Wednesday, 19 October 2016

One Milestone reached

Dear visitor,

Nice to see you back. Today I would like to share one happy achievement with you. 

I started this blog in February, 2016. When the blog started, I wasn't sure how long I will be able to do it. But, like my motto, (saving $1 at a time and investing to financially independent), I just did one post at a time. 

Woohooo... this is the 101st post. How did that happened??? 

So, it is achievable. Just one step at a time and you will be somewhere.

That is really something!!!

After starting my blog, my small family started to take care of our financials. We check the accounts, started investing in RRSP and TFSA. They are not maxed out. I am not sure they will be maxed out before we reach the retirement age. 

So, I am happy with my little achievement. As you can see, my blog is  not getting many comments. But, I can see that you are visiting, because the   report says how many visits I get each day. Since this one is hosted on free blogger site, and my writing is not that great, I am really happy to see that people just wander here. 

What is your newest milestone? Let us talk about that.

Till next post

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Recycling used tea bags

Dear Visitor,

Thanks for visiting.

I was heard so many uses for coffee ground. Are there any uses for tea bags? Any way to recycle the tea bags?

Seems like there are some ways. Of course you can compost them after brewing tea. I use my green tea to make more than one cup of tea. Sometimes, i will use one bag to brew 4 cups of tea. Then the tea will be in  vacuum flask.  Sometimes, I brew one cup and then keep the tea bag in the fridge and brew it again in the same day. It will not be as good as the first brew. Some people leave the bag in the water (about 1/2 litre) for some time. Then reheat the tea in the microwave.

While looking for ideas, i came to know that the the tea bag can be used to mend a broken nail. Just cut the bag and use nail polish to cover the broken nail and paint over it again.

Another idea is to place used and cooled tea bag over the eyes to remove puffiness and under eye circles.

You can use green tea or black tea to sooth the sunburn and other minor burns. 

One recipe for homemade shampoo for coloured hair uses black tea instead of water. Didn't you heard that black tea is good for hair?

Tea is good to absorb smells. So, dry tea bags can be used in the fridge instead of baking soda. Some websites suggest to sprinkle used tea (dry them first) on the carpet and to vacuum after 10 minutes to clean. 

You can spray some essential oil on the tea bag to use as air freshener. Since it comes with a thread, easy to hang. 
 You can use a bit of black tea to shine your dark hard wood floor. It can also be used to clean wooden furniture.

Since it absorbs smell, you can soak your feet in brewed tea to help smelly feet. 
What are other ideas for used tea bags?
How you recycle tea bags?

Getting out of Comfort zone

Dear Visitor,
How you are doing?

 It was very foggy here in Toronto, yesterday.
It was raining most of the time. The day was very dull and sleepy.
I was supposed to go to work. My inertia was keep telling me to call in sick and sleep in.

Then, I remembered: Getting out of your comfort zone is the way to riches.
So, I dressed up and walked out of the door, into the slow rain.

I can assure you it was good. The visibility was poor. I saw an accident happened on the way. Glad that no one was hurt.

Even the work place was unusually quiet. A very slow moving day. It was not cold either.

So, without working that hard, I managed to finish the work day.
Yes, get out of your comfort zone .
There is more fun waiting for you outside.
So how you tame a dull day? Any ideas to share?

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Making some pasta sauce

Hi Visitor,

Nice to see you again.
So, what is happening in the frugal, saving and investing world of yours?
The weather is cold. The central heating of the condo is not turned on yet. So to keep myself warm, decided to cook something.

This time it is Pasta sauce. There are fresh tomatoes in the pantry. Then of course, I have onions and garlic. 

It was easy to make. Just a small batch. Enough for two days, I think.

Here is the recipe:

2-3 onions chopped.
3 meaty tomatoes chopped
2-3 garlic chopped
Oil of your choice (I used canola oil)

Heat the oil. Stir fry the onions to make them really translucent. Then add the garlic and stir for 2 more minutes. It will give a nice fragrant. Now add the tomatoes. Reduce the heat and simmer. If you have any herbs like basil or thyme add to the pan. Add salt and a teaspoon of sugar. Cook to the desired thickness. 

I think, I can experiment more with this sauce by adding grated carrots or zucchini. May be I can try meatballs in it? 

Thinking, if I get time to cook, I can stop buying the pasta sauce from store. Less cans to the recycle bin : that will be nice!

Share your ideas on being frugal and saving money. 

Friday, 14 October 2016

Stocking Freezer: Beetroots

Hi visitor,
How things are with you? 
We are on a mission to buy the veggies when they are cheap and to stock up the freezer. (Guess all frugal people do that)

No, I don't have a chest freezer. The veggies are going to be in the freezer that comes with the fridge. 

Now couple of weeks ago, beetroots were on sale in 10 pound bags. I got one bag. I should have picked 2 bags, because, the week after, there was nothing to see. 
Beetroots are easy to prepare for the freezer.
I just washed them up and boiled them on stove top. Once they are cooked, wait for them to cool down. The skin will come of easily . You can do it with your hands. Then just slice the way you wanted them for your future dishes. I love them roasted. So, mine were cubes and wedges. I popped them in ziplock bags and kept in the freezer. 
I have seen picked beets on the store. May be next time when they are on sale I should try that. 
Oh and the water I boiled them: can be used to dye your white fabrics. I tried once, and it gave a pale pink. 

What do you do with a big bag of beetroots?

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Stocking freezer : Onions

Hello visitor,
I am glad you come here. There is one more frugal story this week.
October is the month to stock up fridge. Like all other frugal people, i also love the veggies on sale.

Last weekend, hubs got a big bag of onions on sale. Yes, of all the things, he bought 10 lb bag of onions. Now, I am on to taming that one. For the thanksgiving dinner, we used up lot of onions for the stew. But, still there are more onions left over.

I will tell you one more secret: October is the less working month for dental assistants. My bosses love to take the dental off season to take vacations. That makes less income for me, (No work, no money.)
So, I have tons of time in my hand right now. So, I am chopping the onions (yes, crying too). Then the chopped onions are going to be on the stove top, getting caramelized. Once they are done, I am going to keep them in the freezer. (I am doing this batch by batch. )
They will add flavour to mostly anything I make. Don't you love caramelized onions in your stir-fry?

What do you do with such big quantity of onions? 
Until next post,
Loving you

Pumpkins on Sale

Hello visitor, 

It is October.Getting cooler. 
What is in plenty? I see a lot of pumpkins. 
I love the pumpkins. And, they are on sale now.
Buy them when they are available, right? But, what to do with them other than making pies and soups???

If I buy more than we needed for a week how can it be kept in the fridge? 

First of all, I don't want to make pie. The pie pumpkin we got on sale is very tempting. 
So, as an experiment, I cut it in small manageable size. Then removed the skin using my knife. It is hard skin. Then cubed and microwaved in a bowl wrapped in plastic wrap. It was in microwave on high for 12 minutes. 
When it cooled a bit, mashed it with some salt and curry powder. (it is very sweet, so spiciness of curry powder seems good).
 It was so yummy! I ate it with bread.