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post #81 of 509
I use a baker's choice whole wheat flour. It works great and doesn't make the dough more dense. Check your local natural food store. I was able to buy a 25 lb. bag for $15. I'm making a pizza right now actually.
post #82 of 509

Shopping tomorrow

ok, so we are going grocery shopping tomorrow for the next 2-3 weeks of food. During this time I am going to use A LOT of my icky pantry stock and all of the odd cuts of meat in our freezer! Yeah! I am going to try to do all the shopping on less than 100.00 dollars, I will report back tomorrow and let you know how I do. The sooner I get this stuff cooked and out of here, the sooner I can go back to all scratch cooking! Yeah!
post #83 of 509
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Originally Posted by tnrsmom
OMG, this is my favorite MDC thread in a long time!

Also, I used our ham bone from Xmas to make stock but it is just sitting here. What should I do now?
13 Bean Soup!!! Yum! One of the things I miss about being biblically kosher!

You know you can make your own "convenience" foods, freezer or pantry....Let me know if you want more info on that.
post #84 of 509
Can someone remind me what the disgusting price difference between cloth and disposables is?
post #85 of 509
here's a good article kindacrunchy with breakdown in prices for sposies vs. cloth diapers.
http://www.naturalfamilyonline.com/5...iaper-cost.htm

crazy, huh?

btw I have been making cloth wipes like crazy this week out of leftover flannel! so far I have about 5 dozen (and am making another 5 dozen to put away for when the new baby arrives as well) I made them double sided then turned and topstitched with different colored thread. DH says they are too thick but I how they turned out.
post #86 of 509
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Originally Posted by kindacrunchy
Can someone remind me what the disgusting price difference between cloth and disposables is?
Just had to add my 2 cents 'bout the whole price difference thing. Yeah, cloth is *definitly* A LOT cheaper. Even I've still spent less on my cloth than I would have on sposies & I use all-in-ones, fitteds, wool, etc in addition to the standard pre-folds. Plus, I'm at the point now where I can start reselling & take the money I make from that to size up.

Where I'm going with this that I'd *still* cloth diaper even if it cost the same as sposies. Probably even if it cost a bit more. Kind of like why I use wheat litter, natural/organic toiletries, and try to buy organic food. Some things I'm just willing to pay more for. Then again, I can usually afford to pay more for those few things because I do other things like make my own cleaners & cook from scratch.

Not only is cloth better for the environment because you're saving all the landfill space and not using up the petro chemicals to make the plastic dipes, but you're not exposing your kiddos to all the chemicals that are in sposies. Plus, cloth is SO much cuter.

This is just my opinion obviously. I realize that for a variety of reasons using cloth doesn't work or appeal to everyone and that's fine, so no flames please! Just saying that everyone always focuses on the cost savings with cloth (and obviously this is a frugal thread so cost is on all our minds!), but I feel there are several other very valid reasons to use them and for me the cost savings are a super, extra nice bonus along the way.
post #87 of 509
Yesterday was Rachels' birthday and everything went great! I made dinner for everyone without having to get anything at the store.

We used cloth for a long time but both of my dds are having skin issues with cloth so we have been in sposies for a couple months now and will stay in them. The only thing I can imagine is that it is something in our water. I have tried everything else that I can think of. We use Huggies Supreme whick admittedly are the most expensive but they fit the best and work the best for us.

Off to toss dinner in the crockpot. Saucy beef and noodles.
post #88 of 509
Thread Starter 
Cool breakdown on cloth versus sposies.

Happy birthday to Rachel! Stephanie, I am so glad everything went great. Mmmm saucy beef and noodles.

The last few days have been frugal shopping days. Yesterday I went to Target's 90% off to shop for Christmas stuff for 2005. I got holiday toe socks, 2 chip/dip platters, 2 china dessert sets, 3 rolls of wrap, 4 small stuffed animals, 2 bath/shower gel kits and a few other odds and ends for $20. We have DH's family and the women in my family take care of completely, or 12 people for $60 in all.

Also, I finally received my last paycheck from the job I quit last year... 5 weeks late, but it was a nice surprise.
post #89 of 509
Gald the party went well!

