Grocery Bill Hacks

When asked, what did you spend your money on in Hawaii, you may think crazy things like jet skiing, or a helicopter ride over a volcano; and I wish I could say that was the case. One month in, and where has most of my money gone? You’ll never guess, food. Holy moley, food here is expensive! While I was staying near Sunset Beach in O’ahu there were three grocery stores that were closer to us by bus. We get around by taking the bus here because one, we don’t have a car, and it’s the cheapest form of transportation. With the bus it would probably take 3-4 hours to go there get groceries, and come back. My bill was never under $45 and I would have maybe a bags worth of groceries. I can not believe the expense of groceries for two people! Instead of trying to cope with the expensive groceries we tried a different approach.

This is a hack to saying money on groceries in Haleiwa, O’ahu. Okay, so you still need fresh produce, what I suggest is making friends with farms and buying in bulk. Unfortunately, we weren’t there long enough to make that happen, nor did we have the connections. What we didn’t go do was check out the farmers markets, but we were told they weren’t very good… I think it is worth checking it out just to see if you can hook yourself with a produce man, or women that you can get a discount if you buy it in bulk. There is also an option to grow some of your own food, like bananas, lettuce, avocados, etc.. After all, if you live here and have property, why not use it! Maybe you can grow enough to sell, and help supplement your grocery bill income.

There are also a few other ways, that many people have at there finger tips, but never think to use. It is to buy groceries online, and there are two stores I highly recommend using! One is Amazon, of course, I’m sure you knew it was coming… Amazon has a Prime membership, which means you can get free shipping on everything you purchased! What now?! Yes, in the long run you end up saving yourself time, as well as money by ordering from Amazon. You can buy items in bulk, which means you can create a list for the month search find the best prices, and check out. No driving, catching a bus, and it gets delivered right to your door. Can I get a hell yeah! Now, it can take one to two weeks to get to you, because the shipping is a little slower to Hawaii, as I have experienced. It is still well worth the wait, we saved so much money getting coffee, pasta, pasta sauce, tea etc. all on Amazon.

Then there is Thrive Market. I have been writing about this online store a lot recently, because its so good. The products are of the highest quality, for the lowest prices. There is a reason that Thrive is beginning to become my favorite online grocery store; their ethics are outstanding. If you are a lower income family, student etc. they will gift you a free membership, as well as a grocery stipend. This company just speaks to my heart, it is one I whole heartly believe in. The program is called ThriveGives, if this is a program you think you fit the bill for click ThriveGives. If you want to sign up for the membership, and help support Thrives’ mission, and save money on your grocery bill.

I will create a little guide to help you all build a menu to save some money using Amazon, as well as Thrive Market. Stay tuned for those posts coming to you soon.

Aloha,

allie

 

Easy Vegan Wrap

Aloha Loves,

If you haven’t read my new blog post, I’m in Hawaii! Yup, you read that right, the land of paradise. We only have one portable burner to cook on, so a lot of the dishes I have been making are all in one pan. I thought other w.o.o.f.ers , or just other people who don’t feel like making an elaborate dish. I hope you all enjoy the recipe, and watch out for other posts about how I am enjoying Hawaii, and my experiences so far.

Recipe: ( Makes for two wraps)

1 can of black beans (rinsed)

1 package of taco seasoning

Rice precooked 1 cup

handful of lettuce

Onion cut as much as desired

2 wraps ( You can even make lettuce wraps, totally up to your discretion).

Add some peppers, tomatoes, and veggies you have in the fridge.

Put the black beans in the pan along with the rice, and the package of taco seasoning. You can add a little water here and there if it starts to stick to the pan, non-stick pans are bomb, invest in one! After it is all cooked add it to your wrap along with veggies, and any toppings you’s like. I usually go for guac, salsa, and taco sauce. You can add some vegan sour cream, and cheese if that’s what you’d like in your wrap that day.

This is a super easy dish that is cheap, and you can make all the time! You can buy rice, and black beans in bulk to save money. Make your own toppings like cashew sour cream, guac, and salsa to save your self some cash. The point of this dish is to be super quick, so make sure to make that all in advance if you are going to be a baller, and make all of your own toppings.

Eat up loves!

Meat Alternatives For Transitioning Into Veganism

Hello Loves!

I recently answered a question about what to substitute when it comes to meat as a person transitioning into being vegan. Not too long ago I was wondering the same thing and, three and a half years later I think I have down what is the best substitute! Now I normally eat whole foods but, on occasion I like a little vegan “junk” food or, those substitutes for meat.

Here Is My Vegan Story If You All Want To Take A Peek:

Here are four common foods that meat eaters are always asking vegans what vegan substitutes to eat.

  1. Pizza- I usually make my own Pizza but, if you want a fast why to make pizza Diaya has a lot of options

2. People Enjoy There Hot Dogs This Is The Closest Version I Have Tried So Far

3. Teriyaki Oh my this substitute actually fooled a few non-vegans so, it’s pretty realistic and it’s super tasty!

 

4. This is literally the number one substitute that people ask for!

 

Have an enlightening and, adventurous day,

allie

Here are my favorite gems for traveling, saving money and, so much more!

