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6 Smart Tips for Eating Healthy on a Super Tight Budget

 

The largest part of the consumer basket consists of food products, which consistently record the highest rise in prices. Sometimes it seems complicated to eat healthy with a limited budget. But healthy food does not have to be expensive. There are ways to better organize your shopping and to spend less money with a few tricks that will maintain your budget level and at the same time allow a healthy diet and the supply of completely organic foods at lower prices. We have prepared for you a few tips that will help you eat  healthy, but that will help you save extra coins.

Plan your meals

When it comes to savings when buying, planning is essential. Take one day a week so you can plan all your meals for the upcoming week. Then, create a shopping list, a list of everything that you actually need. Also, check if you already have something in your refrigerator or pantry. Usually, there can be found a lot of food that can be used, hidden at the bottom somewhere. Plan to purchase only what you know you will use, in order not to end with a bunch of ingredients that will remain unused for a long time.

Follow your own shopping list

When you make a meal plan and make a list, stick for what you have decided to purchase. When you go shopping without a list of pre-planned inventory, it will often lead to unwanted and expensive purchases. As a general rule, you should be looking for the foods primarily in the peripheral parts of the market. There is usually a healthy food because traders use this psychological effect to keep the customers in their store for as long as it is possible. So there is a greater chance that you will fill your carts full of food. The center shops usually contain processed and junk food. If you find yourself in this area, rather check out what is on the highest or lowest shelves instead of those shelves that are at the level of your eyes. The most expensive and bad things are usually placed directly in front of you.

Prepare large quantities of food

Preparing large meals will save you some time and money. The remaining amount of food can be used as a snack, or perhaps as foods which can be prepared with some other dishes, or can be stored in the refrigerator and used as a ready-made meal later. The remains are usually excellent ingredients for stews or as additions to salads. Prepare and pack your own lunch or other meals to go. This is not only cheaper but healthier as well. This requires a bit of planning, but on a monthly basis , you can save a lot of money. This use of food is ideal for those with a small budget.

Buy when you’re satiated

If you go shopping hungry, chances that you will depart from the shopping list and choose foods according to the current feel are high. When you’re hungry, you  are often craving for food that is not good for you or for your wallet. Eat a piece of fruit or some other healthy little snack before you go shopping.

Buy whole foods

Some foods are much cheaper and healthier in a form that is not processed. For example, beans in bulk are cheaper than boiled beans, packaged in cans. Whole grains, like brown rice and oats are also cheaper if you buy it in bulk rather than packaged in flakes. Unprocessed foods are usually sold in larger packs, so  its price is lower. Also, stop buying fast food or junk food. You’ll be surprised how much money you spend per month on soft drinks, a variety of crackers and biscuits, ready meals or other highly processed foods. In addition to the fact that these foods are very bad for your health, they are very expensive.

Buy seasonal products

Local products in season are much cheaper. Local manufacturers almost always produce organic foods. Also, such products are at the peak of maturation and have the highest nutritional value and the finest full flavor. Foods that are not in season often travel halfway around the world to trade, which is not good for your health, even for your budget.

Once again, we have found everything we need in the nature. Eating healthy depends on ourselves mostly and we chose our ways and those ways aren’t always the most expensive ones.

About the author:

Vanessa Davis is a 32-year-old fitness enthusiast, mother of two and content writer at top10mealdeliveryservices.com. She’s originally  from Long Island, New York, and when she isn’t cooking up some new health and fitness article, she enjoys doing yoga and figuring out new, delicious organic recipes for herself and her kids.

 

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Movie Review: Savannah Sunrise

 

Now available on DVD (Walmart), Digital HD and On Demand from Anchor Bay Entertainment is the family friendly comedy Savannah Sunrise.

Savannah Sunrise stars Shawnee Smith and Pamela Reed.

The film has been praised as, “a delightful family-friendly movie filled with both humor and heartwarming moments” by the Parents Television Council. I had also been approved for all ages by Dove.

Joy (Smith) is an extremely busy wife and mother. She is an “efficiency expert” (whatever that is).

Joy’s mother-in-law, Loraine, is moving from the home she’s lived in for most of her life to a retirement community in Georgia.

