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The Street StoreThanksgiving is right around the corner and if you’re reading this, you probably have much to be thankful for. We are all guilty of taking our good fortunes for granted; like the roofs over our heads, the computers we are using right now, or the fact that we didn’t need to search for food today. Take a minute and imagine if you didn’t have any food for the rest of the day. Imagine if you didn’t even have shoes to go out to search for food today.

For many people across the country, that’s the case this Thanksgiving. They’re without the food, shelter, and clothing they need to survive. What can you do to help? We recently came across a charity that’s not only helping homeless get the clothing they need, but they’re doing it in a unique and dignifying way.

The Street Store is the “world’s first rent-free, premises-free, free ‘pop-up clothing store’ for the poor, found entirely on the street and curated by you.” They provide people across the world tools they need to set up a shop in the streets where people in need can come and “shop” for clothing and shoes. The idea started in Cape Town, South Africa, and due to its success quickly turned into an open-source project. You go and hang up your donated clothes and drop shoes into boxes and the homeless help themselves.

Their mission is simple: To bridge the gap between the rich and the poor, making it easier to donate and present a more dignified way to receive. What better time than now to reach out to the homeless population in your area? Give them something to be thankful for this year.

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It’s easy to slack off on your workout routine in the winter. It’s too cold to go outside and you can hide under all those warm layers. What are a few extra pounds if no one can see them? Well, hey, don’t be lazy! There are plenty of fun activities you can do in the snow. And one of them, snowshoeing, is a fun activity you may not have even realized is a great workout!

Seriously, check it out:

couple with snowshoes

Activity Snow Condition Calories Burned/Hour
Walking 3.0 mph Flat 355
Mountain Biking Rolling 550
Running 5.2 mph Flat 570
Snowshoeing 3.5 mph Flat 740

 
Still not convinced? Snowshoeing utilizes major muscle groups like your quads, hamstrings, hip flexors, abductors and adductors. Throw in some cold weather, which raises your metabolic rate, and a little snow resistance, and you’re using more energy and burning more fat!

The best part? If you can walk, you can snowshoe. So there’s no crazy training involved; you can just pick up some snowshoes and get started. Well, as long as there’s snow on the ground of course. If you need help getting to the snow, Coupon Cactus can always help you with that as well.

 

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Safety Tips for Beginner Snowboarders

November 4, 2014

I finally gave away my snowboard this past summer after not using it for ten years. I am not what you’d call an avid snowboarder. But if you aim to be and are just starting out, there’s a lot to learn, but most importantly—safety. So what are the top safety tips a newbie boarder should [...]

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15 Creepy Movie Quotes for Halloween

October 28, 2014

What creeps you out at Halloween? Ghosts? Demons? The undead? As you scroll through the vast history of horror movies to try to figure out what to watch to get you in the Halloween spirit, check out these creepy quotes from movies spanning the decades: Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) (Dracula): “Listen to them, the children [...]

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Being Spooky Isn’t all that Halloween and Taxes Have in Common

October 21, 2014

Halloween is around the corner, and that means trick-or-treating, pumpkin pie (pumpkin beer for some), parties, costumes, and candy. But did you know that you might be able to deduct some of the expenses for Halloween? While the traditional cost associated with Halloween, costumes for yourself or your children, decorating your house, driving to the [...]

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Pumpkin Soup Recipe for Your Fall Cooking

October 14, 2014

It’s autumn, so we’d be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge this season’s favorite cooking ingredient—pumpkin! We found this eastern twist on pumpkin soup and tried it out. It’s so delicious, we just had to share it with the Coupon Cactus nation. Try it out and let us know what you think! Total Time: 30 minutes [...]

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Save Money on Halloween Costumes and Party Planning

October 7, 2014

Is it too early to start talking about Halloween? We don’t think so! You’ve got a month until the big day. Have you decided what you’re going to be this year? Have your kids? Will you be having a party? All stuff to start thinking about now! While you’re out there shopping and planning, here [...]

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October Means it’s Time to Save the Boobies

September 30, 2014

Boobies are great, aren’t they? With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, that means it’s time to save the boobies! How can you help? Well, commercialism makes it easy. Most of your favorite brands also support the boobies so that means, if you purchase products in October with a pink ribbon, you’re supporting breast cancer [...]

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Help Your Kid’s Clothes Last Longer & Save Money When They Don’t

September 23, 2014

They run; they fall. They play; they get dirty. It rains; they get muddy. Between all the good times, the scraped knees, the grass stains, the food stains, the rips, the tears, and the growth spurts—how can you get your kids’ clothes to last a bit longer and save you some money? Growth spurts. Some [...]

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How to Enjoy Fall Colors for Less

September 16, 2014

If you live in a part of the country where the leaves change color in the fall (or want to go to one), it’s time start planning on your fall hiking trip to see them! Sure, the kids may be back in school, but a nice family hike can make for a great weekend trip. [...]

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