SparkPeople Living Life on a Shoestring Team Messageboard Living within our means, whether by choice or by circumstances, doesn't have to put us in a "blue funk"! Living well is within all of our means, let's show you how. SparkPeople Living Life on a Shoestring Team Messageboard Big expenses you cannot avoid forever How do you handle big, sort of expected expenses? <BR> <BR> What about emergencies? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I have been putting off upgrading a no-longer-supported phone. <BR> I think I’ve been saying “next year” for five years. <BR> <BR> Now, the maker has released another small-scale phone for 2020. <BR> A mobile carrier offered a deal I could swing right now (thanks to a business savings account, the phone is for the business, 80 percent). <BR> So I took it. Cash. <BR> I won’t have a pho... Thu, 7 May 2020 13:11:27 EST Toilet paper movies A friend, who usually is railing against the system and being loudly political, had this on his Facebook yesterday: post a movie name and substitute one word with “toilet paper.” <BR> Use whatever it’s called to you locally. <BR> <BR> To start, <BR> Love in the Time of Toilet Paper <BR> <BR> Next? Sun, 22 Mar 2020 11:39:10 EST COVID-19 and novel coronavirus check in Greetings, Shoestringers! <BR> <BR> Tell us where you are, how you are and what’s going on with regard to infectious diseases. <BR> <BR> Are you sheltering in place? By choice or edict? <BR> If you are out and about, what are you seeing? <BR> <BR> What are you doing in any down time? <BR> Tue, 17 Mar 2020 14:34:10 EST Pandemic is a scary word With each inhabited continent (not counting Antarctica outposts), having at least 10 cases of Covid-19, and watching my fellow Americans loose their minds...or get the runs, given how toilet paper is vanishing moments after restocking, and why is all the sanitizer gone but soap untouched?... I’m curious, what preparations are you making? What do you envision as your needs? <BR> <BR> I suspect two things: I might get a lot of cancellations that will impact my income, and I might have to self ... Fri, 13 Mar 2020 21:31:39 EST Christmas Giving Tips Fanny Seto wrote a book 'Budgeting Made Easy:7 Steps to Shape Your Budget" <BR> 1. family members over 18 participate in a Secret Santa-style gift exchange <BR> 2. buy little things all year long when they are on sale. I keep mine in a tote in the closet. <BR> 3. budget before buying anything <BR> 4. make something hand-made <BR> 5. I keep my Christmas cards and cut the fronts off. Punch a hole in them, and put some yarn through. These become my gift tags. I haven't had to buy any in abou... Tue, 24 Dec 2019 12:19:35 EST Tracking and rewards I found this <BR><BR>/32086052396/fitness-tip-jar-a-way-to-<BR>motivate-yourself-to <BR> <BR> After it was referenced in a Spark article from 2017, on visual tracking. <BR><BR>p?post=7_fun_ways_to_visually_track_we<BR>ight_loss_progress <BR> <BR> <BR> I like the idea of tipping oneself when you do well. <BR> Sort of an anti swear jar. But, I guess running both would get my financial rewards higher faster. :)... Thu, 19 Dec 2019 09:35:05 EST How do you take your tea? I asked this in the cafe. If you saw it there, please also answer here. <BR> <BR> How do you take your tea (including herbal tissane)? <BR> I like masala chai, non dairy milk, very little sugar. I’ll take it however I can in restaurants. Black or rooibos, please. Green doesn’t work as well. <BR> <BR> I also like green tea with mint. <BR> <BR> Iced tea is black tea with lemon. Sugar is a deal breaker... that gets poured in the closest plant. <BR> <BR> Sat, 7 Dec 2019 12:15:04 EST Why are you Living on a Shoestring? Please tell us why you are frugal. <BR> Sat, 7 Dec 2019 11:04:53 EST Will you do a savings challenge in the new year? I see several variations on a couple themes for savings challenges online. <BR> From save all your bills of a specific denomination, to all change to a changing amount per week (the week one $1, week two $2 until the last week of the year at $52, which totals $1378 for the year. It can also be done starting at $52 and dropping down to $1), to bank run holiday clubs (do those exist anymore?), small ways to trick yourself int9 savings abound. <BR> <BR> It occurred to me, while deleting hundred... Fri, 29 Nov 2019 12:01:01 EST What makes you think on SP? Do articles get you thinking? Posts? Blogs? <BR> What sends you off on what if’s? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Or am I just a freak? ;) <BR> Tue, 26 Nov 2019 15:05:12 EST Momma48 is taking a step back She’s still a member, and I hope to see her posting, but that means we all have to step up. <BR> <BR> As for me, I’ll try to uphold some of her ongoing threads. Sat, 16 Nov 2019 16:17:03 EST Americans and expats, saving coin on Thanksgiving Miraculously, I have a three day weekend from Thanksgiving ‘til the following Sunday. <BR> So,I’m thinking of hosting a Friendsgiving on Friday, or a small gathering on Thursday. <BR> <BR> I feel I should have a main dish for the omnivores, as well as my “it was always about/stuffing and cranberry sauce” centric veggie feast. <BR> <BR> How do you keep costs down on these seasonal feasts? <BR> <BR> We don’t eat enough bread to save up large amounts for stuffing/dressing. I do have a big chu... Wed, 6 Nov 2019 22:14:34 EST IF ASKED ARE U HAPPY TODAY- WHAT WOULD U SAY? I'm adding this post as so often, people will say or ask, "how are you doing"? And we'll say, fine, great, wonderful..... <BR> <BR> BUT, what do you REALLY feel? Are you happy today? Share your "yes" or "no" with us -- as we understand and we're here to support each other. <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> So, are you happy today? Mon, 7 Oct 2019 11:23:26 EST CHAIR (SEATED) EXERCISES DONE 2-DAY or YESTERDAY? Yes! Tue, 1 Oct 2019 10:20:03 EST SPARKS' MONTHLY MOTIVATIONAL CALENDAR TIPS! Check out today's Sparks' Monthly Motivational Tip! And, please share your thoughts and way that you may already do the posted tip! <BR> <BR> 9/18! <em>550</em> Support farmers! <BR> <BR> You'll find a variety of local seasonal and (often organic) produce at your farmer's market. It's fresher and less expensive than food that travels long distances to get to a store! Wed, 18 Sep 2019 11:17:11 EST How much do you spend on skin and hair care? I was thinking about budgeting in the shower...don’t judge... and wondered what others spend on haircare and skin care. <BR> <BR> I buy my shampoo by the gallon, but my conditioner only comes in 32 oz containers. <BR> Shampoo is $40 USish, and lasts a couple of years. I dilute. <BR> I go through maybe four conditioner containers at $7 each. <BR> I cut my own hair. <BR> <BR> Skin, I have a sulfur soap for rosacea, CC cream, sunscreen, toner, moisturizer. <BR> I’d say I drop $50 annually, al... Mon, 16 Sep 2019 13:12:44 EST OCTOBER TEAM WATER CHALLENGE!! We know that it's important to get in at least 8 glasses of water in our day, so let's stay on track with getting in that healthy water!!! <BR> <BR> If you enjoyed 8 glasses of water today or yesterday, please post your "YES", <em>248</em> <em>590</em> or however you'd like! <BR> <BR> Stay healthy everyone and keep loving that <em>91</em> water intake going!!! Thu, 5 Sep 2019 12:02:26 EST How does this team help you? Do you feel this team helps you? <BR> How so? <BR> <BR> If not, what would make this team valuable to you? Wed, 14 Aug 2019 13:47:38 EST Rewards on a shoestring What ways to you reward yourself for hitting goals? How do you do it frugally? <BR> <BR> <BR> I have promised myself new work trousers when I hit goal weight near the end of the year. I’ll hold on for January clearance, but I’ll need three pair. <BR> Since I want them identical, or very similar, as something of a uniform (I’m a massage therapist), I’m looking at new. Currently, my trousers are used and starting to need belts. <BR> <BR> My weight is in the belly, so shirts will do until the... Tue, 13 Aug 2019 13:54:46 EST HAVE U DONE THE 9 MINUTE ARM/SHOULDER WORKOUT? Adding a link to a great Spark Video that can be done while seated! And, as explained in the video--do as much as you are able to, you can use hand weights, a can of food or anything that you are able to hold in both hands while doing--and even doing the exercises without any weights at all! <BR> <BR> A great way to stay flexible and easy to do at any time of the day! So please share--have you done any of the exercises shown in the video today or yesterday? <BR> <BR> <link>https://www... Tue, 13 Aug 2019 11:55:15 EST Paper or plastic? Not about bags, but bills. <BR> <BR> I don’t pull out cash, or get cash back at the grocery store. I cannot remember the last time I did that. So it’s at least three years. I stopped carrying much cash when I lived in an especially rough area. <BR> I get some cash tips, not many, and use those as my pocket cash. <BR> I no longer pay rent in cash, as I did with my last few situations, so, the envelope system is groceries, weekly dinner out, and savings. I often don’t have cash on hand. <BR> ... Fri, 2 Aug 2019 10:46:36 EST AUGUST STAY HYDRATED TEAM CHALLENGE! <em>591</em> everyone! We tracked our water intake for July and how amazing to see how those glasses add up! <BR> <BR> So.....ready for August??? Let's see if we can match the number we ended with for July and go for another great month ahead staying hydrated! The challenge will start August 1st and run through the last day of August! <BR> <BR> How to share your <em>91</em> for the day (be it by an 8 ounce glass or bottle-or even a rough guess as to number of 8-ounce glasses you... Wed, 31 Jul 2019 19:07:18 EST SPARKS'-WHAT YOUR CRAVINGS SAY ABOUT YOU! We all have those times where we crave certain foods, tastes and even texture--sugary, salty, crunchy, smooth, etc., types of foods! Some of which are healthy and some of which we know aren't the best of food choices. <BR> <BR> Here is a great article to see what your cravings could say about you! Along with healthier options and ways to beat those cravings!!! <BR> <BR> So which type of food do you seem to crave the most? Let us know and what you do when that craving comes on! <BR> ... Tue, 23 Jul 2019 10:40:18 EST Capsule Pantry You likely have heard of or are using a capsule wardrobe in some fashion. <BR> <BR> How about a capsule pantry? <BR> Read on and see if you’d consider streamlining your ingredients. <BR> <BR> I’m challenging myself to limit my ingredients (as I have so many condiments and sauces) to 30 separate ingredients for a month’s worth of meals. <BR> <BR> My master list is 28 items. <BR> <BR> Eight canned goods/ dry goods: <BR> Tomatoes <BR> Black beans <BR> Kidney beans <BR> Chickpeas <BR> Chipot... Tue, 16 Jul 2019 18:04:25 EST JULY STAY HYDRATED CHALLENGE! <em>274</em> From our "LAST WEEK OF JUNE" challenge-we ended with 158 glasses of water enjoyed! That's a total of 1,264 8-ounce glasses!! Fantastic!! So, let's see what we can do for the whole month of July!!! <BR> <BR> The "how to post" your number of glasses enjoyed in a day will work as it did for June-which was: <BR> <BR> How to share your <em>91</em> for the day (be it by an 8 ounce glass or bottle-or even a rough guess as to number of 8-ounce glasses you enjoyed! Got your re... Mon, 1 Jul 2019 16:46:57 EST Try a different grocery In the US, we have so many competing grocers, but here in Colorado, they don’t know it. They certainly don’t price competitively, aside from junk. <BR> So I trooped off to a Save a Lot, aimed at Latinx shoppers. <BR> I found many produce deals and a couple dry good deals. <BR> Limes, for instance are 3/$1 at the main stream market, but 10/$1 at the Latinx market. <BR> <BR> What are your secret places to find groceries? Mon, 1 Jul 2019 15:40:54 EST LAST WEEK OF JUNE TEAM WATER CHALLENGE! <em>274</em> Let's have some fun and see how many glasses of water we can drink and enjoy for the last week of June! The challenge will start today and run through next Sunday (June 30th)! <BR> <BR> How to share your <em>91</em> for the day (be it by an 8 ounce glass or bottle-or even a rough guess as to number of 8-ounce glasses you enjoyed! Got your recommended 8 in? ADD your 8 to the NEW TEAM TOTAL number shown by the previous reply and let's see how high we can go--the healthy ... Mon, 24 Jun 2019 10:37:52 EST time to fix the budget Our household budget was last reviewed at the beginning of the year. I thought it was going to work out just fine, but NOT! We had a number of big expenses come along one right after the other. First we owed $2,000 in taxes (gotta fix that for sure), then insurance came due for 3 vehicles and then house and furnishings insurance, ugh - how did we manage it right together like this last year - I don't remember. Then we had to made a home repair that was $1,000, and before we knew it our saving... Sun, 23 Jun 2019 20:05:57 EST Adventures, Hobbies and Artistry, oh my! How do you save in travel, crafting, art creation, whatever it is that you do? <BR> It’s said you can have cheap good and easy, but not all three at once. <BR> <BR> Where might you need ideas and tips? <BR> <BR> My hiking gear is dilapidated. I am training to hike rim to rim of the Grand Canyon next year. <BR> I’m needing ultralight backpack and sleeping bag. I want down, I think, I’m still talking to folks. I’m saving up for a Hyke and Byke sleeping bag. <BR> <BR> And I want a pack that f... Tue, 18 Jun 2019 12:29:03 EST TODAY, I WILL... ...spend the day with my parents and go over the plans with Mom for their upcoming wedding anniversary celebration--check to see what we have covered and ready and what needs to be taken care of yet. Tue, 11 Jun 2019 08:38:44 EST 5 Unhealthy Foods That Can Cause Disease (VIDEO)! Check out this great video!!! It's going to be surprising to alot of us of what we actually do eat and how it may be harming our bodies more than we think! <BR> <BR> And, as the drs. said, we may not like to hear about what some of those foods are--and why they are not healthy--but for our overall health, it may be time to check out the healthier options available. <BR> <BR> Also, as this husband and wife team are dry eye specialists, and another reason I never miss their weekly healt... Wed, 5 Jun 2019 12:47:00 EST Cost, convenience and caring for the planet I pooped onto a frugal mom site, and she had a list of frugal things she didn’t do. <BR> This woman blogs about $200/mo groceries for four, paying off the mortgage early, couponing, and typical things like that. <BR> <BR> But her I don’t list brought up some anger. <BR> She does not use cloth diapers, cloth serviettes/table napkins, or cleaning rags. <BR> Her logic is entirely about ease and her ability to drop the cost. <BR> <BR> Disclosure, I was cloth diapers all the way. I use cotton or... Sat, 1 Jun 2019 11:31:45 EST HOW TO KEEP FRUITS & VEGGIES FRESH!! Sharing a link to a great Sparks' article and chart that provides info on how to store and keep those fruits and veggies fresh longer! Good info to know and keep in mind to help out with the food budget. Click the link below and check it out--and make those fruits and veggies stay fresh longer to enjoy!