INCREASE YOUR WATER INTAKE

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Looking after my daily water intake is something that I am continuously working on. I never realised how much you really need to drink in order to feel good and be healthy. This was highlighted to me by my partner, who also happens to be a PT (handy!).

Most of us go through life not drinking the recommended amount of water and think that we feel fine, so why is drinking at least 2 litres of water a day so important?

Well, drinking water helps you both sleep better and it also increases your energy levels. This is because your body needs water to function, if you are not giving it the water it needs, your body will start to “slump” and then you will feel exhausted.

Drinking water also promotes weight loss, it is said that water can increase your metabolism and therefore, burn calories faster. Water also keeps you full and you’re therefore unlikely to eat more food. In fact, most of the time, when you think you are hungry, you are actually thirsty.

You will also get less headaches and have clearer skin if you drink more water. This is all down to hydrating your body, you are again, giving your body the water that it needs.

Considering all of the above, you will find that your mood will start to lift, you will have a better outlook on life!

Since I’ve increased my water intake, my mood and sleep have increased dramatically, and I’m definitely going to continue to drink a lot.

2 litres of water seems like a lot to take in, so I’m here to tell you how I am able to drink so much.

The most effective thing I have done since focusing on my water intake is purchase a water bottle with times on. It sounds silly and sounds as if I am treating myself like a child, but you’ve got to be simplistic with this stuff. Not only that, my water bottle has a straw, I’m not sure why, but I always drink more through a straw.

With the different times on the water bottle, I find myself sticking to them as much as possible. I see it as a bit of game, that I have to drink a certain amount by a certain time.

I’ve linked a bottle similar to the one I use below. This bottle is 900ml so you will literally need to fill it twice a day. If you click on the photo below, it will take you to the bottle so do check it out:

If it seems like a lot of water to start with, try increasing your water intake slowly over a few weeks. You’ll begin to notice that you look and feel so much better and then soon enough, drinking 2 litres a day seems like nothing at all.

I really recommend that you make this small change to your lifestyle and gradually increase your water intake. It’s something that we all overlook but yet it is extremely important for our body as it needs water to function.

Good luck!

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5 TIPS ON SAVING SOME EXTRA CASH

I’d consider myself as someone who is particularly good at saving money and budgeting when I need to. At the age of 26, I had saved a deposit for my house and I now own my own home (stay tuned for more information on this).

I have met an incredible amount of people who have not been able to save money. I truly believe it’s all about looking at where your priorities really lie, and assessing your financial expenditure on a daily basis.

Below are my five top tips to help you save some extra pennies. If you are seriously looking into saving some money, I do not think that these changes are particularly difficult:

1. Shop weekly at a large supermarket

I know a lot of people who buy their dinner from a local convenience store on the way home from work. You wouldn’t believe how different the price is on the products that are in the same chain of store, but in a larger supermarket. At the end of the day, it is in the title of the store, you are paying extra for the CONVENIENCE of it being right on your doorstep. If you plan your meals for the week and buy all of the ingredients from a larger store, I can guarantee you will be saving a few pounds each week.

2. Do you really need that Starbucks?

One thing I never do is go to coffee shops, maybe once at the weekend to treat myself, but never during the week. Yes, ok, it may taste delicious, however if you are really trying to save some money, this is one of the main things you should be cutting back on. If you have coffee in your home or at work, why are you spending tens of pounds each week at a coffee shop just around the corner? It’s the same as point 1, you are simply paying for the convenience of someone preparing it for you! What I usually do is take a flask with me, everywhere. I’m a green tea drinker, I’ll always take one in a flask when I’m on the go.

3. Give yourself an allowance for the month

One thing I do is allow myself money for every aspect of my financial expenditure. For example, I allow £60/week for fuel, £50/week for food and £70/week for general weekend entertainment and socialising. Everything I allow for is always OVER what I would actually spend. Never underestimate your spending as then you will literally have no money left to save. For me, my fuel is never £60/week and my food is never £50/week, therefore, I’m left with more money that I can put into my savings.

4. Make your own lunches for work

This is the same as point number 2 really, but in relation to food. If you are buying your lunch every day from a store or sandwich bar etc. you are paying for the convenience of the food being made for you. You’re therefore spending tens of pounds on food when there is no need. It is much cheaper to prepare your own lunches at home, it only takes a quick 10 minutes in the evening to put something together.

5. Do not spend lots of money every weekend

Lots of people feel that they need to constantly go out every weekend otherwise they are missing out. This is far from the truth! For me personally, I go out for food every other week with my partner. The other two weeks we grab cheap ready meals from the supermarket and watch movies at home. Generally, we go out after we have been paid. There are also tonnes of things that you can do for free in your spare time! You just need to research what is around in your area and then you’re good to go.

I hope that the above tips are helpful to you. These are minor changes that you can make to your daily life, but they can make a big difference to your bank account.