Recipe ideas: Vietnamese beef noodle soup

Vietnamese beef noodle soup, pho, soup, noodles, Vietnamese sour soup
Having the most frugal grocery budget in the world isn’t going to help you any if you can’t put together at least a few healthy, tasty, and cheap eats! Every month, The Outlier Model features a cheap recipe idea, along with the cost breakdown. If you haven’t had pho, or Vietnamese beef noodle soup, truly you are missing out. It is a wonderfully rich, broth soup made with slow simmered beef bones...

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Posted in: Food and Grocery, Recipes

First yard sale of the year

First yard sale, yard sale, thrifty, thrift shop, discounts, great deals
I’m a big fan of yard sales. I’ve picked up a lot of stuff for next to nothing and even more stuff for absolutely nothing. Brian and I went to the first sale of the year (that we knew about) this morning and. Walked away with a free deep frying “spider” skimmer. (PS – I had to look up what they were called.  If you didn’t know either, check it out.) Its awesome because I like to make...

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Posted in: Minimalism and Frugality

Doing what you love for less

Doing what you love, wine classes, wine courses, studying wine, drinking wine
By now, you’ve heard about my passion for wine. I recently took the first step to formalizing this hobby by completing the Level 1 WSET course. Today, I’d like to talk more about how I can afford to pursue this passion without compromising my finances.   Following your passions In 2005, I spent three months working and living in Paris. This was my first real introduction to wine. It was...

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Posted in: Career and Work, Philosophy

Spring cleaning and the abundance of waste

Spring cleaning, alley, gold in the alley, trash in the alley, used stuff in the alley
It’s spring cleaning time and I’m not too embarrassed to admit it – I’ve found a lot of cool stuff in the alley. Once, my ex and I found an IKEA coffee table in perfect condition, complete with all the screws and hardware in a Ziploc bag.  We dragged it home and replaced our hand-me-down from the 60s.  I’ve also found a cute side table , speaker stands, plant pots, kitchen items and boxes...

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Posted in: Minimalism and Frugality
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