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Credit card debt is often a result of costly food and grocery purchasing habits

Friday, May 28, 2004
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles...)
Tags: credit card debt, credit cards, personal debt

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Here's how to tell when you're too deep in credit card debt: if 15% or more of your monthly income goes to pay your credit card bills, you've triggered one of the many warning signs that your credit card debt is out of control. There are other triggers, too: paying the monthly payments on one credit card by taking out a cash advance on another credit card.

If this scenario describes your financial habits, you're not alone: some 39% of credit card holders pay only the minimum payment, practically guaranteeing a lifetime of debt if they don't change their credit card habits. So what's the solution?

The solution is to get your spending under control. Easier said than done, right? But most people waste an enormous amount of money on recurring expenses that could easily be made more affordable. One of the more obvious areas is groceries: people use grocery story coupons to buy brand-name breakfast cereals and other items, thinking they're saving money. In fact, anyone using coupons is actually wasting money, since coupons are only printed for items that carry an outrageous markup to begin with. Buying brand-name processed foods is a sure way to eat yourself into further debt. Your health will suffer, too, since processed foods offer very poor nutrition.

Another big money waster in the food category is soft drinks. They're not only terrible for your health (their main ingredient, high fructose corn syrup, has been linked to diabetes and obesity), but they also gobble up your budget. Drinking straight water (filtered, please) can save you as much as $50 / month.

If you're too deep in credit card debt, take a look at your food purchasing habits, and be sure to review your restaurant and fast food expenditures, too, since that's a huge expense for many people. By altering food choices alone, most people can dramatically reduce their level of credit card debt and improve their level of health at the same time.

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About the author:Mike Adams (aka the "Health Ranger") is a best selling author (#1 best selling science book on Amazon.com) and a globally recognized scientific researcher in clean foods. He serves as the founding editor of NaturalNews.com and the lab science director of an internationally accredited (ISO 17025) analytical laboratory known as CWC Labs. There, he was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for achieving extremely high accuracy in the analysis of toxic elements in unknown water samples using ICP-MS instrumentation. Adams is also highly proficient in running liquid chromatography, ion chromatography and mass spectrometry time-of-flight analytical instrumentation.

Adams is a person of color whose ancestors include Africans and Native American Indians. He's also of Native American heritage, which he credits as inspiring his "Health Ranger" passion for protecting life and nature against the destruction caused by chemicals, heavy metals and other forms of pollution.

Adams is the founder and publisher of the open source science journal Natural Science Journal, the author of numerous peer-reviewed science papers published by the journal, and the author of the world's first book that published ICP-MS heavy metals analysis results for foods, dietary supplements, pet food, spices and fast food. The book is entitled Food Forensics and is published by BenBella Books.

In his laboratory research, Adams has made numerous food safety breakthroughs such as revealing rice protein products imported from Asia to be contaminated with toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium and tungsten. Adams was the first food science researcher to document high levels of tungsten in superfoods. He also discovered over 11 ppm lead in imported mangosteen powder, and led an industry-wide voluntary agreement to limit heavy metals in rice protein products.

In addition to his lab work, Adams is also the (non-paid) executive director of the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center (CWC), an organization that redirects 100% of its donations receipts to grant programs that teach children and women how to grow their own food or vastly improve their nutrition. Through the non-profit CWC, Adams also launched Nutrition Rescue, a program that donates essential vitamins to people in need. Click here to see some of the CWC success stories.

With a background in science and software technology, Adams is the original founder of the email newsletter technology company known as Arial Software. Using his technical experience combined with his love for natural health, Adams developed and deployed the content management system currently driving NaturalNews.com. He also engineered the high-level statistical algorithms that power SCIENCE.naturalnews.com, a massive research resource featuring over 10 million scientific studies.

Adams is well known for his incredibly popular consumer activism video blowing the lid on fake blueberries used throughout the food supply. He has also exposed "strange fibers" found in Chicken McNuggets, fake academic credentials of so-called health "gurus," dangerous "detox" products imported as battery acid and sold for oral consumption, fake acai berry scams, the California raw milk raids, the vaccine research fraud revealed by industry whistleblowers and many other topics.

Adams has also helped defend the rights of home gardeners and protect the medical freedom rights of parents. Adams is widely recognized to have made a remarkable global impact on issues like GMOs, vaccines, nutrition therapies, human consciousness.

In addition to his activism, Adams is an accomplished musician who has released over a dozen popular songs covering a variety of activism topics.

Click here to read a more detailed bio on Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, at HealthRanger.com.

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