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Dave Ramsey IS GREAT!

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Your welcome! I know that you will be coming up with ideas and I can't wait to hear what they are!

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I scrolled thru each money saving tip in this topic, and I have to say, thank you everyone for such wonderful ideas!! I'm sorry, but I currently do not have any money saving tips myself, but maybe I will sometime soon, in the future. But thank you for these ideas.

I'm opening a new page of a new chapter in my life!! Boy, it feels great!!


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I have a few critters, too. Thankfully, I still get plenty. There are some interesting ways around it. Maybe look up some options on line? Or try some lettuce and herbs, in a sunny window.
It's a start!

Good luck!

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I'd love to grow a garden again but due to my location, I think the critters would eat it up!

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Plant your veggies and grow your own! Did you know that some things you buy in the grocery store you can get to grow again? Celery, lettuce, garlic to name a few. Look it up and see what extra bang you can get!

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For freezing, make sure that you get all the air out of the freezer bags. That will eliminate the bad smells/freezer burn. Yes, baking soda, changed out on a regular basis will help with smells, but if it is still a problem, maybe empty and clean your freezer well, then start over.
Containers are OK, but different things have different freezer life and should be used up.
I like to can and dehydrate, too.
Yes, fresh is best, but with my garden, it is nice to have free stuff, all winter.

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Every Sunday I bake or grill lunch for the week and freeze it. I had a problem ONCE with smell and it was the containers i was freezing in. Make sure it says freezing, and microwaving on it. I do not have that issue any more. I been doing it for 4 months now no problem ALSO the longest I have left a frozen meal in was 1 month, that might make a difference too. DO NOT just use any plastic container OR plastic bag to freeze in. Sometimes i would put left over things like chicken from a meal in the freezer to use at another time and if it was not in a freezer zip lock it had a smell and a rough taste.

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I don't find freezing is the best option because of forgetting what 's in there and freezer burn. Fresh also tastes much better. I got my freezer when we were miles from a grocery store but now that I live in the city, I definitely would not buy a freezer. My friend just sold hers on Kijiji and is happy to have $130 in her pocket!

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I'm usimg coupons.
trying not to eat out as much.
trying to stay home more.
only buyinh what we need and not the wants.
buying things when they are on sale.
The biggest thing I'm doing is tell my daughter which is 12 yrs old NO!!!

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Sometimes when making muffins or cupcakes etc, I will use less batter for each one, which saves a liitle money cuz it stretches farther, and at the same time, it equals less calories consumed too cuz your serving is smaller. :)

Not a big saver, but might help. And would work with many other things as well.

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I have a question for y'all regarding freezing. I want to stock up and freeze some stuff, but my freezer always smells horrible and the food tastes bad. I use those baking soda packs and it helps a little, but doesn't last very long. Does anyone have any ideas regarding freezer smell/burn taste? Thanks! There are some great tips here...

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My "meal planner" is the fact that my primary grocery store is Grocery Outlet, the kind of place where you never know what you will find. If you see something that you like and think is a good bargain, you stock up because that item likely won't be there the next week. I eat very cheaply with a lot of variety. Over the last couple of years, they have gotten in more healthy food choices, too!

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I don't use a weekly meal planner, however, I do use a planner to map out what I'm going to have that night so I know what I can have during the day.

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I've never used a meal planner for a diet, either. I mostly eat the things we normally would, but try to add the healthy stuff in there now, too.

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I agree...I dont use the meal planner either...It would be a waste of food as its just me eating

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I don't use the planner either. I can't afford a lot of those ingredients and, as the previous poster said, food waste would be an issue (there are only 2 of us, not an big family)

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I don't use the meal planner. I've read that we have more success with diets when we have fewer choices and that its okay to have a few meals that you eat over and over. My issue with most diets and the meal planner is that nothing repeats, so you're left with lots of food that is wasted. I tend to make my own meals using whatever plan as a suggestion. If you have to buy a lot of food, you don't normally eat, you won't be as successful on your plan. A good plan incorporates foods you would normally eat and already have in your pantry. Start there and then add other foods as you can and as you want.
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I just thought of this, maybe you can't afford to do the whole grocery list and meal plan for the week, but just try one meal a week, incorporated into what you already do and then work your way up to a whole day a week, two days and so on...I am going to try that and see how that works for me, money is super tight right now...

