SparkPeople Frugalists and Simple Living Team Messageboard Team for anyone interested in living frugally, simply or just wants to lose weight with friends! Come join us! We will support each other along this journey. SparkPeople Frugalists and Simple Living Team Messageboard November 2014- New Members, Please Introduce <em>465</em> <em>428</em> <em>426</em> <em>430</em> <em>427</em> <em>465</em> <em>428</em> <em>426</em> <em>430</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>235</em> to the TEAM <BR> Tell us something about yourself and what your goals are. Also, be sure to join in on any of the conversation threads, the team goals, and huddle with the team. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>465</em> <em>428</em> <em>426</em> <em>430</em> <em>427</em> <em>465</em> <em>428</em> ... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 04:07:24 EST NOVEMBER 2014 CHAT - Welcome All <em>465</em> <em>428</em> <em>430</em> <em>426</em> <em>429</em> <em>465</em> <em>428</em> <em>430</em> <em>426</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Here it is <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> What are your goals for the Month of November? <BR> <BR> <BR> It is hard to believe that it is already November. Where has this year gone. What are your plans for this Holiday Season? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>465</em> <em>428</em> <em>430</em> <em>426</em> <em>429</em> <em... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 04:01:41 EST OCTOBER 2014 CHAT - Welcome All <em>465</em> <em>275</em> <em>424</em> <em>422</em> <em>421</em> <em>465</em> <em>275</em> <em>424</em> <em>422</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> It's <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> What are your goals for the month? <BR> <BR> What are your plans for the holidays? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>465</em> <em>275</em> <em>424</em> <em>422</em> <em>421</em> <em>465</em> <em>275</em> <em>424</em> <em>422</em> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:38:02 EST October 2014- New Members, Please Introduce <em>465</em> <em>275</em> <em>420</em> <em>424</em> <em>421</em> <em>465</em> <em>275</em> <em>420</em> <em>424</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>235</em> to the TEAM <BR> Tell us something about yourself and what your goals are. Also, be sure to join in on any of the conversation threads, the team goals, and huddle with the team. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>465</em> <em>275</em> <em>420</em> <em>424</em> <em>421</em> <em>465</em> <em>275</em> ... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:02:52 EST September 2014- New Members, Please Introduce <em>149</em> <em>207</em> <em>17</em> <em>268</em> <em>387</em> <em>149</em> <em>207</em> <em>17</em> <em>268</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>235</em> to the TEAM <BR> Tell us something about yourself and what your goals are. Also, be sure to join in on any of the conversation threads, the team goals, and huddle with the team. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>149</em> <em>207</em> <em>17</em> <em>268</em> <em>387</em> <em>149</em> <em>207</em> <em>17</em> ... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 11:54:38 EST September Chat Starting to pack boxes for the painter and the flooring guys. Will also prepare some stewed plums. My daughter has a plum tree with organic plums and each summer I make plum compote and freeze it. <BR> <BR> Wishing you all a happy Sunday. <BR> <BR> Gail Sun, 31 Aug 2014 10:13:00 EST im back hi my name is cyndi and i am ready to do this again and this time im ready to get it done Fri, 8 Aug 2014 12:49:56 EST AUGUST 2014- New Members, Please Introduce <em>67</em> <em>376</em> <em>259</em> <em>298</em> <em>374</em> <em>67</em> <em>376</em> <em>259</em> <em>298</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>235</em> to the TEAM <BR> Tell us something about yourself and what your goals are. Also, be sure to join in on any of the conversation threads, the team goals, and huddle with the team. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <em>376</em> <em>259</em> <em>298</em> <em>374</em> <em>67</em> <em>376</em> <... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 00:24:30 EST AUGUST 2014 CHAT - Welcome All <em>67</em> <em>259</em> <em>298</em> <em>376</em> <em>374</em> <em>67</em> <em>259</em> <em>298</em> <em>376</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> It's <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> What are your goals for August? <BR> <BR> It is hard to believe that we are through half the year and the Holidays are almost here. So, with that said what are your thoughts for being Frugal. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <em>259</em> <em>298</em> <em>376</em> <em>374</em> <em>67</em> ... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 00:18:45 EST JULY 2014- New Members, Please Introduce <em>283</em> <em>232</em> <em>410</em> <em>195</em> <em>67</em> <em>283</em> <em>232</em> <em>410</em> <em>195</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>235</em> to the TEAM <BR> Tell us something about yourself and what your goals are. 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Mon, 30 Jun 2014 13:44:10 EST JUlY 2014 CHAT - Welcome All <em>232</em> <em>283</em> <em>195</em> <em>67</em> <em>410</em> <em>232</em> <em>283</em> <em>195</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> It is <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> What is your goal for July? <BR> <BR> What are are your plans for the the 4th of July? <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>232</em> <em>283</em> <em>195</em> <em>67</em> <em>410</em> <em>232</em> <em>283</em> <em>195</em> <em>67</em> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 13:37:54 EST JUNE 2014 CHAT - Welcome All <em>67</em> <em>464</em> <em>461</em> <em>298</em> <em>259</em> <em>67</em> <em>464</em> <em>461</em> <em>298</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> It is here <em>249</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> What are your Goals for the Month of June? <em>463</em> <BR> <BR> Hard to believe that we are half way through the year and the summer has begun. <BR> <BR> What are your Plans for the Summer? <em>379</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <em>464</em> <em>461</em> ... Sat, 31 May 2014 14:26:12 EST JUNE 2014- New Members, Please Introduce <em>67</em> <em>259</em> <em>462</em> <em>464</em> <em>298</em> <em>67</em> <em>259</em> <em>462</em> <em>464</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>235</em> to the TEAM <BR> Tell us something about yourself and what your goals are. Also, be sure to join in on any of the conversation threads, the team goals, and huddle with the team. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <em>259</em> <em>462</em> <em>464</em> <em>298</em> <em>67</em> <em>259</em> <e... Sat, 31 May 2014 14:17:51 EST MAY 2014- New Members, Please Introduce <em>146</em> <em>374</em> <em>214</em> <em>376</em> <em>126</em> <em>377</em> <em>184</em> <em>379</em> <em>87</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>235</em> to the TEAM <BR> Tell us something about yourself and what your goals are. Also, be sure to join in on any of the conversation threads, the team goals, and huddle with the team. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>146</em> <em>374</em> <em>214</em> <em>376</em> <em>126</em> <em>377</em> <em>184</em> ... Thu, 1 May 2014 11:20:13 EST May 2014 CHAT - Welcome All <em>214</em> <em>184</em> <em>374</em> <em>87</em> <em>376</em> <em>214</em> <em>184</em> <em>374</em> <em>87</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today is <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> What are your goals for May? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>214</em> <em>184</em> <em>374</em> <em>87</em> <em>376</em> <em>214</em> <em>184</em> <em>374</em> <em>87</em> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 11:25:28 EST Can Holder Have any of you ever made a can holder for your pantry? I bought a rotater from Amazon, but it was the wrong depth. I'm not quite tall enough to reach my cans in the very back of my pantry so I'm looking for something that will move them to the edge. Sort of like a 12 pack of pop that you open on the end and when you take one the next one moves down. Anyone got any ideas? Wed, 2 Apr 2014 12:33:27 EST APRIL 2014- New Members, Please Introduce <em>451</em> <em>449</em> <em>453</em> <em>450</em> <em>452</em> <em>451</em> <em>449</em> <em>453</em> <em>450</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>235</em> to the TEAM <BR> Tell us something about yourself and what your goals are. Also, be sure to join in on any of the conversation threads, the team goals, and huddle with the team. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>451</em> <em>449</em> <em>453</em> <em>450</em> <em>452</em> <em>451</em> <em>449</em> <em>45... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 21:52:31 EST APRIL 2014 CHAT - Welcome All <em>451</em> <em>450</em> <em>453</em> <em>449</em> <em>452</em> <em>451</em> <em>450</em> <em>453</em> <em>449</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> It is <em>249</em> <em>450</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> What is your Goal for the Month? <em>451</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>451</em> <em>450</em> <em>453</em> <em>449</em> <em>452</em> <em>451</em> <em>450</em> <em>453</em> <em>449</em> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 21:42:29 EST New Baby! Hi folks, I'm a first-time-mom-to-be (due in July) and was wondering what frugal tips you might have for when the little one comes? Babies are expensive! And then there is Babies R Us and Buy Buy Baby and all these stores saying you NEED all this stuff and it's just so overwhelming. So, what things did you actually end up using? What things are worth the investment? What can I skip? Thu, 6 Mar 2014 20:01:15 EST Introduction! I have been a member of Sparkpeople for to long to have not lost any weight, but that is my sad situation. I would really like to change this. When I saw the name of this team, it fit my personality. I hope we can help each other. Thu, 6 Mar 2014 11:49:17 EST MARCH 2014 CHAT - Welcome All <em>137</em> <em>440</em> <em>441</em> <em>438</em> <em>437</em> <em>137</em> <em>440</em> <em>441</em> <em>438</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It's <em>249</em> <em>440</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> What are your goals for the month of March? <em>137</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>137</em> <em>440</em> <em>441</em> <em>438</em> <em>437</em> <em>137</em> <em>440</em> <em>441</em> <em>438</em> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 23:54:46 EST MARCH 2014 CHAT - Welcome All <em>137</em> <em>440</em> <em>441</em> <em>438</em> <em>437</em> <em>137</em> <em>440</em> <em>441</em> <em>438</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It's <em>249</em> <em>440</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> What are your goals for the month of March? <em>137</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>137</em> <em>440</em> <em>441</em> <em>438</em> <em>437</em> <em>137</em> <em>440</em> <em>441</em> <em>438</em> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 23:54:18 EST MARCH 2014- New Members, Please Introduce <em>137</em> <em>440</em> <em>438</em> <em>437</em> <em>440</em> <em>137</em> <em>440</em> <em>438</em> <em>437</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>235</em> to the TEAM <BR> Tell us something about yourself and what your goals are. <BR> Also, be sure to join in on any of the conversation threads, the team goals, and huddle with the team. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>137</em> <em>440</em> <em>438</em> <em>437</em> <em>440</em> <em>137</em> <em>440</em> <em>4... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 23:42:01 EST Hello hello! Hello! I recently joined a gym and started tracking on Spark, but I haven't spent much time getting to know the community yet. <BR> <BR> I'm a graphic designer and illustrator living in Minneapolis, MN. <BR> <BR> I love video games, dinosaurs, drawing, building stuff, reading, cycling, and cooking. <BR> <BR> Feel free to check out my page for a bit more of my story, and add me as a friend if you'd like! Wed, 12 Feb 2014 13:14:43 EST FEBRUARY 2014- New Members, Please Introduce <em>144</em> <em>129</em> <em>214</em> <em>26</em> <em>146</em> <em>144</em> <em>129</em> <em>214</em> <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>235</em> to the TEAM <BR> Tell us something about yourself and what your goals are. <BR> Also, be sure to join in on any of the conversation threads, the team goals, and huddle with the team. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>144</em> <em>129</em> <em>214</em> <em>26</em> <em>146</em> <em>144</em> <em>129</em> ... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 00:41:42 EST FEBRUARY 2014 CHAT - Welcome All <em>26</em> <em>214</em> <em>144</em> <em>129</em> <em>146</em> <em>26</em> <em>214</em> <em>144</em> <em>129</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It is <em>249</em> <em>290</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> What is your goal for the Month of February? <em>144</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> <em>214</em> <em>144</em> <em>129</em> <em>146</em> <em>26</em> <em>214</em> <em>144</em> <em>129</em> <BR> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 00:31:26 EST What's the "cheapest" thing you do? I'll "out" myself before asking you to admit your cheapskate ways. <BR> Here are some of my cheapest habits. . . <BR> 1. Hubby & I find great cards for each other but never buy them! I'll just call him over to the Hallmark racks and say, "here, read this, it is your birthday card!" He reads it, loves it, kisses me & and we leave the store! <BR> <BR> 2. We'll have dinner at the kid's house, DIL will make a fabulous ham & I'll ask to take the bone home, knowing she would NEVER make split pe... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 19:22:41 EST ON THE RIGHT PATH FOR A HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE Hi, Dianna here. Well lets see I am 47 yo female, I had gastric bypass surgery in Oct 2007 started at 253 got down to 135 and looked like i was on my way out. So I gained some weight back and now i need to lose about 30 to 40lbs. Food still bother me so eating a set amount of calories is a challenge...My main goal is to EAT HEALTHIER and let the numbers on the scale fall where they do. I feel 100% better since the surgery...anyone with suggestions please feel free to contact me...Lets Ge... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 08:07:27 EST WooHoo! DH and I were finally able to pay off one of our credit cards! <BR> <BR> It feels good; no more wasting money on interest, no more needing to keep track of payments; no more needing to have to pay. <BR> <BR> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 19:56:55 EST Dollar Store Buys I both love and hate dollar stores. I love certain things that are so cheap there but I'm also afraid to eat some of the food they sell. I'm curious to know what others will or will not buy at these places. Mon, 13 Jan 2014 15:53:35 EST 2014 Frugal Tips & Ideas I saw that the team did this thread in 2011, so I thought I'd introduce it again and see what's new for 2014. <BR> <BR> My best tip right now is to shop for holiday cards and decorations for next winter! Prices are discounted by as much as 75%. Even better, visit Goodwill Stores or consignment shops whew the goodies are already at lower prices. Fri, 3 Jan 2014 10:47:27 EST Things I'm Grateful for in 2014 I am very grateful for: <BR> -- emerging from Christmas with NO new credit card debt! <BR> -- learning that my employer plans to increase their "match" to my retirement savings to 5.3% <BR> -- auditing our spending for 2013 and finding we stayed within our budget (except for healthcare costs) <BR> <BR> This is a great way to launch a new year! <BR> <BR> --p Wed, 1 Jan 2014 13:56:05 EST JANUARY 2014- New Members, Please Introduce <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>412</em> <em>407</em> <em>107</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>412</em> <em>407</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>235</em> to the TEAM <BR> Tell us something about yourself and what your goals are. <BR> Also, be sure to join in on any of the conversation threads, the team goals, and huddle with the team. