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Wrap it up for less


yet another roll of high priced, tissue- thin paper that will end up in the trash, consider these options for saving money.


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• Newspaper. Last week’s newspaper, especially the comics section with all its colors can serve as a wrapping substitute. A few ribbons or bows can dress the package up.


• Recycled paper. Save the wrap after the present has been opened. Large


sheets can be reused easily.


• Cloth. If you have scraps of old clothing lying around (clean, of course), use those in place of paper for a homemade look.


• Gift bags. Save small paper bags with handles to stuff an assortment of gifts into it. Again, you can dress them up with bows, photos, or shapes clipped from colored paper you may have lying around the house.


f you never seem to have enough wrapping paper for all your presents in December, or if you just don’t want to head out to the store for


Keep holiday health on track


Seasonal trategies balance fun and moderation.


a balanced and healthful diet. H


Party Snacks Take control. Before a holiday event, eat a snack or light meal. You will be less likely to fill up on high-calorie foods at the event. Fasting before an event may lead you to overeat.


Keep it lean. Go for the vegetable platter and lean proteins, such as shrimp. Try to avoid creamy or fried appetizers.


Bring a dish. Offer to bring a low-calorie dish to the holiday party. It will help your host and your waistline!


Holiday Dinner Pile on the veggies. Fill up on healthful items such as vegetables, salad, and even fruit before going for the more decadent sides.


Reduce your portions. Choose items you want to try the most and eat a small portion of each. This will help you keep your calories down, while still enjoying


olidays are traditionally marked by celebration, family, and food. Here are some tips to help you enjoy the festivities while keeping


holiday favorites!


Eat slowly. It takes about 20 minutes for your body to realize you are full. Make sure you slow down and savor your meal to prevent overeating.


Take a walk. After your meal, get moving! It will help your body digest the food and use some of the extra calories you consumed during the meal.


Seasonal Sweets Moderation is key. Enjoy your favorite desserts during the holiday; just be mindful of portion sizes. Sample a small amount of your favorite items. The holidays only come once a year so you should take the opportunity to enjoy the occasional sweet!


Share your dessert. Cut calories in half by sharing your dessert with a friend or family member.


Most importantly, enjoy yourself by making the focus of the holiday season your family and friends, not food.


—Source: NRECA


Convenient bill payment options Budget billing or automatic payment plans


When seasonal temperature changes cause your electric bill to rise, consider spreading those costs out over several months with Choctaw Electric’s budget billing program. Budget billing makes it easier to balance your energy spending. For added convenience, be sure to ask about our automatic payment plan. With this option, your bill payments are automatically withdrawn each month from your checking, savings or credit card account. Please call us today for complete details on all our payment options.


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