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Old 12-20-2010, 08:11 PM   #51
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I buy those large $5 bags of salad mix at the 99 cent store.
You are braver than me. Have you read all the chemicals that they usually put in the salad mixes. I only (rarely) buy the organic ones.
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Old 12-20-2010, 09:43 PM   #52
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You are braver than me. Have you read all the chemicals that they usually put in the salad mixes. I only (rarely) buy the organic ones.
Yes, but I'm strong. And I refuse to pay extra for organics.
I should really be concerned about my daily, multiple consumption of Diet Coke instead. That's what's going to kill me first, if anything....
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Old 12-20-2010, 09:52 PM   #53
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Yes, but I'm strong. And I refuse to pay extra for organics.
I should really be concerned about my daily, multiple consumption of Diet Coke instead. That's what's going to kill me first, if anything....
...at least you will die nicely preserved...
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Old 12-20-2010, 09:57 PM   #54
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Yes, but I'm strong. And I refuse to pay extra for organics.
I should really be concerned about my daily, multiple consumption of Diet Coke instead. That's what's going to kill me first, if anything....
I agree about the Diet Coke - you know that aspartame was originally a rat poison, don't you.

Point of interest - why do you refuse to pay extra for organics?
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Old 12-21-2010, 04:27 PM   #55
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Point of interest - why do you refuse to pay extra for organics?
Nothing against organics, I'm just cheap when it comes to buying food.....
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Old 12-21-2010, 05:39 PM   #56
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Nothing against organics, I'm just cheap when it comes to buying food.....
I'm kinda cheap too. At the moment I only get organic produce that is too high on list of foods with pesticide residue. I figure poor health is expensive too. Besides, a lot of organic produce tastes better, here in Canada. I was shocked to find out that wasn't the case in California.
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Old 12-21-2010, 05:49 PM   #57
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I don't buy organics either.
I can't afford to pay double just because they use composted manure instead of chemical fertilizers. Or double because it takes effort to keep bugs off of produce instead of spraying chemicals. This is why I grow a garden.

And I'm a little irritated that they now label my candy which never had fat in it, 'fat free'.
And they now label my proteins 'sugar free'.
Orange soda is now 'caffiene free'. Wasn't it always caffiene free?

Soon enough they'll label my dehydrated goods 'water free', to charge more.
Then vacuum packed goods 'air free'.
Even dry soup mixes can't be labeled 'bug free'.

I save money by buying fresh veggies and fruit because they have more nutrition than dried, frozen, or any prepackaged concoction. I save money by eating what is in season.
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Old 12-27-2010, 11:12 PM   #58
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The stores near us discount meats that are near their experationd dates. Some go as much as 50% off. I buy meats that we normally could never afford when they are reduced like this and immediately cook them or put them in the freezer. It is amazing the kinds of meats we can afford when we do this. The other day we had rib eye steaks that were as tender as butter. Often after a sale is over the meats will be reduced by another 20%. So Meat that is normally over $4.00 a pound can sometimes be bought for as little as 1.19 a pound. It really helps to know the prices so you know if you are really getting a bargain or not.
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Yes, but I'm strong. And I refuse to pay extra for organics.
I should really be concerned about my daily, multiple consumption of Diet Coke instead. That's what's going to kill me first, if anything....

IMHO life without Diet Coke is not worth living.
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Hi all! Newbie here, thanks for the interesting reading. My job pays once a month so we stock up usually in one big trip (or series of trips). We have a BJ's Wholesale Club, Aldi, and Wegmans close by. Wegmans is the best quality but most expensive generally. You pay for the cleanliness and great service. Aldi is cheapest for "staples" like cheese, bread, canned goods, etc. but the selection is not great and the quality is hit and miss. I use BJ's mostly for non-perishables like paper products, sometimes for snacks for lunches, bathroom essentials (shampoo, soap, etc.) but the price is not always the lowest. I just like not having to shop as often for that stuff.

I usually go to BJs first, then Aldi, then to Wegmans to get whatever I could not get/find at the other 2. Then we make occasional stops at Wegmans for milk or fresh produce as needed. If I don't buy a lot of meat I can get away with spending $300 total. I will check sales for meat and then check a couple of local butchers. It seems around here some supermarkets know people prefer one-stop shopping so they won't discount meat much. Although it may be changing because this week I found boneless skinless chicken breast for 1.69/lb. We have a chest freezer (big help!) so I bought 15 lbs. Confession time: I have been buying frozen 1lb packages (tubes) of ground beef for the convenience of storage and time saving of not having to separate the big packages. I know we are suffering on quality though. 80/20 is 2.29 or 2.39/lb at Aldi. They also have 3-lb tubes of 75/25 for even less per pound (1.99 maybe?). But, I have been dying to grind my own beef so I got a meat grinder (should be here today) and will try getting a huge chuck roast for 2.39/lb and see how that works out. Anxious to see how much better it tastes.

I have been working from home for almost 3 years and it definitely gives me some freedom to be able to make large batches of soups, sauces, bread, muffins, etc. so we are eating better and saving money that way. A key element in saving money is investing time in food prep and storage. Convenience can cost a lot! But, everyone is so busy these days, and the stores know it.

Sorry for rambling, I think I'm going to really like this place!
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