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« Reply #20 on: December 21, 2009 11:17:34 PM »

Hmm... that's a good point. The best would probably be computerized.... AND even though it would take electricity for the computer, chances are you have one anyway, and you'd be saving paper.

...Maybe she's stocking up for a nuclear war? Never know what you'll be craving when you can't get it anymore... >>
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« Reply #21 on: December 21, 2009 11:20:11 PM »

...Maybe she's stocking up for a nuclear war? Never know what you'll be craving when you can't get it anymore... >>

That's what I asked. The answer: "You never know when things will get bad."

My reply: "Mom, if we get to that point, I don't think eight packages of brown gravy are going to make me feel better."



And to kind of add to the list--this goes with the food inventory thing--, a way to plan a weekly or even monthly menu and planning grocery shopping around that menu would be a great way to save money. I just got back from teaching for a year in Korea. Lots of chances to grocery shop. Without a list, I ended up spending $100 on groceries in a month. When I planned in advance, I literally cut that in half. One person well fed on $50 a month is quite something.
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« Reply #22 on: December 21, 2009 11:23:56 PM »

 Smiley That may be true for you... but I happen to like gravy. >> hehe...

But that actually is a good idea... as long as what she's buying is non perishables. You really DON'T know when things could get bad. I'm not saying it's a good idea to OVER spend, but if you have it now when you have money, you don't have to try to scrounge up money for it later when you don't.

But I do see your point.
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« Reply #23 on: December 21, 2009 11:27:32 PM »

Smiley That may be true for you... but I happen to like gravy. >> hehe...

But that actually is a good idea... as long as what she's buying is non perishables. You really DON'T know when things could get bad. I'm not saying it's a good idea to OVER spend, but if you have it now when you have money, you don't have to try to scrounge up money for it later when you don't.

But I do see your point.

LOL--I like gravy too.
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« Reply #24 on: December 21, 2009 11:30:44 PM »

Why does anyone need three large bottles of white vinegar?

Not sure why your mom needs 3 large bottles of white vinegar, but I buy white vinegar at costco. There are 3 giant bottles in my pantry! You can use it to clean windows, floors, in your laundry, or as a weed killer.
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« Reply #25 on: December 21, 2009 11:52:31 PM »

Which vinegar is the one that's supposed to be good for you? I'm pretty sure it's not white vinegar... Take a tablespoon a day? I don't recall. I used to do it, but I don't know if it really works or not.
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« Reply #26 on: December 22, 2009 01:00:03 AM »

apple cider vinegar......althou gh I never thought it worked.


as for why you need so much....weellll my dad used to have a cupboard in the garage with EXTRAs in it in case of a nuclear war......that was in the 80's.


I have my pantry set uo with all my staples plus 1 spare and all I need to do is shop for specials now.
Of course I bake a bit too and this way if I have a lean week with not much cash I don't have to worry about shopping.....

on another note, yeah for my lovely hubby who just finished the fence on my veggie patch, now maybe the plants can grow without the dogs walking all over them.
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« Reply #27 on: December 22, 2009 01:16:52 AM »

I think it would be AWESOME to have my own garden... BUUUUUUUT... I don't like to go outside. Maybe once in a blue moon.
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« Reply #28 on: December 22, 2009 02:29:05 AM »

This is a very interesting idea...I will brain storm so I can decide if I have enough to contribute Smiley
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« Reply #29 on: December 22, 2009 06:14:03 AM »

Stockpiling in the pantry is a great way to save money - provided you stockpile when the items are on sale (and non-perishable, of course!)  Of course, I live in a teensy condo, so there's no much room to stockpile, unfortunately, but I do have enough beans to keep me for YEARS (perhaps that just means I need more recipes for beans!).

Have you all heard of down---to---earth?  It's the blog of a woman in Australia who is all about living simply and frugally.  She's got some awesome ideas about budgeting, etc.  It's one of my favorite blogs, and it's where I got some of the ideas for the list.  Smiley  She's also a big proponent of stockpiling, makes her own cleaning supplies, and knits up a storm!

Oh and if anyone wants to have an addendum to their questionnaire, feel free to send it in!  Smiley
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