My appearance talking about the $1KYGS on The Project TV3 was published as a video on the News Hub Facebook page and got thousands of views and hundreds of comments. I am used to the postive comments from my 7500 followers on the Pig Tits and Parsley Sauce Facebook page as they understand what the $1000 a year grocery spend is all about and are interested in ideas for saving money, reducing waste and treading lightly on the environment…. so it was a bit shocking to see comments which ranged from people who simply don’t believe me, to some who think I must have a boring and depressing life and others who think I am trying to cover all my living expenses including power, rent and petrol with $1000.
So to clarify the $1KYGS is an attempt by me – a busy dairy farmer who milks 200 cows by herself- to spend only $1000 or less at the supermarket this year. I am not a farm owner but I lease (rent) land to milk my cows on. The $1000 budget covers groceries – food and other products, normally bought at the supermarket.
I will do this by utilising the resources I have available to me which includes, milk, eggs and home grown veggies. Also I am happily accepting any fish, meat or produce offered by neighbours (but I am not approaching them for it). This is possible because I cover most household jobs and personal ablutions with baking soda which I replace many branded products with ie: soap, shampoo, toothpaste, dishwashing liquid, household cleaner, laundry powder to mention but a few. Other cheap ingredients I use around the house are coconut oil, which replaces moisturiser, shaving foam and hair conditioner and white vinegar which is also a good antibacterial cleaner, deodorant, conditioner, fabric softener and more. Usng these types of ingredients not only saves you money as they are significanly less expensive than branded products but are also kinder to your skin and hair and mean less chemicals are going down the drain. I am also making a lot of food myself like bread, pastry, pasta – even my own flour and cheese etc how this is done is shown in photo pictorials which are published on the Pig Tits and Parsley Sauce Facebook page (see link at top right of this page).
So if you have ever complained about the cost of living and the prices at the supermarket then my books and recipes might just hold the key to you saving money and living a more healthy life personally and as a community. How do I know? Because I live my life this way – it is doable and you are not making yourself second best or downgrading. The key to avoiding a boring and depressing life does not correlate in any way with how much money you are spending at the supermarket – in fact I have found the opposite to be true. The supermarket can be seen as a trap with expensive unhealthy products, wrapped in plastic and packaged in small amounts to appear affordable but in fact are very wasteful. You can avoid them. Making your own products from inexpensive ingredients does not take time. Many of the techniques involve using baking soda in its pure form as a powder applied, and the same goes with a spray of vinegar or wiping cocnut oil on yourself… its not time, it’s know how and common sense. My books, recipes and free samples are available to spread the knowledge. For women simply choosing a menstrual cup at age 17 can save $10,000 over a lifetime – that is a good start for the deposit on a house.
So don’t dis people who are sharing their good and proven ideas with you – if you don’t like it move on, and if you want to save money, maybe Pig Tits and Parsley Sauce can help.Read MoreRead More
I have been getting into breadmaking using a breadmaker, but I met a lady at one of my cheesmaking demonstrations and she gave me this recipe for easy oven bread. This works out at less than $1 a loaf, so its better value than even the cheapest bread and the quality is much better. Join Pig Tits and Parsley Sauce on Face book (by clicking the link above right) for regular updates and photo tutorials that will save you money and cut down on your environmental footprint.
1/2 Tablespoon of yeast
1/2 Tablespoon salt
450ml warm water
Mix all – cover and stand over night
Turn out in the mornong and shape with floured hands (add more flour of necessary)
Cold oven – turn to 220 degrees C – 45 minutes.
Pig Tits and Parsley Sauce is all about saving money, being healthy and lowering your impact on the planet just by aiming for more sustainable grocery shopping. I slashed my grocery spend to $100 a week, then $75 and then when just me and Stevie were at home $35. This is do-able with a veggie garden, making your own ‘stuff’ ie: cleaning products and cosmetics, and by simply making different choices with the things you buy. Money is hard to earn yet we throw it away quite easily especially at the supermarket which has us trained up to spend $50 everytime we go near the place. Anyway I have set myself the crazy low budget of $1K for a year which is just under $20 a week. I am making my own bread – hey I am even making my own flour. I am learning heaps about making little bits of protein go further in a meal, and I even made my own pasta. I am documenting this all on Facebook, so click the link and join me and 4600 others on the $1KYGS. PS: I also wash my hair with baking soda – which hasn’t done it any harm – over the past 12 years…. you can read all about it in my book Pig Tits and Parsley Sauce available in the online shop on this site.Read More
Hi FMNZ – thanks for visiting www.pigtitsandparsleysauce.co.nz People are always complaining about how expensive groceries are but it is you that chooses what to put in that supermarket trolley.
I changed my shopping habits completely about 10 years ago by putting a limit on the grocery budget. Now I never buy commercially manufactured laundry powder, shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, moisturiser or many other expensive items…. you can make these things yourself – cheaper, easier and better than ‘a bought one’. Using natural ingredients like baking soda and coconut oil you will be surprised what you can achieve. Good for you, good for your budget and good for the environment. Books, recipes and a small range of environmentally friendly products (menstrual cups) are available from my online shop and may be paid for conveniently by PayPal or Internet banking. I also welcome people emailing me with questions or for support while making or using these products. If you buy my book Pig Tits and Parsley Sauce (all you need to know about making a change to sustainable grocery shopping) tonight I will happily donate $5-00 from your purchase to The Rural Support Trust. Merry Christmas XOX Lyn.Read More
NORTH CANTERBURY,(for Sale), please phone Lesandre on 03 310 3187 or e-mail [email protected]Read More
I am on a mission to promote menstrual cups.
