live with yourself

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“A woman’s number one relationship goal should be with herself first. Liking, loving, and valuing who she is will set the standard for what kind of man she chooses to date and/or marry.”h6>

― Stephanie Lahart

Our first relationship goals should be to ourselves. Whether you’re a man or woman, this advice applies to you. First you have to learn to love yourself and recognize your own worth before you can bring a healthy and successful relationship into your life.

3. Be supportive

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“We come to love not by finding a perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.”
― Sam Keen, To Love and Be Loved

Another big part of love is not just learning to work on yourself but learning to love your partner amidst their own self-development. Growing and changing together can be hard, but if we support each other, we can come out better for it in the end.

4. Take fate into your own hands

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“You cannot leave everything to Fate, boy. She’s got a lot to do. Sometimes you must give her a hand.”
Ever After

In romantic relationships we often talk of fate. But when working on relationships, you can’t let Fate take care of everything. In any relationship, you have to put in your own time and effort to support and take care of each other.

 

Fitness Goals

5. Enjoy the journey

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“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”
―Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness

This is especially poignant for any fitness journey. You might want to lose a specific number of pounds or look a certain way, but if you don’t learn to love your fitness journey, you’ll never get where you want to go. Reiterating for anyone who didn’t get it the first time—the end result of a goal doesn’t matter if you miss out on important benefits along the way.

6. Make adjustments when necessary

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“When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.”
―Confucius

Often times when we are trying to make and reach fitness goals, we come across setbacks that can be really disheartening. But what do you do when you’re doing everything you can to reach your goals and it just isn’t working?! Simple, don’t panic. Just adjust the steps you plan on taking to achieve your goals.

7. Don’t wait to start

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“Do not wait; the time will never be ‘just right.’ Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.”
―George Herbert

We can also put off our health goals too much. We say things like, I’ll start at the beginning of the New Year or after Thanksgiving, but this mentality will keep you from ever starting. Don’t become victim to putting off your goals indefinitely, forever waiting for the perfect time. The best time to start working on your goals is right now!

8. Focus on the end result

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“Whenever you want to achieve something, keep your eyes open, concentrate and make sure you know exactly what it is you want. No one can hit their target with their eyes closed.”
―Paulo Coelho, The Devil and Miss Prym

Part of creating smart fitness goals is to make specific goals and not messing yourself up by losing focus. If you don’t go into your health goals with purpose then you might not get what you want out of your diet and workout plans.

 

Finance Goals

9. Take tiny steps

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“Every financial worry you want to banish and financial dream you want to achieve comes from taking tiny steps today that put you on a path toward your goals.”
―Suze Orman

Finance goals are a big deal. They can get us things like a new home, a car we really need, or a finally get us free from debt! But with financial goals especially, we have to take them one step at a time, and that’s ok.

10. Make your money work for you

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“Money is a terrible master but an excellent servant.”
―PT Barnum

You can make money work for you by making smart investments and even smarter money decisions. Work on any aspects of scarcity mentality you might struggle with and learn develop healthier money habits.

11. Find your reason

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“More important than the how we achieve financial freedom, is the why. Find your reasons why you want to be free…”
―Robert Kiyosaki

Finance goals are important and can help us reach a lot of great milestones in life. But all of it is pointless if you don’t have a reason for going through all that trouble. Find your reason for reaching financial freedom—maybe you want to buy a house, a new car, or have more income available to enjoy yourself.

12. Get control

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“You must gain control over your money or the lack of it will forever control you.”
― Dave Ramsey

Easier said than done. Controlling you money can often feel like trying to control a wild herd of horses! But with mindful goals you can gain back control of your money and learn to control your own spending.

 

Life Goals Quotes

13. You’re never too old

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“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”
―C.S. Lewis

Don’t believe in the saying, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” It simply isn’t true! You are never too old or too stuck in your usual ways to reinvent yourself, change your life, and try new things.

14. Follow your goals where they lead you

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“Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.”
―Louisa May Alcott

We have to realize that many times, our goals are meant to be like a compass. The things you learn along the way can be just as important as reaching your actual goal. So don’t let yourself become so consumed with the end result that you don’t take advantage of all there is to gain along the way.

