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  • Ideas to Buy Fewer Drinks and Drink More Water - Small Notebook
    so healthy that our kids only drink water And is so concerned for their cousins who live on soda and spend their life having cavities filled If I want them to consume fruit then thats what they must do consume fruit real fruit se7en s last post Sunday Snippet Sundays Are Special Days A GiveAway mrs e says July 20 2009 at 8 21 am It has taken me since February to break my Diet Pepsi addiction But I am finally drinking water mainly water Iced tead is my next drink of choice Hot when it is cold outside And I still have a cup of coffee I can t get rid of all my bad habits I wonder how much money I have saved by giving up pop A lot I d guess We purchased a table top water dispenser a year ago It holds 5 gallons We buy 5 gallons of filtered water our town water is terrible for 1 35 or so It cools it and there is a heater that you can heat a cup of water for tea etc I love it mrs e s last post A few more bookstore moments Cara says July 20 2009 at 8 42 am Great topic and so true In fact I went for a quick trip to the store yesterday and practically 50 of my items were drinks juice milk Earlier this summer at the beginning of the week I filled a pitcher full or water with lemon and orange slices and put it in the fridge I drank water from the pitcher all week long When it got low I just refilled the pitcher with new water and kept the same fruit slices There s something about drinking ice cold water and the citrus flavor gave it an extra boost of flavor Cara s last post Deer problem in your yard juliet says July 20 2009 at 8 44 am I know that the milk and seltzer bottles are a sought after recycle item but I still feel bad about it All my husbands beer and wine bottles are recycleable too of course His liver however juliet s last post The Madoff Follies Mylene says July 20 2009 at 9 22 am I invested in a seltzer maker this year and I ve been loving it We don t go through as many bottles it s delicious on its own and a half seltzer half cranberry drink couldn t be more refreshing in the heat Cathy says July 20 2009 at 9 34 am We drink a pitcher of sun tea almost every day I change it up by using a variety of teas raspberry or orange spice or anything else Sometimes I add mint or lemon verbena while it steeps Then I have a selection of simple syrups in the frig like ginger lemon vanilla You just add about a tablespoon to a glass Or we mix it half and half with fruit juice This way we never get bored with our tea Karla Mom s Potluck says July 20 2009 at 9 37 am I love the refrigerator tea idea I recently switched from diet soda to iced chai tea I make it and store it in a mason jar in the fridge Karla Mom s Potluck s last post The secret ingredient to the best ever playdough recipe is Karen says July 20 2009 at 12 41 pm My issue with drinks is also the amount of fuel required to transport them They are far heavier than most items for the space they require so far more gas is used We eat local and I have been trying to figure out how to get more than water and milk into our diets Juice requries a lot of fruit and we don t have a tremendous amount of fruit in our area of Canada Thanks for the link for making cordial I can make a small amount of fruit really stretch that way and I can preserve it in the summer for use year round Thanks so much Karen s last post Tomatoes Tomatoes and more Tomatoes Sam says July 20 2009 at 1 07 pm My take is just get used to drinking water Now that we have we only get juices soda if we are having company Other times we have water to drink You mind and then body gets used to the idea of drinking water eriisu says July 20 2009 at 1 22 pm I myself don t have this problem since the only think I really like to drink is water But I just to leave with a friend who was almost addicted to coca cola and frukt soda a kind of sparkly drink we have in Sweden So I bought her a soda stremer for birthday present It s great eriisu s last post Kvällspromenad med kameran Lisa says July 20 2009 at 1 37 pm Egg creams have been my latest obsession especially with homemade chocolate syrup 1T syrup 1 4c 1 milk 8 oz seltzer Kim whatsupbird says July 20 2009 at 1 53 pm I only drink water and coffee so my poor family gets only what I m willing to buy I try and keep some kind of juice in the fridge and have purchased a couple of cartons of limeade this summer We mix it with club soda and mint or fresh limes for a very refreshing summer drink a virgin mojito Kim whatsupbird s last post Manic Monday Cherry Tree Lane says July 20 2009 at 2 38 pm By habit I m not a water drinker I drink TONS of Diet Coke and we could have already funded a small countrys water supply with the money we have wasted buying soda One thing I do to get myself motivated to drink water is fill large jam jars in the fridge with water and sliced lemons oranges limes etc It tastes better

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  • No Spend Month Update: Week 2 - Small Notebook
    a recipe Evenshine s last post Now you are five Rachel says July 15 2009 at 3 42 pm It s just cut up potatoes cooked in oil in the skillet and then some seasoning sprinkled on it Also good with sweet potatoes Andrea says July 15 2009 at 11 56 am Do you find that you might spend more money than usual in the months before and after the no spend month I have been trying to wrap my mind around giving it a try but I see myself doing a massive shopping trip before to stock up and another restocking afterwards I can where I can save by not doing the mindless unplanned shopping Andrea s last post 6 pack reusable produce bags with star paisley storage bag Amy Butler Rachel says July 15 2009 at 3 45 pm Maybe some but not as much as one would think I ll be sure to answer this question at the end of the month Megan at Simple Kids says July 15 2009 at 12 44 pm Please do share the waffle recipe when it s perfected Freezer waffles are one of my biggest grocery sins I m a WAHM no reason really to use convenience foods for breakfast I just get lazy We are doing No Spend too but I haven t trimmed our grocery budget back quite as much as yours It is AMAZING how much I just buy out of habit Things like packaged fruit snacks that are really just HFCS the aforementioned freezer waffles diet coke chips on and on Another revelation to me is how often I buy stuff for the girls simply because it s on sale Is it a great deal Yes Is it needed Really truly needed Oftentimes NO No Spend is helping me reframe so many of our purchases Megan at Simple Kids s last post What We re Reading Wednesdays James and the Rain Rachel says July 15 2009 at 3 49 pm I don t mind sharing the waffle recipe but I don t think it s what you ll be looking for It s got an assortment of gluten free flours and wheat flour is so much easier I ve been thinking about sales too especially the ones I ve skipped at the grocery store reminding myself that I don t need to go every week Krista says July 22 2009 at 3 29 pm We always make home made waffles I like to try little changes to spice things up Some are more healthy than others but we like them all the same I have added an over ripe banana frozen berries frozen strawberries and chocolate chips So far the favorite is the banana waffles and the child the loves them the most is the boy that will not eat fresh bananas Abbie says July 15 2009 at 12 50 pm Great start I can t believe that the month is almost half over Everyone always talks about need vs wants which I never understood After some recent self examination I realized that I was spending more along the lines of need vs I need aka what I think I deserve After setting a becoming debt free goal I now weigh my I think I deserve this purchases against building a more secure financial future for my family This helps me be disciplined and keeps me from making those impulse purchases I also really like your reexamining your spending habits concept Great job I am so interested to see how the rest of your month shapes up Abbie Abbie s last post Giveaway Rubbermaid 20 pc Food Saver Set Christine says July 15 2009 at 4 36 pm Frozen Mystery Meat Hmmm LOL So you would do it like the good ole days Cooking with flour eggs and butter fresh produce Make your own buscuits type thing I take it Congrats on your progress Christine s last post Bill Gates Net Worth Mary R says July 15 2009 at 5 09 pm I learned years ago while I was living abroad on a volunteer salary that improvisation is also the key to saving money In that time in my life it was simply practical since we couldn t find so many things from home However I ve taken that skill with me throughout the years I ve gotten really good at substituting cheaper ingredients that I already have for more expensive or hard to find ones the internet is great at helping with that I ve also learned to rig together something that I want from things I already have recently I wanted to buy one of those makeup organizers from the Container store costing about 20 Instead I found an eating utensil tray in our closet cleaned it out put everything in and saved that money The same can be done for countless things around the house Finally I resist more kitchen appliances Almost everything can be made without expensive equipment pasta ice cream and yogurt all with ordinary bowls we all have already Mary R s last post Okinawan Baby Shower Lost in Translation Jen says July 15 2009 at 8 57 pm I am still amazed that you are able to spend so little but when I really think about it some of our most favourite meals are homemade and dirt cheap I love sweet potato and black bean burritos on homemade tortillas and a chickpeas and tomato skillet dish where the only splurge is some feta cheese I hadn t intended on doing no spend month but after some unexpected bills arrived this month money has been tighter than expected and it kind of turned into a no spend month anyway We ve been doing really well at sticking to the needs and avoiding the wants to balance the books Thanks for the inspiration Jen s last post Fix Freeze Feast and Toddler Firsts Jenny says July 16 2009 at 4 45 pm