Because no one hardly has heard of them and because many people are so immature, reacting to the product with screams and cries of ‘ewwww’, ‘ick’ ‘how gross.’
And you know what?… it’s not even gross.
It’s an environmentally responsible and money saving way of dealing with a challenge that faces the female population between the ages of 15 – 45 every month.
Why would you spend money on tampons and throw them away every month costing you thousands of dollars over your lifetime – when you can invest $35 in a simple, hygienic and easy to use, re-useable menstrual cup?
I promote menstrual cups and have made it my mission to educate people about them – so they know they have a choice. And of course I have made a quality cup available from my on-line shop at an affordable price, because why talk about something if you can’t provide people with it? But my main aim is to save people money which they can ill-afford. How do people on low -incomes get along with a family of teenage girls? And of course the environmental benefits speak for themselves. I promote these cups the best I can through word of mouth and my Face book page https://www.facebook.com/pages/wwwpigtitsandparsleysauceconz/12462490423401
web site www.pigtitsandparsleysauce.co.nz etc BUT lack the big budgets you would need for billboards or a TV ad campaign.
Most men switch off as soon as the word menstrual is uttered – but men should know about this product too because many inadvertently they will be funding the alternative for wives and daughters – why spend $10,000+ when you could spend $35 for the same or better results????
Does Seven Sharp dare help me to promote the menstrual cup to NZ women?????
Avoid overspending this Xmas by making your own Christmas presents. The MAKE cosmetic pamphlet (on special for $5 – visit the online shop above) has easy recipes for bath bombs, bath salts, bath candies, lip balm,moisturizer, massage bars and more…. things you could pay $10 or more for in the shops are easily created for $1 or $2… all you need to buy is some inexpensive natural ingredients.Read More
If you have ever complained about the cost of grocery shopping then this is the show for you. I will demonstrate how to make 10 commonly bought cleaning and cosmetics products for a fraction of the cost.
Books and recipes for sale on the night – also menstrual cups (spend $35 to save $10,000), soap shakers and more…
Free recipes and complimentary products samples and a cuppa at the end. A gold coin donation is appreciated but not compulsory.Read More
I am coming down to Palmerston North on the weekend. PN City Council in association with the LOVE YOUR RIVER Campaign presents: Learn how to make your own CLEANING PRODUCTS Friday 6th June 5:30 Ashurst Valley Village Centre and on Saturday 7th June 1:30 Hancock Community House 77-85 King Street.Read More
Register by email : [email protected] or ph: (06) 356 8199 MIGHT SEE YOU THERE!!!!
Lyn Webster talks to Jim MoraRead More
MAKE HAMILTON with Diane Millow.
Weekend Workshops for this month Saturday 17th May
Household Cleaning Products 10.00 – 11.00am
Cosmetic Products 11.30 – 12.45pm
Sunday 25th May
Household Cleaning Products 10.00 – 11.00am
Cosmetic Products 11.30 – 12.45pm
Regular workshops days…
MAKE Household Cleaning products (10.00 – 11.00am)
The 1st and 3rd Tuesdays and Fridays of each month
MAKE Cosmetic products (10.00 – 11.15am)
The 2nd and 4th Wednesdays and Fridays of each month
Contact Diane – MAKE Hamilton mobile 021-217-9633 or [email protected]Read More
I am Pleased and Excited to announce a new franchise in Wellington: Classes on now.
Also classes have started in Hamilton – book a cleaning product or cosmetics class: Contact Diane – MAKE Hamilton mobile 021-217-9633 or [email protected]
Angela and her family loved the MAKE recipes so much she is offering cleaning and cosmetics classes to Wellingtonians. Book Angela now for a fun and practical class which will save you thousands.
“Discover how to easily MAKE your own cleaning products and personal cosmetics. Simple, no fuss methods that will benefit your family, leave more money in your pocket and help the planet. Classes in your home or group venue by arrangement. Contact Angela at http://freerangefamily.net or ph:: 0275 545 627Read More
I did my first grocery shop on a budget today. Wow – what an amazing feeling approaching the checkout. Instead of the usual anxiety and worry about how much I had spent and denial of the total cost, I was full of confidence and pride knowing I had stuck to my budget and bought only what our family needed for this week. I was happy to show my husband the receipt instead of chucking it in the bin so he wouldn’t see it! Woohoo! Thank you for opening my eyes Lyn – it is easy to slip into bad habits but with a little bit of thought and planning before entering the supermarket, I’m back on track 🙂
I Love what you are doing, and how you are sharing your ideas with others. We are new converters, but really enjoying it so far. Love the extra savings at the end of the week. I thought the changes would be difficult to make but to be honest they weren’t and I am enjoying our new lifestyle and proud of what we are doing. I love that my kids are going to grow up “old school’, we bake together, do the vegetable garden and for some reason I like being at home more. It’s not just savings on the groceries, it’s health, lifestyle, mindset, everything. So thank you for making me and my family happier!
I have just finished reading your book, and I haven’t been able to put it down. It was refreshing in its approach and eye opening. I have been looking for really environmentally friendly products for a long time. I have been inspired and as a family we are embracing all your ideas, to reduce our expense on products and leave a much smaller environmental foot print.Read More
Pirongia School invites you to an evening withRead More
Author of Pig Tits & Parsley Sauce. Tickets from Pirongia School (phone 07 871 9727, or e-mail [email protected] ) or from Bin Inn or Paper Plus in Te Awamutu.
Tuesday 4th June,7.30pm – Pirongia Memorial Hall, Franklin Street, Pirongia – tickets $15 from the office including a complimentary drink and goodie bag. Books and ingredients available for purchase on the night (sorry no EFTPOS). Raffles and spot prizes to be won. Come and find out how to slash your grocery bill by living sustainably.