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Old 05-04-2009, 03:21 PM   #31
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Yep, I don't use many coupons unless it's for cleaning supplies and other household goods. The site posts all the specials, though, so you can still see what's on sale even if there's no coupon. About the only food items I can coupon with are drinks, sausage, and frozen veg. I'm curious to see how much I can trim my food bill and still eat like a queen. I was spending way too much for a while!
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sorry for the threadjack here but
WENDY! The girls look so cute! And, they're getting so big too!
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Old 05-04-2009, 05:10 PM   #33
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I just figured out where you live, Fiz.

I am not very well organized so I don't do coupons. I don't have a printer, either.

I'm cooking up that beef and veggie soup right now. It's amazing how much meat I got off the bones, and I have bones for kitty and neighbor dogs.
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Old 05-04-2009, 05:17 PM   #34
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Our farmers market is pretty competitive in pricing. Plus the produce is fresher, larger quantities, and yummier I paid $2 for romaine & red leaf lettuce that were HUGE bunches!

I got grass fed beef for $4.50/lb I got 10 lbs
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Old 05-04-2009, 05:38 PM   #35
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I just figured out where you live, Fiz.
LOL you saw the same deals? Yep, I'm in Houston.
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WENDY! The girls look so cute! And, they're getting so big too!
thank you Fawn! They are getting quite the little personalitites now! Its amazing how fast time is flying by!!!
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What a bummer!
I'm so glad I can tolerate the veggies.......I really feel for those who get the bloat and stomach ache......
It really is a bummer--- I LOVE veggies, and when I have them, I have the worst bloating and painful gas, not to mention acid reflux. It's just not worth it. One of my fave things was Cleochatra's loaded Broccoli-- and uhm... wow. Very bad for my innards. (Though I loved every bite.)
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bumping this up for Barbo.
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Old 11-05-2012, 05:38 AM   #39
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WHAT A GREAT THREAD.
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Thanks Esther

Looks as though we kinda dropped the ball here.
This is worthy of a 2013 revamp.

Right now I have been watching ads for pork shoulder @ .99 lb.
I got a beauty of a big one. Browned it up, had to divide it between
two crockpots and made a wonderful pork/veggie/Mex. hominy
'posole soup'...I have 8 quarts of this spicy (not hot) soup, loaded
with delicious pork chunks. The freezer is going to be my friend with
this dish on those times when cooking is not something I feel like doing.

Got two bags of Dole coleslaw for .99 ea. and made a huge coleslaw
for a couple days of salad. Bought one really good boneless steak,
made a big stir fry using the cooked rare steak in strips at last minute.
Using Shirataki spaghetti (2 bags) mixed with 2 oz. cooked Dreamfield's
spaghetti, I made a low mein bowl. It made 4 servings (large) so we
had delicious left overs for another meal. That was very cost conscious,
and yet the ingredients were delicious.

Whole fresh chickens were on sale for .69 lb. and we did a chicken party,
so now have chicken pieces in bags, all breast, all thighs, wings, etc.
for cheep.

Let's do keep this thread going and sharing our thrifty experiences.
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Wish we could go back to 2009 grocery prices. UGH
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I have done this twice and love it. I buy 2 NY strip roast and cut them into steaks.
They were $3.99 a lb. at christmas time.

Up here we only have dollar tree and I get fozen fruit for .99. Peaches, strawberries,
mixed berries, pineapple and others.
I get extracts there too. Orange ,almond, lemon, lime and sometimes vanilla.
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I like your thread, Barbo, but I could never do it.
We don't have any of the 99 cent stores here or farmer's markets, etc...just a walmart and an HEB and dollar general, which doesn't carry much in the way of LC food.
Maybe a $50 per week or less thread might be beneficial also? Just a thought. Thanks for starting this.

ETA: I think I eat a lot more than that per week also.

Nigel, I have the exact same stores. You must live close by ......
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Nigel, I have the exact same stores. You must live close by ......
haha!! I could be your neighbor...
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I live so far in the sticks that we use hoot owl's for chickens,I really want this thread to go viral........
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I like your thread, Barbo, but I could never do it.
We don't have any of the 99 cent stores here or farmer's markets, etc...just a walmart and an HEB and dollar general, which doesn't carry much in the way of LC food.
Maybe a $50 per week or less thread might be beneficial also? Just a thought. Thanks for starting this.

