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3 suppers $1.50
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Dale Anne    Posted 02-24-2005 at 05:26:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Howdy ya'll and good morning to ya.......I being so dang thrifty was wondering iffin ya'll can give me yer cheapest yet tasty plans fer supper....figure I would start this off with one of my own....bought a family pack of pork chops fer under $4.00...this became one nights supper with diced matters and spinach.....had 2 chops left over[not enough fer a family of 3 ...so went out and bought 2 packs of tortillas[20 each] for $.99......tooke the pork chops to the blender and blended it till fine,mixed in the matters and the spinach......boutght a box od redbeans and rice fer about $.39 and mixed it in...also had some extra tortillas in the frig so used them....after mixing all together I got about 55 tortillas...hubby figured it out to be about $.05 each including the original prive of the chops after sending nick back to school with a doz. I figures it would make 3 suppers......also made up some breakfast tortillas fer around $.02 a piece used my own eggs,roll sasage[loss leader at $1.59] and diced tomatoes,pepper flakes and cheese[left over]......so now ya know how I done it...tell me yer cheapest way to use left overs....Dale Anne


Rickstir    Posted 02-24-2005 at 10:31:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
If you don't count the cost of the rifle, scope, ATV, deer stand etc.; it only costs 21 cents to shoot a deer!


Dixie Mulford    Posted 02-24-2005 at 09:37:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
You are incredable!! You might have been raised poor, but God gave you a gift that money can't buy, and that's energy and creativity! Believe me you are so much better off than those that were born with a silver spoon hanging out of their mouth!! Could it be that your DIL, can't come close to measuring up to her MIL, so she doesn't even try! What's her Mama like? Could she have a problem with depression? I know you must be worried about her raising your grandbaby! Good luck, I wish that I was half as energetic as you are, just half and I would be happy!


Dale Anne    Posted 02-24-2005 at 13:16:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
Howdy Dixie....her momma is just like her she grew up this way so i reckon it's a hard habit to break but while she lived here i made her clean!...tried to teach her to cook but gave up on it cause ya can lead a horse to water but ya cant make them drink....depressed...um dont know many folks that smoke pot and are depressed...yes I know she is still using pot while pregnant.....and as far as energy goes well I take a nap every afternoon....i give myself a reward system....if the morning chores are done I can get online fer awhile.....afternoon chores done can get a nap.....evening chores done can watch tv......I have a Master chore list I live by and it keeps things pretty easy for me ...just have to make sure to clean up after ourselves and things dont get overwhelming.....like i get up at 4 am...by 6 when huuby leaves fer work i have all the carpets vaced,bed made,his lunch made,dishes from dish washer unloaded,rooms straightened up,dogs out,critters fed,supper defrosting,laundry on,and litter box cleaned...I take my showers at night and have my clothing by the bed so when I get up i get dresses pull my hair back in a pony tail wash my face put on an apron and get started[after watching the weather and a cup of coffee.....not to bad...not really much energy involved lol.....Dale Anne


ret    Posted 02-24-2005 at 07:23:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have had to live tight at one time, and I still can and do once in awhile. A big chicken boiling in a pot and 4 or 5 eggs with some flour and you got a lot of real good noodles. I used to buy oxtails cause they were so cheap. Trouble is being that way, is all that money you are saving will probably go out the door when the son gets it. Most young people are not going to live and work that hard to make a meal. I know it is hard to do, but let loose of it for awhile, can't take it with you. Brother and his wife both died within three years of each other in their early 60s. they were as tight as you can possibly be, left quite a few bucks. My niece sure has had a wonderful time spending all that money.
REt


Dale Anne    Posted 02-24-2005 at 08:01:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Howdy Ret, I understand the laziness of young folks today...but my soon to be DIL has nothing but time and think iffin she really loved my son that she would do things to help him out..like clean,cook,shop,hell get out the bed and make it...my son does it all,pays fer it all,and at the tender age od 22 acts and looks like a 40 y/o..he cant possible do everything work and around the house.....he never says a word to her and it kills me......They have been together around 4 years and I reckon things wont change but i still have faith...Dale Anne


Errin OH    Posted 02-24-2005 at 06:36:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
I guess a buck sixty ($1.60) on three squares a day for a faimly of 4 was pretty thrifty. Few years back we were going through a rough period and had a "tight" food budget. Like $40-50 a month. We would get bread, milk, butter, sugar, flower, spices, and tea at one of those thrifty stores (Aldi's here). No pop, pre-made food, box meals, or meats. All meat came from the chicken pen or hunting. Rabbit and squirel mostly, but did get a RK deer during that time. It was to late to plant a garden, (fall/winter) however I bartered with a neighbor for a bag of taters, some beans, and carrots. Spent 4 months on that plan. Ate well, learned several creative ways to fix meals. Sadly once the bills got back in line we got lazy again and now spend $100 a month on groceries. No meats though, raise my own now.


Dale Anne    Posted 02-24-2005 at 06:44:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
howdy Errin...pass along some of them cheap suppers ya made to me......would love to try them out...Thanks Dale Anne


Texas    Posted 02-24-2005 at 05:51:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have an 18 year old son who stops by every time I cook...he can sense a free meal 20 miles away....so I havent had any leftovers in years lol.

But good for you Dale Anne...never hurts to save money anyway you can!


