RSS Feed
  1. Why Walking is a Healthy Exercise Choice

    July 28, 2015 by Kara Perez

    walkingI was an athlete all throughout high school and college. I played lacrosse, a game dependent on running. The faster the better. Now that I’m all retired from sports and stuff, post college, I’ve traded my timed miles for slower forms of exercise. Walking is chief among them.

    Don’t think that walking is only for soccer moms or retired grandparents. Walking is one of my favorite forms of exercise and for many people, it’s better than running.

    Benefits of Walking

    Walking helps reduce your risk of high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol according to the American Heart Association. It has the same health benefits as running, with fewer risks. For example, you’re more likely to turn an ankle running than walking.

    Walking is easier on the body than running too. Running is a high impact activity. You’re literally pounding your entire body weight on your joints with every step. Combine that with a hard surface like cement or a treadmill and the wear and tear adds up quickly. Runners often get shin splints, knee problems or joint pain after only a few years of consistent running.

    With walking that impact is significantly lessoned. If you carry weights with you, walking is also a fantastic way to burn calories. I like to throw on 2 lb wrist weights and walk around my neighborhood for 40-60 minutes a few times a week. I promise you’ll feel the burn!

    Walking is much easier to fit into your daily routine than running is too. I try and walk to as many places as possible. I walk to the grocery store, the pharmacy and the coffee shop that I work from occasionally. Walking definitely takes more time than driving or even biking, but take a look at a typical day’s opportunities for walking for me.

    20 minutes- to and from the grocery store

    40 minutes- to and from local coffee shop

    Doing just a normal day’s activities I can get 60 minutes of walking in, without having to schedule specific work out time. Not only is this healthier for me, it’s also frugal!

    Walking helps me save on gas and the wear and tear on my car. By walking places I also get a little time to clear my mind and spent some time with myself. My along time doubles as my exercise time. By the time I’m back home, I can go straight into another project and don’t have to worry about finding an hour to work out later. I’ve already done it!

    Walking is also the perfect entry into the wider world of fitness. Very few people can just get up from the couch and run an 8 minute mile. For those of us who are very out of shape or recovering from an injury, surgery or dealing with something that hinders a more strenuous work out, walking is the perfect thing. It’s a great way to work on your health and reap the benefits of exercise without having to be in perfect shape.

    It’s free, it’s fun and it’s 100% natural. While something like dead lifts may not come easy to all of us, walking is a very human activity. Our bodies are designed for it.

    There’s a million ways to start walking. You can switch to the stairs instead of taking the elevator. You can join me and walk to the grocery store. Try a morning or evening walk with friends or family for 30 minutes. 30 minutes every day increases heart health for everyone who does it. You can pop in your headphones and have some time to yourself or you can make the walk a more social thing. You can walk uphill to get some gentle resistance and to maximize your workout too!

    I personally try to go for an evening walk 3 times a week. I also like to run and do yoga, which I consider my heavy work out days. An hour long evening walk is the perfect supplement to my more intense days. My muscles still get used but they also have a chance to recover.

    I encourage everyone to look for ways to add more movement to their lives. Walking is the easiest and most accessible exercise out there.

    How can you fit walking into your daily routine?


  2. The Absolute Best Way to Set a Beauty Budget

    July 26, 2015 by admin

    lipstickJust the other day, I was putting on my makeup when I noticed that I’ve been using the same foundation for well over a year. I don’t know when it happened but somewhere along the way I started to wear makeup much less.

    I purchased really nice MAC foundation and waterproof mascara right before I had my twins. As silly as it sounds, I wanted to look as nice as possible in my photos on the day of their birth. Knowing I’d probably cry, I went and purchased waterproof mascara, but I also wanted that good foundation too.

    Now, after being self employed and taking care of twin toddlers at the same time, I found that in many ways I let myself go. I didn’t want to, of course, but over time I used make up less and less. I decided that I want to buy a few new makeup products – nothing crazy – as a way to get back into looking and feeling my best.

    Creating a Budget

    I could go out and spend a lot of money on a whole new set of makeup, but that’s not really my style. Instead I decided to treat beauty as a part of my budget. This could include highlights, makeup, clothes, manicures, and anything else that I might purchase that would help me feel great.

    Since this can easily get out of hand (as the women reading this will know!) I found the best way to keep this spending in check is to have a set amount each month on a pre-paid card. In my case, I allot $170/month in my budget for my own personal use. My husband has the same amount for anything he might want throughout the month.