Do you have the recipe for your saucy beef w noodles?
post #90 of 509
Good morning, Frugal Mommies! I find myself really looking forward to reading this thread! I've gotten good ideas and recipes but mostly it just keeps frugality in my mind! I know there are more ways I can save $, like I have to get a drying rack so I hang clothes instea of use to dryer. Or just hang a rope down in the laundry room for right now. Also, we have to cut our water bill down. My ds(3) is the "bath king" and I don't have rain water barrels in the summer.

I got my vitamin order from www.vitaminshop.com yesterday. Brand name vitamins at a significant savings and shipping is free on orders over $50.

quest4quiet- I checked out the link- that's what I was looking for, thanks!

Holly- I'll look at the recipe for the cat food tonight. I can't see our cat being too picky because she eats out of the compost bucket often enough : Thank you!

MommytoMJM- I would love convenience recipes for things like bean soup in a jar where you just have to add the tomatoes and water- is that what you mean?

I use cloth diapers, too. Ds(3) only uses them at night now but I have to layer 5 or 6 (with a cover) so our bed stays dry, they are very worn out. I got my money out of them! I bought some, made some and thrifted some with ds#1 but nothing further since then!

Wondering if everybody would mind sharing the gifts they have gotten from being frugal? I see it as being a very positive way of life but I do ccasnaly get into a negative mental rut.

Hope everybody has a great day! We're going to a party later and I'm going to try to make a bunch of food without having to buy any ingrediants. I as tempted just to go to the store but I'll try to resist.
post #91 of 509
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Wondering if everybody would mind sharing the gifts they have gotten from being frugal? I see it as being a very positive way of life but I do ccasnaly get into a negative mental rut.
We managed to save enough to complete two adoptions. I can't think of greater gifts than my dds!
post #92 of 509
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Originally Posted by terrarose
MommytoMJM- I would love convenience recipes for things like bean soup in a jar where you just have to add the tomatoes and water- is that what you mean?
Soup in jars, pudding mix, salad dressing mix, all those things that make life easier from the store can be made from scratch and kept for future use. I love this method because I know what is in things. DH goes back to work tomorrow night, I will try to get on then and post some of my make a mix sites and recipes
post #93 of 509
[QUOTE=goodcentsa pretty good cook).

Also here is a question for you. Ricotta cheese. I only use half the container when making baked ziti. It turns so quickly I often end up throwing out the rest of the container. What can I do with it?[/QUOTE]

I'm a "frugal mamas board lurker", but thought I would jump in witha ricotta suggestion or two...

It's great just added to pasta (like 3 heaping spoonsfull) w/ olive oil and veggies....

or blend it into your red sauce for a creamy red sauce.

sweeten it w/ honey and eat it on oatmeal or on pancakes.

you get the idea!
post #94 of 509
My freezer is getting full!
Now I have some chicken pot pasties, mashed potatos, bean soup, french toast, and a blueberry loaf cake.
Next week I am going to try and hit the farmer's market, Trader Joe's and Wild Oats. Those stores are about an hour away, but I am thinking that maybe I can rotate stores.
I am definitely interested in making my own "conveninece" foods. I have foind some recipes online, but I'd love to hear personal expereinces and favorite recipes.
Does anyone know where I can buy those microfiber cloths?
post #95 of 509
Another lurker here...

Yesterday, you all inspired me to make banana pancakes from scratch to freeze and pop into the microwave during the week. I've also started making yogurt, but dh is so picky about sweetness and dd doesn't believe it's yougurt since it doesn't come from a store bought container, so I'm about the only person who'll eat it : . I'm also looking to use my mom's bread maker to start making bread. Our local farmer's market has a booth where they sell day old bread for a $1, but it's been really hard for me to get there in the winter...

I part time WOHM, so trying to do convenience cooking is difficult with my current schedule and no one to watch dd. Any other WOHMs who find time to do this? I know it pays in the long run, but my erratic days off make it hard to plan for an afternoon to do this.

