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I like the spread sheets. It is funny, last week I came back from the grocery store and my son commented, "this is all you got" even though he has no idea whether or not I use a list, his comment usually reflect the status of my using a list. I seem to get more with my list because if enough stuff is on sale I can add a few more things.



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I totally agree with that. I go as far as putting the estimated price next to the item on the list.

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I think the best way to stay on budget is to plan your meals and shop with a list.

A day at a time and I will reach my goal. I am not perfect but I will forgive myself for the mistakes I make. Life is full of choices and sometimes we don't always make the best ones but that's what makes us human.


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I love the templates! emoticon

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I'm going to check out that site organizedhome.com

A day at a time and I will reach my goal. I am not perfect but I will forgive myself for the mistakes I make. Life is full of choices and sometimes we don't always make the best ones but that's what makes us human.


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If you have excel check out this site:
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Thanks, It was pretty easy to find the manual on line. didn't no about the order of the ingredients. Hopefully I will be able to make a loaf tonight.

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MISSYGEEN, I'm sorry, I haven't been back here in awhile and didn't see your post. Machines vary. Try to find a manual for yours online. Mine says to put the liquids in first, add the salt, flour on top of that, and make a well in the flour and put the yeast in the well. The yeast and salt should not touch each other when added. You can find hundreds of recipes at food.com and I think there is a machine forum there too, and here is a good one. Enjoy your new toy! http://community.kingarthurflour.com/forum
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Never used a bread machine, before, but basic bread has warm water, yeast, sugar, just a bit for the yeast to eat, flour (whole wheat, or white or a mix of the two) salt and a touch of oil, shortening, or butter.

I bet you could find something on the sparkrecipe finder.

Nice find, at Goodwill!

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I read somewhere(so don't quote me) that bread should only have five ingredients. Ironically when it comes to bread the fewer ingredients the higher the cost.

I got a bread machine at the Goodwill for 9 bucks. So I'm a newbie. What ingredients should I use? No directions with second hand stuff sometimes.

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Thank you! I do like to be as self sufficient as possible, myself. I grow much of my food and have been tempted to buy another freezer as mine bit the dust.
All my children are grown, it is just me, so will make do with out. Still can cram a lot in my fridge freezer and my pantry is awesome.

I love bread and making it. Nothing like that smell. I have just recently found out that I am gluten sensitive, but here and there will make some anyway and share.
Family gathering are the perfect time.
Do it the old fashioned way, but a bread machine would be fun.

Thanks for the tips!

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If you have kids you probably go through bread like crazy, and good quality bread is ridiculously expensive. You could find a used bread maker on Craigslist, yard or rummage sale, or Goodwill. You just throw the stuff in and turn it on. I don't eat much bread now but I love mine! Try to find one that makes a rectangular horizontal loaf, not a square vertical one. Or make the popular no-knead bread that can be mixed by hand and baked in the oven. In that case I highly recommend a Danish dough whisk http://www.amazon.com/Danish-Dough-Whisk-S
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When I retired I wanted to do a back to the land thing and raise much of my own food, including meat. I needed a big freezer and found one at an auction for $25, delivered. After six years it's still going strong! Even though I don't raise meat at this time (which has its pros and cons financially), I can buy items on sale or cook bulk meals and have room for them. It's also good for storing flour and cereal during pantry moth season.

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Thanks AHOKE3, I wrote it down. Most of the ingredients are already on my grocery list so that helps.

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That sounds really good! I like anything with mushrooms and they are so low in calories, too.

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I make a low fat stroganoff with gr. turkey, FF sour cream, low fat cream of mushroom soup and FF gravy (in a jar). I also will add mushrooms to it. You can put it on the NoYolk egg noodles or rice or eat by itself.

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I notice when I plan out my meals we definitely save, and would save more if we start making trips to other stores, which we need to start doing. When I go to the store with no plan or list I spend more and we never have enough so we have to spend even more.

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I buy a lot of ground turkey and make different things with it. does anyone have any hamburger helper type recipes with few ingredients that I can try?

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emoticon CVRONEK, that is emoticon
to hear. You are doing very well.

I'm taking a good look at my groceries to see where
I can make changes. I KNOW I can make lots of
them & intend to do so, after I move next week to
my new place. Getting low on everything and will
have a clean slate to begin.

I'm excited because you all have been so helpful.

GOOD FOR YOU!
WEIGH-2-GO!

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I am doing great!
Looked at the sales going on, at my Food Lion.
Chicken breast and tenders, 50% off. Got two family packs and froze.
London Broil..saved $4.00. This will make several meals, for me at 3 ounces a pop! I like to put the strips on my salad.
Cans of tuna on sale.
Loaded up on Grapes and Strawberries on sale.
Bought one sweet potato for eating one to make slips to grow my own!
Plain yogurt.
Spinach on sale.
Mushrooms on sale.
Coffee on sale(my one thing I must have... half the caffeine)
1 jar crunchy peanut butter
1 pack low fat Mozzarella cheese
I also got two containers of laundry detergent and Cat food.
$47.47
saved $22.21
This with what I have at home will last me two-3 weeks. Plus the sweet potatoes I will harvest from my slips.
I always know I need protein and work from sales.
I always want fresh veggies and fruit, some frozen, some canned.
SO for the first part of April I spent $73. Still have plenty of that left. Also eating canned and frozen from my garden, last year.
I do not plan on buying any more groceries, this month.. exception, I may need fresh fruit.

