Frugal/budget "dabbler"

Frugal/budget "dabbler"

I must admit..I only "dabble" in being frugal or budgeting. I set up great goals I would like to reach and start really gung ho then slowly fizzle out. I grew up poor and now have a hard time not buying stuff for my daughter since I can afford them. I am not teaching her anything as she has no

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  1. #1
    Tressa Watts
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    I must admit..I only "dabble" in being frugal or budgeting. I set up great goals I would like to reach and start really gung ho then slowly fizzle out. I grew up poor and now have a hard time not buying stuff for my daughter since I can afford them. I am not teaching her anything as she has no concept of money. I also admit I am a all or nothing kinda gal. I cannot seem to find a happy medium. I want to do it all the way or not at all.

    How do I get in the right mind set...and stay motivated to spend less??

    Thanx Tressa

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  2. #2
    Joi Sinclair
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    <div style="font-family:tahoma, new york, times, serif;font-size:14pt;">I have to admit that I only dabble myself, I am much like you, but I have a hard time denying myself as well as my family. One way I have found to help is to do my cooking from scratch. It sounds like it takes too much time but once I got into the habit I am able to save by not buying "convenience" foods. You can save anywhere for $.15 to $2.00 by just making from scratch. I also have the ability to control some of the chemicals that my family ingests by using whole, fresh ingredients. We aren't short money yet, but the company my husband works for isstruggling for jobs and hisincomemaybe cut but we are unsure of how much and how often. So I am trying to get used to a smaller budget now and if/when his checks start fluctuating we will be prepared. Hope this helps.



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    <FONT face="comic sans ms" color="#9d7292" size="5">Joi
    <FONT face="verdana" color="#6000bf" size="3"><FONT face="tahoma, new york, times, serif" color="#54466f" size="4">'The will of God will never take you
    where the Grace of God will not protect you.'

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    ----- Original Message ----
    From: Tressa Watts <TressaPSGT@hotmail.com>
    To: budgetgroup <budget101_@yahoogroups.com>
    Sent: Tuesday, July 15, 2008 3:35:29 PM
    Subject: Budget101.com : Frugal/budget "dabbler"





    I must admit..I only "dabble" in being frugal or budgeting. I set up great goals I would like to reach and start really gung ho then slowly fizzle out. I grew up poor and now have a hard time not buying stuff for my daughter since I can afford them. I am not teaching her anything as she has no concept of money. I also admit I am a all or nothing kinda gal. I cannot seem to find a happy medium. I want to do it all the way or not at all.
    How do I get in the right mind set...and stay motivated to spend less??
    Thanx Tressa



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  3. #3
    J Diane Northcutt
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    Read all three Tightwad Gazette books or read the combined version The Complete Tightwad. These are available at most libraries although I highly recommend having your own copy.
    These books will get youinto a frugal mindset. They taught me to look at each purchase in whole new way.

    Diane

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    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Tressa Watts
    To: budgetgroup
    Sent: Tuesday, July 15, 2008 4:35 PM
    Subject: Budget101.com : Frugal/budget "dabbler"





    I must admit..I only "dabble" in being frugal or budgeting. I set up great goals I would like to reach and start really gung ho then slowly fizzle out. I grew up poor and now have a hard time not buying stuff for my daughter since I can afford them. I am not teaching her anything as she has no concept of money. I also admit I am a all or nothing kinda gal. I cannot seem to find a happy medium. I want to do it all the way or not at all.
    How do I get in the right mind set...and stay motivated to spend less??
    Thanx Tressa



    Making the world a better place one message at a time. Check out the i'm Talkathon.





  4. #4
    Ita Abrahamson
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    What do you make from scratch? how long does it take?



    On 7/15/08, Joi Sinclair <joi_sinclair@sbcglobal.net> wrote:

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    > You can save anywhere for $.15 to $2.00 by just making

    > from scratch.






