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Establish Your IRA Before the End of the Year

Although you may still be able to contribute to it up until April 15 of next year to get this year's tax break (speak to your IRA custodian to be sure), it MUST be established before the end of the year. Your bank will also probably have a minimum deposit requirement, but a Self-Directed IRA custod...

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Maintaining a Positive Outlook Keeps You Healthy

Have you ever noticed that when your mood is gloomy, you don't feel well? Maybe you thought your mood was gloomy BECAUSE you don't feel well. Scientific studies bear out that people are healthier when they remain positive. Take advantage of all the positive energy that flows within SparkPeople to...

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Know Your Options for Retirement Savings

Many people are unaware that they can direct their own IRA investments without tying themselves to one provider's options. A Self-Directed IRA gives you many investment choices that aren't available through traditional means. Real estate, among other options, can be held, turned for quick profit o...

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Eat That Frog

If you really hate to do something that you know you should and have committed to yourself to do...like exercise, for example, , get it out of the way rather than putting it off. It's too easy to find excuses NOT to do it, so do it first and then it's over with.

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Double Whammy

Cooking for two can be tricky, especially if one is eating healthy and controlled portions and the other--isn't. I look for healthy, well-balanced one-dish meals like casseroles, soups and skillet meals that feed four. My hubby requires nearly twice as many calories as I do, and could stand to los...

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Damage Repair

Even though I track my nutrition diligently, and measure my portions when possible, I can't always plan ahead. Often, I'm forced to eat in restaurants where healthy choices aren't always available, and it isn't always possible to 'save up' calories to offset those meals. When I've gone over on fat...

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De-clutter and clean 15 minutes at a time

If the whole house has too many items in it and needs an old-fashioned cleaning instead of the surface cleaning we do when we're busy, try this trick: First, list what needs to be done. Be as detailed as you want, you're not going to do it all at once.
Now tackle it in 15-minute spurts, one ro...

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Super Filling Lunch

When I'm feeling hungry or need to improve my potassium intake for the day, here's my go-to meal:
Average Yukon gold potato, microwaved
1/2 C frozen chopped broccoli, microwaved
topped with 1/2 C lowfat cottage cheese and Mrs. Dash seasoning
Delicious, healthy and under 300 calories.

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Thrift Store Fashionista

With big weight loss comes a wardrobe money crisis--but it doesn't have to be. There's a blog called New Dress a Day, about a girl who takes thrift store horrors and with a few simple sewing moves, turns them into cute clothes, for under a dollar a day. The same techniques could save your own.

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