- August 7, 2008 at 6:00 am #261227
— In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, “Nicole”
> 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
> of pocket. In a worst case, we will be paying $12,000 out of
> 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
> 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
> So for dinners I am just winging it. I was hopeful for some more
> 2 of my children are sensitive to sugar and gluten
> my husband and 1 of my daughters cannot tolerate greasy, fatty
> 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.
http://www.cheapcooking.com has a lot of easy cheap recipes as well as
budget 101, also http://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
1 lb lean gr beef ( I use bulgar made with beef broth for half the
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
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