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Old 05-06-2008, 04:45 PM   #31
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And for the food part...

We dont eat alot of bread.. we are both trying to stay away from the carbs. We have a bagel a few times a week in the morning with light cream cheese and sometimes a sandwich, or toast. We have a hard time going through a loaf every two weeks. Time to start freezing them. For the amount of bread we eat (very little) it wouldn't be worth it to get a bread maker.

I'm going to be making some homemade peanut butter tonight. We bought a big bag of peanuts for $5 the other day. A bit of olive oil and we got a crapload of PB for cheap and we know where it came from.

I'm wondering if I should roast them first. Man my blender is going to be sticky!

Mikki, how do you manage to spend 150 a month on groceries? That's insane.. thats how much we spent a week. I think food prices are lower in the US. Buying my regular meat is usually between 20-40 dollars every two weeks depending on whats on the menu. Maybe we should go vegan.. lol

I haven't been able to buy any new clothes since Oct/Nov 2007. I had a job yes, but I was driving 850 km a weekend to visit Nick after working 45 hours a week. Man I'm glad I moved lol. That was alot of gas money. But now I'm not making any money. Thank God for that 1400$ income tax refund. I was a student for half of last year. Phew.

As for the Sunday Paper, I dont think I can get the paper here. I would have to buy it downstairs at the Depanneur. (convenience store at the base of the building)

Wonder if I can buy coupon books online....
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Old 05-06-2008, 04:49 PM   #32
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I agree about some of the name brands VS no name. Some just don't measure up and sometimes you don't want to take the risk depending on what it is.
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Old 05-06-2008, 04:56 PM   #33
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I agree about some of the name brands VS no name. Some just don't measure up and sometimes you don't want to take the risk depending on what it is.
How risky is it really? You try it once, if you don't like it, you don't buy it again. If you do like it, you continue to buy it and save money. At most, you'd lose one purchase.
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Saph- I buy a lot of mix and match stuff but mostly the same stuff every month, we also have a lot of venison in freezer, so I don't buy much meat. example one different meat for one night a week for a month, might buy 2 pks chcken, one pork , and one pk steaks. mix and matching I don't have to buy the expensive food everytime it depends on what we eat in the month. Hubby gets bored of the same foods, but I told him if he can do the shopping better and stay within budget have at it. He tried once it's now back to me.I tell him when our income goes up then he can have different foods. I'm sure by most peoples standards we don't eat the healthiest, but my girls have never been sick( other then the winter colds) and are extremely active.
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My son who lives in our house and takes care of it while we're gone had, with our permission, more insulation and some special attic "windows" installed. 3 years ago we had to have the roof replaced and had one of those vented roofs installed. Well, after two weeks he checked the energy bill and we had saved 12 dollars. So eventually the extra insulation is going to help. It will especially help when the weather gets excessively hot which is all summer here and during colder weather. He said that he only notices the compressor coming a few times a day and Houston has experienced some temps in the 90's recently and it's not even April yet. My next investment is to get our kitchen windows (and they take up most of the room and face the west) replaced with more efficient and energy efficient ones.

Our Sunday Houston Chronicle is chock full of coupon adds. I'm surprised at the savings at Walgreens and some of the other drug stores. Also the grocery sales always come out on Wednesdays. If one has the time and is careful there are bargains to be had.

Also for you Moms at home with young children think about banding with others and forming babysitting coops instead of trying to hope and pray that you can find a busy teen to babysit for you. Anyway, babysitting coops are great ways to shop, run errands, etc., have your child socializing, and not having to pay. You instead return the favor and babysit for others. Coupons for hours is what we did.
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Mikki - I like to switch it up and I hate having the same meal too close together. I rarely eat leftovers for more than a day after the initial meal, Nick eats the rest for his lunches so no food wasted there. Most of the time when I cook a meal I keep in mind to make just enough for Nick to bring to work the next day.

I'm also trying to stay away from eating a whole meal of spaghetti. I'd much rather have it as a side to a vegetable dish or something similar. That's alot of carbs for one meal.

I know it's super cheap.. but I just can't bring myself to do it, maybe once a month but thats it. Both Nick and I would rather spend the grocery money to be healthy than to buy cheap food. But again, we always keep price in reason. I'm going to start planning meals around flyers and coupons (if I can find them).
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As for the Sunday Paper, I dont think I can get the paper here. I would have to buy it downstairs at the Depanneur. (convenience store at the base of the building)

Wonder if I can buy coupon books online....
Just curious - you live in Montreal and you can't have a Sunday paper delivered? Why not?
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We don't go out to eat. We shop on Wednesdays so hubby can use his 5% off seniors card at the supermarket, also buy items on sale. We use a coal stove for heating instead of the electric baseboard heat.
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Saph- Maybe if I actually planned a meal I could save more, it just seems like noone is home at the same time, For example tonight I planned a meal and as of right now I'm the only one here. Hubby is outside trying to rototill a garden and DD is at practice, if I cook a whole meal DD hates leftovers and will find something else anyway, hubby will eat whatever is put in front of him, but I feel weird eating a regular meal by myself so most of the time it's a smorgusboard in our house.
Oldest DD is comming home from college Thur. so I'm sure the food bill will change, it's amazing how much more you spend with one more mouth to feed.
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Saph- Maybe if I actually planned a meal I could save more, it just seems like noone is home at the same time, For example tonight I planned a meal and as of right now I'm the only one here. Hubby is outside trying to rototill a garden and DD is at practice, if I cook a whole meal DD hates leftovers and will find something else anyway, hubby will eat whatever is put in front of him, but I feel weird eating a regular meal by myself so most of the time it's a smorgusboard in our house.
Oldest DD is comming home from college Thur. so I'm sure the food bill will change, it's amazing how much more you spend with one more mouth to feed.
That sounds like soups/stews/casseroles to me Or something like tacos, where the meat can stay warm on the stove and people can fill the shells whenever they're ready.

Or you can have a snack now and have dinner later when everyone is hungry
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