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OK, this is off topic, but Pinoikoi, one of the best things I've ever eaten in my life (top five meals for sure) was a salmon quesadilla at the Saturday Market in Anchorage.

Fresh-truly fresh, like swimming a few hours ago- Alaskan salmon is a transcendental experience for those of us not lucky enough to live right there.

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Well, I watched the Oprah episode this afternoon. That's an hour of my life I'll never get back. It's not that it was so bad. It's just that it wasn't that good. Please, $400/wk on take out and they're concerned about money?? But Tyler did promote The Holy Crockpot which was probably the best pointer of the whole show.

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Fresh-truly fresh, like swimming a few hours ago- Alaskan salmon is a transcendental experience for those of us not lucky enough to live right there.
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For those who can't/won't watch the actual Oprah show, here's the online synopsis: http://www.oprah.com/dated/oprahshow...elebrity-chefs

Excerpt (http://www.oprah.com/article/oprahsh...r-florence/5):

Try Tyler's Slow-Cooked [crock-pot] Barbecue Pork Shoulder sandwich.

The recipe saves time and money. "These sandwiches are $3.75 apiece, right? That plus a salad, dinner for four, under $20," he says. "It's five minutes of prep time, and then the whole thing cooks while you're at work or while you're out running errands."


Gasp - dinner for 4 for under $20? What an amazing, astonishing savings! I'm sure this board could learn a lot from this show!

Thanks for posting this! Sorry to say OP forgot to watch it, lol. That's crazy $20 for one meal! Goodness $20 better feed my ravinous bunch all day and have leftovers!

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Hey, I didn't read every page, but I agree that Oprah is unlikely to go hardcore frugal with meals! One thing that I have recently realized, though, is that when I eat the three meals plus reasonable, healthy snacks to maintain a normal weight (hx of being a compulsive eater, here!), I save a ton of money. I have NEVER seen this mentioned on any cheap eats type thread or tv show, or anything! Other addictions also add up - is beer included in the food budget? Having been overweight (not obese or anything just 10 to 20 pounds over) my whole life, I am astonished at the amount of food that actually sustains a normal, healthy weight. It has often occured to me when I read threads like this, that this might account for some of the difference between budgets. I have been carefully observing (as best as possible) what normal weight people actually eat, and it just isn't much food unless they are extremely active.

For HollytheTeacher: If you want to start spending less on eating out, you can substitue some healthy pre-made frozen meals and start to cook just one or two meals a week and you would save a ton of money. Then as you go along, just keep on learning. It can be overwhelming to start. And if you are ravenously hungry the moment you get home from work, have a small appetizer of some kind to put right out while everyone helps get dinner ready.
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I actually stopped watching it when Curtis Stone was with that family who had take out. When they pulled up to that giant house, I should have known.
I think Oprah would die if she knew I've been feeding a family of 3 on $25 a week.

And off topic, but I realized I've never been able to sit through a whole episde of her show....

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Another tip for HollyTheTeacher: pick a night or nights for easy dinners. Like on Mondays, have that be pasta night. Super easy, so fast. You can also bake spaghetti with cheese on top, which is almost as good as lasagna and easy on the cook. Or get a nice big bag of frozen ravioli, which is even faster than dry pasta.

You can buy the Hunt's marinara in tall tin cans (cheap), or the Paul Newman's or Muir Glen marinara in glass jars (organic). Eventually, you might even be able to can a year's worth of marinara on your own!

The point is, pasta is a two pot dinner that's fast, cheap and reasonably healthy.

Then pick a night that's pancakes and (veg?) sausage. If you want, mix canned pumpkin or mashed banana or canned/frzn blueberries into the pancakes. Use real maple syrup, or make your own pancake syrup to avoid HFCS. (So easy- 3 cups white sugar, 2 Tbs molasses, 1 tsp maple extract- or flavoring, same thing-, 2 tsps butter flavoring, 3 tsps vanilla. Whisk together, bring to a boil. Done.)

That's two nights a week that you barely have to cook, and it's cheap.

Until you work up to homemade food, you could also eat frozen pizza one night a week, or get those take and bake pizzas that they have at the grocery store.

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WOW! I recorded the show to watch another day but wasn't too impressed as usual with what they "saved." I think MDC should start a talk show...boy would that be awesome: I enjoy Oprah but come here for the best advice of course. I know she means well but I think she just doesn't get it...like one day she does a show about people losing their homes and living in tents and then next week it's how to save money while maintaining your extravagant lifestyle. But I have to always love Oprah because she introduced me to Peter Walsh and Bob Greene.

