Boosting Educational Attainment and Adult Earnings

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anonymous asked:

If say one were to live on a $100 budget for groceries, how might one go about constructing that? Considering that you eat meat (occasionally) and otherwise vegetables and pastas. Moreover, considering that you drink more (as in juices) than you do foods.

Hi! I’m glad you asked this – I love talking about going to the grocery store haha. First off, let me say that so much of this depends on where you live aka your access to food. I am lucky that I live in a place with amazing grocery stores (shout out to HEB!) that has cheap, high-quality veggies and low-cost organic items. I can live high on the hog for $100/month. Secondly, I want to point out that I only eat vegan at home and I don’t juice, as juicing is pretty expensive and not particularly healthy. So your results will vary.

I’m going to share my most recent trip, but I want to point out that I am pretty indulgent when it comes to groceries. I can afford more, so I buy expensive shit like organic apples, coconut oil, sprouted grain bread, etc. So keep that in mind when I go over my bill. I’ll have a bunch of tips and tricks at the end for cheaper stuff, too.

My most recent trip, I got stuff for:
-Pad thai salad with red curry tofu and peanut lime dressing (5 servings)
-Spaghetti with Cajun beanballs (6 servings)
-Chipotle chili with sweet potatoes and brussels sprouts (6 servings)
-Fruit to put in oatmeal for breakfast
-Sprouted grain raisin bread for snacks
Stuff I already had at home: oatmeal, spices, olive oil, some assorted snacks.

Altogether, I spent $46.16 (not counting the toilet paper – I have two roommates and it was my turn to buy it haha.) My highest ticket items were bean sprouts (giant bag, $3.28), organic romaine hearts (three, $3.98), organic coconut oil (16 oz, $3.50), raw agave nectar (12 oz, $3.79), and sprouted grain cinnamon raisin bread ($4.37). The coconut oil and agave are something I buy every few months.

This will last me about two weeks. I’ll go out to eat some and actually that chili might be more like 10 servings because I’m stretching the recipe with more beans. I’ll make that and eat it basically every day for lunch this next two weeks. I’ll have the pad thai salad for dinner this week and the spaghetti for dinner next week. For breakfast, I normally have oatmeal with various toppings. I have some vegan hot dogs, extra pasta, beans, and bread that’ll fill in the gaps and, like I said, I go out to eat 1-2 nights a week. Again, I am pretty luxurious with my food, so I definitely think you can budget $100 – or even a lot less – on food.

TIPS AND TRICKS FOR BUDGETING/CHEAP MEALS

1.) MEAL PLAN, MEAL PLAN, MEAL PLAN! I plan out my meals for 1-2 weeks at a time. Annie over at bikesbrainsbarbells does a really great job of planning out her meals for the week and posting it for us to salivate over. Here’s an example post. Also, here’s a meal plan I did, which was more detailed but only one day (I ate the same thing like every day that week.)

2.) Make meals such as chilis, soups, tacos, fried rice, pastas. These meals give you a lot of bang for your buck, because generally stuff like pasta, rice, beans, etc are cheap. You can also make one big batch, which saves you time later.

3.) Stretch recipes by adding stuff like beans, rice, and cheap veggies. Making a stir-fry of chicken and veggies? Add a few cups of rice (and an egg or two if you’d like) and now 4 meals becomes 6 or 8. I’m making some chili with sweet potatoes and brussels sprouts; I’m stretching the recipe by adding another can of beans and using twice as many sweet potatoes. You’ll have to adjust spices and sauces accordingly (aka add more), but sometimes not even that much. I’m actually adding a lot of zucchini to my pasta, but that’s so it’s a lighter calorie serving.

4.) Buy seasonal fruits and veggies/plan your meals around seasonal veggies. right now, blueberries and strawberries were like $1.50 because they are in season. In other months, those same size packages are like $3-4. In the winter, butternut squash gets really cheap, too. I only buy those certain things in season. You can also plan a “chicken and veggie stir-fry meal” and then just buy whatever veggies that are on sale you like. Again, this assumes you have decent access to fruits and veggies. Also, I’ve heard that at places like Wal-mart and Target, fresh fruit and veggies are more expensive – just a thought/something worth keeping in mind if you have the privilege.

5.) If you can, buy in bulk! I buy nuts, a lot of spices, nutritional yeast, shredded coconut, specialty flours, etc in bulk. That way, I can only buy the amount I need – I use something like shredded coconut once in a blue moon, so it never makes sense to buy a whole bag.

6.) Keep your eye out for sales on big ticket items. If some brand of olive oil is on a good sale, I’ll buy it even if I don’t need it. I got some infused olive oils for like $1 a bottle once and it was glorious.

7.) When you’re shopping, keep a running table of the total and be flexible. Often, I revise my meals or my recipes in the store if something is really expensive. Sometimes it’s easy – I was going to get almond milk, but soy is on sale – but sometimes it sucks – oh great, I need sesame oil, and it’s freaking $8. Sometimes I indulge, but like I had never used sesame oil before, I’ll suck it up and just use whatever I have that’s similar.

Obviously, all my advice skews vegan and healthy/low-calorie because that’s where I’m at in life, so if anyone has any advice, I’d love for y’all to share it.

anonymous asked:

Hey! I'm not sure if this is okay to ask, if it's not just disregard me. I'm going to prom with my best friend/female crush on three weeks and I'm on a suuuppppeeerr right budget. My mom was flinching at $30 for a dress. Ideas/advice?

Hm. You could try thrift stores? or Craigslist? Or maybe asking around to any friends with older siblings, some of them might have old prom clothes that you could borrow.

Be super careful about buying anything off Craigslist, never meet at their house, always ask to meet somewhere public, always take someone with you.

-Lou the Lobster

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