tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-13443300654143422212020-05-21T12:43:23.385-07:00Practically Frugal FamilyPractically Frugal Family is a family effort by John and Rose to share their experiences about living a frugal lifestyle and offering practical advice. This blog will cover areas such as personal finance, recipes, quick tips, children, etc. Thanks for stopping by and make sure to get updates by putting your email into the right hand column of the blog! PFFPractically Frugal Familyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10837138917399642330noreply@blogger.comBlogger51125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1344330065414342221.post-54687731774858711932017-08-28T18:08:00.001-07:002017-08-28T18:09:34.625-07:00Four Resources for Investing on a Budget<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-HnZsudzGnJI/WaQ_b4tzXHI/AAAAAAAADg8/9WDhz8AV9_wCg6-SjaWDJCk2e0dPyU6NgCLcBGAs/s1600/Investing%2BOn%2Ba%2BBudget%2B%25281%2529.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="315" data-original-width="560" height="225" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-HnZsudzGnJI/WaQ_b4tzXHI/AAAAAAAADg8/9WDhz8AV9_wCg6-SjaWDJCk2e0dPyU6NgCLcBGAs/s400/Investing%2BOn%2Ba%2BBudget%2B%25281%2529.png" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br />I once had a friend make the following overgeneralized statement. As a paraphrase he stated that the poor don't have money, the middle class buys "toys" (meaning things like boats and quads) and the wealthy invest. for some reason this stuck with me.<br /><br />While I do not necessarily aspire to be wealthy, I would like to provide a means for my family to be comfortable; especially in my old age. Throughout American history investing has been a means of growing that money. The stock market is somewhat volatile, but bonds are generally minuscule and you might as well<a href="http://www.harvdo.icu/2015/03/ditch-your-savings-account.html%20Done" target="_blank"> ditch that savings account</a> (in respect to interest). The higher the risk, the higher reward. The lower the risk, the lower the reward. How do you get started when you feel as though you don't have a lot of dough to spare?<br /><br />1. <a href="http://www.vanguard.com/" target="_blank">Vanguard</a><br /><br />Vanguard is a huge financial company that specializes in mutual funds and ETFs. Their real strength for me is in management of retirement and index funds specifically. Their expense ratios are low and their returns are at least on par with any other financial institutions. The low expense ratios allow more money to stay in the account and be invested which has huge implications when speaking to the exponential growth that happens with long term investments. One down side is that you need to put in the time and research to decide which funds you would like to invest in. There are target retirement funds that start more risky and become more safe over time for those that like to set it and forget it. They don't have individuals micro manage most funds, but the expense ratio is so low and diversity so high that it mitigates risk. Another potential barrier is that most funds require a minimum initial investment of $3,000. While this is pretty small in terms of long term investing, it may be a lot for someone to do at once. If you can put in an initial value of $10,000 you can invest in Admiral funds which are the same thing, but with an even lower expense ratio (a fraction). I personally use this to manage the bulk on my investments that I self manage. Also, since it is so big, there is a lot of information about their various offerings so the research is relatively easy. Check out www.vanguard.com for more information.<br /><br />2. <a href="http://www.prosper.com/" target="_blank">Prosper</a><br /><br />Prosper is a peer to peer lending site that allows individuals to request personal loans at rates that are generally &nbsp;lower than traditional brick and mortar establishments. This allows individuals to invest in other individuals loans and benefit from the interest incurred. Prosper is just the middle man. What is really interesting is that the loans are crowdfunded. This means if someone is requesting $3,000 for dental work, for example, that you don't have to give them all $3,000. Instead, you invest in a $25 portion for that loan and you make your interest based on your investment. This means that you can buy many different loans instead of just one and really diversify. The minimum initial investment that Prosper will accept is $25 so it is very easy in terms of barrier to entry. You may need to check your state because it is not available everywhere. On the down side, personal loans are a little on the risky side. When someone defaults on their loan you are just out. They state that they have credit services that go after the money, but I've had quite a few default rather quickly. I started with 100 notes ($2,500) because their website stated that nobody has lost money with that much diversification. &nbsp;To date, after about 3 years, I am at about 8.15% annualized return, which means this is a solid piece of the investment pie for me.<br /><br />3. Robinhood<br /><br />Robinhood is one of my newest and most exciting adventures. It is a phone app only, resource and it allows individuals to trade stock during normal trading hours completely free. Seriously, no commission, transaction fees, nothing. It is legitimately completely free. They do offer a Gold program that allows after hours trading and other benefits which is not free. The app is clean, easy and has enough information that I have been comfortable buying and trading quite a few stocks. There is no minimum initial investment (other than buying a specific stock) and the response time to buying and selling has been immediate. For me it feels a bit like fantasy football, but with money. I started by just buying and selling a couple little stocks and then have steadily been tinkering and building a portfolio. The research withing app is pretty much limited to a line graph with performance back as far as 5 years. It is pretty useful if you want to look at general trends. This would require you to do a lot of your own research if you are looking to get an edge of what to buy and sell and when. It links to your bank account and funds are immediately available once you place them in Robinhood. Potential downsides would be that you have to really put in the work to know what to buy and sell, and when you don't have a lot of diversification there is more risk. Luckily, there is a lot of information out there about stock trading (thank you Internet!). <a href="http://share.robinhood.com/johnm2028" target="_blank">&nbsp;If you're interested in trying it out (you could seriously buy one $2 stock) please click here. It will give both you and I a free stock as a promotion.</a><br /><br />4. <a href="https://www.betterment.com/" target="_blank">Betterment</a><br /><br />Betterment is also pretty new to me. I've had it for a few months and it is very intriguing. In general, Betterment has some goal based bot traded funds. That's right; bots! Their computer algorithms work diligently to buy and sell stock at the right times to maximize investment returns. While my sample time hasn't been long enough to make a conclusion about returns, their past returns have been a little better than similar funds that are managed by humans; so that's pretty cool. There is no minimum investment and it links up real nice with existing bank accounts. There is a small maintenance fee at 0.25% a year. This is probably because that bot isn't going to be asking for a raise. I just plunked $600 in a retirement growth fund and I'm just going to keep an eye on it and see how it does for now. I'll be able to compare it to similar accounts I have with my employer and through Vanguard to make a decision if I'd like to add more in the future. Either way, I just kind of nerd out over the idea of the bot and I pray it doesn't turn into a Terminator situation. The only negative I can currently see with Betterment is that it is still linked to the volatility of the stock market. But, all investments with potential of quality return are somewhat risky.<br /><br />So, what are investment resources that you are having success with on a budget? What kind of success have you found with the ones I am sharing?<br /><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: &quot;arial&quot;; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Have a great day and thanks for reading. 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text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Hx1vf8sq75o/Vryu_wIBgRI/AAAAAAAAAew/Tp79PAuBStI/s1600/SALE%2B%25281%2529.png" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Hx1vf8sq75o/Vryu_wIBgRI/AAAAAAAAAew/Tp79PAuBStI/s400/SALE%2B%25281%2529.png" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;">You feel smug don’t you?&nbsp; Those tinted windows, that sound system, the leather seats, that victory at beating the car next to you at the green light.&nbsp; Don’t lie: you have an unnatural connection to your car, like it somehow defines or compliments a part of your lifestyle – never mind that’s exactly what the marketing people want you to think.&nbsp; Wear LL Bean and drive a Subaru? Pine for Edward Cullen (Twilight) and have a Volvo in your garage? Trust fund tushy only comfortable atop German-sourced leather?&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;">America has a problem: people spend more time thinking about their ride then planning their retirement.&nbsp; How do you stop being a car diva?&nbsp; That’s your problem, but get a grip: a car is a depreciating asset (i.e. it won’t make you richer) and &nbsp;will one day: A) end up in a junkyard; B) sold to some weirdo on Craigslist; &nbsp;or C) worse case, traded-in far below market value for a newer model.&nbsp;&nbsp; The purpose of this post isn’t to shame you into trading your metal idol for something insanely practical – you’re way too much of a car diva for that.&nbsp; Instead, this article is meant to provide a quick how-to guide for someone that needs/wants transportation, but would like to minimize depreciation expenses. Welcome to the world of beater shopping. &nbsp;<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;">Car divas have lots of excuses for eschewing beaters: <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;">D for – definitely need to spend more money to get something reliable. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;">I for – I wouldn’t be caught dead driving that! <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;">V for – Very unfair, I work hard and want to treat myself to something decent<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;">A for – Am I going to fit in with the rest of the neighborhood/company/family?<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;">My response to these excuses:&nbsp;&nbsp; Yes, you can (an AAA membership can give you peace of mind). &nbsp;Get over yourself. Put your money into something that will work for – not against – you. And lastly, who cares?!&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;">Again, this article is a life-hack shortcut to choosing a beater (read: used) car. The information presented is based on years of personal research, ownership experience, and review websites such as carcomplaints.com, tradeinqualityindex.com, and Consumer Reports. &nbsp;Note about Consumer Reports: &nbsp;they mostly cater to snobby New England car divas who prefer new or slightly used vehicles with “soft touch” interior materials.&nbsp; Additionally, their reliability statistics have subtle inconsistencies and I believe the organization and its readers (who provide the reliability data via survey) have an unfair bias against domestic automakers.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-JAsaPNcq3tc/VryprHsQ1gI/AAAAAAAAAeY/y8Tn7GAp2KY/s1600/Daves%2Bvan.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-align: center;"><img border="0" height="240" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-JAsaPNcq3tc/VryprHsQ1gI/AAAAAAAAAeY/y8Tn7GAp2KY/s320/Daves%2Bvan.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">(<i style="background-color: white; color: #500050; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px; text-align: justify;">Dave purchased a 2001 Toyota Sienna van for $1 (pictured).&nbsp;&nbsp;Yes you read correctly:&nbsp;&nbsp;a functioning vehicle, with wheels an engine, transmission, doors, seat belts and 2 air bags.&nbsp;&nbsp;It was acquired from family who would have otherwise donated it. With nearly 240,000 miles, the van has been on the road for almost 2 years after its $1 valuation.&nbsp;&nbsp;The Silver Bullet, as it’s called, can handle 7 passengers, swallow tons of cargo, and take a collision with minimal damage – it was in a low speed accident last winter.&nbsp;&nbsp;Dave’s other vehicle is a 1999 Buick Park Avenue (PA) purchased for $2,700.&nbsp;&nbsp;The PA currently has slightly over 170,000 miles.&nbsp;&nbsp;Dave has performed most repairs and all basic maintenance on the vehicles by reading online forums, visiting junk yards, and watching YouTube videos.)</i></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><b><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><b><span style="font-size: large;">How do you go about finding a used car for $5,000 or under? &nbsp;</span></b><o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpFirst" style="margin-left: 38.25pt; mso-add-space: auto; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo4; text-align: justify; text-indent: -.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: &quot;symbol&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]-->Always pay cash<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin-left: 38.25pt; mso-add-space: auto; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo4; text-align: justify; text-indent: -.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: &quot;symbol&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]-->Buy directly from the owner (no middle man). Find owners who: are trading up for a larger vehicle for growing family, are moving, have service records, and/or have snow tires (it’s shows they’re responsible)<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin-left: 38.25pt; mso-add-space: auto; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo4; text-align: justify; text-indent: -.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: &quot;symbol&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]-->Yes, you’re going to be the Craigslist weirdo<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin-left: 38.25pt; mso-add-space: auto; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo4; text-align: justify; text-indent: -.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: &quot;symbol&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]-->Create a checklist before you test drive and push every button – horn, radio, trunk release, etc. &nbsp;Come up with a driving route and routine before testing the vehicle.&nbsp; My favorite maneuvers simulate desperate scenarios: panic stops – do multiple, slalom, and peddle to the metal.&nbsp; Does the car make any strange sounds, pull to the side, emit blue, black or white fumes, or clunk like it has arthritis?&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin-left: 38.25pt; mso-add-space: auto; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo4; text-align: justify; text-indent: -.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: &quot;symbol&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]-->Bring a flashlight, find the hood release and *gasp* open the engine bay.&nbsp; Funny thing, you don’t need a mechanics license to do this – get used to it: you’re going to be doing the majority of your own car maintenance after you buy the beater; YouTube and free online forums are great for this. &nbsp;For added peace of mind, a pre-purchase inspection is highly recommended; check out this <a href="http://www.harvdo.icu/2015/03/get-pre-purchase-inspection-when-buying.html">past Practically Frugal Family post</a>. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin-left: 38.25pt; mso-add-space: auto; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo4; text-align: justify; text-indent: -.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: &quot;symbol&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]-->Search the internet for common problems and maintenance intervals for the model(s) you’re considering: focus on these areas.&nbsp; Do the records indicate completion of significant maintenance (e.g. timing belt) and common repairs? <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin-left: 38.25pt; mso-add-space: auto; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpLast" style="margin-left: 38.25pt; mso-add-space: auto; text-align: justify;">Generally sellers of $5,000 and under cars just want to make a quick sale.&nbsp; In their eyes, the car is on its last legs and they’ll likely feel sorry for the buyer – “they must be desperate if they’re considering driving this.”&nbsp; Use this mentality to your advantage and barter.&nbsp; Does the car need new tires – subtract the cost from the purchase price.&nbsp; Dented fender or body panels; light surface rust?&nbsp; Perfect – you’re likely not going to fix them, but each one decreases the value further. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpLast" style="margin-left: 38.25pt; mso-add-space: auto; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;">Some <span style="font-size: large;">key characteristics </span>about your $5,000 or under beater before we begin.&nbsp; Ideally it must meet all (if not most of the following criteria): <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpFirst" style="mso-list: l1 level1 lfo1; text-align: justify; text-indent: -.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: &quot;symbol&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<b>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </b></span></span><!--[endif]--><b>Mass produced </b>– meaning many were sold – there should be enough in junkyards to provide cheap, plentiful parts<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="mso-list: l1 level1 lfo1; text-align: justify; text-indent: -.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: &quot;symbol&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]--><b>Use engines/driveline systems in production for several years</b> – longer time to work out bugs<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="mso-list: l1 level1 lfo1; text-align: justify; text-indent: -.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: &quot;symbol&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]--><b>Reasonably reliable</b> (engines, transmissions, electrical systems not prone to catastrophic failure)<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="mso-list: l1 level1 lfo1; text-align: justify; text-indent: -.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: &quot;symbol&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]--><b>Does not require premium fuel and gets decent mileage based on your driving characteristics.</b>&nbsp; <b>Fuel economy is better compared in the form of the inverse of mpg</b> (as gallons per mile). Unless you drive significantly more miles than average, the difference between 20 mpg and 25 mpg is negligible at current fuel prices, especially at the $5,000 and less purchase price. &nbsp;<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="mso-list: l1 level1 lfo1; text-align: justify; text-indent: -.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: &quot;symbol&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]--><b>Has an acceptable amount of life left</b> (end of life is likely 250,000 – 300,000 or 18 – 20 years)<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="mso-list: l1 level1 lfo1; text-align: justify; text-indent: -.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: &quot;symbol&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]--><b>High depreciation and reasonable alternatives should not cost significantly less</b><o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="mso-list: l1 level1 lfo1; text-align: justify; text-indent: -.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: &quot;symbol&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</span></span><b>Priced at a point where you can self insure for collision and comprehensive insurance</b> (i.e. you’re only going to carry liability and if the car is totaled, you’ll get a new one)<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="mso-list: l1 level1 lfo1; text-align: justify; text-indent: -.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: &quot;symbol&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span><!--[endif]--><b>Minimal mechanical complexity</b> - avoid AWD, 4x4 or any other marketing derivative of all four wheel propulsion –it’s complex, costly to maintain/repair and overrated. Get snow tires if you need good winter traction.<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="mso-list: l1 level1 lfo1; text-align: justify; text-indent: -.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: &quot;symbol&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<b></b></span></span><!--[endif]--><b>Has a good safety rating, equipment (air bags, ABS, etc.), and won’t crumble like a tin can.</b> It needs to “take a licking and keep on ticking.”&nbsp; Translation: if you get in an accident, you want something that can still operate with minimal rehabilitation cost because the insurance you buy will not cover collision. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpLast" style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Vehicle that best exemplify the above requirements: <o:p></o:p></b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpFirst" style="mso-list: l2 level1 lfo2; text-align: justify; text-indent: -.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: &quot;symbol&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]-->Buick Park Avenue (avoid air suspension)<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="mso-list: l2 level1 lfo2; text-align: justify; text-indent: -.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: &quot;symbol&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]-->Buick LeSabre <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="mso-list: l2 level1 lfo2; text-align: justify; text-indent: -.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: &quot;symbol&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]-->Buick LaCrosse (with 3.8 liter V-6)<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="mso-list: l2 level1 lfo2; text-align: justify; text-indent: -.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: &quot;symbol&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]-->Ford Crown Victoria – avoid police interceptor version<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="mso-list: l2 level1 lfo2; text-align: justify; text-indent: -.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: &quot;symbol&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]-->Mercury Grand Marquis<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="mso-list: l2 level1 lfo2; text-align: justify; text-indent: -.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: &quot;symbol&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]-->Toyota Avalon<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpLast" style="mso-list: l2 level1 lfo2; text-align: justify; text-indent: -.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: &quot;symbol&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]-->Toyota Sienna (pre 2004)<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;">Runners-up: consider if you can get a good price on a low mileage model in better than average condition and your circumstances warrant it:<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpFirst" style="margin-left: 38.25pt; mso-add-space: auto; mso-list: l3 level1 lfo3; text-align: justify; text-indent: -.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: &quot;symbol&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]-->Buick Century/Regal - price is the only selling point over above list<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin-left: 38.25pt; mso-add-space: auto; mso-list: l3 level1 lfo3; text-align: justify; text-indent: -.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: &quot;symbol&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]-->Chevy Lumina – ditto above<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin-left: 38.25pt; mso-add-space: auto; mso-list: l3 level1 lfo3; text-align: justify; text-indent: -.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: &quot;symbol&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]-->Honda Accord (1999 and before)<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin-left: 38.25pt; mso-add-space: auto; mso-list: l3 level1 lfo3; text-align: justify; text-indent: -.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: &quot;symbol&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]-->Lincoln Towncar&nbsp; - only if you can’t find a better deal on a Ford Crown Victoria or Mercury Grand Marquis – avoid air suspension. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpLast" style="margin-left: 38.25pt; mso-add-space: auto; mso-list: l3 level1 lfo3; text-align: justify; text-indent: -.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: &quot;symbol&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]-->Toyota Camry ( avoid models with 2.4 liter 4-cylinder engine)<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpLast" style="margin-left: 38.25pt; mso-add-space: auto; mso-list: l3 level1 lfo3; text-align: justify; text-indent: -.25in;"><br /></div><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpLast" style="margin-left: 38.25pt; mso-add-space: auto; mso-list: l3 level1 lfo3; text-align: justify; text-indent: -.25in;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;">Below is a highly opinionated overview of various car companies highlighting models of particular interest/disinterest.&nbsp; Maserati, Mini, Porche, and Tesla are not even discussed; if you have to ask why at this point in the article, then you shouldn’t be driving in the first place. &nbsp;&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><b>Acura/Audi/BMW/Cadillac</b>:&nbsp;&nbsp; Most (if not all) require premium fuel.&nbsp; If regular fuel requirement didn’t exist, I would recommend Acura TSX – it’s a Japanese and European spec Honda with a high price markup for people who buy on brand.&nbsp; Audi &amp; BMW are notoriously unreliable and expensive to maintain as they age.&nbsp; Avoid.&nbsp; Cadillac’s have spotty reliability and Buicks are reasonable alternatives that cost less. <b><o:p></o:p></b></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><b>Buick:&nbsp; </b>&nbsp;&nbsp;Yes, people are going to assume you’re an old person. Find one with the ubiquitous 3.8 liter V-6 which has been in production for decades.&nbsp; Best models are: Park Avenue and LeSabre – likely to be good in a crash, mass produced (lots of spare junkyard parts). Considering their size, they get reasonable gas mileage. Avoid Park Avenue models with air suspension – it will fail and is costly to fix.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;LaCrosse is worthy mention too.&nbsp;&nbsp; Consider Century or Regal with 3.8 engine if you can get a really good deal, but be warned that Century and Regal models are dreadful to drive and generally have cheap interior parts that fall apart easily.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><b>Chevy:&nbsp; </b>In the majority of cases, the Buicks mentioned above are better alternatives. Trucks are generally reliable (except S-10) and parts plentiful, but they are gas guzzlers. Although Impala shares 3.8 liter V-6 engine with Buicks mentioned above, it’s not well built. &nbsp;Lumina with 3.8 engine might be a good bet if it can be found for $2,000 or less.&nbsp; The venture vans have bad crash test ratings for a family vehicle and are not reliable. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><b>Chrysler: </b><u>&nbsp;</u>Only vehicle worth considering would be the Chrysler 300 with V-6 engine, but you’re unlikely to find one $5,000 or under.&nbsp; Buick Park Avenue and LeSabre are reasonable alternatives and much less costly. Trucks suck fuel and front wheel drive cars are cheaply constructed and are typically rated among the worst vehicles: 200, PT Cruiser, etc.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><b>Dodge: </b>&nbsp;Cars are same as Chrysler: low rent.&nbsp; Trucks guzzle gas and Jeeps are just dumb.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><b>Ford:&nbsp; </b>the<b> </b>Crown Victoria is built like a tank, mass produced, engine and drive train have been around forever, and can probably take an accident better than anything.&nbsp; Highly recommended given low maintenance, repair and operating costs. Two caveats: 1) avoid any Crown Victoria used for police duties (interceptor) – it likely had the crap beat out of it; and 2) snow tires are a must if you live in a cold climate. &nbsp;Other car, SUV and van models, though mass produced, don’t make sense due to reliability issues.&nbsp; Ford trucks are generally reliable, but like GMC and Chevy trucks, they do not get good gas mileage.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><b>GMC:&nbsp; </b>With the exception of the Sonoma, GMC trucks and their carbon copy Chevy twins last a long time.&nbsp; However, they have uncomfortable and cheap interiors and generally do not get good gas mileage. Additionally, there’s little sense in dealing with an uncomfortable truck with a cheap interior unless you own a contracting business. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><b>Honda:&nbsp; </b>I think Hondas are generally<b> </b>overrated and command unjustifiably high used prices.&nbsp; 1999 – 2005 Accords are among some of the most problematic vehicles (see carcomplaints.com).&nbsp; Transmission issues abound in Accord and Odyssey models. A pre-1999 Accord is probably best way to go, but may be near end of life.&nbsp; CR-V feels cheap to drive and commands too high of a price; reasonable alternatives exist for much less.&nbsp; Civic and Fit have questionable crash resilience when compared to the average SUV driven on America roads. Element is an appealing concept, but the 600 lb load capacity is a serious shortcoming.&nbsp; Ridgeline and Pilot have mechanical complexity of 4WD and are too overpriced.&nbsp; The Passport is a rebadged Isuzu product and although Isuzu did not receive any mention in this article, I’m here to tell you it’s not pretty: questionable reliability and manufacturer has left US. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><b>Hyundai: </b>&nbsp;Hyundai used to produce trash, but has improved its models considerably in the recent past. This presents a catch-22: older models are unreliable and newer models suffer from high depreciation (good for us) given past reputation. At the time of this writing, there aren’t enough in junkyards to warrant making our beater list. &nbsp;Additionally, they are difficult to work on – replacing headlight bulb requires removal of the entire headlight assembly.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><b>Infiniti/Jaguar:&nbsp; </b>Low production volumes, premium fuel, avoid. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><b>Jeep: </b>Almost all are 4x4 – transmission issues, avoid. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><b>Kia</b>: Somewhat related to Hyundai models, most are unremarkable. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><b>Land Rover: <u>&nbsp;</u></b>Laughable.&nbsp; Expensive, not economical, and not reliable. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><b>Lexus: </b>Reliable, but too many characteristics violate our rules: premium fuel requirement, Toyotas offer reasonable alternative for much less, not mass produced. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><b>Lincoln: </b>&nbsp;TownCar is the same as Ford Crown Victoria and only Lincoln worth considering. Look for one without the air suspension – it’s prone to leaks. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><b>Mazda: </b>&nbsp;I think most Mazda cars have a cheap factory finish/construction and develop significant rust and suspension issues over time.&nbsp; Millennia and 626 models in our $5,000 or less price range are plagued by problems. Protégé models may be the only exception to the bad Mazda lot.&nbsp; Depreciation on these vehicles is likely to be high (better prices).&nbsp; However, I consider the Protégé to be too small to provide adequate crashworthiness. Overall, our mass produced requirement casts a cloud over the whole Mazda line as there are not large numbers of these vehicles on the road.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><b>Mercedes-Benz</b>: Don’t make me laugh.&nbsp; Any Benz model you can find for $5,000 or under is going to either be a complete piece of trash or over 20 years old.&nbsp; These vehicles violate most of our requirements. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><b>Mercury: </b>&nbsp;All models are Ford posers.&nbsp; Only one worth consideration is Grand Marquis.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><b>Mitsubishi:&nbsp; </b>Automaker is likely to be the next manufacturer that leaves the US market.&nbsp; Very low production volume on models translates into sky high replacement parts cost.&nbsp; Reliability for Outlander models is enticing and pre-2007 models can be found for less than $5,000, but beware replacement parts cost. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><b>Nissan: </b>&nbsp;Trucks guzzle gas, the Quest in our price range is unreliable and has low production volume.&nbsp; Buying other Nissan models is like spinning the clunker roulette wheel. Although the company may be associated with reliability due to its Japanese heritage, it is aligned with French company Renault, which has questionable reliability; vehicles share many components.&nbsp; Maxima models 1999 and earlier are reliable, but are likely too close to end of life.&nbsp; Altima is a mixed bag not worth the risk when better alternatives exist.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><b>Pontiac: </b>&nbsp;Although many models can be found in our price range and are mass produced, crash test ratings on most models are not good and interiors are embarrassingly cheap.&nbsp; Buicks offer better alternative in most, if not all cases including: Grand Am and Bonneville.&nbsp; A notable exception to the Pontiac line is the Vibe.&nbsp; Underneath the body cladding is a Toyota engine and drive train which is subject to higher depreciation on the basis of its Pontiac nameplate.&nbsp; If considering Vibe or Toyota Matrix, go for a Vibe model and avoid the following: 1) the 2.4 liter 4 cylinder engine in model years 2009 – 2010 easy to do because it’s likely out of our price range; 2) AWD – these models are less reliable and have a frequent maintenance cycle. &nbsp;The Vibe did not ultimately make our list due to relatively small size and scarcity of junkyard parts availability. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><b>Saab</b>:&nbsp; Weird, not mass produced, high cost of replacement parts, manufacturer has left US market- enough said!&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><b>Saturn: </b>&nbsp;&nbsp;S and Ion models are relatively reliable, but I’d rather take my chance of a collision in a Buick. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;L, Relay, and Vue models are notoriously unreliable. The Aura and Astra models are enticing for a moment, but are transplants from General Motors’ European division and as a result are low volume, high replacement cost used cars.