Rachel’s Pineapple Rice Cream

For 4 to 6 people you need:

1/2 cup short grain rice

3 cups of milk

1/4 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 (450g) can crushed pineapple

1 cup of cream, whipped

This is a rice pudding with a difference! You are sure to like it – try it when you want a really delicious rice pudding!

Bring rice and milk to the boil in a saucepan. Turn the heat down very low, cover and cook for about 45 minutes, until the milk is absorbed.

Remove from the heat and add sugar and vanilla. Leave to cool. When cold, fold in the drained crushed pineapple and the whipped cream.

You can eat it straight away, or you can cover it and keep it in the refrigerator for several days. Eat it for breakfast!

From the recipe book Let’s Cook Some More with Alison Holst.

 

Grocery Budget Boot Camp: Eat Healthy For Less

ATLANTA, Georgia – Don’t believe the lie that eating healthy costs an arm and a leg. Many people who would like to eat more fruits and vegetables as well as higher quality fish and meats mistakenly believe they can’t afford to do so.

Tiffany Terczak is living proof eating right doesn’t have to break the bank. Far from it. She feeds her Atlanta family of four super healthy foods, often organics, for the low, low cost of only $330 a month!

Tiffany gives God the glory for what she sees as a miracle financial healing.

She and her husband were languishing under a “scary amount of debt,” so they prayed for help from the Lord. Not long after that, she realized the grocery budget had the “greatest amount of wiggle-room” compared to fixed expenses like the mortgage and car payment.

Climbing out of Debt – By Getting a Grip on the Grocery Budget

She told CBN News, “If we ever wanted to climb out of debt, it had to be with the grocery budget,” she told CBN News.

They achieved their goal, largely by slashing grocery spending in half, and as an added blessing, without sacrificing the health of their family.

“We eat real food, so food that comes from the ground and animals that eat plants from the ground,” she told CBN News, “We hardly eat anything processed, and by processed I’m referring to boxes, just-add-water type of things. We don’t eat that.”

She says this didn’t happen by accident.

“God has pulled us out of the depths of debt and gave me the skill,” she told CBN News, adding, “Even if your budget’s really small, you can still eat well within a small budget.”

As a way to serve the Lord, Tiffany now teaches others how to drastically reduce the amount they spend on food through her online Grocery Budget Bootcamp.

“I believe God has given me the gift of teaching people how to eat real food on a budget,” Tiffany said, “Everything involved in that arena comes easily to me. And I know it’s hard for other people.”

Her students save an average of $2,400 a year. For that reason, there’s a waiting list to join. Tiffany’s mission is to prove everyone can eat healthy for less.

“I don’t think it’s too expensive,” she said, “I think it takes effort and it takes intention and you need to be strategic with how you spend your money. But I don’t think it’s impossible by any means.”

Eat The Food You Already Have

Tiffany said although it may sound strange, the key to keeping your food bill low is to eat the food in your pantry, freezer, and refrigerator.

“We as Americans tend to have a lot of food on hand,” she explained, adding many of us buy food that just takes up space in our kitchens.

“When I say eat the food you already have, I literally mean open your pantry, pull some things out and make that your meal,” she said, “You already spent money on that food. Why would you go to the store and spend more money? You should eat what you already have.”

Stock Up on Sale Items

Tiffany says grocery stores put most items on sale every six to eight weeks. Therefore, she advises stocking up on those items when they go on sale, purchasing enough to last until the next time they go on sale. For instance, if your family likes organic chicken, when it goes on sale, buy enough to last for six weeks and put it in the freezer.

“If you keep your eyes open, you can find really great deals on organic food at the grocery store,” she said.

Fruits and Veggies

Healthy diets consist of lots of fruits and vegetables. Many people believe produce costs too much. However, Tiffany says if you take a closer look, you’ll see plenty of bargains, even among organic produce. For instance, she points out organic carrots are usually pretty cheap. Her local grocery store sells one-pound bags for only thirty cents more than conventionally-grown carrots.

People who are watching their budgets might choose to limit their organic produce purchases to the types of foods that tend to carry the heaviest amount of pesticides when grown conventionally.

The non-profit Environmental Working Group released its Shoppers Guide to Pesticides in Produce. The Dirty Dozen lists the foods with the highest amount of pesticides, while The Clean Fifteen names those with the fewest.

