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15 Ways To Eat Better And Save Money

15 Ways To Eat Better And Save Money

We could all use a few tips to help us eat better and save more money. Read on for some quick tips that are healthy and budget-friendly.

1. Preplan your meals.

If you preplan your meals for a week, or even a month, you will eat healthier and save money. You will make better decisions in a focused fashion, and will not resort to temptation at the end of the day when you’re tired.

Pretend you are an elite athlete. Plan your nutrition accordingly. Eat for your own performance and energy.

2. Construct your food list to avoid food waste.

In the US alone, 40 percent of food purchased goes to waste. This shocking statistic should be a wake-up call when it comes to the financial impacts on the average family’s budget. This percentage could be the difference when it comes to a college education for a child or an emergency fund. So, with that in mind, make the time to plan out uses for your food. Start with what you already have now. Dust off the slow cooker and make soups. Get creative.

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3. Make a bigger batch of main meals and use leftovers for lunch.

There are many weekdays when you simply do not feel like cooking and make poor choices by eating out or ordering in. Double up on those recipes of foods you love to eat and have them ready to thaw in the morning and reheat at night.

4. Take a picture of your fridge and freezer contents shopping with you.

Trust me when I say this works. You won’t waste your money by repurchasing the same items that you forget you already had in the fridge.

5. Buy seasonal.

Buying and eating seasonally means that you are purchasing local or regionally grown foods when they are naturally in season. This means your food is not only cheaper but has more nutrient value, as it does not travel far to make it to your table. This is a win-win for your health and your wallet.

6. Buy less meat.

Eating meat is linked to many health issues, including obesity, cardiovascular issues, and hormonal cancers like breast cancer.

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Meat is also very expensive, so this can free up a good portion of your weekly budget. Replace it with nutrient-dense vegetables that are in season.

7. Use a coupon app.

By planning and restricting yourself to items that are on sale, you will save a lot. However, just because there is a coupon does not make it a necessity for you. Be wise to this and stick to your lists.

8. Host potluck dinners to avoid restaurant bills.

When you eat out, you eat more, consume more sodium and additives, and have a liquid bill that in many cases equals or exceeds your food bill. Potluck dinners are a chance to try and exchange new food ideas and to center the evening around company, without creating additional financial pressures.

9. Drink more water throughout the day.

Next time you want a snack or have the munchies, have a glass of room temperature water instead — you might find that you were just dehydrated.

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10 Eat dinner off a smaller plate.

For some people, this simple task of going from a 9-inch to a 7-inch plate makes it easier to make wiser food choices. This, in turn, propels weight loss and promotes more conscious eating.

11. Make your own beans and pulses from dried varieties.

For the most part, canned foods are laden with sodium and other hidden chemicals. A bag of black beans can create many meals, and the beans can even be frozen — another way to have convenience food on hand.

12. Learn how to make bread this year.

Want a fun science project for the whole family? Make a sourdough starter. You will have delicious and healthy bread and a house that smells divine!

13. Organize your kitchen and pantry better to see what you actually have.

This is life-changing. Rather than repurchasing the same dry foods and spices again and again, you’ll find a treasure trove in your own cabinets.

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14. Use up things that are expiring first before replacing them.

First enact #13. Then take it once step further and organize all the stuff nearing expiry to the front of the cabinets (and get rid of the expired foods, too!).

15. Chew your food more.

Most of us swallow food without savouring it. Chewing food properly helps the body release digestive enzymes in the stomach that help to break down food. This allows it to be more easily converted into energy and helps you feel fuller faster.

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Last Updated on November 19, 2019

20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

Are you usually punctual or late? Do you finish things within the time you stipulate? Do you hand in your reports/work on time? Are you able to accomplish what you want to do before deadlines? Are you a good time manager?

If your answer is “no” to any of the questions above, that means you’re not managing your time as well as you want. Here are 20 time management tips to help you manage time better:

1. Create a Daily Plan

Plan your day before it unfolds. Do it in the morning or even better, the night before you sleep. The plan gives you a good overview of how the day will pan out. That way, you don’t get caught off guard. Your job for the day is to stick to the plan as best as possible.

2. Peg a Time Limit to Each Task

Be clear that you need to finish X task by 10am, Y task by 3pm, and Z item by 5:30pm. This prevents your work from dragging on and eating into time reserved for other activities.

3. Use a Calendar

Having a calendar is the most fundamental step to managing your daily activities. If you use outlook or lotus notes, calendar come as part of your mailing software.

I use it. It’s even better if you can sync your calendar to your mobile phone and other hardwares you use – that way, you can access your schedule no matter where you are. Here’re the 10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track .

