Originally Posted by Mom31
So boyfriend cooked a big ham for me on Sunday and now we have lots of ham- can I just throw it in a bag and freeze some of it? He really bailed me out. The kids love it- he has done it for us before... so sweet. Any recipes for cooked sliced ham?
We put ham in egg-bakes: Eggs, cheese, veggies, ham (if we have it), milk (if we have it) - mix, put into a glass dish and freeze until time to bake. We make two or three at a time.
Ham is also great for sandwiches. Try a ham-salad (like egg or tuna salad) to stretch it out.
We also just eat ham as a small meat with large (cheap) sides.
I love to use leftover meat for hot sandwiches: make a bit of stock with the hambone and use some of that to make ham gravy, some mashed potatoes and a few slices of bread. Throw a veggie on the side and it is a nutritious, easy, cheap and very filling meal.
Originally Posted by MrsSlocombe
Mom31, I think if you do a reasonable job estimating how much detergent is on the towels, it will work. If the entire contents of the big bottle go in the wash, the load will need some extra rinses, at the very least. That must have been so frustrating! :-(
I am wondering what you guys do for socializing and fun. My budget has been cut to near-poverty levels recently, due to income loss and medical expenses incurred. (Our income was never actually high, but it was once lower-middle class.) This does not mean that I am in the exact same position as each of you, but I am currently thinking below an ordinary "frugal" level. I am genuinely worried about how the next couple of years will go, with reduced income, mortgage payments, and the baby (coming in June). One thing I would like to do is network with parents who share our lifestyle (happens to be vegan) so that we can share information and our babies can be friends, but while in the old days, I might try to find other vegan Moms to meet at a coffee shop, that is no longer within my budget. We sometimes entertain close friends at home, and that will continue to be an option, though we are not really set up for large groups, and our dining room furniture is uncomfortable even for us, just because it is old, unpadded, and comes from a time when people were smaller. Replacing this furniture was once a thought; it no longer is. I'm a little embarrassed about it, and it keeps me from having larger groups or newer, less close friends over.
Do you have any fun ideas for socializing with either good friends or new people, on a poverty budget?
Board games. You can get some for cheap, and if each family/couple gets one different game, you can have several games to play between you all.
We are just barely in this stage now. We have enough to get through the month, but saving money is a joke. It seems like we get a bit ahead and something happens to trash the savings idea. I have a degree and DH is working on his. Daycare and housing costs are insane, and we live in a cheap area (we are rent-to-owning my parent's house for $400/mo, daycare is over $5k/yr). We have "treats" a few times a month - and I'm talking about ice cream or eating out for a b-day/anniversary. But eating out daily? We could NEVER do that. I know people who go to the bars all the time and I'm like, how do you afford daycare PLUS the cost of buying drinks at a BAR?!?
Our biggest expenses are travel for the store events, and travel for family get-togethers. Fortunately, my parents are willing to help when stuff gets to be a bit too much. I am currently paying them back for their most recent loan ($500). They are great about stuff like that because I don't ask for too much or act ungrateful for it (like my brother does).
My parents are also EXTREMELY generous with holiday/b-day gifts, and we get to ask for what we want. I ask for things that are practical: a gun for DH so he can go hunting (meat!!), a snow-blower, etc. They decided they didn't need their huge gas grill anymore, so I'm getting that for a late b-day gift. My other b-day gift was a refurbished snow-blower. They are used stuff, but we are talking about $500/each new, so I'm not complaining AT ALL.
I do NOT buy my kids toys except for one each at the holidays/b-days. My parents like to spend money on them, so they get plenty. And I pick gifts that are well-thought-out. Each year, my one little gift has been the favorite gift.
We are splurging with our tax returns this year and buying an electric tiller. We plan on turning the majority of the backyard into a huge garden. We have little time and not very green thumbs, but I figure we can get something out of it and involve the kids, too.