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Coupon Abbreviations
  • SC = Store Coupon
  • MC = Manufacturer Coupon
  • SS = Smart Source
  • RP = Red Plum
  • PG = Proctor and Gamble
Coupon Terms
  • WYB = When You Buy
  • B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free
  • .75/1 = 75 cents off one item
  • .75/3 = 75 cents off three items
  • EXP = Expiration Date

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A recent study showed that more than one-third of adults have not had their cholesterol checked within the past year. Cholesterol is one the largest controllable factors in heart disease.  Did you know heart disease is the number one cause of death in women?  Do you know what your cholesterol number is?

Cheerios has been on a crusade to help people lower cholesterol for a while, but now they are going one step further.  Now through January 31, 2010, if you buy cheerios marked like the one in the picture above your box will have a “Helping Hearts” code inside.  For every code entered at www.cheerioshelpinghearts.com, Cheerios will donate $1, up to $200,000, to raise awareness for heart disease and provide free cholesterol screenings for women in need, through its partnership with WomenHeart.

So go buy your B1G1 Cheerios this week with your printable coupon and enter your codes to help out the cause!

The Giveaway

In honor of their new program, Cheerios is giving away 3 Freshwater Pearl Bracelets with a heart charm from Charity Charms to Southern Savers readers. These are beautiful bracelets!  For you guys, your wives/girlfriends would love them so don’t feel too left out (click on the picture above to see the bracelet).

To Enter
Leave a comment below with what you do to stay healthy.  Or what you don’t do but should…  If you have a frugal way of being healthy that’s even better!!  Please one entry per person.

I will pick the winners Saturday evening.

    • Joan Garneau

      To stay healthy, I exercise by walking the treadmill a half hour each day. My cardiologist told me exercise is the best thing you can do for your heart. I also watch what I eat, trying to avoid fats and particularly trans fats. I try to keep my weight down as well. I try to include at least five fruits and vegetables each day in my diet. Last, but not least, I make sure that I take all the medicines my doctor has told me to take.

    • Beth

      I push a twin jogging stroller + 42 pounds of boys up and down the hills in my neighborhood — works for me!

    • Shana

      I was diagnosed with high cholesterol five years ago at age 23. It was very surprising because I don’t eat a lot of fatty foods! Since then I’ve made an effort to eat healthier, making sure that I eat a lot of fruits and vegetables. I also walk on my treadmill for half an hour at least four days a week and do yoga once or twice a week. My cholesterol is now back in the healthy range! :)

    • I drink tons of water! It’s free, it makes you feel good, you never feel “starved”, and it gives you a great complexion! My hubby actually just gave up his Mountain Dew addiction last Wednesday and has lost 8 lbs in the last 8 days from drinking ONLY water and no cokes or carbonated beverages!!! He feels better, his pores look better and he doesn’t crave “bad” foods like he used to! Yeah for H2O!!!

    • neljo

      i love mixing honey nut cheerios and banana cheerios together. i can always find coupons for cheerios. that really helps also it helps when i can get my coupon doubled. i love your site!!!! i love having the deals and coupons put together for me……lol

      Thank You

    • gini

      I fast once a week and do a liquid fast twice a week…When I’m not being lazy about it. This has been helping me to lose weight and save on my grocery bill!

    • After 3 kids and hitting the big 30 I realized my body required a lot more attention than I was giving it. I know you all understand- being a wife and mom, your “me” time is well non-existent most of the time. That is why I was OVERJOYED when our church, Celebration Baptist of Yulee, Florida,joined a Family Driven Softball League. Growing-up, softball was a big part of my life. So, I signed-up immediately. Boy was it a work-out. I learned I had muscles in places I never knew existed!! Softball really made me feel alive in different way. About the same time my husband bought me a Wii Fit. This thing is awesome. It allows me to have a TRUE WORKOUT while my little man mimics me. I don’t have to leave home or my kids and I can do it whenever I want to. I really love it. All of that to say- MY OPINION is that intializing some sort of exercise can lead to a new found sense of well-being which encourages a healthy lifestyle.

    • Heather

      To stay healthy, I signed up to run my first 10K next weekend … so have been running 5 miles 3x’s a week to train. It is so much fun (well, I guess it’s fun if you love to run!)

