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5 Things You Must Be Able To Do Before You Can Call Yourself An Adult

1. How to sew a button

2. How to sort clothes for the laundry

3. How to clean stainless appliances

4. How to unclog a kitchen sink

5. How to hang a picture

In your opinion, what some other essential skills you need to be able to demonstrate so you can call yourself an adult?

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What is a nutritious, balanced diet?

Many of young adults dismiss the idea of eating healthy when they move out of home for the first time due to time constraints, money shortage or a lack of cooking skills and basic knowledge about balanced diet. Unfortunately, eating instant noodles and McDonald’s every second day of the week won’t do you any good. Of course it will save you some money but you’re very likely to increase your risk for heart disease and other chronic health problems like diabetes as well as experience issues with maintaining a healthy weight in a long run. By limiting your diet to only processed food, you’re illuminating important nutrients such as protein, calcium, potassium, healthy omega-3 fats which are essential at this stage of your life.

Health Diets by My Sweet Love Language

So make sure that your diet includes:
• plenty of fruit and vegetables
• plenty of bread, rice, potatoes, pasta and other starchy foods (choosing wholegrain varieties when possible)
• some milk and dairy foods
• some meat, fish, eggs, beans and other non-dairy sources of protein
• just a small amount of foods high in fat and sugar
• about six to eight glasses of water every day

It’s also very important to consider the amount of caffeine, soft drinks and alcohol you consume as its consumption diminishes calcium and affects how your body uses nutrients from food. So next time you are at a supermarket, take a look at your shopping trolley and make sure that you have a few items from each of the food groups.

Do you find it hard to maintain a balanced diet? Share with us!

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3 simple ways to save money on grocery shopping

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1. Know the Season

Have you noticed that your favorite fruits and vegetables are considerably more expensive during different seasons? Although most fresh fruit and vegetables are available all year-round, some are less expensive when they are in season. So if you’re looking to save, stick to what’s in season, for instance, avocados, pawpaw and artichokes are in season in spring. Go to this link and download a PDF guide to what’s in season during the spring months.

2. Visit frozen food section

If some of your food constantly get spoiled before you got around to use it, it’s frustrating and a huge waste of money. Frozen vegetables tend to be cheaper than their fresh counterparts, and freezer bags make it easier for you to use only what you need when you need it plus you get the same nutritional benefits but in a more affordable way. Canned food is also cheaper than fresh fruit and vegetables and lasts much longer, so you don’t need to eat it right away.

3. Forget about brand loyalty

Many of us somehow believe in the quality of a brand to the point that we can judge another product on its brand or image. But is the quality of a product really determined by its colour and packaging? It’s very unlikely. So next time you are shopping for example for cleaning products, don’t ignore home-brand products of Woolworths and Coles, so you pay for the product without paying extra for the label.

How do you save money on grocery shopping?

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Top 5 free apps/online tools for students

The iPhone 4

1. Cook’s Illustrated

It features:
• 50 of our all-time best recipes, covering appetizers and main courses, to side dishes, breakfasts, and desserts.
• A timer built-in to each recipe so your iPhone can keep you on task.
• Recipes which come with videos to show you how it’s all done.
• Requisite shopping list feature
• Dozens of taste test reviews for supermarket ingredients

2. Any.DO Task & To-do List

• Perfect for creating a to-do list.
• It also synchronize all tasks with other devices so that the list can be accessed from anywhere.
• Add new entries to the list with the help of touch-based interface, or use your voice to create tasks.
• You can change the priority of your entry, mark a task as completed, or even shake your device to remove all completed tasks from it.
• The Any.Do widget can be added to your home screen for quick and easy access

3. Pocketbook

• It is automatically updated so you don’t have to manually tap in each time you spend.
• Notifications will also pop-up on screen alerting you to when money has come out of your account
• Monitor your spending across all your bank accounts (automatically sync all your bank transactions with the app into a single view in seconds)
• Bank feeds available for Commonwealth Bank, Westpac, ANZ, NAB, St George, Bankwest, Citibank etc.
• It categorises spending into groceries, travel, clothing etc

