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      Hi, I am new to the group, live in Montana, where wages are at the

      low end of the scale.

      We have some great 2nd hand stores here. Try looking for your coat

      there. Lots of times I find new items or barley worn items. It

      sure saves on the budget. I really like to get the name brand

      things, you just have to shop the stores.

      Also look in their fabric area. It takes l yard of material to make

      a pillow case for a standard pillow. This can make a great gift if

      you find the material to match the person.

      I just made Cranberry Conserve yesterday, placed in small jars and

      will give as gifts for Thanksgiving. Total cost was under $5.00 and

      I got 6 jars.

      Cranberry Conserve

      In a large heavy saucepan combine 1 pound raw cranberries (about 4

      cups) and

      1 1/2 cups water. Bring the liquid to a boil over moderately high

      heat and

      simmer the mixture for 5-8 minutes or until the berries have popped

      and are

      tender. Stir in 3 cups sugar, 1 cup crushed pineapple, 1/2 cup

      sultanas and one

      seedless orange, pith removed and chopped fine, and simmer the

      mixture,

      stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes. Stir in 1/2 cup chopped

      walnuts (I sub

      pecans, actually), pour the conserve into sterilized Mason-type

      jars, and seal

      the

      jars with the lids. Makes about 5 cups.

      Its hard, but shop wise and it will help

      Barb

      — In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, “maria”

      wrote:

      >

      > Does anyone not have the Christmas spirit?? Or have the case of

      the

      > Grinches??My cell phone has that themesong folks!! I usually start

      > shopping for Christmas in August,but the last two years,things

      poped up

      > and low and behold here I am still pondering where the time

      went,how I

      > am going to get it all done,and where the money is going to come

      from!

      > I still hadn’t even gotten my Turkey and fresh sweet potatoes!! I

      am

      > going to have 4 family members to shop for and my tradition is buy

      the

      > ritual underware,socks,toothbrushes and paste and Christmas pajamas

      > (which I let them open on X-mas eve) to get the Christmas eve

      picture!

      > But being the gas is now 3 dollars a gallon and daycare(so I can

      work)

      > is at 70 dollars a week(12 dollars extra a full day)I barley make

      > enough to pay the bills! I am needing a Winter coat and there just

      > isn’t enough money to go around again this year!! How can I make

      it a

      > good Christmas,any advice or things you can come up with would

      help me

      > greatly.

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