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use crockpots more often

i challenged myself to find ways to cut back and save more money ...one idea was to use a crockpot as much as possible ( so that i wouldnt have to use the oven ) i got 1 large crockpot(maindish) and 2 smaller ones ( side dishes) results ...my electric bill was $40 cheaper ,which ill take to pay on a debt im currently working to pay off

- Submitted by DELIA38961 6/6/2013 in Saving Money | 2 Comments
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Start a Streak

I started a Save $1 a Day Streak in my Other Goals Tracker on October 17, 2008. I've been *streaking* for 1793 days. Most days, I put more then $1 in the kitty. I love this streak! Guess how much money I have saved? emoticon

- Submitted by ETTEZEUS 9/2/2013 in Saving Money | 4 Comments
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Grocery Gift Cards to Me!

I learned from the government shutdown that a sudden pay loss can be crippling to a family. When the dust settled and the paychecks resumed I bought a gift card from the grocery stores I frequent. Each week I add $10 to one of them. Should an emergency occur, I have some back up to be able to feed my family.

- Submitted by DUSTYPRAIRIE 1/5/2014 in Saving Money | 6 Comments
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Don't Deprive Yourself!

I love that line from Bethany Frankel's Skinny Girl: You can't wrap up your leftovers and mail them to the starving people in Africa. Therefore, I will eat 1/2 of a treat (brownie, piece of cake) and throw the rest away. emoticon

- Submitted by CSZYMANSKI 1/24/2012 in Weight Maintenance | 2 Comments
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Pick one focused objective and a great reward

I've picked one objective to focus on for a few weeks. After a while, it just ebcomes habit. I like to pair it with a great reward. First, I gave myself a great fitness reward every week that I hit 210 fitness minutes (a new workout shirt or shorts, a subscription to a fitness magazine). After several weeks, fitness became a fun habit and something I would never miss. Next, I aimed for 8 servings of fruits and veggies a day, which went well. Now, I'm finally trying to hit my calorie range.

- Submitted by RENEEMG77 7/23/2013 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Secret to peeling hard boiled eggs

emoticon Add at least one Tablespoon of baking soda to the water I boil my eggs in. Also stir your eggs occasionally as they begin to boil, this keeps the yolk in the middle. The baking soda always makes the egg shells come off easily. 90 calories and packed with protein, hard boiled eggs are a great snack too. emoticon

- Submitted by JAVAJENN 3/26/2013 in Cooking | 4 Comments
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Cinnamon -a high fiber way to add flavor to yogurt and smoothies

Just one teaspoon of cinnamon has about 5% of your daily fiber quota - it is a great choice for adding flavor and fiber to your morning yogurt, toast, or smoothie.

- Submitted by SGTPEPPER4191 5/29/2013 in Healthy Eating | 2 Comments
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Fill Up Before a Meal

Still in the phase where your always hungry? Try filling up on low-cal foods and water before you eat. I often eat a cup of watermelon slices and a glass of water before a meal to help make me fuller faster.

- Submitted by NOBLEEQUESTRIAN 5/16/2013 in Cooking | 1 Comment
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Calorie Burning: Choose a variety of exercise and music

I get bored doing the same exercise routines. In order to make sure I stay on track I look through You Tube or Spark fitness videos and choose exercises that fit in with my mood that day. I set a goal of getting exercise everyday, and choose the time according to how my day is flowing. If I feel lazy, I put on some music that pumps me up. If I feel frazzled I choose Yoga, Qigong, Pilates or meditation.

- Submitted by YOUDUNN 7/16/2013 in Exercise | 1 Comment
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Quarters in the Running Money Jar

I have a clear jar on my dresser that I put one quarter in for every mile I run (or walk for fitness). It's very motivating to watch the pile of quarters climb higher as I exercise more. I have last year's jar beside the one I use for this year to help track my progress.

- Submitted by CMERUN29 8/10/2012 in Exercise | 3 Comments
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