How to get through tough financial times

Welcome back beautiful people. A lot of us will go through financially difficult times, shit happens, life happens, it isn’t fun! Don’t be ashamed of those times, just concentrate on getting through those times the best you can. Today I want to share my tips from my tough times and what I did to come out on the other side and not to let it get the best of me.

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Be grateful. This is the number one thing you need to do! I started writing down every day a few things I am grateful for, because no matter how tough things are there is probably someone who is doing even worse. I wrote things like: having food to eat (even if it’s not the tastiest food), having a roof over my head, health, spending time with my kids and husband, getting extra money, beautiful weather, good mood, having energy to work out, having fun with the kids at the park, talking on the phone with my mom/dad/brothers/grandparents/friends from back home, talking to someone nice on internet. Those tough times really shifted my perspective and made me a better and a more thankful person.

Plan. It is soooooo important to plan all your budget and your expenses and meals. You need put away money for bills and groceries first to arrive to the next payday. And you need to know exactly what you’re going to eat so you don’t overspend on groceries. It is crucial! Let me just make an example on what a difference good planning makes. During our hard times we lived with my in-laws, we moved to another (cheaper) country and lived all from my father-in-laws retirement. We were 4 adults, 2 kids, 3 cats and a dog. I did all the groceries and food planning and my husband did the bills. Everyone was fed and bills paid, it was tight but we made it. My husband got a job and we moved out, they now have the same amount of money but minus 5 mouths (2 adults, 2 kids & a cat) to feed but they can’t make it! They never have enough! How is that possible!? This goes against all logic! They don’t plan, they don’t think outside of the box and are very picky eaters.

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Help from others. This one is obvious, but if someone can help you in any way, then why not. Whether it’s hand me down clothing or apples from their garden, or a friend who can help with repairs, anything.

Sell stuff. Another obvious one, but we have a lot of un-used stuff we can make a little money from. Maybe before you never thought about it, but during the tough times even the smallest amounts can make a big difference. We literally sold all of our old phones, printers, cameras that we had lying around. Whether you get to buy an extra loaf of bread or a small treat to yourself, it may save your tummy from hunger for a day or just give you an extra boost for getting to eat some chocolate for a change.

Get creative. Another big lesson I learned and am very grateful for was the creativity I gained. When you don’t have the money or resources you find ways to do things differently. You’ll find that things you thought were impossible are actually doable.

DIY. Since you can’t buy new stuff or hire people to do stuff for you, you’re going to have to start doing things on your own. Thank god for internet on how to make, repair and revamp anything under the sun.

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Can’t be picky. I know it can be hard and frustrating, but be thankful you have something to eat/wear/to live in and so on.We all have our preferences, we get tired of the same stuff, but stay strong and think about those people who are starving or freezing, at least you have something! I have to bring my mother-in-law in this again, but she truly is the example of everything you shouldn’t do when you don’t have money. She has always said how she eats everything. But during these times she was always complaining, so I said: “I thought you said you eat everything?!” And she answered:”Of course I do, I eat everything tht I like!” My….gosh…..yeah, I don’t think this is what it means to eat everything :D

Lose the poverty mindset. This might not be something that everyone believes in, but our words and thought hold immense power! The best thing you can do concentrate on what you have, be thankful and don’t keep saying how poor you are. Instead say you’re going through a tough time. You could (and in my opinion you definitely should) do also affirmations of abundance:

  • I am abundant in all.
  • I have enough.
  • I have everything I need.
  • The Universe is abundant and there is enough for everyone.
  • The Universe will provide for me
  • Money comes to me easily.
  • My actions create constant prosperity.
  • I deserve abundance and prosperity.
  • I am open to receive wealth.
  • I attract success.

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Quality over quantity is not always the way. Yes, you should invest in things that last longer and that you get more use out of. But sometimes you just don’t have the option to choose, it’s either quantity or nothing. And it’s ok. It’s ok to buy the cheaper food and not the organic stuff, cause it fills your childrens bellies up. Bad food is better than no food. It’s ok to buy the cheapest low quality clothing for your kids, cause they grow so fast anyway and you can’t afford buying brand sweaters, pants, shoes, jackets and so on to multiple kids.

Get a side hustle if you can. If you have a possibility to do something, do it. A part time job, working from home or sell your services. Use your skills, teach a language you speak or a skill, do some repair work, mend clothes, do gardening, do tutoring, clean houses. There are a lot of possibilities, it all depends on your personal skills and possibilities.

