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01-05-2016 - 100 Great Ways to Save Money & Peace

Welcome to the New Year!  I trust it will be a productive and profitable year for you -- spiritually, materially, physically, and emotionally.

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100 Great Ways to Save Money - excerpt

Excerpted from "The Simple Dollar" website

  1. Drink more water.

Not only does drinking plenty of water have great health benefits - it has financial benefits, too. Drink a big glass of water before each meal in order to stay fuller longer and ultimately eat less. Not only will you save on the food bill, but you'll also feel better after you become properly hydrated.

Even better, drinking more water - whether in a refillable bottle or at restaurants - means spending less money on beverages like soda, juice, and tea. Remember: Tap water is not only just as clean as bottled water, it's also free.

  1. Avoid convenience foods and fast food.

Instead of eating fast food or just nuking some prepackaged dinner when you get home, try making some simple and healthy replacements that you can take with you. An hour's worth of preparation one weekend can leave you with a ton of cheap and easy dinner and snack options for the following week.

Also consider breaking out the ol' crock pot for some inexpensive meal options that not only save money, but time, too.

  1. For heaven's sake, quit smoking.

If you're still a smoker, you have to know by now that your habit is not only expensive, but potentially deadly as well. If you want to add years to your life and save a boatload of money, the easiest thing to do is to stop smoking altogether. You can quit cold turkey, try some of the many anti-smoking products that are out there, or switch to an electronic cigarette to buy some time. Whichever path you choose, you will be much better off.

  1. Make a quadruple batch of a casserole.

We all know that casseroles are nice, easy dishes to prepare. The next time you make a casserole, make four batches of it and put the other three in the freezer. Then, when you need a quick meal for the family, you can grab one of those ready-made casseroles and just heat it up.

Preparing a few at once allows you to buy the ingredients in bulk, which can mean additional savings. Meanwhile, having several casseroles in the freezer makes it less likely that you'll turn to fast food or junk food when you're in a hurry.

Peace

Even though the Christmas season is over, don't forget the Prince of Peace.   The New Year brings new responsibilities and in some cases new worries and challenges.   Perhaps your credit card bill is looming or your marriage is strained -- take heart! 

John 14:27

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."