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Forum: Organize & Declutter   Today, 08:57 AM
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Posted By Ragana
Keep on truckin'! Tiny progress is still...

Keep on truckin'! Tiny progress is still progress! I am really focusing this year on "getting back on the bandwagon" instead of considering a derailed attempt a "failure".
Forum: Meal Planning   Today, 08:54 AM
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Posted By Ragana
Wow, I actually stuck to my meal plan! :grin: ...

Wow, I actually stuck to my meal plan! :grin:

Now for the next couple of days:

Tonight - Ciabatta pizza
Saturday - Pasta with tomato sauce & meatballs
Sunday - Roasted potatoes
Forum: Meal Planning   Yesterday, 10:09 AM
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Posted By Ragana
Your mention of pork lo mein made me remember...

Your mention of pork lo mein made me remember this recipe I used to make. At this point, I would be the only one in the house to eat it, but it would make a really good lunch for me next week...
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Forum: Frugality & Finances   Yesterday, 10:07 AM
Replies: 129
Views: 3,369
Posted By Ragana
Is it bad that that makes me feel a little better...

Is it bad that that makes me feel a little better about my $1,250 January? I'm embarrassed as it is, and I don't feel like we're going crazy at the supermarket...

Good news, though - this week's...
Forum: Arts & Crafts   Yesterday, 10:04 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 890
Posted By Ragana
Hugs, zebra15!! I hope the yarn helps! One of my...

Hugs, zebra15!! I hope the yarn helps! One of my daughter's coping mechanisms is folding paper cranes - it's something about the repetitive movement. Hang in there!
Forum: Frugality & Finances   02-02-2016, 10:09 PM
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Posted By Ragana
That's where I'm at right now, too, but have to...

That's where I'm at right now, too, but have to check the receipt on the fridge - I think it was $66. However, I wasn't starting at zero, so I'll have to pick up some things this week. Also no good...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   02-02-2016, 12:58 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 986
Posted By Ragana
:grin: I pulled two projects out of the basement,...

:grin: I pulled two projects out of the basement, and the date on one of the printed-out patterns was 2006! It's a nice scarf pattern, too. Happy to have found it again. The other one is a piece of...
Forum: Meal Planning   02-02-2016, 12:55 PM
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Posted By Ragana
Last night - Black bean burritos/tacos Tonight...

Last night - Black bean burritos/tacos
Tonight - Thai curry soup
Wednesday - Breakfast for dinner
Thursday - Baked mac & cheese
Forum: Arts & Crafts   02-01-2016, 12:34 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 890
Posted By Ragana
Pulled out an old, unfinished project (a basic...

Pulled out an old, unfinished project (a basic lacy scarf) from the basement today for knitting group. Still need to get yarn for the Center Squares hats I want to make, but that might need to wait...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   02-01-2016, 12:30 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 986
Posted By Ragana
Haven't been decluttering due to working lots of...

Haven't been decluttering due to working lots of overtime. Today, though, I did make time to go to a knitting group and pulled out an old unfinished project instead of starting something new. The...
Forum: Meal Planning   01-31-2016, 11:26 AM
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Posted By Ragana
Only have two meals planned for the coming week....

Only have two meals planned for the coming week. Last night was roasted potato bowls with eggs and toppings. Tonight pasta alla norma (with eggplant) or eggplant parmesan, depending on how ambitious...
Forum: Meal Planning   01-29-2016, 10:09 AM
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Posted By Ragana
Cool! We are having a Japanese exchange student...

Cool! We are having a Japanese exchange student come for a week in March.
Forum: Meal Planning   01-27-2016, 02:02 PM
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Posted By Ragana
The Midwest got spared this time, but I've been...

The Midwest got spared this time, but I've been following along on Facebook. A friend in VA still only has a small lane plowed out by her house (no school for the kids all week), and another friend...
Forum: Meal Planning   01-26-2016, 11:01 AM
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Posted By Ragana
Sure! - I think it's originally a recipe by...

Sure! - I think it's originally a recipe by someone on Mothering that has by now made it around the Web and back :-)

I normally do this one:...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-25-2016, 04:36 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 3,369
Posted By Ragana
We make room in the budget for this as well. I...

We make room in the budget for this as well. I can't say my DH goes overboard on treats - we both buy them. We just don't necessarily align our trips, so that's something we need to do.
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-25-2016, 12:31 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 3,369
Posted By Ragana
Good for you! I think part of my going over is...

Good for you! I think part of my going over is that I am not the only grocery buyer. DH goes, too, usually to pick up stuff we're out of and his lunch stuff. I should set up an amount for each of us...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-25-2016, 08:40 AM
Replies: 129
Views: 3,369
Posted By Ragana
OK, not hitting my target this month. I just...

OK, not hitting my target this month. I just checked, and I have spent $900 on groceries. We don't need much this week, so I hope to keep it to that. Need to focus on this next month.
Forum: Organize & Declutter   01-25-2016, 08:07 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 986
Posted By Ragana
I'm now in the middle of my busiest time of year...

I'm now in the middle of my busiest time of year workwise, so I haven't kept precisely to the 30-day challenge schedule above. However, this morning when I went down to do laundry, I sorted a bin of...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-24-2016, 11:06 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 3,369
Posted By Ragana
http://www.costco.com/Orgain-Organic-Protein-Powde...

http://www.costco.com/Orgain-Organic-Protein-Powder---2.74-lbs.product.100121465.html

I don't know how this compares to what you've been buying, but we get this one, and I have seen a...
Forum: Meal Planning   01-24-2016, 04:25 PM
Replies: 4,632
Views: 95,052
Posted By Ragana
Leftover night here. On the plan for the...

Leftover night here.

On the plan for the beginning of the week - tacos, the honey-baked lentils I didn't make last week, and buffalo chickpea bowls.
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-24-2016, 09:24 AM
Replies: 129
Views: 3,369
Posted By Ragana
For me, it's worth it for convenience foods...

For me, it's worth it for convenience foods (flats of canned black beans, chickpeas, tomatoes), frozen mini-pizzas (my kids love them), organic ground beef in the three pack, protein powder for...
Forum: Meal Planning   01-23-2016, 04:01 PM
Replies: 4,632
Views: 95,052
Posted By Ragana
It's the Mothering way :grin: mmmmm Good...

It's the Mothering way :grin: mmmmm

Good luck with the snow!!
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-23-2016, 03:59 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 3,369
Posted By Ragana
Exchange rate changes bite. I earn euros in my...

Exchange rate changes bite. I earn euros in my freelance gig but live in the US - which meant about a 25% pay cut in 2015. Of course, other years, it went the other way, but right now it sucks.
Forum: Preteens and Teens   01-21-2016, 12:25 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,158
Posted By Ragana
If old posts didn't regularly come up in the...

If old posts didn't regularly come up in the sidebar on the right under "Similar Threads", they wouldn't get resurrected. I think this is at least partly a technical/design issue!
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-21-2016, 12:23 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 309
Posted By Ragana
No way. Friends of ours bought a summer place...

No way. Friends of ours bought a summer place that turned out to have foundation issues, and it can really be a huge money pit.
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