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Old 05-06-2008, 03:10 PM   #21
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I have seen hand cranked washers they look like a cement mixer but not really big you just turn the crank on the side and it rolls around the clothes. It could be handy for smaller and lighter items and then you could wash at laundry the heavier things like jeans
I've seen one of those, too - in my great-grandmother's basement, 30 years ago Haven't seen one lately, though.
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Old 05-06-2008, 03:14 PM   #22
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And, yes, my shopping days are long and tiring. I usually leave the house at 9 a.m. and am home by 6 p.m. or so. Thank heavens Buck cooks dinner on my shopping days.
Wow you guys have a lot to think about when you go shopping.....

of course This Police officer shot after bank robbery | AP | 05/03/2008
happened at my supermarket this weekend..... oddly enough I was almost there at that time for one seemingly inconsequental decision. unnerving...


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While I dont have the trip y'all have I do have to drive to do any serious grocery shopping.
When I lived in Queens NY I could just pick up dinner groceries on the way home on foot so I did not budget a week or month just spent as I went and was cheap or indulgent depending how my budget was going. Now I am cooking and shopping for 3 not 1 and have to do the bulk of shopping weekly or bi-weekly and so I am dealing with a much larger bill and more planning.

My savior is this place Reading Terminal Market Home which I can go to on lunch and fill in the gaps and indulge a bit when the budget allows
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Old 05-06-2008, 03:15 PM   #23
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You have some great tips in there Katie. The ones I think I might try are:

Getting more flyers and coupons. I search for coupons online but it is a little tedious.Any ideas for finding coupons?
I don't know if it's the same in Canada, but in the U.S., coupon booklets are distributed in Sunday's newspaper, along with the sale flyers. You can subscribe to just the one day, here at least. It would more than pay for itself in coupon savings.

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Do you also buy for price rather than quality? Sometimes I am hesitant to go down a notch from a brand name to a lesser brand if I don't know the quality of the lesser brand. Also, I often compare nutritional tables and pick the best one, keeping price in mind but also willing to sacrifice a little bit.
There's only one way to find out - try them Others may disagree, but I think things like sugar and flour and many canned goods are interchangeable.
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Old 05-06-2008, 03:18 PM   #24
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There's only one way to find out - try them Others may disagree, but I think things like sugar and flour and many canned goods are interchangeable.
Not only do I agree, but I will take it one step further. Many store brand or generic brand things in the supermarket are actually the brand name things just without the brand name label. Yes the exact same thing. Made in the same factory or plant from the same ingredients.
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Do you also buy for price rather than quality? Sometimes I am hesitant to go down a notch from a brand name to a lesser brand if I don't know the quality of the lesser brand. Also, I often compare nutritional tables and pick the best one, keeping price in mind but also willing to sacrifice a little bit.

I used to do that to, when I was first on my own. Would not buy generic for any reason.
Well guess what. I now have 3 kids, little money. They have no clue, nor do they care if I buy store brand or Creamette pasta.
There are a few things that yes, are not as good in the generic brand. But most things are pretty safe!
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Well my grocery spending hasn't really changed, hubby and I have always been on tight budget, 18 years ago when we first married and had our children I spent about 100$ a month on groceries. Now I spend about 150$ a month, by the end of the month its slim pickens in the pantry,but I figure if anyone is hungry enough they will eat whats there.
As for driving, hubby and I argue all the time about this. I go to all my DD athletic games, I am car pooling to the away games, but still going. Hubby says its too much extra gas money. I look at it this way. We each have X amount of $ for the week, if I use my money for gas to go to the games and dont buy the extra stuff like he does(goes out for lunch, buys cigars) what does it matter. My DD is only going to be around 2 more years and I'm going to be as involved with her as I can be. So instead of going thru a drive thru while shopping or buying all the extra junk food or that cute little blouse I saw, I put my money in the gas tank to watch me DD.
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Old 05-06-2008, 04:24 PM   #27
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Forgot to mention, I've been baking bread lately. DH likes cinnamon-raisin bread for breakfast, so I make that in the bread machine. I've also made NYT artisan bread, pizza dough and focaccia. I'll never get to where Katie E is, making all my own bread, rolls, etc., but I can make these breads for, what, 50 cents a loaf, as opposed to several dollars in the grocery store or bakery?
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I did my first "TUB LOAD" LOL

We have sun here all day except for when it goes behind the building across the street for a couple of hours. The rinsing is what killed my hands, I have carpal tunnel in both hands and it is acting up now after just one load lol

We have a drying stand thing that I bought at walmart when I was living on my own. It's working great and I couldn't give two poops about the carpet, its an apartment and its not mine :) lol I stuck it in the corner by the open window and sun. Doing good so far! That's 3.50 saved so far today. Yes, thats how much a load is in my building.. ugh.
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Not only do I agree, but I will take it one step further. Many store brand or generic brand things in the supermarket are actually the brand name things just without the brand name label. Yes the exact same thing. Made in the same factory or plant from the same ingredients.
This is true. I have had mixed results with store brands. Some are acceptable substitutes and some just don't measure up.

I also buy a lot of our stuff at Costco. Their prices for staples are regularly below supermarket prices. Flour, butter and sugar are always lower cost in Costco. Meats are as well unless there is a sale going on at the supermarket.
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I do the same things a lot of you do. I grocery shop once a week from a list and I tend to stick to it, the list is made up from my menu list for that week so I have enough to make what we are eating. I buy 9 litres of milk on shopping day so I don't have to set foot back in the supermarket for another week, I know if I just go in for milk I'll buy other things so I don't go in there. I also buy mostly homebrand (generic) things, milk is milk and comes from cows and I don't see how it can be 'better' by paying an extra dollar for it.
I bake all my own breads and rolls, anything that will work out of the breadmaker, it's been great! I wanted to try jams but I worked out it's cheaper to buy the shop ones.
We don't tend to toss out leftovers, dh takes them for work and if there's enough I have them for lunch myself.
I'm sure there are heaps of other things I do...
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