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zumba

I was stuck at the same weight for a month, even though I was working out and eating right. Then I went to a 2 hour zumba class and I started losing again. The classes are great because your dancing. It feels like a party instead of like excercise!

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Breaking a Plateau

When you movement is limited, you really don't need 1200 calories. It is like gassing your car every day but you don't drive. I tried increasing my calories above 1200 did not work. I am eating healthy & taking my Vemma vitamins. Laid off all bread and immediately dropped 5 pounds.

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Magazines - online or on paper

I truly enjoy reading a few magazines and I save a lot of money by subscribing to them rather than buying at the store each month. What I have realized, is that by signing up to their e-zines online, I get a significant amount of content without buying the paper magazine. This saves even more!

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What has worked for me....save mad cash!

I'm paid weekly, my BF check is direct deposit...mine is not. Each week I take out "me tax" for example say your take home pay is $350...10% of that is $35. So, put that amount into your tin Now, really if you are strapped use a smaller percentage out but, make it per pay check no matter what.

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getting others to exercise keeps you motivated

Practice what you preach. When you encourage others to join you/go to exercise class; you, too, have to be there/have to continue to go to class.

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Spluge

Splurge on exercise instead of money... You will feel better

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Flavored coffee options!

If you like flavored coffee try this. Buy regular coffee & then flavored coffees as well. What I do though is when I make the coffee I use one scoop of the flavored coffee and the rest regular. You get the flavor and save money. Another option is add cinnamon to your coffee grounds.

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gardening

Plant a garden. You will save a lot of money by eating all the vegetables that you grow. You can freeze or can the extras or sell them at a roadside market. We even can vegetable soup using all the vegetables that we grow. If you plant early enough, you can usually get in two plantings a summer

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Dishwashing Soap

I buy a very large bottle of dishwashing soap then fill a small bottle with half the soap and half with water and shake. Still cuts the grease and your dishwashing liquid lasts twice as long.

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Decorating On A Budget

Being an interior designer it is important that my house looks good, but I don't always have a big budget. If you live near a big city chances are you have a hotel liquidator in your area. I find fabulous deals on wonderful furniture & accessories. Nice hotel furniture is very durable as well.

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