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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4100 on: August 11, 2015, 08:17:53 AM »
I've decided to grow out my hair, thus saving myself from $25 haircuts every month. I had a pixie cut and the back of my head was starting to look a little mullet-like so I asked my husband to trim it with the shaver I got him for his birthday that had a built-in trimmer. He was nervous, but we successfully did it. I'm hoping that our success with this will entice him to allow me to trim his hair the next time he thinks he's due for a haircut.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4101 on: August 11, 2015, 09:57:12 AM »
Currently trying out my latest thrift store acquisition.  A Starbucks cup with a French Press in it so you make your coffee in situ.  I never would have bought it new but it's a fun second hand toy.

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« Reply #4102 on: August 12, 2015, 07:47:32 PM »
Walked to the grocery store (about a mile each way) instead of my usual lazy drive (I know, I know), building muscles and buying produce! Any recommendations for shopping carts? I'd love something that folds up sufficiently that I can carry it with me, instead of wheeling it both ways.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4103 on: August 12, 2015, 08:07:42 PM »
Walked to the grocery store (about a mile each way) instead of my usual lazy drive (I know, I know), building muscles and buying produce! Any recommendations for shopping carts? I'd love something that folds up sufficiently that I can carry it with me, instead of wheeling it both ways.
We walk to farmers market 2miles one way - 3 times a week. We have two sackpack we got free in one event. We use that to carry lot of fresh produce minus the huge watermelons and pumpkin which is hauled on the weekend when I go out in car.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4104 on: August 12, 2015, 08:10:37 PM »
Split a homemade lunch with a friend. Discovered that we much prefer eating outside in the shade eating together instead of in a shitty gourmet fast food place with long lines and tons of noise.

Also skipped a social engagement and went straight home after work. Saved on what would have been a $20 night at least.

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« Reply #4105 on: August 12, 2015, 09:16:52 PM »
We have totally made the switch to Dorco razors .. 90 cents per blade. My husband prefers them to his former Quattro system and gets 2x longer per blade. Win/win!

Today:

*Made umpteenth batch of homemade iced tea. For anyone who hasn't tried this but loves good iced tea (we used to love Good Host brand, preMMM): 6 orange pekoe tea bags, fill the jug with boiling water and steep ten minutes. Remove tea bags then add 1/2 cup of lemon juice and 3/4-1 cup white sugar (to taste) AMAZING tasting and so cheap! My kids love it!

*Made cucumber salad out of the bag of cucumbers I scored from my neighbour's garden

*Kept a/c off even though I really wanted to put it on

*Made homemade slurpees for the kids today. Terrible for you but cheaper than 7-11! 1 packet unsweetened koolaid (10 cents at Winco), 1/2 cup white death sugar, 2 cups cold water, 3 cups of ice. Blend and serve immediately. The lemonade one actually tastes like an adult flavour and would be very good with the addition of alcohol <wink>

*Husband is taking kids on a city bike ride tomorrow. We were tempted to take them to a fancy local attraction that we haven't seen before, but decided to go with this cheap/free activity instead.

*Homemade granola bars for snacks

*Husband has kids down at the beach tonight -- free except for the minimal cost of parking

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« Reply #4106 on: August 13, 2015, 03:02:58 AM »
I bought a courgette yesterday so that I can cook up the last two tomatoes from last week's veggie delivery with that and put it in the freezer for a quick dinner in winter. Made vegan banana muffins using the one last banana and two that I had thrown into the freezer a few months ago - even more easy to make than my usual banana bread and yummy. Put some straight into the freezer to remove the temptation to scoff the lot before they go off. Buying that courgette left me with 43c in my purse and I really don't want to spend anything else this week so last night after choir I took my time retrieving my bike so that the crowd had moved on without me having to answer a dozen questions about why I wasn't coming with (I was also fasting yesterday and was starting to get hungry so knew I would struggle to resist eating if I went with them). Turned out well though since another guy was heading out the back gate just as I was and we ended up cycling together and having a lovely chat. Social connections minus spending money FTW.

