Happy Friday everyone! Here are a few articles that might interest you.
I’ve been thinking about writing about this very topic, when hey presto! it appeared on Wise Bread. They have tons of good ideas to help get in shape. A few other suggestions:
- Get a dog … or if you have one, actually walk it. Studies have found that dog-walkers (20 minutes a day) lose an average of 14 pounds in a year. And if you watch pet training shows or read about it, everyonen argues that your dog will be happier and better behaved, too. (If my dogs are calmer as a result … well … we’d better keep walking.)
- Check your gym membership. Mr. Cheap and I joined a gym together. Then he quit going, but we were still paying $67 for the two of us. I finally canceled his membership, and it turned out I was the “auxiliary” member on our membership — so I kept paying the lower “additional member” payment even without him. Now I pay about $25 a month, which is worth it to me for the yoga classes and the opportunity to work out indoors in bad weather.
- Check out fitness videos from the library. Our library has tons of them, filed in the nonfiction DVD section.
Buying a home
If you don’t yet own a home but are ready to take the leap, the timing is perfect in many ways. Prices are low, demand is low, supply is booming. Five Cent Nickel wrote about the tax and mortgage aspects of home buying in this post.
And it’s Valentine’s Day
Every year, I am surprised by Valentine’s Day being such a huge commercial event. I remember hating it when I was a teenager, dreading it when I was single, and now every year I think in befuddlement, “Am I supposed to DO something?”
We get our daughter some Valentine’s candy each year, and we usually give each other a card. This year I have a token gift I found at the thrift store, and I’m thinking about making some truffles for my sweeties. We never do flowers, but if we did, the eco-friendly roses from Costco would be an excellent choice.
If you’re looking for something last-minute, eco-friendly and easy, this post has a few ideas and links to some other resources, too.
Happy Valentine’s Day to you all, and especially any single folks who need an extra hug … or someone to get crabby with.