Anyone that knows me early sees me drink anything besides water. Why is that? Well, beyond the health benefits of staying hydrated it is the most cost-effective drink you can have. Here are three ways water keeps money in your wallet.
Water makes you feel full, even if you're not. Not always, but most of the time the act of consuming something is enough of a placebo to halt any hunger pains until you are able to eat your meal. I drink a glass in the morning alongside my breakfast like how people have coffee, which actually dehydrates you (yay caffeine).
In the United States water is free in any restaurant, and, for the time being, is cheaper than a can of soda. There could be a water crisis in our near future, but presently water is in abundance (unless you are living in draught-ridden California) and it is available in major metropolises in water fountains and in your home from a faucet. Restaurants in America will give you water for free, which is always my beverage of choice.
Water is a nutrient. This final reason beats out all the rest. Water is great for blood circulation, maintains your body temperature, and can be found in foods as well as the tap! It's a greatly underused resource to staying healthy and frugal all at once.
If you love your soda, coffee, or other beverage all I ask is for you to try replacing a glass of the sugary stuff with a glass of water once a day. See how far you can go. In the beginning I went from drinking soda, to seltzer, to purely water with a dessert beverage once or twice a week (because I love sugar intake in the solid form over liquid).
The final thing I'll say is please don't buy bottled water. It's expensive and does nothing good for the environment once you toss the plastic. Either invest in a BPA free water bottle or go to a conference/outing where they hand them out for free. I finally asked for a Camelbak water bottle for Christmas and it has been my saving grace.
Happy Frugal Friday, Alyssa
My favorite water bottle ever, and I've had quite a few. Doesn't make any gross noises when you sip!
Make sure to print a test page every step of the way to know where the print will go
Fun Fact: On every printer there is a little symbol of a piece of paper, with lines on it and a fold on the paper that indicates if you feed the paper facing up or down, and where the top-left corner should be
Use an inkjet printer (NOT LASER) since it will smudge on most fancy card stock paper
The printer should feed paper from the back, not the front (this prevents bends in your card stock)
Make sure to manually feed the card stock in one at a time. It may be tedious but the results were well worth it
In the end I only needed one Bride's DIY Invitation kit from Michaels (which I bought with a 40% off coupon) that came with 30 invitations, RSVP/Misc. cards, name tags, and string. It came with an online template that let me choose different fonts and it was great!
If your guest count is higher than 100 is would be worth it to get it done professionally due to the time commitment alone of printing, prepping, bundling, and mailing (took a solid weekend of work). For my purposes it was perfect.
How do you think they came out? Let me know in the comments below :)
Here is the final result of my DIY Invitations
You will see on of these symbols on every printer feed if you look hard enough
If there is one thing that has saved me money time and time again, it is my crock pot. A half hour on a Saturday morning produces five days worth of lunches, if not more when I am the only one eating it. I have some standbys like chili and my infamous lemon garlic chicken, but sometimes you just want to eat out. That desire to eat out is only charged by the idea of having options.
When you have a small amount of options for dinner at home, you crave something else. But when you make meals in advance and freeze any leftovers the options become grand. I have not gotten to the level of freezing my meals since I share a freezer with my roommate, but if I ever get a stand-alone freezer get ready.
Below are the recipes that I've used over and over again, at least once a month: