5 Fun St. Patrick’s Day Destinations

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Depending on where you live, St Patrick’s Day may not be a big deal. For these cities it is a big deal. I have made a brief list of locations where people celebrate and party hard for that holiday.

Chicago, Illinois

They have one of the biggest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the country. The have 2 parades. They also dye the river green.

Savannah, Georgia

400,000 people or more each year can’t be wrong. St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah is very fun. The city dyes the water in the fountains green. Throughout the city many bars and pubs also serve green beer. I’ve been in Savannah for St. Patrick’s Day many times. If you are planning a trip there this post will help –> Savannah St. Patrick’s Day Tips

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The oldest St. Patrick’s Day event is held there. With over 200 years of history you are bound to have an awesome time.

New York City, New York

Word on the street is that NYC has the largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the world. With over 2 million guests I wouldn’t argue that at all. Over 140,000 people march in the parade. It is a can’t miss event.

San Francisco, California

People come from all over California for San Francisco’s St. Patrick’s Day events. It is the largest event on the west coast.

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2 Year Blogiversary

2yrbI can’t believe it’s been 2 years since I created The Butler Journal. It has been an amazing journey so far. I honestly feel like this is just the beginning. I like blogging more now than when I first started. 2 years is a long time. I want to share with you a few things that I’ve learned during this time.

Blogging is not for everyone.

Bloggers come and go. I’ve seen so many people start strong and then stop. It’s not as easy as some people think. There could be several reasons why a person decides to stop. I’ve talked to a couple people who have stopped blogging. They told me the main thing was that they didn’t have the time to do it. Creating a blog that people like takes time. It takes more than some people might think. An hour or 2 each week will not cut it.

Writers Block

There will be days when you don’t feel like writing. If that happens just take some time away from your blog. I usually write on the weekends. If I have writers block I jot down ideas or go outside if possible. Being in a different environment should help get those creative juices going. If going outside isn’t an option try going to a different room in your house or apartment.

Everyone is not going to support you.

Don’t get frustrated if all of your friends or family don’t support you. Sometimes people just don’t understand what you are doing. They might not even believe in you. That’s life. Don’t let that stop you from writing dope shit. Soon they will start paying attention.

Don’t worry about what people may think.

When I first started writing I used to worry if certain people would read if I talked about certain things. After a few months of blogging I didn’t give a damn anymore. Remember, it’s your blog and not anyone else’s. As long as you are happy and people are reading don’t stop! Some people may not think that you are qualified to write about certain things. In my opinion if you’ve been through it (the topic) or are going through it feel free to write about whatever you want to.

Keep writing

Last but not least keep writing. The only way that you will get better as a blogger is to keep writing. I compare some of my older posts to some of my more recent ones and I can see a remarkable difference. If you’re not the best writer keep at it. Practice makes perfect.

Last year I had a giveaway for my first blogiversary. This year I am having another one. Instead of giving away 2 prizes I am giving away 3. The 1st prize is $40 PayPal cash, 2nd prize is a $15 Amazon gift card and 3rd prize is the book “Who moved my cheese?” The contest runs until April 1st. You can sign up below.

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Finally I want to share 10 of some of my most viewed and most commented posts from the last 2 years.

5 Habits That are Keeping You From Success

5 Helpful Sites That Bloggers Should Use

31 Life Tips

Cross Country Trip: A Year Later

January 2015 Debt Update

I’m Tired Of

10 Things Every College Freshman Should Have In Their Dorm Room

My Price is Right Experience

5 Ways to Help Build Credit

5 Things We Should Be Taught in School

Thanks for the support!

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February Roundup

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What’s going on everyone? It’s the last Friday in February. It’s crazy how fast the time is going by. I’ve decided to do a monthly blog round up featuring posts that I found interesting. This month I have 5 posts that I enjoyed. Hopefully you will enjoy them as well.

DC from Young Adult Money lets us know How to go to Vegas for Free

Grayson from Debt Round Up shares 5 Devices to Help You Cut The Cord and Save Money!

