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21  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: FrugALong 2010 March theme on First Post on: March 27, 2010 04:42:54 PM
Sounds like a book I need to get my hands on! Anyone have any frugal tips for cooking for 2? I always cook too much and then we can only eat leftovers so many times and some gets thrown out.

One thing I do pretty consistently is split things like large roast or bulk packages of meat up when I buy it. For example, I might cut a roast up into 2 - 4 pieces depending on the size. I am for having a roast that is around 1 pound. I have found I don't eat that much meat anymore. If I have something large like a ham (I will never buy another whole turkey again.) I cook it first and then cut it up right away to put in the freezer. Sometimes I still make the pieces too much for a few days. Anyway, after eating as originally cooked for a few days, I may make a one dish meal with it like mac and cheese with pieces of the meat mixed in (could be potatoes, plain rice or flavored rice as well). I hate having food and eating it for lunch and dinner for what seems like forever.

OOH, recently at my Sam's club I have discover chicken sold in individual packages. There are about 6 or 8 of them together and you don't have to repackage them at home. The prices were comparable to a regular grocery store around here.
22  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: FrugALong 2010 March theme on First Post on: March 27, 2010 04:30:41 PM
I think it is great that your daughter learned to declutter her own room. Besides, I never liked it when my mom decluttered. It meant something vanished that I would have otherwise kept.  Cry

You are an inspiration!!!  If I am in the vicinity of my computer it calls me until I finally give in. I try to bring declutter work close to the computer and that helps a little. Note: my first order of declutter is to decrease all of my paper piles. I am an info junkie and articles, patterns, business plans/notes and books everywhere. My home is small and really has not storage areas. Clothes barely fit into the closet and I don't have that many. I prefer to spend money on craft supplies, books and stuff rather than clothes.  Grin If I really need something simple to wear I can generally whip it up myself.

I have a couple cook ahead and freeze books, including a once a month cookbook. It seemed a little overwhelming for one person. Do you cut the recipes down when you cook? I even bought a vacuum sealer. What is your favorite way for storing the food you make?

Ok, I am going to turn off the computer now (hopefully for the rest of the night) and continue on my decluttering project. I need to complete as much as possible over the next week since the following week I am having a contractor in to do some work on what I affectionately call my shack. Enjoy the rest of your night everyone.

On second thought, I got to check a couple other sites before shutting down.
23  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: FrugALong 2010 March theme on First Post on: March 27, 2010 04:00:14 PM
I did implement some of Dining on the Dime's principals when I was out shopping. I didn't buy in bulk a lot of meats or other things. I always bought in bulk when my DS was around. Since he moved out I can't even tell you how wasteful and how much this cost us. I do still stock up on things DH & I eat a lot of like rice. Instead of buying two packages of polish sausages I only bought one. I only bought one box of Saltine's instead of two. This really saved us a lot of money.

Since my DS has moved out DH & I have been buying a lot of boxed item. Ok, I admitted it. LOL. Tonight I did not buy one even though they were a good deal. It does not take us any more time to cook up some rice and add flavorings than buying a box of rice mix.

I have had that book for at least 4 years ... even have things marked but haven't used them yet. I want to make the onion mix and the rice a roni type mix among others. What recipes have you tried already? This book is also were I first saw the make your own laundry soap recipe. I am almost out of store bought so maybe I will make a small batch and try it out. This may become even more necessary. My goal for the next few weeks is to only buy perishable items and eat out of my cabinets and freezer THEN start fresh with a frugal approach.

On a frugal note, I had an appointment get cancelled this morning and got to go to one of the local art stores for a gigantic make and take/demo event. It was great to get some new inspiration AND, more importantly, discover that the items for the crafts I liked the most were already in my overcrowded craft room. Maybe these new items will boost the income line for my business!?!
24  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Business Card/Promo Swap #5 on: March 24, 2010 09:32:42 PM
Hmmm, sounds interesting but I don't have an online store, just a website. I have looked at etsy but haven't had time to figure out all the ends and out so I did not sign up.
25  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Fabric & Bottlecap Coasters (tutorial on Pg 2) on: March 24, 2010 08:06:46 PM
This is great. I have bottle tops from soda and milk jugs. I KNOW I will try this soon, probably with glue and the felt bottom idea someone mentioned.
26  Wisconsin / Wisconsin: Southwest / Southeastern WI on: March 24, 2010 07:00:08 PM
Just wondering, is there anyone out there in the Milwaukee, Waukesha county area. Have been think about forming a craft club or craft & chat group. Several ideas floating around in my mind for a long time.
27  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Purple Goodness!! on: March 24, 2010 03:50:36 PM
28  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: FrugALong 2010 March theme on First Post on: March 23, 2010 05:36:27 PM
I ransacked the kitchen, tons of dishes etc we don't need. I'm getting rid of lots of it and putting half of the set of 8 (everything) into storage. A set of 4 = way less mess and cleaning up in my tiny kitchen space but I need that other junk for having friends over on occasion. Still some clothes to sort and then I'll post pics of the organizational thing I built to keep clothes off the floor, dressers, desks, chairs, end of beds, etc. It's for sweaters and jeans that can be worn again... I'll show you later.

I have found that keeping a smaller amount of dishes on hand is so much better- because it forces you to wash dishes and clean up more frequently.

Hmm, I have been thinking about getting rid of half of my dishes (down to service for 4) since I am single and haven't had folks over for dinner in ages. One reason is the very reason you stated ... to force me to keep up with dishes!! Hope it works.
29  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: FrugALong 2010 March theme on First Post on: March 22, 2010 07:00:18 PM
Wow ... I have been "away" for a minute and had 14 pages to read!! I should have been taking notes.

It the book that is going around a cookbook? I have a couple of the Tightwad books but haven't looked at them for awhile. Desire to become even more frugal. Being single eating out is not a major problem since that means if I am out then there is no one at home to eat the purchased food. So, I try to buy groceries based on my schedule and use those dollars for eating out.

I am in major need of decluttering. I am an "info junkie" and have lots of paper and books in my house. Of course I have a lot of craft stuff too ... can't get around in any room well. And, of course, since it is just me, the more I am gone the worse it gets. I am planning to put some things on Craigslist, kind of leery of EBay.

I also need to go through papers because I have lots of seminars and business ideas that I need to start working on since I don't know what my job situation will be like in the next 6 months due to budget cuts. I even have some mini books that I have always intended to compile into an anthology type publication.

Congratulations CJ, hope you have a good trip Akki ...

OK, I can't remember the other topics I had intended to comment on. Afterall, I read 14 pages. Savings: about $2 depending on what size drink I get.

My kind of frugal act for tomorrow: Treat myself to a chai tea and let Starbucks treat me to banana bread!!!
30  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Reduce Reuse Recycle Round 2 Gallery on: March 22, 2010 02:23:00 PM
OK, this picture is not the best. Replaced old camera and still having issues so I have to use my cell phone. Therefore, you probably won't get a good view of all the fabulous things I received from Miss Barbara.

The package included:
    A plarn bag
    A jewelry holder and a rock pendent
    Crochet items: scarf, wreath and bath mitt
    Paper goods: Recycling book, recycled craft article and bumper sticker
    A bank
    A mini sewing kit
    A milk jug bowl

Whew, did I miss anything Miss Barbara??

BTW, your package will arrive in two parts because one item did not fit in the box ... lol. Again, my apologize for the delay in posting.
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