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Living Rich By Spending Smart

June 30th, 2012 at 05:23 pm

This book is free for download today on Amazon and it's not just for Kindle's either.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/produ...reativeASIN=B0014YHKWM


I just finished reading the 1st chapter and picked up on two new tricks for grocery shopping:

1. Items on the front and back pages of the weekly flyers are likely to have the deepest discounts. Stores call them "loss leaders", meaning the store actually sells the item so cheap it loses money

2. Do your shopping on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday because sales generally start on Wednesdays, but the coupon to match that sale frequently dosn't come until Sunday.

I will definitely be paying closer attention

Quarterly Snowflakes Totals

June 30th, 2012 at 09:22 am

At the beginning of the year I decided to track my monthly snowflake totals and report them here on a quarterly basis. Quarter 1 total was $2189.82 and Quarter 2 total is $7407.87. The majority of the total for this quarter is from a back payment I received from the VA but it's a snowflake none the less.

I share this with u not to brag but to show u the power of snowflakes and how over time they can become snowballs. I read this statement in another poster comments and I have to adopt it: "If you don't tell your money where to go, it will leave on its own" Stay focused everyone!!!

Juicing Forum

June 24th, 2012 at 10:06 am

A couple days ago i went to an event that was held at Whole Foods and wanted to share a few things I picked up.

1. Juicing organic fruits and veggies is best but if you don't get organic then you should definitely peel everything. I'm going to personally try and do better at buying organic. I know it's more expensive but our health is priceless right? Bountiful Baskets will help accomplish this as well

2. You should drink fresh juice on an empty stomach becuase it gets into your blood stream quicker. That's also the main difference between juicing and smoothies.

3. You should consume at least 16 ounces a day for optimal health. That can be broken up into two servings or done all at once. I tend to do mine all at once. But just remember whatever you do, something is better than nothing!

4. Be careful juicing alot of fruit becuase fruit contains alot of sugar. In the beginning that was me but now I'm more about incorporating more veggies.. Believe it or not, over time your taste buds will change. If a juice is too bitter, just add an apple(it sweetens it right up). One recipe that I've been doing lately is spinach,celery,cucumber,green apple,and a half of lemon. It's very refreshing.

5. Instead of buying expense produce wash sprays, wash your fruit and veggies in a water/apple cider venegar mix. Let the produce soak for 30 mins...

6. Here's to our health!!

Updated Dirty Dozen List

June 23rd, 2012 at 03:16 pm

www.onegreenplanet.org/news/the-dirty-dozen-an-updated-list-of-pesticide-heavy-fruits-and-veggies

Bountiful Basket for Today

June 23rd, 2012 at 11:31 am

Three Days without Meat

June 20th, 2012 at 12:43 pm

In my quest to eat healthier, I ordered a individual meal plan from www.happyherbivore.com for $5. Every week she comes out with an individual or a family meal plan of quick and easy fat free and low fat vegan recipes. Like I said, today is my third day so far. I've had quinoa, chick peas, steamed kale and portabello mushrooms. These are all brand new experiences for me and I must say everything has been quite delicious. I'm not declaring that I'm giving up meat altogether but I would love to be able to cut down to one meat meal a day.

Each plan is updated every Wednesday and you get a calender, shopping list, recipes,etc..All for $5 I think it's been easy for me to maintain becuase the recipes are provided and are pretty simple. The grocery bill was a bit higher becuase I had to stock up on key healthy inggredients but another good think is that alot of the recipes call for similar things so it should balance out.

Unexpected Snowflake

June 18th, 2012 at 01:25 pm

I received a check from my auto insurance company in the amount of $53.34..very nice surprise!

More Snowflakes

June 15th, 2012 at 07:30 pm

I sold a giftcard to Plastic Jungle for $20.75 and I got the check today. Smile

Off to a Good Start

June 15th, 2012 at 08:16 am

First swagbuck search of the day is for 59 SBs!!

Unique $10 Snowflake

June 12th, 2012 at 04:41 pm

On the back on my paper Kohl's statement, it stated switch to electronic statement and get $10. So I went online and updated my account and today I received $10 in store credit. I will move $10 out of clothing budget to vacation budget! Gotta love free money!!

Avalanche!!

June 7th, 2012 at 09:47 am

Finally received back payment from the VA......$6200!! $3200 will go on mortgage, $3000 will go in vacation fund!

June $5 Bill Challenge

June 6th, 2012 at 02:05 pm

Last month was my best month yet because I saved $70. So far I have $15 towards June. I also received a letter from the VA stating they owe me $6200 so I'm anxiously waiting for that snowflake to fall! Instead of putting the entire amount towards the mortgage, I think I will put half in my vacation fund. I love being debt free(except the house) because when big snowflakes like this happen, I look at it as paying myself versus someone else!