Money Saving Tips 46-50

Use the 10 second rule. Whenever you are in the grocery store or any store use the 10 second rule. That means if you pick something up to put in your cart look at it and think for 10 seconds and ask yourself why I am buying this? Do I need this? If you really take the time to think then you can save yourself a lot of money. This is a really good rule out there for all you impulse shoppers.

Use visual reminders. Make a giant bar that shows how much debt you have on one end and zero on the other. Then each time you pay down some of your debt fill in your chart. This allows you to keep track of your progress and manage your debt.

Eat a balanced breakfast. By eating a balanced breakfast it allows you to avoid the temptations at work the sugary doughnuts or that vending machine filled with junk food. By eating a well balanced breakfast it also stops you from overindulging at lunch.

Jazz up your leftovers. Don’t throw out leftovers because you think they are just going to be bland and no one will eat it. For example instead of throwing out your leftover chilli take that chilli and use it for spaghetti sauce or use it as a base for sloppy joes.

Brown bag it. Buying lunch at school or work can add up to a lot of money and isn’t necessarily the most healthy. Instead spend that money and buy some stuff to pack for lunches. Yogurts, fresh fruit and vegetables, sandwiches, crackers etc.

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Elisha Cuthbert

Elisha Cuthbert was born in Calgary Alberta in 1982. Her angelic looks led to modeling and it wasn’t long before she was posing for numerous advertisements. Elisha grew up in Montreal and began to take an interest in acting. She first appeared on Are You Afraid of the Dark. Her comfort in front of the camera led her to host Popular Mechanics for Kids. In 1997 she made her first movie debut in Dancing on the Moon. In 1998 she then appeared in Nico the Unicorn, and in 2001 she starred in Lucky Girl. That same year she auditioned for a role on a new TV series 24. The show was an instant success and literally transformed Elisha into a sex symbol overnight. In 2003 she appeared in Love Actually and Old School and it was obvious to everyone she was meant to be a star. In 2004 she made it big with her first starring role on a big time Hollywood motion picture The Girl Next Door. In 2004 she left 24 but still had roles in movies like House of Wax, and Captivity. Elisha is currently dating Dion Phaneuf.

Tasty Chicken Fingers

chicken-fingersServes 8

Ingredients:
6 skinless boneless chicken breast halves cut into 1/2 inch strips
1 egg, beaten
1 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 quart oil for frying

Directions:
Place strips in a large resealable bag. Mix the next 3 ingredients in a bowl pour over chicken and marinade in refrigerator  for 2-4 hours.

In another resealable bag mix together the next 4 ingredients. Take chicken and drain excess buttermilk. Place chicken in flour mixture bag and shake until well coated.

In a large skillet heat oil to 375 F. Carefully place chicken in hot oil. Fry until golden brown and juices run clear. Remove excess oil with paper towels and enjoy.

High Blood Pressure

What is high blood pressure?
High blood pressure is when the blood moves from your arteries at a higher pressure than normal. When high blood pressure can be linked to a certain drug or disease it is often referred to as hypertension. Your blood pressure varies throughout the day depending on certain factors, so it may be necessary to take numerous readings to learn to control your blood pressure.

Understanding the numbers.
You may have watched TV or heard your doctor say BP 120/80. What does that mean? The top number is used to measure systolic pressure which occurs when your heart is squeezing out blood. The bottom (second number) is known as diastolic pressure which is used to measure the pressure when your heart is filling with blood –relaxing between beats.  A normal range for blood pressure is below 120/80. If your pressure is more then 140/90 then you have high blood pressure (this will vary if you are over the age of 65.) 

How do you determine if you have high blood pressure.
When you go to visit your doctor he will place a blood pressure cuff around arm and he will listen to the flow of your blood. Your doctor will measure your pressure on more than one visit to determine if you have high blood pressure.

How often you should have your blood pressure will vary. You should get it checked once every 2 years after you turn 18. If you are on medication for a high blood pressure or have a family history of high blood pressure it will be checked at every visit to ensure your medication is working and that it is under control.

Suffering from high blood pressure can damage blood vessels in the heart early on. Which would make you more susceptible to conditions like heart disease, stroke, and kidney problems.

Typically high blood pressure doesn’t have any symptoms which is why it’s very important to get it checked regularly.

If you suffer from high blood pressure your doctor will get you to change your lifestyle. If that still doesn’t help then you may need to be placed on medication. Lifestyle changes include;
Avoiding Tobacco products
Losing weight if you have a BMI greater then 25
Regular exercise 30-60 minutes 4-7 days a week
Reduction of sodium intake
Reduction of Alcohol
Avoidance of fat and cholesterol
Relaxation exercises
Increasing intake of potassium, calcium, and magnesium

If you are lucky enough the lifestyle changes alone may get rid of your high blood pressure.

