Health http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/14/all en-US The High Cost of Cheap Food http://www.wisebread.com/the-high-cost-of-cheap-food <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-high-cost-of-cheap-food" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000040083502_Large.jpg" alt="cheap food has shockingly high costs" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Compared to most Americans, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/my-2016-budget-challenge-finding-food">I spend a lot of money on food</a>, almost $100 per month just for fresh produce. But even my grocery bill pales in comparison to what the rest of the world spends on basic nutrition.</p> <p>Americans spend <em>less </em>money as a percentage of income on food than people of any other country in the world. On average, only <a href="http://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/ag-and-food-statistics-charting-the-essentials/food-prices-and-spending.aspx">6% of our household budget</a> goes to pay for food, compared to the French, who eat through 14% of their income, or the Kenyans, who spend 45% of each paycheck on groceries.</p> <p>But even though it seems like we may be saving money on food compared to the rest of the world, what is the real cost of cheap eats? Let's find out.</p> <h2>It Costs Tax Payers 20 Billion Dollars Per Year</h2> <p>Although fresh produce is out of the budget range of many Americans, the sick irony is that food, especially packaged food, is cheaper in the United States than pretty much anywhere else in the world. This is because the cost of crops like corn is kept artificially low by the government.</p> <p>Food in the United States wasn't always this cheap, though. In 1960 our <a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2015/03/02/389578089/your-grandparents-spent-more-of-their-money-on-food-than-you-do">grandparents were spending about 17.5%</a> of their income on food. Then, in the 1970s, Earl Butz, Nixon's Secretary of Agriculture, re-engineered New Deal farm programs that were meant to stabilize the food supply, into a support system for the factory farming of corn and soy.</p> <p>Starting in 1971, crops like corn, soy, and wheat started getting heavily subsidized &mdash; to the tune of 20 billion dollars a year. What this means is that corn farmers can make more money from their government subsidy than they do by actually selling corn. Of course, since farmers have such a wonderful incentive to grow corn, they grow lots and lots of it.</p> <h2>We Pay for Cheap Food Twice</h2> <p>So how do farmers dispose of their artificially cheap product, paid for, in part, by taxpayer dollars? By selling it to food manufacturers as filler, preservatives, and binding agents. Surprise! All those mystery ingredients listed on food packages like citric acid, fructose, sorbitol, dextrose, lactic acid, MSG, malt, and diglycerides are all corn byproducts. And, each of these non-food ingredients contains calories.</p> <h2>We End Up Spending More Money on Health Care</h2> <p>Documentary films like <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B017JLWVPY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B017JLWVPY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=SRYAPRKLX6ILCMPD">Super Size Me</a> and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002VRZEYM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B002VRZEYM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=ILATPAZ6BC255M5L">Food Inc.</a> have spotlighted the health consequences of cheap food, especially on America's poor. But obesity, heart disease, and diabetes are not the only health problems linked to fast food. A Harvard Medical School study also found that <a href="http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/think-fast-when-kids-want-fast-food-201301315846">children who eat fast food</a> three times a week had increased risks of asthma and eczema.</p> <p>U.S. farmers actually produce the equivalent of <a href="http://www.usda.gov/factbook/chapter2.htm">3,800 calories per person</a> per day. This is at least <a href="http://www.cnpp.usda.gov/sites/default/files/usda_food_patterns/EstimatedCalorieNeedsPerDayTable.pdf">1,000 calories more per day</a> than is recommended for people who are moderately active. So is it any wonder that Americans are fat?</p> <h2>It Causes Poverty and Hunger</h2> <p>As a result of NAFTA, Mexico has been flooded with cheap, government subsidized corn from the United States. Mexico, which is the birthplace of corn, now imports a third of its corn from America.</p> <p>There are some huge problems with other nations becoming dependent on subsidized American crops. First, Mexican corn farmers who were unable to compete against the artificially low cost of imported U.S. corn were forced out of business. Obviously, when farmers lose their farms, they don't grow food to eat, they don't grow food to sell, and without work, they have no money to buy food. Millions of Mexican farmers lost their jobs due to cheap, imported food. Also, when poor countries become dependent on cheap imported foods, they risk a food crisis when there is a price spike on staple foods. This can lead to widespread hunger, which is what happened in Mexico with corn in 2007 and in the Philippines with rice in 2008.</p> <h2>The Environmental Cost Is Staggering</h2> <p>To quote FDR, &quot;A nation that destroys its soil destroys itself.&quot; Farming is difficult and expensive, so many farmers are forced to max out production or go out of business. This 'go big or go broke' behavior is not financially or environmentally sustainable. Monoculture farming, although extremely efficient, burns through resources like water and topsoil. Commercial agriculture is currently <a href="http://modernfarmer.com/2015/07/ogallala-aquifer-depletion/">draining groundwater</a> in the Midwest about eight times faster than rain is putting it back in. This could lead to a second Dust Bowl.</p> <h2>Animals Pay the Price</h2> <p>If you forced a dog to live in a small box for its entire life, you could be arrested for animal cruelty and your neighbors would treat you like a pariah. What most people don't want to think about is that this kind of torture is the typical experience of <a href="http://www.rollingstone.com/feature/belly-beast-meat-factory-farms-animal-activists">factory-farmed chickens, pigs, and cows</a>. Some animals will only see daylight on the day that they are slaughtered. Animal cruelty is the price of cheap meat.</p> <h2>The Working Conditions Are Terrible</h2> <p>Animals aren't the only ones that subsidize low food prices with their bodies. Last year an investigation by The Guardian revealed that much of the <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2014/jun/10/supermarket-prawns-thailand-produced-slave-labour">shrimp that the U.S. imports from Thailand</a> was the work product of slaves. But slave labor doesn't just happen in the Third World. Thousands of farm workers in the United States work in very poor conditions. More than 1,200 people have been rescued from <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/08/26/139972669/the-unsavory-story-of-industrially-grown-tomatoes">agricultural slavery rings in Florida</a> alone.</p> <h2>You Risk Sickness</h2> <p>While Chipotle is blaming its multistate <a href="http://www.eater.com/2016/2/5/10922434/chipotle-e-coli-beef-australia">E. Coli outbreak on Australian beef</a>, it's frankly shocking that this type of mass food poisoning doesn't happen more often.</p> <p>For starters, it is common practice in the United States to <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2013/12/we-feed-cows-chicken-poop">feed cows chicken poop</a>. Also, in order to cut costs, some slaughterhouses have managed to speed up their kill lines by 50%. Not only does this massive increase in volume result in more <a href="http://foodsafety.news21.com/2011/safety/inspection/feces/">food contamination from fecal matter</a>, but also more animal abuse and human rights violations. Stool run-off from factory farming, or Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations in agribusiness parlance, <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1817674/">pollute the water table</a> and create <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/28/AR2010022803978.html?sid=ST2010030100323">dead zones</a> in oceans and rivers.</p> <h2>We're Funding the Zombie Apocalypse</h2> <p>One of modern life's existential horrors is the rise of antibiotic resistant bacteria caused by antibiotic overuse. So, while parents are becoming more selective about dosing their kids for minor illnesses, these same moms and dads are unaware that livestock in the United States &mdash; because the animals are constantly sick from a diet of garbage and from standing in their own waste &mdash; is pumped full of antibiotics. In fact, the FDA has confirmed that <a href="http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2011/02/fda-confirms-80-percent-of-antibiotics-used-in-animal-ag/#.Vx-nJqMrKRt">animal agriculture consumes 80% of all antibiotics</a> used in America. While meat producers argue that they are not breeding superbugs along with their livestock, a team of researchers from the <a href="http://cid.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2011/04/14/cid.cir181.full.pdf">Translational Genomics Research Institute</a> discovered that one in four packages of meat and poultry in the United States contains multidrug resistant staph bacteria.</p> <h2>What Can One Person Do?</h2> <p>Ugh. All of this is terrible. Is it actually possible to eat responsibly without going broke or supporting human trafficking? Here are some things to consider.</p> <h3>1. Don't Waste Food</h3> <p>When food goes to waste, you not only waste money, you waste all the water, fertilizer, and labor that went into growing the food and transporting it to your plate. So, even if you don't know if your food is ethically produced, you don't have to be the weakest link.</p> <h3>2. Eat Healthy on a Budget</h3> <p>Eating a really <a href="http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/3/12/e004277.full?sid=820d6e1a-280e-47a6-b8c5-498bfa4657e3">healthy diet costs $1.50 more per day</a> than eating an unhealthy diet. And $550 per year is a steep cost for many people, but compared to diet-related health costs, this is chump change. Every effort to eat healthy is a reward to your body, so just do as much as you can afford.</p> <p>Luckily, even people on food assistance can eat healthy. Leanne Brown created <a href="https://8b862ca0073972f0472b704e2c0c21d0480f50d3.googledrive.com/host/0Bxd6wdCBD_2tdUdtM0d4WTJmclU/good-and-cheap.pdf">Good and Cheap</a>, a free online cookbook for people living on the SNAP budget of $4 per day for food. The book is beautifully photographed and the recipes are delicious. Brown's recipes encourage flexibility &mdash; because staying on budget means cooking with what's on sale and available. She has made it easy to substitute ingredients and still prepare yummy meals.</p> <h3>3. Eat Less Meat</h3> <p>Livestock accounts for 18% of greenhouse gases. So one simple thing that everyone can do to slow down global warming is to eat less meat. Personally, my husband and I <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/my-2016-budget-challenge-finding-food">save a ton of money</a> by eating lower on the food chain. We are &quot;domestic vegetarians,&quot; who eat meatless, homemade meals during the week.</p> <h3>4. Drink Less Sugar</h3> <p>A recent study of school children in my neighborhood revealed that 40% of their calorie intake came from sugary beverages. (It should come as no surprise that childhood obesity is at epidemic levels in my area.) When this fact was brought to light, a number of families were able to make one healthy dietary change that also saves them hundreds of dollars every year: they started drinking tap water instead of soda.</p> <h3>5. Shop Seasonally</h3> <p>Buy in-season produce. If you see peaches at the grocery store in December, you can pretty much assume that fruit was grown outside of the country. You will pay extra for the shipping costs of your food, and the planet will pay the cost of the transport in the form of more pollution.</p> <p>Also, from a straight-up foodie standpoint, produce that must be transported is bred for shipping, not for flavor, which is why store-bought tomatoes are tasteless. In-season produce, which has been allowed to ripen on the plant or in the field, not only taste better than produce that was picked green, but is more nutritious.</p> <h3>6. Shop Locally</h3> <p>Support your local growers. It costs a lot of money to grow high quality food, sustainably. Even if you cannot afford to buy all your food locally, every little purchase counts, and all that money goes back to your own community. Also, it pays to ask around. I literally get tons of free backyard fruit donated to me every year by neighbors who can't eat through all their backyard produce and don't want it to go to waste. There are ways to find low cost food with a low carbon footprint pretty much everywhere. Just do what you can.</p> <p><em>Are you concerned about the impact of cheap food on the planet? What do you do to eat more responsibly?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/max-wong">Max Wong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-high-cost-of-cheap-food">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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You shouldn't need to spend all of your hard-earned money to become your healthiest self. There are so many ways to exercise on the cheap, or even for free. You don't need a pricey gym membership and a closet full of designer yoga pants. Really, all you need are some comfy clothes, space to move, and determination to keep pushing even when you get tired.