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><b>Scion:</b>&nbsp; I love the concept of reliable, inexpensive, and utilitarian (hatchback and wagon-style) vehicles this youth-oriented branch of Toyota promotes.&nbsp;&nbsp; Scions can be obtained in our price range and have fuel efficient drive systems that have been around for years, but there are a couple of flies in the ointment: the questionable durability of the 2.4 liter 4-cylinder engine found in the Tc and 2008 + model years of the Xb, and the crashworthiness of the remaining models: xA, xD, and 2004 – 2006 xB.&nbsp; I owned two xBs for a couple years; they were driven exclusively on city streets in a small town.&nbsp; Both were sold when commutes changed to heavier driving in a larger city (with crazier drivers). I consider the gutless performance from the dinky 100-horsepower, 1.5 liter 4-cylinder engine, small size (the xB actually bounced off the crash test barrier in an IIHS safety test) and lack of side airbags to be a major safety issue.&nbsp; The 2004 – 2006 Scion xB is worth considering if and only if you don’t do much high speed driving in a low population area.&nbsp; The xA isn’t worth considering when the more cavernous xB can be had for the same price.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><b>Smart</b>:&nbsp; No, they’re dumb. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><b>Subaru: </b>&nbsp;Society seems to love Subarus, but I don’t.&nbsp; <b>&nbsp;</b>Here’s why: Subaru has used the same 2.5 liter 4-cylinder engine in most of its models for nearly 20 years, but it has always been prone to head gasket failure – search the internet. Additionally, I don’t think they age gracefully – rust, expensive and frequent replacement of parts (brakes, wheel bearings, etc.) were my experience owning a Subaru Legacy until end of life at 18 years old and with 220,000 miles.&nbsp; It was a rust bucket when I sold it, the steering linkage was leaking, exhaust system was gone due to rust, and the wheel bearings were bad and could not be replaced due to corrosion.&nbsp; Granted the transmission and engine still worked well, but the engine required numerous oil leak fixes.&nbsp; The cost of maintenance was not worth the AWD hype.&nbsp; You have better options. &nbsp;&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><b>Suzuki: </b>&nbsp;Actually fulfilled my prediction about Mitsubishi by existing the US market in the past couple years.&nbsp;&nbsp; Models are low volume, and replacement parts are very expensive.&nbsp; Avoid the whole lot.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><b>Toyota:&nbsp; </b>Most used car buyers worship at the Toyota alter.&nbsp; However, liking all models across a brand is similar to liking all of the tracks on a band’s CD – and I like my songs and vehicles on a case-by-case basis.&nbsp; The Toyota line offers some pros and cons with respect to our requirements.&nbsp; Positives first: most models are mass produced and have engines and drive train systems in production for several years.&nbsp; Negatives: they are popular used cars and therefore demand higher prices.&nbsp; Toyotas $5,000 or less are either going to be older or have more miles than our alternatives.&nbsp; That being said, I would avoid any model with the ubiquitous 2.4 liter 4-cylinder engine.&nbsp; In my opinion, this power plant, appearing in many models after 2002, was cheaply engineered to increase profitability.&nbsp; Stories of blown head gaskets, stripped head bolts, and excessive oil consumption for this engine abound on the internet. I briefly owned a Highlander with this engine and it was a POS. Although the 3.0 liter V-6 engine also has a bad reputation (for oil sludge), I’d say the root cause are dumb owners who don’t change their oil frequently rather than bad design.&nbsp; The 3.0 V-6 has a deserved reputation for being a long lasting and reliable design if properly maintained (avoid bone-head owners or ones without documented proof of oil changes). &nbsp;&nbsp;Large, crashworthy models with this engine and under $5,000 include: Avalon, and Sienna (pre-2004).&nbsp; &nbsp;Ubiquitous Camry models with the 3.0 V-6 or 2.2L 4-cyclinder are worth a look as well. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><b>Volkswagen: </b>I like the driving dynamics of most VW models, but they are hopelessly unreliable, and difficult to work on.&nbsp; Avoid the whole line. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><b>Volvo</b>: <b>&nbsp;</b>Avoid: not mass produced, complicated designs (electrical issues), and replacement parts are sky high. <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot; , sans-serif; line-height: 115%;">There you have it. Used car knowledge distilled down to a $5,000 or under price point.&nbsp; Beater cars, they’re not for everybody. If you’re a car diva, challenge yourself:&nbsp; is your ride really worth the total cost?</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot; , sans-serif; line-height: 115%;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot; , sans-serif; line-height: 115%;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot; , sans-serif; line-height: 115%;">This post is written by guest blogger and friend, David Cook. Here is a little more about him:</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot; , sans-serif; line-height: 115%;"><br /></span><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="background-color: white; color: #500050; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px; text-align: justify;"><i>I am a 30-something financial pragmatist: down to earth and enjoy telling it like it is.&nbsp;&nbsp;While many of my MBA cohorts gravitated toward corporate pursuits, my path has lead to a position in local government working as an IT Business Analyst and Project Manager.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;A moderate, non-corporate work schedule has afforded time in my personal life to focus on applying relatively basic financial concepts, including: paying down all non-mortgage debt, shopping for expired food, and gaining competence as an independent dividend growth stock investor.&nbsp;&nbsp;I currently manage a 20-stock portfolio and hope to write about the experience.&nbsp;&nbsp;</i></div><div><i><br /></i></div><div><i><br /></i></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: &quot;arial&quot;; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Have a great day and thanks for reading. 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I teach middle school math and science across grades six, seven and eight. I often try to bring things happening in the real world into my class and make students consider real world situations or possibilities in context with their math.<br /><br />I often say there are three people in this world, "Those that don't understand math, those that do understand and those that use math in their life".<br /><br />I want students to be able to understand and know how numbers work in real life!<br /><br />Here is how this concept played out in my classroom when budgeting and curriculum met. We were working on a unit relating to percentages. This unit even includes the ideas of mark ups, discounts, tax simple interest and commission. I challenged myself to create a project that had students use their percentage skills in a real way that can translate to life outside of and after grade school.<br /><br />What I came up with is a project in which they researched a profession and made a rough monthly budget using percentages of their monthly salary. Keep in mind these are 6th and 7th graders so the monthly budget doesn't include everything.<br /><br />Some focuses of this project for me were prioritizing the cost of monthly budget items and giving students "checkpoints" to evaluate and make decisions based on their salary left.<br /><br />Here is a link to the assignment itself:&nbsp;https://goo.gl/LktWiE<br /><br />Some takeaways that I had from the project:<br /><br /><br /><ul><li>Students were engaged in their learning and were having discussions among each other and with other teachers and their parents</li><li>They were forced to make decisions based on salary. Some of these decisions were living with a roommate, living somewhere else, or driving a used car</li><li>Some students decided to change career to have more salary to work with</li><li>Different students put a different priority on houses, cars and entertainment costs</li><li>Students made varying amounts of salaries work in general. Whether they made $30,000 and year or $200,000 a year they could make decisions to make their budget work</li></ul><div>Some takeaways from students:</div><div><br /></div><div><ul><li>Many students said that more went into making their budget work every month than they originally thought</li><li>Students commented that they are glad they had this experience because they can see how it will translate to life</li><li>Students have had ongoing dialogue with parents and friends about budgeting</li><li>A student asked when you learn budgeting in school...I let them know that you generally do not</li><li>A comment that was interesting was a students said, "So if I make x amount of money I cannot just live wherever I want?"</li><li>Planning puts you in a better spot than if you do not plan</li></ul><div><br /></div></div><div>The fact is that budgeting and financial planning is only taught &nbsp;by parents or through self-research unless those conversations happen at home. Fortunately, many of my students have those conversations with parents as it is an affluent district in general. But for the kids that don't get those experiences, it was a great opportunity to start considering budgeting.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>Perhaps the comment that made me chuckle the most was, "Man, it is tough to budget on this teacher salary". My response was, "Bro, you need to read my blog!".</div><div><br /></div><div>Thanks for reading :)</div><div><br /></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: &quot;arial&quot;; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Have a great day and thanks for reading. 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But I suppose you already knew that. So I guess really the answer should be...<br /><div><br /></div><div>....BUY at the Just Between Friends Sale. An event I look forward to all year because it is the largest children's and maternity consignment sale and lucky for me they have one every 6 months in my area.&nbsp;</div><div>If you haven't noticed by now I am a list person so here is my list of <b><span style="font-size: large;">Reasons why I love the Just Between Friends Sale:</span></b></div><div><br /></div><div>1. So much cheaper: seriously!&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>2. Huge Selection: They have clothes, high chairs, furniture, sports equipment, books, toys, maternity clothes, carriers, etc. Just about anything you could ever think of or need for your child.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><img src="http://mindofmeesh.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Fort-Worth-Sale.jpg" height="425" width="640" /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">3. Neatly organized: unlike garage sales and mom to mom sales where you have sort through piles of clothes and not know if you are getting the best deal at JBF sales you go through one section with ALL of the clothes in the size you want and then compare price and quality before you buy it= AMAZING!&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><img src="http://ww1.prweb.com/prfiles/2010/07/21/2878354/JBFClothingRacks.JPG" height="130" width="200" /><img src="http://api.ning.com/files/zF9qhdSjVgxzJ6M31KOpZeoC3KdTFM53TcfEwjNb8M1B5gcAXLiaiP5gozPrdTMeZE17AaLaC8CL0kypPY1VbA7xVLsuVb82/ToddlerToys.jpg" height="133" width="200" /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">4. Resell: Since they usually hold one or two a year you can buy only the clothes you need for the next 6 months and then resell the stuff you no longer need.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">5. You can volunteer and you get even more perks like earning 10% more on any items you are selling and getting into the sale a day before the public.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">6. Locally owned and operated.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">7. Unsold items are donated to local charities.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><img src="http://pitchenginelive.blob.core.windows.net/dev/d6ab20f5-4b6f-4ba9-b9cb-cd394e8a3bd5/da34882f-9e47-463f-95bd-cac08717601f.jpg" />&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Luckily for those in the West Michigan area there is a sale starting this week! (<a href="https://jbfsale.com/home.jsp">click here</a> to find a sale near you)</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Just Between Friends Grand Rapids</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">September 16-19th, 2015</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">28th Street Showplace</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">1256 28th Street SW&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Wyoming, MI&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><h1 style="background-attachment: initial; background-clip: initial; background-image: initial; background-origin: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-size: initial; border: 0px; color: #8c1975; font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 30px; font-stretch: normal; font-weight: normal; margin: 0px; padding: 6px 20px 0px 10px; text-align: center; vertical-align: baseline;"><div style="clear: both; color: #6d6e70; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; padding: 6px 0px; text-align: left; width: 300px; word-wrap: break-word;"><b style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px;">Everyone is Welcome!</b></div><div style="clear: both; color: #6d6e70; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; padding: 6px 0px; text-align: left; width: 300px; word-wrap: break-word;">Doors open to the Public on Wednesday (admission of $3), Thursday, Friday and Saturday,&nbsp;<strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px;">September 16th - 19th.</strong></div><div style="clear: both; color: #6d6e70; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; padding: 6px 0px; text-align: left; width: 300px; word-wrap: break-word;"><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px;">Friday and Saturday are the 50% off sale days</strong>.&nbsp;</div><div style="clear: both; color: #6d6e70; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; padding: 6px 0px; text-align: left; width: 300px; word-wrap: break-word;">They accept Cash, MasterCard, Visa, and Discover.</div><div style="clear: both; color: #6d6e70; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; padding: 6px 0px; text-align: left; width: 300px; word-wrap: break-word;">More info at&nbsp;http://grandrapids.jbfsale.com/shopView.jsp</div><div style="clear: both; color: #6d6e70; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; padding: 6px 0px; text-align: left; width: 300px; word-wrap: break-word;"><br /></div><div style="clear: both; color: #6d6e70; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; padding: 6px 0px; text-align: left; width: 300px; word-wrap: break-word;">Seriously, I love this sale and am geek!</div><div style="clear: both; color: #6d6e70; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; padding: 6px 0px; text-align: left; width: 300px; word-wrap: break-word;">P.S. I do not make any money from JBF for advertising for this sale. I just love it that much and want to share it with you!&nbsp;</div></h1><h2 style="background-attachment: initial; background-clip: initial; background-image: initial; background-origin: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-size: initial; border: 0px; color: #8c0c75; font-family: 'Century Gothic', Arial; font-size: 18px; font-weight: normal; margin: 0px; padding: 6px 30px 0px; text-align: left; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="font-size: medium; font-weight: normal; line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Have a great day and thanks for reading. 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margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.656; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="color: #1155cc; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><a href="http://www.harvdo.icu/2015/02/5-steps-to-get-best-mortgage.html" style="text-decoration: none;">5 Steps to Get the Best Mortgage</a></span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.656; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><br /></div></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.656;"><span style="color: #1155cc; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><a href="http://www.harvdo.icu/p/recipes.html" style="text-decoration: none;">Check out our Recipes Page.</a></span></div></div></div></div></h2><div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div></div>Anonymoushttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03196660038806626910noreply@blogger.com7tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1344330065414342221.post-14362283450251525182015-08-18T06:41:00.002-07:002015-08-18T06:41:06.011-07:005 Resources That Can Replace a Gym Membership<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ngpC32AbAaU/VcNvgdOpf1I/AAAAAAAAAa8/wswVCf347LE/s1600/5%2BRESOURCES%2BTHAT%2BCAN%2BREPLACE%2BA%2BGYM%2B%25281%2529.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="180" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ngpC32AbAaU/VcNvgdOpf1I/AAAAAAAAAa8/wswVCf347LE/s320/5%2BRESOURCES%2BTHAT%2BCAN%2BREPLACE%2BA%2BGYM%2B%25281%2529.png" width="320" /></a></div><br /><br />My wife and I generally like being active and really enjoying hiking, biking, walking, and swimming together. As part of my health journey I decided to get in better shape for a better quality of life and hopefully longevity. My whole life, or at least life that I can remember, I have struggled with obesity. After eating a primarily plant based and whole food diet for a couple of years and using some of the resources listed in this post I am in the best shape/health of my life and I hope to continue this journey. When I decided to get in shape I did not want to pay a monthly gym membership (what kind of frugal blogger would I be if I did?!) and started looking for alternatives. The list in this post is a combination of resources that my wife and I use and have found useful for us.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/556161802501754880/yaFl1DAS.png" width="320" /><span id="goog_1670482469"></span><span id="goog_1670482470"></span><a href="https://www.blogger.com/"></a></div><br /><br />1. <a href="http://c25kfree.com/">C25K</a> - This app helps those who are not accustomed to running prepare for a 5K. The C25K stands for Couch to 5K and it truly scaffolds runs in order to accomplish this. You can find C25K in the Google Play store or in the Apple Store for your smart phones or iPods. It tells you when to run and walk and gradually, week by week, it challenges you to run a little farther. It starts as simple as having you run a minute and then walk a minute and so on. The intervals are achievable and it doesn't let you push yourself too hard. I personally do not enjoy running, and still do not love it, but this app kept me on track and gave me achievable goals. Through the use of this app and a lot of determination and encouragement I have ran a 5K twice and run 1 to 2 miles 3 or 4 times a week. Before using this app I had not run long distance for almost 10 years. (Hint: when getting serious about running footwear becomes very important. I personally <a href="http://amzn.to/1M7GDNJ">love my Brooks</a> and would recommend them to anyone looking for a sturdy trainer. Keep them affordable by buying online or watching for deals at your local running store. A couple of years ago my wife bought 4 pairs of the Brooks because they were $30 off...shoes don't go bad you know!)<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/d80OIainNFs/maxresdefault.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="180" src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/d80OIainNFs/maxresdefault.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br /><br />2.<a href="http://hasfit.com/"> Hasfit - Hasfit</a> is a fitness organization (for lack of a better term) that specializes in workout videos and meal plans (For some<a href="http://www.harvdo.icu/p/recipes.html"> healthy and frugal recipes</a> check out our recipes page on the blog). It stands for Heart and Soul Fitness. Both my wife and I enjoy using these videos to work out. All you need is a device that can play <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/KozakSportsPerform">Youtube</a> from the internet (which I assume you do if you are reading this) a space to do the exercises, and a couple of soup cans or weights if you have them. Coach Kozak does a great job motivating you in the videos and the videos range from beginner exercises to advance. I really enjoy the kickboxing videos and there are options in terms of times and difficulty as well. We generally use the Youtube channel and videos, but there are many more resources on the website. There really is an engaging workout for everyone, and enough diversity in terms of length and types of workouts that you should never get bored! Sometimes we have to base our fitness selection merely on the length of the workout which is easily displayed on youtube. (Hint: we generally do these in our living room and if you are like me at all you are a huge sweater! A <a href="http://amzn.to/1IPCTQ1">workout mat</a> can definitely be helpful when working out at home).<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://i.ytimg.com/vi/ti9rFxQrKFQ/maxresdefault.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://i.ytimg.com/vi/ti9rFxQrKFQ/maxresdefault.jpg" height="180" width="320" /></a></div><br /><br />3. <a href="https://www.fitnessblender.com/">Fitness Blender</a> - This is another <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/FitnessBlender">Youtube channel</a> / website that offers a variety of levels of fitness training. From beginner to advanced the techniques are easy to replicate and well explained. A lot of the training comes in the form of intervals which is proven to be a great way to burn fat in particular. The intervals mean that there are more active and less active parts of each workout. They also have a nice countdown feature so you know how much longer you have to do an exercise as well as a little preview of what is coming next so you can mentally prepare/try to figure out the movement ahead of time. (Hint: A lot of exercises can be made more intense by using some 2 lb<a href="http://amzn.to/1IK3FF0"> weights</a>).<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.kdl.org/image_attachments/0000/1204/egr_new.jpg?1187707569" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://www.kdl.org/image_attachments/0000/1204/egr_new.jpg?1187707569" height="147" width="320" /></a></div><br /><br />4. The Library - This is a general tip, and your public library has so many resources that many do not use, but in the DVD/Blu-Ray section there are many workout videos that you can do. What is available of course is going to be dependent on the quality of your public library. The KDL branch in East Grand Rapids has a pretty good selection. If you are a person that loves reading there are also a lot of books about exercising as well. The best part is that every community should have a library or two and everything is free! (<a href="http://www.harvdo.icu/2015/08/8-ways-to-have-social-life-after-having.html">It is also a great place to take the kids! It is one of the hints in our blog post about being social once you have children!</a>)<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://cope-running-club.cope.redlandsusd.net/modules/groups/homepagefiles/group_webpage/14566-71819-486.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://cope-running-club.cope.redlandsusd.net/modules/groups/homepagefiles/group_webpage/14566-71819-486.jpg" height="193" width="320" /></a></div><br /><br />5. Running Clubs (includes list of some in GR) - Running clubs are a great way to get and keep in shape. They help hold you accountable and you can foster some great friendships through running with the same people every week. We personally do not belong to any but have friends that are active members and love them. There are also a variety of clubs in GR that range from one that meets at Founder's, runs steps/hills, and then gets a pint after to trail running to training for the 5th 3rd Riverbank Run. (Hint: if ever running in the dark it is a great idea to get some reflective clothing and/or a <a href="http://amzn.to/1P8lbbq">wearable light</a> that shines forward and backward for safety)<br /><br /><a href="http://grandrapidsrunningclub.org/">Grand Rapids Running Club</a><br />Here is a link to all teams listed on the MapMyRun site:&nbsp;http://www.mapmyrun.com/us/grand-rapids-mi/groups<br /><br />Thank you so much for taking time to read our humble blog. The feedback we have received has been amazing. Please make sure to comment with ways in which you are being frugal as well because we are still a work in progress and can learn from you! Also, if you have enjoyed blog posts we would appreciate if you shared them on social media or with friends who may be interested in the specific topics (or just the whole thing in general). Thanks again!<br /><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.38;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">If you like what you are reading then considering reading about:</span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span><span style="color: #222222; font-family: Arial;"><span style="background-color: white; white-space: pre-wrap;"><a href="http://www.harvdo.icu/2015/03/ditch-your-savings-account.html">Ditch Your Savings Account</a></span></span><br /><span style="color: #222222; font-family: Arial;"><br /></span><span style="color: #222222; font-family: Arial;"><a href="http://www.harvdo.icu/2015/04/how-to-save-money-on-vacation-why-not.html">How to Save Money on Vacations</a></span></div></div><br /></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.656; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><span style="background-color: white; white-space: pre-wrap;"><u><a href="http://www.harvdo.icu/2015/05/25-cheap-date-ideas-without-seeming.htm">25 Cheap Date Ideas Without Seeming Cheap</a></u></span></span><br /><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: #1155cc; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><a href="http://www.harvdo.icu/2015/02/having-baby-doesnt-have-to-break-bank.html" style="text-decoration: none;">The Ultimate Baby Registry</a></span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><br /></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.656; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><a href="http://www.harvdo.icu/2015/01/semi-crazy-ways-to-save-money.html" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="color: #1155cc; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Crazy Ways to Save Money</span></a></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.656; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="color: #1155cc; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><a href="http://www.harvdo.icu/2015/02/5-steps-to-get-best-mortgage.html" style="text-decoration: none;">5 Steps to Get the Best Mortgage</a></span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.656; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><br /></div></div><div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.656;"><span style="color: #1155cc; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><a href="http://www.harvdo.icu/p/recipes.html" style="text-decoration: none;">Check out our Recipes Page.</a></span></div></div><br /><br />Practically Frugal Familyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10837138917399642330noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1344330065414342221.post-79080848584135246692015-08-10T06:36:00.000-07:002015-08-10T06:36:08.117-07:0010 Reasons Why I Love U-Pick Blueberries (recipes included)<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-gHAuEWQG5Mw/VcLp24FgzeI/AAAAAAAAD_k/wmumcbQMWKM/s1600/Why%2BI%2Blove%2BU-Pick%2BBlueberries%2B%25285%2529.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-gHAuEWQG5Mw/VcLp24FgzeI/AAAAAAAAD_k/wmumcbQMWKM/s1600/Why%2BI%2Blove%2BU-Pick%2BBlueberries%2B%25285%2529.png" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.6666666666667px; line-height: 1.656; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">1. Cheaper, duh! U-pick blueberries are one of the cheapest fruit you can buy except bananas! The farm I found was self-serve for only </span><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 18.6666666666667px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">$1/lb</span><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.6666666666667px; line-height: 1.656; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">, SCORE!</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.656; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 72pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.6666666666667px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Blueberries at the store during peak season when they are on sale cost way more than that. For example, this week at Meijer they are on sale for 3 pints/$5. So we have to do some math</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.656; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-indent: 36pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.6666666666667px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">1 pint of blueberries = 3/4lb &nbsp;</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.656; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-indent: 36pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.6666666666667px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">3 pints X 3/4lb = 1.5lb</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.656; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-indent: 36pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.6666666666667px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">1.5lb = $5</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.656; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.6666666666667px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">= $3.33/lb</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.656; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 18.6666666666667px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Savings per lb=$2.33</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.656; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.6666666666667px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Since I picked 42 lbs my total savings was 42 X $2.33= </span><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 18.6666666666667px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">$98</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.656; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.6666666666667px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">if you want to be technical I need to subtract the cost of gas for driving 72 miles</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.656; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.6666666666667px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">so 72 miles at 25 mpg= 2.88 gallons X $2.44 = $7</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.656; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.6666666666667px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">$98-$7=</span><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 24px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> </span><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 24px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">total savings of $91 (and enough frozen blueberries for an entire year!)</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.656; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.6666666666667px; line-height: 1.656; white-space: pre-wrap;">2. They are delicious! enough said</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.656; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.6666666666667px; line-height: 1.656; white-space: pre-wrap;">3. You can talk directly to the farmer and find out how often they spray and when the last time they sprayed. The farm I found this year has not sprayed some of their berries in 60 days and other in 80 days! The farm I went to last year sprayed every other week :(</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.656; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.6666666666667px; line-height: 1.656; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">4. The </span><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-weight: bold; line-height: 1.656; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">feeling of accomplishment</span><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.6666666666667px; line-height: 1.656; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> when you get done and you look at all of the berries you just picked.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.656; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.6666666666667px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><img height="240px;" src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/RCY6K0C6Tlvz0jW2xPMbklAeW8rHKD-jjFJQZANVzTJwPXGHQmMXX8_FXV0nFfyp8XQTzAYT0r7AJEh8fHOAxepVIyWc5IWNnSMvAddJaoGNYrh1FrAu3aQQAMpaw9XAJygoJ1Q" style="border: none; transform: rotate(0rad);" width="427px;" /></span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.656; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.6666666666667px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span style="font-size: 14.6666666666667px; text-align: left; vertical-align: baseline;">My first picking= 34 lbs in 3 hours!</span></span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.656; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.6666666666667px; line-height: 1.44; text-align: left; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">5. There’s just something about </span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-weight: bold; line-height: 1.44; text-align: left; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">picking your own fruit right from the orchard</span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.6666666666667px; line-height: 1.44; text-align: left; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">...or maybe that is just me because I grew up on a farm and enjoy living off the land!</span></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.44; margin: 0pt 11pt; text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.3333333333333px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><img height="240px;" src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/qfNvtxTnQBp2Jl9IYEE4_68WZYPUiHyUbIId06NVuWX8CAPGJaTeq1bSUwy_NQbe_M9F3jtwZ386PEUzmkCq_FNilrV6R_q5T0w7fsgkQPe2I6HDmNOu-aSLI9Hj5RslHwCUB2A" style="border: none; transform: rotate(0rad);" width="427px;" /></span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.44; margin: 0pt 11pt; text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.6666666666667px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">The biggest u-pick orchard I have ever seen!