20 Things We Do Everyday That Waste Money

Somedays when I’m walking around and see other people, I notice what I believe to be a waste of money. I don’t mean this to be judgmental. Rather, I am curious about their choices and try to learn from them. Most of the purchases I see are ones that I myself have made a time or two, but have since found that, for me, they are wastes of money. Here are 20 choices people make everyday that waste money.

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5 Offensive Foods to Avoid at Work

During a recent hotel stay, I was startled out of bed by a fire alarm blaring above my head. The hotel was evacuated and fire department was there within minutes. All because an employee burned popcorn in the staff break room. That got the other guests and I talking: what are some foods you just shouldn’t eat at work?

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The One-Minute Rule

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Think how often we say “I’ll do it later.”

If there’s something that can be done in one minute or less, do it right away.

  • Putting your clothes in the hamper
  • Replying to a text or email (marking it as read and archiving or deleting it)
  • Reading your mail then filing or tossing it
  • Putting your dishes in the dishwasher
  • Saying hello or asking someone about their day
  • Paying your bills
  • Making the bed
  • Meditating
  • Hugging your kids/spouse/parents before you leave

Tasks such as these might sound simple, but think how often we put them off for some unknown future.

Then we wonder why our inbox has 1,000 messages, there’s mail stacked on the counter, dishes are piled in the sink, and we feel stressed and overwhelmed and alone.

I practice to stop thinking in terms of being “too busy” for something or someone. We’re all busy. We all also have the same number of hours in the day. What separates us is how we choose to use them.

Name one thing that you can do in one minute or less. Do it now without delay.

Healthy, Inexpensive Foods for People Who Don’t Cook

I feel like a fraud. As someone with a weekly food post, you may be surprised that I lack any ability to prepare a meal. While the Food Finances Friday Feature often shares tips on saving money by preparing meals at home, as someone who lacks the skill I’ve been giving a lot of thought to how one can prepare meals for home or work that require little if any preparation. Here are some healthy and inexpensive foods you can eat even if you don’t cook.

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You’re Not a Failure, You Just Need SMARTER Goals

By January 9th, most people have already given up their New Years Resolutions. While you may rank resolutions for improving your finances or health high on your list of importance, chances are they’re not quite as high on your list of motivation. To set ourselves up for success, it’s crucial that we have a plan on how we will reach our goals. You may have heard about SMART goals, but if you really want to implement change, set SMARTER goals.

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10 Healthy Changes That Can Save You Money

Being sick is expensive! If you’re thinking about making changes in your life that will save you money, consider cutting back on unhealthy habits and increasing healthy ones. Here are the 10 leading causes of death in the USA, and 10 healthy changes you can make that will also save you money.

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I Can’t Believe I’m 40! Personal and Financial Goals for 2019

In December 2018, I turned 40 years old. Each year I reevaluate my life and set personal and financial goals. As this is a milestone year for me, I am going out on a limb and sharing my successes and failures with the world. Here are the goals I had for 2018, and new goals for this year. What are your goals for 2019?

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