I have decided from this wonderful thread that I need a crockpot...can I get a good one at goodwill?
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LeighB... how is that even possible? Wow. Do tell.

Hollytheteacher - I did something called "Dinner Done" where we got feezer meals - I went in and assembled them in 2 hours on a Saturday, and had food for the whole month. Variety, portions we would actually eat, the only thing is you egt disposable containers unless you bring your own which I didn't have to bring. I did it for almost 6 months before I ended us a WAHM, and it was perfect for us. I just washed and reused their containers and they always held up. Since then I have passed them along a few at a time to family & friends who needed a casserole/dinner for one reason or another: hard times, passing of loved one, pregnancy, etc.

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...There aren't too many vegetarian crockpot recipes out there that I can find....
Try "Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow Cooker". (Your library probably has it.)

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LeighB... how is that even possible? Wow. Do tell.

Hollytheteacher - I did something called "Dinner Done" where we got feezer meals - I went in and assembled them in 2 hours on a Saturday, and had food for the whole month. Variety, portions we would actually eat, the only thing is you egt disposable containers unless you bring your own which I didn't have to bring. I did it for almost 6 months before I ended us a WAHM, and it was perfect for us. I just washed and reused their containers and they always held up. Since then I have passed them along a few at a time to family & friends who needed a casserole/dinner for one reason or another: hard times, passing of loved one, pregnancy, etc.
This sounds interesting.. part of a national chain?
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I have decided from this wonderful thread that I need a crockpot...can I get a good one at goodwill?
Yes, you can, but I would definitely ask about their return policy before I bought one there.. you don't want to take it home and then it doesn't work and you have instant garbage.. and they are something that I would say is "tricky" to test out IN THE goodwill shop, kwim? It has to heat up over time, so.. also I would inspect the cord VERY closely.. any fraying at all, and I would pass it up..

I have two.. One was free.. It was one of those deals where you buy two small appliances get one free at Fred Meyer's I think.. My mom bought a new blender and mixer, and gave me the crockpot.. it is pretty little..

I bought a bigger one last year or the year before that I LOVE... It has a snap on lid so I can easily take it to potlatches, fundraisers, etc.. It is also big enough that I put a huge ham section in there at Christmas and it came out so moist and tender- meat falling off the bone literally..

I can do baked beans or the like in the smaller one- rice puddings, chili, etc.. but I needed a bigger one for larger groups of people and main dishes.. I think they have some out now though that can fit one large dish or two smaller pots (shaped kind of like two half circles)..

If I were going to buy another one (which I am NOT mine work FINE)! I would look into a timer, and also the snap on lids (mine has metal toggles on the sides that snap over the top)..
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This sounds interesting.. part of a national chain?
I am not sure if it is national. I paid $215 - which was hard to just fork out at first, then I realized that I was getting 32 meals. So that was $6.71 per meal for 6 people. Then of couse I added a salad, pasta or whatever neeved to be added. A lot of the time they gave you the pasta, but you had to get your own fresh produce.

I was WOH FT and so was DH. It kept us from dining out daily. That was key for us.

We did suppliment with nuggets for the kids - I make those on the weekend in batches once every couple months and have forever - or frozen breads, etc.

www.dinnerdone.com

I loved it. Thier prices are slightly higher. When they went up my cheap bone flared and I coudn't do it anymore. But I loved it. I still make one and freeze one for most dishes that work that way.

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I should add: each serving makes a 13x9 stuffed pan of food. We split it 3 ways. I think it was about 18.xx a dish, but that was for 12 breasts. Fat ones. Crazy.

If you find a place, be sure that you know thier actual portion sizes. I learned a whole lot that first month. I actually got the "togo" as a gift when my last son was born. That is how I was introduced to them.

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Yes, you can, but I would definitely ask about their return policy before I bought one there.. you don't want to take it home and then it doesn't work and you have instant garbage.. and they are something that I would say is "tricky" to test out IN THE goodwill shop, kwim? It has to heat up over time, so.. also I would inspect the cord VERY closely.. any fraying at all, and I would pass it up..

I have two.. One was free.. It was one of those deals where you buy two small appliances get one free at Fred Meyer's I think.. My mom bought a new blender and mixer, and gave me the crockpot.. it is pretty little..

I bought a bigger one last year or the year before that I LOVE... It has a snap on lid so I can easily take it to potlatches, fundraisers, etc.. It is also big enough that I put a huge ham section in there at Christmas and it came out so moist and tender- meat falling off the bone literally..

I can do baked beans or the like in the smaller one- rice puddings, chili, etc.. but I needed a bigger one for larger groups of people and main dishes.. I think they have some out now though that can fit one large dish or two smaller pots (shaped kind of like two half circles)..