</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.44; margin: 0pt 11pt; text-align: left;"><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.6666666666667px; line-height: 1.656; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">6. </span><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-weight: bold; line-height: 1.656; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">It’s addictive</span><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.6666666666667px; line-height: 1.656; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">. So much so that the second time I went picking this year my friend and I picked for an hour longer than we were supposed to and were late to the dinner party my friend was hosting, oops! You just can’t help but pick another berry because there are so many!</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.44; margin: 0pt 11pt; text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.3333333333333px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><img height="427px;" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/Li_oloqQ3C76JSfBpK1YAsYDmlOX3zSjlGMDjJSrDDpvf5V9Hmz_NHNxy_wPg8SDQO92PSdB0UZwFfZa3n3bWERNyiKCR-aEokQtw2goXXcefSlQba68ta7KrGXbmHhp5uTx8Sw" style="border: none; transform: rotate(0rad);" width="240px;" /></span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.44; margin: 0pt 11pt; text-align: left;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.3333333333333px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span style="color: black; font-size: 14.6666666666667px; line-height: 1.656; vertical-align: baseline;">7. <b>Having </b></span><span style="color: black; font-size: 14.6666666666667px; line-height: 1.656; vertical-align: baseline;"><b>blueberries all year around</b></span><span style="color: black; font-size: 14.6666666666667px; line-height: 1.656; vertical-align: baseline;"><b>! </b>My son loves them right out of the freezer. They are kind of like mini popsicles!</span></span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.44; margin: 0pt 11pt; text-align: left;"><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.6666666666667px; line-height: 1.656; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">8. Blueberries are one of the </span><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-weight: bold; line-height: 1.656; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">easiest fruits to freeze and use in your cooking</span><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.6666666666667px; line-height: 1.656; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> because there is no peeling, pitting, coring, or cutting needed (like some of the other fruits I pick like strawberries, cherries, and pears). I wash my blueberries in a sink full of water with a splash of vinegar. Then I rinse really well and lay them out on a towel to dry before I placed them in quart size freezer bags.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.44; margin: 0pt 11pt; text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.3333333333333px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><img height="186px;" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/lM4k1AYjFcTpmSGcKBoacDttqZwgPwNGHfOTGKX9l5th0Kjc50zfAyP7wbdezD7n_Rfi4pVNt0vn9iRY9z9riI2dMTzMeaBRWjM-k-UoSID1mlmMeOTVSKwb_gnso5YxVzMEkgA" style="border: none; transform: rotate(0rad);" width="427px;" /></span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.44; margin: 0pt 11pt; text-align: left;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.3333333333333px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span style="color: black; font-size: 14.6666666666667px; line-height: 1.656; vertical-align: baseline;">9. You </span><span style="color: black; font-size: 14.6666666666667px; line-height: 1.656; vertical-align: baseline;"><b>support local farmers</b></span><span style="color: black; font-size: 14.6666666666667px; line-height: 1.656; vertical-align: baseline;"> while getting the </span><span style="color: black; font-size: 14.6666666666667px; line-height: 1.656; vertical-align: baseline;"><b>freshest fruit</b></span><span style="color: black; font-size: 14.6666666666667px; line-height: 1.656; vertical-align: baseline;"><b> possible</b>.</span></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.44; margin: 0pt 11pt; text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.3333333333333px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><img height="427px;" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/vrVV0KF__gjY8XgbZZi2pxMacOjTc4JoBkpfEiet1nK7KaH2XiUGd-ghAPzMjh7iNdw2O7ZP9OvKGy8iF6V-8nmxwulczzqNfGBNBOWKF1cjAPAmGy0OYnDi4AMiDRbDg8VKN2w" style="border: none; transform: rotate(0rad);" width="240px;" /></span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.44; margin: 0pt 11pt; text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.3333333333333px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span style="color: black; font-size: 14.6666666666667px; line-height: 1.656;"><br /></span></span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.44; margin: 0pt 11pt; text-align: left;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.3333333333333px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span style="color: black; font-size: 14.6666666666667px; line-height: 1.656;">10. The <b>picking season is almost a month long</b> so you go picking multiple times unlike some fruit like the organic cherries I picked this year which season was only 10 days (post to come about my experience with dehydrating cherries, yum!)</span></span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.44; margin: 0pt 11pt; text-align: left;"><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.6666666666667px; line-height: 1.656; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">11. You can make yummy things like blueberry muffins,</span><a href="http://www.harvdo.icu/2015/08/blueberry-oatmeal-pancakes-soaked.html" style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.6666666666667px; line-height: 1.656; text-decoration: none;"><span style="color: black; font-size: 14.6666666666667px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> blueberry pancakes</span></a><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.6666666666667px; line-height: 1.656; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">, and</span><a href="http://www.harvdo.icu/2015/08/blueberry-compote-less-sugar-than.html" style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.6666666666667px; line-height: 1.656; text-decoration: none;"><span style="color: black; font-size: 14.6666666666667px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> </span><span style="color: #1155cc; font-size: 14.6666666666667px; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">blueberry compote</span></a><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.6666666666667px; line-height: 1.656; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">! See recipes below!</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.656; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.6666666666667px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">So where did I go picking this year you ask:</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.656; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.6666666666667px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Schemenauer Farms</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.656; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.6666666666667px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">26980 CR 215</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.656; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.6666666666667px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">PO Box 147</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.656; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.6666666666667px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Bangor, MI 49013-0147</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.656; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.6666666666667px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">269.214.0838 or 269-214-0837</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.656; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.6666666666667px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">and I loved it! The farmer yelled, “you’re a trooper” when he drove by the first time I went by myself when it was 95 degrees and the second time I went he came up to my friend and I and gave us a water bottle filled with fresh picked roses to take home. How awesome is that? He said next year he is going to try a spray free field but unfortunately he thinks he going to need to raise his prices :(</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.656; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.6666666666667px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">I have also read that Kendall Blueberries has naturally grown</span><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.6666666666667px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> </span><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.6666666666667px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">pesticide-free blueberries so I might try them next year.. I haven’t been able to get able of them but their voicemail states their prices are $1.25/lb.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.656; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.6666666666667px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Kendall’s Blueberries</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.656; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.6666666666667px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Mon – Sun: &nbsp;8:00 AM through 8:00 PM</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.656; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.6666666666667px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">2124 Coburn Road</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.656; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.6666666666667px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Hastings, MI 49058</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.656; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.6666666666667px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">269-945-3735</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.656; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kendalls-Blueberries/121427532362" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #669900; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.6666666666667px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kendalls-Blueberries/121427532362</span></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.656; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 18.6666666666667px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Blueberry Oatmeal Pancakes</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.656; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Servings: 2 people</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.656; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 10.6666666666667px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Modified recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie recipe</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.656; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 10.6666666666667px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><img height="420px;" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/bRgCKMJrFWNtr7G0ajeAuZARNdU3TtK203L9BCqHthnqQm2RFO_DbIyLejBJmF-KXEaa54qnjRZWLbOPuqw9dRV-2SHy9zkHy9Ur3209nkZ2jtSSpizAPJTxdYk5ybygvkwPSbE" style="border: none; transform: rotate(0rad);" width="420px;" /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.656; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.3333333333333px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">These are one of the easiest pancakes I have ever made and they are delicious especially when eaten with my</span><a href="http://www.harvdo.icu/2015/08/blueberry-compote-less-sugar-than.html" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.3333333333333px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> </span><span style="background-color: white; color: #1155cc; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.3333333333333px; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">homemade blueberry compote</span></a><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.3333333333333px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">!</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.728; margin-bottom: 14pt; margin-top: 14pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Ingredients</span></div><ul style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.3333333333333px; font-weight: bold; list-style-type: disc; margin-left: 15px; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 2.16; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-right: 11pt; margin-top: 11pt;"><span style="font-size: 13.3333333333333px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">1 cup blueberries</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.3333333333333px; font-weight: bold; list-style-type: disc; margin-left: 15px; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 2.16; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-right: 11pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="font-size: 13.3333333333333px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">1/3 cup flour (ww pastry, white, spelt, or Bob’s gluten-free)</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.3333333333333px; font-weight: bold; list-style-type: disc; margin-left: 15px; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 2.16; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-right: 11pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="font-size: 13.3333333333333px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">? cup rolled oats plus 4 tbsp rolled oats</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.3333333333333px; font-weight: bold; list-style-type: disc; margin-left: 15px; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 2.16; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-right: 11pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="font-size: 13.3333333333333px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">1 tsp cinnamon</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.3333333333333px; font-weight: bold; list-style-type: disc; margin-left: 15px; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 2.16; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-right: 11pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="font-size: 13.3333333333333px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">1 1/3 tsp baking powder</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.3333333333333px; font-weight: bold; list-style-type: disc; margin-left: 15px; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 2.16; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-right: 11pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="font-size: 13.3333333333333px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">1/4 tsp salt</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.3333333333333px; font-weight: bold; list-style-type: disc; margin-left: 15px; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 2.16; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-right: 11pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="font-size: 13.3333333333333px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">1 tsp pure vanilla extract</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.3333333333333px; font-weight: bold; list-style-type: disc; margin-left: 15px; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 2.16; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-right: 11pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="font-size: 13.3333333333333px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">2 tbsp sugar or 2 packet stevia</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.3333333333333px; font-weight: bold; list-style-type: disc; margin-left: 15px; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 2.16; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-right: 11pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="font-size: 13.3333333333333px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">2/3 cup milk of choice</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.3333333333333px; font-weight: bold; list-style-type: disc; margin-left: 15px; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 2.16; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-right: 11pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="font-size: 13.3333333333333px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar (optional, only if soaking)</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.3333333333333px; font-weight: bold; list-style-type: disc; margin-left: 15px; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 2.16; margin-bottom: 11pt; margin-right: 11pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="font-size: 13.3333333333333px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">1-2 tablespoons flaxmeal, optional</span></div></li></ul><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.728; margin-bottom: 14pt; margin-top: 14pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Instructions</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.728; margin: 10pt 6pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.3333333333333px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Combine dry ingredients in a bowl, then add wet. Mix, but don’t overmix. Cook on an oiled (or sprayed) pan, on low-medium, flipping each pancake once. &nbsp;These take a little longer to cook than normal pancakes. Top with maple syrup, powdered sugar, or</span><a href="http://www.harvdo.icu/2015/08/blueberry-compote-less-sugar-than.html" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.3333333333333px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> </span><span style="background-color: white; color: #1155cc; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.3333333333333px; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">blueberry compote</span></a><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.3333333333333px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> (my favorite!). We store our</span><a href="http://www.harvdo.icu/2015/08/blueberry-compote-less-sugar-than.html" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.3333333333333px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> </span><span style="background-color: white; color: #1155cc; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.3333333333333px; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">homemade blueberry compote</span></a><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.3333333333333px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> in mason jars so we just put the jar on the skillet while we are cooking the pancakes to warm up the compote, yummmm, it is so delicious and way less sugar than straight maple syrup!</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.728; margin: 10pt 6pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.3333333333333px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Soaking version:</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.728; margin: 10pt 6pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.3333333333333px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Combine flour, oats, milk, and apple cider vinegar in a medium size bowl and place on the counter or in the oven with oven light ON but oven turned OFF overnight. In the morning add the remaining ingredients.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.728; margin: 10pt 6pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 18.6666666666667px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Blueberry Compote</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.728; margin: 10pt 6pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.3333333333333px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">This blueberry compote is an easy way to use less sugar by replacing straight maple syrup when eating</span><a href="http://www.harvdo.icu/2015/08/blueberry-oatmeal-pancakes-soaked.html" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.3333333333333px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> </span><span style="background-color: white; color: #1155cc; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.3333333333333px; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">pancakes</span></a><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.3333333333333px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">. I’m sure it would also be delicious on vanilla ice cream, yogurt, oatmeal, etc.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.728; margin: 10pt 6pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.3333333333333px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><img height="351px;" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/_eVIqrzJVmNT1E-HzEgTU96VqqkWu7A07qXqEyzw0eMVvl39eaDGR5iCJEEzBj9soN9xqUKe8cO-r6r7CfbS1ce1uauU9p0lg7NJ1-Ci4v5Bebv_e6Ss0ve4Y_scAFaV0od68aQ" style="border: none; transform: rotate(0rad);" width="525px;" /></span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.728; margin: 10pt 6pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.3333333333333px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.728; margin: 10pt 6pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.3333333333333px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">3 tablespoons water</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.728; margin: 10pt 6pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.3333333333333px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">? (or less) maple syrup, honey, or sugar</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.728; margin: 10pt 6pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.3333333333333px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">2 teaspoons lemon juice, fresh or concentrate (this is key!)</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.3333333333333px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Combine blueberries, water, sugar, lemon juice in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat for about 18 minutes. &nbsp;Best served warm. Make extra and store in glass containers such as <a href="http://amzn.to/1MXdAxg">mason jars</a> in the refrigerator or freezer (make sure to leave some headroom so you don’t break your glass when it expands. Reheat by placing glass container of compote right on the skillet or pan while cooking</span><a href="http://www.harvdo.icu/2015/08/blueberry-oatmeal-pancakes-soaked.html" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.3333333333333px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> </span><span style="background-color: white; color: #1155cc; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.3333333333333px; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">pancakes</span></a><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.3333333333333px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> to save time and dishes or warm separately in a small saucepan.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.3333333333333px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.3333333333333px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Have a great day and thanks for reading. 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I’m sure it would also be delicious on vanilla ice cream, yogurt, oatmeal, etc. </span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.44; margin-bottom: 10pt; margin-left: 6pt; margin-right: 6pt; margin-top: 10pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.333333333333332px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><img height="350px;" src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/EEEqW_sJtZt-Q4GAy3JnPxyKcwICtIBM04tML7vzhMklHXWdwUhtvC47vLxZLWz0jUwo2EasVbCmvG2eJm51AVUdP7v0cx06bGz3A5b-XIvbG2njRFRIu3fCAI65ITtZ8Mz77QI" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="525px;" /></span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.44; margin-bottom: 10pt; margin-left: 6pt; margin-right: 6pt; margin-top: 10pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.333333333333332px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.44; margin-bottom: 10pt; margin-left: 6pt; margin-right: 6pt; margin-top: 10pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.333333333333332px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">3 tablespoons water</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.44; margin-bottom: 10pt; margin-left: 6pt; margin-right: 6pt; margin-top: 10pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.333333333333332px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">? (or less) maple syrup, honey, or sugar</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.44; margin-bottom: 10pt; margin-left: 6pt; margin-right: 6pt; margin-top: 10pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.333333333333332px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">2 teaspoons lemon juice, fresh or concentrate (this is key!)</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.44; margin-bottom: 10pt; margin-left: 6pt; margin-right: 6pt; margin-top: 10pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.333333333333332px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Combine blueberries, water, sugar, lemon juice in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat for about 18 minutes. &nbsp;Best served warm. Make extra and store in glass containers, such as <a href="http://amzn.to/1MXdAxg">mason jars</a> in the refrigerator or freezer (make sure to leave some headroom so you don’t break your glass when it expands. Reheat by placing glass container of compote right on the skillet or pan while cooking pancakes to save time and dishes or warm separately in a small saucepan. </span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.333333333333332px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.333333333333332px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Read the entire post here: <a href="http://www.harvdo.icu/2015/08/10-reasons-why-i-love-u-pick.html">10 Reasons Why I Love U-Pick Blueberries</a></span></div>Anonymoushttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03196660038806626910noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1344330065414342221.post-78592770353809862262015-08-10T06:32:00.000-07:002015-08-10T06:35:49.793-07:00Blueberry Oatmeal Pancakes (Soaked Version Available)<div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 18.666666666666664px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Blueberry Oatmeal Pancakes</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Servings: 2 people</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 10.666666666666666px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Modified recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 10.666666666666666px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><img height="420px;" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/mKQRs37S6STieWr0moVceHwxoj_viBrsPP-DjsqDs6lV5WT700x8YEN6T9nsJX_T47tx52m2PQ6C-J6yTJt62gBzzwrVTrn3Q9SgDVgNRIr-QkUocSnw2L-AGauy-DIlOKaVYYc" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="420px;" /></span></div><b id="docs-internal-guid-9777c918-0650-9606-5f71-832d7a49a9e4" style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.333333333333332px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">These are one of the easiest pancakes I have ever made and they are delicious especially when eaten with my </span><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.3333333333333px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><a href="http://www.harvdo.icu/2015/08/blueberry-compote-less-sugar-than.html">homemade blueberry compote</a></span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.333333333333332px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">!</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.44; margin-bottom: 14pt; margin-top: 14pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Ingredients</span></div><ul style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.333333333333332px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; list-style-type: disc; margin-left: 15px; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.7999999999999998; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-right: 11pt; margin-top: 11pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.333333333333332px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">1 cup blueberries</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.333333333333332px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; list-style-type: disc; margin-left: 15px; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.7999999999999998; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-right: 11pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.333333333333332px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">1/3 cup flour (ww pastry, white, spelt, or Bob’s gluten-free)</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.333333333333332px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; list-style-type: disc; margin-left: 15px; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.7999999999999998; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-right: 11pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.333333333333332px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">? cup rolled oats plus 4 tbsp rolled oats</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.333333333333332px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; list-style-type: disc; margin-left: 15px; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.7999999999999998; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-right: 11pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.333333333333332px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">1 tsp cinnamon</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.333333333333332px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; list-style-type: disc; margin-left: 15px; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.7999999999999998; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-right: 11pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.333333333333332px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">1 1/3 tsp baking powder</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.333333333333332px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; list-style-type: disc; margin-left: 15px; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.7999999999999998; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-right: 11pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.333333333333332px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">1/4 tsp salt</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.333333333333332px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; list-style-type: disc; margin-left: 15px; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.7999999999999998; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-right: 11pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.333333333333332px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">1 tsp pure vanilla extract</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.333333333333332px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; list-style-type: disc; margin-left: 15px; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.7999999999999998; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-right: 11pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.333333333333332px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">2 tbsp sugar or 2 packet stevia</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.333333333333332px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; list-style-type: disc; margin-left: 15px; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.7999999999999998; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-right: 11pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.333333333333332px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">2/3 cup milk of choice</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.333333333333332px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; list-style-type: disc; margin-left: 15px; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.7999999999999998; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-right: 11pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.333333333333332px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar (optional, only if soaking)</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.333333333333332px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; list-style-type: disc; margin-left: 15px; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.7999999999999998; margin-bottom: 11pt; margin-right: 11pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.333333333333332px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">1-2 tablespoons flaxmeal, optional</span></div></li></ul><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.44; margin-bottom: 14pt; margin-top: 14pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Instructions</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.44; margin-bottom: 10pt; margin-left: 6pt; margin-right: 6pt; margin-top: 10pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.333333333333332px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Combine dry ingredients in a bowl, then add wet. Mix, but don’t overmix. Cook on an oiled (or sprayed) pan, on low-medium, flipping each pancake once. &nbsp;These take a little longer to cook than normal pancakes. Top with maple syrup, powdered sugar, or </span><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.3333333333333px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><a href="http://www.harvdo.icu/2015/08/blueberry-compote-less-sugar-than.html">blueberry compote</a></span><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.333333333333332px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> (my favorite!). We store our </span><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.3333333333333px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><a href="http://www.harvdo.icu/2015/08/blueberry-compote-less-sugar-than.html">homemade blueberry compote</a></span><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.333333333333332px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> in mason jars so we just put the jar on the skillet while we are cooking the pancakes to warm up the compote, yummmm, it is so delicious and way less sugar than straight maple syrup! </span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.44; margin-bottom: 10pt; margin-left: 6pt; margin-right: 6pt; margin-top: 10pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.333333333333332px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Soaking version:</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.44; margin-bottom: 10pt; margin-left: 6pt; margin-right: 6pt; margin-top: 10pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.333333333333332px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Combine flour, oats, milk, and apple cider vinegar in a medium size bowl and place on the counter or in the oven with oven light ON but oven turned OFF overnight. In the morning add the remaining ingredients. </span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.333333333333332px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.333333333333332px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span style="font-size: 13.3333330154419px; line-height: 19.1999988555908px;">Read the entire post here: </span><a href="http://www.harvdo.icu/2015/08/10-reasons-why-i-love-u-pick.html" style="font-size: 13.3333330154419px; line-height: 19.1999988555908px;">10 Reasons Why I Love U-Pick Blueberries</a></span></div><div><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.333333333333332px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span></div>Anonymoushttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03196660038806626910noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1344330065414342221.post-46965971498470231172015-08-06T06:43:00.002-07:002015-08-09T19:52:35.270-07:008 Ways to Have a Social Life After Having Kids<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-sKhK9h6vFX0/VcLkqnVo9GI/AAAAAAAAD_A/ZEaOAdF47t0/s1600/8%2B%25285%2529.