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Enjoy the simple and little things. This kind of goes with the first one, but not exactly. Learn to enjoy the simple things and activities that are free. Like taking a walk in the city/neighbourhood/forest, going to the park with the kids, watching movies and chatting with your significant other instead of going out, working out or dancing at home, drinking a cup of coffee/tea in the morning, tending your garden if you’re lucky to have one, going on a picnic, discovering your city/area instead of going on a tropical vacation, playing with your pet, game night with the family or friends, reading a book/magazine/article in the internet and so on. It’s the key to your happiness and sanity during hard times!

As always I hope this post was useful or inspiring to you. If you have your own tips, please share them in the comments, let’s help each other out :) If you’re going through difficult financial times then I ‘m sorry to hear that, but you can do it! You’re going to get through, you’re going to dig yourself out of it! Stay strong and until next time!

3-5 ingredient meals Part.2

Here I am with another post for simple, cheap and few ingredient meals. Here’s Part 1 if you missed it.

Rice with veggies

Again, old photos, not meant for a blog, just to give you an idea.

All I did here was to boil some rice and a frozen veggie mix, threw it all together with some spices and voilà. Feel free to add a sauce of any kind.

Homemade pizza

This one is tecnically more ingredients but if you count the dough as just one then you’ve got: dough, tomato sauce, cheese, wieners .Maybe you can find a good price on the dough, or you can just do it yourself – it’s super simple I promise (maybe I’ll do a post one day). I don’t know about the tomato sauces in ther countries but I always add a little bit of sugar to eliminate the acidity and salt for taste. During our hardest times we even made the pizza with just the tomato sauce, no cheese or other toppings. Use what you have! Once we used just onions as toppings too and it was great.

Semolino porridge breakfast

Prepare it with water or milk, add a little sugar and just a tiny bit off salt and serve it with jam. Or maple syrup, compote, cinnamon or fruit – as always whatever you have in hand.

Egg-butter sandwitch

Boil some eggs, smash them with a fork. Mix the eggs with butter, salt and pepper (you can add mayonnaise too). Spread it on your sandwitch and add lettuce. Boom, simple and tasty and cheap!

French toast casserole breakfast

For this take some old bread, make big pieces and put a first layer on your oven dish, take some jam and put it here and there on the bread. Then mix some milk, sugar and cinnamon, pour some over the first layer. Then repeat for the second layer. Do as many layers as you want, cook in the oven until the top is nice and crunchy. Serve it with some milk while it’s still warm. Add some fruit is you have some, the original recipe just goes with milk.

Hopefully these gave you some ideas and please let me know if you try these! See you next time.

How to homeschool with no to very little money

Do you ever think about homeschooling your kids, then open a youtube video on homeschooling where they share a big pile of curriculums, fancy textbooks, extra reading books, fun games & activities, a full equipped homeschool room and just give up? Because there is no way you can afford all of that. I’m here to tell you that you CAN homeschool your kids just fine by spending almost nothing. I’m going to give you some tips from my own experience, cause I had no choice but to homeschool my kids and we were going through some financially rough times in the meantime.

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I was already thinking about homeschooling, but then we moved to another country and I had no other choice but to homeschool my boys since they didn’t speak the language. Now if my kids would’ve been english speaking then I could’ve gotten everything online, but in another languages the resources are a little more limited. I couldn’t use library because obviously there aren’t no books in our language, and let’s not even get started going around in a new country, in a big city, in public transportation with two young kids. I couldn’t order anything from our country either cause we were broke. Sometimes I couldn’t even use the printer cause the toner ran out and we had to wait until we could afford it, so I had to do things by hand. I had to get creative. That’s what I love about tough times, they teach you so much, things you thought were impossible still get done, because you find a million different ways to do stuff, to live. I am beyond grateful for those times in my life. Now let’s move on to the tips.

