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  • Budget Day 21: Week 3 and Halloween

    Posted on 100daysofrealfood.com on October 25th, 2010 Finally…we had our matzo ball soup tonight ( click to see picture ). It was long awaited since it was originally on my plan for Wednesday of last week.

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  • Budget Day 19: Slim Pickings

    Posted on 100daysofrealfood.com on October 23rd, 2010 I am just being honest here…it feels like we have absolutely NO food in our house. We are somehow still surviving and managing to find things to eat, but man is it desolate. It usually gets down to slim pickings by the end of the budget week, but this time it already started feeling this way on Thursday (with 3 more days to go!).

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  • Budget Day 17: Yet Another Change in Plans

    Posted by 100daysofrealfood.com on October 21st, 2010 Once again my weekly dinner plan got a little off-track. You would think that if I am the one making the plan I could at least stick to it! I wanted to make whole-wheat matzo ball soup tonight, but after making pasta for our spaghetti on Monday I was left with only 1 egg.

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  • Budget Day 15: Hillbilly Produce and Harris Teeter

    Posted on 100daysofrealfood.com on October 19th, 2010 Guess how much I spent at Hillbilly Produce on those two big boxes of local apples all which have some sort of small bad spot or mark ( click to see picture )? One dollar each!! So two bucks for all of those apples, which leads me to my next question.

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  • Budget Day 12: A Real Happy Meal

    Posted on 100daysofrealfood.com on October 15th, 2010 I discovered what should truly be called a “Happy Meal” at Earthfare last night. The only thing is I have no idea why it took me so long to figure this one out! Not only did the organic real food meal that came in a fun little bag complete with a prize at the bottom make my daughters (and me) very happy, but since kids eat free on...

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  • Budget Day 9: A Change in Plans and Earthfare

    Posted on 100daysofrealfood.com on October 13th, 2010 You know how sometimes you make a plan and then barely stick to it? I think that is going to be the case with our dinner plan this week .

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  • Budget Day 8: An Unfortunate Visit to Wal-Mart

    Posted on 100daysofrealfood.com on October 12th, 2010 I tried shopping for food at Wal-Mart today, and it was almost a complete waste of my time. I knew they carried Stoneyfield Organic yogurt so I assumed they must at least have a couple of organic cheese options and maybe even some other inexpensive organic stuff.

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  • Budget Day 6: Five Bucks Left

    Posted on 100daysofrealfood.com on October 9th, 2010 Okay, the first week is almost over, I am not broke (yet), and we have enough food to push us through to Monday when I get our next $125! In some ways I think the first week could be the hardest because I am not that good at budgeting yet, but I also think it could be considered the easiest since my kitchen is still somewhat stocked from our...

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  • Budget Day 3: Sacrifices

    Posted to 100daysofrealfood.com on 10/07/2010 I am already talking about sacrifices, and it is only the third day! I was always confident we could do the first 100 Days of Real Food pledge , but to be honest I am doubting this budget pledge often. Exhibit A: The amount of raspberries you can have in your cereal when you are on a $125/week budget.

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  • Budget Day 1: Getting Organized

    Posted to 100daysofrealfood.com on 10/05/2010 Wow, day 1 is barely over, and I already feel like I’ve proven that organization is key when it comes to budgeting! I spent almost an hour this morning figuring out what we had on hand (too many greens), what meals I could make with those items, and what exactly I needed to buy.  The days of going to the store with a partial grocery list are...

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