The Ultimate Cheat Sheet On Christmas Shopping..

Less money? Wanna save the earth? Don’t want many people? Want people? Don’t wanna spend much money but wanna make the best of Christmas? Don’t worry all of you are in the correct place. Celebrate a unique Christmas with these ideas..

 1. Banana leaves : 

Banana leaves can be used for baking anything “wrapped” – in the same way, you would use tin foil or parchment paper. However, note that banana leaves are porous (unlike tin foil) so some of the “sauce” or juices from your food item may seep through. It’s, therefore, a good idea to place your banana leaf “packets” in a glass casserole dish, or a tray that has sides on it, so that the juices don’t drip to the bottom of your oven.

You can also use banana leaf as a kind of “mat” for barbecuing fragile fillets of fish, smaller shrimp, or vegetables that have a danger of falling through the grill. Simply lay a piece of banana leaf on your grill, then cook your food items on top of it (as you would with tin foil). The banana leaf will turn bright green at first, then brown as you cook. It will give a nice hint of flavor to your food that is very pleasant.

Banana leaf prices depend upon the place you live. They are cheap in  Asia but can be costly in snow-clad countries. So, for those snow people, point no.2 is a good option.

 Lowest price ($) : 100

Learn more about – https://www.thespruce.com/cooking-with-banana-leaf-3217239

 

2. Paper plates :

Ditch those glass plates and use biodegradable plates. They are cheap and your creative genes can also be used to make them look funky. Paper plates are completely biodegradable! No guilt of “destroying earth”

 Price : Lowest price ($): 4

3. Use stainless steel utensils :

Glassware and Wooden utensils are hard to handle. Stainless Steel utensils remain in a good condition for years and are easy to clean and maintain. Glassware can be harmful if mishandled and wooden utensils are obviously harmful if you are cooking.You also no longer have to worry about kids playing with them cause they can’t really cause as much harm as those glassware utensils. They are also cheap.

Price : Depends on which utensil you buy. Lowest price for a container is $10

So, this Christmas, Stain less!

4. Recycle food waste :

Leftover food, spoilt food, leftover scraps of vegetables etc can be used for recycling. It will take 2 months to form the end product. So by next February, you will have the end product ready to be reused. This is a good way to turn Christmas waste material into something good.

There are two methods to recycle it :

  • In-vessel composting (IVC)
  • Anaerobic digestion (AD)

Price : FREE

The end products can be used as bio-fuels, bio-fertilizers, different soils for plants, etc. 

5. DIY!

Bored? Wanna waste less money? DIY it! There are various DIY’s which you can use for making Christmas tree, tables, candles, etc. This will help you be creative and run your brain. Also helpful for kids to learn to make different things and thus develop their brain at an early age. DIY gifts for the family will be so much fun! All creative people will love this idea. This will save your money as well as make use of already available things and thus we don’t have to stress much about buying things which we will use only once.

Price ($) : If you BUY those paper, glue and stuff, it can go up to 50. Otherwise, free if you just use stuff you have handy at home.

6. Affordable parties : 

Why waste money on clubs when you can make a party at home? Plug in your speakers and have fun! Call your friends and turn your kitchen into a bar. Don’t have money to buy beer? Try MAKING beer at home. It’s easy!

Also, if you are a lover of cooking, you have a great chance to cook for the party YOURSELF and show people how good your cooking skills are. 

What? Are you an introvert? No problem! how about a pajama party? Call up ya close friends, watch a movie on Netflix, get some popcorn, play games, discuss life and enjoy!

Price ($) : Minimum 50-100

Total cost: Less than 300 dollars!!

Note : Price varies from place to place.

Pic courtesy: Google !!

More about food management – https://www.foodwastenetwork.org.uk/content.html?contentid=12

Merry Christmas 🙂