Family Guy Quotes 6

Trisha Takanawa: Diane, I am standing outside that Park Barrington Hotel because they don’t allow Asians inside.

Joe: Maybe Peter took the trophy, he wanted it all along.
Peter: I couldn’t have taken in, I was to busy breakin’ into Joe’s garage stealin’ his ladder so I could steal the trophy tonight.
Lois: Peter!
Peter: What? It’s a ladder, he can’t use it. It’s like takin’ a watch off a dead guy.

Stewie (to death): Love your work.

Government Agent: You’re mentally unfit to take care of your children.
Peter: NO!
Chris: NO!
Meg: NO!
Stewie: FINALLY!

Peter: I’m getting an Audi!
Brian: Peter, there’s a “T.” That says “Audit”
Peter: No, Brian, it’s a foreign car, the “T” is silent. Sweet, I’m getting an Audi!

Credit to www.familyguyquotes.com

Crazy Laws 12

In Kansas it is illegal to shoot rabbits from motorboats.

In New York you may only water the lawn if the hose is in your hand.

In Illinois it is illegal for anyone to give lighted cigars to cats, dogs or any other domesticated animals.

In New Mexico females are strictly forbidden to appear unshaven in public.

In Virginia no child may attend school with the smell of wild onions on their breath.

New Releases March 10, 2009

New release listings for Blu-ray and Playstation 3.

Blu-ray

  • Batman: The Motion Picture Anthology (Warner)
  • Battle in Seattle (Screen Media Films)
  • Brokeback Mountain (Universal)
  • Cadillac Records (Sony)
  • Gulliver’s Travels (1939) (Koch Distributing)
  • Let the Right One In (Magnolia)
  • Milk (Universal)
  • Pinocchio (1940) (Walt Disney)
  • Primal Fear (Paramount)
  • Role Models (Universal)
  • Synecdoche, New York (Sony)
  • Transporter 3 (Lionsgate)  

Playstation 3

  • Ski-doo Snowmobile Challenge
  • Trivial Pursuit

Continue reading “New Releases March 10, 2009”

Money Saving Tips 41-45

Instead of buying gifts offer a service. For example your brother and wife are new parents. Instead of buying them a present offer to babysit for a night. Or if you know pet owners offer to take care of their pet while they are on vacation. There are many other ideas you can use but guaranteed people would appreciate the gift of your time then “stuff”.

Volunteer. Instead of spending money joining clubs or classes volunteer your time. This way you can give back to the community and make friends at the same time.

Go generic. It may surprise you how many families really have trouble straying away from brand names but when they do the savings are huge. Instead of buying designer clothes or even name brand groceries buy the generics. Just because it’s generic it doesn’t mean it poor quality.

Switch to term life insurance. By switching to term insurance you can use the different and get yourself out of debt and start saving money. The universal policies are much more expensive and unnecessary.

Avoid shopping for entertainment. There is nothing worse then going shopping and buying everything that you don’t need on impulse. Find other ways to entertain yourself. Take the dog for a walk, play basketball, or visit a friend.

Shoveling Snow Sucks

CROW AGENCY, MT - MARCH 29:  A snow plow clear...
Image by Getty Images via Daylife

Over the past month we have had a ridiculous amount of snow. The roads were terrible the first time around. Waiting for the roads to be cleared was almost as frustrating as dealing with the cold snap. Now it’s not as cold out but we are still dealing with all of the snow. The side of the street we park on is sloped downwards so when it snows or rains it floods our side of the street. We aren’t a major road and we don’t have a  bus route through our neighbourhood which means are streets don’t get cleared or at least they aren’t a priority. Today we spent a good two hours clearing snow off the road so we can pull in and out of the driveway and park along the street. Layers of ice and hardened snow are not easy to break through. I tell you I’ll be feeling the pain and stiffness tomorrow.

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Heidi Montag

Heidi Montag was born in Crested Butte Colorado in 1986. Once out of high school she spent a year in Italy studying fashion. She then moved to San Francisco to attend the Academy of Art. It was here she met Lauren Conrad. They both quit school and moved to Los Angeles to attend the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. Due to her relationship with Lauren, Heidi got a role on a few episodes of Laguna Beach. It was in 2006 that the two landed on the spin off of the show The Hills. From there Heidi got more attention as she dated fellow costar Spencer Pratt and her friendship with Conrad deteriorated. In 2009 Heidi married Spencer Pratt. Later that year the two were seen on I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of here. Using the fame she achieved from being on the Hills Heidi released a music video shot by her husband onto MySpace. Anyone with half a brain dismissed it as nothing more then trash. Heidi plans to perform a hit song off her 2009 album at the 2009 Miss Universe Pageant.