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Frozen Assets, Ida Style

Posted by idawrites on October 30, 2008 in Cooking, Food, Frugal |

You may remember that I mentioned getting the book Frozen Assets last month. I love the concept. I’ve taken the author’s suggestions and modified the style to suit our needs. I don’t take an entire day for cooking for the month, or even the week. But I am slowly working up to a freezer with […]

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Fast Cheap and Easy Food

Posted by idawrites on October 14, 2008 in Family, Food, Frugal |

Sometimes, food just has to be convenient. Taco Bell has their Family Pack of 10 tacos or bean burritos, in any combination you prefer, for $7.90. Arby’s often runs their 5 for $5.95 deal, which means that each of us could get 1 roast beef sandwich and 1 order of curly fries for $11.90. Still […]

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Top Eight Tools For Home Cooking

Posted by idawrites on October 13, 2008 in Food, Money, Planning |

I’ve gotten more and more fascinated by home cooking, since my leap into more frugal living. I dabbled some in gardening this summer. I learned a lot and hope to have even more success next year. The more I cook, the more I realize that I am a little short on some really necessary tools. […]

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Frugal Friday – Vegetable Chowder Recipe

Posted by idawrites on September 19, 2008 in Cooking, Coupons, Food, Recipes |

Before we started tracking our spending, and trying to make every dollar work for us, I never would have guessed that food is the biggest fluctuating expense in so many households. We used to spend $200 to $300 every week at Costco, Kroger and Publix. We always got caught in the “pick up one more […]

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Escaping the Amish Friendship Bread Trap

Posted by idawrites on September 15, 2008 in Family, Food, Recipes |

A couple of weeks ago, I found this recipe for Amish Friendship Bread. I really really wanted to try it, but was a little apprehensive about finding homes for all of those starters! Well, I did it anyway. Against my better judgment, I gathered the ingredients for starting my own starter, and went to work. It amuses […]

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Anniversary on the Cheap

Posted by idawrites on September 5, 2008 in Food, Frugal, Recipes |

Wednesday was an anniversary of sorts for Mark and me. Not our wedding anniversary, but it was the day we pledged to be together forever (neither of us was certain we ever wanted to take the “Legal” Plunge again). Our normal anniversary celebration includes dinner at a nice restaurant to the tune of $100 or […]

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Blueberry Mania – The Aftermath

Posted by idawrites on August 6, 2008 in Food, Frugal |

A week and a half ago, I wrote that we were going to spend some family time picking blueberries. When we got to the Pick Your Own farm, we didn’t quite get to where we expected. We pulled up at the address, to a little white house in an older neighborhood. There was a huge […]

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The New R Word

Posted by idawrites on July 29, 2008 in Food, Frugal, Recipes |

The “R” word is being tossed about everywhere. Whether you call it Recession, Stagflation, Hyper-inflation, or just plain rising prices, chances are it’s impacting you more and more every day. The higher prices go, the more things like hot dogs, tuna, and marked-down items from the meat case are making it into your grocery cart […]

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Frugal Family Time – Picking Blueberries

Posted by idawrites on July 26, 2008 in Family, Food, Frugal |

July is a fabulous time of year, here in Georgia. There doesn’t seem to be an end to the things you can do with your family that are inexpensive and fun. Today, we’re going to pick blueberries. There are a lot of Pick Your Own farms outside the city. I found the one we’re going […]

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Gardening – More Complicated Than You Think

Posted by idawrites on July 15, 2008 in DIY, Food, Frugal, Gardening |

I’ve been playing in my Square Foot Gardens for months now.  I love them!  But, they are providing me with a lot of challenges and nothing is growing as consistently as I would like. The large tomatoes are growing catfaced or splitting open or being eaten!  The caterpillars are eating the tomatoes themselves.  The birds […]

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