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Thanks. I will have to experiment.

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Juneau2010 I use a coffee grinder and it turns mine into a nice meal , I don't do the whole bag up at once I do what I think I will use for the week and keep the container in the frig.


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Would a coffee grinder grind the flax seeds fine enough?

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Buy flax seed in whole seed form and use a coffee grinder to grind it into flax meal. It saves some money


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Thanks for sharing! AWESOME!

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I have researched which veggies and fruit are freezer friendly and it appears that you can do pretty much anything. The process is slightly different though. You can do a quick google search on a particular veg/fruit before freezing. I like to line my fruit on a baking sheet with wax paper and then freeze. Then I transfer to a freezer bag- this prevents from them clumping together when you freeze. I have done grapes (eat frozen),blueberries, strawberries, and mangos this way. Good Luck

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Can you tell me what fruits and veggies you can freeze and not freeze.

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Today I am stacking on fruits and veggies that are on sale and prepping them for the freezer! I already have blueberries and some bananas (making muffins on Sunday). Mangos,peaches, collard greens and kale are all on sale this week!

Also I bought containers for soup and stews since that season is fast approaching. I love the idea about popping them out of the containers.

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These are good tips!

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I have plastic containers that I use for soups, the ones with the twist lids, I think they are more secure for liquid storage. When I run low on them, I just pop all the soups out of the containers and put them into freezer bags, and when I want a soup I just pop a portion back into a container and go, since they are already the shape of the container it makes it easy.

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Just bought vacuum bags today!
Now I need to figure out containers for soup, etc.!

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Make a BIG pot of soup every week. You can freeze portions and its good to have for any leftover veggies, potatoes, and random ingredients you may have. There are TONS of soups out there and they fill you up, use every penny, and don't' go to waste!

Hope that helps!

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Sloloser, I wasn't thinking about my sparkpage not being public, but I did add 2 pics to the group. One of the plastic containers I use and one of the foil pans with lids.

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My budget is too tight for some of the things on the meal planner. When I joined SP, it was so overwhelming that I could not get into doing the planner and since then have chosen not to use it. I will be interested to see what others have to say...

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Hello everyone...first day on sparkpeople. I can't go grocery shopping til Thursday, but does anyone have a comment about the "meal planner" grocery list. Has anyone used the meal planner?

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I need to change the ink in my printer and print some online ones. I have been getting stuff put up today and I'm pretty sure that I can finish my stocking up the next 2 weeks then eat out of the pantry and freezer for a long time! I talked to Jake and we are going to look on craigslist for a stand up freezer and put the little chest one in storage. that way I can freeze more like casseroles and stuff for even quicker lunches and dinners for when things get crazy!
Now to make some eal plans and find space for everything!


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Haha Jamie :) I got the email and saw it was from you lol. Only 16 dollars spent and going strong....lol...steaming some of my carrots for dinner with some chicken and my leftover rice. I found TONS of coupons on www.southernsavers.com to use on my next grocery trip.. I'm kinda excited and I learned alot about how much better I feel when I stick to the budget and diet.

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Thanks for the suggestions! I am looking forward to the frozen fruit bars! I love fresh fruit anyways.



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For fresh fruit bars all you need to do is take some fruit that you have or can get on sale and puree it in a blender (you can add sweetener, yogurt, whatever you want) and then put them in those cheap little popsicle containers and pop them in the freezer. Let them freeze and you have fresh fruit bars.

Salty snacks-fast free pretzels, stuff on sale. You can find recipes to make your own crackers, cheese, homeade sweet potato chips, salted hard boiled eggs

Hope this helps

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How is that going? Still sticking with the $16 you spent? I am going to stock up some more this week and next week since school starts next week. Then we are pantry eating for quite some time! When chicken and ground meat get low I'll head to sams or look for deals and stock up then be good to go for awhile more!

By the way I read that thinking...that sounds like something my sister did, then I realized it was you!

