Eating Healthy on a budget….

Why does it seem it costs more to eat healthy?  I am “frugal” I want to eat healthy but without going broke.

So I have some hacks I use, cooking with flour is cheap and easy, other “flours” can be expensive, so I will pick up a small bag of soy or almond flour when it is on sale and mix it with my regular and wheat flour in a canister in my pantry.  I have yet to have an item come out I can’t eat because of the mix.  Also, I have oats in my pantry, if I need to I will blend them to a “flour”and use.  (I do this because I love carbs and carbs love my butt and belly so much they never want to leave 🙂

I replace much of the oil called for in recipes with applesauce, and not store bought, because we can’t eat it before it goes all yucky and it has things besides apples in it (jeez really companies!!)

So I always have apples in the fridge, I just cut 1 up (peel and all, keep all the good vitamins and minerals peeps!) blend it and use it instead.  1 apple tend to give me 1/4 to 1/2 cup of apple sauce.

I always cut down and/or replace the white sugar that is shown in recipes, we have way to much sugar already in all our foods, so if you are starting out, just slowly reduce, this way your family won’t notice.  Recipe calls for 1 cup, use 3/4, then 1/2, then 1/4.   If you want replace part of it with Honey or Agave.  So I cup sugar, if you cut it to 1/2 then add 1 tablespoon of honey or agave.

FARMERS MARKETS – to there, great buys of fresh fruits and veggies, plus I think I mentioned this before, look to see if there is an “ugly” fruit bin, I get most of my fruit there when they have it, for $1 lb apples, pears, ect.  And at the end of the day they don’t want to take it back, they give it away at a discount.

Now, what if you can’t eat it all?  Freeze it for later, or can it ( I am going to learn how to do that soon).

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adding to the “when it rains it pours”

So a while back we had to finally get a new fridge as the old one was 15years old (had no idea).  It is so much better, side by side with freeze drawer.

So you know we had both sets of couples home and boom, the dryer goes out, this is at least the 3rd time this has happened.  Come to find out they are 10 years old, which really isn’t that old, but the cost to fix the dryer AGAIN vs just getting a new one was close to the same.

So of course we couldn’t JUST replace the dryer, so we got a new set.  Luckily, they went out on a holiday and we were able to get them on sale!

We put the old ones in the garage for which ever set of kids needs them first.  Along with the old fridge that is now being used to store boxes!

Why just have the old fridge out there wasting space?  I keep boxes on items for about a year, or til when the warranty expires.  Now most of them are in one place.  Easy Peasy!

My husband can rival my cat sometimes

in the assholery department.  I know he means well, but I am adult, so anyway,  while he was on a trip I saw a sewing desk for sale thru Nextdoor, which I love, just found recently, like the anti-facebook for neighborhoods, it is great.

This is one of those desks where you can put a sewing machine on and bring it up and down to work on it.  I got it for $45, I looked it up online, this is a $700 to $900 piece of furniture.  Booyah!!

I got it before I got the sewing machine (had no plans for one either).  I covered up the whole where the sewing machine goes and was using it as a craft desk.  I am making candle know.

So of course he was all bent out of shape that I got it, but HA HA, looks like a good thing now that I have a sewing machine!

What can I say, do I have great timing or what??

SUNRUN Solar

So since we decided to do Solar, we check around and we ended up going thru Costco for Sunrun.

A few reasons why:

  • Lots of solar power providers have gone out of business…Costco isn’t going anywhere
  • They were the best deal, by a couple thousand dollars
  • 2% Back on equipment in a Costco Card
  • low cost financing

 

So make sure to get a couple quotes before making a decision!

We are getting SOLAR finally

As you probably know if you follow my blog, for some reason my hubby has a bad attitude about solar.  Has forever, he said to me one time “I don’t care if it is FREEd, we are not getting solar!”

So when we moved, the whole freaking area DOESN”T have a/c, what is up with that?  Know we have found that we really only need it a few weeks of summer, I have been able to keep him from getting A/C for two years, but he really wants it.

SO, if he gets A/C I get SOLAR, because no way it will “only” be used when it is really needed and the Electric is expensive here.  So he finally said yes.  Then he has the nerve to say ” I told you, you get everything you want”….HUH….I have been working on getting Solar for TEN YEARS and DECADE, and he calls me spoiled…what a $#%^.

