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We looked at corned beef points today at $4/lb, about the same as the past 3 or so yrs. We decided against it. The points are too fatty, and we didn't see the other kind. Tip: Save the broth corned beef is cooked in and use for seasoned broth some other time. Skim fat and strain through cheesecloth before freezing.

We were proud of ourselves for not buying the frozen lemon pie at the grocery store today. Our resistance was aided by the $7 price tag. ON SALE! Uffdah! We came home and Husby used 3 aging bananas to make banana bars which will be frosted with ½ can of closeout $1 frosting. I'm sure we'll enjoy those just as much.
 

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Forgot my lunch and breakfast food at home this AM! But found enough in the work cupboard to cover breakfast and am sure I can make lunch work even if it is a bit light. Started on online order at teh local restaurant but delted it and started scrounging. Breakfast was tuna and quinoa...lunch is dark chocolate and ??? Small salad with a lot of vinaigrette maybe.
 

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You want to braise corned beef. That is, covered, with some kind of cooking liquid, for a long period. Slow cooker is very good for that but it can be done in the oven, too if you wrap in foil or have the right lids for your pans.

Boiling will get the job done but it still takes all day, and again you have to keep it covered or the water evaporates. The thing with boiling though is the hot water doesn't really cook it any faster than the slow cooker method.
 
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Ok, this one hurts...

I am NOT buying bees this year... or any other year while I continue to live in this neighborhood.

I have been seeing the ads on craigslist, and as much as I miss my funny girls with their big, fat, yellow hammer-pants... I can't keep bringing them here to their doom. Our state has a 50% annual colony loss, and I have had a failure rate worse than that despite doing everything short of keeping them in my house and feeding them candy... I suspect that in addition to our fickle weather that has them waking up on random 70-degree days in January only to find no food and ice storms the next week, that certain "eco-friendly" mosquito control products popular around here... aren't...

To keep myself honest, I got rid of ALL my boxes and frames and such last year when I made the decision, but as I am cleaning up the yard, I have chanced across a tool or two that reminds me, so very sad!!!
 

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Z: I feel your pain! Lost the work hive this year(the one we were keeping at work to help with local plants getting re-established). Mice. dang it. And many hives at my house. I will help with the community garden bees to get my bee-fix until I can be home more and establish a better bee yard.
I too am not buying bees this year just to watch them croak.
 

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I had two dresses in my cart at Kohls. Looked at them again and realized I have one I haven't worn yet just like the one in the cart. Then decided not to get the other one, even though I really like it. I'll be fine until next year or the year after. I have a few that are worn and need to be retired or figure out a way to fix them. I've already mended one a couple of times and mended holes in a couple of others. Not sure how the holes got in some of them.
 

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I caved in today. I had to return some Amazon items and Kohls gave me 25% off. I bought two dresses. I wear dresses everyday, so they will be well worn. I like these new ones better because they have pockets. Also picked up two of the Kohls cares books/stuffed animals for dgds for Easter. If I have buyers remorse, which I doubt, I can return the dresses. I am looking at it as my birthday and mother's day gifts.
 

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Jetts, those Kohl's animals and books are a steal. The DGDs will love them.

I didn't buy eggs last week or this week, and found out this morning that we were out. So I ran to Aldi. They still have the best price in town.
 

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At the grocery store today, we were eyeing either $7/lb Black Forest ham or $13/lb pastrami to make lunch sandwiches with closeout croissants costing $1 each. Instead we decided to cook some of the $3/lb chicken we were buying and use some of the homemade pumpernickel bread waiting at home in the freezer. We saved a bunch and used up some celery and onion in need of being used, too, cutting down on wasted food. Tasty and frugal all at once! We will no doubt splurge on the other meats some other time, but today we saved.

For giggles, I priced a 1 lb loaf of pumpernickel in the store. $4.69! I don't know what it costs to make the 1.5 lb loaves I make, but it can't be anywhere near that for an extra half loaf. So happy for my $5 NIB bread machine.

I passed up a new cross stitch kit on Amazon, since we have dozens of potential projects in the queue already. But then Husby decided I should have it and ordered it without telling me. 🤣🤣🤣 Do I still get credit for not buying it?
 

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chicken on pumpernickel sounds better to me!
I AM buying gas today, but skipped trying to use my hardware store loyalty bucks that expired yesterday so, hopefully that counts. Normally I go pick up nails/screws/stove-fuel with those but just didn't this week.
 

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It was tasty. The bread makes a nice toast for an open face sandwich. We have tomatoes to use, too, and I used HM hot mustard, HM Spike seasoning, HM pickle relish, and HM dill pickles, too. The more HM replacement recipes I find that we like, the more replacement recipes I want to find. The searching and experimenting make a fun, practical, inexpensive hobby for me.
 

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Behold my willpower!!!

ALMOST brought this home-- they would have looked cute in the garden-- especially next to the catnip patch...

BUT I RESISTED!!!* and luckily by the time I looked again, someone else had adopted them... technically it wasn't "not-buying" since they were free, but I did not acquire them, so close enough... I also resisted a whole box of assorted size take-out type containers (black plastic bottom, clear lid) that I know I would have been able to use... but DD14 informs me that I "have a problem" 🤣 so I only took the three biggest ones to use to take extras to sis/niece.

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Well done!

We're busily talking ourselves out of going out of town for city wide rummage sales later this spring. We might go to the local ones, but there are never many and we don't have to burn a bunch of gas in the gashogs to get to them. Mom can go if we stay local, and she really misses them. We're still working on purging our household, don't really need anything much, and don't really miss going. I hope we can stick with the 'no' we told ourselves over supper tonight, except for local sales.
 

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score jett! well not much to contribute to the I didn't buy it thread but ..got dh to agree that we don't have to see Morbius in the theater cus will come out to Disney which we have. Plenty of other better new movies coming up. so $60 to $80 saved.. depending w kids or not lol and popcorn. Discovered walmart had dh stouffers hot pocket things 9 for $7.97 instead of $12.99 it costs at reg store so got 2. he likes them for work lunches.
 

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Ok, this one didn't hurt QUITE as much as the "no more bees" decision, but still... they were SO. DERNED. CUTE!!! And look at that price!!! (Straight run, so half/half-ish) If I had the land, I would have brought home alllllll of them, if they started crowing, then off to freezer camp, but the limit here is 4, and what would I do with all those eggs???

So I said goodbye to the tempting "side-chicks" and came home to my 3 chickens I already have... monogomy sucks sometimes!!!
 

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Today I deserve a medal! I DID NOT buy this dish towel for my in-laws, who actually "cook" scrambled eggs and pillsbury biscuits (if those count) and just reheat ABSOLUTELY everything else from cans, the freezer section, or restaurant leftovers, and almost entirely in the microwave. It is a very pretty kitchen, though, and easy to keep clean that way...
 
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