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  • 20 Tips to Waste Less Food - Small Notebook
    depends on the wine but the usual suggestion is three days for an opened bottle The flavor can change but you might not notice if you re cooking with it instead of drinking it A sommelier would probably fall over at my suggestion to freeze the last of the bottle Freezing changes the flavor too but it s fine for cooking Kathy says January 17 2011 at 11 21 am You can buy a device that sucks the air out of wine bottles so it stays drinkable longer I usually add it to stews If you have forgotten about it leave it awhile longer and you will have made your own wine vinegar Same goes for sweet apple cider shoba says April 17 2011 at 6 40 am If you are talking about the device from food saver com dont bother They dont work Jenn says August 11 2009 at 8 50 am We have red and white wine that we use in cooking that we have had for at least 6 months We refrigerate the white wine and just leave the red wine out I just assume that the alcohol kills any bacteria that try to contaminate it and everything I cook with it still tastes the same Andrea R says July 14 2009 at 12 37 pm Something else Grandma used to do save the water from canned vegetables and from boiling veggies Use it as vegetable stock You can also save every last bit of leftover veggies and dump them all in the stew pot and 12 save the leftover chicken for use in casseroles most obvious use Or maybe toss it in with that leftover rice and those leftover veggies Tiffany says July 14 2009 at 12 39 pm Great tips I freeze wine in 1 2 cup quantities in freezer bags I ve also found that keep a sharpie marker in the kitchen to mark the date we open things like lunch meat keeps me from questioning whether it s still good or not Tiffany s last blog post Judy s Strawberry Pie Mrs Green says July 14 2009 at 12 43 pm What a fabulous post thank you I especially like the point about freezing the juice from lemons and limes Lemon cake and lime biscuits are a favourite here and I often put the grated fruit to one side with the intention of using the juice only to find it a couple of days later looking dessicated I wrote a post about reducing food waste too it s one of the most popular pages on our site you might find something helpful in there My top tip is never to shop when you re hungry Thanks for sharing your resourceful suggestions Here s a link to the post I wrote http myzerowaste com articles food how to reduce food waste Mrs Green s last blog post Is cornstarch plastic packaging PLA compostable or recyclable Rochelle says July 14 2009 at 1 03 pm Hmm My problem is keeping the freezer organized to see what is available My refigerator is a top freezer bottom frig It seems as though things just get dumped in and buried I tried using see through plastic containers that I can label and pull out but it cuts down on storage space Plus my husband doesn t like them and empties them out and leaves them on top of the frig I think next refrig I am getting is a side by side At least with all the shelves I could organize better I tried using a list but it would get removed and then lost Rochelle s last blog post An All Star Weekend Susanne says August 9 2009 at 12 35 pm Rochelle I have a side by side here in our rental house and it drives me nuts The shelves are so much narrower I have a hard time keeping it organized and getting things to fit Plus my kids have a hard time reaching things on the upper shelves The only thing I really like about it is the in door ice and water dispenser In my old fridge freezer on top I used bins to organize the freezer and used lazy susans in the fridge for smaller items like condiments My dream fridge is the newish french door with bottom freezer drawer but they cost over 2000 So I guess I ll probably be dreaming the rest of my life The grass is always greener ain t it Susanne s last post Twenty Seven Years Lyn says July 14 2009 at 1 04 pm These are very good tips and reminders I am really bad in this department often not intentionally though Mostly it s because of my health issues getting in the way and then I don t end up using items in time especially fresh produce I need to keep tweaking how much I buy I guess Just today I made an attempt to use up some items I have banana bread baking in the toaster oven and I used leftover veggies etc to make a marinated veggie salad Knowing that tomorrow is trash day is a good motivator juliet says July 14 2009 at 2 07 pm My best suggestion is to keep your shopping list simple by cooking from scratch as much as possible It s much easier to avoid waste when you cook from dry staples kept in clear containers and frozen meats along with fresh produce The simpler the pantry the easier it is to keep track and the healthier you ll be 90 of my cooking arsenal is grains milk and cheese clean protein and veg The other 10 is goldfish crackers Great post right up my alley juliet s last blog post The Madoff Follies Diann says July 14 2009 at 2 18 pm Rachel great tips I included a link back to this post on my post today I was lucky I think because I grew up with two very wonderful and thrifty ladies my mom and grandmother They were the best cooks and they used up everything Diann s last blog post Waste Not Want Not LS says July 14 2009 at 2 26 pm I ve seen some great lists for keeping track of what goes into the freezer but I ve not been so good at actually using them My solution Buy a couple smallish bins then label em soups veg and main dish That way when we re rummaging around for the peas I know where to look and when we re needing something to heat up as a microwave meal I can hone right in on the spicy lentils or the casserole Plus when the soup bin gets a little sparse it s a good signal to whip up a big new batch of soup with the odds n ends in the fridge Andrea says July 15 2009 at 12 07 pm I love this idea of using bins I have a large freezer and try to organize it by having one shelf just for raw meats another for leftovers etc but my DH gets in there and its all a mess The freezer is due for a good defrosting so I might have to try this when i refill it Andrea s last post 6 pack reusable produce bags with star paisley storage bag Amy Butler Christy says July 14 2009 at 2 43 pm I freeze leftover chicken or beef broth in ice cube trays I started doing this when I made my own baby food I would freeze the purees in ice cube trays then pop them out then put the cubes in a freezer safe container we try not to use too many ziplocks environmentally concious So one day I thought why not do this with broths When a recipe calls for just 1 2 c instead of a whole can I pull out a few cubes and melt them in the microwave I label my containers with a piece of masking tape and did so for baby foods too label what it is and the date I suppose there are many things you could preserve this way wine The cubes are nice because you can take out a few at a time instead of having a whole cup or whole quart frozen Jennifer says July 14 2009 at 2 54 pm I have thrown out a lot of moldy food lately thanks for the tips I need them Jennifer s last blog post 100 Ways We Save Money Part 2 Mary Anne Davis says July 14 2009 at 3 30 pm This is very helpful I am trying to cook a lot of food on Sundays so it is easy to grab something healthy all week I didn t think of freezing most of it Also working on perfecting burritos Made batches of beans brown rice shredded cheddar and turkely breast Again freezing makes for a happy 14 year old Mary Anne Davis s last blog post Groovy Bowls on Parade steadymom says July 14 2009 at 3 33 pm I ve never mastered the art of freezing things successfully But I am a queen