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12/21/08 5:27 P

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I don't consider being frugal as being cheap.
I make my own broth. It is cheap and healthier.
I have started cooking dry beans instead of canned which is dramatically lower in sodium.
I am also trying to make tomato sauce from tomatoes shipped from Florida. This isn't cheaper....it is lower in sodium.
I check the refrigerator at least once a day, to make sure I am not letting something go to waste that is perishable.

But I agree....the biggest cuts in our budget are elsewhere.
- Christmas giving -- some of it is to Charity instead of to family.
- Not buying clothing or shoes right now. Shoes will eventually become a necessity.
- Not spending anything on entertainment.
We dropped our cell phones when the contracts ran out and went to a prepaid cell phone. Much cheaper.
- We still eat our Sunday Dinner out. But we have cut our eating out by 66%. Plus, we used to eat in cafeterias at work. We did eat out during our power outage on Friday. We wanted a hot meal.
But we can afford those little things once in a while.

We each have to decide what we can splurge on and what to tighten our belts on.



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12/21/08 5:06 P

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Be careful on being furgal in terms of eating healthy. Look into being thifty in another area of your budget. Eating healthy is number one on the list. Have a good Christmas and I'll ask Santa to help you out a bit.


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12/21/08 2:37 P

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I had posted on this forum a month or two ago and got an email que that somebody had responded to my email. i guess I wasn't a member then.

I retired a few months before the stock market issues. Have easily lost over 20% of our retirement funds. Scary. Any way, we have always tried to live frugally. Now we are trying to be more cautious.

When I started on SP, my grocery bill seemed to sky rocket. DH assured me that it was in part because we were eating at home now and not eating at employer's cafeterias.

One thing we have cut is how much fish fillets we eat. we now mostly buy canned.
I have always made homemade broth from time to time. I now am trying to do it all the time. I have time to be an old fashioned homemaker.

Edited by: 60SIXTY at: 12/21/2008 (14:38)
Linda - North East Indiana, USA `Goal to build myself up to reach 1,000 fitness minutes per month.

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