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Build Your Dreams…Not Your Debt


Everyone has a dream in life.  Something they want more than anything.

Some want to travel the world.  Others want to be stay at home parents.  Some want to be full time writers or artists.

All very admirable dreams.

But when you are up to your neck in debt, it seems like it is impossible to get off the hamster wheel of work, eat, sleep, repeat.

Everything just seems so overwhelming.  And it is.  It’s impossible to keep track of everything all at once.

That’s why you need small, concrete steps you can do every week to get you headed in the right direction.  All you have to do is make one small change per week.  Just one.  If you do this, in a year you will have taken 52 steps closer to your dreams.

Here’s what you do:

Say for example you like to golf. I know people who golf three times a week or more.  I don’t know how much it costs to play golf but I recently saw an ad for $75 for a round of golf (including golf cart).  The  ad made it sound like it was a fantastic deal.  So let’s say you decide you will forgo one round of golf per week.  That works out to be a savings of $1800.00 in one year!!  And that’s if golf season last six months…you’ll save even more if the golf season is longer.

$1800.00!  From just one small change!

And with my example, you aren’t giving up golf.  You are still playing a lot of golf.  In fact, you are only playing golf one less time per week.

If you need help figuring out how to go about this, I have a free workbook that will demonstrate how to create these small concrete steps.  Just go to the FREE WORKBOOK tab at the top of the page and check it out.

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I recently read that 200,000 more people are added to the earth’s population EVERY DAY!  That is 200,000 more births every day than deaths!

I used to live in a city of 200,000 and the infrastructure and land and resources that were required to support that many people was immense.  It’s staggering to think that a city that size is being added to the population every day.

Just the societal problems alone in that city and that was when everything was working efficiently and there was no disruption in the food supply.

One short term natural disaster that took just a week (flood) and affected one tiny part of the city wreaked havoc on the waste water treatment and the electrical distribution system.  The money and time required to fix it took forever and cost a ton of money and that is in a peaceful society where most everyone is working together for the common good.

200,000 more people per day and they all want to live like the effing Kardashians.  
That kind of growth cannot end well.

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Peace on Earth


We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.

Sir Winston Churchill

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Shopping for Free


Stress is a major contributor to a lot of health problems and one of the biggest stressors these days is worrying about money.  So this website will be showing you ways to have fun without spending a lot (or any) money.

So today we are going shopping.  But we’re not going to the mall.  We are going to the closet.  That’s right you are going to shop through the clothes you already have.

Obviously you loved all your clothes at one point in time.  I’m sure you were beside yourself with joy that you were able to get A,B or C on sale for next to nothing.  So rekindle that love.

Spend ten minutes creating new outfits using the clothes and shoes you already own.  Lots of fun.  Zero money.


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The Perfect Food


Do you want to eat the type of food where you will get all the calories, protein, vitamins and  minerals your body needs without wasting any time on portion control or calorie counting or measuring?  Just eat a plant based diet.  You guessed it,  your mother was right all along.  Eat your vegetables.

Human beings have been scurrying around this planet for millennia and for 99.999% of that time we were munching on plants: fruits and vegetables with only occasional bits of meat from things we could get before they got us.

Our stomachs and digestive systems are used to this diet.  They expect this diet to function properly.  So when we feed it things like junk food and fast food, they rebel.  Big Time.  And you are not going to like the results.

To learn more about a plant based diet watch this two minute video about a documentary called “Forks over Knives”:

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Everyday Exercise


Exercise is always so much easier to accomplish when it is part of your everyday life.  And I found a list of common everyday activities with the equivalent calorie burning potential.  Some of them are quite impressive.

Below is a list of calories burned for doing just ten minutes of each activity.

  • Walking downstairs  78-111
  • Walking upstairs  202-288
  • Preparing a meal  46-65
  • Shoveling snow  89-130
  • Repairing a car  43-59
  • Playing the piano  32-47
  • Caring for babies or toddlers  41-63
  • Gardening  42-59

Isn’t it encouraging to know that people can get quite a lot of exercise just by doing a bunch of chores around the house?

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Ten Minute Upper Body Workout


Exercise is very important to maintain health but I’m as guilty as anyone of letting exercise move down the list of priorities until it disappeared completely from my daily activities.