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I am looking for cheap ideas for fresh fruit bars and low fat salty snacks. I love the veggie straws but i am looking for something else

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Thanks for the suggestion guys, I bought a freezer for 35 from somebody on Craigslist. Same week boneless skinless chicken was on sale! Going to look at the local butcher for some deals as well as some local farmers markets - we are kind of new at this, but I'm excited.

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Juneau, I am sure you will save on utilities, although it is difficult to calculate how much you will save.

CRAZYNDN, if you put the pics on your SparkPage not many people will be able to see them as you have your SP page set to private.

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I batch cooked yesterday. I wonder if that will end up saving utilities in the kitchen? (gas, electricity, water)

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darn, I tried to post some pics here of the containers I use in the freezer but spark won't show them or let them be links. I will try and put them into my spark page pics, if anyone is interested.


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I shop almost exclusively at discount grocery stores, but even there, you need to know what the real deals are. I walk through the "name" stores just to get a reality check (aka sticker shock!) on prices of things I routinely buy. Over the last couple of years, prices have been climbing, so it has been hard to know a good deal when I see one if I don't know what the current prices are....

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This week I will be going to my local farmer's market to check out specials. They usually have bag of fruit and veggies that they sell for $1-$2 because they are about to go bad. This is ok for me because cook right away and freeze for later use. I am hoping I can find some good deals!!

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Once in a while you can eat out of the freezer/pantry. Make meal plans for what you have and then you can just buy the essentials. I was looking in my pantry today and I realize that I have tons of stuff that I can put together and use up. My goal is to use only the little cash I have leftover from last months grocery money( I like to use cash for groceries) which is about $20 to get a few essentials,mainly milk for my 3 yr old. I also like to buy big packs of chicken and lean ground beef and pack it up and put it in the freezer to use for later(thats why I have so much to make stuff out of:) My husband is currently deployed so me and my son can have a meal last for awhile.

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I try to eat though my freezer in early spring so I can clean it out for the summer stock up. I didn't get around to it this spring.

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Thanks, good info.

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Freezers are most energy efficient when they are full or at least 2/3 full. I have heard suggestions to freeze ice or bread to fill it up when it starts getting less full.

Uprights are not as efficient as chest models, but we have an upright. It is easier to find things, I think. I rotate things up towards the top from time to time to make sure we do not forget food in the freezer too long.

How big a freezer for a family of 4? I've heard 1.5 cubic feet per person as a minimum. That would mean at least 6 cubic feet for a family for 4. Many families could use double that amount. Perhaps even more if you garden, hunt, or buy a whole cow at a time.

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@CYNTHYTH: I don't know if there's a good rule of thumb to judge size of freezer vs size of family. My inclination would be to say get the largest size you can a) afford and b) fit in whatever space you've chosen for it. You will be amazed how handy any space will be. I never hear anyone regret having more space than they need, but I always hear people wishing they had more available space...

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I love starbucks light frapps: they're delicious and only 100 calories for a tall...I usually get it with whip cream for about 170 calories. But I came up with a way to satisfy my desire for only about 60 cents. With a can of whip cream, caramel liquid creamer, Starbucks caramel sauce(I like their sauce the best!!), and some cold coffee, ice, and a blender, you can make a homemade "frapp" for about 60 cents and only about 120 cals WITH whip. Yay!!

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Every once in a while I eat my way through the freezer so that I can clean it and start fresh with the new season of food. This also helps me make sure that I haven't "lost" anything in the back of the freezer. While I am cleaning it out and eating it up I set aside that money I would have spent on food so that when I have a nice clean freezer I can restock with sale items. We recently had a 10 pound bag of chicken legs and thighs come on sale and I bought 2 bags and cooked them in several different ways and made soup with the bones I removed from some of the chicken. It saved me a bundle! The price was about a third of the normal cost per pound. Cleaning out in the spring leaves me with room for the peaches I freeze from our tree and for the zucchini cake and breads I make. Zucchini does not freeze well, but the cake and bread does.

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Have to clean out my garage and then maybe a freezer after that. We've been thinking of that for a while. Anyone have suggestions on a good size? We just have a family of four don't want to go overboard.

