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Ever since January you’ve been trying to kick-start your year or just make some simple life changes. I find it impossible to make any drastic life changes during the months when I just want to be cozy in my pajamas! That’s why I’m putting forth, right here, right now, a motion to make June the month to throw out your old habits and step into a new mindset! Here are tricks, tips, hacks and recipes to help you on your way.

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Thermostate

Fact

Did you know that a whopping 18% of your home’s energy use comes from water heating!

Fix

Set your hot water heater to 120 degrees.

Fact

The average household uses 64 gallons of water a day.1

Water Jug

Fix

By installing low-flow shower and faucet heads, you can save between 25% – 60%.

Fact

Water heating is the second largest expense in your house.

Washer

Fix

Wash all your clothes in cold water.

Faucet

- Extra Fact -

A small leak of one drip a second can cost $1 a day.

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Safety Hack

Whether you are at the beach, on a picnic or at a park, a good way to keep your valuables (phones, money and credit cards) safe is to store them in unassuming containers. Old sunscreen bottles are a great way to store your cash!

Credit Card Money Cell Phone Right arrowDown arrow Sunscreen
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Thirst Quenched

Nothing says summer like watermelon, and nothing stops you from being hotter than a cooler. Why not combine the two and mix up this refreshing Watermelon Cooler!2

Ingredients:

  • 4 – 5 cups of seedless watermelon cut into chunks
  • ½ peeled cucumber, cut into chunks
  • 5 – 10 mint leaves roughly chopped
  • 3 tbsp of sugar
  • 1 tbsp of fresh lime juice
  • A pinch of salt

What To Do:

  1. Put all the ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth.
  2. Pour the mixture through a strainer and into a bowl, pressing the solids with a spoon to get all the liquid out.
  3. Place the watermelon mixture back in your blender and add ice cubes.
  4. Pulse until you are happy with desired consistency.
  5. Serve and enjoy immediately.

Drivers Save-ty

Get a load of these great tips that’ll keep your auto less stressed and your bank account full!3

Travel at lower speeds

Avoid high speeds

For every 5 mph above 50 mph, it's like paying an additional $0.19 per gallon of gasoline!

Plan out Trips

Combine your errands

Several short trips from a cold start use twice as much fuel as one trip covering the same distance when the engine is warm!

Turn off your Motor

Turn off your engine ...

if you plan on being parked for more than 10 seconds. Idling can use a quarter to a half-gallon of fuel per hour!

June 21 Is International Yoga Day!

A healthy body is a limber body. A limber body creates a strong body. A strong body builds a strong mind. A strong mind keeps you focused on your goals. Goals are good. Flexible goals are better. Be flexible with these great morning stretches.4

Upward Stretch Position

Upward Stretch

Lace your fingers together and raise your hands above your head, palms facing upward. Hold for 10 seconds.

Neck Stretch Position

Neck Stretch

To stretch the muscles on the right side of your neck, turn your left ear over to your left shoulder and hold for 20 seconds. Repeat on the other side to stretch out your left side.

Hamstring Stretch Position

Hamstring Stretch

Make sure that when you do this stretch your pelvis is square (keep your hips centered and flat).

CashNetUSA.Com Man's Frugal Living Guide: November

References:

1energy.gov. New Infographic and Projects to Keep Your Energy Bills Out of Hot Water
https://energy.gov/articlesnew-infographic-and-projects-keep-your-energy-bills-out-hot-water

2mamasgottabake.com. Watermelon Cooler
http://mamasgottabake.com/2012/06/watermelon-cooler

3energy.gov. Saving Money on Gas
https://energy.gov/energysaver/saving-money-gas

4popsugar.com. 5 Have-an-Awesome-Morning Stretches
https://www.popsugar.com/fitness/5-Stretches-Do-Morning-7751119

June is just a memory, and now we’ve really hit our stride as we begin burning the summer sunlight. Days are longer and weekends can’t get here quick enough. The hardest part of July is remembering to do the little stuff that keeps your body and mind strong for the other 11 months. Stay focused. Stay cool. Stay hydrated. But more importantly, stay committed to a healthy and frugal lifestyle!