If I were going to buy another one (which I am NOT mine work FINE)! I would look into a timer, and also the snap on lids (mine has metal toggles on the sides that snap over the top)..
Thank you! Assuming I can't find a good one at Goodwill where else can i get one cheap? the evil place aka walfart?
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Slightly OT, but to the people who are afraid to leave their crockpots running during the day while they're out...do you also unplug your TVs/fridge/washer and dryer/etc, while you're out? I'm not trying to be snarky at all, I actually do know of someone who does this and was wondering how common it is.

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Slightly OT, but to the people who are afraid to leave their crockpots running during the day while they're out...do you also unplug your TVs/fridge/washer and dryer/etc, while you're out? I'm not trying to be snarky at all, I actually do know of someone who does this and was wondering how common it is.
I do not unplug the refrigerator, freezer, or washer and dryer. I Do unplug all small appliances though- tv, radio, toaster, etc.

Also, something RUNNING is different than something plugged in but turned off.. a crockpot is a small appliance that is RUNNING while you aren't at home.. I don't cook while I am not at home, either (I thought about it once, and glad I didn't because when I made it home and put my cooking in the oven it filled my kitchen with smoke- turned out the pot was too small for the chicken and it was bubbling over in no time flat.. took several days to air the place out).

I am a bit more apprehensive about it than most, though.. I grew up living in places that didn't have fire hydrants.. or fire trucks for that matter.
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Thank you! Assuming I can't find a good one at Goodwill where else can i get one cheap? the evil place aka walfart?
I like Fred Meyers (which I think is Meijer other places).. I am sure you could find one at Target also. Sears and JCPenney have them and I have found really nice cookware items there for super cheap during their clearance sales..

this is the big one I have (with the snap on lid)

http://www2.shopping.com/xPO-Hamilto...tainless-Steel

Here's one that has multiple sizes in one- which would sure be versatile, and require less storage area!

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...word=crock+pot

Those are not really "cheap" but at least you have an idea of what they go for new..
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I do too. I would never leave the house with an appliance running. By the time the neighbors notice the flames your house is gone.
Your refrigerator is always running.

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I cannot just read this and ignore.

When I saw what some of you spend weekly for eating out, I was floored and as pp, I had a heart attack or was close. Then I read what others were spending to scratch cook and I was floored again.

May I suggest the newcomers who need to cut their spending or those who just want to learn to cook, eat from scratch whatever visit the meal planning forum but also check out our almost monthly pantry challenges, no spend challenge or cooking from scratch tribes, buying in bulk, etc. Also feeding the freezer is an awesome way to save $$

Whole foods- my DH calls this store Whole paycheck. I noticed a lot of their house brand organics canned are from other countries. Dont know how well outside of US standards are. All their non grocery items are available on frontier coop for wholesale which I order from. They also have way too much of the take home ready to eat meals. But then again most grocery stores now have that as well.

For those who want prepared meals, the make the dinners ahead places is cheaper than eating out or cooking after getting home at 6pm w a starving family. Another one is Dinner by design.

I find all these places very expensive but I am a scratch cook plus extremely creative and I can make a full meal with almost nothing.

Things I do to keep costs down:
shop the sales flyer. If possible, add coupons. Stock up on good sales since you would use it later.

Only buy meat on sale. End of story.
Use all sorts of the meat, learn how to cook with this. If chuck roast is on sale, make a pot roast this week one night. Slice up for leftovers. Add a few pototoes around the roast while in the oven and some onions and carrots, you have a meal. If steak is on sale, buy steak. If you use a lot of ground up meat, buy in larger quantities on sale and divide into patties for later use. Store in freezer.
Save bones for making stock. Fill up a larger deep pot w water, throw bones in, add onion, celery and salt pepper and some spices. simmer for hours. Strain, put in different containers.

Eat seasonal produce. Dont buy strawberries in Nov/Dec. They are not from here and are $$$. Buy in spring or late may/summer they are in season.

My MIL is always saying the reason you have sales is so you eat a varied diet. Chicken goes on sale, then beef goes on sale. Plan you meals around the sales flyer and what you have on hand. If you Woh, do the crockpot or cook on Saturday and freeze. Or do power cooking twice a month.

Or do a meal exchange. My neighbor is now giving us beer from his keg and we are supplying a meal once a week for their family. Both of them woh, she has to travel for work and their kids are the same age. They also love my cooking so it works out since their taste in beer is perfect for DH.

Plan plan plan your meals. Make more for leftovers for lunch tomorrow or for another dinner down the line. Make a vat of dough for bread. Make a bread loaf at night or when you wake up in the morning. Keep a heap and have a pizza dough on friday night.