    This not only helps our marriage because we each have a set amount we can spend on ourselves, but it also helps me to spend guilt free. By putting my monthly beauty spending on a prepaid card, it ensures that when the money is gone, it’s gone. Unlike a credit card where I could spend as much as I want up to my credit limit, pre-paid cards don’t let you spend more than you actually have.

    The Kaiku Card
    the kaiku card

    One pre-paid card that I would recommend is the Kaiku card. I’ve been using the Kaiku card for a few weeks now, and I absolutely love it. Not only is it visually appealing (I got the teal one) but every time I take it out, I know that I am spending money that has been pre-budgeted, which means I get to spend guilt free.

    I also like Kaiku because Kaiku Finance LLC owns the Kaiku Visa® Prepaid Card, and it’s one of the first prepaid cards to be selected for the new Visa Clear Prepaid Designation certification. This means that this card is well respected in the financial community and you can rest assured knowing that your money is safe.

    Kaiku does have a $3 month fee but it is waived if you direct deposit at least $750 a month.

    Overall I think it’s a great solution to help keep spending in check all while allowing you the convenience of a credit card.

    This is just one way I keep my beauty budget in check. How do you spend on the things you enjoy while also sticking to a budget? Have you ever used a pre-paid card?


  3. 4 Ways to Break Out of Your Fashion Rut

    July 21, 2015 by Kayla

    fashion rutAre you stuck in a fashion rut?

    Sometimes being in a fashion rut means wearing nothing but yoga pants and t-shirts, but other times a fashion rut can be more subtle – especially if you still have to get dressed up for work each day. In these cases, a fashion rut might simply be recognized by no longer feeling excited by your clothes or your style, or taking the easy way out with wearing the same old things day in and day out. You can even be in a fashion rut if you own a lot of clothes – trust me!

    Getting stuck in a fashion rut can happen for several reasons. One reason might be that you are on a limited budget and therefore haven’t bought new clothes or updated your style for several years. Another reason you might be in a fashion rut is that the clothes you wear and/or the life you lead are not what you truly desire.

    To keep it simple for today, we aren’t going to delve into the deep topic of changing your whole life in the pursuit of happiness. But we will talk about some steps you can take to break out of a fashion rut if you are tired of your clothes or style.

    1. Figure Out A Direction

    Again, we are only talking about a fashion direction today, although we know that sometimes your fashion direction and happiness is directly tied into other things like your overall life direction and happiness too. If you are wearing boring black suits everyday to work and you are tired of it, perhaps its because you are ready for a new direction.

    As long as you are not required to wear black suits to work everyday, you can take time to think about what you want to represent with your look and what types of clothes that translates into. Key words for you fashion direction might be things like:

    • Fun
    • Cozy
    • Casual
    • Dressy
    • Flowy
    • Edgy
    • Chic
    • Colorful
    • Trendy

    These are just some ideas to get you started, but the possibilities of how you want to describe your ideal style direction are endless. You might even have to choose more than one to describe your wardrobe, especially if you have 2 very different styles you want to achieve for life at work vs life in the evenings and weekends.

    For example, if you want to be more “fun” with your fashion, perhaps you can wear a colored suit, a bold necklace, or a colored blouse instead of a plain white one to your office job. But if you are really limited in what you can wear to work, maybe you change the wardrobe you wear when you are not at work instead.

    2. Sort Through Your Clothes

    You don’t need to get rid of every single piece that doesn’t fit with your new style direction, but the majority of the things you decide to keep from your current wardrobe need to fit with the direction you are trying to achieve.

    It can be hard to part with perfectly good clothes that you just no longer wear or feel drawn to, but it is a necessary part of breaking out of your fashion rut.

    3. Make a List

    Now that you know what you have to work with, it’s time to make a list of things you might want to buy to go with your new style. You can use tools like Polyvore and Pinterest to get outfit ideas and help you build the style you are looking for.

    While you are making a list of things you want to look for, keep a budget in mind too. If you are trying a drastically different style from what you are used to, it might be a good idea to start with cheaper pieces to see if you like the new style or trend before you shell out for more expensive pieces.

    4. Go Shopping!

    The most fun step of all is going shopping. You need to take your list with you and shop primarily from there with your budget in mind.

    Have fun! Breaking out of a fashion rut is about trying new things and re-discovering your look. Your look says a lot about who you are as a person, so it deserves more thought than just throwing on random clothes every morning.

    Have you ever been in a fashion rut? How did you break out of your fashion rut?


