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Forum: Frugality & Finances   02-04-2016, 05:45 PM
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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, 09:43 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, 09:38 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, 09:57 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, 09:47 AM
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Posted By Ruthiegirl
Nice!!!!

Nice!!!!
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-31-2016, 11:36 AM
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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, 06:00 PM
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Views: 263
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, 05:53 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, 12:49 PM
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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...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-25-2016, 09:38 AM
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Posted By Ruthiegirl
Well, I am befuddled. I just tallied all of my...

Well, I am befuddled. I just tallied all of my receipts and we have spent 683.20 for the month which is waaaaaaay lower than usual.

We are eating well and have put a lot of food aside. I...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-20-2016, 09:56 AM
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Posted By Ruthiegirl
We have been eating some of the rice. I had some...

We have been eating some of the rice. I had some beans and other grains on hand that we are finishing. The rest is stored in food grade buckets with gamma seals.

I have looked around to find...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-18-2016, 07:00 PM
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Posted By Ruthiegirl
Doing well, I think. I picked up my bulk order...

Doing well, I think. I picked up my bulk order and my total for the month is $529.81 of $1000. Of that, nearly $120 has gone to stocking the pantry -- 25 pounds of brown rice, whole wheat flour,...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-11-2016, 03:08 PM
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Posted By Ruthiegirl
Dh did a big shop yesterday -- lots of milk,...

Dh did a big shop yesterday -- lots of milk, eggs, veggies, and meat. He made pulled pork to last the week and we should be all set for the next 5-6 days.

We also bought some diapers that I am...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-06-2016, 09:41 AM
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Posted By Ruthiegirl
Hmmm....my month is starting off with a bang! ...

Hmmm....my month is starting off with a bang! Literally. I blew a big hole in my tire and since I was close to Costco, I went there to get 2 new tires. Had to hang out at Costco for over 2 hours,...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-04-2016, 08:19 PM
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Posted By Ruthiegirl
I have a couple of red kales that have been...

I have a couple of red kales that have been delicious. Not sure if these are the Siberian variety though. I'll look for that while I am making my seed order.

Does your kale go to seed? In my...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-04-2016, 04:26 PM
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Posted By Ruthiegirl
Love this. :throb A good friend can make all...

Love this. :throb A good friend can make all the difference.

Glad to see an upswing in your life and hope it continues this new year.
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-04-2016, 04:20 PM
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Posted By Ruthiegirl
Hmm...maybe. The kales are all 4-5 feet tall and...

Hmm...maybe. The kales are all 4-5 feet tall and leaning over. Not really worth it at this point. The garden space is too valuable and I will have new starts to plant out in 4-6 weeks.

I...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-04-2016, 10:01 AM
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Views: 3,445
Posted By Ruthiegirl
Thank you! It was a fun and simple day. 4 year...

Thank you! It was a fun and simple day. 4 year olds are delighted with a couple of new matchbox cars and a bit of new race track. My older kids were so great and set up a huge track for the...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-03-2016, 11:59 AM
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Posted By Ruthiegirl
First purchase of 2016. Milk, eggs, bread,...

First purchase of 2016. Milk, eggs, bread, sausage, cake mix and frosting. $17.68 in all. It is my son's birthday and my dh is making a cake. My little guy requested sausage and pancakes for...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-02-2016, 06:20 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 3,445
Posted By Ruthiegirl
I have a budget of $1000 for a family of 6. This...

I have a budget of $1000 for a family of 6. This includes all of our consumables -- food, drink, tp, shampoo, laundry detergent. According to the USDA, a family of my size eats $933.40 a month on...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   11-01-2015, 08:15 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 993
Posted By Ruthiegirl
Maple syrup has gone up so much in price the past...

Maple syrup has gone up so much in price the past few years that I stopped buying it regularly ages ago. We do get one jug for Christmas and my kids get so excited for the seasonal maple syrup. ...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   08-04-2015, 09:52 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 4,118
Posted By Ruthiegirl
Oh, I am just not ready for the run of holidays...

Oh, I am just not ready for the run of holidays yet. Between the start of school and next January, we have Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and 5 birthdays. It is like a free fall.

We have...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   07-30-2015, 01:22 PM
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Views: 606
Posted By Ruthiegirl
I didn't think I was in a HCOL area, but the...

I didn't think I was in a HCOL area, but the average house price here is nearly 400K which seems like a lot.

We rented for 2 years -- a small 700 sq ft apartment for 2 adults and 4 children. ...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   07-28-2015, 12:44 PM
Replies: 178
Views: 15,163
Posted By Ruthiegirl
I am coming back in for another scoop of extreme...

I am coming back in for another scoop of extreme frugality. Seems like a reoccurring theme in my life!

We have been hit with a couple big medical bills. We have excellent insurance and we still...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   07-23-2015, 04:06 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,057
Posted By Ruthiegirl
I am a bit obsessive about the budget. We have...

I am a bit obsessive about the budget. We have lived as a larger family on one salary for over a decade now, so I my pennies have been known to feel the pinch.

Congratulations on your new babe! ...
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