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Today I am cleaning out my coupon book! I have new coupons and some old ones that I am sure that need to go. Then off to take inventory of my freezer to see what meat is there. Then I can plan my meals for the week ahead. Finally make a shopping list of what I need since my new sales flyers for all the markets will come out today. I compare those with my shopping list and then coupons for double savings. emoticon

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When I was a teen, my stepmother told me the first big purchase I should get was a freezer. I did not do it for years, but I remembered, and, now that I finally have one, it has made a huge difference in my food budget and in the variety of food I enjoy!

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I love my chest freezer! Also I never thought of using plastic boxes to store items rather that freezer bags- that is a really good idea. I might give it a try.

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I think the freezer is a great idea. I need to start looking on Craigslist.
I have really gotten into couponing, but you have to be careful, as most are "packaged foods"

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Yeah they are because the cold doesn't "spill" out when you open the door, if you are going to have the two freezers then I would use the chest freezer for big things and the upright for smaller things. Both mine are chest freezer so I try to keep them organized. I use Plastic Shoe Box Containers for bulk storage, instead of freezer bags. They are stack-able, whereas bags would slide around. Use boxes too, all the pies I made last year fit perfectly into 48 count Eggo Waffle boxes.

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Thanks for sharing the tip about used freezers. I am the one who posted on the thread about my freezer. It's a huge upright one. Taller and wider than me. I bought it with my last and only really good sales commission check years ago. It was a floor model on huge discount because it has a long scratch on one side. Guess what?! That's the side that's against the wall! With the hike in food prices, I have been thinking about getting a second one.

Someone told me that the chest freezers are actually more energy efficient.

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Someone mentioned getting a freezer to help save money. That is an awesome idea. I lucked out as both (yes I said both) of my freezers were free. Hubby's mom bought us a brand new one a few years back. I almost cried when I found out what she was giving us. We only had the small freezer above the frig, and our extra game meat was stored at a friend's house. The first year it was maybe half filled with mostly with baked goods and game meat as we got it in early fall. The next summer I froze anything that was extra out of the garden.

Then a couple years ago a friend from cooking school got a hold of me and asked me if I wanted her old freezer, I totally jumped at the chance. On facebook she seen me posting pics and my status updates on what I was making and freezing though out the summer. It is an older freezer and I really wasn't sure where I could put it, but I got it anyways. Now my poor basement is full. I was able to squeeze it in by the washer and dryer with enough room to get in to the freezer. Hubby thought I was crazy, but I was able to get both freezers filled the past 2 summers. He doesn't seem to mind we get to eat corn on the cob all year because now I have room to freeze 15 dozen corn. I can freeze all kinds of fruit for smoothies and baked goods, lasy year I froze about 8 pies all ready for the oven. I have room to make casseroles all summer and freeze them for dinners I can throw into the oven and not have to think about. All those things I couldn't do with just one freezer.

If you can't afford a new one a used one will do just as well. A friend told me many years ago about how to check if a older freezer has a good compressor on it, just unplug it and plug it back in, if the compressor is still in good shape it will kick in as soon as it is plugged in, if it is wearing out or about to die then it will take a second or two to kick in. So don't be shy if you see a cheap or even free freeze on Kijiji, or Craigslist or Freecycle.

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I;ll have to try the fruit pop idea - my BF is diabetic with a huge sweet tooth and I also like something sweet now and then... emoticon

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Great tips! I just bought ice pops molds & love to make them. I use up ready to go bad fruit. I am making soup today with old cold cuts I put in the freezer-frying w. a little oil & peppers, onions, etc.-whatever I find in the fridge, chicken bouillon etc. I do not cut back on fruit, veg's & fish but make sure I always use up whatever may be going bad first so I don't have to throw anything away. We eat oatmeal every day (1/2 cup only) instead of cold cereals. Since I was just diagnosed w. Diab. 2, I eat less sugars & more fruit. I have a better diet and less expensive.

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Some great suggestions on here and some related dilemmas.

I too buy the ezekial bread and cringe at the price I pay. I am the only one in the house that eats it so it saves me a little money. I buy wheat for my three kids and husband.

