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November 26th, 2006 at 05:45 am

The library alternates the Buck-a-bag sales with regular sales, where the paperbacks are all a quarter and the hardbacks are all fifty cents. I spent a whopping $4.50. It strikes my funny bone that some of the books seemed overpriced at those prices. I understand that for convenience itís much, much easier to have one price, instead of individually pricing, but Iíd grab a hardback and think, ďfor a quarter, Iíd think about it.Ē

I did eat a traditional turkey dinner, but it was not at my house so I donít have any leftovers. For me thatís a good thing: I can overeat if it is in front of me. However I did grab the turkey carcass, which was in pieces, and a bunch of the juices. I boiled the carcass and juices with some water, and have three quarts of incredibly rich broth, and two pints of shredded turkey with broth, in the freezer.

I made an odd concoction again. I took chicken thighs and split peas, and added some last bits of leftover pesto, and some mustard. The spicy brown mustard was almost out, and I wanted to clear out the fridge, so I put hot water in, shook, and put it in crockpot. I decided to finally get rid of a Ĺ gallon of pickle juice Iíve been saving for a year, because for me itís not frugal if I donít use it. However I did put a couple cups into the crock pot. Surprisingly, the chicken-split pea-pesto-mustard-pickle juice thing is quite tasty.

Sometimes I get frustrated that I donít post enough, or that I donít post enough of the details of my daily finances. Frankly, part of that is so very often I am not spending any money. But anyway, what I have to tell myself is that itís not posting that is as important to me on My Challenge as actually living the Challenge. Rest assured that I'm living on less than $1026, with all purchases recorded and no fibbing. November is looking really good, except for the bloated Entertainment budget. The huge shopping tip in October really stocked me up, and other discretionary areas like gifts, household, toiletries, and clothing are low. For gifts, thatís good, because it would really help me to carry some gift money over to December.

I have a conundrum with a budget item. In late October a friend near a Trader Joeís picked up some items for me. I gave her a blank check due to time constraints, which I later found out she tossed. I closed the October books reluctantly without know the exact amount, and expected to be able to post it in November. I saw her tonight and she would not accept any money at all. Not at all. So, what I am going to do is use my guesstimate of $25, and hold that money in a jar, and use it to take her or her aunt out to lunch at some point. I just donít feel good about not having it as an expense.

3 Responses to “Random Notes”

  1. mairgrif Says:

    I totally hear you about being annoyed when people won't accept money for purchases. I asked my mother to pick me up some cereal b/c it was cheaper at the wholesale place she belongs to, and I do not belong. I asked her how much it was and she shrugged and brushed off the repeated queries. I guess when she balks at her Christmas gift (Broadway tickets), I'll just have to say, well, I saved all that money on cereal. Wink It's nice that you do a mental tally and reserve the money for later use on that person. You're doing great!

  2. LuckyRobin Says:

    Your ingenuity with food concoctions never ceases to amaze me. It was sounding good up the pickle juice, and maybe even quite possibly with it. Hmm...

  3. Sunshine Suz Says:

    My Grandma used to put pickle juice and chopped up pickles in her meatloaf. "Old Family Recipe".

    She also put vinegar in her green beans. I do it now too...but not sure why!?!?! Just cause Grandma did!

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