    • Amanda

      I try to exercise atleast 4 times a week. I also have quit buying take out and overly processed foods. The kids have fun making our own “take out” style foods at home. It saves a ton of money too!

    • Angie

      Lots of fresh fruit!!

    • This may sound silly but with my abundance and great selection of stockpiled cereal I have it for dinner 2-3 times per week. I have noticed a change in how my clothes fit and it’s not because we don’t have plenty of other food in the house. LOL

    • Amy Beaird

      I play dodgeball, register for a 10K each year and hit the gym for cardio and weights when I can. My cholesterol has been high since I was a kid, so its really important for me.

    • Cher

      There are 5 things we do to stay healthy. Thanks to mom for teaching me this “high 5.” The idea is that there categories of health 1) emotional 2) social 3) physical 4)spiritual and 5) financial. Here is an example in each category of things we do at our house. My husband and I pay attention to each others emotions and how our words and actions impact each other. To keep our social circle strong, we nurture our special relationships with all the virtue we’ve got. To care for our physical health, we exercise and eat healthy meals. Spiritually, we put love and gratitude at the heart of our existence. To care for our financial health, I follow a really great blog–Southern Savers!!!

    • p.s. I want to add that when I get a chance to stockpile Cheerios I send them to my Dad who has suffered a heart attack and stroke and battles his high Cholesterol.

    • I think it is vital to be healthy. You can be the richest person in the world but if you suffer from poor Health, you really have nothing! I encourage that to all my friends and family. I keep my family healthy by cooking low fat and high fiber meals. I take my two little ones in the jogger stroller for a 3 mile run often so they can get a breath of fresh air as well! I also pack my husband’s lunch for him to save money and to keep his cholesterol on track. But most of all, we try to maintain a stress free life and think positive!

    • Lana

      Ahem! We were doing so much better at eating healthy before the kids went to college! Now we eat out too much and have too many treats! But we are getting back on the band wagon and I bought 6 boxes af Cheerios today and lots of fresh produce and we will begin again.

    • Melissa

      Funny, I am sitting here eating dry Cheerios and come here and see this. Cheerios is my popcorn/chips/snack food. I eat a box a week at least.

      As far as keeping healthy, not much. I guess I’m lucky to have good health genes. My husband’s employer puts on Health Fairs and we get FREE health screenings, so I’ve had my cholesterol and BMI and blood and all that checked recently. I was all good.

      I do get out in the Spring/Summer and walk/ride bikes on our local walking/biking trail a good bit, because I enjoy it and the nature and scenery is so pretty.

    • Laura F

      I run a 7 yr old to and from activities, chase a 20 month old around ALL DAY and carry/push 9 month old twin boys around. In addition to that I also use my elliptical 3 times/wk and we do not drink soda, eat candy or snack cakes at our house.

    • Kati

      I walk my girls to and from school everyday.

    • Tonya

      To stay healthy, I walk on the treadmill every morning before my children get out of bed. I drink lots of water every day and chase my little one around. I also just try to eat as healthy as possible. We all have times we stray from that, but for the most part, we eat a balanced meal every day. I also like to laugh a lot and just take in my children to have my mind stay healthy as well.

    • Jeannie

      I have a busy four-year-old I run after and I busy 19 year-old I try to keep up with. I also teach high school and I try to keep up with them too. They visit your blog here once a week during my class and whenever they want to after school in my room or at their homes. My students love couponing.
      I exercise everyday (yoga), and take a low dose Bayer aspirin (yea, Rite-Aid deal earlier this year!) I do eat Cheerios often and also Oatmeal (yea, Quaker deal earlier)
      The best thing I have done for my health recently was to FINALLY quit smoking. I have never smoked in my house because of my children and I finally decided that my lungs and health were important too. I used coupons to get 6 boxes of Commit from Publix and CVS (almost free!) at the first of the year and I have been completely smoke free for over two months. (I had cut down to 6-10 cigs a day by the time I went on the lozenges.) It’s a WONDERFUL thing to have those foul sticks out of my life!

    • Jennifer

      To stay healthy, I try to use the elliptical trainer a few times a week or walk outside if the weather is nice. Keyword being TRY. (Okay, I will try to do better.)