Some things I find that help in saving money is searching for coupons online for things everything but especially soy milk, almond milk, hummus, and veggie burgers. It is frustrating that in order to eat healthier and a little more "pure" than processed can cost more. It does not seem right but nothing I can do about it.

Proteins I try to buy whole... as in a whole chicken, whole pork loins or tenderloins... they cost less per pound than the pieces of or chops of the protein sold separately. I cook it all at once and use the leftovers for other meals or if I am feeling VERY motivated I break it up prior to cooking... I must admit I don't do that too often.

Fruits or veggies that you know you won't eat in time... puree and throw the veggies into a sauce or freeze the pureed fruit into pops. No waste. Or use the deceptively delicious cookbook by Jerry Seinfeld's wife to throw the purees into.

Thank you everyone for sharing your thoughts and tips.

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Hi CARLA0716
You might try shopping for those items you listed at a warehouse type store like Costco. They do charge less than most stores. Also look for savings on seasonal things and look at the ads for when the stores run bargains. I did notice you listed juice as one of the things you bought. Juice is good, but adds a whole lot of calories to your diet if this is of concern to you. Try the fresh fruit which has fiber and fills you up faster. Good that you only bought the veggies you were going to use. Keep a close eye on fruits and veggies and use them or freeze them so you don't have to toss them.

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For the soy milk, I think you are just stuck shopping for the cheapest price, but for the Ezekiel bread and the Greek style yogurt, one alternative would be to make them yourself. I have never done either, but I have seen recipes for Ezekiel bread, and I bet we could find recipes for the yogurt as well.

My Italian relatives have told me that although they could make ricotta in Italy with raw goat's milk, they could not do it here with the milk we buy in the store. However, my daughter has found a recipe that works! I will have to get her to share it with me. She has promised to do so. I just have to remind her.

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Hi everyone...
So here's my problem - I tend to buy the expensive healthy foods. Soy milk, Ezekial bread, greek yogurt... any ways to get just a ridiculously healthy stuff, but not pay such ridiculous prices?
I did my shopping yesterday, and because I tend to throw out veggies because they've gone bad before I had a chance to eat them, I made a menu for the week and bought only the foods required for it. Plus the basics - eggs, milk, bread, juice. But still for a week's worth of meals, I was still higher in my budget than I'd like.

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Here is a tip my daughter gave to the ladies at church on saving money.
"Eat at Moms'"

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1MANKNEY, wow! what a lovely collection of money saving tips! I'm impressed.

.. and putting leftover fruits and veggies in jello salad is one way to get kids to eat them!

Gardening is great! Lucky me, my husband is a gardener. (If I were the gardener, I think our gardening thread would grow more.)

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Juneau, you do not need more money to have more checking accounts, you just divide the money you do have into different accounts: one to receive paychecks and pay general bills, one for any automatic accounts you have, and others for anywhere you expect there could be a dispute: Paypal, Ebay, book clubs, etc.

In fact, if you do not expect any disputes with your automatic payments, I do not actually see a reason to have a special account for them either. Perhaps, Redfox could. I don't.

Actually, I do not write many checks, so I have not bothered with more than one checking account myself, but she did give us good food for thought. For some of us, it may be a very good thing to do. Especially if you shop on e-bay.
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I agree having a freezer is great! I too, have an upright model.

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If you can afford it, get a freezer. I've been told that chest freezers are more energy efficient than uprights. Either way, that extra space allows you to take greater advantage of sales on anything you can freeze - fruit, veggies, meat. I bought an upright freezer with my last commission check about 12 years ago and the fact that it has been well stocked with bargains has kept me fed during very lean times.

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I raised ten children on a tight budget. I have had a lot of experience with this. First off, cook from scratch. Packaged food is usually more expensive.
Don't waste anything. Small leftovers can be used in soups--even the mashed potatoes will work. Make soup from the bones of a whole or store bought whole roast chicken. Strain the broth and then add in the vegetables that you are planning to eat and cook the broth some more. Use every part of that chicken. No need to get pre cut up when you can do it yourself.
Add some celery and onion to a small hunk of meat and make a sandwich spread. Compare the price of the serving, not the price per pound. You pay a lot for bones and fat. Oatmeal is usually cheaper than dry cereal, but nothing is a bargain if the family won't eat it. Use up all of the small leftovers of food and don't waste it. Be creative. Jello salad is a great place to use up small amounts of vegetable or fruit.

