Dear family, friends, newsletter subscribers, Facebook friends and acquaintances and most especially, followers.
Some exciting news…. I now only work part time and am focusing on building my side business into a full time business.
For those who have been following me, you will know that 2 years ago I started a meal planning business called Kashering Your Life. I help people plan their meals according to their dietary requirements and draw up their shopping lists. This helps reduce,not only the grocery budget, but also the amount of food being wasted in households. My grocery spend is down 20% from 3 years ago when I started meal planning for myself and we waste a lot less food. While I cannot guarantee a savings of 20% I can guarantee that you will save money.
I have been on Chai FM radio with Alan Bender and The Yad Aharon show, as well as being interviewed for an article in People magazine South Africa. I have written guest articles for blogs such as anniemation.co.za. and beingme.co.za. I am a volunteer ambassador for the Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, which aims to fight obesity and food wastage worldwide.
I plan to hold workshops every 4 months on meal and menu planning including how to successfully use online grocery shopping. I have been working on my first new paid workshop which will be hosted as a private Facebook group and will run over 12 weeks. This will include a free 20 minute Skype session before and after the course, as well as live and recorded tutorials, workbooks and resource tools to help you.
18 months ago I started “We’re getting Sorted” a Facebook group to help me get my home more organised. This group is over 460 people strong, all with the aim to take control of their homes. I am now incorporating it into my business. I do not come into people’s homes and re organise or declutter; what I am doing is giving support for you to do it yourself, while holding myself accountable, by working on my home alongside the members of the group. As this group grows, I hope to invite experts in decluttering to give us advice and help, as well as hold competitions.
For 45 years being a nurse was my passion. I was 5 when I decided on my career path. Now my passion is helping people who would like to take control of their health and that of their family through meal planning.
With our rand in junk status, now more than ever, we need to find ways to make our money stretch. I am looking to help as many people as possible. If you are interested in working with me, or know of someone who could benefit from either a course or one on one sessions with me, please feel free to forward them my contact details.
Thank you for taking the time to read this.
Meal planning doesn’t only have to be meals made at home. If you are in the type of working environment that requires you to eat out, then put restaurant food on your meal plan. Dinner Theme Meal Planning
How does this work?
If for instance you use a meal planning template, this could help you decide what to eat at the restaurant your business meeting is being held.
Using my home template, it would mean that if you are going out for lunch or dinner at a restaurant you would then either choose vegetarian/vegan restaurants or a vegetarian dish at whichever restaurants you go to. Monday is meat free in my house.
Mince is the main ingredient on my meal plan template for a Tuesday, so Italian restaurants would work well.
Fish on Wednesday’s, there are so many restaurants to choose from for this option. My advice though is to avoid ordering fish in a steakhouse. They cook steaks; fish is not always their forte except at the very upmarket places.
You can see how this would work for you.
There are 5 benefits to this method.
- You can actually stick to an eating plan, by knowing ahead of time what you are going to be ordering. Maybe not the exact dish but an idea
- It gives you an excuse to try out new places and new flavours
- When you draw up you home meal plan you can adjust the size of your meals to suit what you had at lunch or pack a lighter lunch if it is a business dinner.
- It will take you less time to order as you already can cross off certain dishes from your range of choices.
- You don’t have to cook! For those who don’t like cooking, this would probably be the best option.
Once again proof that meal planning is not some rigid regime you have to stick to. It is flexible and can fit in with any lifestyle you live.
If you need help getting your meal plans up and running, why not book a Skype one on one coaching session with me? https://calendly.com/adrienne-2/90-minutes
Do we have coupons?
Couponing is big business in the USA, reality shows abound on this topic. Here in South Africa though, we don’t really have coupons.
Years ago we got coupons in our subscription magazines and the weekly local papers. Those days are gone.
Except for PnP VIP vouchers for senior citizens (only available for use in Hypermarkets) most South African coupons are in the form of an app or a loyalty card and they can save you a lot of money when used correctly.
Do you know what is out there? Are you using it effectively?
The first one under the spot light is:
PnP Smart Shopper card.
