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  1. #1
    Nicole
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    We have to prepare for a worst case scenario with my c-section and

    birth of child. In a best case scenario we will be paying $6,000 out

    of pocket. In a worst case, we will be paying $12,000 out of pocket.

    It is extremely important that we stay under budget.



    Our bills that are flexible are water and electric/gas. I am asking

    my children to take shorter showers and may actually get a count down

    timer. For electric I am goign to try to minimize what we use and

    keep the heat low in the winter and high in the summer. For gas, I

    have chosen to stick close to home for the kids activities (1

    activity 20 minutes away, weekly, 1 15 minutes away twice a month).

    For groceries we have really cut back but I need some more ideas to

    really stretch the budget. I am trying Hillbilly housewife for all

    meals/snacks except dinner (no one in my house would eat like that).

    So for dinners I am just winging it. I was hopeful for some more meal

    ideas...



    2 of my children are sensitive to sugar and gluten

    my husband and 1 of my daughters cannot tolerate greasy, fatty foods

    or high processed

    My husband cannot tolerate very acidic foods

    I used to be a vegan, so I am not into too much meat or heavy

    meals..I tend to have an easily upset stomach



    If you have any ideas or websites let me know.



    Nicole








  2. #2
    sandy miller
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    One meal that I make and is enjoyed by hubby and son is Tuna Noodle Casserole.It is cheap to make and very quick and easy.

    2 cans tuna
    1 can cream of mushroom soup
    16 oz. bag of noodles
    pepper
    salt
    (I sometimes use a can of mushrooms,drained-sometimes chop a half an onion into it)
    onion powder,according to taste
    garlic powder,according to taste.
    mushroom can full of milk

    I boil my noodles and while they are boiling I open cans,drain the tuna,cut the onion and so on.Once noodles are done I drain them very well and put back into the same pan I cooked them in and toss in all the other ingredients and stir till combined.

    So one pan method and low cost ingredients.

    Nicole <bnlbjfamily@yahoo.com> wrote: We have to prepare for a worst case scenario with my c-section and
    birth of child. In a best case scenario we will be paying $6,000 out
    of pocket. In a worst case, we will be paying $12,000 out of pocket.
    It is extremely important that we stay under budget.

    Our bills that are flexible are water and electric/gas. I am asking
    my children to take shorter showers and may actually get a count down
    timer. For electric I am goign to try to minimize what we use and
    keep the heat low in the winter and high in the summer. For gas, I
    have chosen to stick close to home for the kids activities (1
    activity 20 minutes away, weekly, 1 15 minutes away twice a month).
    For groceries we have really cut back but I need some more ideas to

    really stretch the budget. I am trying Hillbilly housewife for all
    meals/snacks except dinner (no one in my house would eat like that).
    So for dinners I am just winging it. I was hopeful for some more meal
    ideas...

    2 of my children are sensitive to sugar and gluten
    my husband and 1 of my daughters cannot tolerate greasy, fatty foods
    or high processed
    My husband cannot tolerate very acidic foods
    I used to be a vegan, so I am not into too much meat or heavy
    meals..I tend to have an easily upset stomach

    If you have any ideas or websites let me know.

    Nicole

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  3. #3
    CeCe Sweet
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    I am gluten intolerant and various other food sensitivites.

    Here's my suggestions.
    Buy anything that is whole food and less than $1 a pound net weight.
    Potatoes are entirely edible, so that's a good deal.
    Bananas have a peel so that's not edible so you have to account for waste.
    Beans are a whole food and so are most vegetables.

    I just piece things together and make meals. I use Living Cookbook software to enter ingredients and find recipes to match when I can't think of something.

    CeCe










  4. #4
    Joi
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    --- In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, "Nicole" <bnlbjfamily@...> wrote:

    >

    > We have to prepare for a worst case scenario with my c-section and

    > birth of child. In a best case scenario we will be paying $6,000

    out

    > of pocket. In a worst case, we will be paying $12,000 out of

    pocket.

    > It is extremely important that we stay under budget.

    >

    > Our bills that are flexible are water and electric/gas. I am asking

    > my children to take shorter showers and may actually get a count

    down

    > timer. For electric I am goign to try to minimize what we use and

    > keep the heat low in the winter and high in the summer. For gas, I

    > have chosen to stick close to home for the kids activities (1

    > activity 20 minutes away, weekly, 1 15 minutes away twice a month).

    > For groceries we have really cut back but I need some more ideas to

    > really stretch the budget. I am trying Hillbilly housewife for all

    > meals/snacks except dinner (no one in my house would eat like

    that).

    > So for dinners I am just winging it. I was hopeful for some more

    meal

    > ideas...

    >

    > 2 of my children are sensitive to sugar and gluten

    > my husband and 1 of my daughters cannot tolerate greasy, fatty

    foods

    > or high processed

    > My husband cannot tolerate very acidic foods

    > I used to be a vegan, so I am not into too much meat or heavy

    > meals..I tend to have an easily upset stomach

    >

    > If you have any ideas or websites let me know.

    >

    > Nicole

    >

    www.cheapcooking.com has a lot of easy cheap recipes as well as

    budget 101, also www.livingonadime.com is a good site. For me a one

    of my go to recipes is



    Tatot Tot Casserole:

    1 bag of tator tots ( you can use southern style potato to cut back

    on fat)

    1 lb lean gr beef ( I use bulgar made with beef broth for half the

    beef)

    cheese soup ( white sauce with cheese whiz)

    Mix and bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes. As you can see this is

    a forgiving mix.

