While it’s definitely a good thing to save money and be frugal about your spending habits, there are some things you should spend good money on. Yes, we mean SPLURGE on! These items are important to spend money on because they will last a long time and add to the quality of your life.
A Good Mattress — You need a good mattress because you need a good night’s sleep! Sure you could save a few bucks with the cheaper mattress, but is a stiff neck and a bad back worth it? If you can’t invest in a good mattress, try a memory foam mattress topper. This Sleep Innovations Memory Foam topper is amazing and can make your bed comfortable. If you are ready to buy a new mattress, try a Casper Mattress. It is made completely of memory foam and is designed to support your body in all the right places.
A Set of Quality Kitchen Knives — If you buy a quality set of knives, they’ll last a long time. You probably spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Good knives can make preparing dinner so much easier. Check out this list of Good Housekeepings Kitchen Knife Reviews to find your next set.
A reliable car — If you are considering a new car, do your homework and get a good one. A good place to start is Consumer Reports Car Buying Guide. Whether you are buying new or used, they have the best info on which cars last the longest and how owners like their cars over time. Always check into warranties. I bough a secondhand car that included a bumper to bumper warranty for two years.
A Basic Toolkit — This doesn’t have to cost a lot of money, but it is definitely a necessary thing to have. You never know when you’ll need a screwdriver or hammer. If you purchase a toolkit in a case you will always know where everything is located. Check out this toolkit for less than $40 and has most everything you’ll need for your home.
A Good Pair of Shoes — Gloria Hunniford wrote, “Always buy a good pair of shoes and a good bed as if you aren’t in one you are in the other.” This is true! If we aren’t sleeping, we are usually on our feet, right? We need good support. Your best bet is to get a foot or gait analysis done at a serious running store such as the Colorado Running Company. You can also go online to check out walking or running shoe reviews.
Don’t be Afraid to Spend Good Money on your Basic Needs!
This is a great fall centerpiece for your October and November table settings. It is so easy to make with flowers and candy corn.
You’ll love having such a colorful centerpiece for your table. You might also find the candy corn disappearing from time to time!
Fresh flowers are always nice to use but good quality silk flowers are also nice and will, of course, last longer. If you are making this earlier in the fall season, silk flowers would be the way to go. You will be able to enjoy the centerpiece for several weeks.
The idea of putting a paper towel tube in the middle of the vase is very clever. The candy corn will look more even, and it will be easier to work with.
How easy is this?
This Fall Centerpiece with Flowers and Candy Corn is colorful and easy to make!
An old adage states that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but now a study is saying watching a grandchild one day a week may keep the dementia away! The study done by the Journal of the North American Menopause Society reports that grandparents who babysit their grandkids at least once a week were less likely to develop Alzheimers.
On the other hand, watching grandkids 5 or more days a week was detrimental to their cognitive ability.
Researchers found that Grandmothers (aged 57 – 68) who watched their grandchildren an average of one day a week scored significantly higher on a cognitive ability test than those that watched their grandchildren 5 or more days a week.
Apparently, it’s all about balance!
Another study reported by the Cleveland Clinic found that seniors who provided some care, whether for their grandchildren or for other children, had a lower risk of death over a 20 year period than those who did not care for children.
Researchers believe the social interaction with children keeps grandparents alert and stimulates the brain better than any other activity.
Also, there is a link between providing care and reducing stress. Reducing stress helps people live longer! Thus, providing care to children is one way that older folks can actually reduce stress in their lives.
According to Dr. Ronan Factora, caregiving can also be physically demanding which helps keep the body young.
Another benefit for grandparents babysitting is the social interaction that it provides. You may be playing games, doing crafts or rocking them to sleep, but it is fun and interactive!
Do you spend time with your grandkids on a regular basis? (If the answer is no, you might want to reconsider!)
Grandparents who babysit can live a longer, healthier life!
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