Have lunch with me, snack with me, extra treat snack (banana muffin) with me and leftovers waiting at home to be heated up for dinner so absolutely no need to spend money today. Since tomorrow is another fast day and I'll get my veggie delivery today and have everything I need, shouldn't need to spend anything tomorrow either.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4107 on: August 13, 2015, 12:30:30 PM »
  • Continued plotting my move to a city that will cost me less in airfare.
  • Continued plans for a career change that will result in greater fulfillment and money as I save to retire. I'm planning a career that I enjoy so much that even if I have the chance to retire, I wouldn't take it. But I still like having the retirement option.

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« Reply #4108 on: August 13, 2015, 01:29:59 PM »
I posted a "want" on my local Buy Nothing group page. This serves two purposes: one, I often get what I want for free! Neat. Two: it delays the "want" while still acting on it, but doesn't cost money. Lets me put my desires in terms of "if it happens, that's lovely, if not, maybe I just shouldn't get one".

(I of course give away on the group often as well. My most popular to date was a bunch of flavored vodkas and sugary liqueurs DH and I will never drink but had acquired over the years from BYOB parties, gifts, etc).
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« Reply #4109 on: August 13, 2015, 01:54:14 PM »
Almost booked an AirBnB for travel to my brother's city while he won't be there, but at the last minute texted brother just in case. I'll stay in his place and feed the cat. Savings $184 less whatever I spend extra traveling back and forth to the suburbs.

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« Reply #4110 on: August 13, 2015, 02:52:26 PM »
Walked to the used bookstore.  Once there I discovered I had forgotten my wallet thus generating even more savings.

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« Reply #4111 on: August 13, 2015, 03:55:39 PM »
Walked to the used bookstore.  Once there I discovered I had forgotten my wallet thus generating even more savings.

Awesome. When this happens to me I swear like a sailor, then laugh and laugh.

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« Reply #4112 on: August 13, 2015, 07:00:54 PM »
Cooked dinner with things I needed to use up in the kitchen:
steamed broccoli (last crown that was going bad)
penne pasta with half a used jar of sauce (used it last week)
banana bread (using up 5 old bananas)

I'm really proud of my banana bread attempt.  I have four small loaves in the oven, and I've never made banana bread before. 

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« Reply #4113 on: August 14, 2015, 01:57:33 AM »
Congrats on the banana bread attempt ... how did it turn out?

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« Reply #4114 on: August 14, 2015, 05:04:57 PM »
I sold a portable dvd player on craigslist. 
to torture myself, I searched my amazon history for the original purchase price and found that I sold it for 25% of what I paid!
Wow, what was I thinking when I bought it?!
Oh well, live and learn ... and keep decluttering and accumulating less crap.

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« Reply #4115 on: August 14, 2015, 06:27:29 PM »
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Thread hijack: BEST banana bread recipe ever (bold claim, I know)

Mash two bananas, heat gently with 3 tbsp milk and 1 tsp baking soda - let it foam a bit, then cool
Blend 1 cup sugar with 1 stick butter, then add one egg and blend
Add banana mixture, then add one cup of flour and 1 tsp baking powder.

Bake at 350 for 50-60 minutes in a 9 inch tin.

@annajane83 Do you think I could get away with a 1/4 cup of sugar instead? - Intriguing recipe:)

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« Reply #4116 on: August 14, 2015, 07:26:49 PM »
Sav-a lot is having a three day, while supplies last sale starting today, so after work I went in and bought 30 pounds of chicken leg quarters for 34 cents a pound. That's cheaper that turkey after thanksgiving, and is half of my "buy" price on leg quarters from 2008


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« Reply #4117 on: August 14, 2015, 08:19:05 PM »
Congrats on the banana bread attempt ... how did it turn out?
Not great.  However, we've devoured about half of it.  I did get my dad's recipe, which is really good.  I hope my next attempt will be better.

My husband and I are staying in and having a few drinks at home. 

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« Reply #4118 on: August 15, 2015, 02:48:43 AM »
Congrats on the banana bread attempt ... how did it turn out?
Not great.  However, we've devoured about half of it.  I did get my dad's recipe, which is really good.  I hope my next attempt will be better.

My husband and I are staying in and having a few drinks at home. 

