Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Food Stamps

I watched a dvd entitled Food Stamped over the weekend. It really is quite interesting.  It helps that one of the participants is a chef/nutrionist by trade so she was able to whip up some stuff that most of us may not think of. But I digress...................

Husband and wife did a food stamp challenge for 1 week.  $50.00.  They live in California.  I've never participated in a food stamp challenge.  I've often thought of it but never could make that leap.

Has anyone here ever 1-been on food stamps and/or WIC?  and 2-participated in a challenge like this?

Looking at what my state pays, we live in North Carolina, the most 2 adults can receive is $357.00 a month if we meet the income restrictions.  $357 sounds like alot to me for 2 people and of course the money will increase if there are more in the family.

Now my mission here is to NOT start an argument either for or against food stamps.  I think we all are aware of fraud but I also am pretty sure that alot of the folks really need them.  My main beef (pardon the pun) with them are the restrictions that are on them.  For instance you can't buy bathroom tissue or toothpaste.  Last time I checked those items are necessities.  I'd much rather my taxes support bathroom tissue than a bag of chips and a Coke.  Recipients are not to buy premade items from the deli?  Really?  Again I'd rather someone buy a rotisserie chicken than twinkies but maybe that is just me.  Maybe I should not have an opinion in this.  After all I've never been in their shoes. 

I find myself on issues such as this somewhere in the middle.  I am a conservative Christian, if you know me that is nothing new.  LOL  I don't want to keep perpetuating problems but I don't want friends/family and especially children to go hungry either.

What is your opinion?  Should the system be overhauled and purchases closely monitored or allow folks to buy what they want?  Do we give a hand out or hand up or both?

Monday, April 27, 2015

Need Recipe Inspiration

I'm looking for frugal tasty dessert recipes. I really like chocolate. If ya'll have some please share. The more the merrier. 

Sunday, April 26, 2015

More Lemonade Musings and the Power of Buying in Bulk

So today at Kroger I bought 4 Countrytime Pink Lemonades. They normally sell for 2.99 each. They were on sale for 1.88 each. If you bought 4 the price went to .88 each. Now it isn't my favorite flavor but I do like it and comes in handy. 

My next deal was Love Spell fragrance. Victoria Secret sells it. If you buy 1 it's 14 dollars but if you buy 5 the price is 30 dollars or 5 a piece. So although I don't need 5 containers NOW I will use them because it's my favorite fragrance. It's the only I can buy at VS 'cause this girl is way too fat for their garments. LOL

Friday, April 24, 2015

I Miss Judy

I've said it before and I will say it again.  I miss reading her blog.  She could squeeze a nickel from penny.  She has quite the knack of stretching those hard earned bucks.  I loved reading about having all her crockpots in use making some kind of delicious concoctions.

So Judy if you are out there and you read this--know that you are thought of frequently, missed frequently as well.  Maybe one day you will decide to get on the blogosphere again.

Blessings to You!
Lee Ann

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Thrifty Thursday Dinner Edition

Dinner tonight is shrimp and baked potatoes. The shrimp and seafood sauce is from Aldi. Generic sour cream and butter and a Claussen pickle spear. Much cheaper than going out but not as tasty. 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Frugal Overdrive

I have to go into frugal overdrive!  Why you ask?  Well I am considering a career change and I want to be in a better position , financially speaking, before I take the plunge or leap. I don't know if any of you read Frugal Queen. She's a British frugal blogger that went pedal to the medal frugal to get rid of major debt. We don't have major debt but we do have a car loan and a mortgage. If I just quit altogether it would be extremely tough to make it. In fact I think we'd be in the red.  Within the next week or so I want to run the numbers and see exact figures. 

I'm getting burnt out. My attitude is tanking. My compassion is dwindling and my understanding is almost gone entirely. 

I know the grass is not always greener on the other side but at some point I think it's a bit better than what's going on now. 

Not So Frugal Alumni

So last night we attended an alumni event. It deals mostly with athletics and the "scholarship fund". We or rather dh paid $45 to attend this event on top of the $$ we spend on football season tickets and the parking that goes along with it. Before anyone goes all cray cray dh works a part time job to pay for his football fix. We do not go into debt for this in any way shape or form. 

I always feel a little odd at these events because we give at the most basic levels and of course there are many folks who give thousands. I hope they don't go into debt to do this.   

I know that universities need money to fund scholarships and all kinds of things but it gets old getting phone calls and emails always needing more. 

Do any of you contribute to your alma maters ?  Have you considered stopping??

Sunday, April 19, 2015

An Aldi Don't and Lunch

I love lemonade and drink it year round so I bought a frozen lemonade concentrate at Aldi. It's not good. It's almost a sour aftertaste. So far it's the only thing I won't buy again. 

Now onto lunch. Chicken tenders that had been marinating in a hatch green chile concoction since yesterday. Some Knoor noodles and "fake" Red Lobster biscuits. It was pretty good and yes we used paper plates because I haven't run the dishwasher yet. Lol

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Nothing is Too Small

Wanda Urbanska used to host a show on PBS entitled Simple Living. I loved that show but never quite took the plunge. In all honesty I think it's way easier to live an organic life when you have the $$$ to pay for it. 

She had a saying that Nothing's Too Small to make a difference. That little everyday changes can make a huge difference in the long run. So I'm going to see how I do with bottled water. See we or rather I drink bottled water. Not everyday but I do buy it. I have a stainless steel bottle that I'm hoping will curee of this. I think we will still use bottles when we go on vacation but hey it's a start,right?

Friday, April 17, 2015

Frugal Food

This was my frugal dinner. 😄. I reheated leftover spaghetti and made it baked spaghetti. The only item I needed was mozzarella cheese. I bought a bar at Aldi and shredded it myself. It was delicious if I say so myself. 


So Cabela's opened yesterday in my town. I was off today and thought (foolishly) I'd swing by. The place was packed full of people most of whom were making purchases, myself included. I will say it's pretty amazing. What I didn't understand was why so many men were decked out in camo head to toe when it's hot outside. 

Monday, April 13, 2015

Rough March

Boy our accounts took a beating in March. So far I've paid taxes on the house, homeowners insurance. Then of course taxes to the state and Feds. 

We don't have much left. I've got to dig deep to get those accounts PLUS the emergency fund funded again. Our EF is nowhere near where it needs to be. If it isn't one thing it's another.