</p> <p>Here are our 95 best fitness hacks for getting in great shape without spending any money.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/family-460428563.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-surprising-benefits-of-a-10-minute-walk?ref=fbf">10 Surprising Benefits Of: A 10 Minute Walk</a> &mdash; Don't underestimate the power of a short walk. Choosing to get outside and move &mdash; no matter how fast or slow &mdash; is an excellent way to promote overall health. 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Share with us in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chrissa-hardy">Chrissa Hardy</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-95-best-ways-to-get-fit-for-free">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Recent studies have shown that taking annual vacations and spending more time on the road can reduce heart disease, increase libido, and even lengthen lifespans, in some cases. Here are five ways that travel can be beneficial for your health, with the scientific studies to back them up.</p> <h2>1. It Prevents Dementia and Alzheimer's</h2> <p>The Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, the U.S. Travel Association, and the Global Commission on Aging conducted a study in late 2015 and their findings were staggering. A poll revealed that travel can significantly <a href="http://www.transamericacenter.org/docs/default-source/resources/travel-survey/tcrs2013_sr_travel_and_aging.pdf">reduce the risk of dementia</a> and Alzheimer's Disease, especially in retirees.</p> <p>Travel helps the brain by forcing it to deal with new environments, smells, scents, and sounds. By shocking your brain with new experiences on a regular basis, you can effectively build new synapses. One of the best cerebral exercises is culture shock. By traveling more frequently, you're essentially giving your brain a workout and helping it to build these vital connections on a daily basis.</p> <p>Alzheimer's is known to destroy synapses, but if you have a healthy brain with strong cellular formations and a thick cortex (such as one built by frequent culture shock), the effects of the disease can be minimized or even halted, in some cases.</p> <h2>2. It Can Save Your Heart</h2> <p>According to the results of the same study mentioned above, men who don't take annual vacations are at a 20% greater risk of death from any cause and a 30% higher risk of dying from heart disease. Women were also tested and the outcome showed that women who travel less than once every six years are at a substantially higher risk of heart attack when compared to those who travel twice a year.</p> <p>A second study, known as the Framingham Heart Study, tested women between the ages of 45-64 and asked them how often they traveled. And 20 years later, they followed up with the same women and they found that those who had said they traveled more often were less likely to have heart problems. They also found that <a href="https://www.framinghamheartstudy.org/">travel helped with blood pressure</a> and overall health.</p> <h2>3. It Spurs Your Creativity</h2> <p>Now that we understand how travel can build new synapses in the brain to help reduce the risk of mental disorders like Alzheimer's and dementia, it's no surprise that exercising your brain can also increase your overall mental health, and even help your creativity.</p> <p>Adam Galinsky, a professor at Columbia Business School and the author of numerous studies on the connection between creativity and travel, says that &quot;Foreign experiences increase both cognitive flexibility and depth and integrativeness of thought, the ability to make deep connections between disparate forms.&quot; In other wards, travel helps us recognize connections between things we normally wouldn't connect.</p> <p>His most recent study, conducted in February of 2015, showed that the more countries people have lived and traveled in, the more creative their minds tend to be. Galinsky claims that the effects are not so cut and dry, however.</p> <p>He states that the key to <a href="http://amj.aom.org/content/58/1/195.abstract">mental stimulation through travel</a> is multicultural engagement, immersion, and adaptation. A person who lives in another country and actively engages in the culture will likely enjoy a stronger creative boost than someone who simply travels to lay on a beach.</p> <p>He says: &quot;Going to Cancun for spring break probably won't make a person any more creative, but going to Cancun and living with local fishermen might.&quot;</p> <h2>4. It Helps You Be More Productive</h2> <p>You may think that working through your holidays is actually helping you to get ahead, but studies have shown that the exact opposite is true. People who take less than three holiday days per year, are far less likely to complete their annual goals.</p> <p>According to a study conducted on 971 employees by the U.S. Travel Association in October 2013, Americans who haven't taken all of their holidays tend to have lower productivity, poorer morale, and decreased health.</p> <p>Unfortunately, the same study showed that 34% of employees said that their employer didn't encourage them to take time off and 17% of managers surveyed considered their employees &quot;less dedicated&quot; if they chose to take vacations.</p> <p>This national disconnect is a large part of the reason why hardworking North Americans consider Europeans to be &quot;lazy,&quot; when in fact, their extended holidays probably make them more productive at work.</p> <h2>5. It Reduces Stress and Increases Happiness</h2> <p>We all know that a stressful life can lead to all sorts of health complications. By taking annual vacations, you are more likely to relieve the stress and tension of your day-to-day life, making you feel more rejuvenated after returning to work.</p> <p>The same study conducted by the Global Commission on Aging, the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, and the U.S. Travel Association, showed that nine out of 10 people showed signs of significant stress reduction within just a day or two of being on vacation.</p> <p>Nearly 90% of those people tested also showed signs of having a more positive outlook on life and on the world.</p> <p>Another study conducted by the San Francisco State University revealed that <a href="http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-04/sfsu-cte032814.php">people are actually happier</a> when they spend their money on travel, rather than material possessions. One study showed that even though people thought that a purchase would bring them happiness, most respondents reported that spending money on life experiences actually ended up making them happier than material purchases and was &quot;the better value.&quot;</p> <p>Who doesn't want to be happy and healthy? Travel is the cure to many ailments, not the least of which are naivety and intolerance. By traveling more, you will broaden your mind and open your heart, but you can potentially extend your life and prevent deadly disease, as well. So get out there and explore... It's good for you.</p> <p><em>How has travel improved your life? Share with us in the comments.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nick-wharton">Nick Wharton</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-science-says-travel-is-good-for-your-health">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/healthy-frugal-eating">Healthy, frugal eating</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-new-face-of-poverty-is-fat">The new face of poverty is fat</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/healthy-people-have-these-10-things-in-their-homes-do-you">Healthy People Have These 10 Things in Their Homes — Do You?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/people-who-love-their-bodies-never-do-these-17-things-do-you">People Who Love Their Bodies Never Do These 17 Things — Do You?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-enough-sleep">Get enough sleep</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Travel disease prevention good for you Health healthy living science travel perks wanderlust Thu, 21 Apr 2016 09:01:03 +0000 Nick Wharton 1694625 at http://www.wisebread.com Flashback Friday: The 60 Best Ways to Use Food Other Than Eating It http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-60-best-ways-to-use-food-other-than-eating-it <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/flashback-friday-the-60-best-ways-to-use-food-other-than-eating-it" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_cucumber_eyes_000000765447.jpg" alt="Woman using foods in ways other than eating them" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Eating food might be the best time of anyone's day. And while food is meant to be consumed with thorough chewing wrapped in &quot;ooh&quot;s and &quot;ahh&quot;s, it can also be used for beauty, decor, and home repair. Though you'd probably use a jar of honey as a sweetener over a face mask ingredient any day, it's comforting to know that the contents of your kitchen have the potential to take care of all of your everyday needs.</p> <p>Here are the 60 best food hacks that have nothing to do with eating.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/bowl_of_lemons_000019714803_0.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-to-use-your-food-that-dont-involve-eating?ref=fbf">4 Ways to Use Your Food That Don't Involve Eating</a> &mdash; Aside from keeping your skin and hair all kinds of gorgeous, you can use food as home decor, pesticides, and cleaning products! A little DIY magic can make your fridge's contents go a long way.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-unexpected-home-uses-for-mayonnaise?ref=fbf">10 Unexpected Home Uses for Mayonnaise</a> &mdash; It turns out, mayo is seriously <em>amayozing</em>. Sorry, had to do it. But for real, this beloved condiment kills head lice, fixes cracks in wooden furniture, strengthens fingernails, and beyond. It's all kinds of handy.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/women_wearing_facemasks_000050640308_0.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-diy-beauty-masks-made-from-food?ref=fbf">9 DIY Beauty Masks Made From Food</a> &mdash; Just open the fridge and you'll find a vast array of beauty products! So instead of wasting extra cash on a face mask, just make your own using edible ingredients from your kitchen.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-unexpected-uses-for-peanut-butter?ref=fbf">15 Unexpected Uses for Peanut Butter</a> &mdash; You might be shocked to learn that PB performs better without the J, especially when it's not used for eating. Peanut butter can be used as a leather cleaner, a squeak squasher, and a delicious way to lure pests to their death. Mind = blown.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-to-do-with-your-coffee-beans?ref=fbf">5 Things to Do With Your Coffee Beans</a> &mdash; Of course, your morning cup of joe is sacred. But if you've got any extra coffee beans lying around, put them to good use with these brilliant tricks!</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/honey_000050003532.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-unexpected-uses-for-honey?ref=fbf">7 Unexpected Uses for Honey</a> &mdash; Did you know honey can heal burns? I didn't either! Honey is a wonder product that can do so much more than simply sweeten your tea.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-surprising-and-useful-things-to-do-with-ketchup?ref=fbf">10 Surprising and Useful Things to Do With Ketchup</a> &mdash; Oh, you thought ketchup was just a cheap way to dress up a burger? Think again. This talented condiment can shine copper, fight skunk odor, prevent cancer, and so much more!</p> <p><em>What are your best non-food food hacks? Share with us in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chrissa-hardy">Chrissa Hardy</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-60-best-ways-to-use-food-other-than-eating-it">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-76-best-life-lessons-you-should-learn-by-30">Flashback Friday: The 76 Best Life Lessons You Should Learn by 30</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-95-best-ways-to-get-fit-for-free">Flashback Friday: The 95 Best Ways to Get Fit for Free</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-81-best-tips-for-saving-big-at-the-grocery-store">Flashback Friday: The 81 Best Tips for Saving Big at the Grocery Store</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-119-best-fitness-hacks-for-busy-people">Flashback Friday: The 119 Best Fitness Hacks for Busy People</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/five-more-tips-for-eating-in-restaurants-and-sticking-to-a-budget">Five More Tips For Eating In Restaurants And Sticking To A Budget</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Budgeting Food and Drink budget fbf flashback friday food hacks frugal food Health saving money Fri, 15 Apr 2016 10:00:12 +0000 Chrissa Hardy 1690723 at http://www.wisebread.com Flashback Friday: The 76 Best Life Lessons You Should Learn by 30 http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-76-best-life-lessons-you-should-learn-by-30 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/flashback-friday-the-76-best-life-lessons-you-should-learn-by-30" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_smiling_coffee_000083191027.jpg" alt="Woman learning best life lessons by age 30" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Getting older is scary. You're losing your supple, wrinkle-free glow one day at a time, you're edging closer to retirement and you may or may not have a sufficient amount of money saved, and ultimately, you're running out of time to accomplish your goals. But the flip side of that is with age comes wisdom, and by age 30, you should have a ton of it. Mainly because everyone's 20s are a hot mess of transitions, frightening unknowns, and emotional ups and downs. So once your 20s are behind you, you're ready to live your life like a <em>boss</em>.