  4. Profiderall, a Brain Enhancing Supplement

    July 18, 2015 by Kayla

    guarImproving your levels of focus and concentration can help you in so many ways in your daily life. It can make you more successful at your job, better in school, provide you with a better memory all of the time and give you a big boost in confidence that you can feel like you can accomplish anything. It seems only natural that you would want to feel this way and finding the right way to go about achieving all of this can get you on that path to success.

    There are a number of brains and memory supplements for sale today, and reading Profiderall reviews can be just the help you need the most in getting to that high level of success you want.

    Learning About the Product

    Products like Profiderall are considered to be Nootropics pills, meaning they work to provide you with the brain enhancement that you are looking for in a natural way and make use of natural ingredients and substances to get you there. The combination of ingredients used all work together so that you will experience a clearer train of thought, have greater recall of all kinds of facts and information and have a better level of brain health that lets you focus like you have never been able to before. Your attention to details will be much sharper so you can be much more effective at work, at school, your studies or any task you are looking to accomplish.

    What Makes This Happen

    The brain booster’s ingredients you find in Profiderall are what make all of this possible for you. The pills make use of substances such as vinpocetine, L-tyrosine, Huperzine A and several vitamins and minerals. This will help to provide you with much greater blood flow to your brain so that you are able to think more clearly and have much greater cognitive function than before. You will want to be sure that you take the recommended dosage of the pills so that you can be sure to get the maximum effect and results. Since the product is made of natural ingredients, there are few, if any, side effects noted by most users. Some people have reported minor headaches or restlessness when using the pills but this tends to fade with regular use.

    Get the Supplements You Need

    Among the brain enhancing supplements sold today, Profiderall has ranked well among the reviews written regarding the product and may be one you want to consider purchasing for yourself. You should also take a close look at other products like it so you can be sure you are getting something that is going to provide you with the results you want the most and fits well into your particular budget. You will be able to choose the right supplements to suit your needs so that you can start to have the better memory and focus that is going to help you succeed like never before.


  5. Can Guarana Increase Your Energy Level?

    July 18, 2015 by Kayla

    guarStudies have shown that the energy levels that you have throughout the day may be tied directly to your ability to focus and concentrate and to have better recall. Energy is something many people struggle with today because life can be so hectic today, pulling you in all different directions so that you never seem to have enough time in the day to do everything that you need to do. Finding ways to help you boost your energy can help you get the energy and focus you need to be more successful, but you want to find a way to do it safely and naturally if possible. You can find a variety of helpful Nootropics pills like Guarana at Smart Pill Guide to help you get to those levels of concentration and understanding.

    Elements and Benefits

    In order to determine just how effective Guarana can be for you it is important that you know just what it is. Guarana is a plant that grows in the Amazon River region and is known for its seeds that are very much like coffee beans. Guarana is similar in shape to coffee beans but it has up to twice the caffeine as the typical coffee bean, making it much more potent.

    Guarana has been typically used as a dietary supplement in the past and has only recently been looked to as a natural source of brain enhancement and is popular among brain and memory supplements used today. While Guarana is available on its own as pills, it is also often incorporated as an ingredient in other supplements as an effective ingredient to help boost blood flow and give you greater energy so that you can concentrate better than before.

    Used in Many Ways

    You can find Guarana used in a wide variety of products, including energy drinks, dietary supplements, brain boosters and other types of supplements. It is most often combined with other ingredients in products to help you get to the levels of focus and energy that you really want.

    The dosage that you use for Guarana will vary greatly depending on the particular product that uses it as an ingredient. There are side effects associated with Guarana because it has higher levels of caffeine, such as nausea, anxiety, restlessness and an increase in blood pressure. You should consider these side effects when you are looking at this as an option.

    Look at all Your Options

    The best way for you to determine if Guarana is a good supplement for you to help you with your energy levels and concentration is to read as much as you can about this product and others like it. You want to check out the reviews written about the various products available so that you can see just how it has been successful for others along the way. This can help you to determine if this is a product that can be useful to you.

    Do you ever need an energy boost?


  6. Hair and Humidity- Why Can’t We Be Friends?

    July 14, 2015 by Kara Perez

    hair and humiditySummertime and the living is easy- for everyone except our hair. Summer means humidity and humidity means frizz. Sigh!

    Why is it so hard? It’s a never ending battle but don’t fear! There are ways to fight this fight and emerge victorious.

    Hair and humidity – Why Can’t We Be Friends?

    Frizz definitely varies depending on the humidity levels in your city or town, your hair type and the products you use. I’ve lived in two very different regions of the US (the Northeast and Central Texas) and I can attest that my hair frizzes in different ways in the different places.

