Trying to save money? Lose weight? Your appliances can help you keep your New Year’s resolutions.
Organize your refrigerator to save money and lose weight
Save money and lose weight by better organizing your refrigerator. American families throw out between 14 and 25 percent of the food and beverages they buy, according to a statistic reported in the Washington Post. Make sure you use the food you buy before it expires by moving those items to the front of the fridge where you will be reminded to use them.
To lose weight, purge your refrigerator of unhealthy and high calorie temptations. Replace items with healthy snacks like pre-sliced fruits and veggies and dips like hummus, low-calorie dressing or dips made from Greek yogurt. Here’s a recipe for a nonfat yogurt dill dip.
Start your day off right, by eating a healthy breakfast. Refrigerator oatmeal will keep you satisfied until lunch time. Here’s a recipe for a no-cook, overnight refrigerator oatmeal.
Lose weight by planning out and preparing your meals ahead of time for the week. This will keep you from ordering unhealthy take out. Try to go meatless one day a week. You can find a number of meatless recipes and meal ideas on www.meatlessmonday.com.
Use your freezer
Prep meals ahead of time and freeze them in your freezer to use when needed. StockPilingMoms.com has how to make 20 freezer meals in four hours, plus helpful tips on how to get started making freezer meals, recipes and what you can freeze.
Drink more water
Trying to lose weight? Drink more water. Make sure you have a new, clean water filter to get the best tasting water and ice from your refrigerator.
Buying and using reusable water bottles that you fill at home will help you save money too instead of buying bottled water or soda.
Learn some basic appliance repair and care
Save money by making your current appliances last longer. Start a maintenance program for your appliances. Remember to:
- Change filters on furnaces, air conditioners and water filters on a regular basis or when dirty.
- Clean your dishwasher
- Clean your clothes dryer
- Clean the condenser coils on your refrigerator
- Utilize YouTube.com and the free appliance repair help to find out what could be wrong with your appliance.
Finally, to keep your New Year’s resolutions all year long, the American Psychological Association offers this advice: start small, ask for support and don’t expect perfection. If you eat a brownie or get take-out for several days in the row, don’t beat yourself up over it. Get back up and try again.