You're certain to be hungry after standing in line to vote!
You're certain to be hungry after standing in line to vote!
This clip comes from a place of love-- I love Suze Orman; but thisSNL parody is too funny not to pass on.
via Jonathan at MyMoneyBlog.
As requested, here's the granola recipe. The recipe was originally posted by Jodi on the Saving Advice Message Boards:
4 cups oats
1/2 cup slivered almonds (optional)
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup maple syrup
scant 1/4 cup brown sugar
2 TBS canola oil
Dried fruit (to taste)
Combine oil and liquid sweetener in small pot. Heat to simmer. Mix oats, brown sugar, almonds and spices in large bowl. Pour heated sweetener/oil mix over oat mixture and toss to coat. Spread onto baking sheet. Bake at 300 degrees fro 20-25 minutes, stirring once or twice. Add dried fruits (raisins, Craisins, dried cherries, etc) after removing from oven. Store in covered container after cooling.
NOTES: The type of oats doesn't matter: instant or old-fashioned will work. Do not over bake! When you remove granola from oven, it will not be crisp and crunchy, but the crunchiness will appear after it cools.
Groceries in my city are so much more expensive! I've been shopping at either Harris Teeter or Safeway (each about 1-2 miles from the house), but recently I've made a few trips to an Aldi about 5 miles away. I think the extra mileage and inconvenience is worth it. Milk alone is about $0.95 less at Aldi compared to the other chain stores.
Luckily, we have a few good farmer's markets where I can buy produce at a reasonable price. Other tactics I'm using to keep costs down are to use dry milk wherever possible (basically anything accept for drinking). I've also been making
I lost my dear sweet grandmother in June of this year. Clara (the star of these videos) reminds me of my grandmother.
Depression Cooking with Clara:
Episode 2: Egg Drop Soup
Episode 3: Poorman's Meal
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[I hope to have some of my own material up soon! It's been a hectic few months but I hope you find this funny!]
My new life is proving to be busier than my old life, but I will resume regular posting again, soon.
If you're male, there's no need to continue to read.
In the meantime ladies: head on over to CVS and pick up a 72-count box of CVS Brand Tampons (plastic or cardboard) for $2.99. That's $10 off the regular price of $12.99.
$3279.93 old total
$100.00 kitchen table and chairs
$100.00 washer/ dryer
$40 reel lawn mower
$20 area rug
I'm still alive! I just need about 4 more hours in the day in order to get everything done.
I told Mr. Bean I've been too busy spending money to post!
Although I've been doing my share of spending, I've also been doing some selling of things that either don't work in our new place or were sold just as we moved but I hadn't added to the tally yet.
The money from the sales is helping to off set some of the moving expenses and purchases for the new place. We didn't really buy much for the house after we got married in 2004 since we were starting grad school, so we're upgrading some of our ramshackle furniture.
The largest of the purchases was a new-to-me dining room table, chairs and sideboard off Craig's List for $1000. The furniture is from Crate and Barrel and according to the seller cost over $4000 in 2002. The seller was asking $1200, but took my offer of $1000. It looks great in our new place and I can envision this being our dining set for the rest of our lives. I suffered from some serious sticker shock once I started looking at new furniture. Used is definitely the way to go. Not only is it cheaper, but it also allows you to see how a piece wears after a few years of use.
The next thing we're looking for is lamps and night tables. Anyone selling anything? :-)
$3214.93 old total
$25 moving boxes
I'm still in the throes of unpacking but I want to track my cash inflow before I forget.
Two days before the move we decided to sell our TV ($40) and just now I sold all my old moving boxes for $25 on Craig's List. The sale of the moving boxes was quite a score since they were all boxes I collected for free. I listed the entire "lot" plus packing paper for $25. Sure enough, someone who is moving this weekend and in dire need of boxes scooped them up.
I passed my dissertation defense yesterday morning. Phew!
The upcoming week is jam packed with making some dissertation revisions and packing. The movers come on Friday and I would LOVE to submit my dissertation to the Graduate School before I leave. You probably won't be hearing much from me in the next week, but when I return I hope I have some thoughts on keeping it frugal on the move! Any last minute tips are appreciated!