The Dirty Dozen

1. Strawberries

2. Spinach

3. Nectarines

4. Apples

5. Grapes

6. Peaches

7. Cherries

8. Pears

9. Tomatoes

10. Celery

11. Potatoes

12. Sweet Bell Peppers

The Clean Fifteen

1. Avocados

2. Sweet corn

3. Pineapples

4. Cabbages

5. Onions

6. Sweet peas (frozen)

7. Papayas

8. Asparagus

9. Mangoes

10. Eggplants

11. Honeydew melons

12. Kiwis

13. Cantaloupes

14. Cauliflower

15. Broccoli

Tiffany says seasonal produce is usually less expensive and abundant, and recommends looking for a bargain bin in the produce section containing items that might be bruised because they have been around a while, but nonetheless are foods that, like bananas, can be frozen and used in baking or smoothies or, like zucchini, can be shredded and therefore “don’t need to look perfect.”

Frozen produce can also be a money-saver. Tiffany advises comparing the price of fresh versus frozen, noting in-season fresh items are usually cheaper. When buying frozen, the big bags of fruits or veggies are usually less expensive per ounce than the smaller ones.

Buy In Bulk

Buying in bulk also pays off in other areas of the store, such as when buying probiotic-rich yoghurt. The big container usually costs less per ounce than the single servings. Making yoghurt at home can save even more.

Canned Foods

Hunt for low-priced canned foods, including organics. Tiffany said her local grocery offered fiber-rich organic canned beans for the low price of $10 for ten cans. She said while stocking-up on this deal might be a good idea, it’s important to note most stores don’t require the large purchase.

“What you may not realize is that you don’t have to buy ten for the deal of a dollar per can,” she said.

Canned wild-caught fish, such as salmon and tuna, is far less expensive than fresh or frozen and just as healthy. It’s an even better deal if you stock up on canned fish when it’s on sale.

Only Buy Food at the Grocery Store

Tiffany says, believe it or not, most grocery stores hike up the price on non-food items such as aluminum foil, charcoal, paper products and greeting cards. Prices are lower at stores that aren’t “food-focused.”

Watch Out For Specialty Sections

Specialty sections, such as the deli, bakery or stand-alone specialty cheese case, typically located together, can sometimes offer great bargains, but often sell nearly the same items you can find elsewhere in the store for a lot less. For example, she noticed the blue cheese in the specialty cheese section of her local grocery was double the price of the blue cheese in the dairy section on the wall.

Cut Out Bottled Drinks, Packaged Snacks

Bottled and canned drinks, such as soda, juice, energy drinks and sports drinks can drain the budget when tap water is virtually free and a healthier alternative.

Likewise, packaged snacks can really add up. Tiffany says snacks like granola bars are cheaper and far healthier when made at home with organic oats and other nutritious ingredients.

“If you are intentional with what you cook from scratch,” she said, “And you cook the things that will have the biggest impact on your budget, then you can make cooking from scratch work in your favour.”

Bone broth and kimchi, which are both excellent for gut health, can be pricey at the grocery store, but easy and cheap when made at home.

Bone Broth Recipe

Purchase meats containing bones, such as whole chickens. These cuts of meat are less expensive than boneless. After eating the meat, save the bones. When you’ve accumulated a couple of pounds of bones, toss them in the slow cooker and cover with water. Add two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and let sit for one hour. Then add a carrot, two celery sticks, and a small onion. Cook on low for 24 hours for chicken bones, 48 for beef. Discard the bones and vegetables. Pour the broth through a fine-mesh strainer and enjoy!

Homemade Kimchi Recipe

Chop one Napa cabbage and one bunch of green onions. Place in a bowl with one tablespoon each of freshly grated ginger and red pepper flakes, also 4 cloves of minced garlic and two tablespoons sea salt. Mix well and let sit for one hour. Squeeze the mixture with your hands to release its juices. Put the mixture in a jar, pushing down to make sure it’s covered by at least one inch of liquid. Cover and let sit on the counter four days, opening the lid daily (“burp it”) to release excess pressure. After four days it’s ready to eat. Store in the refrigerator.

 

£1 Chef Miguel Barclay: You Really Can Make An Easy Dinner For A Quid Or Less

ARGUABLY, cooking isn’t a game. We’ve all got to eat, right? Being able to chuck stuff in a pan, heat it up and feed ourselves is a necessity, not a hobby. And preferably, what we cook shouldn’t bankrupt us. But food prices are rising, and if your culinary skills are limited, reaching for ready meals can be pretty costly.

Enter Miguel Barclay. The ex-biochemist jacked in a job in e-commerce to cook – and to only cook meals that come in under a stringent, self-imposed budget of £1 per portion – and is now on his third cookbook, Super Easy One Pound Meals, full of one-pot dinners.

His theory is that cooking and food shopping can become a ‘game’.

“It started with opening the fridge to see what there is, like [TV show] Can’t Cook, Won’t Cook, but it wasn’t as fun as, ‘What can I cook for £1?'” he explains. “I’m quite scientifically minded. I like spreadsheets and calculating stuff, so it was the perfect game.”

