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Need some encouragement to get more exercise and make your fitness and health a priority?

Check out the Degree Get Moving Challenge with Chris Powell, celebrity trainer & transformation pro. This challenge encourages participants to log their activity and track their progress.

There are weekly challenges, workouts, nutrition information, encouragement, and more! Read more about it here. Plus, you can win prizes for participating!

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Also, a heads up: CVS is running a sale on Degree Clinical Protection next week (August 9-15, 2015): Buy One, Get One 50% off!

Win a $50 CVS Gift Card

Leave a comment on this post telling me what you’re doing to stay active and get moving this summer and you’ll be entered to win a $50 CVS gift card!

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Disney Frozen magazine for $14.50 per year!

Frozen Magazine

Have any Disney FROZEN fans at your house? Here’s a fun gift idea for them!

Order a 1 year subscription to Disney Frozen magazine for only $14.50 (you can order up to 2 years at this price!) with code MONEYSAVING at checkout.

About Disney Frozen Magazine

Disney’s Frozen magazine is a bimonthly magazine for children ages 3 to 9. Each issue comes with a collectible poster and is filled with fun stories, crafts and activities. Join sisters Elsa & Anna, their snowman friend Olaf, and all the other characters from the hit Disney movie in this charming magazine

This offer expires Tuesday night (August 4th, 2015) at midnight EST. 

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Giveaways Galore

Of the 2,544 entries, the winner of the Dressing Your Truth Course and $200 Gift Card is:

Martha (martha8183@)

Of the 1,792 entries, the winners of the Homemaker’s Planner Set are:

Krista (kristaclifton@)
Rebekah (reberkahsmith396@)
Julie (twojps12@)
Amy (amy_able@)
April (jawenger@)
Sandra (dix9san@)
Rachel (jwfamily@)
Ruth (rkfine59@)
Bonnie (walkinlife@)
Rustee (rusteekarolyi@)

All winners should have received an email with instructions to claim your prize.

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Why I’ve Chosen to Buy Nothing New for 8 Years

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Guest post from Katy of The Non-Consumer Advocate

I like keeping my family’s expenditures down as much as any reader, so when I read an article in my local newspaper about a group of San Franciscans who’d just completed a “buy-nothing-new” year, I got excited. Their Compact allowed exceptions for a few items such as food (duh!) and safety equipment (whew!).

I wanted in.

My husband thought I was insane to suggest such an extreme challenge, but I felt compelled. “One month,” I explained. “I’ll try not to buy anything brand new for one month.”

That month was January of 2007.

One month turned into two, and before I knew it I’d completed my own “buy-nothing-new” year. And when December rolled around, I saw no reason to stop. Not only had I saved an enormous amount of money, but I’d also put the brakes on the never ending influx of clutter-y stuff that makes housekeeping an un-winnable war.

I began blogging as The Non-Consumer Advocate.

It’s been eight-and-a-half years since I joined The Compact! Yes, there have been times when buying used has been a huge pain in the tuchus, but mostly it’s been a breeze.

My husband thinks that used shoes are disgusting, so he chooses that as an exception. (The Compact is very individualized, as each person decides their own exceptions.)

My exceptions include personal care items, bras, underwear, books written by friends, and harmonicas. Yes, harmonicas . . . think about it.

Here’s how my family makes only buying used a possibility:

We examine wants vs. needs.

So often the urge to buy something new is a fleeting impulse. By having to find a used version, it sets up a built-in lag time that often kills that gotta-have-it-now desire.

We repair instead of replace.

Whether it’s a piece of clothing or a broken household item, we do our best to extend our belongings’ lives.

We borrow and lend.

Whether you call it a sharing economy or simple neighborliness, there’s simply no reason for everyone to buy, store and maintain their own infrequently used household items. (C’mon folks, when was the last time both you and your neighbor needed a post-hole digger at the same time?!)

We shop to thrift stores, garage sales, and consignment shops.

Even my style conscious teenagers go to Buffalo Exchange to satisfy their trendy needs.

We give experiential gifts.

And yes, we even give used stuff as gifts.

We no longer shop as entertainment.

Strolling around the mall or even browsing a street of local shops is an unnecessary temptation.

I also think about the environmental and societal consequences of unnecessarily manufactured goods. I want no part in sweatshop labor!

Of course there have been times when buying used was impossible. But those purchases were few and far between. No one is going to be 100% perfect in anything they do, but if I can avoid 95% of new purchases, I call that a win.

For my wallet, my home, and the environment.

Katy Wolk-Stanley lives in her hometown of Portland, Oregon and both works as a labor and delivery nurse and blogs as The Non-Consumer Advocate and for The Huffington Post. She describes herself as a laundry-hanger-upper, utility bill scholar, library patron, teenage wrangler, nap enthusiast and citizen. She has featured in The NY Times, USA Today, The National Enquirer, The Happiness Project, and The Today Show.

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