Here's an eye opening infographic about the real cost of the "American Dream". Sadly most Americans have not achieved "the dream". Scroll down to read all the statistics. Spoiler alert: one of the 4 ways to afford your own American Dream... Be Frugal - Even If You Don't Have To Be. Frugality is a lifestyle choice!
Ahhh! Spring is in the air... Friday, March 20, 2015 is the official first day of Spring! Why not celebrate this perfect weather season with some fun and free activities! Hopefully the weather in your neck of the woods will be just as nice as it is here in Southern California... high 70's to low 80's. Enjoy the first weekend of Spring with these 8 fun and free ideas. Hello Spring!!
1. Pack A Picnic - Go to your nearby park with picnic basket in tow filled with yummy food, drinks & treats. Enjoy a leisurely day under a shady tree while listening to cool music.
2. Head To The Water - if the weather is nice, pack up a cooler with food and drinks and head to the nearest beach, lake, river, pool, etc. Leave early so you can get good parking for free.
3. Visit Farmers Markets - check out a few farmers market within your neighborhood. Sample a taste or two of some of the fresh fruits in season or drinks the vendors are offering.
4. Play Sports Outdoors - whether it's a game of basketball, tennis, tag football or frisbee ... the important thing is that you are amongst friends and having fun!
5. Stroll Art Festivals & Street Fairs - make a day out of of browsing through local artist's arts and crafts as well as other interesting vendor wares.
6. Visit A Garden - explore local public gardens or parks where Spring flowers are on display.
7. Go For A Walk - whether it's a walk along the pier or a quaint street, enjoy every sight along the way.
8. Scenic Drives - Explore a new neighborhood. Map out your destination ahead of time and make sure to stop along the way so you can take in all the sights.
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Pesticides are silent killers. These chemicals have been linked to different types of cancer, developmental problems in children and pregnancy issues. They’re all over the place from our homes to agricultural farmland – our main food source.
So it would be wise for us to avoid them whenever possible so organic is a no-brainer right? No so fast, organics are very expensive, two, sometimes three times more expensive than conventional grown produce.
I’m sure you’d agree that, it would be great to have data that shows you which fruits and vegetables have the most and the least amount of pesticide residue. That way you’ll know which items to buy organic and which ones to buy conventional.
The Dirty Dozen has that information which is compiled by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) from over 3,000 samples tested by the Department of Agriculture. EWG is an organization established to help raise consumer awareness about pesticide found in produce.
The infographic from JuicingWithG.com below is a graphic representation of the dirty dozen and clean fifteen which will guide you whether to go organic or not. This will help you save in terms of the cost of buying organics also when you scroll down, you’ll see 5 different places where you can buy organic produce at a cheaper rate compared to buying them in a retail setting.
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