7 Things I Can’t Live Without & a Giveaway!

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When I put together my budget, I keep certain expenses in mind. Those expenses are recurring products that I use on a daily basis and need to be replenished. (This excludes things like my gorgeous couch or my bible. BTW I’ve ordered the She Reads Truth bible and can’t wait to receive it! Does anyone else have it yet?!) In fact, I am such a firm believer in these items, I’m giving away a few of them. You can enter to win until June 12! (USA only due to shipping costs, sorry.)

Tell me, what are the things you use daily and can’t live without??

7 personal items I include in every budget because I can't live without them

1. Neutrogena Makeup Remover Wipes

These are so convenient and do a great job at removing even the most determined eye liner or mascara. In order to save money, I tear them in half (or sometimes thirds, if I’m not wearing much makeup at all). Sometimes I buy the generic version, but that often burns my eyes or feels rough. Neutrogena has the formula and texture down to a science. Luckily, J also loves the way they smell so receiving a compliment about how nice I smell is an added perk if we’re together when I take my makeup off.

2. Quality Water bottles

Yes, that’s plural. I invested in two 40 oz Hydroflasks about two years ago that are still going strong. Then, Contigo came out with AUTOSEAL Chill water bottles, and I have two of those, too. I drink water all day, every day, and without water bottles I either waste a lot of money on bottled water, or I take in less water and start to feel irritable.

3. Chap Stick brand Chapstick

I know this is really boring, but it’s the best! I’ve tried a variety of other chapstick brands from the trendy to the medicinal. Chap Stick lasts the longest, goes on the smoothest, is the best under lipstick or lipgloss and is tasteless. My favorite is the blue wrapper, which is the moisturizer one.

It claims to last 8 hours which is probably inaccurate if you’re drinking a beverage. I usually have to put it on 2-3 times at work, although sometimes I think it’s just habit to put it on when I sit down to talk to people (I have a standing desk). It’s perfect for summertime because it also has 12 SPF on it. I know I’m guilty of forgetting sunblock in the beginning of the summer, but I never have to worry about my lips being unprotected because I have a tube of Chap Stick chapstick in my purse, gym bag, desk, bathroom, beside my bed and in all of my travel makeup bags. It’s also super affordable, which makes buying it guilt free and keeping it everywhere totally justifiable!

7 personal items I include in every budget because I can't live without them

4. 6′ Long iPhone Charger

How anyone functions with a 3′ long phone charger is beyond me. What if you want to sit on the other side of the couch or roll over in bed while you’re playing township? A 6′ long phone cord is a must-have in my book.

5. Himalayan Salt Lamp

I wasn’t sure about the actual benefit of Himalayan Salt Lamps, but I figured I’d give them a shot. I bought one for my house and one for my office. I’m a total believer now, and have even bought them as gifts for a few people. I really believe they have helped me get through this year’s record setting, absolutely dreary PNW winter.

7 personal items I include in every budget because I can't live without them

6. Pilot G-2 Pens, in Purple

The G-2 pens are my absolute favorite pens of all time. I love the purple color and use it for notes and research at work. Don’t worry, I keep blue and black pens on hand for the legal documents. :) The pens can be expensive, so I buy refills either online or in store. Sometimes you can find purple refills in stores, but usually you can’t. I make sure to buy a lot if I do find them, or if they go on sale at Amazon.

7. Folgers Coffee

I know what some of you are thinking. This is blasphemy and I am an embarrassment to the Pacific Northwest. But I’m telling you, I love Folgers and as long as I don’t get distracted when I’m prepping my coffee pot at night before bed, its absolutely delicious. My favorite is the Colombian Roast. #noshame

As a celebration of the fact that I like you guys, I am giving away a few of these things to one lucky reader! Use the Rafflecopter below to enter to win a gift pack valued at over $40 of my favorite things pictured below: A Himalayan salt lamp, a pack of Folgers coffee, Neutrogena makeup remover wipes, my favorite Extra gum, moisturizing chapstick and the best purple pens I’ve used!

7 personal items I include in every budget because I can't live without them

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    Courtney S
    June 5, 2017 at 6:46 am

    One thing that I use on a daily basis and couldn’t live without is my coffee/keurig maker. I wouldn’t even be able to get through the day without at least one cup of coffee >.< haha!

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    June 5, 2017 at 6:57 am

    great list! i cannot live without chapstick either!


