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6/6/13 11:57 P

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Great idea, Jackie! and a good hint about adding the sweetener if it gets too acidic.

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6/5/13 4:32 P

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Here's a suggestion that stretches your bottled dressing (and lowers the calories),

Add vinegar (any type) to it and make it a vinegarette. If you added too much and make too vingegary - add a sweetner (sugar, stevia, equal, etc.)

This works for me better than doing dressing from scratch because I tend to make too much of the homemade dressing and either tire of it or it spoils.

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6/4/13 4:13 P

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I use broth, water and dried seasonings on my frozen veggies that I take to work. They micro wave very nicely with the seasonings.

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6/2/13 5:10 P

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A small chest freezer would be perfect for me since I tend do buy my vegetables frozen in case I'm not able to buy fresh veggies weekly. Also a little broth and water makes the frozen veggies an easy dinner fix.

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5/31/13 11:12 P

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I love having a freezer. One of my workout buddies gave it to me for free! He was trying to get it out of his garage, so I paid his gas and he even delivered it and unloaded it. It seemed so empty at first, but is filling up. To fill some of the empty space I filled plastic water bottles and froze. Living in central TX, it gets hot so I always carry an ice chest in the car with me and when I'm shopping I'll put some of the frozen bottles in to keep my groceries chilled during all my stops on errand day. We have a store here in town that has great deals occasionally on refrigerated dairy products that had reached their sell by date, and so were frozen and purchased in lots by this store. Lately they've had frozen cheese for a dollar a package. I'm talking gouda wedges, brie, feta, all kinds of shredded, and then the regular process Kraft slices. Most of it thaws out very nicely and is a huge savings. Only cheese that doesn't freeze so well is the aged cheddar. It's still OK to eat, but crumbles instead of slices. I made pimento cheese the other day with a pound wedge of Gouda that had originally cost almost $7. I wasn't sure if it would crumble or not (it didn't -- could have used it sliced) so the pimento cheese was a way to use it.

I also will buy chicken when I see it on the half price because it is almost about to outdate. I stick that in the freezer, too.

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5/30/13 3:47 P

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What is helping me is my freezer. I bought a small chest freezer that I keep in my laundry room. I have been able to buy in bulk the sale items that can be frozen. I only buy things that I normally eat - like bulk packages of chicken breast and frozen vegetables.


The other benefit is there is always something in the freezer I can cook! That means not as much take out or fast food. It helps that I enjoy cooking.

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5/30/13 2:53 P

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different stores have very dif policies. Investigate your local possibilites.
The "get it for free if it rings up incorrectly" applies in most stores but I've never heard of the coupon mentioned.
One local grocery almost always has half price fruit trays which is great for variety but is still expensive for what you get in quantity.
Reading flyers is definitely worth the time. Yesterday a friend and I went to a groc store (I've never been to before) because they had fab deals. A number of items were sold out and they don't do rain-checks but the deals we got made it worth the trip. We also went to a few other places in that area. In one market, the owner was telling people about great deals. Unfortunately, most were large lots which I can't store or use but it would be great to split between a group of friends, so I hope to talk to my Beck group about doing that.
case prices: cukes $1, salad $3, coleslaw mix $3,

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5/26/13 6:41 P

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It is not Thursday but I had to share. today I walked out of the store with the same amount I went in with. I wanted something sweet so I opted out of the doughnut shop for a doughnut instead I then decided that I wanted milk and nuts to go with it in an effort to up my protein count for today. When I got to the register the planters trail mix that was on sale rang up for full price so I got the item for free plus the five dollar coupon. So when it was over I still had 10 bucks in my pocket and will probably hit my protein count today. So keep an eye on the register for items that ring up incorrectly you may get it for free or at least not pay the full price.

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5/23/13 9:44 P

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MISSY -- I'm also one to keep a thrifty eye out for bargains! Funny you mention this about Thursdays....but it is the day my 84 yr old Mom has decided is the best day of the week for me to devote my entire day's time to take her on her errands.

She had to give up driving about 3 or 4 yrs ago (I forget...time passes so quickly) and back when I was working Tu and Thurs, I was taking her on Wednesdays. Occasionally we'd do it on Fridays.

We found out that Wednesdays were the days the new ad came out in the paper, and they were all stocked up with fresh stuff, but the prices were not always right on the store computers, and the workers were not totally up on where the advertised items were located.

Fridays were good, but more crowded with shoppers...and aisles more crowded, parking spaces harder to find...checkout lines longer....

...so now that I'm no longer working on Thurs. it's my Mom's first choice shopping and errand day. Only thing is...some of her doctors take Thurs off, so when she has an appt we have to move the errand day to Wed or Friday.

Along the lines of thrifty prices in the grocery stores....our local HEB Texas chains do markdowns on fresh produce, meat and other items and all through the week you can get some good deals...usually 50% off original price. A lot of the time it is out there early in the morning...especially with the produce and meat items.

Edited by: PAULALALALA at: 5/23/2013 (21:48)
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5/23/13 4:16 P

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Thanks so much for this great topic! I did not know that, but it does make sense. Most people shop during the weekend.

And you are right - organizing for me is also my finances. I need to get more serious about it. Do pass along, you and any one else, other help suggestions.

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5/23/13 2:14 A

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That is great to know since Thursday is my new shopping day! emoticon





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5/23/13 1:34 A

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I know that when people get organized, they consider their budget as well. Perhaps we can share great bargains we found or share weekly tips with the group.

Thursday is a good day to go to the grocery store because they are marking down prices to get ready for the weekend. I read this on spark, tried it and it works.

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