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    It's kind of like that around here too. There is a lot of unemployment here,
    and a lot of people on assistance. I am in Eugene, Oregon. #1 state in the
    nation (last I looked) for unemployment and #1 in the state for unemployment.
    We used to have Sony, they closed, we used to have Monaco coach, They closed
    until September when they will reopen with only 150 employees. Even the local
    mill just laid off over 150 people. I have been looking for a position for the
    last three months, but there are so many others looking too it's just
    ridiculous.

    But, I persevere and it usually pays off. When I can get a good deal I stock up
    as much as I can. I just make it a point to run to the store once a week, even
    if I only need one thing and I ALWAYS check the bin just in case something was
    put out.

    Emily Y.
    Date: Sun Jun 1, 2003 11:29 pm
    Subject: Sales, unemployment and finding deals

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    Yeah me to I usually do my shopping on fridays when my hubby gets paid. Now
    I'm thinking of trying to hold off until Monday morning b/c of the weekend
    rush hopefully things get stocked up by then. You know my hubby and I were
    talking the other day we are a very poor state but we still have all these
    resturaunts going up all over the place. I swear Ididn't think we even had
    that
    many people to keep these places in business. I told him they must be comming
    down out of the mountains to have a 9 dollars steak. LOL And they wonder why
    they have no money at the end of the month. Some of our smaller grociers are
    shutting down now b/c of lack of business and that is sad b/c that is honestly
    were I found the best deals. I just need to kind of get use to another way
    my favorite store shut down in December.~~~~Tammy

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    Geesh and I thought that it was bad up here in the Portland area. It is
    also bad over in Newport on the coast but I have seen and hear that it
    is possible to do it if you really work hard at it. I am just so happy
    that my hubby finally got a good job that pays well too, I still look
    very closely for the deals.

    Susan

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    Susan,

    My DH and I just moved back here to Eugene FROM the Portland area in March! It
    is really bad here, at least there I was able to work a few temp jobs (about one
    weeks work every 4 - 5 weeks) and here there just aren't any.

    Yes, keep looking for the deals. And once you have your food budget where you
    like it keep it there. I COULD feed DH and I for less than I do (I spend 200.00
    per month in food and "stuff" and I could do it for $75.00 - 100.00) but I use
    what I don't NEED for the month to stock up on sales. If there is a great sale
    on something I know we use I stock up on it until I spend the total of my
    grocery allotment.

    In 2001 it really helped, my husband had cancer, and he spent most of 2001
    (February to December) either in the hospital or in treatment for the cancer.
    And during this time most of it was spent on disability income only. So, being
    able to stock up on things really does pay off in the long run.

    Especially the non-perishibles... TP, shampoo, conditioner, soap (soap has a
    longer shelf life than a twinkie!), deoderant, feminine napkins (going to be
    making some of my own here shortly), dishwasher detergent, dishwashing liquid,
    fabric softener, laundry detergent... All of these items can be kept for a
    minimum of 2 years in storage. Longer if kept at a constant temperature.

    Most canned goods are good for at least a year and can be kept up to two years
    if they aren't acidic or there is no rust on a can (anything over this and the
    food is nutricionally comprimised). Dehydrated food can be kept until my niece
    is old and grey.

    If you have a food dehydrator a great way to keep tomato sauce longer is to do
    this. Open that can up, spread it on the fruit sheet that comes with your food
    dehydrator and dehydrate that tomato sauce into a powder. Not only does this
    concentrate the flavor and make it so you can store more of it in a smaller
    place, but it also makes it so that the tomato sauce can become tomato paste
    (depending on the amount of water you add to reconstitute it) and it makes it so
    that it will keep for decades in a glass jar instead of the months in a tin can
    (tomato is so acidic that it can even eat through the coating in the cans that
    are used to can it).

    You would be amazed at the number of items you can dehydrate too. Mushrooms,
    spaghetti sauce, fruits, veggies, flowers, tomato sauce, pizza sauce... The
    number of items are endless. I am sure there are more than I have listed, I
    just can't think of them all off the top of my head. LOL! And dehydrated items
    always cost a bundle at the store, just think of reaching into the cupboard for
    your own home grown and dehydrated herbs that cost you pennies, instead of
    dollars per ounce.

    But, I am definately rambling now... LOL! Off to find other trouble to get
    into.

    Emily Y.

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    > Geesh and I thought that it was bad up here in the Portland area. It is
    > also bad over in Newport on the coast but I have seen and hear that it
    > is possible to do it if you really work hard at it. I am just so happy
    > that my hubby finally got a good job that pays well too, I still look
    > very closely for the deals.
    >

    yeah defenately you can do. One problem that i see around here is that
    people don't Want to work and rely on the system which kicks us in the butt b/c
    we
    are paying their way through life. If our grandparents and ancestors could
    make it in VERY hard time with out help (there wasn't any then), then we all
    could do to.~~~Tammy

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