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  • stngymama
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    AS I moved something from the freezer into the fridge last night, I thought of a letter published in TCTWG. pg.294
    ...Because the process of thawing or melting requires heat, which is removed from the surroundings, frozen foods can be placed in the refrigerator while thawing to reduce refrigerator running time.
    Since we're really trying every trick to lower our energy usage, this strategy helps us in a few ways:
    first, of course, I have to learn to plan ahead
    Then, if I do, savings become obviously two fold, help out the fridge, don't have to use the microwave to defrost.

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  • markio26
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    all this talk about bread is making me hungary.. gonna go make a sandwich... lol. it is the twin french loaf's i purchased at superkmart last week... i am gonna use.. bread pudding from the rest of it...
    the tightwad gazette was cute.. it helped alot of ppl. brainstorm... anyway, amy's hubby always made the bread, remember....
    i think our minds lie to us... my son said it takes 20 minutes for your tummy to signal the brain that you are full...
    we have started halfing everything we make... half a salad, half a sandwich, half a glass of liquid to drink.. you will be surprised how much less we are discarding... i discarded too much from my fridge last week.

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  • getforfree
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    Whenever I pay money for a bill or shopping trip, I feel like somebody is taking something away from me. I hate spending money, I love them (money) too much I guess or have too much selfdiscipline. It can be good bad at the same time.

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  • stngymama
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    A Precautionary Tale:
    "Way back when" when my kids were little, I had to work after we bought our home (SF Bay Area), despite not being paid much and my kids being in childcare fulltime, the little extra I brought home was absolutely necessary. Then, Eureka, interest rates plumated and we could refi with a resulting mortgage payment half of what it was. I quit
    BUT, since I was used to being Sooo busy, I felt like suddenly I had ALL this free time, and promptly helped to get us in major debt which led to the proverbial "wake up call" , Amy D, etc...
    The moral of the story is obvious: if you quit, you MUST have a spending plan in place and have the self discipline to stick with it!

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  • getforfree
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    Yes, if you have to pay for childcare, the second income won't bring any money in. Thats why I work nights and my dh works days. I could work in an office and make atleast $15/hr, but after the childcare and higher tax and gas I would make probably $5/ hr or less.
    So I don't use my education, I work doing completely different thing,but I make more than $10/hr(probably because I have more education than most of my coworkers and sell more products). And because I work part time only, we qualify for wic, electricity and gas discount, and we get free medical for kids.
    I don't have medical insurance for myself. I might get one if I get pregnant. I probably work less and qualify for something that doesn't cost much. When my kids will be old enogh to go to school and stay home after school, I will get a normal ft job. Unless you are ready to make a big jump from low to high income don't try to climb the lather, its hard to be in the middle when you don't make enogh to pay for everything yourself and don't qualify for any help.
    Some people might talk about the pride and stuff, I don't care about that. What I do care is that so my kids would have everything they need and want, and what I din't have. When I take them shopping I usually buy them what they want or bring a snack with me, so they don't feel deprived because I can't affor one or other thing. I care more about MY family than I care about other people. Forget the pride. My parents have too much of it and they were missing out a lot because of that and worked too hard.

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  • PrincessPerky
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    I worked (when I worked) in a daycare, the baby room gal was pregnant, in order for her (with emloyee discount) to afford her little addition to stay at the daycare she would have had to sigh her whole check over! (not including the cost of gas to get there and whatnot)

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  • Tightwad Kitty
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    An article worth reading this time is ‘Calculating the net value of second income’ Vol 1 p25 (CTG)

    As the figures used in this article are very out of date about 1990.
    You will have to substitute with your own incomes and variables. Amy, I don’t think included Networking that you need to do these days to get up further up the ladder! Even if you do plan to stay in the workforce and have two incomes, I do think it’s a good idea to see how much its costing you for that second income. Even, if it’s just to see if you can come up with a better plan!

    I never had to do this exercise, as I was the breadwinner and the only full time income in my household.
    At one time we had three aged pensioners, toddler and myself.

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  • boefixepa
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    I Ordered the gazette on line today. I tried all weekend to find it and couldn't, so I went on line and bought it and Debt Free Living. I'll let you know what I think once it gets here. (I want to read it so bad I was willing to pay the over night shipping rate!! Definatly NOT a fugal idea there! But I did it anyway.)

