Garage Sale Hunting Guide – How to Be an Expert Yard Sale Hunter

Garage Sale Hunting Guide - How to Be an Expert Yard Sale Hunter

A few months ago I found a garage sale near my home advertised through Craigslist. The sale was comprised of a few older families that lived in a condominium complex. Since it was a Friday and they were still putting things out I knew I was in a good position to make some good finds.

Unfortunately, within a few minutes of looking around I had decided it was a bust- nothing there that I was interested in- and I decided to leave. Just as I was leaving the sale a couple dusty bottles caught my attention in a dark corner of the garage. I went over to the shelf in the garage and examined a small paper sign that said “Alcohol $2.00″.

My hand reached out for the familiar bottle and firmly grasped it, I studied the label, and quickly fished out 2 $1.00 bills from my wallet, wondering if this was a joke or what. Having worked at a 5 star French restaurant in my college years I knew what I had in my hands was authentic, but I still couldn’t understand why these people were practically giving it away.

I quickly found the woman and quickly gave her the 2 dollars and held up the bottle. She nodded and put the money away routinely and turned to other garage sellers who were making offers on other items. I excitedly raced home wanting to look up what the treasure I had just bought was worth.

It turned out that … Read More

Tips for Limiting Sugar When Shopping

Tips for Limiting Sugar When Shopping

A label may not actually come right out and say it contains sugar because that would be too simple but that does not mean it does not actually have sugar in it. Some ingredients that are listed on labels and actually have sugar include amazake, carob powder, corn syrup, dextrose, fructose, evaporated cane juice, honey, and maltose.  It is important to try to limit foods high in these ingredients or to avoid them altogether whenever possible. One way you can do is by buying tea bags or unsweetened tea instead of pop. It will provide you with the antioxidants you need and help your heart and it may even lower risk for diabetes.

Another way to avoid loading up on sugar when shopping is to buy nonfat, unsweetened, plain yogurt and mix in your own fruit and nuts later. This will help you to cut down on saturated fat, and the extra sugar that gets added to sweetened yogurt. Adding in blueberries or granola can also give you an extra helping of fiber and helps to provide the right amount of sweetness and crunch. Something else you can do is to pick mustard over ketchup to put on your hot dogs, hamburgers or other sandwiches. Mustard unlike ketchup has no added sugar and is lower in sodium as well.

We all try our best to buy foods that give us the most nutritional value possible, but when some of these ingredients are added it can make shopping for the best … Read More