15. Follow your dreams

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“If you can dream it, you can do it.”
―Walt Disney

There is a lot of truth to this. If you can imagine something, then odds are you can make it come true. Being able to envision yourself succeeding at your goal can also be one of the most important parts of setting a goal and motivating yourself to put in the work.

16. Don’t get lost along the way

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“If you don’t know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else.”
―Lawrence J. Peter

One of the biggest keys to achieving any goal is having a plan that you can easily follow. This step by step plan can lay out your journey to success so you can literally and figuratively keep your eye on the goal.

 

Motivation Goals Quotes

17. Take aim

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“If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.”
―Zig Ziglar

Sometimes we feel depressed about even making goals to begin with. It’s alright if every once in awhile you need a reminder of why you should even make goals in the first place.

18. Happiness is found in reached goals, not material things

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“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.”
―Albert Einstein

It’s also important to reevaluate the kinds of goals you make as well. Not all goals are good goals! Don’t be afraid to cast aside goals once you’ve realized they aren’t healthy goals that will lead toward true happiness.

19. You can do anything you set your mind to

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“Where there is a will, there is a way. If there is a chance in a million that you can do something, anything, to keep what you want from ending, do it. Pry the door open or, if need be, wedge your foot in that door and keep it open.”
―Pauline Kael

But sometimes succeeding at all your goals just feels impossible. And when it feels impossible, pry that door open and keep it open with your foot if you have to!

20. Goals can cure boredom

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“If you’re bored with life—you don’t get up every morning with a burning desire to do things—you don’t have enough goals.”
―Lou Holtz

Creating goals can also be a great way to make your life more exciting! If you find yourself bored all the time, then you might just need to give yourself more things to work toward.

Achieving Goals Quotes

When goal setting, it can really do wonders to have goal setting quotes to help motivate and inspire you. Achieving goals quotes can also help you more easily visualize the end result you desire.

First, learn how to set goals

But knowing how to set goals is still an important first step in the process of making goals.

You have to know how to plan effectively for achieving your goals before you can start the journey toward achieving them.

Second, learn to set SMART goals

A big part of setting goals in the first place is knowing how to set SMART goals. If your goals are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound, then you’ll easily lose your way, lose focus, and lose out.


International Women’s Day

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When is International Women’s Day?

International Women’s Day is on March 8th every year. This has been a recurring annual holiday since 1913.

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What is International Women’s Day?

International Women’s Day is an international holiday recognized by the United Nations (UN) and celebrated across the globe by all cultures, nationalities, religions, races, and genders.

International Women’s Day isn’t just a day to celebrate women. It’s a holiday centered around fighting for gender equality around the globe. It is a day to reflect upon the progress the world, and your own country or state has made in the fight for gender equality, and to think about the ways we can still improve.

There’s a lot of work left to be done in the fight for gender equality, and the purpose of International Women’s Day is to remind us all of that.

How was International Women’s Day Started?

International Women’s Day, sometimes shortened to IWD, is not a holiday belonging to any one country. It is an internationally recognized holiday that belongs to us all.

International Women’s Day began with large movements enacting change for women’s rights as early as 1908. One of the first National Women’s Day took place on February 28th in the US.

The proposal for an International Women’s Day first started in 1910 when Clara Zetkin first brought up the idea in an International Conference of Working Women. She wanted this day to be the same day, every year, that all nations could take part in. Her proposal was met with unanimous approval, and thus International Women’s Day was officially created.

It wasn’t until 1913 that the date of this holiday was officially set to March 8th for everyone around the globe, and it wasn’t until 1975 that the holiday was officially recognized by the UN.

In 1996 the UN began incorporating an annual theme into each International Women’s Day, which you can see and take part in on the UN’s official website. The International Women’s Day theme for 2020 is I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights.

What is Gender Equality?

Gender equality refers to individuals having equal access to resources and opportunities regardless of your gender. It can also refer to giving equal opportunity for involvement in economic participation and political decision-making. Gender equality fights against any bias that is gender-based, so that men and women can be equally involved, supported, safe, and successful.

When people think about gender equality, they often think about women’s rights in politics or the workplace. But it also includes putting an end to harmful or unfair stereotypes and gender-based violence.

Gender equality is also an issue that impacts everyone, not just women. Achieving gender equality ensures that basic human rights are protected for everyone, without discrimination. To learn more about gender equality, how you can help, and how it might affect you, visit UN.org.