What wasn't great? The taste? Texture? was it undercooked? Enquiring minds want to know :-)

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« Reply #4119 on: August 15, 2015, 02:57:15 AM »
*Shopped at a little hole-in-the-wall produce market. We had just been to the regular grocery store (Real Canadian Superstore) where apples were $1.69/lb, peaches were $1.59/lb and bananas were 65 cents/lb.  I had seen this little ad in the local paper about this market and the prices were so much better: apples for 69 cents/lb, peaches for 59 cents/lb and bananas for 55 cent/lb. I don't understand how they can charge so much more??? Highway robbery!

*Had a repeat dinner of tacos -- just added more rice to the ground beef to stretch it farther.

*Got $200 off my groceries from accumulated cc points (put a major purchase on there last month)

*Took out 5 or 6 Dvd's from the library for weekend viewing over the next 3 weeks and loads of books - so much to read, so little time!

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« Reply #4120 on: August 15, 2015, 06:13:34 AM »
Congrats on the banana bread attempt ... how did it turn out?
Not great.  However, we've devoured about half of it.  I did get my dad's recipe, which is really good.  I hope my next attempt will be better.

My husband and I are staying in and having a few drinks at home.
My favorite banana bread recipe is this one:  http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/a-to-z-bread

It's also my favorite zucchini bread, apple bread, carrot bread, etc.  Though I prefer it baked up as muffins instead of as a larger loaf.  The loaf can sometimes turn out gooey in the middle while that never happens to the muffins.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4121 on: August 15, 2015, 09:30:27 AM »

*Had a repeat dinner of tacos -- just added more rice to the ground beef to stretch it farther.


I add beans to the taco meat, refried or whole (usually whole). Mash the whole ones in a bit if you like.

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« Reply #4122 on: August 15, 2015, 10:32:43 AM »

*Had a repeat dinner of tacos -- just added more rice to the ground beef to stretch it farther.


I add beans to the taco meat, refried or whole (usually whole). Mash the whole ones in a bit if you like.

We've done this for years. And now I've learned that you can make your own taco seasoning! I like Alton Brown's recipe, but that's just because I already had all the ingredients.
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« Reply #4123 on: August 15, 2015, 10:38:21 AM »
Took my mom to the mall and resisted all temptation and did not buy a single thing. I kept thinking, "maybe I'll get an iced tea..." and realized I just didn't need one at all. Water is free!

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« Reply #4124 on: August 15, 2015, 02:37:14 PM »
Walked to the library, didn't take the bus. Win!!

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« Reply #4125 on: August 15, 2015, 03:28:46 PM »
Cooked from scratch today, using the very last tins that were left in the pantry. Pantry challenge officially complete now, so it's time to stock up again. Have some coupons set aside for that purpose.

Scored two pair of free shoes in mint condition today, going to pick them up tomorrow in hopes they'll fit me. Found someone nearby to share my bulk bought spices with, thus enabling me to make use of low per kg prices without worrying whether I'll use it all up before it expires. Way cheaper than supermarket spices and better quality to boot.

Froze another batch of blackberries. They just keep coming, so I'll definitely harvest enough for a nice batch of blackberry port in addition to cake filling and smoothie material.



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« Reply #4126 on: August 15, 2015, 04:23:38 PM »
Ha! I ended up making taco seasoning the other night too when my costco one ran out. I don't think I will buy it again. The homemade was as good or better than the storebought.  I used the Costco plastic spice jar and tripled the batch to fill
Up the container.

*daughter is making cookies - some to eat today, most for the freezer.

*dinner includes costco fish and marinated vegetables - got a huge box of mushrooms on clearance yesterday for 30% off.



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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4127 on: August 15, 2015, 06:30:22 PM »
I reallocated my wife's 401k to use all SSgA index funds.  ER is 2.2 basis points now.

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« Reply #4128 on: August 15, 2015, 07:16:08 PM »

*Had a repeat dinner of tacos -- just added more rice to the ground beef to stretch it farther.


I add beans to the taco meat, refried or whole (usually whole). Mash the whole ones in a bit if you like.