Also, anyone have any ideas of what to do with the crockery portion of a crock pot? The heating element died, but the crockery is still in good condition. I was thinking about putting it up on my local freecycle, but didn't know if there's any other good uses I'm not thinking of right now...
post #96 of 509
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I part time WOHM, so trying to do convenience cooking is difficult with my current schedule and no one to watch dd. Any other WOHMs who find time to do this?
Me. I work full time out of the house, and I agree it's hard to find time to do it, but otoh, it saves my sanity, my diet and my budget to have a freezer full of home cooked entrees. I can get home from work and have a reasonably good meal on the table in 20 minutes, rather than getting take out all the time.

I don't devote days to cooking ahead. Mostly I just make huge batches of stuff when I do cook, and freeze extras. I also will cook when I'm home and doing other things. For example, I was home this afternoon, and had a big pot of soup simmering as I worked around the house. I'm cooking something else for dinner tonight. The soup will be dinner on Monday, with most of it going to the freezer. I also look for odd moments when I get get a batch of something cooking.
post #97 of 509
Oh, yeah, and another question...

I love using things like Burt's Bees and CA Baby on dd, but I get's pretty costly sometimes. I know Burt's has an online outlet that let's you purchase things half off (and there's free shipping after a certain amount), and there's co-ops on the TP. Any other ways to get stuff like this for less or ways make it yourself that other mamas know of (besides things like baking soda and vinegar)?
post #98 of 509
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Originally Posted by heket

Also, anyone have any ideas of what to do with the crockery portion of a crock pot? The heating element died, but the crockery is still in good condition. I was thinking about putting it up on my local freecycle, but didn't know if there's any other good uses I'm not thinking of right now...
Ok, here are some ideas off the top of my head:

Buy the same model of crock pot and then you will have a spare crock, which comes in handy if you are like me and tend to pop the whole crock in the fridge to store leftover stew. Also, if one crock breaks, you have a spare. (this is my coffee maker theory, because I always break either the carafe or the heating element)
Use it for brining cucumbers to make refrigerator pickles, souring cabbage for sauerkraut, storing sour dough starter etc
Put a snazzy plant in it, but make sure you put plenty of gravel in the bottom
i know that mine is oven safe and can be used for baking casseroles and stewed chicken.
post #99 of 509

Love my Chai!

Here's my first frugality for the year that I'm so proud of.

Last week I was really wanting some Chai. We usually buy the Oregon Chai at $4 a box. It's a rare treat. I decided to see if I could duplicate it with what I had around. I did and it turned out great. Here it is:

3 c. water
4 black tea bags
2 T. whole allspice
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon chips
2 tsp. dried orange peel
1 tsp. clove
1/2 c. honey
3 c. milk
1/4 tsp. orange oil (optional)

Bring water to boil, add tea and spices. Simmer for 1 minute, then let sit off heat for 5 minutes. Discard tea and spices. Add honey and stir until melted. Add orange oil if desired. Add milk and reheat to desired temperature.
Enjoy Chai lovers!
post #100 of 509
Being frugal- this is one tip I left off because I think I'd be preaching to the saved but a way to save money:

Breastfeed! Its free, it gives the mother a chance to eat right, a chance to give your baby the best, a chance to have that skin to skin contact. Its also so much easier than anything else. It also saves on Dr visits since you child is building immunities thru you! Otherwise to feed your baby formula exclusively, its anywhere from $1200-$3500 annually. At least that is what I'm told- we never spent a penny on formula nor did dd ever have an ounce of it. Or breastfeed as long as you possibly can. Even if you have to supplement, know your given your baby the best from you.

Make your own baby food when dc is ready for solids. A squash in the produce section is anywhere from $1-2 and makes about 12-20 servings of baby food. Its also better tasting. 12 servings of jarred baby food will run you $5 on a good sale.

Cheap but romantic date: Its hard for some couples to get away, much less to have extra $$ to spend on it. Set aside an hour after the kids are asleep or before they wake up. Sit by candle light and face each other. Hold hands and tell each other why you love the other so much and what you love about them. See what it leads to....

Also,
Does anyone have some good crock pot recipes to share? I don't use it a lot, but we do have one. I'd love to get some ideas.
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