Other Holidays Like International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day isn’t the only holiday of its kind. International Men’s Day for instance, was first founded by Dr. Jerome Teelucksingh in 1999.

When is International Men’s Day?

International Men’s Day takes place on November 19th every year.

International Men’s Day is meant to inspire men all around the world to do and be better. It is also a day to bring awareness to men’s issues. For example, men have a suicide rate that is 3 times higher than women.


How Much Do Pets Cost?

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Thinking of getting a pet? Take a moment to go over the costs of pets before taking on the responsibility of proper pet care and ownership.

Pets become part of the family and enrich our lives in many ways. The costs can seem like a small price to pay for a new furry family member. Just be aware of the costs around having an taking care of a pet, so that you can plan financially and include these costs in your existing household budget.

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The costs of a pet depend on a lot of things. Dogs come with different costs than cats, and fish and hamsters have completely different costs as well. Pet costs for dogs and cats can also depend on the breed and size of the animal. For instance, some dog breeds have greater risks for hip problems or certain cancers.

Some of the costs you’ll run into with your pet include health, grooming, food, toys, treats, pet supplies, and emergency costs.

*the prices below are estimated costs.

One Time Pet Costs

Adoption Fees

+$50 to $600

Adoption fees are going to vary depending on what kind of animal you are adopting. Adopting a cat is going to be cheaper than adopting a dog. For example, cats can cost as little as $25 in adoption fees while the adoption fees for dogs range closer to $50 and higher.

Breed, age, and size can also factor into how much an animal shelter will charge you in adoption fees. If an animal needed a lot of medical care while they were at the shelter, they might cost a bit more to adopt.

But generally adopting rather than shopping for a pet is much less expensive than buying your pet from a breeder. Adoption fees are even more worthwhile because they often also include things like spaying, neutering, and essential vaccines all in the same cost.

Pet Prices from Breeders

+$800 to $2,000 or more

Buying a pet can be a lot more expensive, but there are many advantages to purchasing your pet from a breeder instead of a shelter. You can get a puppy, a hypoallergenic, nonshedding, or low shedding dog, or you can get a specific dog breed you’ve always wanted.

But purchasing a pet from a breeder is going to cost a lot more than adopting an animal from your local shelter. Dog breeders might offer payment plans so you can pay them in a few installments rather than all at once, but generally a puppy from a breeder is going to cost you $1,000 or more.

Spay and Neutering

+$25 to $80

Spaying is when the vet removes the ovaries and uterus in a female animal so they can’t get pregnant.

Neutering is often referred to fixing male animals so they can’t get female animals pregnant, but neutering can refer to both sexes.

Many people don’t plan on breeding their animals so they get their pets spayed or neutered. Getting your pets fixed can keep you from dealing with a lot of problems, including your dog getting a neighbor’s dog pregnant, your animal developing certain cancers, dealing with your dog in heat, dealing with a more aggressive or territorial male animal, or dealing with them marking their territory. It can also make licensing in some states a lot cheaper if your animal is neutered because you are helping to keep the stray population down.

For more in depth information about neutering visit the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Licensing

+$15 to $40

Licensing is when you pay the state to receive an official identification number and tag for your pet. This gives your pet an ID number and a tag with this number on it. This also marks you as the official guardian of the animal.

Licensing prices and rules will depend on your state, but getting licensed can keep your oet safe from the law. In many places it’s the law to have your pet tagged, even your cat. It’ll also show others that your pet is vaccinated and help your pet get found and returned to you easier if they ever get lost.

Licensing is also a lot cheaper if your pet is neutered.

Microchip

+$45

A microchip implant is a tiny chip that gets inserted under the skin of your pet. You can get your pet microchipped at the vet.

This microchip can then be scanned by a vet or animal shelter in the case your pet gets lost, and the scan will tell them your name and phone number to contact you.

Pet Supplies

All pets are going to come with their own set of needs. If you get a dog you might need a kennel and dog bed, if you get a cat you’ll need a litter box and scratching post, if you get a fish you’ll need a fish tank with things to put inside, if you get a hamster you’ll need a cage, tunnels, wheels, and toys for them to play with.

