Save money and time by batch cooking!

How much time do you spend per week cooking? How much of your life passes you by while you wait in line at McDonald’s for your ‘fast food’? How much money do you spend per week eating out? If you want to learn how to save money and time on food… batch cooking may be the answer. I’ve been batch cooking or doing some form of meal prep for the entire week ever since I was in college. Batch cooking has helped me tremendously and still continues to be a lifesaver for my health, my time, and my wallet. Supplies and recipes at the bottom.

Batch cooking is preparing most or all of your meals and snacks for the entire week or month on 1 day out of the week. What works with your schedule and storage capacity. If you have a large family, you’re probably already familiar with some level of batch cooking. That doesn’t mean you can’t expand or that batch cooking is useless if you live alone or with your partner.

You can either prepare a whole meal… or you can prepare all the components of one meal to keep things fresh throughout the week.

Nutrition Stripped recommends cooking foods dry and adding sauces, dressings, or seasonings later to avoid making them soggy.
from: nutrition stripped

WHY BATCH COOK?

  • Saves you time from cooking throughout the week or month.
  • Your in control of what your eating, so you can eat healthier.
  • Buying and cooking in bulk will save money as ingredients are cheaper in bulk.

COMMON SUPPLIES NEEDED:

I can’t recommend the plastic containers enough if your just starting out, they’re really affordable. I have glass ones I use now. I’ll post some good

3 Great Batch Cook Recipes:

1. Stew a vegetarian chili that feeds a table of six with just five ingredients.

2. Slow-cook Bolognese sauce over pasta or zoodles

3. chicken fajita casserole

5 Easy Ways to Save Money and Eat Healthier!

  1. Stop buying microwave food! The prices are astronomical. With the same money you could make not only more, healthier, meals at home.
  2. Do not buy more food than you can use or store. Throwing away food gone bade food is the same as throwing away money.
  3. Use a slow cooker for easy, cheap, and healthy meals. Cook steamed vegetables, baked beans, pulled pork, roast beef and more. You will have lunches and meals for the week with one cook.
  4. Stop buying bottled water: Use a glass or plastic bottle that can be reused. Not only will you contribute to the planet, you will also stop spending money unnecessarily. As a bonus, lots of water fountains now have spaces to refill bottles just like this so you don’t have to awkwardly try to fill your bottle.
  5. Take your lunch to work: You’ll stop spending half of your budget for lunch if you start cooking it. And to point #4, make sure to get good quality reusable containers you can wash at home.

 

 

Goal Achieved: $20 in one Day Passive Income!

Last April I posted $3 a day income goal. This was a huge milestone for me as through various passive income I paid my initial blogging setup costs back in one month’s time. This doesn’t account for my book’s income- just affiliate marketing.

This went well for the next month, and the month after that, and so on fairly steady some passive dollars came my way. SURPLUS! I bought another website domain for another project, And then another web- then I got caught up with work- and I stopped contributing to my blog and all of my passive income projects. Doing so has made me realize how important it is to share as much as I can about what I’m learning in regards to what works and what doesn’t with affiliate marketing… so I’m trying to figure out the ins and outs of it all- which I’ll share on this blog.

Fast forward to the past few months- I’m nearing completion on a those personal projects and getting back into this passive income blogging experiment. I never thought I would make back by $100 WordPress investment. Since then, I have built a bunch of different sites using ASP.NET and react and have learned a lot which I plan to share in post in the future. I’ve also moved most of my new work to Azure- which has been awesome.

In getting back in the habit of posting content I noticed an interesting trend. The week following my break from posting articles my passive income quickly returned to $2 a day. I’ve since posted several more articles which have gotten a lot of visibility through search engines and other websites and now I’ve hit $10 and $20 dollar days via blogging!

I’m not going to pop open the champagne yet though- my next goal is to get $10 (and then $20) a day consistently. And then to try and peak at $50 a day.

This is only income from my Amazon Affiliate links.

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How to save money on auto insurance with this easy trick!

This simple trick could help you save hundreds of dollars per year!

Most people pay month to month for their auto insurance. You probably do as well… you probably didn’t even know you had another option.

Most car insurance companies will also let you pay your entire insurance bill at a steep 20-30% discount if you do it all at once and not month to month. They don’t advertise this because the can make considerably more when you pay month to month.

That means if you pay $140 a month, you could easily be paying $110 a month instead. That’s another $360 dollars in your pocket you can put to work making money for you.

In my mind, every dollar saved is a dollar earned. Especially for things like auto insurance which your required to carry if you drive on public roads. The above example is for my auto insurance.

It’s good to note that not all car insurance companies do this- but it’s a common practice and you should check with your insurer to see if you could be saving money.

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Bill Gates thinks we need new economic models

Nearly forty years ago Bill Gates, along with Paul Allen, founded Microsoft. Since then Microsoft has been a driving force in the software, enterprise, and IT industries. He’s also one of my personal heroes.

