Black and White Change Jars

Sometimes the cheapest option isn’t always the best. This can be especially true if you are working with a lower or middle level of income. In fact, as I work on my financial independence journey I find myself spending more money on fewer items. Moving towards purposeful minimalism because I want less waste, higher quality, more freedom, and less clutter. I want to be able to pack up and go if I want to. I find myself looking for more items that serve multiple purposes.  The 3 options: Budget, Midline, & High Quality + Value For Price  I got this idea from Building a PC for Dummies by Mark Chambers. Mark breaks down 3 possible types of computers to build based on your wants and needs. There is the bare bones (budget) computer that is enough for basic computing, spreadsheets, internet surfing, etc. Next is the “Richie Cunningham” I believe…

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Extraordinary Life: Coffee

The Difference Between Ordinary And Extraordinary Is That Little Extra Waiting, (training video) That Little “Extra” This quote comes from the movie “Waiting” (or at least where I pulled it from as that is where I first heard it). Yes, the quote is cheesy, but also true. Quality comes from just a bit of extra effort put in. Cooking with just a bit more spice and a watchful eye has elevated my recipes. Find high-quality ingredients. Practice writing and use tools and tips to create quality content. Perform an act of kindness to elevate your day. Extraordinary Life & Cooking My grocery budget has been the same for years but I buy less and less. Buying high-quality ingredients is one thing I value. Tasty food is important, but what I use to fuel my body is more important than great taste. But those things aren’t mutually exclusive. My partner and…

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Pantry Staples

Stockpiling On A Budget: Prior Planning Creating a plan while stockpiling on a budget will help optimize your preparedness. My tips for this, besides plan ahead, are; catch sales when you receive an income windfall, optimize gift cards, split a Costco/Sam’s club membership and bulk items if you can, and purchase by unit price (but what won’t expire). Having this plan helps keep my anxiety at bay and be ready for an emergency, even as a minimalist. Meat And Eggs Canned fish is high in nutrients like protein and stores for long periods of time. Avoid heavy metals by buying skipjack or chunk light tuna (and smaller fishes) in pouches rather than canned. Small farms and cooperatives offer large amounts of meat at discounts. Quarter and half animals are often available at a less expensive price per pound. Animals raised on smaller farms often are less toxic and contain higher…

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