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Plan to be hungry!

Since I am eating smaller meals, and a snack in between, I plan on getting hungry between meals! I always carry a snack in my purse, briefcase or small insulated lunch bag, so that when I do get hungry, I have a healthy, low-cal, high protein and/or high fiber snack available that has already been ...

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Anticipate a great second meal!

When eating out (or at home) and you are enjoying the meal and are tempted to continue eating more than you need to, start thinking about how you can take the leftovers home and have another delicious meal the next day! I recently was tempted to eat my entire meal of grilled salmon, but as soon as ...

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Call a Charity and schedule a pick-up - forces a time limit to de-clutter

Some local charities (Volunteers of America, Goodwill and some others) will come to your home if you have a large amount of items to donate. Schedule a pick-up and it is an automatic time limit that pushes you to clean out the basement, garage, closets, etc. by pick-up day! Also, you can't change...

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Track your food intake accurately and don't cheat

Put everything you eat into the SP nutrition tracker as accurately as possible. You can lie to yourself or others about what you eat, but your body knows about every calorie that you eat. If you don't track your food accurately, you won't make the correct food choices that will allow you to be su...

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Save with UPromise for ANYTHING, not just college

UPromise is a savings program where you get small amounts if money for purchasing specific items or services. The site SAYS it is money for college, but you can actually take out the money any time you want for any reason. You just send them a letter that says, "I want to withdraw my money."

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Go "Shopping" in your own Home!

Pick some time, like 30 days, and anytime you are tempted to go buy anything, "shop" in your own home first! Really look around and see if you already have the item, or something similar. I was surprised that many times I already had a very similar item and I didn't need to buy anything new!

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Explore Sparkpeople - there are lots of gems to find!

Just explore by clicking on various links and see all of the information available! You may not want to use all of the resources, but knowing what your options are is really valuable! You can't go wrong! The recipe pages, recipe finder, video library, trivia and blogs are some of my favorites!

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Spend time exercising, don't spend time getting ready to exercise!

Many exercises can be done in your everyday clothes! Walking (just wear walking shoes), crunches, jog in place, many light calesthenics, dumbell exercises, and many Sparkpeople exercise videos can all be done in street clothes! Saves the time spent driving to a gym and changing clothes.

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Check those gift cards - and use them!

Collect up any gift cards in you house (ask your kids if they have any gift cards - teens are notorius for forgetting about them!) and check to see if there is any value left. You'll be surprised that you may have more $$ lying around than you think! Then use them to get things you need!

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Save all receipts

After every purchase, put every receipt in a folder. If the item later goes on sale, you can take the receipt back and get a refund of the difference in price. Or if you need to return an item, (it breaks or you decide you don't need it or like it) you will be able to do so.

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