Ever since I can remember, I have always been a saver. I owe that all to my parents. They were both very clear about saving money and helped get me started when I was as young as maybe 10 or 12 years old. I got my first job when I was 13 and yes, I loved spending money on clothes and make-up and jewelry and movies and CDs like any other teen girl, but I was always equally as conscious about checking my balances and managing my checkbook. Yes, I still to this day use a checkbook, haha! My husband laughs at me and thinks I am crazy but whatever… I am old school like that and and it really helps keep me on track.
Needless to say, my money-saving and budgeting habits began to rub off on Joe (thankfully) and we’ve be even more conscious lately with baby girl on the way.
There are some days when I say to myself “oh we totally got this, it’s all gonna be great” and then some days when I wake up frazzled and freaking out over saving more more more. Life is going to drastically change and money will be tighter than ever – there is no doubt in my mind – but I am trying my best to focus on the good and know that everything will work out. We will find a way to make things work. We have to!
In an effort to save more money before September, I’ve been a lot more conscious of what we are buying, how we are buying, and non-essentials we can forgo. Whether you are also preparing for a major life change (that will affect your budget) or want to just save a little more, I hope some of these tips inspire you. These are just some of the personal ways we are saving here and there. Nothing too crazy, just things that have been working for us.
Hi friends! Hope you’re all well. Only good things for the most part over here. :)
You may have noticed from some of my “what I’ve been eating” round-ups that I have been on a sandwich kick this pregnancy. I mean, I always love a good sandwich but I can’t get enough lately. My new favorite for a boost of protein is this white bean salad sandwich. I know most people make chickpea salad (which is also awesome – I love this chipotle recipe) but I actually prefer the texture of white beans over chickpeas. They are a bit softer and easier to mash up. They are much creamier, too.
This recipe is a great plant-based substitute for your typical chicken or tuna salad sandwich. It also features my favorite – Just Mayo – so you know it’s legit. ;)
When you’re pregnant, you hear an awful lot about your iron intake. Iron iron iron. Truth be told… in my first trimester, I began to crave meat – for the first time in over 3 years. Talk about terrifying. I was like oh great, why. Whyyyy is this happening. I honestly can’t even begin to explain half the shit that goes through your head when you are making a human, but… this was one of my many thoughts and cravings. I knew that I didn’t really want meat. My body clearly needed something else – and a lot of people told me it was probably craving iron.
Eat fries for dinner. Seriously – they don’t have to be greasy, unhealthy, and loaded with trans fats. To be honest, Joe and I enjoy a plate of fries and dip for dinner more often than I care to admit. It’s just soooo good. So filling. SO CHEAP. Potatoes, man. They are cheap cheap cheap.
I try to balance out the fact that we’re eating just fries for dinner by pairing with a dip. While I usually opt for some cashew cheese dip on the side, I thought a black bean dip would be perfect. Black beans are loaded with protein (not to say cashews aren’t) and add a healthy dose of fiber. Side of lime for extra flavor and some fresh lettuce leaves. Romaine lettuce is is super fresh paired with fries. Trust me – just try it!
The best part is that these fries are oil-free, so go to town.
I haven’t done a post about what I’m loving in a while! Since everything revolves around baby these days, I wanted to share some of the products that I am most excited about using once she arrives. There’s so much on the market, but these all caught my eye. I cannot wait!
More budget and money-saving tips! I love reading posts like this, so I hope you can appreciate.
In the past, I’ve shared my $50 vegan shopping list for Trader Joe’s. As we’re trying to save more and more for baby girl on the way, we’ve opted to buy more from PriceRite. Do you have a PriceRite near you? I believe it’s a New England (or maybe just upper East Coast?) chain but oh man, it is SO INEXPENSIVE AND CHEAP! And cheap does not mean poor quality in this case, because the fruit and veggies are awesome here, as well as other name brand products. One of the ways that PriceRite keeps it costs down is the fact that you need to bring your own bags, so don’t forget yours (if you do, they are only 10 cents a bag).
I’ve been so impressed with our shopping habits these days that I wanted to share what a week’s worth of vegan/plant-based food from PriceRite looks like for under $50. I hope it helps! I love having proof that eating vegan/plant-based does not mean expensive. You can still be frugal and eat like a queen (or king). ;)
Another recipe I tried recently that came together better than I expected. One thing about me is that I really just trying throwing things together to see if they work. Sometimes they do, sometimes not. These vegan jackfruit enchiladas definitely were a hit with me and my husband. I apologize for the pretty crap photos… there’s not really any great way to take a nice picture of enchiladas (not in my case, anyways!) But taste is what matters here, right?
I made these quickly in the midst of us both binging Shameless (any other fans?) Not sure what took us this long to watch, but we’re hooked! We blew through the first season in two days. Haha!
You can never have too many superfoods on your menu. This is a label given to foods and ingredients that are particularly healthy in one way or another. For those living a vegan lifestyle they’re wonderful options to have, and it’s always fun to learn a new one. That said, they can be a little tough to keep track of, or at least easy to forget.
Here are five tasty and versatile superfoods to keep on your radar.
Another thrifting post! I can’t stop myself. A little over a month ago, there was a huuuuge consignment sale just 7 minutes from us. I found out that this happens twice a year (April and September) and it’s basically my new favorite thing to look forward to. Everything from clothes to toys to gear… on and on and on. I’ll admit – some things are questionable. I’m a cautious thrifter and only gravitate towards certain items (things that can be easily washed). But I made out well, and I’ll be visiting twice every year from here on out!
The volunteers were so sweet and the atmosphere was pleasant… prices low, clothes clean, and everything was just clean in general. I was so impressed.
And as usual the best part – save a little money, recycle beautiful items that have been gently used, and donate when you are done. I love it.
So, here are some of the items I recommend grabbing. These items are easy to wash, sterilize, and make your own. Once you do that, you’ll breathe new life into them and will forget you even bought secondhand!
Sorry it has been so quiet for a few days. If you follow me on IG, you know I was in sunny FL with my family. It was great to get away, but back to the grind! No place like home :) Sharing sharing a recipe I’ve had on my mind for a while, but just finally getting to it.
If you’ve read the About section on here, you know that I do not label myself vegan because I do consume local, organic honey. More about that HERE. It’s best to be transparent, right?
Now that that is out of the way, [nut] milk and honey tea. It’s one of my favorite drinks. Add the bubbles and I’m in heaven. The bubbles are tapioca balls, better known as boba. I talk more about this and how to prepare them in THIS POST. If you are making the boba for the first time, you’ll have to reference it. You can find them on Amazon if you are unsure of where to grab these guys. You’ll also want to grab the right straws for boba, like these.