Never Pay for Magazines Again!

I made a great discovery this morning that I felt I need to share with the world. I try many reward sites, but am often frustrated by how long it takes to cash in for rewards. This morning I tried out Recyclebank and was able to cash in for a 2-year magazine subscription in under 20 minutes! Simply flip through some slideshows about recycling and once you have 300 points or less depending on the magazine, you’re set to cash in. Each slideshow earns you about 30 points, so it really is that easy.
Enjoy,

*this post includes a referral link but all opinions expressed are unbiased and solely my own

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How To Try Dollar Shave Club For Free!

I began to sign up for Dollar Shave Club, added the package to my shopping cart and created an account, but then stopped because there was a place for a coupon code, so of course I had to find one!  Forgetting about it in the meantime, a month later I received an email from Dollar Shave Club with just that.  A code for my first month free.  So now you know how to go forth, wait them out, and get your first month of Dollar Shave Club for free as well.

Enjoy the deal,

Celine

*This post contains a referral link, but all opinions expressed are purely my own

7 Essentials for a Tiny Kitchen

1. Enameled Cast Iron Pot


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A pot like this can be used for anything from boiling pasta to baking casseroles to frying veggies.  Being able to move from the stove to the oven makes this a worthy essential for even the tiniest of kitchens.

2. A Multipurpose Mug

This is a mug, a bowl, and a storage container for leftovers all in one.

3. The Basic Utensils

Don’t forget forks, knives, and spoons, but also the bigger tools like a wooden mixing spoon, plastic spatula, plastic serving spoon (you don’t want to use metal on your enameled cast iron), kitchen shears and a can opener.

4. A good set of knives

A utility knife, pairing knife, and chef’s knife should be sufficient for whatever you need to cut.

5. Measuring Cup

Something like this can be used to measure ingredients for a cake, but also for heating and serving gravy and sauces, or if you’re in a real pinch, I admit I have made and eaten ramen from a measuring cup before.

6. Pizza Stone

This is not simply for making delicious pizza.  With a pizza stone you also get a cookie tray, hot plate, and cutting board.

7. Collapsible Salad Spinner

Colanders are a must for draining pasta and veggies, but there’s no reason one should take up all your cupboard space. This collapsible salad spinner gives you not only a colander, but also a collapsible mixing/salad bowl and a salad spinner and takes up so little space.

And there you have it, the only seven items you need for a fully functional kitchen (okay I may have stretched it a little by grouping the utensils as one).  Obviously, this is just a basis, depending on how fancy you want to get, there are many more options, but be sure to keep a look out for the multipurpose items that really put your cupboard real estate to good use!

Celine

Staying Healthy on a Budget

Staying healthy doesn’t have to cost a lot.  Here’s a few tips to guide your path to frugal fitness!

Stock Up at Your Local Farmers’ Market  

Prices are usually significantly cheaper than at the grocery store, and the produce is local.  Plus, many towns have indoor farmers’ markets year round.  Local Harvest has a great search engine to find a market near you.

Shop by Season  

It’s basic supply and demand: in season fruits and vegetables are usually cheaper because they’re easier to stock and usually don’t have to be shipped from other parts of the world.  The USDA has an interactive seasonal produce guide on their site.

Grow Your Own  

It’s much cheaper to grow your own produce.  Plus, you can freeze extras to use during the winter.  Even if you don’t have a lot of space, you can grow many things in pots on a patio or deck.  We usually grow peppers, tomatoes, herbs, and other assorted plants in pots and lined crates.

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Meal Plan — Based on What’s on Sale  

It’s a lot easier to resist the urge to grab that easy pizza on the way home from work if you already have a healthy alternative planned and bought.  Plus, by basing your meals on what’s on sale, you can save a little extra cash.

Brown Bag It

Same deal.  If you already have a healthy lunch packed and prepared, it’s a lot easier to avoid the temptation of ordering out.

Buy in Bulk  

For non-perishable items, shop around.  Many times it’s cheaper to buy healthy grains, protein powder, supplements, and other healthy essentials from warehouse stores or from Amazon.  For example, you can get 2 pounds of chia seeds for $12.

Skip the Gym Membership

Unless you’re a diehard gym rat, chances are there’s a cheaper way to get your workout in.  There are plenty of free workout videos on YouTube.  Can’t live without a treadmill/stationary bike/elliptical?  Check Craigslist.  There’s usually plenty of equipment at greatly reduced prices looking for good homes.  If Craigslist isn’t for you, you can also find good deals on equipment at Amazon.  I recently got this folding exercise bike for $150.  It’s sturdy, quiet, and takes up about as much space as a dining chair.

 

Go Outdoors

Sure this may not be the most desirable option in the dead of winter, but as the temperature begins to rise take advantage of the great outdoors.  Whether you bike, hike, swim, or start a pickup frisbee game, you’re getting your workout in and having fun!  Take advantage of parks and playgrounds in your neighborhood–many have fields and courts you can use for free.

Niagara Gorge

Get Paid to Stay Fit

Check to see if your employer or health insurance provider offers any incentives to stay healthy.  I’ve seen everything from a $75 gift card for scheduling a yearly checkup to a free FitBit to promote a healthy lifestyle.  If you can get something free for taking care of yourself, it doesn’t hurt to ask!

Have a great day!

elyse

7 Valentines Day Gift Ideas for the Man in Your Life

1. Lifeproof Phone Case 

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This is a must for your on-the-go man.  This gift shows that you respect his need for adventure and know how to help him pursue his passions.

2. An Experience

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Whether it’s a concert, sporting event, or weekend away, your man is sure to love the sentiment put into creating a unique experience for him.

3. Sipping Stones

whiskey Stones

Nobody likes watered down whiskey.  Your man is sure to appreciate these sipping stones, especially when paired with his liquor of choice.

4.  Beer Brewing Kit

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Has your man caught a case of the “IPA Bug”?  If so, he’ll love feeling like a mad scientist and making his own. *Bonus you get yummy beer too!

5. Google Chromecast

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Is your man tired of watching House of Cards off of his computer screen?  Or messing with lots of cables?  This is the gift that lets him know you fully support his Netflix addiction.

6. Credit Card Multitool

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If your man likes to be prepared for everything this is a great gift.  It conveniently fits right in his wallet, so he’ll never be caught off guard without these useful tools.

7. Fitbit

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How’s your man doing with his New Years resolution?  Fitness couldn’t be easier or more fun than with a fitbit activity tracker.

Have any more manly Valentines day gift ideas?  Share them below!

Happy Shopping,

Celine