Usually on the night of New Year’s Eve, I spend time reflecting on the year’s achievements. I think about adventures I had, the friends I made, the hardest challenges, and the saddest moments. I usually do this with friends and family, sitting around with good food, sharing stories and laughing. There is a moment however,… Continue reading A New Year’s Reflection
I’m sure you have all heard about the Pokémon craze sweeping the globe at the moment. I’m sure most of you have downloaded the app and are furiously venturing out to a nearby body of water to catch Zubats and Pidgies. In fact, I’m sure many of you could tell me how many you have… Continue reading What’s all the craze? Pokémon!
I left my previous job in January and I have received the final payment of my holiday pay – a sweet 3,000 clams. But, the question is: what do I do with it? My heart is pulling me in 3 directions: Save it for my home deposit! This is most logical, prudent thing to do. And don’t get… Continue reading My $3,000 Windfall
Are you going to live by yourself or with other people? Just You – the Good Stuff – Bills I live by myself because I like to control how much my bills will be. Aside from rent, I have 2 bills every month: electricity and internet. The internet bill is the same amount every month,… Continue reading Renting: 11 important points!
This recipe is freezer friendly, and can be combined with pasta, rice, quinoa and its just as delicious eaten on its own. I use a spice mix for this recipe just because it is quick and easy, but you could create your own at home, saving you a little more! Ingredients: ½ Celery 1Kg Beef Chuck Casserole… Continue reading Mexican Casserole
Chicken and Corn soup is a real winter warmer! I find the chilli and soy sauce adds a full and nourishing flavour. The recipe is also low in fat and high in iron. Ingredients: ½ Celery 4 Chicken Breasts 4-5 leaves of Silverbeet (Spinach) 1 can Creamed Corn (420g) 1-2 tablespoons Sweet Chilli Sauce 2 tablespoons… Continue reading Chicken & Corn Soup: $1.69 per serve!
This recipe is easy, healthy and cheap! So simple to make and super quick, this recipe is one of my favorites! And it’s freezer friendly! Ingredients: ½ Celery 1Kg Beef Mince 4-5 Carrots 2 Onions 2 Cloves Garlic 2 Large Zucchini 1 can Diced Tomatoes (420g) 1 can Tomato Paste (170g) Pasta 1 – 2 tablespoons… Continue reading Spaghetti Bolognaise: $1.42 per serve!
Yes! Another post about Coffee. This time: buying it. I love to buy coffee at work. Not only because it tastes better than instant (although, it’s a plus) but also because it is my little treat. I never buy my lunch, or any other drinks (alcohol included), and so this is my way of staying… Continue reading Espresso Expensive?
These are my 3 phases of saving: Super Motivation Phase When you first start saving, you are ‘in the zone’. You read all the saving tips, you forgo the heating in winter, you chew slower to make your dinners last longer. Anything to save a buck! The Horrible Middle Phase You have been saving a… Continue reading The Three Phases of Saving
One of my all-time favorites, this soup is rich in vitamins, and gentle on the hip-pocket. Ingredients: 1 Butternut Pumpkin 1 Onion 1 clove Garlic 2 Sweet Potatoes Vegetable stock cube 2 heaped teaspoons Ground Cumin Salt/Pepper Method: Fry onion, garlic and cumin in a big stock pot with a little oil until onion is transparent. Add… Continue reading Pumpkin Soup – 63 cents per serve!
Usually people forgo their savings goals for instant gratification: They will pledge to save few hundred dollars, only to go out and spend it all on a big TV, unable to resist the satisfaction of watching the footy on a slightly better TV than their last one. They will enter the supermarket promising to spend… Continue reading In the Garden, where Savings Grow
I love my coffee. I love it in the morning. I love it at night. I love it right after lunch with 3 chocolate biscuits. But the brand I like is expensive. And if I have over 5 cups (caffeinated and decaffeinated) a day, I cannot justify that. I am not going to cut back… Continue reading My Morning Coffee
I only eat homemade meals. I have hot soup for lunch and many delicious dinner choices. And it is always full of goodness and well balanced nutritionally. How do I do this if I only cook once a month? With the freezer of course! I spend one weekend a month cooking and shopping. I must… Continue reading $100 Monthly Groceries
I think we have all said this: “I want money for a home deposit” Is it ever successful? It certainly wasn’t for me. I didn’t know how I saw going to achieve it. I didn’t when this goal would be accomplished. I didn’t know where the savings would go. This kind of goal sounds more… Continue reading Setting Goals
One of my favorite ways to motivate myself to save is to think about the value of a $10 note. I am not talking about its monetary value (that’s $10 by the way), but what it is worth to me. For example: $10 could buy: 6 eggs, 2 Litres of Milk, 5 Bananas, 2 Apples, Box of… Continue reading The Value of $10