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  1. On ‎1‎/‎13‎/‎2019 at 4:10 PM, BarbecueMom said:

    There's a lot of ranch-this and ranch-that.  I stocked up on ranch dressing last summer when it was really cheap at Costco, and the expiration date is the 23rd of this month.  I'm trying to use up the last bottle before the end of the month.

    Smart move

    On ‎1‎/‎14‎/‎2019 at 7:58 AM, heartlikealion said:

    I need to do what my friend does. She writes down every purchase each day in her planner. I need to make myself more conscious of what I’m spending even if it’s stuff I think we need/know we will use. 

    That's a good idea

    On ‎1‎/‎16‎/‎2019 at 5:05 PM, hjffkj said:

    $375 spent today on the home inspection. 4.5 hours of inspecting revealed nothing major. A few simpe electrical issues need to be addressed and some loose siding. Other than that it looks good.

    We also met with our lender today to go through all the details and sign things and I may have gotten a bit dizzy with the cost of settlement and just the idea of having a mortgage again. But I got over it quickly


    On ‎1‎/‎17‎/‎2019 at 3:30 PM, HomeAgain said:

    You ever just have a day full of good? 🙂 That was today.

    The oven needed a new part.  We really like this stove so if it had needed to be replaced we looked up the newer model of what we have.  Uh.....$2700. 😮 I'm glad it came with the house!  The total for part and labor today was only $249, which is still better than buying a bottom line appliance.
    Dh found a card that someone had stuck on our door.  Turned out to be a gift card for the coffee shop with a "thank you!' scrawled across it.  I don't even know who it's from, or why. 😄 But it is appreciated!
    I found several things on our grocery list on the clearance rack.  The bruises on the fruit don't matter since they'll be pie, and the rest is coming near, but not at their expiration date, and will be used before.
    And I think I found significant purpose with my volunteer work.  Not that it wasn't good before, but it was kind of 'what needs to be done, I'll do."  I am more finding a direction and specific need to fill than I was, so yay. 🙂


    On ‎1‎/‎17‎/‎2019 at 6:58 PM, Michelle Conde said:

    I declare the first goodwill-item reselling experiment a success!  After everything is factored in, I made almost $65 selling the wakeboard I found.


  2. Everyone is doing good!

    The crystal bowl, I agree, use it for whatever makes you happy.  Do you like it as a fruit bowl? Or maybe near the front door for sunglasses?  Or if you don't like it give it to someone you know would love it and don't feel guilty. 

    I started slowly boxing up stuff thinking I would have a yard sale.  I had piles of boxes here and there.  I wasnt feeling better, just more stress.  Then like KungFuPanda decided the few dollars I would make having a hard sale wasnt worth the time & effort. 

    I loaded all the boxes in the truck and took to goodwill. Man did I feel better.  Yeah I had that moment of "I really needed that money"  but my sanity needed it gone.

     Since then I have taken school stuff & clothes to hs group functions and given stuff away.  Felt good knowing people were  using the stuff I had taking up space.

    Haven't done much over Christmas but ready to get back to getting rid of stuff.

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  3. 6 hours ago, BarbecueMom said:

    I know my butter, baking powder, and powdered sugar are all from Aldi.  I usually get chocolate chips from there, but didn’t end up needing many this year.  I do use the milk and dark chocolate bars for melting and coating truffles.  I also buy ghee (for stovetop popcorn), sweetened condensed milk (I make my own coffee creamer with it) and evaporated milk (for queso and cream sauces) there in the baking section.  Oh, and canned pumpkin! Because of my reflux, I use pumpkin for anything with tomato paste (soups, chili), and it’s about half price.

    GF specific items we like are the pretzels (wheat pretzels taste like barf to me, these are good), French fried onions (use on salads and baked potatoes), and knock off Larabars/protein bars.  Their store brand Rice Krispies are gluten free (name brand are not), and I use them to make chewy granola bars.  Everything is labeled better for GF there, as long as I remember to read the label before buying.

    My list was pretty small for Aldi yesterday (gallon of milk, 11lb chicken breast, OJ, eggs, 6lb bananas, 3lb apples, 3 cucumbers, 2lb carrots, 1lb box organic spring mix, 3lb mandarins... some other produce I’m forgetting), but my total there was $39.99, and $17.02 of that was the chicken.  That being said, Walmart here is a chaotic madhouse and I try to only go in once a year for the rare thing I can’t find anywhere else (last year it was badminton birdies).

