Save Money, Live Cluttered – Walmart

Isn’t Walmart wonderful? No, really. Isn’t having prices so low that you can literally buy twice as many groceries for the same price you would pay to get only 1/2 as many from those old-fashioned grocery-only stores?

Walmart is like a god-send for that 5 year old’s birthday party you forgot about. You can run to Walmart, buy a present, a cute gift bag the perfect size for the present, and a cool ‘Happy Birthday Five Year Old!’ birthday card in one stop. Oh and BONUS!-> You will probably be able to buy it all for less than what you would pay for a comparable gift at a local toy store. (If you even have one in your city anymore.)

Here’s my real question: Is there a price for this convenience? Do you buy twice as many groceries? Do you eat more or less health consciously because you have stockpiles of foods full of difficult-to-pronounce chemical ingredients? I mean, they say they are for ‘stability and freshness’ right?

If we can have pretty much anything we want for such a low price, does it take away the value of… everything?
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Do we eat with less enjoyment, and then inevitably tend to eat more?
Do we too easily get bored with all the clothes in our stuffed closets because we can just run over to the nearest Super Target and pick up a great deal on this season’s fashion trends?

Is it really save money, live better? Or is it more like save money and live less satisfied?

Thankful for the Right to Vote

I voted Nov 06 2012 I am sitting here watching the election updates and feeling grateful that I live in a country where I can vote.

Did you know that there are 2 countries on this planet that have yet to allow women to vote?

What if you couldn’t have a say in the leader of your country simply because of your gender?

This is the third presidential election I have been old enough to cast a vote. Each election has felt more and more important. As a result I do more research, watch more debates, and listen to the opinions of others. Opinions, of course, can get quite ugly; but I listen anyway so that I can ask ‘why’.

I don’t vote straight ticket for democratic or republican or libertarian. In fact, my ballot ended up with a mix of all three. I study and try to vote for a candidate based on the individual and not any particular party.

Alternative Medicine for High Blood Pressure

These alternative medication options were talked about on the Dr. Oz show I watched on March 22, 2012.

Before trying any kind of alternative medicine, you should definitely talk to your doctor first.

If you have one of those prescription pushing physicians, do some research and find one who listens and knows and cares about you as an entire person and not just a list of symptoms. – (That part is my advice.)

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The “cure”?
Green unroasted coffee bean
You can buy this unroasted green coffee in extract form.

Dosage:
Take 200 mg of this extract per day and it is supposed to help you actually lower your blood pressure.

Warning:
*** “This is a really new idea.” they said. – This alone should encourage you to proceed with caution. ***
Again, please talk to your doctor before trying this. – It’s your blood pressure.

Other alternative medicines mentioned:

Alternative Medicine: Pain

These alternative medication options were talked about on the Dr. Oz show I watched on March 22, 2012.

Before including any kind of alternative medicine, you should definitely talk to your doctor first.

If you have one of those prescription pushing physicians, do some research and find one who listens and knows and cares about you as an entire person and not just a list of symptoms. – (That part is my advice.)

Pain

Apparently a natural extract called California Poppy is supposed to be able to help alleviate serious pain. It is also supposed to be non-addictive.

The way they described it, made it sound like something that you would take instead of a prescription painkiller. This could be one of those huge money savers for someone with chronic pain.

Dosage:
3/4 of the teaspoon of this extract before bedtime.

Warning:
The audience was warned not to take this while operating heavy machinery. :-)

I have no personal experience with this one.

Other alternative medicines mentioned: