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Creative Ways to Shop on a Budget

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A survey by Gallup in 2019 found that only 32% of Americans maintain a household budget. Roughly half of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck, meaning many of us have to get creative in how we shop for things like groceries, clothes, and entertainment. 

Living on a shoestring budget can be stressful, but it is possible with some of these creative tips to shop and make the most of what you have. 

Grocery shopping on a budget

Food tends to be one of the biggest spending categories in anyone’s budget. The USDA estimates that Americans spend an average of 6% of their budget on food; 5% of income also goes to dining out. How can you stretch that grocery shopping budget to go even further?

First, time your shopping trip to capitalize on sales and promos: 

Wednesdays: The middle of the week is often when grocers release their weekly circular. “You'll have first dibs on sale items for the week ahead and, if you're lucky, the store may still honor price reductions on items you forgot to pick up from the previous week's sale,” says one expert.

Avoid Tuesday and weekends: Weekends tend to be busier as people shop on non-workdays. Tuesdays can also be crowded as other shoppers try to take advantage of last week’s expiring deals, and therefore sale items go quickly. 

Shop late or early: The hour before closing is when some grocers reduce prices on bakery items or produce items that won’t last until the next day. Early in the morning is also when there is less competition for sale items. 

 

 

 

 

Next, before you head to the store, download an app. Not just any app, but one that gives you discounts: try Food on the Table, an app that lets you type in your food preferences and then generates a list of recipe options based on current promotions at your go-to grocery store. Or, try Ibotta, an app that lets you retroactively apply coupons to items you purchased by scanning your receipt and claiming deals.  Many grocery stores also have apps that deliver exclusive offers and digital coupons. 

Finally, put your dining out budget into your grocery shopping budget. A meal at a fast-food restaurant costs around $8; if you stop eating an $8 lunch every day during the workweek, you can save $40 a week ($160 a month!). 

How to budget for an apartment

Rent is a big budget item for most people, and there are lots of hidden costs in budgeting for an apartment. Whether you’re on the hunt for a new lease or looking to reduce your utility costs and other apartment expenses, there are a few key things to consider when budgeting for your apartment. 

First, if you’re looking to sign a new lease, try to find an apartment that’s close to public transportation. Longer-term leases (a year or more) tend to be cheaper, as the landlord doesn’t have to search for a new tenant or spend on renovations as often. If there are fixes that need to be made, offer to do them yourself in exchange for a discount on the security deposit. 

If you’re in an apartment and hoping to save on utility costs, go beyond basic steps like turning off lights and turning down the heat. Think about turning off the devices that consume energy in a passive way, like your microwave and water heater that you aren’t using constantly. Winterize your apartment to cut your cooling and heating bills (winterize is a bit of a misnomer, as many of these steps can also keep your apartment cool in the summer). And, avoid running your energy-intensive appliances – washing machine, dishwasher, or dryer – during “peak hours”. Electricity companies tend to discount rates during the night when fewer people are using their grid.

Thrifting and other shopping ideas

What about other expenses: clothes, gifts, and entertainment? There are creative ways to shop on a budget for these items too. 

Thrifting is an obvious choice for saving your clothing budget. Many shoppers also turn to fast-casual brands like H&M and Forever 21 – but be aware that those retailers may be more expensive in the long-term. Spending $10 on a t-shirt that lasts fewer than 10 wears is worse than spending $50 on a shirt you’ll own forever. “Unless it's practically free, you're better off buying clothing items from good brands with a reputation for well-made items,” wrote The Simple Dollar.

Look to see if clothes are well made by checking the seams and material. Seams on a good quality item will be perfectly straight, with no dangling strings; any patterns should match up well. The material should be higher-quality. Look for natural fibers and blends like wool, and avoid synthetics like polyester. 

For gifts, go for something thoughtful rather than expensive. Find gifts that are unique to the recipient and require time, rather than cash. For instance, give someone the gift of time by babysitting or hiring a house cleaner. Give your family member a recipe book of meals from your childhood. Or, start a new tradition – holiday cookie-baking, for instance – that leads to memories rather than things. 