But no more!  I’m going to start exercising more often!

First up is a ten minute upper body workout.   There are MANY on youtube but this one looked interesting:

(Just to be clear, I’m not endorsing any products associated with this video and I don’t get any money from pointing it out to you.  I just thought it looked interesting so I tried it out.)

I tried this workout without the barbells and it was just as effective simply by using my own body weight as resistance.   I didn’t do “the scarecrow” for very long.   And forget about “the plank”.  That will be one for sometime in the future.  That’s the great thing about exercising at home at your own pace.  You can do the exercises at your own speed.  As long as you feel you are working your muscles without overdoing it, it’s all good.

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Three ways to save time at the grocery store


Grocery shopping is often a source of frustration for people since most see it as just another chore which is more often than not done on a empty stomach (which does turn it into something akin to torture).  Here are three ideas for how to spend less time in the grocery store, before you even leave the house.

  1. Look at what you have in your fridge and pantry and decide what you can use up in the next week of meals.  Who knows you might have all the ingredients you need to make one meal or several meals (as I discovered myself in a previous post).  That way you wouldn’t have to go the grocery store at all.  How’s that for a time saver!
  2. If you do need to go the grocery store, take a minute to decide what meals you are going to make then make a list of the ingredients that you need.  Nothing wastes more time than wandering around a grocery store, trying to think of what to make for dinner and once you decide on that, trying to remember if you have the ingredients you need at home.  Make a list.  Stick to it.
  3. Don’t waste time clipping coupons.  Fruits and vegetables rarely have coupons and they are the healthiest foods you can eat.
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Three ways to have a healthy holiday office party season


Holidays are fast approaching and nothing makes for a “better” time than when you mix alcohol (which is a depressant) with sugar (which makes people irritable and anxious).   And nowhere are those two things consumed in higher quantities than at the office Christmas party.   Combine that with spending even more time with the people you can barely tolerate for eight hours a day and you have a recipe for a Really. Good.  Time.

Okay… I’m being a little bit sarcastic here but we’ve all been to the office parties from hell and for better or for worse they are a corporate institution where you are encouraged to attend and show your team spirit.

Thankfully there are ways to prepare a healthy base before you set out for the holiday party that will make your celebrating much more joyful.

1)      Enjoy a light meal before you head out to the party.  Something like hummus (or black bean salad) will slow the absorption of sugar and alcohol into your system.  Also having a nice, light healthy meal in your stomach means you will be less tempted by sugary treats or eating more dinner that  you should at the party.

2)      Consider a clear coloured booze for your drink of choice.  That way when you finish it, you can fill it up with water and no one will be the wiser.  If that’s not an option, then get a glass of water in addition to the booze and drink more of the water.

3)      Bring a small bag of nuts with you to eat later in the evening if the party is supposed to go to the wee hours.  Same principle as with the hummus, the nuts digest slowly thereby smoothing out any sugar highs or lows from booze or sweet treats.

So there are just three ideas on how to have a happy, healthy office party.  So get out there and show them that you are part of the team!

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Frugally Fun: Film Festival


Well it looks like winter is settling in again for another year.  Heavy sigh.

This calls for another episode of Frugally Fun.  And nothing is better for a miserable, snowstorm filled weekend than a film festival.

These days libraries come well equipped with many different DVDs.  How about a Godfather weekend?  You could couple it with lots of Italian food all weekend.  Or a Star Wars weekend (although I don’t know what kind of food to eat with those movies).  No!  An Indianapolis Jones weekend!

Or you could combine a book and movie weekend.  Read a classic book then watch a movie version of it and see if they even came close.  There are so many versions of Jane Eyre around that would be a good one to try.  Mia Wasikowska does an amazing job as Jane Eyre in the 2011 version and with Michael Fassbender as Mr. Rochester, how can you go wrong?  I’m partial to the 1997 version starring Ciaran Hinds as Mr. Rochester (but then again I’ve liked everything that Ciaran Hinds has ever done).

Although I’ve noticed with all the different versions of Jane Eyre that none of them manage to capture the wonderful ending of the novel.  If you’ve never read the book, I highly recommend it, especially the part from when Jane returns to Mr. Rochester.  It is most wonderful and I’ve never seen it captured on film.

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