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="360" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-sKhK9h6vFX0/VcLkqnVo9GI/AAAAAAAAD_A/ZEaOAdF47t0/s640/8%2B%25285%2529.png" width="640" /></a></div><br /><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.666666666666666px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Sorry you haven’t heard from us in a while but we have been enjoying our summer by following our own advice on </span><a href="http://www.harvdo.icu/2015/06/how-to-have-frugal-family-vacation.html" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #1155cc; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.666666666666666px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">how to have a frugal family vacation!</span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.666666666666666px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> We have enjoyed time at Hot Springs, AR, Sleeping Bear Dunes, Tullymore Golf Resort, and Muskegon State Park, and next month we are going to the Porcupine Mountains, Pictured Rocks, and Tahquamenon falls. </span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; 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margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="180" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-PewOi0QdD7M/VcL4PLNPKcI/AAAAAAAAEAM/33qqCi5G1u8/s320/2015-07-27%2B12.01.28.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-9C3qcrYaY1o/VcL4ubo3O0I/AAAAAAAAEAU/lGQOxhWqBo4/s1600/2015-06-12%2B10.58.19.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="180" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-9C3qcrYaY1o/VcL4ubo3O0I/AAAAAAAAEAU/lGQOxhWqBo4/s320/2015-06-12%2B10.58.19.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-sc-7xOnYLkU/VcL5BXGH80I/AAAAAAAAEAc/6AuTADeYgxg/s1600/2015-06-13%2B14.29.04.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="180" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-sc-7xOnYLkU/VcL5BXGH80I/AAAAAAAAEAc/6AuTADeYgxg/s320/2015-06-13%2B14.29.04.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-vIFJoa74ai8/VcL5S-_as2I/AAAAAAAAEAk/QwkA8tghPP8/s1600/2015-06-16%2B10.07.57.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="180" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-vIFJoa74ai8/VcL5S-_as2I/AAAAAAAAEAk/QwkA8tghPP8/s320/2015-06-16%2B10.07.57.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-iHb_PdNURNw/VcL5Z8esGrI/AAAAAAAAEAs/FsWFItbNeZw/s1600/2015-06-15%2B15.29.24.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-iHb_PdNURNw/VcL5Z8esGrI/AAAAAAAAEAs/FsWFItbNeZw/s320/2015-06-15%2B15.29.24.jpg" width="180" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-nCXfObToNNI/VcL5xdssSkI/AAAAAAAAEA0/qcmNloq1nCs/s1600/2015-06-14%2B13.05.10-1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-nCXfObToNNI/VcL5xdssSkI/AAAAAAAAEA0/qcmNloq1nCs/s320/2015-06-14%2B13.05.10-1.jpg" width="180" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.666666666666666px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span></div><b id="docs-internal-guid-0e7af829-014d-a558-df45-c9d68d125698" style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.666666666666666px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">People often ask us how we manage to take so many vacations and there are two main reasons 1) I do a lot of planning…. really far in advance and 2) we take frugal vacations like the time we spent only $121 on food and drink for 8 days in Los Cabo, Mexico (</span><a href="http://www.harvdo.icu/2015/04/how-to-save-money-on-vacation-why-not.html" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #1155cc; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.666666666666666px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">click here</span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.666666666666666px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> to read the story)</span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.666666666666666px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">I was recently asked (ok it has been a couple of months already! remember we have been gone on vacation!) how to get out of house after having a baby. </span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.666666666666666px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">For us it is/was pretty easy because we take our kids almost everywhere! We took our first family vacation when our son was 1 week old. Our foster son was only three days old when he went to his first hockey game, and our biological son went shark fishing when he was 2 months old. I just wore him in a sling and he slept almost the whole time. Most of the people on the boat didn’t even know there was a baby on board until he woke up to eat!</span><br /><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.666666666666666px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-_cJAS6vqgwI/VcL7PnU2LCI/AAAAAAAAEBI/xMlG2oEo5JU/s1600/2014-04-10%2B14.01.05.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="font-size: 14.6666669845581px; line-height: 20.2399997711182px; margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-align: center;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-_cJAS6vqgwI/VcL7PnU2LCI/AAAAAAAAEBI/xMlG2oEo5JU/s320/2014-04-10%2B14.01.05.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">The Air Zoo at 1 week old</div><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.666666666666666px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"></span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.666666666666666px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">But for those that find it difficult to have a social life after kids or if you are pregnant and you are worried that will have to be a hermit here are some ideas on </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 18.666666666666664px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">how to have a social life after having kids: </span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.666666666666666px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Oh and a quick tip for taking a newborn in public. Unless you have a preemie I don’t see any problem with taking a newborn out and about but if you are worried about it </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.666666666666666px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">put your baby in a </span><a href="http://amzn.to/1gm58v1" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #1155cc; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.666666666666666px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">carrier</span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.666666666666666px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> or sling and strangers are a lot less likely to put their germy hands on your baby</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.666666666666666px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">. And practice breastfeeding with your cover in front of a mirror so you can feel more confident that you are covered! Or just plan to excuse yourself to nurse your baby either one is fine...don’t &nbsp;be hatin’ (maybe I should just write another post for tips about going out in public with a newborn, hmmm….). Anyway...tips on how to have a social life after having kids</span><br /><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.666666666666666px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-lm9UtqVAZoc/VcL7nlmVppI/AAAAAAAAEBg/mx3mn5IXo-M/s1600/2014-04-16%2B14.31.46.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="font-size: 14.6666669845581px; line-height: 20.2399997711182px; margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-align: center;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-lm9UtqVAZoc/VcL7nlmVppI/AAAAAAAAEBg/mx3mn5IXo-M/s320/2014-04-16%2B14.31.46.jpg" width="240" /></a></span><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-tOslJ-IjF4w/VcL7mZhxYMI/AAAAAAAAEBU/z313mMYVg_8/s1600/2014-04-13%2B15.38.55.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.6666669845581px; line-height: 20.2399997711182px; margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-align: center; white-space: pre-wrap;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-tOslJ-IjF4w/VcL7mZhxYMI/AAAAAAAAEBU/z313mMYVg_8/s320/2014-04-13%2B15.38.55.jpg" width="240" /></a></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.666666666666666px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> </span></div><br /><ol style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.666666666666666px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.666666666666666px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Go to a </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.666666666666666px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">kid friendly brewery</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.666666666666666px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> like Schmotz in Grand Rapids or Right Brain in Traverse City! Schmotz (John’s favorite brewery) is super low key and not rowdy so your new baby might keep sleeping. They do not serve food so you can order pizza delivery or bring your food or takeout or just enjoy a beer with their free popcorn. Like I said it is a very low key environment. We have had a group of friends meet there to play board games and we order pizza. Right Brain is again low key and even has kids games in the corner. </span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.666666666666666px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ICURZNcdUro/VcL7nsC3UHI/AAAAAAAAEBc/WYoDH4D7iQI/s1600/2014-04-29%2B20.12.51.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ICURZNcdUro/VcL7nsC3UHI/AAAAAAAAEBc/WYoDH4D7iQI/s320/2014-04-29%2B20.12.51.jpg" width="320" /></a></span></div></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.666666666666666px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.666666666666666px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">When going out to eat try to </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.666666666666666px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">pick less busy times</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.666666666666666px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> like between lunch and dinner (3-4pm) or after the dinner rush. If your infant stays asleep in their car seat (unlike mine) then try to go during nap time but for older children AVOID naptime or bedtime. What worked well for us was to leave early and take a small walk with the baby in a </span><a href="http://amzn.to/1eD5KLn" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #1155cc; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.666666666666666px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">carrier</span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.666666666666666px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> and then if we were lucky he would keep sleeping in the </span><a href="http://amzn.to/1gm58v1" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #1155cc; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.666666666666666px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">carrier</span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.666666666666666px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> throughout dinner. </span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.666666666666666px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.666666666666666px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Host the party!</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.666666666666666px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> That way you can put your child to bed a normal time and still be able to return to the party!</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.666666666666666px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.666666666666666px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Convince your friends to have kids too!</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.666666666666666px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> It is a lot easier to hang out with other couples with kids because they will understand your struggles and know why you can’t go rock climbing or to a concert at 10pm. (If your friends are pregnant don't forget to pass on this valuable resource, <a href="http://www.harvdo.icu/2015/02/having-baby-doesnt-have-to-break-bank.html">The Ultimate Baby Registry</a>)</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.666666666666666px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.666666666666666px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Now that you convinced your friends to have babies too now you can </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.666666666666666px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">take turns babysitting for each other</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.666666666666666px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> so you can enjoy a night out kid free!</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.666666666666666px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.666666666666666px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Meet at the library, park or children’s museum! If you feel like you haven’t had a chance to have an adult conversation in a while take your friend with you to the library, park, or children’s museum. That gives your children something fun to do while you sit down and talk to your friend. </span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.666666666666666px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.666666666666666px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Attend a </span><a href="https://www.mops.org/" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #1155cc; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.666666666666666px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">MOPS</span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.666666666666666px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> (Mothers of Preschoolers) meeting, </span><a href="http://www.llli.org/" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #1155cc; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.666666666666666px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Le Leche League</span></a><span style="background-color: white; color: #141823; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.666666666666666px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> meeting (or another breastfeeding support group), ECFE (Early Child Family Education) classes, Bible Study, </span><a href="http://babywearinginternational.org/" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #1155cc; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.666666666666666px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Babywearing International</span></a><span style="background-color: white; color: #141823; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.666666666666666px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> meeting, etc to connect with other mothers and make new friends. The bible study at my church meets in the room next to the nursery and we hire a babysitter so we can focus on our meeting while the kids have fun with their friends then we can socialize afterwards. </span><img alt="2015-07-02 16.21.05.jpg" height="318px;" src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/7yOJsLF0Qe4JLW7aCI2lel7IZAlQzI1sUu4ripU86W2rf4O8AyGV9nbp-IcyqNo47bnw1gI0UOzAAnH8JTRKhq887hpp3x29BQvG2SgbTB3WwLDy1hbf8fOsN504zpUiDA4PQs8" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="565px;" /></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; color: #141823; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.666666666666666px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #141823; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.666666666666666px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Do an activity that is entertaining for both the kids and adults like a </span><span style="background-color: white; color: #141823; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.666666666666666px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">circus show</span><span style="background-color: white; color: #141823; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.666666666666666px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">, zoo, </span><span style="background-color: white; color: #141823; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.666666666666666px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">demolition derby</span><span style="background-color: white; color: #141823; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.666666666666666px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">, movie in the park, ice skating, amusement park (take turns watching the kids so you can have some adult fun too!), </span><span style="background-color: white; color: #141823; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.666666666666666px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">bowling</span><span style="background-color: white; color: #141823; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.666666666666666px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">, arcade, bike ride, or sledding. &nbsp;</span></div></li></ol><div><span style="color: #141823; font-family: Arial;"><span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 20.2399997711182px; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span></span></div><div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Have a great day and thanks for reading. 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Our friends and family often give us a hard time when we tell we are leaving for vacation again but we are able to take so many vacation because we usually take frugal vacations and we make them a priority.&nbsp;</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-qRfg90hGN5I/VWpyUP1cwgI/AAAAAAAAD64/cDZYFVPCRNo/s1600/10501708_10100474997049420_2078228530024754668_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="300" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-qRfg90hGN5I/VWpyUP1cwgI/AAAAAAAAD64/cDZYFVPCRNo/s400/10501708_10100474997049420_2078228530024754668_n.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">As new parents we suddenly felt the importance of &nbsp;re-evaluating our priorities and we decided we needed to make taking family vacations a priority because those are some of our own </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">greatest childhood memories </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">and we want our kids to make similar memories. </span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-hpp0iGY7NAY/VWpyTNJ-3eI/AAAAAAAAD6Y/0t3P87sIFOQ/s1600/10478526_10100468307709910_8132090929323335799_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-hpp0iGY7NAY/VWpyTNJ-3eI/AAAAAAAAD6Y/0t3P87sIFOQ/s400/10478526_10100468307709910_8132090929323335799_n.jpg" width="300" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Like most families we wanted to be able to take multiple vacations to spend </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">quality family time</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> without breaking our budget. After having our son last spring we took advantage of my maternity leave and took a three week long road trip from Michigan to Florida and Florida to Maine. Here are some tips that have worked for us. &nbsp;</span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><ol style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Use a <a href="http://amzn.to/1AD4KBj">tent</a> (not only for camping!): A good quality tent such as a <a href="http://amzn.to/1AD4KBj">Kelty</a> has an upfront cost of $200 but will quickly pay for itself. We highly recommend an air mattress as well because it is very uncomfortable to sleep on the ground! Trust us the money is worth it to be more comfortable and will again pay for itself. Our first air mattress we really liked was a Coleman which lasted three years before it got a leak. I think the next one we are going to try is <a href="http://amzn.to/1K2AT7e">this one</a>. Besides camping you can use a tent while on a road trip instead of staying at a cheap hotel or motel which can still cost $60/night. And your air mattress will come in handy when you have overnight guests. </span></div></li></ol><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-RXUkSa2PEBk/VWpySwBFkHI/AAAAAAAAD6Q/3AZ_sfI4YOM/s1600/10464178_10100474271747930_274399111076014726_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="300" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-RXUkSa2PEBk/VWpySwBFkHI/AAAAAAAAD6Q/3AZ_sfI4YOM/s400/10464178_10100474271747930_274399111076014726_n.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">(Camping in Acadia National Park, Maine)</div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">A good quality tent is a must on a Christmas or birthday list, wedding registry, or baby registry (Thanks Rafe for one of the best wedding presents!). If you cannot afford to get a tent or do not think you will use it enough then</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><b> borrow one from a friend or family</b></span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">. Most people are willing to share their stuff but you may have to overcome your fear or reluctance to ask!</span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><ol start="2" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Camp at state parks: State parks usually cost $18-$35/day with an $11 passport fee for the entire year. Private sites, on the other hand, are usually $35 and up. Again, even a campsite that is $45 is better than a cheap motel for $60. We found sites as cheap as $10/night.</span></div></li></ol><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-1rJumd5K-UA/VWpyTOG8seI/AAAAAAAAD6c/UVkVgTQCmic/s1600/10484344_10100473520807820_5154613288750459124_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="300" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-1rJumd5K-UA/VWpyTOG8seI/AAAAAAAAD6c/UVkVgTQCmic/s400/10484344_10100473520807820_5154613288750459124_n.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">(Rockland, Maine)</div><div><span style="font-family: Arial;"><span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 20.7000007629395px; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span></span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><ol start="3" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">One meal a day:</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> Limit eating out at restaurants</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> to once a day or less by grocery shopping and bringing/making your own food. Pack food for the car ride and premake as much as possible and bring a <a href="http://amzn.to/1HEuKco">cooler</a>! It is easy to eat your own food for breakfast and lunch and then eat out for dinner. Or you can eat out for big lunch and healthy snacks for dinner. We love trying new or unique restaurants but usually once day is enough! This is <a href="http://amzn.to/1HEuKco">our cooler</a> but I wish it was a little bit bigger like <a href="http://amzn.to/1ELfPLE">this one</a>. </span></div></li></ol><div><span style="font-family: Arial;"><span style="font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span></span><span style="font-family: Arial;"><span style="font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span></span></div><div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 20.7000007629395px; white-space: pre-wrap;"><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="//ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&amp;OneJS=1&amp;Operation=GetAdHtml&amp;MarketPlace=US&amp;source=ac&amp;ref=qf_sp_asin_til&amp;ad_type=product_link&amp;tracking_id=practfrugaf0d-20&amp;marketplace=amazon&amp;region=US&amp;placement=B002BM712U&amp;asins=B002BM712U&amp;linkId=AGXN2Y43LIOXBHS4&amp;show_border=true&amp;link_opens_in_new_window=true" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></span></font></p><p><span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 20.7000007629395px; white-space: pre-wrap;"><font face="Arial"></font></span></p><p><font face="Arial"><span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 20.7000007629395px; white-space: pre-wrap;"></iframe></span></span></div></div><div></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><a href="https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41Z1-BZPT%2BL._AC_SR98,95_.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><br /></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">While on our road trip we fell in love with shopping at Trader Joe's which unfortunately is not available where we live. We would shop every couple of days and buy oatmeal and fruit for breakfast and hummus, vegetables, salsa, avocados, and other easy items for lunch. &nbsp;An easy guacamole we ate a &nbsp;lot was 1/2 jar of salsa mixed with an avocado or an easy sandwich is a can of tuna or salmon mixed with an avocado. <a href="http://www.kitchenstewardship.com/tag/camping/">Click here</a> for a great resource for camping tips from my friend's blog, <a href="http://www.kitchenstewardship.com/">Kitchenstewardship</a>. </span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">I hope your kids made wonderful memories of having a picnics like me can remember my family having picnics on the lawn in front of Fort Mackinac on M</span><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">ackinac Island and other vacation locations. </span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><ol start="4" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Bring a <a href="http://amzn.to/1FjzhQ8">camp stove</a> or <a href="http://amzn.to/1FjzEdn">skillet/griddle</a>: You can reheat and make a lot of meals with a simple one burner camp stove or skillet/griddle. We even use our camp stove when we stay in hotels to reheat our<a href="http://www.harvdo.icu/2015/02/spring-asparagus-and-broccoli-soup.html"> soups</a> and other <a href="http://www.harvdo.icu/2015/03/quinoa-fried-rice.html">pre made meals</a>.(Disclaimer: this may be frowned upon but we have never seen any signs saying it is prohibited, so we do it, but we are not going to take responsibility if you choose to do this.)</span></div></li></ol><div><span style="font-family: Arial;"><span style="font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;"></span></span><br /><div><div style="text-align: center;"><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="//ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&amp;OneJS=1&amp;Operation=GetAdHtml&amp;MarketPlace=US&amp;source=ac&amp;ref=qf_sp_asin_til&amp;ad_type=product_link&amp;tracking_id=practfrugaf0d-20&amp;marketplace=amazon&amp;region=US&amp;placement=B002Z7WSJM&amp;asins=B002Z7WSJM&amp;linkId=B2AX36Z6TOPDRVF7&amp;show_border=true&amp;link_opens_in_new_window=true" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></div><div></iframe><br />(This <a href="http://amzn.to/1crX6y3">one is ours</a> but a two burner would be nice!)</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">OR</span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="//ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&amp;OneJS=1&amp;Operation=GetAdHtml&amp;MarketPlace=US&amp;source=ac&amp;ref=qf_sp_asin_til&amp;ad_type=product_link&amp;tracking_id=practfrugaf0d-20&amp;marketplace=amazon&amp;region=US&amp;placement=B00AU6GG2U&amp;asins=B00AU6GG2U&amp;linkId=2VNW3QX6EIX6QFLN&amp;show_border=true&amp;link_opens_in_new_window=true" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></p><p style="text-align: center;"></iframe><br /><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><b>AND</b>/OR</span><br /><br /><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="//ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&amp;OneJS=1&amp;Operation=GetAdHtml&amp;MarketPlace=US&amp;source=ac&amp;ref=qf_sp_asin_til&amp;ad_type=product_link&amp;tracking_id=practfrugaf0d-20&amp;marketplace=amazon&amp;region=US&amp;placement=B0007XRTDG&amp;asins=B0007XRTDG&amp;linkId=CIQ4UF5VVZNPH52A&amp;show_border=true&amp;link_opens_in_new_window=true" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></p><p></iframe><br />(My brother uses something similar to this for his family of 9 because it is very versatile and can replace a grill, stove, etc!)</div></div><span style="font-family: Arial;"><span style="font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;"></span></span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><ol start="5" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Go with friends or family: This is an easy way to </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">cut your bill in half</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> or more by dividing the price for lodging and transportation. You can also take turns watching each other kids so you can have a date night without paying a babysitter. </span></div></li></ol><div><span style="font-family: Arial;"><span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 20.7000007629395px; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ZB2Y63i-zRo/VWpyTSnEjbI/AAAAAAAAD60/RYqccWF_4xU/s1600/10492275_10100471207623460_2268205577807047691_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="300" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ZB2Y63i-zRo/VWpyTSnEjbI/AAAAAAAAD60/RYqccWF_4xU/s400/10492275_10100471207623460_2268205577807047691_n.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">(Our <b>free</b> tour of Cape Cod Chip Factory)</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-BoEQEumcB54/VWsvsRD3O5I/AAAAAAAAD78/kPwHXUcboOs/s1600/10676234_10100573408581920_779100769153799192_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="300" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-BoEQEumcB54/VWsvsRD3O5I/AAAAAAAAD78/kPwHXUcboOs/s400/10676234_10100573408581920_779100769153799192_n.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">(Walking the golf course at our timeshare resort for a <b>free</b> color tour)</div><div><br /></div><ol start="6" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Use a timeshare/vacation ownership: Timeshares can be very expensive to purchase but if you know someone who owns one they can purchase vacations for you and you can pay them back. If they are generous and have extra points that they will give you then you only have to pay a transfer fee of $150. Otherwise, you can get “Last Call” vacations for as cheap as $250/week plus the $150 transfer fee. Keep your eyes open for a future post about the pros and cons of a timeshare. </span></div></li></ol><div><span style="font-family: Arial;"><span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 20.7000007629395px; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-wEYv5t65Zwo/VWpySiytf6I/AAAAAAAAD6M/xvdb0Tuy0cM/s1600/10373824_10100464980263140_8623818025620193470_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="300" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-wEYv5t65Zwo/VWpySiytf6I/AAAAAAAAD6M/xvdb0Tuy0cM/s400/10373824_10100464980263140_8623818025620193470_n.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">(Cocoa Beach, Florida)</div><div><span style="font-family: Arial;"><span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 20.7000007629395px; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span></span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><ol start="7" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Use Groupon and other similar deals: </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><b>Start searching a couple of months in advance</b></span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> and keep checking for restaurants or activities that you would like to do. &nbsp;</span></div></li></ol><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-mI0czW1KysY/VWpyS4goM-I/AAAAAAAAD6U/6RRucpS2F_0/s1600/10441398_10100462281536410_3006456478049244708_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="300" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-mI0czW1KysY/VWpyS4goM-I/AAAAAAAAD6U/6RRucpS2F_0/s400/10441398_10100462281536410_3006456478049244708_n.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">(NASA Kennedy Space Center, Florida)</div><div><span style="font-family: Arial;"><span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 20.7000007629395px; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span></span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><ol start="8" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><b>Use cash</b></span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">: </span><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Research shows that you </span><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">spend less</span><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> if you use real money instead of swiping a card. You’re more careful to track your purchases if you will eventually run out of cash. The only time we do not follow this rule is if we get a better deal by using our credit card such as when we get 5% back at restaurants.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-R6NFfg3kf1M/VWpyTcAxIWI/AAAAAAAAD6w/Id2_TNEorzE/s1600/10494782_10100470420396070_4701770058437324155_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="300" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-R6NFfg3kf1M/VWpyTcAxIWI/AAAAAAAAD6w/Id2_TNEorzE/s400/10494782_10100470420396070_4701770058437324155_n.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><span style="background-color: white; line-height: 1.38; white-space: pre-wrap;"><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="line-height: 1.38;">(Cape Cod, Massachusetts)</span></div></span></li></ol><br /><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">When we returned from our three week vacation we realized our three month old son had spend 1/3 of his life on vacation. It was great to spend this much time just the three of us before I had to return to work. Happy Vacationing! </span><br /><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Have a great day and thanks for reading. 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vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Check out our Recipes Page.