Shopping on a budget isn’t always easy. Sometimes, what you really need is a little Lift to cover a shortfall or meet a financial emergency. 

This article is contributed by LiftRocket.

Things You Should Know About Men’s Athleisure

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If there's one style of men’s clothing that's really having its moment in the sun, it is men's athleisure wear. You can't go anywhere these days without seeing someone in clothing that's sporty, but more put-together than sweats, and at the same time, less dressy than a starched collared shirt. Men’s athleisure has made its way into the board room in ways that no other style of clothing has in decades. Gone is the formal overdressed pompous look of the past. Why not admit that we all want to be comfortable? We can be both relaxed and modern-looking wearing men’s athleisure, and today I want to talk about this cool subject because there are more Things you should know about men's athleisure.

 

One mistake people often make when it comes to men's clothing is that being comfy means looking sloppy. From pajama-style stained sweatpants to shirts so faded, they look like they've been washed thousands of times, your schlepping around clothes should not see the outside of your bedroom. But, today there is another option. Thanks to the booming trend of athleisure, a man can now look good and feel good at the same time, no matter where he happens to be. Take a look around, wherever you happen to be, and you’ll probably see at least one man in nylon microfiber joggers and another in a logo-less merino-wool pullover. Moisture-wicking running shorts and louvered tees and paper-thin zip vests, all done up in colors that can vaguely be described as “charcoal” or “heather.” These are the hallmarks of the latest men’s fashion trend described as athleisure.

 

If you’ve been asked to work-from-home, don’t take conference calls in your pajamas, hoodies, or whatever you just slept in. Look to athleisure, which has gone from an obscure reference to a brand. The best athleisure wear combines original fabrics, classic shapes, and utilitarian wearability that makes them perfect for lounging around the house, grocery store errands, or your outdoor workouts. Already, men are aiming to sport their technical leisure apparel across a variety of different spaces, eager to show off their athleisure wear collection. Wearing athleisure here in Silicon Valley, I can tell you, it's almost like you belong to a secret club that understands that this is new business apparel. If you don't wear it, forget about your promotion. 

 

Athleisure is here to stay, there are simply too many people too invested in this style to think it will go away anytime soon. And why would feeling comfortable while working ever go away? Athleisure can be summed up at the best thing that could have happened to your sense of style. You will no longer be teased by your friends, family, and coworkers for looking unkempt. You will never again have to choose form over function, or vice versa when it comes to your wardrobe. 

No, athleisure wear for men is going to be there to support all of you tough fashion choices, so you can live your most comfortable life.

 

Some of your favorite brands have already begun to focus heavily on the emerging athleisure wear style. You can find many of the best pieces online, or at your local mall or sporting wear store. I always shop online and find the latest trends and best selection there. One of the best pieces you can start with is a zip pullover, this has been my go-to shirt for so many different events and I can't think of a situation where it would be out of place. I really can't recommend trying some men’s athleisure wear gear enough. This clothing style has truly done wonders for my wardrobe and my confidence levels.

 

What Can You Make With a Baked Sweet Potato?

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Have you ever noticed that when people say baked potatoes are on the menu, they are more often than not talking about russet potatoes? There's nothing wrong with these starchy white potato treats, but when overly focusing on the white potato, there's really a missed opportunity for baked sweet potato.

Sweet potato is packed with vitamins and minerals and it is easier for many people to digest than russet potatoes. Besides, there are all kinds of things that you can make once you have a few baked sweet potatoes at your disposal. Here's what you need to know about what you can make with a baked sweet potato.

The Perfect Side

Baked sweet potato can be the perfect side for a number of dishes. Add some brown sugar and butter and you'll find that they are a lovely companion for a steak dinner or baked chicken dish. There is nothing like the taste of brown sugar, butter, and a perfectly baked sweet potato to go alongside pork of any kind, whether you want to pull pork and have a spicy meal or whether you are enjoying a pork loin. 

You may be surprised by just how many entrees baked sweet potatoes can accompany. Even better, baked sweet potatoes can be made ahead of time or left to sit for hours before you're ready to eat, which means you won't have to worry about them while you're focusing on getting your entree right.

Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet potato casserole is a favorite at many Thanksgiving dinners. Lots of family recipes call for marshmallows and pecans to top the baked and mashed sweet potato, and generally, some brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla is involved as well.

You can also keep it savory and a little bit healthier by sticking with less sweet ingredients like salt, pepper, and herbs. Regardless of how you like to make your sweet potato casserole, this is a great dish to have as a side or as a snack. You may find that you enjoy sweet potato casserole so much that you chow down on it as a primary meal.

Sweet Potato Pie

For many people, when they think of the South, they think of sweet potato pie. The creamy texture and sweet taste of baked sweet potatoes is absolutely perfect for making pie. If you struggle with baking, you may also be thrilled by just how easy it is to make a delicious sweet potato pie. Truthfully, the process is pretty similar to sweet potato casserole, with the key difference being that sweet potato pie is blended to a very smooth texture, and of course, more sugar is added. Spices like cinnamon and nutmeg are favorite flavorings, and it's never a bad idea to throw some pecans in as well.

Sweet Potato Macaroni and Cheese

If you're like many American parents, you spend a fair amount of time and effort trying to convince or trick your kids into eating healthier foods. Sweet potato is packed with vitamins and minerals and is an awesome source of fiber.

Most kids loves baked sweet potato when cut open and smothered with a little bit of butter, salt, and pepper, and it is hard to find a kid who will turn down a sweet potato pie or casserole, but if you are looking for ways to expand your children's healthy eating with sweet potatoes, give sweet potato macaroni and cheese a try.

Simply gently puree your sweet potatoes by lightly mashing them with a fork, add cooked pasta of your choice, throw in some delicious cheeses that your kids love, season with herbs, salt, pepper,etc., and bake the entire thing for around 20 or 30 minutes until it is piping hot and bubbling. Your kids will never ask for regular macaroni and cheese again.

Get Cooking With Baked Sweet Potato Today

If your only version of a baked potato is a russet potato smothered with sour cream and chives, you're really missing out on an opportunity. Baked sweet potatoes are extremely easy to make and versatile enough to be included in many of your favorite recipes. Give them a try today. 

Moo‌ ‌Goo‌ ‌Gai‌ ‌Pan:‌ ‌ ‌ What’s‌ ‌The‌ ‌Best‌ ‌Recipe?‌

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If you're like me, when you order Chinese take out you get one of the more popular dishes, General Tso's chicken or fried rice or one of the familiar items on every menu. But one day, quite by chance, I was given the wrong order, and not only did this twist of fate change what I would order every time I got take out in the future, but I ended up learning how to make this amazing dish at home. I'm talking about moo goo gai pan, perhaps you've seen it but never tried it? I was in the same boat until I was given it by a happy accident. So, if you want to learn how to make what is truly an amazing dish read on in our article titled moo goo gai pan: what is the best recipe?

First let's find out a little more about this delightful dish. Moo Goo Gai Pan is of Cantonese cuisine origin primarily made with chicken and mushroom and is a famous Chinese takeout. But unlike Hunan and Szechuan, Cantonese food is not spicy. In fact, it incorporates as little seasonings and spices as possible. Cantonese cuisine is designed to bring out the natural flavors of meat and vegetables used in their dishes. Many will think that Cantonese food is rather bland because of this. What they don’t realize is that this is what makes Cantonese food a lot healthier and natural. It is famous for dim sum. But, little do people know that it also has its own chicken stir-fry version in the form of moo goo gai pan. When we crave some Chinese food, we resort to this easy recipe as it is not hot and spicy, but just perfect for the hot weather of summer. Moo Goo Gai Pan, or “mo gu ji pian”, means mushrooms and sliced chicken. It originated from a Cantonese dish and slightly transformed when it became one of the most famous American-Chinese dishes.

