The more you focus on minimizing distractions in life and maximizing value, the more time and money you have at your leisure. That is the whole goal of being a Valuist. When we have more time at our leisure we have to make sure we are spending it creatively. Your activities should be relaxing as well as enriching.
3 Hobbies that everyone should have
The definition of Hobby is “An activity done regularly in one’s Leisure time for pleasure”. When you look at the definition the watching Netflix on couch with bag of chips will fit the criteria. Assuming you are doing it in your leisure time, it certainly gives pleasure for most of us. That is the reason I like to modify the definition. My definition is “An activity done regularly in one’s leisure time that fits at least one or all of the following criteria”
We all know fat in its pure form is good for our health. Fat has been vilified over the years. But now we know the real culprits for poor health are sugar, processed food, food laced with chemicals and trans fat.
Ghee or Clarified butter is one of the purest and healthiest forms of fat. It is very delicious and has several health benefits.
Indoor spring cleaning is a piece of cake when you are a minimalist. It took me about one hour to do a thorough spring cleaning of our entire 3500 sq ft home. The biggest reason being lack of accumulated clutter.
Outdoor cleaning was something I dreaded. We have been living in this house for over 5 years now. So as you can imagine the windows and outdoor vinyl on the front porch had started getting dull and a nice coating of mildew.
April was a month I made a big change to move to working part time hours! With both our children in school age I felt I am needed a lot more at home. We ran the numbers and decided we are in a reasonably good shape financially that I can afford to take a salary cut.
Although we can easily manage our expenses even with our newly reduced income, We are constantly looking to find new ways to save money.
I keep my work clothes pretty basic and stick with a lot of neutrals.
The below are some of the versatile pieces I have that are very comfortable , well made and flatters most body types. These are very classic pieces that do not go out of style. I have owned all of them for several years and they have held up well even with regular use.
We are strong believers of spending money on making memories instead of spending money on products. So we usually plan couple of fun vacations with our kids every year. This, we think, is money spent well.
However, every now and then we come across some products or services that we can totally do without but they add so much value to your every day life.
I enjoy cooking . Of course there are some days that I feel a little lazy to cook but they are very rare. But lately I keep hearing more and more frequently from friends and family they do not cook, they get take outs and ready to eat food. I think within the past 1-2 years I am hearing this more and more frequently.
Recently I while listening to one of Mark Hyman’s podcasts I heard a nutritionist mention that cooking has become like sewing. This comment got me thinking. Maybe one or two generations back it was common or normal for the mom or grandmom to sew all the clothes for the family. Then with the ready made clothing industry and fashion industry booming, less and less people were making their own clothing. Now sewing has become more like a hobby which you do just for the fun of it.
With energy costs on the rise, every home owner should be looking into ways to cut energy usage thereby saving costs and reducing carbon footprint. When we had bought our new home in 2014, the house came installed with all the standard fittings such as CFL lights, programmable thermostats, energy star appliances, etc which are considered energy efficient systems.
Here are 4 simple things to save energy consumption.
We all know for beautiful skin a clean diet and drinking plenty of water is essential. But the products you use on your skin is also very important. Especially once you are in your 30s or older a regular skincare regimen is very crucial for maintaining a healthy glow and ageing gracefully.
Walking into a department store or your local drug store skin care aisle can be very intimidating. There is always a newer better product on the shelf that promises ageless skin. The thing is, a lot of these products are good quality and they work pretty well. But if you are not following a few basic skin care rules even the most expensive and great quality product will not give you the best results. For example say you bought a very expensive great quality cream such Creme de Lamer costing over $300 but you are not using good sun protection during the day, you still will end up with crappy skin.
So here I list the 3 pillars of skincare. Whether you use only these 3 products or decide to add other products of your choice, these 3 products will ensure a good healthy glow to your skin.
Food always has been a large part of our monthly expense. We enjoy cooking and eating food as a family. Cutting down on our weekly groceries seemed like a very hard task. We shop mostly at a local large chain supermarket which is very close to home. On an average our monthly expense on groceries were around $800-$1000. Which is not too bad for a family of four, who mostly eat at home and also try to stick to quality food products. But I still wanted to see if there is way to reduce the grocery expense without affecting the quality of food we ate. We tend to eat mostly “real food” instead of prepackaged processed food. We also choose mostly organic produce. That’s when I started using the 2 grocery store combination and saw that I was able to significantly reduce our grocery bills and at the same time eat quality home made food. These two are None other than Costco and Aldi