    Also, we have sales tax on groceries in MO.  It’s 6.35% at the Aldi I shop at.  I know some states don’t.

     Can you tell me how you use the pumpkin in these dishes?  Does it taste different?  I have a ton of pumpkin in the freezer and I have reflux so interesting. 

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  4. 12 hours ago, prairiewindmomma said:

    We took all of 2014 and most of 2015 to do our big purge.  I still do a twice a a year sweep through the house.  We just finished quieting the house after Christmas and I'm taking a load to Salvation Army today. We have two bags of trash to work into our trash cans as room allows. It does complicate things to have to "wait" on trash, but dump fees are expensive.  When we moved in to this house earlier this year and had to make a dump run (thanks, previous owners), it was $150....

    WOW that is high.  Around here I can sit anything on the curb and whatever "junkers" don't pick up the city will come pick up for free.  And because I live in the city, if I have take a load to the dump it is free.  Free being relative, I pay both city and county taxes (so higher taxes).  Also if my can is full I can leave can open and sit bag on top or can sit bags next to can and they pick it up (normally, sometimes I get a different driver that won't get out and put it in the empty can after dumping and dump again)


  5. Welcome AmandaVT  🙂   

    Taxes make me stressed.  And last year our refund dropped a lot.  Worried this year.

    Small savings today. 

    Instead of buying each of us a bottle of vitamins I bought 1 bottle of complete for us to share.

    Free supper tonight.  Ate with a family member yesterday and they sent home enough for us to have supper tonight.

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  6. Definitely need to get back on track with spending or rather NOT spending.  

    A few birthdays this month, niece, nephew and close family friend (child).  Hopefully I can find something nice for each on clearance.

    Also will try to eat out of the freezer as much as possible.  

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  7. Man this month I fell off the frugal wagon and got run over by it.  Gotta get back on that wagon.

    My mom gave me money for Christmas.  She wants me to buy something I want/need that I normally wouldn't buy and not just use it for bills and groceries 

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  8. I was doing a pretty good in November cleaning out.  Took a truck load to goodwill and gave a bunch of hs material away.  I wanted to have a yard sale but it didn't work out and I needed the stuff out of my house.  After getting rid of that stuff I felt some better and started going through more.  Was on a good roll but came to stop getting ready for Christmas.  

    Now I am ready to get back to cleaning out again.   Hope to be back with success stories.

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  9. Have been reading but not posting.  My brain is like "SQUIRREL"   I read and while reading it triggers a thought of something I need to look up, add to a list or go do.  And there goes my brain.

    I am trying to be frugal as possible.  It would help if I would remember to use ebates.  I usually remember sometime AFTER I have ordered.  Not good.


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  10. On 12/1/2018 at 12:29 PM, mommyoffive said:

    Picked insurance and went with the expensive again instead of the HSA.  I never know if that is the right choice or not.  It would have saved us $200 a month going with the HSA, but then if you  have health issues that isn't saved.  I hate making these choices because how the heck are you supposed to know what the year will hold for your whole family. 

    I miss the days of dh having insurance through work.  Lost his job(place closed) and now working where insurance isn't offered.

    I am very thankful he has a job.  They are hard to come by nowdays but man I miss the insurance and yeah the pay too (took a HUGE pay cut with job loss)


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  11. Jean - sorry you are sick & hurting. Hope you can get relief

    Pink & Green - hope all goes smoothly

    I have been slacking in housekeeping & meals. Nothing is gross dirty (kept up with laundy, dishes & bathrooms) and nobody is starving but I am not doing the extra I need to be doing.

    • meal plan
    • present list
    • work on junk spot
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  12. Hope you get the interview Scrap

    Tree has been up here 2 weeks.  Was the best day to put it up as it takes forever to put up.  Big tree, old tree, individual branches to be shaped & then all the lights.  Yep takes a while.

    I like the slowing down idea very much.  Every Christmas I say "next year I am going to be better prepared, the house cleaned & gifts bought early"  Never happens. Then I stress and nearly kill myself trying to get everything done.  This year is no different.  The house is not clean, presents are not bought.  But this year I am going to give myself permission to let things slide and enjoy the season.  (ok I am still stressing about buying gifts $$ but the rest can slide)

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