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Forum: Frugality & Finances   03-31-2016, 12:25 PM
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Did well this month -- total of $685 of $800......

Did well this month -- total of $685 of $800... quite a bit under budget.

It is not a true reflection of our needs though, because I was out of town for 5 days and dh was out of town for 7 -- a...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   03-18-2016, 10:17 AM
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Hit the grocery store yesterday for some much...

Hit the grocery store yesterday for some much needed fruit, veggies, meat, milk, eggs, tea and chocolate. Bags of chocolate chips were on sale, so I grabbed three.

Spent $123.63 yesterday for a...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   03-16-2016, 10:47 AM
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Still plugging along here. $384.71 of my $800...

Still plugging along here. $384.71 of my $800 budget has been spent.

Lots of rice, beans, eggs, oats, veggies lately. Our bellies are full and the budget is holding, though we have eaten down...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   03-09-2016, 08:54 AM
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I have been to the store a few times this month. ...

I have been to the store a few times this month. Just little trips for milk, eggs, fruit. Spent $131.03 of $800, so I have $668.97 for the rest of the month. Should be plenty and I would like to...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   03-02-2016, 04:32 PM
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I don't ration really, but I do severely limit...

I don't ration really, but I do severely limit packaged food. My kids will hoover up anything that is convenient, so granola bars and the like do not last long in our house. I do buy bread and my...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   03-01-2016, 08:31 PM
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Posted By Ruthiegirl
Trying to get ahead of my bad mood about our...

Trying to get ahead of my bad mood about our budget. I pulled everything out of the freezer and found a couple of chicken backs that I made into stock. I'll pull the bits of meat off tomorrow and...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   03-01-2016, 12:38 PM
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Posted By Ruthiegirl
And......on to March. My grocery budget...

And......on to March.

My grocery budget went a little out of control at the end of February. We went over our budget by quite a bit $1012.38, so $212 more than I was planning.

Our...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   03-01-2016, 10:02 AM
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Oh mama, you are pulling off the near impossible....

Oh mama, you are pulling off the near impossible. That is a lot of bellies to feed and I think you are doing a bang-up job of it. I am trying to get our food budget down to $800 and I only feed...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   02-23-2016, 12:06 PM
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I have officially gone over my budget -- $853.61....

I have officially gone over my budget -- $853.61. My husband has left on business for the week and he was lovely and did huge grocery trip so I wouldn't have to while he is out of town. It was...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   02-19-2016, 09:43 AM
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Posted By Ruthiegirl
Picked up a couple of things last night at the...

Picked up a couple of things last night at the grocery store -- powdered milk to make a big batch of cocoa mix, cheese, cashews, loaf of bread, few other things...$50.55.

I am down to $146.63 to...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   02-18-2016, 12:20 PM
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Posted By Ruthiegirl
Oh, sorry to hear to this. Any food stockpiles? ...

Oh, sorry to hear to this. Any food stockpiles? Area to garden cheaply? I know when my husband was job hunting, I felt better when I was active in the garden. I probably sowed a lot of seeds with...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   02-17-2016, 11:14 AM
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Posted By Ruthiegirl
Just tallied our grocery spending......$574.82...

Just tallied our grocery spending......$574.82 for the month. This includes a bit of stocking up, house guests, a birthday dinner, a bottle of bourbon and our regular food.

I have $225.18 for...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   02-14-2016, 04:37 PM
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Posted By Ruthiegirl
That is my favorite cookie recipe. I add...

That is my favorite cookie recipe. I add chocolate chips and walnuts if I have them and they are still quite good if you half the sugars.
Forum: Frugality & Finances   02-12-2016, 08:43 AM
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Posted By Ruthiegirl
Almost half way through the month. I have spent...

Almost half way through the month. I have spent $268.98 of $800 so far.

My grocery shopping has been weird this month. We have had guests and then a birthday and now a cake walk fundraiser at...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   02-08-2016, 09:46 AM
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Posted By Ruthiegirl
I was grumpy and crampy and feeling low last...

I was grumpy and crampy and feeling low last night and I remembered reading this thread. Warmed up a cup of maple cocoa and had myself a nice quiet moment. And Worthy, you are right. It made me...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   02-08-2016, 09:17 AM
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Posted By Ruthiegirl
Tallied up our spending from the long weekend. ...

Tallied up our spending from the long weekend. We ended up buying a bit of food for our guests. They paid for one meal out and we paid for a dinner at home. I bought sausages and served them with...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   02-04-2016, 04:45 PM
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Posted By Ruthiegirl
I could spend a LOT more on food. Maybe not 4K,...

I could spend a LOT more on food. Maybe not 4K, but certainly a lot more. Good wine could set me back $500 and seafood could be another $500. Fancy cheese and organic dairy, never mind the tasty...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   02-03-2016, 08:43 AM
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Posted By Ruthiegirl
I shop occasionally at Costco and the pasta is...

I shop occasionally at Costco and the pasta is quite expensive. The Costco near me only carries organic pasta and it is over $1 a pound. It is very good, but not cheap. I think you got a terrific...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   02-03-2016, 08:38 AM
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Posted By Ruthiegirl
$31.72 for birthday dinner groceries. Picked up...

$31.72 for birthday dinner groceries. Picked up some cabbage to make more slaw as well. Man, lasagna is an expensive meal! Ricotta, mozzarella, sausage, noodles...it added up! Now I remember why...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   02-01-2016, 08:57 AM
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Posted By Ruthiegirl
Did my first shopping of the month last night. ...

Did my first shopping of the month last night. It was a quick trip for milk, eggs and produce. I also picked up the gamma lids and another bucket. That was $73.58 total. I will need to go back...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   02-01-2016, 08:47 AM
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Posted By Ruthiegirl
Nice!!!!

Nice!!!!
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-31-2016, 10:36 AM
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Posted By Ruthiegirl
I am calling January to be a booming success. ...

I am calling January to be a booming success. February will be just as good.

This month I am dropping my budget to $800, down from $1000. We need to cover the cost of an ER trip which will be...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-29-2016, 05:00 PM
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Posted By Ruthiegirl
This is a great site for frugal cooking as well: ...

This is a great site for frugal cooking as well:

http://www.budgetbytes.com/
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-29-2016, 04:53 PM
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Posted By Ruthiegirl
My family has reduced our food budget by serving...

My family has reduced our food budget by serving lots of what we call 'rice bowls', nothing more than a bowl of rice or grain with something tasty on top.

We eat a lot of short grain brown rice...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-25-2016, 11:49 AM
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Posted By Ruthiegirl
This is an issue in my house too. Beer, ice...

This is an issue in my house too. Beer, ice cream, sandwich meat, cookies, etc...my dh loves treats. I like them too, but I really don't need the calories. I have gotten dh more involved and asked...
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