    Moisturize

    Frizz means there’s a lack of moisture in your hair and so the follicle opens up to the moisture in the air when it’s humid out. So the first step is to condition your hair really well. Make sure your hair is healthy from the start! Use a good conditioner in the shower, which means a sulfate free one. Sulfates lay on the surface of your hair and don’t penetrate to treat the root. Once a week (except for very fine haired ladies) use a leave-in conditioning treatment. The more you can ensure your hair is moisturized on it’s own the less it responds to the environment.

    Avoid the Hair Dryer

    I know lots of people swear by their hair dryer but in these muggy summer months, try to lay off of it. The hot air dehydrates and separates your hair strands, making it more susceptible to humidity. Let your hair air dry and style afterwards.

    Cut Your Hair

    You can get one over on frizz in the way that you style your hair too. I know I hate having long hair on my neck when it’s hot outside. Try a shorter hair style for the summer if you’re feeling bold! Tight curly haired ladies should go for lots of short layers while those with looser waves can choose longer waves.

    Choose a Different Syle

    If you’re not ready for the big chop, there are lots of chic and sleek hairstyles that are also anti-frizz. Pull your hair back into a bun when it’s damp and smooth the top. Ensure it stays smooth with a light dusting of hair spray. Keeping your hair in a tight bun means your hair cuticles are locking in that moisture and keeping your hair out of your face.

    Go full on Katniss and try some side braids. Fishtail or French braids are a nice way to liven up a traditional one and are perfect for a work-to-play look. Pull your hair directly back into a high ponytail. Keep the top smooth but allow your hair to get as big as it wants in the pony. Controlled volume, yay! Use bobby pins to control the little fly-aways at the back on your neck to maintain a smooth look all over.

    Fighting frizz takes some planning and some care but it absolutely can be done. Sometimes I even like to embrace how big my hair gets and tell myself I look like a rockstar!

    How do you fight frizz in these muggier, humid months?


  7. 3 Ways to Wear all Neutrals

    July 7, 2015 by Kayla

    I don’t read a lot of fashion or style blogs, but the ones I do read tend to either love all neutral outfits or completely fear all neutral outfits.

    Personally, I tend to fall a little more in the middle when it comes to all neutral outfits. On one hand I can see how they might be scary or difficult to pull off since you don’t want to come off looking old, boring, or frumpy in an all neutral outfit. On the other hand, you don’t want to wear no neutrals and look like a confused middle-schooler with too many bright colors on either.

    There is definitely a right and a wrong way to wear an outfit made out of all neutrally colored pieces. But first, what is a neutral anyway?

    Back in the day there used to be only a few basic neutrals, like black, gray, and brown. But these days the neutral palate can include anything on the white to black spectrum, and also tans, camels, browns, navy, and olive. Then you also have some other colors that can be pseudo-neutrals, but we’ll save that for a later post. :)

    If you are looking to wear an all neutral outfit, here are some tips to help you get started and avoid looking boring or frumpy.

    Look for Structure

    To avoid looking frumpy in any outfit, you need to have a balance of fitted, structured pieces, and some looser, flowy pieces too. For instance, if you wear a flowy chiffon blouse, you should pair it with tighter fitting bottoms, like skinny jeans. On the flip side, if you wear a flowy skirt, you should pair it with a more structured shirt, jacket, or blazer.

    Here’s an example of a well-structured neutral outfit:

    neutrals

    Photo from: Lingered Upon

    The jeans in this photo are tighter fitting because the top is more flowy.

    Use a Gradient

    When you get ready to put together an all neutral outfit, adding neutrals that vary from light to dark will give your outfit some interest and dimension. This will also help it be boring and frumpy.

    neutrals

    Photo from: Polyvore

    This outfit does a great job incorporating light-colored pieces, like the accessories and sweater, medium colored pieces like the pants, and dark pieces like the shirt and shoes. They even suggested a neutral nail polish to finish off the look.

    Go Monochromatic

    Deciding to go monochromatic with your all neutral outfit might sound easy, but it can be even more difficult that putting together an outfit crafted out of neutrals from different color families. But when done right, a monochromatic outfit can be extremely classy.

    Here are a couple of examples:

    neutralsPhoto from: My Simply Special

    This outfit is almost entirely monochromatic. The belt and shoes give it a little something extra, but yet they are still subtle to not overwhelm the simple outfit.

    main.original.585x0

    Photo from: Who What Wear

    Again this outfit has shoes and accessories that add a little something to the monochromatic outfit. Did you notice that this one is an example of a psuedo-neutral?

