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Old 04-01-2011, 08:38 PM   #131
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How about.. everything?? lol. Eggs too. Oh my gosh it's gotten SO expensive to cook a simple meal. I still can't believe how much we spend on groceries, and I'm pretty careful.
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Old 04-01-2011, 08:41 PM   #132
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Not to mention Ontario Hydro is charging different rates for time of use. My homemade tomato paste needs 18 hours...I have worked really hard at being more self-sufficient--I make my own bread, cook from scratch, but these things take more time than nuking something, and now I have to figure out how to do these things during off- or lower peak times. I was online today looking for a wood cookstove...my cousin got rid of the one that was at the cabin--the one I was looking at that is close enough to go get across the border is a dead-ringer for the one we had at the cabin. I was thinking it would make sense to replace the woodstove (used for heat) at the farm for a wood cookstove...I made my turkey soup the other day on the top of the woodstove...don't want to do that in the heat of the summer (cook on the woodstove).
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Old 04-01-2011, 08:44 PM   #133
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How about.. everything?? lol. Eggs too. Oh my gosh it's gotten SO expensive to cook a simple meal. I still can't believe how much we spend on groceries, and I'm pretty careful.
I'm getting three laying pullets so I can have my own eggs...if cows didn't produce so many liters of milk each day--I'd consider getting a dairy cow as well.
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Old 04-01-2011, 08:46 PM   #134
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How about.. everything?? lol. Eggs too. Oh my gosh it's gotten SO expensive to cook a simple meal. I still can't believe how much we spend on groceries, and I'm pretty careful.
At least you have a good farmer's market there. But yeah--everything has gone up in price and getting the ingredients for a simple meal has gone up. Do you have a garden?
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Old 04-01-2011, 08:48 PM   #135
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I have a gas stove, I love it !!!
We bought a rowhouse type of condo so we have limited space. We are building a fence in our teenie yard this year so I will be able to build raised beds! I can't wait !!
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Old 04-01-2011, 08:51 PM   #136
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I have a gas stove, I love it !!!
We bought a rowhouse type of condo so we have limited space. We are building a fence in our teenie yard this year so I will be able to build raised beds! I can't wait !!
You can do pots of herbs (and bring them in for the winter). A friend of mine lived in a condo in Kingston and not only did raised beds, but planted pots (big) of pole beans that she strung up to the 2nd storey. If you'd like, I can ask her to send me an email about what she did re: getting the most mileage out of that small space.
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Old 04-01-2011, 10:13 PM   #137
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Oh I have certainly been considering herbs lol !!! My problem is that I only get sun in the back of the house, and I have no room in the house to put plants just in my large back window unfortunately :( I can always bring them to the office in the winter though!
I haven't been able to do planters even yet, as we don't have a secure backyard. ANd they would have to be in the back.. the front gets zero sun.
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Old 04-01-2011, 10:30 PM   #138
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I have tried a home herb garden but my cats keep mowing them off.

In South Dakota tomatoes are really exspensive now.
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Old 04-04-2011, 11:37 AM   #139
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While just the two of us we seem to average around 45.00 per week, when our daughter is back from university at term ends, the bill rises to around 65-70 per week.
This does not include alcohol, but does include some household cleaning products and toiletry necessities.
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Old 04-05-2011, 04:45 PM   #140
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I am in Canada though.. things are so expensive here.

Thats why we have started to make a trip to the states (Port Huron, Michigan), maybe once every month or couple months to stock up on items. Its crazy how cheaper some items are!
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