We've done this for years. And now I've learned that you can make your own taco seasoning! I like Alton Brown's recipe, but that's just because I already had all the ingredients.

I just check the spice drawer - chili powder or cayenne, cumin, oregano, garlic, salt, pepper, celery salt..... Whatever else makes sense. Beef boullion on or soup base if I have it.
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« Reply #4129 on: August 16, 2015, 06:41:23 AM »
Took a banana muffin out of the freezer and then ate it as my second breakfast. Yum.

Mixed up a loaf of a really simple no-knead bread this morning to bake this evening. Can't wait. Have been wanting to do this for ages and slowly doing things like getting a cast-iron saucepan, buying a huge packet of bread flour, buying a huge packet of yeast so it was time to stop procrastinating and just do it. It's looking good so far. Can't wait for dinner (I'm having red pork and spiced cabbage with bread - yum).

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« Reply #4130 on: August 16, 2015, 08:17:53 PM »
We bought an ancient and large chest freezer 2nd hand over the weekend. The Mr and a friend went to collect it yesterday. They got it home ok but it was much heavier than the Mr had anticipated.

As a thank you gift for the friend, we regifted a very nice bottle of wine from our shelf. A visiting guest had passed it on to us the day before, having been given it as a corporate gift while he was in town but had no interest in carrying it home on the plane.

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« Reply #4131 on: August 16, 2015, 09:02:27 PM »
Shaved 100 euros off of my electricity bill by optimizing my floor heating (i.e.: turning the pump to low and switch it off for summer). 65 W to 35 W, 24/7 to 10 min/day. Easiest 100 euros in savings so far!
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« Reply #4132 on: August 16, 2015, 09:59:11 PM »
Stayed home all day.

Turned fans on the house last night and kept the A/C off all day.

Made 7 jars of pesto with basil, garlic and dried tomatoes from the garden. 

Booked hotels for an upcoming trip with a travel rewards credit card.

Repaired the steps on the back porch with scrap material to hopefully buy the old deck a couple more years before it needs to be replaced.

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« Reply #4133 on: August 16, 2015, 11:16:35 PM »
homehandymum, Great turn around time on regifting the wine! Clever!


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« Reply #4134 on: August 16, 2015, 11:31:47 PM »
My husband and I are going away for a long weekend (all covered by his impressive stash of Frequent Flyer points).

All I want to do is stretch out in a hammock and read, so I've reserved a couple of books from the library.

I've lost some of my mojo for all things Mustachian this past week or so. Not that I'm not willing, but without the time to spend on the forum and updating our numbers, my resolve wavers a bit. And I don't even want to bother with some of the things that are keeping me busy, so it's time to start saying no.

We live apart from much of our family and friends, so we end up travelling a lot to visit them. On certain sides, it's been a long time since the favour was reciprocated. We're apparently young and flexible (true), so it's easier for us to drive three hours here or four hours there for weekends. But then we find ourselves during periods like now, when we have four consecutive weekends away, then my husband overseas for a fortnight, during which I have one lot of house guests then have to travel to visit someone else.

We've prided ourselves on this in the past. We're adaptable, we're fast, efficient packers, we can be ready in no time, we're used to being away from home, we like seeing our friends and families, last year we drove from Alice Springs to Adelaide on two days' notice, over a day and a half with just four hours in Coober Pedy to get some sleep. And because we've always been that couple, people now expect it, and it's hard for us to say, 'We would actually like more than four consecutive nights in our own bed. Occasionally we'd like to be home of a weekend to buy groceries and do laundry. We'd like to remember what it's like to look forward to weekends instead of just remembering where we're going and why. We'd like you to come to us occasionally, and if you don't want to, we're ok with that too, because who actually likes house guests.'

These relationships won't fall apart if we go a few weeks or even a couple of months between visits. I'm sick of us shaping our lives around obligations to others.

(And yes, I understand that I started this post hypocritically by talking about a weekend away. We booked it months ago. Now I wish we were just staying home, but I think it will be good for us when we actually get there.)

Sorry for the incredibly off-topic vent. Normal broadcasting may now resume.

