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Honest Meal Planning (+Free Printables!)

May 31, 2016

Orphan Survival Guide - Honest Meal Planning (+ Free Printable)

Meal planning is the key to eating healthy and cheaply. But it takes a little work and motivation that can be hard to come by when you’re busy or infected with brain cooties. Sometimes it’s just easier to run through Starbucks on the way to work and pick up a tea and sandwich to last the rest of the day.

Eating out every day isn’t good for your budget or your health, but it’s so convenient when you’re in a rush.

Planning and preparing your meals ahead of time can help curb impulsive restaurant trips when you don’t have time to make food on your way to class or work. And incorporating grocery store ad cycles into your meal plan is a great way to try new recipes and keep your spending down if you’re on a limited budget or food stamps.

I know firsthand how hard it can be to motivate myself to cook and plan for the week. After many failed attempts at meal planning, I’ve learned to stop being so ambitious about it and start being honest with myself.

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The Care and Feeding of Your Found Family

May 27, 2016

Orphan Survival Guide- Care and Feeding of Your Found Family

Hey y’all! It’s been a while! I got swept up in mental health stuff, school stuff, and work stuff this semester, but I haven’t forgotten about you. I’m hoping that with stable work schedules and better meds (maybe?) that I can get back in the swing of things this summer.

This week marked the 10th anniversary of me moving to Iowa, which is huge! 10 years ago I left a pretty crappy family in Florida and started building up a family of choice in Iowa. It’s been hard, but 100% worth it.

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How To Find Financial Aid

February 1, 2016

Orphan Survival Guide- How to Find Financial Aid

Today is February 1. If you live in the US, you should have all of your paperwork ready to file your taxes. You have no excuse for not applying for financial aid today.

Start your FAFSA application right now.

One of the worst things about college for any student–but especially for estranged adults–is paying for school. When I started Orphan Survival Guide, I wrote that I had Googled “how do orphans pay for college?” and found no useful answers, which is why I started the blog in the first place.

This post has been over a year in the making. I hope it answers that question.

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Word of the Year: Focus

January 11, 2016

Orphan Survival Guide - 2016 Word of the Year: Focus

Last January, I wrote about my new semester resolutions, because I’m too noncommittal to adhere to long-term goals. Last week, I went over Orphan Survival Guide’s progress in 2015. I’ve learned a lot about how I work and process things, and I think I’m ready to set some more abstract resolutions for 2016.

A lot of resolutions I’ve seen lately haven’t even been resolutions, they’ve been a Word of the Year. Happiness. Clarity. Purpose. Gratitude. Mindfulness.

Mine is focus.

I want to streamline my life and find the few things I’m passionate about instead of spreading myself too thin.

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End of the Year Roundup

December 28, 2015

The end of fall semester was pretty brutal this year and I fell behind in OSG. I have some drafts started and some ideas for future posts and resources, but I didn’t get around to much in the last few weeks.

I missed the first anniversary of OSG starting up, but here’s a recap of what we covered in 2015!

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