As we head towards being more health conscious and saving our planet, there are a ton of things that most of us have in our homes that we can really live without. These possessions only weigh us down, and in some cases, are detrimental to our health. Besides creating clutter, these items are probably generating a debt that we would be better off without. Here are the top 8 things:
1. Smaller cars – as statistic states that the average household size today in the U.S. is 2.59. Do we really need an SUV to get around town? The smaller cars are cheaper, more fuel efficient and easier to park and maneuver.
2. Land lines – there are so many ways of communicating these days: cell phones, call forwarding, texting, instant messaging, Facebook, blogging, just to name a few. You no longer have to stay home because of that one important call you’re waiting for. A basic local service cost $15 – $25/month.
3. Exercise equipment – Exercise burns off stress and keeps the weight off. EAT less and MOVE more. No equipment, especially high priced fancy ones, is needed. There are plenty of motion-activities that don’t cost a penny: sit-ups, crunches, hikes, swimming, gardening, etc.
4. Electronics – game consoles, laptops, movie players, cell phones that do everything short of cooking your meals. We’re all too busy trying to simultaneously finish up our project, email grandma, update our Facebook and upload the app to monitor our home-security system. Take all these electronic entertainment devices away, and we may have time for a game of Clue with family and friends, and some extra cash in our pockets.
5. Cable Services – in addition to being bombarded with the many activities created by electronics. We have cable TV which is definitely a want, not a need. This want can run anywhere between $40 – $200/month.
6. Decorations – seriously, who really needs 25 picture frames in their bedroom? What about the 8” bronze horse atop the piano that nobody touches! The painting of a waterfall hanging above the toilet is to transport us to a more pleasant place? We spend so much of our income ‘sprucing’ up our home continuously.
7. Clothes and Jewelry – excessive is possessing 28 pairs of dangly earrings, two watches, five bracelets and nine necklaces. It’s too bad there aren’t enough body parts or days of the week to parade around with so many possible combinations. Not to mention the outfits I can conjure up with eight pairs of jeans, 20 tops/blouses, nine jackets/vests and 25 pairs of shoes/heels.
8. Junk food – there is a good reason why it’s labeled ‘junk’ – chips, cookies, cupcakes, and soda bring about instant gratification. Prolong consumption can lead to serious health issues like obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes.
This guest article was contributed by Jennifer Bell from Health Train
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