KellyGa    Posted 02-24-2005 at 05:48:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
I went back and reread your post, I don't even come close to your thriftyness! I bow to you oh thrify one! You are truely incredible :)


Dale Anne    Posted 02-24-2005 at 05:56:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
No bowing gal......I am one of 12 children that lived in a 3 br house....and yes we were poor as dirt...mom and dad werent very good parents so I took over the household at about 12 y/o and had to find a way to feed the kids...so life has taught me well...took lemons and made lemon aid lol...I tried to show my soon to be daughter in law how to be thrifty but that gal cant hold on to money...wants to eat out every night of the week.....and since she dont work all the pressure is on my son...house payments,laundry,cleaning,food bills,car insurance...so on...ohhhh I could go on fer days about her....but what worries me the most is she is going to have my grandbaby in august and I worry so much that with the way she keeps house the baby will get ahold of something and choke to death on it or catch some kind of illness from the filth!...now yes I am a clean freak and think even a lil clutter looks bad but I mean FILTH!!!!...ya ever see that show how clean is your house? well she would be perfect for the show....but I wont call them cause it would be a waste of time...she wouldnt keep it that way...well enogugh ranting...Dale Anne


KellyGa    Posted 02-24-2005 at 05:42:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well, you know I have had to change my diet, and it has become a little more expensive with some items, like Splenda instead of sugar. But, that being the case, I have to be even thriftier. I made a chefs salad with garlic bread on the side the other night, lets see:

Loaf of Italian bread: 99 cents
Green leaf lettuce 99 cents
Eggs: Free, of course
Turkey and Chicken: 2.50
Moz cheese: 1.00
celery, cucumber, tomato, about 1.50
fresh mushrooms: 1.00

Already had salad dressings so that doesnt count, so, I fed, me, Shelby, Ian, and a friend that was over (a guy, eats more, lol) for eight dollars, not too bad. Everybody had heaping plates.

A regular meal around here:

Rotisserie chicken (I have a rotisserie oven, cheaper than buying them already cooked) 2.50

Wheat rolls: 75 cents

Fresh green beans: 1.00

Potatoes:about 75 cents worth out of a ten pound bag

corn: 50 cents worth

Five dollars and 50 cents, not too bad. :)


Dale Anne    Posted 02-24-2005 at 05:50:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
Howdy kellyGa....do you plant in the spring? this would cut the food bills to almost nothing fer veggies and fruit....I cant wait to put in the garden bought me about 100 canning jars and was givin another 50 or so fer free.....just bred our bunny so will have rabbit meat,chicken,pork,fish,duck,geese,and maybe goat meat....stock up the freezers and the pantry shelves this summer and fall....I want to get me one of them food saver vacs this year!...I hear ya can hold meats over twice as long.....Dale Anne


KellyGa    Posted 02-24-2005 at 06:02:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
Where I am now, I can't plant much, but that will be changing, soon as we can find a dang house, I would have had 31 acres, crazy old man, grumble...well, thats water under the bridge.

My dad does plant in the spring and summer, so we always have plenty of beans and tomatoes from him.

I commend your strength to live on your livestock. I just can't do it.

I have seen those vac things, sure would like to have one of those, really neat item.

I used to could cook a cheaper meal, but I just can't do it anymore. My liver was going bad on me, and I had to change my eating habits. Though it is a tad more expensive, it is worth it.

The doctor wanted me to go to a liver specialist, have a biopsy, which I read about, and want no part of, probably end up on some medication.

I told him last visit, I never went to that specialist, that I had been working on it myself, at that time, I had lost 15 pounds, and he was grubling at me, I said fine, take my blood now, and if my liver functions arent any better, I will go, BUT if they are better, you have to leave me be. He agreed, and sure enough, my test results came back much improved. LOL, he said he still wanted to check again in a few months, I said that would be fine, that it would be even more improved by then. :)

Docs hate it when you look up all this stuff on the internet and educate yourself and hae all this info to back your case up, don't they? ;) lol


Dale Anne    Posted 02-24-2005 at 06:40:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
Howdy kellyGa, Yes Dr's do hate it...The liver can somewhat repair it self depending whats wrong with it..as I'm sure you have read up on....besides drinking asprin can also do alot od damanage to the liver and folks dont notice this on the bottles....most the the cures alls do alot of no good to other organs such as kidneys,heart,bl;adder so on...I think natural[non drug] is the way to go on most but every now and them a dr is needed...I wish you luck on recovery and it sounds like ya doing just fine on yer own......have ya tried anti oxidants?....I once read about a man that grew all his food himself all organic including meats and his body was so near pure that he only had to use the bathroom once or twice a week because his kidneys,liver and so on had near nothing to clean out of his body..that included urine!.....the man didnt long fer anything..eat very well in fact...he didnt drink milk however just filtered water and homemade cranberry apple juice.....the study of him said that everything he consumed was turned into energy so not byproduct[waste] was made by the body......I read this a while back and think it was called...human function and the waste factor..you are what you eat.....also mention something called selidine silver[think thats right] said the man believed it was a cure all for cancer and such...that he had studies done[he was a scientist] and the government wouldnt clear it cause they didnt see it as cost productive!...they wouldnt make as much money as they do treating people for cancer till they pass......he also said that this same product had shown in HIV injected lab rats a 5 year added lifespan and less infections,higher white cell counts....he thought that the lifespan would be much higher except that the lab rats only live so many years and old age would kill the rats before the HIV would....makes ya think huh?....Dale Anne


KellyGa    Posted 02-24-2005 at 07:02:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yep, eating all the foods that are good for liver function, drinking green tea, and taking milk thistle. I will repair it, my mom is an herb guru, she knows all about that stuff, she has really been a great source of information and support for me.

Thats quite a story on the man! WOw, really an efficient machine the body can be!

ABout time to feed the babies, boy are they growing. Sure hope we find a place soon, lol. They are destined to go outside in May! Neighbors won't take to 20 chickens outside too well, lol. Dang city folks...lol.


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