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« Reply #4135 on: August 17, 2015, 03:29:19 AM »
Totally understand this. What it comes down to really, I decided once, is the fact that I want to build a nice home for myself and I can't do much home-building if I'm never at home. It's about more than just having nicely decorated (haven't managed that yet), or being efficient with chores so that everything is spick and span (definitely don't manage that one yet) - for me, it's about having a bit of a routine and establishing traditions for want of a better word. So that I know on a Saturday evening I like to turn on the internet radio to Lyric FM and sit in that particular chair and read. Or that I like to go out for a walk in a nearby forest on a Sunday morning and then come back and tune in to Sunshine Radio while getting a few household chores done and preparing a nice leisurely brunch at a nicely laid table. I think it's important for me to have those moments at home and it's probably even more important if you have a partner/family around, too. That's not to say that I can't be flexible and don't enjoy visiting other people - but it definitely works better (for me) if that's the exception rather than the rule.

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« Reply #4136 on: August 17, 2015, 06:25:27 AM »
It's the day before payday, and I put my last remaining $18 into my savings account.

Made ah-mazing pumpkin, carrot and coconut milk soup, and mini broccoli and corn quiches for work lunches

Found that my rechargeable toothbrush will last 10 days or so between charges, so I haven't left it plugged in
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4137 on: August 17, 2015, 07:57:33 AM »
Switched to a different Republic Wireless plan that refunds money if you don't use a lot of data. Got a $12.05 refund so the charge this month for two cell phones was $29. New plan lowered the bill by about $20.

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« Reply #4138 on: August 17, 2015, 09:26:48 AM »
Fixed another pair of sneakers with the tube of Shoe Goo I got last year.  ...It's the gift that just keeps on giving.  :D
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #4139 on: August 17, 2015, 02:05:28 PM »
Not today, but last week.  Bought a very limited item for $240 bucks and sold it for $865 1 day later.

This paid for my 11 month home inspection, $200 dollars for my side income that generates $7-$10k per year net, and I have some money left over.  Pretty happy about this.

I also sold $500 item.  I did splurge and got some Taco Bell on Saturday tho.
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You either cut expenses, raise income, or both.  Simple as that.

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« Reply #4140 on: August 17, 2015, 09:14:26 PM »
I have been saving these up for a few weeks:

--Lost my fitness tracker, and before I gave up and ordered a new one, called the one person I knew where I thought I might have lost it. Sure enough, it had been found. (I generally have terrible luck with lost things and never find them.)

--In completing the annual HSA paperwork (we are coming up on deadline), discovered that one doctor's office owed me $275. Jumped through several more hoops to get prescription paperwork so I could get every penny out of the account.

--Broke the bedroom lamp but found another lamp in the closet I could put in that spot.

--Glued a pair of bluetooth headphones I use while swimming instead of replacing.

--Made a fruit crisp to use up fruit wilting in the refrigerator.

--Currently working on replacing a clock movement instead of replacing the whole clock.

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« Reply #4141 on: August 17, 2015, 09:21:59 PM »
No spend day today! And I watered my herbs, and I will thin them tomorrow. Having fresh cilantro, basil, and chives will save some money but most importantly is great nutrition.

Used some green onions. Definitely not all of them, but a few. I'm hoping to not have them go bad before I use them.

DH got a new CC which will give us 6% back at grocery stores and 3% on gas (up to $6,000 in sales). Since we spend lots on food and gas, this'll be great. It has a $75/yr fee, but there's $150 bonus after a spending minimum, so that covers the first 2 years. Year 3 and beyond, it functionally becomes 4.75% back with the fee and the limit (IIRC DH's math).

I picked more volunteer tomatoes. Pounds of free cherry tomatoes? Awesome!
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« Reply #4142 on: August 17, 2015, 09:47:38 PM »
Cut off a skin tag instead of going to the dr. for it. Pretty easy to do.

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« Reply #4143 on: August 17, 2015, 09:48:45 PM »
Cut off a skin tag instead of going to the dr. for it. Pretty easy to do.

Curious how this went? I imagine it'd bleed quite a lot?
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« Reply #4144 on: August 17, 2015, 09:52:09 PM »
It didn't hurt much at all, but yeah it bled for a few minutes. No big deal though. It stopped. I really thought it would hurt more.