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    Erin Bloss
    June 5, 2017 at 7:15 am

    I literally never enter contests like these, but… that’s my favorite gum, I use purple pens CONSTANTLY at work (since I work for a college whose colors are purple and white), my boyfriend just got into Folgers coffee, AND I’ve always wanted to see what those salt lamps are about! Haha, fingers crossed!!

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    June 5, 2017 at 8:23 am

    How cute is this post! I love it.

    I am all about my pens, my Swell water bottle and a few other things I just CANNOT make it through the day without. I am so doing this on my blog, hope you don’t mind.

    Thanks a bunch,

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    Bailey @ Becoming Bailey
    June 5, 2017 at 8:59 am

    I am also addicted to the Chapstick brand of Chapstick. What is the purpose of a Himalayan salt lamp? I’ve heard all about them, but don’t know what makes them different than a regular lamp!

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    LaVonne Long
    June 5, 2017 at 9:02 am

    I couldn’t live without coffee. LOL! It’s true.
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    Alejandro Pertiñez Gomez
    June 5, 2017 at 9:28 am

    gym and coffee!!! the order doesn’t matter :)

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    June 5, 2017 at 9:43 am

    I LOVE my pink sea salt lamp! I have one on my desk at work and turn it on every single day the moment I walk in. Coffee, workouts, and meditation are all MUSTS for me every single day.

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    June 5, 2017 at 9:45 am

    What a fun post – and thanks for the great giveaway! One thing I couldn’t live without is some sort of book – whether that’s on my Kindle or a physical book. Something a bit smaller would probably be chap stick too!
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    June 5, 2017 at 10:30 am

    Oh man I love my 6′ phone charger! It’s the best :)

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    Rana Durham
    June 5, 2017 at 10:41 am

    one thing i cnt live without is my coconut oil because i use it with everything.

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    Nancy Loring
    June 5, 2017 at 11:29 am

    I couldn’t live without some sort of gum right now. I quit smoking 3 weeks ago. Most of the time I am fine but I still have moments and chewing helps me forget about my cravings.

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    Eric || The Bucket List Project
    June 5, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    hmm, you have me thinking. What is even 1 or 2 things I cant live without…After hurricane Katrina hit, I personally became quite a minimalist, so if I was running away from another devastating Cat 5 I would grab my 2 Grandfather’s Painting of Cuba, my French horn, my cell phone, and my father’s Cigar Humidor, my Bucket List Notebook, and maybe a couple of pics
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    June 5, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    I love coffee as much as the next person and there is something to be said for finding just the right pen. It just helps put you in the mood to put your thoughts to paper

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    Chasa Fulkerson
    June 5, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    I would say paper, pen, water bottles as well, and I also agree with the long phone charger!!

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    Melissa Storms
    June 5, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    I could not live without my Burt’s Bees tinted lip balm, just the right amount of color and it makes my lips feel great.

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    June 5, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    i love this post! awesome giveaway…. I couldn’t live without my Mophie XXL charger and iphone 7+ obviously! :) I am a TECH obsessive. Blogger, hence that!

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    Shannon Morscheck
    June 5, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    I can’t live without my coffee in the mornings and my mid-afternoon snack!

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    Gwendolyn Jordan
    June 5, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    My lipstick

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    Kim Pincombe-Cole
    June 5, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    I can’t live without my LaCroix water! I’ve been attempting to give up all caffeine (sorry coffee) & drink more water. LaCroix is helping! And I’m never without my sunglasses

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    Tandi Cortez
    June 5, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    I HAVE to have Chapstick! I can NOT live without it! :D

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    June 5, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    dunkin iced coffee is a must!

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    Atim at EffiFit
    June 5, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    I’m really intrigued by the himalayan salt lamp. I’m also obsessed with chapstick, natural ice is my favorite.

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    Raewyn Sangari
    June 5, 2017 at 11:13 pm

    I never thought of including these in my budget (mostly because I am just learning to budget!) but it is so important! Also, I need a himalayan salt lamp!

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    Taylor Mobley
    June 6, 2017 at 8:41 am

    I seriously keep every single one of these on hand at all times! They are absolutely must-haves!
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    Cindy A.
    June 6, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    There is no way I could live without Curly Hair Solutions Curl Keeper.