How about you, Tedybear?

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CVRONEK, how are you doing on making a list for shopping?

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Some great tips. Thank you everyone.

A day at a time and I will reach my goal. I am not perfect but I will forgive myself for the mistakes I make. Life is full of choices and sometimes we don't always make the best ones but that's what makes us human.


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Great! I will be checking that out, when I get home from work!

Meal planning.When I do that, I really make progress.

I have been using up, what I have in the house. Thankfully, lots of veggies, put up from last years garden. It really helps with the grocery bill.

I do need to make a trip, today, but you two have got me in the mood to plan. emoticon
I will have a week planned and a list taking advantage of the sales.

Let's save money while getting healthier!

Have a great day! emoticon

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YKNOTNOW, a family of 3 for $50 a week.

I need to follow you around. Could you email me some
tips. I am a single person and I would love to get my
groceries to about $30 a week.

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Organized home.com offers a lot of helpful information. Blank meal planners, spring time cleaning list, etc. you name it, it is there. Check it out!!

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


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I sat down with my teenage daughters and we came up with 20 meals that they could prepare on their own, if I'm at work late. I divided the meals into 4 weeks (if needed, we have to come up with something for weekends) Then I made a "cookbook" with all the recipes, and a "menu" page that I put up in the kitchen. I also made a shopping list for every two weeks, and I go to Aldi's for the best price. I figure I can feed our family of three for about $50/week.

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I agreee with a few peoples comments I've seen in here. I personally go to Costco myself and spend ~120/bi-weekly for my own food. It turns out to be much cheaper, but also a bit of a pain at the same time.
If you've EVER been to a Costco, Sams Club, etc, you know the feeling of dragging all your bulk items up those stairs to your apartment and putting it away. To make it 1 step worse, I weigh, and bag, then freeze my salmon in 6 oz portions so i can just simply grab and cook for the next 2 weeks.
Yes this takes 3 hours total of my Saturdays, but it saves me loads of money.



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Kag15151a how does the emeals work. Do they provide you with a shopping lists and can one use coupons with it.

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You should try e-mealz! It's a life-saver for me and it only costs like $5 a month or something. I do the low fat family menu from Wal-Mart. It costs everything for you and bases the recipes off of what's on sale.

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Good idea ....... Sound words ......... emoticon

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You may try buying larger amounts of meat-a family pack of chicken one week, a family pack of roasts the next week. You can separate them into individual portions and freeze them and it is often cheaper than buying a small package because they have the "bulk" price. Or cook in batchs-a large batch of chili in the crockpot and freezr for individual meals later on.

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You are so welcome Carol ......... Anytime.
I did think of one more thing ........... Crock pot dishes can be most affordable ....... And,
particularly bean dishes .......... A pot of chili can go a long ways and beans are very high
in protein and healthy in general (Black beans for one help lower cholesterol) Just a side thought there ........... ha ha ........
I have prepared lots of bean dishes, then to not get tired or "fed up" ha ha w/ them .......... I
can not only have chili initially, but then next night have burritos, tacos, tostadas just to throw some ideas out there ............ (The bagged beans bought in bulk seem to be the most affordable--I always soak overnight) .............
Actually quite often on my MENU plan, I have one crock meal per week ............ (esp. in winter when it's cold) .................. emoticon Lemme know.

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Sounds good ... Yu could likely get 3 meals anyway out of these proteins ..........
Soup ............... Tacos ........... stretch em out .......... and good luck! emoticon

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Good points, JLAHEY9381 & 2BDYNAMIC, I am thinking at least one small
roast, checking to see the best price, or perhaps a whole chicken. It's just me
and I spend SO MUCH on groceries, it's terrible.

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Organization and saving $$ is the name of my game.
I still work FT so I save energy any way I can.
Each week I take one morning and plan the MENU for the week.

One tip I have is: Make a menu for 6-7 days and do NOT throw that list away.
Post it on your fridge ... and use it as a Blueprint for future weeks .......... emoticon
Here is JUST AN IDEA for our week ............

Mon: Stir Fry Veggies w/ Tofu (or use meat, chicken, your choice)
Tue: Taco Salad-w/ Soy crumbles
Wed: Turkey Burgers w/ Salad
Thur: Chicken Noodle Soup (homemade)
Fri: QUICK FIX MEAL: We're tired: Chef's Salad .....

