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Old 01-21-2012, 08:15 AM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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My supermarket has 3-pound bags of "soup veggies", which cost $4.99. In the bag, there is potato, cabbage, carrots, celery. None, bought separately, cost over 65c a pound, but putting a little in each bag, they have literally tripled the price of the veggies. And people buy them.

Don't even get me started on Lunchables.
Being a cashier I see this stuff every day. I wonder why people don't just buy the stuff individually, and cheaper, and make their own.

I hear you on the Lunchables too. I also see people buying bags of cut up apples, etc. and I KNOW it would be cheaper to slice their own. I guess they are just lazy. Can't be the 'time' angle. I mean, how long does it take to slice an apple??? lol

One thing I've noticed though is that buying a package of three bell peppers...different colors...or even frozen ones, is cheaper than buying them individually right now.
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Old 01-21-2012, 08:46 AM
 
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I sometimes buy the more expensive frozen vegetables but I live alone and I could not eat 10 pounds of potatoes before they would start to rot.
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Root vegetables last a long time in cold storage. We still have some picked last fall!
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I live in Texas!
You can freeze fresh vegetables yourself. How do you think they got into the freezer section at the store?

Even potatoes can be frozen: How To Freeze Potatoes. | eHow.com
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Old 01-21-2012, 08:57 AM
 
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Agreed that the smaller and smaller corporate packaging people are likely going to start waking up to the benefits of making it yourself - so much more for the money. Also, you can dictate what goes into the food - not a bunch of chemicals and preservatives!

Would like to hear from people in whose families both spouses work outside your house full time and have kids. (you know the deal: lessons, homework, etc, etc.) Then making it yourself from scratch becomes a real challenge. additionally: we have NO auxiliary freezer, house too small... I try to stock up as much as I can.
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Old 01-21-2012, 11:06 AM
 
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I sometimes get home from work at 6:30. There is no way I am going to go cook a chicken when I walk in the door. Cooking from scratch may be fine for soccer moms or people who work from home or work-part time, but for most working people, we don't have the time.
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Old 01-22-2012, 04:40 AM
 
Location: Florida
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I sometimes get home from work at 6:30. There is no way I am going to go cook a chicken when I walk in the door. Cooking from scratch may be fine for soccer moms or people who work from home or work-part time, but for most working people, we don't have the time.
There's a big difference between not having the time and not taking the time to figure out how to work around it.
You have the time.....it may just not be the day you get home at 6:30.
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Old 01-22-2012, 05:25 AM
 
Location: Bangor Maine
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I am so glad that at my local market you can buy indvidual fresh veggies. You can buy one potato if that's all you need. No need to store 10 lbs and watch them sprout. As far as time is concerned. You can broil a couple chicken breasts (fresh) or what ever cut you like in less than a half hour, while making a salad, and steaming a couple of cut up carrots. If you can't have a nice dinner (not from packages) on the table in 30 minutes you need to get some advice.
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Old 01-22-2012, 05:50 AM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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I sometimes get home from work at 6:30. There is no way I am going to go cook a chicken when I walk in the door. Cooking from scratch may be fine for soccer moms or people who work from home or work-part time, but for most working people, we don't have the time.
What about using a slow cooker? Chuck the ingredients into the slow cooker, and have a hot meal ready when you get home?
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Old 01-22-2012, 07:38 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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The first rule of frugal living, overriding all other considerations, is nutritional freedom. To live frugally, you MUST have control over what you eat and how it is prepared. A person who is unable or unwilling to prepare his own food will waste a minimum of $1,000 a year if forced to eat "convenience" food, and probably $2,000 to eat commercially-served ready-to-eat food.

A delivered pizza every night will cost $5,000 a year. A potato, 4 ounces of chicken livers, and some cooked onions or carrots every night will cost about 1/20 of that a year, less than a dollar a day, and significantly improve your health.
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Old 01-22-2012, 07:39 AM
 
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The problem I am having with my crock pot, is that I am gone for 10 full hours. There is not a way to start the crockpot up AFTER I have left, 10 hours seems to be too long to cook something. Everything I cook in it (except for weekends when I can monitor and have the stuff in there for only 6-8) tastes burnt.

I take the opportunity to make a batch of several things on the weekend. And have leftovers all week. Because with lessons, sometimes we are only home for an hour or so before we have to take off again.

1brokegirl, that is probably your best bet. Make a roasted chicken on Sunday, and then for a couple of days at least, you can make something with the meat. Or freeze the meat for later. I am a big fan of making a bunch of chili or spaghetti with meat sauce in the crockpot and freezing that for later dinners... just boil up the pasta when you get home.

I am trying to not have those pre-made family dinners so much because the sodium level in those is quite high too. I agree, it just requires more planning... but sometimes when I get home, we have grilled cheese and canned soup for dinner no time for anything else.
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Old 01-22-2012, 09:28 AM
 
Location: The Wild Wild West
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The problem I am having with my crock pot, is that I am gone for 10 full hours. There is not a way to start the crockpot up AFTER I have left, 10 hours seems to be too long to cook something.
Are you sure? My rice cooker has a start timer.
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