</p> <p>Here are our 76 best bits of wisdom to become your best self by age 30.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/young_woman_money_000062037450.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-personal-finance-milestones-every-20-and-30-year-old-should-hit?ref=fbf">7 Personal Finance Milestones Every 20 and 30 Year Old Should Hit</a> &mdash; Successfully managing your money is a struggle at every age. But if you can come up with the right strategy by 30, and stick to it, then you'll be living a very sweet life.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-financial-mistakes-you-need-to-stop-making-by-30?ref=fbf">5 Financial Mistakes You Need to Stop Making by 30</a> &mdash; Just as important as learning what to do, is learning what not to do. You probably made all of these mistakes in the rough and tumble times in your 20s, but it's time to break these reckless habits by your third decade on Earth.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-to-stop-doing-on-social-media-by-30?ref=fbf">10 Things to Stop Doing on Social Media by 30</a> &mdash; We live in a digital age, in which the way you conduct yourself online is almost as important as the way you conduct yourself in person. So seriously, stop taking drunk, revealing selfies and plastering them all over the web.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/woman_cooking_000057441244.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-life-hacks-you-should-master-by-age-30?ref=fbf">10 Life Hacks You Should Master by Age 30</a> &mdash; From changing a tire to properly wrapping a present, these are the skills you should master by the time you hit the big 3-0. Some are easy, and some are hard, but all will make you a self-sufficient human. And that is priceless.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-life-mistakes-you-need-to-stop-making-by-30?ref=fbf">5 Life Mistakes You Need to Stop Making by 30</a> &mdash; Adulting is not always easy. In fact, most of the time, it's incredibly difficult. But by 30, it's truly time to grow up and stop making irresponsible life choices.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-foods-everybody-should-be-able-to-cook-by-30?ref=fbf">12 Foods Everybody Should Be Able to Cook by 30</a> &mdash; Even if you're not much of a cook, you should be able to throw together a basic and hearty meal for yourself in a pinch. From pasta to pancakes, these are the foods you should really know how to cook by now.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/30-somethings_financial_goals.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-money-goals-all-30-somethings-should-have?ref=fbf">10 Money Goals All 30-Somethings Should Have</a> &mdash; Now that your 20s are officially behind you, it's time to get serious about your financial goals. You've always dreamed of retiring on a beach with cocktails always in hand, yes? Well, now is the time to make that dream come true.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-career-mistakes-to-stop-making-by-30?ref=fbf">8 Career Mistakes to Stop Making by 30</a> &mdash; Decade numero tres is usually around the time people get laser-focused on their career goals. So if you're looking to switch industries, start your own business, or get a promotion, make sure you're always being your best self at work, and stop letting these mistakes slow you down.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-things-successful-30-somethings-do?ref=fbf">9 Things Successful 30-Somethings Do</a> &mdash; Oh you, wanna be a baller? Learn from the best, and adopt these smart habits of successful 30-somethings and you'll be well on your way.</p> <p><em>What are your tips for mastering the game of life by age 30? Share with us in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chrissa-hardy">Chrissa Hardy</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-76-best-life-lessons-you-should-learn-by-30">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-60-best-ways-to-use-food-other-than-eating-it">Flashback Friday: The 60 Best Ways to Use Food Other Than Eating It</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-95-best-ways-to-get-fit-for-free">Flashback Friday: The 95 Best Ways to Get Fit for Free</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-81-best-tips-for-saving-big-at-the-grocery-store">Flashback Friday: The 81 Best Tips for Saving Big at the Grocery Store</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-119-best-fitness-hacks-for-busy-people">Flashback Friday: The 119 Best Fitness Hacks for Busy People</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-99-best-fitness-hacks-of-all-time">Flashback Friday: The 99 Best Fitness Hacks of All Time</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Budgeting Lifestyle budget fbf flashback friday frugal food Health saving money Fri, 08 Apr 2016 10:00:08 +0000 Chrissa Hardy 1686913 at http://www.wisebread.com Flashback Friday: The 81 Best Tips for Saving Big at the Grocery Store http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-81-best-tips-for-saving-big-at-the-grocery-store <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/flashback-friday-the-81-best-tips-for-saving-big-at-the-grocery-store" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_grocery_store_000086102447.jpg" alt="Woman learning tips to save big at the grocery store" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You go to the grocery store. You have a list in hand. Then, you stray from the list for just one item, and somehow you end up bringing home a bunch of food you didn't plan on buying, leaving your grocery budget completely obliterated. This happens to all of us, and it happens often.</p> <p>And no matter how much you plan ahead and try to stay on track, you can easily be lured into extra spending with 10 for $10 deals and delicious deli specials. The problem is that we need food to survive, so buying additional snacks and meals is way easier to justify in your mind than clothes or shoes. You can resist the urge to buy a new pair of shoes you don't need, but you will always need to put food in your belly.</p> <p>So to combat this tricky spending trap, here are the 81 best tips for saving big at the grocery store that we've ever shared.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/woman_fresh_strawberries_000067876803.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-off-season-foods-that-are-destroying-your-grocery-budget?ref=fbf">5 Off-Season Foods That Are Destroying Your Grocery Budget</a> &mdash; You love fresh produce, but do you really need all your favorites 365 days a year? Nope. Stay away from foods that aren't in season and you can protect your food budget.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-6-healthiest-grocery-stores?ref=fbf">The 6 Healthiest Grocery Stores</a> &mdash; These stores are actively trying to ensure you make healthy food choices every time you shop. And sure, you can't guarantee that you'll never make an impulse buy at the register ever again, but wouldn't you rather that impulse buy be something good for you, as opposed to junk food? Me too.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-easy-ways-to-save-on-groceries-in-a-pinch?ref=fbf">5 Easy Ways to Save on Groceries in a Pinch</a> &mdash; You need food but you're low on funds. Now what? Here are five clever ways to get what you need while staying within your means.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/man_confused_groceries_000061844584.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-you-are-sabotaging-your-weekly-grocery-budget?ref=fbf">9 Ways You Are Sabotaging Your Weekly Grocery Budget</a> &mdash; The first step to fixing a problem is acknowledging that there is one, and becoming aware of the triggers that lead to the problem. These are the grocery budget saboteurs that are keeping you from staying on track. Now you know.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-100s-next-month-with-these-10-grocery-shopping-tips?ref=fbf">Save $100s Next Month With These 10 Grocery Shopping Tips</a> &mdash; These tips will take your shopping strategy to the next level, and will help you resist those all-too-tempting food deals that are not on your list and outside of your budget.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-organic-grocery-items-that-arent-worth-it?ref=fbf">10 Organic Grocery Items That Aren't Worth It</a> &mdash; The &quot;organic&quot; label is a popular one to seek when food shopping. But some things don't need to be &quot;organic&quot; to be good for you. Skip these organic items and save big.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/woman_food_shopping_000016896623.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/negotiate-better-prices-on-these-6-grocery-store-buys?ref=fbf">Negotiate Better Prices on These 6 Grocery Store Buys</a> &mdash; Good news! That price tag isn't set in stone. There are several items in your local grocery store that can be negotiated. So get haggling and save some major cash.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-grocery-store-secrets-only-the-pros-know?ref=fbf">10 Grocery Store Secrets Only the Pros Know</a> &mdash; These master hacks will show you how to get the best possible foods for your money, without spending more than need to.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-easy-ways-to-stretch-your-grocery-dollars?ref=fbf">20 Easy Ways to Stretch Your Grocery Dollars</a> &mdash; Just because you don't have a full house doesn't mean you can't do some smart bulk buying. Stretch your grocery bucks as far as they'll go with these easy tricks.</p> <p><em>How do you avoid overspending at the grocery store? Share with us in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chrissa-hardy">Chrissa Hardy</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-81-best-tips-for-saving-big-at-the-grocery-store">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-60-best-ways-to-use-food-other-than-eating-it">Flashback Friday: The 60 Best Ways to Use Food Other Than Eating It</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-76-best-life-lessons-you-should-learn-by-30">Flashback Friday: The 76 Best Life Lessons You Should Learn by 30</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-95-best-ways-to-get-fit-for-free">Flashback Friday: The 95 Best Ways to Get Fit for Free</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-119-best-fitness-hacks-for-busy-people">Flashback Friday: The 119 Best Fitness Hacks for Busy People</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-99-best-fitness-hacks-of-all-time">Flashback Friday: The 99 Best Fitness Hacks of All Time</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Budgeting Food and Drink fbf fitness flashback friday frugal food grocery budget grocery shopping grocery store Health Fri, 01 Apr 2016 10:00:11 +0000 Chrissa Hardy 1683036 at http://www.wisebread.com Flashback Friday: The 119 Best Fitness Hacks for Busy People http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-119-best-fitness-hacks-for-busy-people <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/flashback-friday-the-119-best-fitness-hacks-for-busy-people" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_yoga_mat_000085758495.jpg" alt="Woman learning fitness hacks for busy people" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>&quot;I don't have enough time to work out.&quot; This is an excuse that most of us use to skip a scheduled sweat sesh. While it's true that there just aren't enough hours of the day to accomplish all of our tasks, it is still possible to make time to exercise regularly without shirking other responsibilities. All you need to do is find the right workout &mdash; something that you don't hate doing &mdash; that can also be done in tiny time increments. So instead of trying to set aside an hour each day to get in shape, you can almost certainly justify a handful of five or 10-minute workouts to do throughout the day.</p> <p>Here are our best 119 fitness hacks that require minimal time, and can fit into your normal schedule seamlessly.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/running-in-city-177433722-small.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-to-get-toned-with-as-little-effort-as-humanly-possible?ref=FBF">4 Ways to Get Toned With as Little Effort as Humanly Possible</a> &mdash; Busy bees know that effort takes time, and time is money. These tips make it easy to get cut without cutting any of your daily tasks.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-personal-finance-moves-you-can-make-while-jogging?ref=FBF">8 Personal Finance Moves You Can Make While Jogging</a> &mdash; Multitasking is the key to masterfully managing a hectic schedule. So while you're going for a run, make these important money moves and you'll have less boxes to check on your to-do list!</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-surprising-benefits-of-a-10-minute-walk?ref=FBF">10 Surprising Benefits Of: A 10 Minute Walk</a> &mdash; Don't shrug off the value of a quick stroll around the block. If that's all you have time for, remember that it'll be time well spent.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/family_exercising_000027499027.