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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Free Meals on Wednesday and Other Savings

Food for hens and me

I went to the dinner that the church has on Wednesday. They served baked potato with dressings, sour cream, shredded cheese, and chopped green onions. There was a portion of pork with no bbq sauce, but bbq sauce on the table. The side salad had grape tomatoes in it. and there were several dressing to choose from. Plus, there was a banana cream cheese cake with lots of whipped cream on top--homemade. Unsweetened tea and sweetened tea are the choices of drink except for water. Of course, I drank unsweetened tea. Since I had had nothing to eat on Wednesday but about 2/3 lb. ($0.49/lb.) of cooked carrots and a glass of milk today, this one meal at the church finished off the nutrients I needed except for the banana, apple, and mango as a snack later. Oops, I will have about a dozen pistachios. I ration those so they last.

Oh, the church people were offering everyone the extra baked potatoes. I got one of those for lunch tomorrow. At home I have sour cream, 1/2 price shredded cheese, and free real bacon bits here to fill it up.

For the hens I brought home leftovers. They went crazy for the meat that someone left. Plus, they jumped right on the potato skin with lots of potato left and remnants of sour cream. In the chicken pen, I carefully laid it out flat so they could get to the insides, the part they like, I have one more identical meal left for them.

A guy I have been sitting with offered me a #10 can of whole kernel corn for my hens. He said he did not know how old it was. I didn't care. Of course, I took it. I gave him about 20 coupon inserts from the paper. None had been cut. Since he had just told me his daughter uses coupons, I was going to give them to him anyway. Hopefully, he will be inclined to offer more excess food to me. Win/win for both of us.

The money saved on that meal and the nutritious meal for tomorrow was a great saving in money. And, I don't have to cook it. Plus, hen food is always a budget bonus. So, that was two meals for me, two for the hens, and a heaping cup of goodwill in the coupon offering. Oh, the #10 can of whole kernel corn will last at least two weeks. I will freeze half the can tomorrow. I will give coupons to the guy every week he is there even if he does not offer me anything.

Gasoline
I went nowhere else all day. But, tonight I will go to Walmart to price match things from other stores that I need. I have not made the list yet. That will be a maximum of ten miles driving.

Utilities
Neither the ac nor heat has been turned on today.

Your turn
How did you save money today?

11 comments:

  1. I am at a customer today. Breakfast was included at the hotel (paid by the customer), lunch was free at the customer cafeteria, dinner will be reimbursed along with my transportation costs. So, this is literally a no spend day for me:) Nice!

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    1. Free meals out all day is not a bad day!

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  2. This post looks familiar to your comment on my blog ;-) The dinner sounds yummy! How often do you partake in church meals?

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    1. You noticed? I decided that was a good blog topic...lol. Every Wednesday night and one Tuesday dinner.

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    2. Let me correct that: every Wednesday night for dinner and one lunch at another church.

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  3. I have not visited a church for a free meal but have been checking the paper to see what's available. There are about 10-12 churches listed that offer free meals, usually lunch, with free food handouts. I think it's wonderfully generous and would like to see fewer letters to the editor bemoaning the 'lack of help for my ....' sister, daughter, father. Help is out there and does not have to be from the government. I check so I'll be prepared if it becomes necessary for me to have some help - don't want it from the gov't.
    Today I pressure cooked a chicken carcass flavored with wilted onion, semi-sprouted garlic and stems from parsley picked from the garden, leaves going in salad. Yielded 3/4 c. chicken and a little over 2 cups really good broth. Will add made from scratch muffins and put some Asian greens from the garden and some chopped celery and hubby and I will have a nice meal Saturday. Soups always better when it sits for a bit.

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    1. These meals are not to feed the masses who are hungry. They are just for anyone: their members before Wednesday service, busy mothers who did not cook that day, hungry people.

      The meal you describe sound delicious and rather thrifty.

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  4. I didn't buy anything. Saved a bunch.

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  5. I was out all day yesterday (volunteer work) and was too busy to spend any money. Always a plus. And today? Good Friday - so very little will be open. And I hope to be in the garden all day. Busy, busy, busy.

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    1. EC,
      Being too busy to spend money is a good thing. Everything is open here on Good Friday, unless it is a local mom and pop store. I should be out in yard tomorrow if it doesn't rain on me. Thanks.

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