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Seven ‘Cheats’ to Trick Yourself Into Exercising

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Eight Ways to Make the Most of a Farmers Market

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How Vitamin Supplements and ‘Super Foods’ Can Devour Your Savings

I struggled with severe gastrointestinal issues for most of my youth. I’m not sure if I was lactose intolerant, sensitive to gluten, nervous, allergic to


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Whether you’re self-employed, unemployed, or covered under an employer’s health-care plan, finding affordable health insurance can be a frustrating, time-consuming process. Throw in controversy around


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The Best Retirement Account You’ve Never Heard Of

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Want to Stay Healthy This Winter? Get More Sleep

If you want to steer clear of the common cold this winter, a full night’s sleep should be your goal. That advice comes courtesy of


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The Affordable Care Act (ACA), Obamacare, the individual health-care mandate, health savings accounts, high deductibles — how in the world are you supposed to keep

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A number of recent studies have proven that eating less meat can be good for your overall health. But did you know that eating less

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Five Ways to Get Your Workout Without a Gym Membership

When my husband and I got home from vacation a few months ago, we were feeling more than a little out-of-shape. It felt as if

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In June of this year, my husband and I decided it was time to make a change. We had just returned from an especially indulgent

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Four Emergency-Fund Substitutes – and How They Stack Up to Cash

Many services act as emergency funds, in a way — insurance, basically — for very specific situations. In exchange for a monthly or annual premium, these companies


Eight Frugal Ways to Unwind

In the crazy, fast-paced world we live in, it’s important to find ways to relax and unwind. Unfortunately, some of the most enjoyable ways to

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Walking, Bicycling, Driving, and Cost-Effectiveness

Recently, it was announced that a grocery store is opening within two miles of my home. This is actually pretty good news for me as,

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13 Ways to Save Money and Protect the Planet at the Same Time

With Earth Day 2015 almost upon us, it’s a good time to think about how our actions impact the planet and, more importantly, what we

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How Much Are Your Habits Costing You?

Making a Starbucks run on your way to work probably doesn’t seem like that big of a deal. Your soy caramel latte costs, what, $4?

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Exercise Your Right to Negotiate at the Gym

One item on your list of New Year’s resolutions remains unchecked: Get in shape. The excuses for not following through on this vary, depending on

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