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Old 02-22-2003, 04:33 PM
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I don't know if I can really count this one as a flop, but....when I take my vehicle to the garage for regular routine maintenance, to keep it running and not break down, and find out there is something else wrong with it that is more expensive then expected!!!!!

Oh, yeah and buying the really cheap gas at the gas station, made my car run really bad!!!!

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Old 02-22-2003, 05:56 PM
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I have found that reading through the frugal thread I'm not as frugal as I first thought I was but I still make a $ stretch.

I won't buy home brand or no name brand of tea bags because you need 3 bags to make the strength of one, so you go through box quicker and then it's not cheaper.
I have bought a few things in bulk only to have too many of that item and the use by date go out of date, luckily they weren't stale and still edible but I make sure I always check the use by date more carefully now.
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Old 02-22-2003, 06:58 PM
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I'm a frugal flop

At least some would say so.

You can tell me until you are blue in your face that store brand is the same as name brand but I will never believe you and, if at all possible, I will never buy store brand.

I dated a boy in hs whose mother told me that cheap dish soap was the same as joy, etc. NO WAY. I learned really quick that this wasn't true. Also, I tried the store brand laundry detergent and within one week all my clothes looked dingy. I am brand loyal. I won't even use Quilted Northern instead of Charmin.

But I will look for coupons and watch for sales. I try to save in other ways too, by eating at home instead of out. By buying certain things bulk. Our Sam's Club has milk for 1.69/gal. It is worth the membership just to buy milk there.

But I will never make the frugal hall of fame.
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Old 02-22-2003, 10:53 PM
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I have tried frugal for several years now. Sometimes I do better and sometimes I do worse. Dollar General gets my vote for the best place to find bargains. I buy my spices there and use their canned veggies if I am putting them into a dish. If I am serving corn as a veggie in its own dish, I buy a good brand--it tastes better. I have switched from Tide Ultra to Surf liquid, but only like the blue because of the scent.
We do eat out once a week and sometimes that is too much $. I got my teenage daut. to learn to make one stir-fry Chinese Chicken dish that we love. We use a Szechuan Spicy Stir Fry Sauce by House of Tsang that we bought at our local WalMart (which has groceries). It is HOT! Last week, she checked out a book on Chinese cooking, so I guess she is looking for another recipe to try.
I wish I knew how to make really super Mexican food, because then I wouldn't want to go out to eat at all.
I wanted to try bulk cooking, but just couldn't face it, so I have sneaked in the back door. I make two of things instead of one. My freezer space is limited and my time more so, so this was a good solution. Plus anyone can put something in the oven to bake.
My biggest savings is keeping a list of pantry items I have, so I can stock up on sales of things I need and use. Better to buy something I will definitely use at a cheaper price to use in the future. This saves bundles after about the 3rd month. But be sure to keep track and rotate what you use--which is a pain.
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Old 02-23-2003, 12:14 PM
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rosebud and Di.... I would love it if you could share your stir-fry recipes.
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Old 02-23-2003, 12:35 PM
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HI. I don't mean to start any argument, but I never got bad meat at Aldi. Maybe it is different suppliers in different parts of the country. I always put the pork cops on a broiler pan and spray them with (Aldi version)Pam and then seasoned salt; then flip 'em over and repeat then in the oven for a while at 300.

Chicken has always been good. I microwave it till done all the way, then on the broiler pan splash a little soy sauce on or spray with pam and then seasoned salt or cajun seasoning. also 300 till brown and nice. (I always put foil in the bottom of the pan to save cleanup time - never sure how to figure whether saving time is frugal or not - it gives you time to do other frugal things)

Ground beef in the frozen I never really got that much fat off. Roasts when in season here are REALLY good. I always make them in the slow cooker to save energy. (always use the smallest appliance to get the job done to save money)

I use the packets of seasonings & follow directions to make Kung Pao Pork and other things. Kung Pao is our favorite. I get it at a regular grocery store.
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Old 02-23-2003, 08:07 PM
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I dont know, Lisa, but, I wish I had an oriental neighbor, and we could exchange food, because my chinese food is always awful!..lol Actually, I do have a great recipe for pepper steak, but, I am wanting good egg drop soup, and spicy hot chicken. True flavor, not just soy sauce thrown in....

