Category: Life Hacks

5 Ways to Exercise on a Budget

exercise on a budgetGetting back in shape doesn’t have to involve expensive gym memberships, pricey fad diet programs or exclusive fitness DVDs. You don’t even need high-end workout clothes.

All you really need is willpower to incorporate exercise into your daily routine and eat a healthy diet full of fruits, veggies, complex carbs, and protein. A good start is adding Jarrow whey protein into your smoothie for an energized morning.

The good news is – you can easily do it without breaking the bank.

But when it comes to actually starting, many people rely on excuses. And the lack of time and money are at the top of the list.

With over 36% of adults in the U.S. being obese, there’s never been a better time to take care of your health and well-being.

Keep reading to discover how you can exercise on a budget, tone your entire body and lose weight in the process.

5 Ways to Exercise on a Budget

1. Go Running or Brisk Walking

One of the simplest ways to add some physical activity into your day is to take up running.

It’s free and you don’t need to spend money on fancy athletic outfits. All you need is a good running trail and quality shoes to support your feet.

Brisk walking around your neighborhood is another excellent cardio exercise as well. It’s a great alternative for people who have health issues or joint problems, but still want to get some workout.

2. Try a Local Gym

The best way to exercise on a budget is to find a local gym in your neighborhood. They usually have all the fitness equipment necessary for a good workout, but for a low monthly membership.

Local gyms may not offer specialized workout programs or personal trainers, but if you prefer the gym over working out at home, this option might be for you.

3. Buy Discounted Fitness DVDs from eBay, Amazon, or Craigslist

You can easily find some great deals on seriously discounted fitness DVDs online.

If you don’t For starters, try your luck on Amazon or eBay and see if you can score used ones or even older versions.

If you don’t find anything there, move on to Craigslist – there always someone out there who’s trying to get rid of their old fitness DVDs.

If all else fails, visit a nearby thrift store or a yard sale and see if you can find some DVDs there.

4. Get on YouTube

What says “exercise on a budget” more than a completely free YouTube fitness video?

All you need is some free time and internet connection and you’re all set. There are so many fitness trainers and instructors that offer excellent at-home workouts. At the same time, you can research healthy diet options to match your exercises.

However, be careful when selecting the videos and exercises. Do your research and see which ones fit your needs the most.

5. Try Biking

Biking is an easy way to get your juices flowing and get some exercise. The only expense you’ll have is buying a bike if you don’t own one already.

However, you can always find second-hand bikes on Craigslist or even new ones for cheap. And if you have kids, biking is a great family activity that you can do in your free time, especially when the weather is nice.


When trying to lose weight, getting fit or just being more physically active, you should also reconsider your dietary choices.

Eating healthy foods doesn’t have to be expensive – you just need to learn how to choose the items properly and plan your meals around them.

This combination of daily exercise and clean eating will make you fitter, more energized and ready to tackle the days ahead.

5 Tips for Booking a Trip to Rome on a Budget

dreamstime s 89889321One of the best ways to make memories with your family is through travel. However,  it can be very expensive if you don’t plan right.

Italy is an ideal place for family travel: great weather,  history, and pizza!

It is possible to take a trip to Rome on a budget. Here are 5 tips which will help you enjoy this amazing city without breaking the bank.

1. Shop around for airfare

There are many ways to find deals for international travel to Rome.

Obviously, you should explore using your travel points if you belong to a frequent flyer program.

Many airlines fly to Rome, so do some comparison shopping.

You might find deals on some low-cost airlines like Ryanair or Easy Jet.

You can also fly into neighboring cities like Milan, and take a train to Rome.

2. Stay in the suburbs

Hotels in the center of Rome can be very expensive, especially if you are traveling with kids and need more than one room.

AirBnB and other home sharing apps have changed the way families can travel. Consider renting an apartment or small house on the outskirts of the city.

You can easily take public transportation to see the sights. You will also have a kitchen, giving you the option of preparing your own meals and avoiding the high prices at restaurants.

3. Plan meals carefully

If you are taking a trip to Rome on a budget, you need to consider the high costs of eating out.

Italian food is some of the best in the world,  but it can cost a lot for a family to go to restaurants in cities like Rome.

If you are renting a house or apartment,  take a trip to the local grocery store and pick up provisions. It will give you and your children a chance to sample the local bread, produce and pasta.

Shopping locally and cooking fresh food during your trip to Rome on a budget will give your family an authentic Italian experience.

If you choose local street food like pizza (delicious!) while you are out and about, you might be able to splurge once on dinner at a real Italian trattoria during your visit.