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-quick-workouts-you-can-do-during-commercial-breaks?ref=FBF">9 Quick Workouts You Can Do During Commercial Breaks</a> &mdash; Your end-of-day TV time is sacred to you, as it should be. This is how you unwind after a crazy day. But there's no reason you can't unwind while also working out! Here are nine quick workouts to do during the commercials.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-simple-ways-to-trick-yourself-into-burning-more-calories?ref=FBF">7 Simple Ways to Trick Yourself Into Burning More Calories</a> &mdash; Sometimes you need to trick yourself into doing things you're never in the mood to do. And for most of us, that includes exercising. And these tricks are brilliant, because it's like you're not even working out at all, while still burning calories.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-easy-back-exercises-that-will-help-eliminate-pain?ref=FBF">10 Easy Back Exercises That Will Help Eliminate Pain</a> &mdash; Nobody has time to be sidelined by back pain! These easy moves will combat tightness or soreness in your back, and keep you in tip top form to continue crushing it.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/fitness_1.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fitness-for-people-who-hate-exercise?ref=FBF">Fitness For People Who Hate Exercise</a> &mdash; Working out sucks, but it's gotta be done if you want to maintain your overall health and live to a ripe old age. So instead of making time for a fitness activity you abhor, give these a try and you'll always find the time.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-easy-ways-to-burn-almost-1000-extra-calories-per-day?ref=FBF">10 Easy Ways to Burn Almost 1000 Extra Calories Per Day</a> &mdash; When it comes to losing weight and becoming your best physical self, working out is only half the battle. These nutrition hacks will help you cut the excess calories, which will ultimately improve your energy and make exercise more fun! Speaking of more fun&hellip;</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-ways-to-make-exercise-more-fun?ref=FBF">50 Ways to Make Exercise More Fun</a> &mdash; You will never find the time &mdash; not even 5-10 minutes &mdash; to workout if you hate your method of fitness. Here's how to make your sweat sesh way more enjoyable.</p> <p><em>What other ways can you get fit on a busy schedule? Share with us in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chrissa-hardy">Chrissa Hardy</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-119-best-fitness-hacks-for-busy-people">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-99-best-fitness-hacks-of-all-time">Flashback Friday: The 99 Best Fitness Hacks of All Time</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-95-best-ways-to-get-fit-for-free">Flashback Friday: The 95 Best Ways to Get Fit for Free</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-76-best-life-lessons-you-should-learn-by-30">Flashback Friday: The 76 Best Life Lessons You Should Learn by 30</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/36-workouts-you-can-do-in-your-living-room-while-its-cold-out">36 Workouts You Can Do in Your Living Room While It&#039;s Cold Out</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-81-best-tips-for-saving-big-at-the-grocery-store">Flashback Friday: The 81 Best Tips for Saving Big at the Grocery Store</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Health and Beauty Lifestyle exercise fbf fitness fitness goals flashback friday frugal fitness Health workouts yoga Fri, 25 Mar 2016 10:00:09 +0000 Chrissa Hardy 1678944 at http://www.wisebread.com Flashback Friday: The 99 Best Fitness Hacks of All Time http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-99-best-fitness-hacks-of-all-time <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/flashback-friday-the-99-best-fitness-hacks-of-all-time" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/women_running_outside_000065820733.jpg" alt="Women learning best fitness hacks of all time" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Working out is hard. Maintaining the motivation to workout consistently is even harder. Sometimes you just aren't in the mood, or you're too tired, or you're out of time. But the key to exercising frequently is to have patience, realistic goals, and the right plan in place. The right plan includes tips, tricks, and hacks to give your bod the best workout in the least amount of time. With these elements, you'll be plum out of excuses to keep you from getting to the gym.</p> <p>Here are the 99 best fitness hacks we've ever shared.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/woman_exercising_000049491904.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tricks-to-avoid-workout-burnout">10 Tricks to Avoid Workout Burnout</a> &mdash; Workout burnout happens often when we've lost ourselves in our fitness goals, and exercise way too often in a short amount of time. There's only so much your body is capable of doing in a day, especially considering your other responsibilities like work, kids, and school. But here's how to prevent that burnout from ever even occurring, and keep you on the path to fitness success.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-quick-workouts-you-can-do-during-commercial-breaks">9 Quick Workouts You Can Do During Commercial Breaks</a> &mdash; If you have time to watch TV, then you have plenty of time to workout. Sweat it out during commercial breaks with these killer moves.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-simple-ways-to-get-motivated-for-your-workout">7 Simple Ways to Get Motivated for Your Workout</a> &mdash; When you need to jumpstart your fitness motivation, here's how to do it, and do it right.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/hiking-489644177-small.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-7-exercises-are-scientifically-proven-to-increase-happiness">These 7 Exercises Are Scientifically Proven to Increase Happiness</a> &mdash; You want to be happier, and you want to work out more. These are two goals pretty much everyone has, so why not kill two birds with one stone and do these joy-inducing exercises?</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-work-out-when-its-hot-outside">5 Ways to Work Out When It's Hot Outside</a> &mdash; There's nothing worse than sweating before you even begin your workout. So when the temperatures rise, here's how you can get a good workout without getting stuck in the heat.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/36-workouts-you-can-do-in-your-living-room-while-its-cold-out">36 Workouts You Can Do in Your Living Room While It's Cold Out</a> &mdash; It's also hard to find your fitness motivation when the weather outside is stormy and cold. So don't even bother braving the elements during the cold months because you can sufficiently break a sweat in your living room!</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/woman_doing_yoga_000072594381.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-cheap-home-workout-hacks-for-people-with-no-equipment-and-no-room">12 Cheap Home Workout Hacks for People With No Equipment and No Room</a> &mdash; Getting in shape should not require spending thousands of dollars in equipment, supplements, and workout attire. Just throw on some comfy clothes and use your body weight as the only resistance you need.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-tips-for-getting-the-best-morning-workout">7 Tips for Getting the Best Morning Workout</a> &mdash; This is for all you early birds out there. If you rise with the early morning sun, then make the most of that time with a stellar morning sweat sesh!</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-have-a-great-late-night-workout">6 Ways to Have a Great Late-Night Workout</a> &mdash; And for you night owls (of course I haven't forgotten you!) make use of the darkness with these p.m. workout hacks.</p> <p><em>What other workout hacks keep you motivated to move? Share with us in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chrissa-hardy">Chrissa Hardy</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-99-best-fitness-hacks-of-all-time">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-119-best-fitness-hacks-for-busy-people">Flashback Friday: The 119 Best Fitness Hacks for Busy People</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-95-best-ways-to-get-fit-for-free">Flashback Friday: The 95 Best Ways to Get Fit for Free</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-81-best-tips-for-saving-big-at-the-grocery-store">Flashback Friday: The 81 Best Tips for Saving Big at the Grocery Store</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-ultimate-green-workout">The Ultimate &quot;Green&quot; Workout</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-60-best-ways-to-use-food-other-than-eating-it">Flashback Friday: The 60 Best Ways to Use Food Other Than Eating It</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Health and Beauty exercise fbf fitness fitness goals flashback friday frugal fitness Health workouts yoga Fri, 04 Mar 2016 11:00:12 +0000 Chrissa Hardy 1667380 at http://www.wisebread.com 25 Ways to Save on a Shoestring http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-save-on-a-shoestring <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/25-ways-to-save-on-a-shoestring" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_piggy_bank_000064441061.jpg" alt="Woman finding ways to save on a shoestring" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Ask a financial expert how people can save money and you're likely to hear the phrase &quot;pay yourself first.&quot; This means immediately setting aside money, when you earn it, rather than waiting to see if anything is left at the end of the month. With PYF, savings gets top priority in your budget, like rent or a loan payment.</p> <p>What if you don't have money to save? You get creative and find it! Below are 25 tips from my book <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Saving-Shoestring-Expenses-Reduce-Stash/dp/0793111188/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1454020290&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=saving+on+a+shoestring">Saving on a Shoestring</a>.</p> <h2>Savings Strategies</h2> <p>Saving more doesn't have to be complicated or painful, but it does need to be intentional.</p> <h3>1. Automate It</h3> <p>Use an automatic deposit plan such as an employer 401K or 403B plan, mutual fund automatic investment plan, or credit union paycheck deduction to put money into savings before you miss it.</p> <h3>2. Grab Free Money</h3> <p>Take the savings that your employer offers. Some employers match workers' 401K savings twenty-five cents, fifty cents, or even a dollar for every dollar saved. This is &quot;free money&quot; that should not be missed.</p> <h3>3. Up Current Savings</h3> <p>Kick your existing savings up a notch (e.g., from 2% to 3% of pay). The best time to do this is when you receive a raise or a household expense (e.g., loan payment or child care) ends.</p> <h3>4. Bank Your Windfalls</h3> <p>Save all or part of &quot;windfalls&quot; you receive &mdash;&nbsp;retroactive pay, lucrative &quot;side hustles,&quot; prizes, or gifts.</p> <h3>5. Bank Your IRS Refund</h3> <p>Save all or part of your income tax refund. Earmark savings automatically on your tax return by using IRS Form 8888 or save it yourself after your refund arrives.</p> <h3>6. Start &mdash; and Finish &mdash; Savings Challenges</h3> <p>Complete a savings challenge that gradually ramps up savings deposits over time. Try any of these <a href="http://www.slideshare.net/BarbaraONeill/four-savings-challenges-for-new-year-0116">four challenges</a>.</p> <h3>7. Bank Your Pocket Change</h3> <p>Save your pocket change. Throw it into a clear jar (so you can see your savings) and label the jar with a savings goal for added motivation. Ramp up to $1 to $5 a day, plus loose change, for added savings.</p> <h3>8. Build a Budget</h3> <p>Develop a spending plan (budget). Include savings for emergencies and future financial goals as fixed &quot;expenses.&quot; Then automate savings deposits so they don't require ongoing self-control.</p> <h3>9. Keep Making Those Payments</h3> <p>Keep making monthly &quot;payments&quot; for soon-to-be paid-off loans &mdash; to yourself. You're already used to living without this money (e.g., a $280 monthly car loan payment), so put it into savings.</p> <h3>10. Commit Half of Your Raise</h3> <p>Save half of your next pay increase (e.g., raise, bonus, overtime, freelance income, or additional income from changing jobs). Your net pay will still go up and the additional savings will be painless.</p> <h3>11. Save Your Extra Paychecks</h3> <p>Save part of your &quot;extra&quot; paychecks. Workers paid weekly have four months with five paychecks, instead of four, and those paid bi-weekly have two months with three paychecks, instead of two.</p> <h3>12. Bank Supermarket Savings</h3> <p>Save the amount of money you save at the supermarket by using &quot;shopper cards,&quot; sales, and coupons. Your receipt will show how much you saved. If you save $20 a week, that's over $1,000 a year!</p> <h3>13. Snowball or PowerPay Your Debt</h3> <p>PowerPay your way out of debt. Visit <a href="http://www.powerpay.org/">PowerPay</a> to calculate the time and interest savings available from faster debt repayment. As each debt is repaid, remaining debts receive larger payments until all debts are zeroed out. Afterwards, the money that you spent on debt can be saved.