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12/5/12 9:16 P

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You're right, Ella, dollar stores are great. You can get some really good things there at a reasonable price. Thanks for reminding us about them!

Oh, and here's a stroll down memory lane: when I was growing up, there were no dollar stores, there were just "five and dimes"!

Elizabeth

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11/16/12 5:18 P

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I also need to let everyone know not to overlook the dollar stores. I usually buy Christmas cards there that our women's group signs and send to our missionaries, as well as what we give to our shut ins that we Christmas Carol to. Our office will be using them for plastic Christmas tree shaped trays to put veggies on to give to some of our apartment complexes that we market to.

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11/15/12 6:49 P

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I love all of these great ideas! Lyn, I had to chuckle at your thermostat story. My parents kept their thermostat set around 80 in the winter, and it was absolutely unbearable. I kept a change of clothes at their house - tee-shirt and shorts - and would immediately change into that when I would go to their house. Even at 80 degrees they were cold. My dad is now in assisted living, and he still keeps the temp in his apartment too high. He wears long underwear, a layer of regular clothes, a sweater, and a jacket and complains about freezing. I wonder if it's an old person thing; all I know is that I'm hot all of the time, which is a menopausal thing.

I keep my thermostat set at 68, which has always been fine. If I go any lower than that, DH accuses me of trying to give him pneumonia and killing him for the insurance money. We finally had a "come to Jesus meeting" one day when he was wearing a pair of boxer shorts and a tee-shirt and complaining that I was trying to make him sick from the cold. I told him that if he would wear actual clothes around the house then I would consider turning up the thermostat. He put on sweats and then miraculously found himself all toasty warm!

I have questions for those of you who are using coupons. I have had very limited success with coupons. I tried "liking" all those sites on FB, but when I got the emails and went to the coupon sites, I never could get a single coupon. It would always say that the coupons I wanted weren't actually available. I guess I need to start subscribing to the newspaper. I definitely like the idea about buying extra turkeys and hams during the holidays. That is right up my alley.

I am cooking for only two people (DH and I), and most recipes serve 6-8. So I usually make up the entire recipe and freeze half of it for later. This works really well since DH doesn't realize he is actually getting leftovers so much. Also, most dishes are good for a few days, so I don't serve the same thing back to back. For example, this is what I did this week. I made a 2 pound meat loaf last night, divided it in half, and froze one of the halves. Then I cooked it for dinner last night. Tonight I made up a chicken casserole into two separate dishes, and I'm freezing one of the dishes. So last night we had meatloaf, tonight chicken casserole, tomorrow night leftover meatloaf, and for lunch on Saturday we'll have leftover chicken casserole. I'm glad DH will eat leftovers, but he is not a finicky eater. Then I will cook the other half of the meatloaf and the chicken casserole in 2-3 weeks. This also reduces the amount of actual chopping and cooking I have to do, which is a treat for me! Right now in my freezer I have a one-pound meatloaf, half a chicken casserole, half a lasagna, 3 meals of seafood gumbo, a bunch of frozen hushpuppies, several servings of chili, enough taco meat for 3 nights, and several servings of spaghetti sauce.

I am really enjoying reading what other people do!



Elizabeth

"You have made us for Yourself, O God, and our hearts are restless until they rest in You."
--St. Augustine of Hippo

"Rejoice in the Lord always; again, I will say rejoice."
--St. Paul in his letter to the Philippians

"Preach the Gospel at all times. When absolutely necessary, use words."
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11/15/12 2:27 A

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Ella - haven't done it yet this year, but last year we bought 3 turkeys when they started going on sale with the promotions. We only have a refrigerator; no extra freezer space. We would buy one turkey, bring it home, and make it right away. Then pick the meat off and freeze. We did that twice, and then the third time had the turkey for Thanksgiviing. We also bought around Christmas when they had sales again. We were getting big turkeys for about $4.00.

Also, I really like the one grocery store we have. They offer good produce on the reduced shelves. I bring them home and clean/cut immediately. Then the family can grab them in the frig when hungry, or they are ready to go when packing lunch early in the morning.

We rarely waste/throw away produce that way. Cut celery, carrots,cantaloupe, and de-leaf strawberries are usually waiting.