  5. #5
    Liss
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    <SPAN class="890274114-16072008"><SPAN class="796544714-16072008">>>What do you make from scratch? how long does it take?<<
    <SPAN class="890274114-16072008"><SPAN class="796544714-16072008">
    <SPAN class="890274114-16072008"><SPAN class="796544714-16072008">To answer your questions, EVERYTHING. I make muffin mixes, soup mixes, cake mixes, brownie mixes, cookie mixes, gourmet popcorn blends (because lets face it, regular popcorn is boring & you can feed a pack of hungry kids a huge bowl of popcorn for less than than 1/2 the cost of a bag of chips.) Seasoning mixes, side dishes, mug mixes, pudding mixes, even basic groceries like baking powser, tortillas, syrup, etc.
    <SPAN class="890274114-16072008">
    <SPAN class="890274114-16072008">Basically, if you can buy it in the store, you can make it at home. The key is (unless your a nut like me) not to try to do it ALL. Find a few things that you can change/alter from your grocery list and you are more likely to stick with it in the long haul.
    <SPAN class="890274114-16072008">
    <SPAN class="890274114-16072008">For example, if you buy Cake mixes, mix up a few cake mixes and keep them in your pantry/cupboard to have on hand.
    <SPAN class="890274114-16072008">
    <SPAN class="890274114-16072008">Here are a messload of mix recipes (about 1,500 or so)in various categories:
    <SPAN class="890274114-16072008">
    <SPAN class="890274114-16072008">http://www.budget101.com/convenience_mixes.htm
    <SPAN class="890274114-16072008">
    <SPAN class="890274114-16072008">& More MYO recipes:
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    <SPAN class="890274114-16072008">http://www.budget101.com/myo02.htm<SPAN class="796544714-16072008">
    <SPAN class="890274114-16072008"><SPAN class="796544714-16072008">
    <SPAN class="890274114-16072008"><SPAN class="796544714-16072008">As for how long it takes, depends on how many you make, but I usually spend about an hour a week whipping up a messloadof mixes, truth be told, it's not because I need more mixes in the pantry, it's because my mom calls and I can't answer emails while I'm on the phone, but making mixes is so mindless that I can do that. lol
    <SPAN class="890274114-16072008">

    ~Enjoy !~
    Liss
    Creator/Designer
    of www.Budget101.com



  6. #6
    Joi Sinclair
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    <div style="font-family:tahoma, new york, times, serif;font-size:14pt;">
    Just yesterday I madesaltine crackers and graham crackersusing budget 101 recipe, it took me no more than 10 minutes to mix androll out. It took 40 minutes to cook it all. They both turned out great. I also mix up the cream of "anything" soups which only take about 10 minutes, I also make a white sauce for my recipes calling forcream soup. It doesn't really take much time at all. I also like www.kraftfoods.com they have a lot of simple recipes that take only minutes. I combine what I have learned from budget 101 with these simple recipes. Their is also several cheap cooking websites with easy budget friendly recipes. Hope this helps.

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    <FONT face="comic sans ms" color="#9d7292" size="5">Joi
    <FONT face="verdana" color="#6000bf" size="3"><FONT face="tahoma, new york, times, serif" color="#54466f" size="4">'The will of God will never take you
    where the Grace of God will not protect you.'

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    ----- Original Message ----
    From: Ita Abrahamson <creativemommy430@gmail.com>
    To: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com
    Sent: Wednesday, July 16, 2008 8:36:15 AM
    Subject: Re: Budget101.com : Frugal/budget "dabbler"





    What do you make from scratch? how long does it take?

    On 7/15/08, Joi Sinclair <joi_sinclair@ sbcglobal. net> wrote:
    >
    > You can save anywhere for $.15 to $2.00 by just making
    > from scratch.



  7. #7
    Ita Abrahamson
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    do all of you who do this work full time?



    On 7/16/08, Joi Sinclair <joi_sinclair@sbcglobal.net> wrote:

    >

    > Just yesterday I made saltine crackers and graham crackers using

    > budget 101 recipe, it took me no more than 10 minutes to mix and roll out.






  8. #8
    Fairlee Corkran
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    Can you send the reciepe for homemade gatorade please? Thanks have a great day

    and God bless-Fairlee



    --- On Wed, 7/16/08, mem68 <mildreda@lcs.net> wrote:



    From: mem68

    Subject: Re: Budget101.com : Frugal/budget "dabbler"





    thanks, Liss. I learned to mk gatorade for my 10 yo and he loves it.






 

 
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