</span></a></div></div></div><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"></span><br /><br /><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span>Anonymoushttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03196660038806626910noreply@blogger.com3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1344330065414342221.post-68435659412768040532015-05-26T06:26:00.000-07:002015-05-28T09:34:10.636-07:0025 Cheap Date Ideas without Seeming Cheap<div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">For us our favorite dates or best memories are often made on dates that are free or really cheap. When I think back to when we started dating I think of &nbsp;the time we flew a kite in the field behind my parents’ house, sitting on a blanket while John played guitar for me, walks in the woods, riding the quads/ranger, looking at the stars while drinking hot chocolate, and reading a book together at a bookstore. </span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><img src="https://scontent-ord1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpf1/v/t1.0-9/1930854_40097169082_1235_n.jpg?oh=572d28cf59d75dd45e7e7cb36f48a88a&amp;oe=55F9C126" /></span></div><b id="docs-internal-guid-754ffc19-8e8e-6d5a-59e4-1ac801b6d831" style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">I don’t think of the gifts he bought me or the expensive things he did for me. But that is because what means the most to me is quality time and lucky for John </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">quality time is usually free</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">!</span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Remember the purpose of dating is to get to know the person you are dating to figure out if they are someone you would like to marry. So think of dates that will allow you to get to know them better and see them in different situations. </span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Group events and involving family</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> is always a good idea because when you marry someone (whether you like it not) you are also marrying their family and friends because they will not magically disappear once you get are married. Yes, once you get married your main relationship and commitment will be your spouse but learning ahead of time if you can handle their “baggage” is a good idea!</span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Anyway, back to the point...</span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">If you're struggle thinking of date ideas that don’t involve paying at least $20 for dinner and $20 for a movie keep reading for </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 32px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">25 cheap date ideas without looking cheap</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">. </span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">*Disclaimer: I am using her/she but please realize that it can be exchanged with him/he*</span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><ol style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 10pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Bike the <a href="http://www.whitepinetrail.com/">White Pine trail</a>: Park at the parking lot next to <a href="http://www.fifththirdballpark.com/">5/3rd ballpark</a>(</span><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">4385 West River Rd NE Comstock Park, MI 49321)</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> and bike North into Rockford for ice cream. </span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 10pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Shop at <a href="http://www.horrocksmarket.com/">Horrocks</a>- try the </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">free samples of beer, wine, or root beer</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> in their tap room area. Then you can buy a pint and scroll through the store. If you want you could buy ingredients to take home and make a meal together. Then get some free coffee from their coffee shop area and sit down to talk, play games, or read a book together. </span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 10pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Surprise her with a </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">stay in movie night</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> with her favorite movie or a movie of her choice (like the chick flick or documentary she has been dying to see but no one will watch it with her) and snacks. You can keep the price down by making your own popcorn and using large bags of candy instead of personal sizes. Make it extra special by drizzling your popcorn with chocolate, peanut butter, or caramel (I have been meaning to try this!). </span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 10pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Go to <a href="http://www.goodwillgr.org/">Goodwill</a> and each spend $5 to find a gift or something to use to make into a gift for her </span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 10pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Take her to a movie matinee at a second showing theater for cheap! For those in the Grand Rapids area the <a href="https://celebrationcinema.com/location/GrandRapidsWoodland">Woodland Mall has showings</a> for $5.</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 10pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Pack a picnic</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> and take her to a beautiful setting such as a <a href="http://www.michigan.org/nature-parks/">park</a>, beach, or a place that is special to her.</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.44; margin-bottom: 10pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Go to free outdoor events such as parades, </span><a href="http://www.tuliptime.com/" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #1155cc; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Tulip Time </span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">in Holland, </span><a href="http://www.artprize.org/" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #1155cc; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Artprize</span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> in Grand Rapids, concerts or music in the park, festivals, etc. </span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 10pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Volunteer to babysit your family/friend’s kids for them so they can go on a date. You can have fun building forts, dressing up dolls, and playing games while seeing how your potential future husband/wife interacts with kids. </span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 10pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Surprise her with a </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">fancy candle lit dinner</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> instead of taking her out to a restaurant.</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 10pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Watch the </span><a href="http://www.grandhaven.org/visitors/musical-fountain/" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #1155cc; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Musical Fountain </span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">in Grand Haven. Bring camp chairs, a blanket, or plan to sit in the bleachers to watch the water fountains gush to the beat of music. Come early and get ice cream and walk the pier. The fountain is located at </span><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">515 Woodlawn Ave, Grand Haven, MI 49417 and has performances daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day. </span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 10pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Use a groupon deal to go </span><a href="https://www.groupon.com/deals/kayla-rae-cellars" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #1155cc; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">wine tasting</span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">, </span><a href="https://www.groupon.com/deals/paint-nite-7-96-grand-rapids" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #1155cc; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Paint Nite for two</span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">, </span><a href="https://www.groupon.com/deals/wengers-bowling-center-1" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #1155cc; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">bowling</span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">, </span><a href="https://www.groupon.com/deals/wengers-bowling-center-1" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #1155cc; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">boat cruise</span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">, etc.</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 10pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Bake her her favorite dessert and customize it with a message.</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 10pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Go to the library</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> or book store and each pick out a book then sit down and take turns reading. Make it extra special by choosing a couples’ devotional, spiritually themed, or relationship self help.</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 10pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><a href="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/UjjUQ36JCgQwAYH1zhVHnC4z1WQu6Qapx-3OmLetL0xel5Xvfs5TTJUF5Eh5zmLgHQ4v8ROY3VEVC0B5-iAEUj7URdeON0_xbE8Ov9izD2sG5jzXukaEH00akKxoOAmfchKi__Q" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="150px;" src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/UjjUQ36JCgQwAYH1zhVHnC4z1WQu6Qapx-3OmLetL0xel5Xvfs5TTJUF5Eh5zmLgHQ4v8ROY3VEVC0B5-iAEUj7URdeON0_xbE8Ov9izD2sG5jzXukaEH00akKxoOAmfchKi__Q" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0rad); border: none; cursor: move; transform: rotate(0rad);" width="200px;" /></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Go to a Whitecaps Baseball Game: Keep it cheap by buying lawn seats for </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">$7/person </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">but keep it romantic by </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">bringing a blanket to share</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> (or bring camp chairs to be more comfortable). Also keep the price down by eating dinner before arriving and </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">bring snacks</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> and/or dessert to enjoy during the game (there may be rules against bringing outside food but I couldn’t find anything about it on their website so I would recommend keeping it discreet just in case. But if you want to have the true baseball game experience go ahead and buy some beer (the craft beers are actually reasonably priced), cracker jack's, hot dog, or popcorn! Or have some fun and try some of their famous unique food creations: </span><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Beer-a-Misu ( scoop of tiramisu gelato and top it off with local Michigan craft beers), &nbsp;Cotton Candy Curveball (Twinkie covered in cotton candy), &nbsp;Picnic On-A-Stick (fried chicken, tater tots, and pickles deep fried in cornbread batter) or </span><a href="http://www.milb.com/content/page.jsp?ymd=20150224&amp;content_id=110289554&amp;fext=.jsp&amp;sid=t582&amp;vkey" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #1155cc; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">click here</span></a><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> to see more of their crazy unhealthy food creations! For more information here &nbsp;is their </span><a href="http://www.milb.com/schedule/index.jsp?sid=t582" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #1155cc; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">schedule</span></a><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> and list of </span><a href="http://www.milb.com/content/page.jsp?ymd=20090218&amp;content_id=40995116&amp;sid=t582&amp;vkey=tickets" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #1155cc; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">ticket prices</span></a><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">. </span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 10pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Free Movies in the park</span><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">:</span></div></li><ol style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 19px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: lower-alpha; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><a href="http://www.downtowngr.org/mitp/" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #1155cc; font-family: Arial; font-size: 19px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Downtown Movies in the Park </span></a></div></li></ol></ol><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-indent: 36pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Movies are shown at </span><a href="https://www.google.com/maps/place/Ah-Nab-Awen+Park/@42.968708,-85.676555,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x54e69f5f15ed1bdb?sa=X&amp;ei=8KhPVcuqLsm4ogTVroCABg&amp;ved=0CI0BEPwSMA8" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #1155cc; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Ah-Nab-Awen Park</span></a></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-indent: 36pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Pre-show activities begin at 7pm, and the films start at dusk.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 72pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Costumes are encouraged. Prizes will be awarded to the best dressed attendees. Alcohol is allowed if you bring your own drinks and picture ID.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 72pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Bring a picnic, popcorn, snacks, etc. ( If you forget food at home, vendors will have snacks for purchase)</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-indent: 36pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Bring a blanket or chairs to sit on. </span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-indent: 36pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">June 5th: E.T.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-indent: 36pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">June 19th: Dazed and confused</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-indent: 36pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">July 10th: Dirty Dancing</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-indent: 36pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">July 24th: Hook</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-indent: 36pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">August 7th: the Matrix</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 10pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-indent: 36pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">August 21st: T</span><a href="http://www.friendsofgrparks.org/event/movies-park-august-21/" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">he lost boys and voters’ choice!</span></a></div><ol start="2" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><ol start="2" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 19px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: lower-alpha; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><a href="http://www.eastgr.org/index.aspx?NID=183" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #1155cc; font-family: Arial; font-size: 19px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">East Grand Rapids Movies in the Park</span></a></div></li></ol></ol><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 19px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span></span><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Movies are shown at</span><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 19px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> </span><a href="https://www.google.com/maps/place/John+Collins+Park/@42.951366,-85.611526,17z/data=!4m6!1m3!3m2!1s0x0:0x6adf296acf0c0cad!2sJohn+Collins+Park!3m1!1s0x0:0x6adf296acf0c0cad" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #1155cc; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">John Collins Park</span></a><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> next to Reeds Lake. </span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-indent: 36pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #152431; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Movies are shown on an inflatable screen at dusk. </span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-indent: 36pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #152431; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Come early for the best seat and bring your lawn chair or blanket. </span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-indent: 36pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #152431; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">June 19</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-indent: 36pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #152431; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">July 17</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-indent: 36pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #152431; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">August 21</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-indent: 36pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #152431; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">September 18</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-indent: 36pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #152431; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Rain Date: &nbsp;August 28</span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><ol start="16" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Stroll up and down a farmers market. Again it would be fun to pick out a recipe ahead of time and shop for the ingredients then make dinner together. </span><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Make it extra special by making dinner for your parents or grandparents and have it a double date. </span></div></li><ol style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: lower-alpha; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><a href="http://fultonstreetmarket.org/" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #1155cc; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Fulton Street Market</span></a></div></li></ol></ol><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.4900073311545607; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 72pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 8 am- 3 pm (Open the first Saturday of May through the last Saturday before Christmas). Saturdays from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm (January through April). </span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.4900073311545607; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-indent: 36pt;"><span style="background-color: #fcfdff; color: #323436; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">100 E Main St</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.4900073311545607; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-indent: 36pt;"><span style="background-color: #fcfdff; color: #323436; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Middleville, MI 49333</span></div><ol start="2" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><ol start="2" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: lower-alpha; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 10pt;"><a href="https://metrohealth.net/about-metro-health/live-healthy/farm-market/" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #1155cc; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Metro Health Farmers Market</span></a></div></li></ol></ol><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-indent: 36pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Hours: Thursdays, 9 am-2 pm (Open May 7 – October 8)</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-indent: 36pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">5900 Byron Center Avenue SW</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-indent: 36pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Wyoming, Michigan</span></div><ol start="3" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><ol start="3" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: lower-alpha; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 10pt;"><a href="https://metrohealth.net/about-metro-health/live-healthy/farm-market/" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #1155cc; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Metro Health Aquinas College Farmers Market</span></a></div></li></ol></ol><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span></span><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Hours: Mondays, &nbsp;2pm-6 pm (Open May 11 – October 12)</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-indent: 36pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Alksnis Athletic &amp; Recreation Building</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-indent: 36pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Service Drive between Fulton and Mayfield Lots</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-indent: 36pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">1580 Fulton Street </span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-indent: 36pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Grand Rapids, Michigan</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> </span></div><ol start="4" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><ol start="4" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: lower-alpha; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 10pt;"><a href="http://downtownmarketgr.com/outdoor-farmers-market" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #1155cc; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Downtown Farmers Market</span></a></div></li></ol></ol><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span></span><span style="background-color: white; color: #2d2f34; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Hours: Saturdays, 9am-2pm (Starting May 23)</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.600000047683715; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #2d2f34; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span></span><span style="background-color: white; color: #2d2f34; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span></span><a href="http://downtownmarketgr.com/visit-us/getting-to-the-market" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">435 Ionia Ave. SW</span></a></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.600000047683715; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-indent: 36pt;"><a href="http://downtownmarketgr.com/visit-us/getting-to-the-market" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Grand Rapids, MI 49503</span></a></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.600000047683715; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><a href="http://www.harvdo.icu/2015/05/list-of-farmers-markets-in-greater.html" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #1155cc; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Click here</span></a><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> for a comprehensive list of Farmers Markets in the Greater Grand Rapids, MI with hours of operation and addresses. </span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">16. Look at the stars: Grab a &nbsp;blanket or some camp chairs and find a clearing outside (backyard, park, etc) and look at the stars. Step it up a notch by bringing hot chocolate in a thermos.</span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">17. Go to the </span><a href="http://www.thelocalepicurean.com/" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #1155cc; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Local Epicurean</span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">! We love this store/cafe! It has an amazing atmosphere, they have </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">delicious handmade pasta</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> and fresh cheese for sale, you can take a </span><a href="https://www.groupon.com/deals/the-local-epicurean-10" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #1155cc; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">pasta</span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">, gelato, or truffle making class. If you want to take a </span><a href="https://www.groupon.com/deals/the-local-epicurean-1-10" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #1155cc; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">class</span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> make sure to buy it on </span><a href="https://www.groupon.com/deals/the-local-epicurean-4-19" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #1155cc; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Groupon</span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> because otherwise it is quite expensive. We also love to buy their chocolate lunch on groupon for $20. You get a chocolate truffle espresso, a platter of chocolate themed items like covered strawberries, chocolate cheese, &nbsp;etc and they finished you off with chocolate cheesecake or chocolate gelato. It is amazing and totally worth the $20 groupon deal! </span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><img height="260px;" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/FOMamAmZoLAj0llJtBPb4QDO6qLdNw4HEnVz0NsbMCwsz2qKpnvTbWKDdHbs3S-HBSdzRiwzO_Bg3pp8v0CVnGFBkC2AJ_yNoyt8JMJXe4uHZBpYFRpXJDSGUCwg8dBwPC_TEmM" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624px;" /></span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">18. Play board games! If this seems too simple and not enough like a date then pick a couple of games and meet her at a coffee shop, bakery, park, beach, campground, etc. The possibilities are endless. </span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">19. Walk the beach...in the winter: This past winter I loved seeing the pictures of people walking the beach when the lighthouses were covered in ice and snow. It was gorgeous! So we mentally added this to our date ideas. </span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><img height="416px;" src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/J-X4Z31sb6QBecyndKruiyOBnA50-oLRnFoq5F_RMyl86ANB-HgT4Rk8VCMX_1gy-5d0yGNfTmYo7oOowtN5C2RVbDIqJm7LU-AUCTb9RdDvjesBVk6QjyFY3yFYwOk9kh-akOM" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624px;" /></span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">20. Search for weekly events in your city. For those in Grand Rapids go </span><a href="http://www.grnow.com/events/" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #1155cc; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Grnow.com</span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> and search the dates you are needing ideas. (Thanks Courtney for the suggestion!)</span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">21. Go to a local gym and workout together. Take turns spotting each other on the weights, run laps, shoot some hoops, play tennis OR take a fun class together like kickboxing, self defense, deep water aerobics, etc! Again, the possibilities are endless!</span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">22. Volunteer at a charity event such as wrapping Christmas presents for donations at the mall for The American Red Cross (I used to do this when I was in middle school!). There are always organizations and events looking for volunteers. When John and I were dating we volunteered at our local state park with their winter snowshoeing carnival event running the little kid games. </span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">23. Go to a </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">drive in movie theater. </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">The </span><a href="https://celebrationcinema.com/location/GettyDriveIn" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #1155cc; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Getty Drive-In</span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> </span><span style="background-color: white; color: #202020; font-family: Arial; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">(920 E Summit Ave </span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #202020; font-family: Arial; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Muskegon, MI 49444 (231) 798-2608) </span><span style="background-color: white; color: #202020; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">has Bargain Night every Tuesday for </span><span style="background-color: white; color: #202020; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">$6/person for two movies! </span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">24. Go blueberry, strawberry, (any fruit really) picking and then bake a pie or dessert together. Step it up a notch and make homemade ice cream as well! Make it a charitable event and take the pie over to your grandma and elderly neighbor &nbsp;and spend some time with them. </span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.38;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">25. Go to a nursing home and ask the nurses what residents are lonely or who never get visits and sit down and talk to them. Ask them their life story or ask if they have any advice they would like to give. </span></div><div style="line-height: 1.38;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span></div><span style="font-family: Arial;"><span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 20.7000007629395px; white-space: pre-wrap;">Ok, so the ideas keep coming to me so I hope you don't mind a couple of extras!</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial;"><span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 20.7000007629395px; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span></span><span style="font-family: Arial;"><span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 20.7000007629395px; white-space: pre-wrap;">26. <a href="http://grcity.us/parks/Pages/Ice-Skating.aspx">Ice Skating</a>, <a href="http://www.grandrapidsoriginalswingsociety.com/">Swing Dancing</a>, or concerts at Rosa Parks Circle (</span></span><span style="font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.3em;">100 ? Monroe Center</span><br /><span style="font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.3em;">Grand Rapids, MI 49508)</span><span style="font-family: Arial;"><span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 20.7000007629395px; white-space: pre-wrap;">. Outdoor ice skating is open December-March and only costs $2/person with skate rental! E</span></span><span style="font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 18.2000007629395px;">very Tuesday in the summer (April- October) there is FREE swing dancing with live music from 7-9pm. Don't know how to swing dance? Don't worry they start with a free lesson from 7-7:30pm. Or attend free concerts like the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.experiencegr.com/events/GRandJazzFest/38738/">GRandJazz Fest</a>.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 18.2000007629395px;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 18.2000007629395px;">27. Go for a walk in the woods and forage for food! Look for edible plants such as morel mushrooms, wild leeks,&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 18.2000007629395px;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 18.2000007629395px;">burdock root, rhubarb,&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 18.2000007629395px;">asparagus (yes, you can find the most delicious asparagus in road side ditches, proven to me by my awesome co worker, Barb, who brought me two bags full!),</span><span style="font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 18.2000007629395px;">&nbsp;etc.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 18.2000007629395px;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 18.2000007629395px;">28. Pretend to be kids again and play video games like Mario cart, Smashbrothers, or Pong.&nbsp;</span><br /> <span style="font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 18.2000007629395px;"><br /></span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span style="color: black; line-height: 20.7000007629395px;">Coming soon Restaurants to Try...</span></span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Have a great day and thanks for reading. 