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Old 11-01-2010, 02:45 PM   #41
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It's all relative I guess

Fiona, I don't mind the job if it provides significant savings. One day, when we're independently wealthy he can do all the shopping
My Mother's first shopping trip on her own was her last for many, many years. She spent Dad's whole Air Force Pay (once a month) on enough real food for a few days, chocolate covered cherries, Russell Stover chocolates, pies and cakes. And she forgot Dad's cigarettes.

I don't remember her shopping on her own until I was out of school and on my own.
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Old 11-02-2010, 04:50 AM   #42
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I never put the oven or dishwasher on unless they are full, I grow my own veg ect, I try to plan so I can use leftovers, I buy meat from a local abattoir/farm shop, I buy my fish in bulk from Manchester wholesale fish market(opens 2.30am till 6.30 am) vacuum seal and freeze.
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Old 12-16-2010, 02:48 AM   #43
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You can also save money if you make ingredients on your own

For example vanilla sugar or pasta
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Old 12-16-2010, 08:44 AM   #44
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I make my own laundry soap, I make most of my own sauces, I can and freeze in season when prices are lower. I try to keep the lights turned off when not in the room, I put on a sweater and keep the heat lower. I live in an older house, so I made draft stoppers and put them in drafty places. I use coupons, shop sales, and buy in bulk if it helps cut cost (sometimes it doesn't.)

I try to manage my money and limit eating out. That's generally what I do to try to save money, but I agree if you are buying good quality ingredients, your food budget starts to creep up.

I like to cut costs other ways, and let it compensate for my food spending for quality goods. You only get one body after all, and I don't want to be preserved like a twinkie!
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Old 12-16-2010, 09:02 AM   #45
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Another way I save on my meat costs is this- Our local grocery store does a 5 for $20 on certain meats for the week. It ranges anywhere from ny strips and other steaks, pork chops, chicken, stew meats, 90% burger, and they are all family packs(I break them down into 2 portions each.) As a newly married couple, that feeds the two of us for a month!
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Old 12-17-2010, 04:58 PM   #46
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I'm a new member, and a stay-at-home Dad for going on 2 years now. At first it was hard to be home, and both my wife and I used to hate going to the grocery. But I've really learned to love it - planning menus, making the shopping list, doing the shopping, and preparing the meals! I know more about our grocery stores than I ever have. My attention to this stuff was forced upon discovering I am now a Type 1 diabetic. The truth is, the way diabetics have to eat is the way everyone should eat!
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Old 12-17-2010, 07:14 PM   #47
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You're in a wonderful place for diabetics. Several here are learning about how to make substitutions, what works, what doesn't.

You should feel right at home here. Welcome to DC.
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Old 12-17-2010, 11:19 PM   #48
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Welcome to DC, I cook for a diabetic and I am an RN in my day job, lots of diabetics in my life!
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Old 12-18-2010, 04:49 PM   #49
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welcome to d.c. srsackman
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Old 12-20-2010, 06:11 PM   #50
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I buy those large $5 bags of salad mix at the 99 cent store.
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