Hey! Ya’ll are amazing – looks like I’m not the only one who loves California and froyo 😉
So, I’ve gotten a few emails about how I save moola while living on my own in a ridiculously expensive city – and although I’m super blessed that my parents were able to pay for most of this experience out here on my own in San Fran – groceries, going out and my slight extreme coffee addiction really add up.1) Hoof it to the farmers market and/or check online for places around town you can grab produce once a week. These places tend to be a lot cheaper than your average supermarket, or Whole Foods for that matter. Carry your own bag, and they’ll likely give you a discount – even if it’s tiny, it adds up! Also, by walking, you save money for cab fare/gas/bus and you’re getting in some exercise!
2) COUPONS! Clip clip clip! Also, I know Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods have weekly sales and deals – check it out! Either that or buy the off brand, just make sure it has the same ingredients. I know at most grocery stores, the store brand is a lot cheaper than the “big” brands. I strike a lot of deals on dairy especially. So that I can have breakfasts like this 😉
Awesome breakfast – oats with Medjool dates, banana, chia seeds and topped with cottage cheese and sliced banana.
3) Buy in bulk! Especially if you know you’ll be at a place for a long time – buy nonperishable items in bulk – like oatmeal, canned fruits & veggies, dried fruits and nuts and frozen foods. I save a lot of money buy buying a HUGE thang of oats and lots of dried fruit, nuts and beans. Refried black beans are super amazing on top of omelettes, just fyi.
4) Cook at home! I seriously cannot stress this enough, and I NEED to listen to my own advice more often. Eating out is becoming more and more expensive and let’s face it – it’s convenient. BUT cooking is cheaper and provides an outlet for stress, too! 🙂
Instead of meeting friends for coffee and pastries in the morning, all I’ve gotta buy is the coffee, since I’m already fueled with a homecooked breakfast.
Summer Berry Cheesecake Oats
1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup cherries, strawberries and blueberries (mixed up)
1 tbsp chia seeds
1/2 cup cottage cheese
spoonful almond butter
Cook oats and slowly stir in HALF of the fruit. Use the other half to top the oatmeal off when it’s done cooking. Add cottage cheese blob on top, and get yourself a scoop of almond butter!
5) Never leave your place without bars or some kind of portable snackage (fruit, trail mix, etc). Let’s be honest here, we all hate the feeling of hunger…we all also hate the feeling of cashing out dough on an unexpected trip to the grocery/convenience store because our tummies are pissed. Right? Right. I always have at least 3 bars on hand, or an apple/orange. Also, I tend to carry around tea incase a coffee craving kicks in, I can save some moola by asking for a cup of hot water (free!) instead of spending $2.00 or more on coffee. Bars and fruit on hand are GREAT for when I wanna head to the gym after work or early in the morning. I never, ever workout on an empty stomach. That’s a serious recipe for disaster.
18 Rabbits bars are highly recommended for this tip 😉
What are YOUR favorite foodie in the city tips?
PLEASE feel free to comment and add your own – I can make a whole ‘nother post with your amazing ideas too.
So, now that we’re on the subject of bars, I’ve got a couple to review and share with ya’ll. Get PUMPED!
First on the plate:
Thinkthin Lemon Cream Pie
I’m sure a lot of ya’ll agree that the naming pretty much sucks, but hey, what can you do.
I’m definitely a little thrown off by the coating, but let’s give it a try.
To be completely honest, upon first bite, I wanted to spit it out. It was pretty chalky, and REALLY sweet, but I got used to it after a few bites. With 15g of protein, it was pretty filling, but definitely tasted like protein as well. The “lemon” flavor was on target, but the cream pie…not so much. I began to enjoy it only through the last few bites, and really didn’t feel too awesome putting all them funkay ingredients into my body, but I was hungry, and this fixed the dealio. Would I buy it again? No, but I might try a different flavor.
Pure Fit Chocolate Brownie
I won a raffle after my spin class on Monday and this was part of the prize. Love freebies. And I LOVED this.
This was awesome. I loved it. It was really dense and definitely had that chocolate brownie flavor on target. I had this with my lunch, and it was like dessert. Gluten free, too 🙂 I don’t really know where to find these except for the Club One in San Francisco, haha, but if you’ve seen them, pick one up! They’re all natural, no funkiness, and they’re pretty filling. They’re calorie and protein dense, and would be awesome preworkout as well – I think this would have been perfect before my morning spin class. We have a winner.
What’s your favorite protein bar?
Happy Thursday guys! 😀
Peace and love,