Many of these items are going to be a one time purchase you’ll make in preparation for welcoming your new pet into your home. But some of these may need replaced eventually.

You can also find the below items in cheaper or more expensive form, depending on how much you’re willing to spend. When you’re planning on getting a pet, you can visit wherever you want to buy your pet supplies and total up all the things you would buy for them to see how much they’ll all cost you.

  • Food and Water Bowl: +$5 to $20
  • Toys: +$3 to $20
  • Bed: +$20 to $100
  • Blanket: +$5 to $20
  • Collar: +$5 to $30
  • Leash: +$10 to $15
  • Crate: +$20 to $200
  • Travel Crate: +$20 to $100

Recurring Pet Costs

Food

+$10 to $50

The cost of food is going to depend on a number of factors like, what kind of pet you have, how big they are, how old they are, and how active they are.

Some animals, regardless of breed, are just more active than others and will need more nourishment. Other pets might be less active but still want lots of food and treats all the time, causing them to gain weight. Be familiar with your pet, consult with your vet, and learn how much food they really need.

Treats

+$5 to $20

Some animals are very treat-motivated and some are not. Depending on your pet you might spend a lot on treats or hardly ever buy treats.

But treats can be a great way to reward your pet for good behavior, keep them busy with yummy things they can chew on for a while, clean their teeth with dental sticks, and train them.

Vaccines

+$30 to $100

Your pet will need certain vaccinations every so often to keep them protected from illness, disease, and parasites. There are also vaccines and medicines that your puppy or kitten might need when their young, and then other vaccines they’ll need regularly later in life.

What Vaccines Does My Puppy Need?

  • Bordetella Bronchiseptica
  • Canine Distemper
  • Canine Hepatitis
  • Canine Parainfluenza
  • Corona Virus
  • Heartworm
  • Kennel Cough
  • Leptospirosis
  • Lyme Disease
  • Parvovirus
  • Rabies

What Vaccines Does My Dog Need? (every 1 to 3 years)

  • DHPP
  • Coronavirus
  • Leptospirosis
  • Bordetella
  • Lyme disease
  • Rabies

What Vaccines Does My Cat Need?

  • Rabies
  • Bordetella
  • Feline Rhinotracheitis Virus/Herpesvirus 1 (FVRCP)
  • Feline Calicivirus (FCV)
  • Feline Panleukopenia (FPV)
  • Feline leukemia virus (FELV)
Checkups

+$30 to $100

Just like how it’s important for you to get an annual physical every year, it’s important for your pets to get a check up at the vets every once in a while. This can help prevent greater vet costs in the future by helping you take preventative measures now.

Heartworm Prevention

+$15 to $50

Heartworm is a parasite that pets can get from mosquitos. Heartworm can damage heart, lungs, and cause many other problems for dogs and cats. Heartworm prevention usually consists of medicine or injections they get every 6 to 12 months.

If your pet already has heartworms the treatment can cost much more than preventative care. Some heartworm treatments can cost up to $1,000.

Flea and Tick Prevention

+$5 to $15

Animals can be susceptible to fleas and ticks. Not only are fleas and ticks uncomfortable for your pet, they can also carry diseases like Lyme disease and make your pet sick.

Pets can get fleas and ticks from being outside or being around other animals that have fleas or ticks. You can buy shampoos and collars to help keep your pet from getting infested with fleas or keep ticks from latching onto them while playing outside.

Grooming

+$30 to $100

There are many places you can use to get your pet groomed. There might be local pet grooming places, your vet might also provide grooming services, and there are chain places like PetSmart where you can go.

Some pets need more grooming than others. For example, long haired dogs or dogs with hair instead of fur need a lot more regular grooming to prevent harmful matting in their coat. Other dogs might shed a lot and need some grooming help to calm down their shedding.

Grooming can also include other important things like clipping nails, cleaning teeth, and cleaning ears. Visit PetSmart to see their grooming prices.

Extra Pet Costs

House Cleaning

+$100

Accidents, shedding, and chewing can wreak havoc on your house if you don’t have a plan for effective cleaning measures. You might want to get a carpet shampooer, which can cost around $90 or more. Cleaning spray for the occasional accident can also cost around $5 a bottle. You might also want a vacuum with better capabilities for dealing with pet hair, which will also cost around $90 or more.

