Happy $5 Friday!
As you know, Mal and I are raising money for Team in Training and raffling off a brand new Breville juicer. We’ve received a ton of donations, but I know we can still do better! So, we hope that everyone will participate in $5 Friday and donate $5 to the cause. You’ll also earn one raffle ticket to win the juicer!
I realize that we all have different financial situations, but every single dollar counts and you will help to fund research to find a cure for cancer. Please consider donating $5 to Team In Training today. You can donate to our team page here. Of course, if you’re feeling generous, we’d happily accept larger donations!
We’d also appreciate it if you could tell friends, family, and coworkers about our raffle to support TNT. Feel free to post on Facebook and tweet as well! Every little bit helps!
I truly never get sick of eating overnight oats. Well, technically, I made overnight oat bran and bulgur, but you know what I mean!
In the mix:
- 1/3 cup oat bran
- 1/4 cup bulgur
- 1/2 cup vanilla soy milk
- Chia seeds
- Dried lychee fruit
- Barney Butter
I also enjoyed some wonderful iced coffee with breakfast.
Ice Cream Showdown
For the local folks…
The only thing better than spending a summer day eating ice cream is sampling over 20 different flavors of ice cream for a good cause. Am I right!?! The Ice Cream Showdown is @eatBoston’s latest effort to raise funds for local organizations: Lovin’ Spoonful, Share our Strength, Somerville Local First, Arts Union, and Community Servings. 100% of ticket sales will be donated to these organizations.
- WHAT: Ice Cream Showdown – ice cream sampling event to support local causes
- WHO: Stonyfield Farm, Chilly Cow Custard, JP Licks, Christina’s, Toscanini’s, Picco, Batch, Coop’s Microcreamery, and b.good.
- WHERE: On Saturday, August 21, in Union Square, Somerville and on Sunday, August 22, at SoWa Food + Produce Market at 500 Harrison Avenue.
- WHEN: August 21 and August 22, 2:00 – 4:00PM
Last year’s event drew in over 500 people. There will be tickets available on the day of each event, but the public can also get guaranteed tickets now at: http://icecreamshowdown.eventbrite.com/
Weird Ways to Save Money
I hope you enjoyed my post about ways to have fun in college, but not go broke. The second post in my financial series is about “weird” things I do to save money. I’d also love to hear what you guys do! I’m not afraid to do weird stuff to save a buck!
Here are just a few of the weird (and semi-embarrassing) things that I do to save money:
- I buy clothing and accessories at drugstores and dollar stores. I buy fashion staples (neutral color tank tops, t-shirts, socks, etc.) at places like Walgreens, Ocean State Job Lot, and dollar stores. I also buy tights, flip-flops, and sunglasses at these places. I also find fun home and holiday decor there!
- I use every last drop. When my bottle of shampoo, conditioner, face wash, body lotion, etc. is just about gone, I tip the bottle upside-down and make sure to use every last bit. A lot of people do this, but I go one step further: I cut off the top with scissors and make sure to use it all. If there’s a lot of product left over, I’ll use a plastic baggie and an elastic band to cover the contents so it doesn’t dry up. With face wash and lotion, this makes the product last at least a week or longer.
- No food goes to waste in my house. I’m sort of obsessive about making sure everything is used up. For instance, a wrinkly pepper goes into pasta, a bruised apple is made into apple crisp, a nearly rotten peach is saved by cutting off the bad part and tossed into a smoothie. I also organize my yogurt (and other dairy products) with the soonest expiration date at the front of the fridge, so it is used up first. I put leftovers in clear Tupperware containers and put them on the top shelf of the fridge so I don’t forget about them. I have even more tips over on Trading Up Downtown.
Question of the Day
What weird things do you do to save money?