If you don’t have one, I suggest getting it. Whether or not you like PicknPay the card is worth it. You earn points which can be converted to cash, there are discounts and often in their brand match campaign, when you swipe your card, at the end of the till slip either has the message ‘you saved …. on this purchase or ‘get R… off of your next shopping”. I got a slip once that said I had R84.50 off of my next shop.
Often they will have items for sale where you earn extra points when you swipe your card.
You get vouchers when you swipe your card at different times if the year, these are specific to your spending habits. You get extra points to use during your birthday month.
Earn points and to use for shopping or even travel. I like to accumulate my points for a year and then use them for my grocery shop, I often land up only having to pay half my bill and sometimes even less. The points expire after a year.
A big plus for me is the Fresh living magazine which you get free with your first purchase of the month, if you have a smart shopper card. I have found and made some amazing recipes in the magazine.
The Woolworths store card which you can only use at a Woolworths store also gives great discounts, however, it works like a credit card and you are charged interest on your balance.
In the instance of the Woolworths credit card these each have different quarterly discounts depending on the colour of your card, you also get a % back for using the card at other stores. You also get a voucher for a free “Taste” magazine (on the black card). These are credit cards and can be used anywhere.
Spar has two options, a loyalty card, which can only be used at the Spar that issued the card and the Spar rewards program, which you need to sign up for on your pc and gives you rewards just for signing up, plus vouchers that you can use at participating stores, you also link your loyalty card to the rewards program and earn more points. Then download the app to your smartphone. You will receive your vouchers on your smartphone; you type the voucher number into the keypad at the till to redeem your rewards.
The Checkers Eezee coupons app for your smart phone allows you to ‘book’ your specials and when you get to the till you type in the voucher number that the app generates and it will give you your discounts. I have once been able to buy a product with the app and combined it with another coupon app and landed up pay R5 instead of R65 for my item.
Clicks Club Card and Dischem
While neither of these are grocery stores, a lot of us do our shopping for toiletries at these stores. Their loyalty cards do offer great savings and bonuses.
When using banks cards together with loyalty cards you once again increase your savings.
The Unilever deals site is accessed from your computer. They have very good discount “coupons”, either two for one or often between 25%-50% off. I once spent R5 on Omo washing powder as it was on special at the store, plus I had the Unilever code.
An app that allows you to ‘book’ specials on your phone. Once you are done shopping, you upload a picture if your full till slip, then gives you money back in their virtual wallet that you can use at one of many partner stores.
I am sure there are some that I have missed.
How are you using apps and loyalty cards to save you money? Did you even know we had so many?
I need help! When I started my blog “Kashering Your Life”, I did not really expect the response that it received worldwide. The simple blog with which I started has grown into a company and it is now as far as it can go in this configuration.
In order for it to grow and prosper the blog needs a complete makeover. Everything from the name to the colours, logo and possibly, even the tag line needs to change.
This is where all of you come in. First we need a new name; the name must obviously reflect what this new company is all about. We will be running a competition for the name.
When you post your name suggestions, either in the comments of the blog, or on the FB page, you will go into a draw.
I will count the top three name suggestions according to the ‘likes’ they receive and the people whose names receive the most ‘likes’ will receive a prize of a magnetic weekly menu planner board.
The person who suggests the winning name will receive a planning package, which includes a magnetic weekly menu board, a laminated comprehensive shopping list, a laminated monthly planner and a set of 60 printed budget envelopes. Remember to also look through other people’s suggestions. http://www.facebook.com/kasheringyourlife
Our mission is this:
We want to help busy people make living life easier by providing education and workshops on meal planning.
We want to promote health by providing two services.
The I-plan service, which means we plan your meals for the month, supply the shopping list and the recipes where needed.
The second service is the I-cook service, where we supply ready cooked, healthy diabetic friendly meals to people who are too busy to cook but would like to eat nutritious meals without the hassle. (Starting soon in the Johannesburg area only)
This competition is open to all new and old followers. COMPETITION ENDS 15 November 2016
Previously I wrote about Pick n Pay’s marketing gimmick, The Stikeez How many do you have?
In an absolutely amazing marketing strategy a competing supermarket chain will be increasing their
profits, (while stocks last)! You will get a ‘free’ gift if you spend a certain amount. Every mommies’
FB group is talking about this and it is all over the internet!
