10-27-2013 11:54 AM
Startome – With all the gov’t stuff this past year, my income is practically none. I might make a few dollars under the table by selling the produce from the garden, but there hasn’t been a regular income from me in a long time. Before that, it was medical issues that made it so I couldn’t work. I budget off of DH’s paycheck. Up until this past year, it’s been a regular thing. (We have always tried to live off of one income.)
Feel free to use any of the ideas we use. I understand “tight.” Lol – several times this year, we have “zero” paychecks.
We no longer do Sam’s Club/Costco/BJ’s. For us, it was a 20-30 minutes to drive to one. We try to eat organic and fresh foods. Those places, at least in the past, did not carry much or any of the foods we prefer to eat. And it was so tempting to buy other things there that we may not have needed. I let our membership run out about 7 years ago.
In the last few months, shockingly, our food waste has pretty much dropped to none. Poor farmer is not getting our food scraps anymore because we do not have any.
Coupons use to come in the mail in those flyers addressed to “resident” or “household.” No more. The grocery stores and the manufacturers seem to have stopped. And my grocery store installed new software that actually verifies that you met the coupon requirement! I buy very little processed food anymore. And there aren’t a lot of coupons for fresh fruit/veggies and meat. L
I use to do the plasma thing too. Thinking of getting started again, but I need to find a place around here to do it.
On the shoes – we get ours resoled – that usually eliminates discomfort. We also buy sole inserts. I was so disappointed when the shoe guy looked at my husband’s shoes and said it’s better to buy new ones. The tops looked great! But the insides were worn out.
Protein – eggs are great! I buy a whole chicken (or other meat with bones in it) cook the meat off. Then I have broth and meat. Then I take the bones and put them through another cooking and get more broth.
I am getting hungry just typing this post!
You are doing a great job! Keep up the great/excellent work!
KoolDev – Wow. I was so not raised that way! All food came in a can or box. Paper was a major expense in that household. You had to flush if you looked at the toilet. (I try to cook everything from scratch. We are almost completely away from paper. There is just one thing my DH won’t budge on and insists on paper. “If it’s yellow, let it mellow. If it’s brown, flush it down.” We collect the rain water to water the garden. We hope to later develop a watering system that will allow us to reuse gray water for things like flushing the toilet, washing clothes, etc. The washing machine is not allowed to touch hot water! If something needs to be washed on hot for a health reason, I take it to a laundry mat.)
I still cringe at the thought of 15-bean soup. But give me some cornbread to go with it, or something bready, I can eat it. I guess I could try to eat it with a bottle of beer in my hand. Might make the beans go down easier. J I few a varieties of beans this year in the garden. Makes beans easier to eat when I know I grew them.
With the family, I would analyze the cost of the meal and the cost of the serving. It helped the kids figure out their food budget when they moved out. Last night, after picking the last of the bounty from the garden, I so wanted to go out to eat! The nearest eat out place is about 20 minutes from here. EXCELLENT food. Slow service. Prices a bit high, but balanced with the service and the atmosphere. I had to ask myself – “Do I want to RAISE local beef or EAT local beef?” I really want to raise my own beef and have to keep on the strict budget to make that dream a reality.
I ended up eating it. I cooked salmon, cayenne pepper (from the garden), and baked potatoes. Not sure if the potatoes came from the garden. Dinner, followed by dessert, was about $20. (No money really spent since I had everything already.) I would have easily spent $35+ if we had gone to the pub last night.
I love low electric bills! It’s amazing that your remodeling had that much of an impact on your electric bill. Wow. I am not sure what I can do to get mine lower. It used to hover between 19-22. Now it’s scorching at 24-25 a month. I think I know what has caused the spike. We moved the microwave and leave it plugged in all the time. I am thinking I am going to unplug it and see if that drops the bill.
10-28-2013 08:55 AM
Then your situation is much more by necessity than I realized, I apologize for speaking out of place. Thank you for responding with so much =)
For me it used to be about 20 minutes out of the way for Sam's Club, but since I transferred at work it's about 10-15. If they didn't have certain foods in bulk that makes them half the price, I probably wouldn't worry about it, but it helps. I get my corndogs, breakfast sandwiches, little 60 cent pizzas, and eggs there =)
And no food waste helps a lot, I've been eating a lot of processed stuff, especially Raman, hardly healthy, but they tend to be a no food waste product
lol that's hilarious, they learned not to send coupons to you. One thing you might be able to use (not sure if the stores in your area would accept this, but a coworker of mine has used it) is a phone app (might have to borrow a friend with a smartphone for this one if you don't have one) called SnipSnap. People take pictures of coupons and upload them to the app, and sometimes the stores accept them pictures off your smartphone. People rate the pictures or "Coupons" on whether or not the stores accepted them.
Plasma helps me A LOT, but I live in a bigger city with several plasma centers, I think we have like six or seven. I just run there quickly after work, especially the shorter days where I get off more than 15 minutes till they close during rush hour, LOL.
How much does it normally cost for a Re-sole? I know new shoes can easily be upwards of 60 dollars, but like you said some of mine still look good from the outside. One of them has inserts in it (the work pair) because I wear those for about 75% of my shoe wearing time.
I really need to start buying eggs again. I turned the water up too high last time while boiling a dozen of them, one blew and the others didn't cook all the way. I was HIGHLY embarrassed
and I need to start cooking more fresh stuff. Buying the chicken and using the broth for some soups and other recipes sounds like a good idea. Taking time to cook is a weakness on my part, as being on my feet for more than a short time really hurts, I hate to stand and cook. I need to form good habits here lol.
Thank you =D. You guys sure have been too!
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