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Just reading the posts about lentil soup is making me want to make some tonight to have in the freezer.
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Yes, I was wondering about the recipe , too! I just took out my lentils and barley and I know that I could fling it together, but I would love to see yours!

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Lentil and barley soup sounds almost biblical! I know that they grew barley in Bethlehem. (Didn't Ruth glean barley there?)

What a wonderful cheap way to celebrate the Christmas season. (I don't mean for Christmas dinner, but for one of the other meals in the season. Almost as a contrast, and as a respite from the heavier stuff.)

Do you have the recipe?
If not, I suppose I can look here.

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Cindi, so glad to hear that your hubby has a new job! Things are starting to look up.
My hubby will probably be without a job, for a good while.
It does make a person more creative, yes?
Keep doing the great job you are doing. emoticon

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Besides my husband being out of work, our issues were compounded by moving. I gave away a lot of food that I wish I hadn't. I've had to rebuild my pantry, seasonings, etc. I thought my husband would have a job a lot quicker than he did. So, hardly a day goes by that I wish I had moved all that food, even if it had meant extra trips. But, we didn't have anyplace to go and so, we gave a way a lot of stuff. Tomorrow, he starts a new job!
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emoticon How's everyone doing on the budget front? New tips and tricks to share?

Hubby has decided that surf & turf would be a great Christmas dinner. Luckily, we had a local grocer remodel. For a couple hours only they had lobster claws for $4.99 lb as part of their grand re-opening celebration. Hubby also spotted a one-day sale where pork loin logs were just $4! Those will be our special treats.

This week: lentil and barley soup. Inexpensive, nutricious and delicious. Not to mention the weather is supposed to take a downward turn, so it should keep us warm as well.

Happy menu making!



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My baking is mostly for gifts and I have had "contributors" that have given me some of the supplies.
I did find a very nice pork butt, for $7.00, that will go far. I am cutting it into several sections, today!
Some of my baking has been healthy. Oatmeal, cocoa, flaxseed, Ideal and Splenda, etc.

I love turkey and have been keeping my eyes open.



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I just found turkeys for .40 cents a pound!

I'm going to limit my baking this year to a few things to enjoy. Its actually been a good thing that I haven't had time or the money to bake yet. I think its been better for my family and better for the pocket book.
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Oops! The holiday food spending has taken it's toll and I need to live with what I have for the rest of the month.
Thank goodness that I am creative!
I have some whey protein powder. Does anyone have a way to use this, besides in a smoothie or baked in something?

Oh, thanks for the fish tip! I did find some, at a dollar store, near me! My Food Lion, also has some dollar fish packs. emoticon

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12/13/11 9:31 A

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Turkeys are budget cheap this time of year. I roast one up and make serving size packages from it. I get so many meals from just one turkey.

Our Dollar Tree used to sell the fish, including salmon. Unfortunately they don't anymore, but I still look just in case.



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Yes, the Dollar Tree stores, around here have started this up. Wonderful!

I wish I still had my big freezer, for my garden veggies. I did freeze a lot of peppers and canned some other things. Love the jars in the pantry! emoticon

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Frozen food in the dollar store! I haven't seen that. I guess it depends on where you live. I like it! Hopefully the practice will spread.

(I am lucky though. My husband buys veggies on sale and freezes them.)

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Just got back from the Dollar Store and got bags of name brand frozen veggies and fruit for 1 buck a bag! My freezer is full and no salt, like in the canned ones.

Healthy eating, gone cheap. emoticon

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... and Chinese stores are apt to have rice at a better price.

It's true. Ethnic stores and sections often offer good buys.

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Yes, I too have gotten into the dried beans. Seems as though they are cheaper in the Latino section of the store as opposed to the usual spot's prices! Also, the Dollar store, I go to , has several types for a buck a piece. No salt, cheaper and more of them! emoticon

I always have washed my dishes by hand, as has my 87 year old mother. No problem!

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Today, I went grocery shopping. One of the things that was eye opening was remembering something I read recently about the more processed or prepared our foods, the more they cost. I found myself considering dried beans and cooking them. I did that with some beans today and they were delicious! I put a number of things back on the shelf and decided that I'll make my own versions.

Something else we are doing is hand washing our dishes even though we have a dishwasher. We were doing that because we ran out of dishwasher soap, but decided that I didn't want to spend the money today on soap, and my husband agreed with me that its just as easy to hand wash our dishes.
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I love soup! I freeze in portions and take them to work. Right now I'm out of freezer space or I'd still be cooking.
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Great ideas! I have two large pots of soup, going on the stove. Potato and lentil. Cheap, filling and they should last a few days.
I get marked down meat...last day of sale and freeze. Saves a lot.
Planning out what to eat for the week helps.
I love to get together for one day of cooking with my daughter. We plan, then grill a bunch of meat, roast veggies, make other things to feed us for a week or more.
Always have eggs or egg substitute around for omelets, quiche, frittatas, etc.
Just finished eating a beef, veggie stew. Mmmm!
Love fall!


