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Save more and spend less this summer

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1. The 30-Day Rule

A great way to avoid unnecessary expenditure is to wait 30 days to decide on a purchase. Say no to instant gratification and wait it out! We quite often change our minds, and if in 30 days you are not excited anymore and the urge to buy has passed – you just saved money by simply waiting!

2. List it!

A nightmare on wallet street…shopping when hungry or without a list is an absolute no-no when it comes to saving. A list helps you know only the necessary items you need to restock in your pantry or home and leaves no room for impulse purchases.

3. Keep the change

Save all those coins and take them to the bank at the end of each month or six months. Believe us, it really adds up!

4. Meal preps!

Eating out is a surefire way to see a fast drain on your cash flow. Whether its lunch for just you, or an evening meal for your whole family, you can save a lot more money by simply eating at home more often, cooking your own food and planning your meals. The additional bonus is that it can be a lot healthier too

5. Be fit at home

Gyms can be expensive and even unnecessary. Thanks to the wonderful world wide web, YouTube is a one-stop solution to all your working out needs. There are professional and certified online fitness training channels such as ‘Fitness Blender’ on YouTube with millions of subscribers teaching you how to work out no matter which level of fitness you are on. Use the free exercise guides in the comfort of your own home!

6. Sell it all!

Our homes are often cluttered with a hundred things we have no use for, and just don’t know what to do with. Some of these items may be in perfect condition too or even unused! An excellent way to make money is to sell things you own online. From clothes, to books, to electronic devices, you’ll be able to find a buyer and make quick bucks.

7. Invite friends over

Going out to eat has a way of completely destroying both your food budget and your entertainment budget. It is always cheaper to stay in with friends and come up with your own entertainment.

There you have it! Make sure to employ these ways to save more and spend less this summer.

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Digest O’ clock: Green-Ginger-Mint Tea recipe

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Having trouble digesting all the Ramadan goodies? Can’t help but over eat every time you decide to just have one pakora? We might have something that can help you wash away all that guilt and digest your Iftars better. Presenting the unbelievably delicious tea that is surprisingly good for digestion.

 

What you need:

Lipton Green Tea (Lemon)

1 sliver of ginger (washed and peeled)

Mint leaves (according to taste, washed and separated from stem)

 

Method:

Bring one cup water to boiling point. Tear Lipton Green Tea bag and empty the contents into the pot, add ginger and mint leaves. Boil the mixture on low flame until you can smell ginger and mint mix well together. Turn off the flame and let it simmer for 5 minutes. Enjoy hot with honey or cold with extra lemon!

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Weight watchers: Low-calorie Iftar ideas

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Feeling like your body with implode with all them fried goodies you’ve been binging on? Or are you someone who takes the month of Ramadan as an opportunity to lose a few pounds? Whichever side of the spectrum you fall on we have a few recipes that won’t add up to the numbers on the scale so that you can indulge all you want without compromising on taste.

 

Zucchini, Onion and Tomato Bake with Low Fat Mozzarella

Calories: 80

What you need:

3 -4 zucchini (Tori)

1 -2 large white onion

Olive oil

2 large ripe tomatoes

Low fat Mozarella cheese

Salt and black pepper

 

Method:

Slice onions and sauté in olive oil until they are soft. Then slice zucchini and tomato into thin slices. Take a dish and start layering the vegetables (you should have a minimum of 3 layers). One layer of zucchini, then sautéed onions in olive oil then tomatoes. Sprinkle with low fat mozarella cheese and salt and pepper according to taste.

Keep layering until you run out of the sliced vegetables then top it with a layer of low fat mozzarella cheese (you can go as thick or thin as you want). Bake in 350 oven for about 45 minutes or until brown around the sides and on the top.

 

Papaya Salad (Som Yam)

Calories: 124

What you need:

Small green raw papaya, shredded

2 small tomatoes cut into quarters

4 garlic cloves (you can make it 6 if you want the taste of garlic to pop)

6 red or green chilly

2 Tbsp sugar

3 Tbsp lime juice

2 Tbsp soy sauce

3 Tbsp ground roasted peanuts

Fresh lettuce and chilly for garnish

 

Method:

Put garlic and tomatoes in a bowl and pound a few times to release their juices. Add chilies and crush lightly to release the heat. Remember to crush lightly and make sure the tomatoes and garlic don’t turn into a paste. In a separate cup, dissolve the sugar in a mixture of lime juice and soy sauce. Mix the tomato-garlic mixture with the sweet and sour dressing. Add shredded papaya, peanuts, lettuce to the sweet and sour juice and mix all the ingredients together well. Serve in a shallow bowl and top with garnish.

 

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