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7/24/10 10:18 P

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Flutem - regarding freezers - my friends live in AZ in a motor home. There is a shed on their property where they put in a small used freezer.

There may be a camper sized freezer that you can have where you are (about the size of a microwave) - but if that won't work, another thing you might consider is finding a pal (or pals!) who has space with similar needs, going on freecycle til you get a workable one at no cost, installing it at their place, and making an agreement to pay a small token per year or month toward the electricity (I'm thinking something like a dollar or two a month, here.) If everyone marks and inventories their stuff (and operates in good faith about what they take and showing up for clean up) - a shared freezer might be just the thing. I am single and live alone, so I haven't bounced out to buy a big freezer, but I am considering this approach with a pal of mine. Some stores also rent space in their walk in freezers too, which is another option. Even if you could get the use of freezer space with someone who already has but doesn't much use theirs, you'd be ahead.


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Regarding beans - I have a wonderful assortment of bulk beans on hand - chick peas, 12 and 16 bean soup mixes, adzuki beans, you name it.

One thing I do is sprout my soup beans slightly. As you say, this does take a bit of work ahead but is so amazingly worth it for flavor (and also the sprouting takes away some of the gassy tummy effect!)

You can stir fry them with or without meat; put them in with a scrambly egg - or just make soup with them. They are good.

If you live in a wintery place, they will also grow! I live where we have long winters, and while I love potted plants, I'm not so good with them - you can create a quick basket by putting your sprouted beans in and swirling a bit of potting soil over them. They do grow (especially in a well lit window) - and for 5 cents are nice to have for GREEN when everything is white with snow.

Regarding sprouting - I have a colander that I mount over an empty cottage cheese container. I pour water over the beans a couple times a day. If you do that for several days you can get some amazing fresh greens.

On a related note, I use excess coffee filters (someone brought the wrong size once) in the colander and place a bit of plain nonfat yogurt on that. Over a couple of days it drains into the cottage cheese container and makes the nicest soft cheese with a soft buttery texture - and yet, no fat.

This can be done in a refrigerator - or if your colander is too large for convenience, you can also poke tiny holes in a single serving yogurt container (a jar will often suspend it just fine) and use it either for the beans or the cheese process.

I used to not eat beans because you had to make such huge servings and then you were stuck with them (unless you froze them) - but I can get a quarter or half cup going and have enough for several servings - more if I'm making soup!)

Not that much to either of these processes, just keep things clean like you would with any food - and you don't have to watch it that much.

Oh... both processes done at home have a ton less salt than regular cream cheese or canned beans, too.

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6/20/10 2:49 P

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I too cook just for me. At first it seemed that I was spending more "just for me'. But, then made a month long list of menus and supplies I would need. I went to a bookstore and looked though the cookbooks for single/double portion cooking. Also, I found some recipes for single/double cooking on-line. I shopped on sale, in season and mostly from scratch--only. I also started using my crock pot on a regular basis and had left overs for lunch, next day's dinner &/or to freeze.
I came from a big family and raised my kids. I was so use to cooking super large, I had to learn that I didn't need to cook large any longer. This was the hardest thing for me to learn. When I did I saved money and no longer had large amounts of food either sitting there for me to gain weight on or to go to waste.
I eat healthy and learned cooking for "just me" --the planning, budgeting and recipes--all of it is fun and I am worth the whole effort. It is now a meaningful part of my life. And, I have learned to stay on budget.
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Dried beans are a good source of protein, keep forever, and are easy to store - they're also way cheaper than canned beans. The only drawback is that you have to plan way ahead to use them (like the day before so they can soak).

The more processing you are willing/able to do yourself, the cheaper the food is, at least most of the time.

It is really hard to cook for 1, though, especially if you don't have much freezer space.

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1/26/10 9:01 P

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Coupons are great.. a lot of times different grocery stores will have a double coupon day..and occasionally triple coupon day. That's a good day to stock up on the foods you have coupons for.

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I get my coupons off line, and I have been thinking of dehydrating more. Looking for low cost nutritional meals myself. D

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1/26/10 5:59 A

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In ten months I have saved over $2200. I buy myself a substantial reward every thirty days. One of the rewards was my used freezer at $75.

Congratulations to you, too, Carol. Amazing how icky smoking is to us now!