    • Nikki

      To stay healthy, my husband I get up early (before our kids wake up) and work out together in our garage 4-5 times a week. This saves us from paying for a gym membership, and we use a home workd out DVD that my brother-in-law gave to us, so we didn’t even have to pay for that!

    • Keisha Hill

      On busy days when it’s hard to watch what I eat (or when I don’t really want to) I simply don’t eat anything I wouldn’t allow my preschoolers to have. Through this one simple filter I keep myself from the extra sugar, caffeine and empty carbs that are so easy to fill up on.

    • Gabby

      I’ll admit I’m not the healthiest person, but I have been trying to exercise more (starting out on the treadmill) and my Dh and I don’t go out to eat as much, much less the fast food, which not only helps our hearts, but our budget. I also do eat a lot of Cheerios (especially Honey Nut — yum!). I will say though, that even though I’m overweight and a lot of issues run in my family, the last time I had my cholesterol checked it was in the high 130s, so doin’ good!

    • Kimberly

      Exercise and avoid junk food!

    • Run/walk on the treadmill, try to do it 3x a week.

    • Charity

      I take walks with my two year old son.

    • Cindy

      I exercise regulary and try to eat properly. That includes Cheerios!

    • To stay healthy my husband and I ride bikes- we’ve riden the MS 150 the last two years and plan to keep it up. We love to be outdoors and to work hard while having fun! It’s the BEST thing we’ve found to keep motivated because it’s doing something we love-

    • Karen

      I started running in July and got up to 3 and a half miles. Ran my first 5K in October. I love it!

    • Teresa

      There is nothing like a good old fashioned workout. I hit our local rec center 4-5 times a week. I love it, but it sure feels good when it’s over!

    • Janet

      I stay in shape by dancing with richard simmons. It is a joyful way to get up and get moving. I also am participating in the Ukrops Monument Avenue 10k run on March 28. I eat love to eat cheerios the frosted ones. We also eat lots of fresh veggies and drink lots of water.

    • Natalie

      I head to gym 4 times a week after work. I enjoy the classes the most because I never push myself like the instructors do!! :)

    • As a young adult who HATES to exercise, I like to make exercise fun. To stay healthy I play ultimate frisbee with friends in a park. Two hours of that is a huge workout!

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    • kathy

      I have been on a Cheerios feeding freenzy myself. I enjoy trying to eat through the rotation of the different styles….reg, honey nut, multi-grain, etc. I’m really excited about the banana nut. Thanks for the entry.

    • Sandi

      I try to eat only when I’m hungry, and I make sure I stop eating once I’m satisfied…most of the time. =)

    • Holly

      Since Christmas I have lost 11 lbs- just eating less (not after 7pm) and exercising about 4 times a week. I also try to eat a lot of fiber and a healthy breakfast (like oatmeal.) I also chase my kids all day.
      Those bracelets are lovely.

    • Katie

      I rotate pushing a double stroller and pulling a wagon with 50+ pounds of two kids around the hills in our neighborhood 3-4 times a week. I also try to drink lots of water, more than Diet Soda (which is my major problem, even though it is diet) and serve vegetables and fruits at all meals.

    • Kristen

      I work out at a gym for an hour 3 times a week. They have a (free) childcare service. I have bargained with my two young children that exercise is important and that if they give me the hour to work out the rest of the day I give my time to them. I figure 1 hour to 23 is a pretty good trade off!

    • Katie

      I chase my three children under the age of four around constantly AND work full-time; however, as a former aerobics instructor, I know the importance of exercising and try to go for at least 3 3-4 mile runs each week. Does wonders for my mental health as well.

    • Carrie

      I walk at a fast clip on the treadmill for 30 minutes 4-5 days a week. At first it was hard to keep going, but I made myself keep going, and eventually it got much easier. I eat lots of fruit and try to eat lots of vegetables, but I have a harder time getting them in. I try to drink as much water as possible and have tried to change my portions to smaller, more reasonable sizes. I have found that eating reasonable normal portions (but not large ones!) gives me greater success in sticking to a decently healthy diet. If I try to eat small portions and am still hungry after a meal, I tend to give in to unhealthy snacking. I’ve lost 30 pounds over the last year (slow but sure) doing this. I still have more weight I’d like to lose, but it’s encouraging to feel so much better than when I was heavier!