4. Google Drive

• Online storage tool that lets you keep your photos and documents in one place.
• Perfect for group projects: you can ‘invite’ anyone to edit and view your documents and you can all work within the same document at any time.
• You need to have a Gmail account

5. Written? Kitten!

Sometimes, just a little bit of positive reinforcement is enough to fight procrastination. This program rewards you with the picture of a kitten whenever goals are attained. Who wouldn’t like a cute kitten pic as a reward for hard work 🙂 ?

What apps do you recommend? Have you used any of the ones mentioned above? Share your experience!

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5 Tips for saving and budgeting

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1. Join Arc and enjoy on campus and off campus discounts:

• $5 Boost Juice smoothies on Tuesdays from 3-4pm
• Free upsize on all drinks at Share Tea
• 10% off all purchases at Moochi
• Buy one single adult ticket and get a second one for free at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
• 25% off total order at Eagle Boys Pizza
And that’s just few of them. Want to find out more? Go to this link to see the whole list of amazing discounts

2. Use cash instead of debit/credit cards

There is something that is different psychologically when you use cash instead of a credit or a debit card to pay for something—you realize just how much it really costs. However, it’s a bad idea to carry huge amounts of cash around with you. So try to plan ahead how much money you will need on each day. This will also help to cut back on your impulse purchases.

3. Say no to eating out

Try to start preparing meals in advance at home and consuming the leftovers as well. This will save you a ton of money and plus when you make the meal, you control the ingredients and limit the preservatives, salt, and other unhealthy elements.

4. Stay social on budget

When going out leave your bank card at home. Account for how much money you are willing to spend plus include taxi fare. But if you really want to avoid wasting money, have a day out instead. Consider going to your local scenic walking tracks, beaches or parks. It’s a great way to get out of the house and spending time with your friends without opening your wallet.

5. Remove your credit card numbers from your online accounts

It’s easy to spend money online when you have your card information stored in an account. The best way to break this habit is to simply delete your card from the account. So when you’re tempted to buy something, you’ll be forced to spend the time to first find your card and then type in all the details – and really think about why you’re spending this money.

What about you guys? How do you manage to cut down on your expenses?

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5 How-to & cooking tutorials

1.How to properly slice onions

2. How to cook perfect rice

3. How to butterfly a chicken

4. How to cook sweet potatoes

5. How to cut perfect avocado slices

What dishes do you find the most challenging to cook? Share with us

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6 essential websites for UNSW students who are leaving the nest

UNSW Residential Communities manages campus colleges, the University Terraces and UNSW Apartments. The units are aimed at independent living for undergraduates and postgraduates including couples and families with children. You can find all the necessary information as well as apply online by visiting their website.

Study stays is a free service provided by Student Life and Learning to assist UNSW students who are looking for housing vacancies around out Kensington and COFA campuses. Note, you need to register first and then start your search.

Classifieds is a free listing service for the UNSW community. All you need to do is to login with your Z ID and password to begin. There are 5 different categories: Accommodation, Buy/Sell, Lost/Found, Events and Swap/Trade.

Student Participation Advisors is a team of professional staff who have many years of experience in coaching students through general study and personal matters to achieve their academic goals. You can book in a free appointment with a student participation advisor, to gain help and advice about securing the best living situation for you especially if you are planning on renting privately (know your rights!) or regarding any other personal matter.

Housing at UNSW is a Facebook group where you can find a place to rent or housemates within UNSW comunity.

Free & For sale is another useful Facebook page where you can resell/buy textbooks/fridges/fans and more!

Have you found this article useful? Do you know any other interesting websites for UNSW students who are leaving the nest that we’ve missed? What other topics you would like us to cover?
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