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Grocery Delivery!

This is completely counter-intuitive, but I'm saving a ton of money by having our groceries delivered by Peapod instead of going to the store. The prices are similar, most sales are the same, and I can still use coupons. But by virtue of me staying out of the store -- zero impulse buying! -- I'm forced to stick to the list. My grocery bill has dropped about 25%.

A nice little benefit is that I can spend the hour I used to spend in the grocery store RUNNING!

- Submitted by SUSIQZER 10/21/2012 in Saving Money | 2 Comments
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Coupon Match-Ups done for you!

Every week I go shopping, instead of looking at the ad and trying to match-up all my coupons with items on sale, I use coupon match-up sites. I am a member of probably 10 of them or so but I only subscribe to commonsensewithmoney.com . I get a daily e-mail that has a bunch of great deals and sometimes free things.
I have 3-4 magazine subscriptions I have got for free.
I also haven't paid full price for ANYTHING since, and that includes gasoline (I use the perks from my local grocery store).

- Submitted by ZIMZUMPOGOTWIG 9/7/2012 in Saving Money | 4 Comments
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Product Research and Price Comparison

Every time we see something of larger monetary value (for my house anything over $20 that's a want) then, we take a pic or a note in our smart phone of that stores price, etc. When I get home I research when I think of it or as I look at ads etc. Generally, I put off even researching it and when we finally remember it we either realize we didn't need or want it, bought it but saved money, or otherwise. It really helps curb impulse purchases. emoticon

- Submitted by UREMAILHERE2001 8/12/2012 in Saving Money | 1 Comment
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Stop "Giving Up" Things

No, you did not "give up" junk food, you made a decision to eliminate unhealthy food from your diet. The difference is subtle, but important.

If you gave something up, it implies that you want it back. For example: "I gave up sweets" has a very different feeling than "Sweets are hindering my weight loss efforts, so I refrain."

You didn't give up smoking, you decided against being ruled by an addiction! You didn't give up McDonalds, you decided to refrain from eating grease laden food!

- Submitted by JENNSWIMS 5/13/2011 in Motivation | 5 Comments
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Paper Clip Chain gives visual inspiration

Make a paper clip chain, each paper clip representing a pound lost, use a magnet to attach it to your fridge at home or filing cabinet at work. This gives you a visual and tactile reminder of how much weight you've lost, plus it's fun to keep adding those paper clips on to last weeks chain!

- Submitted by LADYHAWKES 3/25/2010 in Motivation | 9 Comments
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CALORIE SHIFTING

Shifting calories and food groups helps to raise metabolism. Example: 1600, 1200, 1200, 1500, 1200, 1600 on off days, then veggie day, fruit days etc.. This increases fat burn!

- Submitted by ICANTHRUHIM 9/20/2012 in Weight Loss | 3 Comments
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Sweet potatoes...so easy, like pumpkin pie

My grandson is a picky eater, so I asked him if he liked pumpkin pie and he said yes. I scrub sweet potatoes, prick them all over then cook in the microwave. Usually a little bigger than fist size for 8 mins or until it's soft to the squeeze. Cut in half and share with dh. Pince the skin off, add a little light margarine and a generous sprinkle of cinnamon. Wa lah! Pumpkin pie flavor with no sugar calories. DGs loved it, btw! emoticon

- Submitted by OZARKMARY 10/6/2010 in Cooking | 5 Comments
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When I don't feel like exercising--I exercise because I can pull a reward card out of my special gift bag

On those days when I honestly don't feel like exercising, I motivate myself by pulling a reward card out of the special gift bag AFTER I have done my exercising. It keeps me going and I know there are some neat little things I can treat myself to.

- Submitted by IAM_HIS2 6/9/2010 in Motivation | 2 Comments
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The Library Is Your Friend!

The other day I was in the library (I go there a lot for books, movies, and free WiFi), and I realized--Hey, they have workout DVDs I can check out for free here! So, I checked out "Bollywood Burn" and went home and tried it. It was fun and free! I know I'm not the only one who craves variety, and utilizing your local library is a great way to keep your workout fresh and exciting for free! I can't wait to try more! emoticon

- Submitted by BIKINIKITTY 3/6/2012 in Saving Money | 4 Comments
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Talk and Walk

I enjoy talking on the phone especially because now that I am out of college a lot of my friends live far away. When my friends and I chat we can talk for an hour or even longer. Instead of chatting to them while laying on my bed, whenever someone calls for a talk I take my phone with me and go for a walk. I tend to walk at a faster pace when I'm talking too, yet I barely remember I'm exercising because I'm so interested in the conversation!

- Submitted by JBELICIOUS5 8/29/2012 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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