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Winter 2012, Week 1

Sunday, January 15, 2012

  • Health: Eat more veggies. Vegetables, especially bright colored and dark green leafy ones, are loaded with vitamins and antioxidants. They are also high in fiber and very filling.
  • Wealth: Write down what you want to accomplish and when. For example, if your goal is to save $1,000 during the next year to buy a big screen television, write “I will save $1,000 in 12 months.”

Monday, January 16, 2012

  • Health: Eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables daily and at least 6 servings of grain products.
  • Wealth: Remember that small steps matter. If you want to save $1,000 in a year, pay attention to where nickels and dimes go each day. Save $2 per day, plus pocket change, and you can reach this goal.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

  • Health: Drink water instead of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs). Americans drink 50 gallons of soft drinks per person each year. Every 12 ounce can of regular soda contains 10 or more teaspoons of sugar.
  • Wealth: Take stock of your wealth with a net worth statement (a.k.a., balance sheet). It is like a “financial snapshot” that shows the dollar value of what you own (assets) and what you owe (liabilities or debts).

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

  • Health: Avoid skipping meals, especially breakfast, to save time and/or calories. Skipping a meal may actually result in eating more calories throughout the day.
  • Wealth: Don’t burn your money. Quit smoking or don’t start. Assume a pack of cigarettes costs $6. Multiply $6 by 365 and you could save $2,190 a year, plus interest (not to mention positive health effects!).

Thursday, January 19, 2012

  • Health: Replace regular cheese with lower fat cheeses like low-fat cottage cheese or part skim mozzarella.
  • Wealth: Junk the “junk food.” You’ll lose weight (100 calories/day = 10 pounds/year) and pocket the savings. Save $7 a day on “empty calorie” foods and drinks and you’ll have over $2,500 in a year.

Friday, January 20, 2012

  • Health: Choose low-fat margarine to replace butter or stick margarine to reduce saturated fat in your diet.
  • Wealth: Calculate how much will your savings grow to with this helpful calculator: http://bit.ly/gQW677

Saturday, January 21, 2012

  • Health: Be “sodium conscious.” Review the "Nutrition Facts" food label to see how much of a day's recommended sodium intake a serving of food contains.
  • Wealth: Eat less food. Instead of eating 4 cookies a day, eat two. Bring half a meal home from restaurants. Getting “two meals from one” can save hundreds of dollars (and thousands of calories) annually.