Tip One: Mother Swap
Most moms are familiar with other mothers who have children about the same age or who are a few years older or a few years younger. Exchanging clothing can save you hundreds of dollars each year on basic items that will continue to look great even as hand-me-downs. You can start the exchange by asking someone if they will consider passing their child’s clothing to your child or you may be able to offer a swap if you have more than one child. You may even consider offering them a few dollars in exchange for their used items. You’ll be surprised at the generosity of other mothers and with the wonderful hand-me-downs that your child will be able to enjoy.
Tip Two: Clearance Shopping
A substantial savings can be achieved through clearance shopping in the children’s section of larger department stores. These department stores mark their clearance items down to 80% off of the original ticket price. This is a huge savings and there are many wonderful clothes hanging on these racks right in the middle of the season. You can also experience excellent savings on end of season clearance shopping. You can expect to purchase brand-new jeans and other clothing necessities from the clearance rack for a fraction of their original cost. By shopping on the clearance rack you can dress your child in style for about the same price as you could purchase them at a second hand consignment shop.
Tip Three: Store Coupons
The larger department stores mail or email out $10.00 off a $10.00 purchase coupon. Several popular children’s stores are also known for sending out 40% off coupons that are valid on any purchase including clearance. Online coupons are being sent out via e-mail which gives an additional 15% off of store purchases. These coupons can allow you to shop for your child in the best department stores and in the most popular children’s stores for an incredible savings. In order to get on these various stores e-mails or mailing lists you will need to go on their website and sign up or sign up when you visit their store.
Saving money on children’s clothes does not require that you shop at Goodwill or at a specialty consignment shop although they too may you offer you a substantial savings on slightly worn children’s clothing; However you can get dress your child in the latest styles and get exceptional clothing through a friend with a child around the same age or through the use of store coupons and clearance rack shopping.
Your daily choices play a key factor in every area of your life including your relationships, emotional well being, and your physical health. “You are what you eat” is a popular saying that is true in many different ways. The food you eat is your main source of vitamins and nutrients. The lifestyle choices that you make such as being a couch-potato, or a pessimist are also playing a role in your life. Here are some ways for you to greatly improve your health and to live a more healthy lifestyle.
Eat healthy snacks:
Stop snacking between meals on empty snacks that have no dietary benefits and that are only adding weight gain and decreased metabolism. Replace these empty snacks with energy packed snacks that will increase your overall wellbeing. Replace snacks such as chips and candy bars with apples, pears, bananas, or grapes. Apples carry a big punch of health that carries along with it an increase in your immune system and weight loss powers. Munching on healthy snacks only when needed will replace your desire to munch non-stop on empty calories between meals.
Get out and walk:
Walking twenty minutes a day will stimulate your metabolism and will stimulate your blood flow creating an increase in your oxygen and added strength to your heart. If you walk outdoors you will also be getting a dose of healthy vitamin D. You will notice weight loss as you consistently walk for just twenty minutes a day.
Breakfast is the single most important meal of the day. Eating breakfast will insure that you get the energy that you need to start out each morning. Great breakfast foods are steamed veggies and an omelet, oatmeal with brown sugar and raisins, or fresh fruit. A fruit smoothie is also a great option. These can be made with a cup of apple juice, fresh bananas and some frozen strawberries. You can get creative with smoothies and use yogurt rather than fruit and a variety of different fruits. A great breakfast will give you the stamina that you need to get the job done. The majority of your work load is handled before 1:00pm; why wait until 1:00pm to partake of the nutrients that you require? Eat breakfast and break the pattern of fatigue in your life.
Water. Drink lots of it. It flushes out your system and can help hydrate your body and also helps aid in weight loss.
Laugh on purpose:
Your outlook on daily life can get grim and dim when you do not take the time every day to laugh a little. Lighten up; take time out to find the humor in life. Watch a funny movie, have lunch with friends, find ways to enjoy your life on purpose. Shake off the pessimistic attitude and purpose to think positively. Laugh a little; don’t take yourself so seriously!
These healthy changes will make an impact on your overall health. You can greatly improve your health by taking the steps needed to properly care for yourself.