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6/3/08 11:59 A

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Thanks! I'll have to look for that book on Amazon. Library doesn't have. None in the state in fact. :( Yea, I don't use soy sauce but my husband does. If my husband could eat like I do, we'd be all set. But he hates mac and cheese and needs protein as he works in the woods usually carrying 3 or 4 paint cans with him. So what I am doing is cutting back on the meat portion so he has most of it and making more rice, beans, veggies, etc. I get just enough protein for what I need. Also, realized that the big grocery store around here has an online sales flyer. And the little grocery store has good deals on meat and veggies (just don't buy their groceries).

Tonight, pasta and homemade sauce. Can make that stretch like 2.5 days. Turn it into chop suey or baked pasta tomorrow.

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EJB1970 Posts: 49
6/2/08 9:39 P

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Hey girl,
I am so glad to hear that you finished. Remember that in its self is an accomplishment. I remember that when we started out we were short on everything. I was working day care and he was in school not working much. We barely had enough to get by and a lot of time I brought home food from my second job (waiting tables). We did not eat very well those first year or two but we did learn. I learned this trick from his sister. When you do order out like Chinese or any other place go and pick it up yourself. When you are leaving fill up with condiments like soy sauce and ketchup and mustard. If you like Mac and cheese we had that and salads 3 times a week. What I can tell you is that I learned how to make the best pot of beans and used it in so many ways.That took the place of meat we could not afford at the time. We still do this even now. I know its not easy right now but you both will catch up soon enough. Look for something just to get you by until you can find something that works permanently. Congratulations on the new chapter in your lives together.
P.S. IF you can find it Dining on a dime is one of the best cookbooks for making things stretch. I used the older version Not just beans. And even now our food bill is only 30.00 a week for 3 people soon to be four. Good luck ejb1970


 
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6/2/08 7:45 P

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That is really good news about the type of job you need. ah who needs soy sauce, it's so high in sodium. LOL ;-)


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6/2/08 7:41 P

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Thanks everyone. We figured out with my husband's salary, we will be $150 short of our basic monthly expenses not including paying back student loans (due Sep.). So even if I just find a minuimum wage cashier job for now, we will be ok. Groceries will be really tight this month (can't even afford to buy things like cinnamon and soy sauce which we are out of) but I think we'll manage.

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6/2/08 6:40 P

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Good luck Julie. I wish you all the best.
Last year our grocery bill was at the very least $100 more a month than it is now, because of meat and now we buy much more fresh produce and still come out cheaper. But I know produce is priced differently demographically.
Don't give up on the job. Call them and be persistant. Sometimes companies want to know a person really wants the job.


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6/2/08 1:14 P

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Countrygirl,
After reading your update, I've got to say that I have the feeling that something wonderful is waiting for you right around the corner.
Just keep doing what you're doing and soon you'll be working at a wonderful new job and buying all those summertime fresh fruits and veggies. Enjoy your new home!
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6/2/08 12:55 P

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Money's rough on me right now too... all the fresh groceries are going up in price, especially all the ones I eat :( and with the gas prices it's even worse, plus we just bought my husband a newer more reliable car... his old one was only 6 years old and needed work that cost almost as much as the car's worth so we traded it in for a more reliable car but with a bigger car payment. Thankfully, we just paid off my car (yay!) and he owned his old one so we only have to deal with the new car payment instead of two. But I feel for you, hopefully things get better soon.

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6/2/08 12:43 P

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Well, I have no been on here or sparkpeople for forever. So quick update. I graduated college, started a new job, quit said job as my husband got a job 2.5 hours south of where we were. Got "fired" a week early from job as they found someone who could start right away. Actually was a good thing as I didn't have to travel back up for 3 days and had more time to move in/unpack. Had an interview last week and never heard back. I'm switching my path to office assistant type work instead of daycare. It pays quite a bit more and doesn't burn me out as bad. All day every day with children tends to wear me out and I get really bored even though I love kids.

But yea, I've had a very busy month. I had basically 2 weeks to pack and such. But now I am getting back into exercising. Not so much the eating well because right now we have $150 to last us at least two weeks. So not buying lettuce, fresh veggies, yogurt, etc. Only buying the cheap meats and frozed veggies and stuff Matt needs to pack lunches. And until I find a job and July rent gets paid (twice as much as our old place but oh so nice), that is the way it will be.


Julie aka "Browneyes"

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Goal 2- 140
Goal 3- 130
GW- 125

Life isn't about waiting for storms to pass-- it's about learning to dance in the rain.
loggerswife.blogspot.com


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