Based in London, he’d “skive” off from his office job as much as possible, spend a tenner in the supermarket and cook all afternoon, “then just eat cold food later when we got back from the pub. My mates used to come round, so there’d be a cold lasagne, a cold cottage pie…”

Six years later, he started putting his recipes on Instagram (and now has 228k followers and counting) and got a book deal. “That’s all I do now,” he says bemusedly, “play this game every day.”

Calling cooking on a budget a ‘game’, when admittedly he’s not struggling to pay for groceries, could look insensitive, but Barclay sees what he does as “a puzzle or an equation – it’s a bit like sudoku, but more hands-on.” And he wants people to benefit from his solutions/recipes, whether it helps them get to grips with food shopping or budgeting, be less daunted by cooking, or just encourages them to be more inventive in the kitchen.

Surprisingly, he doesn’t find himself restricted by supermarkets. “I go to all of them, every single one,” he says, so you’re as likely to find him in Lidl (although he thinks there’s too much of a queue) as you are Waitrose (he’s a fan of their essentials range Arborio rice). “I treat them all equally, and it’s fun,” he says. Inform him that many people can’t stand doing the weekly food shop, he responds, with a slightly perplexed laugh: “Each to their own; I don’t really like opera!”

In Barclay’s world, food waste is also a “fun” conundrum, because “it’s an even more complicated equation to solve. Using up all the ingredients, it’s really like a jigsaw. I’m not on a crusade to stop people from wasting food, but I like the problem solving of how not to waste food.”

Recalibrating how you shop and how you think about nabbing a bargain, he says, can contribute massively to cutting down how much food you chuck away. “You can get a big bag of peppers for cheaper than one pepper, but if you’re not going to use them all and throw half of them away, then actually, they’re double the price per pepper than you thought you were spending,” he says pragmatically. “It’s about knowing what you want before you get there.”

If you really want to save money, he says, planning ahead is a must.

“You’ve got to plan what you’re going to eat and overlap ingredients every day,” so the mince leftover from your Bolognese on Monday, doesn’t go in the bin on Wednesday because you didn’t think of a way to use it up on Tuesday.

Barclay, who first got interested in cooking as a pot washer while a student, considers Jamie Oliver his biggest inspiration, but also calls himself an “anti-chef”. With no formal culinary education and a food career built on kitchen shortcuts (his couscous paella earned him a lot of online abuse: “Even my Spanish nan was like, ‘That’s not paella, that’s rice with stuff in it’,”), you can see why. However, he thinks that’s why One Pound Meals has been such a success – he’s got no fancy chef airs and graces getting in the way.

Take his attitude towards Parmesan cheese: “Some people are like, if it hasn’t been aged for X number of years, don’t buy it – but I can’t really spend £7 on a wedge of Parmesan.”

“It’s like the art world, you’ve got to be pretentious to be believed to be the best, and that’s not me. I still eat McDonald’s all the time,” he continues. “Big Mac meal all the way. Chefs are always really sneery at it – I like it, it’s a good burger.”

For his next book, Barclay’s hoping to compile a collection of £1 veggie and vegan meals, and no, he’s not tempted to experiment with 50p dinners. “£1 gives me the flexibility to use some cool stuff, I don’t want to do a cookbook that’s just lentils,” he says.

:: Miguel Barclay’s Super Easy One Pound Meals by Miguel Barclay, photography by Dan Jones, is published by Headline Home, priced £16.99. Below are three recipes from the book for you to try.

£1 THAI OMELETTE

(Makes one portion)

3 eggs, beaten

Pinch of curry powder

Sesame oil

1/4 carrot, cut into matchsticks

1/2 spring onion, cut into strips

A few beansprouts

Drizzle of soy sauce

Salt and pepper

Method

Season the beaten eggs with salt, pepper and the curry powder. Heat a splash of sesame oil in a frying pan, pour in the beaten eggs and fry for a few minutes until 80 per cent cooked, then add the carrot, spring onion and bean sprouts to the middle, drizzle over a little sesame oil and soy sauce, then fold the omelette over the filling and continue to cook for another minute. Remove from the heat and serve with another drizzle of soy sauce to finish.

£1 PUFF PASTRY FIORENTINA

(Makes one)

20 x 20cm square of puff pastry

2tbsp passata

Pinch of dried oregano

1/4 mozzarella ball, torn into chunks

A few spinach leaves

1 egg

Salt and pepper

Method

Preheat your oven to 190C/gas mark 5 and line a baking tray with greaseproof paper. Using a plate as a template, cut out a big circular piece from the puff pastry square. Place it on the lined baking tray and lightly score a 1cm border around the edge with a knife, making sure not to cut all the way through. Prick the inner circle a few times with a fork (this will stop it rising in the oven).

