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How much do you spend on groceries each month?

We swear by 99 Cents Only, we get so much great stuff there (like you we don't buy packaged food and love the great deals on organic produce at 99 Cents Only. BTW, they stock fresh produce on Saturday and Wednesday mornings.) I recommended it on HungrySenior's previous post but didn't receive a response.

There is also this thread talking about the things people get there: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/841677

5 minutes ago
weezieduzzit in General Topics

How much do you spend on groceries each month?

Where there is a will there is a way. I followed your thread for a while and whether you meant it that way or not you really came across as not really looking for solutions so I figured "why bother" making suggestions if you were really just venting. Maybe others felt the same way.

I feed the 2 of us adults (and sometimes the teenager,)on $50 or less a week, 3 meals a day for me since I work at home and usually 3 meals a day for him since he takes leftovers for lunch most days and insist on grass fed beef and butter, organic chicken, pastured eggs that were not fed grains or soy, wild fish and organic milk. We eat almost no grains, rice very occasionally. I frequently shop without a car since my 55 year old beast of a car gets 7 miles to a gallon. We rarely eat out. I set my budget and work within it. we frequently end up with one week out of the month where we hardly need anything which is this week! I will pick up milk and cat litter at some point this weekend but don't anticipate "needing" anything else. If there's anything super on sale I'll take advantage of the budget surplus and stock up or just stock up on the toilet paper deal at Target.

about 1 hour ago
weezieduzzit in General Topics

Organic Produce Farms, Organic Pastured Eggs and Meats, that you can pick up around Cali?

There are some places in Temecula and it's an easy drive.

Primal Pastures has events: http://primalpastures.com/collections...

Eden Tropics and Sage Mountain Beef are also in Temecula. De-La Ranch is in Lake Elsinore and I think has farm tours. There are some places in Perris, too. They all have websites.

And of course, http://www.pickyourown.org/

about 2 hours ago
weezieduzzit in Los Angeles Area

How much do you spend on groceries each month?

There have even been threads here on Chowhound where people have done the SNAP Challenge! I also remember inaplasticbox's costing out each and every meal and snack her family ate for a months time on her blog as well as posting on WFD at the time (awesome food on a very small budget- a master of no-waste eating.)

Eating well while minding the money spent isn't a new concept on Chowhound.

about 2 hours ago
weezieduzzit in General Topics

My, how could that taste so awful?

I tried it for the first time a couple nights ago. It took A LOT of doctoring to make it good. I thought it tasted more Mexican than Thai (but still not good,) straight out of the jar. Never again.

about 20 hours ago
weezieduzzit in General Topics

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015

Did they just raise the bacon ends where you are? Still $2.99 here.

They discontinued the hollandaise though, not happy.

about 22 hours ago
weezieduzzit in Chains

Found spiders in chilis, what can I do?

Soak in salt water or vinegar water. They'll float to the top and you can rinse thoroughly after that. (Have you ever cleaned morel mushrooms? That can be seriously gross....)

What's for Dinner #356 - The Tail End of March Edition!

Hope yours is better than the one we had last night! I had to doctor it up so much I could have just made it from scratch. In the end dinner was great but it took a lot of work- that they sauce was supposed to save- to get there.

Acceptable Behavior ?

Unusual but I go out to dinner with people to spend time with them so as long as they stuck around and the company was good I wouldn't worry about it. If they ate and split and weren't good company I would probably wouldn't have dinner with them again.

Home Cooking Dish of the Month (April 2015) Nominations!

I don't like the side suggestions. I think people can/ should figure that out for themselves.

What's for Dinner #356 - The Tail End of March Edition!

If I were in your city I would smuggle some real food in for you. Can't someone help a Chowhound out?

Bring your shopping cart back where it belongs, please!

I wonder of those stores have to do that in your area because of a problem with people not returning carts or taking them off property because that certainly isn't normal. I've never seen that at any Home Depot or Costco I've ever been to. At Costco it is part of the Front End Assistant position: http://content.costco.com/Images/Cont...

I did check the job descriptions online for Vons, Ralphs, Stater Brothers, Food Lion, Publix, Wegmans, and Foodland and all of the positions that include cart retrieval are other positions where it is an additional task (Generally a courtesy clerk position.)

Mar 24, 2015
weezieduzzit in Not About Food

Bring your shopping cart back where it belongs, please!