</p> <h3>14. Bank on Your Health</h3> <p>Take care of yourself by eating healthy meals and getting adequate physical activity and sleep. The greatest wealth is health, so take care of yourself and protect your ability to earn money and save.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Saving-Shoestring-Expenses-Reduce-Stash/dp/0793111188/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1454020290&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=saving+on+a+shoestring"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/51D9XNCQGJL.jpg" width="318" height="475" alt="" /></a></p> <h2>Expense Reduction Tips</h2> <p>Cutting costs is the quickest way to find more cash to save.</p> <h3>15. Cut 10% From Extras</h3> <p>Adopt the 10 Percent Solution: find ways to cut 10% of current spending for variable expenses such as food, utilities, gifts, entertainment, and transportation.</p> <h3>16. Buy Only the Necessities</h3> <p>&quot;Crash save&quot; by deciding, for a month or two, to buy only absolute necessities and save the difference.</p> <h3>17. Take Aim at Big Expenses</h3> <p>Reduce large expenses such as housing (e.g., refinancing mortgage), income taxes (e.g., tax credits and tax-deferred investments), and insurance (e.g., policy discounts).</p> <h3>18. Brown Bag It</h3> <p>&quot;Brown bag&quot; lunch to work on most days, instead of eating out, and buy packages of soda or bottled water on sale instead of using expensive vending machines.</p> <h3>19. Skip the Boutique</h3> <p>&quot;Step down&quot; when buying clothing, from high-end to moderately priced department stores to discount stores, factory outlets, consignment stores, and thrift shops. The more steps down, the greater the savings.</p> <h3>20. Plug Your Spending Leaks</h3> <p>Add up what you're spending on &quot;little things&quot; such as snacks, coffee, soda, candy, fast food, lottery tickets, magazines, take-out dinners, beverages, and more. If you can &quot;find&quot; $5 per day from reduced spending, that adds up to $1,825 of savings per year and even more with interest.</p> <h3>21. Use Employee Discounts</h3> <p>Take advantage of rebates, discounts, and/or wellness incentive programs provided through your employer. Talk to your boss or human resources office to find out what perks your company offers.</p> <h3>22. Don't Smoke</h3> <p>Quit smoking, or don't start. Assume a pack of cigarettes costs $6. Multiply $6 by 365 days and you could save $2,190 a year, plus interest (not to mention all of the positive health effects!).</p> <h3>23. Cut Home Energy Costs</h3> <p>Save on home energy costs. Check weather stripping and caulking for leaks, upgrade attic insulation, shift energy use during &quot;off-peak&quot; hours, and turn the thermostat down a degree or two.</p> <h3>24. Be Smart About Smartphones</h3> <p>Choose a cell phone plan that best meets your needs (e.g., number of monthly minutes and texts, data usage, number of linked callers) or use low-cost prepaid telephone calling cards as needed.</p> <h3>25. Find Free Entertainment</h3> <p>Seek out free or low-cost community resources such as summer concerts, health fairs, state parks, rabies clinics for pets, and inexpensive adult education classes such as those offered by Cooperative Extension.</p> <p>Even small amounts of savings will grow to significant sums with compound interest over time. When there's a will, there's a way. Consider combining several of the above savings strategies for greater impact. It is also important to have a reason to save. Write down one or more specific financial goals (e.g., a new car in 2019). Having an eventual use for your money in mind will increase your motivation to save.</p> <p><em>How are you saving more and spending less?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dr-barbara-oneill">Dr. Barbara O&#039;Neill</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-save-on-a-shoestring">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-10-most-low-effort-ways-to-save-money-ever">The 10 Most Low Effort Ways to Save Money Ever</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/73-easy-ways-to-save-money-today">73 Easy Ways to Save Money Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-reasons-the-easter-bunny-should-give-money-instead-of-candy">8 Reasons the Easter Bunny Should Give Money Instead of Candy</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-personal-finance-rules-you-should-be-breaking">15 Personal Finance Rules You Should Be Breaking</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-champion-of-savings-over-spending">A champion of savings over spending</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living budgeting Health saving saving strategies spending Mon, 15 Feb 2016 11:00:04 +0000 Dr. Barbara O'Neill 1654795 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Surprising Ways a Houseplant Can Save You Money http://www.wisebread.com/6-surprising-ways-a-houseplant-can-save-you-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-surprising-ways-a-houseplant-can-save-you-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_watering_plant_000015068788.jpg" alt="Woman learning surprising ways a houseplant saves her money" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you have considered adding a houseplant to your home or office decor, you may be surprised to find just how much they can improve your life and even save you money.</p> <p>Experts recommend investing in at least three houseplants &mdash; and up to four plants per person &mdash; to drastically improve your indoor air quality. Bayer recommends <a href="http://www.bayeradvanced.com/articles/5-benefits-of-houseplants">adding one large plant</a> to roughly every 100 square feet of space for maximum benefits.</p> <h2>1. Save Money on Your Electricity</h2> <p>Plants release oxygen and water vapor, which can help boost humidity in the air. This means you won't need to waste money buying a humidifier to improve your indoor air quality. You also won't need to waste electricity running the humidifier when houseplants do the same thing for free.</p> <p>The increase in moisture can also have a cooling effect, too. Adding houseplants during the summer can help you reduce your dependency on air conditioning, which will help further lower your electricity bill.</p> <h2>2. Save Money on Medical Treatment</h2> <p>Houseplants have a plethora of physical, mental, and psychological health benefits. In an 1989 report, NASA studied &quot;<a href="http://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/19930073077.pdf">sick building syndrome</a>&quot; in relation to indoor air pollution, and found that certain plants are actually good for your health. Plants can help with ailments such as headaches, stress, respiratory problems, and even the common cold and cough. In fact, studies have shown that sickness rates throughout an office will fall dramatically once plants are added.</p> <p>They can also help produce more oxygen and clean the air you're breathing, which can further reduce airborne allergens and infections. Some indoor plants, such as the aloe vera plant, can even be applied directly to injuries in order to speed up healing.</p> <p>Researchers have found that adding brightly colored plants to hospital rooms dramatically lifts patients' spirits, which in turn helps to reduce the necessary treatment and recovery time. Patients in hospital rooms with plants have been shown to <a href="http://www.rodalewellness.com/health/plants-and-healing">require less pain medication</a>, experience less fatigue, and have lower blood pressure. One study also found that patients who are tasked with taking care of plants experience a shorter recovery time after medical or surgical procedures. This is called horticulture therapy and can be very effective.</p> <h2>3. Save Money on Allergy Medications</h2> <p>The American Society of Horticultural Science found that Americans spend up to 90% of their time indoors, so indoor air quality is becoming an increasing health concern &mdash; especially when you consider that indoor air can be up to <a href="http://www2.ashs.org/pressrelease/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=1062:common-plants-can-eliminate-indoor-air-pollutants&amp;catid=1:hortscience&amp;Itemid=3">12 times more polluted</a> than outdoor air.</p> <p>Fortunately, indoor plants are scientifically proven to help improve air quality. In fact, according to the NASA study, some plants can help remove indoor air pollutants like formaldehyde and benzene.</p> <p>If you don't take steps to clean the air you're breathing, you may develop allergies. If you already have allergies, an indoor plant can reduce allergens and lessen your dependency on allergy medications. Air filtration systems can be expensive and ineffective. Instead, a houseplant provides an affordable alternative solution that can also complement your home decor. In fact, some suggest exposing your children to plants early in life so that they can begin building a tolerance for common allergens.</p> <h2>4. Save Money on Mood and Energy Enhancers</h2> <p>Houseplants just make you happy. They can increase self-esteem, reduce depression, make you feel more relaxed, and even increase your sense of stability. They have also been shown to improve mood, <a href="http://ellisonchair.tamu.edu/health-and-well-being-benefits-of-plants/#.VNzuCeddVfA">memory, mental capacity, concentration</a>, creativity, and productivity. Plants can also help lower background noise, which can improve your work environment and make any area more enjoyable to inhabit. Why waste money on mood and energy supplements when you can get similar benefits just by adding a plant to your space?</p> <h2>5. Save Money on Sleeping Aids</h2> <p>If you have trouble sleeping, try adding a plant to your room. Plants give off oxygen at night, which can help you breathe better. Houseplants also instill a feeling of calm and relaxation, and will help to keep your stresses and anxiety at bay.</p> <h2>6. Save Money on Indoor Decor</h2> <p>Home and office decor can be pricey. Houseplants, on the other hand, are an affordable, beautiful accent that look great, smell great, and can last for years. They can also mask any unpleasant odors and even hide the smell of smoke. Why bother with an air freshener that contains harmful chemicals when you can clean the air with an indoor plant?</p> <p>Indoor plants can also help improve your business image and instantly put your guests or clients at ease. Studies have also shown that people prefer to be in rooms that have plants in them because they tend to be perceived as cleaner and more expensive.</p> <h2>Choosing Beneficial and Affordable Plants</h2> <p>NASA found that there are certain air-filtering plants that clean the air along with releasing oxygen. Fortunately, most of these beneficial indoor plants are very affordable. Ferns, lilies, orchids, and chrysanthemums will look great in any room, won't cost much, and will continue to improve your indoor air quality all day and night. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-cheap-plants-for-improving-indoor-air-quality?Ref=seealso">The Best Cheap Plants for Improving Indoor Air Quality</a>)</p> <h2>Maintaining Your Plants</h2> <p>In order to get the best usage out of your houseplants, it's important to take care of them properly with routine maintenance. Along with regularly watering them, it is important to keep the leaves clean and dusted.</p> <p>Rubbing the leaves of your plants with castor oil or the inside of a banana peel can revive the shine. Banana peels also work as a natural fertilizer and pesticide. Keep plants away from drafty areas, choose the right container for your plant, and provide them with the right amount of light every day so they can continue to thrive for years to come.</p> <p><em>Do you know of other benefits associated with indoor plants? Please share your thoughts in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-surprising-ways-a-houseplant-can-save-you-money">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-95-best-ways-to-get-fit-for-free">Flashback Friday: The 95 Best Ways to Get Fit for Free</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-60-best-ways-to-use-food-other-than-eating-it">Flashback Friday: The 60 Best Ways to Use Food Other Than Eating It</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-76-best-life-lessons-you-should-learn-by-30">Flashback Friday: The 76 Best Life Lessons You Should Learn by 30</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-green-living-habits-thatll-save-you-every-month">12 Green Living Habits That&#039;ll Save You Every Month</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-cheap-ways-to-make-your-office-look-awesome">12 Cheap Ways to Make Your Office Look Awesome</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Allergies decor Health plants pollution saving money sleep aids Thu, 21 Jan 2016 16:00:08 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1642419 at http://www.wisebread.com 3 Ways Your Commute Is Killing You — And What to Do About It http://www.wisebread.com/3-ways-your-commute-is-killing-you-and-what-to-do-about-it <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/3-ways-your-commute-is-killing-you-and-what-to-do-about-it" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_driving_mad_000082141745.jpg" alt="Woman learning ways her commute is killing her " title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>How many times have you pounded your fist on the dashboard of your car and moaned, &quot;This traffic is killing me!&quot;</p> <p>What if I told you it literally <em>is</em> killing you? Here are all the ways the better part of an hour that you spend driving to work each day is doing you real harm&hellip; and some healthier alternatives that might just save you.