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Healthy Snacking

I like a snack between dinner and bedtime so I save calories until that time like a glass of nonfat milk or fruit. I feel like I am rewarding myself for doing good all day but not blowing my calories since I saved them for that time.

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Take your own cup to work!

It amazes me how many people use the disposable cups at work instead of bringing a "real" cup or glass. Yes, you have to wash it, but it saves on trash and helps the environment. If you are drinking water, bring one you know how many ounces are in it and it helps you keep track of the ounces drank

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Mail

When you bring the mail in the house, sort it then. Shred the promos with your personal info on them, put the bills in the pay slot, stack the magazines where you read them ,and throw away the junk. It keeps things from piling up and making a big job later.

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Subtract bills first

When you get paid, subtract all the bills you have to pay first and you can see exactly how much is left for food, gas, and extras. Make the payments and mail them so you know it is done for the month. No late fees, none forgotten and no short bank account with bills to pay.

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Bill Paying

Subtract all bills from your balance the day you get paid and what you have left over is for the other things. I have everything possible debited from my bank account and since I already subtracted them, I know the money will be there. Never late, never short if done first.

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Eat all Week

Roasting a chicken on Sunday gives us chicken for salads, casseroles and wraps for several days. I have purchased deli chickens which really is a time saver. Take it home, remove the skin and put in serving sizes and freeze what you are not going to eat in the net few days.

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Being Thankful

If we think about all the great things we have in our life, whether it is family, friends, or your home then it is hard to be negative. Even a job to go to each day is a great reason to think life is pretty good. It is hard to concentrate on what I am missing if I think of all I already have.

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Walking with Teens

When my girls were teenagers, we would walk in the evenings. Not only was it a great "bonding" time but we challenged one another on how fast we could walk. Walking together seems to activate the talk "button" and it was a great sharing time.

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2nd shelf

Most closets have only one shelf above where the clothes hang. I measure the shelf, add brackets to hold it on both ends and depending on the length of the shelf a center support, if needed. You can only stack things so high and the added shelf lets you put seldom used items and use wasted space.

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Store brands

I buy store brands when I shop. I compare ingredients to the national brand and buy the equivalent in the lower price items. I buy the smallest package possible in the equivalent until I use the item and find if I like it or not. If I do, I buy a larger amount next time and save even more!

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