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First grade doesn’t really need anything. All they need is to learn how to read, write and do math. And a little bit of science, just basic things about nature. For learning letters just draw them on paper and make your own letter cards, use the magnet toy letters if you have those, show them random letters on books, newspapers, products and ask them which letter it is. To write all you need is paper or maybe you have a whiteboard or a chalkboard at hand. Show them, help them, do your own practice sheet in their copybook: write A with a pen, then a few times lightly with a pencil for them to go over and some spacce for them to practice on their own. For math you can use whatever items at home: toys, crayons, foods etc. Once they know their numbers, you can start to write the calculations and use simple drawings to illustrate. Maybe you can’t draw a 2 cats plus 3 cats, but I’m sure you can draw circles, triangles or other shapes and hey, in the meantime they learn also different shapes. For science you can look at pictures in books, in the computer, show them videos, get outside and explore and explain as you go. Make them draw stuff, you draw them stuff. Drawing is not that hard, nowadays you can find so many easy tutorials. As far as for arts, physical exercise and music – that they do pretty much anyway. Kids love to draw, kids love to run around at the park, they love to listen to music. At this age it doesn’t need to be more complicated than this. You get to choose your priorities and what you want to teach your kids. Maybe you have a piano or another instrument at home, then you can play to them, teach to them sing together. My husband does martial arts and he played with the boys and teached them moves and exercises which counts as P.E. Whatever works for you :)

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Search online. The most obvious tip, as I said, if your kids are english speaking then you get anything you need from the internet. But if not then you do get a big portion, some things like math you can search in english and still use. Other things you can translate. Sometimes you can find online workbooks to print out, but other times they are already filled out. What I did was either write the exercises manually in their copybooks or use an online photo editing program to cancel the answers.

Apps. There are a lot of great apps to use, especially for the english speaking kids. Older kids can still use math apps even if they don’t speak english or they can use apps for small kids to learn english :)

Library. If you’re not living abroad like we do, then use the library. I don’t think there’s anything else to add here.

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Passed down textbooks & workbooks. I was lucky enough this year to get some old textbooks sent to us from a relative who’s son is a few years older.Even if the workbooks are filled in you can still use it to get ideas and to see what your kid is supposed to learn and do. And thanks to those I didn’t have to search for the internet what does my fourth grader need to learn in history and geografy. I just searched for extra material on the topics that were covered there.

No homeschool room, no problem. Also you don’t need a special homeschool room, one cupboard or a few shelfs or drawers are enough. They just need a table to write on, a dining or a kitchen table are totally fine if you don’t have a desk. We do it on the dining table in ur living room and sometimes they do their stuff in their room on their beds, on the floor or on the surface they have on top of a toy drawers. Their room is small and they don’t have a desk, but I also have a toddler who won’t stop bugging them no matter have many activities I give him, so they will finish a lot faster in their own room. As for storage they have one shelf for their copybooks/notebooks, a two shelf small cupboard for their supplies as in pens, crayons, colors and some craft stuff and I have a shelf for the old textbooks and workbooks and a few things I need that year.

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So there you go, it’s all achievable. You just need to work a little harder and to get more creative. I will definitely do a post on how I plan our school year in the future. I hope this post gave you hope, a little inspiration! Until next time dear ones.

Sweet curd balls

Hi there and welcome :) So this recipe is not anything new or special that I invented, it’s a largely used recipe from where I come from. But I want to share it with you, cause it’s very cheap & yummy and otherwise you wouldn’t know to search for it, I’m sure it wouldn’t come up in “cheap sweets” if you did a google or pinterest search.

Once again, not the best photos. I made those for my husband to show him what I was doing. I always send him photos of food while he’s at work :P


250-300g of curd or ricotta

2 eggs

3 tbsp of sugar (depends on your preference)

Around 7 tbsp of flour (depends on the size on your eggs)

1 tsp of baking powder

just a pinch of salt

Optional: lemon zest or juice

Oil for cooking

  • Beat the eggs with sugar
  • Mix in the curd/ricotta, then salt and baking powder
  • Start mixing in the flour, until it’s a nice thick consistency
  • Heat up the oil (use an oil that doesn’t have a strong taste). To test the oil put in a tiny piece of dough and if it starts to form little bubbles right away then it’s ready
  • To form the balls, use two spoons. Take some dough on one spoon and scrape it into the oil with another one. You can definitely do a better job than me, cause I just don’t care as long as it tastes good :P
  • Prepare a plate with some paper towels to absorb the oil and remove the balls wih a slotted spoon/skimmer spoon.
  • Sprinkle on some powdered sugar before serving and there you go

Enjoy your creation – bon apetit! As always I hope this post was useful and definitely let me know if you try these out :) Until next time lovely people.

How to survive life with a newborn

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Hello to all the mamas reading this post! Maybe you’re pregnant with your first child and looking for info on what’s to come, maybe you’ve already given birth (or adopted) and now you’re like:”Shit, this is harder than I thought” or maybe you’re not a first time mom but searching for how to do better this time around. I’m going to do my best to help you out and share my tips. I am a momma to three boys (10yrs, 8yrs & 2yrs), so I’ve been there too.

