Originally Posted by SoonToBe
I buy a lot of organic food. Do you think I should just buy organic for the Dirty Dozen? I would say food is my biggest expense and I can't tell you how often I throw food out. If I could stop throwing food out, that alone would save a bunch. Do you just buy food for the next couple days? How do I avoid wasting it?
We have cable (well, dish) and internet, but we have to have those. I don't need the dish, but I committed to a couple years so I'm stuck and DH lives on the internet.
Any other ideas? Or any ideas how to make a little money from home?
I do not buy any organic fresh produce, it's insanely expensive. I WILL buy small amounts of organic produce once Cate starts eating food ... babies get organic produce in my house, until they are about 2yo.
When possible, I buy at the market, or local produce from the small independant grocer nearby. Walking to the grocery store also cuts the food bill ...knowing you have to carry it home (or push a much heavier stroller),reduces teh extras.
I do buy frozen organic vegetables & fruit. They last longer, b/c they are frozen, and there is much less waste, as I only thaw the portion we'll use right away.
For TV, we have an HD Antenna, that was a one time cost to purchase it & the little box/receiver that goes with it. For more info, including what channels you might be able toget with an antenna (you enter your location), try tvfool.com.
For making money at home -- make sure you take your former income, deduct the cost of childcare, then you'll have a more accurate goal. If you do not need to pay for childcare you're effectively saving that amount right away. In my area, with a very low cost of living, it'd be about 8000$ a year. Where I used to live, for a child under 12mths, it'd be over 10 000$. Think about what skills you have that you could share. Jumping into the over saturated home crafter marker isn't easy w/o a good size following locally already, a niche product, or a really great network of potential customers via facebook or other venues. Sharing a skill set is valuable, can't often be shared online, so you have less competition -- teaching classes -- baking/cooking/sewing/crafting/fitness ... providing childcare, pet care, eldercare .... things where you can take baby with you or do the work while your DH is available to be the primary care giving parent. If your skills are computer/admin/writing -- then explore those venues -- many 'big' bloggers have virtual personal assistants doing a lot of their work :)
If you spend a lot of money on food and groceries (like I do) it is good idea to start using coupons and to make a list of the things you need, and to avoid things which aren't so necessary.
When shopping I also use one very cool on my cellphone. This [url=http://snyer.com/snyer-best-price-in-play-google]SnyervBPrice1.0 Scanner[/url] allows you to scan the product's barcode and shows you all the information about the product, including where you can find the same product for a better price. When trying to save money it is also good occasion for example to cut off smoking (if you smoke) . In that case your are not only saving money - you are also making your health better. This is the same with junk food.
If you are willing to do work at home, there are many possibilities. You can have a look at freelancer.com, to get some extra money while working from home :)
Flour & water.
Add enough water to make a firm dough. Knead for a few minutes until smooth and silky. Form into small balls, roll out as thin as you can. Cook in a warm dry pan (ie no oil).
Corn tortillas is more complicated, so I usually just stick to this flour recipe.
Have you tried whole wheat flour and does it work as well as white flour? Many thanks!
I haven't tried wholewheat yet, but once I do I'll let you know.