The latest craze – miniature groceries! In all honesty, if my girls were still playing with dolls, I would
probably be among the crowd. TG those days are over, although there are many adult women who
are collecting these for themselves and then there are moms collecting for their babies for when
they are older!
I mean they really are cute, I can even remember when we used to put empty crisp packets in the
oven to shrink them to make those little mini groceries for Barbie and friends. Although, I somehow
recall making a hole and using them as charms on bracelets and necklaces.
To get this free gift you have to spend a minimum of R150 to get one and while R150 is not all that
difficult to spend, if you want to collect all 29, you need to spend a minimum of R 4350! Now what
happens when you have more than 1 child? By the way, you can’t choose what you get, they are in
Finally, you have the entire collection, but now you need the collectors case (R29.99), the shopping
basket (R49.99), the little shop (R149.99) and the little trolley (R 149.99). This is assuming you had
no duplicates at all and you have spent more than R4700 at this one Supermarket chain.
On the positive side of this marketing project, the chain has great ideas for little entrepreneurs,
which includes profit and loss worksheets for your little shop, with ideas on marketing, making a
little extra money and saving.
They also have a national swop day (30 July), where everyone gets a chance to swop out their
duplicates. You don’t have to wait till then to swop your extras, all you have to do is go to their site
and you can share the images of the products you don’t want on social media and see if your friends
have one you need.
There is also a R10 000 prize for the kid who manages to collect all 29 in the fastest time, plus
another R10 000 for that child’s school. Now if that isn’t going to get mothers shopping, then I don’t
know what will!
If you haven’t figured it out by now, I am talking about the Checkers group. I say well done to their
marketing department for a brilliant campaign that is going to see their July profits soar.
Who of you are going to do your shopping at Checkers this month?
When researching this post, I found an article that stated that 1 May has only been a public holiday in South Africa since 1994. This holiday is meant to be an acknowledgement of all labourers and the working class. It was first brought about by the Second International (originally the Socialist International), a pan-national organization of socialist and communist parties, in commemoration of a bombing that took place at a labour strike in Chicago in 1886. It is also known as Labour Day.
Here in South Africa the history of Workers Day goes back to before it became an official holiday.
The first May Day celebration was recorded to have taken place in 1895 and was held in Johannesburg.
The next celebration appears to have taken place to coincide with the visit of a British labour and socialist leader, Tom Mann, in 1910.
A mineworkers strike in 1913 and railwaymen strike in 1914 lead to the emergence of the Labour Party, which then went on to win a majority in the Traansvaal Provincial election of 1914.
In 1918 the Internationalist Social League (ISL) held a demonstration in Ferrierastown, Johannesburg, and made history by having William Thebedi and Talbot Williams, two black men from the African People’s Organisation, as guest speakers.
The first mass action only actually took place in 1928 and it was taken up by, and dwarfed the white only Labour Party’s demonstration. This became an annual event until 1948.
On the 1st May, 1950, the Communist Party of South Africa called for a strike against the Suppression of Communism Act. The strike cost the lives of 18 people across South Africa. This appears to be the first recording of Mr Nelson Mandela’s participation in a political rally of such magnitude.
The Freedom Charter was born in 1955.
In 1986 on the 100th anniversary of May Day the newly formed COSATU demanded that the day be recognised as a public holiday and called for a stay-away. More than 1,5 million workers observed this call. The majority of workers unilaterally declared the day a public holiday and stayed away from work.
Premier foods became the first large employer to declare 1 May and 16 June as paid holidays.
Workers Day, May Day and Labour Day are the names which these days are known by and are international holidays. It is the reason we have an 8 hour working day (except for nurses and other emergency workers).
I hope you all have a safe and peaceful Workers Day even if you are one of the unlucky ones working on this day.
Today is freedom Day in South Africa but what does this mean?
Before I go into the politics of South Africa’s Freedom day, this week Jews around the world celebrated their freedom from slavery. Passover is a reminder that most freedom is hard fought and hard earned and that we should be grateful to be free every day of our lives. We must teach our children about it, not with bitterness but with joy that it is done and they should move on without forgetting.
“Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.” Abraham Lincoln
“Freedom is oxygen of the soul.” Moshe Dayan
On this day in 1994, South Africa held its first democratic election in which all South Africans, over the age of 18, could cast their vote regardless of their race. Prior to this, only whites were allowed to vote.
I found this slogan on the site http://scnc.ukzn.ac.za/ when looking for something to write about on this important day. ‘South Africans are “One people with one destiny”’. Sadly it appears that, unless our next election has the population exercising their freedom to vote for change and make a dramatic change, the destiny of our country is not looking good.
I love South Africa and have faith that the good life that we have here will continue.
On Human Rights day I wrote about the right to strike. Today I want to write about what that right does to our freedom.Human rights day
You have the right to strike! It appears that this may have become a national pastime! Striking, however well intentioned, may infringe on the very freedoms that we hold so dear. From watching the news and reading the articles, it appears that those striking are infringing not only on the rights of others but also on people’s freedom of choice.
If you choose not to strike or, horror of horrors, you don’t belong to a union and are hired to stand in and keep the country going by doing the jobs that the striking workers aren’t, their freedom and their rights are infringed when they get beaten up and called ‘scabs’. What about the people who do belong to the unions and are told they have to strike or else? Or those who feed their families while the union leaders make these decisions from their comfortable homes? Their salaries continue to be paid by those very members who contribute monthly to the union that is meant to protect their jobs?
Is this what Freedom day is about? Is this what the struggle for equality across all sectors of our population was for? Are people really more free today than during the apartheid era?
The South African constitution is one of the most progressive in the world today; this came because of the fight for freedom for all South Africans.
How free are the people of South Africa really? The divide between middle class and poor is larger than ever, the countries unemployment rate is higher than ever, the crimes are more violent than before, discrimination is worse than ever.
Do you think we know what freedom really is?
Human Rights Day was declared a national holiday in South Africa in 1994. It is a bitter sweet public holiday, in which we remember the 1960 Sharpeville massacre but, more recently, it is a celebration of our unique constitution, which gives equal rights to all.
This is what I have read and heard about the Sharpeville massacre. In 1960 the Pan African Congress told black men they should leave their passbooks (ID document) at home and go to the police stations and demand to be jailed for the act of walking around without their permits. The white policemen of the time, saw the crowds of over 5000 black men, panicked and opened fire. The official figure is 69 dead and 180 injured, this includes women and children. Many were shot in the back while fleeing.
Do you know your rights and responsibilities?
South Africa has one of the most forward thinking and progressive Bill of Rights Charters in the world. I decided to look at a few of these rights, from the point of view of the responsibilities that go along with these rights. For a full list of the Human Rights Charter go to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_rights_in_South_Africa
Human Dignity: We all have the right to dignity. This means that we should not be humiliated or degraded in any way and that our dignity should be protected. Our responsibility is to treat people fairly and politely and to respect the elderly. I will take it one step further and say that for children, and in some cases, adults, this would mean we have a responsibility to stop bullying in all forms.
Every day we read about children and adults who are bullied and degraded or embarrassed in public. Today this usually means on social media. The cyber bullying is so bad, that kids as young as 9 or 10 are committing suicide, or murder.
Life: Every person has the right to life, and yet since this constitution was first ratified, the number of murders committed and unnatural deaths have increased significantly. While, in part, this may be due to more deaths actually being reported than during the apartheid era, it is the fact that our youth seem to have lost their respect for the sanctity of human life.
What responsibilities go with this right? This one seems a very difficult right to respect as it means one must not endanger other people’s lives by acting recklessly and not following the law and not obeying the rules. When was the last time you drove along Louis Botha Avenue in Johannesburg, without seeing an irresponsible driver or pedestrian? Ask the medics who respond to the mini bus taxi accidents where one taxi is carrying 20 people or more! Even stand outside my house and watch! Every few months some idiot is either speeding or on their cell phone and runs the stop street and hits another car?
How about the use of condoms to prevent the spread of HIV? Did you know that there are people out there who deliberately spread this disease?
Privacy: We have the right not to be searched nor have our houses and possessions searched. Does this only apply to the police? What about the people who break into our homes and search for our possessions in order to make it their possession?
