Spring 2012, Week 1

Sunday, April 15, 2012

  • Health: Keep cut up vegetables in your refrigerator for quick snacks. Try carrot sticks, green pepper strips, and broccoli or cauliflower pieces. Use a small amount of low-fat salad dressing if using a dip.
  • Wealth: Save when you shop. Take advantage of shopper rewards cards provided by supermarkets, drug stores, and other retailers to access low sale prices.

Monday, April 16, 2012

  • Health: Add vegetables to sandwiches: tomato slices, spinach leaves, lettuce, or cucumber slices.
  • Wealth: Make a "double play" at the supermarket. Combine savings from a store's sale price with a manufacturer's coupon for the same item.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

  • Health: Use shredded vegetables, such as zucchini and carrots, in breads, muffins, and baked goods.
  • Wealth: Make time to clip and use coupons. Spending 15 minutes a week on couponing could save $10 to $20 on food purchases (especially if they are doubled) or $500 to $1,000 a year.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

  • Health: Eat 3 to 5 servings of vegetables every day. Vegetables add nutrients, flavor, and color to meals.
  • Wealth: Get a handle on your finances. Track your spending no matter how it is done: cash, check, debit card, credit card, automatic payment, or ATM withdraw

Thursday, April 19, 2012

  • Health: Eat 2 to 4 servings of fruit per day. Fruits make great low-fat desserts and snacks.
  • Wealth: Automate your finances. Direct deposit your paycheck and save money in tax-deferred employer retirement savings plans (e.g., 401(k) and 403(b) plans).

Friday, April 20, 2012

  • Health: Put fruit in easy to reach places. Have a bowl of fruit on your kitchen counter or table.
  • Wealth: Pay routine periodic expenses (e.g., car loan payments) automatically to save time and postage. Be sure to deduct these expenses in your check register so your current balance is accurate.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

  • Health: Top hot or cold cereal, pancakes, waffles, yogurt, or salad with fruit. Fruits add nutrients, flavor, and color to meals.
  • Wealth: Practice good health habits (e.g., diet and physical activity) to reduce the risk of costly medical expenses. Good health is a form of wealth.

  1. Rutgers
  2. Executive Dean of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  3. School of Environmental and Biological Sciences