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It seems to be a fancy way to drink water when you’re out to eat. It seems like it’s a good thing to do because you vaguely remember hearing or reading that it’s good for something. But, you don’t do it every day. If you are like me, you’ve thought about adding lemon to your water and you’ve even done it when it’s convenient and you remember to do it. But, it has not been a regular part of your routine.
Well, in case you don’t remember why it’s so good to add lemon to your water, here’s a little list of reasons why it’s so good for us to do.
1. Digestion. Because lemon juice has a similar structure to our stomach’s juices, it aids digestion by helping flush out toxins from the digestive tract. It helps relieve indigestion and bloating and hydrates the colon.
2. Immunity. Lemon helps boost immunity because it is rich in vitamin C. The vitamin C in lemon also helps our bodies to absorb more iron, which also strengthens our immunity. Lemons also have both antibacterial and antiviral properties, to help fight off colds and flu. People who drink lemon water daily are actually less likely to get sick to begin with.
3. Energy. Lemon water (especially in first thing in the morning) gives an instant energy boost. Who can’t use that… at any time of the day?
4. Alkalize. Lemons are of the most alkalizing food sources available. Most of what Americans eat on the standard American diet, like processed foods, sugar, and white flour, make our bodies very acidic. Too much acidity can cause obesity, inflammation, and other more serious diseases. Lemon water is an easy, tasty way to prevent too much acidity.
5. Antioxidants. The antioxidants contained in lemons help alleviate the effects of aging and reduce the risk of several types of cancer. This alone is a great reason to start drinking lemon water every day!
As a Thrifty Diva we aren’t usually too picky about taking used items and hand me downs. There are times, however, when free is just too high a price to pay for what you are really getting in return. Here are a few times not to accept the thrifty gifts of others.
When There Is A Catch
A friend or family member decides to give you a bunch of stuff out of the goodness of there hearts and all of a sudden you owe them. After all they were so generous towards you. You can usually tell this is happening when you never asked for any of the items given and they just show up out of the blue at your home with a smile and a favor request.
If you don’t trust the person’s motives, but you don’t want to directly confront them and cause a scene, plead a lack of storage space. Let them know you are thankful they thought of you but you don’t have the space or need for all this stuff. If they insist, tell them you’ll look through it to see if you need anything, but you’ll probably just end up donating it. Then end with a thank you.
When You Really Just Don’t Have The Space
Sometime people bring you stuff knowing that they needed to clean out a closet and that you have that thrifty habit of taking old stuff. The problem is that you don’t have room in the back of your closet either to store six hundred old sweaters. Let them know that you have been going through your stuff as well, and are getting rid of a bunch of stuff. Suggest that the donate it or, if they want their things to go to someone they know, put it on the swap table at a church or community function.
When It’s Broken
Even when people are trying to get rid of things, you are under no obligation to take stuff that is broken. It doesn’t matter if they think it would be a great fixer upper project for you or not. Let them know that you are glad they thought of you, but you just don’t have the time to take on this item. Suggest they pay to get it refurbished if it’s a really nice piece or gently let them know it should just be thrown away.
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As a thrifty shopper who may also be a couponer, grocery shopping is all but a mindless activity. So considering the day of the week and the times of the day that suit you best will help to alleviate any additional stressors on these weekly trips.
On what day should I do my shopping? If you are looking for specific advertised sales, you’ll need to consider going on the first day or two of the sale to make sure you get what you want. If the sale starts on the weekend, though, consider waiting for Monday to make your stop. Have you been to the grocery store on a Saturday or Sunday? It can be crazy! I avoid it whenever possible.
What time of the day is best for shopping? Because I have young children, I have gotten accustomed to shopping either early in the day or very late (once the rush hour crowds are long gone and tucking themselves in to bed). As my children have gotten a bit older, it’s not much of a challenge to take them with me. So, I’m not going shopping at 6am and 10pm anymore. However, I still tend to go no later than about 11am.
Other special days. I tend to avoid shopping on the day before a big holiday, like Easter or Christmas, because I can’t stand shopping with the masses. However, if you don’t mind, you can sometimes get some great deals on the day before a big day like that. I’ve heard about deals I’ve missed when I’ve gone into the store the day after a holiday. That said, I’ve also gotten amazing deals on gift and food items on the day after holidays, like Thanksgiving and Christmas. So, figure out what deals you want, whether you can withstand the crowds, and get those deals.
When do you prefer to do your shopping?
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