Prepare in advance. The best thing you can do is to prepare in advance. This goes mostly about food. Cooking takes time and thinking about what to make can be stressful. So fill your freezer with ready to go meals, whether you prepare them yourself or buy them from a store. Hey, what about a last minute baby shower, where instead of gifts they bring you meals you freeze, or heck do both.

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Survival mode. First thing you gotta do is to drop your expectations, prepare for these 1-3 months to be crazy times and to go with it. Throw away any to-do lists and routine ideas for that time and just adjust to this new life. It’s only 3 months, after that you can get back on doing stuff and being productive. These first months are just for you and the baby (and your husband and other kids).

Fatherly instinct. Also very important, lower your expectations about the father of your child. Maybe you have a miracle man who will help you all the time from day 1 and cater to all your needs, lucky you! But most men are not that helpful, so just prepare for that, cause it’s easier like that. It was one of the best advice I got from my mom when I had my first! It’s not that men are awful, it’s just diffferent for them, they don’t have the hormones, they didn’t grow the baby inside of them and they can’t feed the baby with their bodies. Most of the times they just don’t know what to do and are just afraid to do something wrong or just think that you are already doing a great job. You need to explain everything to a detail.Things that are obvious to us like how many time does the baby go between eating, putting on the diaper cream, how to clean up a poop explosion, are not for them. So take it easy on them, talk about stuff, ask for help (because they can be pretty clueless) and help them learn and then watch them becoming confident and awesome fathers.

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Sleep whenever you can. Why do so many moms shame the frase “sleep when the baby sleeps”? I know it’s not always possible, but I don’t understand the immense hate this gets. A newborn sleeps 16-17 hours of day, which leaves you plenty of naps to decide if you want to sleep, get some stuff done or to just relax and do something that makes you happy (reading, watching tv, knitting, taking a long bath, whatever). Sleep is the most important thing, it helps you recover from childbirth and to be a functional human being.

If it’s your first child then try to take atleast one nap with them. Honestly with my first I totally took 2 naps a day! You’ve got plenty of other nap time left to get stuff done when they are so little.

Now if you have other kids then it depends on their age. When my second was born my first one was 2 and still took a nap, so I napped with them. And thanks to the little one sleeping most of the day it’s not that hard to match their nap times.

But maybe your kid doesn’t nap anymore, all my boys dropped naps between 2-3 years, yet went to bed around 9pm… In that case either try to put them to bed earlier and go to bed early as well. Or if you can get help from your husband, family or friends TAKE IT and sleep!!!

When my third was born my other boys were 6 and 8, so I could sleep with the baby without worrying them getting hurt or burning the house down. Maybe you have older kids who go to school, great, use that time. My boys are homeschooled, so I gotta get creative with my time. Moral of the story, just do whatever you can to sleep. And before you say “but…”, “i can’t” , try a little more and then you can despair.

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Give yourself grace. You don’t have to everything! Repeat after me:”You don’t have to do everything!” You don’t have to clean, you don’t have to cook, you don’t have to host friends and family who come to meet the baby, you don’t have to go out but you also don’t have to stay in. Just do whatever makes you feel better, indulge in it during this time. And cut off anything that stresses you out and takes your time. With my first baby I basically spent the first two months on the couch watching tv with a baby on my boob. He was a colic baby and wanted to feed every 1,5h and took forever to eat, so I just sat there and watched tv and ate and sometimes I would drop a spaghetti or crumbs on his head and that’s ok. And then he would fall asleep and I would just cuddle with him and sleep on the couch with him. Did I become overweigtht or unhealthy? No, I lost the baby weight and turned back into a normal human being in the next 6 months, but for me these first months you just do what you can to rest, to stay sane, to “survive”.

Co-sleep. A controversial suggestion, but to us it was very helpful. All my boys went on to sleep in their beds in another room without fuss, but I understand this not might be the case always. What are the benefits though? Babies are meant to be with their mamas, to sleep near them, they will sleep better and you will sleep better. If you’re breastfeeding then co-sleeping just makes sense, whip out your bood and keep sleeping, or half-sleeping. But even if you don’t breastfeed, it’s much more comfier to feed your little one on your bed. To me it just made sense, it was the right choice. But you can do whatever makes you comfortable. This is the most important things about motherhood, you have to do what feels right for you and your family anyone else can go where the sun don’t shine.