of using up leftovers we try very hard to never waste food Jamie steadymom s last blog post Any Questions Amy Cutting Coupons in KC says July 14 2009 at 4 25 pm I love the idea of freezing wine in ice cube trays It seems like when we open a bottle of wine there is always leftover and I end up pouring it out Whenever I need wine for a recipe I don t want to open a new bottle for a cup or two and then pour the rest out I will definitely be doing this Amy Cutting Coupons in KC s last blog post FREE Baja Fish Taco at Long John Silvers 7 14 renee FIMBY says July 14 2009 at 4 25 pm I liken throwing out food to throwing out money I d just as soon throw in the garbage as I would food We buy a lot of locally farmer grown food and it seems almost rude to throw out what they worked so hard to grow The one thing I did toss lately was a bad head of lettuce I overstocked when I bought produce because I didn t take into account our farm pick up later in the week renee FIMBY s last blog post Five free activities for rainy summer days jean says July 14 2009 at 8 36 pm Thanks for the tips and I enjoyed reading the comments With respect to leftover veggies I just take all leftovers and put them in a container in my freezer If I just have 1 spoon of green beans one night it goes in the freezer container When it s sufficently full I make a soup Then I freeze the soup into individual containers cottage cheese or sour cream containers and take them to work Lisette says July 14 2009 at 9 00 pm My favorite milk trick is to freeze the last of the gallon in sippy cups a day or two before it expires instead of dumping after the expiration date It s great to grab on the go for my kids and it will stay cold for quite awhile even on the hottest days I do the same with juice when I m needing to make space in the fridge We ll grab these when we go to the pool or park which also saves us on buying single serving juice boxes Also I always buy lots of apples peaches plums pears etc when they are 99 lb If we don t get them eaten I ll bake puree and freeze them in ice cube trays My girls have no idea that peach or pear or plum sauce is any less common that applesauce In fact they love it and what a healthy snack And this same method can be used as baby food for the under 1 crowd Lisette s last blog post Holly says July 15 2009 at 4 52 pm I love the sippy cup idea My kids are huge milk drinkers Though we rarely get close to an expiration date on our dairy since they eat it so much Holly s last post 5 Food Storage Lyn says July 14 2009 at 9 04 pm Rachel I just wanted to add that I appreciate your posts None of us are perfect and sometimes life happens and prevents us from doing all that we d like to do I love your informative yet non judgmental approach in what you share without making one feel like they must be the perfect homemaker etc Thank you Angela Pearl says July 14 2009 at 11 13 pm That is a great idea I always have one to two spoonfuls of vegetables left and I could make a soup thanks CC says July 14 2009 at 11 41 pm I use the ice cube trays for everything Spinach that is soon to go bad gets chopped up and put in ice cube trays to add to stir fry dishes coconut milk not finished in a recipe gets frozen in cubes Sometimes I even freeze my regular milk right before I go on a trip knowing it will go bad if it just sits in my freezer and use it for coffee or recipes after I return from the trip CC s last post Marvelous Children s Book Monday George and the Dragon Abigail aka Mamatouille says July 15 2009 at 12 08 am We re moving from Japan probably this fall so this is a big challenge for me I ve done too much Costco ing and have cans of creamed soups etc that I really need to think of uses for Looking forward to the challenge I think I could get really creative with this If I make too much cornbread I put it in squares in the freezer to use later crunched up on top of casseroles I always freeze small portions of leftover meals because I have two little beans ages 3 and 1 and they love anything over rice Easy lunches for them I freeze leftover bread to use in bread pudding or to make breadcrumbs Unusually I had a Mickey D s iced coffee the other day and when I remembered your post about it I couldn t drink another sip only had about half of it Bleck Abigail aka Mamatouille says July 15 2009 at 12 11 am Oh another tip if I buy lemons limes or oranges to use the fruit or the juice I try to always zest them first and freeze the zest to use in baking or meals later Grated lime zest is awesome in yogurty garlic chicken Abigail aka Mamatouille says July 15 2009 at 12 18 am Yes one more thought leftover unsweetened cornbread is wonderful in homemade cornbread stuffing onions celery sage salt pepper butter chicken bouillon I m not a fan of sweet cornbread btw Andrea says July 15 2009 at 9 03 am I agree that our grandparents who lived through the Depression and WW2 could teach our generation a thing or two about being wasteful Here s an idea I got from my grandmother if you have leftover roast beef but not enough for another meal simmer it in beef broth with potatoes onions carrots and celery Make some dumplings or noddles or use packaged egg noodles for some beef and noodle soup I tried it and it actually didn t taste like left over Karen says July 15 2009 at 12 09 pm This is a great post with some fab tips Only thing I could add is to menu plan and plan to use up leftovers For example when we have meat veg potatoes I always cook too much veg and tatties so I can bake them is a cheese sauce the next night A simple seven day list on the fridge gives me ideas for the week I don t have to eat them in the order I ve written them down but it is a relief to look at it and think oh yeah options for tonight are salmon or veg lasagne from the freezer Karen Scotland Shannan says July 15 2009 at 9 27 pm I freeze meals for my husband s lunch and dinner he works afternoons I also freeze things like wine egg whites good to cook with once thawed grated cheese homemade breadcrumbs even cream good to cook with I keep a small dry erase board on the freezer it has a magnet on back and write every meal and things like meat we have in there so if a meal comes out of the freezer it gets crossed off the list It can become a place of no return if we don t keep a list Alicia says July 16 2009 at 9 36 am These are great ideas I have a website in progress entitled Stockpile Cooking www stockpilecooking com I like to focus on recipes that you can make with ingredients purchased at deep discounts with coupons Learning to stretch seasonal items further will really help with the variety of recipes I am confused about one thing Leftover wine Never heard of it Alicia s last post Kids Eat FREE on Thursday at Captain D s Emily says July 17 2009 at 5 53 am My husband takes all the leftovers for lunches As soon as dinner is over I package them in reusable containers in lunch sized portions I also plan my meals so that he will always have leftovers to take Any extra leftovers I throw in the freezer This saves money on lunches and no wasting food Emily s last post Flashack Friday 2005 Susan says July 21 2009 at

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  • Homemade Chocolate Syrup Recipe
    pm great recipe I m not a big Hershey s fan so will be interesting to see how this compares thanks jodi back40life s last blog post WFMW Read More Rachel says July 10 2009 at 2 53 pm I would probably dip the fish in milk or water and then dreg in a mix of GF bread crumbs and crushed cereal drizzle with a little olive oil and bake I do something similar for chicken but add dried crushed herbs Donna says July 10 2009 at 2 57 pm I was just thinking last night that I want to make my own chocolate syrup a timely post indeed I use crushed corn flakes gluten free for a coating Or corn meal with grated parmesan cheese and italian seasonings Blessings Megan at Simple Kids says July 10 2009 at 3 42 pm We JUST made homemade chocolate syrup this week I got the recipe for a book I am reviewing for Simple Kids It is SO good and rich and no HFCS Love love love it I just put mine in a glass jar with a nice tight lid Yummy yours is prettier than ours Megan at Simple Kids s last blog post July 10th SK Showcase and Weekend Links God s Dancing Child says July 10 2009 at 4 23 pm I have made the same recipe that is in Tawra Kellham s cookbook Not Just Beans I believe it s under a new name now and it s SO yummy On a money saver level another yummy treat to make at home yourself is vanilla extract or any kind of extract if you don t already You split two vanilla beans down the middle add it to 1 4 1 2 cup vodka and let it set for 6 weeks It s SO delicious and much cheaper than buying pure vanilla extract from the store The beans can be reused 4 5 times too I am about to make peppermint and orange the rind with no pith extract the same way too I would love to hear what you find about