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Sunday, April 22, 2012

  • Health: Encourage children to eat fruit by serving it with a dip such as low-fat vanilla yogurt or peanut butter.
  • Wealth: Buy “gently used” items at a fraction of their original cost. Examples include a 2 to 3-year old car with low mileage and consignment shop items (e.g., clothing and infant supplies).

Monday, April 23, 2012

  • Health: Add chopped or mashed fruits to quick breads, muffins, and other baked goods.
  • Wealth: Lower your prescription drug costs. Request generic drugs, if available, and order 90-day supplies by mail instead of getting 30-day supplies at a local pharmacy.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

  • Health: When you have ripe fruit than you are unable to use right away, such as bananas, peel, mash, and freeze them to use in quick breads or muffins later.
  • Wealth: Get plane tickets on sale when you are traveling by air. Look for weekend or mid-week specials and avoid peak dates and times.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

  • Health: Eat healthy sandwiches: lean cuts of meat, extra lettuce and tomato, and whole-wheat bread.
  • Wealth: Save money on your next set of wheels. Buy a “new used” (e.g., 2 to 3 year old) car so its heavy depreciation has already taken place.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

  • Health: Drink no-calorie beverages including water, diet soda, or club soda with fresh lemon or lime.
  • Wealth: Save money on restaurant meals. Use coupons and “early bird specials” and eat an appetizer as a meal or share an entrée.

Friday, April 27, 2012

  • Health: Eat half, save half to reduce calories and save money. When you’re at a restaurant, split an entrée with others or ask the server for a “to-go” box.
  • Wealth: Be phone savvy. Select an adequate cell phone plan for your planned phone usage or use prepaid phone cards as needed.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

  • Health: Be realistic about weight loss. It is sensible to lose 1-2 pounds per week. Don’t expect more.
  • Wealth: Pay bills with online banking or pre-authorized debits from your checking account to save money on postage. Saving 20 stamps per month (@.45) adds up to $9 and $108 per year.