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America’s Cheapest Family (Part 6): On Staying Healthy, Entertainment & Recreation

America's Cheapest FamilyThis is an ongoing series of book reviews – in parts, on money-related books.

The first is this series is called America’s Cheapest Family – Gets You Right on Money by Steve and Annette Economides. According to them, this is the guide to living better, spending less, and chasing in on your dreams!

Here’s what they have accomplished so far:

    – Paid off a house in 9 years on limited income (average income approx $35k/yr)
    – Paid cash for all their cars
    – Remodeled kitchen without a home equity loan
    – Enjoyed fabulous debt-free vacations
    – Fed a growing family (of 2+5) on a grocery budget of $350/mth
    – Put savings in the bank!

On Staying Healthy

– Drink lots of water
– If someone is sick in the house, wipe down all commonly used objects with disinfectant (eg. doorknob, light switches, telephones etc.)
– Wash your hands when you return home from outside
– Get 10-15 minutes sunshine a day so your body can produce beneficial Vitamin D
– Exercise
– Bleach can work wonders killing germs
– Consider Herbs and Natural Remedies.
(check out Prescription for Nutritional Healing by Phyllis Balch)
– Avoid Antibiotics. They are expensive and kill both good and bad bacteria.
– Keep your bowels operating.
– Be a leaner. If your kid has asthma, become a asthma expert.
– Book it. Start reading up and invest in your own well-being.

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On Entertainment & Recreation

Having fun doesn’t have to cost a bomb. Steve and Annette are convinced that meaningful memories can be created with little or no cost if you know where to look.

Holiday Recreations

    Hold potlucks for News Year’s Eve, go to the museum to celebrate certain days (eg. Martin Luther King), don’t celebrate Valentines’ Day on the day itself, enjoy free fireworks on Independence Day, make Mother’s and Father’s day a personal one.

    Make a list of annual local free events, so you won’t miss any and can plan for such outings.

    A book lover? Check out your public library.

    [Editor’s note: If you really like the book and want to keep a copy of it, check out 2nd hand bookshops that allows you to ‘rent’ the book, and sell it back to them if you don’t want it.]

    Watch movies at the dollar cinema if you don’t mind seeing a movie a few weeks later.

    [Editor’s note: We don’t have dollar cinemas, but if you do pop by to JB, you can catch a movie for the same price, just in RM. Alternatively, make use of discounts at cinemas like $6.50 movies on tuesdays at GV with popcorn card.]

    Your local schools might have free sporting events.

    Have a monthly game nights with couples who have kids around the same age. The kids can be put down to sleep, and the rest of you can have fun together.

    Volunteer. Sometimes volunteering gets you free passes for events.

    Schools out? Take the kids to the library, or the museums. Cultivate a ‘quiet time’ where time is set aside for each to do their own reading or artwork (and mom gets to take a break). Borrow dvds from friends and watch them. Volunteer, and teach your kids this at a young age. Go for field trips. Plan house-improvement projects and get the kids involved.

    [Editor’s note: Inexpensive field trips in Singapore could include visiting museums on certain days, the Newater Plan, farms like the mushroom/fish/goat farms, climbing Bukit Timah Hill and all the various park connectors etc.)]

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Others in this series:
America’s Cheapest Family (Part 1): On Grocery Shopping & Budgeting
America’s Cheapest Family (Part 2): On Cars
America’s Cheapest Family (Part 3): On Housing
America’s Cheapest Family (Part 4): On Utilities
America’s Cheapest Family (Part 5): On Debt
America’s Cheapest Family (Part 6): On Staying Healthy, Entertainment & Recreation
America’s Cheapest Family (Part 7): On Vacation and The Final Payoff

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America's Cheapest FamilyAmerica’s Cheapest Family by Steve and Annette Economides was checked out of the National Library for the purpose of this book review. It can be found at English 332.02400973 at your Library.

Check online to see if it’s available, and check it out for free!

(Free up some money in your entertainment/education envelopes!)

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