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  1. General Chat
    Interesting thought based on Stinkbugs Thread here. How much are you willing to pay for that extra quality that takes an item to "good quality"? An extra 10% - 20% or more? American mfgs, I'm sure can and do make a higher quality item in some cases, but when it comes down to brass tacks...
  2. General Chat
    I just happened across this article and it struck me so funny. Apparently my SIL is a criminal! LOL! She's got quite a little business going. She makes baked goods for her friends and their friends, and so on. These are people who want home baked goods, but just don't want to spend the time or...
  3. Coupons
    I'm curious as to how others use their coupons if they're trying to avoid purchasing processed foods. The majority of the coupons I've seen are for gummy candies, canned soups, packaged mixes, etc. Things that are full of salt, sugar, and chemicals. Almost all of our coupon usage comes from...
  4. Meal planning
    This is almost funny...but not. A few weeks ago me and dh went to Aldis...and we usually put the canned goods in the boxes the canned goods come in to take home. Well...my two year old has a thing for paper and we had the canned goods in the back seat with him. He peeled like several of the...
  5. Kitchen Basics
    Well I am. Part of my shopping and stocking up was shopping at Aldis and buying a ton of canned food. I find some frozen veggies that I buy can last my family three meals and taste sooo much better, not to mention the lack of sodium. This year I've been using up a lot of canned food so my pantry...
  6. Kitchen Basics
    I have gotten what seems to be "moths" that I think came in through a bag of Corn meal....I noticed these moths in my home...couldn't figure our where they came from and when I was going through my cupboards noticed that a bag of my cornmeal...Which was basically brand new except for one use out...
  7. Kitchen Basics
    I was organizing my pantry and found three cans of tomato soup that have a use by date of March of 2008. My first inclination is to use them sooner rather than latter, since the cans are in good condition. No rust, no dents or bulges. What do you all think?
  8. Kitchen Basics
    Looking for some recipes that you bake for school lunches.
  9. Kitchen Basics
    I'm trying to bake more, to save money as well as to have healthier cookies, muffins, etc. However, since I'm single, there is always way more than I can eat. I don't mind sharing some with friends at work, however, I would like to freeze some cookies and muffins so that i can have them at a...
  10. Pests
    I hope someone can help because I'm sick of throwing out food because worms and flies have infested them. Last summer we had a problem with these moth type flies that love dry goods. They'll actually bore into plastic bags and paper packaging to get at beans, flour, corn starch, rice and then...
  11. News you can use
    Durable goods orders plunge 5.3% in January Orders for long-lasting U.S.-made manufactured goods fell a worse-than-expected 5.3% in January, the biggest drop since August, ... </img>
  12. Frugal Recipes, Leftovers, Budget Meals
    I'm single and really working hard on getting my grocery budget down. So consequently, I'm baking my own muffins, cookies, etc. I've never been one for frozen bread, I just don't like the taste, so when you freeze your items do you freeze them cooked or uncooked? I know it sounds like a silly...
  13. Frugal Living
    Hi, I have always did alot of baking each year for many years of our marriage. Always sent tons of cookies to dh's work, gave to some in the family like my parents and dh's parents. The year my dad died I didn't celebrate X-mas I was too depressed nor did I put up a tree. I couldn't do it I...
  14. Frugal Living
    Let's post tips on how you are frugal when it comes to purchasing canned goods.
  15. Just Tips
    Desserts & Baked Goods Tips Banana Bread: For a moister and tastier banana nut bread, pour half of the batter in the baking pan, spread 1/8" - 1/4" of pineapple tidbits (drained) over the batter, then cover with remaining batter. This is especially effective for those of us who buy the boxed...
  16. Debates, Politics and Personal Opinions
    Is anyone making a conscious effort NOT to buy things made in China?
  17. Kitchen Basics
    Okay, so, we've been trying to use up what we have in the stockpile and I just came across 6 cans of Spaghettios. Two had the date Sep 2006 stamped on them. Two had the date Sep 2005 stamped on them. Two had the date Sep 2004 stamped on them. I know that the first two are fine to eat. The...
  18. Kitchen Basics
    when I bake and the recipe calls for an egg, I use a tsp of soy flour instead. the goody then has less calories. the product has a little heavier consistancy, and you can't taste the soy flour. the only problem i've experienced with it is that I have found that you can't substitute soy flour for...
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  20. Home Environment
    I just put fresh dryer sheets in all of the heater vents and boy does the house smell nice!! Not like the usual - cigarettes, Ryan's socks :eek:  and :cat: :purpcat: :cat: :purpcat: :cat: :purpcat: :cat: :purpcat: :cat: :elf::elf::elf::elf::elf: (those will have to do for weezils)   ahhh!!:)
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