    • Kathleen

      I am a member of Sparkpeople (http://www.sparkpeople.com/). It’s a FREE online program that teaches you about health & fitness. I’m able to count calories and log any exercise I do throughout the week. I am able to see my progress and connect with other users who want to loose weight or just stay healthy. It is a great program! Everyone needs to check it out!

    • beth w

      i love to workout and participate in all type of contests/races. I use to do triathlons but have gotten bored with them. I did the Walt disney world marathon this past january (5 hours – lol). In two weeks I am competing in a 12 hour adventure race in charleston (kayaking, mountain biking, running, climbing and orienteering. I love it- it gets me outside and keeps me healthy!!

      now recently i have dropped 13 pounds but thats due to bad morning sickness rather than actual dieting :)

    • Sherry

      Now that the weather is getting nicer, I am definitely going to start going on “family walks” in the afternoons!

    • A few years ago my family was surprised to find out the hard way that even maintaining a healthy weight doesn’t mean your cholesterol will be low. We’ve swapped butter for olive oil, grilled or baked instead of fried, and steamed veggies which taste great on their own, so we skip the salt. This has helped us maintain our health inside and out.

    • Marcia

      I get a physical every year and nag my husband to do the same…after finding out how high his cholesterol was we changed our eating habits and now his bad cholesterol is way down.

    • srtasa

      i go to an exercise class twice a week.

    • Palmetto210

      The best thing I did for my health was graduate from college. Oh, how much junk I ate back in the day!

      Seriously, though, to stay healthy, I strive to be an Inquiring Mind. I read food labels, supplement with vitamins where necessary, and stay aware of how marketing trends affect my reality of what’s healthy, etc. Some of our food is organic, but not all. My kids lap up teaspoons of berry-flavored code liver oil; I slurp protein shakes for a quick afternoon snack. Overall, I desire for my family to eat wisely. We get outside a lot, to a park, to help with yardwork, and to play hopscotch. I try to get to the gym 3-4 times per week. On busy activity days, I park far away from our destination to sneak in a little exercise. We balance a Saturday morning stop at Dunkin Donuts with a veggie stir fry for supper. I want to live a FULL, healthy life!

    • I try to walk. We don’t have any equipment, so I just commit to walking. Finding a walking buddy is a great idea! Also, I don’t have seconds. I just take one helping at meals and that’s it. I may get hungry, but I won’t starve before the next meal.

    • nanci

      we have a park across the street and I walk 3 times a week also eat
      breakfast, bars cereal oatmeal, love cheerios

    • Susan

      I wasn’t being very healthy until January. That’s when my blood pressure elevation could no longer be ignored. Then I got worried when I realized my father was only 42 when he had his first two heart attacks. I’m only 2 years away from that age. SO….I have had my cholesterol checked, started back on my sensible eating plan (I hate the word diet because it’s temporary) and have lost almost 20 pounds. I go to the gym at least 3 times a week (yes, I really do it now and love it!). I drive between 8 and 10 glasses of water each day and cut caffeine out of my diet. But the most important thing that I do now is take time to stop and enjoy life! The smiles of my children and time with my family can never be taken away!

    • I eat lots of greens and go easy on the red meat. Veggies are full of fiber and vitamins that keep you healthy in so many ways. I am even more motivated to cook healthy, knowing that what I cook is what my whole family eats!

    • Phyllis

      I am battling ovarian cancer and following my surgery to remove tumors, I suffered a minor stroke. It was caught in time and I suffered no lasting effects, however; following the stoke, I had to have an anteriorgram which showed 90% blockage in my right carotid. So, a month later I had right carotid surgery. I try to walk on the treadmill when I am able between my chemo treatments and I have began eating much healthier. I do have high cholestrol and I eat Cheerios (plain) several times a week. I use coupons I find in our local paper, in addition to coupons I get online and purchase Cheerios all the time.

    • Angie

      Well I was getting older and not any smaller! I went to weight watchers about 3 yrs. ago and learned a whole new life. After a year I found that I had lost 90 pds! YEAH!! I am very faithful with not eating unhealthy foods, taking that first bite makes you want even more so I stick to low calorie, fat free, fruits etc. etc. We have a gym at our job and we take our lunch hr. Mon-Thurs. and work out for an hour. I switch every other day from complete cardio work out to weights and cardio. Its a constant battle and a struggle but it feels so much better !!

