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Old 07-17-2004, 11:21 AM   #41
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TH, if you ever run short of $$, don't go back to that stultifying corporate world. Write a cookbook!

Maybe this group should write a cookbook. Collected wisdom. Frugal Gourmet (oh, did someone already take that name?)

I'm drooling, too, in spite of strict intentions to drop some pounds after sampling a few too many San Francisco restaurants!

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Re: Groceries
Old 07-17-2004, 04:40 PM   #42
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I am beginning to think this is a very big factor. When apples cost $1.50 a pound, which they do here, you eat one normal sized apple and that is pretty close to $1.50. I bunch of greens is no less than $1.29. I usually eat a bunch as a serving. Maybe I can get two servings. Even cabbage, the sustainer of poor people all over the temperate world costs $.79 a pound, and a cabbage might weigh 4 pounds, and give two servings. A bunch of green onions, $0.69. For me, a bunch is one to two servings, depending on how I am using it. So before I get to the meat, I am close to or over $5 per day. Add $1.50 minimum for beverages-wine, iced tea, coffee, and I have only about $3.50 left for meat, spices, condiments, etc. Pretty easy if I have hamburger or wings that day, but a halibut steak sure knocks it out.
I remember a while ago you posted some prices like this. Last night I was in the grocery store (Rainbow Foods in a suburb of Minneapolis) and compared. Apples were $1.30-$1.50 a pound (depending on type) -- which is completely outrageous! I've never paid more than $1 a pound, and typically pay more like $0.5-$0.7. The cabbage, though, was only $0.39 a pound (and you eat two pounds of cabbage at a sitting!), green onions were $0.79 a pound which comes out to about $0.59 a bunch. I'm not sure what you mean by "greens." If you mean something like romaine or green lettuce, then our price is $0.79-$1.39 (depending on type), but we have five people in our household that eat a salad every day, and we don't go through more than two bunches a week. I'm pretty astonshed that you can manage to eat an entire bunch in one shot.

I've noticed that salad vegetables have been expensive lately for some reason.

This weeks deals: peaches $0.79 a pound, blueberries $1 a pint, grapes $1 a pound, eggs $0.79 a dozen, frozen pizzas $2 each.
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Old 07-18-2004, 03:06 AM   #43
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My wife handles and pays for all groceries/household supplies. She is a careful shopper generally, but
then will splurge on stuff. I do not "advise" as she is
spending her own money (we have totally sep. finances,second marriage for both - grown kids from
both ). Anyway, this part of our sytem works well.
We eat good and I keep my mouth shut as it's her baby.
I do go along to push the cart, load and unload.
Otherwise, I comment only if asked. I do think there is
a lot of room to save though. In the summer, we eat
fish we have caught and the results of wife's garden,
and we almost always buy generic. When I used to hunt, that helped a little if you count the costs
elsewhere (entertainment budget). Still, there is
obvious fat between where we are and true "thrift".

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Old 07-18-2004, 04:33 AM   #44
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We eat good and I keep my mouth shut as it's her baby.
I do go along to push the cart, load and unload.
Otherwise, I comment only if asked.
I would not have guessed that you had this kind of self-restraint.
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Old 07-18-2004, 05:59 AM   #45
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My wife has opined that I have no "self restraint".
I must have some however, and a lot more than she thinks. It is necessary to employ whatever you can muster in order to have a chance to stay married.
I've been married for most of my adult life, which proves
my point I guess.

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