    Casseroles are usually cheaper, you can bulk up with rice, pasta,

    potatoes. I use couscous or bulgar made with broth to stretch the

    meat aspect and being vegan (at heart?) this would be a great way for

    you to not eat too much meat. Where I buy bulgar it is a bit

    expensive but it goes a long way. I use bulgar in all of our ground

    beef dishes: spaghetti, sloppy joes, hamburger helper. Hope this

    helps, blessings








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    SE MA Coast, Zone 7
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    "Nicole" <bnlbjfamily@...> wrote:

    > We have to prepare for a worst case scenario with my c-section and

    > birth of child.



    Dear Nicole,

    Forgive me if I relay information that you already know.



    I had 2 c-sections (1st one life-or-death, second one not to repeat

    1st situation). Luckily, I had insurance. It is a tough recovery

    after, and I do not know if you've had c-sections before, but don't

    over-do it. I did, and it turns out i tore some things inside that

    weren't detected until a hysterectomy 5 years later. The doc had to

    sow my guts back up to the abdominal wall. (More than most want to

    know on a Thursday, I am sure.) Enough of the been there, take care.



    Now, for savings...

    Have you signed up for all those free baby things? They send you

    samples, free parenting magazines, formula, diapers, etc. Will you be

    breastfeeding or formula feeding? The reason I ask, is because I just

    got a sample of formula in the mail, and I have no need for it. There

    is also free things to sign up for while you are at the hospital--ask

    the nurses for the papers.



    Check freecycles for diapers. Sometimes people buy 2 or 3 packs at a

    time, and then their child has a growth spurt, and they cannot use the

    last package, so they offer them on freecycles sometimes. Many people

    on freecycles offer baby clothes and items of all kinds--including

    cribs sometimes! Just go to http://www.freecycle.org/ and type in

    your zip code, or that of a close town.



    Does your husband cook? Do you have any close friends willing to

    bring dinners? I have stomach issues too, but the mail problem here

    is that only 1 out of 4 of us will eat anything. We have 3 picky

    eaters, so I often have to make 2 meals in one. Maybe you could tell

    us the kinds of things that are eaten at your home, and we can add

    ideas to that. Are there things that can be made in advance?



    Coupons & bulk are usually a source of savings. Maybe you could tell

    us what coupons you need, and folks could send you some. Our local

    paper rarely has more than 6 coupons in it, and they are lousy ones.

    There are coupon swapping sites too. Sometimes a coupon item on sale

    turns out to be less expensive than bulk.



    Do you have a neighbor with a glut of zucchini or tomatoes? Maybe

    they will share them with you.



    I have those formula samples, but also diaper ones. If you are

    interested in them I can mail them to you. Please contact me directly

    at Robin282mt@verizon.net and we can set it up.

    Good Luck,

    Robin












  6. #6
    Christena Leverton
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    Since you used to be a vegan and family members can&#39;t tolerate greasy stuff...try www.fatfree.com and Dr McDougall&#39;s sitehttp://www.drmcdougall.com/ and check your library for any ofthe McDougall or Dr Ornish&#39;s cookbooks. Plenty of pregnant women thrive on a vegetarian or vegan diet while pregnant, but I personally stopped being a vegetarian when I was pregnant because I couldn&#39;t tolerate vegetarian proteins. Can your stomach handle it?

    Christena




    On Wed, Aug 6, 2008 at 11:00 PM, Nicole <bnlbjfamily@yahoo.com> wrote:









    For groceries we have really cut back but I need some more ideas to
    really stretch the budget. I am trying Hillbilly housewife for all
    meals/snacks except dinner (no one in my house would eat like that).

    So for dinners I am just winging it. I was hopeful for some more meal
    ideas...

    2 of my children are sensitive to sugar and gluten
    my husband and 1 of my daughters cannot tolerate greasy, fatty foods
    or high processed

    My husband cannot tolerate very acidic foods
    I used to be a vegan, so I am not into too much meat or heavy
    meals..I tend to have an easily upset stomach

    If you have any ideas or websites let me know.


    Nicole






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    d morgan
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    15 oz. Sliced Peaches



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    32 oz. Borden Shelf Stable Milk



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    Date: Thursday, August 7, 2008, 1:00 AM



    We have to prepare for a worst case scenario with my c-section and

    birth of child.

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    Here's one that's not greasy, and it can also be made w/o the beef if necessary. My hubby was ready to turn his nose up at this one until he tasted it! If you make your own bread it would go great w/ this one, scratch or machine. Biscuits would work, too, for those who can eat the gluten, that is!

    Lentil Stew

    1 cup dry lentils
    2-1/2 cups water
    2 beef bouillon cubes
    1/2 pound ground beef, browned and drained
    2 cups tomato juice
    1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
    1/2 cup chopped onion
    2 celery stalks, chopped
    1 garlic clove, minced

    Clean and rinse lentils. In a saucepan, bring lentils, water and bouillon to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, about 20 minutes. Stir in remaining ingredients. Return to a boil; reduce heat and simmer 20 to 30 minutes longer or until the vegetables are tender.

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