Frugally Food

Throwing Money at a Problem is a Bad Habit You can Break

Jun
22

So many people have fallen into ruts in their lives.  They come home from work.  Order in food or go out to a restaurant.  Flop in front of the tv or go to the shopping mall.  Drive around aimlessly burning gas, going nowhere.  Or haul a gas guzzling toy like a snow mobile or a high speed boat or an ATV somewhere then drive that around aimlessly burning gas, going nowhere.  Destroying the environment they are supposedly there to enjoy.

Meanwhile debt is piling on and piling on.  They just ignore it but when the collection agencies won’t stop calling it gets harder and harder to ignore.

And it would be one thing if all this consumption was making people happy.  But it isn’t even doing that.  People are swimming in debt in order to “have a good life” and they aren’t even happy!

That is messed up!

But it doesn’t have to be that way.  You don’t have to spend a lot of money to have fun.

People get into the bad habit of throwing money at a problem and think it will make life better.

For example: the kids are bored so you drive them to the movies which after tickets and popcorn and soda adds up to be a very expensive evening (and it isn’t even a whole evening, it’s a couple hours or so).  Instead, you can read them a book from the library and it will cost you nothing.  Or you can throw a frisbee around in the park.  Lots more fun.  Costs a couple bucks for a frisbee.  And everyone gets some exercise.

There are many solutions to most every problem.  People just fall into the bad habit of trying to solve every problem with money.  Break those habits today.

(Soon I’m coming out with a book that will help you have fun without spending money – look for it soon and watch for future posts here on Frugally Food where I’ll share some of the ideas from the book.)

 

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How to Save Money While Having Fun

Jun
20

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Coming soon to Frugally Food and to an ebook store near you, a new book entitled “How to Save Money While Having Fun” by Pamela Kenney.

A book like this is definitely needed in today’s day and age what with a huge percentage of the population struggling with debt.

I see so many people spending a TON of money on things and experiences that are supposed to be fun.  Exotic trips overseas, high end motorized vehicles like ATVs and muscle cars, hockey…even the costs for having kids in baseball are through the roof!

Speaking for myself, there is no way I could relax and enjoy my life if I knew I was going into debt to have fun or would end up paying double the price just in interest charges.

Especially when there are countless low cost and no cost ways to have fun.

This book will bring a lot of them together in one place.  Before you know it, you’ll be having a much more relaxing and enjoyable social life and it won’t be costing you a dime!

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Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead

Feb
20

I recently enjoyed a documentary entitled “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” about the efforts of an Australian man to significantly reduce his weight using juices made from fresh fruits and vegetables.   At the beginning of the film the man was severely overweight and had been ill for years with a rare disease that was linked to his obesity.

So in an attempt to improve his health, he embarked on a 60 day liquid diet consisting of juices, which when made from fresh fruits and vegetables are loaded with micronutrients.  I’ve never tried these type of juices before, my concern was always about the possibility of being hungry all the time.

However as it showed in the film, he would be taking a entire plate full of fresh fruits and vegetables and juicing them, then drinking it.   He said it was very filling and he never felt hungry, which makes sense when you see how many veggies he was actually consuming.

By the end of the film he had lost a LOT of weight and had almost completely eliminated the drugs required to treat his illness.

So if that isn’t good news enough, during the course of the 60 days, he ran across another man who suffered from the same rare illness as himself.  This man was morbidly obese with even more severe health problems who also decided to do this liquid diet for 60 days.  Well the change in his health and weight was incredible!  He literally looked like a completely different person after 60 days!  If I remember correctly I believe he said he lost six bowling balls worth of weight in 60 days!

I definitely recommend investing one and a half hours to watch this documentary and see if there are ideas in this film for you to improve your health and wellness.

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Bacon in a Vegan Recipe Book?

Feb
14

I recently got a vegan/vegetarian recipe book from the library because I want to incorporate more plant based whole foods into my diet (watch the documentary “Forks over Knives” or read this post of mine or this post of mine if you want to find out why).

Anyway the first thing that struck me about this recipe book is that it has a lot of recipes that call for tempeh bacon.  I’ve never tried tempeh bacon before so cannot comment about it one way or the other.

I just don’t understand why non-meat products are made to look, and chemicalized to taste, like a meat product.  I assume vegetarians don’t want to eat meat so why would they want to eat something that tastes like meat?  Why not have food taste like what it actually is?

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Overpopulation

Feb
14

I recently read that 200,000 more people are added to the earth’s population EVERY DAY!  That is 200,000 more births every day than deaths!

I used to live in a city of 200,000 and the infrastructure and land and resources that were required to support that many people was immense.  It’s staggering to think that a city that size is being added to the population every day.

Just the societal problems alone in that city and that was when everything was working efficiently and there was no disruption in the food supply.

One short term natural disaster that took just a week (flood) and affected one tiny part of the city wreaked havoc on the waste water treatment and the electrical distribution system.  The money and time required to fix it took forever and cost a ton of money and that is in a peaceful society where most everyone is working together for the common good.

200,000 more people per day and they all want to live like the effing Kardashians.  
That kind of growth cannot end well.

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Sprouts

Jun
27

I watched a documentary lately and it said that an alarming number of Americans go hungry every day.  It said there are “food deserts” where people do not have access to a grocery store and basically have to buy their groceries at a convenience store with all the poor food options that are available there including zero access to fresh fruit and vegetables.

It profiled families from many different parts of the country, even some from rural areas and what I found strange is that none of the families, not even the ones in the farming communities, were growing their own food.  Gardening skills were not even being taught in the classroom where some of the children were so hungry they couldn’t concentrate on their schoolwork.

If you or someone you know lives in a food desert, you should know:

There are vegetables that can be grown indoors, that do not need soil or sunlight, that are ready to eat in three to six days.  Not only are they incredibly easy to grow, they are amoung the highest in vitamin content per serving of any food obtainable.  You can order the seeds through the mail and they will be sent directly to you.

A small amount of seeds will grow a large amount of sprouts and the seeds do not cost very much.  For example $3.49 of mung beans will keep you in bean sprouts for a long time.

I have grown sprouts in the past with great success but I think I will start growing them again because it is definitely a good skill to have.

An excellent website to check out to find out how to grow sprouts is linked below:

http://sprouting.com/sprouting_basics.html

It is also a place where you can order seeds.

 

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New Documentaries

Jun
23

I recently watched a couple documentaries that could have been very useful for improving people’s lives.

One was called “Sugar Coated”.  It was about how sugar is bad for a person’s health.  Well that is what it should have been about anyway.  What they ended up concentrating on is comparing the evil marketing campaigns of sugar companies to the evil marketing campaigns of tobacco companies.

I know this will come as a shock to you but apparently big businesses who have always made a shit load of money despite mounting evidence that their products are harmful still kind of want to make shit loads of money anyway and will go to extreme measures not to have the firehose of cash turned off.

The other documentary was called “Catching the Sun”.  It was about how solar energy is becoming more of a distinct possibility for people’s lives.  At least that is what they should have concentrated on.

Instead they spent most of the movie talking about how the American political system is totally fucked up and how they can never get anything accomplished because everything turns into personal vendettas and smear campaigns.  Big surprise.  Who knew?

The only useful take away from the second documentary is that the price of solar panels has dropped by 80% in recent years which is excellent news!!!  But you’ll have to find out more information somewhere else because it wasn’t in this film.

 

 

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Grocery Shop on a Tuesday

Jun
18

Tuesday is a good day to go grocery shopping at least in my neck of the woods.

Tuesday is the day they sell off all the stuff they wanted to sell on the weekend but didn’t so it is piling up and they need to sell it at a discount to get rid of it.  They do that on a Tuesday.  Especially things that have an expiry date.

Like lunch meat.

And hummus.

And mangos!!!!

Timing is everything in life.  And in produce.  Some grocery stores have dedicated areas for the excess produce and bakery goods that are about to expire.  So take advantage of these opportunities and make bulk amounts of salsa or strawberry jam or bread pudding (with the day old bread  YUMM!!!)

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Summer Fun

Jun
16

beautyIf you live in any size city these days you will be able to find lots of creative people doing amazing things that will means tons of entertainment opportunities for you.

For example many cities have outdoor Shakespeare performances in the summer.  Bring your picnic blanket, some sunscreen and watch the Bard out in the elements.  The best version of Othello I ever saw was when the wind was starting to howl and shriek just as the play was building up to the pivotal scene, it really stirred the blood I’ll tell  you.  Often the play is free if it is a performance by university acting students.  I have also seen them as “pay what you can” as a way to encourage attendance (although if this is the case then definitely put in a decent amount if the performance has been good to encourage future shows).

Remember drive-in movies and how much fun they were?  People have started projecting movies onto the walls of large buildings to recreate the drive-in experience.  Watching a great movie under the stars is quite a magical experience and many cities sponsor events such as these so the cost to you is free.  I have also seen these combined with sing-along events to classic movies like “Grease” which is a LOT of fun for the whole family.

Festivals explode in the summer.  I have seen folk festivals (for music), fringe festivals (for theatre), funny festivals (for stand up comedy), corn and apple and rhubarb festivals (for food) and busker festivals (you guessed it).  Lots of fun can be had at these events and it doesn’t cost anything to wander around and check it out.

So be on the lookout for all the summer fun available in your neck of the woods.

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Mailbox Workout

Jun
13

I’m sure for many of you the last post about the grocery shopping workout seemed like a pretty straight forward, perfectly natural task to perform on a weekly basis.

So that post and this post are mostly directed to the many, many people I see every day who drive to the mailbox to pick up their mail.

Let me explain.  There is no home mail delivery here.  Instead mail is delivered to mailboxes that are situated at the end of each block.  So the maximum distance that a person would have to walk is half a block and that is only the guy who lives in the very centre of the block.  Most everyone else would have a lot shorter distance to walk.  And yet I see so many people get into their cars and drive to the mailbox, pick up their mail and then drive home again!!!

Gas burned needlessly and fat added to their asses in copious amounts just because they are too lazy to walk for five minutes on a beautiful sunny day to pick up a couple envelopes.

So this post and the last one are simple suggestions directed to those people, informing them that there is in fact another way to live.

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