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12/30/12 11:35 P

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Good evening,

Did not feel so great today so just stayed home.

Patty, You got some good bargains. Every cent saved counts. When they went from sticker prices to the bar codes it helped the stores with inventory and such but it also helped them because it is harder for us to remember what things cost. Especially with some item prices skyrocketing. All we need is a little notebook or to make notes on our grocery list and then put it on our price book at home.

Glenna, Thank you for updating us on Sarah. That is such a concern and nothing we can do but pray. Having said that - prayer is a lot.

Judy, It can't be fun being that cold. When we had to have our furnace replaced it was in October and I believe it was 3 days before they installed the new one and it definitely got colder and colder. Was it ever wonderful when it came back on! I hope you will be able to get propane soon. Can you track the check delivery? My bank account has free checks if you use the plain ones. Cute is fun but free is better.

Ann, That is good there were no leaks in the motorhome. You must have thought you were in Oregon or Washington with that downpour.

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12/30/12 10:12 P

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Hello,

Ann, Our electricity hasn't been out, at least not for long. We are out of propane so we are not able to use the furnace. My bedroom because of that small radiator, is about fifty degrees. Downstairs, however, there is no heat and it is bitterly cold. The rooms down there are kitchen, bath and living room. I think the cold is also cumulative. It gets colder down there every day. Oh well, we've passed Solstice so it will start getting warmer in the foreseeable future.

I am concerned about the checks. I hope they come soon. How much are they running now? Last time I got checks they were about$ 9.00 a box. I have to get them from two credit unions too. I can transfer money from on CU to the other with no problem, but when it comes to paying bills I can't do that with the service center and I have very little cash. If someone comes along to help me get to my car and out of the driveway I can go get some cash.

I looked on the Bisquick site and couldn't find any gluten free biscuit mix. They have cake and cookie, pizza and muffin mixes, but no biscuit mix advertised. I guess I'll have to figure out how to make my own. That will be a good project when I can get back in the kitchen for an extended period of time. I think I'll check with Bobs Red Mill first though.

So many projects. I won't be lacking for things to do will I.

I'm going to get back under the covers for a while.

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12/30/12 9:07 P

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Good Evening, back from eating out and then when we were through it was pouring outside. We waited until we thought it would let up. DH got the car and drove to the door for me and then it stopped raining. I said there must be a rainbow as the sun was shining in the west as it was setting. As soon as we got the car turned around, there was the rainbow. We drove home and got the keys to the motor home and drove out to the storage lot as DH wanted to see if there were any water leaks after the repairs. None. Didn't look like it had rained so much out there and only about 6 - 8 miles from home.

Glenna, I'm so sorry Sarah is not doing well. I wish we knew what the problem is. I'm so glad you are able to be in touch with her and let us know how she is doing. You are a good friend.

Judy, you will be shocked when you find out how much your new checks are costing you. Unbelievable. I must get to the bank and get new check registers for 2013. I've been searching for Chocolate Malt O Meal to send to my DIL. One Super WalMart in the county is suppose to have it, as is the Super W M that isn't terribly far from them in N. C. I'm sure your heat and electric is back on isn't it????

Patty, you did good on your grocery shopping Those pie crusts will last forever in the freezer. I have one in there that I know is over a year old. I will check on my next trip to the commissary as that is one item they sometimes lower the price after the holiday if they ordered too much. Another one that generally gets lowered is the muffin mixes and I make them for our campout shared appetizers. Canned spaghetti sauce is another one I watch the price of and some times it is even 50 cents for a big can. That is when I stock up for my food bank donations. We don't have Aldi's stores here but I have been in them. I reminded DS that DIL could stock up at the commissary in Tampa when they visited GD over Christmas. He thanked me ------- her bill was $325.00. He said she got lots of meat and put it in a big cooler they had taken and I'm sure they covered it with ice. They don't have any military bases close by. One reason I wouldn't want to live where they do. I want to take advantage of our military privileges. Prices do change so fast it is hard to keep up with them.

DH has been watching TV in the computer room most of the day while I've been keeping at my file cleaning. I'm making very good progress. If I were starting a career in this day and were younger I think I would have like to have been an organizer. Even when in banking if we every had a lull which was rare I was always going through cabinets and organizing them and throwing away the outdated supplies.

We do need to get out tree down.