 

So, now that we know a little about the history moo goo gai pan, let's get right to the good stuff, the recipe that will make everyone of you dinner guests mouth water:

 

Ingredients

  • 1 pound  chicken breasts  (boneless, skinless and thinly sliced)
  • 3 tablespoons  canola oil (divided)
  • 1 cup  snow peas 
  • 1 cup  carrots  (thinly sliced into rounds)
  • 1 can of 15 ounces  Chinese stir fry veggies (Mushrooms, Water chestnuts and Bamboo Shots)  (drained)

Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons  cornstarch 
  • 4 cloves  garlic (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon  minced ginger 
  • 1 cup  chicken broth 
  • 2 tablespoons  oyster sauce 
  • 1 tablespoon  rice vinegar 
  • 2 tablespoons  brown sugar 
  • 2 tablespoons  soy sauce 

 

Instructions

  1. Combine all the sauce ingredients in a medium bowl and stir until fully combined and cornstarch is dissolved. Set aside.
  2. In a large wok or skillet over medium-high, heat 2 tablespoons of canola oil. Add the chicken in one layer (if needed cook in batches), and cook until golden and done, for about 6-8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove chicken from pan and set aside on a plate.
  3. To the same skillet add the remaining tablespoon of oil, add the carrots, stir fry veggies and snow peas. Sauce for about 6-8 minutes, just until tender.
  4. Add back the chicken, give the sauce a good stir and pour it over the chicken. Toss to combine and let the mixture come to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens.

 

Now that you have the recipe you can begin your moo goo gai pan adventure. This is one of the most tasty and, believe it or not, healthy meals you can have when you are craving Chinese food. Another great fact about moo goo gai pan is that the ingredients are very inexpensive and easy to obtain. It's a quick meal to make too, so the next time your family is asking for takeout, surprise them by cooking this fantastic meal, it will be finished cooking before the takeout would have arrived anyway, so there is really no reason not to try this classic meal.

What Are The Benefits Of Compression Socks?

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There are many benefits to wearing compression socks. In this article, we’ll dive into the different benefits of compression socks. 

 

While many may think that compression socks are just used for medically relevant conditions, it's coming to light that there are more and more benefits and reasons to wear compression socks. Whether you use compression socks, stockings for support, or compression stockings, odds are you're referring to the sort of merchandise. Considering all the styles, fabrics, and colors available, it's become easier to wear compression socks daily when wearing those special garments without looking obvious. For instance, compression socks come in colors such as khaki, navy, or black and compression socks worn by men are made to seem like regular men's dress socks. Whether man or woman, young or older, compression socks can help increase blood flow throughout your body, which helps enhance your energy levels and reduce tiredness, swelling, or soreness in your legs and body.  

 

Compression socks are worn to increase blood flow in your legs. Specially fitted compression socks are tight at the feet with a loose fit on the leg, which helps to move blood up your legs. This type of compression helps to fight the effects of gravity and assist the body in flowing blood back up to the heart.

 

Here are just a few of the benefits of wearing compression socks:

 

For Travel

Traveling, whether it be by plane or car, long or short trips, there are a variety of benefits to wearing compression socks during your commutes. There’s even a term called “economy class syndrome” that refers to the increased risk of blood clots after sitting in the same, tight positions for an extended period of time. Wearing compression socks during travel has been shown to help reduce the risk of developing blood clots or DVT. Plus, the increased circulation brought on by compression socks can help lessen the feeling of restless legs, achiness, and post-travel soreness. Keep in mind if you are sleeping or lying down for long periods of time, you may want to remove your compression socks but do check with your doctor about wearing compression socks when sleeping or lying down.

 

Helps Those Who Stand A Lot For Work

If you have a job that entails sitting or standing in the same place for extended periods of time then wearing compressions socks is something that should be considered. The graduated pressure that compression socks provide helps bring relief to tired, painful feet and legs. As mentioned above, there are compression socks available for men that look very similar to the ordinary socks rather than stockings so you can wear them to work every day. It's important to ask your doctor to make sure there isn’t a limit to the amount of consecutive time you can wear your compression socks during the day. Sometimes, wearing the compression socks more then the amount of the time recommended by your doctor can make your symptoms worse or lead to other complications. You could also wear compression socks all day long to maintain a healthy increase in circulation and ward off swelling, blood clots or muscle fatigue.