Anyway, you can make out your own meal based on your palate. `Once I plan our meals, I make my shopping list ......... and I always check my fridge and pantry to see what is on hand, and shop accordingly. I make as FEW trips to the store as poss .......... as it is proven, the more trips you make to the store, the more you spend. When I have coupons to save, I paper clip them to my list. ONCE in the store, I shop in organized manner, and leave asap ............. (More money is spent the more time you stay) .......... Marketing has carefully planned this ............... this most definitely keeps us on track w/ calories, time and always saves money ................... Lemme know .............. emoticon

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Roasts are an easy one to do that with. I will often throw a large roast in the crockpot (usually pork as they are often cheaper) with some potatoes. The first night we may have the roast (as is) with the potatoes and a salad. The next night I sauté some peppers, onions, celery, and garlic then shred some of the pork and add it in. Throw in some BBQ sauce and we have some pulled pork sandwiches. The next night you cook some of the leftover pork in some taco seasoning and have pork tacos. Another night you can do a hash or casserole. Chicken is another easy one to do and so is ground beef or beef roasts. That way you are using the crockpit for a one pot meal. Each night you are only using one pot but the same main course.,

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I am at present trying to formulate a plan in my
mind that would give me several days meals
with one pot ideas.

I have a few that I'll work on for the next pay
period.

Got to save some bucks.

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Meal Planning is one are that I am not very good at. I usually take each day as it comes. But, then it is just my husband and I, so I don't have to worry about making sure children needing meals.

My daughter plans her meals and shops accordingly and she saves a lot of money by sticking with the planned meals.

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I need to be better at meal planning. I usually don't plan.

I think I would save money if I did.

I am going to work on a list today and see if I can trim the budget.

Thanks for the tips.

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One last thing ............. Post your menu on the fridge where you can see and follow..........
This saves you when you come home tired and hungry .............
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Just joined this team ............ But I am a 'stickler for detail' and organization so this is my plan:
Each week (Like Sat OR Sun) ......... I make my food menu for the week.............
This makes it Easy ...............
I never throw out last weeks menu ...............
Many meals we like are "do-overs" ..............
1-Plan the Menu
2-Make grocery list (hang on to your coupons)
3-Chop 'n Cut veggies---(Portion out some for the OTHER meals) .........
(so if I get celery for instance, I will plan 2-3 or meals w/ it and chop accordingly)

WATCH SALES ............. If you see a great buy on broccoli, or cauliflower, buy, but then plan as many meals as you can .............. Use either Veg. in salads, make soup, use in stir fry dishes ............... You get the point ................. Stretch that food item as far as you can ..................

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Ever-hopeful, you are SO RIGHT!

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i don´t think eating healthy is more expensive in the long run.there are alot of ways of saving money if you are prepared to take the time to plan,organise,look a.etc.i could make a big pan of healthy warm vegtable soup for as little as 1-€you can plan meals around sales or even buy things you know you will use in the long run when on sale.it todays society with fridges,freezers,cool rooms microwaves etc you can buy and cook in bulk saving time and money in the long run.not only can you save alot of money through cooking and preparing food yourself you know what exactly is in your food how much salt,fat etc and by eating healthy and being fitter you can save alot of money on medical expense later and also depending on which medical insurance you have also on your medical insurance.i think the extra effort and tie it takes is worth it.

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Why is it more expensive to eat healthy??????

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Hello- Im kate, and I am new to this team. I joined because i am realizing that my food issues are similar to my money issues. I plan a menu, once a week and go grocery shopping from that list. I struggle with buying extra's- great things that I see and how to have. that's my goal for next week, to make the list and stick to it.

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That's a great idea! Thanks! I'll check out that website too.

And you are correct - my daughter is pretty much just eating small portions of what we eat. :o)

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I find OAMC works for me.

Basically, you cook multiple portions of all your fave dishes, once a month, and freeze them. Like, I make 10 portions of mince meat bolognaise sauce, mix with 1kilo frozen mixed veg, divide into 10 food pots/bags, label, and freeze. Then, all you have to do later in the month is defrost 1 portion per person, boil the spaghetti, and you're done. Also, if you're like me and like to eat lots of chicken 'cause it's healthier, try googling "dump chicken." There's a woman who made a OAMC website, with loads of chicken recipes, done her own special way. It's really quick, easy and convenient, and there are lots of healthy, versatile recipes.

BTW; I have a son just about to turn 4, and often entertain guests; I often find it's a good idea to make all the portions small, say 3/4 size, and defrost 2 for me and Jr giving us 1 1/2 portions; one for me and 1/2 for him. If you end up a little short just bulk it up with an appropriate veg, side dish, etc. But then at 18 months yours is probably still just having small portions of the grown up's dishes, no?

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I'll check them out! Thank you!

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theese spark people articles might help.

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if at first you don´´t succeed,try try again.

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if i was worth my weight in gold i would be a millionair.my riches are measured by other standards and are worth far more than any gold.

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Hi Everyone!

My name is Carrie. I'm new to the team, and really need to try to not spend so much on groceries. I find that I'm always finding great recipes, buying ingredients for them and the next day I can't remember what the heck I bought them for or weeks go buy and it's all rotted.

I have a husband and 18 month old daughter so I don't need to go crazy on groceries, but we're really trying to stay in a budget so we can pay all our other bills. I'm thinking a weekly (or monthly) meal planner would help.

Thoughts or suggestions?

Thanks everyone!

Carrie

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