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Share your deals & questions 5/16

Posted May 16

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Found a deal today? Here's the place to share it.

Have a question that doesn't fit into any of the other threads? Here's the place to ask it.

I hope you have a fabulously frugal day! As I always say, it's your money, spend it wisely!


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  • miacarre May 16, 5:57 p.m.

    Go skosay.com sign up and go to the dashboard and request Nautica cologne and Poptart Jolly Rancher, Ive gotten a sample from them for Rimmel scandalous eye liner water proof and it's really good also the samples came quickly.

  • lindabates May 16, 5:56 p.m.

    Thank you all so much for your tips and encouragement! I will definitely be putting them to use! I plan to use the crockpot george foreman grill, and toaster oven a lot more often.Our meals are going to be a lot simpler and we WILL have breakfast for dinner, sandwiches and chips, and easy meals more frequently and if anyone is the house is not happy they are welcome to fix themselves a peanut butter sandwich... Time to stop doing for everyone else and let them help me out even if I have to force it for awhile🤣

  • observant May 16, 3:17 p.m.

    I was afraid to speak up earlier but I see I was right to take the plunge ! LOL
    Everyone's ideas are inspiring . Everyone can turn on a stove /oven (?) after putting a prepped meal inside !
    We are ALL with you , LindaBates !!
    HUGE HUGS and a Standing Ovation from ME !
    Your DH needs to put on his BIG BOY pants and deal with it ! LOL
    JDOUGLAS13 - I was going to mention the toaster oven !!
    I use mine almost everyday - 3 night or more per week for supper ( tonight : BBQ chicken) . I also rely on my George Foreman Grill - shrimp/chicken or beef stir fry takes only minutes . chicken breasts 3 to 5 ( cut them into "nuggets" - done in 3 minutes) . Slow cooker meals can be cooked the night before - refrigerated then placed back in/on cooker base to heat up in time to eat .

  • Dr D May 16, 12:47 p.m.

    LindaBates - agreement here as well! I've been biting my tongue because my hubby's been there too ... but it turns out he actually *CAN* cook if I don't; imagine that. What worked for us was for me to have him assist in the kitchen while making his favorite recipes until I convinced him that it really isn't that difficult to cook, and he CAN do it, and even Superwoman will get exhausted trying to do everything for everyone. It's a work in progress ... :-)

  • barbiedoll1967 May 16, 12:46 p.m.

    Lindabates - you are superwoman. I agree with everyone else. My husband isn't that great of a cook either but I don't get home from work until after 5 and by that time he's going to bed since he gets up early. He has learned to cook for himself if he wants to eat. Can your husband boil water? If so then he can cook spaghetti and heat up a jar of sauce. Also like Faye said you can stick the casseroles in the oven and cook them or warm them up for supper. Nothing wrong with that or having leftovers and I love breakfast for dinner. I myself eat alot of leftovers and microwave dinners. I also love turkey hotdogs. Keep up the good work.

  • GJan1 May 16, 12:28 p.m.

    LindaBates- let me check my calendar. Yes, it is 2013! I agree with JDOUGLAS13 and the others. If he wants a Mommy, you can always give him back to his Mommy.

  • jdouglas13 May 16, 12:16 p.m.

    Lindabates.... I am trying to respond with words that won't make the censor try to edit me ;)

    No offense intended, but I think your DH needs to grow up and realize you are his wife and partner and not his mother. He is a big boy, and can surely fix himself AND you AND the kids something to eat that he finds satisfactory. Maybe he should be the grill master this week. If all that doesn't work, hand him menus for takeout, his wallet, and the keys to the car.

    I, too, think you are amazing for everything you are balancing so well on your plate. You go girl.

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper May 16, 11:38 a.m.

    lindabates - I agree with ascherer & observant - you are AMAZING and really have your hands full! I hope clinicals are going really well!

    Since your husband does not cook, I would think he is at least able to turn on the oven and put in a casserole or reheat a meat and veggies dish in a pan that was in the fridge? Then the food is not microwaved and you can still do the meal prep a couple days ahead. And the slow cooker is also a great option to have the food ready when you get home.

    Also, there is nothing wrong with sandwiches and soup, leftovers, or breakfast for dinner. They don't take much time and are still tasty and filling. You can save the weekend night for the more time-consuming meals.

  • ascherer May 16, 11:25 a.m.

    Lindabates - Do you have a toaster oven? He can line a tray with foil and reheat things in it instead of the microwave. We do a lot cooking in ours when it a hot outside, You can get a 6 slices of bread convection oven for under $40 at Walmart. See below for the link.


    PS - I think Observant said it right. We should call you "SUPER WOMAN" !!

  • observant May 16, 11:05 a.m.

    LINDABATES - WOW ! Are you SURE your plate is FULL enough !?!? LOL !!
    Your husband should be PROUD of YOU - working full time ,, going to school full time and serving home-made meals to your family !!
    We should call you "SUPER WOMAN " !!