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/nutrition_articles.asp?id=1103 </link> Wed, 29 May 2019 10:05:42 EST Is frugal your lifestyle by choice? I live frugally out of habit. My partner wondered aloud if I would live frugally if my financial situation drastically changed, such as a lottery win, shifting to a better compensation rate with my work, inheritance, etc. <BR> <BR> I think I would. I’d have a bit more play and tzedakah (charity) money, but I think my focus would be on building savings and investments, not spending. <BR> <BR> So, I see frugality as my default. I started because I had no choice as a young mom, as a badly paid... Tue, 28 May 2019 09:20:16 EST Where do you struggle with expenses? Where do you struggle with expenses? <BR> <BR> For me, it’s fuel for my work commute, and a habit of fast food on long workdays. <BR> I’m being mindful of how I drive, allowing extra time to go a bit more slowly, and packing food. <BR> <BR> And following the gas prices. I work in an area where gas is less expensive than by my home, so I try to hold out and get gas there. I also don’t let my tank dip much less than half. <BR> My ex had a mantra: gas in the tank is money in the bank. <BR> No... Mon, 27 May 2019 13:01:43 EST Balancing fugal with cheap I needed a screwdriver last week. <BR> I found the size I needed at the dollar store, for, yes, a dollar. <BR> But I went to a hardware store for a recognized name. <BR> Checking a pawn shop would have served me, too. <BR> <BR> I paid $5 for a decent screwdriver, on clearance. <BR> One friend teased me for spending $4 extra, and another said that was a steal for the quality. <BR> <BR> This got me thinking about the buy it for life people, and how some of my friends keep replacing junk. (Ro... Fri, 24 May 2019 13:32:30 EST STAYING ON YOUR BUDGET TRACKER!!! Some may have a monthly budget or a weekly budget for their expenses, etc. So, let's stay on track and live within our set budgets with a little help from this topic/tracker! <BR> <BR> Please share if you use a MONTHLY or WEEKLY budget plan and if you STAYED WITHIN THAT BUDGET for whichever time period you use. <BR> <BR> And, if you'd like to print out a MONTHLY BUDGET PLANNER--feel free to click on the link below, as Sparks has a form for you to use! <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.spark... Tue, 7 May 2019 10:39:58 EST How to Eat Healthy Without Going Broke!! I read a helpful article on Sparks today--and wanted to pass it along to everyone! Great ways to save on the food budget and still eat healthy! <BR> Click on the link and check it out--it may be of help to you! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/nutrition_articles.asp?id=511&amp;utm<BR>_source=sparkpeople&amp;utm_medium=ema<BR>il&amp;utm_campaign=best-of-sparkpeopl<BR>e&amp;utm_content </link> Mon, 6 May 2019 08:29:25 EST DID U EAT 5/6 VEGGIES or FRUITS 2DAY or YESTERDAY? We know that fruits and veggies are a wonderful way to get in our daily nutrients, plus make super snacks!! I'm adding a link to a great article on ways to get in those yummy fruits and veggies-so you can CLICK ON THE LINK below to check out the article! <BR> <BR> And-did you enjoy your 5/6 Fruits and Veggies Today or Yesterday??? Let us know---and keep loving those healthy food choices! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/nutrition_articles.asp?id=1795 </link> Sun, 28 Apr 2019 12:02:35 EST DID U DO the LYING AB STRETCH 2-DAY OR YESTERDAY?? Starting Position <BR> Lie flat on your back with your legs extended and your arms stretched overhead. <BR> <BR> Action <BR> Relax the abs and imagine stretching through the center of your body, reaching your toes and fingertips towards opposite sides of the room. <BR> <BR> Breathe deeply and hold for 10-30 seconds. <BR> <BR> Special Instructions <BR> Stretch to the point of "mild discomfort," not to the point of pain. Never bounce. Don’t allow your lower back to arch off of the mat. <... Sun, 7 Apr 2019 12:10:22 EST HOW MUCH $ DID U SAVE ON YOUR LAST SHOPPING TRIP? Alot of us will check our weekly newspaper ads for stores that we shop at, or even check them out on-line! Plus using the rewards programs that alot of stores offer, plus coupons! <BR> <BR> Just a rough guess--how much were you able to save on your last shopping trip, be it at a grocery store, department stores, etc.? Mon, 11 Feb 2019 12:17:40 EST PILATES DONE 2-DAY OR YESTERDAY? I'm adding a link to a great intro to Pilates that I enjoyed watching and doing this morning! Love the it can improve flexibility and joint mobility meaning decreased chance of injury as well, along with strengthening the core (ab area) which tends to be my trouble spot! <BR> <BR> Let us know if you enjoyed doing Pilates today or yesterday!! Click on the link below, watch the video and see if Pilates is right for you! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/videos-... Mon, 28 Jan 2019 08:33:01 EST SPARKS TRIVIA (Question, Answer & Explanation)!! True or False: "Natural" is synonymous with "organic" when it comes to food. <BR> <BR> Answer: False! The word "natural" is not regulated by the FDA and therefore is very misleading. Sure "natural" brings to mind thoughts of fresh, minimally processed and healthy food, but it means nothing about a food's nutritional content, ingredients, processing, safety, or health effects. Organic, on the other hand, is a regulated term referring to the way a food was grown or raised--without synthetic f... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 07:57:56 EST DID U DO WARM-UPs & COOL DOWNs 2DAY or YESTERDAY? Both warm-ups before our daily workouts, walks, etc., and cool downs after are important for so many reasons! The first link I've added deals with the benefits of the warm-ups; and the second link covers benefits for the cool downs! Stay healthy and moving everyone!! <BR> <BR> WARM-UP INFO: <BR> <link><BR>/fitness_articles.asp?id=1036 </link> <BR> <BR> COOL DOWN INFO: <BR> <link><BR>/fitness_articles.asp?id=1037 ... Tue, 8 Jan 2019 10:41:12 EST HEY WALKERS! TRACK YOUR STEPS, MILES or MINUTES! 12/31: 15605 steps Tue, 1 Jan 2019 12:02:51 EST DID U LOG IN YOUR FITNESS 2-DAY AT SPARKS? <em>224</em> Mon, 31 Dec 2018 22:38:20 EST JANUARY IMAGINARY PIGGY BANK FUN! ADD YOUR $.25! <em>208</em> Here is our "IMAGINARY" bank! Are you ready to see how many of those imaginary quarters ($.25) we can save this month? Remember, spare change DOES add up! <BR> <BR> I'll start with the first $.25! And the next friend can add their imaginary $.25 and post $.50, etc. (It's like counting up by 25 only in monetary form) Let's have fun and save-save-save! Mon, 31 Dec 2018 22:32:34 EST SAY "THANK YOU" FOR THE NEW DAY! <em>304</em> Mon, 24 Dec 2018 10:17:36 EST READY TO MAKE IT A GREAT DAY? JUST SAY "YA" <em>224</em> Wed, 19 Dec 2018 07:22:21 EST DID U READ A MEMBER'S BLOG? <em>223</em> A great way to see how our friends here are doing, is to read their blogs! Gives you that added feeling of getting to know each other a bit better, along with encouraging them when needed, applauding them for their accomplishments and more! <BR> <BR> So, have you read and commented on a Team member's blog today or recently? And, if so, I'm sure they truly appreciated your support and friendship in doing so! Wed, 19 Dec 2018 07:17:26 EST COUNTING UP TO A MILLION!!! Let's see if we can do it--it'll be great to see those numbers go up-up-up and hit that 1,000,000! <BR> <BR> Feel free to post more than once a day and after another of our friends have posted their number. <BR> <BR> So, here we go................. <BR> <BR> 1! Wed, 21 Nov 2018 10:44:43 EST Newbie Hi, fellow Sparkies! My name is Noelle or you can call me Elle. Last night I hit the reset button and today is a new day! I deleted my own Spark account and started this one new for the new phase of my weight loss journey. My highest weight was 286, now I'm at 250. My ultimate goal is to be somewhere between 165 - 175. I'm a recovering emotional eater. I just paid off my credit card debt in February and now I'm working on paying off medical bills. I ultimately want to start being able to save... Mon, 6 Aug 2018 08:21:30 EST One Word Describing Your Relationship With Money Mine = ANXIETY Sat, 26 May 2018 10:45:55 EST Frugal Recipes Crockpot Candied Kielbasa <BR> <BR> Delicious and easy to prepare! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ied-kielbasa/ </link> <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> Mon, 14 May 2018 13:03:41 EST New Here Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I am trying to lose a significant amount of weight and due to circumstances am currently on a very strict budget. I am trying to improve my finances by budgeting and eating out a lot less. I am also trying to adopt the idea that it is better to save money and invest later in EXPERIENCES rather than investing now in more stuff. I look forward to working with all of you! Thu, 3 May 2018 10:07:55 EST Miser May I have to admit that when it comes to saving, lately, honey and I have been doing a horrible job!! <BR> I am not working ATM, and so, we really have to start doing a better job. <BR> I will say, that we havent been going out to eat lately at all, between the outbreak of Hepatitis A in some Kentucky restaurants, and him working most Saturday's, we have just been cooking at home or cooking over the grill...which is better, but we still spend more because of all the charcoal, foil,... Mon, 30 Apr 2018 10:01:57 EST How did you save money this season? I convinced myself not to buy much Christmas food. I was very moderate in what I brought to eating events and no one starved, that's for sure. Alhtough I went out to the stores this morning, I ended up not buying anything. <BR> <BR> I also checked online to find where I could get a decent deal on replacing the battery in my phone. Tue, 26 Dec 2017 20:06:36 EST Stretching a Dollar What's your best tip for stretching a dollar? Fri, 1 Dec 2017 21:12:22 EST Loosing more weight Hello. What do you find that helps you loose the most in one week than other weeks? Thu, 26 Oct 2017 08:51:28 EST Tips for Decorating on a Shoestring - Let's Share! I've had a hard couple of years, and am finally getting to decorate my apartment. I have a lot of knick-knacks and things to hang on the wall, but I have no living room furniture. I don't need dining room furniture, because I don't entertain, and I can use tv tables for just me, which are easier to store in this tiny space. <BR> <BR> I've looked at sofas, and decided on a day bed instead. Then I saw someone who just stacked painted pallets and put a twin mattress on them, and it made a sofa... Sat, 16 Sep 2017 17:09:53 EST tired of thieves. Two times in the last 7 months, I have had to cancel a debit card and go to my bank to dispute charges made to my account. <BR> First time, was easy to find out, it was from Verizon and they cancelled pretty quickly, they even provided a phone number I could call to try to get more info. <BR> The bank took care of that pretty quickly, took me about a week to get my 267 dollars back into my acct. <BR> Now, it turns out I had to do a little online research and found out it was made to an online... Mon, 19 Jun 2017 14:26:31 EST How Do You Save Money on Groceries? I'm on a $200 a month food budget, and at first, it was really hard, but now I'm getting to where I can do it for less most months. <BR> <BR> I shop at discount grocery stores mostly. Used to shop at Save-a-lot, but it's clear on the other side of town, and we had an Aldi open up here about a mile away, so I've been going there a lot. They don't have some things I like, but I can make it work. Some things are more, some are less, so it evens out. I also have a Super WalMart nearby for things... Sun, 5 Mar 2017 16:36:05 EST MY DAY TO BE LAZY Health aide got me up at 6:30 this morning. For those who don't know I broke my ankle in three places on my stroke affected side. A real bummer. Today I want to go see the new great grandson. He is so cute.... Sun, 12 Feb 2017 09:21:59 EST Today's agenda Eat a healthy breakfast, use dumbbells for arm exercises, drink 8 glasses of water and no sugar today <em>521</em> Thu, 9 Feb 2017 09:32:51 EST Anyone have a money-making hobby? I love to garden, and I'm seriously thinking of trying to make some money from it. When I'm on eBay looking for seeds, I see seeds of things I'm growing and think I could easily get into growing things and selling their seeds. I don't have much space, but it could be a few extra dollars here and there. <BR> <BR> I also think about selling small plants. When I had a house and a big yard, I used to grow things from seed and cuttings, pot them up in 1-gallon pots and sell them on Craigslist. ... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 17:12:47 EST New Penny Pincher here! I'm frugal to a fault, I guess you could say. Probably closer to a cheapskate, but it's necessary because I live on about $1200 a month. Looking forward to getting to know you all. Wed, 28 Dec 2016 10:09:09 EST How to achieve goals without money? I'm kind of poor. I want to achieve goals though: <BR> Weight loss <BR> Declutter my house (sometimes this requires money for recycling fees) <BR> Have outfits that look like a stylist put them together <BR> Be beautiful <BR> Have a huge bank account. <BR> Be Pinterest-level organized <BR> Help! I can't spend any money on this (of course the bank account goal requires money lol) <BR> Sun, 4 Dec 2016 11:42:53 EST Why do you live frugally? Do you live frugally by choice or circumstance? <BR> <BR> I started by circumstance, and returned to it by choice. <BR> I'm fortunate that I have enough means to have choices, but I'm looking at retirement in a couple decades, and I'm starting over from nothing there. Sat, 3 Dec 2016 15:02:51 EST Overseas Coupon Program To learn more about the Overseas Coupon Program, go to: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> To explain short and sweet, the military overseas can use unwanted and/or expired (up to 6 monthes past the expiration date) coupons at their stores. <BR> <BR> You can even adopt a base on the website. The Overseas Coupon Program website explains everything you have to do. <BR> <BR> What do you think? <BR> <BR> Wed, 16 Nov 2016 16:45:33 EST Hello everyone Hello. My name is Sherri. I am not new to Sparkpeople, but I am new to this group. I lost my job a few years ago. I was married and my husband had a good job though. Three years ago, he left. I was left a single parent of three kids, in a rural community, with no vehicle. Since I live in a rural community, in order to work, I need a car to get to work. Unfortunately, I can't afford a car until I find a job. I am able to borrow a car on occasion, but not very often, certainly not the a... Mon, 3 Oct 2016 12:59:40 EST Cheap filling fodder! I know that not everyone would like this meal, but it's become a great fall-back meal for me when there's little money or food left. Noodles and peas with spicy peanut sauce. <BR> <BR> Pasta (preferably wholewheat noodles, but any pasta will do) <BR> Sliced onion (if you have one - if not, never mind!) <BR> Frozen peas - full of fibre and protein - about a cup per person <BR> Satay Sauce made by mixing 2TB of peanut butter per person, with some soy sauce (if you have any), a splash of vineg... Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:45:35 EST June 5 pound weight loss This is a new group for those who want to lose 5 pounds. There is no time limit to do this. You can post your weight loss one time a week if you prefer. Any suggestions. Wed, 1 Jun 2016 01:05:39 EST How much weight have you lost this month I was wondering if anyone has lost weight this month. Did you meet your goal this month. Tue, 31 May 2016 01:55:01 EST Hello! I joined Spark People last week, I have more than 50lbs to lose and live alone, so I'm hoping that finding a virtual community to give advice and support will help me achieve health again! Mon, 18 Jan 2016 09:18:47 EST I have a? What would you do? I have about $3000 and want to put it toward my debt, would you pay off all the little debt and what left put it on bigger debt or would you put it all on the largest debt which is a credit card . The other debt is dr bills and a few little credit cards. <BR> <BR> I'm want to pay my debt and become debt free and work on getting my credit score built back up. Thu, 5 Nov 2015 20:28:16 EST Hello I am new Hello, my name is Polly. I am retired. I garden, put up the vegetables and have a few animals. In 2006 I had WLS & weighed 340 lbs. I lost down to 155, gained back some weight and now weigh 168. My goal is 150. If I am not totally strick with my eating I gain back very quickly. I do not eat wheat or corn, both of which makes me sick. Looking for friends who will help me reach my goal and maybe I can encourage someone else. Hope so. Looking forward to sharing ideas with you! <em>... Wed, 15 Jul 2015 00:26:27 EST Hello! Hello everyone! My name is Crissy. I'm 30, been married 10 years to my amazing husband, have 2 children (9 year old son, 2 year old daughter), and I've been blessed with the ability to be a stay at home mother. <BR> I've joined SparkPeople because I'm so tired of being unhealthy and not being comfortable in my skin. When I started, I weighed 220 lbs and I have so far managed to lose 20 lbs. My goal is to weigh 100 lbs. which would put me at a healthy BMI for my very small height of 5' 1". <... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 16:00:16 EST Hi new here hello all <BR> just join SP today looking forward to learning all I can to be healthy. my hubby works 6 days a week and I am a stay at home mom that home schools our 16 year old girl. great kid. so we don't have a lot of extra money so keeping bills down is a must. groceries are so expensive and have to get bill down so i am hoping for lots of good ideas. <BR> I have never been on anything like this so sorry if im not doing it right. I will get the hang of it soon I hope. <BR> <em>20</em> Mon, 2 Feb 2015 19:14:26 EST How much debt have you paid off? How much debt have you paid off, how long did it take and what did you do to pay it off? <BR> I have a lot of debt to pay off. Some dr bills and a few credit cards to pay off and then my house which I dont owe a lot on it. my worries are the other debt I have just need tips and a light at the end of the tunnel. <BR> <BR> I work full time but work is kinda slow right now but it gets that way this time of year, thinking about a part time job and sale things I don't want or need that I have ... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 19:24:46 EST Introduction Hello. Name is Matt and just joined the group today. About 2 years ago I lost my job of 16 years, I was a casualty of the new President with a CPA background and a spreadsheet. I'm pretty sure he sorted the spreadsheet by years of service and salary, I don't think anyone with more than 12 years survived the culling. <BR> <BR> Sound bitter? Just a little. What hurt the most was that I couldn't even get an interview, so we burnt through the severance pay and cashed out my 401k in order to... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 12:59:36 EST Newbie here Hi Everyone. <em>524</em> <BR> My name is Kathryn. Hubby and I are both retired, which translates to permanently living on a shoestring! LOL. Hoping to find inspiration and like-minded "penny pinchers" here on this team. I love saving money and often make a game out of it. Last month I reviewed all of our expenses and found simple ways of cutting back that saved us over $70 per month. May not sound like a lot but that's $840 per year! Looking forward to chatting with you and learning mo... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 12:20:57 EST Hi I just wanted to quickly introduce myself :) My name is Michelle and I am from Canada, I am not new to spark but have decided to start over again and re give it a go. In the past I have joined teams and stayed pretty quiet not really getting active on the message boards and this time through i'm hoping to change that. Its super easy to just walk away from spark when your quietly in the backround unnoticed but if I actually get to know people who can help keep me accountable I won't be able to... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 23:22:50 EST Hello! Hello!!! <BR> <BR> I'm a 29 year old woman who has been married to my wonderful husband for 10 years. God has blessed us with 2 children. Our son who is 9 and our daughter who is 1. We live in the southern part of Kentucky, but I was born and raised in a small, farming community about 45 min out of Cincinnati, Ohio. <BR> <BR> <BR> I've always had a hard time with my weight. I always hoped I would grow out of my whole "chunky" stage and I did...just not the way that I was hoping. I grew r... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 23:33:41 EST CHANGES TO SPARKPEOPLE & OF HELP TO YOU! You may have seen a few changes here at Sparks today and, the reason being, they are always working on ways to make the site more convenient and easier for the members to find info, use the trackers and so much more! That's why this is such a remarkable site! They really do care! <BR> <BR> I'm adding a link to a video that shows and explains the changes, so to see the same and better understand what those changes mean to you and how they can be help, please click on the link below and it... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 10:31:11 EST im back hi my name is cyndi and i am ready to do this again and this time im ready to get it done Fri, 8 Aug 2014 12:49:55 EST Daily Chat Thread- What is new with you? I am getting ready for the 4th.. <em>283</em> <em>232</em> <em>195</em> .cleaning house, <em>542</em> cleaning floors, prepping food <em>491</em> <em>485</em> <em>284</em> <em>45</em> <em>496</em> <em>53</em> <BR> <BR> Still need to transplant more perennials, rhododendron and lilacs,plus never ending weeding <BR> and refinish my 3 tiered bird bath fountain. The Vegetable Garden is finally in. <em>244</em> Wed, 2 Jul 2014 09:42:19 EST $40 for 2 weeks groceries If you had only $40 for 2 weeks of groceries, how would you spend that money? Thu, 26 Jun 2014 23:36:38 EST Hello! Hi everyone! <BR> I'm happy to be here and see what kind of inspiration I can draw from the team in regards to trimming the budget. A year ago I left my (very stressful and toxic) job for a lesser-paying one after breaking my leg, and while I am happier, the income loss has been a bit stressful in its own right. <BR> Looking forward to chatting with you all! <BR> <em>31</em> WildHusky Tue, 10 Jun 2014 22:47:20 EST DID U DRINK YOUR 8 GLASSES OF WATER YESTERDAY? <em>91</em> yes Sun, 1 Jun 2014 13:04:35 EST NEW SUMMER PENNY CHALLENGE! We've amended the previous Penny Challenge posted and hope that this New Amended Challenge will work Great For You! <BR> <BR> -THIS MONTH LONG CHALLENGE WILL BEGIN ON THE FIRST DAY OF EACH MONTH AND END ON THE LAST DAY OF EACH MONTH THROUGHOUT THIS SUMMER.  <BR> <BR> -THE GOAL IS TWOFOLD: SAVE SOME MONEY WHILE LOSING SOME WEIGHT AND BECOMING HEALTHIER!  <BR> <BR> Here is how you will tally your progress:  <BR> <BR> 1.) Put 10 cents in for 8 oz of plain water* you drink each day *(Crystal ... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 11:53:25 EST SHARE YOUR FAVORITE EXERCISE DONE TODAY! Be it <em>237</em> <em>363</em> <em>315</em> <em>332</em> or any other exercise that you enjoy, please share your favorite exercise that you enjoyed today! (Please share by words or emoticons--any way you'd like!) Sun, 1 Jun 2014 11:34:43 EST OCTOBER CHALLENGE! 30 MINUTES OF EXERCISE DONE? <em>248</em> Sun, 1 Jun 2014 11:23:43 EST WHAT WAS YOUR LAST HEALTHY SNACK? <em>265</em> <em>277</em> <em>470</em> <em>291</em> <em>45</em> <em>265</em> <em>277</em> <em>470</em> <BR> <BR> Please share the last healthy snack you enjoyed and, it may give another of our friends here an idea of what they may enjoy as well! Sun, 1 Jun 2014 11:09:50 EST DID U STAY IN YOUR CALORIE RANGE YESTERDAY? <em>248</em> Sun, 1 Jun 2014 11:00:13 EST WEEKLY WEIGH IN! As a great way to stay on track and keep us all motivated, please share your last weigh in. You can post the actual weight, the pounds lost or even if you've gained or stayed the same! <BR> <BR> Just another way to keep us moving ahead to that wonderful goal! <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> everyone! Sun, 1 Jun 2014 10:57:27 EST DID U GET IN A GREAT WALK 2DAY or YESTERDAY? Yes! Sun, 1 Jun 2014 10:26:36 EST Daily Chat Thread-June I am trying an 'experiment' here and I am going to see how this goes for the next month or two. We will have a daily chat thread listed under General Team Discussion. This is for anything that doesn't seem to fit the other threads that we now currently have going. Also, please note the addition of some new Team Goals for this Team (check at the bottom of the main home page). You can join them officially if you want and/or you can bring it to the discussion here. <BR> <BR> $$$ Question for th... Sat, 31 May 2014 17:43:31 EST CELEBRATE, C'MON, CELEBRATION GOING ON! CELEBRATE, C'MON, CELEBRATION GOING ON! <BR> <BR> As an ice breaker to old and new alike, let's share both our Spark anniversary as well as our birthday (you don't have to put the year for the later, but I won't tell!) <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> Spark Anniversary: March 13, 2014! <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> Spark Birthday: July 19th (it's coming up!) <BR> <BR> <BR> Pam(tweetyfitn60) Thu, 29 May 2014 17:24:46 EST Daily Chat-month of May Hi all. I have been asked to be a Team Leader on this team. I have taken time to visit many of these more "active" threads to get a feel for what is interesting and what you all are interested in regarding this team. For the time being, the more active threads will get bumped up to the top as well as made into "Sticky Topics". We all love a team that is thriving and active. It just makes things more fun for all of us. You can subscribe to a particular thread discussion or bookmark on your own... Tue, 27 May 2014 15:14:35 EST Champagne Life on a Beer Budget Hi, my name is Pam(tweetyfitn60) and I have been a member of SP twice (once last year for 6 months) and now this year (3 months). I returned to this site because I have found it to be a huge library of information, resources and, most importantly, wonderful support and friendships. <BR> <BR> I did a search on this site to discover this team. As most of us, we want to be a part of an active team. I am not sure why some teams seem to thrive and others seem to "die on the vine". I have been rea... Fri, 23 May 2014 14:09:46 EST Hello to all my new spark friends! Hello sp! I'm so glad to be figuring all of this out! Navigation of this site has been a bit overwhelming to this newbie. I want to take advantage of all the support I can that sp community has to offer! I'm going for a lifestyle change. No strict or crash diets for me anymore! Eat to live not live to eat...and move, move, move! I've going to track my fitness so I'm excited to be here!! Mon, 19 May 2014 21:09:36 EST 29 ways to save money Just thought I'd share: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/29-creative-ways-to-spend-less-and-sa<BR>ve-more.html </link> Fri, 2 May 2014 10:56:39 EST DID U HUDDLE or COMMENT ON OUR TEAM WALL TODAY? <em>244</em> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 11:14:48 EST SPARKS TEAM PAGE REDESIGN COMING UP! Just a heads up--Sparks will be redesigning the Team pages in the coming days. I've added a link to the Utube video that explains the changes, so feel free to click below and check it out. I'll be curious to see how our Team page will look--but from what I see, we'll keep posting and sharing our friendships, tracking and more as we have been--so, here's to a new and exciting Sparks' change! <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Thanks everyone!