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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.