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7 simple tricks for stocking a healthier pantry

By DealPro
at 3:15PM Wednesday January 29, 2014
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It's always fun when friends come over and they want to see my pantry. Most people know that I make so much of our food from scratch, and that I use whole ingredients. People want to see what I actually stock my pantry with. 

This got me thinking: what are some simple things that people can replace in their pantries with healthier alternatives? Are there small changes people can make that have them eating healthier? Most definitely.

Let's talk about six of them. If you just do one of these, you'll have made a small change towards a healthier lifestyle. I like small and simple, don't you? 

Here's what to choose:

1. Brown rice instead of white rice. 

Brown rice is far superior to white rice nutritionally, as well as helpful in managing a balanced glucose metabolism.
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5 marketing tactics that prevent you from being healthy

By DealPro
at 8:50AM Monday January 27, 2014
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These days we are becoming more and more conscious about the food that we put in our mouths. We want the best for our families and our bodies, so we do the best we can to eat healthy wherever we can.

But what if you were being duped by a marketer into thinking you were eating healthy? Would you feel like you wasted money? I would. Let's talk about some marketing tactics that are preventing you from being healthy.

1. "Sugar Free." 

Most sugar free products contain artificial sweeteners that can actually be worse for you. These artificial sweeteners are known to cause some or all of the following side effects: headaches, fibromyalgia, anxiety, memory loss, arthritis, brain tumors, weight gain, seizures, IBS, nausea, heart palpitations, abdominal pain, vision problems, kidney damage, possible cancer, inflammation, skin irritation, bladder issues, and even neurological disorders. Read More »

Super Bowl Sunday: What you need to do to prepare

By DealPro
at 10:58AM Wednesday January 22, 2014
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With the Super Bowl coming up, the thought on everyone's minds is "who will have the funniest commercials." But you should also be thinking ahead for what you should plan to eat. Because it's the New Year, we're all thinking of ways to save money and be healthy.

It would be easy to throw together unhealthy and expensive treats, so let's do some planning.

What you should and shouldn't do to prepare for the Super Bowl 2014. Read More »

Saving Secrets: Why it's time to finally ditch cable

By DealPro
at 9:19AM Monday January 20, 2014
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I took a poll on my Facebook page a few weeks ago and asked people what they spend monthly on cable. The average seemed to be about $70 a month, with some people spending as much as $200! 

I was floored. As someone who hasn't paid for cable in years, I coudn't understand why people paid so much to watch the same stuff that is available online or for free over the air. 

If you're spending $70 a month on cable, that comes to $840 a year. If you cancel it and pay for a streaming service like Netflix that costs $7.99 a month, you end up only spending $95.88 a year. 

Here's why it's time to ditch cable: you're spending too much money! 

Let's lay out the alternatives for you:  Read More »

Here's how you can save $4,554.12 this year

By DealPro
at 9:00AM Wednesday January 15, 2014
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January is the time that many of us look at our finances and decide that it's time to get in shape. Budgeting, envelopes, savings, cash systems, 401K, IRAs - where do we begin?

One of the most important aspects to budgeting and saving is to actually begin by reducing expenses. And to show you how easy it is, I'm going to show you how you can save a total of $4,571.62 by switching up four things.  Read More »

Savings Secrets: Why you shouldn't organize your finances

By DealPro
at 9:39AM Monday January 13, 2014
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I've pretty much decided that it's really cool not to organize my finances. It just seems like one of those things that I shouldn't really have to deal with...

I mean, who wants to have to keep track of all these numbers? And I hate having to restrict my shopping. I'd rather just be able to spend what I want! That's true freedom and a budget will just make me feel like I'm a slave to my finances. 

Here's why you shouldn't organize your finances...

1. You'll get overdrawn in the bank, and who doesn't love that $30 fee? It's the best, right?! But I love that I was still able to buy whatever I wanted.

2. You have no idea how much you can spend this week on eating out, so you might as well splurge on that T-bone steak. That's freedom! Read More »

4 frugal health trends you should run away from as quickly as possible

By DealPro
at 9:00AM Wednesday January 8, 2014
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2013: The year of Miley Cyrus, selfies, and some interesting health programs. While a lot of fun things happened last year, some of these trends should be left there. Here are some of the more interesting frugal health trends that you should probably just run quickly away from while screaming in terror...