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margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">1. </span><a href="http://fultonstreetmarket.org/" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: white; color: blue; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Fulton Street Market</span></a></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 8 am- 3 pm (Open the first Saturday of May through the last Saturday before Christmas). Saturdays from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm (January through April). </span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-indent: 36pt;"><span style="background-color: #fcfdff; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">100 E Main St</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-indent: 36pt;"><span style="background-color: #fcfdff; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Middleville, MI 49333</span></div><b id="docs-internal-guid-f3ff0798-4061-c8bf-edfb-f7557b8c8f7d" style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">2. </span><a href="https://metrohealth.net/about-metro-health/live-healthy/farm-market/" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: white; color: blue; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Metro Health Farmers Market</span></a></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Hours: Thursdays, 9 am-2 pm (Open May 7 – October 8)</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-indent: 36pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">5900 Byron Center Avenue SW</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-indent: 36pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Wyoming, Michigan</span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">3. </span><a href="https://metrohealth.net/about-metro-health/live-healthy/farm-market/" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: white; color: blue; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Metro Health Aquinas College Farmers Market</span></a></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Hours: Mondays, &nbsp;2pm-6 pm (Open May 11 – October 12)</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-indent: 36pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Alksnis Athletic &amp; Recreation Building</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-indent: 36pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Service Drive between Fulton and Mayfield Lots</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-indent: 36pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">1580 Fulton Street </span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-indent: 36pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Grand Rapids, Michigan</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> </span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">4. </span><a href="http://downtownmarketgr.com/outdoor-farmers-market" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: white; color: blue; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Downtown Farmers Market</span></a></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Hours: Saturdays, 9am-2pm (Starting May 23)</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span></span><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span></span><a href="http://downtownmarketgr.com/visit-us/getting-to-the-market" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">435 Ionia Ave. SW</span></a></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-indent: 36pt;"><a href="http://downtownmarketgr.com/visit-us/getting-to-the-market" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Grand Rapids, MI 49503</span></a></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">5. </span><a href="http://www.plainfieldchartertwp.org/pctfarmers.htm" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: white; color: blue; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Plainfield Township Farmers Market </span></a></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-indent: 36pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Hours: Thursdays, noon-6pm (June 4th-October 29) Held in front of the</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Frontline Church</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-indent: 36pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">4411 Plainfield Avenue NE (corner of 5 Mile Road and Plainfield Avenue)</span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><h1 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">6. </span><a href="http://www.michigan.org/property/southeast-area-farmers-market-ford/" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Southeast Area Farmers' Market - Ford</span></a></h1><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Hours: Saturdays 11am-3pm (June 20 through November 8). Held at G R Ford </span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 72pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Academic Center</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-indent: 36pt;"><span style="background-color: #fcfdff; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">851 Madison Ave SE</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-indent: 36pt;"><span style="background-color: #fcfdff; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Grand Rapids, MI 49507</span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><h1 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">7. </span><a href="http://www.michigan.org/property/southeast-area-farmers-market-garfield/" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Southeast Area Farmers' Market - Garfield</span></a></h1><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Hours: Fridays, 3pm-7pm (June 20 through November 8). Held at Garfield Park. </span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 72pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: #fcfdff; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">334 Burton St. SE</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-indent: 36pt;"><span style="background-color: #fcfdff; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Grand Rapids, MI 49506</span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><h1 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: #fcfdff; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">8. </span><a href="http://www.michigan.org/property/grandville-farmers-market/" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Grandville Farmers Market</span></a></h1><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-indent: 36pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Hours: Tuesdays, 8am-1pm (June - mid October). Held in the heart of Downtown</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Grandville, in the parking lot next to the library.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-indent: 36pt;"><span style="background-color: #fcfdff; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">4055 Maple Street SW</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-indent: 36pt;"><span style="background-color: #fcfdff; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Grandville, MI 49418</span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><h1 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: #fcfdff; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">9. </span><a href="http://www.michigan.org/property/ada-farmers-market/" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Ada Farmers' Market</span></a></h1><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Hours: Tuesdays, noon-6pm (June through September)</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-indent: 36pt;"><span style="background-color: #fcfdff; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">7239 Thornapple River Drive</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-indent: 36pt;"><span style="background-color: #fcfdff; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Ada, MI 49331</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-indent: 36pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> </span></div><h1 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">10. </span><a href="http://www.michigan.org/property/byron-farmers-market/" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Byron Farmers Market</span></a></h1><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-indent: 36pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Hours: Saturdays 8am-1pm (May-October) held at Pathway Church</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 72pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: #fcfdff; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">8350 Byron Center Ave. SW</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 72pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: #fcfdff; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Byron Center, MI 49315</span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><h1 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">11. </span><a href="http://www.michigan.org/property/hudsonville-farmers-market/" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Hudsonville Farmers Market</span></a></h1><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-indent: 36pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Hours: Wednesdays, 8am-2pm (June - October) Located in front of the Farmers &nbsp;Co-Op</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Hudsonville store.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 72pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: #fcfdff; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">3302 Prospect Street</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 72pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: #fcfdff; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Hudsonville, MI 49426</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 72pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> </span></div><h1 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">12. </span><a href="http://www.michigan.org/property/allendale-farmers-market/" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Allendale Farmers Market</span></a></h1><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Hours: Tuesdays &amp; Fridays, 11am-4pm. (The third Tuesday in June - October).</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Held in the Heritage Towne Square Plaza Parking Lot.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-indent: 36pt;"><span style="background-color: #fcfdff; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">6101 Lake Michigan Dr. (M-45)</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-indent: 36pt;"><span style="background-color: #fcfdff; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Allendale, MI 49401</span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><h1 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: #fcfdff; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">13. </span><a href="http://www.michigan.org/property/sparta-farmers-market/" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Sparta Farmers Market</span></a></h1><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Hours: Wednesday 3- 7 pm (June - September)</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span></span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span></span><span style="background-color: #fcfdff; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">72 North Union</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-indent: 36pt;"><span style="background-color: #fcfdff; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Sparta, MI 49345</span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><h1 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">14. </span><a href="http://www.gvsu.edu/farmersmarket/" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Grand Valley State University Farmers' Market</span></a></h1><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Hours: Wednesdays, 10:00am-1:30pm (June-September). Held on Allendale</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Campus</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-indent: 36pt;"><span style="background-color: #fcfdff; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">1 Campus Dr.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-indent: 36pt;"><span style="background-color: #fcfdff; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">140 LMH</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-indent: 36pt;"><span style="background-color: #fcfdff; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Allendale, MI 49401</span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><h1 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: #fcfdff; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">15. </span><a href="http://www.michigan.org/property/lowell-area-farmers-market/" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Lowell Area Farmers' Market</span></a></h1><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Hours: Thursdays 11am-3pm (June 13 - September 12)</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: #eeeeee; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span></span><span style="background-color: #eeeeee; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span></span><span style="background-color: #fcfdff; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">2111 W Main St</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-indent: 36pt;"><span style="background-color: #fcfdff; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Lowell, MI 49331</span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><h1 dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: #fcfdff; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">16. </span><a href="http://www.michigan.org/property/middleville-s-farmers-market/" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: blue; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Middleville's Farmers Market</span></a></h1><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Hours: Friday, 8am-1pm (May 1st-October 16th) and Wednesdays, 4pm-8pm </span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 72pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">(June 4th-August 27th)</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-indent: 36pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">100 E Main St</span></div><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Middleville, MI 49333</span>Anonymoushttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03196660038806626910noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1344330065414342221.post-90481473560937942482015-05-06T03:35:00.000-07:002015-05-25T21:55:24.970-07:0020 Mother's Day Gift Ideas to Honor Your Mother Without Breaking Your Budget<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-QoeikqMHqKk/VUlsZG5fn9I/AAAAAAAAD3E/ganSCDUHl3o/s1600/20%2BMother's%2BDay.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="225" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-QoeikqMHqKk/VUlsZG5fn9I/AAAAAAAAD3E/ganSCDUHl3o/s1600/20%2BMother's%2BDay.png" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br />With Mother's Day around the corner (May 10, 2015) it is time to start figuring out what you are going to do for (or with) your Mom. In John's family we have a tradition of buying his Mom a large beautiful hanging flower basket every year. To save money we start looking for deals a month ahead of time. This year we received a $4 off coupon in the mail for a 14 inch &nbsp;flower basket from <a href="http://countrysidegreenhouse.com/">Countyside Greenhouse in Allendale, MI.</a> (Those not from the West Michigan area this greenhouse is massive, reasonably priced and AMAZING!) We easily found a gorgeous hanging basket on sale for $24 and with our $4 coupon we walked away only paying<b><span style="font-size: large;"> $20</span></b>. (this will test whether our family actually reads our blog!...but I guess our family already knows we are cheap! hence John's brother mentioning it in his Best Man speech at our wedding! lol).<br /><br />And last year we bought and used a Groupon for <a href="http://www.huizengabrothers.com/">Huizenga Brothers Greenhouse</a>&nbsp;to buy her hanging basket. So anway, the point I am making is you can <span style="font-size: large;"><b>save money by thinking ahead and looking for deals</b>.</span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-avNxW2KF53I/VUmM58WRHzI/AAAAAAAAD3k/S6dxCltQDW4/s1600/baby.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-avNxW2KF53I/VUmM58WRHzI/AAAAAAAAD3k/S6dxCltQDW4/s1600/baby.jpg" width="213" /></a></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div>For those that need a little help figuring out what to do for their Mom, here is a list of 20 cheap Mother's Day Gift Ideas.<br /><br /><u><span style="font-size: large;">Cheap Mother's Day Gift Ideas:</span></u><br /><br />1. Make her dinner instead of taking her out to a restaurant<br />2. <b>Pack a picnic</b> and take her to a beautiful setting such as a park, beach, or a place that is special to her.<br />3. Take your kids to Goodwill and give each child $5 to find something to buy for her or something to use to make into a gift for her (this could get expensive depending on how many kids you have :p.<br />4. Surprise her with a <b>stay in movie night</b> with her favorite movie or a movie of her choice (like the movie she has been dying to see but no one will watch it with her) and snacks. You can keep the price down by making your own popcorn and using large bags of candy instead of personal sizes. Make it extra special by drizzling your popcorn with chocolate or peanut butter (I have been meaning to try this).<br />5. Have your kids write and perform a play.<br />6. Put together a &nbsp;youtube video and profess your love on-line or make a digital collage of pictures.<br />7. Use a Groupon deal to go <a href="https://www.groupon.com/deals/kayla-rae-cellars">wine tasting</a>, <a href="https://www.groupon.com/deals/paint-nite-7-96-grand-rapids">Paint Nite for two</a>, <a href="https://www.groupon.com/deals/wengers-bowling-center-1">bowling</a>, <a href="https://www.groupon.com/deals/wengers-bowling-center-1">boat cruise</a>, etc. <br />8. Use an on-line deal (such as groupon) to <a href="https://www.groupon.com/deals/canvas-on-demand-129-grand-rapids">order a canvas print</a> of one of her favorite pictures or a family.<br />9. <b>Do an act of service</b>, especially one she hates to do or has been nagging you to do, such as cleaning out the garage, washing the dishes, de-clutter and organize your closet, clean the bathrooms, dust, etc.<br />10. Bake her her favorite dessert and customize it with a message.<br />11. Buy cheap cement mix and garden stepping stones with kid's hand or feet prints.<br />12. Have your kids paint rocks to decorate the garden.<br />13. Wash her car by hand (cheaper than automatic..unless you have a deal) and clean and vacuum the inside.<br />14. <b>Let her sleep in</b>.<br />15. Surprise her by showering her with gifts <b>the day before Mother's Day</b> so she caught off guard.<br />16. Ask her to make a list of 10 or more things that would make her feel loved (back massage, washing the dishes without being asked, love note left in her car, date night, you name it...well she names it! <b>Save the list</b> and do one or more of these things on special days such as Mother's Day, birthday, Christmas, etc. A great book to help you with this is <a href="http://amzn.to/1FOytYA">The Five Love Languages</a>. I love this book because it explains the different ways (words of affirmation, quality time, receiving gifts, acts of service, and physical touch) people express and feel loved. It helps you identify the way she wants to be shown love so you can&nbsp;<b>show your love more effectively</b>. There is even an <a href="http://amzn.to/1QkLSe1">edition for children</a> so you can learn the best way to show love to your kids.<br />17. &nbsp;Have a make up party and let your kids do her make up and take silly pictures afterwards (please note some moms would not find this funny or enjoyable)<br />18. Set up a<b> hot bath</b> with candles and essential oils and take the kids to the park so she can have a relaxing afternoon or evening.<br />19. Take her to a <b>movie matinee</b> at a second showing theater for cheap! For those in the Grand Rapids area the Woodland Mall has showings for $5.<br />and the obvious<br />20. Make her <b>breakfast in bed</b> (don't do this if she is not a morning person or doesn't usually like to eat breakfast).<br /><br />The main point is to personalize whatever you do for her so you don't simply spend money on her because that is what is expected. I guess if she really wants a diamond necklace than you &nbsp;better buy her a diamond necklace. But personally, I would be pissed if John bought me a diamond necklace because it is expensive and I don't really wear jewelry.<br /><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-yUFeTSiN5GI/VUmL2PytLxI/AAAAAAAAD3Y/gvFxwiyHbIc/s1600/Boat.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; font-size: x-large; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em; text-align: center;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-yUFeTSiN5GI/VUmL2PytLxI/AAAAAAAAD3Y/gvFxwiyHbIc/s1600/Boat.jpg" width="240" /></a><br /><br />For me, the perfect Mother's Day (or any special occasion) would be sleeping in and waking up to a healthy homemade breakfast (like my <a href="http://www.harvdo.icu/2015/03/healthy-chocolate-pancakeswaffles-with.html">chocolate waffles</a>&nbsp;with strawberry sauce), not having to do the dishes afterwards, spending time with my family (maybe go for a walk, bike ride, movie, etc) and finally being surprised with my favorite ice cream cake (Peanut Butter Playground) from Cold Stone using the $4 off coupon we got in the mail that I filed away in our coupon folder. So I would cost a whopping <b><span style="font-size: large;">$20!</span></b> But you know what I am doing on &nbsp;Mother's Day instead...working. But then again my amazing husband usually lets me sleep in and makes me breakfast when I work Sundays so I am one lucky Momma.<br /><br />Happy Mother's Day!<br /><br />Coming soon...<a href="http://www.harvdo.icu/2015/05/25-cheap-date-ideas-without-seeming.html">The best cheap dates without seeming cheap!</a><br /><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Have a great day and thanks for reading. 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text-align: center;"><a href="http://fm.cnbc.com/applications/cnbc.com/resources/img/editorial/2014/08/28/101955207-citi-double-cash-back-card.530x298.jpg?v=1409245731" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://fm.cnbc.com/applications/cnbc.com/resources/img/editorial/2014/08/28/101955207-citi-double-cash-back-card.530x298.jpg?v=1409245731" height="179" width="320" /></a></div><br /><br />One of our blog's original posts was entitled: <a href="http://www.harvdo.icu/2015/01/the-plastic-debate.html">"The Plastic Debate"</a>. This article is a little controversial because I advocate for the use of a reward credit card. We historically have used, and have been happy with the <a href="https://creditcards.chase.com/freedom">Chase Freedom Card</a>. This card is great because it offers 1% cash back on all purchases, and 5% cash back (on up to $1,500) on purchases in promotional categories quarterly such as gas, groceries, Amazon, etc. It's pretty good! (A trend you may see in the financial posts is that I am big on playing the "Percentage Game". That is also why we decided to <a href="http://www.harvdo.icu/2015/03/ditch-your-savings-account.html">ditch our savings account </a>for high interest checking accounts.)<br /><div><br /></div><div>However, it is just that...pretty good. You are potentially limited by the rewards you can incur with the $1,500 limit and the 1% is pretty standard. We still have the card and use it for the quarterly promotions but have stopped using it to pay our bills and everyday purchases that we usually use a credit card for, and here's why.</div><div><br /></div><div><span style="font-size: large;">The <a href="http://creditcards.citicards.com/usc/doublecash/2015/Apr/PS/default.htm?BT_SC=J.PB.BiF.vy.Gxc.a5E.iWZ.A.HCa&amp;BT_TRF=164242&amp;m=43KT111111W&amp;cmp=KNC~01~110901~CRDACQXX~Google&amp;BT_MKWD=smiWHbjVz%7Cdc_pcrid_65032014005_pmt_e_pkw_citi+double+cash&amp;ProspectID=EBF5E619A3D3463ABF559128343794DE">Citi Double Cash</a> is our new GO TO credit card. </span>This card gives 1% cash back when you make a purchase, and 1% cash back when you pay your bill, resulting in 2% cash back. In effect, doubling your cash back that you would get for non-promotional purchases with Chase. DOUBLE! (I guess that is why it is called <a href="http://creditcards.citicards.com/usc/doublecash/2015/Apr/PS/default.htm?BT_SC=J.PB.BiF.vy.Gxc.a5E.iWZ.A.HCa&amp;BT_TRF=164242&amp;m=43KT111111W&amp;cmp=KNC~01~110901~CRDACQXX~Google&amp;BT_MKWD=smiWHbjVz%7Cdc_pcrid_65032014005_pmt_e_pkw_citi+double+cash&amp;ProspectID=EBF5E619A3D3463ABF559128343794DE">Double Cash</a>)&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>The application process was easy to do online and the card came quickly. (Disclaimer: please be advised that canceling and opening credit cards does affect your credit score.We have great credit scores and don't plan on buying anything that needs a credit score in the near future so we were fine with potentially lower our scores)<br /><br />It took some time but we changed all of our automatic online bills to pay with the Citi Double Cash card. Although it initially takes some time and energy it pays off because we effortlessly make double the money by paying the same bills we would have paid with the Chase card, aka <b>FREE MONEY!</b><br /><b><br /></b>So now we use the Citi Double Cash credit card for everyday purchases and for paying bills and only use our Chase card when the promotional quarter works for us. For example, last quarter it was groceries so we still used our Chase card for all of our grocery shopping.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>Of course, all of this goes with your ability to spend with a credit card as if it is cash. A lot of &nbsp;time research shows that a lot of people over spend when using credit cards, which would defeat the whole purpose of getting cash back.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://blog.freedomdebtrelief.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/creditcard_debt.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://blog.freedomdebtrelief.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/creditcard_debt.jpg" height="213" width="320" /></a></div><br /></div><div><br /></div><div>On an slightly different note, I encourage you not to use credit cards when supporting small local businesses because they get charged service fees, thus reducing their profit.</div><div><br /></div><div>HUGE SIDE NOTE: I finally found an alternative to my bulky wallet for carrying my money and credit &nbsp;cards. It is the EZGO wallet. It floats, holds up to 15 bills, 8 cards, 2 micro sd cards, and an sd card. It is light, thin and durable. My Chiropractor also approves!</div><div><br /></div><div><div><div style="text-align: center;"><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="//ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&amp;OneJS=1&amp;Operation=GetAdHtml&amp;MarketPlace=US&amp;source=ac&amp;ref=qf_sp_asin_til&amp;ad_type=product_link&amp;tracking_id=practfrugaf0d-20&amp;marketplace=amazon&amp;region=US&amp;placement=B00HZIPLUE&amp;asins=B00HZIPLUE&amp;linkId=F6BYOJUWPIX5TQ5J&amp;show_border=true&amp;link_opens_in_new_window=true" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></div><div></iframe></div></div></div><div><br /></div><div>My final recommendation for those who use credit cards appropriately would be to ONLY use Chase Freedom for promotional category purchases and use your Citi Double Cash for everything else.<br /><br />Feel free to comment with what reward cards you are using and what you like/dislike.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Have a great day and thanks for reading. 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margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><b id="docs-internal-guid-7c483f30-da4d-a20d-908f-3e8c58af5aa2" style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">If you want to cut to the chase scroll to the bottom for the list of reasons not to pay for all inclusive and a list of tips for traveling to a resort. </span><br /><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://g2gcollection.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Destination-Los-Cabos-hero.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://g2gcollection.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Destination-Los-Cabos-hero.jpg" height="213" width="320" /></a></div><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">We were recently privileged to take a family vacation to Los Cabos using our timeshare for spring break. &nbsp;We were surprised when we started planning for the trip last summer that we were able to find a topical location available during the busy season using our timeshare. We didn’t care where we went as long as it was </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">warm</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> and we could find</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> cheap flights</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">. One challenge we didn’t expect was most resorts were mandatory all inclusive, but our timeshare did not cover the cost, so we would have to pay an additional fee. We found a resort that was optional all inclusive and we booked!</span><br /><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://cloud.allinclusiveoutlet.com/images/ctc_vacations/res/std/472_6068c02c388c876216777b3a279f22a4.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://cloud.allinclusiveoutlet.com/images/ctc_vacations/res/std/472_6068c02c388c876216777b3a279f22a4.jpg" /></a></div><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Fast forward 9 months we were getting really excited for our trip which was only two weeks away until we received a voicemail from RCI (our timeshare company) informing us that the resort became </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">mandatory all inclusive</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> and so we were now expected to pay $80/night per person for the all inclusive fees! We were not happy because we purposely choose an optional all inclusive resort and we couldn’t believe they called us 2 weeks before hand and expected us to pay the fees. </span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">We tried contacting RCI and they said it was out of their control that the resort changed to mandatory and we would have to contact them directly. Well contacting a resort in Mexico is not the easiest thing to do. John found out we could call them using Google Hangout and it would cost 1 cent per minute but our account needed a minimum balance of $10. So we spent $10 to call Mexico just to find out that the resort changed back to optional. We were relieved, but still irritated that RCI wasn’t going to help us. </span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Being frugal like we are we cannot imagine paying $80/night per person for all inclusive food and drink. We know we would not be able to eat and drink $160 worth of food and drink even if we drank all day and stuffed ourselves. Now, some people will argue with us and say that you can spend that kind of money but they are calculating how much the resort charges you, not how much it actually costs. For example, they will argue that drinks are $5/each and meals easily cost $20 then if you eat three meals ($60) and drink four drinks ($20) you hit the $80 per day and you don’t have worry about it and you can eat and drink whenever and whatever you want.&nbsp;</span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Don’t get me wrong I love the idea of all inclusive. </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Mostly because I love food (actually, I have to confess I am slightly addicted to food) and it is always better when you don't have to prepare it! I mean come on, what doesn’t sound appealing about eating and drinking whatever and whenever you want and not worrying about paying for it? But you are paying for it, $80 a day in our case and we were not prepared that pay that kind of money. So our plan: pack a lunch for the flight there, buy groceries and eat in our room two meals a day and eat out our third meal. </span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Our plan for not spending money on food at the airport worked out perfectly. We had fried egg sandwiches and fresh pineapple (made the night before) for breakfast in the car on our way to the airport and then we ate oranges, tuna avocado sandwiches, and trail mix for lunch while in our layover. </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br class="kix-line-break" /></span><br /><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://cf2.foodista.com/sites/default/files/styles/featured/public/field/image/Avocado-Tuna-Salad-3.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://cf2.foodista.com/sites/default/files/styles/featured/public/field/image/Avocado-Tuna-Salad-3.jpg" height="210" width="320" /></a></div><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">When we exited the airport the shuttle service we already had lined up had sent us a map and directions to avoid the overwhelming hustlers, but somehow we went to the wrong guy wearing an orange shirt and found ourselves agreeing to hear a timeshare presentation Monday morning. We walked away shaking our heads because we knew we just got talked into something but we couldn’t pass up the deal: all you can eat Mexican breakfast, transportation to and from the presentation, tickets to a whale watching cruise, and a bottle of tequila for a 90 minute presentation. So we decided to sacrifice 90 minutes! </span><br /><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-O_auY-K_xW8/VT5E5AuDtYI/AAAAAAAADvI/kblrHzfPhOg/s1600/DSC00363.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20.7000007629395px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em; text-align: center; white-space: pre-wrap;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-O_auY-K_xW8/VT5E5AuDtYI/AAAAAAAADvI/kblrHzfPhOg/s1600/DSC00363.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">By the time we arrived in Los Cabos that night we were getting hungry but since we had been up since 3am and with the time change our bodies thought it was 8pm we decided to splurge and get room service so we could stay in and left our son go to sleep. We weren’t that hungry and the prices seemed steep, so we decided to share a club sandwich and fries. Well we called room service and no one answered. So we called again and still no one answered! We started to unpack and then call and left a message. Getting more and more tired we showered and gave up and went to bed hungry. </span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">The following morning we made a pleasant discovery. We went to the fitness center to work out and we discovered they had a bowl of fruit free for the taking. It worked out perfectly because we hadn't eaten since lunch the day before and we didn't have any of our packed food left. So our new plan for breakfast: each take two pieces of fruit after working out each morning.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">After our </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><b>free breakfast</b></span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> we went into town for the day and explored the city, walked the pier, and went to Easter Sunday Mass. </span><br /><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-KJUjro_CivQ/VT4i2L_KAtI/AAAAAAAAAZM/cIegmFY1YPU/s1600/11130133_10100707675370200_8565055314114199487_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-KJUjro_CivQ/VT4i2L_KAtI/AAAAAAAAAZM/cIegmFY1YPU/s1600/11130133_10100707675370200_8565055314114199487_n.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span style="line-height: 20.7000007629395px;">By the time Mass was over I was starving so we settled on having the $7 lunch special we walked past on the way to mass. The special included a drink and they had chips and salsa to start. We walked away spending only $20 after a generous tip. After walking in the 90 degree weather back to the pier we shared a self serve yogurt, $4. </span></span><br /><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span style="line-height: 20.7000007629395px;"><br /></span></span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-1PQVCbr2Glc/VT5EcBbtPQI/AAAAAAAADu0/ZRPHTMewIt0/s1600/2015-04-05%2B13.27.55.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20.7000007629395px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em; text-align: center; white-space: pre-wrap;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-1PQVCbr2Glc/VT5EcBbtPQI/AAAAAAAADu0/ZRPHTMewIt0/s1600/2015-04-05%2B13.27.55.jpg" width="240" /></a></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">We took the city bus (slightly sketchy) for $1/person each way to Walmart and bought $43 of groceries. This even included beer for John that he took down to the pool instead of buying it from the resort. So if you include our bus fare we spent $47 on groceries making our total spending so far = $71. </span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">The next morning, Monday, we went to the lobby to get a taxi to go to the timeshare presentation we had signed up at the airport but we knew something was up because the attendant left and walked in the other direction. A concierge approached us and warn us not to go. He said he would match the deal we were offered if we didn’t go the other resort and we went to their presentation instead. It made sense for us because we didn’t have to leave our resort and we would still get breakfast, whale watching, and a bottle of tequila after sacrificing 90 minutes of our time. And the best part was they didn’t have any openings for the presentation for Monday so he gave us breakfast for that day and Tuesday. So Monday and Tuesday we got</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><b> FREE</b></span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> all you can eat Mexican breakfast and we snacked on our groceries for the rest of the day.