 

For Athletes

Runners and athletes alike of all sorts are catching on to the benefits of wearing compression socks during workouts, training, and recovery. While the pressure helps improve circulation, tech fibers and materials for compression socks offer support for your feet, ankles, calves, and thighs. This allows for faster recovery during workouts and decreased muscle fatigue. Compression socks feature foot soles that are padded for extra-breathable fibers and relaxation for moisture management and warmth.  

 

For Pregnant Women

For years now, pregnant women all over the world have enjoyed wearing maternity compression socks because of the fact they help prevent varicose veins brought on by women during pregnancy. Maternity compression socks can also help with other ailments that come about with the increased strain on an expectant mother’s circulation system. Swelling, leg cramps, and general leg achiness that take place are common in pregnancy but can be eased through the use of compression socks. The extra boost in circulation provided by the compression socks can help to energize tired and achy legs, while also helping to relieve the “heaviness” many moms-to-be experiences in the lower half of their bodies.

 

There are no rules stating that you must have the negative symptoms relieved by compression socks before you can start wearing them, but you should check with your doctor. 

 

Are Billboard Prices Worth The Return Of Investment

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Billboards offer a ton of benefits. Like with any form of marketing it’s always important to weigh risk versus reward when it comes to how you spend your marketing dollars. Whether you're looking to use billboards for a product launch, upcoming campaign, or brand awareness penetration. Everything comes down to your return on investment. In this article, we will discuss billboard prices and what you can expect when it comes to ROI on this form of advertising. 

Maybe you have looked on your way to work at billboards and wondered if they are still effective?  Like many managers or business owners, you have probably already thought about utilizing outside media advertising but aren't certain if billboards can supply a nice return on investment.  The fantastic news is that yes--even in this era of digital marketing, billboards are still quite effective additions to your promotional and advertising approaches in 2020 and beyond. Your advertising dollar can go a very long way together with billboard advertisements and other types of media advertising.

 

Studies show that Americans spend approximately 20 hours in their automobiles, per week, either as drivers or passengers.  Some people--particularly those with long commutes that are daily -- invest an even larger chunk of their time inside their cars than watching TV or reading magazines.  This indicates that billboard ads deliver immense advertising opportunities. When you consider digital billboard promotion that lets you take your potential advantage even further when you think of the number of hours that your potential clients spend behind the wheel.

 

A recent Arbitron study conducted shows that billboard and digital billboard advertising stays powerful, as 71 percent of customers frequently look at roadside billboards.  What's more, 56 percent of respondents say they talk about intriguing or funny billboards to family and friends. The majority of consumers assert that--at one point or another--they learned about event or a product they afterwards patronized through a billboard.

 

Billboards are difficult to miss but more than that they also prompt action to be taken by customers.  As many as 72 percent of audiences shop on their way home. Shopping decisions are made by A whopping 68 percent of consumers in general during their driving journey, which explains why billboard advertisements are used by successful marketers .  Some 32% of drivers took a journey to a store, restaurant, or company they saw advertised during the week on a billboard.

 

For your billboard campaign to be a success, you have to create a strategic, clever, and engaging effort that gets detected, although the statistics talked about above are reassuring.  Simple designs with easy to read messages tend to showcase advertisements that are better than cluttered. For best results, seek the support of a company which specializes in planning, executing, and managing premium billboard campaigns.   They can help make sure that your campaign is a success, whether you're launching locally or nationally.

 

Once you have had a chance to take a look at and analyze many factors of your campaign such as format, circulation, demographics, impressions, visibility, location, design, and construction which all impact the cost of billboard ads, it will be clear for you to see that there's never one set cost that will hover over an effective billboard or billboard campaign. On the other hand, when examining the differences between physical static and digital billboards, it's easy to point out that with all the various options available to you that you clearly see some type of return on investment in one way, shape, or form.  

 

The good news is that when it comes to billboard ads that this advertising medium can work with almost any budget and when combined with your other marketing campaigns can deliver great success. 