ETA: I think I eat a lot more than that per week also.
I'm in your boat. I could maybe do it on $50 per week with decent variety. Even if I were to just eat eggs all week I think it will still be over $20.
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Old 03-26-2013, 08:24 PM   #47
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$50 bucks and under is still a 2013 marvel!

Monday I went to my local Stater Brothers Market. The butcher had
put out turkey breasts, and thighs in packages and they were expensive.
He also had a couple of fresh whole turkeys, equally expensive.
He put the backs, wings and necks in separate packages and practically
gave them away. I got two of the largest turkey backs, probably from
a 25 pounder; a package of wings, and last a huge package
of turkey necks. The whole pack weighed out to 11 lbs.. I paid
$7.70 cents for the lot. I shall roast them, take the meat I want and then
the rest will make the most delicious turkey stock. I love the stock more
than I love the turkey
Remember if your butcher puts out turkey parts, you can be sure that
the lesser part will come out too. Maybe next day. The other bargain
that you can look for is when your butcher or grocer puts out beef
prime rib or back bones. They are $1.69 lbs. as an Easter special and
the last ones will be marked down to .69 a lbs. Take them home and
roast them. Either bbq sauce or throw them into the pressure cooker
for stock. They do pork the same way. Watch the ads, these are
specials and then you can look forward to the mark downs within
4-5 days.

Happy Passover 2013 and Happy Easter.....
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You did good Barbo.

Sometimes our HEB grocery store has chicken for $1 lb...sometimes thighs or legs, even breast once in a while.

I think they had whole chickens for 77 cents a lb a couple of weeks ago.

This week they had shoulder steaks for $2.97 lb. They were thick cut like roasts.

I look for markdown meat at Walmart for my wife. I usually find steaks.

Edited to say it isn't meant how it sounds. I just don't eat meat myself. LOL

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More information on thrifty buys

Today at the local .99/dollar store there were 10 lb. bags of
medium size russet taters for a buck. I bought it and gave half
to the neighbors. Bag of Persian cukes for a buck and a huge
cabbage, real cheap fresh Dole cole slaw, actually I got a basket
full of groceries for $39.00 today. This includes toiletries, spray
for the bathrooms, body powder, make-up remover pads, tooth
brushes. My large basket of strawberries a buck a box. 2 medium
size butter nut squash and all kinds of stuff.

I also hit up Walmart for other things. Including my tomato
plants. It's exhausting to shop but surely pays in the long run.

Keep the thread going please
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I have to drive about 85 miles away to get to the 99 cent store, but I usually hit it once a month.

Their produce is better than the local produce I get in the grocery stores here and it lasts a lot longer in the fridge.

I usually stock up on bags of baby carrots and bags of lettuce, sometimes peppers and cucumbers and they have huge lemons. In the summer, they have the sugarbaby watermelons and they are so good.

Once in a while I find deals in the refrigerated and frozen food sections as well and their canned goods are cheaper than here too.

They have pretty good bargains most of the time. I have gone to two different ones and they both carry different items and produce. I think there are a couple more in SA that I need to visit, but I'm with you, it is exhuasting to shop sometimes. It's a thrill though when I get good deals.
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We started our garden today

Friday the 29th March we have our tomatoes in, our pole green
beans, 2 types of parsley, seeds planted for Japanese eggplants,
spaghetti squash and long golden zukes, cucumbers on Monday,
and plants for spearmint, Italian parsley and curly. My cilantro and
dill came up from last year. I saw and purchased for the first time,
LEMON GRASS, oh boy that got me exited. It's so good in Asian food.
This is the second year for our chives and garlics....

Hopefully this will help some as produce is expensive. Not like the
old days when for 10 bucks a week you could feed a family of
six with fresh produce.
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Regarding the Lemon Grass. I grew it last season in our raised garden beds in Florida. We left for a couple of months, and when we returned that plant was HUGE. The roots were outrageous. We had a difficult time, but managed to dig it out and transplant it to another area. It eventually re-grew, even though we had to hack at the roots. I am on the look out for good Lemon Grass recipes.

Anyway, we are enjoying our raised bed gardens for the second year in Florida. It is a learning experience, since our garden was in Michigan previously. I have especially enjoyed the collard leaves this season. I use the small leaves for wraps, and just love them. The flavor is mild and they have a soft crunch. I discovered a great way to cook the larger leaves. They are stacked, the stems trimmed flat, and then wrapped like a cigar. Then you cut them crosswise VERY thin, and saute' them in EVOO and crushed garlic a few minutes, and add salt.
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