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Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Today is the last day I can work on tagging for one of my church consignment sales. I have a drop-off tomorrow morning and I'm still waiting on things from my daughter who hates going through her clothes and books, etc. as much as I do, but we need to get more room and make some money, LOL.

Last night I made a chicken perlo (pronounced - per-low) which is something I haven't done in years. It's a very regional food from the part of South Carolina I come from and after giving a presentation on South Carolina last week, it really put me in a nostalgic mood.

It's also sometimes called chicken bog and simply consists of chicken, sausage (kielbasa type), onions, and rice. The chicken is boiled with the onions (diced small) and then taken off the bone or in my case, cut up after it cooked since my thighs were boneless. You add the sausage and rice and cook it in the chicken broth and other items until the rice is cooked. You have to make sure you add tons of black pepper and salt to season and there you go. Most people eat it with sliced tomatoes, cole slaw, or other "country" items.

It's a cheap dish to make and lasts a long time. Believe it or not, I couldn't remember ever making it for my kids so decided now was the time.

I had sausage that was dirt cheap, chicken thighs that I bought dirt cheap, rice, yep you get the idea, dirt cheap, that made it a very economical dish and now we have plenty of leftovers. It can even be frozen if you get tired of it and don't have a large crowd to serve it to.

I didn't eat it, but did taste a little and it was pretty tasty so not bad for not making it for decades and winging it.

There are times that I miss my state so much although I technically live not far from the border. I live 4-5 hours away from where I grew up though and miss my favorite cities like Charleston, Myrtle Beach, etc. I especially miss Charleston although we took a mini-vacation there last year. It's one of my favorite cities and I love the history and the feeling of "home" when I go there. It just feels right.

Although 4-5 hours away isn't as far as living across the country, it sometimes feels that way to me when I feel homesick. I love North Carolina and it's a beautiful state, but although I've lived here almost 20 years, it's still not home in my heart.

Enough of my whining, we're trying hard to watch the pennies and nickels even more since we just had to pay our house/car insurance. Wow, it has gone up thanks to a huge hailstorm that went through our area last year. We had to replace our roof as did lots of people in my area due to the hail being softball/baseball size.

My husband tried to research other insurance companies to save some money, but due to that event they all are going up in our area. emoticon

It just seems like I'm always trying to cut costs more and more as things go up, except for my husband's paycheck, LOL. I've cut down even more on my grocery bill and think long and hard about purchases, no matter how cheap.

I'm spending a little more this year (and in the upcoming years) on my children's social outings as well as their education so the cuts have to come from somewhere.

My husband's, father's, and daughter's birthdays are this month so that's a challenge, but I've asked my daughter to let me know her favorite meal so I could make it for her from scratch. I've already bought most of her birthday gifts (bought on sale or with coupons) and she specifically asked for them so I know she will be getting what she wants and no wasted money.

Last month I made sure that I took both of my children to get their hair cut since Great Clips was having a $5.99 promotion (no coupons needed). I'm always searching high and low for some way to save money and was thrilled when this event came up.

JC Penney had the majority of their winter clothing marked down super cheap last month and so I made sure I checked those items out as it's still cold here. I was cleaning out the attic the other day (looking for items to sell at the church consignment sales) and came across two sweaters I had purchased from there that I didn't even know I had. What a wonderful find that was since I have been searching high and low for some that flatter me, but are dirt cheap. Can't get cheaper than something you already own, LOL.

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    Thank you!
    1778 days ago
    Great job on saving. That is a big project for me as well. Sometimes you dont realize the things you already own. Nothing like that kind of savings..keep it up! emoticon
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