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11/14/12 1:46 P

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If you have the freezer space, pick up an extra turkey now that they're on sale. I did that to have one after the holidays for slippery pot pie, turkey & waffles, soups and turkey salad for sandwiches. Ham is on sale right now too, which you can also freeze.

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11/14/12 1:15 P

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Hello ladies,

As to saving money, I also do coupons but as to plastic bags, I have lots of the non-plastic bags that you can get at the grocery stores and other places, some are recycled some are canvas but all hold whatever I need and they don't cut into your hand when you carry them.

Recycle...I dump my wet kitchen garbage into a coffee can and when it is full I take it to the garden, most everything can go out but meat scraps, they go into a ziploc and into the freezer until trash day...Some places have recycle pickup if not take it local.

If milk goes sour before you finish it (rare here) make something that takes sour or buttermilk, don't pitch it.

Crock pot things, you can make enough for 2 or 3 meals and then just heat it up rather than cook and use less power heating. I now have a little counter top induction oven, they take less time to cook things and the meats turn out very juicy.

Knock down the heat a notch and put on a sweater...My mom was always cold with the heat seat on 80, the rest of us were dying. I got her to put on another layer and knocked it down to 75 and by the time it was all said and done it was at 72. Now with just me and the fur people I try and keep it at 65 which is just fine for me.

Off for now girls, it is trash day and I need it get the can out to the road.

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11/13/12 1:48 P

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I forgot to mention that if you use facebook you can go onto various sites and "like" them and you'll receive coupons and discount codes for future use. Restaurants and great for this and I've even received discounts to use at Redbox, which is another great saver as far as watching movies go. I've even rented Wii games. For under $2 a movie or game, it's great and inexpensive entertainment!

Also, if you don't already, check pinterest online. They have wonderful craft and recipe ideas. I have a friend getting ready to throw an office party at an extremely lost cost all due to ideas from pinterest.

Edited by: WESTIEGAL1 at: 11/13/2012 (13:49)
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11/13/12 12:20 P

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Coupons and store cards. We have CVS & Homeland here that both have their own savings cards. Use the coupons in conjunction with the sale items to see big savings. Of course you only want to purchase items you need or you won't be saving any money! I would like to say that I do this, but I never seem to have enough time. I do clip out the coupons and most times remember to use them, but I'm not a coupon queen like my daughter in law!

I also always check the sale ads. I was able to pick up Taylor Swift CD's, tshirt, poster, spiral notebook and guitar picks at a greatly reduced price from Walgreens of all places-just by looking at their sale paper!

Edited by: WESTIEGAL1 at: 11/13/2012 (12:21)
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11/12/12 7:29 P

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I haven't bought a plastic garbage bag for at least 5 years. We have one grocery store that has paper bags, and the rest have plastic.

We line the kitchen garbage with a bought bag (lasts ages). Then we put a paper bag into a plastic bag from the grocery store and place it into the kitchen garbage can. When the smaller bag is almost full, we take it out and knot it. It's strong because it's double bagged.

Since we recycle almost all of our paper, plastic bottles, and cans, we usually only throw out one small bag of garbage a pickup. That equals two bags a week. Three if we change the guinea pig cage. For a family of four (plus GKs), that's really good.

I hate spending money for throwing things away.

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11/12/12 7:19 P

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I'm starting this thread to get some good ideas for saving money. I'll contribute a tip or two that I'm trying, and I hope to get some more ideas. The only tip that is unacceptable is suggesting that someone get rid of a beloved fur baby, ha-ha!!! They are pretty expensive, but they are worth it!

1. I have quit buying any convenience or processed foods, and I cook everything from scratch. This is totally impractical for those of you who are working full-time, but since I recently retired it is feasible for me. It's hard, though, because I'm used to using mixes and such. I will have to say that DH seems to be commenting a lot on how good everything tastes.

2. I'm making a concerted effort to consolidate all of my errands to use less gas. I'm ashamed to say that I was running errands whenever I thought of them rather than planning them. I'm finding that the world doesn't come to an end if I have to pick things up a day or two late or if I don't have the exact ingredients for what I'm cooking.

Any more ideas, anyone?

Elizabeth

"You have made us for Yourself, O God, and our hearts are restless until they rest in You."
--St. Augustine of Hippo

"Rejoice in the Lord always; again, I will say rejoice."
--St. Paul in his letter to the Philippians

"Preach the Gospel at all times. When absolutely necessary, use words."
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