In the last few months, we made some major steps in reducing our cost of living but one area we struggled with was slaying the monster that lived in the back of the fridge. This monster tended to only eat healthy vegetables and leftovers, which was great since we didn’t eat them.
After many months of throwing these items out, our frustration and frugal tendencies finally outweighed the satisfaction of buying healthy vegetables. Time for a change! We have to do our part to end food waste.
The leftovers were an easy one to overcome: don’t make extra food. For the vegetable, we started searching for various recipes and came across the Rawtarian’s recipe for green smoothies.
This recipe was great… so great that in the first week we killed our blender AND we had to make three separate trips to the store for baby spinach.
After some research for a replacement blender, we went to Amazon came across the Ninja Master Prep blender, which we used our reward points to purchase.
If you are a smoothie fan or thinking about getting into smoothies, we at Two Cup House highly recommend this blender, chopper thingamajig. It is also great for homemade salsa and chopping onions.
Since I am on the food subject…
Another area we struggled with was going out for lunch, going to restaurants in the evening and eating items that had no benefit to our bodies. The engineer in me tends to relate our bodies to systems or machines, so I likened food to fuel. Would I put sugar or gas in the tank of my car? Obviously, I would put gas in my car so I don’t kill it. I find it funny that sugar kills cars and people, but we’ll save that topic for another time.
The restaurants were also an easy one to resolve. When you have the urge to go out to eat, pick the worse possible restaurant to eat at. If you do this a few times, you quickly start to question that urge.
I do have to disclose that we didn’t “pick the worse restaurants” on purpose but the results were the same. The breaking point was watching our waitress put her fingers in our water glasses when she carried them over to us.
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For lunch, Two Cup House has to give a shout out to the Frugalwoods. Their recipe for rice and beans is awesome and a low-cost lunch with a great protein source.
Update: We paid off 100% of our debt!