Healthy Happy and Strong

Here are the five things you should eat every day to keep your body firing on all cylinders.

Lean Proteins

Low-fat dairy products, legumes, chicken breast, fish and tofu are healthy choices.

Lean Proteins

Healthy Carbs

Whole grains, sweet potatoes and beans all work great on your plate.

Healthy Carbs

Healthy Fats

Avocados, seeds, olive oil and nuts will keep you out of foggy ruts.

Healthy Nuts

Fiber

Raspberries, broccoli, peas and barley will prevent your stomach from getting upset.

Fiber

Water

Eight 8-ounce glasses a day. You can do it.

Water

Speaking of water. Sometimes you need to jazz a drink up. Green tea is also very good for hydration and is the base for this summer elixir.

Pineapple and Thyme Iced Tea 1

Pineapple and Thyme Iced Tea

Ingredients:

  • 8 bags green tea
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • ½ fresh pineapple

Directions:

  1. Boil 4 cups of water in a medium saucepan. Turn off heat and add the tea bags and thyme. Let steep for 4 minutes. Stir. Discard the tea bags and cool.
  2. Discard the thyme from the iced tea after it’s cool. Stir in the pineapple and 4 cups cold water. Serve over ice with additional thyme, if desired.

Get the most out of your day in the sun with...

CashNetUSA.com Man’s Sunscreen Tips

1

Pick a sunscreen with at least SPF 30.

2

Choose a sunscreen with broad spectrum.

3

Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before sun exposure.

4

Reapply every two hours (40 minutes when in the water).

5

Look for lotions that contain zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, Mexoryl SX or avobenzone 3%. All are FDA approved to block UVA and UVB rays.2

6

Use one oz. to cover exposed areas of body.

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July Hack

On the off chance you fail to heed my advice on sunscreen, here’s a great way to put a chill on your sunburn. Fill an ice cube tray with some aloe vera gel, freeze it and then pop a cube out and rub all over the affected parts of your body. It’ll feel great and prevent your skin from peeling.

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Fans vs. Air Conditioners

Window unit AC

Air Condition Unit

Costs 14¢/hr.
to run

Central air

Central air cost

Costs 36¢/hr.
to run

Ceiling Fan

Ceiling Fan

Costs 1¢/per 3 hr.
to run

Over the course of a month that comes out to…

$51

$130

$1.50
per ceiling fan

Merry July!

The holidays are right around the corner (sort of). Start saving now to prevent stress later. Here are some easy tips to get you started.

1

Set a budget on each person you intend to spend money on during the holiday season.

2

Establish a timeline to meet your financial goals. Want to spend $1,000 in December? Save at least $200 a month until then.

3

Set up a Christmas account with your financial institution to keep your funds separated.

4

Start collecting change. See a penny, pick it up and put it away.

5

Use credit card reward points you acquire from July until December for presents only.

CashNetUSA.Com Man's Frugal Living Guide: November

References:

1womansday.com. Pineapple and Thyme Iced Tea
http://www.womansday.com/food-recipes/food-drinks/recipes/a12110/pineapple-thyme-iced-tea-recipe-wdy0613/

2cen.acs.org. After More Than A Decade, FDA Still Won't Allow New Sunscreens
http://cen.acs.org/articles/93/i20/Decade-FDA-Still-Wont-Allow.html

3energy.gov. The Cost of Air Conditioning Vs. a Fan
https://20somethingfinance.com/cost-of-air-conditioning-vs-a-fan/

Yes, summer is almost done. Yes, it feels more humid than last year. Yes, sometime in January you said you’d never complain about the summer heat. Well, you can thank your lucky stars you’ve got me to help get you through this. August is the perfect month for planning all those little vacations. From backyard to beach, you can marinate all your summer fun into one spectacular month.