    If you are still scared of all neutral outfits, but yet curious to try them out, perhaps you can use a Groupon Coupon for Kohl’s to get some new affordable pieces to try in your next all neutral outfit.

    Do you ever wear all neutral outfits?


  8. Summer 2015 Capsule Wardrobe: Month 2 Update

    July 3, 2015 by Kayla

    capsule collage

    Month 2 of my first attempt at a capsule wardrobe was pretty successful.

    You can read my month 1 recap here.

    I did find myself feeling tempted to wear yoga pants and a t-shirt around town a few times. This mostly happened on the weekends when I was pretty tired and just had a couple of small errands to run, like going to the grocery store. It seemed silly to change my clothes, fix my hair, etc. just to get a jug of milk. I may have totally cheated on this a couple of times. Other than that, I stuck to my capsule wardrobe for everything else.

    Here are a couple of lessons I learned about living with a capsule wardrobe during the second month of my experiment:

    The Urge to Shop

    I haven’t really had the urge to shop yet. I’m 2 months in and the only things I’ve wanted to buy are shoes, jewelry, a black purse to replace my worn out one, and a pair of sunglasses. Other than that, I’ve held onto the no shopping part of having a capsule wardrobe pretty well.

    The Number of Items

    I was pretty lienient with myself on the rules for this first attempt at a capsule wardrobe. I have a 38 item capsule and it doesn’t include shoes. Now that I’m 2 months in I definitely think my capsule could have been smaller. There are a couple of things I haven’t worn at all yet and some that have only been worn once.

    Some Items are Staples

    At the other end of the spectrum, there are some things I’ve worn the heck out of already, like my jeans and my black capris for work. I can definitely see why they say you need to buy higher quality clothing when you own less of it. It gets worn and washed all the time and that makes it wear out faster.

    I have been doing my best to wear my pants twice and my shirts and jackets 2-3 times before washing them so they last longer. That might sound gross, but I literally put them on and sit at a desk all day. Then I come straight home and take them off. I don’t sweat and unless I spill food or drink on them, they never look dirty. I haven’t worn anything out and I don’t think I will in the remaining months, but I do understand the need for higher quality now.

    I know it’s only just barely July, but I’m looking forward to planning my next capsule for fall already. Fall is my favorite season and I think it’s going to be a fun capsule to build and wear!


  9. Adding More Veggies to Your Diet

    June 30, 2015 by Kara Perez

    veggiesIt’s a common refrain for everyone: “I need to eat better!” Americans are notorious for having horrible diets, mostly made up of high fat, high sugar, and highly processed foods. We’re a culture of fast food, and I don’t just mean McDonald’s. We eat out a lot and generally speaking, the carb and dairy heavy pasta dish is actually cheaper than the veggie laden salad dish.

    There are a few handy-dandy ways to get more veggies into every meal of the day though. Whether eating in or out, you can definitely make more vegetable centered meals a staple in your diet. Using vegetables that are usually for dinner, like broccoli or cauliflower, in your breakfast is a great way to ensure you’ll use all the produce without it going bad too. Totally a frugal score! Here are some ideas to help you get started.

    Breakfast

    Eggs and veggies- Eggs are an incredibly diverse food and a breakfast staple. All sorts of veggies can go in your scrambled eggs or your omelette. Spinach, tomatoes, onions, broccoli, avocado…basically, any vegetable you like can be tossed in your eggs. Try something like this: eggs scrambled with spinach and red peppers with a side of whole wheat toast covered with peanut butter. It’s delicious and packed with nutrients! A breakfast like that will keep you full until midday as well.

    Veggie Breakfast Sandwich- Toss out that old bacon, egg and cheese and upgrade your morning sandwich. Try this instead: on a whole wheat bagel or toast, layer a tomato slice, spinach leaves, avocado and an egg. Bam! You’ve lowered your cholesterol intake and upped your veggies.

    Lunch

    A salad is a great way to jam pack your lunch with veggies. Just make sure it’s the right kind of salad. Pass on iceberg or romaine lettuce and opt instead for nutrient dense greens like kale, collard greens, spinach or mixed greens. (That alone will totally up your vitamin intake!) Skip the croutons and cheese crumbles too. Instead add nuts like almonds or walnuts for a delicious crunch and protein boost, or raisins for a touch of sweet.