Chonce from My Debt Epiphany explains Finding the Right Side Hustle For You 

Michelle from Making Sense of Cents gives us 4 Interesting Ways to Make Side Income

DC from Young Adult Money shares with us 4 Ways to Use the Internet to Earn Money

Clay from Eugene’s Online shares with us his Story of Confidence

Have a good weekend everyone!

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Top eBay Items I Sell (Video)

Today I decided to switch it up. I created a short video discussing the top items that I sell on eBay.

 Do you sell any items on eBay? What are your best sellers?

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Items That You Should Bring With You To Atlanta Greek Picnic


Atlanta Greek Picnic (AGP) is just a few months away. I know a lot people are planning on going to the event. It is more than just a picnic. Last year I wrote a post titled Atlanta Greek Picnic Do’s & Don’ts. This year I have a post discussing items that you should bring with you to AGP.

Earlier I stated that AGP is more than just a picnic. There are numerous events leading up to the picnic such as a job fair, community service, a meet and greet and a day party just to name a few. Below is a list of items that you should bring with you for AGP.

Business Suit

Depending on when you get in town for AGP, bringing a business suit can be a great idea. You can wear it at the job fair and it could also be worn at one of the numerous grown & sexy parties that will be going on. Below are a couple examples of business suits. One is for the fellas. The other is for the ladies.

Men’s Suit

Women’s Suit


If you are planning on coming to the job fair, you need make sure to bring a few resumes with you. A perfect number of resumes to bring would be 10 copies.


It doesn’t make any sense to come to AGP without representing your organization. You can get custom gear from S4G or you can rock a regular shirt similar to the ones pictured below.


I spoke about this wonderful invention last year. It’s usually hot as you know what during the picnic, so you have to make sure you stay hydrated. You can put water or other liquids in a camelbak. They are lightweight and inexpensive.

Small Towel

Atlanta is usually hot in June. You are guaranteed to sweat during AGP. It would be to your advantage to have a small towel with you to wipe the sweat away.

To summarize, the items that you should bring with you are a business suit, your resume, paraphernalia, a camelbak and a small towel.

Have you ever been to AGP? Did I forget an item that you should bring? If so, let me know it the comment box below.

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February 2015 Debt Update

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Hopefully February has been a good month for you. Here is my debt update.

My total debt went from $72,703.05 to $72,194.17 which was a decrease in $508.88. That was good with this being the 1st month. I plan on going harder in next month.  I am happy to see the debt plan working. Here are the breakdowns:

Loan 2 – Down from $6035 to $6000


CU Loan – Down from $477.59 to $465.58


Wells Fargo Loan – Down from $1543.56 to $1497.41


Discover Card – Down from $251.34 to $163.28


Bank of America Card – Down from $3387.71 to $3353.72


Navient (Formerly Sallie Mae) – Down from $26,504.34 to $26,151.12


Nelnet (Formerly Direct loans)- Up from $34,503.51 to $34,563.06 (This is the only one that increased. That is because even though it’s deferred, the loan company is still charging interest. I don’t have to make a payment, but I am still applying at least $10 per month on this loan because of the said interest.)

Like I stated earlier that is a good start, but I’m trying to do even better. I am looking for ways to make more income. Are you currently paying off debt? How is it coming along for you?

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Creating a Website For $1 Per Month

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The time to create a website is now. If you’ve ever thought about starting a website that wasn’t created with Wix or Blogger, today is your day. GoDaddy has a promotion where you can create a website for $1 per month. That includes a domain name and hosting. That’s a great deal.

A few reasons to create a website are as follows:

You can control everything.

You create the domain.

You create the content.

You decide what is posted and what isn’t.

You can set one up for your business.

These types of websites do better in search engines instead of sites or blogs created with Wix or Blogger.

Your website is up 24 hours a day.

It adds another chapter to your online portfolio.

This deal was so good that I had decided to try it out. I purchased a new domain with the $1 per month hosting yesterday. The total price came up to $12.18. I have been thinking about creating a niche affiliate website for a few months now. There are thousands of bloggers out there making some decent money doing that. I figured I might as well give it a try. I’m not going to promote it on this site at all. It has nothing to do with debt, college info or travel. You may see me tweet about it once in a while though :) .

Have you created a website before? What’s stopping you?

$1/ mo Hosting + Free domain! Stick it to the slow websites!

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