Spread the passata on to the pastry, within the border, season with salt and pepper, sprinkle with the oregano then add the mozzarella and spinach. Bake in the oven for about 10 minutes, then crack the egg in the middle and return to the oven for another 10 minutes until the egg white is cooked but the yolk is still runny.

£1 PERI PERI TACOS

1 chicken thigh, de-boned

1tsp hot smoked paprika

1 egg-cup of couscous

2 egg-cups of water

4 lettuce leaves

1tbsp yoghurt

Olive oil

Salt and pepper

Method

Coat the chicken thigh in a mixture of paprika, a pinch each of salt and pepper and a drizzle of olive oil. Pan-fry the chicken over a low-medium heat, skin-side down first, for 10-12 minutes on each side until cooked through and caramelised on the outside. Remove from the heat and set the chicken to one side.

Add the couscous to the pan (off the heat), along with the water, and stir for a few seconds to incorporate all the pan juices, then leave the couscous to rest for a few minutes and plump up. Slice the chicken into thin strips, then assemble your tacos by spooning some of the peri peri-infused couscous on to each lettuce leaf, placing some chicken strips on top, then drizzling with the yoghurt and sprinkling over some cracked black pepper.

Our Savvy Saver Explains How She Lives On £1 A Day And Saves To Pamper Her Pooches — Plus Win A Year’s Food Shop

ROSE Waters loved to spoil her pampered pooches but was ready for a challenge to save some cash.

So the thrifty 25-year-old from Liverpool attempted to live on £1 a day, setting aside the savings she made to buy treats for her dogs, six-year-old Precious and four-year-old Lucy.

Sun Saver Rose tells of making her £1 per day stretch and saving enough to pamper her pooches

Rose, who is unemployed and lives with her parents, has always been a savvy shopper.

But she was almost forced to take on the challenge. She said: “I missed an appointment, which meant I didn’t receive my monthly £250 benefits — so I needed to feed myself on as little as possible.”

In our weekly Meet The Saver feature, Rose shares her secrets on how she made the most of her money.

 

  • Be organised. Rose keeps track of all her spending, as she can then look back to see where she’s overspent. She says: “It’s crazy to see how much you can spend in a month but having evidence of it can show you where you could save money.” She keeps receipts and vouchers in mini folders she bought off eBay. Check that out for some savvy organisation!
  • Think of new ways to save money. Have you got something in mind you want to buy? Think of ways you can make the money to pay for it. When Rose needed a new bed and mattress, she saved up by taking online surveys on sites such as Toluna, Valued Opinions and Panelbase. She also used shopping apps like Shoppix, Shopprize and Receipt Hog. It took a few months but she earned £150 in Amazon vouchers.
  • Consider cutting out meat. Rose became a vegan two years ago, which means she saves money on expensive cuts of meat — but she’s seen health benefits too. She says: “It was mainly to be healthier, but also for animal welfare. Cutting out meat and dairy products even helped me with my asthma and eczema.”
  • Stay in. Entertaining with friends in the form of meals and drinks out can be very expensive, so Rose prefers to stay in with friends and family. She says: “Some of my best moments have been with friends or family playing board games or watching an old film together.” You can find cheap board games and DVDs in charity shops and car boot sales for a couple of quid.
  • Stock up on tins. Rose likes to stock up on tinned food so she can always make a cheap meal with what’s in her store cupboard. She says: “I actually just bought loads of tins. I buy things like beans, coconut milk, soups and tinned veg like sweetcorn. I use coconut milk in my curries or desserts and I could have beans with any meal to be honest – I love them!”

Sun Savers’ guide to the freebies you can bag on your birthday Designer double The George Beauty’s Liquid Lipstick in Swan Lake is £4.50 It’s a double for the Charlotte Tilbury Lip Lustre in Blondie at £17.50

 

GET a metallic pout with George Beauty’s Liquid Lipstick in Swan Lake instead of Charlotte Tilbury’s Lip Lustre in Blondie.SAVE: £13

Reader’s saving tip

JOHN HUTTON, from Weymouth, Dorset, says: “Unblock your sink by using one tablespoon of bicarbonate of soda. Sprinkle in the plughole and wash down with vinegar – so much cheaper than the various brands available.”

 

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Deal of the day This is how to save on last-minute trips around the UK with Virgin Trains

 

OFF for a weekend getaway? Travel around the UK with Virgin Trains as they’ve scrapped Friday walk-up peak fares from London Euston. Save up to £125.55 on last-minute trips to Manchester.SAVE: Up to £125.55

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Save a fiver selected ModelCo products at Boots

BOOTS has slashed one third off the price of selected ModelCo products. Get a tan in a can with the brand’s Airbrush In A Can, was £15, now £10.