 

5 Reasons Your Business Should Use Inspection Management Tools

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Running a business isn't just about finding the right people. Evaluation, management, and tracking outcomes also take up a lot of time, and are very important. With the use of computers, businesses have come up with finer and finer ways to manage their employee’s work. 

Inspection management tools help businesses streamline checking, surveying, recording and tracking reports, agendas, and web structures. They are easy to use and enables businesses to do better work faster. 

1) Getting Rid of Manual Work

Paper-based information assortment takes days and manual workarounds bring about mistakes, extra work, and extra manual intercession. This can cost your organization a lot of time, cash, and even clients. By utilizing inspection management tools, you should be able to get the same, or more, work done in a fraction of the time. 

There is a time and place for manual work, and sometimes it’s preferable for humans to do certain kinds of work rather than computers. But there are other times when it is not. This, for example, includes data entry and other tedious tasks that are costing your business both time and money. Not only that, but using inspection management tools to ensure data entry and other digital information works enable your employees to focus on other things which humans naturally do best. These include creative tasks, collaboration, customer service and the like.

2) Centralize Your Product Information

Use inspection management tools to store and share important product data in a single spot. Having all of your important product data stored in a single spot, is very important when it comes to how your business operates and develops products. You may, for example, have multiple team members in remote locations, these people need to know how and where they can find critical products information whenever they need it. They also need a place where they can update and or change applicable information. That is where an Inspection Management System comes in.

3) Drives Faster Results

Far from adding to your business’s bureaucracy, safe and secure Inspection Management tools actually drive results forward resulting in more agile teams and that make less errors and more successful products. This works in a number of ways, including by helping companies comply with local, national, and international laws. 

When you are developing a product or service, keeping your product legally safe and safe from any kind of intellectual property theft can be difficult. Inspection Management Tools can help with all that.

4) Effective Communication

Effective communication is one of if not the most important thing when it comes to building a strong and healthy business. Why? Because clear communication is the foundation of every action within a company. C-Level executives need to clearly communicate to managers, and managers need to do the same to their employees. If there is even a singly chink in the chain, it threatens to take down the entire ship. As a business owner, you can not have that—which is why you need effective, easy-to-use inspection management tools.

5) Establish a Document Process

 Many companies grant suppliers the latitude to schedule quality control inspections and do other things that, perhaps, are better left to the company. Also, in the case of buying offices, many do not have any kind of documented process for how to conduct inspections. It is only human nature that these offices are going to cut corners and do whatever else they can to speed things up and save themselves time and money. An inspectors objective should not be to point things out beyond the established documents, it is the business’s job to create a clear and comprehensive document process for him or her to follow that ensures the job is done right each and every time.

3 Reasons to Consider a White Jumpsuit for your Wedding

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In the past, most people think of princess inspired ball gowns when daydreaming of what their future wedding dress will look like. However, times are changing, and fashion is evolving. A traditional white wedding gown is no longer the go-to choice when shopping for bridal attire. The white wedding dress is a classic and timeless piece of fashion that grew in popularity when Queen Victoria married Prince Albert in 1840. Since then, brides have followed the tradition of wearing a beautiful white gown down the aisle. Today is such a great time to be alive because women all over the world are breaking free from the mold of tradition and are pursuing alternative wedding dress options like a white bridal jumpsuit, but why? Sit back and keep reading because we are going to tell you 3 reasons to consider a white jumpsuit for weddings!

Comfort

 

There is no denying the fact that a jumpsuit is more comfortable than a long dress layered with lots of tulle. Without compromising style, jumpsuits offer coverage and comfort putting a smile on any bride’s face. Wearing pants will allow you to move around freely so you will never have to worry about your dress riding up or any of the other annoyances that come with wearing an undeniably heavy wedding gown. Jumpsuits also help to make life much easier when having to run to the restroom because you can unzip your pants with ease versus needing assistance from a bestie.

