Adventures In Frugality …Making a price book, finally

After reading the idea in Amy Dacyzyn's Tightwad Gazette, I've long intended to do a written-down price book --a list of items I regularly buy with the best prices I find at each store along with the date. Finally, I started one tonight. I'm still bumping my way around MS Excel (I can't remember how to do the … Continue reading Adventures In Frugality …Making a price book, finally

Thoughts on Christmas Trees –a dilemma

After about 15 minutes of philosophical discussion on whether to get a real tree again this year or finally break down and get an artificial one, the latter choice became the one. We now have a genuine Made In China plastic and metal "tree" in our living room. The irony? We'd also talked a couple … Continue reading Thoughts on Christmas Trees –a dilemma

I don’t know whether to laugh or cry…

This is the August 2007 figures from the USDA on how much food for a family costs, on average. According to this, we should be spending ...are you ready for this???? $751.10 (!) a month for our family of five. On an extravagant month (like back last summer when I experimented with buying more organic … Continue reading I don’t know whether to laugh or cry…

Thoughts on Stuff and Food and …other stuff

We stopped by the library this morning and I picked up two books by Peter Menzel --"Material World," which (I've not read it yet, only scanned it enough to get the idea) compares the worldly possessions of various people around the world. The second, which I'm almost half finished with is "Hungry Planet," which is … Continue reading Thoughts on Stuff and Food and …other stuff