~2 weeks paycheck

anonymous asked:

Could you give tips on how to grocery shop properly to make it last 2 weeks (so from one paycheck to another) as a college student? I'm a commuter student so I'm not on a meal plan at my school but I don't want to buy food on campus everyday. I don't know if this additional info is useful but I'll be going to classes 5 days a week. Thanks!

This is so doable! My boyfriend and I actually do our big shop once every three weeks. We’ll go out for toilet paper and that kind of stuff, but we do try to buy enough food to make it last. 

Shopping Tips

- Buy Bulk. My number one tip for budgeting food is to BUY IN BULK. Instead of buying a chicken breast, buy eight and individually wrap them in plastic wrap. Freeze what you’re not going to eat within the next two days, and defrost as needed.

- Cook Bulk. Make a large pot of chili, soup, or your favorite pasta sauce. Buy plastic containers at Walmart and portion out your meals. Freeze them all! I do this with my pasta puttanesca sauce, I make it once every six months and cook enough to last.

- Store Brands. There are cheap knock off brands of everything from Cheez-Its to Quaker Oats. They’ll be anywhere from $1-$3 cheaper than the brand names. On a similar note, store brand cleaning supplies is about $5 cheaper than the name brands! Don’t judge them before you try them.

- Store Cards. My Stop & Shop card gives me a gas discount, and other store cards offer similar perks. Store card + store brands = ridiculous savings.

- Avoid Organics. Like I said in my last Adulting post, I’m not paying $4 for a cucumber unless it can clean my apartment and sing Jazz standards. Buy vegetables, but avoid anything labeled “organic”.

- Mixed Greens. Avoid buying “mixed greens” unless you’re going to eat them within a day or two, these have a very short shelf life. Instead, buy a head of lettuce or a bushel of kale.

- Frozen Produce. Stock your freezer with bags of peas, carrots, fruit, etc. These will defrost easily in your soups and are good if you run out of ice packs.

- Dollar Stores. They have really weird brands of chips and pasta and really poor quality paper towels, so don’t expect to do you entire shop here. However, they sell bulk tomato sauce, six packs of ramen, tuna fish and other wonderful things for under a dollar. My local Dollar store sells tubes of capers for a dollar when just down the street my organic supermarket sells them for upwards of $5.

- Buy Fruit. Specifically, BUY IN BULK at your local chain supermarket. My boyfriend and I have been throwing back those Cara Cara oranges like nobody’s business. Fruit is great for quick breakfasts, snacks, and a healthy alternative to downing a pint of Ben and Jerrys.

Budget-based cookbooks (online recipes)

- College Student Cookbook. Click here.

- Meals On The Go. Click here. (Not a cookbook, but super helpful)

- Broke College Kid Masterpost. Click here.

- Cooking on A Bootstrap. Click here.

- Good and Cheap. Click here.

- Budget Bytes. Click here.

I hope this helps!

I’m sorry for bothering y’all about this again… but adulting sucks… (literally I have 2 weeks until the next paycheck… I’m so freaking close). 

If Interested, email me at: thegingermenace123@gmail.com

(usually I get these done within a day or two so there’s no obnoxious wait time)

Every summer, my mother (who was a school teacher) made me do book reports. I hated it then, but today I’m thankful.

I will do the same with my son, but the bonus is he gets to read something I helped write, which is how to start a business. And YES, he will do a book report on it too. He will grow up knowing how to start a business, and his old man encourages and supports him in his efforts to do so.
Dear LJ:

Don’t just strive to just play for the Bucs, own the team.

Don’t just sign a record deal, start a new label.

Don’t wait every 2 weeks for a paycheck, create multiple streams of income. BE THE CHECK.

Don’t hope and pray someone gives you a job, own the company and do the hiring yourself.

Set big goals and don’t be afraid to make them come true.



Old Ways. Simple Living

Many of us gravitate towards tea as a way to slow down. If we are moving too quickly and not aware, we can often lose sight of the our state of home, relationships and health.  Tea can help reign that in as we need to take care while making tea. 

In addition to the mindfulness Tea brings out in us, it also serves as a reminder to what can be created the “old-fashioned way” by hand. A teapot made by hand, a scoop carved and finished by a single person with a single chisel or even a tea that is picked and finished many miles away from the nearest machine, all remind us. Here in Vermont, there are still many things done entirely by hand. From syrup, cheese and bread, to beer, pottery and especially gardens. 

Being able to grow and create from scratch is not only self sufficient but also more rewarding. Your hard work pays off in a more immediate sense then say getting a paycheck 2 weeks after you did the work, then driving to the store to spend the money on food and gas. 

When I look through books about tea history or really any long standing culture, I don’t necessarily look at it through nostalgic eyes. I don’t feel that far removed from it. I think, yep that makes sense, “we could do that” or “that seems like a good tool to use” Building the “Setting Sun Teahut” with my dad using wood from our land and minimal tools feels better than paying someone to build from a kit and coming back from working somewhere to see the daily progress. 

Going to the orchard, garden or blueberry bushes to pick and eat food feels better than being in place without land and garden space, having little money or no transportation and not knowing where your next meal is coming from. 

That’s not to say modern amenities aren’t useful. I am writing this on a computer and you are no doubt reading this on a similar computation machine. These things are great but not necessary to live a fulfilling life. Most people still have heroes and role models that grew up and survived without these things. 

If tea reminds us that we are capable of learning another culture, another way, then perhaps it really does mean we can learn to cook new foods, learn to grow vegetables and learn to paint or make pottery. 

Think about that the next time you sit down with some leaves and your teapot.  

-Your humble tea-hermit Ben

*all photos by Sarah Delia*

When I get my paycheck each month.