My Sun Savers fiver

ROSE is a new Sun Saver and it’s no surprise what she plans to spend her first fiver on – treats for her dogs!

 

 

Play now to win £15,000 on the Sun Savers Raffle

IF you are not already part of our fantastic Sun Savers Raffle, don’t miss out as the paper you’re holding could be worth an incredible £15,000. Every Sun Savers code you enter will earn you a ticket for our fab £15,000 monthly Raffle.

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Join thousands of readers taking part in the new Sun Savers Raffle

Plus, for every ten tickets you collect in a calendar month, you will get a GOLDEN TICKET for your chance to win our huge £80,000 Raffle, which takes place every three months. The next £80k Raffle is drawn at the end of ­September.

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NO SWEAT Debenhams launches in-store gyms with money off beauty products with memberships

FAMILY SUPPORT Parents miss out on thousands of pounds due to child benefit complications

THE FUTURE IS ORANGE Aldi is selling ORANGE wine for £6

OH BABY Boots is having a MASSIVE sale on baby items with prices starting at 87p

CHEESY CHIPS Wetherspoon’s now does halloumi fries – and they cost £3

MOVING ON Single dad reveals how he saved deposit for £155k three-bed house in just 2 years

 

 

Inside New Online Supermarket Star Bargains Which Saves You 75 Per Cent Off Your Shopping Bill

 

We are all looking for ways to save money on our supermarket shop, aren’t we?

A trip to the store can be stressful – especially when your kids are screaming in the trolley, wanting to be everywhere else.

The cost is skyrocketing with every item you put in your basket – so how do we save cash?

One online supermarket believes it help millions of people save money – by offering them significant reductions on their food shop.

Star Bargains launched in April this year and is being rolled out to consumers across the UK and Europe, reports the Mirror .

It’s the online website of Yorkshire-based frozen food retailer Fultons Foods, which has 100 stores across the North of England.

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Martin Lewis reveals when Asda, Tesco, Aldi, Sainsbury’s and more reduce prices

What makes Star Bargains so unique is that – unlike current market leaders Aldi and Lidl – it promises to save you as much as 75% on branded items because of exclusive partnerships with manufacturers.

Its model is to buy surplus stock from supermarkets and sell it on at knock off prices.

“Over recent years we have seen a rise in the popularity of discounters who offer own brand products at low prices such as Aldi and Lidl,” explained Karen Gunter, director at Fultons Foods.

“We compliment these types of retailers – meeting the needs of those shoppers who want big savings but prefer to stick with big name brands and family favourites.

“We offer deals on food and drink items which have been sourced directly from manufacturers or bought as surplus stock.

“In addition to this, we also sell some items which are sold at even bigger discounts as they are close to or past their best before dates – these are clearly labelled and are perfectly fine to eat, but would otherwise end up contributing to the millions of tonnes of food that is discarded every year in the UK which could’ve been eaten.”

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Thrifty shopper reveals how to survive on £20 weekly food shop

The items available change every few days, with 250 new products added each month – right now there are around 900 to choose from.

Star Bargains offers four different categories online – retailing around 900 different products.

These include a ‘home basics’ aisle for kitchen cupboard essentials, ‘posh nosh’ for premium brands, and ‘Fultons Foods’ which includes items for sale already in the shop’s branches.

These also include gluten free, vegan and baby food products.

Europe Deals With Heatwave From Portugal To A Finnish Supermarket

HELSINKI (Reuters) – Europe’s heatwave gripped Spain and Portugal on Friday, as governments checked for forest fires, a Budapest game reserve fed its animals iced snacks and a Finnish supermarket invited customers to sleep over to stay cool.

People walk across the Millennium Bridge in central London, Britain, August 3, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

Summer has brought drought and forest fires as far apart as Britain and Greece, where scores of people died, and Sweden warned of forest fires on Friday.

Hot air from North Africa has caused the most severe heatwave since 2003 in Iberia. (Europe’s drought) tmsnrt.rs/2M4kIvA

Portugal’s Civil Protection agency reported 426 firefighters were putting out or checking fire alerts in the north and center. Fires typically flare late in the day when the weather is hottest.

Spanish and Portuguese temperatures will remain above 40 Celsius at least until Sunday, and could rise 2 or 3 degrees. That could push them above Europe’s record high of 48C, set in Athens in 1977.

The record in both Spain and Portugal is just over 47C. In Portugal, local media said temperatures could beat Death Valley in California, one of the world’s hottest places.

“Lisbon will be one of the hottest cities in the world this weekend because it’s 10 in the morning right now and the weather is already way too hot,” said Ana Pascoal, 56, a cleaner at a high-end restaurant.