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12/30/12 5:33 P

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Thank you Glenna for letting us know about Sara. I am saying lots of prayers for her and my friends Ken and Michael.

Patty, I think your price log is a great idea and not at all boring. I need to do some supermarket cruising to obtain the prices of the things I use. I can generally skip the cereal aisle. I get my Oatmeal from Bob's Red Mill. The only other thing I buy there is Malt-O-Meal. I dearly love making that so it tastes like the baby food my mother used to make.

There are other aisles I would find very few items of interest, but remember I like shopping where I can't read the labels. So in certain stores I'll have to check everything. Still your idea is absolutely terrific.

I wish I could show you what I can see from my window. The trees are covered with what looks like hoar-frost,( definition, Frozen dew that forms a white coating on a surface. I saw that often in Alaska, but it is rare here. Everything out there is lacy and looks like a fairy land.

I need to brave the cold and go fix something to eat. I didn't do that yesterday and my BS skyrocketed. How can it do that when one hasn't eaten anything? Well, today I will eat something with high protein. I will still be very careful of my carb intake.

I'll talk with you later.

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12/30/12 5:16 P

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Oh Glenna,
thanks for letting us know.



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12/30/12 5:01 P

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Patty, Sounds like you did very well with shopping. I used to be able to remember prices. But no more. so I would need a price book, too.

I talked to Sarah for just a few minutes this afternoon. She is pretty sick. Not sure what is wrong with her. She is on oxygen and talking rather breathless at that. Said day before yesterday she was very ill with vomiting. They did some xrays. She said they won't know what's wrong until they get the results of that. But she does sound very bad. So please say an extra prayer for her.

Talk to you all later. I'll let you know if I hear anything more. I had tried to call her a few times this past week and didn't get an answer. I assumed she was in therapy. But I guess she was too sick to answer the phone.

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12/30/12 2:56 P

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We finally took down all the Christmas decorations yesterday. It took quite a bit of time too. Whew, taking that one wreath down was hard work...lol. seriously, all we did this year, was put up my snowman wreath...easy peasy

We decided to go to town today. So off we went.

I saved sooooo much money today.
Wanted to go to the new Aldi's.
I found graham cracker crusts, for $1.19.
The cheapest that I had ever found them was $1.49 at Save a lot. i BOUGHT 10 OF THEM, SAVING $3.00

Then I found juice sweetened canned fruit, peaches, crushed pineapple and I bought mandarin oranges too., 89 cents a can

I bought a case of each of those, oh, and fruit cocktail too. 89 cents a can. Save a lot was over $1 a can.

I bought a case of vanilla sfff pudding mix, at 55 cents a box. Save a lot. They are 59 cents a box at Walmart. So what is 4 cents times 24 boxes...that is what I saved. only about $1.


Saved 20 cents on 5 pounds of flour at Aldi's too.

Hubby wanted a pizza for supper. A very large supreme, $5.99 at Aldi's.

so yes, some things were cheaper, quite a bit, but not all.

I don't know anything about investing my money, and we do not have much to invest anyway.
A big way that I save money, is to remember what prices are and which store the are in.
I think I need to make a price book...I have put it off for a long time.

I can save quite a bit on groceries each month. My way of investing my money.

Now, you are all probably just bored to tears with this message.
But if finances are tight, or you just want to save money, make a price book, or remember prices. I am going to start with a price book today.

I bought nothing else besides groceries...stocked up. I hate finding one of JoAnna's recipes, and not having the ingredients for it.

Patty

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12/30/12 9:48 A

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Good morning Patty,

The suggestion for my checkbook is great, but I don't have any checks. I ordered them but they haven't come yet. Oh well, that just means I don't spend what little I have. More resources for next month.

Exercise. No
Water yes
Meal plan No, I didn't go downstairs yesterday. I ate an apple and a piece of chocolate and recorded both. My blood sugar is out of sight this morning. I ate a rice cracker and some peanut butter. We'll see what effect that has.

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12/30/12 9:03 A

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Good morning Girls,
Don't forget to put 2013 on all your checks in your checkbook, so you will have the right year.

Of course, if you are going to write checks before Tuesday, wait until Tuesday.

How was yesterday

did you drink your water?
yes

did you move?
only on the bike

did you stick to your lifeestlye eating plan?
yes

Let's make today a healthy day.
Patty



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