The “game plan” is for the family to fly to Loraine’s home to help her pack and move. Due to unforeseen circumstances, it turns out that Joy needs to personally driver Loraine to her new home in Loraine’s old car.

As to be expected, the trip does not go smoothly. There are crazy situations along the way including being pulled over for drinking root beer and a baby alligator who decides to hitch a ride with the duo.

Aside from some crazy misadventures, the ladies bond in a way that neither one expected.

Will they make it to the retirement community, or will their adventures take another turn? To find out you need to pick up (or download) the film Savannah Sunrise. 

I am not sure if this film was ever shown on television, but it has a “Hallmark Channel” feel to it (that is not a bad thing!).

As far as acting goes, I was impressed by Pamela Reed. She fit the role perfectly and made me easily fall in love with her character from the moment she appeared on the screen. As for Shawnee Smith, eh, she was just OK. I’ve seen her in a few other film (The Blog, Summer School) and I have never been overly impressed by her acting chops.

The movie’s overall message is the importance of family. I like that one of the main characters (Joy) was a workaholic who often put her job over her family. I can’t tell you how many people I know personally who are like that, sad to say. They think by showering their kids with expensive gifts and vacations makes up for not being around most of the time. It’s sad.

Case in point… It bothers me to see gorgeous mansion sized homes with no life buzzing around it. I wish I would see people in the yard, playing around, barbecuing and enjoying spending time with their families. Instead the people who live in those home are too busy working. Sigh…

I also liked that part of the story line is about how Joy had to transition from being a wife to a widow, and facing life on her own.That is a scary thought for me, personally. It was nice to see how Joy handle it with grace and newfound optimism.

I liked some of the comedic moments, like the scene in the Mexican restaurant and getting pulled over by the Police for “drinking.”

Even though this movie makes you think, it’s done in a lighthearted and fun way.

This film won’t win an Academy Award, but it is fun and entertaining. The whole family can enjoy it, but honestly, I think it’s more geared towards teens and adults.

There are some bonus features (I missed them when I watched the film). They included a behind the scenes look at the film and cast interviews. I do normally watch bonus features, but for some odd reason I didn’t see them when I watched the film (I watched in on my laptop, in case that made a difference?).

Below is the trailer for your enjoyment. PLEASE NOTEit mentions airing on television (it is available for home viewing – it’s not airing on TV anymore). 

 

Kimberly

*I received a free screener copy to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

 

 

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Must have fashions for your vacation getaway

*This is a guest post. The opinions expressed are that of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect my own. 

Memorial weekend is a traditional time to meet with your family for a picnic or barbecue or maybe to do some camping. But is it what you really want? Just think about it – those few days can become a perfect mini-vacation! So, call your best friend, check plane tickets, and get ready for a beach getaway!

Here are some great summer time fashion essentials you might want to consider for your next weekend or summer getaway.

Swimsuit

Of course, you need a swimsuit! You are going to impress everyone with your perfect tan, so grab a nice flattering bikini for your lazy beach time. But make sure that you also have a comfortable one piece swimsuit that is so good for swimming, playing beach volleyball or chilling in a bar.

Beach Clothes
Pareo (beach cover up)

A beach cover up is an absolute must-have for a vacation, but why not try something new (and so much better!) – a beach cardigan. It protects your skin from a sunburn and chilly breeze along with creating a sophisticated resort look.

Cardigans
Shorts

You are not going to spend every minute on the beach. You care going to want to go exploring the area or maybe go on a souvenir hunt. You’ll need some cute shorts to wear around town.

Shorts
Flats

Your feet need to rest – so flats are the best option for vacationing.

Flats
A few light weight tops

So versatile, so comfy and so flattering – the best way to instantly create summer mood!

Tops
A dress

A light, beautiful, bright dress is something you surely want to have in your suitcase – so great for taking walks on a pier or checking local cafes.

Heels

Even if you are absolutely not planning to be on public, that’s something you need just in case – you never know what kind of surprises are waiting for you!

Heels
Earrings

Bright earrings are exactly what you want for your little vacation, like these colorful floral earrings – and there are so many colors of those at Xehar.com!

