The Poor Man’s veggie soup 

This soup is perfect if you’re on Ann extremely tight budget since you can use any veggies that are cheap or free, as long as you have vegetable stock and some cheap herbs like parsley and dill.

Ingredients:

  • Potatoes 
  • Onions
  • Carrots
  • Leek
  • Water
  • Vegetable stock cubes
  • Dill & parsley 
  • Swedish turnip 
  • Cabbage
  • Peas

Instructions:

  1. Cut all of the vegetables, except for the peas, into cubes and put all of the veggies into a large saucepan.
  2. Add the parsley, dill and cubes of stock.
  3. Cover with water and bring it to a boil quickly, before lowering the temperature.
  4. Let the soup simmer until all of the ingredients are cooked through.
  5. Adjust the stock flavour, it should be strong tasting to be extra filling and tasty.
  6. Serve with freshly baked bread.

Notice that I haven’t put any measurements or amounts – this is because you will have different amounts available to you at different times. This is what determines what amounts of what vegetables you use and how much you can/want/need to make of the soup. The point is that however much you make this soup is as cheap and simple as it gets, the highest cost is for the stock, parsley and dill. 

Presenting: The Poor Man’s guide to Coupons – season 1!

It is done! I can now proudly present season 1 of my upcoming blog series: The Poor Man’s Guide to Coupons – season 1 

It will be a beginners guide to using coupons as a person with limited means and not like all the middle class people you see on YouTube! The first season will be dedicated to the basic principals of couponing. I can also announce that there WILL a second season with even more basics and busting a couple of the most common myths about Couponing and extreme Couponing.

I can also give you an “Episode Guide” or a “Chapter List” of this season.

Episode Guide / Chapter List

  1. What are coupons (and rebates) and why should you be using them?
  2. Different types of rebates, coupons and deductions and how to combine them
  3. The store’s own rebate-, loyalty-, and club card. Why you SHOULD use them!
  4. Where do I get coupons?
  5. How to read coupons to avoid doing it wrong
  6. The shops’ sell cycles and own rebates in combination with your coupons.
  7. Different store chains = different coupon policies. Learn to read them and memorize the most important parts.
  8. Store your coupons correctly and keep them up to date
  9. Couponers Anonymous 
  10. Practical tips before, during and after a haul!

The first episode will be out in March!

Presenting new Blog Series next month

Starting next month, I’ll be presenting two new blog series here on The Poor Man’s Guide to the Galaxy! The working titles on the series are:

  1. The Poor Man’s Cheap Dishes from around the World 
  2. The Poor Man’s Beginners Guide to Coupons

The first series (The Poor Man’s Cheap Dishes…) will contain traditional dishes from different cuisines around the world – that are cheap and relatively easy to make at home from scratch. I’ll be visiting, for example; 

  • France
  • Thailand 
  • Mexico
  • UK
  • Finland
  • Sweden
  • China
  • Japan

I’m currently collecting recipes, at least 10, from each cuisine – which will be tested, documented and presented here and on my YouTube channel.

The second series (The Poor Man’s Beginners…) will be a ten part blog series about the fundamentals of couponing, and a bit of extreme Couponing as well. We’ll dive into the world of coupons and sort out the basics in ten easy blog parts, accompanied by videos on my YouTube channel! 

I’m also in the planning stage of a couple of other things, but that will be revealed at a later date!
Stay tuned for more!

Cheap ways to entertain yourself PART 1

When you’re like me and don’t have much money in the bank, it’s difficult to find things to do outside the house or apartment. This is why I’m always trying to find different & new, free if possible, attractions and amusements. Things that’ll get me outside instead of just sitting inside the house all day on my bum and be lazy. This is part one, and there will be more parts as I find things that you can do, and please leave a comment if you have tips and suggestions for me!

  • Check the posters at your library for concerts, lectures, art shows etc that are cheap or even better – free!
  • Sometimes your local food market/shop has special events to celebrate a new opening, a holiday or the chain’s birthday! When they do, there’s usually free food, happenings, deals and things for kids to do. Be sure to take full adtof this and make it a half or whole day’s outing. There are ofte good discounts on these days!
  • Many libraries have CDs and films of different sorts, go and see if they have anything good and check them out! 
  • Learn a new craft or get a new hobby by borrowing a few books from the library – why not teach yourself how to mend you own clothes or learn a new language?
  • Get an allotment close by and start growing things!
  • Once again, check at your library what kinds of local societies and clubs there are in your town or village. See if anything takes your fancy and join it.
  • Join a study circle, or start one yourself if you can’t find what you’re looking for. Chances are that you’ll get a full group very fast as other people have looked for the same kind of group, but have been too lazy to start a study circle about the subject. Why not start a circle about self-sufficiency or a group where you can trade coupons with others?
  • Go to flea markets and check them out – it doesn’t cost you anything unless you buy something.
  • If you live close to the sea, pack a pick nick basket and go down to the beach for a day of sun, sand and swimming in the ocean.
  • A lot of museums are free, almost free or have one day each week/month that’s admission free. Use this and pack a lunch box if it’s a bit far away.
  • Host a Dutch-treat at your house for your friends or family. Cheap and a great way to meet up and is even more fun if you pick a theme for it.
  • Download a film or documentary and watch it.
  • Go to local markets and traveling carnivals. 

