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A Forget-About-Me Piggybank

I stash dollar bills I get in change from my purchases at the convenience store in the secret compartment in the console between the front seats of my vehicle. Every few weeks I straighten up the money, and count it, and last week I had $60 in my secret stash. I consider it emergency money for when...

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Hand Cream

How frustrating is it to have hand cream left in the bottom of the dispenser and not be able to get it out because the pump won't reach? I get to it by cutting the plastic dispenser in half and putting the remaining hand cream in a tightly-covered plastic container. After 3 or 4 times of doing thi...

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Stainless Steel Appliances

Shine 'em up with WD-40. Works without streaking! Spray WD-40 on a cloth, wipe an area of the appliance, then buff with a clean cloth. It really works!

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Earning SparkPoints

There are days when I don't have the time to spend an hour+ on the computer taking care of Spark business. I always track nutrition and fitness, which accumulate points automatically, and then work on choices that give the most points: daily quiz (5 points) , huddles, articles (3 points). I leave ...

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Sometimes.....

Occasionally I need something hot and comforting and perhaps off the menu for the day. That's when I nuke myself a small (usually red) potato at a "cost" of about 120 calories. I put on a teaspoon of butter, a bit of salt and some pepper and maybe a couple of teaspoons of cottage cheese or a coupl...

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Rounding Up

I round up my calorie counts. For instance, the skim milk I drink has 86 calories a cup. On my tracker I've rounded it up to 90 calories. I've rounded up a small banana to 100 from 93 calories. It doesn't add up to much, but it probably covers the little tastes of food I might take when I'm cooking...

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Using Small Spoon

I enjoy eating certain foods, such as yogurt and the occasional treat of ice cream, with a small disposable plastic spoon, the type that is sold in a pack of 8 or 10 in the baby section of the grocery store. I like plastic because it doesn't give a metal taste to foods and I like the small disposab...

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My Chocolate Fix

A couple of times a week for lunch I'll have a can of Slim Fast Royal Chocolate. I put it in a smoothie mixer, add half a cup of skim milk, a small banana and a few ice cubes and mix it up. It satisfies my desire for chocolate in a very good tasting way and fills me up!

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Dill Pickles

I'm most hungry with that "gotta eat" feeling just before supper. I've found that having one large dill pickle spear helps a lot. It has no calories. It is crunchy, which is satisfying. It's big enough to take a long time to eat. Pickles are very high in sodium so that needs to be taken into consi...

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Exercising in Increments

For many reasons -- including knees that need coddling to lack of time -- I usually exercise in increments of 15 to 20 minutes at a time, 3 or 4 times a day. I may not have 30 minutes or more at a time to exercise, but I can always find 15 minutes, and those few minutes are less intimidating, and th...

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