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Old 09-22-2007, 08:32 AM   #11
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Absolutely JP. It took me a while to really learn this because I really don't like grocery shopping so I tend to put it off till I'm hungry. But that's a HUGE mistake. I end up with a pantry full of weird stuff!
...And, lots of ice cream!

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Old 09-22-2007, 11:41 AM   #12
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Just one idea.

Oten we find turkeys on sale when most folks just are not thinking about them. Often they are very cheap.

Cook them up hawever we wish. Deep fried is a lot easier to do in the warmer weather than it is when you are not sure what the weather is going to be.

Break them down and cook the legs on the barby.

Cook them whole, or the breast, and the meat makes better sandwiches than chicken, particularly in a club.

Then you have the carcass for a lovely soup - or just as a stock.

Most folks just don't think of turkey after Thanksgiving and Christmas, off season it is a tasty way to have great cheap meals.
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Old 09-22-2007, 12:02 PM   #13
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With regards to my apartment, a while back I just tried to train myself to really think about each decision I was making, especially with regards to electricity (leaving lights on, having more lights on than needed, unused appliances plugged in, TV on while doing something else etc). After a while, you develop something of a revulsion against excess. It actually turned into something of a pet peeve, really, to see anything unnecessary using electricity. The savings were immense. Just by being observant, I now use 75% less electricity per month with no real hassle, well, other than the mood swings brought on by someone leaving a light on :)
Could not agree more... the savings that can be realized just by being conscience of the stuff you leave on or plugged in can make a big difference. I get upset when hubby stands with the fridge door open to long. You know what is in there, open the door, get it and shut it! PRONTO! LOL!
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Old 09-22-2007, 12:33 PM   #14
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i grow a veggie and herb garden, and a raspberry thicket, as well as a huge apple tree. nothing saves more energy than just walking outside into your garden to pick fresh produce.

also, i walk around my house, constantly having to power things off.

for some reason, dw doesn't seem to get it.

in fact, one of my credit cards were stolen recently, but i didn't report it. the thief spends far less than my wife...
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Old 09-22-2007, 01:36 PM   #15
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I save by cooking a $10 meal at home instead of paying $30+gratuity at a restaurant. i.e. 90% lean ground beef $5.00, burger buns $2.00, couple slices bacon .50 cents, salad fixings $1.00, cheese $1.00, roasted potatoes with herbs and spices .50 cents, preparation and savoring it...priceless!
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Old 09-22-2007, 01:44 PM   #16
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I buy in bulk too. And I shop at the dollar store for items like scrubbing pads etc. I also use rags and cleaning sprays or vinegar rather than all those Swiffer things.
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Old 09-27-2007, 08:26 PM   #17
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Stayed at a resort in Turkey last year that took "saving money" to new heights. All air conditioning went off promptly at 8 am and didn't come back on until 8pm. This was during 85plus temps and our room faced the hot afternoon sun. We just laid on our beds and didn't move. Then as soon as you opened the balcony door to get some air (the balcony door had to be locked in order for the a/c to come on) or left the room OFF went the A/C. If you wanted your room to cool down by the time you went to sleep at least one person had to stay in the room. They had to have saved a lot of $$$$$ with time. But the "funniest" thing was the game that was played by the staff at the front desk. Complaints about the A/C not working were taken care of by moving us to a new and just as hot room, and after complaining again, sending a "repairman" who fiddled with the thermostat, looked at the vent, etc. and then told us that the hotel was working on it and that it should be up and running in a few hours. Sure did. Came on promptly on at 8pm---we realized by the 2nd day that it was all a charade and there was nothing that we could do about it as this was the only resort there was. Also the hotel was shaped like a crescent so ALL the rooms were hot. Other than the fun & games by the management we did have a nice time.
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