As I said, this is part 1 and remember to leave a comment with suggestions of things you can do on a budget or upcoming topics that you’d like to see!

What is a good price – SWEDEN

I’ve promised to start this series for a while now and it’s not until today that I’ve actually got the time to sit down and start it. I’m going to start with Sweden, since this is where I live at the moment. These are simply the best prices for these products! It will be updated fairly regularly, as I go about and find what different products have as their best price. The rest of the post will be in Swedish.

 

Frukt & grönsaker (färsk)

Päron (korg) 10kr/kg

Morötter 1-10kr/kg

Potatis (rå) 1-10kr/kg

Gullök 1-10kr/st

Broccoli (färsk) 5kr/st

Isbergssallad 5-10kr/kg

Gurka 5-10kr/st

 

Köttprodukter (färsk)

Falukorv 10-15kr/länk

Färsk, hel kyckling 20-26kr

 

Frusna produkter

Kycklingklubbor & lår frusna 10-15kr/kg

Frusna potatisklyftor 10kr/500gr

Frusna potatiskroketter 10kr/500gr

Dr. Oetker pizza 10-15kr/st

Ben&Jerry’s glass 30-40kr/500ml

Max Kycklingnuggets 30-35kr/förpackning

Ärtor (frusna) 10-15kr/500gr

 

Gryner, pasta & ris

ICA pasta 5 kr/500gr

Barilla pasta 10kr/500gr

Grötris 10kr/kg

Ris 10kr/kg

 

Mjölkprodukter

Milda Culinesse (flytande margarin) 10kr/st

Gräddfil ICA 5kr

ICA riven ost 5-10kr/st

Margarin 10-15kr/kg

ICA flytande smör 750ml 10-15kr

Filmjölk 5kr/liter

Matlagningsgrädde 250ml 7.50kr

Grynost 250gr 5-10kr

500gr 10-15kr

 

Kryddor, bakprodukter & tacoprodukter

Tomatpuré 5kr/st

Tomatketchup 15-20kr/1250ml

ICA tacosås 5kr/st

Santa Maria   texmexsås 10kr/st

Tacokrydda 10kr/st

Tortillabröd 10kr/st

Kryddor på burk 5-10kr/burk

Old el paso Sand n’ stuff 10kr/förpackning

Senap 7kr

Vetemjöl 5-7.50kr/kg

 

Bröd

Rostbröd 7.50-10kr/paket

Minibaguetter 5kr/6pack

 

Kakor, snacks & godis

Pepparkakor 10kr/förpackning

Frukt/nötbar 5-7.50kr/st

 

Läsk, juice & övrig alkoholfri dricka

Jul/påskmust 5kr/1.5L

 

Hygienprodukter

Tandkräm      75ml 5-10kr

125ml 10-15kr

Tandborstar 5-7.50kr/st

 

Städprodukter & hushållsprodukter

Diskmedel 5kr/flaska

Diskmaskinstabletter 39kr/50st

Hushållspapper 10-15kr/6pack

Fryspåsar 6kr/förpackning

Toapapper 6pack 15kr

 

Pålägg

Philadelphia cream cheese 10kr/200gr

 

Halvfabrikat

Pizzakit 10-15kr/st

Sill i burk 10kr/burk

Potatis/rotfruktsgratäng 10kr/förpackning

Rödbetssallad 10kr/st

 

Feel free to write a comment, or get back to me via my contact form!

What is a good price – X

So, I’m going to start writing a series here called: “What is a good price – X”, where I list things from shops and what price you should be paying for that item. Most things go on sale sooner or later and most shops have a sale cycle which they abide by, more or less at least. Usually it’s 6-8 weeks, but it depends on the store and your country. For example, here in Sweden the sales cycles are longer than, for example, in the USA. 
So, I’ll focus on one shop chain at the time, sometimes two if they have similar price settings. The blog posts will be updated continually, so check in once in a while to see if anything has changed. The first chain I’m going to start a “What is a good price – X” is ICA, a Swedish chain where I do most of my weekly shopping. When I move to London I’ll start with the British shop chains. The name for that post will therefore be: “What is a good price – ICA”.
If you’re living in the US, or any other country, and would like me to do the same thing with your chains, please contact me and we’ll set something up!