</p> <h2>Time in the Car Is Sedentary</h2> <p>People who <a href="http://www.ajpmonline.org/article/S0749-3797%2812%2900167-5/abstract">commute more than 20 miles a day</a> are more likely to have high blood sugar, high cholesterol, depression, and anxiety, according to a study of Texas road warriors. The authors blamed the health consequences on the fact that long drives leave less time for exercise.</p> <h2>The More You Drive, the More You Weigh</h2> <p>Daily <a href="http://www.ajpmonline.org/article/S0749-3797(12)00776-3/abstract">car commuters gained more weight</a> over a four-year period than occasional car commuters, and nearly twice as much as non-car commuters, an Australian study found. Overweight and obesity combined are the <a href="https://www.wvdhhr.org/bph/oehp/obesity/mortality.htm">second-leading cause of preventable death</a> in the United States.</p> <h2>Even on Public Transit, Long Commutes Wear You Out</h2> <p>A survey of <a href="http://www.journalsleep.org/ViewAbstract.aspx?pid=24164">Long Island rail commuters</a> published in the journal Sleep showed that the longer the commute, the less sleep riders got at night. A Swedish study compared folks who drove or <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3226527/">took transit to work</a> to those who biked there; the train riders were more likely to feel stressed and exhausted, miss sleep, and call in sick.</p> <p>Unfortunately, most of us can't just call our bosses and explain that commuting is unhealthy and therefore we can't go to work. Well, we can, but we won't get paid. So here are some more practical ideas for avoiding death by commute.</p> <h2>Consider Travel Time When Home and Job Shopping</h2> <p>Since commute time is a serious health issue, it's worthwhile to make it a priority right up there with the quality of schools and the cost of homes when you're deciding where to live. Whenever my family relocates for work, we start our home search with a local transit map. We pinpoint communities where we could walk or bike to a train or, in our current location, ferry. Where we live now, we are lucky enough to be able to get around <a href="http://carfreemom.com/">without owning a car</a>. Both my spouse and I have turned down job offers that would have forced us to drive long distances.</p> <p>When you account for the impact on health, travel time becomes just as relevant as the pay and benefits offered.</p> <h2>Look Into Bike Commuting</h2> <p>People who <a href="http://www.ajpmonline.org/article/S0749-3797(15)00159-2/abstract">pedal to work tend to get more exercise</a> overall, because it's not as if they sit around more after work once the trip is done, according to a study of Spanish bike commuters. In my experience, many members of our community are unaware that it's possible to bring your bike along on the bus, train, and ferry, making it quite practical to pedal at least part of a long commute. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-road-bikes">The 5 Best Road Bikes</a>)</p> <h2>Ask for Work Flexibility</h2> <p>Even if you can't avoid driving to work, you may be able to change your work hours slightly so that you drive before or after the peak traffic hours. Other professionals have success requesting one or more work-from-home days per week, which can free up time for a jog.</p> <p><em>How do you get to work in the morning? Share with us in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-ways-your-commute-is-killing-you-and-what-to-do-about-it">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-12"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-smart-things-to-do-during-your-commute-even-if-you-drive">10 Smart Things to Do During Your Commute (Even If You Drive!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-make-the-most-of-your-morning-commute">6 Ways to Make the Most of Your Morning Commute</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-know-when-renting-a-moving-truck">What to Know When Renting a Moving Truck</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/do-you-know-how-to-use-a-parking-meter-serious-question">Do you know how to use a parking meter? Serious question.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-being-a-safe-driver-will-save-you-big-money">4 Ways Being a Safe Driver Will Save You Big Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income Cars and Transportation commute drive to work driving Health work commute Fri, 08 Jan 2016 12:00:02 +0000 Carrie Kirby 1634703 at http://www.wisebread.com Avoid These 5 Costly Health Insurance Mistakes http://www.wisebread.com/avoid-these-5-costly-health-insurance-mistakes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/avoid-these-5-costly-health-insurance-mistakes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/money_health_insurance_000014590407.jpg" alt="Learning how to avoid costly health insurance mistakes" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>How little do most consumers think about their health insurance? The 2015 Aflac Workforce Report found that 23% of adults would rather clean their toilets than research their health benefits during their employer&rsquo;s open enrollment period.</p> <p>This is too bad. Not researching their health insurance choices could cost them.</p> <p>&quot;Too many people get their health insurance from their employers and then never research it again,&quot; says Hector de la Torre, executive director of the Transamerica Center for Health Studies. &quot;They don't change their plans even as their lives change. And that can cost them a lot of money. You need to monitor your health insurance over the years. Most people don't think much about their plans until they're making a co-payment or paying a bill.&quot;</p> <p>Here are the five costliest mistakes consumers make when it comes to health insurance. If you want to keep more money in your pocket, you'll be sure to avoid them.</p> <h2>1. Not Living a Healthy Lifestyle</h2> <p>Dr. Sam Ho, chief medical officer with UnitedHealthcare, says that a growing number of employers are offering their employees <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-to-get-cheaper-health-insurance">discounts on health insurance</a> premiums if they pursue healthier lives. Your employer might slash $400 off your annual health care premium if you don't smoke. Others might give you a discount if you lose weight.</p> <p>Ho says this trend isn't going anywhere. A recent study by Fidelity Investments and the National Business Group on Health found that employers will spend an average of $693 per employee on wellness-based incentives in 2015, up from $430 five years ago.</p> <h2>2. Focusing on Premiums Only</h2> <p>Rebecca Palm, chief strategy officer of Boston-based healthcare expense management company CoPatient, says that too many consumers choose the health insurance option that comes with the lowest premium, whether or not it's the best plan for them and their families.</p> <p>For example, an HMO plan might come with lower premiums than a PPO program. But that doesn't mean you'll be happier with the lower-cost HMO option, Palm explained.</p> <p>&quot;Yes, HMO premiums could be lower, but do you prefer your primary care doctor directing traffic for you, or do you want to go the PPO route, where your care is more self-directed?&quot; Palm asked. &quot;With a PPO plan, you won't necessarily need to ask your primary care physician for a referral before you go to see a specialist. If you see a lot of specialists, you might be happier with the PPO choice.&quot;</p> <h2>3. Not Understanding How Their Plan Works</h2> <p>Matthew Owenby, senior vice president with insurance provider Aflac, said that too many consumers never take the time to fully learn how their health insurance plan works.</p> <p>Some consumers don't understand how a plan's co-pay system works until they actually show up at their doctor's office with the stomach flu. Others don't understand how high their deductibles are, or don't realize that when they have health insurance with a deductible of $1,000, that they'll actually need to have that money available before scheduling an expensive medical procedure.</p> <p>&quot;Most people don't spend enough time researching their options before making benefits decisions,&quot; Owenby says. &quot;The reasons for that are broad. Some people think health insurance is too complicated. Often, the enrollment period offered by employers is too short. Other times, people are feeling healthy and they don't consider health insurance to be a priority.&quot;</p> <h2>4. Going to the Emergency Room Too Frequently</h2> <p>Ho said that hospitals are increasingly investing in freestanding clinics to offer patients an alternative option to the emergency room. These options are less expensive &mdash; and offer shorter waiting times, too &mdash; than do traditional emergency rooms, Ho said.</p> <p>And that's just the beginning. Medical providers are increasingly offering telemedicine and online services for routine and preventive care, Ho said. By using these alternatives, consumers can keep their health insurance fees low.</p> <p>&quot;Emergency rooms should be reserved for true emergencies,&quot; Ho says.</p> <h2>5. Never Questioning Their Medical Bills</h2> <p>Palm said that medical providers aren't perfect; they might charge consumers for a service they never provided. But most consumers simply pay their medical bills without ever reviewing them for mistakes, Palm said.</p> <p>&quot;There is a lot of complexity with medical bills,&quot; Palm says. &quot;Consumers don't always understand what they are being billed for. They just assume that the bill is right and pay it right away. We always encourage people to make sure everything is correct on the bill and to wait to pay that bill until they are sure they are being charged correctly.&quot;</p> <p><em>Are you monitoring your health care costs carefully?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dan-rafter">Dan Rafter</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/avoid-these-5-costly-health-insurance-mistakes">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-one-time-short-term-health-insurance-makes-sense">The One Time Short-Term Health Insurance Makes Sense</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/heres-when-you-should-switch-to-your-partners-health-insurance">Here&#039;s When You Should Switch to Your Partner&#039;s Health Insurance</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/is-pet-health-insurance-worth-it">Is Pet Health Insurance Worth It?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ouch-5-ways-to-make-paying-for-the-dentist-less-painful">Ouch! 5 Ways to Make Paying for the Dentist Less Painful</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ive-lived-both-sides-of-the-healthcare-system-this-is-what-ive-learned">I’ve Lived Both Sides of the Healthcare System. This Is What I&#039;ve Learned.</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Insurance copays deductibles Health healthcare medical bills Fri, 30 Oct 2015 09:15:33 +0000 Dan Rafter 1602209 at http://www.wisebread.com 33 Ways to Feel 10 Years Younger http://www.wisebread.com/33-ways-to-feel-10-years-younger <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/33-ways-to-feel-10-years-younger" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/cigna-feel-younger-title.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="142" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Age has a way of sneaking up on us. One minute, you're pulling all-nighters to finish that essay, and the next, you&rsquo;re feeling aches and pains in places you didn&rsquo;t know existed. While there's nothing you can do to halt the passage of time, there are things you can do to feel younger.</p> <h2>1. Eat Breakfast</h2> <p><a href="http://www.webmd.com/diet/many-benefits-breakfast">Eating breakfast</a> gives you more energy for your daily activities, and provides important nutrients that you require throughout the day. Contrary to what you might think, a healthy breakfast &mdash; one with a good balance of whole grains, fats, fiber, and protein &mdash; can also help you to maintain a healthy weight. Set yourself up to make a quick breakfast the night before: chop vegetables for an omelet, keep hard-boiled eggs in the fridge or put out fruit that is quick to grab and go.</p> <h2>2. Take a Walk</h2> <p>You don&rsquo;t have to hit the gym for hours on end to stay active and healthy. &nbsp;Walking is one of the easiest ways to stay active without undue strain on your joints &mdash; a brisk half-hour walk every day will help you stay strong and feel more energized. The impact is even greater if you can manage an hour &mdash; recent studies suggest that <a href="http://www.cancer.org/cancer/news/news/study-shows-walking-an-hour-a-day-achieves-greatest-longevity-benefit">an hour of walking daily optimizes your longevity</a>. If losing weight is your goal, try this <a href="http://www.cigna.com/healthwellness/hw/medical-topics/interactive-tool-tx4394">quick and easy calculator</a> to figure out how many calories you burned during your walk.</p> <h2>3. Protect Your Skin</h2> <p>Your skin is one of the keys to looking and feeling younger. To reduce early aging and prevent skin cancer, it&rsquo;s important to wear sunblock whenever you&rsquo;re outside (yes, even during the winter). Even on cloudy days, up to 80 percent of the sun&rsquo;s UV rays can penetrate your skin, according to the World Health Organization. Make sure to wear protective clothing, such as a long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.