Accessories
8 simple steps, and you are all set for a few days of that long-awaited getaway!

And yes, you still have time to order your new amazing summer clothes, because Xehar delivers your order in just a few days!

What are YOUR “must have” summer fashion essentials? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts.

Accessories
 

 

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Expert Advice to Prevent Vacation Credit Card Fraud

 

Summer is coming and with the it the annual travel season begins, something data thieves count on. A particular target this time of year is hotel credit card fraud. Data breaches and information theft is easier for thieves to manage when there are multiple points of access, as can occur at resorts and hotels. Every time you visit the restaurant, gift shop, or spa, you are increasingly vulnerable to fraud.

Justin Lavelle at BeenVerified has the goods on what to watch out for and how to prevent becoming a victim. BeenVerified is the leading source of online background checks and helps people discover, understand and use public data in their everyday lives.

You use your credit card all the time but probably never more so than when you are on vacation: it’s convenient and you can easily track your expenses. The flip side is that hotels and resorts are easy picking for data and identity thieves, for a couple of reasons:

  • Tourists are using their cards for most transactions and aren’t going to notice invalid or inaccurate transactions until they’ve gone home and seen the statements, allowing thieves a head start without compare!
  • Travelers at a resort will often use their cards at multiple points of access, including restaurants, gift shops, bars and spas, making them more vulnerable.
  • Hotel technology at the front desk and other points of sale is often out of date and ripe for a breach.
  • Hotels and resorts have a high rate of staff turnover and are not always performing intensive background checks. In fact, a large percentage of hotel based credit card fraud cases involve some sort of internal collusion with staff.

So while a large chain resort will have measures in place to keep their customer’s data safe, no system is completely infallible and the ability of a thief to install data retrieving software on the point of sale payment processing systems is certainly possible when you consider the points above.

Many data or identity thefts take place at the point of sale, as opposed to a database breach, which means that all of the card information is being captured, including the verification codes. And the methods used can be as unsophisticated as someone standing beside you at the front desk and capturing your information, and your PIN, on their smartphone.

While most credit cards offer some measure of protection against this kind of fraud, so that you aren’t responsible for charges that you didn’t make, it’s still a huge aggravation to have to deal with the issue: going through and verifying all your recent transactions, dealing with a maxed out card that leaves you with no credit until it is resolved, having your card cancelled by the bank after suspected fraud and the time lag until another arrives, and so on.

How can you protect yourself from vacation credit card fraud?

Book your stay through a central reservation center

If you book your stay through a central reservation system, rather than at the hotel or directly through the hotel itself, you would not be affected by the kind of malware that causes the majority of these data breaches because your card would not be processed at the location where the breach was taking place.

Bill to your room

Every time you use your card at your hotel or resort, you’re more vulnerable to this kind of malware attack. The simple answer is to not use your credit card at the hotel, but rather bill your purchases to your room. And if you do have to use your card, don’t let it out of your sight. While most hotels and restaurants are wiser to this these days and use a portable swipe machine to handle your transaction tableside, some are still going old school, which means having your credit card out of your sight and vulnerable to having the data skimmed, or otherwise copied.

Be wary of public internet connections

Often hotels will offer free WIFI in their common areas, but these aren’t necessarily properly secured and could leave you open to identity theft if you are using your phone or computer to engage in any financial transactions, or anything with private information and passwords. If you must do more sensitive transactions using public connections, make sure they are secured (https:// instead of http:// – the ‘s’ stands for secure, where the data used is being encrypted for protection).

Use bank ATMs only

Avoid using private ATM machines, at times provided for convenience but which are more vulnerable to tampering by the installation of a card reader, than a unit located in a bank. Better still, stick to putting your travel purchases on your credit card. If it is compromised, the money is not coming directly from your account, so your exposure to financial liability is more limited. Different debit cards have different rules about how much liability you will have if your card is lost and you don’t report it right away, or if it is compromised. While most will honor zero liability policies (where you are not responsible for fraudulent transactions), the money is still at least temporarily gone from your account, which can cause financial and personal distress.

Use only one card for travel

By using a dedicated card for travel, you will more quickly find out about breaches that occur after your travel dates because they will not be blended in with your day to day credit card transactions.