1. The Ramen Diet. 

A regular diet for college students everywhere, there was a large movement of middle-aged  women that opted for this diet to save money and lose weight! While it did work for some time, the weight never seemed to stay off as would-be dieters ended up rebounding while engorging themselves on chocolate chip cookies.  Read More »

Savings Secrets: 7 frugal lessons learned from Downton Abbey

By DealPro
at 9:08AM Monday January 6, 2014
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Image: PBS

Did you see the premier of Season 4 of Downtown Abbey? It wasn't but 10 minutes in and I was already boohooing like a big baby. I had visions of the Dos XX man saying, "I don't always cry while watching TV shows, but when I do it's because Downton Abbey is on."

I love this show. There's no other show on TV right now that makes me laugh and cry multiple times all in the same episode. 

And as a bonus, I love the life lessons I can take away from it. In particular, I want to share some frugal lessons we can all take away from the Crawley family. Let's discuss...

1. Be careful and wise with your investments. This can bode true for both financial investments and personal investments. In season 3, we learned that the estate was in jeopardy due to poor business investments on behalf of Robert Crawley. That was a huge lesson that humbled the entire family that was used to having everything handed to them.

2. In times of financial struggle, look around and see what you can sell in order to raise some money. During the tough times, items from the house started to be sold off in order to pay bills.  Read More »

6 New Year's Resolutions that take under a minute to keep

By DealPro
at 10:53AM Wednesday January 1, 2014
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It's been 365 days since we last promised ourselves that we'd drop 30 pounds. Promises made while we were tipsy and toasting with a glass of champagne never seem to go well. 

At this point it's hard to not roll our eyes at the cliched resolutions that start filling up our Facebook feeds. Promises made to get up earlier, lose weight, run every day, and read more didn't really go so well last year, did they? 

But this shouldn't discourage us from making any positive changes in our lives, right? Here are 6 New Year's Resolutions that you can keep, cause they take you less than a minute!

1. Learn something new every day. Instead of taking a minute to comment on someone's cat photo, take that minute to click through and peruse an interesting article or post that came up in your news feed. 

2. Be encouraging to other people. Say something nice or do something nice, but either way encouragement is great! Pass it on.  Read More »

Savings Secrets: 4 financial resolutions to make right now

By DealPro
at 9:22AM Monday December 30, 2013
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With 2014 right around the corner, you're probably already thinking about those resolutions. Do you hit the gym, start eating healthy, keep a better organized home, finally go on that trip, stop eating out, or start growing a garden?

There are so many options and choices to make, but it's important to not get overwhelmed and stay focused.

One of the best things you can do for your future is to make good financial decisions. Here are a four resolutions you can make right now to create a better financial outlook in 2014.

1. File your taxes early.The government shutdown of 2013 has delayed the tax season, which means it could take longer for your refund check to come in. The sooner you file those taxes, the sooner you'll get that check.

2. Open a Roth IRA and start putting in $1 per day, or $365 a year.If you have an interest rate of 7% and put in $365 a year, in 30 years you'll end up with $36,892 after having only put in a total of $10,950 (calculate your savings at BankRate.com). Who says it's too hard to save towards retirement?

Note: It's important to discuss the best type of savings account for your situation with a financial advisor. Read More »

Savings Secrets: Don't let online advertising spoil your gift this year

By DealPro
at 9:38AM Monday December 23, 2013
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Did you shop online for your gifts this year? You'll want to be careful and not let online advertisers spoil your gift-giving this year. Through a type of advertising known as "ad retargeting", items you've recently viewed or bought can show up in your ads on Facebook, Google, and pretty much any other website that you browse in the next few days. 

So if you're sharing your computer with the "giftee," this could mean bad news! Talk about the "ad that stole Christmas!"

But hold on, no need to get all grinchy. There are a couple of ways you can get around this issue. You can do one or all of the following if you like.   Read More »

10 Christmas cookie recipes that are sure to win Santa's favor this year

By DealPro
at 9:27AM Wednesday December 18, 2013
under Money Saving Tips

(photo courtesy of Mission to Save)

So it's almost Christmas Eve and the thought on everyone's minds is, "what cookies should we make for Santa?" Well you don't want to make just any cookies. This is a big decision people.

Your choice of cookie is directly related to what ends up under the tree. Forget the naughty and nice list....we all know that bribery with the perfect cookies is what really works. 

So here are 10 cookie recipes for you. They are all good, but make your selection wisely. If you've been extra naughty this year, your cookies need to be extra special!

1. Nothing says, "forgive me Santa," like some nice holly. Make those cookies in the holly shape and you're good to go! Check out these easy holly cookies

2. Or if you need to take it a step farther with the kissing up, try these mistletoe cookiesRead More »