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Fad Superfoods - Blueberries are too expensive

Avoid Fad Superfoods

How to Avoid Fad Superfoods and find Cheaper Alternatives!

Chat shows, Health Magazines and Celebs are constantly finding new fad superfoods to bang on about. Then like zombies we head off in droves to the local Bio Store or Organic Supermarket to load up with them. Chances are that you will practically have a coronary at the checkout when you find out how much it all costs. Well, what price can you put on good health I hear you say. Well actually a lot less than the rip off prices you are paying for fad superfoods! If you are hooked on Wheatgrass for example, the Guardian Newspaper has identified that you could save £440 or around $750 a year by switching to a nutritionally equivalent alternative like Broccoli! Don’t get taken in by the hype, ignore the latest fad superfoods which have been selected to bring high profits rather than good health. Get back to basics and find your own great value alternative superfoods which won’t cost you the earth!

How to Store Watercress - MeanyGoat

How to Store Watercress

How to Store Watercress at Home

Learn how to store watercress correctly so that you can keep it fresh as long as possible and avoid it turning into a pile of green slime overnight! Watercress is an expensive but highly tasty and nutritious addition to any salad or garnish. However, watercress is 93% water and so it spoils very quickly and needs treating rather differently from your other salads.

Know your Poop - MeanyGoat

Know Your Poop

Get To Know Your Poop

If you think that your Boss is full of crap then you are probably right. Recent research shows that over 80% of Americans are constipated at some point in their lives! Getting to know your poop is a pretty important part of healthy living since your poop gives you an instant indicator of your overall state of health. Many people are too embarrassed to even talk about poo and so give lots of  silly words like BM, Number 2 or  Doo Doo. However, we all do it so  read on to discover what your poo can tell you…Get to know your poop and improve your health!

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Hedgehogs in the Garden

Hedgehogs in the Garden – Good or Bad?

Do you have hedgehogs in the garden and do they really help keep down the slug and snail population? What can you do to encourage more? Is feeding hedgehogs harmful? Are they really the best from of natural pest control? Read on the find out the answers to these questions! Hedgehogs are having a hard time since their populations are declining so we should learn how to give them every help we can!

DIY Herb Garden - MeanyGoat

DIY Herb Garden

Create a DIY Herb Garden and Amaze your Friends!

A DIY Herb Garden? WTF??? It must be the crazy season because all around friends, acquaintances and neighbors are having their kitchens renewed, building conservatories or installing hot tubs. These activities are more to do with money, power, status and ego than about being happy or making any real improvement in their life styles. The same goes for the family who have recently relocated to an air conditioned prison block apartment in Singapore. Good luck to everybody who is slaving away 40, 50 or 60 hours a week to fuel this kind of lifestyle!!! And Me? Well I am quite thrilled to have built a new DIY Herb Garden round an old manhole cover in back garden. This practical addition took an enjoyable morning of manual work outside in the summer sun (to boost my vitamin D and ensure a real “feelgood” factor) and cost less than $30, €30 or £25! And yes, I feel kind of smug that I can get so much enjoyment out of something so simple…plus the herbs will be around for years to come to add to salads and cooking on a daily basis. So take a Frugal Tip from the MeanyGoat and ditch the hot tub project…opt for something simple and worthwhile instead. Read on to Discover how!

Frugal Tip: Salad Flowers

Salad Flowers Taste Great!

Flowers from herbs and common garden plants make a great addition to your salad….and of course they are a true frugal choice since they are free! Edible flowers make a salad more colourful and appealing, can add an interesting taste or smell and can bulk up the content if you are running short of other ingredients. The most import point to remember is never eat any plant or flower unless you are 100% certain what it is since some species are toxic. That said, the normal choices of salad flowers are all very easy to identify so start picking!

Vegetable Intercropping Ideas - MeanyGoat

Vegetable Intercropping ideas

Boost Yields using Vegetable Intercropping Ideas!

Vegetable intercropping is nothing new, and was originally used by both the Aztecs and North American Indians up to 10,000 years ago! From these ancient ideas the more modern concept of companion planting developed. However, if we go back to our roots then we can certainly learn a thing or two about how boost yields using vegetable intercropping. Give it a try and you could be seriously surprised by the results. In addition, your vegetable plot will look far more attractive if you mix all the plants up and include plenty of flowers, many of which you can also eat of course!

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Home Made Screen Wash

Home Made Screen Wash Ideas – Do they Work?

If you spend any time behind the wheel of your car then you know how important it is to have a clean windscreen. But how can you achieve this cheaply and what happens if the garage has sold out of regular screen wash? Home made screen wash is simple to make but does it work and is it safe to use without damaging your car? There are all sorts of horror stories out there about screen wash damaging the paintwork or blocking the nozzles up. Whatever the season your road safety is seriously compromised if you do not have a clean windshield and a full tank of screen wash. If you buy your supplies from the local garage then the chances are that you will be spending up to $50 a year on these products. Home Made Screen Wash is practically free! Read on to learn the secrets…

Frugal Tip: Microwave Beetroot

Microwave Beetroot – Perfect Beets Every Time!