    It’s summer, so grilled veggies are a great salad addition. Same goes for things like berries. How does this salad sound: carrots, almonds, strawberries, yellow peppers and cucumbers. Light, refreshing and healthy! Perfect for a hot summer afternoon. For a more substantial lunch, try grilled chicken, tomatoes, corn and black beans on a bed of spinach. It’s got protein out the wazoo and a nice dose of iron!

    Dinner

    A favorite meal for most people is the traditional Italian one- pasta, garlic bread, meatballs. You can actually make an all vegetable version of that! Using veggies like zucchini or spaghetti squash you can make veggie noodles. A tomato sauce rich with garlic and onions has added veggies to it. Skip the meatballs or try making them with tofu or tempeh.

    Another easy and veggie heavy is a stir-fry. You can put literally anything in there too. Whatever veggies you have, throw them into a skillet with some oil and watch a meal appear! I like to do mushrooms, carrots, snow peas, broccoli and chick peas. Sometimes I put the medley over brown rice or add a protein like chicken or tofu. Sometimes I just eat the veggies! You can add whatever sauce you like to your stir fry for a punch of flavor.

    One meal I love to make for date night at home is roasted vegetables with fish. (Roasting things makes me feel like more of a cook than just sauteeing things does.) I like to do a sweet potato, broccoli and cauliflower medley. The potatoes go in first, with some salt and pepper and I add the greens a little later. I blacken some tilapia with a pre-made cajun spice mix (straight from the grocery store!) and bake the fish in the oven too. At the end, I have a hearty and healthy meal that all came out of the oven. Roasted asparagus is also good with fish!

    Next time you’re in the kitchen and reaching for a meal that is veggie-less, ask yourself how you can add something colorful in there. Layer eggplant into your lasagna! Add a side salad to meat and potatoes! Have carrots instead of goldfish for a snack! Vegetables are also cheaper than prepared foods or meats. There are a million ways to get those veggies into your diet and you’ll be surprised at how easy it really is.

    Do you get enough veggies in your diet? What are some other ways you sneak them in?


  10. 4 Ways to Save Money and Improve Your Health

    June 23, 2015 by Kayla

    540184443_383e3683e0_oHave you ever really looked at what most people’s goals are? What about their New Year’s Resolutions? Most people’s goals tend to be focused around one of two things: health or wealth.

    Every year people set goals to become healthier, lose weight, or save money. But what if you could save money and improve your health? Does that sound too good to be true to you? Well read on for 4 ways you can start to save money and improve your health today.

    Quit Smoking

    The first and easiest way you can save money and be healthier is to quit smoking or using tobacco of any kind. If you are going to keep smoking and wasting $5-10 week (or more) on cigarettes, then the rest of this post can’t help you. But if you really want to save money and get healthier, the first step is to cut out tobacco.

    Eat at Home

    If you aren’t a tobacco user, great! You are already one step ahead on the last tip. :)

    The next way you can save money and be healthier is to quit eating out. Admittedly, this is one thing that I struggle with the most. I like to eat out. But I am trying to be better about eating my meals at home because I know they are healthier and cheaper than going out to eat. Even if you prepared mostly boxed and processed foods when you “cook” at home, you are at least saving money over eating out and that’s progress.

    Cut Out the Crap

    As I said in the last section, if you are eating at home you are saving money automatically over going out to eat. But what if those health and wealth savings aren’t enough? The next step is to cut out the crap from your grocery shopping trips.

    To do this you should avoid going to the store when you are hungry or overly emotional. This is always when the ice cream, cookies, and Doritos end up in my shopping cart. Now that I know what my triggers are, mostly my emotions, I try to avoid shopping when they are high so I don’t load up my cart with crappy food.

    Crappy food is a waste of your grocery money and it won’t improve your health. Sure getting a small carton of ice cream now and then is ok for a treat, but it really does need  to be the rarity rather than the norm.

    Workout for Free

    I used to be a big fan of the gym I went to, but now that I quit going earlier this year I’m starting to see the benefits of working out on my own.

    • It’s free
    • I don’t have to go at a scheduled class time
    • No one gets on my butt if I miss a day

    Ok, that last one may or may not be your friend. :)

    But there truly are tons of ways you can workout with paying for a gym membership. Taking your dogs for a walk, mowing your yard, working in your garden, or following along with an exercise video from YouTube are all great ways to workout for free.

    Sometimes people think that to be healthier you have to spend more money, but that’s not always the case. There are some things you can do to save money and improve your health at the same time.

    What other ways can you think of to save money and improve your health?