Keep a close eye on your statements

Even if you only use a certain card for travel, continue to check your statements or your account online regularly to make sure there aren’t latent fraudulent charges. Thieves will often steal information but then not use it for months, long after your trip is over.

Change passwords and PINs

If you can, change your passwords or PINs for your credit card, after your vacation. If your data was obtained fraudulently, it will be of more limited use to a thief without the all important PIN codes.

Ultimately, there is no foolproof way to protect yourself from credit card fraud, on vacation or otherwise, but staying vigilant and protecting your data when you can need to be top priority.

Bio
Justin Lavelle is Communications Director at BeenVerified (https://www.beenverified.com). BeenVerified is the fast, affordable, and easy way to access public records and search for people. Find out ages, marital status, addresses, email addresses, phone numbers, criminal records, and more.

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5 Parenting Pro-Tips for Your Child’s Next Dental Appointment

 

Is it time for your little one to visit the dentist? Are you stressed about what might happen during the appointment? There’s good news — taking your child to the dentist doesn’t have to be akin to pulling teeth! Dr. Bailey Crow of StoneCreek Dental Care in Warrior, Alabama shares five tips to ensure your child’s next dental appointment goes as smoothly as possible:

Tell your child what to expect.

Your child doesn’t need a detailed play-by-play of the appointment – in fact, that might increase apprehension – but explaining to your child in simple terms that their teeth will be examined and cleaned is a good starting point. Set realistic expectations, but do not communicate that a dental visit is no fun. You should also explain why visiting the dentist is important and how it will help them keep their teeth healthy.

Bring a list of questions.

If you have any questions for your child’s dentist, write them down so you remember to ask during the appointment. If your child has habits that are harmful to teeth (e.g., thumb sucking) ask how you might be able to change these behaviors. Also, be sure to ask when to make their next appointment, and set it on the calendar before you leave.

Make sure the dental office is kid-friendly.

While you don’t have to take your child to an exclusively pediatric dentist, make sure your child’s dentist is experienced with pediatric dentistry. Dental care for children requires certain tools, and your child’s dentist should be well-versed in treating children and making them feel more at ease. Many dental offices also provide books or games to make the experience more enjoyable for a child.

Ensure your child is well-rested and not hungry. Don’t make a dental appointment for your child’s typical nap time. If your child is hungry, give him or her a small snack before the dentist. We’re all more cranky when we’re tired and hungry. 

Stay positive. Get your child excited about the prospect of visiting the dentist. Do not use negative language or tell your child that you don’t like visiting the dentist. Set a good example by maintaining a positive attitude.

It’s crucial that you make and keep your child’s regular dental appointments so he or she has healthy teeth for life. By implementing these tips, you can ensure you and your child are well-prepared for his or her next appointment.

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Wonder Woman – Coming to theaters on June 2, 2017

*This post is in partnership with Warner Bros. Pictures.

There have been A LOT of superhero movies as of late. I figured filmmakers would eventually get around to one of the most famous female superheroes – Wonder Woman.

I used to watch Wonder Woman, the series, on television when I was a young girl. It was the series where Wonder Woman was played by Lynda Carter and Colonel Trevor was played by Lyle Waggoner (1975-1979).

Back in the day I was totally into Batman & Robin, Spiderman, the Million Dollar Man, Bionic Girl and Isis (does anyone remember that television series?).

I always thought Wonder Woman was pretty cool. I wanted to BE Wonder Woman. I most especially wanted the invisible plane. I mean, seriously, an invisible plane? How awesome is that? LOL!

Now Wonder Woman is coming to the big screen in a theater near you on June 2, 2017. Check out the trailer.

 

It looks good. She’s even cooler in this movie than she was in the television.

Here is the film’s synopsis.

Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.

Wonder Woman is from Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Entertainment. It stars Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen and Robin Wright. It was directed by Patty Jenkins.

Chris Pine – total “eye candy.”

I’m going to add this film to my list of movie to see this summer.

If you would like to learn more about the film you can check out the Official Site. You can also “like” the film on  Facebook and follow the film on Twitter and Instagram.

What do you think of the film? Do you think you’ll see it when it come to a theater near you?

Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of site readers. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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