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>412</em> <em>407</em> <em>107</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 02:27:28 EST 'JANUARY 2014 CHAT - Welcome All' <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>412</em> <em>407</em> <em>107</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>412</em> <em>407</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> HAPPY NEW YEAR! <em>408</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> It is the <em>411</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> As we bring in the New Year and say good-bye to the old. What are you looking forward to in 2014? <BR> <BR> What is your goal for the Year? <BR> <BR> What is your goal for the Month? <BR> <BR> I wish you all the best and the happiest of 20... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 02:20:39 EST Organizing to save $$$$$$--any ideas welcome I was born into a family of disorganized hoarders. I have huge difficulties organizing my life. It has resulted in an extremely dirty home, disastrous money issues, loss of important or sentimental items and a physically unhealthy lifestyle. At the age of almost 60 I've decided that it's time to fix this. I need help, so a couple of obsessive compulsive cleaning pals are coming over this week to help tackle some of the mess. This week end I am cleaning out the horrible to l... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 15:56:22 EST Budget and stocking up on sale items This one has been a problem for me for a long time now. I realize the benefits of having a budget and am willing to deal with the inconvenience of recording all our expenses. But I find myself struggling with knowing how to stay within a budget when stocking up on good sale items that don't go on sale very often. Some of these items, often food items, pet food etc. I only buy every couple of months. How do you fit those in your budget? <BR> Birgit Sat, 30 Nov 2013 14:23:43 EST DECEMBER 2013 - New Members, Please Introduce <em>442</em> <em>446</em> <em>500</em> <em>501</em> <em>425</em> <em>442</em> <em>446</em> <em>500</em> <em>501</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>235</em> to the TEAM <BR> Tell us something about yourself and what your goals are. <BR> Also, be sure to join in on any of the conversation threads, the team goals, and huddle with the team. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>442</em> <em>446</em> <em>500</em> <em>501</em> <em>425</em> <em>442</em> <em>446</em> <em>... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 00:08:53 EST December Challenge - Random Acts of Kindness <em>446</em> <em>425</em> <em>443</em> <em>444</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>425</em> <em>443</em> <em>444</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Or Operation Secret Santa. I know we have done the Random Acts of Kindness before but, it is the Season. <BR> <BR> I know we have some New members. So, how is works is like a a Secret Santa but, you don't have to be secretive about it. I know a lot of us are on budgets and this really doesn't take money. Here are some ideas to help: ... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 00:04:55 EST 'DECEMBER 2013 CHAT - Welcome All' <em>444</em> <em>447</em> <em>425</em> <em>500</em> <em>501</em> <em>444</em> <em>447</em> <em>425</em> <em>500</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> is here! <em>460</em> <BR> <BR> Well, it is hard to believe that the end of 2013 is coming to an end so soon and we are about to start on a whole journey. So, instead of asking what your goals are for the month the Question is : <BR> <BR> What are you most happy about this year with the goals you had set? <BR> <... Fri, 29 Nov 2013 23:41:45 EST Recently started couponing... Is anyone else doing this? There are a lot of unhealthy foods that they offer coupons for, but I really try hard to not buy everything that I get coupons for and tend to share my coupons when I can. <BR> <BR> I've also been getting coupons from Kroger and this last batch, they included a dollar amount off of $15.00 (I think) of produce. Mon, 4 Nov 2013 08:01:49 EST November Challenge 2013 <em>465</em> <em>428</em> <em>426</em> <em>465</em> <em>429</em> <em>465</em> <em>428</em> <em>426</em> <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> Lets do the Turkey Trot <em>429</em> and loose a few inches before the Holidays. <BR> <BR> All you have to do is Choose what activities you want to do. <BR> <BR> Then come here tell what activities you are going to do <BR> <BR> How much weight you want to loose <BR> <BR> How many times a week you want to do the activities <BR> ... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 00:20:49 EST NOVEMBER 2013 - New Members, Please Introduce <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <em>429</em> <em>430</em> <em>427</em> <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <em>429</em> <em>430</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>235</em> to the TEAM <BR> Tell us something about yourself and what your goals are. <BR> Also, be sure to join in on any of the conversation threads, the team goals, and huddle with the team. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <em>429</em> <em>430</em> <em>427</em> <em>465</em> <em>426</e... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 05:42:48 EST 'NOVENBER 2013 CHAT - Welcome All' <em>426</em> <em>430</em> <em>428</em> <em>465</em> <em>427</em> <em>426</em> <em>430</em> <em>428</em> <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> It's Here <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> What are your goals for November? <em>430</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>426</em> <em>430</em> <em>428</em> <em>465</em> <em>427</em> <em>426</em> <em>430</em> <em>428</em> <em>465</em> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 05:36:21 EST HALLOWEEN CHALLENGE 2013 <em>275</em> <em>419</em> <em>424</em> <em>465</em> <em>431</em> <em>275</em> <em>419</em> <em>424</em> <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> So Halloween is coming up and I thought it would be fun again this year to visit each other page. This is how is works: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Date: October 31 <em>421</em> <BR> <BR> What to do: Visit each Members page and leave a goodie or a message for Halloween. <BR> <BR> Which Members : Any Member you want or just the ones that a... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 20:50:48 EST Time Savers When I am interested in a movie or book, I peruse my library's website and reserve the items. They notify me when they have them and they are tagged and ready for me to pick up! In and out in 5 minutes unless I wanted to hang around. Tue, 8 Oct 2013 15:28:05 EST OCTOBER 2013 Challenge It is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. <em>390</em> <BR> <BR> Have you had your Mammogram? <BR> <BR> Do you have a story to tell of Cancer Survival or know someone who has? <BR> <BR> Come share your story or theirs to inspire and help others. <BR> <BR> Lets all wear pink this month and spread the word to help get check and self check regularly for early detection. <BR> <BR> It helped me! <em>390</em> Wed, 2 Oct 2013 01:17:19 EST OCTOBER 2013 - New Members, Please Introduce <em>275</em> <em>424</em> <em>431</em> <em>422</em> <em>420</em> <em>275</em> <em>424</em> <em>431</em> <em>422</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>235</em> to the TEAM <BR> Tell us something about yourself and what your goals are. <BR> Also, be sure to join in on any of the conversation threads, the team goals, and huddle with the team. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>275</em> <em>424</em> <em>431</em> <em>422</em> <em>420</em> <em>275</em> <em>424</em> <... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 00:15:33 EST 'OCTOBER 2013 CHAT - Welcome All' <em>465</em> <em>275</em> <em>424</em> <em>422</em> <em>419</em> <em>465</em> <em>275</em> <em>424</em> <em>422</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Here it is <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> What are your goals for the month of October? <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>465</em> <em>275</em> <em>424</em> <em>422</em> <em>419</em> <em>465</em> <em>275</em> <em>424</em> <em>422</em> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 00:10:11 EST Save time when packing lunches! To save money and calories, many of us pack lunches for ourselves and our families. On Saturday or Sunday evenings, I pull out 5 bags that I will use for my hubby's lunches for Monday through Friday. I have zip lock bags ready to bag the snacks for each day= chips, cheese curls, pretzels,etc. I pull out the dessert- cookies, granola bars, fruit cups, pudding or whatever you decide. I assemble each lunch with one snack item, dessert, and fruit. I place these bags in the refrigerator till I... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 17:45:37 EST Ideas needed- where to sell my books, dvds.cds?? I have TONS of books everywhere!! Some I have read, some not. I have decided to no longer buy books (or dvds or cds) so I borrow them from my local library. I can extend the time if I am not done with them in 3 weeks. Now the BIG QUESTION- Where can I unload the books, cds and dvds I currently have??? 1) Must be easy 2) prefer to be able to sell them so I can get some cash out of it 3) will donate them to salvation army as a last resort and write them off on my taxes. Open to hearin... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 16:33:56 EST Hi Team ~ I am Deby ~ I am New to team <em>213</em> Hi <BR> <BR> I am Deby... <BR> <BR> I have been on this Weight / Health journey going on 5 years now.... <BR> in 2009, I weighed in at 220 lbs..... I was so disgusted with myself <BR> and decided time to change... and NOW... <BR> <BR> So here I am 2013 down to 158 lbs... <BR> I am on the last round with just 20+ lbs to go.. <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to Meeting and sharing with the team <BR> <BR> Wishing everyone all the best on this journey to a healthier you ~ Deb... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 12:57:39 EST September Challenge 2013 This Challenge is Choose your Method of Work out to Lose the Weight you want. <BR> <BR> I know that some of you have had injuries and were not able to do last months Challenge. So, I thought it would be fun if we each choice our own way to lose weight. <BR> <BR> This is how it would work: <BR> <BR> 1. Decide what type of work you want to do & how often you want to do it. <BR> <BR> 2. Then figure out how much weight you want to lose. <BR> <BR> 3. Then Post what you want to do here along w... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 21:24:01 EST SEPTEMBER 2013 - New Members, Please Introduce <em>465</em> <em>149</em> <em>465</em> <em>150</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>149</em> <em>465</em> <em>150</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>235</em> to the TEAM <BR> Tell us something about yourself and what your goals are. <BR> Also, be sure to join in on any of the conversation threads, the team goals, and huddle with the team. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>465</em> <em>149</em> <em>465</em> <em>150</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>149</em> <em>4... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 13:04:36 EST 'SEPTEMBER 2013 CHAT - Welcome All' <em>150</em> <em>465</em> <em>149</em> <em>465</em> <em>150</em> <em>465</em> <em>149</em> <em>465</em> <em>150</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> It is Here <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> What are your Goals for the Month of September? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>150</em> <em>465</em> <em>149</em> <em>465</em> <em>150</em> <em>465</em> <em>149</em> <em>465</em> <em>150</em> Sat, 31 Aug 2013 12:58:29 EST Do you track your spending? I have been doing this for many years, sometimes looking carelessly at where my spending goes, and since retiring last year from f/t employment, looking much more carefully at where the spending occurs. <BR> <BR> I aimed for 5 no spending days this week, and so far I am on track with this goal. <BR> <BR> Anyone care to share their thoughts? <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 15:04:02 EST Food Dehydrator anyone use a food dehydrator? I'm trying tomatoes. What foods do you dry and how do you use them? Wed, 21 Aug 2013 08:47:54 EST Hi I am sarah, new member Glad I found this group. So great to meet new people at spark! I have been isolated so long! Iam 61, grandmother, at home, disabled with bipolar condition, a writer self-published at Amazon, I like to read and have just created a reading group called Simple Living Reading Group at Sparkpeople! all invited. Glad to be here! I am really into saving money along with losing weight and i consider overeating and overspending to be the same thing: over consuming! sarah <BR> <BR> Sun, 11 Aug 2013 09:56:17 EST August Challenge - Walk for your Health and Heart <em>311</em> <em>26</em> <em>311</em> <em>26</em> <em>311</em> <em>26</em> <em>311</em> <em>26</em> <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> With the Holidays coming I thought I start us off early with a walking challenge. Here's how it works: <BR> <BR> You choose how much you can walk per day. <BR> <BR> You choose how much you want to loose for the Month. <BR> <BR> You log in each day how much you walked. <BR> <BR> At the end of the you log in and tell us how much you lost. <BR> <... 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Thu, 1 Aug 2013 18:20:48 EST 'AUGUST 2013 CHAT - Welcome All' <em>67</em> <em>461</em> <em>150</em> <em>207</em> <em>67</em> <em>461</em> <em>150</em> <em>207</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> It is Here <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> What are your goals for this Month? <BR> <BR> <BR> What are your plans for the end of summer and back to school for the kids? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <em>461</em> <em>150</em> <em>207</em> <em>67</em> <em>461</em> <em>150</em> <em>207</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> <B... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 14:38:49 EST ALERT - Scam on SparkPeople Someone who is a Spark member calling him/herself FRIEND4YOU5. She calls herself <BR> Princess Sameera Michel & is asking for help in getting a very large amount of money out of her country and also for her to relocate to our country!! <BR> <BR> SCAM - I guess he/she thinks that sending through Sparkmail - you might think its genuine !! <BR> DO NOT answer it!! <BR> <BR> At the bottom of the Sparkmail there is a button - report inappropriate Sparkmail! - click on this and report it!! Sun, 21 Jul 2013 11:34:31 EST SP Optional Program Changes Coming Tomorrow Just passing along this message from Coach Jen about some optional changes coming to SP tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Sandy <BR> <BR> <BR> Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> We wanted to let you know about some changes that are coming tomorrow to calorie and fitness tracking. A few things to keep in mind: <BR> <BR> 1. These changes are TOTALLY optional to current members. So if you like the way things work now, you don't have to change anything. <BR> <BR> 2. Change is never easy, so we ask that you keep an o... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 22:07:22 EST JULY 2013 - New Members, Please Introduce <em>283</em> <em>195</em> <em>232</em> <em>283</em> <em>195</em> <em>232</em> <em>283</em> <em>195</em> <em>232</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>235</em> to the TEAM <BR> Tell us something about yourself and what your goals are. <BR> Also, be sure to join in on any of the conversation threads, the team goals, and huddle with the team. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>283</em> <em>195</em> <em>232</em> <em>283</em> <em>195</em> <em>232</em> ... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 02:21:32 EST 'JULY 2013 CHAT - Welcome All' <em>232</em> <em>195</em> <em>283</em> <em>232</em> <em>195</em> <em>283</em> <em>232</em> <em>195</em> <em>283</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It is Here <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> What is your Goal for the Month of July? <em>232</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Do you have any Special Plans that you do as a family or with friend <BR> on the 4th of July? <em>283</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>232</em> <em>195</em> <em>283</em> <em>232</em> <em>1... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 02:13:58 EST New member I am happy to find your team. I am frugal by nature and love being able to save my family money by stretching our dollars. Sat, 29 Jun 2013 14:25:52 EST Hello! New to the team. Hi! I'm new to ths exciting team! Looking reward to simple and frugal ideas to help keep me sparking! <BR> <BR> Cheers! Sun, 23 Jun 2013 20:39:40 EST I Love My Daddy's Garden!! Since I was a child, my parents have had a summer veggie garden. It's a lot of hard work and I hated it as a child. My dad is retired, but now devotes most of his time to gardening. This week-end, I've been "shopping." My fridge has fresh broccoli, cabbage, squash, eggplant, spinach, and onions. Yeah Dad!! <BR> <BR> <em>376</em> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 08:42:34 EST treasure hunting While reading an article on recycling, I saw a suggestion to buy used things when possible. I love shopping at thrift stores! I call it treasure hunting. Does anyone else utilize the bounty of used products in the world?? Sat, 8 Jun 2013 09:14:28 EST does your grocery store have a clearance section? My grocery store has a clearance section for general items, a reduced meat section, and a yellow sticker system for clearance items for dairy and produce. I LOVE IT!!!! yesterday, I found some clearance organic items (rolled oats, rice chips), calcium chewies (one way I tame the sweet tooth), and a great beef roast. If your grocery store has clearance items, do you check them out? What is your latest clearance find? Thu, 6 Jun 2013 08:28:19 EST non-frugalists friends/family: great shopping My mom is not a frugalist nor does she enjoy simply living. Her loss is my gain! When I am running low on grooming items (shampoo, lotion, etc) I ask for her cast-offs. Many people have partially used products in the back of their cabinets. Do you know anyone like this you could utilize as a source to "shop"? Mon, 3 Jun 2013 08:44:48 EST June Challenge - RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS 2013 <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Here How it works - You do any of the following or make one of your own. Then come back and post it what you did. Then all I ask from you is to try to pass it forward to other groups to see if we can get more people to do the same. <BR> <BR> How does that sound to all of you? <BR> <BR> 1. Say you have a new neighbor that moves in you would - ... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 23:14:18 EST JUNE 2013 - New Members, Please Introduce <em>235</em> <em>67</em> <em>235</em> <em>461</em> <em>235</em> <em>67</em> <em>235</em> <em>461</em> <em>235</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> WELCOME to the TEAM <BR> Tell us something about yourself and what your goals are. <BR> Also, be sure to join in on any of the conversation threads, the team goals, and huddle with the team. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>235</em> <em>67</em> <em>235</em> <em>461</em> <em>235</em> <em>67</em> <em>235</em> <em>461</em> <em>... Fri, 31 May 2013 04:47:59 EST JUNE 2013 CHAT - Welcome All <em>67</em> <em>259</em> <em>298</em> <em>461</em> <em>464</em> <em>67</em> <em>259</em> <em>298</em> <em>461</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> It is Here <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> What is your Goal for the Month of June? <BR> <BR> <BR> Do you have any plans for the Summer? <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <em>259</em> <em>298</em> <em>461</em> <em>464</em> <em>67</em> <em>259</em> <em>298</em> <em>461</em> Fri, 31 May 2013 04:41:02 EST What's your local place to buy cheap vegatables I think it's a good idea to start a country wide (Sparks wide) list of places people can go locally to buy cheap in season produce. <BR> <BR> Mine: <BR> The Moveable Market. For $10 you can get about 60 pounds of fresh vegetables. They are wonderful and just at their peak. I get enough to freeze, roast and some people even can their load. The website is on-line...I'm in AZ and I am sure there are some other great places across Spark land. Thu, 30 May 2013 12:32:42 EST New to Frugalist team Attempt to be more frugal, so that we can save money for car. So far have turned up AC to 83, live in Nevada so AC still in use. Also only drive car once a week and do all errands at that time. Just started using coupons ( did this in the past but found I was buying things that we don't use so not cutting a coupon unless I would have bought the product anyway. Any suggestions gladly appreciated. Thu, 30 May 2013 12:23:39 EST My intro Hello to all! I'm Emily. I'm from west Tennessee, north of Memphis. Several years ago I started recycling plastic and realized what a huge difference it made in the amount of trash we created. Since then, I have implemented many practices to reduce my "carbon footprint." This is turn has led me to learn to live more simply. Less waste, less possessions, and less hassles! Being a frugalist just seems to go along with the simple lifestyle! And I love it! Sat, 25 May 2013 23:22:06 EST Hey Y'all! :-) My name is Tracey and I'm from Texas (not that you would guess that from the screen name, right?). I am married with 3 wonderful children. DS22, DS13 and DD11. We have recently started couponing in an attempt to save more money since we have been helping to support 2 other households besides ours. Even though we seem to be down to only helping to support one other household, I'd like to continue couponing in an effort for DH and I to take a trip for our honeymooniversary. :-) Looking f... Sat, 25 May 2013 12:45:19 EST MAY 2013 - New Members, Please Introduce <BR> <em>235</em> <em>184</em> <em>235</em> <em>184</em> <em>235</em> <em>184</em> <em>235</em> <em>184</em> <em>235</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> WELCOME to the TEAM <BR> Tell us something about yourself and what your goals are. <BR> Also, be sure to join in on any of the conversation threads, the team goals, and huddle with the team. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>235</em> <em>184</em> <em>235</em> <em>184</em> <em>235</em> <em>184</em> <em>235</em> <em>1... Wed, 1 May 2013 02:12:11 EST MAY 2013 CHAT - Welcome All' <em>184</em> <em>377</em> <em>376</em> <em>378</em> <em>379</em> <em>184</em> <em>377</em> <em>376</em> <em>378</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> It is Here <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> What are your Goals for the Month of May? <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>184</em> <em>377</em> <em>376</em> <em>378</em> <em>379</em> <em>184</em> <em>377</em> <em>376</em> <em>378</em> Wed, 1 May 2013 01:46:15 EST New way to win 250 SparkPoints Click on the link below to take the new SparkPeople Member Survey & win 250 SparkPoints. <BR> <BR> Click on the link & then lick on the Insider. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> <link><BR>w.asp </link> </link> Sat, 20 Apr 2013 10:20:31 EST Single Serving Recipes Single serving recipes are easy to make for more & still not have leftovers........unless you choose to have. Since I live alone, I try to find single serving recipes that I like. I usually make two servings & save one of them for the next day. I will share a couple of them now in case you're interested & will share more later. I hope you will also share some 1-2 serving recipes. <BR> <BR> GRILLED CHICKEN PARMESAN <BR> <BR> 5 oz. chicken breast <BR> 2 T. marinara sauce <BR> 1 oz. part-s... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 13:57:48 EST April Challenge - Rise & Shine <em>67</em> <em>8</em> <em>31</em> RISE & SHINE Challenge <em>67</em> <em>8</em> <em>31</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> I don't know if anyone read the Blog on the Daily Spark about the Rise & Shine Challenge. But, I think it is a good one to do for our team. I have posted the link below so that all you can read about the Challenge and how it works. The only difference that I would like to do is that you also post your progress here also. <BR> <BR> So, What do you think? Are you in! ... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 20:00:28 EST APRIL 2013 - New Members, Please Introduce <em>184</em> <em>374</em> <em>376</em> <em>377</em> <em>125</em> <em>126</em> <em>27</em> <em>87</em> <em>214</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> WELCOME to the TEAM <BR> Tell us something about yourself and what your goals are. <BR> Also, be sure to join in on any of the conversation threads, the team goals, and huddle with the team. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>184</em> <em>374</em> <em>376</em> <em>377</em> <em>125</em> <em>126</em> <em>27</em> <em>87</em> <... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 15:38:31 EST APRIL 2013 CHAT - Welcome All' <em>184</em> <em>374</em> <em>376</em> <em>377</em> <em>125</em> <em>126</em> <em>27</em> <em>87</em> <em>214</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Here it is <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> What are your goals for the Month? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>184</em> <em>374</em> <em>376</em> <em>377</em> <em>125</em> <em>126</em> <em>27</em> <em>87</em> <em>214</em> Sun, 31 Mar 2013 15:35:53 EST Coming out of lurkdom I've been part of SP since the beginning of the year, but I've been lurking. So I'm stepping out of the shadows to say hello! <BR> <BR> I'm having great success so far - 20 pounds lost, 31 inches, even had to buy some new clothes! The best part is I'm making lifestyle changes. I'm working out everyday and making healthy choices in what I eat. (Ah donut, you are NOT my friend! You are in fact killing me.) <BR> <BR> Losing steam though, lol. I think I can, I think I can... <BR> <BR> Shana Thu, 14 Mar 2013 18:22:08 EST March Challenge Since this month is St. Patrick's Day. Being lucky is always good! So, here is the Challenge: <BR> <BR> How Lucky are you? <em>440</em> <BR> <BR> Tell us how lucky you are in your dealings with Shopping or your fines. What have you been able to turn into gold - From trash to Treasure! <em>137</em> <BR> <BR> This could be anything including your work out, Shopping, cleaning or gardening. <BR> <BR> All you have to do is post here on the thread. So, who is all in? <em>437</em> <B... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 17:13:01 EST MARCH 2013 - New Members, Please Introduce <em>137</em> <em>440</em> <em>441</em> <em>438</em> <em>437</em> <em>137</em> <em>440</em> <em>441</em> <em>438</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> WELCOME to the TEAM <BR> Tell us something about yourself and what your goals are. <BR> Also, be sure to join in on any of the conversation threads, the team goals, and huddle with the team. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>137</em> <em>440</em> <em>441</em> <em>438</em> <em>437</em> <em>137</em> <em>440</em> <em>441</em> ... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 16:52:34 EST MARCH 2013 CHAT - Welcome All' <em>137</em> <em>440</em> <em>438</em> <em>437</em> <em>441</em> <em>137</em> <em>437</em> <em>440</em> <em>438</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Here it is <em>249</em> <em>440</em> <BR> <BR> What is your goal for the Month? <em>437</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>137</em> <em>440</em> <em>438</em> <em>437</em> <em>441</em> <em>137</em> <em>437</em> <em>440</em> <em>438</em> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 16:31:29 EST budgeting for rewards?! I desperately need new clothes. I live in pajamas because it is all i own. When the income tax comes in i will get a shopping spree, however, i am in the process of trying to lose weight. So buying an entire new wardrobe does not make sense. I am not sure how to reward myself. I have considered buying a pair of jeans for every 25 lbs lost just to keep me motivated but am not too crazy about buying new clothes while i am losing weight. And i need the rewards for motivation so that i dont get d... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 17:34:30 EST growing vegetables indoors?! I have an outdoor dog who loves to "landscape" (she literally pulls weeds lol) does anyone have tips for growing veggies indoors? Like fresh spinach? Grape tomatoes? Etc? I also think it would spark an interest in my 2 year old. Tue, 19 Feb 2013 17:02:51 EST New list member Hi all, I am just joining this list. I have been an SP member for long time but this is the first time I have joined this list. I already live pretty frugal as I am going through a divorce at 52 and am living in an RV until my divorce is final. I grow my own vegetables, beef, pork, eggs and milk my own goats for milk as well. I make my own soap, and I have a booth at the local farmers market where I sell my surplus. It has been very difficult this year with the divorce though, as my soon ... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 12:48:15 EST FEBRUARY 2013 CHALLENGE <em>129</em> <em>247</em> <em>34</em> <em>26</em> <em>247</em> <em>129</em> <BR> <BR> February Challenge is a combination of of two. Since everyone like the January Challenge I thought we could continue it. <BR> <BR> For February lets gets our Hearts working and do some Cardio and lose some weight for the month. <BR> <BR> How much do you what to lose? <BR> <BR> How much Cardio are you going to do a week? <BR> <BR> You can come and post here what you have done and how y... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 13:27:40 EST FEBRUARY 2013 - New Members, Please Introduce <em>26</em> <em>408</em> <em>214</em> <em>407</em> <em>129</em> <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> WELCOME to the TEAM <BR> Tell us something about yourself and what your goals are. <BR> Also, be sure to join in on any of the conversation threads, the team goals, and huddle with the team. <BR> <BR> HAPPY NEW YEAR"S 2013 EVERYONE! <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> <em>408</em> <em>214</em> <em>407</em> <em>129</em> <em>410</em> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 12:57:14 EST FEBRUARY 2013 CHAT - Welcome All' <em>26</em> <em>408</em> <em>129</em> <em>214</em> <em>19</em> <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> Here it is day <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> What are your goals for the February? <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> <em>408</em> <em>129</em> <em>214</em> <em>19</em> <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 12:49:30 EST week 4 of the new year frugal goals I think it would be fun to post a weekly frugal goals list. I would love to see what others are working on. Clearly Some things are repetitive like cooking at home more. But lots of other things are personal and different and gives people ideas of things they may not have thought of. <BR> <BR> <BR> For me This week I am continuing with my getting rid of 2 storage containers of unused things a week. <BR> <BR> I am also going to work on a inventory of all food in the house so I can have a u... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 20:27:39 EST New Teammate here New to the team, but not to Spark! <BR> <BR> I joined this team because I have an adult son with special needs. With independent living, he's functioning for the most part, but I am his guardian. When it comes to simple things he is very much challenged and he still needs assistance, particularly with managing money. He knows money can buy things, but as for the responsibility of it he doesn't get (yet). Hope to get some ideas from this team. <BR> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 11:14:36 EST frugal weekend plans I am looking forward to the weekend and coming up with frugal plans for the kiddos. Planing on trying not to spend any money myself. if hubby wants to take me out I would say no though LOL. SO what are you going to do that is enjoyable and frugal. <BR> <BR> Me I am going to ......... <BR> <BR> Make salt dough for my son to make a bowl with. His clay one he made at school broke and I am not going to buy clay. <BR> <BR> After he does his chores I am going to see if I can repair and old bike ... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 21:20:22 EST New frugal skills of the week What new frugal activities are you learning to do. I like to learn new things and it if fun to hear what others are learning. What are your frugal skill goals. Fri, 25 Jan 2013 11:53:52 EST introduction Hi I am Gail from the panhandle of Florida. I have about 40 pounds to lose but more important I want to lead a healthier lifestyle for myself and my children. I want to be a positive role model in all areas of my life. <em>224</em> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 19:27:48 EST Eating healthy and organic on the cheap I don't have many ideas, so I'm hoping to expand my tips. One thing I learned, is to keep a spray bottle full of vinegar at the kitchen counter. Spraying produce, then washing under cold, running water helps to get rid of some pesticide residue. I can save by not buying all organic produce. What tips do you use to get high quality food for cheap? Fri, 4 Jan 2013 17:59:59 EST JANUARY CHALLENGE 2013 I am calling this Challenge "Pay it Forward or Be Kind" <BR> <BR> This is how it goes: <BR> <BR> Each day you do something for someone it doesn't have to be big. It could be a kind word or hold a door open for someone or helping out a neighbor. It could be that someone did something nice for you then in return you do something nice for them. <BR> <BR> Here in Washington State Paying it Forward has meant -Example : DH went in to get coffee for us one morning when he went to pay for it the... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 03:07:59 EST here I am Hey everyone. My name is Shanon. I'm a stay at home, homeschooling mom of four. One that will graduate this year. I consider myself to be very frugal, though there are many times I wish I could be frugal with my eating. Lol. My goals are to loose over 120lbslbs. To learn to be a great gardener, frugalist, and herbalist. I'm also huge into sewing. I joined this group to learn and to help anyway I can. <BR> Ttfn, <BR> Gypsy_child Mon, 31 Dec 2012 10:59:33 EST JANUARY 2013 - New Members, Please Introduce <em>412</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>283</em> <em>412</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> WELCOME to the TEAM <BR> Tell us something about yourself and what your goals are. <BR> Also, be sure to join in on any of the conversation threads, the team goals, and huddle with the team. <BR> <BR> HAPPY NEW YEAR"S 2013 EVERYONE! <BR> <BR> <em>412</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>283</em> <em>412</em... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 00:36:12 EST JANUARY 2013 CHAT - Welcome All' <em>409</em> <em>412</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>412</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Well here it is Day <em>411</em> <BR> <BR> What is your goal for the Month? <BR> <BR> <em>410</em> <em>283</em> HAPPY NEW YEAR'S EVERYONE! <em>410</em> <em>283</em> <BR> <BR> <em>409</em> <em>412</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>412</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> ... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 00:23:19 EST Need help refinishing an old dresser So I have my childhood dresser, which is nothing much to look at. It has veneer that is peeling off, and looking at the price of veneer, I was pretty shocked. I'm going to paint it, not refinish it, so maybe there is something else I can try? It's solid wood with a maple finish, and of course, the wood under the veneer is rough cut. <BR> <BR> I don't need an entire sheet of veneer. I'm going for the cottage look. I'm replacing the old Early American drawer pulls and knobs with something a l... Wed, 12 Dec 2012 12:24:27 EST DECEMBER CHALLENGE # 2 Just Move It 2012 <em>444</em> <em>442</em> <em>443</em> <em>425</em> <em>460</em> <BR> <BR> December tends to be a very busy month for many reasons. Everywhere you go, there will probably be food or food promotions. Let's not allow the season to derail us from our goals. <BR> <BR> The CHALLENGE: <BR> <BR> Start a SPARK STREAK of ten minutes of exercise per day. It can be push-ups or it can be cardio. <BR> You can record your daily exercise here or on the thread that is labeled: "Exercise..Wh... Sat, 1 Dec 2012 00:40:21 EST CHRISTMAS CHALLENGE #1 2012 <em>447</em> <em>446</em> <em>445</em> <em>444</em> <em>442</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> For this Challenge it is to lose weight. Rules are as followers: <BR> <BR> 1. You Choose how much you want to lose - 5lbs, 10lb, etc. and post it. <BR> <BR> 2. Next, each week check in with your progress. <BR> <BR> 3. The Challenge will end on December 26th. for each person that meets their goal there will be a special prize. <BR> <BR> I hope that you will all join in! This should be fun!... Sat, 1 Dec 2012 00:28:59 EST DECEMBER 2012 - New Members, Please Introduce <em>445</em> <em>460</em> <em>235</em> <em>446</em> <em>447</em> <em>445</em> <em>460</em> <em>235</em> <em>446</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> WELCOME to the TEAM <BR> Tell us something about yourself and what your goals are. <BR> Also, be sure to join in on any of the conversation threads, the team goals, and huddle with the team. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>445</em> <em>460</em> <em>235</em> <em>446</em> <em>447</em> <em>445</em> <em>460</em> <em>235</em> ... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 03:04:25 EST DECEMBER 2012 CHAT - Welcome All <em>500</em> <em>446</em> <em>501</em> <em>425</em> <em>500</em> <em>446</em> <em>501</em> <em>425</em> <BR> <BR> <em>411</em> is here! <em>445</em> <BR> <BR> Where has this year gone? Can't believe that another year has gone by so fast. What are your goals the month and your New ones for next year? <BR> <BR> I will be posting Challenges for December starting Monday! <BR> <BR> <em>500</em> <em>446</em> <em>501</em> <em>425</em> <em>500</em> <em... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 02:52:49 EST Thanksgiving Challenge 2012 <em>429</em> <em>465</em> <em>430</em> <em>429</em> <em>465</em> <em>430</em> <BR> <BR> Thanksgiving Challenge is to donate 1 food item to your locate food bank Or <BR> <BR> Volunteer your time to a locate shelter Or <BR> <BR> Help a needy family in your area. <BR> <BR> These are the challenges for the month I hope that everyone will join in and celebrate the season of giving. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>429</em> <em>465</em> <em>430</em> <em>429</em> <em>465</em>... Fri, 9 Nov 2012 18:04:17 EST NOVEMBER 2012 - New Members, Please Introduce <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <em>235</em> <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <em>235</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> WELCOME to the TEAM <BR> Tell us something about yourself and what your goals are. <BR> Also, be sure to join any of the conversation threads, the team goals, and huddle with the team. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <em>235</em> <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <em>235</em> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 01:16:45 EST NOVEMBER 2012 CHAT - Welcome All <em>249</em> is here. <BR> <BR> I know it is a little early but, wanted it to be here for you. <BR> <BR> What is your goals for November? <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> There will be Challenges this Month also so be looking for them. <BR> <BR> <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <em>429</em> <em>430</em> <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <em>429</em> <em>430</em> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 01:10:55 EST new to the team hi im cyndi im from mentor ohio my husband will be retiring soon and we will be on limited income i need to learn to be frugal thanks for having me <em>465</em> Fri, 19 Oct 2012 13:03:59 EST Hello Again! I have used SparkPeople before to loose baby weight and get in shape before and during my second pregnancy. I'm now the happy momma to a one year old boy and three year old girl. I will be celebrating my 25th birthday next spring and would love to get back into high school shape! I have struggled with my weight since overcoming an eating disorder in high school, and while I look forward to being fit and healthy I recognize the daily challenges unique to those who are working to or have over... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 15:11:18 EST Drastic Downsizing I've literally gotten rid of more than half of what I owned, and still have too much for my live in an adorable little 500 sf cottage that's coming open next year. I'm 60, single, and trying to get over a habit of hoarding. Not as bad as on Hoarders, but let's just say I have things I think I can't live without that aren't really necessary. I've gone from a queen to a full to a twin sized bed. I've parted with so many things I thought I couldn't live without, and I find I don't real... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 23:03:23 EST Ideas for getting scratches out of a table? My boss scratched his table real bad - long, long scratches on the table. We tried furniture polish and that just made the scratches shiny. Then he tried using a marker (yes, I advised against it) and now the table also has marker on it. Any ideas how to get rid of these?? <BR> Thanks in advance! Thu, 4 Oct 2012 20:05:50 EST OCTOBER 2012 - New Members, Please Introduce <em>275</em> <em>424</em> <em>465</em> <em>422</em> <em>431</em> <em>420</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> WELCOME to the TEAM <BR> Tell us something about yourself and what your goals are. <BR> Also, be sure to join any of the conversation threads, the team goals, and huddle with the team. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>275</em> <em>424</em> <em>465</em> <em>422</em> <em>431</em> <em>420</em> Sun, 30 Sep 2012 15:51:07 EST OCTOBER 2012 CHAT - Welcome All <em>422</em> <em>465</em> <em>424</em> <em>423</em> <em>275</em> <em>431</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> is here. <em>422</em> <BR> <BR> Well, This year is almost over and I can't believe how fast it has gone. <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> The Challenge for the Month of October is to Visit each members page and leave a message or a goodie on their page for Halloween. <em>423</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> So, What are Your Goals For the Month, My Little frien... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 15:41:16 EST Good bye all... I joined this team because there use to be a lot of activity on it, like challenges and such. I have been hanging in in the hopes someone would start another challenge or something. I just can't wait anymore I have to find new teams that can motivate me and keep me inspired. Thank you for helping me get this far on my journey.. Good luck to all of you with your journey's. Tue, 25 Sep 2012 03:32:47 EST How to keep lettuce longer. I just want to say that the screw on spaghetti sauce mason type jars are amazing, please check out this site, and yes I do this!!!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>featur </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> After feed back I realized this is the wrong video. Please look at this video. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s/how-to-vacuum-pack-salad-in-a-jar-fo<BR>r-less-than-6-plus-a-video </link> Fri, 21 Sep 2012 21:03:14 EST Homemade Biore I ran across this while surfing some frugal sites. <BR> <BR> 1 T unflavored gelatin [=1 pkt Knox] <BR> 1 T milk <BR> <BR> Boil for 10 seconds in microwave <BR> <BR> Allow to cool to comfortable temp. <BR> Spread over problem area, your whole face if you like, to a medium thickness. <BR> Allow to dry <BR> Strip off. <BR> <BR> Caution: Do not get this in your hair or eyebrows. <BR> For easy clean up use a plastic or paper cup that you can throw away. <BR> <BR> If you like an... Fri, 21 Sep 2012 16:23:31 EST SEPTEMBER 2012 CHAT - Welcome All <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>149</em> <em>150</em> <em>207</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> is here! <BR> <BR> <BR> What are your goals for the month? Fri, 31 Aug 2012 02:02:32 EST SEPTEMBER 2012 - New Members, Please Introduce <em>465</em> <em>232</em> <em>149</em> <em>207</em> <em>150</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> WELCOME to the TEAM <BR> Tell us something about yourself and what your goals are. <BR> Also, be sure to join any of the conversation threads, the team goals, and huddle with the team. <BR> <BR> <em>465</em> <em>232</em> <em>149</em> <em>207</em> <em>150</em> Fri, 31 Aug 2012 01:54:51 EST ready to begin again hi my name is cyndi and im ready to make a lifestyle change once and for all Wed, 1 Aug 2012 07:15:19 EST AUGUST 2012 - New Members, Please Introduce <em>67</em> <em>259</em> <em>298</em> <em>463</em> <em>461</em> <em>379</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> WELCOME to the TEAM <BR> Tell us something about yourself and what your goals are. <BR> Also, be sure to join any of the conversation threads, the team goals, and huddle with the team. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <em>259</em> <em>298</em> <em>463</em> <em>461</em> <em>379</em> Tue, 31 Jul 2012 17:35:14 EST AUGUST 2012 CHAT - Welcome All <em>249</em> is here! <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> Well, it's August already! So, What are your goals for this month? <em>376</em> <BR> <BR> Also, With Summer coming to an end what are your plans for your finial days of summer? <em>463</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <em>463</em> <em>298</em> <em>461</em> <em>463</em> <em>376</em> Tue, 31 Jul 2012 17:22:05 EST JULY 2012 - New Members, Please Introduce <em>283</em> <em>195</em> <em>232</em> <em>283</em> <em>195</em> <em>232</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> WELCOME to the TEAM <BR> Tell us something about yourself and what your goals are. <BR> Also, be sure to join any of the conversation threads, the team goals, and huddle with the team. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>283</em> <em>195</em> <em>232</em> <em>283</em> <em>195</em> <em>232</em> Sat, 30 Jun 2012 14:05:11 EST JULY 2012 CHAT - Welcome All <em>249</em> is here. <BR> <BR> <BR> What are your goal? <em>232</em> <BR> <BR> What are your plans for the 4th of July? <em>283</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>283</em> <em>195</em> <em>232</em> <em>283</em> <em>195</em> <em>232</em> Sat, 30 Jun 2012 13:51:33 EST Trying to get back on the wagon! I have been an on-again, off again Spark-er, and am now trying to get on-again. I moved to Chicago from Michigan about 9 months ago, and despite giving up my car and walking and/or using public transportation to get everywhere, I have managed to gain about 10 pounds, which puts me back in the "overweight" category. Well, depending on the day's weight fluctuations :) <BR> <BR> In 2005, I was 210 pounds (I'm 5'7") and made some life changes that brought me down to 163, a size I hadn't been sin... Thu, 21 Jun 2012 20:09:57 EST Click'n'Pull fast shopping at Sam's Clubs Sam's club has a free service called click'n'pull. It saves time, because your order is waiting for you. It saves money because you do not walk the store and buy things on impulse. It allows you to budget more exactly because you know just what your list is going to cost, so you can adjust to fit your $$$ on hand. <BR> <BR> Sign in at and shop on-line. <BR> Set the date and time for pick-up. <BR> Get order confirmation by email. <BR> Go to the Club <BR> Go to the C... Thu, 14 Jun 2012 17:19:14 EST Painting with Butter for Flavor I use butter and olive oil rather than margarine or other substitutes. After all, the flavor of butter is what all the butter substitutes claim they have. <BR> <BR> I use a 2 1/2 inch paint brush to lightly brush a pan or hot food with a bit of butter for flavor. A stick of butter lasts 2 weeks or more. I do leave my butter out in a snap top container so that it stays soft. If I need to firm it up I just drop in a couple of ice cubes. <BR> <BR> Cautionary note: You can pick up great gobs ... Thu, 14 Jun 2012 11:32:20 EST Measuring Cups and Spoons Galore I use measuring cups and spoons [Dollar Store] of the per serving size for scoops in my food and ingredients containers.For dry ingredients like sugar,oatmeal, Grapenuts, and flour, I use the measuring cup size that I need most often. <BR> <BR> This not only helps me be with portion control, but also means that I get the planned number of servings from each package. <BR> Thu, 14 Jun 2012 11:20:10 EST Beautifulness tips I have never been one to fuss over my appearance, so this is really odd to me. I do like to have spa days, but so many of the scrubs and rubs and lotions are rather expensive and if their perfumes are too much, the money is wasted as it is a choice between using the product or breathing. <BR> <BR> I love to look through old household tips books and Reader's Digest's Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things is a mainstay. <BR> <BR> I put ordinary mayonnaise on my hair about 15 to 20 minutes ... Tue, 12 Jun 2012 18:59:08 EST JUNE 2012 - New Members, Please Introduce <em>67</em> <em>461</em> <em>463</em> <em>462</em> <em>67</em> <em>461</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> WELCOME to the TEAM <BR> Tell us something about yourself and what your goals are. <BR> Also, be sure to join any of the conversation threads, the team goals, and huddle with the team. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <em>461</em> <em>463</em> <em>462</em> <em>67</em> <em>461</em> Thu, 31 May 2012 14:38:40 EST JUNE 2012 CHAT - Welcome All <em>249</em> is here. <BR> <BR> <BR> What are your goals for the month? <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Well, Summer has begun, can you you believe it? What are some of the fun things you like to do as a family or a group? <em>259</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>463</em> <em>461</em> <em>67</em> <em>462</em> <em>464</em> <em>298</em> Thu, 31 May 2012 14:21:37 EST NEWBIE Hi there, <BR> <BR> I am new today, empty nester, married, want to get fit, and I am very happy to find a group of people with some of the same goals, PLUS they are Frugalists! I know I will enjoy this group a lot. Have a great Memorial Day. <BR> <BR> Eva V. (Beader1231) Mon, 28 May 2012 12:50:34 EST Inexpensive Father Day Gift HI , if you have a Dad who likes to grill with charcoal, I have to say I love our Charcoal Starter. It is a small chimney kind of thing with a handle on it. You put newspaper in, it add your charcoal and light it, let it sit for around ten min and then empty the coals into your grill and you have coals at the perfect temp and no lighter fluid needed. <BR> You use less coals, no lighter fluid, perfect coals ever time, less time waiting for the lighter fluid to burn off and the coals to get ju... Mon, 28 May 2012 09:10:21 EST frustrated switching to fixed income I am lucky. My income will be a bit more than most. But, it is still stressful switching over from a full-time worker to a fixed-income gal. It's been such a balancing act. Due dates do not correspond to when I now get paid. And, not all of my creditors are willing to change due dates--even if I am will to pay a fee! Sooooooooooooooooooooo frustrating. <BR> I am currently working hard to get a month ahead of things so the day/dates don't matter. <BR> Any suggestions? <BR> <BR> The go... Tue, 22 May 2012 15:03:39 EST May 2012 - New Members, Please Introduce <em>232</em> <em>283</em> <em>300</em> <em>232</em> <em>283</em> <em>300</em> <BR> <BR> WELCOME to the TEAM <BR> Tell us something about yourself and what your goals are. <BR> Also, be sure to join any of the conversation threads, the team goals, and huddle with the team. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>232</em> <em>283</em> <em>300</em> <em>232</em> <em>283</em> <em>300</em> Mon, 30 Apr 2012 12:48:25 EST May 2012 CHAT - Welcome All <em>232</em> <em>300</em> <em>283</em> <em>232</em> <em>300</em> <em>283</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>411</em> is here. <BR> <BR> <BR> What are your goals for the month? <em>232</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> What are your plans to Celebrate Memorial Day? <em>232</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>232</em> <em>300</em> <em>283</em> <em>232</em> <em>300</em> <em>283</em> Mon, 30 Apr 2012 12:33:36 EST new member i need to get my nighttime eating under control. help! Sun, 15 Apr 2012 08:09:19 EST Thank you! Thanks you everyone who sent me wonderful birthday wishes! Sat, 31 Mar 2012 15:27:00 EST April 2012 - New Members, Please <em>451</em> <em>450</em> <em>453</em> <em>449</em> <em>452</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> WELCOME to the TEAM <BR> Tell us something about yourself and what your goals are. <BR> Also, be sure to join any of the conversation threads, the team goals, and huddle with the team. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>451</em> <em>450</em> <em>453</em> <em>449</em> <em>452</em> Sat, 31 Mar 2012 05:07:43 EST April 2012 CHAT - Welcome All <em>451</em> <em>450</em> <em>453</em> <em>449</em> <em>452</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> is here. <BR> <BR> <BR> What are your goals for the month? <em>448</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>451</em> <em>450</em> <em>453</em> <em>449</em> <em>452</em> Sat, 31 Mar 2012 05:01:44 EST Just Popping In To say hi to everyone in the team!!! <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Tue, 6 Mar 2012 16:49:52 EST New Challenge - I Dare You To - Going to start the challenge off with a dare, who ever answers the dare, gets to make the next one. We need to be reasonable in our challenges. <BR> <BR> So here we go <BR> <BR> I challenge some one to do 10 minutes of extra fitness.. Mon, 5 Mar 2012 18:43:42 EST Frugal ideas on starting your vegetable garden These ideas are genius! <BR> <BR> How to make my starter pots from newspaper. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>tomatoes-for-beginners/starting-your-t<BR>omato-plants/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> How To Make Seed Starter Pots Using Toilet Paper Rolls <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/using-toilet-paper-roll-to-start-seeds/ </link> Sun, 4 Mar 2012 16:22:32 EST March 2012 - New Members, Please <em>137</em> <em>439</em> <em>440</em> <em>441</em> <em>438</em> <em>437</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> WELCOME to the TEAM <BR> Tell us something about yourself and what your goals are. <BR> Also, be sure to join any of the conversation threads, the team goals, and huddle with the team. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>137</em> <em>439</em> <em>440</em> <em>441</em> <em>438</em> <em>437</em> Tue, 28 Feb 2012 12:58:35 EST March 2012 CHAT - Welcome All <em>439</em> <em>137</em> <em>440</em> <em>441</em> <em>438</em> <em>437</em> <BR> <BR> <em>411</em> is here. <BR> <BR> <BR> What are your goals for the month? <em>137</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>439</em> <em>137</em> <em>440</em> <em>441</em> <em>438</em> <em>437</em> Tue, 28 Feb 2012 12:41:48 EST What do you do to simplify your life? One thing I do or rather don't do, is watch the news. I quit watching the news several years ago and am much happier for it. <BR> <BR> I try to live as frugally as possible and only shop when necessary. I've never felt the need to keep up with the jones' or anyone else, for that matter. We don't have a lot of money, but we live a very rich life because we're happy with what we have. <BR> <BR> I try to avoid drama at all cost. Life is too short and I want to enjoy each and every moment of ... Sat, 25 Feb 2012 07:09:33 EST February 2012 - New Members, Please <em>252</em> <em>26</em> <em>247</em> <em>129</em> <em>252</em> <em>26</em> <em>247</em> <em>129</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> WELCOME to the TEAM <BR> Tell us something about yourself. <BR> Also, be sure to join any of the conversation threads, the team goals, and huddle with the team. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> <em>26</em> <em>247</em> <em>129</em> <em>252</em> <em>26</em> <em>247</em> <em>129</em> <BR> Tue, 31 Jan 2012 12:58:34 EST February 2012 CHAT - Welcome All <em>411</em> is here! <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> <em>247</em> <em>129</em> <em>252</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>247</em> <em>129</em> <em>252</em> <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> It is Heart Month! <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> What are your goals for the Month? <BR> <BR> Check out the Challenge for this Month <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> <em>247</em> <em>129</em> <em>252</em> <em>26</em> <BR> <em>26</em> <em>247</em> <em>129</em> <em>252</em> <em>26</em> <BR> Tue, 31 Jan 2012 12:38:37 EST FEBRUARY 2012- Healthier Heart in 29 DAYS February is arriving in less than 24 hours. <em>129</em> <BR> Spark has " A Tip of the Day Calendar for February or Any Month" <BR> <link><BR>r_2007-02_leap_year.pdf </link> <BR> The tip for February 1 is: <BR> Get a checkup. <BR> Your doctor doesn't just treat disease. She also offers screenings and preventive care. <BR> Knowing your health status (and risk) will help make lifestyle changes in areas that need improvement. <BR> <BR> Where do you stan... Tue, 31 Jan 2012 08:02:29 EST Hi everyone! Hi, I'm here to get support while losing weight. I've struggled with my weight my entire life, now I'm finally ready to take control of my life! I like knowing that there are other people going through the same stuff, espcially people my age! Nice to meet everyone! Sun, 29 Jan 2012 17:16:19 EST my new blog.<BR>/01/this-will-save-me-tons-of-money.html <BR> my new blog ,,, come over and leave a message... Fri, 27 Jan 2012 04:45:10 EST new here Hi there!! <BR> My husband and I joined spark in Dec and learning how to eat healthy we have 5 kids and I am a sahm. We have long way to go to reach our healthy weight and it has been so hard. <BR> Shana Tue, 24 Jan 2012 20:23:39 EST WARNING!!!! New SparkPeople feature This info was passed on to me from another team I am on: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "This information came to me from another member <BR> Through another blog I just learned of a new feature on SparkPeople that automatically added a "Share Bar" to our blog entries. I do not like this feature. <BR> <BR> If you'll notice your own blog now there is a "Share" bar at the top of the blog. That means if someone likes your blog entry they can "share" on their Facebook wall!! Who wants his/her blog about... Sun, 15 Jan 2012 21:47:42 EST New Kid Hi all! I will enjoy reading posts by like minded people. I am not a keep up with the Jones' kind of person. I believe that less is more! I look forward to chatting with all of you. <em>345</em> Sun, 8 Jan 2012 20:07:58 EST What is your grocery budget? We're a family of five and our grocery budget is $400 a month. With rising food prices it's getting harder to make this work, especially since we eat a mostly whole foods/organic diet. I'm a vegetarian, which saves money, but the rest of my family still eats meat. We bought a 1/4 share of grass fed beef last fall so we have plenty of beef, but I still buy ham and a bit of chicken from the grocery store (in the summer I get it from a local farm but they shut down for the winter). I think we ma... Fri, 6 Jan 2012 11:20:34 EST Hi! New Here! Hi, Name is Ashley and I am really ready to start my healthy journey to losing weight. I am using Sparkpeople, Blackberry Messenger, and Twitter. Would love to chat and get to know everyone. Sun, 1 Jan 2012 03:09:37 EST JANUARY 2012 - New Members, Please Introduce <em>411</em> <em>409</em> <em>412</em> <em>410</em> <em>408</em> <em>407</em> <em>107</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> WELCOME to the TEAM <BR> Tell us something about yourself. <BR> Also, be sure to join any of the conversation threads, the team goals, and huddle with the team. <BR> <BR> <em>411</em> <em>409</em> <em>412</em> <em>410</em> <em>408</em> <em>407</em> <em>107</em> Sat, 31 Dec 2011 12:35:42 EST JANUARY 2012 CHAT - Welcome All <em>411</em> is here. <BR> <BR> <BR> What are your goal for this month? <em>409</em> <BR> <BR> What were you able to accomplish last year and how do you feel about it? <BR> <BR> <BR> HAPPY NEW YEAR ! <em>410</em> Sat, 31 Dec 2011 12:18:33 EST A New Year , A New You Challenge A Challenge for Everyone!!! <BR> <BR> New Year, New You Challenge <BR> <BR> Come join us for a different kind of Challenge, this one is for everyone. <BR> Each item below is 1 point per day, see how many you can get each day. <BR> <BR> 1. I did not eat any cane sugar today. <BR> 2. I prayed, meditated, or wrote in my journal today. <BR> 3. I exercised at least 30 minutes today. <BR> 4. I did something creative or something I am passionate about today for 15 minutes or more. <BR> 5. I plan... Fri, 30 Dec 2011 22:15:15 EST JANUARY CHALLENGE <em>107</em> <em>408</em> <em>411</em> <em>409</em> <em>412</em> <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> I know it is a little early but, with New Year's Eve around the corner. I thought we could tell what your goals are for the New Year. <BR> <BR> So, What are your New Years Goals? <BR> <BR> I hope that everyone has a Safe, Happy, Healthy New Year! <BR> <BR> <em>107</em> <em>408</em> <em>411</em> <em>409</em> <em>412</em> <em>410</em> Tue, 27 Dec 2011 16:06:33 EST Useful Tips for WD40 I'm not sure all of these work, I've not tried them all. <BR> <BR> WD-40 USES: 1. Protects silver from tarnishing. 2. Removes road tar and grime from cars. 3. Cleans and lubricates guitar strings. 4. Gives floors that 'just-waxed' sheen without making them slippery. 5. Keeps flies off cows. (I love this one!) 6. Restores and cleans chalkboards. 7. Removes lipstick stains. 8. Loosens stubborn zippers. 9. Untangles jewelry chains. 10. Removes stains from stainless steel sinks. 11. Removes di... Tue, 6 Dec 2011 22:33:06 EST DIY Floor Cushions Hi Frugalists! <BR> <BR> The BF and I want to get rid of our couch and replace it with floor pillows. We have two cats who have completely torn up the couch with their scratching and who use it as a 3rd litter box. We don't want to get another couch b/c we fear they will ruin it just like they ruined the current one. <BR> <BR> We went to an outdoor performance at the symphony on Friday and they had these "Fatboy" cushions on the lawn for everyone to sit on. They were totally awesome, but wh... Sun, 4 Dec 2011 09:14:12 EST DECEMBER CHALLENGE <em>442</em> <em>443</em> <em>444</em> <em>445</em> <em>446</em> <em>460</em> <em>447</em> <em>499</em> <em>501</em> <em>425</em> <BR> <BR> For December Challenge Tell everyone what is your special Christmas thing is to do.. <BR> <BR> Also, During the Holidays we are all about giving and helping others. So, why not continue it all year all. And continue the spirit of the Holidays. By helping someone i.e. open a door or give someone help in their yard. <BR> <BR> <BR> Happy Holi... Wed, 30 Nov 2011 12:58:13 EST DECEMBER 2011 - New Members, Please Introduce <em>442</em> <em>443</em> <em>444</em> <em>446</em> <em>460</em> <em>425</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> WELCOME to the TEAM <BR> Tell us something about yourself. <BR> Also, be sure to join any of the conversation threads, the team goals, and huddle with the team. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>442</em> <em>443</em> <em>444</em> <em>446</em> <em>460</em> <em>425</em> Wed, 30 Nov 2011 12:29:06 EST 'DECEMBER 2011 CHAT - Welcome All <em>249</em> is here! <BR> <BR> <BR> So, What is your goal for December? <em>446</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Where has the time gone? Wed, 30 Nov 2011 12:01:36 EST Canned versus dry Bean I have to say, I know almost everyone buys canned kidney and black beans etc... so yesterday, at the grocery store I took a peak at the label of some kidney beans! OH MY GOODNESS! I was shocked at home many ingrediants.... and these were just kidney beans not chili beans etc. SO I decided to stick buying dry beans. Even with the sale, I got twice as many dry for same price as canned. If you soak them over night it is really not a big deal to cook them from dry. Though I do have to say cooking... Tue, 8 Nov 2011 08:35:15 EST Are indoor plant lights worth it Has anyone ever bought and used indoor plant lights? What do they do to the electric bill? <BR> Is it a significant rise? And, do they really help the plants. Thinking of starting an indoor garden in an unused room--lots of tomatoes, greens and herbs---just about anything I can put in an container. Tired of the food bill--thinking this will help and be a great hobby for the family. <BR> Any advice will be appreciated. Sun, 6 Nov 2011 14:20:25 EST Help Support Military Families in One Second Your vote in Harlequin's More Than Words will mean direct support for the military families Home Front Hearts serves. Please vote, FB and Tweet daily from now through November 11th and spread the word! And I solemnly vow to never ask anyone to vote for anything again :) Love a proud Army spouse of a currently deployed soldier... Randi <BR> <BR> <link><BR>randi-cairns/ </link> Sun, 6 Nov 2011 09:42:05 EST start to grow herb gifts Now is the time to start a very inexpensive and great gift/gifts. I find all size/shapes & labels of tin cans. Clean them up--if they have unusual or colorful labels I leave them on. If not I peel them off--some times poke holes around the edge--sometimes not. <BR> Plant kitchen herbs in them They'll have time to grow before it's time to hand out Christmas gifts. When it's time I bundle them, wrap in twine--whatever makes them look nice. Some times I set them in an old beat up pan, tra... Sat, 5 Nov 2011 13:36:48 EST November Challenge <BR> <em>465</em> <em>428</em> <em>430</em> <em>429</em> <em>426</em> <em>427</em> <BR> <BR> November challenge is to check in and tell what you want to loss by Thanksgiving. <BR> <BR> Lets see what we can loose before Thanksgiving. <em>428</em> <BR> <BR> So, What is the weight you would like to loose? <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>465</em> <em>428</em> <em>430</em> <em>429</em> <em>426</em> <em>427</em> Fri, 4 Nov 2011 21:05:03 EST NOVEMBER - New Members, Please Introduce <em>465</em> <em>235</em> <em>465</em> <em>229</em> <em>465</em> <em>235</em> <em>465</em> <em>229</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> WELCOME to the TEAM <BR> Tell us something about yourself. <BR> Also, be sure to join any of the conversation threads, the team goals, and huddle with the team. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>465</em> <em>235</em> <em>465</em> <em>229</em> <em>465</em> <em>235</em> <em>465</em> <em>229</em> Mon, 31 Oct 2011 03:11:18 EST 'NOVEMBER 2011 CHAT - Welcome All <em>249</em> is here. <BR> <BR> <BR> So, What are your goals for November? <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> Holiday season has started I hope everyone is ready for the fun. <em>444</em> <BR> <BR> Mon, 31 Oct 2011 03:04:11 EST Collecting ideas for a frugal Thanksgiving dinner <em>429</em> My son is going to the Middle East after the holidays. Would love to make the best Thanksgiving ever!!! Of course I am starting with turkey--there will be @ least 4 of us at dinner. I would sure love to hear any suggestions. And, I will appreciate all input. Thx Sun, 30 Oct 2011 18:38:57 EST Cheap and Extremely Effective Shampoo I've known about this trick for a while, but I've only recently put it into practice. <BR> <BR> Instead of regular shampoo & conditioner, I have been using baking soda and apple cider vinegar. The recipe is one tablespoon of baking soda in a cup of water (put in a squeeze bottle) and two tablespoons of ACV in a cup of water. <BR> <BR> Every other day, I use the baking soda (a few squirts is all that is needed) and really scrub my scalp. I rinse and then finish it off with a dip of the ends... Sat, 22 Oct 2011 14:14:24 EST New to this team Hi Everyone! I've been with SparkPeople since the beginning of Sept and just love this group of people. I also enjoy saving money and sometimes I find it difficult to do that when trying to lose weight and eat healthy. Looking forward to learning how from this group! Wed, 19 Oct 2011 11:24:26 EST Produce wars Hi, all! <BR> <BR> I got to wondering, over the weekend: which fruit would you say is truly the most cost-effective purchase? <BR> <BR> For instance, bananas in my area right now are about 52c/lb, but about half their weight seems to be in the peel, so is that really a good deal? To my knowledge, no site exists that tells you what fruit is the best buy for the actual (edible) quantity of fruit you receive from it. <BR> <BR> I am thinking, though they're about $1-$2/lb, that seedless grape... Mon, 17 Oct 2011 11:40:31 EST NEWBIE! Love to "meet " you! My name is Melissa and I am new to SparkPeople....Been doing it faithfully for a week now, but did not get on the computer till now! was recently blessed to meet Chris Powell from Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition. It was a meeting that was unexpected and he gave his time to me, sought me out, it was a God thing! He asked me one question that turned my heart around, finally. He asked me "Who are you, Melissa?" I replied, "I am mom, a fat, lazy mom"..with tears...He grabbed my shoulders a... Mon, 17 Oct 2011 03:13:08 EST Halloween Challenge <em>419</em> <em>275</em> <em>420</em> <em>423</em> <em>424</em> <em>431</em> <em>333</em> <em>422</em> <BR> <BR> With Halloween coming up soon. I thought on Halloween we could visit each others page and either leave a comment or a goodie for each person we visit. <BR> <BR> We did this last year and we had fun. <BR> <BR> So, What do you all think? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>419</em> <em>275</em> <em>420</em> <em>423</em> <em>424</em> <em>431</em> <em>333</em> <em>422</em>... Sat, 15 Oct 2011 19:50:33 EST WooHoo! Joined the team AND posted my first blog! Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm so excited to be here. I'm Mad. My dream is to return to a simpler way of life. I'm a Cancer Survivor. I'm here, trying to lose the weight I gained during my 'lost years.' I can't wait to meet everybody. If you get a chance, please read my blog post and let me know what you think! <BR> <BR> Mad <BR> Fri, 7 Oct 2011 13:35:56 EST Repair household items i always try to get as much use out of something as possible, but i struggle with athletic shoes. if i buy a cheap pair, they fall apart in 2 weeks. if i buy a moderate pair, they start to wear on on the inside so it rubs on my ankles till i get blisters. it just seem like i need to buy a new pair every couple months and all i do is walk in that pair. it seems to be the fabric where the plastic reinforcement is that causes the problem. <BR> <BR> has anyone ever repaired their athletic shoes,... Mon, 3 Oct 2011 00:27:26 EST OCTOBER - New Members, Please Introduce yourself <em>465</em> <em>235</em> <em>465</em> <em>229</em> <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> WELCOME to the TEAM <BR> Tell us something about yourself. <BR> Also, be sure to join any of the conversation threads, the team goals, and huddle with the team. <BR> <BR> <em>465</em> <em>235</em> <em>465</em> <em>229</em> <em>465</em> Fri, 30 Sep 2011 15:35:58 EST 'OCTOBER 2011 CHAT - Welcome All Frugalists' <em>249</em> is already here. Where is the time going? <BR> <BR> With fall in the air What are your goals for October? Fri, 30 Sep 2011 14:17:37 EST New Fitness Challenge How many are ready for a Fitness Challenge?? <BR> <BR> With Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner, losing a few extra pounds or doing a few minutes more of fitness, or even meeting some goals, just seems like the right thing to do. <BR> <BR> Lets see how many will committ to a challenge until Thanksgiving (55 days) and then maybe go for Christmas after that <BR> <BR> Anyone have a good idea for a Challenge they would like to do?? Thu, 29 Sep 2011 19:22:38 EST Holidays With the Holidays just around the corner I thought it would be a great idea if we all share some of our Family traditions. This could be favorite ornament's that are hung every year with a special meaning or certain types of meals that are prepared or things that you remember doing as a child. <BR> <BR> The important thing is Family and in these times it seems that we are being pull together and are creating new family vaules to past on. So, with that said What are some of yours. <BR> <BR>... Thu, 29 Sep 2011 16:16:06 EST Birthday Freebies (big list) Deal-Seeking Mom has a huge list of places where, if you either sign up to receive emails or "like" them on Facebook, they will send you coupons for birthday freebies, such as meals, desserts, appetizers, etc. <BR> <BR> One unusual way I use this is to sign up my niece and nephew for their favorite places, using my own email address (so that the vouchers come to me). That way, I can take them out where they want to go on their birthdays, but save a few bucks on dinner and use it toward a gif... Thu, 29 Sep 2011 13:27:52 EST Bulk Bin Basics (and More) Whether you're new to frugaling-it-up or an old hand at it, you are bound to eventually encounter a store that has bulk bins. These are areas where you can often get incredibly good deals on many items sans-packaging, especially staples such as flours, sugars, cereals, pet foods, and seasonings. <BR> <BR> This thread is not only for tips and ideas about what you use for packaging on your bulk purchases, but also for basic and advanced recipes: often, I will get home with a bulk item, having... Tue, 27 Sep 2011 20:21:18 EST What's your most creative in-line meal? Hello, frugalists! I'm looking for ideas on how you use the given food groups and suggested serving sizes on your plan (if you're using the SparkPeople menu planner) to expand your options at meal times. I found this recipe for lentil shepherd's pie ( <link><BR>ess-my-top-five-frugal-meals-recipe-le<BR>ntil-shepherds-pie/ </link> -- 5th recipe down) that fit the guidelines for both my 1300-1600cal plan and my husband's 1800-2200cal plan (I had to just add... Mon, 26 Sep 2011 10:09:05 EST Question for the gardeners Hello, all! I am in Zone 8 (Oregon, near the coast), and I'm looking for ideas for a higher-yield balcony garden. <BR> <BR> Details: We like all herbs and most vegetables. We have a 13' balcony with a railing, about 3' wide worth of planter area, between brackets and boards we can use to balance planters (so, about 3 normal planters' depth worth of space from the outside edge). The balcony is in full sun from May through October (mild temps, usually in the 70s - only hot for about 3 weeks i... Sat, 24 Sep 2011 10:38:55 EST Ugly tomatoes ideas? Hi Gang, <BR> We have one big huge bowl of the ugliest tomatoes you have ever seen! And they are delicious. Can't use them up quick enough. Besides tomato sauce and salsa, and interesting ideas? <BR> <BR> Thank in advance! <BR> Fran Mon, 12 Sep 2011 16:30:35 EST Stone soup - preparation and party idea One of the fables I remember from the earliest part of my childhood was the one about villagers who thought that they had nothing to eat, until a stranger came and introduced them to the magical recipe for Stone Soup (there's an entry for the fable on Wikipedia, which is slightly different from the one I was told, but still the same idea). In short, the only "magic" to it was that they already had all the ingredients (except the stone, which was extraneous, anyway); they just didn't realize t... Sat, 10 Sep 2011 10:29:29 EST Smart Strategies to Stretch your Money While cleaning, I found a year old magazine with the above title. I bet you have as good or better suggestions for shopping, saving at home, in the kitchen, on your family, on your health, on beauty, on your free time, and on your pets. List your Strategies. Sat, 10 Sep 2011 07:29:12 EST EMOTICON your Fitness Insert one or more fitness Emoticons. <BR> <em>311</em> <em>68</em> <em>327</em> <em>23</em> <em>260</em> <em>329</em> <em>108</em> Fri, 9 Sep 2011 09:29:24 EST Price of Chicken ? ? ? What is your local price for chicken? <BR> Whole birds for roasting? <BR> Chicken breasts? <BR> Thighs? <BR> Boneless skinless? <BR> ETC. <BR> <em>53</em> Wed, 7 Sep 2011 13:30:09 EST SEPTEMBER - New Members, Please Introduce yourself <em>229</em> <em>410</em> <em>229</em> <em>410</em> <em>229</em> <em>410</em> <em>229</em> <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> WELCOME to the TEAM <BR> Tell us something about yourself. <BR> Also, be sure to join any of the conversation threads, the team goals, and huddle with the team. <BR> <BR> <em>229</em> <em>410</em> <em>229</em> <em>410</em> <em>229</em> <em>410</em> <em>229</em> <em>410</em> <BR> Sat, 3 Sep 2011 04:13:15 EST Did a frugal thing today. I got out my stepdaughters jeans that she left behind. I did this so I will have something that fits on my way to my goal. Free, and it saved me $100.00. Pretty happy with myself for thinking of it. When I do reach my goal, I will shop for my new clothes at the goodwill and dollar general. Fri, 2 Sep 2011 14:03:29 EST SEPTEMBER 2011 CHAT - Welcome All Frugalists <em>249</em> is here. <BR> <BR> What are your September Goals? <BR> <BR> Thu, 1 Sep 2011 06:34:15 EST TIPS for Saving on Groceries What are your latest tips? Sun, 28 Aug 2011 01:55:26 EST Reader's Digest Fans: Discuss tips in Sept issue The September issue has a lot of tips, some to save money, some to make your computer run better. <BR> Comment on RD articles, jokes, etc. Remember to follow Spark Policies. You may want to reference the page, etc. <BR> "When posting news reports or articles, including articles appearing on the site, please post only a few sentences for the reader’s information and reference, and include a link to the rest of the content on the original site.Do not post articles, news reports... Wed, 24 Aug 2011 19:49:51 EST Minimalist wardrobe Anyone else skimming down their clothes? <BR> <BR> I'm planning to go for a 30-item closet, with a 30-item accessory drawer. Might sound a little excessive on the accessories, but I find it's better to have a glut of those than clothes, you know? <BR> <BR> 1 Chocolate cami/tank <BR> 2 Claret cami/tank <BR> 3 Spruce cami/tank <BR> 4 Sappire cami/tank <BR> 5 Cocoa top <BR> 6 Sage top <BR> 7 Pewter top <BR> 8 Turquoise top <BR> 9 Pink top <BR> 10 Chocolate sweater <BR> 11 Pewter waterfall ca... Sun, 14 Aug 2011 18:20:28 EST Discounted Gift Cards I discovered a bunch of websites that sell discounted gift cards. For example, I bought a $56 gift card to Kohl's for $49. I only buy them to places I know that I'll be going to anyway. I think there's a risk of buying discounted cards because they're a good deal and then ending up spending more money than you would've anyway. <BR> <BR> I got a discounted card to Home Depot. My husband and I are going to need closet doors at some point, so I know I'll use it. <BR> <BR> Has anyone else done ... Sun, 14 Aug 2011 16:56:43 EST how to get there i'm very much iinto the IDEA of being frugal and the simple life etc, my confusion is on actually how to GET THERE <BR> <BR> any ideas? <BR> <BR> I would love to know. I guess i can't be totally frugal as I love seiwng and crocheting, and its an expensive hobby. lots of fun. <BR> <BR> anyways . . . how to get there. <BR> <BR> I would love to know the answer to that question. <BR> <BR> thanx. Thu, 11 Aug 2011 03:07:26 EST Would you advise others to read this article? Found this on my home page. What do you think? <BR> 6 Ways to Pay Off Credit Card Debt <BR> <link><BR>article/113218/ways-pay-off-credit-car<BR>d-debt-bankrate?mod=bb-creditcards </link> Mon, 8 Aug 2011 01:02:41 EST Introduce Yourself to the Team - August New Member <em>235</em> <em>229</em> <em>235</em> <em>199</em> <em>235</em> <BR> WELCOME new members in AUGUST! <BR> We are looking forward to getting to know you. <BR> Look over the various conversations & feel free to jump in any thread. Mon, 1 Aug 2011 02:39:29 EST What is your GOAL for FITNESS " in August? What is your Goal for August Fitness Minutes? How is your progress? <BR> <BR> <em>12</em> <em>68</em> Mon, 1 Aug 2011 02:13:52 EST Join Your Frugal Friends for a CHAT in AUGUST <em>249</em> AUGUST CHAT! <em>432</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>195</em> Catching Up. <BR> <BR> <BR> HARPLUTE /aka/ Gail <BR> Check the June thread to hear about Vic playing the piano and her missing vegetables. <BR> <BR> <BR> LINDA! <BR> Check the June thread to hear why she didn't make it to a pew in the church. <BR> <BR> <BR> SRIVERS1 <BR> Check her last post in June. She is expecting a lot of house guests. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> We are saddened by the news from FROSTY99 ... Mon, 1 Aug 2011 01:35:52 EST What did you Harvest from your Garden Today? Earlier this year, we asked what you planted. Marpet commented that she was pulling weeds. <BR> <BR> I hope all of you who planted are harvesting something edible? <BR> <BR> I have tomatoes and <em>258</em> and some herbs. Thu, 28 Jul 2011 08:53:17 EST cost of college and student loans I just read an article in our local paper about the rising cost of a college education. Almost everything I read assumes that it is the right thing to go into debt in order to get a college degree. <BR> While I was able to get a college degree myself (without having to get loans) for my teenage daughter I'm not sure that loans are worth it. Many degrees don't provide an automatic source of income upon graduation (the famous English major and many others). Student loans can not be gotten rid ... Mon, 18 Jul 2011 01:32:20 EST 400 food budget for 2 people for 1 month? So my husband's temp job ended Fri and so we will again be living on 1 income until he gets another job. I was writing out the August budget today and with the increase in insurance premiums and cost of medication we will only have $400 for food for the whole month of August. We already live very frugally and cook all 3 meals at home. We are vegans and already eat a lot of rice and beans, and our monthly grocery budget averages approx $600 (with toilet paper and toothpaste, etc) I am not s... Sun, 17 Jul 2011 23:01:57 EST FlyLady Have any of you had any experience or luck following the FlyLady? Her stuff is at and it talks about getting rid of clutter and all of that. Mon, 11 Jul 2011 11:45:21 EST JAMBABY0 has a success story <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <BR> Send JAMBABY0 a goodie & leave her a message of congratulations! <BR> She has lost 100 pounds! <BR> <BR> <em>193</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> Sun, 10 Jul 2011 05:16:01 EST I am Back Hey everyone. <BR> <BR> I am not new to SparkPeople nor to this group. I haven't been very active mainly because things in my life have been uber stressful and chaotic but things are starting to die down and I am trying to get back into the swing of using SparkPeople again. I am hoping to learn many new things to help simplify my life and save a little money. Glad to meet you all!! Wed, 6 Jul 2011 23:35:42 EST An Inspiration! "Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet." <BR> — Thich Nhat Hanh (Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life) <BR> <BR> Mon, 4 Jul 2011 13:28:59 EST JULY CHAT - join the discussion! <em>67</em> JULY IS HERE <em>67</em> <BR> Feel free to join us in our ongoing chat. <BR> <BR> We had some storms arrive before midnight last night. The ground is damp this morning. <BR> We have also been hearing fire crackers in the neighborhood for two days. It makes me think that some people have more money than they need. If you don't live in the USA, the fireworks are part of our Independence Day Celebration on July 4th. <BR> <BR> I am planning to go to our CSA farm this afternoon... Fri, 1 Jul 2011 07:44:49 EST Quotes Anyone who visits my SparkPage realizes at once that I am a collector of quotes. I keep a journal in which I record my favorite quotes and passages. <BR> <BR> I found the following quote quite by accident as I was browsing one of my websites this morning. It brought to mind my own personal appreciation of nature's beauty, and it seemed a fitting quote to share with this team. <BR> <BR> "To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed ... Tue, 28 Jun 2011 09:31:15 EST I am new to this team Hello everyone, <BR> I have been on SP for about 6 months. So far I have lost close to 30 pounds. I noticed your team the other day and thought it looked interesting. We have been working on living debt free for a while. <BR> Annie 1114 Mon, 20 Jun 2011 12:59:07 EST MASTER your Summer Goals: 6/21 to 9/23 <em>184</em> <em>126</em> <em>184</em> <em>184</em> <em>126</em> <em>184</em> <BR> Summer arrives on June 21 and ends September 23. <BR> <em>184</em> <em>126</em> <em>184</em> <em>184</em> <em>126</em> <em>184</em> <BR> This is a Physical Fitness Challenge. <BR> Set a goal to accomplish between June 21 and September 23. <BR> <BR> Summer is a perfect time to increase your physical fitness. You choose what your method will be. It can be walking, hiking, swimming, or som... Mon, 20 Jun 2011 07:49:12 EST meaning of the simple life I was wondering - what does it mean to you to live the simple life? what is simple living to you? what does it mean to you to be frugal? Sun, 19 Jun 2011 15:55:29 EST help with dining table I was thinking of getting a breakfast nook or a picnic table. so now my ? for you is this: is vinyl very durable? will it tear very easily? what could I put on it to make it last? <BR> <BR> also, would you prefer wood or metal? hard plastic? <BR> <BR> would deeply appreciate the help. thanx. Mon, 13 Jun 2011 16:03:16 EST hey hello all frugalists, <BR> <BR> my name is brenna. married with 3 kidz. am interested in living the simple life, hopefully organized too. am very interested in downsizing my place. its getting crowded in here! I live in a 2 bedroom place. at first, it was like my husband and I barely had anything and yeah- we've accumulated soooooooo much stuff lately we could most definitely use some downsizing. thanx. Sun, 12 Jun 2011 04:33:22 EST GAS HOW MUCH DID YOU LAST PAY FOR A GALLON @ THE PUMP? <em>38</em> Tue, 7 Jun 2011 01:45:56 EST JUNE CHAT - begins early. <em>274</em> Drinking my water because the temp is in the 90's. <em>259</em> <BR> <em>220</em> We have family that has arrived from out of state - had supper with them last night. We ate some of our ample supply of CSA lettuce. We Will be with them almost every day this week. Then the weekend - we have to leave for Ohio for the graduation of a grandson - different branch of our blended family. <BR> <BR> I haven't gotten acclimated to all this heat. I am managing to get walking in at ... Tue, 31 May 2011 17:16:55 EST Putting Fruit Up I live alone, so in some ways canning, and freezing, and stocking a root cellar seem a little silly. However, I entertain quite a bit, so having food around makes that easier. I feel safer when there are food stores. It's kind of like an emergency fund, only stored in the basement! And I like the work of putting food up. <BR> <BR> So, spring is here, and that's when it gets started for me in earnest. I spent yesterday freezing several gallons of asparagus and pickling the rest. I got t... Tue, 31 May 2011 06:30:28 EST what can you do w/ $1 item from the thrift store? I bought a leather skirt yesterday from the Goodwill store and we made 3 pair of moccasins and one dress for a doll. Love the thrift store!!! <em>334</em> Mon, 30 May 2011 18:46:19 EST Farm Market/CSA Food Tips I am sure some of you have a lot of ideas and advice. If you live in the northern hemisphere, the fresh produce at Farmer's Markets or "Community Supported Agriculture" farms is just coming available. <BR> <BR> Please offer your tips on making best use of the finds. <BR> This article is on Keeping Fruits & Vegetables Fresh. <BR> <link><BR>?id=1103 </link> Sat, 28 May 2011 06:24:18 EST 5 Meals from 1 Bag of Groceries I found suggestions for five meals from "one" bag of groceries on the Kraft website. <BR> I thought it might SPARK some ideas for menus from our team. <BR> How light can you make your menus? ? ? ? <BR> Can you lower the cost of the menus? ? ? ? <BR> Here are the kraft food suggestions: <BR> <link><BR>mages/ImageRepository/Jul_10/1-1.pdf </link> <BR> <link><BR>mages/ImageRepository/Jul_10/110209_KF<BR>_Dinner_1bag... Sat, 21 May 2011 05:54:26 EST I knew I was a cheapskate when... Hi Frugalists! My name is Erin Whitehead and I'm a freelance writing an article for SparkSavings. I wanted to get input for an article on those extreme things people do to save a buck or two (or even a few cents). Feel free to share your funniest or most notable frugal moments here! Thanks everyone! Wed, 18 May 2011 20:19:49 EST ? ? Do you like the new NUTRITION TRACKER ? ? do you like the new format for the nutrition tracker? <BR> do you have any tips for using it? Tue, 17 May 2011 07:37:54 EST ? ? What have you done for fun on a SHOESTRING ? ? What have you done for fun on a SHOESTRING? ? ? <BR> Share your ideas for May, June & beyond. Tue, 17 May 2011 07:14:23 EST Frugal Gardening/ andscaping ideas Hi, we are renting a house (hopefully buying it next year). The yard leaves much to be desired, even though it got a lot of rehab before we moved in. So, our landlord basically told us we can put in flower gardens, whatever as long as it is in good taste and looks nice. We don't have much spare money and really don't want to put a lot into it just in case we don't buy it and end up moving in a year or 2. That being said, we have spring fever and REALLY want to do some landscaping. Mainly the ... Mon, 16 May 2011 16:38:39 EST Leaving Sparkpeople Hi Everyone, Just a quick note that tomorrow afternoon, I will be leaving Sparkpeople as I have found a great program on my smartphone that is pretty much a copy. I've found that I'm spending so much time trying to get Sparkpoints and not enough time focusing on me and really working at my weight loss. I'm giving this a good day to reach members of the group so that most of you can read this message. If anyone would like to keep in touch, there is a way to contact me through my main blog a... Sat, 14 May 2011 20:57:41 EST Budget Forms?? Any Suggestions?? I am just wondering if anyone has some suggestions for a SIMPLE budget form? I'm so hating working 2 jobs, and it seems we spend whatever we earn! <em>46</em> Fri, 13 May 2011 11:07:15 EST Ideas for Mothers day gifts I was thinking of making a fruit bouquet? has anyone made one? Tue, 3 May 2011 13:07:49 EST May Food Spending Challenge: How Low Can you Go . <em>249</em> <BR> This is about food only. It doesn't include laundry detergent or toilet paper. Just items that can be purchased with food stamps. I know a few of you are really talented at this. <BR> Different parts of the country & world may have different price ranges - but let's figure how much we are spending per person per week. I have read that the average food stamps per week is $25 per person. [Actually, I don't think it is that high.] <BR> How low can you spend and still put ... Sun, 1 May 2011 07:36:31 EST Chat: May is here! Welcome May & tell us how things are going. <BR> <em>184</em> <em>184</em> <em>184</em> Sun, 1 May 2011 06:58:18 EST Freeganism Has anyoneheard of this consept of extreme frugalism. These people are 100% non-consumers. Very interesting. Just wondering if anyone out there has practiced this (or is currently practicing this) very different lifestyle. I'm reading up on it, and although I don't think can do it all the way, I'd like to cut back on the majority of consumed goods by using local resources and trading groups such as <BR> <BR> Any ideas, suggestions, or help is more than welcome! Mon, 25 Apr 2011 20:58:54 EST Get a Free Tree From Lowe's Lowe's is giving away free trees in honor of Earth Day, but you have to register your choice of tree first at <link><BR>0976_?stop_mobi=yes </link> <BR> <BR> <em>434</em> <em>434</em> <em>434</em> <em>434</em> Sat, 23 Apr 2011 11:17:05 EST Frugal Civil Union Looking for some tips on how to plan a frugal civil union. Budget is $5000 (hopefully less) and guest list of about 75 people. Vegetarian and don't drink and don't dance (at least publically), so those are considerations. Thu, 21 Apr 2011 16:15:29 EST Are you ready for Christmas? I know. Easter hasn't quite arrived. But start thinking about gifts for Christmas. Here is a free link. <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 21 Apr 2011 14:08:50 EST ? What are some Budget Friendly Hostess Gifts? ? What Budget-Friendly Gifts Can You Bring to a Host or Hostess of a Get-Together? <BR> I found this question on Tip-Hero. However, the link to their suggestions does not "load." <BR> Let's create our own list. <BR> <em>449</em> Thu, 21 Apr 2011 13:57:28 EST Free Webstie for Frugal People This website is featured in my local newspaper today. I think it is featured every Thursday, but this is the first I checked it out. It drew my attention because the headline was: Tips For a Frugal Cinco de Mayo Dinner. <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 21 Apr 2011 07:04:28 EST APRIL, MAY, JUNE, & JULY: NEWBIES Say Hello <em>229</em> to the team! <BR> We are so glad you joined us. <BR> Let us know something about you. <BR> Be sure to join in any of the chat threads. <BR> Thu, 21 Apr 2011 07:00:44 EST OK so things haven't gone like I wanted them to. I just want to thank you for all the kind words you have given me after my first post. THings since then haven't gone well, and I haven't been able to commit myself to the helth plan the way I should. It is the stress eating that I have to overcome. This is a minor setback, but I am confident it will change. Mon, 18 Apr 2011 22:48:29 EST Showing your Spark for Earth Day! <em>432</em> <em>347</em> <em>432</em> <em>347</em> <em>432</em> <em>347</em> <em>432</em> <em>347</em> <em>432</em> <BR> What can we do to show our SPARK this week and at the same time be good stewards of the earth? EARTH DAY is observed on Friday, April 22, 2011. Share your thoughts with the team. <BR> <BR> <em>432</em> <em>347</em> <em>432</em> <em>347</em> <em>432</em> <em>347</em> <em>432</em> <em>347</em> <em>432</em> Sun, 17 Apr 2011 23:32:13 EST hello, i'm new! Hey there! I was excited to find this sparkteam because my two big goals right now are to lose weight and clean up the financial disaster I call my bank account. I tend to live paycheck to paycheck, and have a decent amount of debt I should be working on. Throw in a couple credit cards, and yeah, I'm a mess. Looking forward to meeting you guys and learning all your tips and tricks! Fri, 15 Apr 2011 07:20:40 EST College student < Healthy College student I am so tired of food completely ruling my life and never feeling good about myself. Gaining 60 lbs in 3 years is beyond aweful and I am apalled that I let it get this far. I consistently say that I will lose weight and do eat pretty well and excercise for maybe a week...and before I know it I'm back to my old ways. No more. I want to be proud of my body and my health. Nothing worth having ever came easy, I just hope i can find the positive energy and motivation within myself to keep going. Tue, 12 Apr 2011 17:17:46 EST Hello - Newbie Here Good Morning, my name is Donna and I live in Central Florida. I would like to lose weight will pinching pennies and I am looking forward to all the tips I will gather here. I do 95% of my own cooking so I am hoping this will help with my weight loss budget. Thu, 7 Apr 2011 05:39:50 EST hello all I'm new here, and to Spark. Hope to get some new ideas and e-mail from you all. <em>437</em> Wed, 6 Apr 2011 20:57:54 EST TLC Extreme Couponing and books on couponing Hi, I'm new to the team so if you already discussed this some other place please forgive me. In January of this year I watched this program on TLC call Extreme Couponing. I was SO inspired. I have used coupons for years but was never really organized or educated about it. The program showed 4 stories. It will be on first tonight, Wednesday, April 6th. Check your listings for your time. Then after that there will be two half hour shows. <BR> After I saw that show I got two books. The f... Wed, 6 Apr 2011 14:11:00 EST Good Morning I just wanted to say hi and introduce myself. My name is Joel Hackbarth and I joined this site months ago. And now I have been receiving the messages, and posts, but I haven't been reading them, I haven't even started. I am in desperate need for help. I have teen telling myself for years, that I need to lose weight. I do. I am 272 pounds as of this morning and I am 