Find out more tips about how to use calendar for better time management here: How to Use a Calendar to Create Time and Space

4. Use an Organizer

An organizer helps you to be on top of everything in your life. It’s your central tool to organize information, to-do lists, projects, and other miscellaneous items.

These Top 15 Time Management Apps and Tools can help you organize better, pick one that fits your needs.

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5. Know Your Deadlines

When do you need to finish your tasks? Mark the deadlines out clearly in your calendar and organizer so you know when you need to finish them.

But make sure you don’t make these 10 Common Mistakes When Setting Deadlines.

6. Learn to Say “No”

Don’t take on more than you can handle. For the distractions that come in when you’re doing other things, give a firm no. Or defer it to a later period.

Leo Babauta, the founder of Zen Habits has some great insights on how to say no: The Gentle Art of Saying No

7. Target to Be Early

When you target to be on time, you’ll either be on time or late. Most of the times you’ll be late. However, if you target to be early, you’ll most likely be on time.

For appointments, strive to be early. For your deadlines, submit them earlier than required.

Learn from these tips about how to prepare yourself to be early, instead of just in time.

8. Time Box Your Activities

This means restricting your work to X amount of time. Why time boxing is good for you? Here’re 10 reasons why you should start time-boxing.

You can also read more about how to do time boxing here: #5 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity.

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9. Have a Clock Visibly Placed Before You

Sometimes we are so engrossed in our work that we lose track of time. Having a huge clock in front of you will keep you aware of the time at the moment.

10. Set Reminders 15 Minutes Before

Most calendars have a reminder function. If you have an important meeting to attend, set that alarm 15 minutes before.

You can learn more about how reminders help you remember everything in this article: The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

11. Focus

Are you multi-tasking so much that you’re just not getting anything done? If so, focus on just one key task at one time. Multitasking is bad for you.

Close off all the applications you aren’t using. Close off the tabs in your browser that are taking away your attention. Focus solely on what you’re doing. You’ll be more efficient that way.

Lifehack’s CEO has written a definitive guide on how to focus, learn the tips: How to Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (the Definitive Guide)

12. Block out Distractions

What’s distracting you in your work? Instant messages? Phone ringing? Text messages popping in?

I hardly ever use chat nowadays. The only times when I log on is when I’m not intending to do any work. Otherwise it gets very distracting.

When I’m doing important work, I also switch off my phone. Calls during this time are recorded and I contact them afterward if it’s something important. This helps me concentrate better.

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Find more tips on how to minimize distractions to achieve more in How to Minimize Distraction to Get Things Done

13. Track Your Time Spent

When you start to track your time, you’re more aware of how you spend your time. For example, you can set a simple countdown timer to make sure that you finish a task within a period of time, say 30 minutes or 1 hour. The time pressure can push you to stay focused and work more efficiently.

You can find more time tracking apps here and pick one that works for you.

14. Don’t Fuss About Unimportant Details

You’re never get everything done in exactly the way you want. Trying to do so is being ineffective.

Trying to be perfect does you more harm than good, learn here about how perfectionism kills your productivity and how to ditch the perfectionism mindset.

15. Prioritize

Since you can’t do everything, learn to prioritize the important and let go of the rest.

Apply the 80/20 principle which is a key principle in prioritization. You can also take up this technique to prioritize everything on your plate: How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

16. Delegate

If there are things that can be better done by others or things that are not so important, consider delegating. This takes a load off and you can focus on the important tasks.

When you delegate some of your work, you free up your time and achieve more. Learn about how to effectively delegate works in this guide: How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders)

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17. Batch Similar Tasks Together

For related work, batch them together.

For example, my work can be categorized into these core groups:

  1. writing (articles, my upcoming book)
  2. coaching
  3. workshop development
  4. business development
  5. administrative

I batch all the related tasks together so there’s synergy. If I need to make calls, I allocate a time slot to make all my calls. It really streamlines the process.

18. Eliminate Your Time Wasters

What takes your time away your work? Facebook? Twitter? Email checking? Stop checking them so often.

One thing you can do is make it hard to check them – remove them from your browser quick links / bookmarks and stuff them in a hard to access bookmarks folder. Replace your browser bookmarks with important work-related sites.

While you’ll still checking FB/Twitter no doubt, you’ll find it’s a lower frequency than before.

19. Cut off When You Need To

The number one reason why things overrun is because you don’t cut off when you have to.

Don’t be afraid to intercept in meetings or draw a line to cut-off. Otherwise, there’s never going to be an end and you’ll just eat into the time for later.

20. Leave Buffer Time In-Between

Don’t pack everything closely together. Leave a 5-10 minute buffer time in between each tasks. This helps you wrap up the previous task and start off on the next one.

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