De-Stress Yourself Week #12: Clean Out Your Car


Welcome to A Frugal Chick’s 2012 series “De-Stress Yourself.”  If you want to catch up on other ways to make your life easier click here.

I am HORRIBLE about this.  My car is constantly a wreck.  And it adds stress to my life.

I can’t ride with my windows all down because stuff blows around.  There could be a small person in my backseat and I might not notice.

So my de-stressing tip this week (which I will also try to do) is to clean out your car!  In most parts of the country the weather is BEAUTIFUL right now so it’s the perfect time!

P.S.- After looking for pictures to go with this post I have decided that my car is actually NOT that dirty.  When you look at images of “messy car” it’s sort of like watching “Hoarders”- an ego boost that your house does not look like that.

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De-Stress Yourself Week #11: Clean Out The Junk Drawer


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Every house has a junk drawer (or junk box or junk cabinet).  In my house growing up it was a drawer in the kitchen.

No one actually knew what was in it but if you need a pen, needle and thread, scissors or the Ark of the Covenant that was where you found it.

Since my sister and I have moved out of the house the “junk drawer” is now pretty organized at my parents house.  I think I moved the messy one to my place.

So this week to reduce my stress I will be cleaning out my junk drawer.  Plus I will be able to add significantly to my pen collection!

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De-Stress Yourself Week #10: Clean Out Your Purse/Wallet


Welcome to A Frugal Chick’s 2012 series “De-Stress Yourself.”  If you want to catch up take a moment and click here.

My wallet is ridiculous.

It’s full of receipts, expired gift cards and movie ticket stubs.

When I pay for things (because I pay with cash most of the time) change is always falling out all over the place.

So my de-stressing tip for both you and I is to get your wallet or purse cleaned out.

Take 5 minutes and make your life a little bit happier by cleaning out your purse!

If you have a unique method for keeping it organized let us know!

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De-Stress Yourself Week #9: When You Eat, Just Eat


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I am HORRIBLE about this week’s de-stressing tip.  It is one of my WORST habits.

Your assignment this week for de-stressing yourself is “When You Eat, Just Eat.” This week when you’re eating don’t do anything else. Sit down without the television, with your computer or without your phone.  Take the time to enjoy your food.

There are so many good reasons to do this.  You will only eat until you are no longer hungry.  I am sure it aids digestion.  And it might give you a chance and some peace and quiet during an otherwise hectic time!

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De-Stress Yourself Week #8- Leave No Trace


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As I was doing research online for this series I found this tip and thought it was really interesting.  I am not sure how much of a de-stressing activity it is but I am willing to try and see if it helps!

Your assignment for week # 8 is “Leave No Trace.” Pick one room in your home (or office) and try leaving no trace that you’ve used that space (the bathroom and kitchen come immediately to mind).  I am always so happy when the bathroom counter and sink are clean what if I could keep it that way for a whole week!

If you’ve been doing something in that room, cooking a meal or taking a shower, clean up so that you leave no signs that you’ve been there!

What do you think?  Is this doable?

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De-Stress Yourself Week #7: Start Your Day Peacefully


Welcome to the 2012 series “De-Stress Yourself.”  Each week I challenge you with one simple, inexpensive thing you can do to reduce your stress level.  If you have missed previous weeks take a moment to catch up!

This week’s challenge is one of the more difficult I have asked you to try.  I LOVE sleep-it’s quite possibly my favorite thing to do.  And when I have to get up in the morning sleeps take precedence over just about everything.

But there is something amazing about having a day you can start peacefully- getting up 15 minutes earlier than everyone in the house and having a cup of coffee, or taking an extra long shower with lavender scented body wash.  Maybe eating a good hot breakfast.

So you challenge this week is to start one day peacefully.  This one may require some planning.  Maybe try to find a slumber party for your kids one night.  Make lunches the night before instead of in the morning.  Get your kids backpacks together and by the front door.  Anything you can do to give yourself just a few minutes of piece before things get crazy.

And then let me know how it goes!

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De-Stress Yourself Week #6: Play With A Pet


Welcome to my 2012 series “De-Stress Yourself!”  If you missed any others be sure to check them out!

My de-stressing tip for week #6 is something I try to do every day.  Statistics show that around 62% of American households have pets- most of which you can probably play with in some capacity.  (Even fish can be very relaxing to watch.)

Your de-stressing activity for the week is to play with a pet.

I have a cat named Bella.  While she occasionally drives me mad she can also be very relaxing.  (Total side note- have you ever seen Simon’s cat?  I post these videos on A Frugal Chick’s facebook page periodically.  This is the one that demonstrates my life on a regular basis.)

Take a little while and play with a pet.  Throw a ball with a dog, get a laser pointer with a cat or chase your gerbil around the house in a plastic ball.  If you don’t have a pet see if a friend will let you come over and borrow theirs!  I am sure many would be HAPPY to let you walk their dog or talk to their bird.

If you get a chance to hang out with your pet let me know about it!  What do you enjoy doing?

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De-Stress Yourself Week #5: Use 5 Sentence E-mails


Welcome to my 2012 series “De-Stress Yourself.”  If you have missed previous entries take a moment and catch up!

I absolutely love this de-stressing tip.  I think when we send e-mails we say too much.  We take too long.  And we give needless information.  (Sort of like this thought!)

This week your de-stressing challenge is to try to keep as many of your messages as possible to five sentences or less.  It’s the KISS method.  “Better than a thousand useless words is one useful word…”? Siddh?rtha Gautama.

So over the next few days as you send e-mails try to keep them as short and simple as possible.  I think 5 sentences is a good guideline.

Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to keep your e-mails short and sweet!

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De-Stress Yourself Week #4: Go To Bed Early


Welcome to my 2012 Series “De-Stress Yourself“!  If you have missed the first three weeks check them out!

This week’s de-stressing assignment is pretty easy- go to bed early one night this week.

I don’t have to be a doctor to know that getting a full nights sleep improves my entire perspective the next day.  When life gets busy sleep seems to be the first thing we compromise on but it’s so important!

I understand that this one may take some planning so that’s why I have given you six days to try to accomplish this.  If you need to let your children or spouse know you need their help!

Step up to the challenge and get a full nights sleep!

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Destress Yourself Week #3: Use Your Slow Cooker

In 2012 A Frugal Chick is writing the series “Destress Yourself.”  Missed past posts?  Click here to catch up!

In my humble opinion the slow cooker is one of the most under-used appliances in households.  People don’t feel like cooking after they get home from work but they don’t utilize the thing in their house that could have dinner ready to go!

Slow cooker recipes don’t have to be complicated and many items you can easily get with coupons (marinades, frozen vegetables etc) are very commonly used.  Meals can be as simple as throwing in boneless skinless chicken breasts and bbq sauce.  You may even have all the ingredients in your house now!

Plus crock pot meals are often large so they will provide you with leftovers for lunch the next day!

So your assignment this week (should you choose to accept it) is to schedule atleast one meal using your crock pot.  Just imagine a world where you come home and dinner is practically on the table!

If you don’t have a recipe may I suggest my favorite Chicken Chili?

There are also some crockpot recipe books you can check out:

Crock Pot Cookbook: 440 Slow Cooker Recipes

Fix-It and Forget-It Lightly: 600 Healthy Low-Fat Recipes for Your Slow Cooker

Betty Crocker The Big Book of Slow Cooker, Casseroles & More (Betty Crocker Big Book)

The $7 a Meal Slow Cooker Cookbook: 301 Delicious, Nutritious Recipes the Whole Family Will Love!

Or check the stock at your local library.  You can also borrow cook books from friends!

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