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  • Re: Saving $$ Ideas for Those With Kids Between 5-18

    Because I was a stay-at-home mom, my kids always had the privilege of hosting their cousins for several weeks in the summer.  Sometimes we would have over twelve kids with us--my nine plus our guests!  Needless to say, I quickly learned how to entertain a "crowd" for little money!  Here are a few of the things we ...
    Posted to Home and Family (Forum) by mimipaula1 on Mon, Apr 30 2012
  • Re: Do You Frost Brownies? Do You Make Brownies From a Mix or From Scratch?

    My mother's brownie recipe (which is only one I use) calls for cocoa.  She always made a vanilla (white) frosting to go over the top, so I do, too!  Only difference--I usually sprinkle chopped pecans over the top of icing!  Yea, boy!  These brownies are BIG good, y'all!  Miss Paula in Texas
    Posted to Frugal Food and Cooking (Forum) by mimipaula1 on Tue, Aug 12 2008
  • Re: Less Bang For Your Buck!

    I know that most of this readership is not located in southeast Texas (Houston area), but this very problem is being addressed in a very CUTE way here.  The most popular brand of ice cream in Texas is Blue Bell, made at the Little Creamery in Brenham, Texas, a small town about an hour northwest of Houston.  Their TV commercials ...
    Posted to Open Mike (Forum) by mimipaula1 on Fri, Jul 4 2008
  • Re: Thurs, 7/3/08 Dollar Stretching

    Today has been a great SAVING day for me!  I was able to purchase $218 worth of groceries at Target/HEB for $93!  I didn't purchase ANYTHING that didn't have a corresponding coupon.  Best deals?  Our Target has Dr. Pepper, 7UP, Sunkist, A&W 12-packs--3 for $7; I had Internet printed coupons for $1 off each 12-pack, ...
    Posted to General (Forum) by mimipaula1 on Thu, Jul 3 2008
  • Re: Baby Shower Idea

    I usually give an assortment of baby items, such as soaps, shampoos, lotions, bath toys, etc and keep the cost under $20.  I try to use coupons on these things or buy store brand; Wal-Mart and Target both have great baby items. How about an envelope full of baby-item coupons?  These can be printed off from the computer and/or ...
    Posted to Can You Help? (Forum) by mimipaula1 on Tue, Jul 1 2008
  • Re: What's Your Favorite Breakfast ?

    Girl, I'm with you!  Seems that there should come a time in our lives when we can eat WHATEVER we want without guilt!  HA!  I tell my mom all of the time that she is the reason that I'm overweight.  When she questions my logic, I say, "Mom, when I was a little girl who cried, you would give me cookies to "make ...
    Posted to General (Forum) by mimipaula1 on Mon, Jun 30 2008
  • Re: holiday candy to freeze

    I'm with you, Lynn--there's never enough left over from the "we're-celebrating-'cause-we-got-candy-on-SALE" binge to have to worry about storing it--HA!  Miss Paula in Texas
    Posted to General (Forum) by mimipaula1 on Sat, Jun 14 2008
  • Re: Cutting Costs

    Ohhhhh Yeahhhhhhh, mommatothree--you're talking my language--hardcore, cut-to-the-bone, searching-under-the-couch-cushions-for-change FRUGALITY!  Girl, I don't believe Amy Dacyszyn of the Tightwad Gazette has a THING on you!  To be compared to the Freud of Frugality, the Maven of Making-Do, Amy D., is the highest form of flattery ...
    Posted to Can You Help? (Forum) by mimipaula1 on Wed, Jun 11 2008
  • Re: 6-11-08 savings

    Smart investment, Walt!  One of my chores as a teenager was to gather all of the saw blades, axes, and hatchets and take to Mr. Hill to have him put a "blade" on all--your post brings back good memories!  Thanks--Miss Paula in Texas
    Posted to General (Forum) by mimipaula1 on Wed, Jun 11 2008
  • Re: Breakfast - a frugal meal?

    I NEVER choose cold cereal--don't keep it--not a frugal choice, in my opinion!  My favorite breakfast is fresh eggs (from my laying hens), chopped onions and green peppers (either fresh from the garden or from the freezer where I have lots stored), real homemade biscuits (not Bisquick) and sausage from either Green's Sausage House in ...
    Posted to General (Forum) by mimipaula1 on Wed, Jun 11 2008
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