What are some essential spices?

Every kitchen needs to have essential spices. If you would like food to taste good, mix various spices to make the meal taste delicious.

Seven essential spices

Paprika: This is a powder extracted from sweet red pepper pods. It has a rich red and smooth texture goes great with meat, seafood, and vegetables.

Bay Leaves: These dry leaves release the most appetizing smell and taste in any soup and stew.

Kosher Salt: A larger crystal of rich iodine salt makes it easier to control the amount to put on any meal. The taste is different than regular table salt.

Garlic Powder: The powerful smell and taste of garlic extracted powder makes your meal taste and smell delicious. Garlic powder is also very healthy and enhances flavors in mostly meats and vegetables.

Cumin Powder: If you are a fan of Indian, Middle Eastern, Cuban, or Mexican cuisines, this will work wonders for you. With cumin powder, these meals will taste unbelievably unique.

Red Pepper Flakes: The red pepper flakes consist of dried hot chilis of the ancho, bell, and cayenne varieties. This spice will go great with Italian, Chinese, and Caribbean food.

Cinnamon: This is a very unique spice because you can use it to enhance the flavor of both sweet and salty foods. Cinnamon can be sprinkled on oatmeal and coffee, as well as meats and soups.

How do I get a good deal on clothing?

Clothes barn by net_efekt

Clothes barn by net_efekt

Clothing is a basic necessity, but it is important to be frugal, as well as stylish. Trends in the fashion world come and go, so it may be expensive to stay up to date. Fortunately, there are a lot of different ways to be stylish and frugal at the same time.

Sign up for free mailing lists and memberships
Your favorite store most likely has a newsletter, either in email or mail form. Sign up for these mailing lists, since they are free. They will alert you of any upcoming sales and promotions they’re having, and may send you coupons. Some stores have free memberships or frequent buyer cards where if you spend a certain amount of money, you are rewarded with a gift or additional discount. Getting promotional information straight from the store is the best way to stay updated with savings.

Shop during the holiday season
A lot of stores offer sales and promotions closer to holidays, like Christmas and Labor Day. If a store is open on an actual holiday, chances are there is some sort of sale going on. The most popular day for sales is Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. This day marks the beginning of the winter holiday season, like Christmas and Hanukkah. Some stores will be open on Friday at midnight, and people will camp out just to redeem the good deals.

Shop online
If you shopping for an item with a specific description, the internet may be your best bet. Stores like Amazon and eBay offer an array of items, arguably at a lower price. Search engines like ShopStyle and Google Shopping can lay out the selection of the item you’re looking for, making it easy to find it at a good price.

If you feel comfortable buy second hand clothing, do so–stores like Goodwill and Buffalo Exchange have trendy and name brand clothing at an affordable price.

Which cooking oil should I use?

Olive Oil

Olive Oil by (Smabs Sputzer)

Do you love food? Did you know that just a few drops of oil can make your dishes taste even better? It may seem like there is an overwhelming amount of oils to choose from, but the following four are a great place to start:

Avocado Oil as the name states, is pressed from Avocado and has a nice nutty taste. Avocado oil is usually used for salads, fish, chicken, and sweet potatoes.

Corn Oil is extracted from corn kernel and is a light tasting oil with a little hint of both sweet and salty flavors. It is perfect to season meats and vegetables and goes well with pepper and garlic flavors.

Olive Oil is the oldest known culinary oil and is still quite popular. It can be used to cook any foods, and is great for the preparation of salads, grilled vegetables, and hummus.

Sesame Oil is high in antioxidants. It is best used in sauces and dressings and tastes delicious when mixed in with some sesame seeds.

How do I join a fraternity or sorority?

Boston/Cambridge MA by Rusty Clark

Boston/Cambridge MA by Rusty Clark

Many college freshman arrive to college feeling wide-eyed and somewhat nervous about their future. While most stress derives from challenging academia, students also wonder how they’re going to engage in the local social scene. Some may choose to join academic clubs, while others may find enjoyment in joining sports clubs. Some students may opt to join the Greek system, which recruits students to join a specific fraternity or sorority. Each fraternity has its own technique to choose individuals that are fit for their family. In general, Greek system is very big and every Greek organization has its positives and negatives.

