I look at the gym like I look at diets: I hate them both. They’re good to do if you need it (and I do), but I would much rather live an active lifestyle. Exercise doesn’t have to mean spending $50 a month at the gym or half of your day on the treadmill. For […]
How many of you enjoy cooking? Is it more of a chore, or is it fun for you? More often than not, I run into people who don’t enjoy cooking because they don’t know what they’re doing and don’t know where to start. One of my first questions is, “Do you have a slow […]
Thanksgiving & Christmas meals don’t have to break your bank. Here are some hearty, homestyle meals for the holiday season. Whipped Sweet Potato Stuffed Clementines-.18 Baked Kale Chips – $.11 Baba Ghanoush – $.29 The Best (shh, Vegan!) Chili in the World – $.70 Broccoli Soup – $.92 Spinach Pepper Soup – $.60 Heavenly Homemade […]
One way to get healthy and save money is to eat at home. But to be consistent, you’ve got to realistic. If dinner takes too long to prepare every night, you’re not going to do it. To be realistic, you’ve got to be able to get in and out of the kitchen quickly. That’s why chopping skills and the right knife are paramount in learning how to cook.
I would say that I’m not a very competitive person. Bragging about how good you are at something and winning is the stuff of daydreams. But bragging and then losing is pretty humiliating to experience and watch others go through. With that said, at my 8-5 cube job, we had a chili cook-off and for […]
When you think “Baked Chicken”, do you think dry and overcooked like I do? If you think that way, I guarantee this dish will change your mind. Get ready for an unbelievably moist & delicious meal. This “recipe” is dedicated to a few friends of mine (ahem, bachelors!) who think they are literally unable to […]
Being broke—I mean really broke—can be scary. But the stress can be manageable with the right attitude and self-control, right? I’ve found that the fine line between living on the edge and a downward spiral into hopelessness is one factor: DEBT. Thomas Gnomologia said, “Debt is the worst poverty.” Debt isn’t just a healthy […]
Everyone is different & there is no right way to be fit. I’m only 21 years old, but I’ve learned that any exercises that I do must be enjoyable to me in order for me to work out consistently. You enjoy being fit much more if you enjoy what you’re doing & don’t have to […]
Let’s get down to the real question. What’s more important to you on a daily basis: flavor or convenience? They’re both good answers, and I won’t judge you for being swayed either way. But that’s what this topic really gets down to. Let me please take this moment to say that I think grilling in […]
It’s grilling time. I’d be willing to bet that the majority if you have probably grilled something in the past few weeks. I know I have! But inevitably, the polarizing argument of gas vs. charcoal will probably come up at your summer cookout. Forget what your neighbor has or what Food Network tells you to […]
I ran across this amazing article from Women’s Health Magazine today. 40 fresh recipes with only 10 healthy, cheap, easy to find ingredients. Very, very useful if you’re on a budget and want to make several meals with same ingredients. Thanks WHM!
Some of the most enjoyable activities with family are the ones you don’t have to break your budget over! Be creative and think about “experiences”, not necessarily entertainment. If you can’t eat out, pack a lunch or a light snack and head out after lunch or dinner. There’s always an alternative to opening your wallet! […]
I’ll be honest, when I made this meal I was in the middle of bad day. All I wanted was some comfort food… food I couldn’t really mess up… something that tasted familiar. It’s not a mind blowing meal, or super pretty, or is it the kind of meal you’d want to eat every day […]
I think I can safely say that one of my “comfort foods” is anything with tomato sauce and chicken. I know, I’m so adventurous, right? So look, I’m using ingredients here that you may not think are that cheap. Some recipes I have are cheaper than others, and this is on the higher end of […]
Ever been to your local farmer’s market? If not, this Saturday you should definitely check it out if you have one close. There’s one here in Charlotte that has unbelievably cheap veggies. Guess how much I got this big bag of mini eggplant for? ONE buck! Couldn’t believe it. I used most of these for […]
Back in 2004 I spent two months in Ethiopia working with local youth and AIDS patients. I bought two things on a regular basis there: an authentic macchiato and an Ethiopian “spress”, as they called it…both of which I shouldn’t have been consuming because of the contaminated water & soil, but whatever, they were amazing. […]