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Tuesday, March, 27, 2018
Budgeting Tips for a
rom the cost of gym memberships to prepping healthier
meals, living well can be expensive. Before you abandon
your goals for a healthier lifestyle, consider these tips
that show you don’t have to overspend to live a better life.
Plan Your Meals
An impromptu visit to the grocery store inevitably ends up
costing more than a well-planned trip. Get organized by plan-
ning your meals and grocery list ahead of time to help save
money and find ways to use healthy ingredients across mul-
tiple meals. Plus, preparing meals at home helps ensure you
can eat the foods you want, rather than settling for something
because it’s the only sensible option on the menu at a restau-
rant. Another option is taking advantage of the premeasured
portions of healthy meal boxes, which can help you skip the
prep time and avoid wasting unused groceries.
Weigh Your Workout Options
A gym membership may be a tempting investment when
you’re trying to commit to a get-fit regimen, but it’s not always
the smartest move money-wise. If you can discipline yourself
to use it, investing in at-home equipment may be a better long-term buy. There are
also plenty of ways to add exercise at no cost through activities like running, walking
or practicing yoga in your living room.
Invest in Rest
Eating better and increasing physical activity are important aspects of a healthy
lifestyle, but so is giving your body a chance to rest. Quality sleep lets your body
and mind heal and rejuvenate from everyday activity, and better sleep is likely to
reduce your stress level while improving your mental function and mood. There’s no
better way to show yourself some love than with a good night’s rest, but according to
research from Mattress Firm, 35 percent of Americans report their sleep quality as
“poor” or “fair.”
When it comes to medical care, office visits can add up. If you just need basic medi-
cal attention such as a checkup, a physical or a remedy for a common illness, a retail
clinic may be a more cost-effective option than a traditional doctor’s office. Many
insurance carriers offer an incentive for retail clinic visits by offering discounted co-
pays, or if you’re paying out of pocket, the retail clinic can be a big money saver.
A healthier lifestyle requires commitment and hard work, but as these tips prove,
creating a better life doesn’t have to mean overhauling your budget.
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Source: Mattress Firm
Additional research shows that 64 percent of people experience improved sleep
quality after investing in a new mattress. As the nation’s largest bedding retailer, Mat-
tress Firm’s purchasing power translates to affordable prices and a wide selection of
mattresses and bedding accessories, which can help you stretch your budget further.
Find more sleep tips and budget-friendly ideas at TheDailyDoze.com.
Reimagine a Creative Breakfast
Better yet, you don’t have to wake up early or spend hours in the kitchen to
have a scrumptious start to your day.
With an easy option like Smithfield Anytime Favorites Ham, the work is done
for you so you’re well on your way to a wholesome breakfast in minutes. This
Ham and Blueberry Toast can be the fresh take your morning needs.
For more creative and filling breakfast ideas, visit Smithfield.com.
Ham and Blueberry Toast
cup cream cheese
cup blueberries, divided
slices sourdough bread
cup Smithfield Anytime Favorites Hickory Smoked 8-ounce Bone-
less Ham Steak, cooked and cut into cubes
Mornings for many people start with snoozing, scrubbing and hustling in a rush to
get out the door on time, making it easy to fall into a rut when it comes to breakfast.
From grabbing a cup of coffee or breakfast bar on-the-go to eating the same cereal
every day, your morning meal could benefit from a little imagination.
Break from the mundane and reimagine breakfast for something a little more
creative in the mornings. Upgrade bland breakfast toast with unique toppings and
flavor combinations, like Peanut Butter, Bacon and Banana Toast. The smokiness of
Smithfield bacon pairs perfectly with the sweetness of peanut butter and banana for
a flavor-filled breakfast. Available in a wide variety of flavors and cuts, like Cherry-
wood, Thick Cut and classic Hometown Original, it’s smoked and cured to perfec-
tion so you can incorporate it into breakfast recipes all week long.
In food processor, blend cream cheese and 1/2 cup blueberries until smooth.
Toast bread until brown. Spread with blueberry cream cheese mixture. Top with ham
steak cubes, remaining blueberries, pistachios and microgreens.
Bacon, Peanut Butter and Banana Toast
slices whole-wheat toast
cup peanut butter
cup shelled pistachios
slices Smithfield Cherrywood Bacon, cooked and cut into
Toast bread until brown. Spread with peanut butter.
Cut bananas into thin slices and place on top of peanut butter. Sprin-
kle with pistachios and bacon pieces.