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Archive for December, 2008

Five foods that will save you money (and keep you healthy)

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

Everyone knows that eating at home will save you money but what you don’t hear is that it makes a difference how you eat at home.  Here are some foods that Lauren and I buy that help save money and are still delicious and healthy.

1) Protein powder
I have mentioned protein powder before because it is great for gaining muscle and losing weight.  I have been an advocate of whey for years and whats best is that not only can it be consumed by itself/in shakes, but you can also cook with it.  I dare you to taste the difference in my pancakes between those with only pancake mix, and those that I put chocolate whey in.

2) Yogurt
Yogurt is one of those forgotten foods.  “Hey I used to eat yogurt when I was a kid” sound familiar?  The truth is yogurt is great for you in almost every way.   Probiotics, protein, and deliciousness.  Add on that it can be bought in bulk for cheap and you’ve got a super food.

3) Chicken and Tuna
Chicken is one of the leanest meats out there.  Tuna isn’t far behind. Both are also cheap to buy in bulk.  A good trick is to buy the big packs of frozen chicken breasts and the big sets of canned tuna.  In the words of Chick-fil-A, eat more chicken (but not their fried, expensive chicken sandwiches)…and Chicken of the sea.

4) Green Tea

I know what you are thinking, ‘Hey wait a minute, that’s a drink not a food!’  You are right, but it is also cheap, and healthy.  Drinking a couple cups of green tea per day with some splenda is 0 calories and one of my favorite winter drinks during the day at work.

5) Eggs
You can buy a dozen eggs for under a dollar. Twelve eggs go a long, long way.  They are packed with protein and vitamins and are about as tasty as breakfast foods come, in my opinion.  Id like to buy a few chickens and get fresh eggs every day, but I’m guessing that’s against our HOA (and the thought of our dogs sharing the back yard with chickens invokes a comical scene).

Christmas Credit hangover?

Monday, December 29th, 2008

Here is an interesting question: how many of you used your credit cards at Christmas?  And how much debt did you incur?

Christmas Shopping

In years past I used to rack up huge debts at Christmas which I would then proceed to pay off for the next 4 or 5 months.  If you avoided that this year, congrats, give yourself a pat on the back.  If not, try a few things to get yourself back on track:

1) Transfer that credit card balance to a 0% interest card
If it is going to take you a while to get things paid off, try and pay as little interest as possible.

2) Find little things to cut back on and put that money directly toward the debt.
For example if you always get Starbucks in the morning, make the sacrifice and brew your own coffee for a while and take that to work.

3) Resolve yourself to not do it again next year

Buying presents is fun, but going overboard and paying for it later is not.  I hope everyone had a great Christmas!

If you liked this, you might also like Christmas Spending can hurt your Credit Score from Spendonlife.com

Merry Christmas Eve

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

Though I have some posts prepared, none of them are relevant to Christmas so I would just like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas.  And remember, don’t get too caught up in “buying” and spend time with your family, relax, enjoy the holiday and be thankful for what you do have.