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    June 7, 2017 at 2:38 am

    In my opinion, I think I cannot live without phone’s charger! My job has to be outside for long hours and using the mobile phone is a must so if I leave it at home for one day, I will have struggled a lot! :D
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    Beth Minyard
    June 7, 2017 at 7:55 am

    I’m with you on the Chapstick!!! I’m obsessed with it, I have one sitting at every place that I sit :)

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    Crissie Woolard
    June 7, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    I definitely could not live without my caffeine. I drink tons of coffee in the morning and late evening and Pepsi throughout the day. I’m so addicted to caffeine I could not go one day without it. Thank you so much for such a fun giveaway

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    June 8, 2017 at 11:29 am

    Yes to Neutrogena wipes and a phone charger! Essentials in life. :)
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    Sarah Oswald
    June 8, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    I can’t live without my coffee so that would be top on my list and Next would be my chapstick and hand and body cream.

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    June 8, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    Definitely couldn’t (or at least don’t want to) live without coffee.

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    Lindsay Bade
    June 10, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    I couldn’t live without chap stick! I have one or more in every room of the house because I am constantly putting it on.

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    Wendy Neal
    June 11, 2017 at 5:42 am

    I love my Himalayan salt lamp! I use it in my home office where I spend several hours a day.

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    Bridgett Wilbur
    June 12, 2017 at 4:54 am

    I would have to say I can’t live without my coffee.

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    Jen D.
    June 12, 2017 at 4:54 am

    Toothbrush and toothpaste….I just have to brush my teeth at least twice a day – preferably three times per day.

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    Pauline Milner
    June 12, 2017 at 4:59 am

    I have to take a few minutes a day to get caught up on local and world news. I am not a news fanatic but I do like to know what is going on in the world. I can certainly forgo what people are doing on social media, but my news, I have to have that!

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    Taryn T
    June 12, 2017 at 6:21 am

    I have to have water and a piece of dark chocolate. Right now I usually use my tervis for water, but am definitely looking for some kind of water bottle.

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    Julie Matek
    June 12, 2017 at 6:45 am

    I can’t live without my spearmint chapstick:)

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    Kristin McCall
    June 12, 2017 at 8:24 am

    I make a smoothie everyday and I could not live without eating one everyday. they fill me up and make me feel healthy.

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    Jana S
    June 12, 2017 at 9:03 am

    I cannot survive without coffee!!!! I work in healthcare and pull long days if not for my coffee aka go-go juice I would never make it through the day!!!!

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    Carrie G
    June 12, 2017 at 9:38 am

    I need coffee daily. That’s about it :)

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    Darlene Carbajal
    June 12, 2017 at 9:39 am

    I have to have my Chapstick with me all the time!

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    June 12, 2017 at 10:13 am

    I definitely use chapstick every day.

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    June 12, 2017 at 10:56 am

    I love my Reach Access flosser – I floss so much more regularly now that I have it, and my teeth have never felt better.

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    Kimberly Flickinger
    June 12, 2017 at 10:57 am

    I could not live without my moisturizer.

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    Mary Beth Elderton
    June 12, 2017 at 11:46 am

    I have to say tissues. With my allergies, I have tissues at home, in my purse, in the car.

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    Lesley F
    June 12, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    I have to have my hair straightener which I use daily

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    Dawn Ballo
    June 12, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    I couldn’t live without my iced mocha.

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    Tracie Cooper
    June 12, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    I love my gel pens and diet dr pepper!

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    Jennifer H.
    June 12, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    That would be coffee!

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    Holly Thomas
    June 12, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    My Laptop!!

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    kayla sheehan
    June 12, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    coffee and my phone!

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    John H.
    June 12, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    I like to have tea.

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    Nicole Lancaster
    June 12, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    I can’t live without my Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil Roll-On. It helps me relax and focus all day.

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    elcane desir
    June 12, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    I couldnt live without hand cream i have very dry skin and the minute i wash my hands i can almost feel the dryness

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    Cindy Peterson
    June 12, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    It is my Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel water bottle. I just don’t feel as good if I don’t get my water. The bottle is lightweight and doesn’t add any taste or smell to my water.

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    Sandy Cain
    June 12, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    I CANNOT live without my Chapstick! I have them everywhere – one always in my pocket (whatever I am wearing), in my purse, on my nightstand, on the dining table. I actually get panicky without it, it is addicting! (Well, I guess there are worse things to be addicted to, right?)

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    June 28, 2017 at 10:00 am

    I can’t live without Chapstick and my Himalayan lamp either!

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    Eric R. Haney
    October 10, 2018 at 9:07 am

    Thanks for sharing this post with us. I can’t live without my coffee in the mornings and my mid-afternoon snack!

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    January 29, 2019 at 5:51 am

    I can’t live without my phone. Your list is great, every one has their own list. First time I’ve heard Himalayan salt lamp.

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