gluten free fish sticks I have a GF friend that might know I will ask her I don t comment often but I love your site and keep up with it through Google Reader religiously Thanks for all the good posts Northwoods Baby says July 10 2009 at 5 08 pm Corn Chex Corn and rice Chex are GF now so if you crushed some of them you could use them as breading that s crunchy and looks store ish Fair warning the cinnamon chex are ADDICTIVE Not that you d use them on fish but if you DO get them don t say I didn t warn you Northwoods Baby s last blog post Peaceable kingdom Marci OvercomingBusy says July 10 2009 at 5 56 pm Hey I have all those ingredients and we love chocolate syrup Can t wait too try it Marci OvercomingBusy s last blog post Lessons From Grandma Count Your Blessings Amy says July 10 2009 at 6 23 pm Thank you so much for sharing this We go through so much Chocolate Syrup in our house The first thing out of my three year olds mouth in the morning is I want chocolate milk Amy s last blog post Celebrating Life Jamie says July 10 2009 at 6 24 pm I don t know much about gluten free cooking but I love the eating well website for healthier alternatives This recipe uses whole wheat breadcrumbs but maybe you could adapt that and use the rest http eatingwell com recipes fish sticks html We also LOVE their almond crusted chicken fingers here http eatingwell com recipes chicken finger html Cyndie says July 10 2009 at 8 29 pm Check out http www elanaspantry com their fish stick recipe looks good although it requires a certain brand of almond flour The woman who developed the recipes seems very knowlegable and helpful Doug says July 10 2009 at 9 08 pm We have recently tried almond flour it s is seriously good But WOW 10 per pound We are currently on the lookout for almond flour at better prices And I m still working and perfecting my GF waffles and milk free and the almond flour has been a big help Thanks for the tip we ll be trying that one Kimberly says July 10 2009 at 9 40 pm I have friend who toasts and stales gluten free waffles then she grates them in a cuisinart with salt and Parmesan cheese She stores the finished crumbs in a lidded glass jar in the freezer She uses them the same way she would use any other breadcrumbs I do not have labels in front of me but how about cornflake crumbs or rice crispy crumbs Happy experimenting and thanks for the chocolate syrup idea Kimberly s last blog post Weekend Assignment S mores Andrea says July 11 2009 at 12 00 am Oh my goodness This is so yummy I had to make it after dinner tonight It was super easy I ve had 2 glasses of chocolate milk so far I will definately be getting my calcium this week Andrea s last blog post Set of 3 extra large produce bags Sarah Klass says July 11 2009 at 2 40 am I just got up from the computer and cooked some of this up immediately It is cooling as I write but I ve already dipped my finger and it s DELISH No more expensive Milo for this family Sarah Klass s last blog post A slight break in stampin transmission Cori says July 11 2009 at 6 43 am Thank you for this recipe The ingredients in regular chocolate syrup are frightening Cori s last blog post a fun productive independence day Anna says July 11 2009 at 10 38 am YUM This looks great I can t wait to try it Love the idea of making it for host hostess gifts too Darlene says July 11 2009 at 12 23 pm This looks great It was on my grocery list to buy chocolate syrup but the prices are getting pretty steep for the larger size not to mention the HFCS So that got crossed off my list and since I have all the ingredients in my cupboard I just saved some more money Thanks Sonya McKelvey says July 11 2009 at 1 39 pm Hello you 3 I enjoy your blog respect you values and this is my first post Rachel Thanks for this idea I just whipped up a batch and I had to share that it is really tasty in coffee Sonya Kelli says July 11 2009 at 3 11 pm Thank you thank you for this recipe I can t wait to try it Have you ever looked on the ingredient list for store bought chocolate syrup Scary Kelli s last blog post When you give a kid a camera bezajel says July 11 2009 at 10 18 pm What I good idea making your own chocolate sauce Sounds like you have some good recommendations for gluten free crumbs It s always an experiment I ve been watching your blog for a few months I mist have missed something I didn t realise you your family was transitioning to gluten free bezajel s last blog post Deconstructed Tacos Mrs Green says July 12 2009 at 6 11 am Thank you so much for this fabulous recipe My daughter loves things like this but is intolerant to refined cane sugar I m about to experiment with some fructose and if it s successful I ll move on to agave syrup and see how that goes I can t wait to see her face when she sees a bottle of this on the table at lunchtime Mrs Green s last blog post Chocolate that is good for you and the trees Angel Funk says July 12 2009 at 8 26 pm What a great idea I can t wait to try it Angel Funk s last blog post A little garden update Kika says July 13 2009 at 1 28 pm I m making the syrup at this moment I ve had a bottle of grenadine in my pantry for a year or so cute bottle so I finished it off last night and washed the bottle for a new purpose I plan to use the syrup on ice cream Kika says July 16 2009 at 3 11 am We used our syrup today on ice cream with organic coconut flakes and chopped peanuts I love how it thickened in the fridge Hard to believe it was so easy why on earth would I ever buy something like this from a store again Tanya says December 26 2009 at 9 31 pm That is very true Maxine says July 14 2009 at 12 11 pm Thanks for sharing I ve just made it for the kids and they love it Maxine x Maxine s last blog post We re Married Darcy says July 14 2009 at 3 57 pm This is great I have been wondering what to do to replace Hershey s syrup since it is on the mercury list Thanks for this great suggestion Darcy s last blog post Missing Her Girl Part 2 bezajel says July 15 2009 at 1 16 am I made the syrup thanks for posting the recipe We are enjoying it over icecream for dessert bezajel s last post Homemade Chocolate Syrup from Small Notebook Marybeth at www babygoodbuys com says July 15 2009 at 11 47 am That looks delicious and I LOVE the bottle you stored it in Thanks Marybeth at http www babygoodbuys com s last post http www babygoodbuys com s Dee Wilcox says July 16 2009 at 10 26 am I made this last night with Hershey s Dark Chocolate cocoa powder and it is SO good Better than any store bought kind I ve ever tried Besides chocolate milk I plan to use it to stripe homemade gelato too Thanks for sharing this recipe Dee Wilcox s last post Seeing Color Jessica says July 17 2009 at 10 09 am We just ran out of chocolate syrup so I will have to try this I tried a different recipe for chocolate syrup once but I wasn t a fan good to have a recommendation Thanks Rachel Jessica s last post High Crown Muffins Denise C says July 17 2009 at 11 16 am My kids and I made a batch of the chocolate syrup today OH MY GOODNESS It is so YUMMY My daughter almost 14 months kept taste testing it My son 3 wanted it in a cup um no but I gladly mixed 1 tsp of it with some milk Thanks Denise C says July 17 2009 at 5 11 pm I wanted to add that Cost Plus World Market sells glass bottles as well They had a few flip top ones but were small I purchased 2 green bottles with glass topped cork lids for 2 99 a piece and they are working our wonderfully Nicole aka Gidget says July 17 2009 at 11 39 pm Awesome I can t wait to try it I ve been experimenting and thinking about trying to create a homemade more natural version of vanilla coffee creamer I love the store bought stuff but it s expensive and so bad If you ve come across a homemade substitute for that i d love to hear it Nicole aka Gidget s last post The Powerful Testimony of a Redeemed Life Sarah says July 18 2009 at 1 08 am Chex recently went gluten free in all varieties so that might be a good choice for breading I like to use cornmeal to bread meat instead of flour so that would work too as it is gluten free revalca says July 18 2009 at 2 24 am Can I use your recipe for an instant hot chocolate too If ever how can I do it properly Thanks for the help I love chocos Rachel says July 18 2009 at 3 13 pm Here s how I make hot chocolate Hot Chocolate Recipe Cristina says July 18 2009 at 5 36 pm I LOVE chocolate milk I hadn t thought about trying my own syrup though Great idea I ve been off of white sugar and using natural sugars for a few months now so I had to modify it a bit I also decided to add carob too boost the health factor a little bit Here s my modified version if anyones interested 1 4 cup cocoa powder 1 4 cup carob powder 1 2 cup agave nectar 1 4 cup sucanat 1 8 tsp salt 1 2 tsp vanilla I think it s a little thin and I may thicken it with some corn starch next time but I m pleased with the flavor Cristina says July 19 2009 at 12 28 pm I forgot to