He posted this note on his blog after reading “Capitalism Without Capital” by Jonathan Haskel and Stian Westlake.

Gates points out that the intrusion of software into the industry that was previously driven by tangible goods the world needs to rethink economic models. He points out in the below image of the Supply/Demand model that this is how he was taught the economy worked.

It’s not entirely untrue, but this model doesn’t work for software anymore- because software can be deployed and shared anywhere for little to no cost. Rather than things like cars- which require materials and people to assemble each one. Software is also no longer very transferable- with many companies moving to subscription based models requiring you to log in to the software for access. As such, you can’t sell used software easily anymore. But you could still sell your car.

Regardless… the blog post is great and you should check it out: Gates on Gates Blog

I’m going to check out Capitalism w/o Capital! When I finish it I’m going to post my perspective on it, as I wonder- between job loss and other things- exactly how the worlds economy will evolve in the coming decade.

Source:

Gates on Gates Blog

Baby steps for success

Baby steps. Patience. Vision. Progress.

These four statements above are some rules I follow every day that drive my success. It sounds to simple to be true- but it is.

That’s because most people lack the confidence or willpower to see things through to the end. Many people burn out because they try way to hard way to fast… they don’t take time to appreciate the journey that is life & personal progress and development. That or they don’t consider the breadth or depth of what they want to accomplish, and their lack of foresight prevents them from making progress. (That’s what great mentors are for!)

To prevent burn out and maximize your potential for success in any endeavor- weather it’s personal or another long term project- always consider taking small “baby” steps towards your goal rather than charging a head at it.

Making small progress this way may feel slow, but it’s the best way to maximize your gains without burning out.

Consider the example of learning a new language. First you may try to take a class to grasp the fundamentals, buy a book, and try to map as much of the new language to your own as you can. This is stressful and depends on a lot of short term memorization and continuous practice to maintain- time not afforded in everyone’s schedule.

Rather, you could focus on learning a few new words every day- words for objects you see at work or on the way to work. After a few months as you build your vocabulary day to day you will feel like you have a more natural grasp on it because you’ve take time learn it and not force the information. Begin to work on larger sentences and compound phrases.

I feel like my current experience making money online is a great example…. I saw very little to start and now I am I starting make back my investments and then some. I got burned out in the beginning and I had to stop to focus on other things. Now I manage myself better and I’m making more for doing it!

To visualize the power of baby steps, I love this graph from http://jamesclear.com as it clearly illustrates the power 1% change compounded every day.

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Progress requires patience and vision. You have to know where you want to go and you have to understand nothing happens overnight. Rome wasn’t built in a day either. Once you’ve completed your goals however, then you have success you can claim your own and nothing is better than that! Especially if you are seeking to improve yourself or your position.

Please like, share, comment, or subscribe to let me know what you think of this content!

PS!

I also love this comic (featured), it illustrates it the concept well too. Check out more of Sarah Andersen’s comics! Check out her Book Herding Cats!

sarahandersen

Baby steps for success

Baby steps. Patience. Vision. Progress.

These four statements above are some rules I follow every day that drive my success. It sounds to simple to be true- but it is.

That’s because most people lack the confidence or willpower to see things through to the end. Many people burn out because they try way to hard way to fast… they don’t take time to appreciate the journey that is life & personal progress and development. That or they don’t consider the breadth or depth of what they want to accomplish, and their lack of foresight prevents them from making progress. (That’s what great mentors are for!)

To prevent burn out and maximize your potential for success in any endeavor- weather it’s personal or another long term project- always consider taking small “baby” steps towards your goal rather than charging a head at it.

Making small progress this way may feel slow, but it’s the best way to maximize your gains without burning out.

Consider the example of learning a new language. First you may try to take a class to grasp the fundamentals, buy a book, and try to map as much of the new language to your own as you can. This is stressful and depends on a lot of short term memorization and continuous practice to maintain- time not afforded in everyone’s schedule.

Rather, you could focus on learning a few new words every day- words for objects you see at work or on the way to work. After a few months as you build your vocabulary day to day you will feel like you have a more natural grasp on it because you’ve take time learn it and not force the information. Begin to work on larger sentences and compound phrases.

I feel like my current experience making money online is a great example…. I saw very little to start and now I am I starting make back my investments and then some. I got burned out in the beginning and I had to stop to focus on other things. Now I manage myself better and I’m making more for doing it!

To visualize the power of baby steps, I love this graph from http://jamesclear.com as it clearly illustrates the power 1% change compounded every day.

gggggg.png

Progress requires patience and vision. You have to know where you want to go and you have to understand nothing happens overnight. Rome wasn’t built in a day either. Once you’ve completed your goals however, then you have success you can claim your own and nothing is better than that! Especially if you are seeking to improve yourself or your position.

Please like, share, comment, or subscribe to let me know what you think of this content!

PS!

I also love this comic (featured), it illustrates it the concept well too. Check out more of Sarah Andersen’s comics! Check out her Book Herding Cats!

sarahandersen