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New Year's Resolutions: Simple Steps To Making Them Stick

Are you setting New Years Resolutions this year? I am, but I am keeping it simple by really focusing on just one goal that I want to accomplish everyday. I know me - and I know if I don't make it do-able and small, I will fall off the 'resolution train' before it even leaves the station.

So what goal am I setting for myself? Promise to not giggle? Seriously, now....promise.

Okay, here it is:

1. To save one dollar every day.

That's it.

(I hear you giggling)

And guess what? I started this resolution early-like mid-December. And guess what else? I have saved over $60. (Now who is laughing??)

Yea, you might think that $60 is not possible just by saving $1 a day for about 15 or so days (I can't remember the exact date I decided to start this) - and of course you would be right. The thing is, when I started saving that dollar every day, I found myself getting more and more motivated to save more. So whenever I could add a few more dollars, I did.

The key for me is to set…

How to Save $10,000 This Year

I first posted this last Jan. (2011)- thought it was worthwhile posting again this year! Also, I mistakenly entered $24.40 in the original post as the amount to save each day-the correct amount is $27.40. 

Yes, you can save (or make--depending on how you look at it!) $10,000 by the end of this year, and it is really pretty easy.

Save $27.40 each day, and after 365 days, you will have saved $10,001 dollars.

Of course, since we are now about 14 days in to Jan., you will need to adjust that savings a bit- but still, you get the gist, right?

And if you save $10 a day, you can still have $3,650.

How about $5 a day? That will give you a nice savings of $1,825.

How to save money each day? Here are a few ideas:

Skip Starbucks--make your own coffee
Skip the take-out lunch--make peanut butter and jelly snadwiches
Make spaghetti 2 times a week--skip the meat
Buy a water filter and drink tap water--skip the bottled waters
Put back one item from your grocery cart each time you shop--and save the co…

Make Your Own Pumpkin Face Mask

This easy homemade face mask using honey and pumpkin can also make a great last minute gift for someone! Pumpkin is full of healthy antioxidants and Vitamin A, while honey hydrates, tones, and tightens the skin.
Ingredients 1/4 canned pumpkin puree 2 Tbs. Vanilla Yogurt 1 Tbs. Honey
Mix all ingredients until smooth. Spread over clean damp skin and relax about 10-15 minutes. Rinse away using warm water and gently pat dry your face.
Keeps about 2 weeks in the refrigerator in a resealable container. To give as a gift,  use a pretty jar or container (with a lid,) and fill with the pumpkin mixture. Be sure and attach a printed holiday card with directions for use and the recipe as well!

Free Shipping Day is Friday December 16!

Are you planning on doing some last minute Christmas shopping online? If so, then plan to do that shopping this Friday, December 16 because you can get free shipping on those last minute gifts. This Friday, more than 2,000 online merchants will offer free shipping anywhere in the U.S.- with guaranteed delivery by Christmas Eve!

Kohl's, Lands' End, Godiva, Sephora and Zales are just some of the online stores participating in Free Shipping Day- you can find the complete list of all participating stores at

Happy Shopping (and Saving!)

Save Money Christmas Shopping at!

"Rehashing is a fashionable way for you to trade your clothing, accessories, and books with others online. You can join groups, socialize, and get fashion, book, and green living tips."
At you can swap your gently used or unused new clothes, books and accessories with others- all online. It is completely free to join and the site does not charge fees for swaps made. This just might be a great way to save money Christmas shopping this year, as well as helping our environment by re-using instead of tossing!

After you sign up, you will be able to list clothing, books or jewelry you would like to trade. Then you can check out all the items others have listed, and if you see something you like you can make a trade offer. Once a trade has been agreed upon, you and the other party will determine shipping fees and how to actually complete the trade. They also have a system in place that will help you determine which members have good standings with previous trades,…