mention it s not quite as rich so you ll need to add more Also it tastes a little more like ovaltine then hershey s but that s ok by me julia jones says July 18 2009 at 7 46 pm This is a fantastic idea thank you I am curious though I send gifts to other cities I noticed that you said several months refrigerated Is there a way to not have to refrigerate right away Julia Rachel says July 19 2009 at 2 04 am I would be concerned about bacteria breeding before it was refrigerated but I really don t know enough to say Maybe you could put it through a canning process to make sure it was safe Jenny says July 18 2009 at 10 09 pm Looks awesome I shall try As for the fish sticks consider an asian recipe I m sure you could find something good and gluten free there Cereal sounds iffy but I m chicken xD Chris says July 19 2009 at 6 17 pm For the fish sticks use breadcrumbs from spelt or kamut bread just pulverize in a food processor My wife is gluten intolerant and we do this for all sorts of breaded dishes Robert says July 19 2009 at 7 08 pm Try using 1cup milk instead of water Gives it a creamier flavor as well as makes it a little thicker goes great on pancakes quinnn says July 19 2009 at 10 30 pm Crushed potato chips is the best gluten free coating I have found You can also use Fritos Gary says July 19 2009 at 11 07 pm Great idea for home made chocolate syrup I will recommend it to our web site director and see if they will put it in the health section and also recommend your web site Gary s last post The Many Ways to Earn Money Employment Sweets50 says July 20 2009 at 5 19 pm I use the chex brand glutten free rice cereal I put about 2 cups in a ziplock bag use my rolling pin to crush the cereal and bread plain old white fish that I ve cut into sticks or triangles bake at 325 for 20 min and BINGO fish sticks glutten free and if the kids don t see you do it All is good they never know the difference Snooks says July 20 2009 at 6 42 pm I the syrup recipe A simple GF Fish Sticks recipe can be found on Elana s Pantry web site at http www elanaspantry com fish sticks fugu says July 21 2009 at 8 26 am You can use rice flour Michael Niedermayer says July 21 2009 at 2 59 pm Did you try Alton Brown s recipe His has a couple teaspoons of corn syrup added to prevent crystalization Other than that it is very similar http www foodnetwork com recipes alton brown cocoa syrup recipe index html Scott says September 28 2009 at 10 01 pm Alton s recipe uses equal amounts of water and cocoa and then twice as much sugar more salt and more vanilla And corn syrup Other than that it s very similar Marie says March 11 2011 at 4 16 pm You re right that the water cocoa ratios are different But AB s recipe does not use more of the other ingredients This recipe yields less about half So I would say this recipe actually has more sugar The salt and vanilla are the same You can t compare ingredient amounts unless all things are equal Scott says March 11 2011 at 10 13 pm Boy was I Mr Grumpy Face when I wrote that You re right of course I didn t do the math properly I didn t realize I was so passionate about my chocolate syrup either I obviously was at least a year and a half ago A bit misplaced perhaps If you want to add some extra chocolate or sugar or even salt to your simmering pot of intoxicating chocolate sauce you go right ahead I m not gonna stop you But boy was I Mr Grumpy Face when I wrote THAT denport says July 21 2009 at 5 50 pm why dont you try panko a japanese bread crumb B Neal says July 21 2009 at 7 34 pm Looks tasty What was the script that you used for you label Thanks Rachel says July 30 2009 at 8 07 am That font is actually called Chocolate Box peewee says July 22 2009 at 5 55 am i agree panko bread crumbs work awesomely Suzie says July 22 2009 at 10 10 am You could crush up potato chips for a fish shelling might not look like the real thing but they have a good crunch joao john says July 22 2009 at 12 29 pm I don t know how usefull this will be but among several portuguese fish recipes are the filetes panados Simply put these are fish filets that are dropped in eggs mixed until they are a nice yellow liquid Usually you drop them into flour next but I guess cornflakes might hold up You could just as well stick it in cornstarch the powdered kind Then we just fry it in oil Could do both and get a nice stable crunchy coating Sometimes we just do the eggs Amanda says July 22 2009 at 3 09 pm Try cornmeal for the fish sticks love this recipe Bead Booty says July 23 2009 at 9 33 pm I am so in awe of you folks that take the time to experiment with food coming up with your own recipes I live in fear of cooking Ha Ha So I love reading these food blogs They re always full of fun recipes and fabulous foodie photos This chocolate syrup sounds so yummy thanks for sharing Rachel Bead Booty s last post Brass Glass and Leather Seahorse Necklace Mariah says July 25 2009 at 10 51 pm Believe it or not for breading things like fish sticks and pork chops crushed rice chexs are the best If you crunch them up so they are small enough to grab the edges but not to powder they are delicious fried in butter and olive oil They are better than corn checks on fish and porkchops Although corn chexs goes better with chicken It s easy It s cheap And gluten free Just crush the chexs until you only get cross shapes no squares Newtownie says July 26 2009 at 6 09 am It sounds crazy but my friend uses cornflakes on her fish and it s very delicious Chris Ronk says July 26 2009 at 10 20 am Cool I am always looking for homemade christmas presents to make and this one is perfect Parfume says July 26 2009 at 5 19 pm Great This taste like a dream Jessie says July 27 2009 at 4 20 pm Holy moly this looks amazing Can t wait to give it a whirl Thanks so much Jessie Lisa says July 28 2009 at 9 47 am I made this according to the recipe that was posted but when it cooled it became very hard and difficult to work with It s almost solid now What did I do wrong Rachel says July 28 2009 at 9 55 am Lisa it sounds like it got too hot and the sugar caramelized Try boiling it at a lower temperature Diana Ladybug Limited says July 29 2009 at 1 03 pm Had to come back and say that we made this and loved it Not sure if I should be thanking you or not we ll see how many pounds we gain I linked back to you in my own post and included my new favorite summer dessert using your syrup Diana Ladybug Limited s last post Ten Times Better Than Store Bought Chocolate Syrup Stephen says August 1 2009 at 9 44 pm Thanks for the recipe helps with my chocolate potato chips section Stephen s last post Jul 27 Chocolate potato chips Lori says August 29 2009 at 1 33 am Just came across this through a search and have to say that it was a HIT Tasted similar but much BETTER than Hersey s syrup you buy in the store and a fraction of the cost This will be in the recipe box for a long time to come Lori s last post In the Kitchen Dinner 1 Zom says August 30 2009 at 12 50 pm Hey awesome I m making this now Zom s last post No Costco Marty says September 3 2009 at 10 27 am I tried the chocolate syrup recipe Replaced water with soy milk and used dark cocoa It turned out great Becky says May 1 2011 at 9 09 am that sounds like a good idea although I would use rice dream or almond milk I wonder how that would taste Becky s last post Homemade Chocolate Syrup Venice says September 9 2009 at 5 20 pm Just used this recipe to make it This is a very good recipe and perfect for chocolate milk Christine says September 12 2009 at 8 17 pm THE BEST chocolate syrup ever Recently I ve wanted to make homemade everyday things I ve made lip gloss and perfume both disasters but this was the best and every one wants more I m only 13 and this was easy for me to make so I love it maybe I should stick with cooking stuff not making products Maria says September 24 2009 at 8 22 am This recipe looks great and i am so glad to find an alternative to the HFCS kind questions how much does this make thanks Maria Maria says September 24 2009 at 8 30 am nevermind just noticed yields two cups thank you jessica says September 30 2009 at 9 23 pm I agree with the instant mashed potato flakes or you might try panco crumbs I think they are made with rice flour Rick Hantz says October 1 2009 at 1 20 pm Try almond flour meal plain or mixed with corn meal Add spices to taste You can buy almond flour or make it Also low carb And tastes much better Donald Hrascs says October 10 2009 at 12 19 am I doubled the recipe for the chocolate sauce using Ghirardelli unsweetened coca and Florida pure cane sugar After removing it from the heat I added 1 8 tsp each of Mace Allspice Cinnamon and Mexican white vainilla extract 3 4 tsp since it a milder version The sea salt is added after everything is dissolved to raise the boiling point of the mixture Using spring water does make a difference the first time I made the recipe I used tap water The end result using