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Archive for May, 2008

How to Save Money When Buying Meat

Posted by supermom on May 30, 2008

Food Lion has London Broil on sale this week for $1.88 per pound* so I thought I’d share with all of you how we save money on a variety of different cuts of meat by cutting and wrapping our own.

The last time London Broil was on sale we bought nine roasts over the course of three shopping trips.  The roasts from the first two trips were cut up as follows:

Some were divided into steaks.

Dividing a roast into steaks

Some was sliced into stew meat. 

First the meat was cut into strips approximately 1 inch thick (as pictured below)

Slicing strips for stew meat

Then the strips were cut into cubes.

Cutting stew meat into cubes

These were then weighed, wrapped in freezer paper and labeled.

Wrap meat in freezer paper

The rest was sliced thinly for stir fry.

Second picture of stir fry strips

Slicing meat into strips for stir fry

On the third trip, I asked the butcher if he would be willing to grind the roasts for me.  He kindly agreed and packaged it into two family size containers.  There was no charge for this.

Ground london broil

When I got home, all I had to do was weigh out 1.5 lbs per package and wrap and label it.

Wrapped ground beef

From that last sale we ended up with 4 packages of  stewing meat, 8 packages of stir fry and 4 package of steaks and with a little help from the Food Lion butcher; 6 packages of very lean ground beef, plus 6 hamburger patties for that night’s meal.

For comparison, I checked the prices to buy these pre-cut and packaged from the meat department.  Stewing beef and stir fry beef were priced at $3.49/lb.  Ground beef was priced $2.99/lb and upwards, none of which was as lean as the ground london broil.  And as far as the steaks go, depending on cut; $5.49/lb and up.  London broil when it’s not on sale goes for $7.99/lb.

The following week, when sirloin roasts were on sale, we bought three of those and sliced them into steaks and smaller roasts.   This can easily be done with various cuts of pork as well.

To get started you’ll need are a good sharp knife, a cutting board, a scale, freezer paper, tape and a marker.

By shopping the sales and doing your own cutting and wrapping you’ll be able to save anywhere between 40% to 50% (or more) on meat. 


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Have a Safe and Enjoyable Memorial Day

Posted by supermom on May 26, 2008

And while you’re celebrating with family and friends take a moment to reflect and remember the sacrifices made by our veterans.

A row of flag


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Thrift store find

Posted by supermom on May 17, 2008

Last week we made our annual trip up to Canada to spend a couple of days visiting our girls before coming back across the border to renew our Visas.   Since both girls had to work Friday, Dave and I and our son spent that day doing things around our oldest daughter’s new apartment to help it feel more homey.

At the beginning of April she moved from the furnished basement apartment that she’d lived in while attending university to an unfurnished one bedroom apartment.   She loves living above ground and having her own kitchen and bathroom (she shared a kitchen and bath at her old place.)  But now she needs to furnish her new place.

So early Friday morning we set off to check out the local thrift stores and at the very first one we hit the jackpot.   We got this little beauty for $59 plus tax.

The table with removable leaf and matching chairs are solid wood and will sit six comfortably with the leaf inserted.  The table top had a couple of small scratches but nothing that can’t be disguised with a furniture repair stick.   And while the upholstery on the chair seats is quite worn, those will be simple to recover once she decides what fabric she wants to use.   The set was missing the fourth chair but for right now she’s using two at the table and the third as her computer chair.  In future she can look for three more chairs to add to the set to give it that eclectic collected furniture look.

It was so much fun to surprize her with her “new” table and chairs plus other surprizes (more to come on that later) when she got home from work Friday evening.

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How to Hide Your Fabric Stash

Posted by supermom on May 1, 2008

This week Amandajean over at crazy mom quilts has posted the first block of her latest quilt-a-long. Even though I haven’t finished the last quilt-a-long, I’ve decided to take part in this one. For a pic of my completed blocks from the previous quilt-a-long, check my post What do Writers Do When They’re Not Writing? (I’ve actually turned what was going to be that quilt top into three smaller projects. I’ll post photos of those soon.)

I haven’t had a chance to complete this week’s block but if you’re visiting through the link in Amandajean’s side-bar, I thought I’d share this bit of fabric humour.

Fortunately I’ve never had to employ any of the suggestions below because Dave knew going into our marriage that sewing and fabric were a part of my life. After all, I sewed my wedding dress. He’s never complained about my passion for all things fabric. In fact several years ago, he built shelves for me on which to stack my dozen or so file boxes filled with fabric. However, if you have more fabric than will fit in a dozen file boxes, you may find this list useful.


How to Hide Your Fabric Stash

1.  Fold it larger and put it evenly under the mattress – you can get a hundred yards under there! There’s no chance the hubby will find it – how often does he make the bed?

2.  You can also fold some and put is under each chair and sofa cushion.

3.  Hang the yardage on a coat hanger, then cover it with a piece of clothing – hence, 100 coat hangers/100 yds of fabric. (3 closet = 300 yards)

4.  Get a large trash can, remove the cover and have someone cut a round piece of plywood out for you. Put stash in trash can, put on wooden cover, place a pretty 70″ round tablecloth (or sew two 2 yard pieces together lengthwise and “pretend” its a tablecloth) on it – a beautiful lamp on top and who’s to know it’s full of fabric? (A good way to hide the ironing too)

5.  If you have a space under the bed, buy some of the underbed storage containers and fill them.

Now when you’ve bought more fabric than you can store in these five ways, you just aren’t sewing enough!

But remember, if you have 3 or 4 bedrooms, with a closet and covered trash can table in each one and replace the living room end tables with one, that is a LOT of fabric hidden.

Now get the teakettle on and invite your friends and let them see your neat house.

*Note: A local quilt shop had this printed up and sitting on the cutting table as give aways. No author was listed, but if you know the original author please let me know so that I can add her by-line.

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