Sunday, March 28, 2010

Financial Planning With Jars! It Really Works! (a write-up on Gail Vaz-Oxlade's show)

My husband and I have greatly enjoyed watching a show by Gail Vaz-Oxlade called "Til Debt Do Us Part". Gail rescues countless marriages that are almost on the rocks due to financial stress, and sends the couples on "Relationship Rescue" challenges as well. So many of her shows are extremely emotional and some are very moving to see how her "sweeping financial reforms" have turned completely "hopeless situations" around! Her money management system is described at:

We've watched some of her shows several times and loved her messages to married couples.


"TV Host/financial expert, Gail Vaz-Oxlade has a tough, no-nonsense approach to managing money and helping couples in financial peril get on the straight and narrow." (Warning - Beware of some "colorful" language at times!)


Gail's budget worksheet

Own Up To Your Debt Worksheet

Holiday Spending Plan Worksheet


Her websites are at: (her personal blog)

Her main website is at:

Til Debt Do Us Part Life Planner

I strongly recommend her advice and I wish that I had met her (or followed her advice years ago! She talks about good debt and bad debt. (ie. Going to university is acquiring "good debt" & investing in a house can be "good debt".)

The complete Slice video clip is shown here after a brief few seconds of an ad:



Monday, January 11, 2010

Body Composition Monitors - A new way of measuring your fitness progress!

This past Christmas our family invested in a Tanita "Body Composition Monitor". We replaced our weigh scale with this fitness monitoring device. Why? Because a weigh scale only measures your weight, not your body composition. If you are serious about getting fit this year, I highly recommend investing in one to track your fitness progress this year. Your body weight can fluctuate due to various factors and this device will provide your more detailed measurements to more accurately reflect your fitness progress. Muscle weighs more than fat, so if you are getting fit, tracking your body weight can become discouraging and can be misleading. It's time to focus on fitness, instead of tracking only your body weight. Before you invest in a monitor, you may wish to consider the various options available to you: a basic body composition monitor, a segmental body composition monitor, or a wireless body composition monitor.

Body Composition Monitors (for home use)

The FREE downloadable "Body Composition Tracking Charts" are at:

If you would like to use a "Segmental Body Composition Chart" go to:

"The Segmental Body Composition Monitor"
will provide you with body composition readings for your arms, legs and trunk. The Ironman Segmental Body Composition Monitor is at:

This monitor is recommended for more detailed measurements and retails for approximately $299.99 USD.

If you are interested in wireless technology, the new BC-1000 is a wireless body composition monitor:

A chart comparing the various body composition monitors available from Tanita is at:

A basic body composition scale sells for $99.99 such as the BC-534:

This body composition scale is not significantly more in price than a precise digital body weight scale. If you are considering investing in a new body weight scale, I highly recommend the investment in a "Body Composition Monitor"!

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Can you put away ten items in a minute?

Can you put away ten items a minute? TRY IT and see IF you CAN! Ladies in this group work, home school or have such busy lives, that little time remains to organize. We work with five minute intervals, and a twelve item "TO DO" list. Our goal each day is to complete our entire list of "TO DOS" and celebrate our successes. Our families work as a team on chores.

Try to challenge yourself with setting a timer for five minutes and put fifty items away.

Some suggestions are:

(1) unload or load dishwasher
(2) work on laundry
(3) sort through a pile of paper
(4) collect items for recycling

If you do not have fifty items to organize in five minutes, tidy or clean an area of your home for five minutes. We move very quickly, since we have little idle time.

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