    • christina

      I got my cholesterol checked about 4 months ago and it was slightly elevated. At 30, not something I needed to hear. Therefore I did the following: I walk with my two children at least 3 times a week. I feed my family a healthy meal with lowfat milk, fresh fruit and “frozen” veggies that I always get a super deals…thanks to a certain coupon “guru”. I meditate every night for at least 5 minutes. I also try to realize that I can’t change the world everyday and I have to live one day at a time. To be a super mom, I don’t have to get everything accomplished in one day. I hope you choose me! I could really use something new, considering everything I buy is always for someone else! :-)

    • christina

      Hey Jeannie….Congrats for kicking the smoking habit! Think of all the cheerios you can buy with your new cash flow! :-)

    • I don’t like fish, so I’ve started to take a tablespoon of cod liver oil each day to help get the omega’s. It’s really not that bad (lemon flavored). I try to get on the treadmill at least 30 minutes, 4 – 5 times a week. Guess what? It has helped. Just had my cholesterol checked and the HDL is way up, tricl. are down, got a little more work to do on the LDL.

    • Tabetha

      I haul Matthew up and down the hills in our neighborhood in the wagon, or sometimes he rides his bike, but I end up carrying him and the bike in a few hundred feet…

    • Amanda

      I try to make sure I keep water on hand so that I drink it instead of grabbing cokes from machines.

    • Jennifer Shankle

      I stay healthy by making sound decisions in the grocery store and kitchen. I do my best to read my labels and cut out partially hydrogenated oils and sugars from our foods. I eat lots of fruits and veggies, exercise and take time to de-stress when i can. I don’t do all of this perfectly but i do what i can to be aware of my daily decisions that can affect my health.

    • I just bought a bicycle and will be riding it on the greenways around town to try to get some exercise.

    • Tammy

      I am big on whole grains. We only buy whole grain cereals and rice. I make home made whole wheat bread every week. Also my little girl and I are going on walks every day before her nap.

    • I bake with whole wheat flour that I mill at home with my wheat grinder and bake all kinds of whole wheat goodies…rolls, breads, pizzas etc. and we eat a lot of chicken, salads and vegies.

      My Hubs got me a bike recently and I plan on biking during the spring and when it gets too hot for that, I’ll walk on the beach in my bare feet, swim in the ocean, swim at the Navy Base pool and join a water excercise class too…low impact is my style !

    • Wendy

      My kids even ate Honey Nut Cheerios this morning! -I go to the gym between 3-5 times a week, take my kids to the park, and my boys (including my husband) take karate.

    • kym

      I had a “heart scare” last week. I am 42 and had chest pains down into my left arm….after a great check up and awesome Dr’s and nurses, I am fine. It was enough to make me realize that I worry too much and exercise too little. I love cheerios (bought 2 boxes today) and my family loves to eat great food…so with a healthy diet, exercise and less worrying, I think I will be in good shape!
      Thanks for helping my family eat well with less money!

    • Brittany

      My health has been a journey having grown up with two amazing parents who are overweight. I have found myself having some similar habits and my sweet husband has been so supportive in watching our daughter so I can go to the gym frequently–I try to go five times a week. I also am trying to watch what I eat and not eat so many sweets. It’s working, slowly but surely :-).

      Thank you for all you do with Southern Savers–I LOVE it.

    • bethany

      I’ve lost all of my baby weight plus an additional 10 lbs to put me in a healthy bmi range :) plus, I love cheerios!

    • Becca

      As a family we have dealt with the high cholesterol of my husband buy changing our diets….one of our changes was switching our nightly snack of ice cream to a bowl of cereal! We are all the better for it!!

    • Tawana

      Walk,walk,walk! And of course watch what I eat.

    • Stacy

      My husband and I just started watching what we eat and we began taking nightly walks. The walks are not only a way for us to get exercise and to help us get healthier, but we also take our 2 year old with us and we get to bond and have fun on the walks!

    • Betsy

      I try to exercise 3-5 times a week (although this week will only be 2!) at the gym doing either free weights or a class. I also have a great group of girls who I work out with that are my accountability partners. I know they are counting on me to be at the gym at 5am!!