And since I have lived in the Chicagoland for all my life, I have known Oprah since she was a reporter for the local news station who had a good personality and was overweight. She got a break and did the show AM Chicago for a few years and then they named it The Oprah Winrey show. Then it eventually went national. Then she started her own production company. Then she became an icon. She started rubbing two pennies together so she knows about living paycheck to paycheck, just not for the last 20 years or so. If she would have had this show on 25 years ago, I would take it very seriously because she could really have a good show on something like this. But now, give me a break. Feed 4 people for $20??
And like its been said, who wants to listen to a gizzianare talk about saving a few bucks?

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Your refrigerator is always running.
I know your comment was direct at DF, but if I could figure out a way to avoid having the refrigerator run all day while I am out, I would.. as it is I pay a professional to come and inspect the dryer, washer, fridge cords and their electrical units every year. I was told that the cords need to be replaced periodically because they DO become fire hazards from normal wear and tear.. but I don't anyone that pays someone to inspect/replace the cord of their crockpot.
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I don't understand why you are so floored... if you don't shop sales, that's what you spend. It's not crazy, it's just not sale savvy. Not everyone has the rock hard discipline you and a lot of MDC'ers have. I try but it gets exhausting sometimes to continually do the "right thing". It's not the easy way, for sure.

That said... my Mom was queen of making meals of nothing. Some of 'em were really, really not good. I remember one time she used spaghetti with a white saice, some veggies and kielbasa. It was so bad. That was over 20 years ago and I can still see it on my plate. Maybe she scarred me for life.

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I like Fred Meyers (which I think is Meijer other places).. I am sure you could find one at Target also. Sears and JCPenney have them and I have found really nice cookware items there for super cheap during their clearance sales..

this is the big one I have (with the snap on lid)

http://www2.shopping.com/xPO-Hamilto...tainless-Steel

Here's one that has multiple sizes in one- which would sure be versatile, and require less storage area!

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...word=crock+pot

Those are not really "cheap" but at least you have an idea of what they go for new..
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. Then I read what others were spending to scratch cook and I was floored again. ?
One thing, I notice is that it looks like you have very young kids, I will say as much as I thought my kids ate when they were 4 or 6 or even 9, nothing compares to how much they started eating when they hit about 11yo... and they are not big either! One's under 100lb, the other's under 70lb and they can out eat their dad who was infamous in college for how much food he could inhale... my under 10s eat a lot as well it seems, but I definitely saw a dramatic jump in how much food I had to buy each time a kid hit preteens.

Besides that I don't know, I'm amazed at how some get by with such low costs. All our food comes from home though (no work snacks, school snacks, etc.)... we don't have a whole foods, so that's not it, I buy everything from bulk bins (but once I start that price book that may change, we'll see!, I do buy from bulk in great part for environmental reasons though, so...?). I tried a csa, but my kids would eat most of the produce before we got home and it made it harder to plan meals ahead not knowing what we would get. I tried u-pick, but my kids work up such an appetite with all that picking in the hot sun they manage to not only eat everything we pick but are 'starving' when we get home, ack! I used to do a food co-op -azurestandard- but I found a few years ago their prices started to become more than the regular store prices and I usually buy the sale prices. I always plan meals, and I use up absolutely everything (part of the reason I could never give up my microwave as I see so many here do because I can use up every last bit rather than lose some amount with all the cookware/servewere/storage transferring, I'm using leftovers at almost every meal). I make my own spice blends from bulk spices... I don't buy snack foods or sweet treats at all. Oh, we also don't eat any animal products or oils and use nuts sparringly and I only buy fresh fruits in season, frozen on sale.

So, I don't know...??? I'm real excited/hopeful about starting up a price book though! I'm thinking of getting a freezer also... I've never had much success with freezing things for too long, but someone told me things last longer in a seperate freezer because it doesn't do the defrost cycle all the time...??? I have had to pass on some things because our freezer was stuffed at times also. And I'm planning on doing a garden this year, I have NO idea what I'm doing though so I'm totally paranoid I'm going to spend a ton getting it started and then have nothing to show for it.
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One thing, I notice is that it looks like you have very young kids, I will say as much as I thought my kids ate when they were 4 or 6 or even 9, nothing compares to how much they started eating when they hit about 11yo... and they are not big either! One's under 100lb, the other's under 70lb and they can out eat their dad who was infamous in college for how much food he could inhale... my under 10s eat a lot as well it seems, but I definitely saw a dramatic jump in how much food I had to buy each time a kid hit preteens.
I totally agree with this. My stepds is out of the house now, but when he was a teen, he would eat anything and everything set in front of him and ask for more every time.. (he was great when a recipe didn't come out quite as expected, now that I think about it.. )

My 10yo ds outeats me and dp all the time! 5yo ds is a somewhat picky eater, but our older 4yo boy... he eats a TON (except veggies, he nitpicks at veggies..)