I, too, would love the chicken stir fry recipe, and any others, too. THe Kung Pao pork sounded interesting, too...

And THANK GOONDESS, I am too old to have to use the cloth diapers, too, or, at least my kids are. I did use cloth diaps for their first 6 months, except on outings, but, by six months, was way time for disposables...

Bulk/freezing french toast? THat sounds interesting. I am guessing that you just make the toast, then freeze it, then pop in the toaster? MMMmmm, might just try that. Alot cheaper and tastier than pop-tarts, I imagine.

Who said that about creative cooking, throwing a bunch of stuff together and it not tasting good! HELLOO!!! You must live next to me, cuz I do the EXACT same thing. I feel so bad for wasting the ingredients, too, so, I am not very brave when it comes to trying 'my' creations. This gal is a recipe-clippin-momma, big time!

Somebody else lives next to me, too, I do the same thing with Dollar General spices and can goods. If I am cooking with em, in they go, but, a side dish gets a frozen veg, or even a walmart brand. And yes, our walmart has groceries, too, isnt it great! I tried the spicy szechewan chicken, too, was too hot for the kids, and to me, it had alot of hot, not much flavor.

I dont think the bulk cooking/freezing would do for me, at least not now. I really enjoy going to the kitchen and making up something hot and fresh, one reason I have to struggle with leftovers. I have heard of a bunch of folks who love it and do real good.

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Here's one thing I do to help me in my savings. I wash out the plastic trays from the meat or fruit purchases. I use them for all kinds of things. When I buy a lg. pkg. of meat...I divide it up into meal size portions. I cover it with wrap and, stick it in a zip bag to freeze. I also use them for baked goods I give away for little gifts. Then, no one has to return a plate! I also use them for separating breakable items when I'm shipping something! And, the best thing is that they are FREE!
I use Purex laundry soap....it works great....and, smells good too. Their softner is great too!! It cleans well....and, so much more reasonable that others.
I agree about the Dawn. It works the best.
Also, I use the Oxygen stain removers. They do work and, don't damage your clothes!! Made a believer of my daughter and her husband. They have a toddler and a baby....and, has been a godsend for them.
Oh, I also use cheap baby shampoo on my dog....on her face....so she doesn't get soap in her eyes that would irritate and make them burn! I'm sure she appreciates it!
Another little hint.....I use cheap shampoo on the neck of clothes before putting into the washer. Put a little along the neck stain....rub and, let sit for a few minutes. It really does a great job. It takes the oils out of your hair....well....so....it works great on other body oil.
Use vinegar for cleaning windows...cheap and, environmentally friendly. I also use it for getting the lime scale and water spots out of tubs, fixtures...makes them shiny and, will not harm the finishes. It's a very reasonable cleaner!!
I hope some of these have helped you.
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Oh, forgot this one.....Find out what Chinese restaraunt has a good noon buffet. They are usually reasonable and, a great variety. I find it's too much work to even think about making anything of that quantity. Think about it!!!
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Old 02-24-2003, 07:28 AM
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I also shop at Aldi's a lot and have found no trouble with the meat. In fact I think they have the best pork chops of about any of the other stores around. But it could be that different areas get their meat from different places. We use the can vegies in things but also by themselves. I believe it is all how you season them. My husband told me when we got married that he absolutely would not eat canned green beans. I fixed some with bacon grease in them and let them simmer until all the juice cooked out and he could not tell the difference in fact I had to show him the cans to convince him that they were canned green beans. So I do all most all of my shopping at Aldi's or Dollar General. At out local DG store you can get Dawn soap and a few other name brands cheaper than at any other store.

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