Daily Resolution: Put Out a Warrant(y)

So often when we purchase items we do not give a second thought to the warranty. Why would we? After all, our product is new. Somehow in the excitement to open our new item, direction manuals and warranty paperwork get lost in the shuffle or thrown away. Then 6 months down the road when you need troubleshooting information or free replacement of the defective item, you are stuck. Find a place to keep all such paperwork for times of need. If you don’t want the clutter, see if you can find some of your manuals online as pdf files and save in a well-marked file. Take the time to learn to what extent you are covered under warranties for major purchases.

Daily Resolution: Create a DIY Commute

Endeavor to find a more economical way to get to work or school for a day. Coordinate transportation to and from practices for your children. Arrange a car pool once a week for work. Take public transportation. Walk. Ride a bike. Telecommute! Taking the day off would conserve energy and time, but don’t tell your boss!

Daily Resolution: Cook with a Secret Ingredient

If you have ever watched the Iron Chef, you know about a “secret ingredient”. For those of you who are not familiar with the popular cooking show, the premise is for chefs to creatively and competitively use a selection of secret ingredients to create a delicious meal. Be your own Iron Chef for a day or even a week. Choose some food item you have never used in a meal before. Follow a recipe or create something impromptu. Check out this list of secret ingredients, too!  “Allez Cuisine!”

Daily Resolution: Protect the Crown Jewels

Take an inventory of personal valuables (especially jewelry), and be sure you have insurance coverage on any items that have more than sentimental value. Consider inconspicuous hiding places for your jewelry when you are not home for extended periods of time. There are many items on the market to help “hide” things such as fake ice cubes!  Just don’t forget where you have put things! Read more about the best and worst places to hide your valuables.

Daily Resolution: Try Going Au Naturel!

Sometimes we take for granted how much cosmetic embellishment we add to ourselves each day. Try going for a day without any cologne, scented body wash, make-up, or scented lotions. Think about why you use certain items beyond  any aesthetic  reasons. Examine what kinds of chemicals may be involved in the products you use on a daily basis. Find alternatives to products that use ingredients that are questionable. One recommendation: Don’t skip the deodorant.

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