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Hey everyone!<br><br>
I don't post here much but I wanted to tell everyone about my frugal luncheon that I hosted this afternoon!<br><br>
My godmother is visiting from England and she is leaving tomorrow so I wanted to have her and my parents over for lunch so she could see my house and have a visit.<br><br>
I managed to make the *entire* lunch from food that I already had in my house!!! Woo hoo for me! I'm so excited that I didn't spend a penny on this meal (since I had already paid for the food and it would be eaten or wasted eventually).<br><br>
It took some creative thinking but the motivation was that I didn't want to have to go to the grocery store alone with the two kids (trust me) and I was running out of time to get the house clean too.<br><br>
What we had:<br><br>
Lemonade (frozen Minute Maid that I bought 1/2 price when my fave grocery store went out of business)<br>
Diet Gingerale (leftover from DS1's birthday party - only my mum drinks this)<br><br>
Salad made with greens from our CSA farm share and other veggies that I had lurking in the fridge<br>
Ranch dressing (happened to have this from a picnic on Father's Day - usually, prepared dressing expires here before we use much)<br><br>
Garlic bread made from a loaf of bread I had in the freezer (we get handmade bread delivered weekly by a friend who makes it and one week we knew we weren't going to eat it all so we froze it)<br>
I always have butter, cheese and garlic on hand<br><br>
Lasagna that I had in the freezer (I made it a few months ago and it needed to be eaten anyway)<br><br>
Banana bread that I had in the freezer (same deal as lasagna)<br><br>
Tea<br><br>
Turned out to be a pretty good meal I thought and with minimal effort on my part. I'm so tickled. The only bummer was that I forgot that my godmother doesn't like bananas but it was ok because she was full anyway and lasagna is her favourite.<br><br>
The coolest part was that this was on a week that I didn't get to go to the grocery store other than a quick trip to the 24 hour place (mucho expensive) for some milk, orange juice and cheese.<br><br>
Plus, I haven't driven the car since Sunday! I'm so proud of my frugalness! (is that a word <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">)<br><br>
I'm excited to see how long I can stretch this for!<br><br>
Martha
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I'm so proud of my frugalness! (is that a word <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">)</div>
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I think <i>technically</i> it's "frugality." But as far as I'm concerned making up words is SO much more fun! I like the sound of "frugalness."<br><br>
Anyway...congrats! Sounds like an amazing meal...wish I could have some right now! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Eat">:
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/clap.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="clap"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbsup"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> Hooray, you! I hope frugalness is a word, I use it all the time!
 
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