 

Flattering

 

No two brides are alike. Women come in many different shapes and sizes making white bridal jumpsuits a favorite due to the endless options available on the market today. Jumpsuits are extremely flattering and there is a style for everyone, but it is a good idea to know your body type to ensure you are getting the best fit for you! For an example, petite brides should consider tailored jumpsuits that are slim-fitting and cropped. Stay away from jumpsuits with too much material and stick to slimmer silhouettes that hug your small shape. A tapered hemline is a good idea because it prevents fabric from bunching at the ankles. Tall brides have more wiggle room and can opt for a jumpsuit with more fabric. A wide legged jumpsuit is a great choice because it will complement your long legs. Try a v-neckline to elongate your frame and play up your height. Bridal jumpsuits are extremely flattering and create a silhouette that is just as romantic and dramatic as a dress.

 

Options

 

Another reason to consider a white bridal jumpsuit is because of the endless amount of options you will have when picking ‘the one’. Just like a traditional white wedding dress, bridal jumpsuits come in many different silhouettes, necklines, fabrics, styles and more. You can also take it up a notch and accessorize your white bridal jumpsuit with beautiful jewelry and or even a chic belt. Every bride has a different taste making white bridal jumpsuits a great choice due to its many options. Minimalist satin and elegant lace are the most popular options today; however, we are seeing new styles hit the market daily! 

 

Getting married has so many moving parts and can really be quite stressful for some. If you are a nontraditional bride looking to break from the mold of wearing a traditional gown down the aisle, then a white bridal jumpsuit may be the best option for you! Due to being comfortable, flattering and having many options, white bridal jumpsuits have climbed the ranks in popularity, and for good reason!

How to Save: Discounted Medication

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Prescription medications can be very expensive. They can range from a couple dollars to even hundreds of dollars. Because medications can be so costly it can be very helpful to find any way to save money on them. You want to be able to support your health and needs without sacrificing being able to support yourself or your family financially. There are many ways to support savings on medications some include a pharmacy discount card, shopping generic instead of brand name, and medication payment assistance programs. Some options you can even stack on top of each other to add on the savings. For example, you could choose a generic brand and use a discount card to lower the price even further. All of these are great options to save money on prescription medications.  

 

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Discount Card

A pharmacy discount card is a concept that has been around for the past few years. The card offers discounted prices on prescription medications. It offers you coupons on tons of medications and can save you a lot of money. The pharmacy discount card can be used at most pharmacies and typically gets you ten to seventy-five percent off of the traditional retail price of the drug. To get discounted medications this is a great option. It is also free to use and is at zero risk to you. It is very easy to sign up for one and takes only a few minutes. It is very secure because it does not share your personal health information with the company. A pharmacy discount card is a secure, fast, and free way to save money on your medications. 

Compare Locations

Another way to save that many people do not think about is to compare the prices of prescription medications at different locations near you. Sometimes you could even find your medication for cheaper on an online pharmacy that could deliver the medication to your door. It may not seem easy to compare the prices of medications, but it really is. The pharmacy discount card company also allows you to reach a search engine on their website to compare prices of different prescription drugs. Being able to see the different prices allows you to choose the one that is the cheapest and will save you the most money. This is a very easy way to save money and will make it easier on your wallet. 

Generic v Brand Name

Generic options sometimes get a bad reputation, but most of the time they are of the same quality and work the same as the brand name. Sometimes, the generic brand is even preferred. Shopping generic is a great way to save money because you are not paying for the name of the company that makes the brand name option. There is usually a pretty substantial price difference between the two. Choosing the generic option can save you a lot of money, especially if it is something that you take regularly. Make sure you check with your healthcare provider about making this switch, as they may have a professional opinion about which one they think will be best for you. Be open and honest about your financial situation and your desire to save money on prescription medications. 

Assistance Programs

Lastly, if you truly cannot afford your medications or the above options do not work for you there is one more thing to consider. There are assistance programs both through the government and the manufacturers of the drugs. These are usually offered to low income individuals and can pay partially or fully for the cost of the medication. Take a look into this as it may be a great option for people struggling to pay for medications. You should never have to go without taking your medications because you cannot afford them. Use these strategies to make it a little easier to manage financially.