tap water was dull meaning the subtle overtones from the added spices were suppressed Tap water will also limit storage time as will adding any fats as suggested on previous post Adding fats like butter or cream will limit storage time but will give better results for a hot fudge sauce making it thicker and richer Once the mixture started to boil I reduced the heat and timed it for three minutes at medium heat which maintained the boil The mixture did not significantly thicken until it cooled Once cooled it was thicker than all commercial syrups on the market I continued to whisk it until it settled down removed from the heat source This eliminates crystalization issues A better solution would be to use a copper utensil or submerge the pot in ice once the 3 minute has passed Donald Michelle Scotti says November 4 2009 at 4 12 pm Very cool I am going to try this today I am totally with you in regards to replacing as much pre made store bought stuff as possible I think as a culture we have been tricked into thinking we can only get things pre packaged and ready to go There are so many household items and foods that are easy to make better for you and better for the environment Michelle Scotti s last post Determined to Grow Lettuce in Hawaii Darcy says December 7 2009 at 5 56 pm I have tried making this and love it but the last two times it has gotten hard in the bottom of the container after less than a month I noticed you commented to one person that they may have boiled it too high or long Do you think that is the problem It tastes great I just don t want to waste half of it in them bottom of my bottle thanks Darcy s last post Bedtime Surprises Rachel says December 8 2009 at 11 18 pm Maybe so I ve always been able to use the last drop I can t think of another reason it would harden up like that Tanya says December 26 2009 at 9 28 pm Yeah it is perfect for dairy free icecream because my duaghter is lactose and tolerant and you know that soymilk icecream is not that good but it is delicious with this choclate syrup pegi says January 1 2010 at 12 04 am try matzha meal Bethany says January 12 2010 at 8 25 pm Thank you for the wonderful recipe I agree anything you can make at home that tastes the same or better than retail for the same or less cost is absolutely worth it Keep up the good work Bezukhov says February 14 2010 at 9 47 pm That chocolate syrup was great in coffee chocolate chef says February 25 2010 at 2 09 pm This is a great recipe Works really well on ice cream Ali says March 8 2010 at 8 16 pm As far as the fish goes try Pollock it is cheap and holds up well so that you can cut in in small strips It tastes similar to haddock or cod Evo says March 15 2010 at 9 12 am Great recipe I love chocolate syrup on fresh baked bread Yum Noah DuSablon says March 20 2010 at 2 09 am Hello my name is Noah I hope to one day have a cafe in NY NY But until then I live with my mom and dad I am 16 years old I a Jewish if a girl named Noah wasn t enough My mom wanted Ice Cream but I couldn t break shabbot and buy her some So I googled this recipe made it and waited on it to get a bit colder I shaved some ice and then added a little bit of milk to the syrup Gently coated the ice with the sauce And TADA Homemade Jewish non ice cream creamed ice It tasted UH MAZ IN You ALL should try it Love Noah davesworkout com says March 22 2010 at 5 54 pm Great recipe Made it with splenda instead of sugar was fantastic kaja says April 7 2010 at 9 04 pm 2 whole cups of sugar Wow that s so bad Sarah says July 27 2010 at 1 16 pm 2 whole cups of sugar Wow that s so bad Yes it s two whole cups of sugar So what You have to consider serving size a serving is one teaspoon and the recipe makes about two cups of syrup That s almost 100 servings And so bad compared to what Compared to store bought syrup Compared to not having syrup at all Zahra says April 12 2010 at 10 06 am ooohhh this looks really good do you think it would be good for pouring over stuff ex ice cream cake pastries etc or is it too thick thin to pour Is it also wayyy too chocolatey for that Rachel says April 12 2010 at 10 48 am It s the same consistency as Hershey s chocolate syrup so it s great for ice cream LynzM says April 15 2010 at 10 50 pm Another great breadcrumb substitute is GF pretzels the Glutino ones are what I use crushed up as a replacement They have more flavor and a bit more salt than many of the other ones I ve tried Jeff says April 17 2010 at 8 26 pm My wife and I just tried this recipe and it works GREAT Sherry says April 19 2010 at 9 23 pm Great idea I can t wait to try the syrup I think it would be great on pancakes Jeannie says April 23 2010 at 4 34 pm My son is allergic to many foods corn being one of them he cannot have any item with HFCS but now he can have chocolate syrup again THANK YOU P S this is WAY better than any you can buy in a store JT Sveigdalen says April 25 2010 at 9 45 pm I increased cocoa to 2 3 cup and added 1 3 cup potato flakes The Chocolate milk I made was just about the best ever I think next time I will blend the flakes and increase them to 2 3 Perfect PattyFrog says May 14 2010 at 7 48 pm Wow oh Wow Thank you so much for sharing I woke up from my nap today thinking about Chocolate Syrup Not eating it but making it And then I found you Thank you I made a double batch to use up the cocoa powder I had At the end I added two small caps the caps from the bottle of McCormick Cinnamon Extract along with the salt and vanilla Then after cooling I poured it in the Vodka bottle that I made my vanilla extract in It was empty of extract used the last little bit in the chocolate syrup but full of those beautiful vanilla beans It turned out to be quite tasty I suppose I will have to make something to pour it over tomorrow Thank you so much Have a great one Ali says May 18 2010 at 10 01 am I make this for my kiddos so they can have chocolate milk Easy and delicious Ali s last post Cheesy Parmesan Italian Biscuits Genevee says May 18 2010 at 12 20 pm Zoweeee This sounds really delicious Just wish I had thought about it when I was buying chocolate syrup Thanks for sharing Rutger Vos says May 23 2010 at 2 32 am For gluten free breading of any kind e g we bread cod and zucchini sticks the same way grind up a slice preferably the crust of a gluten free bread in a food processor This works best if the bread is a bit older Here you can add seasoning taragon dill etc beat an egg turn the fish or whatever around in a plate of gluten free flour turn it over in the beaten egg now turn it over in the bread crumbs mixture let it sit for a bit 10 20 minutes this way the breading sticks better done Rutger Vos s last post Polenta Fritta with Serundeng and Raz el Hanout faron tillson says June 5 2010 at 6 23 pm Wow is it that theres 3 and a 1 2 cups worth of matter in the recipe yet it only yields 2 cups of syrup brad says June 6 2010 at 4 23 pm I think that this recipe liquor could make an interesting topping as well Thanks for the great idea Vanessa Mom s Menu Planner says June 6 2010 at 7 38 pm What a great idea I ll bet this is delicious Vanessa Mom s Menu Planner s last post My Shoprite Deals for the Week of 5 30 6 5 10 Innox says June 16 2010 at 12 57 am I do this chocolate syrup Tasty Lulu says June 17 2010 at 12 53 am My brother has a severe gluten allergy and when we need to cook sth for him we use gluten free products bread pasta etc So you should be able to buy gluten free bread and breadcrumbs Why not just use that to make fish sticks Lia says June 27 2010 at 1 02 pm Thanks for the recipe I m responding to the request for gluten free fish sticks I started to make them myself I use either rice crispies or cornflakes crumbs You can add some ground slivered almonds idea from the Sneaky Chef cookbook and the kids will never know Kristin says June 29 2010 at 8 35 am Sounds yummy I m going to try this but I m going to use honey instead of sugar I ll start with a little less honey since it s sweeter than sugar and add more if needed Looking forward to trying it Lucie says July 4 2010 at 10 34 am I think honey sounds like a brilliant idea Lucy says July 4 2010 at 10 28 am This sauce was absolutely delicious Me and my mum were thrilled that we found this because she is lactose intolerant and we couldnt find another one without dairy prouduce in it Lindsay says July 12 2010 at 12 58 pm Oh my I just made this after finding it via google search All I can say is YUM Holy cow this stuff should be illegal Mark my words I will NEVER buy premade syrup again Thanks Keystone Crossfit says July 16 2010 at 11 56 am Great recipe I am going to use splenda instead of sugar I cant wait to try it out Shane says August 4 2010 at 10 19 pm Try grinding some arborio rice in a blender until it becomes the consistancy of flour You can then use it like flour to bread and fry your fish sticks pchieng says August 5 2010 at 12 30 am anything that is made from scratch tastes better thanks for the recipe pchieng s last post Playa del Run 5K Race Report katherine says August 9 2010 at 5 37 pm this recipe is fabulous and easy thanks for posting it katherine s last post meet me inatlanta Jim says October 1 2010 at 5 25 pm I used this recipe a few weeks ago and was extremely pleased with the the results I have recently learned that low fat chocolate milk is one of the most effective low cost workout recovery drinks In my attempts to find a natural chocolate syrup I stumbled across your site I am just now writing a review because I just noticed my house mate had a bottle hershey s in the fridge and I couldn t help but do a direct comparison The syrup I made from