Training

+$50 to $1,500

Not all pets require training but generally dogs do. You can try and train your dog yourself but there’s no guarantee this will be enough. Your dog could have special challenges, especially if you’re adopting a dog that might have trauma from their past.

Dog training facilities often offer group classes, one-on-one classes with a trainer, day training, and boarding where you can drop your dog off at doggie daycare for play and training.

For example, dropping your dog off for the day can cost you $50. Paying for a monthly group class could cost you $30 or more a month. Private training with a professional can cost $500 to $1,500 or more for a set number of sessions and depending on the needs and problems of your dog. These prices will all depend on where you go to get your dog trained so look up dog trainers near you to research your local dog training prices.

Special Training and Certifications

+$100

Sometimes your pet isn’t just a friend or family member. Sometimes they also help you with daily tasks or support you in an important way. If you want to take your dog training to the next level you can certify your pet as a service animal.

Pet Emergency Fund

+$1,000

It is a good idea to create an emergency fund for your pet. At least have $1,000 set aside in case of some kind of pet emergency.

Illness, disease, surgeries, and necessary training for new behavioral problems can cost anywhere between $100 to $1,000 and more. Don’t let these unexpected pet costs ruin your bank account. Plan for the future today so you’re ready when major expenses suddenly come your way.

Dog Walker

+$15 to $45

If you don’t have time to take your dog on lots of walks, you might want to think about hiring a dog walker. You can find dog walkers near you online or you can use dog walking apps like Rover or Wag to find a dog walker near you.

Pet Boarding Costs

+$35 to $100 per night

Luckily, most pets don’t need a babysitter if you want to stay out late on a Friday night, but if you’re going away for a night or more, you might need to higher a dog sitter or pay for pet boarding.

Pet Travel Fees

+$125 per flight

When flying with a pet you have 2 options. You can check your pets or keep them with you on the plane as a carry on. Checking your pet usually costs more than keeping your pet with you as a carry on. You’ll need to keep them in a certain sized travel bag, many times you might need to provide documentation for your pet like their most recent vaccines, and you’ll need to pay the airlines pet fees when you check in for your flight.

How much it costs to fly with your pet will depend on the airline you use. For example, Southwest airlines has $95 pet fee per flight and per pet. But most other airlines, like United Airlines, have a $125 pet fee per flight and per pet.

Checked pets from many airlines will cost you an additional $200 per kennel for each flight.

What’s the cheapest airline to fly with your pet? *Southwest.
Southwest $95
American Airlines $125
Delta Airlines $125
United Airlines $125
JetBlue Airlines $125

Calculating Pet Food Costs

How much your dog actually needs to eat might not be exactly the same as the basic food recommendations for the size of your dog. Take into consideration how active your dog is and whether your dog is already at a healthy weight. Always consult with your vet with any questions about how to care for your dog.

how much should i feed my dog

If you have a small dog between 3 and 6 pounds, you should feed your dog around 1/3 to 1/2 cup of dog food or 140 to 230 calories. A 10 to 15 pound dog needs about 3/4 to 1 cup of dog food or 340 to 465 calories. A 20 pound dog needs about 1 and 1/3 cups of dog food or 575 calories. A medium sized dog of 30 to 40 pounds needs 1 and 3/4 to 2 and 1/4 cups or 780 to 970 calories. Larger dogs starting at 50 pounds need 2 and 2/3 cups of dog food or 1145 calories. A 60 to 70 pound dog needs 3 to 3 and 1/2 cups of dog food or 1300 to 1475 calories. An 80 to 90 pound dog needs around 3 and 3/4 to 4 and 1/4 cups of dog food or 1630 to 1780 calories. Finally, a very large, 100 pound or more dog, needs 4 and 1/2 cups of dog food or about 1925 calories each day.

how much should i feed my cat

There are also basic food recommendations for your cat! For example, a cat that weights 5 pounds typically needs about 1/4 to 1/3 cups if cat food. A 10 pound cat needs about 3/8 to 1/2 cups of cat food. And a larger 15 pound cat needs about 1/2 to 3/4 cups of cat food every day.

Keep in mind the type of cat you have and consult your doctor about what’s a normal weight for your cat.