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Cooking & getting stuff done. If you didn’t prepare in advance or don’t have a big freezer you still gotta eat. And if you have older kids then you always need to have something to feed them. It’s mostly the chopping part, cause you can just throw stuff on a pot or a pan also when the baby is awake. Your baby may love the swing or a bouncer, none of my boys liked the bouncer and I didn’t have money for the swing.

  • Cook when they’re asleep. With my third I cooked when he was asleep. We eat dinner around 6-7pm, so when he was sleeping around 4 or 5 I would start to prepare the food.
  • Put them in a bouncer or a swing, or maybe your husband is at home and can watch the baby.
  • Buy easy to make meals. Like pasta and a ready to go pasta sauce. You can just put down the baby for 2 minutes to drain the pasta, the rest you can do while holding the baby.
  • Meal prep. You can also meal prep some meals on a day your significant other doesn’t work so he can either watch the baby or help out. Or maybe someone else can come and help you. Prep some meals that you just need to heat up during the week.
  • Batch prep.Not exactly meal prep or freezer cooking, but when you’re already chopping up stuff , chop some extra for another day. Or when you’re making chicken, buy some more so you can use the leftovers for other meals.

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As for getting other stuff done it’s pretty obvious, but I’m going to list the things anyway.

  • Prioritize, you don’t have to everything. You need to eat, therefore cook and your family needs clean clothes. You don’t have to wash the floors every 2 days or scrub the toilet. Figure out the bare essentials and get those done, everything else can wait during this time.
  • Obviously do stuff when the baby sleeps. After you’ve taken a nap too ;)
  • As with cooking put the baby in a bouncer or a swing for a little bit, if they like it.
  • Wear your baby, but be careful with cooking and make sure your baby is secure in there and don’t do any movements that might result in the baby slipping out or you know, all that common sense stuff.
  • Ask someone to watch the baby or to help out.

Drink & eat enough. So so important, especially if you’re breastfeeding. But also when you’re not. Your body needs fuel to function, to do all the mom stuff and also to cope with sleeping less. So don’t deny yourself a good meal and don’t give me excuses about being too busy. I literally told you I dropped food on my baby’s head! I cannot deal with being hungry, I will make time to eat. I either ate holding my baby or sometimes I just let them cry until I eat as fast as I can. Sometimes that’s all you can do, there is no perfect solution. Other times the baby is asleep or simply content and you can eat in peace and chew properly, but other times is better to eat too fast or while being disturbed than not eating at all.

Music. I’m not talking about the white noise stuff. I’m talking about when your baby either wakes up during the night or refuses to go to sleep late at night, pop on some headphones with your favorite music while you walk around the room/corridor with a screaming baby. It will help you stay calm, it will help the baby cause they can hear the music and they can feel you being calm and it helps you to be more awake, cause for me there isn’t anything worse than being tired and forced to do something while sleepy. This may sound weird to you, but it helped me a lot and the babies fell asleep a lot quicker. With my third I pretty much had some music on all day long, not loud but something for him not to hear all the noise his big brothers were making. We live in an apartment and our bedrooms are small and right beside one another, so I opened our couch and let him sleep on there. If I’d let him asleep in the bedroom and without music he would’ve been up every 20 minutes.

I think I got down everything I had to say. The first 3 months are crazy, tiring, caotic and confusing but I also love this time cause I get to bond with my baby and lots of snuggling, you can’t beat that! Just remember that it will pass sooner than you think, live day by day, concentrate on getting through one day at a time. I hope this post gave you some tips or at least some hope for the future! I’m sending much love to all of you strong and brave mamas out there! You’ve got this!

3-5 ingredient meals Part.1

Hello beautiful people! The last time I wrote about “How to meal plan on a very small budget” and today I want to give you a few meal ideas as well. These meals are super simple, not fancy at all, just for pure survival but at the same time as interesting as possible to not to go crazy by eating always the same stuff! I said in my last post that you can mix your basics and toppings however you like, here are my favorites.

Rice salad

This photo is like from 3 years ago & was not meant for a blog so excuse the quality, actually excuse all the photos in this post.

Boil some rice, cut up tomatoes, cucumbers and mince a little bit of garlic. Mix the veggies in a bowl with some oil, salt, pepper and any other sspices you want. I also add lettuce sometimes. Mix it all up with rice and eat, if you want to or have put some mayo on tp. Or sour cream or even ketchup if that’s what you like, but in my opinion mayo is the best for this.

