This post is contributed by guest blogger, Ana Nunez on behalf of Metabolife, who believes as we do, that “Less is More.”

‘Tis almost the season for over indulgence, but with the current state of the economy, calories won’t be the only thing we’re all counting this holiday season…

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Celebrate “Less is More” this holiday season with a few easy tips that cover all the bases from food to gift wrapping that will stretch your dollar without sacrificing your holiday fun:

  • Give Green: Americans spend $2.7 billion every year on gift wrapping.  Using clever holiday gift wrapping can save bundles around the holidays.  Try wrapping a gift inside of a gift, such as a reusable shopping bag.
  • amet2.jpgGo on an Energy Diet:  Changing small habits can save you money. This winter, try to keep your blinds open on sunny days in order to let in the sun and heat. Did you know that according to the U.S. Department of Energy, you can save over $40 per year just by turning your thermostat down by 1 degree?  This will give everyone in the family a great reason to wear that holiday sweater instead of turning up the heat.
  • Decorate Green:  Homemade is back.  Get creative and save money by making your own decorations from earth friendly materials instead of buying artificial ones that cost money and won’t biodegrade. For example, make a homemade wreath with branches in your yard or nearby park.
  • amet3.jpgGive Homemade:  Something thoughtful like a decorated jar with homemade cookies or an album of old pictures so often means more than store bought.  Save money and get into the holiday spirit.
  • Treat Leftovers as Lunch:  Big meals around holiday time make for great lunches the next day. Skip eating out and save money by packing leftovers in reusable containers.

These are just a few great ways to celebrate “Less is More” this holiday season.

Metabolife knows that is it is often the accumulation of small changes that delivers lasting results. Weight loss is just one area of life where this is true. We created “Less is More” to bring this all to life, to help people realize the real impact that comes from taking even the smallest action in the right direction in any area of life that matters to them.  Check out the site: www.joinlessismore.com to share your ideas about “Less is More.”

(editorial note:  The Alternative Consumer has not tried Metabolife, but supports the concept of “less is more.”)