August Beach Hack!

Use a fitted sheet at the beach to keep your belongings sand free.1 Just unfold sheet, weigh down the corners with your beach gear (coolers, baskets and bags) then viola! You have a cool little sand-free oasis.

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Here are some great ways you can catch some rays and save some change so you can have the best of days.

CashNetUSA.com Man’s Frugal Picnic Checklist

Fruit

Don’t overpay for convenience

Premade trays and sandwiches have a markup cost between 60 – 300%!2

Get those supplies in bulk!

Get those supplies in bulk!

Meats, cheeses and frozen fruits can be 30% less when buying at warehouse stores.

Picnic Basket

Skip the disposables

Buy a set of reusable dinnerware. Items such as plates, silverware and cups can all be bought at your local dollar store and used for all your traveling meals.

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Let It Marinate

Here are my favorite quick marinades for all your picnic and BBQ treats.

Marinate Vegetables
Marinate Veggies\

Mix together:

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, smashed and diced
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • ½ tsp. dried basil
  • ½ tsp. dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Brush mixture on to veggies and let sit up to 30 minutes. Then grill to perfection.

Marinate Chicken
Marinate Chickens

Mix together:

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • ⅓ cup soy sauce
  • Ground pepper to taste

Toss marinade with chicken and refrigerate for 2 hours. Then grill to perfection.

Marinate Steak
Marinate Steaks

Mix together:

  • ⅓ cup worcestershire sauce
  • ⅓ cup soy sauce
  • ⅓ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tbsp. dijon mustard
  • 3 cloves chopped garlic

Slather marinade on your steaks and refrigerate for 2 hours. Then… grill to perfection.

But If You Really Wanna Get Away?

Most airlines have August 23 marked on their calendar as “Cheap Flight Day.” This is the time to book that trip you’ve been pining for. Don’t worry if you can’t do it exactly on the date, these specials last until November!

What’s After the Trip?

It’s time to get yourself centered and relaxed for the fall and winter months. Follow these easy steps to maintain a healthier lifestyle.

Sleep

Get a good night sleep

7 – 9 hours is a perfect amount for most adults.

Sun

Get some vitamin D

Experts say a good dose of the sunshine vitamin has anti-inflammatory powers that might offer protection against the disease.3

Eat Chocolate

Chocolate!

A 1.5-oz. serving of dark chocolate improves blood flow and minimizes artery blockage.4

Massage

Get a massage

A 45-minute massage increases the white blood cells that fight bacteria and viruses.

August 17 Is

National Thrift ShopDay!

CashNetUSA.com Man’s favorite day to shop. With prices 50 – 80% lower than retail, you can find huge savings on just about everything.5 I once bought a gravy boat; I turned into a maple syrup vessel for $1.00!

CashNetUSA.Com Man's Frugal Living Guide: November

References:

1lifehacker.com. Use a Fitted Sheet to Make a Sand-Free Blanket at the Beach
http://lifehacker.com/use-a-fitted-sheet-to-make-a-sand-free-blanket-at-the-b-1560692767

2slickdeals.net. 6 Ways to Save Money on Your 4th of July Party
https://slickdeals.net/article/news/6-ways-to-save-money-on-your-4th-of-july-party/

3prevention.com. 15 Almost-Effortless Ways To Be Healthier
http://www.prevention.com/mind-body/natural-remedies/easy-effortless-ways-get-healthy

4clevelandclinicwellness.com. Eating Chocolate can be Healthy
http://www.clevelandclinicwellness.com/Promos/Pages/Chocolate.aspx

5dealnews.com. You Won't Believe How Much You'll Save Thrift Shopping for Clothes
http://dealnews.com/features/50-for-a-T-Shirt-Please.-Thrift-Shopping-Saves-You-50-to-80-on-Clothes/827487.html

About 

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.

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