    • Sharon Duncan

      I saved the gym membership fee and bought a Wii Fit, which has been my own little gym workout every day. I hated to spend money joining a gym since I was afraid it would be too hard with homeschooling and working as a nurse every weekend to actually go. I have been using it pretty faithfully since it is right here at home- no need to spend gas or extra time (which is its own economy!). I’ve replaced my ice tea and sodas with water throughout the day,(water in my filtered Pur dispenser is free, sort of!) and I am eating healthy. After all, protecting our health is a huge way to save money! :-)

    • Linda

      I take my gym bag with me to work so that I go straight to the gym. If I go home to change I don’t seem to have the motivation to work out as much. Going straight from work takes away the temptation to skip my workout.

    • Deanne G

      I walk my dogs every night whether they like it or not. My dachshund is overweight as well as myself, so he does alittle extra over my greyhound.

      Thanks so much

    • kay

      Skip eatting all the treats at work. I didn’t realize how much I ate!

    • My two little boys and I drink lots of water and “exercise” by turning on music and dancing around the living room. :)

    • Elizabeth B.

      I carry a water bottle around with me all day and try to exercise 5 times a week. I also purposely park farther from the entrance to a store and take the stairs instead of an elevator!

    • Carol

      I walk a lot and do not eat junk food. The banana Cheerios are great and I always add more fruit with my breakfast cereal.

    • I work out! Cardio and WEIGHTS, which is so important for women!

    • I have started drinking more water. I need to walk or do some sort of exercise.

    • Dianne

      I have recently lost 10 pounds, and I attribute this to daily walks with my mother’s dog, Molly. It’s our quiet, quality time as well as making us healthier through exercise and exposure to sunshine (providing vitamin D). I also try to be heart healthy with daily breakfast of oats (oatmeal or Cheerios) and grape juice, followed by taking a baby aspirin, fish oil, and niacin.

      I may be lighter, but my wallet is heavier since discovering this wonderful site.

    • Christine

      To stay healthy, I have the dog trained to stare me down every morning until we take a nice walk.

    • christy

      I am drinking more water, and putting more thought into healthier meal planning. I have gained a few pounds this year, so I am working extra hard on finding time to exercise and be more careful not to eat while I am constantly in the kitchen feeding my four boys.

    • to stay healthy I try to eat according to weight watchers point system as well as exercise as often as possible.

    • I chase after 7 kids every day! *grin*

      Seriously, I don’t get the exercise I’d like to, but I do try to cook healthy for my family.

    • Jakealex2

      I don’t do anything really. I saving up and plan on buying a Gym membership. Now whether or not just the membership will help is up to debate, but i plan on going…We will see.

    • Patty

      I drink 100 oz. of water everyday….

    • Danielle

      I drink a ton of water, and walk our dog at least once a day.

    • Patricia

      We started a group at work and there are about 20 of us. It is similar to the Biggest Loser. There will be a winner at the end that gets a prize. So all of us have been watching what we eat, working out the kinks in our exercise program and supporting each other. Although everyone would like to the winner, my goal was to use the program to help me get back into an exercise program and to pay closer attention to what I eat. Even if there is only one winner in the end, we have all really won if we have chosen a healthier lifestyle!

    • Lane

      I am using Southern Savers to be healthy! Before SS, I didn’t think I could afford “good” food – food that is healthy and quality. Now I can and am so excited about being able to provide fun, tasty, and healthy offerings for my family. Thanks, Jenny!

    • I’m starting to try to get healthier, and have a long way to go and a lot of weight to lose. My first project in “Healthier Kristin” is to start substituting my favorite fatty items for those with less fat, baked or grilled food, and better nutritional value. I even started reading labels. Now, I’m not a fan of cereal with milk, but Cheerios dry is my favorite snack..and not no mention they have a snack mix that is absolutely wonderful!

    • Jackie

      I bought a pedometer and make sure I walk at least 10,000 steps every day. Pedometers are cheap (you just need the bare bones model) and walking is free. You can use this anywhere too. If it’s nasty outside, go walk at the mall or a superstore.

    • Elizabeth

      I eat Cheerios and Quaker Oat Meal and walk every day.


    • Crista

      To get healthier I recently lost 40 lbs. (20 more to go!) But something I need to do but haven’t fit in yet is EXERCISE and eating more vegetables.


