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“5 Ways to Save on the Mental-Health Care You Need”

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This December 9, 2014 Money article talks about tips for saving money on mental health care

Money Monday: “Budgeting: Save Money on Food”

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This June 27, 2013 article on the Intuit Quicken website offers some practical tips for saving money on food expenses.

“10 Tips to Fool Yourself Into Getting Fit: How to trick yourself into exercising when you’d rather skip it”

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This February 21, 2014 Next Avenue article talks about ways to help overcome our desire to skip exercising on days we don’t feel like doing it.  The tips are actually pretty simple and as I read over them I realized I already do a few of them myself.  The tip about keeping workout videos in plain sight is one I’ve done for a long time, only in my case its my “Wii Fit Plus” and “Walk It Out” games for my Wii that I keep out in plain sight.  I use walking to the store to pickup one or 2 things as an excuse to go for a walk on days I don’t feel like doing it, and as suggested in the tips, I find that if I set a goal of a specific destination to walk that I will get creative and my impulsiveness kicks in and I find myself taking a different route because I’m bored with the usual route (having ADHD can be a benefit sometimes when it comes to walking different routes).  Other things I do, is since I’m huge on using my tablet pc to help keep me on track with appointments, I’ll include reminders on it to go for a walk or have my ride drop me off further from the entrance to a building I need to go into, and even things like reminding myself to drink enough water.  I also will put little notes of encouragement for myself with little things like “If you exercised today, Keep it up!” or asking myself “How far did you walk today?”  simply putting those questions in are helpful to me in reminding myself to exercise.


English: Logo for Wii Fit Plus.

English: Logo for Wii Fit Plus. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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“7 Tips for Holiday Resilience”

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This image was selected as a picture of the week on the Malay Wikipedia for the 1st week, 2010. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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This December 20, 2013 article found on the Philly.com Health section talks about some tips to help folks make it through the holidays a bit easier.  Tips include taking a break from technology, spending time with family or friends sharing old memories over a cup of hot chocolate, or even things like simply taking time for yourself to take part in a favorite hobby that you find relaxing to help you recharge and regroup.  There are seven tips in all, and are things that would be able to be done by just about everyone.




“Tips to beat the heat”

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This article dated May 27, 2012 on an ABC affiliate site offers some timeless and practical tips on keeping cool during hot summer temperatures.

Money Monday – February 6, 2012 (Part 2)

I got enough tips and ideas I decided to split this into a two-part series, the first part if you missed it can be found by clicking here

Hope you enjoy the tips and ideas, I have my Facebook friends to thank for all of them.

  • Rachel Offered this idea
    • “I guess I would just remind people who the library is a great place to save money. Ours offers computers, free classes, clubs, movies and a discount book store. You can also borrow DVDs, CDs, books, tapes or MP3s of books. In our county we have access to every library in the county with one card; a catalog of hundreds of thousands of items at our fingertips. Any thing you order is delivered to your home library. You can get a movie queue going like with Netflix, but it’s all free.”
    • “Borrowing a good basic cook book and cooking from scratch saves so much over prepared food. “
    • “Also, when I leave the library with a big pile of books I feel RICH even though I didn’t spend a dime.”
  • Denny offered this tip
    • “Read your utility bills line by line, if you don’t know what a line means CALL and ask. If something changes CALL and ask. And each time you call ASK if there are any DEALS that might help you save money. Often they have deals that are NOT publicized, and the PHONE company is the VERY WORST for making mistakes and adding fees for what ever that they WILL take off if you question them. I have gotten anywhere from as little as $0.50 taken off my bill up to over $50.00 one time by asking why is it there what does it mean, why am I paying it.”

Money Monday – February 6, 2012 (Part 1)

For this Money Monday post, I decided to do something a little different, and recruited the help of my Facebook friends who’s brains I picked to see what they do to save money and stretch their dollars a little further, I present to you a 2 part post compiling tips and ideas they gave me to share with my readers.  Special thanks to each contributor for this little project, I truly appreciate it!

  • Jen H-C said she does a couple of things ….
    • “I buy generic/store brand when I buy food…there is minimal difference (if any) in quality. That allows me to splurge on items that are worth it, such as toilet paper, tissues, paper plates, makeup, etc. If you buy generic of those items, you often use twice as much! And who wants a ripped tissue?”
    • “Sometimes generic is not a bargain! I will take the time to figure out how much a certain item (more expensive stuff like soap, cat litter, detergent, etc.) is per pound or per ounce…sometimes a sale on a brand name does make it cheaper than generic!”
    • “A change jar! I keep them everywhere…the ashtray of my car is one, there’s one on my dresser, in my office at work too. Anytime I break a bill, I save the change in a jar (sometimes I keep quarters for vending machine, meters, etc…but you get the idea). Then when they get full, I take them to the bank and use the money for spending money on vacation. I can end up saving a few hundred dollars that way within a year…!”
  • An anonymous friend, gave me the following list of things she does to help stretch her dollars further
    •   Shop at thrift shops, household sales and antique shops
    • darn socks
    • hang cloths to dry
    • take short showers
    • “But I’m not willing to compromise on things that involve my health and happiness as I do value myself more than my $.
    • I use a credit card that earns points for almost all purchases, even groceries, insurance, medical, etc. I pay it off in total every month and still earn points. Each Christmas I can buy over a hundred dollars in gifts and use my points–the gifts and shipping are free.”
    • “I also make gifts such as scarves, embroidered towels and pillow cases.”
    • “Some of my friends barter for both products and services.”
  • Marissa offered the following list
    • Buy off-brand items
    • Recycle cans/bottles
    • Buy cheap food choices: rice, potatoes, pasta, bananas, etc
    • Buy uncooked, unpackaged food and cook at home
    • Pack lunches
    • Use sunlight during the day and sparingly at night. Try candles, and always turn off lights when leaving a room.
    • Turn down refrigerator temperature to conserve  energy
    • Turn washing machine to highest spin to conserve energy
    • Bike or walk instead of driving when possible
    • Use Netflix and other online sites instead of cable
    • Use a water filter instead of buying water jugs
    • Unplug appliances while not in use, otherwise they consume energy even when turned off
    • Hang laundry to dry
    • Keep appliances as clean as possible to extend their life: pull off the bottom-front piece on your refrigerator and clean thoroughly every year, change air filter at least every 2 months
    • Use coupons
    • Buy second-hand
    • Buy at garage sales
    • Turn down thermostat as low as is bearable (you can always put on more clothes for warmth); also open windows for temperature control, during the day for heat or during night to cool
    • Eat well and exercise to avoid medical bills
    • Drink water instead of juice or soda
    • Plant a garden
    • Make sure you get frequent oil changes and keep your tires well-inflated for better mileage. Try not to break hard or start-up fast; the smoother your transitions the better your mileage gets.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of this post to be posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 …..

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