</span><br /><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Now I have to admit that I was jealous of those with all inclusive when we were being sitting by the pool and the people around us were being served hand and foot with french fries, nachos, beer, cocktails, ice cream, you name it! But we were pleasantly surprised that sometimes the waiters came around with free samples that we could have. And we took advantage of the entertainment opportunities offered including the guacamole/salsa making class, martini making class, cocktail making class, and ceviche cooking class (aka </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><b>FREE FOOD</b></span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">). </span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Wednesday and Thursday night we had boat tours scheduled which included all you can eat and drink so we snacked on our groceries and fruit we got from the gym on those days. To continue tracking how much we spent on food we will use half the cost of our tickets for the tours. So the first tour was FREE because we listened to the presentation and we paid $43/person for the second tour so let’s say we paid $43 for the food and drink. </span><br /><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://caboescapetours.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/New-Boat.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://caboescapetours.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/New-Boat.jpg" height="213" width="320" /></a><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-N4zJA0IEi6M/VT5Erzf0XLI/AAAAAAAADvA/NQCfHe0AZ4o/s1600/DSC00412.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20.7000007629395px; margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em; white-space: pre-wrap;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-N4zJA0IEi6M/VT5Erzf0XLI/AAAAAAAADvA/NQCfHe0AZ4o/s1600/DSC00412.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">To explain Friday we have to go back to the night we arrived. Remember how I said we ordered room service and it never showed. Well, we went to the front desk and explained what had happened and guess what they compensated us with?!? A free night of all inclusive! Which meant we could eat and drink anything we wanted from 6pm-1am. (Way better than the $15 club sandwich and fries we were supposed to get!) So we choose to use it Friday night as our last hurrah. </span><br /><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-tWB2WIpC25o/VT4io9TryxI/AAAAAAAAAZE/C1qDtj7D7MI/s1600/11159491_10100713977216250_5048613171852660858_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-tWB2WIpC25o/VT4io9TryxI/AAAAAAAAAZE/C1qDtj7D7MI/s1600/11159491_10100713977216250_5048613171852660858_n.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">So we had Friday night planned perfectly. At 6pm we got our wristbands and went for drinks and appetizers at the outdoor fireplace by the ocean, dinner at the fancy restaurant with a salad and dessert bar, martinis at the Martini bar, dessert at the Cafe, and we finished the night with drinks at the fireplace again. Oh, I forgot to mention we got some sandwiches and coffee to go that we took back to our room and saved for the next day for the airport. </span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">So back to the point why you shouldn’t pay for all inclusive… we spent a </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: large; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">grand total $121</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> for food and drink for 8 days including the spur of the moment soft pretzel purchase I made in O’Hare Airport because we landed minutes before everything but Starbucks closed. I don’t feel too bad paying $7 for two pretzels since he threw in </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><b>FREE</b></span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> pretzel bites since we were his last customers and it was our last chance to eat anything before we slept overnight in the airport...with a 1 year old! (which for who are wondering, turned out fine because my wonderful husband Googled “the best place to sleep in O’Hare Airport” and found us some couches that we pushed together to sleep on. </span><br /><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-1ClNlnAzyQ8/VT4hlZElskI/AAAAAAAAAY8/bAGLI5Si_iM/s1600/11099286_10100713977445790_501645986499983252_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-1ClNlnAzyQ8/VT4hlZElskI/AAAAAAAAAY8/bAGLI5Si_iM/s1600/11099286_10100713977445790_501645986499983252_n.jpg" width="240" /></a></div><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">If we would have paid for all inclusive we would have paid $80/person for seven days totally= </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 19px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">$1,120</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">. Trust me, I can eat a lot but I could never eat or drink enough food to make that worth it. So, even though I was jealous when the waiters walked by with ice cream and french fries while people sat by the pool, it still wouldn’t be worth it (to me at least). We also have to admit that get enjoyment from trying to be frugal but we understand it is not for everyone. </span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Again, back to the point </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: large; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><b>why you s</b></span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: large; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><b>houldn’t pay for all inclusives</b></span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> </span></div><ol style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">You will never eat or drink enough to make it worth it. </span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">It is better to go grocery shopping for two meals each day and then pay for dinner and even food by the pool and you will still be in the green.</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Then you don’t “waste” food you would be getting already at the resort if you go on an excursion that includes food or if you go into town for a meal.</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">You don’t need the calories (or at least we don’t) :)</span></div></li></ol><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: large; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Tips for traveling to a resort</span></div><ol style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Go to a timeshare presentation</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> BUT realize that it will take an entire morning and a lot of persistence on your part to finally get out of there (be warned that some can be VERY pushy and even rude). We had the best luck getting an “offer” at the airport because then our resort matched it. Before our resort knew we already had an offer they were going to only give us 50% off excursions, weak! Then when they found out what we were going to get to see a different resort they matched it and we were able to stay at our own resort. We also think it better to see a presentation at the resort you are staying at because they are more likely to let you leave because they don’t want to piss you off if you are staying with them for the rest of the week.&nbsp;</span><span style="white-space: pre-wrap;">Final tip,<a href="http://amzn.to/1gm58v1"> </a></span><b style="white-space: pre-wrap;"><a href="http://amzn.to/1gm58v1">take a baby</a>! </b><span style="white-space: pre-wrap;">W</span><span style="white-space: pre-wrap;">e got out of our presentation an hour before other people because he was getting fussy! So we didn’t even have argue our way out of there. Score! We recommend attending only one because then you only take one morning of your time and if you have a bad experience it is only one morning and you still have the rest of your vacation to enjoy. </span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Think ahead and </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><b>pack a lunch</b></span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> for the airport. Just remember that by the time your plane lands in a new country you need to have eaten any fruit, vegetables, or meat or customs will stop you. </span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Attend some of the </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><b>free entertainment opportunities</b></span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> they offer: I don’t think I need to explain this= FREE and they can be a lot of fun. </span></div></li></ol><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Have a great day and thanks for reading. 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margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><br /></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><a href="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/gxVpHNS-vbhJ31V8ekG7NNmw8x9PjsbBVhSN1x8s86vvX8z8zuu7gBG5Q1e7r0-ao1EPglIy3XYU6oHhizDi6lSZHWinVdv295lzbR0YoREEnFq-HqkqJnqunvtXVT6ZC8GhOYc" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="153px;" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/gxVpHNS-vbhJ31V8ekG7NNmw8x9PjsbBVhSN1x8s86vvX8z8zuu7gBG5Q1e7r0-ao1EPglIy3XYU6oHhizDi6lSZHWinVdv295lzbR0YoREEnFq-HqkqJnqunvtXVT6ZC8GhOYc" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0rad);" width="277px;" /></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Being from a big family and then having nine kids, you can imagine that my mom has learned a lot of helpful trick over the years and this trick is one of them. If you put your toilet paper roll “under” (viewed as wrong or backwards to 70% of the population, including my mother-in-law) </span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">you decrease your chances of walking into the bathroom and finding that your child or cat did this... </span><br /><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span><br /></div><img height="429px;" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/p_7Q6U-2PmuwDqzbwcVes5F0AkdyVC-M99obAl7Usdp2-cfB52XFt2JCOvj_u2sN5t7c8-u206xP-dFTi_JSORzyPb0mHoCNbpJ6qb5282Rbxc9SMgmaEzuG0iHTctQHjpvnvD0" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="322px;" /><br /><img height="174px;" src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/oOo4AREER1-6f3umw5osY_m3ca-1dSEp1SoOkqb7vwshSsIoFhpoGF-BSBG3mVKLGzaXMcXOtFSkI2-ro-acl3Cr2ucs5OhZUVfxGpq4dPHLUiAUSbX2wPaA0SmCFcDhJazak_s" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0rad);" width="289px;" /><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20.7000007629395px; white-space: pre-wrap;">Growing up we always put our toilet paper "under" and now I do the same thing to try to prevent my 1 year old from unrolling the whole thing! I just have to remember to put it on the "right" way when I am at my mother-in-laws!</span><br /><br /><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">PFF</span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Have a great day and thanks for reading. 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I don't need anything fancy and I drink between 8 and 12 oz between 6 and 11 almost every day. On my way to work there is a Starbucks and I really like their Veranda blend straight up which costs me almost $3.00. This means that if I were to get a coffee on my way to work everyday it would cost me about $60 a month or $720 a year, and that is with just one coffee drinker in the house! (The grand total would be $1,080 if you also got coffee on weekends).<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://plywoodpeople.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Coffee-for-good.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://plywoodpeople.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Coffee-for-good.jpg" height="212" width="320" /></a></div><br /><br />That number right there really makes me want to drink only water, but there is always opportunity cost to consider.<br /><br />When I looked at how much that would be I started looking to make my own coffee because it had to be cheaper. I went to the grocery store and picked up a pound of ground coffee for about $6, made a pot and had to throw it away...IT WAS HORRIBLE!!!<br /><br />This lead me to pursue better quality beans.<br /><br />I found a gem on 29th Street in Grand Rapids (actually, technically Kentwood) called <a href="http://schuilcoffee.com/">Schuil Coffee</a>. They are Michigan's first specialty Roaster and have excellent coffee. However, when I first went in I got shell shock by $9.99/lb coffee. That seemed like a lot, but I was there, they were nice, the place smelled great and I wanted some coffee. I believe I started with the Peanut Butter Cup roast (it is as good as it sounds).<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/--qcwrzoI0V0/UwV_-gEz2II/AAAAAAAATOo/yrcA9PA16Gs/s576/photo%201.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/--qcwrzoI0V0/UwV_-gEz2II/AAAAAAAATOo/yrcA9PA16Gs/s576/photo%201.JPG" height="267" width="320" /></a></div><br /><br />Anyway, let's do the math...<br /><br /><b><span style="font-size: large;">9.99 per lb, at around 45 cups per lb equals about $0.22 per cup. Wow, that is cheap!&nbsp;</span></b><br /><br />This is for good stuff too.<br /><br />So if you were to drink two cups of coffee everyday (not just work days) for a year it would cost you a grand total of just under $160 (did I say it was good coffee too?).<br /><br /><b>This means there is a savings of 85%.</b><br /><br />Of course you still will need a way to brew your coffee. You can get a coffee maker really cheap used at a garage sale, Goodwill or on Craigslist, but my favorite way is to use a French Press.<br /><br /><a href="http://amzn.to/1Jm7d24">Here is a link to the French Press I use.</a> I love it because it was made with the environment in mind, it is insulated and it has a two stage filtering process.<br /><br />They can grind the beans for you at most coffee roasters but I like to keep my beans whole to help them stay fresh longer. You may need a grinder or burr. <a href="http://amzn.to/1HnFCib">I personally like this one.</a><br /><br />When you are finished with your coffee grounds make sure to<a href="http://amzn.to/1aKsoiJ"> compost them</a> (post on composting coming soon!)<br /><br />Let's look at the overall savings even if you had to buy the French Press.<br /><br />Coffee could cost you <b>$1,080 a year</b>, but if you were to brew your own high quality coffee it would be closer to <b>$160 a year</b>. If we add the high quality french press to that price it would cost <b>$210</b>&nbsp;total for coffee and french press for the first year with an<b> overall savings of 81%</b>, Every year after the first year you would be back to that beautiful<b> 85% </b>savings.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://netdna.webdesignerdepot.com/uploads/2012/11/featured_money@wdd2x.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://netdna.webdesignerdepot.com/uploads/2012/11/featured_money@wdd2x.jpg" height="182" width="320" /></a></div><br /><br />So if you can't give up your coffee, get some high quality beans and brew it yourself. Your bank account will thank you (<a href="http://www.harvdo.icu/2015/03/ditch-your-savings-account.html">or checking account if you read my previous post</a>).<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2467/3565904904_d2e43c31f0_b.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2467/3565904904_d2e43c31f0_b.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br /><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Have a great day and thanks for reading. 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I am a fan of the relatively short and trimmed look, but it does venture toward Duck Dynasty messiness from time to time. Last November I decided to do No Shave November, and I have rocked the beard ever since. Here are the benefits I find to the beard other than saving money which we will get to in a moment.<br /><br /><br />1) <b>It is low maintenance</b>&nbsp;- I seriously just trim it when I get a haircut so it is the same length as the sides of my fade.<br /><br />2) <b>Weather Buffer</b>&nbsp;- In the Winter it definitely helps keep the wind off of the face and really helps to keep the cheeks warm. In the Summer I was worried it was going to make me too hot because I am already warm most of the time. I found that it would not make me feel any warmer, but it did help keep my pasty cheeks not to burn. An unintentional money saver was that I did not have to use sunscreen for much of my face. Another side note is that it feels cool to swim with a beard...it just does.<br /><br />3) <b>It is in style</b>&nbsp;- Whether you are a hipster, lumberjack or businessman there is a beard trend happening right now so it is time to get on board.<br /><br />4)<b>&nbsp;It makes me look older</b>&nbsp;- I am blessed with quite the baby face and already kept some chin hair to help look more my age. Since I have grown the beard I have noticed that I do not get carded nearly as much. This is definitely a time saver.<br /><br />5) <b>It gives the wife something extra to run her hands through</b>&nbsp;- Maybe I'm off point here, but I believe one of the best feelings in the world is having your wife run her fingers through your hair. Now put that hair on your face! Yes, it is that great!!!<br /><br />6) <b>Your kids will play with it</b>&nbsp;- My beard has become an extra toy for my son. He can grab it with both hands and easily tell my face where to go. In addition, when he is tired he will regularly pet my beard for comfort. I can't take that away from him!<br /><br />7) <b>It make you feel more manly</b>&nbsp;- It just does...no explanation needed.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://cdn.instructables.com/FD0/CWQE/FK8FVU9X/FD0CWQEFK8FVU9X.LARGE.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://cdn.instructables.com/FD0/CWQE/FK8FVU9X/FD0CWQEFK8FVU9X.LARGE.jpg" /></a></div><br /><br />Alright, enough with the fringe benefits....now on to the money savings.<br /><br />I'll break down the cost by what I myself was using. These numbers would vary of course depending on a man's shaving habits.<br /><br /><b>Razor</b>&nbsp;- <a href="http://amzn.to/1N2RCHC">Bic Comfort 3</a>. I liked these because they worked well and they were cheaper than other brands. They cost &nbsp;$5.08 for a <a href="http://amzn.to/1N2RCHC">four pack on Amazon</a>&nbsp;and I would use 2 a month. That means that razors along were costing me <b>$2.54 a month</b> or <b>around $60 a year</b>.<br /><br /><b>Shaving Cream - </b>I was already saving some money in shaving cream by using <a href="http://amzn.to/1xXYcWY">Mug Soap</a> instead of traditional shaving cream. This soap costs<b> $3.46</b> on <a href="http://amzn.to/1xXYcWY">Amazon right now</a> and with regular shaving I would use about 2 a year totaling<b> almost $7 a year</b>.<br /><br /><b>Mug </b>- This is like $1 at a dollar store and it is good forever. You definitely need one for your mug soap thought. I'm not going to even count this in the budget.<br /><br /><b>Brush - </b>These again are a little pricey but they are good for life. <a href="http://amzn.to/1LQlslu">This one is made with badger hair with is pretty stinking cool&nbsp;</a>&nbsp;They cost about $10, since they are good for life we will just count <b>$1</b> toward our annual shaving budget.<br /><br /><b>Aftershave</b>&nbsp;- I'm not into the aftershave my grandfather wore that had that horrible awesome and envious smell. I used a product to <a href="http://amzn.to/1N2SHiy">moisturize</a> after I ran sharp metal across my fragile face skin. I really liked the <a href="http://amzn.to/1N2SHiy">Nivea one </a>that ran about <b>$5 a bottle </b>and I'd use about 2 a year totaling <b>$10 a year</b>.<br /><br /><b>Time - </b>This is priceless. I probably spent 5 min a morning every morning or every other day depending on how motivated I was. That's 5 more minutes of sleep or spending time with your family.<br /><br /><span style="font-size: large;">In total this adds up<b>&nbsp;</b>&nbsp;to be roughly <b>&nbsp;$80 a year!!!!</b></span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="font-size: large;">CHA CHING!!!</span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span>And this is using products that are already cheaper than some that are commonly used. I never realized that it was so expensive to keep a shaved face until I went through that budget.<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="//ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&amp;OneJS=1&amp;Operation=GetAdHtml&amp;MarketPlace=US&amp;source=ac&amp;ref=qf_sp_asin_til&amp;ad_type=product_link&amp;tracking_id=practfrugaf0d-20&amp;marketplace=amazon&amp;region=US&amp;placement=B00ARF42D4&amp;asins=B00ARF42D4&amp;linkId=5VBRYPKG3Y7QL446&amp;show_border=true&amp;link_opens_in_new_window=true" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></p><div><br></div><p><br></p><p>YOU DO NEED TO MAKE SURE TO KEEP THAT BEARD UNDER CONTROL otherwise you risk upsetting your wife, boss, or small children. I have found that just a cheap beard trimmer will do the trick and last quite a few years (The one I am currently using is almost 5 years old). <a href="http://amzn.to/1LQnkKQ">I personally like this one as it is the one that I use.?</a>?I also do not care for hair on my neck so I just use that trimmer a couple of times a week to tidy that area up. It doesn't need to be shaved because the beard pretty much covers it up already. It really is a cheap and useful investment when attempting to rock the beard.</p><p><br></p><p>Have you found ways to save money with shaving? Please share your experiences in the comment section.</p><p><br></p><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><p><font color="#222222" face="Arial" style="background-color: white; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Have a great day and thanks for reading. 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I have had it for almost five years and it does the trick. You can adjust the length of your beard and I get the neck area a couple of times a week with just the guard removed so it almost gets as close as an electric razor.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">How do you save money with shaving? Any beard experiences good or bad? Please leave a comment in the comment section.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-align: start;"><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Have a great day and thanks for reading. Please make sure if you've been enjoying the blog to put your email in the right column and check us out on </span><a href="https://www.facebook.com/practicallyfrugalfamily" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #1155cc; font-family: Arial; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Facebook</span></a><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> and </span><a href="https://twitter.com/PractFrugalFam" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #1155cc; font-family: Arial; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Twitter</span></a><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">!</span></span></div><div style="text-align: start;"><br /></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-align: start;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: x-large; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">If you like what you are reading then considering reading about:</span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><a href="http://www.harvdo.icu/2015/01/semi-crazy-ways-to-save-money.html">Semi Crazy Ways to Save Money</a></span><br /><br /><a href="http://www.harvdo.icu/2015/02/5-steps-to-get-best-mortgage.html">5 Ways to Get the Best Mortgage</a><br /><br /><a href="http://www.harvdo.icu/2015/02/quick-easy-and-free-fire-starters.html">Quick Free and Easy Fire Starters</a><br /><br /><a href="http://www.harvdo.icu/2015/03/ditch-your-savings-account.html">Ditch Your Savings Account</a></div></div>Practically Frugal Familyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10837138917399642330noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1344330065414342221.post-82574990070919837962015-03-25T21:12:00.000-07:002015-03-25T21:33:18.220-07:00Save time and money with this quick breakfast tip<div class="" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /><div style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=1344330065414342221" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"></a><a href="https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=1344330065414342221" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"></a>An easy way to save money on breakfast is to eat pancakes/waffles instead of cereal. To make this easier you can premix multiple batches of the dry ingredients and store them in zip lock bags or <a href="http://amzn.to/1FOUzsU">mason jars</a> in your pantry so they are ready to use in the morning. Simply leave a post-it note on the back of pantry door, a piece of masking task on the mason jar or just write on the bag stating the remaining wet ingredients to add.</div></div><div class="" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div class="" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div>&nbsp;Another way to save time and money is to make a double batch and put the leftover raw batter into the refrigerator to use the next day. I even leave the scoop right in the bowl to decreased dishes. Just don't stir the batter the next day or you will end up with flat pancakes.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-MGhgKDa0adA/VQpro6t5wJI/AAAAAAAAAK4/M_o2ZTORKoI/s1600/pancake%2Bbatter.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-align: center;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-MGhgKDa0adA/VQpro6t5wJI/AAAAAAAAAK4/M_o2ZTORKoI/s1600/pancake%2Bbatter.jpg" height="180" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=1344330065414342221" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=1344330065414342221" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"></a></div>Another time saver: Use a <a href="http://amzn.to/1xoq388">griddle </a>to make multiple pancakes at once.<br /><br />Don't like pancakes or waffles? That is because you haven't tried these chocolate pancakes with strawberry sauce (think chocolate covered strawberries!). The strawberry sauce is really what makes them special!<br /><br />We have found that our favorite pancakes are nontraditional pancakes such as our <a href="http://www.harvdo.icu/2015/03/healthy-chocolate-pancakeswaffles-with.html">Chocolate Pancakes</a>, <a href="http://www.harvdo.icu/2015/03/carrot-cake-waffles.html">Carrot Cake Waffles</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.harvdo.icu/2015/03/zucchini-pancakes.html">Zucchini Pancakes</a>&nbsp;and <a href="http://www.kitchenstewardship.com/recipes/orange-vegetable-pancakes/">Pumpkin Pancakes</a>.<br /><br /><img alt="Heart Healthy Recipe" src="http://www.drjanet.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/heart-healthy-cocoa-pancakes-with-chocolate-syrup-1024x674.jpg" height="421" width="640" /><br /><a href="https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=1344330065414342221" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"></a><a href="https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=1344330065414342221" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"></a><br /><br />These chocolate pancakes are great for breakfast or dessert! <a href="http://www.harvdo.icu/2015/03/healthy-chocolate-pancakeswaffles-with.html">Click here</a> for the recipe.<br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-acE8FevqhHU/VQprj3l3kWI/AAAAAAAAAKw/XycL8OmZ4H0/s1600/chocolate%2Bpancakes%2Bjpg.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-align: center;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-acE8FevqhHU/VQprj3l3kWI/AAAAAAAAAKw/XycL8OmZ4H0/s1600/chocolate%2Bpancakes%2Bjpg.jpg" height="180" width="320" /></a></div><br /><br /><br />Healthy Chocolate Pancakes/Waffles with Strawberry Sauce or Chocolate Syrup<br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.38;"><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 11px; line-height: 1.38; white-space: pre-wrap;">Author: Dr. Janet with modifications from Practically Frugal Family</span></div><div style="line-height: 1.38;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><b style="font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; line-height: 17.9400005340576px; white-space: pre-wrap;"><a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4bfABe84jgiWjBTdHdKUkkwY0k/view?usp=sharing">Click here</a> for a printer friendly PDF</b></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><img height="250px;" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/HLdNV_c_hM9UYlAJeHuNGf4iVQqRQwG3E81zlwtHipgLsua810xFkOlNFOzARNHpu-dv3_1CBdfZVSRHibzkMKvMumo75YIn2aQOSD6F9za_AJY2CM1caP1j7dyOPHI4y9W5Xm4" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="379px;" /></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Servings: 8</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">This chocolate pancake/waffle is great for breakfast or dessert! For breakfast I would recommend reducing the brown sugar and chocolate chips &nbsp;and topping with strawberry sauce or applesauce to make it healthier. Although these pancakes have more sugar than a normal pancake I don't feel too bad eating them because I don’t use maple syrup (aka pure sugar). And for dessert pancakes, if you have a sweet tooth like me, I recommend adding a little more chocolate chips and a scoop of ice cream. </span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Ingredients:</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Pancake/Waffle Mix:</span></div><ul style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; list-style-type: disc; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="color: black; font-family: Georgia; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">1 ? cups whole wheat flour (healthy upgrade: replace up to ? cup with old fashion oats)</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; list-style-type: disc; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="color: black; font-family: Georgia; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">? tsp baking soda</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; list-style-type: disc; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="color: black; font-family: Georgia; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">1 ? cup milk, almond milk, rice milk, etc</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; list-style-type: disc; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="color: black; font-family: Georgia; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">? tsp apple cider vinegar</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; list-style-type: disc; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="color: black; font-family: Georgia; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">1/3 &nbsp;cup unsweetened cocoa powder</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; list-style-type: disc; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="color: black; font-family: Georgia; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">? cup semi sweet chocolate chips (? cup for healthier breakfast; ? cup for rich dessert option)</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; list-style-type: disc; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="color: black; font-family: Georgia; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">1/3 cup brown sugar (can reduce and replace all or some with sucanat for a healthy upgrade)</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; list-style-type: disc; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="color: black; font-family: Georgia; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">? cup oil (we use coconut oil; healthy upgrade replace with applesauce = makes a denser pancake but tends to stick to the pan more; I like the dense applesauce version the best but John likes the fluffy oil version better)</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; list-style-type: disc; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="color: black; font-family: Georgia; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">? tsp vanilla extract</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; list-style-type: disc; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="color: black; font-family: Georgia; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">?-1/2 cup boiling water (or coffee - we have not tried it but we assume it would be good!)</span></div></li></ul><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Strawberry Sauce (Breakfast)</span></div><ul style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; list-style-type: disc; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="color: black; font-family: Georgia; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">1lb fresh or frozen strawberries (or more)</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; list-style-type: disc; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="color: black; font-family: Georgia; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">1-1.5 Tablespoons sugar of your choice</span></div></li></ul><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Chocolate Syrup (Dessert)</span></div><ul style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; list-style-type: disc; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="color: black; font-family: Georgia; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">? cup unsweetened cocoa powder</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; list-style-type: disc; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="color: black; font-family: Georgia; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">? cup pure maple syrup</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; list-style-type: disc; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="color: black; font-family: Georgia; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">1/8 cup milk, almond milk, rice milk, etc</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; list-style-type: disc; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="color: black; font-family: Georgia; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">? tsp vanilla extract</span></div></li></ul><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Directions:</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Pancakes:</span></div><ol style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; list-style-type: decimal; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="color: black; font-family: Georgia; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">In a small bowl, whisk together milk and vinegar and let mixture stand for 10 minutes. </span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; list-style-type: decimal; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="color: black; font-family: Georgia; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">In a medium size bowl, mix together the flour and baking soda and set aside. </span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; list-style-type: decimal; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="color: black; font-family: Georgia; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">In another small bowl, combine the cocoa powder and chocolate chips and add ? cup of boiling water (or coffee). Mix chocolate mixture until a smooth consistency (add more boiling water as needed).