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      Well now that is the crux of the matter. I already work 7 days per week 24 hours per day. I can put more effort into the cooking and shopping. But if I do that to the degree some of you are talking about, then the kids will get outside less and I won’t be able to do nearly as much in general for the kids. I don’t now how moms of 6+ kids do it and save money at the same time. Essentially, that’s how many kids I have with my own included. It seems I’m always trying to cut back on time wasters where I can. I just get so frazzled and tired. And it’s not like I’m new at this or young. I’ve been doing daycare and living the life of a stay at home mom for 21 years. No matter where I ramp up in one or two areas something else always suffers.



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      From: J Diane Northcutt
      Sent: Monday, July 28, 2008 8:05 AM
      Subject: Re: : eating out vs. groceries, and knowing your budget

      >> I can go and get 10 of their new burritos for like 8 bucks. They have rice, meat and cheese in the soft tacos.<<< I can make 10 burritos with meat , cheese, onions,tomatoes, guacamole, sour cream& salsa forless than 8 dollars. I can make them for about half that price.The same is true for all the other 1.00 deals. It’s all in how you shop & cook. If you shop bargains & bulk ,you can get the ingredients a lot cheaper. If you cook from scratch( homemade tortillas etc), you will always come outpaying less than the fast food places ( even their super specials).
      This does take more planning on the shopping end. No just running in the store and grabbing the ingredients for a single meal. Instead you have to always look for the best deal on all the things you buy. When I find a really good cheese sale, I buy up as much as I can get. Then I have bargain priced cheese on all my cheese dishes for a little while to come. Repeat this process with every food item that you can .
      You can save as much as 50% on a lot of things by making them yourself. Things like tortillas, pie crust, rice-a-roni, pizza etc etc etc. The list goes on and on.
      You always pay for convenience. If you can afford a little convenience , go for it. I’m in a tight spot and must get the very best deals out there.


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