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Winter 2013, Week 3

Sunday, January 27, 2013

  • Health: Prepare healthy meals in advance for busy nights to avoid the cost and nutritional challenges of fast foods. Easy foods to prepare ahead are soups, stews, pasta dishes, and casserole-type meals.
  • Wealth: Try to save 10% of what you earn. Take your gross income and drop the last digit. For example, if you earn $40,000 a year, try to save $4,000.

Monday, January 28, 2013

  • Health: Get protein in meals with small amounts of meat, poultry, and/or fish in soups and stir-fry dishes.
  • Wealth: Calculate the savings needed to reach your financial goals using online financial calculators such as those found on financial publication Web sites or

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

  • Health: Learn to cook inexpensive and healthy meals by reading cookbooks and watching healthy cooking television shows and online videos.
  • Wealth: Save for emergency expenses and an unemployment reserve in a savings account, money market deposit account or money market mutual fund, and/or short-term certificates of deposit (CDs).

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

  • Health: Make water your beverage of choice at meals and avoid beverages that add sugar and calories.
  • Wealth: Save grocery receipts and review them to see how much you can save by shopping more carefully.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • Health: Get enough sleep. In addition to problems related to lack of alertness and concentration, sleep deprivation causes an increase in appetite, often for unhealthy foods
  • Wealth: Make a grocery shopping list and stick to it. Buy only what you need and get in and get out of the store quickly to avoid impulse purchases.

Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Health: Get your Zzzzs. One study found women ate an average of 31grams more fat per day than others when they were sleep-deprived.
  • Wealth: Check your credit report at one of “Big 3” bureaus (Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion) every 4 months using the website.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • Health: Incorporate aerobic exercise into your lifestyle. Examples include walking briskly outdoors or on a treadmill, dancing, and biking.
  • Wealth: PowerPay your way out of debt! Visit to calculate the time and interest saved when the monthly payment amount from repaid debt is added to payments due to remaining creditors.