The Time Costs of Pets

Pets need your attention. You need to play with them, take them out for walks, take your dog out to go potty, do extra cleaning in the house to get rid of pet hair, clean litter boxes, kennels, cages, tanks, and take time out of your schedule to take them to training or vet appointments.

All of these things are going to cost you time.

If you have a dog, it’s recommended you take them out on 15 to 30 minute walks about 3 times a day. If you can take them out on at least 1 walk a day, then you should at least try and spend 10 minutes playing with them inside the house each day and walk them at least 2 to 3 times a week.

Again, be familiar with your own pet and how much exercise is too much or too little for them. Also keep in mind any physical restraints your pet might have when determining how much you should walk them.

how long should i walk my dog

Toy sized dogs need to go on walks that are 30 to 60 minutes long (or 2 to 5 miles). Small dogs need 60 minute walks (or 3 to 5 miles). Medium dogs need 60 to 80 minute walks (or 5 to 10 miles). Finally, larger, active dogs need about 60 to 120 minutes of walking time (or 8 to 15 miles).

Pet Fees and Fines

There are several fees and fines you need to be aware of before bringing a pet into your life.

Leash Laws

Check the leash laws in your area to avoid any fines for breaking local pet laws. You could get fined up to $100 for having your pet “at large,” meaning not on a leash in areas where they are supposed to be leashed.

Every town is going to have their own rules, but most commonly, unless your dog is in an enclosed, free range dog park, or your own private property, they need to be on a leash or you can get fined.

Licensing

You could also get in trouble if your pet isn’t licensed, microchipped, spayed, or neutered.

Pet Bail

When your pet gets picked up by Animal Control and taken to “pet jail,” you’ll have to pay a fine and fee in order to get your animal back. You might get fined by both animal control and the animal shelter. The animal might also charge you a fee for each night your lost or impounded animal stayed with them. There could also be additional fees for reclaiming your dog if they weren’t wearing their license or if they weren’t neutered.

Pet Rent

If you live in an apartment and pay rent you might have to pay a pet fee each month along with your regular rent. Many apartments don’t allow pets, but the apartment complexes that do allow pets often have what’s called “pet rent.” This monthly pet rent fee can cost anywhere from $30 to $50 a month.

Estimated Total Pet Costs

total costs of pet ownership

The American Kennel Club has estimated the total costs of pets over the course of their entire life. They’ve found that small dogs (who live about 15 years) have a total cost around $15,05. Medium dogs (who live about 13 years) cost about $15,782. And large dogs (who live about 10 years) cost around $14,480 over the course of their entire life.

To put it more into perspective, the costs of the first year of pet ownership is anywhere from $395 to $2,455. Many times the most you’ll spend on your pet is in the first year of getting your pet and getting all the supplies they need.

After the first year of pet ownership is over you can expect to spend between $326 and $1,967 each year for the rest of your pets life on medical and general pet expenses.

Money Under 30 also has some estimates on the total costs of dogs and cats. They say that cats can cost anywhere between $430 to $870 each year and dogs can cost anywhere between $380 to $1,170 each year.

annual pet costs

But what about the costs of other types of pets like crabs, hamsters, and fish? Hermit crabs are some of the cheapest pets you can get with a small annual cost of $45, gerbils only cost about $109 a year, fish cost about $105 a year, lizards cost around $190 a year, and birds can cost $400 or more each year.

How to Save Money with a Pet

By now you might be second guessing whether you can afford a pet or not. If some of these basic costs are too much for you, then it might be better to wait before adding a pet to your family. But there are many ways to cut down the costs of owning a pet.

  • Do your own grooming. If you don’t want to spend money on grooming get a regular furred dog, not a long haired dog.
  • Use your local humane society. By getting your basic vet services at your local humane society or animal shelter you can support a charity for animals and potentially get better prices on vet care.
  • Choose healthier breeds. Don’t get breeds that are known for being plagued with many health problems.
  • Adopt instead of buying from a breeder. You can save thousands of dollars by adopting instead of buying from a breeder.
  • Train the dog yourself. Use self-help books and online courses to train your dog yourself.
  • Get pet health insurance. Pet insurance can be as little as $15 a month and help you save big on future medical expenses.

Create a Pet Budget

Create a budget specifically for your pets to help you calculate all the costs and fit them into your household budget.

Download a Free PDF Printable for a Pet Budget Template


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