FERRETLOVER1   231,585
SparkPoints
200,000-249,999 SparkPoints
 
 
FERRETLOVER1's Recent Blog Entries

6 ways to avoid overspending

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

1. Be wary of checkout areas. There are lots of enticing little items here; ask yourself if you really need something before you add it to your pile.

2. Get in and get out. The more time you spend in a store, the more youíre likely to buy. Even better: Donít even go into the store. Then you definitely wonít buy.

3. Question the need for an upgrade. You might want that device with a slick new function, but do you really need it?

4. Donít shop when youíre in a hurry or when youíre hungry.

5. Stick to a list.

6. Beware of sale items. If you donít need or want something, itís not a good deal, no matter how cheap it is.

#3 is my biggest spending issue right now - I really want an IPhone 4G or 4Gs, but I truly do NOT need it!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

TOASTIE 4/18/2012 11:19AM

    Great blog!

7. Shop alone. Seems like I buy more when encouraged by my kids.

8. Or, tag along when others are shopping and help them spend their money! Sometimes I tag along when a co-worker runs his errands during the lunch break. I only bring enough money for my lunch.

Report Inappropriate Comment
TEDYBEAR2838 4/18/2012 8:44AM

    I know I struggle with the same things.

Read Dave Ramsey's "Total Money Makeover" he
really makes you think.

It's great & really changed my spending, still a work
in progress, but I can see it!

Report Inappropriate Comment
JUDITHANNIE 4/18/2012 7:47AM

    Very good advice, thanks Judy another outstanding blog emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment


4/17/2012

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

ďOne cannot divine nor forecast the conditions that will make happiness; one only stumbles upon them by chance, in a lucky hour, at the worldís end somewhere.ĒóWILLA CATHER



emoticon

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SPIRALINGUP 4/17/2012 11:07AM

    Willa Cather is a wonderful writer. I do believe that happiness is a practice. I practice every day. Ever notice that if you just smile, it changes your mood? emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
JUDITHANNIE 4/17/2012 8:03AM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
TEDYBEAR2838 4/17/2012 7:56AM

    :(

Report Inappropriate Comment


Monday Giggle

Monday, April 16, 2012

Where do wealthy pigs live?

Pork Avenue, Dahling!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

TEDYBEAR2838 4/16/2012 8:23AM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
JUDITHANNIE 4/16/2012 7:55AM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
RIDLEYRIDER 4/16/2012 7:27AM

  Thanks, loved the funny this morning! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
BIGMAMAT 4/16/2012 6:44AM

    hahaha. oh goodness... emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
CURLSUSIEQ 4/16/2012 6:34AM

    snicker emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment


Snack Smart

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Eating between meals can hlep you lost weight-if you choose the right foods.

Snacks are so big, they've almost become meals. Americans get roughly a quarter of their calories each day from snacks, up from 18 percent in 1977. That's a belly-bulging 579 extra calories we devour between meals. No wonder an increasing number of experts are blaming snacking for America's rising obesity rates.

There's nothing wrong with snacking, per se - eating every few hours can help stabilize blood sugar, which is essential for diabetics. Snacking can even help control your weight. Researchers found that having two snacks a day, in addition to three main meals, was associated with a lower body mass index (BMI) and maintenance of weight loss.

Just don't overdo it, and follow these snacking strategies to get the most from between-meal munching:

Limit snacks to 100 to 200 calories.
If you eat more than that, eat less at your next meal.

Make ever snack count.
Think of snacks as a chance to include nutrient-rich foods-like one of the recommended five-to-nine daily fruit and vegetable servings.

Plan snacks in advance.
Have some healthy snacks on hand-fruit, cereal bars-so you won't be tempted to grab a doughnut or milk shake at the drive-through.

Add a little protein.
Snacks that are high in protein reduce hunger, increase fullness, and delay the next "eating occasion" more than high-fat snacks do.

Here are some healthy snacks to get you started:

A small banana & 7 walnut halves
Baby carrots with 5 teaspooons hummus
1 cup fat-free Greek style yogurt with 1/2 cup blueberries
Half a turkey sandwich
1 cup shelled edamame
3 cups air-popped popcorn with 2 teaspoons Parmesan cheese
50 pistachios
A small baked potato with 1/2 cup salsa and 2 teaspoons fat-free sour cream
3 small squares dark chocolate with 3 spricot halves
2 celery sticks with 1 tablespoon peanut butter

From - AARP the magazine

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MOM4407 4/15/2012 10:35PM

    I try to eat something every 3 hours. Like you said yogurt almonds grapefruit just something.

Report Inappropriate Comment
TEDYBEAR2838 4/15/2012 11:11AM

    I know you are right. I usually have 3 small snacks. 2 almost always.

Before I workout at the gym I usually have a small fruit smoothie, I made
myself & .8 - 1 oz cheese.

This always keeps me satisfied for quite a while.

I like a carb & protein most times.

Report Inappropriate Comment
ANGEMCC 4/15/2012 10:32AM

    Thanks, great advice!

That seems a lot of Pistachios though.. should it be 5 maybe? or 50g?

Report Inappropriate Comment
JUDITHANNIE 4/15/2012 9:12AM

    Thanks for the reminder

Report Inappropriate Comment


Saturday Silly

Saturday, April 14, 2012



What do you call a hippopotamus balancing on a beach ball in the middle of a swimming pool?

Extremely talented.

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

TEDYBEAR2838 4/14/2012 3:27PM

    I would be too, if I could do that :) lol emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
TWEETYKC00 4/14/2012 9:24AM

    Good one

Report Inappropriate Comment
JUDITHANNIE 4/14/2012 9:03AM

    cute emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
RIDLEYRIDER 4/14/2012 8:04AM

  Good one! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment


First Page  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 154 155 156 157 158 159 160 161 162 163 164 165 166 167 168 169 170 171 172 173 174 175 176 177 178 179 180 181 182 183 184 185 186 187 188 189 190 191 192 193 194 195 196 197 198 199 200 201 202 203 204 205 206 207 208 209 210 211 212 213 214 215 216 217 218 219 220 221 222 223 224 225 226 227 228 229 230 231 232 233 234 235 236 237 238 239 240 241 242 243 244 245 246 247 248 249 250 251 252 253 254 255 256 257 258 259 260 261 262 263 264 265 266 267 268 269 270 271 272 273 274 275 276 277 278 279 280 281 282 283 284 285 286 287 288 289 290 291 292 293 294 295 296 297 298 299 300 301 302 303 304 305 306 307 308 309 310 311 312 Last Page