</p> <h2>4. Gain Flexibility and Core Strength</h2> <p>No matter your age, improving your flexibility and core strength will make you feel younger and more capable of doing what you used to do. There are gentle forms of yoga and Pilates that are suitable for all ages, or you could see a physiotherapist to work on more serious issues. Don't wait until you can't straighten up to get treatment.</p> <h2>5. Deal With Anxiety</h2> <p>Don't live your life worrying about the future. If you need help dealing with anxiety, consider talking to a therapist. Letting go of things you can't control will help you to enjoy the good things you have now.</p> <p>Try this <a href="http://www.cigna.com/healthwellness/hw/medical-topics/interactive-tool-zu1121">stress level detector tool</a> and see if your anxiety level is reaching unhealthy levels.</p> <h2>6. Switch Up Your Wardrobe</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u4/cigna-feel-younger-wardrobe.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>If your wardrobe is starting to get old, maybe a clothing refresh is in order. You might want to try a &quot;capsule wardrobe&quot; &mdash; purging your wardrobe of things you don't like and keeping a &quot;mini wardrobe&quot; of pieces you truly love. You swap out the items every three months to keep things fresh. Consider donating clothing you no longer wear to Goodwill or the Salvation Army.</p> <h2>7. Super-Charge Your Meals</h2> <p>Chronic inflammation is at the root of many of our modern diseases. Get rid of the processed, inflammatory foods, and start eating meals high in antioxidants and nutrients. For example, eat 4-5 servings a day of colorful fruits and vegetables.</p> <h2>8. Eat More Omega-3 Fats</h2> <p>Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish like salmon and tuna, as well as certain nuts, can help <a href="http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/omega3-fatty-acids">reduce inflammation in your body and lower your risk of developing chronic conditions</a> such as heart disease or cancer. &nbsp;T Omega-3s are essential for your health, so make sure you're eating fatty fish a few times a week, and keep some nuts around for a healthy snack.</p> <h2>9. Cut Down on Your Sugar Intake</h2> <p>Eating sugary foods can cause spikes in your blood sugar and subsequent sugar crashes, leading to fatigue as well as long-term blood sugar problems. Cutting down on your sugar intake can help to regulate your metabolism and maintain a steady energy level throughout the day. Replace sugary foods with nutrient-rich whole foods, like vegetables, fruits, whole grains and meats.</p> <h2>10. Savor Your Meals</h2> <p>Many other cultures take several hours to enjoy a leisurely meal &mdash; and those are the same cultures with lower rates of diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease. Take time to enjoy healthy meals slowly (and make sure the food is tasty!). Not only will you eat more mindfully, but you'll also gain greater enjoyment being present in the moment.</p> <h2>11. Be Proactive About Your Health</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u4/cigna-younger-visiting-doctor.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Take advantage of <a href="http://www.cigna.com/takecontrol">preventive care services</a> offered by your health insurance company. Preventive care goes well beyond getting your annual physical. These services can include vaccines, prenatal care, breast exams, mammograms, high blood pressure and cholesterol screenings, just to name a few. Preventive care may be covered 100 percent by your health plan if you see a doctor in-network.</p> <h2>12. De-Clutter Your Home</h2> <p>Ever noticed how clutter from the past can weigh you down in the present? Give yourself a fresh start by aggressively de-cluttering your home. If you're having trouble letting go, move the items in question into a box in the garage first &mdash; if three months later you haven't touched them, donate them.</p> <h2>13. Get in Tune With Nature</h2> <p>Taking a <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/11-reasons-you-should-go-outside-2014-4">walk out in the park</a> or taking a hike in the woods can have positive effects on your health and wellbeing. A walk in the forest has been shown to decrease stress and reduce your blood pressure. Being outside can also improve your memory and your eyesight, and help you to concentrate better and think more creatively. So go ahead and take a mini-retreat to the park &mdash; it will likely help you perform better in other areas of your life.</p> <h2>14. Practice Good Sleep Hygiene</h2> <p>Make restorative rest a nightly habit. Turn off the screens a couple hours before you head to bed &mdash; the blue light emitted by electronic devices can mess with your body's natural circadian rhythm. Keep work out of the bedroom to keep stress down, and get blinds or blackout curtains to keep your room dark. As I get older, I find that going to bed at the same time every night helps me fall asleep faster &mdash; any later than 11:30, and I'm likely to toss and turn for hours.</p> <h2>15. Take a Nap</h2> <p>You know you're supposed to get 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night, but sometimes it's not possible. A 30-minute nap during the day may snag you some of the benefits a longer sleep would provide. One large study showed that men who napped regularly had a 64 percent <a href="http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/napping-good-for-heart/">lower chance of a heart attack</a> than men who didn't nap.</p> <h2>16. Practice Balancing</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u4/cigna-feel-younger-balance.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Your balance deteriorates as you age, putting you at greater risk of falls and fractures. With practice, however, you can regain the sense of balance you've lost. Even just standing on one leg while you accomplish daily tasks can help. You can also incorporate balance exercises into your workouts.</p> <h2>17. Lift Weights</h2> <p>Strength training can help generate new muscle (muscle which we tend to lose as we age). Stronger muscles will give you better stability, prevent bone density loss, not to mention make you feel young and fit.</p> <h2>18. Stop Smoking</h2> <p>Smoking puts you at risk for a host of health problems, including asthma, lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart disease, stroke, and more. Research shows that on average, <a href="http://www.webmd.com/smoking-cessation/news/20130118/smokers-die-earlier">smokers die 10 years earlier</a> than non-smokers. The good news is that if you quit before the age of 40, you're likely to regain most of those lost years. But even if you're older, it's never too late to quit. In addition, smoking visibly ages you, so if you're interested in looking younger, stopping the habit is a good idea.</p> <p>Need a financial incentive to quit smoking? <a href="http://www.cigna.com/healthwellness/hw/medical-topics/interactive-tool-zu1119">Check out this interactive calculator</a> to see how much money smoking is costing you.</p> <h2>19. Help Someone Else</h2> <p>Volunteer at a food bank, give blood, or otherwise find a way to contribute to others in need, and you may find that you gain a sense of meaning and satisfaction. Living life with purpose can help you to feel more active and can revitalize other areas of your life.</p> <h2>20. Learn Something New</h2> <p>Keep your brain active and in shape by learning something new. Learn a new language, join cooking classes, or take up a new hobby. The new skills you learn, as well as the new relationships you foster, will help you feel youthful and keep your brain healthy for years to come.</p> <h2>21. Socialize With Friends</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u4/cigna-feel-younger-friends.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>It's hard to prioritize spending time with friends, but having an active face-to-face social network is actually vital to your health and happiness. Numerous studies show that <a href="https://bewell.stanford.edu/features/social-ties-good-health">people with extensive &quot;social capital&quot; are happier and less likely to be ill</a>. So give yourself permission to have that coffee date or grab a drink after work with friends!</p> <h2>22. Make the Bed</h2> <p>This might seem like a trivial factor in your life, but making the bed could perk your day up. Having a neat bed makes you more likely to keep your bedroom clean, making it a more restful retreat from the stress of the day. Some people also find that it sets the tone for a productive day.</p> <h2>23. Laugh Often</h2> <p>Some researchers have found that laughter boosts your immune system, improves your circulation, and can even lower your blood sugar. While the results aren't definitive, you can rest assured that <a href="http://www.webmd.com/balance/features/give-your-body-boost-with-laughter?page=2">laughing can only help your health</a>.</p> <h2>24. Travel</h2> <p>Open your mind to new adventures by booking a trip to a new and exciting destination. If you never got to go backpacking when you were young, now's your chance. And don't let jobs and other commitments stand in your way. If you prioritize your time to travel, it will happen. Making connections with a different culture may be one of the best things to refresh your mind and give you a fresh perspective on your daily life. Plus, research shows that <a href="http://www.webmd.com/balance/features/can-money-buy-happiness?page=2">spending money on experiences</a> rather than material possessions can make you happier in the long run.</p> <h2>25. Pamper Yourself</h2> <p>How you feel about your appearance can have a lot to do with your overall self-esteem and confidence. If you feel like you've been in a rut with caring for your looks, try doing something to pamper yourself. Get a new haircut, a facial or a pedicure. Both women and men can benefit from a little pampering.</p> <h2>26. Get a Massage</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u4/cigna-feel-younger-massage.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Those little aches and pains can really make you feel your age. Consider getting a massage from a licensed massage therapist to have all the kinks and knots worked out. You'll be so relaxed afterwards, you might just have the best night's sleep you've had in ages.</p> <h2>27. Act Young Again</h2> <p>Doing one of the activities you loved as a child can make you feel like you're young again. Go for a walk and jump in the leaves, ride a merry-go-round, or go to an old-fashioned ice cream parlor.</p> <h2>28. Make Friends of All Ages</h2> <p>Making friends with younger people can make you feel young again, as they include you in activities you might not necessarily try on your own. And getting to know older people can help you to see how much you still have to learn. Either way, friends of all ages will enrich your life.</p> <h2>29. Surround Yourself With Positivity</h2> <p>Life is too short to spend it being cynical or negative. Surround yourself with positive, encouraging people, and you'll find that the glass is half-full more often. Similarly, carefully curate what kind of entertainment you allow into your mind. Keeping the input positive will also help you to have a more positive attitude.</p> <h2>30. Focus Inward</h2> <p>Meditation and prayer are great ways to de-stress and to ground yourself in the present. Let your anxiety melt away as you focus on your breathing, or on a positive message or mantra. You may also find that exploring religion or spirituality can have a good impact on your health &mdash; studies show that <a href="http://www.webmd.com/balance/features/spirituality-may-help-people-live-longer">people connected to a religious community are healthier</a> and live longer.</p> <h2>31. Do Something Creative</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u4/cigna-feel-younger-painting.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>We all get stuck in mental ruts, so break out of it by doing something creative. You don't have to be artistic to enjoy painting pottery, breaking out your old electric guitar, or playing with some sidewalk chalk. Simply going to an art show can kick-start your creative juices.</p> <h2>32. Get a Free Fitness Coach</h2> <p>There&rsquo;s an app for everything &ndash; including your health. Many health insurance companies offer free fitness tools and apps to help their members set health goals. These tools provide incentives when you reach your goals.</p> <h2>33. Have Some Chocolate</h2> <p>Not that you needed a reason to indulge in some chocolate, but dark chocolate has been shown to help <a href="http://www.webmd.com/diet/20030827/dark-chocolate-is-healthy-chocolate">lower your blood pressure</a>. It also contains a lot of antioxidants, as well as compounds that may stabilize your mood. Remember, only the dark stuff works this way &mdash; milk chocolate or hot cocoa don't have the same effect. And you still need to consume in moderation.</p> <p>You don't have to resign yourself to &quot;feeling your age&quot;! Instead, resolve to take care of your physical and mental health, and enjoy life to the fullest.</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><i>This article is sponsored by Cigna. This article is for educational purposes only and is intended to promote consumer health. It is not intended as financial or medical advice and you should always consult a professional for financial or medical advice.&nbsp;For tips on how to improve your health, visit </i><a href="http://www.cigna.com/knowyourbenefits"><i>www.Cigna.com/knowyourbenefits</i></a><i>.