Saving money is always a compelling topic, but this year, we brought you some interesting and intriguing tips. If you are looking to make some extreme cuts to your spending, Savvy has everything from a controversial savings plan to freegan lifestyle tips to guide you through. We also kept you covered on the best coupon sites, products to keep your groceries fresher for longer, and subtle things you can do to reduce your monthly bills. Click through to see the best money-saving tips from 2011.
Learning that you have an allergy or sensitivity to products containing gluten — anything containing wheat, barley, or rye — can be stressful in and of itself, let alone trying to find the extra funds to support your new diet. If you've given up gluten, you've probably noticed after trips to any health food specialty stores that gluten-free food items are not cheap. Even though it's estimated that one in every 133 Americans is afflicted with celiac disease (that's roughly 2.8 million people), premade gluten-free foods are significantly more money than their gluten-filled counterparts. Which is why I've come up with some tips for how to live gluten-free without breaking the bank.
- Buy the Basics: Rather than get caught up with all of the shiny, expensive new gluten-free items your local grocery store has started stocking its shelves with, stick to the basics. Vegetables, fruits, fish, meats, brown rice, potatoes, corn, quinoa, and nuts are all gluten-free, so try getting creative with foods that are gluten-free to begin with.
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With the threat of credit card rates rising and the US dollar at record lows, for many, having the luxury to travel means adhering to a strict budget. If keeping a regular exercise routine is important to you but the extra expense of paying for classes or a gym while traveling is not in your budget, here are a few ways to stay fit when you're away from home without it costing you a thing.
- Borrow Fitness DVDs — Before you leave for your trip, visit the local library. Public libraries keep a wide variety of fitness DVDs, which are perfect for borrowing while traveling. If there isn't a DVD player where you're going, remember to pack your laptop or portable DVD player. I recommend choosing a fitness DVD that incorporates both cardio and strength into a single workout and alternating that with a yoga DVD. If you don't want to borrow DVDs, sites like Exercise TV and Hulu stream free fitness videos.
- No Weights? No Problem! — Get creative and use regular household items in place of weights. Laundry detergent bottles and soup cans are favorites of mine. There are also a ton of strength training moves like squats and lunges that don't require the use of dumbbells. Check out our recommendations for do-anywhere exercises that require no equipment and a hotel room workout video that only requires a towel and phone book to do. If you do own your own fitness equipment, consider packing a resistance band, small dumbbells, or a jump rope.
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Now more than ever, cutting costs is becoming a way of life. I know my drive up to the Napa Valley a few weekends ago cost me a bundle in gas – even though my car is pretty gas friendly – which in turn had me cutting corners the rest of the week to make up for the price of filling the tank. Of course, when it comes to North, I'll spare no expense if he needs something, however these days you may not find me adding a doggie perfume into my virtual shopping cart just for the heck of it. We can all use a crash course in how to cut back our living costs, whether it be due to the economy, because we want to save up for a rainy day, or maybe you're a closet penny pincher who loves finding great deals. Whatever the reason, I have a few simple tips that you can incorporate easily into your daily routine that can help you save some cash on pet costs.
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