Microwave beetroot…is that really possible? Doesn’t it explode or just end up as mush? Are you fed-up with boiling beetroot for hours, or putting it the pressure cooker? Well there is an easier and more energy efficient way to cook it….try using the microwave. If you microwave beetroot then you will certainly save both time and energy verses traditional cooking methods and it ends up tasting really nice. Start microwaving your beets today!

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Frugal Tip: Make a DIY IPAD Stand

Need a DIY IPAD Stand for Time Lapse or Stop Motion Animation?

Ever thought about building a DIY Tripod Mount for your IPAD? Well, the IPAD rear facing camera is great for creating simple time lapse videos or stop motion animations….but to be successful you will need a stand or bracket to fix the IPAD to a standard photography  tripod. There are several good quality products out there but they will all set you back upwards of $50 for something decent. With frugal filming in mind the MeanyGoat set about building a DIY IPAD stand using scrap materials that were just lying around in the garage! Follow these instructions and with less than an hours work you can have a functional IPAD Stand for Stop Motion or other photography and also save at least $50!!

Fad Superfoods - Blueberries are too expensive

Avoid Fad Superfoods

24 July 2014

How to Avoid Fad Superfoods and find Cheaper Alternatives!

Chat shows, Health Magazines and Celebs are constantly finding new fad superfoods to bang on about. Then like zombies we head off in droves to the local Bio Store or Organic Supermarket to load up with them. Chances are that you will practically have a coronary at the checkout when you find out how much it all costs. Well, what price can you put on good health I hear you say. Well actually a lot less than the rip off prices you are paying for fad superfoods! If you are hooked on Wheatgrass for example, the Guardian Newspaper has identified that you could save £440 or around $750 a year by switching to a nutritionally equivalent alternative like Broccoli! Don’t get taken in by the hype, ignore the latest fad superfoods which have been selected to bring high profits rather than good health. Get back to basics and find your own great value alternative superfoods which won’t cost you the earth!

Read the full story

Posted in Food, Frugal Tips, Lifestyle

How to Store Watercress - MeanyGoat

How to Store Watercress

16 July 2014

How to Store Watercress at Home

Learn how to store watercress correctly so that you can keep it fresh as long as possible and avoid it turning into a pile of green slime overnight! Watercress is an expensive but highly tasty and nutritious addition to any salad or garnish. However, watercress is 93% water and so it spoils very quickly and needs treating rather differently from your other salads.

Read the full story

Posted in Food, Frugal Tips

How Much Electricity Does a Plug-in Air Freshener Use - MeanyGoat

How Much Electricity Does a Plug-in Air Freshener Use

14 July 2014

How Much Electricity Does a Plug-in Air Freshener Use? How to Get Rid of Nasty Niffs!

Had a few beers or a red-hot curry the night before and you need to hit the can in a hurry? Afterwards you could cut the air with a knife as you struggle to find the door handle to escape from the toilet. Nightmare, the posh neighbor from down the road has popped in for a coffee and needs to comfort break. “I’d give it five” you manage to blurt out, knowing that the small will probably hang around for most of the day! Yep, I need to get one of those plug-in air fresheners that should avoid any embarrassment in the future. Hmmm, but how much electricity does a plug-in air freshener use? Perhaps I should be looking for a cheaper method, well, or avoid the curry and the beers!

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Posted in Energy, Lifestyle

Grow Runner Beans - MeanyGoat

Grow Runner Beans

10 July 2014

New Ways to Grow Runner Beans and Save Space!

If you are looking for an easy and high yielding crop to grow in your garden then grow runner beans! The only problem is that they can take up a fair bit of space if you grow them in the traditional way by creating wigwams or using netting tied to a bamboo frame. Well think again since there are plenty of creative ways to grow runner beans so that they still give a great yield but take up much less space. Read on the discover the tried and tested MeanyGoat method!

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Know your Poop - MeanyGoat

Know Your Poop

09 July 2014

Get To Know Your Poop

If you think that your Boss is full of crap then you are probably right. Recent research shows that over 80% of Americans are constipated at some point in their lives! Getting to know your poop is a pretty important part of healthy living since your poop gives you an instant indicator of your overall state of health. Many people are too embarrassed to even talk about poo and so give lots of  silly words like BM, Number 2 or  Doo Doo. However, we all do it so  read on to discover what your poo can tell you…Get to know your poop and improve your health!

Read the full story

Posted in Frugal Tips, Lifestyle

Hedgehogs in the Garden - MeanyGoat

Hedgehogs in the Garden

08 July 2014

Hedgehogs in the Garden – Good or Bad?

