BUDGETMAW's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=BUDGETMAW BUDGETMAW's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ January 29 - Super Bowl Snacks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5864948 Budget Tip #29 - Cheap Super Bowl Snacks <BR> <BR> Did you know that Americans spend over a billion dollars on food for watching the Super Bowl? Yikes! And the average American eats over 1000 calories on Super Bowl festivities! The calories aren't necessarily so bad for us low carbers (depends on what they are, of course), but the money! <BR> <BR> Here's a link to a post I wrote for our local food pantry last year, with ideas and recipes for a delicious and relatively inexpensive Super Bowl... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 03:41:46 EST January 28 - Aldi http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5864452 Budget Tip #28 - Aldi! <BR> <BR> Don't know what the sales are in your neck of the woods, but the Aldi here has 10 oz boxes of grape tomatoes or 8 oz boxes of mushrooms for 89 cents. Celery is 69 cents a head. Avocados are 49 cents each. One pound bags of baby carrots are 69 cents. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 11:28:10 EST January 27 - Be Prepared! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5863291 I'm a little bit early with this, but that's just the way it is. <BR> <BR> A couple of days ago I was thinking about going grocery shopping. They were predicting nasty weather - a combination of rain, snow, sleet, freezing rain and similar stuff - so if I was going to go I needed to go right away. I decided it wasn't worth going out (sheer laziness), but it reminded me of the way people shop before storms. <BR> <BR> Have you ever been to the store right before a blizzard or hurricane or st... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 21:15:12 EST January 26 - Don't Go Shopping! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5863119 Budget Tip #26 - Don't go shopping! <BR> <BR> Seems pretty obvious, doesn't it? If you don't go shopping, you won't spend any money. As long as you include online shopping in the shopping category. <BR> <BR> Rats! I can't find what I'm looking. Oh, well. You've heard it before anyway. That people go to the grocery store to "just buy one thing" and they walk out with a cartful. Seems like the number I've heard is six. You go to the store to buy just one thing (a gallon of milk, say) and you ... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:35:57 EST January 25 - Do What Veg Says! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5862588 Budget Tip #25 - Do What Veg Says! <BR> <BR> I'm too lazy to come up with any budget tips for today, so I'll just say to read VEG954's suggestions in reply to my post yesterday! Thanks for some great ideas, Veg! Sun, 25 Jan 2015 23:31:22 EST January 24 - Use It All! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5861751 Budget Tip #24 - Use It All! <BR> <BR> Do you remember Melissa d'Arabian on Food Network? Maybe she's still there. I don't get that channel anymore. Anyway, I really liked her during the shows where folks were competing as the Next Food Network Star, so I made a point of watching her show. She lost all credibility with the first episode of her show, Ten Dollar Dinners. She was supposed to be showing how to cook economically. On her first show, she made a pie, including homemade pie crust. Fi... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 18:29:56 EST January 23 - Shop Your Pantry! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5860904 Budget Tip #23 - Shop Your Pantry! <BR> <BR> One of the budgeting/frugality books I read suggested putting aside a little bit of money each week or month (whatever your budget period is) to buy things that are on sale and stockpile them. That way, over time, you will have enough things on hand that you've purchased at sales prices that you can "shop your pantry" and always use things that you bought on sale. Here's how it works. <BR> <BR> Say your food budget is $100 a week and you decide ... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 10:25:25 EST January 22 - Recap and Menu http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5860489 A much better day today. <BR> <BR> B - yogurt with cinnamon <BR> L - soup (bone broth, eggs, kale, tomatoes, green onions, coconut oil) <BR> S - yogurt with sour cream <BR> D - pork loin and cabbage fried in lard <BR> <BR> Breakfast was about 80 cents. Lunch was about $1.50. Supper was about $1.25. The snack was about 50 cents. Total for the day was about $4.25. <BR> <BR> 1571 calories <BR> 126 grams fat <BR> 65 grams protein <BR> 29 grams carbohydrates <BR> 10 grams fiber <BR> 19 grams n... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 18:57:23 EST January 22 - Sprouts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5860091 Budget Tip #22 - Grow Your Own Sprouts <BR> <BR> Sprouts are cheap, easy to grow, and don't require special equipment or light. And they're ready in just a few days and are low carb and good for you. Doesn't get much better than that! <BR> <BR> Growing sprouts is easy. First, get the right kind of seeds. You need sprouting seeds, not garden seeds. Garden seeds often have pesticides and/or other stuff to make the seeds grow well. You're eating the seeds when you eat sprouts, so you want to b... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 08:30:32 EST January 21 - Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5859816 I'm not talking about today. I'm pretending it didn't happen. Though, as they say (or at least used to say) in TOPS, "Even though we overeat in private, the excess pounds are there for all the world to see. What I fool I've been." Wed, 21 Jan 2015 20:34:17 EST January 21 - Pickle Relish http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5859219 Budget Tip #20 - Pickle Relish <BR> <BR> Have you priced sugar free sweet pickle relish lately? Yikes! <BR> <BR> I grew up putting sweet pickle relish in a lot of salads - tuna salad, egg salad, chicken salad, "ham" salad, and so forth. All the "salads" that we put in sandwiches had sweet pickle relish in them. <BR> <BR> When I started eating low carb, I'd use a bit of vinegar or lemon juice and some artificial sweetener to get a similar taste. <BR> <BR> Someone online commented about... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 03:18:18 EST Green onions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5859099 It really works! I bought some green onions a couple of days ago, and cut off and ate the green part, then stuck the bulb in some water, along with the other onions. There are definitely green shoots coming out of the top! Now if I could only remember to use the green onions. They're in the bedroom with the only south facing window, and the door to the room is closed to keep the cat out, so I don't notice them as I walk by. I haven't used green onions on a regular basis (as in, probably only ... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 22:52:55 EST January 20 - Recap and Menu http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5859096 First of all, I want you to know that I basically have no social life. You may not believe that, when you remember that I ate out yesterday at noon, and when I tell you that I met a friend for tea this morning and that I'll be having breakfast tomorrow with friends. Truly, I have practically no social life! It just doesn't seem like it this week. (Lunch yesterday was with people I play bridge with. Tea this morning was with a woman from China who wants some help with her conversational Englis... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 22:45:13 EST January 20 - Yogurt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5858718 Budget Tip #20 - Make Your Own Yogurt <BR> <BR> I bought some yogurt a few days ago, since I'm on antibiotics. It was $2.99 a quart for Dannon full fat plain yogurt, which was the cheapest they had. I could have gotten a gallon of milk (four quarts) for $2.69. Having the manufacturer make the yogurt quadruples the cost. <BR> <BR> Yogurt is easy to make at home. I don't know why I haven't made it lately. I will, though, now that I've got yogurt with live cultures to use as a starter. The bas... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 12:13:06 EST January 19 - Recap and Menu http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5858352 A strange day, food-wise, today. I'm taking oral antibiotics for ten days, and had an IV antibiotic Thursday evening, and I've been forgetting to eat my yogurt. Yogurt doesn't have many calories or much protein, so I ate a big breakfast, planning to have the yogurt for lunch. Then I remembered that I was eating lunch out. I dithered a while, trying to decide whether to go ahead and eat out or to stay home and eat my yogurt, and decided to eat out. I had the salad bar and was very careful with... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 23:18:56 EST January 19 - Don't procrastinate! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5857780 Budget Tip #19 - Don't Procrastinate, and Don't Ignore <BR> <BR> How many times have you bought something and then not used it? It might be food that gently rots in the fridge, or clothes that go out of style or that no longer fit, or materials for a craft that you never get around to doing. <BR> <BR> My biggest downfall in this area is gardening stuff. I buy plants and then don't plant them and end up throwing away the soil they were planted in. I've got bags of manure and compost and oth... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 10:15:42 EST January 18 - Recap and Menu http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5857382 No menu or recap yesterday. It was not a good day. Actually, it was probably cheap enough. Cake at the library for lunch was free, after all. But enough said. <BR> <BR> Went to the co-op, today, which is mostly organic. Mostly went there because it was handy. I got a bunch of green onions with really fresh looking roots, and put them in water immediately. I had the green part from one of them for lunch, and the bottom is in the water with the others. We'll see how they do. Also got some bul... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 20:05:51 EST January 18 - Television http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5856978 Budget Tip #18 - Television. <BR> <BR> How many channels do you actually watch? Probably not very many. So why pay for them? Of course, the cheapest thing to do is to ditch television altogether, but that may be going a bit far. Or get your television over the air instead of with cable. Or, apparently, use hulu.com, though I don't know anything about that. <BR> <BR> There is a compromise between no tv and a zillion channels, though. Cable companies are required by law to provide a very stri... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 09:27:54 EST January 17 - Simply Smart Dinner Plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5856293 Bonus Budget Tip #17.5 - Chef Perry's Simply Smart Dinner Plans <BR> <BR> Chef Perry is a chef in, I think, the Portland area. He publishes cooking tips every week or so. Things like What is Poaching. What is Sauteing. That sort of thing. You might take a look at them. He teaches cooking to at-risk kids and their families, and I assume that the blog posts come from that. Ah! Here's a list of the most recent posts - What is All-Purpose Flour. What is Fish Sauce. What is Drizzling. What is Dic... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 09:35:38 EST January 17 - Regrow Green Onions in Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5856150 Budget Tip #17 - Regrow green onions in water <BR> <BR> I've never tried this, but apparently you can regrow your green onions. You save the roots and an inch or two of the bulb, and put it in water in a glass and place it in a window. After a few days, green shoots will appear, and after a week or so you'll have new green onions to use! Just the green part, obviously, since you save the bulb to grow the next set of of greens. You can use the same bulb half a dozen times or so. Here's a link... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 00:46:45 EST January 16 - Menu and Wrap-up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5856012 Another afternoon shot at the walk in clinic. They drew lines around the red and swollen areas on my hand when I was at the ER yesterday, and said to go back to the doctor if the redness or swelling went outside the lines. It did and I did and the NP said it was ok. Good news, just took all afternoon to get it! However, much better to spend a long time getting no news than to get bad news quickly, right? <BR> <BR> B - yogurt with splenda and cinnamon, tea with splenda and coconut oil <BR> L ... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 20:02:05 EST January 16 - Recycling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5855663 Budget Tip #16 - Recycling <BR> <BR> I live just outside the city limits, and have my choice of trash collectors. (It's very efficient - I think there are three different companies who collect trash in my cul-de-sac - all eight houses of us!) The company I use offers curbside recycling, but we have to pay extra for it. $5 a week extra! That's ridiculous! Especially as the recycling center is only about a mile away. <BR> <BR> Check your trash company and see whether you pay extra for recycli... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 09:39:25 EST January 15 - Menu and Daily Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5855335 Another day that didn't go as planned. (Do they ever?) <BR> <BR> Yesterday I picked up another cat to foster for the animal shelter. Last night it bit me. Hard. I reported it to the shelter manager, who kept telling me to watch out for infection. He knew that the cat was current on rabies and I knew that I was current on tetanus. Sure enough, my hand is infected. Took less than 12 hours for visible signs of infection. I went to the walk in clinic, and the doc there prescribed antibiotics and... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 21:09:37 EST January 15 - Library Book Sales http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5854978 Budget Tip #15 - library book sales. <BR> <BR> I don't know about your library, but ours here has two or three big book sales each year. They sell the books that have been withdrawn from the collection because they're old or haven't been checked out very often or in bad condition or whatever, and also books that have been donated. <BR> <BR> The first day, books are about half what they're usually priced in the library's bookstore. The second day they're half of that. The third day they're ... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 10:38:16 EST January 14 - Menu http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5854528 A strange day. I slept and dozed until 11:44 (I was really tired!), so no breakfast. Lunch was eggs scrambled in lard. Supper was a sort of Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo, except something didn't work right. It was chicken (frozen), broccoli (frozen), butter, cream and parmesan cheese, but it didn't turn out saucy. And it wasn't nearly as good as when I made it at Mom's, which may be because I actually followed a recipe then, and may be because I used half and half here instead of heavy whippin... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 19:44:45 EST Wednesday, January 14 - Homemade Mayo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5854519 Thank you, Naypooie! This brings me current! <BR> <BR> I mostly make my mayo by guess and by golly, but wanted to get a real recipe to give you. Turns out that among the thousands (literally!) of recipes I have saved, there's not one for mayo! And the cookbook I have here beside me doesn't have one, either. Strange. Anyway, here's how I do it. Either in the blender or in a jar with an immersion (stick) blender. <BR> <BR> Budget Tip #14 - Homemade Mayo <BR> <BR> 1 egg (or 2 egg yolks) <BR> ... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 19:22:58 EST Wednesday, January 14 - Homemade Salad Dressing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5854431 I skipped yesterday, because I was travelling all day. And I renumbered Budget Tip #10.5 to Budget Tip #11 so my tips would match the date. I wonder whether I can come up with 365 tips. Anyway, I'm off again, since no tip yesterday. One of these days I'll come up with two and then things will be back on track. In the meantime... <BR> <BR> Budget Tip #12 - I like homemade salad dressing, though I haven't found a homemade ranch dressing that I like. Mostly I make variations on vinaigrettes - o... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 16:32:25 EST Monday, January 12 - Menu http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5852994 B - yogurt, flaxmeal, cinnamon, cream, splenda <BR> L - eggs scrambled in bacon drippings <BR> S - pork chop, carrots, delicata squash w/butter and cinnamon <BR> <BR> Breakfast - around $1.50 <BR> Lunch - about 35 cents <BR> Supper - around $2.50 <BR> Total - probably between $4 and $5 <BR> <BR> If the plane can get in tonight (it was cancelled last night because of weather, and it's supposed to be foggy both in Salt Lake City and in Twin Falls tonight), I'll be home tomorrow! Mon, 12 Jan 2015 20:41:38 EST Monday, January 12 - One Minute Muffin/Muffin in a Minute http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5852624 Budget tip #11 - MIM/OMM <BR> <BR> (Otherwise known as Muffin in a Minute or One Minute Muffin) <BR> <BR> A MIM is a flaxmeal muffin. It can be made sweet or savory. It can be sliced in half and toasted or used to make a sandwich. It can be eaten like hot cereal with cream and/or butter and splenda. Here's the basic recipe. Don't be put off by the cinnamon. You can't taste it at all with just one tablespoon, and just barely with two. The Splenda is necessary, even for a savory version. Agai... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 11:30:27 EST Sunday, January 11 - Menu http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5852153 B - eggs poached in bacon grease (instead of butter) and cream <BR> L - corned beef, lettuce with peanut butter <BR> S - tea w/splenda and cream <BR> D - salad of tuna, egg, lettuce, carrot, celery, mayo, seafood cocktail sauce, sunflower seeds; cucumber in sour cream; low carb chocolate peanut butter fudge Sun, 11 Jan 2015 21:00:17 EST Sunday, January 11 - Sterilize Potting Soil http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5851832 Budget Tip #10.5 - MrThing commented on yesterday's post that he used commercial potting soil inside and lots of little insects grew out of it. His solution is hydroponics. Another solution is to cook the potting soil. Here's an article that gives several ways to do it - steaming it either in a pressure cooker or not, baking it, or nuking it. <BR> <BR> <link>www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-<BR>to/soil-fertilizers/sterilizing-soil.htm </link> Sun, 11 Jan 2015 13:50:41 EST Sunday, January 11 - Don't Overeat! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5851780 Budget tip #10 - Don't overeat! Seems like a no-brainer, doesn't it? So why do we keep doing it? Eating too much means buying too much which means spending too much. And there are also all the costs associated with overeating - health issues, having to buy new clothes, and so on. <BR> <BR> Nope, it's just plain not worth it. Do yourself and your pocketbook a favor and eat enough but not too much. It's good for you, for your bank balance and for the environment, too. Sun, 11 Jan 2015 12:29:58 EST Saturday, January 10 - Menu http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5851373 B - cottage cheese with sunflower seeds <BR> L - chicken drumstick, a little bit of leftover chicken soup, salami with cream cheese, almonds <BR> S - corned beef, carrot, broccoli, onion, cucumber, sour cream dressing <BR> <BR> No idea how to price it, but I'm guessing probably $4, plus or minus. <BR> <BR> ps - had mixed nuts, cheese and sausage this afternoon while playing bridge Sat, 10 Jan 2015 21:34:47 EST Saturday, January 10 - Grow Lights http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5851251 Budget tip #9 - Grow lights <BR> <BR> The food pantry at which I volunteer sent out a newsletter with their Martin Luther King Day activities. They're asking folks to come in and, among other things, clean and plant the flats for starting plants inside. It's a neat food pantry - in addition to handing out food, they have nutrition classes and gardening classes and they have four big gardens around town. In 2014 they grew over 3500 pounds of food that was distributed to their patrons! <BR> <... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 18:49:11 EST Friday, January 9 - Menu http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5850648 My usual yogurt for breakfast, with blueberries, slivered almonds, flaxmeal, cinnamon and cream. <BR> <BR> Lunch was salami rolled up with cream cheese inside, and celery with peanut butter. <BR> <BR> Supper was at a mom-and-pop Mexican restaurant. I asked for fajitas, minus the tortilla and rice, and with extra lettuce. I got the sizzling dish of grilled beef, onions and peppers, and the other half of the plate, that would usually have the tortilla and rice, was a huge pile of shredded let... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 21:46:14 EST Friday, January 9 - "Natural" peanut butter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5850272 Budget tip #8 - Kroger has a "natural" peanut butter that's only peanuts and salt. No oils, sugars, or unpronounceable ingredients. It comes in either creamy or chunky, and a jar costs the same as their regular peanut butters. It actually costs a bit more, because as I recall, a jar of the natural peanut butter is an ounce or two smaller than a jar of the regular. So it probably costs about 10% more than the regular stuff. It's still a lot cheaper than the "natural" versions of the national b... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 11:32:43 EST Thursday, January 8 - Menu http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5849850 eggs scrambled in bacon grease and the drippings from frying the ham last night <BR> cottage cheese with sunflower seeds, celery with peanut butter <BR> soup (chicken broth (made from the chicken carcass), a few scraps of chicken, broccoli, carrots, onion), celery with peanut butter <BR> <BR> A cheap day today. The eggs cost about 35 cents and the grease and drippings were "free." Lunch was probably about $1.25 to $1.50. For supper, I figure the chicken broth was "free," and the rest cost a... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 22:20:00 EST Thursday, January 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5849453 Budget tip #7 - Having just a plain old uninteresting supper? You can perk up a meal by doing something a bit fancy with the side dishes. How about a sprinkle of cheese on the vegetables? Or some sunflower seeds or sliced or slivered almonds on the salad? An inexpensive extra can make a meal seem much more interesting. <BR> <BR> Don't forget, though, that food is for nourishment, not for entertainment! Our meals don't need to be exciting or even interesting all the time, as long as they are ... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 11:45:00 EST Wednesday, January 7 - menu http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5848970 Breakfast - MIM with cream and splenda (like a bowl of hot cereal), bacon <BR> Lunch - leftover Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo <BR> Supper - ham, green beans, salad of lettuce, carrot, celery, mayo, seafood cocktail sauce <BR> <BR> As a wild guess, breakfast cost about 75 cents. Lunch about a buck and a half. Supper, assuming it was leftover ham from a ham I bought at the holidays and not a ham steak like Mom bought, maybe $1.75? So somewhere around $4.00 or $4.50 for the day. Not a cheap day. Wed, 7 Jan 2015 21:12:11 EST Wednesday, January 7 - lots of free ebooks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5848503 Budget tip #6 - Amazon has thousands of free ebooks everyday, and hundreds of new ones coming out each day. A lot of them are cookbooks, and there are almost always a few new paleo and/or low carb cookbooks and/or how-to books. The easiest way to find them is to use freereadfeed.com . It's updated every night and the price is checked every few hours throughout the day to be sure that the books are still free. I usually check it every day for new books and download several to my kindle. Some e... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 11:03:34 EST Tuesday, January 6 - Menu http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5848013 Not a real cheap day, but not too bad. <BR> <BR> Breakfast - yogurt, sunflower seeds, cinnamon, flaxmeal, splenda <BR> Lunch - soup (chicken drippings, chicken broth (it would be homemade bone broth if I were home), chicken, eggs, broccoli, onion, bacon) and a slice of bacon <BR> Supper - Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo (leftover chicken, broccoli, butter, cream, parmesan cheese) and a salad (lettuce, carrot, celery, cherry tomatoes, feta cheese) <BR> <BR> At home, to keep the cost down, I wou... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 20:48:05 EST Tuesday, January 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5847698 Budget tip #5 - One of my favorite things to buy at Walmart is a ten pound bag of chicken legs. The last time I checked (in December) they were $6.90 for ten pounds, or 69 cents a pound. There are usually ten leg quarters, so they average a pound each. <BR> <BR> The first meal is usually just the skin. If I bake the leg quarters, the skin puffs up and gets crispy and I pull it off and eat the skin and leave the meat. If I cook the chicken in the crockpot, I pull off the skin before I cook i... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 13:19:58 EST Monday, January 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5846642 Budget tip #4 - discount stores <BR> <BR> Mom wants to go to Grocery Outlet today. It's a discount grocery store. I think most of the stuff is overstock or close to expiration date or damaged containers. Things like that. You can get some great deals on stuff there. You can also spend a lot of money on things you don't need! <BR> <BR> Be very careful at places like that. It's great if you can save money on something you would normally get somewhere else, but not so great if you impulse shop... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 12:24:53 EST Sunday, January 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5845615 Budget tip #3 - make a price book. It doesn't have to be fancy and it doesn't have to include the price of everything at every store, but do include the things you buy most often. You may find that where you buy certain things is a no-brainer. <BR> <BR> I used to shop at Aldi and Walmart. I knew that a few things were cheaper at Aldi (mostly their sales of produce) but assumed that Walmart was cheaper for the rest. Wrong! I just happened to write down what the things on my grocery list cost... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 12:34:50 EST Saturday, January 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5844707 Budget tip #2 - As Naypooie reminded me, you need to have some room for the occasional splurge or extravagance. And you need to use it, too. Even if you have to skimp a bit on something else, allow yourself to get something or do something just because you want to. It doesn't have to be anything big. Going to a movie instead of borrowing a movie from the library. (If you haven't already, check out your library's offering of movies. Mine has a huge collection, and is pretty good about acceptin... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 12:20:30 EST Friday, January 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5844139 Budget tip #1 - spend a month at Mom's house and let her feed you! Should save lots of money, but somehow it doesn't, by the time I take her out to eat a couple of times, and I bought some crab legs for New Year's Day because she specially likes crab. Oh well. Even if it doesn't save any money, I'm having fun out here! Fri, 2 Jan 2015 18:41:47 EST January 1, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5843381 And a new year begins! <BR> <BR> This is my year to be extremely frugal with the things that don't matter and very frugal with the things that do. And that includes keeping track of my expenditures on a monthly basis. <BR> <BR> How about you? What are your financial/budget goals for the year? Thu, 1 Jan 2015 22:30:32 EST Final 2014 post http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5842212 It's over. Or will be in a few hours. Five hours if I were home, and seven hours here in Idaho. It's been a good year for me, and I hope for you, too. <BR> <BR> I came up with a budget for 2014, and recorded my expenditures for the first half of the year. Haven't done it recently, though. I did check my total expenditures for the year and I came in over $3000 under budget! Maybe I'll finish entering my expenditures and find out where I came out under budget and where I was over budget. It w... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 19:05:51 EST And continues some more... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823540 I made the pumpkin pies this evening. I used a low carb recipe from George Stella, but I made two of them with sugar instead of splenda. They have a "praline" crust - finely chopped pecans, splenda (or sugar), cinnamon, and butter. Like a graham cracker crust, but with pecans and splenda instead of graham crackers. Did you know that splenda does not burn like sugar does? Or at least not as readily? The splenda pie turned out great, but the praline crust on the sugar pies burned. Too burned to... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 21:43:09 EST And continues... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822873 I woke up early this morning and lay in bed panicking about not having enough food to eat. I found a site that tells you how much you need of each thing to serve different numbers of people. According to them, I have enough turkey, but not enough sweet potatoes or green beans. Which are the two things I was thinking I might be low on. So I got another pound or so of green beans, and another three pound bag of sweet potatoes, and a couple more apples for the apple salad, and some more grapes. ... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 14:55:08 EST