Airbnb: This is my favorite way to travel. While in Italy we saved so much money using Airbnb and stayed in an amzing apartment. Airbnb is much cheaper than a hotel and, you can filter what you need for your trip. You can get an entire house or, a room in a house. It’s customized to your needs.

How Most Bloggers Go From Making $0 To Making Some Cash As A Blog : Blogging can be a very challenging experience and, I have been working very hard to understand what I need to go from $0 to $50,000 plus a year. I’ve learned a lot has to do with affilate links and, marketing. It can get a bit confusing all you can do is research and, continue to learn.

Ibotta: Clip coupons no more! This app has all the coupons you want minus the many hours of coupon clipping. I even saw 1% off ebay! Ibotta helps you save money on groceries, mobile shopping, travel and, so much more! You also get $10 just for signing up through my account. 

Ebates: Get the best deals on Ebates while collecting money! Invite friends and, get $5 bonus for each friend that signs up. Who doesn’t love building up cash to shop!

Swagbucks: Earn Swagbuck for shopping or, taking surveys. Get rewards for shopping. 


Healthy & Easy Vegan Recipe

 

What do you need?

  • One Sweet Potato
  • Handful Of Spinach, Collard Greens and, Turnip Greens
  • Leftover Zucchini It Was About A Third
  • Olive Oil
  • Rosemary
  • Garlic
  • Sea Salt

Okay, let’s get started!

  • Pre-heat your oven to 420 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Clean & Cut Up Your Sweet Potato
  • Cut them into french fry style
  • Get A Large Bowl Put 1-2TBSP Of Olive Oil In And Season To Your Hearts Desire ( I Like Lots Of Seasoning And, I Chose Rosemary, Garlic And, Sea Salt)
  • Get A Cookie Sheet Put Foil On It And Put The Fries On It Pop In The Oven Check At 15 minutes & Flip Them If Golden Brown Mine Took Somewhere in the 20-25 minutes to cook
  • In The Bowl Use The Leftover Seasoning To Toss The Greens In
  • Heat Up A Skillet & Put A Little Water In It And Add The Greens
  • Once The Greens Are Cooked Put The Zucchini In And Flip When Brown
  • Put Greens In A Bowl & Add The Nicely Golden Brown Sweet Potatoes To It
  • Now Eat Away! This Is A Great Meal For Leftover Greens



Nutrition Facts: I Use cronometer ( It’s A Little Blurry But, Hopefully You Can See It )

Here are my favorite gems for traveling, saving money and, so much more!

Airbnb: This is my favorite way to travel. While in Italy we saved so much money using Airbnb and stayed in an amzing apartment. Airbnb is much cheaper than a hotel and, you can filter what you need for your trip. You can get an entire house or, a room in a house. It’s customized to your needs.

How Most Bloggers Go From Making $0 To Making Some Cash As A Blog : Blogging can be a very challenging experience and, I have been working very hard to understand what I need to go from $0 to $50,000 plus a year. I’ve learned a lot has to do with affilate links and, marketing. It can get a bit confusing all you can do is research and, continue to learn.

Ibotta: Clip coupons no more! This app has all the coupons you want minus the many hours of coupon clipping. I even saw 1% off ebay! Ibotta helps you save money on groceries, mobile shopping, travel and, so much more! You also get $10 just for signing up through my account. 

Ebates: Get the best deals on Ebates while collecting money! Invite friends and, get $5 bonus for each friend that signs up. Who doesn’t love building up cash to shop!

Swagbucks: Earn Swagbuck for shopping or, taking surveys. Get rewards for shopping. 

Vegan Foodie: Vegan House

  Located on 20 W Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85003 is a treasure. To my delight there was a vegan restaurant in downtown Phoenix. Of course, I had to stop in for dinner and, it may be the best vegan restaurant I have eaten at so far. It was very different from other vegan restaurants that I have been to with a Thai themed menu. Eager to try everything I really had a problem deciding on  what to order. The aroma in the air was making my mouth water and, I really wanted to know what I was smelling. In the end I chose a yellow curry and, I was really going out on a limb because I have only had curry once in my life. Turns out all I need was an adventurous palette because the yellow curry was divine.  I will forever crave this sweet and, delectable curry. The faux chicken was a nice added touch with potatoes and, veggies.  The whole dish overall would curb any cravings you may have. The curry could replace a dessert it was sweet and, satisfying. We had spring rolls as an appetizer which tasted very good with the sauces but, be careful they are a bit messy. If you are looking for a dessert you will think about for weeks to come don’t worry they have it; sweet purple rice with whole mango, you have not lived until you try this. The rice and, sauce resemble a rice pudding while, the mango adds an extra sweet element. I have never had a dessert like this so, rice pudding is the closest I can find as a comparison. I also, tried the green curry and, if you have a spicy hankering this is dead on. My dad got his green curry medium spicy and, it was spicy! Just a far warning for those who aren’t too keen on having a firey mouth. I had my yellow curry at a medium spicy and, it tasted great. I don’t think you could go wrong choosing a dish on their menu. The atmosphere is chill and, they bring out the food super fast, that is not a joke my food came out in about five minutes. A great stop on your lunch break for a quick lunch before you have to get back to work. Please let me know in the comments if you have any vegan restaurants in N.J. that you want me review. I will be going to Hawaii in October so, shoot me some recommendations for the Big Island and, Hana.

Have an enlightening and adventurous day,

allie