Parts of Portugal’s parched southern Alentejo region were forecast to hit 47C. The country is on alert to prevent a repeat of its worst fires in history last year when 114 people died.

People cool off in the fountains across from the Eiffel Tower as a heatwave with high temperatures continues in Paris, France, August 3, 2018. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau“NEVER THIS HOT”

Francois Jobard, a forecaster for Meteo France, said the hot air mass from North Africa could cause temperatures in Portugal and Spain of 45C until Saturday and perhaps hotter.

Last month, wildfires killed at least 91 people in Greece.

“I don’t want to say anything bad but yesterday, while I was watching TV, I thought the same could happen here but I’m praying it doesn’t,” said Eva Stigliano, a Greek tourist visiting Portugal for the third time. “I’ve been here in the summer but it has never been this hot.”

Lisbon’s temperature reached 43C.

Spanish authorities issued a heatwave warning for most of central Spain, expected to last until Sunday with temperatures of over 42C in some parts of Andalusia and Extremadura.

Two men died of heat-stroke in the southeastern region of Murcia, Cadena Ser radio station reported on Wednesday.

A branch of the K-Supermarket chain in Helsinki’s Pohjois-Haaga district has invited 100 customers to sleep in its air-conditioned store on Saturday.

Finland’s August average is 19C but temperatures approached 30C this week and few have air-conditioning at home. A store manager told the state broadcaster that beer sales would end at 9 p.m. (2000 GMT) as usual though snacks would be available.

In Germany, state rail operator Deutsche Bahn said it was offering free water to passengers in case of delays and would keep air conditioning running on its trains even when they are empty.

Slideshow (4 Images)ICED FRUITS FOR ANIMALS

Tourists took shelter under umbrellas outside the Louvre Museum in Paris and ignored ‘No Bathing’ signs to paddle in the fountains.

“We’re here for two days, so we’re going for it,” said David Jones from England, cooling off by the fountains with his wife.

Martina Ihrig, an office worker from Germany, said she was delaying visiting the Eiffel Tower with her three daughters until evening.

“It’s too hot to visit it now,” she said.

In Switzerland, mountain railways reported booming business as city dwellers fled to the Alps. Fishery authorities in the canton of Zurich were combing creeks to rescue fish from suffocation as streams dry up or oxygen levels plunge.

The Swiss army let soldiers wear shorts and T-shirts instead of standard uniforms.

The small Budakeszi game reserve outside the Hungarian capital Budapest said it was helping its animals cope with the heat with iced fruit and a diet with less meat and more nutrients.

In another sign of drought, water levels in the Danube River in Budapest are about to fall to a level that will expose a small outcrop called Dearth Rock that is almost always underwater, the National Water Management Authority said.

In Scandinavia, temperatures hit records until a few days ago. In Sweden July was a record month and wildfires burned in parts of the country.

Authorities in Sweden and Poland warned against swimming due to a bloom of toxic algae spreading caused by hot weather.

Reporting by Sonya Dowsett in Madrid, Anna Ringstrom in Stockholm, Michael Shields and John Miller in Zurich, Lefteris Karagiannopoulos in Oslo, Gabriela Baczynska in Warsaw, Catarina Demony in Lisbon, Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen in Helsinki, Jack Hunter in Paris, Matthias Inverardi in Berlin and Marton Dunai in Budapest; Editing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg

Weekend Bargains For The End Of August, Going Back To School For USA and Europe

This article is for my friends in the Northern Hemisphere, probably America.And perhaps Europe.

August is here, and there’s still enough summer left to enjoy some outdoor fun in addition to preparing for the upcoming school year.

That makes it the perfect time to shop for deals on the things you need to make the most of the rest of the season and be prepared for what’s to come.

This weekend is a great time to save, regardless of why you shopping. From summer fun to school days helpers, check out these five money-saving deals we’re going to take advantage of:

Coleman Sundome 4-Person Tent

If you’d like to take a few days to enjoy the outdoors with friends or family members, the Coleman Sundome 4-Person Tent can be set up as quickly as you make the decision to get away. In addition to easy assembly that can take as little as 10 minutes, it offers a dome design that provides enough space for up to four people. The light-blocking material keeps the interior dark when you want to rest, and the large window lets the sunshine in during the day. It’s available now on Amazon for a late-summer savings of $38.99 off the usual price. Grab it today while supplies last for only  $46.00.

OFM Essentials Modern Computer Desk and Workstation

Dorms have limited space, but students still need a place to study for exams and work on assignments. A desk with a small footprint is ideal for these tight living spaces, and the OFM desk and workstation fits that description perfectly. Not only does it come at an incredibly low price of  $44 on Amazon – a 56% savings off the regular price of $100.54 – but its slim, space-saving design still offers enough space to accommodate a laptop, textbooks, and more.

