Sunday, April 21, 2013

Vegan Couponing

This is a repost of my blog post of the same name over at http://easternshorevegan.blogspot.com. For more information on vegan stuff, check out that blog!

Author's Note: I'm new to couponing, so I don't really have an organizational system as of yet. Any suggestions are SUPER welcome! Right now I just print off and keep ones I KNOW I'm going to use, or a friend will want it. But the collection seems to grow a little more each week(although I do keep using coupons too)


So I've been going a bit nuts over vegan coupons and whatnot, and while I WAS just using coupons.com, I spent my evening alone to scour the internet for good sources of vegan friendly coupons.

I've even created a Pinterest notebook for this sort of thing!
http://pinterest.com/RawTransition/vegan-coupons/

My coupon collection ATM
If you're new to veganism, you may be intimidated by the cost(it's not as bad as it sounds if you go about it smartly). I went vegan when in high school, where my parents bought most of my staples(fresh produce, beans, rice, noodles, sauces, and soy milk) and I'd walk to the local health food store if I had any cash to buy myself treats.
So once I graduated, got a job, and started buying my own foods, I went to a fairly heavily processed vegan diet(NO idea how much I spent on food, but I remember eating a half a gallon of salsa with tortilla chips in one night). I didn't use coupons then. I shudder to think of all the money I wasted, but that wasn't on the forefront of my mind!
Nowadays I limit my food budget(including dining out of the home) to $200/mo and I've stayed pretty well in it. BUT I'm looking to reduce further! Introduce couponing. It wasn't something I really thought to do until fairly recently. My dad gave me the old family scanner/printer(since I store all my documents digitally pretty much, it saves me a LOT of space!), and I found printer ink for really cheap online, so voila! Coupons seem like a no-brainer!


Here's a list of pages not in the Pinterest notebook where you can print off coupons from:

Nasoya: http://www.facebook.com/Nasoya/app_137656902971961
Everyday Minerals: http://www.facebook.com/EverydayMinerals/app_190322544333196
Gardein: http://www.gardein.com/ecoupon.php

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Things You Really Need

In my quest towards minimalism, I started thinking about how I could reduce the number of things I own. What is really necessary? What is actually just extra junk? What things do I really use a lot?

I figured the best person to ask would be Carey Fuller, an independant journalist whom writes a lot to cover issues relating to the homeless(and also lives in her own van).

Her blog is http://careyfuller.com and you can find her on twitter as @careyfuller.

While she was unable to tell me all the things I would need, for myself, she shared her own tips and advice with me which I will try to translate into a workable guide of sorts. This is good for the college student away from home, the people with shaky housing situations, the travelers, and the nomadic sort of people.

The more space, the more options.
Carey Fuller notes that is you have a car you have a LOT more space than people whom backpack. Motorcycles and scooters(and perhaps bicycles) have a bit more space but not terribly much.
You need to assess how much space you have to decide what you need. Obviously, if you're without a home, it might be prudent to carry things like an extra tire lock and a small tent if you're on a two-wheeled contraption to protect your ride from theft and keep you dry in foul weather.

An Example of Space
Carey Fuller lives out of her own van, which is a lot more than many homeless have, but she also lives in it with two other people, which is rather crowded. The each have 2 bags they keep in the van, one for toiletries and personal items and one for clothes, but they also have a small storage unit. If you're lucky enough to be living out of a van by yourself, you might not need that storage unit.

Dining
There's a small list of things you really need when you're living out of your vehicle, she mentions soap, camp dishes, paper plates, and heating tools. If you're a raw foodist, you likely won't need the latter but instead want a good cutting board and knife(keep the plastic guard it comes with!). Fresh produce, in my book, is one of the ultimate convenience foods. You can eat it as is, or you can spice it up. I would think it is rather easy to lose your health in a high stress situation like that. Carey Fuller and I both forage for wild edibles in the warmer months, although for her, it is a bit more of a necessity.
She also noted that the military sells dining sets, which I imagine are compact and small. I've a brand of plastic re-usable tools by Sistema(made in New Zealand) and I love it.

Sleeping
You will want to leave enough room in your four wheeled vehicle(if applicable) to sleep, don't try to overload your car or van with things. The heavier it is, the more gas(or diesel) it uses. Also, Carey recommends to go for the sleeping bags. They're designed to not be all the things blankets are, and blankets are bulky, moist, and mildew prone in a camping type environment.

What Things Will You Need?
Fuller noted, when I asked her directly, that everybody's needs are different; the only real way to know what you'll need is to live out of your car for a week. You can compile the list of things you find you need to use a LOT and voila, that's what you need!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Organization Tips for College Students

I think this is a great article! https://exploreb2b.com/articles/4-personal-organization-tips-for-college-students

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Yet another Box of things to go

The minimalism goal is still in progress! <3

That said, im working on another post as well!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Minimalist challenge!

You may or may not know I've failed my decreasing clutter challenge, but I'm still working on it bit by bit.
Regardless, ive created a new challenge for all of you(and me)!

I started looking through my emergency checklist (what I would absolutely need to pack, also my list of needed things) and I saw it was grossly out of date. As you can see on the photo of my note below, I don't own two of the things on my list anymore! And these are big ticket items on my list!
Your challenge is one of two things:
1: If you don't have an emergency pack list of what you deem you would need, MAKE ONE! (you can only fit it in your car, just one straight trip!)
2: If you made one along with me months ago, got through it and make any changes you need to.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Losing Track and Springpad Sneak Peak

So first off, I want to apologize.
I started this blog because there was a lack of websites dedicated exclusively to Springpad.
When I decided to merge my other blog in, I went completely against that principle, and while I have removed most, I have to plop a few more over in my other blog and this will be back to it's former glory.

That said, last Wednesday I got a sneak peek at new things Springpad is doing, which seem to be super cool! I'll release more details when springpad gives the Go-ahead.