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Old 10-10-2007, 04:19 PM
 
Location: in drifts of snow wherever you go
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My lil sis and her husband live in West LA. They have never owned a car that was older than 2 or 3 years old (rotating between bimmer and benz). I have no idea how much purses and sunglasses cost but certainly each item is more than my paycheck. She spends $300 or so getting her eyelashes extended or glued on one by one or something like that. It seems like everyone in LA is rich and crazy.
Jinxor,

It's not uncommon for the women around here to spend hundreds of dollars a month getting beautified. Men, too, actually. My old neighbor in Beverly Hills had a pedicure/manicure every week, on schedule. And let's not even talk about the restaurants you need to go to in order to be "seen." We're talking $12 martinis that taste like fruit punch. Personally, I just can't keep up with the life style here. I want out...

Greenie
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Old 10-10-2007, 04:31 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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We were doing well eating on a budget then we had seven children [our own two plus foster-children]

Now we can say that we have fed a large family for under $200 / month.

We are down to three of us, but we hold our food budget under $150/month.
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Old 10-10-2007, 04:37 PM
 
Location: in drifts of snow wherever you go
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We were doing well eating on a budget then we had seven children [our own two plus foster-children]

Now we can say that we have fed a large family for under $200 / month.

We are down to three of us, but we hold our food budget under $150/month.
Forest,

That's amazing! How do you do it? What are you eating?

Greenie
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Old 10-10-2007, 07:20 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Well with my high cholesterol, we do not eat: red meat, no eggs, no dairy, no cheese, no mayo, no fresh fruit, no nuts.

Fresh veggies when they are in season, and we can a lot.

Fish when I catch some.

Ground turkey and 'hamburger helper' type meals [lasagna, beef stroganoff, burnt rice, Spanish rice, etc] we get them when they are on sale usually for around 35 cents each.

Shepherd's pie.

String beans, corn on the cob, homemade pumpkin pie, boiled greens, mashed potatoes and gravy with most everything.

Our meats are usually turkey, ground turkey, chicken, or ground chicken.

And we drink wine at every evening meal.
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Old 10-10-2007, 08:03 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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This woman I had met at church had a food budget of $25 a week including eating out. She worked fulltime and went to grad-school at night and bought (as in paying a mortgage) her first home. She was quite amazing in stretching the dollar. I admire those traits.

ForestBeekeeper--that is great. I will try to take some of those tips.
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Old 10-10-2007, 08:10 PM
 
Location: in drifts of snow wherever you go
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Well with my high cholesterol, we do not eat: red meat, no eggs, no dairy, no cheese, no mayo, no fresh fruit, no nuts.

Fresh veggies when they are in season, and we can a lot.

Fish when I catch some.

Ground turkey and 'hamburger helper' type meals [lasagna, beef stroganoff, burnt rice, Spanish rice, etc] we get them when they are on sale usually for around 35 cents each.

Shepherd's pie.

String beans, corn on the cob, homemade pumpkin pie, boiled greens, mashed potatoes and gravy with most everything.

Our meats are usually turkey, ground turkey, chicken, or ground chicken.

And we drink wine at every evening meal.
Well, it sounds yummy, and I would like to come over for dinner...

- Greenie
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Old 10-11-2007, 04:42 PM
 
Location: Oxygen Ln. AZ
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I can't give up the wine. That is our staple.
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Old 10-11-2007, 08:41 PM
 
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* ...Make dried beans, rice and ramen noodles your staples.
Great ideas, but take out the Ramen Noodles...they have zero nutritional value, tons of salt, and will only contribute to doctor bills
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Old 10-11-2007, 08:57 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Great ideas, but take out the Ramen Noodles...they have zero nutritional value, tons of salt, and will only contribute to doctor bills
I agree.

We have tried them, but the salt is there, and it is rare to find them for cheap [considering that they just don't fill you].

Beans, rice, potatoes, pasta. All cheap and each capable of being served a dozen different ways.

Write out a menu, go for two weeks. On submarines we use six week menus and we repeat them. After six weeks no body can remember what meal followed the next. But at home two weeks works good for us, between shopping trips.
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Old 10-11-2007, 09:14 PM
 
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I agree.

We have tried them, but the salt is there, and it is rare to find them for cheap [considering that they just don't fill you].

Beans, rice, potatoes, pasta. All cheap and each capable of being served a dozen different ways.

Write out a menu, go for two weeks. On submarines we use six week menus and we repeat them. After six weeks no body can remember what meal followed the next. But at home two weeks works good for us, between shopping trips.
LOVE IT! We're coming to dinner...
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