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February: Spreading the Love and Getting Rid of the Handles

It's February! And just because it's the shortest and probably the sweetest, doesn't mean it's the breeziest. Remember last month when you were perfectly content to sit at home, spend as little money as possible and build a strong foundation for the upcoming year? Well, it's time to get out of those jammies and stretch your legs out. Also, get ready to celebrate the month of love!

Frugal Tip

Before you go shopping, create a list. More importantly, stick to that list. Do not rely on your memory, it'll work once in a while, but more times than not, you'll end up with a cart full of impulse purchases.

Let's Get Physical: Exercise at Home!

You haven't seen the sun or been outside in the past 30 days, and now your muscles have atrophied. Let's forget about the January blues and begin thinking long-term health. February is the perfect time to get active.

Not into the whole gym scene? Try exercising at home!

A couple dumbbells, a mat and a well researched plan could turn a little bit of floor space into your very own home gym!

If you still want a treadmill or bike, it's worth noting that your local community center usually has great basic equipment for a good burn, at a low cost.

*Consult a physician before beginning any exercise routine.

Creative Valentine's Day Ideas

Great. Now that you're feeling good, let's go on a date. Remember Valentine's Day on the town can be busy, loud, cramped and expensive. But you don't have to leave the house or overspend to have an exciting night.

FONDUE

FONDON'T

Cook a romantic meal at home. A homemade dinner cooked with love will make your Valentine's Day much more meaningful. Go out to eat at an expensive restaurant, which is impossible to get into and impossible to afford.
Exchange homemade gifts! Be creative and give a framed picture from a trip together. Perhaps with an accompanying hand-written letter. Be too cliche. Flowers, perfumes, and jewelry are all nice gifts but tend to be in high demand and unnecessarily expensive at this time of year!
Make a pizza at home! Not only is this budget friendly — it's fun, easy and two sets of hands are best for kneading out the dough, making it extra romantic. Order a pizza.

Odd February Holidays: "Odd-Olidays"

February is National Snack Food Month

Listen up! I'm going to tell you how to combine the world's biggest football game, the world's most delicious snack with the world's most convenient cooking apparatus.

Slow Cooker Trail Mix1

Ingredients

  • 9 C of Chex cereal (combination of rice, corn and wheat)
  • 2 C pretzels
  • 1 C peanuts
  • 1 C Cheerios
  • 6 tbsp. melted butter
  • 1 tbsp. seasoning salt
  • 1/4 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder

Step 1. Find the party. If you cannot find one, host one. If you don't care about football, it doesn't matter keep reading.

Step 2. Acquire a slow cooker.

Step 3. Add Chex cereal, pretzels, Cheerios and peanuts to slow cooker. Stir.

Step 4. In a separate bowl whisk together: melted butter, seasoning salt, Worcestershire sauce and garlic powder.

Step 5. Pour mixture over Chex. Stir until well coated.

Step 6. Cover and slow cook on low for 3 hours. Stir every hour to prevent burning.

Step 7. Spread mix onto baking sheet to cool. Eat. Mmmmmmm.

Best Things to Buy in February

It might be strange to buy a winter coat in the middle of winter, but if you're looking to upgrade, now is the time to do it. Stores will be trying to clear their inventory to make room for spring's fashion.

As a general rule of thumb, if there is a three-day weekend in the month, it will coincide with a pretty good sale. President's Day sales are huge merchandise movers.

What's Around the Corner?

Three months in and we've struck a pot of gold — oh the joys of a non-gift giving month.

References:

1Gimme Some Oven. (n.d). Slow cooker Chex mix. Retrieved December 18, 2015 from
http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/slow-cooker-chex-mix-recipe/

About Jim Noonan

Jim Noonan was a shoe salesman, park ranger, landscaper, fitness instructor, student, waiter, actor and comedian before using his degree in Education to become a part-time writer. One day he hopes to have acquired enough interesting experiences to warrant a 2500 character bio.