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Thinking about just switching to soups, since the weather isn't all that great for grilling anymore. I made a simple beef stew that only lasted two days and it was delicious! Will have to make more next time so that it can last me the week as lunch for work.

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We're on one income and we plan our shop carefully. We shop at the butcher's for the meat and go to Aldi for our groceries. We use leftovers for lunches and my other half mainly eats noodles during the day. It's hard but I think we are getting there.

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With two teenage boys, my grocery bills can get rather high. But, we've also been able to limit ourselves. My husband and boys won't go without meat, but I've found where I can make it stretch. I can roast a chicken for one meal, get all the meat off of it for sandwiches for several days and cook the bones for soup. I started doing this with the rotisserie chickens and continued when I started cooking my own chickens. I do the same thing with hams and roasts. The bone goes for soup and the meat goes into sandwiches and other foods.

Until recently, I was working 3 hours from home and living away from my family during the week. I used frozen dinners, but mostly I would cook and freeze things in portions on the weekends to make my own frozen dinners. I would make soups, stir fry, lasagna, you name it. I even would get those lasagnas from the grocery store and freeze the leftovers. I even would cook and freeze frittata and cut in portions and then eat a portion every morning for breakfast. I still do my own dinners. My family also likes to eat the dinners at home. All leftovers in our house, goes in the freezer in single serve containers. I mostly would save the commercial frozen dinners if I wanted something different.
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This may seem obvious to some of us, but it really hit me that when I ate an appropriate amount of food, my grocery bills went down. I know, I know - DUH!

Now, I focus on fresh veggies and try to use meat as secondary (but I agree with other posters here, I don't see myself going completely vegetarian.)

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I buy meat mostly when it's on sale, buy one get one or better yet two.Or in big bulk packages, and freeze in meal sized portions.Usually you could use a little less meat than a recipes calls for, cut it up to look like more, and bulk up the difference with extra veggies, say in a stir fry, or casserole, and soups, or extra beans in chili. Be resourceful with what you have , and make it stretch.(into more than one meal)Try to buy produce that 's in season or stock up , if you have room, when frozen is on sale. Coupons can be good to use too, but pay attention to unit prices, most times when you buy say a bigger package, (like t-paper or paper towels)it's less than buying smaller.(even without a coupon) I DO shop the dollar store for cleaning stuff.And I probably will get a B J 's card soon(will be a once a month excursion , it's not THAT Close)It's all about finding out what works for you, and your family, and budget/needs.

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Does anyone have any good online sites to get good grocery coupons?


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The prices of meat are going up and up but I'm not going to give my meat up. I'm pre-diabetic and watching my carbs and I need the protein. I also like meat. I have cut back on how much meat I buy and I try to fix some meals without meat. I'm glad I like vegetables.


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A lot depends too on how much time you can put into food preparation.

I love buying frozen veggies, but my husband saves us a lot of money by buying fresh veggies on super sale and then freezing them. We do stock up on sales and save a bundle. The key is to be careful what you buy and not buy more than you can use or freeze.

My mom is diabetic, and now that she is a widow, she started using frozen dinners. She can afford to pay for them, but they were wrecking her health. Her doctor told her to stop and to go back to cooking. Most frozen dinners contain too much salt.

Menu planning is definitely is a good idea. If you are diabetic, plan on lots of veggies!

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I could see how vegetarian could save a ton. We could never do that. My husband needs the protein and we both have diabetes is in both of our family history so we need to limit the carbs (even though we struggle with that).
I think making a menu sounds like a good idea. I will have to work on that level of planning!

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I need to go back to sticking to my food budget. I overspent this month preparing for school lunch and going back to work so I know my budget may need to increase but still need to keep within some type of budget. Also going over my coupons today- I really need to start using again

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I am also a vegetarian and don't spend a lot on food. I used to just go buy some of everything that was on sale but then I would end up throwing it out. Now I just buy what I need. I keep a lot of frozen veggies when they go on sale and I buy lots of brown rice, beans, etc from the bulk bins. Whatever fruit is on sale, I just use that to take in my lunches for work. I used to use coupons for toiletries, etc. but now no one at all has double coupons in my area, luckily they opened us a dollar tree here now so that I can get shampoos, cleaning supplies, etc. a little cheaper. I have even started making some of my own household cleaners, etc. It helps a lot.

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Make a menu for the week and stick to it! I did my shopping today, and for a weeks worth of meals (for one, making leftovers for lunch the next day), plus basic extras like some fruit, cereal, milk, eggs, bread - I spent about $65. Plus, I've changed to primarily vegetarian - meat is more expensive than I like it to be, so I just stopped buying it. But the key is keeping with the list. My grocery bill has dropped from about $130 - $150 to half that. And also, I throw out less food because of it. I always bought stuff with the intention of "making something with it", and now because I only have ingredients for what I decided I wanted to make, that's all I can make. And no waste. Took me a while to get it honed, but it seems to work for me.

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I know this is why we are all here.
I feel like I need to get refocused. My grocery bill is creeping up. I need to get dedicated back to coupons and such!

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