Join Date: May 2014
If you drink soy milk, get a soy milk maker!
I thought it was too expensive (mine was $115.), but it's also an okara maker, so you really save money.
Half cup soybeans, bought in bulk, makes about 2 quarts. You get a cup of the pulp (okara) to use in so many ways. My favorite burger is as simple as mixing the okara with an equal amount of oats, some ground flax, and a good amount of differing seasoning. Best baked, but also in a lightly oiled skillet.
Each batch costs roughly 30 cents to get both milk and the okara for the burgers. The oatmeal I get is $2.29 for a 42 oz. box.
Think of your pantry of non perishables as a bank so you can eat when your money is loooooowwwww
1. Rarely ever eat out, maybe five or six times a year tops if that
2. make a good bit of my food from scratch...dried beans, breads, flours (I grind my own flour from seed with my Blendtec), nut butters etc. For a while I used to make my own flaxseed milk and add Calcium/D drops but got lazy. May start doing it again as a lb of flaxseed lasted me a few months (I could make seven servings of flaxmilk with 1/4 cup flaxseed and water and add a little sweetener such as dates).
3. Grow vegetables and herbs in my garden from May to November and can/jar/freeze extras
4. I don't wear hair products or makeup at all. I use either Dr. Bronners castile liquid soap or homemade concoction of essential oils and vinegar for my hair and skin. A bottle of Dr. Bronners will last me a few months; the essential oils will last me over a year for a bottle since I dilute it when using.
5. natural cleaning solutions instead of commercial ones...lemon juice, white vinegar, washing soda, hot water
6. Ride my bike to work, to the fitness center, and errands most days from May to October, though I still drive to the grocery store once per week.
7. I wear my clothes more than once or even twice before washing them again, so that I only need to do one load of laundry two times per month (if I wash blankets and bed sheets etc it is two loads). I haul my laundry to the laundromat in a large hiking backpack and only do wash there, then hang dry clothes at home or use my home dryer if needed for blankets etc (I don't have washer at home). If I have something that really needs to be washed and worn sooner than I can get to my usual laundry schedule, I do it in the bathtub.
8. Utilize the library instead of bookstore. Yes, libraries still exist.
9. Buy the majority of my clothes at second hand stores, and buy some vegan shoes online through Amazon.com. I have gotten insanely cheap deals on organic hemp and canvas vegan shoes online (my Wicked Hemp hiking shoes were less than $37 for the shoe and for shipping/tax combined and they are still in excellent shape several years later, and my Five and Dime canvas rock climbing/mountain biking shoes were under $45). With Amazon, you can watch prices and buy when they fall for specific items. When I add an item to my wishlist, each time I check it there, it tells me if the price has fallen or risen since I saved it to my Wishlist.
10. Entertainment often involves a walk in the woods, bird watching, geocaching, cycling on trails, snowshoeing, tent camping, canoeing, curling up with a biography, or visiting Veggieboards.
"We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form." - William Ralphe Inge
2.dvd workouts instead of gym membership
3.clearly contacts.ca for my contacts
4.shopping rule: sales ONLY
5.cut my own hair
6.wash dishes by hand
8.deal websites such as dealfind, livingsocial, wagjag, groupon etc.
9.buy in bulk (bulk barn, costco )
10. gas card, 20c off per litre (came free with the purchase of my car and it's been darned helpful! But they sell them, so it's great gift idea)