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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Breakfasts

Sooo guys, a confession. I am NOT doing great with this Lenten temptation thing. I mean, I could be doing way worse (it all depends on what yr definition of "baked good" is) but let's just say I need to do a lot of penance. However, the one thing I have not given into is buying and eating snack bars, and those were really my worst indulgence. So. Yeah.
Here's what I've been eating (mostly as breakfasts) in lieu of said bars.

Vanilla soy yogurt with 1/2 a banana. And coffee.

Raspberry yogurt. Also a mixed berry flavor on a different day (the jahgurts were on sale this week.) Also lots more bananas. I stopped eating them for a while for no reason but I'm glad dey back in my life.
more fruit:
This plum was not good. I was surprised when they went on sale and was like, "Is there something I don't know?" No. (Of course not - I know everything.) Plum season it still is not yet. This is yr public service announcement. With guitar.

Soaked overnight oats + chia with chopped apricots and almonds with cinnamon.
Another reason I am glad I am not doing the energy/snack bar thing right now is that they get sooo expensive! I was looking at my bank statements and uhh I need to stop spending money before I even think about moving apartments. Not sure how that got out of control.
Any helpful money saving tips? My number one is usually "Don't leave the house ever." Secondly, "STOP GOING TO WHOLE FOODS." Thirdly, "Get the hell out of New York City." So, money saving tips other than those.

21 comments:

  1. All of your breakfasts look great! I'm a big fan of fruit for breakfast and hopefully after a few months of this no sugar nonsense I'll be able to eat my fruit for breakfast again :) The overnight oats look great too!

    Hmm, money saving tips... haha I ask myself the same thing and similarly "Get the hell off Long Island" is a recurring theme! Buying grains in bulk is a good thing, inexpensive way to go, try to buy on sale, make your own energy/snack bars (less expensive AND tastes better) and in general cook your meals at home. Think of your favorite meals that you get out and try to recreate them at home. It'll be less expensive and there's a good chance they'll taste better too ;) I don't know how stocked your pantry is but you can try doing a pantry challenge as well!

    I'm going to need some tips too... this raw food deal is going to cost me a ton of money!

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  2. Well, I'd say that even if you've given into temptation a bit, it still sounds like you're doing really well. Not buying the bars is great!

    We got our yearly statement & owner's share from the co-op a few days ago, which listed the total amount of $ we spent there. Yikes. I'm feeling the same way you are right now. It looks like you mostly eat whole foods, which I think is the best thing to do when trying to save money on food. Is it just food that you're trying to save money on? If not, I've found that making a wish list for everything that's not a necessity comes in handy. We make ourselves wait for at least a few weeks (usually longer) before buying anything off of it. A lot of times we end up taking things off the list because we just don't want it anymore after waiting for a while.

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    1. I knew I could count on some money saving tips from a minimalist like you, molly!

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  3. I am trying to abide by your first and second rules as often as possible! I find myself shopping around for the best deals - I'll look at the weekly flyer and build my shopping list around the specials. And of course, seasonal produce is the way I've tried to eat - as they tend to be on sale anyway. Sometimes I'll limit myself to visiting WF only twice a month or less. It's hard - especially the prepared food section!

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    1. Whole Foods is just so close to my work! The worst is that I'm super picky and I feel like I can taste the smell of the grocery store kale if it isn't organic and from WF. Buttttt that could just be me being crazy.

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  4. I am totally doing the same for money-saving. Because my internship is unpaid, on my days off I turn the not-spending into a game: "How long can I go eating proper meals from what I already have without going to the store because once I'm there I will be unable to resist the snack aisle?"

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  5. Well, if snack bars are a thing you like, have you tried making a batch of homemade? There are definitely some larabar imitation recipes out there, and granola bars, and who knows what else. Buying in bulk is clearly a thing, but you probably already do that. Otherwise, what about establishing a specific routine for making batches of homemade food?

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    1. I ought to make the time to make my own snack bars, yr right. And bulk is important too, I don't really do that often enough.

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    2. Yeah, I used to go to the 4th St. co-op for all my bulk everything. It's so hard to find bulk bins in NYC! (I assume the Park Slope co-op works too, of course.)

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  6. Nice looking breakfasts. I love everything that you posted.

    I've been working on not spending money for a few months now. And it's been challenging. I spent the most on what I call "luxury foods". A lot from Whole Foods. So, I ended up making a budget. I hate that word. But I figured out how much I wanted to be spending each month after paying my bills. I left that amount in my checking account and moved the rest to savings. Now, my savings account isn't necessarily off limits, but it's not as easy to spend. I don't have a card attached to it, so I have to transfer money out of it in order to spend it. This makes me think about what I'm buying.

    As far as money saving tips for food, I think the thing that's helped me the most is prepping food for the week. Making batches of things like soup and roasted veggies and sauces keeps me from feeling like I have nothing to eat in the house.

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    1. Prep is a huge deal. There just isn't all that much space in the fridge for weekly prep with 3 other people using it. maybe a shorter term prep thing would help. Setting a budget is a good idea too. I'll have to figure out something reasonable. And thanks for mentioning the savings account thing... I always mean to transfer funds into there and forget about it.

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  7. Yep, don't go to Whole Foods. You go in there for a bag of pasta, come out with all sorts of weird crap you don't need, or really know what to do with, and you're £30 lighter. Either that or take up shoplifting?!

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  8. If you think of the money you're saving in doctor's bills by not living on the $1 menu at McD's, then I think it all evens out.

    Also, you are young and in NYC: embrace it! Most of us never got the opportunity to experience all those cool things like you do.

    And finally: Would you rather live and work with a bunch of rednecks who don't even know the difference between Hummus and CousCous? Yeah, me neither.

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    1. You are right about the doctors bills. I do think about that sometimes.
      Haha, other than that you are the little devil on my left shoulder I would love to give into. But perhaps in moderation, enjoyable things can be enjoyable.

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  9. Lent is kinda overrated in my humble aethiest opinion.... ;) life without baked goods or bars?! Thats just masochism.
    Breakfasts look good there! My $ savings tips are to always pack lunch and snacks but i have to buy my morning coffee to function.
    And the best tip ever- go to the grocery store with cash. Leave you wallet at home. I've been doing this for a while and its kinda harsh and totally works. That and buy groceries in chinatown, lots of cheap tofu and fresh noodles and fruits/veg.
    Ttrockwood@yahoo.com

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    1. I'm a mets fan! Of course I'm a masochist!
      Very, very good point about cash only! I swiped my card too much already today.
      Funny you mention Chinatown! I've been wanting to get down there...it's even in the zine I'm working on right now!

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  10. I realized that a huge majority of my paycheck was going right back to the organic grocery store I work for because I was buying my breakfast and/or lunch there everyday. I have been trying so hard to plan ahead and make bigger batches of food to cut unnecessary costs on eating out all the time.
    I also got together with a few friends to buy things in bulk from the grocery store. I can get a 30lb block of soy free Earth Balance for $50! So if you split it between 3 or more people, it's totally amazing!

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  11. Those are some grood breakfasts. Mine definitely aren't that exciting...I've been eating a green smoothie every. Day. But it's still awesome, because green smoothies, enough said. And it helps through these baking classes where there's cupcakes and bread and goodies in school EVERY DAY. Also, good money saving tips, ha ha!

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