What ends up (should be) on your plate?

What ends up (should be) on your plate?

We are such a culture of waste. 

I absolutely loved this article for one main reason: we all are guilty of prematurely judging vegetables and fruit because they do not appease our own false cosmetic standards to which we assess what will go into our mouth.

If a carrot has a slight scar or “brown spot”, it is tossed away during the fresh grocery selection process. The grocery store has no choice but to discard of it because no consumer wants a damaged product?

Why?

With so much starvation, poverty, lack of resources, sickness….the list can go on

and yet (in the words of Helga from Hey Arnold)

grocery stores will continue to throw away what the elitist class deems unworthy.

It seriously can be something as small as a peck on a tomato which prevents anyone from buying it. Is the assumption that “ugly vegetables and fruits” have less health benefits as opposed to their flawless counterparts

I urge you to buy those fruits and veggies that have the scars and marks, many of which came from transporting the food from a farm in Alabama to your grocery store in DC.

Take a step back and play a small role in preventing less edible food from being disposed of, ending up in a garbage as opposed to a hungry child’s stomach.

When will the American culture of greed and waste dissipate? 

  

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Your Guide to Personal Finance

Your Guide to Personal Finance

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It really is hard to gauge the market for personal finance. Guru’s such as Suze Orman and Dave Ramsey will say the market is booming with clients (professional lingo for families in need) but if I solely assess through word of mouth, I stand sharply misinformed. 

EVERYONE needs a professional financial advisor VS. I use Mint.com and that is final! 

It sucks for me. Bestowed with so much financial knowledge but given an impalpable audience of listeners who doubt the legitimacy of my claims due to the brevity of my age.

(That sentence was music to your ears? Je fais ce que je peux.)

Yes, you need to get a grip on your financial management skills. Here are a couple tips

  1. Use Quicken. Better than Mint.com will offer more insight. 
  2. Create a budget. There really is no better way to see how bad you are doing until you SEE what you are doing with each purchase. 
  3. Pay yourself first. With each paycheck, do one thing. PAY YOURSELF. Whether be it $25 or $100, you need to reward yourself, the worker, the breadwinner, for a job well done. 
  4. Allocate an amount of money into a vehicle which is hard to get to. You aren’t saving money if it is easy for you to access. The harder you make it harder to access, the more you will save. Example: Roth IRAs, Credit Unions. 
  5. Have someone to hold you accountable. The person has to be someone you respect. Accountability can curb any irregularity. 

FIN

 

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