Originally Posted by DollyX
i think it's the tone of the posts. i posted because i was *excited* to share something, thinking maybe someone else might also be inspired by it. the response was that it had already been discussed and that it wasn't as cheap as it seemed. i don't disagree with the content, obviously, but i find the tone of the writing to be very cold and 'frugal-er than thou.' (mainly the first response, to be specific) if you don't read it that way, i can't make you see it. but i think when people post on any computer message board, they can get a little rude, a little snippy...it's not the way one would talk if it were a face to face conversation. and the end result is, when people don't consider their wording, that the tone that is delivered is alienating and a big turn off. do people know what i'm talking about here or do i still sound 'angry'? i'm not angry by the way, i just felt bad, and kinda stupid...and then annoyed and like, ok ok alright i get it already!! $7 bucks a day ISn't Cheap!!!!
Originally Posted by dharmamama
We buy bulk grains (50-lb sacks of flour, beans, etc.), we join a CSA and freeze/can whatever we can, we grow a garden and freeze/can whatever we can. We pick fruit in the summer and freeze/can it. I cook from scratch. We do not buy processed foods. I make our bread. We don't buy boxed cereals. The kids eat veggies and fruit for snacks. I limit our milk consumption to 1 gallon a week.
I utilize a lot of the tips on hillbillyhousewife.com.
Oh, and we are vegetarian. I have heard that helps a lot on reducing costs, but as I have never purchased meat, I don't know what it costs so I can't say whether being veg saves us money.