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I have had this site bookmarked for a year and finally managed to find time to actually join. I am an army wife and mother to a happy little five month old baby boy. I'm excited to hear about how everyone is maximizing their grocery budgets - I need all the tips and advice I can get!
Eleanor P. Jones
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Guess I'm at the other end of the age scale to you, having retired first time around 8 years ago, moving out of the city, going back to work for another 5 years and finally retiring almost 3 years ago. I finally got hubby out of the workforce too last summer.
Now we are trying to make ends meet on small pensions (hubby's job had no pension) and learning to live on less
We live in Ontario, Canada. How about you?
hope you will enjoy this group. plenty of ideas to go around. i too have just retired after 15 yrs as a lunch lady at an elementary school. we are really stretching our budget w/o my salary now. there are all sorts of ways to make your grocery budget go further & lots of good food ideas here. I am located in NE ks. Welcome!
Hi Eleanor, Welcome and glad to have your input. I live in south central IL. Right now IL has been in the news lately with all the drought hurting the crops and livestock but it looks like we are not alone as most states have some of the same conditions. Nancy
thanks everyone for making me feel so welcome! We are currently in North Carolina. I'm ready for my husband to retire from the military - hopefully in five years, but he won't be officially retired from the workforce. Now that we have a baby who eats a lot, we're trying to make the best of coupons, deals, etc! And yes, the drought situation is not helping grocery prices right now. I am originally from South Carolina and the situation down there and in Georgia is really bad and has been for the last several years.
Welcome Eleanor and thank you & your family for your husband's service.
This is not the busiest site, but there are many great authorities on here to help you with cooking from scratch, gardening and stock piling ideas for your freezer and pantry. I am on a major budget right now - our computer died and we needed a new one (my husband needs it for many purposes) - so I am really glad that I had that stock pile in the freezer & pantry - we will have plenty to get us through the month with limited fresh items. If there is a storage or preservation question you might have Grelo is amazing in her knowledge of these things :).
Welcome Eleanor! I think you will like this site. At this time of year, it is not really that active because a lot of us are canning and freezing for the upcoming year and working on our gardens.
I and my hubby are also retired and his pension is very small, so we are trying to live pretty much on mine. I have learned so much from this group about cutting back but still living healthily and eating well. This group loves to share and ar so very helpful, so don't be afraid to ask if you have a question.
I especially like the weekly menu that Tasty posts for us and that we all add too. Gives me some good ideas. After making meals for my family for 48 yrs, I sometimes run out of ideas The menus that are posted sometimes reminds me of different things that I would not have thought of.
I hope that you enjoy this site as much as we do and Welcome once again.
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Hi there, Eleanor, waving at you from the south west corner of North Dakota.
Hope you tick around because this place can use some new blood and more activity.
AS far as stocking up goes w have to know where you live: in Army quarters or do you lve in a house off post and have some extra room to store things? I assume you can buy in the commissary and get things a bit cheaper there than in the grocery stores.
WE are ay a disadvantage in a small ranching/ farming town 75 mi )(one way) from the nearest Walmart and one other larger supermarket. Because of that I order my staples in very large quantities from a Mormon survical food supplier in south eastern Idaho where I can get staples in 50 lbs bags. I am lucky to have a nice cool and dry basement. and store the staple in food grade 5 gal plastic buckets with air tight lids and also have a supply of dehydrated fruits and vegetables.
If you do not have much storage the best things are dehydrated foods either in cans (cpmmercially canned) or you can dehydrate them yourself and preserve them in "Food Saver" bags or air tight jars. I use canning jars for small quantities (herbs and spices) and get an air tight seal with used canning lids and rings (instead of throwing the used canning lids away I wash and save them to make jars of herbs/spices air tight.
If you have a spare closet you can store enough dehydrated food for 3 people to live on for at east 6 months.Of course that is if your tastes are simple and you are willing to go meatless 3-4 days of the week. AS long as you have a supply of some grain (whole oats to cook for breakfast), beans and rice (brown rice only has a shelf life of 6 months and should be ket in the freezer. White rice will keep for years if stored properly. Lay in some other legumes, lentils and split peas. Flour does not store well for any length of time and should NOT be kept in the fridge or freezer. It is better to keep some whole wheat kernels and have a small hand crank grain mill to make your own flour should the need arise.
I guess that is enough for starters and will get you to thinking about keeping something on hand for hard times even if you don't have too much storage room.
See you the next time I drop in. Have nice weekend everyone. I canned 7 pint jars of fresh beets today ( first day with temps in the 70s after a long haul of 90s. Wouldn't you know one of the jars lost it's bottom in the pressure canner and I lost the contents. I should not complain because that is only the second time it has ever happened to me; most likely because so many of my jars are OLD (from the 50s and 60s) and it's a wonder they are still holding up.Oh well, you can't win them all.
gr_eloI canned 7 pint jars of fresh beets today
Love beets and have canned the first batch from the garden. The second batch we planted are ready to be picked now too so we'll have beets all year long
Welcome :-) I'm another retired member. There's a variety of ages & I'm sure you'll get plenty of information. And, enjoy the other threads....along w/Budget, Kitchen Chat is usually pretty active, recipes has lots of informtion & so does the Hints & Tips.
Welcome! I love NC...my parents lived in Black Mountain, outside Asheville for a while. My Dad is buried up there. I live outside Tampa, FL and am always looking for ways to save money, cut costs and be more economical. I dream of gardening but because I live on a preserve I refuse to plant things solely for the "critters" benefit! LOL We do have citrus and blueberries. We do pick strawberries every year and I have not only frozen berries in my freezer but also freezer jam. Enough to hold me to the next picking season!
I want to work with my hubby to build earth boxes because we see such high produce prices. That's probably the only way we could garden.
I have 2 boys that are the loves of my life.
If I have a tip it's to try never to pay retail. This weekend is out back to school tax free weekend where we don't pay sales tax on some school supplies and clothes and accessories under I think $75 (per piece). Got all their supplies plus needed art supplies that I bought at JoAnn's with coupons and saved sales tax! Today we bought shoes at New Balance and I found a $5 off your kids shoes. We ended up buying 4 pair (2 more than we expected since they really should have running shoes for PE). I wasn't expecting it but they gave us $5 off each pair so we saved $20 plus sales tax! Whoo Hoo! Then they hand us 2 insulated coolers that were a promo giveaway. Perfect for lunches! LOL Don't need a lunch box now!
When internet shopping I always look for a discount or free shipping coupon for the shop I ordering from. 8 of 10 times I find something.
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Right now, I'm trying to grow a few things to save on produce. I've got a few herbs - thyme, rosemary and basil, which we use to make pesto and freeze it in large batches. I'm also growing cayenne pepper too. Wal-Mart has a good end of season sale. Our biggest problem is that in addition to renting the house we are in, the dirt in this part of North Carolina is not good - pure sand. Last year I tried growing tomatoes and used as much potting soil and fertilizer as i possibly could and only got about three decent ones from the batch. I need to learn how to compost! We also do not have a large freezer but we make the most out of what storage we do have. Also, we are getting ready to try and make our own baby food. We are finding out that our little one can go through almost 10 oz of baby food in one sitting. He is a big eater!
Welcome Eleanor, hope you enjoy this group. There is a lot of knowledge and experience between everyone. Waving from NW PA - when my kids were babies I got a cheap food mill and fed them whatever we were eating (as long as it wasn't spicy) and bought very little baby food in the jars.
Again, welcome. Nice to meet ya!!!
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