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Gypped At The Gym?

Don’t get gypped at the gym! More and more of us are interested in maintaining our health, our weight and our strength and we are choosing the local gym as the first step towards that goal. Problem is (and I found out the hard way) that gyms open and close faster than we can lose weight.
I joined a local gym in 2013 that had a good reputation and had been in business about 2 years. I signed an 18 month agreement. Six months later the gym closed and my membership was transferred to another local gym a little further away but still close to home. Seven months later this gym closed and another gym moved into the same building and accepted the old gym’s members. This gym closed nine months later and did not arrange for their members to transfer to any other gym.
Because I had the option of deferring my membership when I was traveling, I had only actually used nine months of the 18 original months I had paid for. That money is gone except for the value of the lesson learned.
Unless there is something so special at a particular gym that justifies a contract, stick to the gyms that charge monthly. There are several gyms within a few miles of my house that charge $10 or $20 a month. They usually have at least one month a year where the joining fee is waived or dramatically reduced. Each one has its own personality and programs to choose from.The gym that I chose has gyms all over the country and allows me to switch my membership for three months or more as often as I like. When I had to cancel my membership for a year, they refunded my yearly fee based on a prorated schedule.
Stay healthy, stay slim and stay strong…. And stay in control of your money.

10 things you didn’t know about your microwave

1. Remove a Stamp
If you’ve ever pre-stamped a letter and made a mistake with your written address, you can save that stamp with just a sprinkle of water and 20 seconds in the microwave. You’ll be able to peel off the stamp and stick it on a new letter.
2. Cook Crispy Bacon
If your bacon craving just does not allow you the patience to wait for the traditional cooking time, you can actually get your bacon on faster in the microwave. Laying the slices over an upside-down bowl will ensure that the grease drips off, giving you crispy bacon goodness.
3. Make Quick Corn on the Cob
Corn on the cob takes just three minutes in the microwave if you remove all the husks and wrap it in a piece of damp paper towel.
4. Sterilize Your Cutting Board
Cutting boards are breeding grounds for bacteria, so if you don’t have time to wash it properly in between chopping or cutting, wet it under the faucet, scrub it with some liquid dish soap and pop it in the microwave.
5. Fresh-ify Donuts
Having donuts in your home that are too stale to enjoy properly is just like some sort of cruel punishment. But you don’t have to throw them out! Stick them in the microwave for about 10 seconds and they’ll come out nice and soft again.
6. Sanitize Itself
If your microwave looks like a food murder scene, you can easily clean it by placing a bowl of water with lemon in it, and microwaving for about five minutes. Afterwards you’ll be able to easily wipe off all the dirt and grime.
7. Chop Onions without Crying
Cut the ends off your onion and microwave it for 30 seconds. Most of the tea-causing gas will be released, allowing you to chop away without the waterworks.
8. Make Your Own Chips
This might just be my favorite one of all! Slice thin slices of potato, arrange them individually on a plate, microwave for three minutes, flip them over and cook them again for the same amount of time. Add some salt and enjoy homemade, crispy chips without all the unhealthy flavoring.
9. DIY Heating Pad
Treat back or neck pain by pouring uncooked rice in a sock, tying it closed, and heating it up in the microwave for a few minutes. Easy as pie!
10. Clean Your Sponge
That sponge you use to wash all your dishes can get pretty nasty, but if you don’t have a new one to replace it with, you can use this trick. Make the sponge a little wet, sprinkle on some liquid dish soap and microwave it for a minute. Any bacteria will be killed off.
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