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i'm loving the tips but um,

what is a price book? i've heard the term but i have no idea how to make one, or exactly what it is?
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I haven't watched the show (don't have TV), but it doesn't sound awful. I guess I expect shows like this to be aimed at a very mainstream audience. We all have to start somewhere and there are a lot of people out there who don't even know the basics of cooking and shopping let alone throwing meals together from scratch and comparing prices. I think if the advice went straight to beans and rice level frugality it would turn off a lot of people. I think the goal is to get people cooking, then shopping sales, looking at cheaper alternatives, etc.

Also while $20 for 4 people for dinner isn't really frugal, it isn't that bad if you're trying to replicate a restaurant meal quality meal. I do fresh fish at least once a week, and if I add in local veggies and a decent dessert it easily tops $5/ per person.
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i'm loving the tips but um,

what is a price book? i've heard the term but i have no idea how to make one, or exactly what it is?
Check the thread I started about "$300 for everything..." It sort of morphed into a pricebook thread on me as people have been asking questions. Also, I'm sure you could do search here, and definitely on Google, and find lots of other great ideas. Also, "The Tightwad Gazette" has quite a bit of info on price books. Check your library for that one.

Basically a pricebook is a place where you write down the prices & unit prices of the products you regularly by at whatever stores/coops/online places you use. It's the only way I've found to really *know* which place is the cheapest for any given item. Sam's is the cheapest place for me to buy cheese. Walmart has the cheapest eggs. There's just no way to keep all that info in my head. By writing it down I & then using my pricebook & store flyers when I put together my shopping list I know I'm spending the least amount on each item.

Yes, I have to go to a couple stores. For me that's not a big deal. Obviously everyone won't feel that way. But even if you DO choose to shop all at one store I figure you'll still have a much better grasp on what you're actually spending & know when a sale comes up if it really is a good deal.

It's some work to get together, but pretty easy to maintain once you get it organized. And it's not something I think you can trasfer from family to family. The items I have will likely be very different from the items you have, which is why everyone really ends up having to do their own list. But the theory behind putting it together is the same regardless.
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Try "Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow Cooker". (Your library probably has it.)

I am a single, WOHM to 4 children. That book changed my life!:
That's the book I was going to recommend It's great. It's not specifically aimed at being frugal, but since it's veggie there are lots of low-cost recipes in it. Everything I've made from it has been really good. Definitely check it out first if your library has it, but I found it worth it to have my own copy, and it's one of the few cookbooks that I use on a regular basis. We just had one of the recipes tonight - Indian Cauliflower and Kidney Bean Stew with Coconut Milk : Oh and the recipes are very generous - usually last us for 3 nights.
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I don't understand why you are so floored... if you don't shop sales, that's what you spend. It's not crazy, it's just not sale savvy. Not everyone has the rock hard discipline you and a lot of MDC'ers have. I try but it gets exhausting sometimes to continually do the "right thing". It's not the easy way, for sure.

That said... my Mom was queen of making meals of nothing. Some of 'em were really, really not good. I remember one time she used spaghetti with a white saice, some veggies and kielbasa. It was so bad. That was over 20 years ago and I can still see it on my plate. Maybe she scarred me for life.
What I was mainly floored at was spending money eating out and buying ready made food to take home. Also, a lot of people are saying how much they are spending no matter they have 2 mouths to feed or 6. I think if our economy is going to keep going in the direction it is, people will find ways to get creative with what they have or whats available in a dollar range and learn how to feed their families for less not nec like me out of want but really need.
Also, most of the reasons people are spending way too much is eating out but mainly very poor planning because they either never learned how or its just because they sorry the pun- have a lot on their plate with WOH, busy life etc.
And as your kids get older, yes they will eat more esp if you are raising boys but my own mother who raised 4 kids and my MIL who raised 9 (6 of which were boys) can tell you how to stretch that as well. I have also heard from families IRL who complain how much food is but then you see the portions they put out even for the younger kids. The larger kid eats the whole thing and just gets bigger as they get older. The other child picks at it and then it gets thrown out-wasted instead of keeping it in the pot and having it the next day. They even give these portions to themselves. if you're eating out and not taking half of the entree home, you are also eating double what you need to be eating in a meal.

So yes, I am floored by that, not trying to judge and I would help anyone trying to feed their family healthy for lower costs.

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