I have never seen an employee who's sole job it is to fetch carts. They are shelf stockers and baggers that take part in the rotation of having to go out to the parking lot to get carts from the corrals (and fetch stray carts people couldn't bother to take to the corrals.)

Fetching carts isn't a non-stop job and no store is going to pay someone just to stand there waiting for a cart at time to need to be put away. They aren't hired to get carts, it is just one task they do as part of their job and if they're chasing down carts the aren't stocking or bagging like they should be.

Mar 24, 2015
weezieduzzit in Not About Food

What's for Dinner #355 - The SPRING Edition! [Through March 24, 2015 ]

I just use the big holes on the box grater straight into the skillet I cook it in. I don't add any water, just cook it on low until it gives up it's own moisture.

Bring your shopping cart back where it belongs, please!

Putting a cart away just isn't that hard, perhaps some perspective is in order?

Bring your shopping cart back where it belongs, please!

I was born and raised in Tempe, as an adult I've lived in San Francisco where it rained constantly and I still put my cart away, in the snow of Minneapolis and Denver where I put my cart away and now live in the California desert where it gets just as hot as where you live (I've spent a TON of time in Tucson, my sis went to school there and then lived there for several years after- great town.) The only "kid" around these days will be 18 in a couple of months so if she's with us she gets to put the cart away. :)

What the weather is like is just part of life when we decide to live where ever it is that we live. It doesn't release us of any obligations.

Mar 23, 2015
weezieduzzit in Not About Food

Bring your shopping cart back where it belongs, please!

People who can't manage their situations need to be looking for solutions, not excuses. There are plenty of parents out there successfully putting carts away AND raising healthy, happy children.

Bring your shopping cart back where it belongs, please!

I timed myself yesterday at 99 Ranch Market. They share a parking lot with Costco and some other stores so it's a big lot. The cart corral was in the first space closest to the store and we were about 3/4 down the aisle. I just recovered from a sprained ankle and while I'm not wearing a brace any longer I'm not exactly sprinting yet, just a normal walking pace. 42 seconds total (there AND back.) 42 seconds. That's nothing.

Bring your shopping cart back where it belongs, please!

You're hilarious.

Bring your shopping cart back where it belongs, please!

I was just going to mention the possible damage that Raffles just did- is it ok that if a cart rolls and damages a car that the car owner has to pay their deductible or the cost of repair on a car that they spent their hard earned money to purchase and maintain just so you can feel warm and fuzzy about doing your part for the economy, Njchicaa?

Ball whisk - my new Precious!

Nice and it looks so easy to clean!

Mar 20, 2015
weezieduzzit in Cookware

Bring your shopping cart back where it belongs, please!

So unload the groceries and return the cart with the kids and then carry or walk the kids back to the car.

Weight Watchers Foodies - The Can't Wait Until Spring Edition! March 2015

Tons of real Mexican food is light and fresh and weight loss friendly. If you're going somewhere you get to swim with dolphins you'll be somewhere you can enjoy the amazing Mexican seafood options! Have a great trip!

Mar 20, 2015
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #354: The Green(ing) Edition [through March 20, 2015

I would love to hear how she uses the coconut shavings. I haven't been able to find candlenuts so I've used the suggested substitution of macadamia nuts.

Mar 20, 2015
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #354: The Green(ing) Edition [through March 20, 2015

Even Trader Joes has a frozen version- or at least they used to- but of course it pales in comparison to home made. I was fortunate to have Indonesian friends growing up and the Mom was an awesome cook so we got to try several things. My rendang will never be as good as hers but I will keep trying!

What's for Dinner #354: The Green(ing) Edition [through March 20, 2015

Thank you, so glad to hear your Dad recovered well!

Mar 19, 2015
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking
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Help! I need low salt, low carb recipes

Gazpacho is actually pretty carby from the tomato and onion.

Mar 18, 2015
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking

Bring your shopping cart back where it belongs, please!

Everywhere, you simply ask for help.

Mar 18, 2015
weezieduzzit in Not About Food

Where to buy chicken or duck fat for a reasonable price

I'm pretty sure I've seen duck fat in the freezer at H-Mart.

Mar 18, 2015
weezieduzzit in Los Angeles Area

Help! I need low salt, low carb recipes

There are also a lot of easy swaps for higher carb items (I eat low carb but not because of any health conditions,) like fauxtatoes, cauliflower rice, oopsie rolls and more. If you start a thread on Special Diets and list the things that you're looking for swaps for I know you'll get some great suggestions!

Mar 18, 2015
weezieduzzit in Home Cooking