How you anything is how you do everything...but don't let perfect be the enemy of good.



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1/25/10 10:20 P

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Hi,

Thanks! And continue not smoking! Congratulations on that. I don't know what you do with the money you used to spend on cigarettes, but this is what I did.

When I stopped smoking, almost 16 years ago now, I had just purchased a CD player, but I had no CDs...only records. I used the money I would have spent on cigarettes and built myself a wonderful music library...one to last me a lifetime. It is great because every time I look at those CDs or listen to the terrific music, I realize that had I continued smoking I would not have it.

I also was amazed at how quickly I stopped coughing and how much better my headaches became. And I was absolutely aghast at how terrible my apartment and my car stunk. ABSOLUTELY AWFUL!! It is a wonder that anybody puts up with a smoker. :-)

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I forgot to mention that I have bought food from Angel Food Ministries several times and I recommend it. It is not charity! It is a way for the church to make funds and feed the hungry while you get this huge discount.
www.angelfoodministries.com

How you anything is how you do everything...but don't let perfect be the enemy of good.



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I don't know what your finances are so I don't know if you would qualify but... try the local food banks.
The one I used to do volunteer work at sent me home one day with a CASE of vegetables because they had about 10 times what they could even try to give away.
If you let them know that they can pawn the extras off on you and maybe you could share with others in your apartment building, that might help!
Good luck! I feel your pain!
-Michelle in FL



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1/25/10 7:11 P

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You can get coupons on-line from many different sources. Just google coupons and you'll find a lot of options. I only shop for meats and vegetables that are on sale. One great way to stretch out the food is to make soups. In winter it's a great way to get good, hearty and filling meals that are not too expensive. Good luck. I hope you find a way to continue eating healthy and affordably.

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Good site...thanks!

How you anything is how you do everything...but don't let perfect be the enemy of good.



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1 website.


http://www.5dollardinners.com/

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I use coupons sometimes but I know that most of them are for processed foods, which although bulky and will fill me up, are full of all the things I am avoiding. I get coupons online at coupons.com; also I go to startsampling.com which has lots of coupons in addition to mail-in samples. I have never been spammed by either site.

I too do not buy the Sunday paper but I have a friend who does not use coupons who gets it and hands me the flyer every Monday. But...they are mostly for junk. Have you ever seen a coupon for organic carrots? Swiss chard?

I sometimes go to the health food co-op which is about 15 miles from here, and I know they take volunteers to get a discount. You could check your area to see if there is a similar set up nearby.

Also eggs are the cheapest form of animal protein out there and recipes for them abound online at cooks.com.

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1/25/10 5:51 P

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I think a freezer is a splendid idea. The reasons I cannot do that are threefold:

1. I don't have the money for the freezer.

2. I don't have room for a freezer...even a small one.

3. We aren't allowed to bring something like that in here anyway. It is "against the rules."

I would love to have a freezer!!! I also would love to have a couple of cats, but I am so allergic to them, them can kill me. And that's the truth! I almost had it happen. Not fun!!! YEEKS!!!

Re: Coupons - I do not know where people find all the coupons they talk about. I believe they find them, but I have no idea where they get them. Our paper rarely has a usable coupon, and I don't get a Sunday paper for monetary reasons. I also don't need it. However, I would love to have coupons which I could use.

Does anybody know of some really inexpensive, nutritious meals? I know about beans and rice. emoticon

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I live alone, too. I bought a used freezer last summer. It was a $75 expense but entirely worth it. I cook in quanity about once a month, plus I always have good food ready in a few minutes if anyone drops by (including homemade bread and dessert). So if you can possibly get small freezer then get one asap. Mine is only 6 cubic feet but what a huge difference in food costs.

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Have you tried using coupons (in the paper and internet, trade with friends)

Our area stores have double coupons, check
out the flyers weekly.

Buy large pkgs and separate to single meals.
Hope this helps you..Nan

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Hi,

I have a problem which maybe some of you can address.

Ever since I have been buying food which is "good" for me, my dollars spent on groceries have increased a third. I only buy for one and have just a small freezer in the top of the refrigerator so I am unable to buy in quantity. I also live in a small, but nice apartment.

I truly am in a quandary. I will not have enough money to continue buying the proper foods within about four more months. I am little by little using the bit of "back-up" money which I have in my account.

I need your help.

Thanks!

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