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Forum: Meal Planning   08-29-2014, 06:24 AM
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Posted By Ragana
Did the chicken & potatoes the other day and am...

Did the chicken & potatoes the other day and am having leftover chicken for lunch today.

Last night was stirfry - beef/grilled tofu (marinated in homemade sauce), rice & vegetables.

Tonight...
Forum: Learning at School   08-29-2014, 06:22 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 521
Posted By Ragana
That's good! I've been doing two school runs for...

That's good! I've been doing two school runs for a few years and so happy now that teenager can take the public bus to school and preteen walks with her friends!

Re: anxiety - Anyone had luck with...
Forum: Pets   08-28-2014, 01:07 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 259
Posted By Ragana
That is what helped my DH with our cats. He also...

That is what helped my DH with our cats. He also vacuums the house at least every other day. This isn't particularly attractive, but we also put sheets over the soft furniture during the day or when...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   08-28-2014, 01:02 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 275
Posted By Ragana
Yes, it feels like it will never end. We have a...

Yes, it feels like it will never end. We have a car and a student loan (DH's MA), some CC debt. We rent, so no mortgage, but the loan and car are scheduled to be paid off right about when kids hit...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   08-28-2014, 09:17 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 290
Posted By Ragana
The curse of living in a cool area - same problem...

The curse of living in a cool area - same problem here!!
Forum: Frugality & Finances   08-28-2014, 05:30 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 290
Posted By Ragana
I get that! If I did this, I actually would try...

I get that! If I did this, I actually would try to do it without much involvement from the kids. I have one who is highly anxious, and I would have to ease her into the idea or she would dream up...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   08-27-2014, 08:37 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 290
Posted By Ragana
Great idea!

I think it's a great idea and smart to do two weeks to start rather than a longer period. I would like to do this after the back-to-school needs have been taken care of and my in-laws have gone back...
Forum: Meal Planning   08-26-2014, 08:21 PM
Replies: 3,285
Views: 49,659
Posted By Ragana
Firing up both crockpots tomorrow for roasted...

Firing up both crockpots tomorrow for roasted chicken and baked potatoes.
Forum: Frugality & Finances   08-26-2014, 08:19 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,682
Posted By Ragana
I do that, too! Usually covers most of the cousin...

I do that, too! Usually covers most of the cousin gifts on DH's side.
Forum: Frugality & Finances   08-26-2014, 08:06 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,682
Posted By Ragana
Subscribing and joining the freakout! I have not...

Subscribing and joining the freakout! I have not even started planning, and this season gifts need to be frugal. Thanks for getting me thinking. If anyone wants to post links to instructions for...
Forum: Meal Planning   08-26-2014, 07:53 AM
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Views: 49,659
Posted By Ragana
So good, right? Yummmm

So good, right? Yummmm
Forum: Meal Planning   08-26-2014, 07:52 AM
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Views: 49,659
Posted By Ragana
Yup, spaghetti and meatballs with tomato sauce...

Yup, spaghetti and meatballs with tomato sauce last night, homemade sushi tonight, but I still need to get sushi rice.
Forum: Learning at School   08-26-2014, 07:51 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 521
Posted By Ragana
Waking up is going OK. DD1 took the public bus...

Waking up is going OK. DD1 took the public bus this morning - success! But they both had a hard time eating breakfast/lunch due to anxiety about school, though. Hope that gets better as they settle...
Forum: Learning at School   08-26-2014, 07:49 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 521
Posted By Ragana
Tell your DD I feel the same way!! :wink:

Tell your DD I feel the same way!! :wink:
Forum: Learning at School   08-25-2014, 09:05 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 521
Posted By Ragana
Both back today - one to 6th and one to 9th. Both...

Both back today - one to 6th and one to 9th. Both in new schools. Both nervous. Definitely some meltdowns yesterday. Going to pick up 9th grader in a few hours. Hope it went OK!

PS Getting into...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   08-25-2014, 09:03 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 185
Posted By Ragana
Yes, it's really quiet. Is it time for another...

Yes, it's really quiet. Is it time for another "What supernatural experiences have you had" thread? :grin:
Forum: Organize & Declutter   08-24-2014, 04:42 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 1,800
Posted By Ragana
OK, today was a big cleaning day! The whole...

OK, today was a big cleaning day! The whole family cleaned for at least 2 hours! It feels good. Tomorrow is the first day of school, so it's nice to have the bedrooms and bathrooms deep cleaned and...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   08-23-2014, 07:03 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,163
Posted By Ragana
My prices are more like OrmEmbar's. Grass-fed...

My prices are more like OrmEmbar's.
Grass-fed ground beef is about $5.49/lb. at Costco, and I buy the 3-pack of 1.5 lb. packages. The least expensive, least yucky eggs I can get are about $3.50....
Forum: Frugality & Finances   08-23-2014, 06:56 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,163
Posted By Ragana
I'm sorry you're in that position and hope things...

I'm sorry you're in that position and hope things get better soon. Do you have other resources in your area that you can tap into if you need it?
Forum: Meal Planning   08-23-2014, 06:51 AM
Replies: 3,285
Views: 49,659
Posted By Ragana
Yes!! Thurs. we had tom yum soup with rice...

Yes!!

Thurs. we had tom yum soup with rice and Fri. half-homemade pizza (dough by Trader Joe's). Tonight is a party so we'll probably eat there. Tomorrow is the last night before school resumes -...
Forum: Meal Planning   08-21-2014, 07:48 AM
Replies: 3,285
Views: 49,659
Posted By Ragana
I did the chickpea curry dinner and the spring...

I did the chickpea curry dinner and the spring roll dinner minus the soup. Yesterday we had Thai green curry with more of the cauliflower/broccoli. We had pasta for lunch the other day, so I may make...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   08-20-2014, 05:11 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,163
Posted By Ragana
Right? It seems like they peel most of the skins...

Right? It seems like they peel most of the skins off of the onions they sell these days, and they mold much faster.
Forum: Frugality & Finances   08-20-2014, 02:32 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,163
Posted By Ragana
Yes! Location helps. In our city, farmers'...

Yes! Location helps. In our city, farmers' markets are actually more expensive than some grocery stores, but then I go out to the country and get 5 lbs. of blueberries for a fraction per pound of...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   08-20-2014, 09:31 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,163
Posted By Ragana
I use this as a guideline as well, and we are at...

I use this as a guideline as well, and we are at the thrifty level for a family of 4, which is right around $800. That includes some organic, little meat (protein is mostly eggs, beans, tofu,...
Forum: Learning at School   08-18-2014, 10:43 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 843
Posted By Ragana
It depends so much on your kid's energy level. I...

It depends so much on your kid's energy level. I have friends whose kids are in multiple sports, dance several days a week, etc. and love all of the activity, but my kids need down time. Because we...
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