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June 2011 - Posts

  • Snacks: The American Way?

    When I was growing up, we seldom snacked between meals and when we did, it was usually something like bread and butter or some raw vegetables from the garden. Only once a month or so did we have candy, chips or ice cream in the house and certainly not all of it at the same time.

    We ate three meals a day and we were active and healthy.

    How things have changed!

    Now, we tend to shop several times a week and at each shopping trip, bring home snacks and junk food - which many of us consume on a daily basis.

    Snacks - junk food - have become a part of every day life for almost everyone. They're easier to prepare (open the package) than "real food" and tastier, so that taste buds become jaded and perverted.

    Empty calories, that is, calories with no food value, fill us up so we're not only overweight, we're deficient in vitamins and minerals, so we buy supplements and keep on eating junk food.

    That's the American way, I suppose.

    Inspiration: Are we Snacking Our Way Into Debt?

    Posted Jun 27 2011, 12:11 PM by Pat with 2 comment(s)
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  • Go Get Your Own

    Some articles on Dollar Stretcher are better than others. That's the unavoidable truth, but of course it depends on individual perception, as in yours and mine. What I see as a very good article may not interest you at all. That's why there are so many articles on the front page of Dollar Stretcher. It took me a long time to figure that out. I don't think many other people know it, so it isn't that embarrassing that it took so long to figure out. 

    Anyway, the ones that inspire me and the ones I write about are the ones that I think are the best. You may not agree, and that's okay. As a matter of fact, it's more than okay. As a matter of fact, if you disagree vehemently (or just a little), go get your own blog. Seriously. Gary is always looking for people who have knowledge (or opinion) to share. It's on the front page. No, I'm not going to tell you. Go look for it.

  • Drying Clothes on a Clothesline

    Sunshine, fresh air. Birds singing and a butterfly resting in the flowers. The sky is that peculiar shade of blue that fairly sings summertime, summertime.

    It's early yet and the shadow from the big tree falls partly across the clothesline. I can feel the cool in the air where the sun and shadow meet. If I stand just so, part of me can be cool and part of me warm at the same time.

    This is a summer morning, but it could be a winter morning. The grass could be snow instead. The warmth could be in comparison to 20 degrees instead of 60. I would be hanging out clothes anyway.

    Mom always did. We lived in Wyoming where it really gets cold. I have determined not to wimp out when winter comes and I hang clothes out regardless of the weather.

    You can, too, but of course you don't have to. When you do hang clothes out, you can have the best of both worlds. To get the wrinkles out (like a dryer does), put them in the dryer for 5 to 10 minutes, fold carefully and take them immediately to the clothesline.

    If you want to soften them and remove lint (like a dryer does) put them in the dryer for 5 to 10 minutes after you bring them in from the line. Get them while they're still a little damp if you can, but if you can't, throw in a damp towel.

    You don't need to use the dryer both before and after - just choose which option works best for the load. I sometimes use the dryer first for jeans and cotton, but more often I iron them.

    That's a topic for another day.

    Decorating with sheets

  • Free Food

    Free food from the grocery store? Yes, it happens. Not so much as it used to, since lawsuits and laws governing food distribution are more common, but you can still ask the produce department for trimmings "for your chickens" or rabbits or whatever. No, the trimmings are not gross or dirty. Not all of it will be edible, of course; that's why they throw it out. You will be surprised at how much of it is perfectly good food, though.

    Smaller stores are more inclined to give away produce trimmings than bigger ones, and big stores may have far too much produce for you to eat (raise a hog!) but it never hurts to ask anywhere.

    The produce is as safe as any other produce. Just think: One moment it's in the grocery bin and the next it's in the throwaway box. It became inedible in 2 seconds?

    Other bare bones or extreme ideas here:

    My Story: Bare Bones Budgeting

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