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    Flowers, you inspired me to bake my own hamburger buns and my family can't stop raving about them! This week, we're eating egg salad (Easter eggs!) on them. Thanks for the inspiration! I found a great recipe on the King Arthur Flour website. My coworkers cannot fathom why anyone would attempt to make hamburger buns. They don't know what they're missing.

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    @dovergirl--I have been wanting to try that hamburger bun recipe on KAF's website!

    Things have been kind of boring around here. I have been making a conscious effort to eat up that last little bit of this or that so that we don't have any waste. There are some decent deals at the grocery store this week, but we already spent our budgeted amount, so I am avoiding going to the store. There will be good deals again, and it's not like I can cook anything, anyway.

    I've been cleaning and organizing as much as I am able. I'll be able to do more of that once the kitchen is done. I find that a clean and organized home is a more pleasant place to be, and I don't get the itch to leave as often. This means less eating out and less shopping for fun.

    DH and I had a conversation about eating out, as our eating out has gotten out of control the last few months with this home remodel. Not only is it expensive, but it can be unhealthy, too. So we decided that once the kitchen is finished, we will not eat out at all during the week and only once in awhile on weekends. I know that this might not seem like a big deal to those of you who rarely, if ever, eat out, but it is a big step for us. DH LOVES to eat out, and it has been a struggle for years. I think this home improvement project really has hime tired of eating out, though, and missing homemade food. ;-)

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    Kat, I made the Beautiful Burger Buns and they are amazing! Easy, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dovergirl View Post
    It's funny, Stella, but one of the main reasons I cook so much is that it seems crazy to pay more for food in a restaurant while trying to keep 3 children quiet. Not enjoyable. One of the only ways that my kids save me $!
    Yes, these days, with the youngest two being a toddler and a newborn, I think I'd pay extra to not eat out. The fact that eating at home is cheaper is practically a bonus.

    We got the lasagna meal from my friend. She is so sweet. I'm having a rough day so it's nice not to have to worry about dinner. Lunch is leftover chili. I calculated that it costs us about $.40 per person per meal for the chili. We got 3 meals out of it. That's not too bad.

    I found some more free or inexpensive anatomy apps for Cheyenne. She is obsessed with the subject and has been since she was 5. Maybe encouraging her passion for anatomy isn't a frugal decision, though. Medical school is expensive.

    Our church is starting a girls club next fall that is free for girls from K-5th grade. I think we are going to join. As homeschoolers it would be a good opportunity to get together with other kids and do some fun things. It doesn't appear to involve massive fundraising efforts, so we may choose this instead of Girl Scouts. I'm not into hawking $4 boxes of cookies so the kids can keep $.50 of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dovergirl View Post
    Flowers, you inspired me to bake my own hamburger buns and my family can't stop raving about them! This week, we're eating egg salad (Easter eggs!) on them. Thanks for the inspiration! I found a great recipe on the King Arthur Flour website. My coworkers cannot fathom why anyone would attempt to make hamburger buns. They don't know what they're missing.
    I'm glad you liked them. Maybe I'll try to do a cost analysis of how much a dozen homemade buns cost as opposed to store bought. I would estimate that the cost is probably 25% of buying in the store, maybe less.
    The King Arthur flour website is a good one. the only problem is not overeating the breads are so good.

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    I made bread in the breadmaker and set it up to be fresh and hot when we woke up in the morning. We ate it with some creamed honey. Yum! It was a wonderful treat for very little money.

    Today is likely going to be a not-so-productive day. We are watching my friend's two year old son, which means we have five kids here ages seven and under, three of them two and under. There is a whole lot of cute sitting on my couch right now.
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    I keep all of my bath products in a lined basket in the bathroom. One of them oozed out all over the liner and the basket. I thought maybe they were done for, but I washed them both and they came out good as new.

    Yesterday I printed off Frugal Dad's list of 75 ways to save money. I also called the utility companies and got some ideas from them. We are already doing some of these things, but we could be doing more. DH and I need to have a budget pow-wow after this home remodel is done. Since we made our budget last, groceries, utilities, gas, and insurance have all gone up. We need to figure out some ways to combat that.

    I really want to get back to paying down debt, too. Just about every bit of money we have has been going to this home remodel and getting ready for the baby. That isn't a bad thing, but I think it is important that we try to secure our financial future as well. We only have student loans and the house, but still. I'd rather not owe on anything, and that isn't going to happen if we don't take action.

    I've been "shopping the house" for stuff for the nursery and was pleased to find that I could repurpose three very nice baskets for the shelves below the changing table. I am hoping to find a good deal on a glider, but if I can't, I have a wooden chair I could use for feedings and a small side table my grandpa made to house a lamp. I also found my old teddy bear, which I plan to wash up and place in there, too. I love using stuff we already have sitting around!

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    We got our 18 year old off our cell plan once it ran out as we agreed would happen, and have gone to a month-to-month cheaper plan with the same provider - and do not need new phones, even though they are 2 years old! Sheesh. Also changed ISP for a much lower monthly fee. Got the smallest garbage can possible for a lower rate, and we've been parsimonious about non-essentials.

    And, it's my birthday weekend, so when my husband asked what I wanted, I told him time together in the garden, and to spend a bit of $$ on compost and a few other hardscape items we need to complete the phase of construction we're in. No more things for me! I am quite pleased about spending the weekend with him building a retaining wall & planting the free asparagus starts I got yesterday. I love life.

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    Happy birthday, redfox! Your gift sounds just lovely! :-)

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    Happy birthday redfox!

    I am making vegetable beef barley soup and homemade breadsticks for dinner. It is using up a lot of veggies I had on hand. Lunch was pasta with sautéed tomatoes and olives. Cheap and easy and all the kids liked it. I also used up half a bag of frozen mangoes in a strawberry mango smoothie. Delicious!

    Tonight we're having family movie night with popcorn. Good FFF.

    James had fun having his buddy over to play today. My friend's son was funny. He kept telling me "daddy go to work to make bill money."

    I found a recipe I want to try for a barley risotto. It would be very inexpensive.

    I also found some free lesson plans on manners. I am using the royal wedding as a starting point for that conversation.
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