Spring 2010, Week 4

Sunday, May 2, 2010

  • Health: To boost fiber in your diet, use at least half whole wheat flour in recipes that call for flour.
  • Wealth: Avoid impulse buying. Wait at least a day before making a large (e.g., over $100) purchase.

Monday, May 3, 2010

  • Health: Once a week or more, eat a low-fat meatless meal (e.g., vegetable lasagna).
  • Wealth: Dry clothes on outdoor clothes lines to reduce energy use or laundromat costs.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

  • Health: Check food labels to learn the exact quantity of food that is considered to be 1 serving.
  • Wealth: Save on your electric bill by lowering your water heater temperature to 120 degrees.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

  • Health: Remember that ALL daily activity counts as exercise. This includes taking the stairs instead of the elevator and walking the dog. Making wearing a pedometer a daily habit to track your steps.
  • Wealth: Check newspaper ads for "nearly new" items before making a large purchase.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

  • Health: Stop searching for the "perfect" exercise routine. Walking is free and a great way to get moving. For information about the benefits of walking and a free "virtual" walk, visit the Get Moving, Get Healthy New Jersey Web site at www.getmovinggethealthynj.rutgers.edu.
  • Wealth: Always inquire about available discounts, especially when traveling and paying cash for items.

Friday, May 7, 2010

  • Health: Try to get at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity (exercise) a day. Keep an exercise journal to track your progress and make notes about what you did and how you felt.
  • Wealth: To free up money to save, shorten the time that it takes to repay debt and reallocate debt payments to savings. Print yourself out a debt repayment calendar at www.powerpay.org.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

  • Health: Keep your bones strong with weight-bearing exercises, such as walking, jogging, jumping rope, and step aerobics. Weight-bearing exercises are those that are done when you are standing on your feet.
  • Wealth: Always pay more than the required minimum payment on credit cards. Otherwise, it could take years-even decades- to repay what you owe. Check your credit card statement for information about the cost of interest with minimum payments on your outstanding balance.

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