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There’s No Such Thing as a Cheap Lunch

Posted by flsquared on February 6, 2010

Today I made a big mistake.

On Saturdays, I have started swapping language lessons in the hopes of reviving my dormant French knowledge.  My instructor is awesome–a Parisian artist full of life and spirit and the patience of a saint!

After the lesson, I typically take advantage of the fact that I’m out of the house and go grocery shopping.  If you don’t live in Manhattan, you may not understand why I need to go shopping alone, but suffice it to say that Whole Foods and Trader Joes are “cheap” supermarkets, so much so that there are often crowds that would rival Black Friday sales at Walmart.

Today, we got together from 11am-1:30pm and I was starving as I left.  I hopped on the subway down to Union Square, but knew I would not make it through the hoards of Trader Joe’s groupies without a snack.  Right in front of TJ’s was a hot dog vendor.  Score!  Quick and cheap.  After all, I had to get back home to relieve hubby from babysitting duty.

(If my friend D. is reading this, I am sure to get a lecture.  Yes, I know, you have warned me time and time again about eating from the street carts!)

It was not a good sign when the guy cleaned out the mustard with a toothpick and then put the toothpick back in the box.  Ewww!

But the hot dog had already been paid for so I scarfed it down and ran inside to do my shopping.

As I waited in the 45 minute line to pay for the groceries, I grabbed a hot wing sample.  Spicy but good.

I was even counting my blessings as I got to the bus stop just as the 103 was pulling in.  Yoo hoo!

However, as the driver swerved through traffic and slammed on the brakes over and over again, my stomach began to turn.  I’m not really sure if it was the hot dog, the sole buffalo wing, or the 30 minute roller coaster bus ride, but I seriously didn’t know if I was going to make it home before I lost my lunch.

I actually got out of the bus 2 stops early and started walking.  I stumbled into the apartment and downed two hot chamomile teas with honey.  I laid down on the bed.  The room slowly stopped spinning and I was able to go out and play with the kids.

Sometimes I am so stupid.  I will spend double to buy hormone free milk or free range eggs, but I buy whatever crap they sell on the street corner.  Hopefully I’ve learned my lesson and the next time I need a quick snack I’ll either bring one with me or grab something at the fruit stand.


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Posted by flsquared on March 16, 2009

The other day, my husband and I were reminiscing about our childhood school days.  Growing up in Spain, one of the “rules” in his all-boy school was that they always had to wear a handkerchief.  

To this day, he still uses one.

They are so convenient (and soooo soft, especially after several washes) that I’ve started using them as well.  I have several that are embroidered and so very girly.  And super-easy to clean when they are soiled–just throw them in the wash and grab a fresh one.  Love it!

Added bonus?  I always have something on hand to use to clean up my boys’ drooly faces, and I don’t have to worry about “killing trees” (or the added expense of boxes of tissues).

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They Did What? Top 5 Silliest Ways to Save Money

Posted by flsquared on March 11, 2009

When I started this blog, I mentioned that I tended to run across two types of information when it came to saving money: “common sense” methods that were things that I already do (or specifically choose not to do) and “extreme” penny pinching.  

The following are some of the funniest ways that I have heard about people saving a dime:

  1. Separating the two-plys of toilet paper.  And limiting your family to a certain number of squares per use.
  2. Reusing envelopes that businesses send you for personal mail.
  3. Making “lemonade” in a restaurant from tap water and sugar packets.
  4. Saving soap chips and putting them into a plastic bottle with a bit of water to make “liquid soap”.
  5. Turning your underwear inside out to wear again before the wash.

What others have you heard?  Or tried yourself???

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