    • Diane

      I’m doing strength training. A trainer told me that 10 pounds of muscle can burn 3500 calories (equals 1 pound) just resting. I’m working hard to build the muscle so that my body will be working for me!

    • Sara

      I walk pretty much every day,and eat oatmeal for breakfast. It keeps me full until lunch better than anything else.

    • Amber H

      I try to make the foods we eat healthier by adding flax seed/wheat germ to things. Anything I bake, I use whole wheat flour.

    • Becca

      I just completed my first half marathon in February and am going to work on training for another one in the fall!

    • Susan Hackney

      I eat a low fat diet and have incorporated more fresh vegetables and fruit into our daily diet.

    • Melissa

      I eat Cheerios for breakfast almost everyday. I also go walking anytime I can. I’m really looking forward to this warmer weather so hopefully I can start going everyday. I also try to make healthy dinners.

    • Shannon

      I don’t sweat the small stuff and I take time to enjoy my family. Having been the caregiver for a step-father with quintuple bypass, a father with lung cancer and a 40 year old brother in law that has been on dialysis for 15 years and had triple bypass over the holidays I have learned that it’s simpliest things that can make a differnece…walk the neighborhood, watch your fat, and enjoy life!

      And don’t clip those coupons for cigarettes!!

    • Beth

      I love this giveaway! How cool!
      I like to go walking (but don’t do it as much as I should). It’s free and with my hilly neighborhood, I get a good workout. Want a thrifty way to intensify your walk without buying hand weights? Grab a couple of canned goods on your way out and use those instead!

    • Beth C

      To stay healthy I drink water, eat oatmeal cheaply (with all the grocery deals I receive from this website, eat a low fat or no fat diet, lots of veggies and manage stress with lots of positive thinking and exercise and stay very active. For exercise, I love to walk and do my own yardwork. Love this giveway and your website. Thanks for all you do!

    • Michelle

      I eat lots of Cheerios! I’ve been couponing for a couple of months now, so I’ve stockpiled quite a few boxes of various kinds of Cheerios. My kids love Cheerios, and they’re good for our hearts! I have four little ones (my oldest is 6), so I stay pretty active caring for them every day, too!

    • Sarah M

      Playing outside with my 2 year old son and our 2 dogs helps keep me active! When we go to the park I try to do everything my son does, climbing and running are great exercises! Also we make our pizza instead of ordering in! You can use flatbread or whole wheat crust and load up on veggies, my son will try a lot more foods if he gets to help make it!

    • Lucy

      I eat lots of fruit and veggies and try to keep stress to a minimum.

    • Kami

      I have started eating more vegetables every day plus walking. I push my 2 year old and 2 month old all over our hilly neighborhood. I feel better on the days I walk.

      Thanks for all you do on this website! It’s a tremendous help!

    • candee

      I drink lots of water, TRY to keep junk foods and stress to a minimum, and I believe that spending lots of fun time with lots of laughter with my family also helps a lot…

    • Kathryn

      I don’t smoke, use olive oil, avoid transfats, eating more fiber foods.

    • I try to cook & eat healthy wherever possible.


    • Wendy

      I exercise at the YMCA to stay healthy. It’s frugal because it saves us money on the kids’ sports programs and swim lessons :)

    • I try to watch what I eat, stretch & walk as much as possible. What I don’t do that I need to do is more strength & cardio workouts.

    • jessica

      I ride the bike everyday and walk with my boys now that it is warmer!!

    • Adla

      I’m now on a weight loss program and am eating foods that are higher in fiber and trying to walk every day. I also add raw oatmeal to my cold cereal and it helps bring my cholesterol down!

    • Tina

      I can’t drive, so I ride my bike everywhere and I walk at least 30 minutes or 3 miles every other day. Due to some pmedical problem, it is not advisable me for me to jog. We restrict our meat to 3 times a wek and eat lots of vegies, fruit and beans. Whole Grain cheerios is our favorite cereal.

      And, thanks for your blog, it helps us cut down our grocery bill a lot.

      God bless

    • I go bareback horseback riding at least 4 times a week…amazing how much you can get fit riding without a saddle.

    • dtgville

      I walk my dog – good for her and me!

    • marcey

      Run after my 5 year old to stay in shape!!!

