Posted on 4/30/2009 21:52 EST
Headaches are painful enough. Now we learn they hurt the pocketbook too. Ouch. MainStreet.com offers these ideas to ease the strain on your budget.
"Frequent headaches are such a pain. Not only are they agonizing, frequent headaches can also take a chunk out of your budget.
In times when cost savings are more important than ever, finding ways to treat your headaches for less can make a big difference..."
Posted on 4/30/2009 21:49 EST
Save money and your waistline all in one shot. Give up those sweet sugared beverages, says The Sun-Times, and you and your children will be a whole lot healthier. Water anyone?
"Summer is approaching, children will be out of school, and parents can have more control over what their children eat and drink. No longer is childhood (or adult) obesity a joking matter. It is becoming a matter of life or death for individuals, and perhaps even for our country.
I recently read statistics that said 40 percent of Arkansas children are overweight. There are simple solutions to this massive problem. A study published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine concludes that there is a simple and effective way to reduce the excess intake of calories causing childhood overweight and obesity, as well as contributing to cavities and other health problems. No, the solution is not a new drug – it is simply drinking water instead of sugared sweetened beverages (SSBs)..."
on The Sun-Times
Posted on 4/30/2009 18:05 EST
No need to raise your debt level any higher for Mother's Day this year. A few money-saving gift ideas are yours for the taking from ABC11.com.
"If you can believe it, many people might try to break the bank for Mother's Day. The National Retail Federation predicts Americans will spend $123 on gifts this year -- just for Mother's Day. So, no need to start searching for spare change, we found great gifts for $25 or less.
Our first stop is a hot spot known for gourmet bargains Trader Joes in Cary. They have cake, wine, flowers and more, all for $25 or less. They can even pull together a Mother's Day brunch for four people. You get a whole basket with eggs, chicken sausages, chocolate scones, along with a Mother's Day card for just $19.72, plus tax..."
Posted on 4/30/2009 10:09 EST
Forget those pricey condiments and premade timesavers. Preparing an authentic Indian meal for less than $15 is a no brainer -- if you follow these tips from The Washingtonian.
"Monica Bhide studies a row of jars filled with things like fig chutney, tamarind curry and tikka masala sauce. Aditi Spice Depot, an Indian grocery store in Vienna, is packed with these premade foodstuffs that Bhide, a food writer and cooking teacher, calls her "helpers." She often buys the chutneys, spice mixes, sauces, and pickles as time savers and thinks they are perfect for the many home cooks who find the plethora of spices and ingredients typically called for in Indian dishes intimidating.
On this day, however, the only thing that's intimidating Bhide--author of the new cookbook Modern Spice: Inspired Indian Flavors for the Contemporary Kitchen--is her budget. For this Frugal Foodie challenge, she's agreed to cook dinner for four for less than $15--not including standard pantry items such as sugar, flour, and olive oil..."
on The Washingtonian
Posted on 4/30/2009 10:07 EST
Don't unplug that land line just yet. Get assertive and ask your old-fashioned phone company what they can do for you today. Here are some strategy tips from The New York Times.
"LIKE many Americans, you moved into your home or apartment, you set up your phone service, and then you forgot about it.
And like many Americans, you're probably paying too much. A long-distance telephone call that cost 25 cents a minute in the 1980s can now be had for fractions of a penny.
The price of traditional telephone service has plummeted, but have your bills?..."
on The New York Times