Eggs are usually a bargain and they make good omelets or french toast. You can toss in some leftover vegies and chopped leftover meat to make a healthy and inexpensive dinner.
Compare the prices of different stores and when there is something on sale, buy extra to have on hand at a bargain price. Don't buy too much fresh produce because it doesn't store well and you have to eat it while it is fresh.. Clump your shopping into one trip to save on gas.
Read box labels. Some boxes that look big really are just a few ounces and a lot of air. Don't be afraid of buying at the Dollar Store or Grocery Outlet. Just read labels and be aware of the expiration dates.
You can feed a family quite well if you make it your hobby to find the best bargains and get the most from your money.
Final hint--grow a garden if you can. You will save on the vegetables if you grow what you love to eat.



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I wish I had enough money to start that. I don't YET.
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Want some ideas of how to get good workouts without going to the gym?

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The envelope system works excellent. We use it for gas and groceries. When it is empty, we are creative in working with what we have left. We started car pooling to work and I meet my Husband with the car at his work, then pull my bike out of the back and I ride home from where he works. He is on crutches or he would be riding too. I get my cardio in with the hills I ride on the way home and we save on gas money. We follow the Dave Ramsey plan for budgeting and paying off debt. Creating a budget enabled us to "find" extra money and we used that money to pay off my Husband's car in just 10 months. Next and last up is the student loan, that silent guest that has lived in our house way way way too long.

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I have recently started this myself and it seems to be working! Glad to know I'm not the only one doing this! :)

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I don't know if this was mentioned before but I figured I'd chip in an idea here. I work in a library and we have a ton of fitness DVDs. My suggestion is to borrow some DVDs from your local library and try them out, see which ones you like, which ones you don't. In the end if you decide you like some of them, you can always renew the items after the initial seven days (unless there is a hold on the item) or you can just find the DVD online like at ebay or amazon usually for a fairly cheap price and add it to your collection but only after giving it a try for free. It's worked for me so far, I have sooo many DVDs out on my card, lol!

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Hi!! I am new to the group and very cheap so I have to chirp in already!! I don't have a problem loosing weight on a budget at all! I does take some work, but I have not seen my grocery bills really go up. WELL, they are up...but no more fast food so that makes up for it! I buy a lot of chicken breasts when it's on sale and use coupons for the name brands I have to have. The rest is store brands which saves a lot of money. The main thing I see is making your own food plan instead of the plans that are out there. They do seem to use a lot of higher prices foods which I don't usually like anyway! As for the fitness part, instead of joining a gym I spent a year membership cost on a Wii and it's 'games' and fitness videos, balls, balance board and bands to work ou at home. Some I got a garage sales and saved even more! It can be done, it just takes planning.

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Here are a few more:

Healthy Eating Tips for Singles: 5 Ideas to Help Your Waistline and Your Wallet

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wow all of these tips are just great . thank you all.

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my budget is to have the same main food and just make it different ways for 2 or 3 days. Especially with baked chicken from deli at grocery store. Will cost about 3.99 with my discount and will eat several days. also with oatmeal, beans, and vegtables.etc. cheap, cheap, cheap

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About the only thing we use credit cards for anymore is travel, and then we pay them off right away. People don't realize that when they use a check/debit card to reserve flights, rooms, cars, etc, there's a hold put on the authorized funds.

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I have several club accounts. I save for Car expenses, furniture or any big item we need to buy, Christmas club and also have an emergency fund for unexpected things that come along. I use the envelope system to budget with. I am loving it. I have realized that things may get rough for us seniors and everyone really, I want to be prepared.
Before we cut up our credit cards when an unexpected expense popped up, we had to put it on the cards because we had not prepared for those things. I used to have to use my credit cards for vehicle tags too. (California's tags are sky high) I wish I'd learned of this earlier. Things I do today create my tomorrow's so I'm practicing my do right today's..
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