6'1". my goal would be to get down to 20 pounds. I have not been able to give up my fast food, and I haven't started to ... Wed, 6 Apr 2011 09:40:57 EST TV without cable service! The standoff at our apt. has ended! I refuse to subscribe to cable service as I am not home much and watching late nite criminal shows gives me real no TV. I was given one for Christmas and it sat in the box. husband built a great antenna and mounted it on a movable mount with legs. Now we get 7 channels, crystal clear reception. We have it near a window, and it can be autorotated to get the best picture. We are both really happy with the result. Wed, 6 Apr 2011 09:13:14 EST Hi! My name is Marcy and I'm brand new to Spark People. I am so excited about all of the opportunities to succeed here! I just turned 40 and would love to spend this first year in my 40's "cleaning house" of bad habits and replacing them with winning habits. I weigh 193, have pre-diabetes, take medication for blood pressure, and am a couch potato. I teach middle school so I need to be fit and energetic! I'm ready for change, ready to put things right. Look forward to getting to know you. Tue, 5 Apr 2011 11:15:18 EST Iron Chef Recipes for Egg Plant What are your favorite ways of preparing eggplant. <BR> We like variety, so I fix it differently from time to time. Fri, 1 Apr 2011 08:22:59 EST April 2011 - Let's Chat! <em>257</em> <BR> Sit down with a cup of green tea, or a cup of coffee if you prefer. <BR> Let's chat about how things are going. <BR> <em>271</em> <em>469</em> <em>254</em> Fri, 1 Apr 2011 07:52:03 EST Thrift store treasures We have a couple of great thrift stores in our town. I recently found a like-new Bobby Jones shirt for my hubby for $2.49. I thought it was a golf shirt, so I looked online and found the cheapest ones in the Bobby Jones line in that particular style cost close to $100. I DID GOOD! More recently, from two stores, I put together my Easter outfit for about the same price:) <BR> <BR> What super-buys have you found at thrift stores/flea markets? Wed, 30 Mar 2011 15:40:10 EST Coupon Clippers Tips I saw a TV ad about a new program about expert couponers. It showed them buying $350 worth of grocery items for $3.50. What kind of successes do you have? What are your tips? <BR> <BR> I don't quite believe it. In years past, I had trouble finding coupons for anything I needed. These days, I do find them for some OTC medications such as fish oil or calcium. I also find them for tooth paste and perhaps shampoo. But, I seldom find them for food. If I need cereal, I might find coupons for ... Wed, 30 Mar 2011 08:31:18 EST Frugal feet... inexpensive shoes??? Anyone out there find cheap shoes that come in wide width and don't hurt? I'm actually thinking of trying men's shoes. I think they're made wider than women's shoes. I have big feet anyway... A solid foundation I like to call it :) Tue, 15 Mar 2011 09:38:19 EST Frugal vs. Cheap: What do your friends think? For myself, frugality means making the most out of something small. I am having a hard time with my colleages as many of them are avid spenders as I work in an industry of travel where shopping in every country is normal. I try to veer away from duty free boutiques and pack a lunch instead of going to exotic restaurants on lay-overs while at work. <BR> <BR> I figure, I work very hard for my money and would prefer to see something out of it. I work as a full time flight attendant, a part-time... Tue, 15 Mar 2011 00:09:21 EST DIY projects I am looking for some free sewing template patterns for <BR> <BR> - Bibs <BR> - make my own cloth diapers <BR> - Make my own maternity underwear <BR> - Baby blankets. <BR> if you know of any send them my way. <BR> Thanks. <em>247</em> Fri, 11 Mar 2011 18:11:43 EST Cloth Napkins Changing to cloth napkins seems to make sense. What type is best to get? Cotton gets wrinkled, but polyester gets stained. Advice? Fri, 11 Mar 2011 09:28:35 EST Fun Things To Do With 10# of Potatoes OK, I bought a 10# bag of potatoes for just my husband and me. So far I've made: Oven Fries, Beef Stew, and Vegetable Soup with it. Tonight I'm going to do more Oven Fries and boil some potatoes for Hash Browns and Potato Salad the next day. Does anyone else have any other good suggestions? Wed, 9 Mar 2011 14:03:45 EST Price Per Serving Do you estimate the price per serving when you plan meals? I used to and I think it really helped keep our grocery bill down. I'm wondering if it's worth doing again. Wed, 9 Mar 2011 13:20:36 EST Need help Has anyone had endometrial ablation and if so, would you recommend it? Or does anyone know someone who has had it? Please let me know. Really need some real life info on this, not just what I can find on the internet. Thanks. Mon, 7 Mar 2011 10:47:02 EST What Did You Plant in the Garden Today? Today, we planted onions, snow peas, potatoes and beets! <em>88</em> Sat, 5 Mar 2011 22:51:27 EST 2011 March - Chat - How is your day? <em>213</em> Greetings. Let's Chat. <BR> <BR> <em>137</em> <em>137</em> <em>137</em> March is Parade Month! <em>137</em> <em>137</em> <em>137</em> <BR> <BR> {Get it!} Tue, 1 Mar 2011 08:38:09 EST TIPS on preparing healthy, delicious local food. HARPLUTE [aka Gail] suggested this topic. Here is her post from the chat thread: <BR> <BR> "I made a discovery and would like to share it with those of you who like eggplant. I found that if I peel the eggplant, slice it, and then steam it in the microwave until it is tender. There are no added calories and it is great. (I use a 1970's harvest gold tupperware microwave steamer with a bit of water in the lower level; the eggplant on the insert doesn't touch the water.) If anyone wants some t... Mon, 28 Feb 2011 09:27:25 EST cheap and easy marmalade it is so easy to make <BR> in a big bowl chop 4 oranges and 2 lemon <BR> that you have washed <BR> yes the whole thing with the outside too <BR> fill the bowl with water and put in fridge <BR> change the water 2 times a day <BR> leave them 2 days like that with water changing <BR> after remove all seeds <BR> puree them <BR> count how many cups the puree is and add the same amount of sugar <BR> bring to a boil <BR> no water <BR> when ready put in glass jars and when cool enjoy <BR> made it an... Sun, 20 Feb 2011 05:05:03 EST Iron Chef Recipe/Menu Challenge - Feb. 19 - March The Secret Ingredient is: Sweet Potatoes or Yams. <BR> Remember we are trying to do healthy. <BR> Create a menu around a sweet potato recipe. <em>302</em> Sat, 19 Feb 2011 09:53:53 EST Is using coupons eating processed food? I could be wrong, but I have never seen many coupons for unprocessed food, like raw vegetables, raw fruit, bulk grains, beans, nuts, herbs etc. <BR> Of course there are a lot of non-food items we need, too. <em>30</em> <BR> So where are the best places to get coupons for healthy, relatively unprocessed organic foods? <BR> My time is worth even more to me than my money so if I can't get them fairly easily I won't clip coupons. Any suggestions? <BR> <BR> Birgit Mon, 14 Feb 2011 11:54:41 EST Environmental Clothes Washer & Spin Dryer Has anyone had experience with these? <BR> <BR> The first link is a hand-operated washing machine that uses little water & detergent combined with pressure to clean 5lbs of clothes -- the video demos on You Tube usually show a load of several shirts or children's clothes, so I guess 5lbs would be one or two pairs of pants. <BR> <BR> The second link is a 110V spin dryer which extracts most of the water (and any residue from detergents and fabric softeners) -- as with all extractors, the load... Sun, 13 Feb 2011 13:12:49 EST "Penny Pinchin¢ Mama" e-book has anyone bought this book <BR> if yes can we have a free copy???? <BR> would love it <BR> i love to read <BR> or any other ebook site that has ebooks free to read <BR> thank you <BR> Sun, 13 Feb 2011 07:25:02 EST Is eating organic food frugal? I was thinking about this today as I went to a conventional grocery story and looked for sale items. Even though this store carried some organic items none of them were on sale. We buy most of our foods organic and from our local food co-op. It is more expensive than non-organic but the food coop puts lots of organic items on sale every month. We have a life-time membership that cost us $50.00 five years ago and it has long paid for itself. Since we have eaten mostly organic, less meat and mo... Fri, 11 Feb 2011 23:25:52 EST Iron Chef Recipe/Menu Challenge - Feburary 10th The mystery ingredient is Beets. <BR> Appropriate color for upcoming Valentines Day. <BR> <BR> Create a menu around Beets. And, at least one recipe. <BR> <em>286</em> Thu, 10 Feb 2011 14:19:32 EST Need Help ?? I am new to the Group but i am also new to living Frugal My husband and I made 2011 our year to learn to save money and get healthy . I am not good at couponing ,i tend to use them just because i have a coupon . I look for bargains but also I am not out allot at different stores to compare and find the best deals . <BR> <BR> We are a family of 6 our kids are ,18,16, 9,& 5 i would love to lear to save money and get money in the bank to have when unexpected expenses come up <BR> <BR> So an... Wed, 9 Feb 2011 13:22:32 EST Today's big saving well it is not for today to use but will be saving big in the long run <BR> ask a friend of mine to save some plastic water bottles ( he has a caf&#233; shop) the bottles are free <BR> had some lemons and more are coming tonight <BR> was squeezing them and putting the lemon juice in bottles <BR> after i will freeze and there i will have free lemon juice till next winter ( i hope) <BR> why free <BR> the bottles are free <BR> the lemons are from neighbors gardens which are not here and they ar... Wed, 9 Feb 2011 08:11:04 EST A little over 200lbs and need to be healthier. I am 204 lbs was told I'm very close to being a borderline diabetic. I work a lot and always say I don't have time to exercise . I'm going to change that and not to eat fast food anymore. Another downfall of mine. I am trying to become pregnant and will have to take fertility pill. The OBGYN would like me to lose at least 10 lbs to see if that helps with the diabetic thing. I would love to be down to 150 160lbs. That is a long term goal. Thanks for taking the time to read my post an... Tue, 1 Feb 2011 13:16:48 EST HI anyone from Spring Creek, NV? I am looking for a walking partner. Mon, 31 Jan 2011 23:56:52 EST 2011 February ¤&#9829;¤ Discussion & Chatter <em>26</em> <em>252</em> <em>26</em> <em>252</em> <em>26</em> <em>252</em> <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> Remember that February is Healthy Heart Month along with a few other annual celebrations. Keep your chins up and continue with your healthy lifestyle goals for a long healthy life. <BR> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <BR> You may want to refer back to the January thread. <BR> Many of us are experiencing weather that could interfere with us getti... Mon, 31 Jan 2011 21:01:51 EST FEBRUARY & MARCH - Newbies - Say Hello Here! <em>26</em> <em>252</em> <em>26</em> <em>252</em> <em>26</em> <em>252</em> <em>26</em> <BR> Welcome to the team. By posting in this forum or on the Huddle Wall, team members will find you to offer support and welcome you. <BR> <BR> You may introduce yourself by replying to this thread, or start your own thread. <BR> <BR> You have found a very supportive team. We encourage you to start a personal spark page. Our team mates often visit each other's spark pages. We look forward to g... Mon, 31 Jan 2011 20:51:06 EST Iron Chef Recipe/Menu Challenge of the Week Suggest a healthy recipe or menu to go with the secret ingredient. If you are using a copy-right online recipe, please provide the link and name of the recipe. If you have tips on how to make a recipe available online, you may comment on how you would change the recipe. <BR> <BR> The SECRET INGREDIENT OF THE WEEK: Brussels Sprout Sun, 30 Jan 2011 16:57:03 EST Valentine's Day plans? Hello <em>41</em> <BR> My boyfriend and I are trying to come up with a nice date idea for us for February 14th. We don't have tons of money but don't want to stay at home all day either. Thought about dinner and a movie but that seems so routine....suggestions? <BR> <em>213</em> Sat, 29 Jan 2011 16:11:06 EST an expensive meal made cheap most greeks like or love gyro <BR> why would i go out and eat it at a point like this <BR> when money is short <BR> so lets see the deference <BR> 5 servings of gyro is 10 euros each = 50 euros for the whole family to have a serving <BR> frozen french fries 2 euros each serving we need 2 that 4 euros <BR> some drinks and that would usually be 10 euros <BR> so we have 50 + 4 + 10 =64 euros <BR> way to much at this point of my life <BR> i will make some at home <BR> bought pork 1 kilo boneless... Sat, 29 Jan 2011 11:19:14 EST On the way to a fantastic 2011!!! Hello, just wanted to share a few things about myself.........I will be 40 next October.....have two beautiful girls and a lovely husband. <BR> <BR> I enjoy walking my dog, reading, Bible study, cooking, having friends over for dinner and spending time with our family. <BR> <BR> Well thats about it for now....I am looking forward to a wonderful year with all of these Sparks team members.... Fri, 28 Jan 2011 10:58:44 EST Hi I'm new to this. I found SP by accident...and so glad I did! I'm 47 with one boy 17 and another boy 13. Busy busy I've fluctuated with weight ever since I had my first baby. I can't seem to find a stable place. Five years ago I finally got somewhat stable. In October I gained 30 lbs in 40 days. I kept thinking since it came on so quick, it would go away just as quick if I was careful. It didnt so I'm anxious to work with the food tracker to see what I'm doing to cause these fluctuations. So ... Thu, 27 Jan 2011 21:12:58 EST A little overwhelmed! Hi there, I'm recently a Weight Watchers drop-out (too expensive) and decided to use SparkPeople to keep me on track, help with exercise, etc. I have the usual obstacles: work full time, then do most of the at-home work too, have kids to take care of, run errands, etc. I also have fibromyalgia, neck problems, and recently plantar fascitis/heel spurs. Exercise is a challenge not just for time reasons, but also I need to find exercises that strengthen weak areas but don't exacerbate the phy... Thu, 27 Jan 2011 18:13:25 EST What will get soap scum off my glass shower doors? I have so much trouble keeping my glass shower doors free of soap scum. Is there a surefire way to clean them and keep it from coming back before cleaning day? <BR> <BR> Jeanne Thu, 27 Jan 2011 14:09:17 EST need help with simple house keeping my glass are turning out awful from the dishwasher, <BR> and my towels stiff from my washing machine <BR> my whites well so and so <BR> any frugal ideas to help??? <BR> have to be easy things that i can find in greece and cheap ,,, <BR> thank you <BR> Wed, 26 Jan 2011 01:27:05 EST What Kind of Music Are You Listening To? TV station is set to 'Galaxie Remember the 80s' <em>224</em> Tue, 25 Jan 2011 16:56:58 EST Didn't Know You Could Freeze....... A few weeks back we were expecting a lot of snow and ice for our area, which we got, but I was a little freaked out because I had just stocked up on a lot of great deals from my local grocery stores including a super double coupon event, etc. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I was afraid of losing power but did some research the day or so before the "storm" and found out that people have successfully frozen canned bread items (like Pillsbury cresent rolls, etc.) with no problem as well as hummus (of which ... Tue, 25 Jan 2011 06:41:17 EST tomorrow i will be going shopping well if it isn't tomorrow it will be the next day so here goes <BR> i will be buying frozen veggies only on sale and cheap store brand <BR> house hold stuff that are store brand <BR> the only things that are not store brands are the milk for my daughter and my hubbies greek coffee <BR> i will be buying dried beans from sacks not the ones that are packed because they are allot more money <BR> i also buy rice and other things like that <BR> deorerent for me from the 1 euro shop <BR> i also got... Mon, 24 Jan 2011 03:24:50 EST What temperature do you set your thermostat to? Just curious as to what temperature people have their thermostts set to in this cold January. Mine is usually set to 66 or 67. Sat, 22 Jan 2011 09:33:14 EST