Do you have hedgehogs in the garden and do they really help keep down the slug and snail population? What can you do to encourage more? Is feeding hedgehogs harmful? Are they really the best from of natural pest control? Read on the find out the answers to these questions! Hedgehogs are having a hard time since their populations are declining so we should learn how to give them every help we can!

Read the full story

Posted in Frugal Tips, Lifestyle

Is the World Upside Down - MeanyGoat

Is the World Upside Down?

07 July 2014

Is the World Upside Down… and what about Google and Facebook?

As every week goes by there seem to be new revelations which point to the rise of Orwellian 1984 policies being implemented not just by the Governments we know and love, but increasingly by the most powerful influencers of today… Big Business! Is the world upside down? Well for sure it seems to be heading that way when we discover that Google uses Panda and other algorithms to deliver results that we never searched for in the first place (because it pays advertising) while hiding much of the true internet content. Likewise Facebook is carrying out “social experiments” to discover how we behave to other peoples good and bad news… and of course the secret hidden objective is to boost membership and advertising revenues.

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Posted in Blog, Lifestyle

DIY Herb Garden - MeanyGoat

DIY Herb Garden

07 July 2014

Create a DIY Herb Garden and Amaze your Friends!

A DIY Herb Garden? WTF??? It must be the crazy season because all around friends, acquaintances and neighbors are having their kitchens renewed, building conservatories or installing hot tubs. These activities are more to do with money, power, status and ego than about being happy or making any real improvement in their life styles. The same goes for the family who have recently relocated to an air conditioned prison block apartment in Singapore. Good luck to everybody who is slaving away 40, 50 or 60 hours a week to fuel this kind of lifestyle!!! And Me? Well I am quite thrilled to have built a new DIY Herb Garden round an old manhole cover in back garden. This practical addition took an enjoyable morning of manual work outside in the summer sun (to boost my vitamin D and ensure a real “feelgood” factor) and cost less than $30, €30 or £25! And yes, I feel kind of smug that I can get so much enjoyment out of something so simple…plus the herbs will be around for years to come to add to salads and cooking on a daily basis. So take a Frugal Tip from the MeanyGoat and ditch the hot tub project…opt for something simple and worthwhile instead. Read on to Discover how!

Read the full story

Posted in Blog, Food, Frugal Tips

How to Make an Inscet Hotel - MeanyGoat

How to Make an Insect Hotel

07 July 2014

How to Make an Insect Hotel

Do you know How to Make an Insect Hotel? These days insects need all the help they can get to survive on our crowded planet and avoid all the man-made pollution…not to mention habitat destruction and the toxic insecticide sprays! Without bees, moths and other insects to pollinate our crops then the planet would soon run out of food. Small differences all add up, so if you have any kind of outdoor space like a garden, balcony or patio then installing a Bug Hotel is a good choice.

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How to Grow Lemongrass - MeanyGoat

How to Grow Lemongrass

01 July 2014

How to Grow Lemongrass Easily from Seed or Cuttings!

If like Asian and Thai cuisine then you will be familiar with the zesty tang that lemongrass adds to curries and side dishes. You have probably also seem the expensive shrink wrapped bags of shriveled roots on sale in the supermarkets for crazy prices.  You might even have wondered how to grow lemongrass from seed or cogitated if it is possible to regrow the roots from the shops. Well actually the the answer is that is pretty easy to grow your own lemongrass either from seeds or cuttings. The resulting plants can be harvested over a long period but are not frost hardy so you will need to keep a small pot on the kitchen windowsill if you want to keep it from year to year. Read on to learn the secrets of how to grow lemongrass… save money and improve your carbon footprint at the same time!

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Frugal Tip: Salad Flowers

30 June 2014

Salad Flowers Taste Great!

Flowers from herbs and common garden plants make a great addition to your salad….and of course they are a true frugal choice since they are free! Edible flowers make a salad more colourful and appealing, can add an interesting taste or smell and can bulk up the content if you are running short of other ingredients. The most import point to remember is never eat any plant or flower unless you are 100% certain what it is since some species are toxic. That said, the normal choices of salad flowers are all very easy to identify so start picking!

Read the full story

Posted in Food, Frugal Tips

Vegetable Intercropping Ideas - MeanyGoat

Vegetable Intercropping ideas

30 June 2014

Boost Yields using Vegetable Intercropping Ideas!

Vegetable intercropping is nothing new, and was originally used by both the Aztecs and North American Indians up to 10,000 years ago! From these ancient ideas the more modern concept of companion planting developed. However, if we go back to our roots then we can certainly learn a thing or two about how boost yields using vegetable intercropping. Give it a try and you could be seriously surprised by the results. In addition, your vegetable plot will look far more attractive if you mix all the plants up and include plenty of flowers, many of which you can also eat of course!

Read the full story

Posted in Food, Frugal Tips

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