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  1. Imarachne's Avatar
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    Yeah-the Adventist recipes are really good--not sure about tofu tho' !
  2. frugal-fannie's Avatar
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    Thanks, Maui, I usually use stale bread broke up in chunks for the meatloaf, but have used oatmeal also. My kids absolutely love the sloppy joes with oatmeal, it actually tastes better. Another thing my MIL did, but I do not do. She would take her chicken whole or legs and thighs and chop thru the bone into little pieces like a thigh or leg would be cut up in 2's or 3's with a big chinese chop knife.You get little bone chips while you eat and it is messy to prepare, but does extend the chicken.I also have Adventist friends and some of their meatless ideas are excellent. I have bought a few church cookbooks.
    Updated 11-21-2009 at 09:31 AM by frugal-fannie
  3. mauimagic's Avatar
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    Mahalo FF for some realy good ideas!! We are becoming experts at stretching the food dollar, but it sounds as if your MIL would win any contest hands down!! I was ready a tip to add oatmeal to meatloaf - sounds like a great idea to me. I've been adding some of my dehydrated veggies - like that addition, not shall add some oatmeal too!!
  4. frugal-fannie's Avatar
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    It is a national exam for Medical Records Coding-AHIMA is the organization that does the certification. Certified Coding Specialist. I also passed that credential in 1999 along with an additional credential in Medical Records.
  5. mauimagic's Avatar
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    congratulations to your daughter!! What is the CCS exam for?

    Congrats too for joining the drinking challenge F-F!! I know it really helps me to keep on track!!
  6. frugal-fannie's Avatar
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    I will have to check Walmart out on the movies. I have been looking at the rebates also to try and combine and get a good deal.
  7. frugal-fannie's Avatar
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    I got the coffees , tins, and cotton candy at Winco. I also bought red/green pistachios last year there. I was looking for them again. The coffees also come in red, gold and green foil like packaging so they look really good in the basket and only .88 each.
    Updated 11-18-2009 at 03:42 AM by frugal-fannie
  8. frugal-fannie's Avatar
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    I do not have an extra freezer, but when I did I would buy a few turkeys and stock up even more. Maui out of curiosity, let us know what a good deal in Hawaii is.
  9. mauimagic's Avatar
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    Great planning, organizing and shopping F-F!! Those coffees really do sound good - where did you find them? congrats on getting the food boxes done and delivered to the church. We are doing a food drive this week at school and then another one next month.
  10. mauimagic's Avatar
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    I was thinking that our Thanksgiving meal was going to be economical this year too - just decided two days ago to invite some friends over. Agree with our figures - and you will be all set for Christmas.

    Need to work out the figures and go through the flyers here so I can get everything purchased by Sunday.
  11. frugal-fannie's Avatar
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    I miss those days about 20 years ago I used to get a few free turkeys. In CA We rarely have Free turkeys now. I may have gotten one a few years ago but had to purchase 100-200 at a single transaction to get it.LOL We do not have Giant or Aldis or Meijer so I am sure if there are parts of the US that offer free turkey and that you can do even better deals. I do have coupons for the pumpkin pie and Ice cream bringing the cost down to .99 for the 2 items. And also buying wine I usually have coupons for a few dollars off meat.Kroger/Ralphs has the points and I usually average $15-$18 back in a period every 2-3months
    Updated 11-17-2009 at 10:21 AM by frugal-fannie
  12. jestagrrrl's Avatar
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    I saw Walmart has up for $14.97 which was the cheapest price I saw after shopping at the mall where the price is $24.00 or $19.99. Usually the first week the movie comes out, Walmart has a cheaper price then it then goes back to the normal retail.
  13. jestagrrrl's Avatar
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    Just adding my two cents, but Giant is doing this Free Turkey Special, if you do grocery shopping there, and depending on what you purchase, you can accumulate up to 300 reward points and get a free turkey. I did that last year and it worked out great. This year I have 267 reward points, so by Saturday my purchases should put me over the 300 mark and another year with a free turkey! whoo hoo!
  14. frugal-fannie's Avatar
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    I think determination and pursuing your goal are most of it. LOL. She did great cooking home made french fries and cheeseburger for her boyfriend and his 2 friends last night.
  15. mauimagic's Avatar
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    You can and will do it - your determination and planning will definitely get you there!! How wonderful that your daughter will also benefit from all that you have learned and practice. Keep us posted!!
  16. frugal-fannie's Avatar
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    Thanks Maui,I think I will be ready for some great parties at Christmas and for the husbands retirement. The food is pretty expensive here in CA but I think Hawaii is even a lot more because of the shipping.
  17. mauimagic's Avatar
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    Wow - absolutely amazing!! Congratulations on all of that!! Frugal-fannie - you are a world class shopper!!
  18. frugal-fannie's Avatar
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    Ralphs/ kroger had them on sale for 1.99 and then they had mailed a coupon booklet for 1.00 off bagged potatoes.
  19. jestagrrrl's Avatar
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    Wow, how did you get potatoes so cheap?
  20. frugal-fannie's Avatar
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    Well at least she was smart enough to come back.LOL
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