First step

At every school, most fraternities present a week called Rush Week. To promote this week, flyers and booths are placed all over campus to alert students. Come up to each fraternity, take their fliers and schedules for Rush Week, and spark up a short conversation with each. Which ever one appeals to you, go to their rush events. These rush events are meant to be like a intro week for you to get to know the members of that fraternity as well as them to get to know you. Go to a couple different fraternities’ rush events and if you find a specific one you like, attend more than one of these events. With time, the fraternity will recognize you as a possible candidate since you’ve been showing up at the rush events, meaning you are interested.

Second step

Once the fraternity lays eyes on you, they will ask you if you would like a bid. A bid means that a certain amount of members want you to join the fraternity so they vote for you to go on to the next stage. If you accept, you are entering the second stage before entering a fraternity known as “pledging”. You will be tested in various ways by the members along with other people that want to join the fraternity. Through this process, you will get very close to the members and guys that are just like you trying to join. If all events and tasks are executed properly, the members with recognize you as one of their own and you will have a ceremony for you and the others who passed. Then you are officially a member.

Final step

Treat these group of people like your family, because that’s how they are intending to treat you. Becoming a member of a fraternity is a huge step in everyone’s college career so take advantage of all the opportunities. Each member is another connection and college friend you have–you never know this person might be your best friend, co-worker or even an employer later. Have fun, stay safe and enjoy!

How do I save money?

Money by Tax Credits

Money by Tax Credits

Once you start earning an income for yourself, it made be hard to control yourself when it comes to spending money. If you need help on managing your bank account, check out our article here.

This article is here to help you spend and save your money wisely. Here are some tips to help you ration your savings and spendings.

Pay for important things
Make sure to pay for any bills or debts you owe. After you finish clearing your name, spend money on any necessities, like groceries or toiletries. It is important to pay for essentials first while you can afford it.

Put money in savings account
A good way to limit your spending habits and increase your saving habits is by putting a large amount of your money in your savings account instead of your checking. The money you put in your savings account will accumulate interest, meaning more money for you to spend! But actually, it’ll be more money for you to save, because that’s the responsible thing to do.

Make a wishlist
If you still have some left over money after clearing your bills and debts, feel free to treat yourself to something nice. The best way to do this is by making a wishlist of things you want. On this list, write down what you want, how badly you want, and how much it will cost you.

Choose wisely from wishlist
To choose from your wishlist, pick the item you would use the most, not necessarily the item for the best deal. For example, if you want a new pair of sneakers that cost $50, but you are going to wear these sneakers everyday, the sneakers will eventually pay for themselves due to the amount of use. If you want a leather jacket, but you only plan on wearing it during wintertime, the jacket is probably not the most lucrative purchase. Focus on buying items you are going to use often, and save the other items on your wishlist for special occasions or holidays.

Try not to use a credit card
It is probably in your best interest to not get a credit card if you cannot pay your bill off in time. Do not use credit cards for big purchases you will not be able to pay off, because you will suffer from the consequences in the end. It’s wise to use a debit card for purchases because the money is spent right then and there. This will help keep your spending in check.

How to maintain food freshness?

Food market, Granville island, vegetables by Monica Arellano-Ongpin

Food market, Granville island, vegetables by Monica Arellano-Ongpin

Many households waste money on spoiled groceries and goods. There are many tips and tricks that really work to keep you from losing valuable groceries.

Make use of your fridge
The cold weather in your fridge is what gives your groceries its lifetime. The fridge also provides greater health for you by preventing harmful bacteria, like salmonella, from spoiling your food. Most fridges include several storage shelves. Each shelf has a particular purpose, the top shelf is the warmest one of all. Therefore, you want to place pre-prepared foods there such as cheese or yogurt. The bottom shelf is the coolest shelf of the fridge, so you want to keep your raw meats and any perishable items. You can keep vegetables and fruits on the bottom shelf for them to last longer. The side door racks are mid temperature of the fridge,so keep your juices, milk, and eggs in those for best results.

Tips

  • Apples should be stored away from other produce
  • Store bananas outside of the fridge in room temperature to allow them to ripen, then place them in fridge when they have ripened
  • Store bread at room temperature, in a box or cabinet
  • Store butter in the fridge and do not remove it from its packaging
  • Store eggs in its original carton
  • Keep honey in a cool, air tight environment