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Where Does it All Go?

In order to save money, you need to know where it's going. Keep track of every dime you spend for 31 days (ex. gasoline, doctor visits & medications, snacks, newspapers, bus fare, lunches out, etc.). Mark whether it was a planned or spontaneous purchase. At the end of 31 days, categorize your spending and you'll be able so see if there is any waste or if there are areas where you can cut back.

- Submitted by MSPOOH404 3/9/2011 in Saving Money | 0 Comments
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VitaTops and VitaBrownies...
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YUM! YUM!

VitaTops and VitaBrownies are delicious treats that are 100 calories each and 2 grams of fat. They have 50% of many vitamins and minerals. The VitaTops are like muffin tops and they come in several flavors. (Deep Velvety Chocolate & Banana Nut are my faves.) The VitaBrownie...well, it's a little brownie. They're not very sweet, but they satisfy. They're found in the freezer section where natural/organic foods are and are available in most chain grocery stores.

- Submitted by MSPOOH404 10/2/2010 in Product Reviews | 10 Comments
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Avoid House-Cleaning-
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If I'm cleaning 1 room and find something that belongs in another room, I go to the other room and find myself cleaning in there. Instead, I now use empty laundry baskets to hold all the things that go in other rooms. When I'm done in room 1, I take the basket of stuff that belongs in room 2 and put them away, then room 3, etc. That way, I avoid running from room to room and I actually get at least 1 room completely clean! emoticon

- Submitted by MSPOOH404 10/1/2010 in Around The House | 5 Comments
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There's Nothing Wrong with Being Fast and Easy...

...when it comes to meals, that is. I eat a lot of frozen meals for breakfast and lunch during the week (like Weight Watchers and Lean Cuisine meals). It takes the guess work out of what I'll eat, their fairly healthy and they're always handy, so "no time to cook" is not an excuse. (If you're watching your sodium, try some Healthy Choice meals.) I eat fresh fruits for healthy snacks and I cook my dinners and weekend meals (and try to get in the veggies!).

- Submitted by MSPOOH404 9/24/2010 in Healthy Eating | 3 Comments
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Eating on the Run

Sometimes we find ourselves in a situation where we may not have a healthy meal or snack on hand as we're out and about. Be prepared ahead of time in case you absolutely have to make a fast food stop. Research menus online and make a list of healthier options at local fast food places. Keep the list in your car (next to a baggie of almonds emoticon !) so you're ready to make good choices if and when it becomes necessary.

- Submitted by MSPOOH404 9/13/2010 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Spread it Out & Drink Up

I try to have 1 glass of water when I wake up in the morning, and 1 glass of water before bed every night. That leaves only 6 glasses of water for me to get over the course of my day. Six glasses over 12 to 14 hours doesn't seem very daunting at all! If I can do it, so can you! emoticon

- Submitted by MSPOOH404 9/2/2010 in Everything Else | 3 Comments
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Have a Drink...of H2O, That Is

If you're like me, getting your 8 cups or more every day can be a challenge. Try drinking a cold glass of water 1st thing in the morning when you get out of bed. Somehow, this actually makes me crave water throughout the day. And I can start the count down that much sooner...1 glass down, 7 more to go.

- Submitted by MSPOOH404 9/2/2010 in Everything Else | 0 Comments
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Freshen Up After a Little Exercise

I usually walk on my lunch break and, sometimes I get a little sweaty. I keep a small container of unscented baby wipes and a travel size deodorant in my desk drawer. That way I can still find time to fit in my exercise and not be "offensive" to my coworkers...or myself!

- Submitted by MSPOOH404 8/30/2010 in Exercise | 4 Comments
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Make Use of Waiting

While you're waiting for something to heat up or cook in the microwave, move around a bit. Pace back & forth or walk the perimeter of the room; dance or do some squats; try some wall push ups.

- Submitted by MSPOOH404 8/20/2010 in Everything Else | 2 Comments
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