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« Reply #4145 on: August 18, 2015, 04:11:16 AM »
*Shopped at a little hole-in-the-wall produce market. We had just been to the regular grocery store (Real Canadian Superstore) where apples were $1.69/lb, peaches were $1.59/lb and bananas were 65 cents/lb.  I had seen this little ad in the local paper about this market and the prices were so much better: apples for 69 cents/lb, peaches for 59 cents/lb and bananas for 55 cent/lb. I don't understand how they can charge so much more??? Highway robbery!

Man, stores charge a huge markup on fresh produce (in part because of spoilage/waste, in part because they can). I think I mentioned in another thread being in a grocery store when the cilantro (which the store was selling for a reasonable dollar a bunch) came in. Store paid the guy seven bucks for a case of a hundred bunches. So there's lots of room for indie stores to compete on price. Especially if you happen to be in Ontario, where the Food Terminal levels the playing field for small business.
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« Reply #4146 on: August 18, 2015, 09:17:24 AM »
Started making overnight oats for my hubby, our three year old and myself to eat in the morning instead of our usual's.

Usually I would eat a quest bar (they seem to be the only thing that keep me full till lunch and I am trying to lose weight) at $3 each. My hubby would eat Kashi Go Lean at $9 for about 10 days. My son is gluten free and his gluten free cereal is $5 for 5 days.

So breakfast went from $60 a month to about $15 as I like to add some flax seed and hemp hearts for extra nutrition.




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« Reply #4147 on: August 18, 2015, 09:28:02 AM »
Started making overnight oats for my hubby, our three year old and myself to eat in the morning instead of our usual's.

Usually I would eat a quest bar (they seem to be the only thing that keep me full till lunch and I am trying to lose weight) at $3 each. My hubby would eat Kashi Go Lean at $9 for about 10 days. My son is gluten free and his gluten free cereal is $5 for 5 days.

So breakfast went from $60 a month to about $15 as I like to add some flax seed and hemp hearts for extra nutrition.

Oats have gluten.  The mnemonic for gluten I use is "BROW"  Barley, Rye, Oats, and Wheat.

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« Reply #4148 on: August 18, 2015, 10:42:17 AM »
Started making overnight oats for my hubby, our three year old and myself to eat in the morning instead of our usual's.

Usually I would eat a quest bar (they seem to be the only thing that keep me full till lunch and I am trying to lose weight) at $3 each. My hubby would eat Kashi Go Lean at $9 for about 10 days. My son is gluten free and his gluten free cereal is $5 for 5 days.

So breakfast went from $60 a month to about $15 as I like to add some flax seed and hemp hearts for extra nutrition.

Oats have gluten.  The mnemonic for gluten I use is "BROW"  Barley, Rye, Oats, and Wheat.

You can get certified gluten-free oats. The issue is they are often made on equipment that processes gluten-containing grains. Oats themselves do not contain gluten, which is why you cannot get a bread to rise out of oat flour.

ETA: sorry, not rise, but elasticity/stretch/crumb structure. You don't get the gluteny stickyness lol.
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« Reply #4149 on: August 18, 2015, 10:50:48 AM »
Started making overnight oats for my hubby, our three year old and myself to eat in the morning instead of our usual's.

Usually I would eat a quest bar (they seem to be the only thing that keep me full till lunch and I am trying to lose weight) at $3 each. My hubby would eat Kashi Go Lean at $9 for about 10 days. My son is gluten free and his gluten free cereal is $5 for 5 days.

So breakfast went from $60 a month to about $15 as I like to add some flax seed and hemp hearts for extra nutrition.

Oats have gluten.  The mnemonic for gluten I use is "BROW"  Barley, Rye, Oats, and Wheat.

You can get certified gluten-free oats. The issue is they are often made on equipment that processes gluten-containing grains. Oats themselves do not contain gluten, which is why you cannot get a bread to rise out of oat flour.

ETA: sorry, not rise, but elasticity/stretch/crumb structure. You don't get the gluteny stickyness lol.

Good to know!