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    love ILL The Dallas Library does a great job with this and I checked and they do not have it I m dying here But i do sneak out to the Barnes and Noble and read some of it for free I hate to admit this but I ll get through the book in a few weeks this way and pick up the 2nd and 3rd book from a used book site like Amazon for a buck plus shipping I look at this as a Barnes and Noble s sponsorship of our no spend month Nicole W says July 8 2009 at 8 34 am Congratulations and thanks for the inspiration My husband cannot fix anything without many many trips to the hardware store LOL Your husband is a rock star iron star Paige says July 8 2009 at 8 46 am I ve been waiting for an update This is so exciting and inspiring for me as a reader I LOVE the mantle and cannot wait to see photos This week I am saving money by hosting a mexican night at our house instead of going out I have everything we need and our guests are bringing dessert and some homemade salsa I have also made the conscious effort to not buy my lunch at all this week I usually buy at least once during the week but not this week Other things I have adapted just from reading include Craigslist Amazon and searching the cabinets and freezer for meals I love using my crockpot and finding new recipes Paige Sally Parrott Ashbrook says July 8 2009 at 9 22 am So far so good for us We ve spent 7 25 in the first week Sally Parrott Ashbrook s last blog post Deliciously Stale Bread a BLT Salad Tarena says July 8 2009 at 10 50 am We did almost the same thing We were just trying to use up ingrediants on hand It does feel good to have a fridge full of grocries now though Thanks for the encouragment Tarena s last blog post Elizabeth says July 8 2009 at 12 09 pm Great job just curious what waffle recipes did you like Elizabeth s last blog post I Did It Rachel says July 10 2009 at 12 02 am Elizabeth we re trying to make up our own so we don t need to buy the gluten free frozen waffles So far the best tasting combination of ingredients includes buckwheat potato starch and apple sauce but we re not quite there yet Sharon says July 8 2009 at 12 49 pm Great job I have some questions for the next time I want to try this Did you fill up your gas tank Does your husband have far to drive to work Do you work outside the home at all Can you walk to stores I realize everyone is different with this challenge so it makes it hard for me to figure out what amount would work for our family When I tried this in June I failed miserably with the amount I had chosen But with 4 kids and all of their needs for food and misc it made it quite the challenge 250 00 is a very low amount even for 3 so KUDOS to you and I hope your second week is just as successful Sharon s last blog post Consistency Rachel says July 10 2009 at 12 07 am We did start with a full tank of gas Doug has a helpful commuting situation so we re mainly funding gas for my car I m trying to combine my errands so that I only drive a couple of days a week to save money A quick trip to the store can cost a dollar or two in gas so I m trying to keep gas prices in mind Kim says July 8 2009 at 1 49 pm How cool I want us to do a No Spend September and wonder if we can pull it off You are really good It is so easy to spend so the challenge of not spending almost seems like fun We ll see Kim s last blog post Grace Colleen says July 8 2009 at 2 26 pm Shoot I wish I could join y all this month but well we have the county fair right now and Nordic Fest at the end of the month I ll have to pick another month or pay period as someone else pointed out Sara gave some great tips for stretching food I cook my chickens in the crock pot and in the summer make chicken salad with the leftovers Nimmi says July 8 2009 at 2 36 pm Great job we finished our first week within our budget and I am pretty proud about that result But you are doing awesome Looking forward to next week best regards from Germany Nimmi Nimmi s last blog post No Spend Month First Review Dawn says July 8 2009 at 7 47 pm My biggest challenge is groceries I used to be a passionate cook who read recipes experimented happily in the kitchen But somewhere along the way I ve lost the fine art of being creative in the kitchen I shop for groceries but then have nothing to fix for dinner Love the roast chicken whole turkey suggestions feeling a tad inspired so maybe I can get my kitchen mojo back Kelly says July 8 2009 at 8 46 pm Wow that is impressive I ended my first week too but we spent a ton Groceries gas a much needed mattress pad printer ink and more groceries Plus puppy food cat food and more groceries Ugh Kelly s last blog post fraud alert Minnesotamom says July 8 2009 at 9 45 pm Wellp my mom sent me 20 of Kohl s cash so I got myself some free new sunglasses The front of my old ones came apart so I

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    a couple of books he wanted to order Not what I was going for Paperbackswap looks really interesting Michelle R says July 3 2009 at 12 51 pm We are giving the No Spend Month a try too and i just sent my husband to walgreen s this morning with a 3 return and he had a 3 rr to spend so he can spend 6 today on essentials I also just bought a book from a garage sale and realized I just bought the exact same one at Costco so there is another 6 to buy milk It has been fun so far Thanks for your great idea MaryAnn says July 3 2009 at 3 37 pm This post reminded me of the summer I helped my best friend give her house a thorough clean out she still refers to it as a house enema We discovered enough stuff none of which had a matching receipt to return to fill two garbage bags E sweet talked every retailer in the suburbs of Atlanta into giving her store credit as I watched in amazement E just had her second child and recently went through the baby gifts pulling out duplicates and not quite rights and went on another returning spree this time with both kids in tow My hat is off to both of you Erika says July 4 2009 at 8 54 am I love the phrase house enema I m so pleased to have found this website again after ages away when I had new baby brain and a computer on the fritz I ll be interested in following the no spend month again It s good to be back Kelly says July 4 2009 at 4 06 pm Hi Rachel I m so glad you re giving the No Spend Month another shot I ve done this challenge for the last 18 consecutive months and it has really paid off I don t exclude buying things that I need but I usually challenge myself to wait 2 weeks build it into next month s budget or find it used first Over the last 18 months I ve paid off over 10 000 in debt I have a 3 month Emergency Fund for the first time ever I bought a house met some amazing like minded women and have never felt richer Kelly s last blog post Frugal Memories Rachel says July 10 2009 at 12 28 am Kelly that is so wonderful Kirwin says July 5 2009 at 12 00 pm We re going to be putting our house on the market soon First we have to finish all the remodeling details Anyhow with the inevitable move on my mind it s a lot easier to part with things Asking myself Is this worth keeping packing unpacking and storing again brings a whole new meaning to things I ve been hanging on to Case in point all the baby stuff Our kids are 5 and 3 and

