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Food Gifts

When someone gives you a gift of food, thank them graciously. Then quickly give it to someone who has a family and will enjoy it without guilt. Enjoy that someone gave you a nice gift, enjoy that you gave someone a nice gift, enjoy that they eat and enjoy the gift - more enjoyment for you, fewer calories for you, too! Everyone wins!

- Submitted by SALTWATERHAPPY 11/16/2013 in Staying Healthy | 0 Comments
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Give from your heart--not out of obligation

If you only buy gifts when your heart tells you to instead of because you feel it's your duty to do so, you will save a lot of "I'm only buying this because I feel I have to" dollars.

- Submitted by MISSTELLIA910 12/4/2010 in Saving Money | 1 Comment
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Gift Giving Satisfaction

I REALLY don't need more stuff, and when I talk about it with others, I'm finding a sense of agreement. In some cases, I'm "re-gifting" - giving away something I have that I KNOW someone else wants and needs more than I use or care for it. That feels good. I'm not laying my "white elephants" on someone else at a holiday party. Doing a service makes me feel good. Making someone something while holding them lovingly in my heart feels really good. And all that makes Holidays feel good!

- Submitted by PNWNANA 12/4/2010 in Everything Else | 0 Comments
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The Very Best day for Holiday Shopping

Do everything you need to do ahead of time for Thanksgiving on Tuesday because Wednesday (the day before Thanksgiving) is a great time for holiday shopping. The stores are almost empty, the kids don't have to do homework for the next day, and many places already have their Black Friday prices marked. (And some stores will give you the difference if the price goes down within a certain amount of time.) I used to take my nieces shopping on that day. I'd pick them up after school. (continued)

- Submitted by STORMY724 11/21/2010 in Everything Else | 1 Comment
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No-stress Holidays

About 20 years ago my entire extended family decided that being together is our present to ourselves & we no longer needed to exchange gifts outside of our immediate families. When that joint decision was made, it was one of the happier days of my life. I was always stressed before the holidays ---there was too much to do at home, at work, at school ---and then buy presents, too. Gifts are not essential for the holidays... (click title for more)

- Submitted by STORMY724 9/30/2010 in Everything Else | 5 Comments
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greeener gifts

For birthdays and holidays I make my own wrapping paper with some stamps, earth-friendly ink and recycled light colored packing paper. A great way to personalize the gifts, and a great way to get kids involved in both recycling and gift giving :)

- Submitted by KELLYAM42 7/19/2010 in Everything Else | 1 Comment
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Give healthy gifts to friends!

Whenever I see a co-worker or a friend trying to make healthy life changes, I give them a healthy gift (weights, a fitness journal,etc.) so that they can see that I'm supporting them in their journey to better health.This both motivates them to keep their healthy habits & it also makes me happy.

- Submitted by POETCHIK 5/11/2010 in Everything Else | 0 Comments
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Live below your means

Try to live below your means. Live below your income. Don't tell anyone how much your make and let them believe you make less. Whatever the bank says you can afford, take a loan for 10-20% below that.

- Submitted by LEXUSIASIS 5/11/2010 in Saving Money | 8 Comments
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the gift of taking a step: a gift idea

Recently, I have been buying inexpensive pedometers and giving them out as gifts to encourage others to keep on moving. It is a great way to share fitness without intimidating others.

- Submitted by LUNADRAGON 4/10/2010 in Getting Started | 1 Comment
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Incentives/Rewa
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Incentives are an important aspect of reaching weightloss goals or any life goals in general. Pick something you love to do and set a time line and go for it. A mani / pedi for 5lbs weight loss, New workout gear for 10lbs , massage for 15lbs loss and so on. You Catch my drift.

- Submitted by NANDE77 3/29/2010 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments
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Getting the Things I Want

For my birthday and Christmas, my mom always wants "ideas" of things I would like to have. I started keeping a list throughout the year. When I find something I would like but won't buy it for myself, I write it on the list. When the holidays come around and I still want the item, I have ideas.

- Submitted by STORMTMB 3/26/2010 in Saving Money | 1 Comment
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