Breakfast rice

You can either cook it normally & add some milk later (or when you’re heating it up) or cook it directly in some milk. Add a tiny bit of salt and some sugar when it’s cooking and top it with some jam later. You could also use maple syrup, but it’s suuuuper expensive where I live, so if you can get it for a little price – I envy you!

Pasta salad

Here I just boiled some pasta and eggs, chopped the eggs, wurstel and fresh cucumber. Mixed it all up with salt, pepper, maybe some other spices. Then I mixed in some mayonnaise and yogurt. That’s more than 5 ingredients but you can mix in only mayo or yogurt, or sour cream. Use what you have.

Lazy lunch

Here I cut up some bread and wurstels, put it on an oven tray, poured on top some eggs, sprinkled some salt and pepper on top and cooked until the eggs were ready and then served it with lettuce. Again, any sauces are very welcome with this kind of food.

Black bread sandwitch

This photo is pretty self explanatory: black bread, margarine (or butter), cheese, bananas and milk for a drink for more calories. If you can find good and cheap black bread then definitely get some cause black bread is so much more filling and better for you than white bread :)

That’s it for today, I’ll definitely make more of these! Let me know what do you think of these and if you make these tell me how it went and how did you like them. Until next time.

How to plan meals on a very small budget

Hello again and welcome if you are new to my blog. So, when you have a very limited budget then this is the best time to plan your meals to make sure you don’t spend too much and to make sure you always have something to eat. There was a time when we lived 4 adults, 2 kids, 3 cats and 1 dog on a single income, I took it on myself to plan out the meals and the shopping every week in the budget so we wouldn’t starve . Thankfully things are much better now for us, everyone goes through difficult times, there’s no shame in that. I am actually very thankful for those times, cause I learned so much! Today I’m going to share with you the tips and tricks. I also need to mention that different countries (probably states as well if you’re from US) have different cheap items, something that costs nothing in one country could be a luxury item in another. I know that well after living in 3 different countries and it can be frustrating, especially when I search for “cheap recipes” online and the ingredients cost a lot where I live.

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How many meals? And what kind? First you need to find out how manay main meals you need (lunch and dinner), if you get these down it’s all good. Even if you skip breakfast or a snack some days at least you have something to fill your belly. For us this was 14 meals for week, but maybe you get a free meal at your work some days or you can go to your parents (or whoever) to dinner. Then do the same with breakfast. And then the least important, but we can’t live without our afternoon snack. Now you have the numbers, let’s move on.

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Promos & coupons. We don’t have coupons where we live, but I always checked online all the offers in different shops before starting my plan. If the rice is discounted I’ll have more rice meals that week and so on. You have to know your shops, where to get the best prices on stuff.

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The basics. Those are the main part of your lunch and dinner meals, the ones that fill you up, the ones that shouldn’t you be able to buy anything else, you could still survive by eating those (wouldn’t be fun or good but it’s something). The basics are pasta, potatoes, rice, bread flour, any cereal (buckwheat, cous cous etc). Keep in mind how big is your household. How many people does one pack of 500g pasta feed? If it’s only 2 of you you can have around 3 uses from one pack, so when you’re making a list do the math. For us it was one pack for one meal. A kg of rice gave us around 2 meals.

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The toppings. This is the stuff you put on your basics: tomato sauce, veggies, beans, meat, cheese etc. Stick to simple meals with few ingredients. Spices are your best friends and stock up on sauces (like ketchup, mayo, barbeque – whatever is your thing) when there is a good offer to give a more taste to your simple meals. Now that you’ve checked out the promos you can decide which ones are the most convenient, which vegetables  are on sale, which toppings are the most versatile and you can make the most of of them and so on.

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Breakfast & snacks. Now see what can you use for your breakfast. Flour and bread are really cheap everywhere I think. I didn’t even buy eggs for pancakes or french toast. I made pancakes with yogurt, flour, some water, sugar, baking soda and oil. And for french toast I made them with milk, sugar and cinnamon. We also ate bread with jam or margarine, or just plain cheap tea bisquits. Oatmeal is cheap but we never used that cause no one but me likes it in my family.  Eggs are not that cheap where we live so lucky you if they are where you live. If you can get your hands on cheap bulk cereal and milk – go ahead.

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Buy for the whole week & avoid small shops. Yes, yes I know, support the local, support the small shops. The small shops are usually a little more expensive, it might not be a lot but it adds up in the end. First you gotta strive, then you can support them in the future :)

I am going to do a post on 3-4 ingredient foods you can make for some inspiration. In the meantime I hope this helped you out a little! Stay strong and with a little bit of organization you can get through anything!