Freedom of Religion: You have the right to follow whichever religion you choose. We are lucky in South Africa that this right is still mostly respected.
Freedom of Expression: This literally means you, or the press, are entitled to say what you want. However, as a responsible person, this should mean that what you say is the truth and does not spread hatred or incite violence against others, thereby infringing on their rights!
Assembly: You have the right to gather and demonstrate against, or for, a cause but these gatherings must be peaceful and demonstrators have the responsibility to ensure that other people’s rights are respected!
Freedom of Association and Political Rights: These go together. You may associate with whomever you please and belong to whichever political party you want to, which does not mean that you can enforce your beliefs on others through intimidation. Each and every South African citizen who is 18 years and older can vote and can, therefore, assert their preferences through an election process to choose a government that aligns with their choices.
Labour Relations: This means you can go on a legal strike. It does not, however, mean that you can force others to strike with you, or to take their lives, if they don’t!
Environment: We have the right to a safe, clean and healthy environment! Really, tell that to the illegally striking sanitation workers! To the slum lords allowing people to rent and live in buildings where the water doesn’t run and there is no electricity!
Housing: Every person has a right to housing; it is the responsibility of the government to ensure that all its citizens are given basic housing or shelter. Is our government meeting this responsibility as well as it should be doing?
Healthcare, Food and Social Security: The majority of our population do not receive this right and sadly, more and more people are falling below the poverty line! Government is supposed to ensure that everyone has access to this right.
Children: Children have their own special rights, including the right not to be abused. This does not mean that they are entitled to a free ride, but rather that they are entitled to receive protection from exploitation.
Education: Everyone has the right to education. This does not mean that you have the right to trash schools and destroy school/college/university or even private property! Your responsibility as a scholar or student is to attend classes and learn, to put into practice what you are learning to ensure a better future for yourself and all South Africans. To ensure in a peaceful and respectful manner that your teachers are giving you the education you have a right to, without endangering the lives and property of others.
NOTE: All these rights can be limited, if it would be fair to do so, to protect the rights of the majority.
Do you know your responsibilities?
http://www.gov.za/about-government/bill-responsibilities, these are directed towards the youth of today, who are the future of tomorrow.
This post is not a political statement and my interpretation of our rights and responsibilities as South Africans, is my own. You have the right to either agree or disagree. Please feel free to share this post!
Recycling is not something we, as South Africans, do very well and our waste management companies don’t appear to be very open to it. What we do have, however, are the street guys with their trolley’s making a noise and a mess on garbage collection day.
These men and women go through our bins looking for paper, plastic and metal, searching for items that they can collect and take to the recycling depot, where it is sorted and weighed and then they are paid for it.
I am sure everyone has had a run in with these people as they sometimes leave quite a mess behind.
Why not do something good? Sort your garbage into recyclable and non- recyclable bags, before you bin anything. Make an area where you can separate the trash into different bins or boxes that will allow these people to collect their chosen currency and not have to go ‘dumpster diving’ in your garbage.
Yes, this will take some training for ourselves and our households, but we will be doing that little bit towards the environment and alleviation of poverty.
It is all very well for me to talk about it, but how do we implement it? The first thing is to know what is recyclable, so here is a list:
I got this off http://treevolution.co.za/guide-to-recycling-in-sa/
- Cold drink and beer cans
- Food tins
- Metal lids off glass jars
- Aluminium cans (e.g., Red Bull), foil and foil packaging
- Paint, oil and aerosol cans (leave labels on them so recyclers can see whether they contain hazardous material).
- Rusty cans can be recycled
- Beverage bottles
- Food jars, such as tomato sauce, jam and mayonnaise bottles
You cannot recycle
- Drinking glasses
- Light bulbs – ordinary and energy-saving compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) – and fluorescent tubes. NB CFLs and fluorescent tubes should not be thrown away with ordinary rubbish. They contain mercury, a toxin that can leach into the soil and groundwater if not disposed of properly. Take your old CFLs to the drop-off points at Pick n Pay and Woolworths stores where they will be disposed of safely. If you don’t have this option, place your old CFLs in a sealed plastic bag before you throw them in the bin.