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    at a medium quality restaurant and God has always provided the extra unexpected income so that our savings account is actually still growing BUT at the beginning of every month in theory our income should always cover our expenses So I decided this July is it Let s see if we can stick to our guns and stop adding extra expenses to an already tight budget Time to live simple as in food gas bills tithe and that s it and it just so happens that I can reassure myself through your site that this month I m not the only one Thanks for reminding us to get our financial priorities in perspective Esperanza says July 2 2009 at 8 34 am Just started reading your blog thanks to the mention from livingsimple http simplelivingdiva blogspot com Great Post I am going to try this for the month of July as well Rae says July 2 2009 at 10 15 am We are in the process of buying a home so this no spend month isn t by choice for us we just have to hold on to every penny until it is pried from our fingers My sister and I have decided to do a stash busting month with our craft habits though eliminating our craft budgets and using only the materials we have on hand We re featuring it on my blog this month Rae s last blog post July Projects sem says July 2 2009 at 11 08 am I m fairly new to this blog but have been excited to dig into the content As far as the No Spend Month goes we re in My husband was just as stoked as I was so that s making it a lot easier We have big freezer that we stock as things go on sale so we already have a good base I m just looking forward to seeing exactly how much money is freed up without the multiple stops at Starbucks or lunches out abbie says July 2 2009 at 1 27 pm I am so cheering you on this month I am a little too chicken to join in with you this month and since we have some entertaining to do but I am thinking that next month I might try this with my family I am so interested to read more Abbie abbie s last blog post A Word on Procastination Shanna says July 2 2009 at 3 44 pm I ll be trying it right along with you Stephanie Keeper of the Home says July 2 2009 at 6 21 pm We won t be joining in this month but we ve done this before and it was fantastic I will definitely be following along to see how it s going And don t worry about the baby supplies you ve got lots of time Marie says July 2 2009 at 6 26 pm We ve spent the last two months not going over our variable expenses budget which includes groceries household supplies but not gas without stealing from other catagories So thats how we intend to do the challenge this month as we have both our birthdays this month of course that has already been set aside It will be interesting to see if we can do it again as its been getting harder as the kids get older and gain appetites Tia says July 3 2009 at 6 30 pm I will try this with my 2 sons I sort of have no choice since I just looked at my account and well we need to slow down summer festivities just a tad We have always enjoyed fun inexpensive things to do except I have been eating out with family and friends too much since I went back to school Family dinners cooked together movies at the beach with bags of popcorn pre made and bike rides around the neighborhood I am going to meet with the boyz tonight and start officially tomorrow Val says July 4 2009 at 9 13 am This is so exciting Still trying to talk DH into doing this Val Kelly says July 4 2009 at 9 32 am We did something very similar in January and it was extremely freeing We ate like kings off of things we had in the freezer etc that were forgotten about We made up new recipes and my husband made our own corn tortilla chips one day We had SO much more time Running around spending money takes up so much time I enjoyed things I already owned more I was more creative and it felt really good I appreciated things Do you know about the website supercook com You can put in all the ingredients you have and it will tell you recipes you can make with them It helped me to make sense of what to do with some of the random things I had Have a GREAT month Kelly Kelly s last blog post Happy Fourth of July Rachel says July 10 2009 at 1 45 am It is amazing how much time it frees up Sometimes I feel like the majority of my time is gathering and taking care of our stuff I like how this month gives me permission to take a break from buying more Flower Patch Farmgirl says July 5 2009 at 9 03 pm We recently did a similar challenge and learned so much I must say our grocery budget was the standard 400 so I m impressed with 250 Good luck Check out our no spend month http flowerpatchfarmgirl blogspot com 2009 05 our april experiment full disclosure html Flower Patch Farmgirl s last blog post We re More Than Buggies and Bonnets Rebecca in Colorado says July 5 2009 at 10 18 pm I must say this looks like something I d like to try We had an interesting month in May with the failure of our refrigerator router

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    talk to hubby about this you ve really got me thinking about it Donna S s last blog post Menu Plan Monday June 28 July 5 Megan at Simple Kids says June 29 2009 at 1 14 pm Okay Rachel I m in I ve been on the fence on whether or not to participate but as it turns out this July will be our um leanest month since we started our own business last fall Basically we have to join you this year Question do we have to go by your rules parameters Can we change the dollar amount for our own families circumstances Thanks for hosting motivating and inspiring us Megan at Simple Kids s last blog post Honoring the Power and Pleasure of Tea with Your Family Rachel says July 10 2009 at 2 17 am Of course not Change it up Megan at Simple Kids says June 29 2009 at 1 14 pm sorry for the unnecessary italics Obviously html is not my friend today Megan at Simple Kids s last blog post Honoring the Power and Pleasure of Tea with Your Family steadymom says June 29 2009 at 1 19 pm What a great interview and you definitely have my admiration for the way you kept your focus with your daughter there She is super cute Jamie steadymom s last blog post Meal Planning Simplified LobotoME says June 29 2009 at 1 54 pm I m doing a spending hiatus for the rest of the year LobotoME s last blog post brain mosh Angie says June 29 2009 at 2 38 pm You re near me too That was so neat to see You are so brave and you and the whole family did a great job You inspired me to really consider this Angie s last blog post Pushing Myself 100 Push Ups Deb says June 29 2009 at 2 44 pm I shared the link to your blog on my fb account Hope you get a lttle traffic from it Loved your interview Sharon says June 29 2009 at 3 28 pm Oh my gosh You are my hero Truly I said so on my blog I started a no spend month on the first of June Did it for three weeks and then stopped This past week has been all about spending too Yikes I think I was not quite prepared for it but my ultimate goal was to pay for a lake house in cash for my family I successfully completed that goal in three weeks I will try this again with another money goal in mind and perhaps use February I may be able to do 28 days I m excited to follow your month The interview was great love your ideas for 1 00 5 00 Sharon s last blog post Oh no Billy Mays too Simplelivin says June 29 2009 at 4 10 pm Count me it We did this back in November and loved the challenge of it Good luck to you and your family Simplelivin s last blog post June 28th Spending mrs e says June 29 2009 at 5 45 pm The video was priceless So much fun I am thinking September or October will be my month I am going to be following your adventure this July You re such an old pro though mrs e s last blog post Control Alt Delete Sherry says June 29 2009 at 7 39 pm I m going to work on spending less this month But plan a no spend month later on as I have a planned vacation during July I have done no spend periods before focusing on certain areas I did a 6 month fast or no spending on clothes didn t spend a dime even on panty hose It was great Looking forward to doing it again Slackerjo says June 29 2009 at 8 59 pm I would be curious to know what stuff if any has been stock piled for no spend month Rachel says July 10 2009 at 2 19 am This post shows what we re starting with We try not to stock pile too much ahead of time Katie at makingthishome com says June 29 2009 at 9 05 pm So glad you had a link that you could share with us for your interview It was really cool to see the family behind your blog This summer we re doing a no spend on clothes for the entire season I honestly thought that it would be a challenge but now I m realizing how simple it is to get by with the things we already have I m thinking of continuing it when we get back to Germany Now I m really tempted to make this next month a no spend month too Hmm Katie Katie at makingthishome com s last blog post Reusing Yankee Candle Jars Meg says June 29 2009 at 10 14 pm We did are doing no spend month this month June for the first time and it has been great It has helped us to communicate more about money and refocus on the simple things Only one more day left in the month and we still have 20 left Maybe next year we will adjust our budget downward a little to make it more of a challenge Thanks for inspiring us and posting the interview It was great Good luck in July Marianna says June 29 2009 at 10 32 pm I caught the original Good luck hope it goes well for you I must ask is there really a Chuy s in the D FW area We just moved here from Indiana but spent 12 years in Austin I m not sure I could swing a whole month of not spending Perhaps a week It s something that is constantly in the back of my mind Marianna s last blog post Summer Rachel says July 10 2009 at 2 21 am The

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