When i know there are going to be tasty treats and my favorite sweets at a party or get together, I simply eat a large apple before I go and drink a full glass of water. This helps to curb my appetite and allows me to fight off the temptation as well as everyone offering me this or that...It is really great to tell people, no thanks, I already ate.
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Afraid of going to a party because you might over eat? Go ahead and go. This is how I view parties. They are an opportunity to see friends and family; NOT A TICKET TO EAT EVERYTHING IN SITE. I either eat before I go or when I get to the party I fill my plate with healthy items and nibble on them. So go and enjoy yourself.=)
the day after a holiday, stores discount their prices on holiday goods usually be 30%, and on down each day after the holiday. I get greeting cards, wrapping paper, trinkets for party bags, table settings, picture frames, gifts, etc. all on clearance. I can use them for the next season, but some things you can use all year round, like table settings and cupcake papers... then next season you save time AND money. Target, grocery stores, even Victoria's Secret!
I often find gift sets of perfume or body lotion, baking mixes, etc. that I user all year round for people at work or younger cousins, etc. you can repackage them in cute baskets to make them non- holiday themed. Often times I get these for $2-4, when I normally would have paid $15.
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