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Subject: Ask and ye shall recieve!
Date Posted: 12/15/2008 3:49 PM ET
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I asked about a Frugal Living Forum awhile back and here it is!!!!! Woo Hoo!

Date Posted: 12/15/2008 5:09 PM ET
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Yay!  I need this forum.  :) 

Date Posted: 12/15/2008 5:30 PM ET
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Did you see the internet news article about the couple who lived whose food budget was $1.00 a day for at least at month?

What was your opinion about that?

Date Posted: 12/15/2008 9:58 PM ET
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I saw that article.  I would not recommend it!  The two teachers who did the experiment did not recommend it either.  Who wants to eat 1 tablespoon of peanut butter and 1 tablespoon of jelly on homemade bread every day.   They also drank Tang so they did not develope ricketts!  There is such a thing as quality of life :D

My husband and I go out once every week for a "date".  The thing about eating out is that in the United States the servings are too large.  I always ask for a take home container and split my meal to more realistic portions.  So a dinner that costs $10 to $15 is actually two meals for me.  Dinner that night and lunch the next day.  It does not always work, but for the most part anything I eat can be split into two meals.  The best side affect of this is that it helps me control my calorie intake to keep a healthier weight.

Date Posted: 12/15/2008 10:30 PM ET
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I saw that article too.That was a bit extreme,not to mention dangerous. There are ways of eating inexpensively without putting your health at risk.

Date Posted: 12/16/2008 9:10 AM ET
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This if GREAT!

Date Posted: 12/16/2008 11:00 PM ET
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Yay Mary! I thought of you as soon as I saw this! I always enjoy reading your posts. :-)

Subject: $1.00 a day experiment
Date Posted: 12/18/2008 9:19 PM ET
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As an experiment, eating on $1 a day was interesting.  It reminds me of Morgan Spurlock's one month-long project of eating only McDonald's meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  As a scientific/sociological experiment, it was worthwhile.  Probably very hard on the stomach and health.

I always think I'd like to be more frugal, but I am notoriously undisciplined in this area.  I look forward to learning from those of who you are successful at it.

Date Posted: 12/19/2008 5:09 PM ET
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I wouldn't recommend eating on $1 a day either but it was an interesting experiment!

sometimes when hubby and I go out for date night we might split an entree and dessert.  This way we aren't overeating plus we have room for dessert.  It is also much friendlier on our pocket books!

there is one place we go that if I get one dish it is enough for 3-4 meals for me.  (it is a pasta dish)

Date Posted: 12/20/2008 9:52 PM ET
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Thanks, frugalmom for requesting this forum!  We all could use tips, especially during this economic slump! 

Date Posted: 1/8/2009 9:13 AM ET
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This is definitely a great forum! And in response to splitting your meals at restaurants in half (at least sometimes!) is such a great way to save money and calories alike. Most people have no idea what a real serving size is! They think that whatever is brought on your plate is truly a serving size, when in fact in can be up to three times that with some pasta dishes!

Here's to saving money and calories alike from a girl who has far too few of the former and far too many of the latter! :)

Date Posted: 1/8/2009 9:13 AM ET
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This is definitely a great forum! And in response to splitting your meals at restaurants in half (at least sometimes!) is such a great way to save money and calories alike. Most people have no idea what a real serving size is! They think that whatever is brought on your plate is truly a serving size, when in fact in can be up to three times that with some pasta dishes!

Here's to saving money and calories alike from a girl who has far too few of the former and far too many of the latter! :)

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Date Posted: 1/22/2009 7:18 PM ET
Member Since: 9/2/2008
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My mom and I almost always split a meal in a restaurant.  If we don't we're bringing home half the meal for the next day.  Something else we do is ask for a cup to take our beverage home.  That's because we both drink tea as oppossed to coffee.  With tea you rarely get a refill but they do bring enough water for two cups of tea.  I'm paying for it, it's going home with me.

As others have said the size of the meal is much bigger than is good for your waist.  :)

Here's to saving money and calories alike from someone who has not qute enough of the former and far too many of the latter!