- White office paper
- Magazines and books (as long as nothing is laminated)
- Cardboard (boxes and cereal boxes).
The following CANNOT be recycled:
- Laminated or waxy paper
- Punch confetti
- Carbon paper
Plastics are made from oil, a non-renewable resource,but much of the plastic packaging we use every day is recyclable. Ice cream and milk containers, fabric softener bottles, plastic bags and even cling-wrap can all be recycled.
The easiest way to determine whether a plastic product is recyclable is by looking for its recycling logo. There are seven plastic recycling logos and most plastic packaging is imprinted with one of them. The logos tell you what type of plastic a container is made of. Each type has to be recycled separately.
I think that it is still okay to put all plastic together and the collectors can sort what they want.
Fruit juice and milk containers look like they’re made out of paper, but they are lined with aluminium foil and plastic so they must be recycled separately. Tetra Pak has opened its first small-scale recycling facility in Germiston, Gauteng, where its packaging is recycled into roof tiles, furniture and stationery. The company has plans to open more recycling plants around South Africa.
Disposable batteries are not recycled – this is apparently because the material recovery rate is too small to make recycling economically viable. But they should not be thrown away with ordinary household waste either, because they contain toxic chemicals that can leach into the soil and groundwater. Rechargeable batteries, on the other hand, are recyclable. Add to this the fact that they last a lot longer than ordinary batteries and you have a compelling argument to buy rechargeable batteries from now on.
You CANNOT recycle
- Ceramics (plates).
My small suggestion is to use your regular kitchen bin for things that cannot be recycled. A second bin for food waste, as this can be turned into fertilizer for your garden. Other small bins for plastic, paper, metal and glass. You can have an extra box, or bag, for things like batteries that you can then take once a month to PnP or Woolies.
I have been doing paper for a while, because we get the Mondi recycling bags, and in the last few months, plastic bottles, but nothing else.
What do you recycle? I would like to try and begin recycling one new thing as a way to help decrease pollution. Who is with me?
Let me know in the comments, what you have chosen to recycle. Let’s all begin to make a difference.
This week’s very late post is about creating a specific place for all that newly and neatly ordered and reduced mail.
This includes school notices and other flyers you receive and in which you are interested.
You previously sorted old school books and I am sure you have a few empty files lying around. This is the perfect opportunity to recycle those files!
Create an area in your home for a small ‘office ’. This could consist of a drawer and a shelf, or you might be lucky and actually have an office.
I use a concertina file to sort current bills and information, as well as using it as a dumping site for my till slips. At the end of the month I put all my slips in an A4 envelope, marked with the month, into one of my files.
You can have separate files for all your accounts. I have one for my two clothing accounts, one for my jewellery sales and classes, one for my private bank account and another for this blog and all its paper work. These are kept out of the way and out of sight. The concertina file is on a desk and easily accessible.
Once the month is over and everything has been paid or dealt with, then I file it. For me this is easier, as I have put the files in a cupboard that is slightly out of reach. I then slip everything into sleeves, so I don’t have to punch holes in any papers.
Remember, it is important if you don’t have a printer at home, to have your utilities and one other account come to your home address, in case you ever need proof of residence.
Once your space is created and you know how many files you need, start going through your accounts and file them in the manner you have chosen. Shred or destroy any documents that are older than 5 years unless you still need them for a DEFINITE reason. In case, is not a reason!
Any documents that contain bank numbers, ID numbers and other personal information, must be shredded before you put them in your recycling bag.
Understanding what you want out of your filing system is half your work.
An idea to make sorting a little less chaotic, is to sort into piles first, then sort each pile into date or alphabetical order as needed and only then into the appropriate files. This may seem logical to most and maybe a little condescending but it is not meant to be. I have just watched two women at work, walk up and down taking files out, filing the document, putting the file back and then having to take the same file out 5 minutes later to put in another letter.
Once you have all your papers sorted and in the files you want, you will be able ‘see’ your finances better, be able to do a detailed income and expense personal audit, and you will be able to see what goals you need to set for yourself.
For more information go to my inspiration! An American blog called http://www.home-storage-solutions-101.com/declutter.html