</i></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/camilla-cheung">Camilla Cheung</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/33-ways-to-feel-10-years-younger">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-high-cost-of-cheap-food">The High Cost of Cheap Food</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-science-says-travel-is-good-for-your-health">5 Ways Science Says Travel Is Good for Your Health</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-95-best-ways-to-get-fit-for-free">Flashback Friday: The 95 Best Ways to Get Fit for Free</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/will-a-dental-discount-plan-save-you-money">Will A Dental Discount Plan Save You Money?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/healthy-frugal-eating">Healthy, frugal eating</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Cigna Health younger Mon, 26 Oct 2015 11:15:17 +0000 Camilla Cheung 1599614 at http://www.wisebread.com Science Says You Don't Need a Standing Desk, After All -- You Only Need This http://www.wisebread.com/science-says-you-dont-need-a-standing-desk-after-all-you-only-need-this <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/science-says-you-dont-need-a-standing-desk-after-all-you-only-need-this" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_standing_desk_000068919561.jpg" alt="Woman learning she doesn&#039;t need a standing desk" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You may want to sit down before I tell you this. Really.</p> <p>Remember when everyone was calling sitting &quot;<a href="http://www.cnn.com/2015/01/21/health/sitting-will-kill-you/">the new smoking</a>,&quot; warning that too much <a href="http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=2091327">sitting will kill you</a> even if you exercise, and filling offices with standing desks (including <a href="http://dailysignal.com/2015/10/20/the-insane-amount-the-white-house-is-spending-on-standing-desks/">$700,000 worth at the White House</a>)? (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-attractive-standing-desks-you-can-actually-afford?ref=seealso">11 Attractive Standing Desks You Can Actually Afford</a>)</p> <p>Never mind.</p> <p>After studying thousands of men and women's sitting time at work, in front of the tube, and everywhere else, and following up with them for 16 years, a team of researchers concluded that there is no relationship between how much you sit and &quot;all-cause mortality risk,&quot; aka, dying. In the International Journal of Epidemiology, the researchers <a href="http://ije.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2015/10/09/ije.dyv191.full">urge policymakers</a> to stop focusing on how much time we spend sitting.</p> <p>The scientists acknowledge that they're not totally sure why sitting didn't seem to be killing their research subjects, when <a href="http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=2091327">other studies</a> have called out sedentary behavior as a death risk regardless of physical activity. They posited that since they studied office workers in London, who walk more than average to get from the Tube to work, the subjects may have been protected by their higher-than-average daily exercise.</p> <h2>Standing All Day Hurts</h2> <p>At the same time, many workers who have gone in for the standing desk craze are having <a href="http://www.treehugger.com/interior-design/standing-desk-mania-backlash-begins.html">second thoughts</a>. <a href="http://blog.crew.co/why-i-killed-my-standing-desk/">Mikael Cho quit</a> using his because the fatigue and pain caused by standing all day were interrupting his work flow. <a href="http://ryanwaggoner.com/2011/01/six-weeks-with-a-standing-desk-and-why-theyre-overhyped/">Ryan Waggoner quit</a> because his heels hurt. And nurses, baristas, and retail clerks everywhere said, &quot;Duh.&quot; They already knew that being on your feet all day hurts.</p> <p>&quot;Standing all day is unhealthy,&quot; asserts Cornell University's Human Factors and Ergonomics Research Group, which <a href="http://ergo.human.cornell.edu/CUESitStand.html">recommends eschewing standing desks</a> for sitting desks (aka, desks), and taking frequent breaks.</p> <h2>But You Still Need to Get Up</h2> <p>One thing that everyone agrees is not killing us is moderate exercise. The good news is, you don't need fancy furniture to get that. Whether you work sitting, standing, or sprawled on the couch (telecommuters, I'm looking at you), try these tips to achieve the <a href="http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/04/15/the-right-dose-of-exercise-for-a-longer-life/?_r=0">150 minutes of moderate exercise per week</a> that scientists say is ideal for not dying. That's just 22 minutes a day!</p> <h3>1. Walk Over to Coworkers' Desks Instead of Messaging Them</h3> <p>Since Cornell and others recommend getting up from your desk every 20 minutes, and since face-to-face communications are <a href="http://www.apa.org/monitor/feb06/egos.aspx">less likely to be misunderstood</a>, everyday collaboration is a good way to add a few minutes of exercise each hour.</p> <h3>2. Bike to Work</h3> <p>I don't live in an urban center, but I still use a <a href="http://carfreemom.com/">bicycle instead of a car</a> to get around. Not only does this help me burn calories, but the pretty things I see on my bike rides elevate my mood.</p> <h3>3. Have Aaron Sorkin-Type Meetings</h3> <p>Remember on <em>The West Wing</em>, how every conversation took place while zooming down White House halls? Genius.</p> <h3>4. Have Lunchtime Walking Dates</h3> <p>When I worked in downtown San Francisco, colleagues and I used to power walk to the top of Nob Hill several days a week. It was a workout! If you're not that ambitious, even walking to the corner deli can help you get to 20 minutes.</p> <h3>5. Take Housework Breaks</h3> <p>This one is for those who work from home like I do. After hitting a milestone on a task, I &quot;reward&quot; myself by getting up and throwing in a load of laundry or unloading the dishwasher. Listening to a few minutes of a fun podcast makes the task feel like an actual reward.</p> <h3>6. Start Smoking</h3> <p>Just kidding. Don't start smoking. Seriously, don't. But you might notice that the smokers in your office take more breaks than you do. When you see a coworker go for a smoke break, you go outside, too. They don't deserve more breaks than you do just because of their habit.</p> <h3>7. Try a Fitness Tracker</h3> <p>I must admit that wearing a Fitbit hasn't helped me lose a single pound, which was my goal when I bought one. But tracking my steps and comparing my activity with friends has encouraged me to move around more throughout the day.</p> <p><em>So, will you be keeping your standing desk? And what are you doing to get 20 minutes of moderate exercise a day?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/science-says-you-dont-need-a-standing-desk-after-all-you-only-need-this">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-simple-ways-to-get-more-exercise-without-working-out">6 Simple Ways to Get More Exercise Without Working Out</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/live-long-and-prosper-with-these-15-small-healthy-habits">Live Long and Prosper With These 15 Small Healthy Habits</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-keep-your-desk-from-killing-you">5 Ways to Keep Your Desk From Killing You</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-fun-and-easy-ways-to-add-years-to-your-life">9 Fun and Easy Ways to Add Years to Your Life</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-life-mistakes-you-need-to-stop-making-by-30">5 Life Mistakes You Need to Stop Making by 30</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks fitness Health longevity sedentary sitting standing desk Thu, 22 Oct 2015 09:15:33 +0000 Carrie Kirby 1597722 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Foods Science Says Are Healthier for Your Hair http://www.wisebread.com/10-foods-science-says-are-healthier-for-your-hair <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-foods-science-says-are-healthier-for-your-hair" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/000061294698_0.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Did you know that it's scientifically proven that eating a variety of specific foods can help improve the health and appearance of your hair, while making it grow faster and longer? And in most cases, you can expect to begin seeing results in as little as two weeks.</p> <p>Whether you're recovering from a bad haircut, want long mermaid locks for your wedding, or just want to improve the length or thickness of your hair, make sure to include more of the following foods in your diet.</p> <h2>1. Salmon</h2> <p>Fish and shellfish provide the omega-3 fatty acids, iron, selenium, and vitamins B and D that your hair needs to grow healthy, smooth, shiny, strong, hydrated, and thick. Salmon, sardines, and mackerel are the best sources of this healthy fat, but shrimp and other fish and shellfish are also great options. Omega-3 can support healthy hair growth, so if you aren't getting enough fish in your diet, consider taking an omega-3 supplement.</p> <h2>2. Red Meat</h2> <p>Red meat contains iron and zinc, both of which are essential for hair growth because they can <a href="http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20734150_2,00.html">help hair follicles to grow</a>. Red meat is also a great source of protein, which your hair also needs in order to grow. If you wanted an excuse to eat more steak and lean red meat, now you have it.</p> <h2>3. Lean Protein</h2> <p>Protein is the building block of life, and of your hair. Lean sources of protein, like chicken and turkey, will boost your hair strength, make your hair shinier, and promote cell growth and repair. Turkey is also a great source of iron, while chicken is packed with biotin.</p> <h2>4. Eggs</h2> <p>Eggs are packed with vitamins B and D, biotin, choline, iron, zinc, selenium, and protein, which your hair needs to grow healthy and strong. If you don't get enough eggs in your diet, you can always add them to a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-easy-luxury-hair-treatments-from-your-kitchen">DIY hair mask</a> for an alternative way to benefit from the egg whites and yolks.</p> <h2>5. Dark Leafy Greens</h2> <p>Eating more dark leafy greens, like spinach and kale, will pay off in unbeatable health benefits, weight loss, and hair growth. Spinach has vitamins A and C, iron, folate, beta-carotene, and other nutrients that can battle thin, brittle hair, leaving it soft, smooth, and shiny. It can also help produce sebum, which can prevent your hair from breaking off and leave you with healthier, more moisturized hair and scalp.</p> <h2>6. Greek Yogurt</h2> <p>Greek yogurt is packed with protein, biotin, and calcium. It also has vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), which can help with blood flow to the scalp. Eating more low-fat or nonfat yogurt or greek yogurt will help with hair growth and fight hair thinning and fallout.</p> <h2>7. Walnuts</h2> <p>Nuts like peanuts, pecans, almonds, and cashews will all benefit your health and hair, but walnuts are particularly effective with hair growth. They can strengthen the hair follicles, improve scalp health, and make your hair smoother and shinier. Nuts (and particularly walnuts) are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, biotin, zinc, copper, selenium, vitamin E, and magnesium.</p> <h2>8. Kidney Beans</h2> <p>Iron is essential for hair growth, according to author and nutritionist, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1623360323/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=1623360323&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=XD2SNBCVNQF7RYSZ">Rania Batayneh</a>, and beans are a great source of protein and iron, making them the perfect side item or vegetarian option. Kidney beans are particularly beneficial because they are also packed with zinc and biotin. Beans and soy can also help the body make keratin, which can help build hair.</p> <h2>9. Soybeans or Lentils</h2> <p>Soybeans, quinoa, chickpeas, and lentils are a great source of protein, zinc, biotin, and iron. They make the perfect side dishes or they can be a great meat substitute for vegetarians.</p> <h2>10. Water</h2> <p>Water is the single most important thing for a healthy body and healthy hair growth. It is essential in carrying nutrients and oxygen to the cells and is required if you want to grow healthy, shiny hair. Your hair is the last thing to receive nutrients from the body, so make sure to increase your water intake for maximum results.</p> <h2>Multivitamins and Supplements</h2> <p>Taking a daily multivitamin may help fill in whatever vitamins and nutrients your body may be lacking. Along with your daily multivitamin, you may also want to add the following supplements to your daily routine</p> <ul> <li>Vitamin B</li> <li>Vitamin C</li> <li>Vitamin D</li> <li>Niacin (vitamin B3)</li> <li>Biotin</li> <li>Iron</li> <li>Zinc</li> <li>Copper</li> <li>Folic Acid</li> <li>Saw Palmetto</li> <li>Omega-3</li> </ul> <p>Hair growth supplements are supplements designed to give your body what it needs to allow your hair to grow. These commonly have a combination of the supplements listed above and can be really effective when you want to grow your hair quickly. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-hair-growth-supplements">The 5 Best Hair Growth Supplements</a>)</p> <p><em>Do you know of any other scientifically proven ingredients for hair growth? Please share your thoughts in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-foods-science-says-are-healthier-for-your-hair">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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