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Store brands are often very good, so give them a try! This is especially true of things like frozen fruits and veggies, staples like flour and milk, and cleaning products, where the taste or use doesn't vary much between brands anyway.
Here you'll find healthier options: vegetables, fruits, meats, diary products, and bread. Eating less processed foods is healthier, saves calories, and has more nutritional value. Plus you'll avoid temptation by sticking to the outside.
When I hear of a new book, CD or DVD I look at the library first. Sometimes you have to put your name on the "holds" or reserve list, but I can always find something there to read while I am waiting. I preview things at the library first to see if I really would use it, before I buy.
Know what your needs are when you are buying a major appliance or a car. Find out what features you need. Make sure you have them, and DON'T LET ANYONE TALK YOU INTO ADDING ON NEAT FEATURES YOU WILL NOT USE. It isn't worth the extra money for useless (to you) features that sound cool in the store!
I am motivated in knowing I have to account for every bite of food that I put in my mouth. If I cheat, I am cheating nobody but myself. I know I have to login to SparkPeople everyday to keep myself honest. If I have to skip days due to no access to the computer I will catch up when I get back to my computer.
My tried and true trick to meet my water quota is to start my day with a glass of water and before long, nature calls, and I 'll have to "go". As soon as I'm done in the bathroom, I'll drink another glass, and the cycle continues. If you drink everytime you "pee", you'll have no problem.
growing up, i used to always look for pennys that were face up, because that was good luck, and leave tails up because of bad luck. now if i find ANY change, regardless heads or tails, i pick it up, and take it home and put it in my change collector. 1 day i found a total of $2.36 i had found 2
I have 135 pounds to lose. Sometimes I wonder if I will make it. When I start to have doubts I love to read the stories of others who have lost as much or more than I have to lose. If they can do it I reason so can I.