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  1. My list is super boring: 2 boxes of Crunchy Taco Hamburger Helper 2 boxes of Lasagna Hamburger Helper Working on leftovers Still working on box of Frosted Mini Wheats Still not buying much and still trying to cook from what we have.
  2. Whole series. We really enjoyed the movie, but hadn't read the books first.
  3. Tonight I made two boxes of Hamburger Helper Crunchy Taco variety for dinner. One box was past the best by date and one box was coming up on the best by date in June. That's my first item for week of 4/8-4/14. Note to self: Do not buy that variety again!
  4. Yesterday, for the last day of this weekly challenge, we ate leftovers for dinner. The kids were not crazy about the ham and bean soup (even though DH and I thought it was great!), so I made them spaghetti. I used up a can of our less preferred pasta sauce that's been sitting a while, as I generally will reach for our preferred brand if we have it. I also ate frosted mini wheats again yesterday and both kids ate some really old Cheerios (and liked them!) I was going to use up a box of cake mix and a can of frosting that were a bit past best by date, but I didn't get to that. Might try to do that in the next week.
  5. That's totally what I'm doing too. I didn't mean to make it sound like I'm only buying dairy and produce. My typical method of shopping is to stock up on things we use regularly when they're on sale. I think this saves us a lot of money. Sometimes I go a little overboard though, particularly in the winter when I worry about getting snowed in. So I'm just trying to be careful about what I buy. Yesterday, I did buy 8 jars of our favorite pasta sauce cause it was a really good price. We have pasta usually once a week, so that will likely be used up in 4-6 weeks. Our favorite pancake syrup was on sale too, but I didn't buy any because we have 3 full bottles and one partial left. My ham and bean soup was totally delicious, BTW! I'm so happy for this challenge. I really need to focus on using stuff up.
  6. Would like your ham and cheese muffin recipe, if you get a chance to post a link.
  7. Ham and bean soup is in crockpot for tonight. Used up the rest of the ham (about 2 lbs) and threw the bone in too. Recipe only calls for a pound, but we're big meat eaters, so I don't think anyone will complain about a higher ham to bean ratio.
  8. It was ok. Probably cause it hadn't been opened. I don't like that particular cereal much to begin with. Now that it's open, I'll probably have to try to consume it fairly quickly.
  9. Was looking forward to a bowl of Raisin Bran this morning from a box I just purchased yesterday. Instead, I was good and opened the box of frosted mini wheats I bought 4 years ago or so thinking my husband liked that cereal. (He does not.) It has a best by date of June 2012. It will take me a while to use it up since I don't eat cereal every day, but at least it's a start!
  10. My roast with potatoes and carrots is in the oven, using up the roast that's been in my freezer since last Feb and several potatoes (one of which was half rotten) and some carrots. Lest anyone think I'm bragging or over-achieving, I also finally cut into a pineapple I bought two weeks ago. I have been looking at it every day thinking I need to cut it up and then not getting around to it. I figured it was probably too far gone,but I cut into it anyhow hoping maybe part of it would still be edible. Alas, I am pretty sure it is not, so out it goes. I will eventually learn my lesson and only buy those when I am sure I'll cut them up in the next couple of days. Went grocery shopping today and spent under $85 and that included a can of shortening. Trying not to buy much new stuff is definitely helping us use older stuff up.
  11. Resurrecting the thread since it seems to have died. How's everyone doing with their three items this week? I have used my first 3 and am submitting 3 more: - A roast that's been in my freezer since last February - Potatoes in my pantry that are on the downhill slide - Maybe about half the carrots in my fridge - The rest of the Easter ham - As many of the dozen eggs we hard-boiled for Easter as DD and I can consume before I decide they're too old (some people would probably say they already are) Ok, so that's five things....I have a lot to use up.
  12. I would suggest Asics. I just bought a pair of GT-1000s to wear around the house and I love them! I ave trouble with shoes being wide enough through the toe area too.
  13. I made a list from memory of things I need to use up and it was a page long! That means I have way more than that I'm sure. This week I'm going to try to use up these 3 things: 1/2 box Barilla Plus pasta (best by June 2014) - used 4/2, mixed 1/2 box with 1 lb regular pasta 1 box Uncle Ben's chicken and wild rice flavor rice (best by Aug 2015) - used 4/3 1 bag Bird's Eye Voila chicken stir fry that's been in my freezer a long time (best by 3/30/16) - used 4/4 1 bag Yoplait smoothie mix Strawberry, Mango, Pineapple (better by (7/15/14) - Do you think this is safe to eat? I may use up some other stuff too. I'll add it to the list if I do.