4. Use public transportation-  or walk

Many of Rome’s biggest attractions are accessible by foot.

Make sure everyone in your party has comfortable shoes and a good map.

You can plan out efficient walking tours to give you a glimpse of some of Europe’s most iconic sights: the Colosseum, the Forum, the Vatican.

The Metro is Rome’s subway system, and it offers a convenient, cheaper way to get around than taxis.

5. Look for deals on tours

Part of planning a trip to Rome on a budget includes knowing when you want to spend a little money in order to get the best experience possible.

Sometimes it’s worth it to purchase a guided tour of major attractions. Prebooking an excursion like the Colosseum Area Floor tour ensures that you and your kids will learn everything you can about this historic locale.

Search for deals online before you go so you can maximize your savings.


With some forethought and planning, a family trip to Rome on a budget can be a joyous experience.

Do your research for deals before you go for both travel, accommodation, and attractions,  and you and your family will be able to enjoy the trip of a lifetime without too much damage to your pocketbook.

WOW!! I Can’t Believe What They Made With This!

Do you have magazines running rampant in your house? I do!! I have them stuck everywhere, ok maybe not that bad but still! I found this adorable DIY for an X-Shaped Magazine Holder! I love the simple and clean look of this holder! If you don’t like it plain, then feel free to express yourself and personalize it to best suit your style! Thanks to Industry Standard Design for this easy to follow DIY! It can easily be made in no time! Check out their page to find the complete list of materials and instructions!

Let us know what you thought about this fun DIY! We love hearing from our friends! Until next time, Happy Crafting!

“I Love You Because” Door Hearts DIY!!

Well it’s February 1st and my daughters favorite holiday of the year! She loves everything about Valentines Day! This is something we started this year, today to be exact! What you do is write something you love about that person on a heart and tape it to their door! You then add 1 ever day until Valentines Day, or longer if you prefer! My daughter was excited to wake up this morning to a heart on her door! My son loved it too! Great for friends, husbands, or maybe you just need to tell yourself how awesome you are or how much you are loved!

Share with us what you love most about February in the comments below! Can’t wait to read them all!! Check out our other DIY’s here! Until next time Happy Crafting!

Make Life Easier With This Handy Fruit Plant!!

Get one of the hottest new gadgets on the market!! You get 10 tools in 1 and it’s stylish enough to sit on the counter! Score a great deal on the OLizee™ Creative Fruits Plant Multi Kitchen Tool Set of 10 Apple Cutter Avocado Scoop Fruit Slicer Cutter Mesh Lemon Squeezer for only $17.98 plus FREE shipping with Prime!

  • Plastic Type:PS
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  • 10 Tools: 1.masher, 2.picks*5, 3.Mesh cutter, 4.Lemon queezer, 5.bowl, 6.Avocad scoop, 7.Citrus cutter, 8 .Apple cutter, 9.Grater, 10.Grater squeezer
  • Single convenient and suitable for cut apples, pears and other fruits similar
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Bath Salts for Cold and Flu!

Bath Salts for Cold and Flu!

During the colder months, I always like to try different bath salts to prevent the cold and flu! This year, I tried this Bath Salts for Cold and Flu Recipe. Long story short, I loved these bath salts! Nothing is better than eucalyptus oil and vanilla. I plan on making these bath salts again and giving them to my in-laws! You must try this new recipe! Here are the supplies you’ll need:

  • 1 cup Epsom salt or sea salt
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 3 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 8 drops vanilla extract
  • Green food coloring if desired

Let us know if you enjoyed these bath salts in the comments below, because we’d love to know. For more directions on making these salts, be sure to visit the Your Beauty Blog for more details.

Mason Jar Tissue Holder DIY!


Mason Jar Tissue Holder DIY!

Do you have extra mason jars at home? If so, there are tons of crafts you can make with them! I recently found this Mason Jar Tissue Holder DIY project and was inspired. I plan on making some of these tissue holders for my home, because I have tons of unused mason jars. Plus, these tissue holders look so much nicer than the paper ones. Don’t you agree? If you’d like to make this project as well, be sure to have the following supplies ready:

  • Mason jar
  • Mason jar lid
  • Scissors
  • X-acto knife
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Glue stick
  • Hammered bronze Rust-Oleum spray paint
  • Craft Paint
  • Paint brush
  • Stick on craft embellishments
  • Tissue

PS: If you do not have any mason jars at home, head to your local thrift store and pay next to nothing for them!

For additional directions on how to make this craft, be sure to visit The Happy Housewife Webpage! Let us know what projects you’ve made with your family, we love to hear from our readers.