But at least know when we get A/C we won’t have to worry about sky high bills!

Got a new Fridge for my b-day :)

Soo, we have a fridge, it is old, but we didn’t realize it was 15 years old til we looked it up.

It has the push buttons for water, which have been broke for a while now, we have been living with it, but it has become too small for us and my son and his wife, plus my youngest is coming home (woot woot) with his girlfriend, and I was like….ok…time for a new fridge.

It is so nice, has much more space, old one was side by side, this one has freezer drawer on bottom.  Easier to see everything, will help with stuff getting pushed back and going bad.

Plus it was on a deal and we got 18 same as cash financing.  Bohya!

True cost of owning a home….

Home ownership isn’t just about the mortgage, that is just 1 part……it is hard not only to buy the house but to stay in it…

  • Mortgage
  • Home Insurance
  • Real Estate Taxes
  • Gas
  • Trash
  • Water
  • Electric
  • PMI* – not everyone has this, no one should, just a waste of money, if you can put down enough not to have this payment do it!  FYI if you are paying, once you get your mortgage balance low enough you can request to stop paying this fee, check with your lender!

Home builders should have to install “grey” water systems in all new houses……water from sink and shower go into toilet, so non-potable water is used first.  Think of how much drinking water is wasted every time you flush the toilet.

Home builders should have to install some solar panels and a storage battery to cut down on electric usage and costs.  *If you have HERO financing in your area you might want to look into it for solar.

This doesn’t include any costs for repairs, maintaining house, furniture ect.

You can’t do much about some of the costs, but reducing your use of electric, water and gas will help your bottom line.

 

 

Daily Harvest …..daily good

So as you know we are trying to eat better, so while smoothies are good, most places add yogurt, ice cream ect….that while taste yummy , defeat the purpose.  So we found Daily Harvest, they have smoothies (like a lot) ice cream (yes Ice Cream) but it is harder to make, and I am not a fan of the one with cauliflower in it, Chai parfait (bleck…but only my opionion) and soups.

I like the different varieties of flavors, benefits, and that they come frozen so you can use them when you want to, and scheduling is super easy.  They come with fruits and veggies, you add the liquid.

Check it out, if you could use the code below it would be helpful, you get 3 free , we get 3 Free, win/win for all 🙂

 

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don’t fall for “convenience”

in real speak that is “paying more for less” great example “baby carrots”  just buy a bunch of regular carrots.  Cut and chop them yourself…KEEP the peel…..it is where most of the good stuff is.  Buying prepped carrots hurts your bottom line and your health.

Just take a few minutes to wash them before eating if you don’t go organic

Organic Authority” magazine reports that carrots contain a high degree of phytonutrients, many of which are found in the skin or immediately beneath it. Consuming phytonutrients leads to a number of health benefits, including lessening your risk of cancer and boosting your immune response.

Get Crunching For Your Health

The U.S. Department of Agriculture National Nutrient Database doesn’t break down the nutritional value of peeled versus unpeeled carrots, but notes that raw carrots are a healthy item. One cup of chopped carrots has just 52 calories, less than a gram of fat and 3.6 grams of dietary fiber. Carrots are also a valuable source of calcium, potassium and a number of vitamins. They also provide beta carotene, which improves eye and skin health while improving your immune system.

Double duty items to save some Moolah

Do you use cleaning clothes to clean your face?  Before throwing them away use them to clean your bathroom counters, and other bathroom surfaces!

DO NOT throw in toilet, they clog up the drains!

Do you take water to drink at night?  Do you have some left the next day?  Don’t pour it down the drain, water your plant with it, give it to your animals, it is warm not bad.

Did you move recently? Did you use paper towels to wrap glasses and such?  Reuse them, don’t throw them away when you unpack!

Have a plastic laundry basket or trash can you are throwing away?  Wait, fill it up with stuff that needs to go to good will and take it all at once!

Take extra plastic bags with you to the store, see someone with out a bag that needs one?  Give it to them, make the world a nicer place one bag at a time 🙂

Get fragrance samples?  Put them in your drawers to keep your clothes smelling nice.