  14. I need to be in on this challenge! I've actually been trying not to buy much except perishables for a couple of weeks now, which is forcing us to use stuff up. However, I am not doing it in an organized way which means the really old, really random stuff is still not getting used.
  15. $17 per haircut + $3 tip, need to go every 8 weeks or so, but usually am lucky if I fit it in every 12 weeks. My hair is short and layered and curly, so it needs cut pretty often to stay under control. I got it colored and highlighted a couple of times and that was about $90 and included the cut as well. DH thought the cost was ridiculous and would get angry every time I had it done, so I stopped doing it. I've used box color a couple times since then, at like $9 a pop. I have a color and highlight kit I bought for $12 that I want to use soon,but I'm chicken.
  16. Try ladygrace.com. They have a great selection and I think they do free returns,
  17. Posting so I can see suggestions for DD. She likes Zita the Space Girl, Lunch Lady.
  18. The Spiderwick Chronicles Aliens in the Attic Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief Percy Jackson Sea of Monsters Harry Potter movies
  19. Did not read all the replies, but if anyone took my child 40 minutes away in the middle of the night without my prior knowledge or permission, they would not ever be left in charge of my child again.
  20. Thank you for all the suggestions/input so far. For those who use/say to just use copy work, where do you get it from? Do you just make sentences up yourself or do you have a book of it? Also, what kind of paper did/does your child use in third grade? The writing lines provided in the WWE1 workbook were way too big for her. She uses a Mead Primary Composition book for spelling and history definitions. It says grades K-2 on it and the lines in it are really a bit big for her too. The writing lines are 0.5" high. However, she still needs (or thinks she needs) the mid-line. I found another thread about 3/8" paper so I'm going to try to find some of that. But are most kids just writing on regular wide ruled paper in third grade? I feel like we're so behind. :-(
  21. Here's the background: DD just turned 9 and is in 3rd grade. She's a smart girl, but not very academically-minded. She basically just wants to get school over with and go do something else. We have not used a writing curriculum yet and I haven't made her do much original writing. The reason behind this is that she struggles with the mechanics of writing. Her printing is still not great and looks more like a 1st or 2nd grader's probably. She doesn't like writing and tries to avoid it when she can. I have been making her write more this year just with the phrases and sentences in AAS and words and sentences on her grammar worksheets. She copies history definitions sometimes too. We did try WWE1 some earlier this year, but it seemed too easy, too boring, and like it wasn't really going to help her be able to compose a paragraph on her own. I had also bought CAP W&R Fable, but was saving it because I thought we needed to complete WWE1 & WWE2 first. I looked at it again and thought she might be able to do it so we've been working on lesson 1 this week. It's going ok, but today she was supposed to rewrite The Lion and the Mouse with the mouse as the stronger character and a smaller creature helping him. Even after I told her that she wasn't supposed to copy the original story and just switch lion to mouse and mouse to the other animal, that's basically what she did. So....will that get better if I just keep going with this program? Should I try WWE2 instead? Is there a big difference between WWE1 and WWE2? Is there something else I should try instead - IEW or EIW? I also have the book "The Most Wonderful Writing Lessons Ever" or something like that which looks good but doesn't have the level of explicit hand-holding instructions I prefer in curriculum. And then there's grammar...we used FLL1 some in 1st and 2nd I think. My daughter and I both wanted to stab a fork in our eye with all the repetition about the definition of a noun. We stopped around lesson 80 I think and started using Evan-Moor Language Fundamentals Grade 2. We completed that book and started the Grade 3 workbook. But here's the thing....DD doesn't seem to be retaining much. We did the section on verbs then came to the review quiz and she says "What's a verb?" (Insert head smashing into brick wall emoticon here.) There just doesn't see to be enough teaching/explanation. I will add that grammar isn't my strong suit so I could use something with more teaching as well. Any suggestions? I looked at samples of CLE grammar and thought that looked pretty good. MCT grammar seemed to have more explanation as well. We are using AAS for spelling and we're behind with it, just finishing up level 2 and going straight into level 3. We are not behind because it's hard for her but because we weren't being consistent in doing it. We've been doing a lesson in 2-3 days and doing 2 lessons/week lately to try to get caught up/get to a level where she struggles with the spelling. Right now the spelling words seem to be ones she already knows for the most part, but I go over the rules anyhow and basically use it for handwriting practice. Any suggetions on writing and grammar would be very much appreciated. Thanks for reading.
  22. Mike Venezia has a series of books "Getting to Know the World's Greatest Inventors and Scientists."
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