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:36:06 EST Do you garden to save $$$? It's about the time of year that I start thinking about what I'll be sowing this spring. Just wondering, do you garden to save money? If so, what type of garden do you have, and what will you be planting? <BR> <BR> As for me, I have containers on my balcony. I picked up Paris Market carrots seeds (they are small and round), nasturtiums, beets, lettuce, cherry tomatoes, parsley, basil and mint. Indoors, I've got indoor pots of chard, green onions, chives, watercress, spinach, and chilies. <BR... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 15:29:47 EST Today I am grateful for (fill in the blank) A working washing machine Mon, 16 Dec 2013 09:16:13 EST furniture cleaner ideas Hi all, <BR> <BR> I'm looking for a frugal and safe alternative to commercial furniture sprays like Pledge. <BR> <BR> Someone gave me a can of the commercial stuff and I really like how it cleans and seems to keep the dust off a bit longer. Now that I'm down to the last bit, I'd like to go back to a natural way to clean, but I'd rather not have to clean every couple of days. In the past, I used only a damp rag and/or the vacuum cleaner. <BR> <BR> In my search of this forum I found oil and ... Wed, 11 Dec 2013 10:04:16 EST growing veggies indoors To save money, I do grow a few foods indoors. Found a few good ideas in this article for growing other stuff... <BR> <link><BR>r-vegetable-herb-gardening.html </link> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 20:26:20 EST Thanksgiving Savings Hi Team, <BR> What are your best savings tips for Thanksgiving feast? Do you participate in Black Friday Shopping? Do you participate in holiday baking and/or cookie exchanges? <BR> <BR> This year my family and I have decided to celebrate Thanksgiving all weekend long. For Thanksgiving, I am hosting the meal and will be cooking the turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and gravy. All guests(family members) 20 total are bringing either an appetizer, side dish, beverage, or a dessert to pass. <BR>... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 16:07:56 EST SUE WANT MY LONG TERM GOAL TO BE ABLE TO DO A CANOPY ZIP LINE! Sun, 15 Sep 2013 15:39:45 EST Fell off the wagon at 3 weeks Sigh. Was doing great since August 26th. Calories averaged 1450 a day, walking and gentle stretching along with physio (was in a car accident Aug 23rd, working through whiplash, yep, rear-ended) <BR> <BR> Then last night after a yummy dinner of salmon, kale & sweet potato, I ate 2 extra rice cakes plain, then 4 with becel then ANOTHER 4 with becel and honey. <BR> <BR> Running out of rice cakes, I foraged in the freezer and had 2 pieces of bread with becel & brown sugar, warmed up in th... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 11:01:10 EST Top GMO foods and petition for labeling On page 3 of the article, you will find two petitions: one for US and one for Canada. Please sign. This is so very important for our well-being! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>nkenfoods-to-avoid.html?page=1 </link> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 07:14:37 EST I'm Retired Now Well, last week Friday was my last day at work. I'm not fully retired and it is wonderful. Of course I have a plan. Since my mom passed away 2 years ago I have not done much in going through this around the house. Now I have time to do it. I also have a music background and will do some music therapy with handicapped children. I have a doggie bone baking business that I do and plan to increase that. So I have a lot to do. Of course spend a lot of time with my 4 year old nephew. So f... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 15:32:31 EST How to lower your food budget - article The only thing I don't agree with is how they make their meal plan. I plan my meals according to what is on sale at the grocery store and the staples I have on hand. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>even-ways-we-effectively-reduce-our-fo<BR>od-budget/ </link> Fri, 9 Aug 2013 11:22:43 EST Healthy Menus on a Budget Dear all, <BR> <BR> Ok, so it's a challenge we all face...eating healthy on a budget. I am interested in knowing what types of food you serve your family. Do you have go-to recipes? Do you feel that coupons really save you money or are they just a waste of time? Thanks for your time. <BR> <BR> Have a great day. Wed, 24 Jul 2013 13:51:55 EST Cheap thrills I realized at some point that exercise is a much stronger antidote to stress and emotions than binge eating ever will be. Like today I was totally nuts with work and hubby out of town and it was break time and I thought for a moment how satisfying a few handfuls of whales (salty cheap version of goldfish that are much crunchier and so so so my favorite). <BR> But I shook off that momentary lapse of reason because a) I knew I was having a larger than normal meal later. b) a handful always turn... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 23:08:18 EST been here before been here before and hopefully this time I will win this battle and lose the weight and learn to live a healthy lifestyle Sat, 15 Jun 2013 17:59:34 EST Just a little hello Hi, I'm Laurel, and my husband and I definitely live on a shoestring, unlike most of our peers in our 40s. Long story why we're not homeowners or even car owners. <BR> <BR> Just wanted to say it's nice to see I'm not alone. <em>41</em> Sat, 6 Apr 2013 14:05:11 EST What Is the Dream You Hold for Yourself? A job that I can travel around the world! <em>432</em> Sat, 6 Apr 2013 06:05:52 EST Have you given a hug today? {{{{{{{{HUGS}}}}}}}}}} to you all! Sat, 30 Mar 2013 09:14:23 EST 50# in 2013 no more excusses im ready to lose these 50# and it begin today Fri, 8 Mar 2013 08:59:30 EST Living Life is so Hard on a Shoestring! Happiness is a state of mind, therefore, the real source of happiness lies in the mind, not in external circumstances. Let us keep looking on the bright side! <BR> <BR> Living Life on a Shoestring is so hard and every month it seems to get harder, I hard to look at the bright side when their is so much dispair. My income was reduced by 30% 4 years ago and up until I have been managing but since my auto accident in February 2012, I have not been able to get it back together, everyone wants ... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 14:53:43 EST 2013 my time hi my name is cyndi im 56 yrs old im married to my best friend i have 2 children and 2 grandchildren i like to read i have alot of medical problems and i know by losing weight and changing my life style i will live a longer and happier life and beable to spend the time with the grandchildren Thu, 14 Feb 2013 08:40:34 EST Make wonderful foamy coffee without a machine My French Grandma has been gone 20 years now. When she saw the "new" coffee machines making foam she laughed so hard. And, then thankfully showed me how her mom, my great-grandma, from Quebec, made it on the wood stove., <BR> <BR> Without a machine or electricity. <BR> <BR> There are 2 ways. Either way make your own coffee as you usually do. <BR> <BR> #1. Put cold milk in a sauce pan on medium heat. DO NOT SCALD the milk. Just stand there while your coffee is brewing and whisk ... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 16:53:24 EST save a bit of $$ by regrowing veggie scraps <link><BR>grow-from-kitchen-scraps/ </link> <BR> <BR> I've done this with green onions so far. It's been almost a year and I haven't run out yet. <BR> <BR> And to add to the article, when you cut off the garlic shoots, don't throw them out. They're delicious. Wed, 6 Feb 2013 15:49:15 EST Back Here Again I've been an inactive member for quite a while. But now I'm getting ready to start again with a health-and-weight-loss regimen. I plan to do the Virgin Diet elimination program for 21 days and then use it to see what food sensitivities I may have. I'm also liking the Gabriel Method approach to losing weight and think the two things will work well together. Both have the eventual outcome of getting me to eat whole, unprocessed natural foods. The Virgin Diet will let me know if I need to restri... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 09:55:11 EST What's in the Slow Cooker today??? What's in Your Crock Pot today???? It's a great way to make inexpensive meals!! <BR> <BR> Soup today - Italian Soup - I use one package of onion soup, I large can of Diced Tomatoes with Italian spices, pepper & garlic to taste & finely chopped celery, onion & carrot if I have them. You can add browned Italian sausage or hamburger or meatless Italian Sausage. Let simmer on Low. I add one can of beans & 4 cups of chopped green veggies - whatever I have fresh or frozen - at the end & let stand ... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 16:49:32 EST WHAT IS YOUR WEATHER LIKE WHERE U LIVE? <em>444</em> Those bitter temps are already starting to kick in! Mon, 31 Dec 2012 20:02:51 EST DAILY ROLL CALL (Any Emoticon Will Do!) <em>30</em> Mon, 31 Dec 2012 20:01:40 EST What are your goals for 2013? What goals have you set in place for 2013? Mon, 31 Dec 2012 05:48:18 EST Saving the Fives I have been trying to save all my nickles and five dollar bills for the last month. Every time I walk out of a store however I give to Salvation Army. Every time I go inside a store I manage to use that five dollar bill in my purse rather than breaking a larger bill. Tue, 18 Dec 2012 10:31:43 EST What's an outrageous frugal thing you've done? One of mine is that I cut all our bath towels in half and ran a zigzag stitch along the raw edge. Half a towel dries as well as a whole one and I only have to wash them half as many times as before, saving me time and money, too. Tue, 4 Dec 2012 07:53:28 EST DECEMBER - WHAT IS YOUR WEATHER LIKE? <em>31</em> 30 degrees right now! Fri, 30 Nov 2012 21:52:15 EST DECEMBER DAILY ROLL CALL (Any Emoticon Will Do!) <em>30</em> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 21:51:06 EST where have all the jobs gone I share, recycle and save my sheckels watch my pennies in this economy and then I read about how work projects in America are being taken away from us. <em>465</em> a chilly Saturday...time to start gearing up for the holidays. I have read and seen video about a lot of the bridges to be reworked in the US and they are going to be worked on by Chinese workers from a Chinese company....Obama okayed this…so there go thousands of jobs for Americans and money not spent in America to help our e... Sat, 3 Nov 2012 18:30:13 EST Random question about drivers licenses Hey y'all! <BR> <BR> Just have a quick question and I'm hoping someone might have an answer. <BR> Let's face it, I'm cheap and a procrastinator. My driver's license is literally being held together by a piece of transparent tape cause I really don't want to go spend the money to replace it yet and I don't have to renew until December. <BR> <BR> Do you think I will have a problem with the polls people accepting it on Tuesday (election day) or will it be fine? Should I just cave and spend ... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 22:39:23 EST NOVEMBER - WHAT IS YOUR WEATHER LIKE? Please share how the weather is in your area! It's always interesting to see what the weather is like in different areas! Wed, 31 Oct 2012 12:20:52 EST NOVEMBER DAILY ROLL CALL (Any Emoticon Will Do!) <em>411</em> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 12:19:24 EST Favorite home remedies Have the start of a cold and feeling yucky. <BR> Sore throat and upset tummy. <BR> Don't want to take medication for it. <BR> Any natural remedies you can suggest? <BR> Mon, 22 Oct 2012 09:24:58 EST (DAILY) NEW QUESTIONS OF THE DAY! <em>4</em> This or That: Sweet snacks or Salty snacks? <BR> -Sweet Snacks; <BR> -Crunchy Salty Snacks; or <BR> -Something Else!! <BR> <BR> *It all depends -- if I feel nervous, it's more of the salty-crunchy snacks! Sun, 21 Oct 2012 08:50:08 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY (10/19/2012) <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> Are you tempted by Halloween candy? <BR> -Yes, and it's everywhere! <BR> -Sometimes, if my favorites are around <BR> -No, I don't have much of a sweet tooth <BR> <BR> I'm a definite if my favorite is around! I'm just thankful that my son is older and we don't have the trick and treats in the house like when he was young. Fri, 19 Oct 2012 07:37:35 EST How are you saving money this holiday season? I have been making Christmas Presents. Today I am making a Pikachu stuffed toy. I am Crocheting. I being a low income person, got the materials at a yard sale. Fri, 19 Oct 2012 05:25:57 EST dumpster diving for food? I saw "Extreme Cheapskates" for the first time. The woman they were featuring seems as though she could afford food, but chooses to do her groceries from garbage left outside stores. She even served this when she had company over. <BR> <BR> While I agree that there is an extreme waste of food going on, I can't imagine myself getting my food from questionable sources. <BR> <BR> Do you, or have you ever done any dumpster diving? And (assuming you have the choice) would you get your food from ... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 20:00:10 EST Saving tips 10-05-12 If you sew this weekend Joann's Fabric stores has Simplicity patterns for 99 cents limit 10. Next weekend they will have McCalls patterns on sale for 99 cents. Time to stock the classics. <BR> If you buy chocolate chips make sure you read the label. A lot of them have gone from 12 oz. to 10 oz. without a change in price. It maybe better to buy in the bulk isle instead of prepackaged. Please add any discounts or good buys you come across to this page. Be sure to date your entry. <em... Sat, 6 Oct 2012 03:54:19 EST DID U TAKE A GREAT WALK 2-DAY or YESTERDAY? <em>313</em> yes Mon, 1 Oct 2012 13:22:38 EST OCTOBER - WHAT IS YOUR WEATHER LIKE TODAY? <em>27</em> & 55 Mon, 1 Oct 2012 06:22:26 EST OCTOBER DAILY ROLL CALL (any emoticon will do!) <em>465</em> Mon, 1 Oct 2012 06:20:36 EST OCTOBER LOG IN & BONUS POINTS 10 <em>465</em> 7 Mon, 1 Oct 2012 06:16:03 EST Ideas/Tips on staying warm this winter? <em>335</em> "O the weather outside is frightful...." <BR> <BR> "It's that time of year...." <em>339</em> <BR> <BR> What can we do to stay warm, this winter? <BR> <BR> Any ideas, tips, etc. would be helpful. Sat, 15 Sep 2012 00:57:55 EST 30 signs that you were raised by frugal parents How many of these apply to you? For me it's 21 thanks to my parents and all my grandparents. I have especially fond memories of #20. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>were-raised-by-frugal-parents </link> Fri, 14 Sep 2012 14:24:13 EST Confessions of a Diet Soda Drinker I drank Diet Coke and Caffeine-free Diet Coke since I was 15 y/o. I have severe obesity, heart disease, insulin resistance, urinary incontinence and multiple fractures in my spine including my neck. If you want to know how I got this way read at this link <BR> SAVE YOURSELVES. QUIT TODAY. I am 59 y/o. When I started we didn't know any better. <link><BR>-you-have-a-dirty-little-dietary-secre<BR>t-and-is-it-called-diet-coke/comment-p<BR>age-1/#comment-20464... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 00:53:31 EST SEPTEMBER - WHAT IS YOUR WEATHER LIKE TODAY? <em>31</em> Sat, 1 Sep 2012 03:24:53 EST SEPTEMBER DAILY ROLL CALL (any emoticon will do) <em>249</em> Sat, 1 Sep 2012 03:23:34 EST SEPTEMBER LOG IN & BONUS POINTS 10 & 500 Spark Goodie points Sat, 1 Sep 2012 03:19:24 EST PUSH THAT TUSH Campaign I am starting a PUSH THAT TUSH CAMPAIGN because I know there are a lot of people out there, like me, that are stuck with a mental barrier that stops you from getting to where you want to be. I’ve been here a while…I blog, I track, I read, I look for answers, but I’m still not there yet. <BR> <BR> So close to those goals…and yet so far away. <BR> Playing with the same 10 pounds back and forth and not seeing real progress. And knowing the only thing stopping me .. is ME. <BR> <BR> AND WHETHE... Thu, 30 Aug 2012 16:50:16 EST AUGUST - WHAT IS YOUR WEATHER LIKE TODAY? <em>31</em> Wed, 1 Aug 2012 06:11:52 EST AUGUST - DAILY ROLL CALL (ANY EMOTICON FOR FUN)! <em>175</em> Wed, 1 Aug 2012 06:10:23 EST EMOTICON YOUR MOOD FOR THE DAY! <em>334</em> Wed, 1 Aug 2012 06:09:08 EST IT IS A NEW DAY! COME IN & SAY "HI"! <em>213</em> Wed, 1 Aug 2012 06:07:46 EST AUGUST LOG IN & BONUS POINTS 5 <em>390</em> 7 Wed, 1 Aug 2012 06:06:22 EST We Didn't Have the Green Thing Back Then Not only were these things green, but many of them saved money as well... <BR> <BR> I'm old enough to remember the milkman bringing milk in bottles (my mum would always let me lick the cream off the cap!), and black-and-white tvs (but not so old as to remember the screen being small as a handkerchief). In fact, I also remember handkerchiefs! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-energy/grumpy-old-womans-energy-tips/<BR>16315 </link> <BR> Sat, 28 Jul 2012 15:58:50 EST Back and in need of support I am back on my regimen and in need of "saving support". I need to save $2000 by Sept 1. <BR> I make roughly $1100 every two weeks. I have bills of approx. that amount every month. You'd think the savings would come easy. However, I do have debt that I am paying off that equals half of the left-over. I am at a loss for where the rest of it goes. I know I am probably forgetting a few of the irregular/regular bills that I take care of. Not to mention, I know there are unmentionables that... Wed, 11 Jul 2012 08:23:02 EST its time i am so glad i dont have to do this journey alone, thanks for having me and letting me share this journey with all of you Tue, 3 Jul 2012 19:22:03 EST looking for hair coloring at home tips One of the expenses I am looking to cut back on is going to the salon for hair coloring. I'm nervous about doing it myself. Anyone have any tips/suggestions? After I had my 3rd child my hair went from some sporadic grays to about 70% gray, so it's no longer about highlights, and more about coloring/covering. Wed, 13 Jun 2012 10:24:00 EST Tackling depression and anxiety I have resolved to get my life back on track. This is a very hard thing to do considering I need to lose around 100 lbs while struggling with severe anxiety (sometimes I can't even leave the house) and depression. My life has gotten away from me somehow, but I am determined to get it back! I know it will be hard, but I also know that it will be worth it. I want to heal myself from within with diet and exercise. Not that I am against medication, it's just not for me. Has anyone else gone throu... Sat, 9 Jun 2012 18:57:55 EST Anybody ever tried donating blood plasma for $ ? There is a local blood plasma donation center in my area that is always advertising that you can donate plasma and earn $200 per month. <BR> <BR> Has anyone ever done this before? If so what is the experience like? Wed, 30 May 2012 15:16:46 EST Simple strength training tips Simple strength training tips <BR> <BR> If you’ve never lifted weights in your life — and many people haven’t — why should you start now? The answer is simple: Muscle tissue, bone density, and strength all dwindle over the years. So, too, does muscle power. These changes open the door to accidents and injuries that can compromise your ability to lead an independent, active life. Strength training is the most effective way to slow and possibly reverse much of this decline. <BR> <BR> Having s... Tue, 29 May 2012 15:34:43 EST The 5 reasons people exercise — what's yours? The 5 reasons people exercise — what's yours? <BR> <BR> People exercise for one of five reasons: for work, for health, for recreation, for competition, or for their appearance. <BR> <BR> The amount of exercise you need depends on your reasons for exercising, on your starting point, and on how quickly you want to achieve your goals. And the type of exercise you choose depends on your personal abilities and preferences, on your schedule, and on the facilities at your disposal. <BR> <BR> 1. E... Mon, 28 May 2012 09:26:13 EST TV solutions: Roku anyone? In my home we have a cable subscription. I am trying to cut back on subscriptions especially since we are hoping to move to a bigger place. More rent means less money to go around. Except DH loves basketball on cable almost as much as he loves his Mama. So I'm thinking maybe with our netflix, and adding NBA league pass, we might be able to get by without cable so long as we keep internet service. <BR> <BR> Has anyone tried Roku for streaming tv shows over internet? <BR> Pros? <BR> Cons? <BR... Fri, 18 May 2012 13:54:56 EST HEEEEEELP THE BANANAS ARE OUT TO GET ME!!!!! My dr. told me to get more potassim in my diet. And aside from potato skins I don't know any food besides bananas that has high consintration of it. I can't stand banana's unles there in a banana pudding recipe that would make any grammy proud. And lets face it that is a soooo not healthy dishI I like almost all veggies and fruits i just bought some brussle sprouts that my aunt recomended. Although I love the "martian heads" the amount my doc said to eat would make me sick of them any ideas? Sun, 13 May 2012 17:40:49 EST DID YOU READ A SPARKS ARTICLE TODAY? <em>224</em> Tue, 24 Apr 2012 00:37:54 EST Thank you! Thanks you everyone who sent me wonderful birthday wishes! Sat, 31 Mar 2012 15:29:46 EST Hey Y'all! My name is Holly. I'm a 31 year old married mommy of 2 boys. Looking forward to getting to know you guys. <em>213</em> Mon, 26 Mar 2012 21:00:12 EST NEW MEMBERS INTRODUCE YOURSELVES HERE! Just tell us a little something about yourselves! Mon, 26 Mar 2012 16:07:53 EST DAILY LOG IN & BONUS POINTS 5 <em>126</em> 7 Mon, 26 Mar 2012 15:59:27 EST cost of credit Every time I see something on line that interests me i usually apply for some kind of credit card. I do not go over board with them, but when i get those ones that say you have prepaid credit on it like the catalogues, then i have to check those out to. i do not get anything i do not need. it is just a case of the fact that i went over board and bought a ton of books and i need more clothes then anything. the monthly payments are not bad, i just have to remember they all add up after awhile. ... Tue, 20 Mar 2012 19:23:47 EST Easter Egg Help?? My church is doing an Easter egg hunt Easter Sunday for all the kiddies at church. They passed out to anyone for the taking 2 dozen plastic eggs for everyone to fill. <BR> <BR> At first I avoided them because I wasn't sure we'd be able to fill many of them. But hubby picked up not one bag, but two. He volunteered us to fill 50 plastic Easter Eggs. <BR> <BR> I'm going to the dollar store this week to get stuff to put in them. <BR> <BR> So I've got 50 small Easter eggs to fill and only ab... Mon, 19 Mar 2012 13:18:33 EST Looking to get control of my life! Hi! My name is Tabitha and I have been fighting a battle with weight my whole life. I have lost the weight but never made the permanent lifestyle changes to keep it off. I am looking for some guidance on a healthy balance of food and exercise as well as moral support. I am a mom of three, work outside the home, and I am a nursing student. I have a lot of unhealthy eating habits to break and I am hoping I will find the tools and encouragement here. Taking it one step at a time! Mon, 19 Mar 2012 13:08:31 EST Hello from the mountains of east Tennessee Hi! I'm a 50ish (squinting at 60 down the road) type 2 diabetic who is always looking for ways to save money and still live well, so this might be a good team for me. Right now, I have two sons in college, I've been an at-home mom for a while, my chronically ill mother-in-law has moved in with us, and my poor husband keeps hoping that he'll be able to afford to retire one of these days. This morning, on his way to his part-time job, my older son called to say that the steering wheel on hi ... Mon, 19 Mar 2012 10:18:27 EST RedT55 Icando I am 56 yr old and have been overweight most my life. I have lost and gained so many times it scares me to try again. I am excited about Sparks program. The motivational stories help me a lot. If they can do it so can I. I know with everyones support I can loose the weight and change the way I see food. Yes I Can, Yes I will. Wed, 14 Mar 2012 22:13:25 EST HAVE A SECRET or TIP to SUCCESS-PLEASE SHARE! Sparks' Secrets of Success are so great to read and cover so many different topics! <BR> <BR> Do you have a Secret of Success or tip that you find has really helped you, be it eating-wise, exercise-wise, motivational, money saving ideas, etc.? <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> Share your tips & thank you! <em>220</em> Thu, 1 Mar 2012 14:24:03 EST Frugal Vs. Cheap What do you guys consider being frugal and cheap? Where do you draw the line between being frugal and being a cheapskate? Sat, 25 Feb 2012 11:18:36 EST New*ish .. .. i'm 2.5 weeks into sparkpeople and <em>252</em> . <BR> <BR> i'm trying to find my niche of teams - and just an overall good fit of who i am and what i want from the YOU's to satisfy me while I am trying to train my Overeating complex to take a backseat to being Healthy. <BR> <BR> I don't actually live on a shoestring, but i think about the things i could be doing to help better myself if i learned how to live on a shoestring, and that's why i joined tonight! Wed, 22 Feb 2012 21:55:38 EST Advise 4 selling on-line I am decluttering a home where 3 generations have lived. I'm thinking that my sister and I could make a bit of money buy selling things on-line. We understand we won't make millions, but every little bit helps. We're just not sure how to get started. Any, suggestions. Mon, 20 Feb 2012 20:24:31 EST QUICK TIP DIRECTORY -- What's on Your Mind ? Here is a quick connection to Tips -- <BR> <BR> MAGIC POTION TO WARD OFF CRAVINGS (SEROTONIN) <BR> Click on link below: <BR> <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=0x54346x462<BR>31728 </link> <BR> <BR> TIPS FOR ANTI-AGING <BR> Click on link below: <BR> <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=0x54346x463<BR>03022 </link> <BR> <BR> TIPS FOR CHOCOLATE CRAVINGS <BR> Click on link below: <BR> <link> Tue, 14 Feb 2012 10:11:31 EST 27 foods to make from scratch Just thought I'd share something that I've bookmarked for myself. I'm trying as much as possible to stay away from pre-prepared foods. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>foods-to-make-from-scratch-slideshow.h<BR>tml?page=1 </link> <BR> <BR> Fri, 3 Feb 2012 20:52:08 EST Hi everyone My name is Amy and I've been a silent member of Sparks for some time now. I haven't been as motivated as I am now though so never really made any headway with weightloss. I turned 39 a couple of weeks ago and really took a look at my life and how I was living it. I've realized I'm not living the life I want to live and I used to live back in my younger days. So this time it's about a lifestyle change. I see myself a certain way in my head and now have no excuse not to actually be that person.... Fri, 27 Jan 2012 07:56:16 EST A Daily Thought ... <em>149</em> This month I am sharing a daily word from Webster's Dictionary. I hope it will help us with our journey to a healthier life style and learn something along the way. Hmmm ... lol <BR> <BR> On a personal note, I recently read this and thought it was worth sharing. <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> "Hugging is good medicine!" <BR> It transfers energy and gives the person hugged an emotional lift. You need four hugs a day for survival, eight hugs for maintenance, and twelve for growth.... Wed, 25 Jan 2012 14:22:46 EST Health Care Bills: 4 Mistakes That Are Costing U $ Health insurance and medical expenses are definitely hard on the budgets at times! I read this article from WebMd and thought it may be of interest to some. Check it out by clicking on the link below and see if there are any ways you can help keep those costs down. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>igator/2012/01/health-care-bills-four-<BR><BR>ml?ecd=wnl_day_012112 </link> Tue, 24 Jan 2012 11:21:13 EST INTERESTING ARTICLE SHARE! DOLLAR STORE-WORTH IT? We all love the various dollar stores--as what great money savers--but I read this article this morning and wanted to pass it along to you! Check it out and see what you think, and please let us know! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>re-deals-which-ones-are-worth-it/?utm_<BR>source=email&utm_medium=lvdaily&utm_ca<BR>mpaign=article-1 </link> Fri, 20 Jan 2012 12:25:12 EST WELCOME & THANK YOU TO OUR CO-LEADERS! <em>236</em> to our newest co-leaders, WHYNOTWINNIE and LORETTA24! We're so happy that they have joined us and, please stop by their pages (links provided below) to welcome them and to thank them for helping make this a super and wonderful group of friends! Also, a huge thank you to SARAHTAIT for all of her active, wonderful support and encouragement--all part of making a wonderful Team and we're doing it, everyone! <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Thank you everyone! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> <lin... Thu, 19 Jan 2012 10:53:11 EST How to remove glue without harsh chemicals? Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I have recently removed some old tac paper but the glue residue remains. I have tried homemade orange oil and soaking it in white vinegar. Neither worked for me. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any other suggestions to remove this without resorting to lighter fluid or paint thinner? Sun, 15 Jan 2012 13:31:05 EST Hello! I am a re-starter. I love Sparkspeople, but never utilized these message boards before. I fell off track during this past Fall and looking to really be honest with myself and push through with a healthy active lifestyle. The couch just won't do. <BR> <BR> I love to show horses and wish to return to the champion status I once held. I have found that letting myself down has resulted in half hearted efforts. No more! <BR> <BR> I admit that I hate looking in the mirror and then look to t... Sat, 14 Jan 2012 11:43:40 EST Shoestring??? More like a length of thread :-) My name is Sherri, I'm 49, married with 5 grown children, 3 grandbabies, a dog and more cats than I'm willing to admit to. I work full time as a receptionist and hubby is currently out of work. We are in the process of rehabbing a foreclosure (picked up for the price of the land it's sitting on, paid for outright, in an attempt to reduce our expenses) So far the "big" things like roof and water and electric are done, but since it was a total gut-job we've still got a ways to go before it's... Fri, 6 Jan 2012 11:56:28 EST Not Dead Yet from Diabetes and Heart Failure But doing well after a rough year. Dr.'s improved me with Rx and a pacemaker or sorts. <BR> I'm 70#s overweight.... just turned 60 and now ready to face the truth. <BR> Since I'm on Injectable insulin, my Dr says it will be very hard to loose weight... which is very true. <BR> I got a bike for Christmas and live in a riding friendly neighborhood. So excited about that... but if feels like starting over. <BR> I eat a healthy diet... but not good enough to loose the weight. One of the problems ... Fri, 6 Jan 2012 11:07:18 EST Hi, I'm new Hi, I'm Katie and I'm 33 years old. I've been with sparks a couple of months now and have lost a few pounds. What I'm doing is just having 3 meals a day that don't exceed 1200-1500 calories, I'm going for walks everyday and going on the exercise bike or to keep fit everyday and the end of January this month I'm joining the gym with my hubby and we will go together. I wish everyone luck and I look forward to getting to know everyone. hugs. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Thu, 5 Jan 2012 09:21:28 EST Hi! New Here! Hi, Name is Ashley and I am really ready to start my healthy journey to losing weight. I am using Sparkpeople, Blackberry Messenger, and Twitter. Would love to chat and get to know everyone. Sun, 1 Jan 2012 03:09:38 EST WILD SIDE OF WEIGHTLOSS (the Lion Family) FUNNY I'm going to start this as a series and post the updates to <BR> THE LION FAMILY on this thread <BR> <BR> I Hope to entertain you with my insanity...Hope you enjoy it. <BR> <BR> THE LION FAMILY started with the gift of a vacuum <BR> <BR> What NOT to Give For Christmas (posted 12/25/11) <BR> click on the Link below <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4637583 </link> Wed, 28 Dec 2011 13:48:42 EST What NOT To Give For Christmas (FUNNY) What NOT To Give For Christmas (FUNNY) <BR> by yours truly SherylDS <BR> <BR> Please click on the link below for my Xmas Gift to You <em>334</em> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4637583 </link> <BR> <BR> Wishing You an even better new year to come <BR> LET'S GET IT DONE THIS YEAR Sun, 25 Dec 2011 07:21:23 EST JUMPING JACK FLASH parody (Doing the Class) JUMPING JACK FLASH parody (Doing the Class) <BR> by yours truly SherylDS <BR> (to the tune of the Rolling Stones JUMPING JACK FLASH) <BR> click on link below <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4636820 </link> Sat, 24 Dec 2011 06:03:19 EST Rolling Stones SATISFACTION song parody ****** SATISFACTION song parody <BR> by yours truly SherylDS <BR> (to the tune of the classic SATISFACTION by The Rolling Stones) <BR> WARNING: if you are sensitve to tunes repeating in your head go no further <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> please click on the link below <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4635813 </link> Fri, 23 Dec 2011 03:49:44 EST YOUR CHEATING HEART song (Spark Style) YOUR CHEATING HEART song (Spark Style) <BR> by yours truly <BR> <BR> I think this is one of my favorite creations... hope you'll enjoy it <BR> and I loved making this poster <BR> <BR> please click on the link below <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4633573 </link> Wed, 21 Dec 2011 07:57:18 EST How to Know u Need INNER CHILD Intervention- funny 20 Ways to Know YOU and Your INNER CHILD need an Intervention <BR> humor <BR> Please click on the link below. <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4630231 </link> Mon, 19 Dec 2011 03:43:54 EST INTO THE WOODS (A Moment In The Woods) Parody INTO THE WOODS (A Moment In The Woods) Parody <BR> By Your truly Sherylds <BR> (to the tune of INTO THE WOODS - A MOMENT IN THE WOODS) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4627643 </link> Fri, 16 Dec 2011 05:00:43 EST INTO THE WOODS -- AGONY parody INTO THE WOODS -- AGONY parody <BR> by yours truly SherylDS <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4626321 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> and a shout out to a great blog by <BR> REEBADABEEBOOS's <BR> 'Exercise: Not Just For Weight Loss' <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4626058 </link> Thu, 15 Dec 2011 05:43:40 EST FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (If I Could Weigh Less Than) FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (If I Could Weigh Less Than) <BR> by yours truly SherylDS <BR> (to the tune of IF I WERE A RICH MAN) <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4623597 </link> Tue, 13 Dec 2011 04:08:58 EST Blue Christmas Song (Spark Style) Blue Christmas Song (Spark Style) <BR> by yours truly SherylDS <BR> ENJOY <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4620914 </link> Sun, 11 Dec 2011 08:43:08 EST Santa Claus is Coming to Town (funny) SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN (Parody) <BR> By SherylDS <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4619871 </link> Sat, 10 Dec 2011 07:14:05 EST Prescription plans If this is addressed somewhere else please let me know. <BR> I have some prescriptions that were too expensive so I had the physician choose an alternative for me so of the alternatives are not helping as much have any of you had positive experiences with any of the separate prescriptions plans I have seen such as Walmart, Walgreen's , AARP etc.? I will report back my findings. Sun, 13 Nov 2011 08:01:30 EST We Paid Off Our Mortgage! I have to brag because I never thought we would see the day that we paid our mortgage off, so I am beyond thrilled that we sent the payment off this week and it has been delivered to the mortgage company. <BR> <BR> This was a result of a lot of hard work on my husband's and my behalf, with zero help from our parents or anyone. We did the down payment ourselves, paid everything ourselves, etc. We are an one-income family and we don't make a lot of money. Granted our house is not a mansion... Fri, 11 Nov 2011 13:54:40 EST If you had riches, would you be the same? I happened upon a show called "Planet Luxury". They were showing a gold, diamond-studded lipstick container that sole for a whopping $62,000!!!!! My immediate reaction was "What a waste! This could support a small family for a couple of years!" <BR> <BR> Then I started to think a little more. If I had that kind of money, would I still be so concerned about frugality and living green? How willing would I be to share my wealth? Would this change my perception of the importance of living small ... Sun, 23 Oct 2011 11:14:52 EST Bonus spin points 10 Thu, 20 Oct 2011 03:15:40 EST WooHoo! Joined the team AND posted my first blog! Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm so excited to be here. I'm Mad. I'm a Cancer Survivor. I'm here, trying to lose the weight I gained during my 'lost years.' I can't wait to meet everybody. If you get a chance, please read my blog post and let me know what you think! <BR> <BR> Mad <BR> Fri, 7 Oct 2011 13:07:28 EST WHAT R U DRINKING NOW? WATER, COFFEE, TEA or..... <em>106</em> Fri, 7 Oct 2011 08:09:04 EST WHAT WAS THE LAST VEGGIE or FRUIT EATEN? Tomatoes! Tue, 4 Oct 2011 08:30:05 EST Has Anyone Tried A "No-Spend" Month?? I just posted a blog about this "No-Spend" Month and was wondering if anyone has tried it?? Any advice/etc would be a great help!! Thanks!! Mon, 3 Oct 2011 13:14:13 EST Free Samples/prod ucts/coupons to share with you! Just posted a bunch of links on my SparkPeople Blog <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4516420 </link> Mon, 3 Oct 2011 08:41:22 EST Fall Spa Treatments you can make yourself! I just put them up on my blog <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4514861 </link> Sun, 2 Oct 2011 10:23:39 EST Reigniting the Spark HI! I have been a Spark member for a while but I "Fell off the wagon" and am just getting back into it! I want to run a 5k next year so I better get in shape! <BR> <BR> I am a Stay At Home Mom of 2, D-Man age 7 and Melly-bean age 3. We live in a very small rural town in Northern Maine, on the Canadian border. My hubby is a manager at a local grocery store. The kids keep me pretty busy but I need more exercise than just running herd on them LOL <BR> <BR> Here is our Shoestring life at a gla... Thu, 29 Sep 2011 09:03:04 EST HOW DO I.....? SHARE YOUR QUESTIONS & IDEAS! There are so many day-to-day things that we sometimes get stumped on as how to fix, do and repurpose things that we already have--saving the $ by not having to buy something new. Plus, this is a great way to share the "how tos" when it comes to anything in our homes or in life! <BR> <BR> So, share your question and let's share our thoughts/talents on how to fix, mend or use the items again! Thu, 22 Sep 2011 10:58:37 EST Weight Loss Doldrums- Hoping I'm not the only one Hey Everyone, <BR> I've been a member of SparkPeople for over 2 months now but I'm just now starting to venture into the world of groups and message boards. I have to admit I was extremely scared at first but I'm realizing I need support through this journey and can't do it on my own. I've enjoyed initial success from the amazing tools of SparkPeople but have now hit a MAJOR slump and unfortunately seem to be losing motivation to continue. I'm hoping I'm not the only one in this situation... Sat, 17 Sep 2011 18:29:08 EST IF YESTERDAY WAS A $0 SPEND DAY-SHARE YOUR WOOHOO! <em>244</em> Mon, 12 Sep 2011 18:01:35 EST frugal pantry storage: dry-erase containers Saw something on the 'net the other day: dry-erase jars. Didn't check how much they sold for, but I adapted this in my own way. <BR> <BR> I have a number of coffee cans and the like that can be reused to store dry goods. Normally, I'll use sticky labels to identify the contents. However, many companies are no longer selling their goods in tin cans, but in cardboard. Can't soak the labels off without damaging the container. So I went to my local dollar store and bought a roll of "whiteboard" ... Tue, 6 Sep 2011 14:37:55 EST Day one of Spark People! Looking for motivation! Hi Everyone! I am really excited and feeling very positive that I will reach my goal, even though it is going to be a very hard struggle at times! Looking for support and motivation! Lynne,x Sat, 27 Aug 2011 10:36:27 EST Came across a quote I like, thought I'd share... “By sowing frugality we reap liberty, a golden harvest.” – Agesilaus <BR> <BR> Agesilaus was king of Sparta around 400 BC Sat, 20 Aug 2011 11:07:49 EST Standby power usage Hi all, <BR> <BR> Thought this might be interesting to share. I haven't had an electricity bill in nearly 20 years (it's included in my rent) so I don't know how this impacts the household budget, but I've read about "standby power" many times on the internet and how it could increase the bills. <BR> <BR> My computer system is on a power strip that I switch off when not in use. The entertainment stuff is on an outlet controlled by a wall switch, again it's off when not in use. I do, howeve... Mon, 15 Aug 2011 17:05:51 EST Need ideas/tips I live paycheck to paycheck and I am slowly digging out of debt, I took a pension loan out to clear of my credit cards, I had to use one and wil have that paid off by the end of September. I am cautious with spedning money. DBF however isnt. He is swimming in debt, and just barely getting by. But he feels that money is the means, end and all things. He doesn't like to stay in and cook, or do anything fitness like (walking, playing catch, etc). But sometimes she will go for a walk around the b... Sun, 14 Aug 2011 16:03:56 EST Stressed out in Pittsburgh Hi, I'm new on this team and wanted to introduce myself. I joined this team because the economic situation is causing me a lot of stress, which in turn leads to stress eating and the desire to just curl up in a ball when I'm not working. Not exactly conducive to weight loss. I'm looking for ways to simplify, spend less, and enjoy life more. Glad to have found this team. Fri, 29 Jul 2011 12:31:11 EST Frugal tips for moving out of state I currently live in a 4 bedroom home with a half basement that is full of stuff. I'm moving out of state into an apartment for 6-9 months while deciding where to buy a house. The apartment will be 3-4 bedrooms, but we don't have a lease yet. <BR> <BR> I'm doing my best to throw out or donate as much as possible. I'll have a garage sale before we go. I'm getting a U-haul so we "move" ourselves. We also have 2 cars and a Harley. <BR> <BR> I'm concerned that it won't all fit in the truck and... Thu, 28 Jul 2011 12:50:45 EST Help Save Inexpensive Locations! (USA Parks Nature Valley is donating $400,000 to preserve national parks. They will donate 50 cents, or for a limited time like right now, $1.00 each time certain UPC's are entered on their site, I have one of the codes, and as it is the UPC is obviously is not unique so you can enter it also: 1600044145 <BR> <BR> Please help our parks! <BR> Wed, 27 Jul 2011 16:20:49 EST Anyone switched cell service to T-mobile to save? I was with Verizon, but it was so expensive even on their cheapest plans. I switched us to Tmobile to save and so far I'm not that happy with it. We do have much cheaper phones now, in terms of quality, so I'm not sure if that's part of it. I haven't gotten my phone yet but my husbands takes a good 30 seconds or so to place a call. Anyway, I was just curious if anyone else had tried them and what you thought. We're saving so much with them, but not sure how worthwhile it will be if the servic... Tue, 26 Jul 2011 12:23:33 EST Greetings! Hi, just wanted to introduce myself. I'm the 46 yr old single mother of a 12 yr old boy who's the light of my life. Being a single mother can be tough, and it's especially tough in this economy. I'm currently working as a paraprofessional (teacher's aide) in the school system while trying to get a teaching job, so money is pretty tight right now. If I didn't have my child support I couldn't make it. I joined this group because I wanted to get some tips and input on how to creatively live... Mon, 25 Jul 2011 22:03:26 EST Hello all! I have been on Sparkpeople for awhile now, but sliding backwards quickly! Having a hard time affording eating healthy. Hoping becoming more involved in teams will help out, looking forward to getting to know everyone! Wed, 20 Jul 2011 07:31:58 EST STEP 2 MAKING & PREPARING A BUDGET! Here we go! Step 2 in making and preparing a budget! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=1133 </link> Sat, 16 Jul 2011 08:37:11 EST STEP 1 READY TO PREPARE YOUR BUDGET? I'm sharing the link and info as to the first step in preparing your budget! Click on the link below and see if it can help you! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=1132 </link> Thu, 14 Jul 2011 10:16:40 EST Bad news for coupon users I heard on my local news today how some stores are going to put limits on coupons. Rite Aid is one, they will not let you use a coupon on an item that is on sale. They mentioned others too but I cannot remember the rest. This sucks, it will not be worth it now. It is only a good deal 90% of the time if the item is on sale plus the coupon. I knew eventually it would come to a stop when I see on tv where they get $600.00 worth of stuff for like $15.00. Too much of a good thing ruins it for othe... Tue, 12 Jul 2011 19:43:40 EST Hello Everyone! I am elated to have found this site. It suits all of my needs to inspire me to be successful in my weight loss and fitness journey. I have already seen so much positivity and beauty in people here. I am very happy to be part of a team with everyone. Fri, 8 Jul 2011 01:25:17 EST TEAM SUGGESTION BOX! PLEASE SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS! <em>213</em> Good morning everyone! As we want to make sure this a Team that covers the topics, trackers, etc., that can help YOU the most, please feel free to share a topic or idea of what you'd like to see here at the Team! <BR> <BR> Would you be interested in more exercise and food trackers (ex., do you track your steps on a pedometer and would like to track those great steps here); recipes; low or no cost exercising ideas; etc. Whatever you feel is of help -- please post it here! ... Sun, 3 Jul 2011 08:33:32 EST WHAT WAS YOUR LAST HEALTHY SNACK? <em>291</em> <em>470</em> <em>45</em> <em>258</em> and so many more great choices! Please share your last healthy snack! Sun, 3 Jul 2011 08:09:04 EST New to the team, but not to Spark Hi, my name is Tonya, and I am the proud mother of a 19 year old daughter. About a year ago I lost my job due to complications with my health. So for now I'm providing childcare in my home for 4 children. I plan on starting school this fall, because I want to work in the social services field. Hopefully I will qualify for at least one grant to help me out. My daughter is in college and she received a couple of grants, so I'm not sure if I can get one, because I claim her as a dependent. If al... Sat, 2 Jul 2011 21:26:31 EST $SAVING WEBSITES THAT U USE, LIKE or CURIOUS ABOUT I just saw an article in a magazine, so I went to and checked it out. I'm not familiar with the site, but it looks like it sure could be a $ saver! It provides a "search for stores" -- and you can find a store near you or maybe one that you shop on-line at, and see the latest deals, $ saving codes and print out misc. coupons to use. <BR> <BR> Has anyone used this site? Just curious. <BR> <BR> Also, if you find a great money-saving website, please share it with us -- as ... Fri, 1 Jul 2011 14:28:48 EST JULY'S IMAGINARY PIGGY BANK! ADD YOUR $.25! <em>30</em> We saved a total of $7.80 last month by adding our dimes, so let's see what we can do for the month of July! Please add your $.25 to the imaginary bank and let's see how much we can save this month! <BR> <BR> I'll start us out at.......... <BR> <BR> $.25 Fri, 1 Jul 2011 09:10:37 EST 4th of July Have a safe, blessed and happy 4th of July y'all!!!! <em>232</em> Thu, 30 Jun 2011 09:42:47 EST It's 6 months away... share your Christmas tips It's June 25th. 6 months from Christmas. Are you working on any projects that you will use for gifts or buying things you see on sale to save back for presents? <BR> <BR> It's time for me to start the gift list and to address Christmas cards that I bought on sale in January. I will also start saving gift cards - either to use as gifts or to buy gifts later. <BR> <BR> What are you doing for Christmas to save money now? (and reduce your December stress!) Sat, 25 Jun 2011 12:40:47 EST WHAT COULD U DO WITH A ?? (WAYS TO REUSE!) Recycle and Reuse! Everyone has ways to reuse certain items that others may toss out or not know about ways to reuse and save the $ So, let's share ways to reuse, modify, etc., certain items that can save the $ and make that budget work for you and others! <BR> <BR> SHARE THOSE GREAT IDEAS with: <BR> <BR> What Would You Do With a _____ if I gave it to you? <BR> <BR> Example: What would you do if I gave you an overripe tomato? <BR> <BR> Next Member maybe would respond: "I'd cut and t... Fri, 24 Jun 2011 16:31:22 EST ARE U HAPPY WITH YOUR PROGRESS TODAY? Be it health-wise and your daily lives -- are you happy with the progress you've been making? Cutting the corners in your budget, learning ways to stay on track with calories, nutrients and exercises? Please share, if you're happy today and let's keep on track the healthy and fun way! Thu, 23 Jun 2011 08:03:33 EST WHAT WAS THE LAST HEALTHY FOOD YOU PURCHASED? Keep those grocery lists healthy and, don't forget those fruits, veggies and other super great foods! <BR> <BR> Please share -- what was the last "healthy" food you bought? It may also be a good way to pass along a "healthy" food item for others to add to their grocery lists as well! <BR> <BR> Happy and Healthy Shopping! <em>206</em> Thu, 23 Jun 2011 07:12:55 EST Question: Homemade vegetable broth from scraps I was wondering if anyone here saves their vegetable peelings to make vegetable broth? If so, I have a couple of questions for you: <BR> - I've been taught that carrots, onions and celery are the basis for any good broth. But what peelings do you avoid? <BR> - what herbs and/or seasonings do you use? <BR> <BR> I have made this a few times. It was OK, but not great. The last batch turned out bitter. I'm looking for ideas to improve on the broth. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Fri, 17 Jun 2011 18:44:54 EST Three Degrees of Preparation <link><BR>/ </link> <BR> <BR> What a great idea! Even though I'm in Canada and my electricity is included in my rent, I'm going to do this as well. Fri, 17 Jun 2011 18:16:10 EST WHAT IS ON YOUR AGENDA TODAY? Today we're having our garage sale! Time to declutter and make that extra $ at the same time! I've noticed that people aren't buying as they used to -- these economic times even show at a garage sale -- but I'm probably the same when I go to others' sales. I try to only buy items that we need and can use -- and I think twice on alot of items. Do I need it or not??? Fri, 17 Jun 2011 09:31:52 EST GARDENERS! HOW R YOUR GARDENS DOING? I always wished I could have a veggie garden, but due to the wildlife where I live, it just never seems to work too well. We do a bit of container gardening -- but I'd love to have a garden and to reap all those wonderful veggies and more! I'm always sooo thankful for the local farmer's market, which has just opened in our area. But, for those who plant a garden, how is it going and growing and what sort of plants have you planted? Thu, 16 Jun 2011 21:11:30 EST HOW DO U KEEP YOUR FRIDGES or FREEZERS ORGANIZED? I used to use containers to separate the meats, baked items, frozen vegetables/fruits, etc., in our large chest freezer. But it seems that when I want to stock up on a certain sale grocery item, my hubby just puts whatever the items are in the freezer and my system keeps getting mixed up -- so, honestly, I've given up. <BR> <BR> BUT -- is there a way that you keep your refrigerator or freezer organized -- so you can keep the foods that have been stored for the longest, near the top so the... Sun, 12 Jun 2011 14:48:00 EST WHAT'S 4 DINNER TONIGHT and $ SAVING MEAL IDEAS! <em>191</em> <em>190</em> <em>490</em> <em>483</em> <em>470</em> <em>267</em> <em>474</em> <BR> The price of groceries seem to be raising, along with so many other things in our lives, so let's share our money saving ideas for mealtimes -- be at home or while we're out and about! And, also, we can get healthy meal ideas at the same time! <BR> <BR> And, same with sharing what you're having for dinner tonight? The main idea is sharing those ideas and ways to make the monthly food ... Sat, 11 Jun 2011 17:19:13 EST DID U STRESS or EMOTIONAL EAT YESTERDAY? Some days we feel super stressed, etc., and we turn to food to get out those feelings. So, let's stay on track and remind ourselves that, even though we feel the worries, etc., we can still eat healthy and love it! <BR> <BR> Thu, 9 Jun 2011 07:32:57 EST Happy to Be Here Bright Blessings <BR> <BR> I look forward to being a part of this team. I have been reading Mother Earth News and Grit for the last couple of years and the hints there are great. <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 6 Jun 2011 12:11:17 EST HOW DID U SAVE $ TODAY or YESTERDAY! Love those great deals and watching the local sales, etc., so how did you save money on household items, groceries, clothing, etc., today? <BR> <BR> Sat, 4 Jun 2011 12:41:56 EST Replacing the Food Pyramid - What do you think? Here is what Michelle Obama has announced as the replacment to the food pyramid. It seems very simple and easy to follow, but from this article it seems to just be about dinner. I struggle with change, plus Michelle Obama gets on my nerves - lol - So I'm not sure what I think at this point. But it seems easy to understand for children. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-replaces-food-pyramid-with-myplate-in<BR>-hopes-to-promote-healthier-eating/201<BR>1/06/02/AGRE16HH... Fri, 3 Jun 2011 15:45:04 EST LAST NAMES (A-Z Style) We're sharing "first" names, so, let's do a switch of sorts and list "LAST" names! And, we can do it A-Z style! Ready??? <BR> <BR> A: Abrahams Thu, 2 Jun 2011 19:22:50 EST IF YOU FEEL MOTIVATED 2-DAY? SHOW IT FUN! Some days we feel <em>104</em> and others more <em>42</em> but, by sharing your reply, I hope we can help you stay motivated and having fun at the same time by staying on track with your healthy lifestyle and more! <BR> <BR> Wed, 1 Jun 2011 07:56:36 EST ARE YOU LIVING WITHIN YOUR BUDGET? If you have a budget set up for household, auto, entertainment, food, clothing, etc., how have you been doing with living within that set amount? <BR> <BR> If you're doing good, you can post with a <em>48</em> or, if you're having a hard time, post with a <em>42</em> and for which category; and we'll see what we can do to help you make it a <em>48</em> Wed, 1 Jun 2011 07:44:04 EST JUNE'S IMAGINARY PIGGY BANK! ADD YOUR $.10! <em>30</em> Love saving that money, and here we go for the month of June! We saved $19.25 last month by counting our $.25 -- so let's try it again by adding your $.10 to the imaginary bank and see how much we can save for the month of June! <BR> <BR> It's surprising to watch how those amounts can surely add up! Wed, 1 Jun 2011 07:37:01 EST WHEN YOU GET A "0" - IT'S WOO HOO TIME FUN! Let's have fun with this one -- it's somewhat similar to a give a goodie-type game, but the difference is: <BR> <BR> We begin with 1, the next replies with 2 and we keeping adding up with our replies. When you get to number that contains a "0" - just give a WOO HOO! You don't have to give another friend a goodie -- but you can still <em>244</em> and have fun doing it! <BR> <BR> Ready??? <BR> <BR> 1 Sat, 28 May 2011 11:09:38 EST LOVE GARAGE SALES? SHARE YOUR LAST GREAT DEAL! I love to go to garage sales -- you never know what you find and at what price! So, if you love garage sales as much as I do -- what was your last great deal that you purchased and how much did you pay for it! <BR> <BR> It should be fun seeing what prices we pay for certain items seeing as we are from so many different areas and locations! <BR> <BR> Share those deals and <em>243</em> on keeping those prices low! Fri, 20 May 2011 19:29:14 EST "Extreme Couponing" I watched this show for the first time last night, 2 episodes. "Extreme" seems to be a bit of an understatement. <BR> <BR> I have never seen the show before and don't plan to watch it again. I hope what I saw last night is not the norm: all four ladies were obese and their grocery purchases made it clear why. Their carts were laden with sugar-filled and processed foods. Is it really a saving when you are damaging your health as much as they are? I wonder how much of those savings they will l... Wed, 18 May 2011 10:58:29 EST HAS ANYONE TRIED & USES A NUWAVE-TYPE OVEN? I recently purchased a "used" NuWave oven (conduction, convection and infrared counter-top appliance) and it works great. But, I haven't had it that long -- so I'm wondering if anyone uses one and does it lower the electricity use that you've noticed vs. that of an oven. I would think yes, but I'm not sure yet! <BR> <BR> If you do use one, are you happy with it and does it work well for you? Sat, 14 May 2011 11:19:46 EST 2 websites I like to follow Just thought I'd share two websites that are high on my reader list: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I get a lot of good ideas from them. Tue, 10 May 2011 18:07:49 EST Mother's Day Have a Happy Mother's Day! Sun, 8 May 2011 02:23:07 EST NEED SUPPORT? PLEASE POST HERE! WE'RE HERE FOR U!! <em>220</em> Friendships are wonderful and where would we each be without wonderful supportive friends at times when we need that little extra shoulder to lean on - and same with offering our shoulder to another friend here who could use our shoulder for them to lean on, encourage and support! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> So, it's time to strengthen those friendships and show our care! <BR> <BR> If you NEED SUPPORT, please let us know by replying to this post however you feel comfortable. ... Sun, 1 May 2011 16:49:00 EST MAY'S IMAGINARY PIGGY BANK! ADD YOUR $.25! <em>30</em> Love saving that money, and here we go for the month of May! We saved $19 last month by counting our $.25 -- so let's try it again by adding your $.25 to the imaginary bank and see how much we can save for the month of May! Sun, 1 May 2011 07:13:58 EST Extreme Couponing on TLC Before I give my thoughts on this show (not very good ones..) does anyone watch this? What do you think-are these people going a tad over board?? Sat, 30 Apr 2011 16:42:02 EST 25 Green Spring Cleaning Tips (Sparks Info!) What a great article shared by Sparks on Spring Cleaning! Click on the link below and let's keep it green and clean! <BR> <BR> <em>435</em> 25 Green Spring Cleaning Tips <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=1073 </link> Tue, 26 Apr 2011 18:19:10 EST How much frugal is too much? What is your bottom line when it comes to being frugal? When do you decide that it's worth the extra $$$? (health care is a given) <BR> <BR> For me it's footwear. I don't own a closet full of shoes, but those I do have are somewhat expensive and very high-quality. I don't drive, I walk a lot! So my feet have to be well taken care of. And I regularly care for my shoes and boots (cleaning, polish, proper storage, repairs) to help them last as long as possible. I suppose that, in a way, it's be... Mon, 25 Apr 2011 10:49:14 EST Hi, I'm D. Just got here and have been going through the many great tips. After losing my job and doing a lot of introspection, I made the decision to change a lot of things in my life, including how gained and spent money. I now work at home. It doesn't bring in a huge income, but I'm happier now than I've been in a very long time. Yes, I'm poorer, but I don't see it that way. I live simply and it leaves me time now to enjoy what's really important to me. <BR> <BR> I've just started going through the ... Sat, 23 Apr 2011 21:56:52 EST 5 Ways to Prevent Food from Going to Waste! Click on the link below and check out Sparks' article on "5 Ways to Prevent Food from Going to Waste!" It's a great article and one that can be of help to lower those costs! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=1481 </link> Thu, 21 Apr 2011 07:18:06 EST Planting a garden I am planting a garden this year. This is a great workout, see my last blog for pictures, and it will provide me with fresh vegetables, a win/win for me. Tue, 19 Apr 2011 13:30:46 EST starting again Hello. Im starting over again. I am hoping I can stick with it this time. Im not making myself any promises except to do the best I can for TODAY. I've got a lot going on in my life right now and Im an emotional eater so the odds are against me....BUT Ive been feeling very strongly that THIS is my or never. For my family and for me. Nice to meet you all! Mon, 18 Apr 2011 10:03:52 EST Extreme Couponing Anyone here watch the TLC program "Extreme Couping"? <BR> What are your opinionsa about it? What do you think about extremem couponing? What do you think about couponing? <BR> Thanks! Thu, 14 Apr 2011 17:26:49 EST Newbie! Hi! New to the team! Hope to find some new buddies to keep me on track!!! :) <BR> Fri, 8 Apr 2011 09:45:40 EST Good Morning I just wanted to say hi and introduce myself. My name is Joel Hackbarth and I joined this site months ago. And now I have been receiving the messages, and posts, but I haven't been reading them, I haven't even started. I am in desperate need for help. I have teen telling myself for years, that I need to lose weight. I do. I am 272 pounds as of this morning and I am 6'1". my goal would be to get down to 20 pounds. I have not been able to give up my fast food, and I haven't started to ... Wed, 6 Apr 2011 09:40:57 EST Hi! My name is Marcy and I'm brand new to Spark People. I am so excited about all of the opportunities to succeed here! I just turned 40 and would love to spend this first year in my 40's "cleaning house" of bad habits and replacing them with winning habits. I weigh 193, have pre-diabetes, take medication for blood pressure, and am a couch potato. I teach middle school so I need to be fit and energetic! I'm ready for change, ready to put things right. Look forward to getting to know you. Tue, 5 Apr 2011 11:15:18 EST newbie Hello there, i am 26 and Irish, living on a shoe-string as work in a call centre where i am over-worked and under-paid! <em>20</em> I have serious dental bills and recently moved home (to a cute, quaint cottage which i love) <BR> I would love any recipes that are simple, cheap and nutritional as usually cheap food equals poor quality! Thanks buddies <em>211</em> Mon, 4 Apr 2011 19:39:34 EST For all you coupon-ers out there Hi gang, just spotted this article <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ves-coupons-equivalent-cash-value?utm_<BR>source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm<BR>_campaign=Feed%3A+wisebread+%28Wise+Bread%29 </link> <BR> <BR> Sat, 2 Apr 2011 10:31:54 EST APRIL'S IMAGINARY PIGGY BANK! ADD YOUR $.25! <em>30</em> Love saving that money, and here we go for the month of April! Let's see how much we can raise this month and we'll be adding a $.25 to our imaginary bank --- let's watch that amount go up! <em>244</em> Thu, 31 Mar 2011 13:58:24 EST Hi guys its Sarah here I just wanted to let everyone no that am back on SP and here to stay. I'm asking to have people add me and help support me as I will do the same. Feel free to message me or add me on if you have one. You can look me up by Sarah Scuturio or by my ever is easier. <BR> Thanks <BR> Sarah Wed, 23 Mar 2011 17:26:35 EST what do you recycle and reuse? How do you use it? I recycle everything here, but only keep a few things myself and try to find ways to reuse them. My popular thing to collect during the winter months is those bags that are weaved and used to hold oranges. I use them to reinforce quilt projects, like making bags I will line the inside with one of those "bags." It makes bags more stiffer to hold things and the item keeps its shape better. and as long as I don't stick the bag in the dryer, the plastic wont melt. They are lined dried. <BR> <BR... Wed, 23 Mar 2011 17:09:03 EST sorry about post the website deleted it, thank G*D! Fri, 18 Mar 2011 19:56:36 EST Because you didn't want to....... ......... You didn't take your meds today, because you didn't want to. <BR> <BR> You didn't work out, because you didn't want to. <BR> <BR> You didn't eat healthy, because you didn't want to. <BR> <BR> You didn't stop smoking, because you didn't want to. <BR> <BR> Just remember when you aren't here to see your child graduate or to hold you grandbaby in your arms, you didn't want to. When you don't live long enough to enjoy retirement with your spouse, you didn't want to. Wnen you don't get to be... Wed, 16 Mar 2011 13:09:35 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY (3-12-2011) This was part of a Sparks' blog today, and it's a good one! <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> How do you indulge on a budget? What are some of your cheap and simple pleasures? Sat, 12 Mar 2011 10:35:57 EST TV Antennae? I've read that some of you are using these instead of cable -- and I want to try it. I'm living happily without TV, but it'd be nice to have it free! Please give me some tips about what to do? Tue, 8 Mar 2011 07:14:47 EST Need help Has anyone had endometrial ablation and if so, would you recommend it? Or does anyone know someone who has had it? Please let me know. Really need some real life info on this, not just what I can find on the internet. Thanks. Mon, 7 Mar 2011 10:47:43 EST MARCH'S IMAGINARY PIGGY-BANK--ADD YOUR $.10! Ready to see how much we can get in our imaginary bank for the month of March? This time around -- let's add $.10 to the bank and see how much we can save!! <BR> <BR> Ready? I'll put in the first $.10 to get us started -- but, please add yours and let's have fun saving in our daily lives and here through fun at Sparks! <BR> <BR> $.10 <BR> <BR> Sat, 5 Mar 2011 09:49:26 EST WHAT R THE GAS/FUEL PRICES IN YOUR AREA? Seems that everyday the prices just keep raising and same with the $ for a gallon of oil that we hear about on the news! And, as to the heating fuel that we use in our home -- I'm not certain, but it has to be about $3.40 or so a gallon -- and we have 2 tanks, meaning we need 500 gallons to fill them both and get us through the colder seasons. <BR> <BR> So, I think it would be somewhat interesting to share what the prices are like in your area! <BR> <BR> Gas today is at about $3.64 fo... Sat, 5 Mar 2011 09:44:10 EST Best Websites? I've seen Freecycle mentioned a ton of times -- it's great! But here are some more that I use regularly: <BR> <BR> (books, movies, etc -- often 75cents + shipping) <BR> <BR> (great deals on organic and many toiletries, vitamins, and other products -- always $5 shipping) <BR> <BR> What are your favorite sites? <BR> Sat, 5 Mar 2011 08:30:07 EST Best Books? Simplify Your Life: 100 Ways to Slow Down and Enjoy the Things That Really Matter <BR> <BR> I think this is the grandmother of all "simple living" books... I've bought and given away dozens of these. (BTW: has books for GREAT prices... you can also trade paperbacks and other books and CDs and DVDs online). <BR> <BR> What are your nominations for the best books -- most helpful, best references? Sat, 5 Mar 2011 08:26:55 EST Costco/Sam's club I like to buy in bulk. Does anyone here belong to a Costco/Sam's Club? Is it worth it? What do you buy there? <BR> <BR> I hear Costco has a surprisingly good brand of dog food. I don't know how it compares to Purina Pro Plan. Fri, 4 Mar 2011 15:07:32 EST Love this Yesterday I spent money to save money: at the grocery store, they were clearing out the organic stuff (apparently it didn't sell well) at half price, so now I have a stockpile of dog food and lotions for at least 6 months! My mission for the next couple years is to save money and pay down my mortgage, so that I can rid myself of my husband once and for all... Mon, 28 Feb 2011 14:30:48 EST I'm Back ......Again My name is Patricia. I have been here before but I guess I wasn't ready....but am now !!!! I am so looking forward to feeling and being healthy within my health limitations. I am hoping that some of my illnesses will disappear. I do have some chronic disabilities, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, arthritis and scoliosis. Being 242 lbs does make any of these any better.I deal with a very unsettled body . I never know how my body will feel from day to day and that makes consistent exercise diffi... Wed, 23 Feb 2011 10:21:32 EST