Pay it Forward – Discover a New Blog!

liebster2As a new blogger, I was delighted (and surprised!) to be nominated for a Liebster award by Cymbrie of Good, Beautiful and True. Her blog is well-written, positive, and encouraging. I see many followers in her future! Thank you, Cymbrie, for the nomination.

If you’re not familiar with the award (as a newbie, I certainly wasn’t), it’s a fun way to recognize new bloggers and get to know them in the process. You can read more about the award here.

While it is all in good fun, there are some rules…

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5 Tips to Find Coupons You’ll Actually Use

Couponing can be tough. You walk into your local grocery store and eagerly snatch up a Sunday newspaper. You rush home and carefully cut out scraps of paper that bloggers, TV personalities and even your co-workers promise will drastically reduce your grocery bill. You purchase fancy organizers and dutifully create categories: breakfast, frozen foods, dairy.

When you start going through those coupons, though, it can be disappointing (not to mention time consuming). Once you weed out the ones you won’t use (greasy, sodium-laden breakfast sausage, frozen meals with an ingredients list longer than this blog post, etc., etc.), you’re left with nothing but a measly $2.00 in savings, barely enough to pay for the paper itself. Sooner or later, that adorable coupon organizer makes its way into the Goodwill pile, and you consider yourself doomed to pay full price for groceries for the rest of your life.

Sound familiar? I’ve been there, too – believe me. I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be this way. You can find coupons without picking up a pair of scissors or buying a single Sunday paper (unless you want to, of course). Even better, you can make sure the coupons you do find are useful. I know, because I’ve done it myself. So, my friends, let’s stop wasting time and start saving money – the smart way. Read on for 5 Tips for Finding Coupons You’ll Actually Use. Continue reading

6 Health Benefits Hiding in Your Spice Rack

 If you’re anything like me, you mindlessly sprinkle spices on your food every day: cinnamon in your oatmeal, basil in your pasta sauce, oregano on your pizza. There’s no doubt that spices add flavor and complexity to our meals – without them, food would be bland and monotonous. However, research has shown that they also have a number of surprising health benefits, and can aid in everything from weight loss to a good night’s sleep. Read on for 6 health benefits hiding in your spice rack (I saved the best for last)!

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New to Yoga? 6 Ways to Learn for Free!

The first time I practiced yoga, I was fourteen years old. I was spending the night at a friend’s house, and we were rummaging through her parents’ collection of workout VHS tapes. We somehow thought that doing two, three, even four of these videos in sequence would magically transform our bodies overnight (perhaps this speaks to our deeper issue with body image, but that’s a story for another time). After working on abs for a while, we decided to put on a yoga tape.

I’m not going to lie – it was difficult. The concept of synchronizing my breath to movement was foreign. Even the most basic pose, downward facing dog, felt awkward and uncomfortable. We weren’t in the best of shape, so I was shaking, sweating and tripping over myself for the entire 60-minute sequence. To say I was sore the next day was an understatement. Yoga felt impossible.

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Healthy living on a budget? It’s possible!

Welcome to thrivesensibly, where you’ll find advice on better living through smart spending. The Internet is full of money saving blogs, but they are often a cluttered mess of coupon match-ups and affiliate links. More cash in your wallet is always a good thing, but it’s easy to lose sight of the best match-up of all: improved health and wellness made possible by a few penny-pinching techniques.

Don’t worry, there’s no extreme couponing here – I won’t teach you how to horde stockpile toothpaste or pizza rolls (come on, you can do better than that!). Instead, I’ll show you how to take steps towards a healthier lifestyle, have fun, and most importantly, save money!

Together, we’ll conquer everything from nutrition to workouts to personal finance, complete with a bit of spunk and a sprinkle of humor. Welcome!