    • A friend told me about your website last week and I can’t wait to dig in! I’ve been paying for one, so I’m excited to be able to save even more money :-)

      I wish I could say I was the catalyst for healthy activity, but it is my kids! We have four, from just turned 13 to almost 5. You’d think running after them would be my exercise, but the scales disagree!

      My 13 year old daughter has really developed a health conscious awareness…she is my motivator to get out and walk. The two littler ones will ride their bikes and the older two and myself will walk…we just returned from a 30 minute neighborhood walk!

      When weather allows, my oldest daughter will wake early for the two of us to walk before the man of the house has to leave for work!

      After 42, something snapped and the weight is more difficult to manage than ever. But I’m proud to report with the help of my young athletic trainer, I’ve lost 4-1/2 pounds in the last two weeks!

    • I go to Boot Camp three mornings a week, cardio three times a week on top of going to Boot Camp and walk my dog.

    • Megan Martin

      I lug my 8 month old son around who weighs almost 30 pounds! We also watch our portion sizes and opt for “lighter” choices as a family.

    • Brittany

      I trade all of my starchy white products for the whole grain ones. My husband and children can’t even tell a difference!!

    • Heather

      We try to focus on eating more vegetables.

    • I am a vegetarian. I have been for 20 years… I love to walk.. so that is what I do. I tried a gym and HATED IT!! Oh to be cooped up in a hot sticky gym was torture!

      Eat what you love.. and do the activity you LOVE!!!


      Beautiful Giveaway and what a great way to bring awareness to Womens health~ Thank you!

    • Dana

      I eat lots of fruits and veggies – especially in season. I also freeze lots of extras so peaches, strawberries and blackberries get us through the long winter. I NEED to drink more water and exercise more!

    • Carrol Herrin

      We eat lots of fresh veggies – even the grandkids love them. In the summer when fresh fruit is plentiful, they love to make fruit kabobs and eat them with yogurt.

    • Renee

      I joined Curves when they were running their special at the beginning of the year it ended up being like $6 a week (a great price). That helps me have “me” time, they also have a massage therapist (which is great). I have high blood pressure so the massages really help calm me. My fiance is a truck driver and he has three children that live with us and then we have 2 year old so I stay pretty busy when he isn’t home and the time with just the ladies working out is great.

    • Carrie

      I just started on this whole coupon savings things (umm…loving it so far) and so now I am buying more fruit and things that are better for me to eat. I have always had a terrible diet. And now that we have all this food in our house I want to cook more. SO, my goal is to eat better and cook more balanced meals with more fruits and vegetables.

    • kisah jackson

      we eat lots of veggies and fruits, and we pack our lunches that we take to work with healthy snacks so we’ll be less tempted to eat junk while we’re there….

    • To stay healthy, I play outside with my son. With my husband away in the military for almost 2 years now, it’s easy to get caught up in what I need to get done when I get home from work and not spend much time with my soon to be four year old. I try to remind myself just how much “mommy’s” time means to him and play outside, run, catch, chase him, etc. Not only do we get quality time together, but we’re also getting much needed exercise – two for one – and free! :)

    • Sarah

      I get up early in the morning and walk, and eat lots of fiber!

    • Sarah P

      I am training to run a 5k!

    • I try to Exercise 3 times a day everyday even if it is just fro 10 min.
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    • Beth

      I eliminate most snack foods, go on walks, and get enough fiber in my diet.

    • Carolyn G

      I try to eat 6 smaller healthy meals per day and try to exercise at least 15 minutes per day

    • I’ve been working my way towards some better habits. I will never give up the chocolate, but:

      I gave up soft drinks a couple of years ago. They are not missed. I used to drink more Dr. Pepper than Forest Gump at the White House. It can be done!

      I don’t cruise fast food restaurants. Okay, maybe once every 2 months or so. But we are not frequent fliers at the drive through window. We don’t feel like we are restraining ourselves. We get better stuff at home.

      Two words: Wii Fit. I don’t use it as much as I should and I will totally blame anyone but me for it. But I do enjoy it. And it’s more of a workout than I ever bothered to do before.

      Oops! Two more words: Tony Blair. He’s my puppy. He takes up energy, too. Walks, “Run, run runs!” and playing tug-o-tony or fetch the baby bear.