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July 15, 2013 12:00:00 AM


Of course you deserve a splurge or two now and then, but right now you should limit your shopping trips to only the essentials. Grocery stores, gas stations and the auto repair shop deserve your hard earned cash, but fancy restaurants, exclusive boutiques and electronics stores might not -- at least for now. Your bank account isn't as flush as you may think, and a quick review of your accounts could go a long way toward keeping you in a more economical state of mind.


The first half of the week, you feel like there's so much going on you'll never be able to get it all done, but that's not true. Make a list of priorities, then look at your schedule and eliminate anything unnecessary. The last half of the week, don't distract yourself from what's really important in this life, so turn off the TV and head somewhere that stimulates your gray matter. Friday and over the weekend, the time is right for a little getaway, so hit the road. Grab your favorite companion and be ready to embrace adventure. You need to recharge, regenerate and reconnect in a big way.


Your natural instinct is usually to give, give, give, then give some more. Whether you're helping take up the slack at work or you're lending your deadbeat cousin money when you go home for a weekend visit, you tend to do a lot (and sometimes a little too much) for others. On the 1st, make a concerted effort not to give, give, give. Instead, keep. And if you're feeling adventurous, take. It's crucial, after all, that you allow others to help you out too sometimes. Otherwise, you're not really letting them be close to you. By the 4th, 5th and 6th, you are in control. Want these to be good days? Make 'em that way. Everything is pretty wonderful (without you needing to lift a finger) on the stupendous 12th and 13th. Enjoy the heck out of it! By the how-did-you-wind-up-with-so-many-family-obligations 19th and 20th, you had better just go ahead and meet the obligations you signed up for, and make a mental note to commit to less next time. Nothing is set in stone on the 25th. Take time for a little soul searching on the 29th, 30th and 31st.
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