Feeling crummy after that vacation or business trip? Dehydration may be to blame -- and it can have a financial impact.
Air travelers: Feel a little parched? No wonder. You've spent hours breathing air whose humidity is as low as 10%. Maybe you limited your liquid intake, too, to avoid the lavatory.
"Dehydration" simply means that you lose more fluid than you take in. That sounds like a long plane ride to me.
Dry skin, itchy eyes, headache, sticky or dry mouth, fatigue -- any of these symptoms sound familiar? Travelers with asthma or other respiratory ailments may develop breathing problems, according to this Everyday Health article.
Dehydration has a financial impact, too:
Startled by the latest total on your supermarket receipt? Rethink the way you shop.
The "locavore" movement suggests we eat only foods grown within 100 miles of our homes. Not everyone lives near a farm, though, and while farmers markets operate in many cities, the produce can be pretty pricey.
To people concerned about how much of their paycheck is eaten up (so to speak) by grocery costs, I suggest a different challenge: Become a "frugalvore."
A new survey says she might prefer a spa day or a smartphone. Here are some frugal ways to get them.
The survey, commissioned by the Ebates cash-back shopping site, shows that 48% of U.S. moms crave a spa day more than a bouquet.
Fortunately, there are frugal ways to get either one. Or both.
Wedding clothes need not cost a fortune. You can even get a coupon for tuxedo rentals.
- The bridal gown doesn't have to cost a fortune.
- Bridesmaids' gowns need not be one-time-use.
- The men don't have to wear monkey suits -- but if that's the plan, did you know you can get a coupon for tux rentals?
Outfitting the bridal party can be pretty fraught, from the choice of wedding colors to the length of the veil.
It's possible to get the look you want -- even a designer look -- without emptying your wallet. Wedding planners and former brides told me so.
Your home is full of things that stall, shred, stick, crumble or clog. A whole bunch of those things can be fixed by you.
After she let me in, I pulled out my Swiss Army knife, flipped up the Phillips-head screwdriver and went at the door. In two minutes it worked beautifully.
The 20-somethings were all agog. It had never occurred to them to tighten the screws.
Airline employee 'buddy passes' offer travel for up to 90% off. Got any friends in high places?
Next week I'll fly to Alaska to house-sit, paying about $120 round-trip. Normally that ticket would cost almost $800.
How'd I get such a cheap fare? Friends in high places.
The average tab is now $1,078. Yes, really. But it doesn't have to be.
Startling, huh? But it gets worse: Parents who make less than $20,000 a year plan to spend more than the national average. They'll fork over $1,200 for this evening to remember.
Having trouble paying for your pills? These tips can help.
But it doesn't have to be.
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