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  • PrincessPerky
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    Originally posted by boefixepa

    I've just accepted the fact...I like my own cooking. I'll make my bread thanks. Who want's to come over from some hot bread with honey butter?
    Me! I really miss homemade fresh bread, and my making it is hit or miss, so I often pass on attempting

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  • Tightwad Kitty
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    Welcome klove to Saving Advice

    As the topic has gotten on to bread. An article worth reading would be “Are Bread Machines A Good Value?” Vol 2 p 455-458 (CTG) This is long article Amy D wrote on this topic under discussion now! It covers, ‘The Machine Versus Traditional Home-Baking Methods’ & ‘The Machine Versus The Store’ and well worth a read.

    I own a bread machine but I don’t use it very much lately! As I only use 3 loaves per month. So it’s cheaper to buy special Low-GI Multi Grain Bread when on special and freeze.

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  • klove
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    I used to buy a couple of loaves of bread at Costco but my family was never able to finish both before they went bad. Now I put both loaves in the freezer and just remove what I need at the moment. If you don't have time to wait for it to thaw pop it in the toaster for a few seconds!

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  • lrjohnson
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    I didn't think that my smaller town was so great for shopping, but I think I'm pretty lucky now be be able to buy such high quality bread for such a low price. If I had to pay $3 for a $3 loaf, I'd balk too. My bread thrift place better stick around.

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  • Fern
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    Originally posted by Tightwad Kitty
    Hi Cercis I agree with you on the texture issues that cause projectile vomiting is best avoided if possible.

    In my family both adults and children were picky eaters too! Today my son and his wife won’t eat onions or fish still. I eat very different from them as I like exotic fruits that I grow, and lentils and beans along seafood, very spicy foods from many different parts of the world that they will not eat at all.

    War and Peas Vol 3 (p792 CTG)
    Theme - food –‘overcoming picky eating’

    TG – Quote – ‘Picky eating often results from one or all of these parental mistakes.’
    (in brief)
    1. The child has not been given enough limits. He dictates what is bought and when and how it served.
    2. The child ‘s eating has become the entire focus of the meal.
    3. One or both parents are picky eaters. (In my son’s case it was his grandfather that was the picky eater as he was raised in a four generations household.)

    My thought on picky eaters.

    Another problem, I see is ‘brand loyalty’ when you have to buy that ‘brand’ or two different brands for different members in the household. I see this is OK only if that person in question has a special diet issue.

    I do think, 2 or 3 small to medium mouthful depending on age rule, unless the child has food intolerance to it, is the best method to try first. Another method would be to disguise the food in the dish by blending/ puree or any other method you can think of. Some foods are required taste and need to be induced very slowly.

    My own required taste of unusual foods came from my mother’s father. As small child, my grandparents would put the food in a small bowl that had my favourite picture of old world horse and cart on it, if I wanted to see the picture then I had to eat the food on top of it. funny what you remember after fifty years.
    I am not today a picky eater...at all...

    However, there is one food i can't eat much of, and that's cooked spinach. The smell and taste nauseated me as a child, but i was forced many a time to remain at the table, alone, until i had finished eating it. I actually threw up once cus i hated it so much. So forcing a child to eat something is a big mistake, becus i wasn't a difficult child or a stubborn one, i really just did not like it. I do like it raw in a salad today, and can handle small amounts of cooked spinach WHEN MIXED WITH SOMETHING else, but that's it.

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  • boefixepa
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    I'm going to weigh in on the bread thing....I HATE CHEAP BREAD! There I said it. I can not buy the cheap bread at the stores, or the day old bread at the thrift stores. I'd rather just do without honestly...better for my waist line too. Frozen bread ---tastes blahhh--- I love the smell of homemade bread baking! It's cheap as far as the basics go...but when I have it I eat it. I learned how to make and I've found it's the old bread I manage to eat all of before it molds!!....that living single thing again. If I buy bread at the store I have to buy the kind I like and it's generall like $3 a loaf!! Plus it molds before I can eat it all....a waste!!

    I've just accepted the fact...I like my own cooking. I'll make my bread thanks. Who want's to come over from some hot bread with honey butter?

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  • Tightwad Kitty
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    I recycle Gift wrap, rubber bands, baggie ties, bread bag tags, wash baggies, plastic shopping bags & fruit produce bags, glass jars, old rags the list is endless. Save % off vouchers even if I don't use them and give them to others, if they do!

    I also dumpsters dive at times, DIY if I am able to do the job. & make my own laundry gel.

    Take anything given to me & past it on if I don't use it!

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