How to save on holiday foods!

What you serve at your Christmas dinner depends on where you live, as well as when you celebrate it – on the 24th or the 25th of December. You might nog even celebrate Christmas, you might have Chanukka or some other holiday. But there will be food and it can often cost a lot of money to buy. How many of us doesn’t curse at the expenses of food during regular weeks? Imagine the costs during a major holiday. If you want to save, like I do, or can’t really afford the food – but still want to give your family a nice meal – then planning, coupons and the weekly ad will take you a long way. I’m going to give some general tips and then post some links to coupon sites.

I’m using Christmas as an example since I celebrate it, but the tips and tricks can be applied to any holiday.

 

Tips:

  • Like when you’re buying the holiday gifts, planning is everything. If you haven’t planned anything then you’re going to end up overspending, miscalculating dishes for the amount of people present, multiple and unnecessary trips to the shops.
  • Start planning any dinners/lunches where your extended family will attend at least 3-4 weeks in advance. Plan what dishes you will be serving, what the ingredients are and how much you need to make of each dish.
  • Remember to plan for the side dishes, condiments, snacks, sweets and drinks! It’s easy to remember mustard when you sit there at the dinner table and want some.
  • Lists are everything! Make lists of what you need to buy and group the ingredients after what type of food they are, for example:
    • Fruits
    • Vegetables
    • Condiments
    • Baking goods
    • Meats
  • When you make the lists, make sure to separate them buy shop chain as well! Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Aldi, Lidl, Tesco, Walmart, ICA, COOP, you name it!
  • Will anyone be staying be staying with you, other than your closest family (spouse and children)? They need food too!
  • Will it be a buffet, formal dinner or a regular meal? Each have their own advantage, but I’d recommend some type of buffet.
  • If you choose to have a buffet, first decide on what dishes you’re going to be serving or assign a dish to each guest (if you’re having them). If guests are bringing some of the dishes, you all save on food!
  • Shops usually start marketing their Christmas food at least 6 weeks before Christmas. Take advantage of this and start buying what you know you need. Some things we always have at Christmas, every single year, so why not buy them now and tick them off your list?
  • Always check the weekly ads in the shops closest to you! More often or not they have one or two Christmas foods on sale every week leading up to Christmas, make sure you buy them and always buy the full allowance. For example: you have a baked ham on your Christmas table and one week your shop allows you to buy 2 good sized hams for 10€. It’s one purchase per household. Buy those two hams, even if you know that you’ll only eat one. You can cook the other one too and have dinners and lunches for a rather long time after, if you freeze it.
  • Remember that manufacturers often put out a lot of coupons for their products during the holidays, since they want you to buy their products. Take a few coupons and save them. You should of course use some of them for the items that you need at the moment, if it gives you a good price, but after Christmas the shops often drops their prices to make room for new products. That means that you can score some incredible deals, and even freebies or money makers, if you took a couple of extra coupons when there were some.
  • If your shop allows overage – use it to buy the things that you can’t get coupons for
  • READ YOUR WEEKLY ADS LIKE IT’S THE BIBLE, PEOPLE!
  • Take a couple of hours to surf around for coupons and discounts and print as many coupons as you’re allowed.
  • Your shops usually have some kind of loyalty card. Make sure to sign up for that. That way you get instore coupons, deals and rebates. The instore coupons can be combined with a manufacturer’s coupon and make a product free, close to free or a money maker.

 

Links:

Coupons.com (US): https://www.coupons.com/

Grocery Coupon Network (US): https://www.grocerycouponnetwork.com/

Be frugal (US): http://www.befrugal.com/printable/restaurant/

Retail me not (US): https://www.retailmenot.com/coupons/fastfood

Coupon Mama (UK): https://couponmamauk.co.uk/

Money Saving Experts (UK): http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/deals/supermarket-coupons

Extreme Couponing (UK): http://www.extremecouponing.co.uk/

Extreme Couponing & Deals (UK): https://excoupuk.com/

Super Savvy me (UK): https://www.supersavvyme.co.uk/offers/coupon

Hot UK deals (UK): http://www.hotukdeals.com/groceries

Hip2Save (US): http://hip2save.com/

Southern Savers (US): http://www.southernsavers.com/