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Thread: Weekly Shopping & Some Ideas
01-04-2006, 09:37 PM #1
Weekly Shopping & Some Ideas
Cindy, I don't think $60.00 - 65.00 per week for three people and 4 pets is all
bad at all. I spend 200.00 per month (goal wise) for two people and three pets.
I also stock up a lot for lean times.
I have two large dogs (110 lbs and 50 lbs) and a cat (9 lbs of pure queendom,
never question what she's doing, she rules it all!!!) and they go through a 40
lb bag of dog food every three weeks (cat won't eat cat food, she wants their
dog food all the time) and that alone is 15.99 every three weeks.
Some questions that may help you save a little more... Do you purchase paper
towels or use rags for cleaning up? Keep a pile of rags for cleaning. It ends
up being cheaper in the long run. EXCEPT, I also keep about three rolls of
paper towels on hand for the pet cleanups, eww.
Do you make your own anything? For instance I make my own pancake syrup. 1 cup
sugar, 1/2 cup water, 2 TBSP butter (margarine will work too, but I don't use
it) and either 1 tsp of vanilla flavoring or 1 tsp of maple flavoring. I use
the Maple. DH has requested I don't buy any syrup anymore as he likes this
better even than the Mrs. Buttersworth he grew up on. And for about 10 pennies
for the homemade instead of almost 40 cents for the store bought I don't
complain about the extra 2 minutes it takes to make it. Yes, making your
own pizzas can really help you to save some money too. Especially if you have a
bread machine with a dough setting. You can use it for the dough and then all
you have to do is seperate it out into multiple pizzas and then make them up and
Does your store have a decent clearance bin? I check the two in my store
thoroughly everytime I go. The meat clearance helps me keep my freezer full.
It's the only way I buy steaks is from the clearance bin and sometimes I can get
7% ground beef for 99 cents a lb this way. The dry goods clearance can help
too. Year before last they had a lot of Christmas baking stuff in the clearance
bin including vanilla extract, I bought 1 ounce bottles of pure extract for 50
cents each. Around here that is a real find. Just last month they had
Giradelli bakers semi-sweet chocolate in the clearance bin for 1.00 each
(usually 2.99) just because someone had dropped the box and broken the bars.
01-04-2006, 09:37 PM #2
> Some questions that may help you save a little more... Do you purchase
> paper towels or use rags for cleaning up? Keep a pile of rags for
Can you clean windows with rags? I pay like 6 dollar for an 8 roll pack of
01-04-2006, 09:37 PM #3
"Can you clean windows with rags? I pay like 6 dollar for an 8 roll
pack of bounty.~~~Tammy
I use old newpaper for windows and mirrors. Works great.
01-04-2006, 09:37 PM #4
I have made my own syrup too. One time
01-04-2006, 09:38 PM #5
I clean windows with paper coffee filters....they are 100-200 for $1...they
don't shred or leave lint like paper towels. Also, newspapers work great,
again no lint...but I dislike having ink all over my hands.
I don't mind how my husband squeezes the toothpaste tube...it's only
important how he squeezes ME!!!!
01-04-2006, 09:38 PM #6
Yes, I went to Walmart and purchased a bag of the "shop rags" for window
washing. They aren't terry cloth like towels, they are smooth woven cotten and
don't leave lint. The rest of my rags are old towels or t-shirts (which also
don't leave lint and can be used on windows). The entire bag of 20 shop towels
was like $4.00.
I purchase paper towels once every 8 months or so and then only 3 rolls or so.
I use them strictly for those disgusting things like pet accidents, cat hair
balls and that kind of thing. Other than that all spills are taken care of by
We also use the rags at dinner time instead of napkins. I haven't purchased
napkins in over 8 years. When company comes I take out the fabric napkins I
made just for this purpose. (Don't want to think I am cheap or anything
My husband has his own rags he uses in the garage for cleaning up the lawnmower
and stuff. So when I wash his rags I do it seperately from the "house" rags so
that the grease and oil doesn't get all over the house rags. I also wash the
shop ones with extra soap and some lysol in the wash too. It helps cut the
01-04-2006, 09:39 PM #7
I also heard someone say that a little Dawn dishsoap in the laundry will help
to on Grease and grime as well.Tina
01-04-2006, 09:39 PM #8
I didn't think of the coffee filters I will have to try that I knew about the
newspaper and I do agree with you I hate the ink getting all over my hands.Tina