- November 16, 2007 at 12:17 pm #254320
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.
In a large heavy saucepan combine 1 pound raw cranberries (about 4
1 1/2 cups water. Bring the liquid to a boil over moderately high
simmer the mixture for 5-8 minutes or until the berries have popped
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
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
jars with the lids. Makes about 5 cups.
Its hard, but shop wise and it will help
— In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, “maria”
> Does anyone not have the Christmas spirit?? Or have the case of
> Grinches??My cell phone has that themesong folks!! I usually start
> shopping for Christmas in August,but the last two years,things
> and low and behold here I am still pondering where the time
> am going to get it all done,and where the money is going to come
> I still hadn’t even gotten my Turkey and fresh sweet potatoes!! I
> going to have 4 family members to shop for and my tradition is buy
> ritual underware,socks,toothbrushes and paste and Christmas pajamas
> (which I let them open on X-mas eve) to get the Christmas eve
> But being the gas is now 3 dollars a gallon and daycare(so I can
> 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
> good Christmas,any advice or things you can come up with would
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