Frigidaire 10,000-BTU 115V Window-Mounted Compact Air Conditioner

The summer months are speeding by, but there is still warm weather ahead. If you have a room, apartment, or small space that needs cooling down, this Frigidaire window air conditioner has a lot of power for this compact unit. It offers 10,000 BTU that’s is capable of cooling areas as large as 450 square feet without making a lot of noise. Three speeds and eight-position air control allow you to cool your space exactly the way you like it. Don’t want to interrupt your relaxation time to change the settings? With the convenient remote control, you don’t have to! Right now at Walmart you can save a few dollars, thanks to the sale price of  $277.63.

RCA Viking Pro 10.1″ Android 2-in-1 Tablet

Do you want to give your son or daughter the advantage of a tablet and laptop for upcoming assignments without breaking your budget? If so, you won’t want to miss the incredible price on this RCA Viking Pro 2-in-1. Instead of paying the usual price of $129.99, you can get this versatile device on Walmart for just  $69.98. Although the price is low, the features are many – a spacious 10.1- inch touch screen with crisp graphics, 32 GB storage, removable keyboard, front and rear cameras, and much more make it a deal that’s too good to ignore.

Little Tikes Jump ‘n Slide Bouncer

Get the youngsters outside and active before school starts with the Little Tikes Jump ‘n Slide Bouncer. Right now it’s on sale on Amazon for  $184.99, which will give you a savings of $95 off the typical price tag. With a 12×9 foot jumping surface, it offers enough space for about three kids and a weight limit of 250 pounds, and will provide hours of fun for siblings and friends. Parents will love the stable anchors, protective mesh sides, and easy setup as much as they love the saving and watching the little ones have a great time.

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Six Things To Know When Creating A Blog

Are you thinking about creating your first blog? If so, this is an exciting time for you. Here are a few tips for you to help you to save time and create the website that you have always wanted.

Finding the right niche

When thinking about starting a blog you must find your niche. There are hundreds of niches to choose from.  You just have to use your head. For example, if you wanted to start a Christian blog your niche would be Christianity. A few other niches include finance, parenting, health, lifestyle, home improvement, sports, blogging, tech, etc. There are also niches within niches. For example, instead of creating a blog about animals, you can create a blog about dogs. These niches are easier to rank for because you will have your competition. Choose a niche that you love which makes writing easier.

Choose a good web hosting company.

There are hundreds of hosting companies that you can use ranging from shared hosting to dedicated hosting. The question is, what hosting provider is the best? There is no real answer to this question but allow me to name a few popular and respected hosting providers. SiteGround –

SiteGround is a popular WordPress hosting provider that offers shared hosting plans ranging from $3.95 to $11.95 a month. What I love about SiteGround hosting is that customers can choose between 4 data center locations, which excels the page load speed of your website in other continents. SiteGround customers will enjoy SSD, free Cloudflare CDN, free SSL’s, and more. On top of basic and essential features, SiteGround offers a 300 – 400ms website load speed and a 99.99% uptime.

HostGator – HostGator is well-known among bloggers. Over 8 million domains are currently being hosted on HostGator servers. Although HostGator is not the cheapest hosting provider, they do offer premium performance. HostGator offers hosting though Ace Data Centers. Ace feeds power through redundant critical paths, dual segregated transformers, and 750kW UPS battery backup units. With HostGator you will receive unmetered bandwidth, unlimited sub domains, SSL Certification, unlimited MySQL databases with phpMyAdmin Access, and the most popular web hosting control panel cPanel.

Bluehost – Bluehost is owned by Endurance international Group. Today it is one of the 20 largest web hosting companies in the world. When you sign up with Bluehost you will be able to receive a free domain for one year. A free SSL is included on all Bluehost plans. Bluehost offers 3 shared plans that you can choose from ranging from $3.95 to $5.95 a month. Optional add-ons with Bluehost include unique IPs, domain privacy, SiteLock, CodeGuard, and Spam Protection.

iPage –

iPage is the most affordable hosting provider on this list. If you don’t mind not having the best performance, then you are free to choose iPage. For $1.99 a month you can’t really complain with what you are getting. iPage offers free domain registration, 1000s of free templates, a free drag and drop site builder, free marketing, and free 24/7 support.

Choose a CMS

Now that you have a good hosting provider you will need a CMS. There are many different content management systems for you to choose from such as Drupal, WordPress, Joomla. If you are technical, then you can use Drupal. However, for most people I recommend using WordPress. WordPress is the most popular CMS / blogging platform in the world. With the WordPress platform you will be able to implement thousands of plugins directly from your dashboard. You will also be able to install thousands of free themes.

Setup your website

Your hosting provider will set up your CMS for you. With SiteGround, all you would have to do is choose one of their multiple web hosting plans, walk through the setup process, and allow their preinstall wizard to install WordPress. From there all that you have to do is create login details and log into your new website.

Make sure to create social media accounts

One of the biggest mistakes that you can make is to not promote your blog posts on social media accounts. Make sure to set up accounts with Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media outlets. Actively promote your content on these outlets. Social is a great way to gain continuous readership and also subscribers. Not only will you gain followers to your website, but you will also enhance the SEO of your website.

Google looks at social media when ranking sites.

Increasing Facebook likes creates brand awareness and in 2018, it is a well-known ranking signal. Engage It is imperative that you engage with other bloggers and readers. Allow your site visitors to comment on your blog posts. Step out of your comfort zone and guest blog on other blogs in your niche. The most successful bloggers are the ones that are not afraid to have back-and-forths with their visitors.

Why I Hate Blogging But Do It Anyway

 

You know it, I know it. We’re supposed to blog. Blogging helps with SEO. It leads to backlinks. It fills out your website and provides value to your audience. Heck, I’m pretty sure it’s gluten free and full of freaking antioxidants, too. Blogging is super important. I get it. But I’m gonna let you in on a secret. I hate blogging. I get overwhelmed by the task.

I can’t organize my thoughts, I get caught up in the research, and I never know where to start. The whole process makes blogging seem like a way bigger deal than it should be. It’s daunting, knowing I have to churn out content every 10 weeks. I’m busy! Surely, I have more important things to do. “I’m just swamped, I can’t find the time to blog”, is always there for an excuse. I could get out of blogging, but I don’t. I dig in, and I get it done. Begrudgingly, I never miss a blog. Here’s why.

Show what you know

A blog is the perfect way to show your expertise and share your knowledge with others. Use your blog to both give value to your audience and establish yourself as a thought leader. It’s easy to say you can do something – use your blog to prove it. Go deep on a subject, think critically, and table new opinions or discussions. The more people see you flex on a subject, the more they’ll trust your abilities as a consultant or collaborator in that domain.

Set an example

If you’re a senior leader at your organization, it’s easy to write off blogging as a low level task. No one will argue when you say, “I have more important things to do.” You probably do. But what sort of example are you setting? What does it say about blogging as a task, and more importantly, your company culture? You’ve stressed the importance of content marketing – shouldn’t you be a proponent of content production? By being part of the blog schedule, you’re setting an example. You’re showing that you, too, need to stay up-to-date on the industry everyone needs to get their hands dirty. You’re the foreman who comes down from his office and gets on the assembly line. From the top down, everyone needs to keep learning – even you.

When you teach it, you retain it

Sweeping changes to privacy rules happened this year because of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). In April, I was like “what the heck is a ‘GDPR”.Some people research topics like this so they are able to relay the information to others and teach it. There’s the belief that you don’t truly know something until you’re able to teach it. Use blogging as an excuse to become an expert on a topic, and use the blog itself as your classroom. With these three reasons in mind, I’ve managed to overcome my blog block. That’s not to say I haven’t spent time staring at a blank word document, unsure of where to begin.

Utilize your blog time with a structured approach.

Once you have a topic, do your research and make a rough outline. Run it by your team or content editor and revise before jumping into a first draft. From there, it’s rinse and repeat until your draft is ready for publishing.

Get back to writing

If you’re reading this, we might be alike. You, too, may hate dislike blogging. You might be procrastinating or putting off your blog right now! We all have those tasks we’d rather pass off, but we know the benefits outweigh the drawbacks. So vaya con Dios, get out there and blog, you badass blogger, you.

About Advertising Here

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Banner ads are shown on a per week basis for the ones on the right side or per month for the ones placed under the post.The ones under the post will be the same ads seen when you are reading the posts as you scroll down to read the articles.I can’t do anything to change to a different ad for each post at the moment.

Paypal may attempt to get you to create an account with Paypal,  but you don’t have to do that.
Then all ad space banner submissions are put under review and with any luck your ad should be published.
Donations are accepted via Paypal as well. There is no refund for making a donation as those are ones that people decide  to offer.

I only have this method of payment.If you make your payment and you want to cancel it, I will try to send back the payment via the method of payment made. But please be absolutely sure you wish to buy advertising as I might run your ad, process the payment and take it for granted that you really do wish to advertise here. I don’t do repeat refunds if someone changes their mind suddenly after ordering.

Having said all that, there is no obligation for you to buy anything or donate if you don’t wish to.I don’t mind people who are browsing. But if you do, your contribution is truly appreciated and I will spend it wisely.