</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; list-style-type: decimal; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="color: black; font-family: Georgia; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Whisk the soy milk mixture into the chocolate mixture. Whisk in the brown sugar, oil, and vanilla. Slowly, whisk in the flour mixture. </span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; list-style-type: decimal; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="color: black; font-family: Georgia; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Heat a large greased pan/skillet/waffle iron on medium. Cook pancakes until the pancake batter is not gooey and the both sides of the pancakes are slightly dark brown.</span></div></li></ol><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Strawberry Sauce:</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Slice fresh strawberries into a bowl and sprinkle with sugar. Allow to rest and become juicy before serving. If using frozen strawberries, place strawberries and sugar in a blender and blend until smooth. </span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Chocolate Syrup:</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">In a small pot, whisk together cocoa powder, maple syrup, milk, and vanilla over medium until a smooth consistency. Keep the syrup warm until the pancakes are ready to be served with a drizzle of chocolate syrup!</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Optional:</span><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> Top with sliced strawberries and/or dust with powdered sugar for an added touch.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Dessert version: spread a layer of peanut butter on waffle, place a scoop of ice cream on top and drizzle with chocolate sauce! YUM!</span></div><br /><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Soaking version (Healthy Upgrade): Combine flour, milk, and apple cider vinegar in a large bowl and place in warm place or in oven (turned off) with oven light on for 12-24 hours. In the morning sprinkle with baking soda and gently mix. Make chocolate mixture and whisk in brown sugar, oil, vanilla. Slowly whisk into flour mixture.</span></div></div><a href="https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=1344330065414342221" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"></a><a href="https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=1344330065414342221" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"></a><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span><br /><span style="background-color: white; vertical-align: baseline;">PFF</span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">H</span><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">ave a great day and thanks for reading. 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margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><a href="https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=1344330065414342221" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"></a><a href="https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=1344330065414342221" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"></a></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Read the entire post about quick and easy breakfast tips by clicking <a href="http://www.harvdo.icu/2015/03/save-time-and-money-with-this-quick.html">here</a>. </span><br /><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Yield: 10-12 pancakes</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4bfABe84jgiQ2NQSlM2Zk4ycE0/view?usp=sharing">Click here</a> for a printer friendly PDF </span></div><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/K8yaxsVwGb1Z-fto_SSSj6KToLTwpGOfM__5IsGoPWNuGcf_jJb18fPHnGe7YCT699qTpBLChGiIrnVPL_Gmx_BShnOAWmHbKSduvUrhfI73FyRVxuKDPESYevQ-DLTtvQ4uAz8" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="392px;" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/K8yaxsVwGb1Z-fto_SSSj6KToLTwpGOfM__5IsGoPWNuGcf_jJb18fPHnGe7YCT699qTpBLChGiIrnVPL_Gmx_BShnOAWmHbKSduvUrhfI73FyRVxuKDPESYevQ-DLTtvQ4uAz8" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0rad);" width="325px;" /></a><b id="docs-internal-guid-82af1203-3e5f-af07-d71c-e4ef7af3dfa8" style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">2 Tablespoons of flax meal</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">6 Tablespoons warm water</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">3 tablespoons applesauce or coconut oil</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">2 Tablespoons dark brown/light brown or sucanat</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">? cup almond milk </span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">? teaspoon vanilla extract</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">2 cups shredded zucchini (make sure they are non-GMO)</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">1 cup whole wheat flour</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">? teaspoon salt</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">1 teaspoon baking soda</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">1 teaspoon cinnamon</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">? ground or freshly grated nutmeg</span><br /><span style="font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.38; white-space: pre-wrap;">? cup chopped walnuts</span><br /><span style="font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20.7000007629395px; white-space: pre-wrap;">Oil for the skillet</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Optional (healthy upgrade): </span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">1-2 Tablespoons whole flax seeds</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><br /></div><br /><ol style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><a href="https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=1344330065414342221" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"></a><a href="https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=1344330065414342221" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">In a small bowl, combine flax meal and water and set aside.</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">In a large bowl, combine eggs, applesauce (or oil), sugar, milk, and vanilla.</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Stir in zucchini into large bowl.</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">In a small bowl, combine flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Stir dry ingredients into zucchini batter.</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Fold in flax seeds and walnuts. </span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Heat skillet over medium heat and grease with coconut oil. Scoop ? cup dollops of batter into pan. </span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Cook until bubbles appear on surface (2-3 minutes), flip and cook for another minute or two. These take longer to cook than normal pancakes because of the moist zucchini and trust me raw zucchini does not taste good! </span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">If making a lot pancakes place cooked pancakes in a pan in the oven at 200F to keep warm. </span></li></ol><div><span style="font-family: Georgia;"><span style="font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span></span></div><div><span style="font-family: Georgia;"><span style="font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;">Other pancake and waffle recipes:</span></span></div><div><a href="http://www.harvdo.icu/2015/03/healthy-chocolate-pancakeswaffles-with.html">Chocolate Pancakes</a></div><div><a href="http://www.harvdo.icu/2015/03/carrot-cake-waffles.html">Carrot Cake Waffles</a></div><div><a href="http://www.kitchenstewardship.com/recipes/orange-vegetable-pancakes/">Pumpkin Pancakes</a></div><div><span style="font-family: Georgia;"><span style="font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span></span></div>Anonymoushttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03196660038806626910noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1344330065414342221.post-37651993365945863472015-03-25T21:06:00.004-07:002015-05-31T07:43:56.847-07:00Healthy Chocolate Pancakes/Waffles with Strawberry Sauce or Chocolate Syrup<div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="line-height: 1.38;"><a href="https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=1344330065414342221" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"></a><a href="https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=1344330065414342221" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"></a></div><div style="line-height: 1.38;"><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20.7000007629395px; white-space: pre-wrap;">Read the entire post about quick and easy breakfast tips by clicking </span><a href="http://www.harvdo.icu/2015/03/save-time-and-money-with-this-quick.html" style="font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20.7000007629395px; white-space: pre-wrap;">here</a><span style="font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20.7000007629395px; white-space: pre-wrap;">. </span></div><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 11px; line-height: 1.38; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 11px; line-height: 1.38; white-space: pre-wrap;">Author: Dr. Janet with modifications from Practically Frugal Family</span></div><div style="line-height: 1.38;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><b style="font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; line-height: 17.9400005340576px; white-space: pre-wrap;"><a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4bfABe84jgiWjBTdHdKUkkwY0k/view?usp=sharing">Click here</a> for a printer friendly PDF</b></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><img height="250px;" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/HLdNV_c_hM9UYlAJeHuNGf4iVQqRQwG3E81zlwtHipgLsua810xFkOlNFOzARNHpu-dv3_1CBdfZVSRHibzkMKvMumo75YIn2aQOSD6F9za_AJY2CM1caP1j7dyOPHI4y9W5Xm4" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="379px;" /></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Servings: 8</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">This chocolate pancake/waffle is great for breakfast or dessert! For breakfast I would recommend reducing the brown sugar and chocolate chips &nbsp;and topping with strawberry sauce or applesauce to make it healthier. Although these pancakes have more sugar than a normal pancake I don't feel too bad eating them because I don’t use maple syrup (aka pure sugar). And for dessert pancakes, if you have a sweet tooth like me, I recommend adding a little more chocolate chips and a scoop of ice cream. </span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Ingredients:</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Pancake/Waffle Mix:</span></div><ul style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: disc; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">1 ? cups whole wheat flour (healthy upgrade: replace up to ? cup with old fashion oats)</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: disc; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">? tsp baking soda</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: disc; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">1 ? cup milk, almond milk, rice milk, etc</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: disc; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">? tsp apple cider vinegar</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: disc; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">1/3 &nbsp;cup unsweetened cocoa powder</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: disc; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">? cup semi sweet chocolate chips (? cup for healthier breakfast; ? cup for rich dessert option)</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: disc; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">1/3 cup brown sugar (can reduce and replace all or some with sucanat for a healthy upgrade)</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: disc; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">? cup oil (we use coconut oil; healthy upgrade replace with applesauce = makes a denser pancake but tends to stick to the pan more; I like the dense applesauce version the best but John likes the fluffy oil version better)</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: disc; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">? tsp vanilla extract</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: disc; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">?-1/2 cup boiling water (or coffee - we have not tried it but we assume it would be good!)</span></div></li></ul><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Strawberry Sauce (Breakfast)</span></div><ul style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: disc; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">1lb fresh or frozen strawberries (or more)</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: disc; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">1-1.5 Tablespoons sugar of your choice</span></div></li></ul><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Chocolate Syrup (Dessert)</span></div><ul style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: disc; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">? cup unsweetened cocoa powder</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: disc; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">? cup pure maple syrup</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: disc; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">1/8 cup milk, almond milk, rice milk, etc</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: disc; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">? tsp vanilla extract</span></div></li></ul><b id="docs-internal-guid-f70215f4-4715-ffd3-4946-866091116851" style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Directions:</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Pancakes:</span></div><ol style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">In a small bowl, whisk together milk and vinegar and let mixture stand for 10 minutes. </span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">In a medium size bowl, mix together the flour and baking soda and set aside. </span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">In another small bowl, combine the cocoa powder and chocolate chips and add ? cup of boiling water (or coffee). Mix chocolate mixture until a smooth consistency (add more boiling water as needed).</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Whisk the soy milk mixture into the chocolate mixture. Whisk in the brown sugar, oil, and vanilla. Slowly, whisk in the flour mixture. </span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Heat a large greased pan/skillet/waffle iron on medium. Cook pancakes until the pancake batter is not gooey and the both sides of the pancakes are slightly dark brown.</span></div></li></ol><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Strawberry Sauce:</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Slice fresh strawberries into a bowl and sprinkle with sugar. Allow to rest and become juicy before serving. If using frozen strawberries, place strawberries and sugar in a blender and blend until smooth. </span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Chocolate Syrup:</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">In a small pot, whisk together cocoa powder, maple syrup, milk, and vanilla over medium until a smooth consistency. Keep the syrup warm until the pancakes are ready to be served with a drizzle of chocolate syrup!</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Optional:</span><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> Top with sliced strawberries and/or dust with powdered sugar for an added touch.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Dessert version: spread a layer of peanut butter on waffle, place a scoop of ice cream on top and drizzle with chocolate sauce! YUM!</span></div><br /><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Soaking version (Healthy Upgrade): Combine flour, milk, and apple cider vinegar in a large bowl and place in warm place or in oven (turned off) with oven light on for 12-24 hours. In the morning sprinkle with baking soda and gently mix. Make chocolate mixture and whisk in brown sugar, oil, vanilla. Slowly whisk into flour mixture. </span></div></div><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Other pancake and waffles recipes:</span><br /><a href="http://www.harvdo.icu/2015/03/carrot-cake-waffles.html">Carrot Cake Waffles</a><br /><a href="http://www.harvdo.icu/2015/03/zucchini-pancakes.html">Zucchini Pancakes</a><br /><a href="http://www.kitchenstewardship.com/recipes/orange-vegetable-pancakes/">Pumpkin Pancakes</a>.Anonymoushttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03196660038806626910noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1344330065414342221.post-37073545480951276782015-03-25T21:06:00.003-07:002015-05-31T07:44:18.485-07:00Carrot Cake Waffles<div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span style="line-height: 20.7000007629395px;">Read the entire post about quick and easy breakfast tips by clicking </span><a href="http://www.harvdo.icu/2015/03/save-time-and-money-with-this-quick.html" style="line-height: 20.7000007629395px;">here</a><span style="line-height: 20.7000007629395px;">. </span></span><br /><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Carrot Cake Waffles</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/Uo_CT8orCaobjK7rTHUfKJYEGjOJWG7y-6T0W3kleB-67wdF6pePpZw98EQAR0ADjOIaMEf2v06D-lsP22ObInlTuRE4ms_uyAcoWeYVr8xUVOJCux87AD4nwEzJajxBKkpPuwY" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"></a><a href="https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=1344330065414342221" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"></a><a href="https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=1344330065414342221" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"></a><img border="0" height="375px;" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/Uo_CT8orCaobjK7rTHUfKJYEGjOJWG7y-6T0W3kleB-67wdF6pePpZw98EQAR0ADjOIaMEf2v06D-lsP22ObInlTuRE4ms_uyAcoWeYVr8xUVOJCux87AD4nwEzJajxBKkpPuwY" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0rad);" width="282px;" /></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 11px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Author: Willow Bird Baking with modifications from Practically Frugal Family</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Yields: about 7 waffles (using 1/2 cup batter for each)</span></div><br /><br /><a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4bfABe84jgiWHJRZW1zM2xvWWM/view?usp=sharing">Click here</a> for a printer friendly PDF<br /><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">We like when our breakfast includes fruit and veggies like these pancakes that have carrot and raisins in them! </span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Waffle Ingredients</span><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">:</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">2 cups whole wheat flour</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">1/2 teaspoon salt</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">2 tablespoons sugar</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">1 ? teaspoon cinnamon</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">1 ? &nbsp;teaspoon nutmeg</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=1344330065414342221" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=1344330065414342221" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"></a></div><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">1 ? teaspoon allspice or pumpkin spice</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">1 3/4 almond milk (combined with 2 Tablespoons white vinegar and let sit for 10 minutes. </span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">2 eggs, separated</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">4 tablespoons coconut oil</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">1 cup raisins</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">1 cup walnuts, chopped</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">1 1/2 cup finely grated carrots</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Cooking spray for waffle iron</span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Maple Nut Cream Cheese Spread Ingredients</span><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">: (we omit because it is healthier without)</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">8 ounces cream cheese, softened</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">3-4 tablespoons maple syrup</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">1/8 cup chopped walnuts</span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Directions</span><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">:</span></div><ol style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> Mix milk with white vinegar in a small bowl and let sit for 10 minutes. </span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><a href="https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=1344330065414342221" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"></a><a href="https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=1344330065414342221" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"></a><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">In a large bowl combine the flour, salt, sugar, spices, and baking soda.</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Mix together the milk and the egg yolks. Stir in the oil and vanilla. Spray the waffle iron well and preheat it. Stir the wet into the dry ingredients. </span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Beat the egg whites in a separate bowl with a whisk or electric mixer (make sure bowl and mixer are spotlessly clean) until they hold soft peaks. Stir them gently into the batter. Add carrots, walnuts, and raisins. Stir gently to combine.</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><a href="https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=1344330065414342221" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"></a><a href="https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=1344330065414342221" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"></a><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> Spread a ladleful or so of batter onto the waffle iron and bake until the waffle is done, usually 3 to 5 minutes, depending on your iron. Spray iron with cooking spray between waffles as needed. </span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Optional: To make Maple Cream Cheese spread, simply combine nuts, syrup, and cream cheese and mix well. Serve waffles immediately with Maple Cream Cheese spread (which will get lovely and melty), or keep them warm for a few minutes in a low oven.</span></div></li></ol><br /><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">*** Waffles freeze well so you can make a big batch, allow them to cool, and </span><a href="http://ezinearticles.com/?How-to-Freeze-Waffles-and-Enjoy-Them-For-Breakfast-Throughout-the-Week&amp;id=3112599" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">freeze them</span></a><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> for a homemade alternative to </span><a href="http://bestofmotherearth.com/2009/11/23/let-go-of-that-eggo.html" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">preservative-laden</span></a><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> commercial frozen waffles.</span><br /><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Other pancake and waffle recipes:</span><br /><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><a href="http://www.harvdo.icu/2015/03/healthy-chocolate-pancakeswaffles-with.html" style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: medium; white-space: normal;">Chocolate Pancakes</a></span><br /><a href="http://www.harvdo.icu/2015/03/zucchini-pancakes.html">Zucchini Pancakes</a><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><a href="http://www.kitchenstewardship.com/recipes/orange-vegetable-pancakes/" style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: medium; white-space: normal;">Pumpkin Pancakes</a></span>Anonymoushttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03196660038806626910noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1344330065414342221.post-24328790984520547152015-03-19T10:48:00.002-07:002015-03-19T13:07:17.376-07:00Special offer at Meijer this week: $10 off $50 purchase valid 3/20-3/21 AND 10 for 10 deal!!Quick Tip Thursday: Head to Meijer tomorrow, Friday 3/20 and Saturday, 3/21 for a special offer of $10 off a $50 purchase. Meijer recently had a problem that prevented shoppers from using their credit cards so they are giving out a coupon to ALL Meijer customers. Follow this link to sign in to M perks and&nbsp;redeem your coupon&nbsp;<span style="background-color: white; color: #141823; font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.0799999237061px;">&nbsp;</span><a href="http://bit.ly/1xxCg4I" rel="nofollow nofollow" style="background-color: white; color: #3b5998; cursor: pointer; font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; line-height: 14.0799999237061px;" target="_blank">http://bit.ly/1xxCg4I</a>&nbsp;OR you can grab the paper coupon available in stores if you don't have an mPerks account.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://wpuploads.appadvice.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/meijer_0001.jpg?showGallerySet=false" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://wpuploads.appadvice.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/meijer_0001.jpg?showGallerySet=false" height="128" width="320" /></a></div><br /><br />It also happens to be 10 for 10 at Meijer so double savings!!!!<br /><br />Anonymoushttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03196660038806626910noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1344330065414342221.post-44186538908228157142015-03-19T05:45:00.002-07:002015-03-19T05:45:35.172-07:00How much should you be spending on groceries?<div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">There seems to be a lot of discussions about how much money someone should be spending on groceries each month. I see that question asked a lot on Facebook especially within my Catholic Momma's page. *For those that want to cut to the chase scroll to the bottom for a list of tips from these experienced Mommas on how save money on your grocery budget*</span><br /><span style="background-color: transparent; clear: right; color: black; float: right; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Li30vuccz6Q/VQpqZOdkQzI/AAAAAAAAAKQ/_bDEoKAcblI/s1600/food%2Bpic.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Li30vuccz6Q/VQpqZOdkQzI/AAAAAAAAAKQ/_bDEoKAcblI/s1600/food%2Bpic.jpg" height="360" width="640" /></a></div><b id="docs-internal-guid-38f16a68-305a-2841-4137-3536fa35a502" style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">This question usually yields a lot of comments (the last one produced more than 50 comments) and the responses vary A LOT from $300-$1,200. Some factors that play into the amount is family size, diet restrictions (dairy-free, gluten-free, etc) and organic purchasing. The most popular response was $600/month for a family of 4-6 people. </span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">A quick Google search indicated that the USDA national data calculates that for a family of </span><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">four:</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">a thrifty food plan is $146/week</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">a low-cost food plan is $191/week</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">a moderate-cost plan is $239/week</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">a liberal plan is $289/week. </span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">This data appears to agree with the Facebook poll because in a 4 week month the range this calculates to $584-$1156/month. </span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Another quick Google search gave me a </span><a href="http://www.extension.iastate.edu/foodsavings/page/what-you-should-spend" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #1155cc; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">grocery bill calculator</span></a><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> based on our family size, gender, age, and numbers of meal eaten outside the home and it calculated our cost to be estimated </span><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">$111.42 per week </span><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">or estimated </span><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">$482.76 per month </span><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">(2 adults and a 1 year old).</span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">People have asked me this question a lot especially now that we started blogging about frugal living. But honestly I couldn't answer the question because I didn't really know the answer.</span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">I would guesstimate that we spend $40-60 at Costco every 1.5 weeks and $40-60 at Meijer every 1.5 weeks but we also shop monthly at a co op and I shop here and there at Aldi, online at Vitacost (use this <a href="http://goo.gl/9GYflq">link</a> to get </span><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><b>$10 FREE</b></span><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> with their refer a friend program <a href="http://goo.gl/9GYflq">http://goo.gl/9GYflq</a>) and a local health food store. But I have to admit that although </span><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">we are frugal and recommend budgeting we don’t actually have a budget</span><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> ourselves (shocking, I know). </span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">We tend to live by the philosophy of “don’t buy it unless you need it” and we just try not to spend money. We know we could save more money if we made a budget and recorded what we spent but we don’t. We have found what works for us but we are also trying to improve and that is exactly what we recommend to other people. </span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Since people keep asking me I started to become more and more curious about how much we spend. So how much do we spend a month on groceries…</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">It took some work but I dug out our receipts from the last 11 months and made a spreadsheet and this is what I found out. </span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">We spend a lot more money than I expected and our grocery bill varies A LOT each month. We spend between $129-$913/month with an average of $450 a month over 11 months. (If you look at my </span><a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4bfABe84jgic0RGaVlTRlUzbjg/view?usp=sharing" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #1155cc; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">spreadsheet</span></a><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> you will see that I excluded June in my average because we were on vacation for three weeks and the month we spent $913 we bought a 50 lb bag of almonds which costs over $200!)). Although this falls in the predicted range from both the USDA and grocery bill calculator I have to admit that I thought we were doing better than that. </span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">But there are some reasons why our grocery bills are higher than one would expect even though we are frugal! </span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">1. We buy mostly organic </span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">2. We love to experiment and try new things (so you could argue that our grocery bill includes some of our entertainment budget) </span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">3. We buy expensive things like nuts, quinoa, coconut oil, almond flour, beer, and wine. For example, I make our own pesto which saves us money compared to buying pre-made pesto but still pine nuts are expensive costing $25/1.5lbs. If we wanted to be completely frugal we would use a tomato based sauce instead but that is one of the reasons we named our blog practically frugal because we try to be practical with spending but we are also not completely frugal = practically frugal (get it double entendre). I also snack on almonds quite often which is more expensive than snacking on fresh fruit, veggies, popcorn, etc. (not a money saver, but an Earth saver, we like to use reusable produce bags like these <a href="http://amzn.to/1EuLnpx">http://amzn.to/1EuLnpx</a>)</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">4. I make all of my own lunches so our dining-out budget is smaller. </span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">5. We both love to eat and eat a lot! Growing up my mom always joked that my legs must be concrete bricks filled with ice cream because of how much ice cream I ate and how much in general I could eat. For breakfast I would easily eat as much as my dad (who is a hard working farmer). Luckily, I must have good metabolism because it has never caught up with me like my sisters warned me. I also notice when we are eating with friends and family that I easily eat twice as much as the other women. Another reason I know that we eat more than most families is because when we go to visit my sister who has 7 kids she will only make a 8X8 or 9X13 main dish casserole and try to feed all of us and in my head I am thinking that John and I could eat the whole 8X8 ourselves. So whenever I go visit my sister I tend be on a diet because I don’t want to eat her out of house and home. To be fair their family does snack a lot but still I know I eat A LOT. And I almost never take food home from restaurants and my co worker make fun of me because of how big my lunch pail is.</span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Recently, I know our grocery bill has been even higher because there have been a lot of produce sales and I have been stocking up veggies in my freezer (</span><a href="http://www.harvdo.icu/2015/02/how-buying-8-bunches-of-broccoli-saved.html" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #1155cc; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Click here </span></a><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">to read about how I saved over $30 in one grocery trip by buying 8 heads of broccoli).</span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">But like I mentioned before there are always ways to improve and other tips and tricks to try. I know we could spend less if we wanted to and it is nice to know that if something happened and we had to tighten our grocery budget we could. </span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Like I said in the beginning the question about how much should you be spending a month on groceries gets a lot of discussion and comments so I have composed a list of tips and tricks from the comments of others who are smarter and more experienced than me. </span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #222222; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Tips from experienced moms on how to save money on your grocery budget </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">(Thank you for everyone who contributed from the Catholic Momma page!)</span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><ol style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: #141823; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #141823; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Menu planning is a must in keeping the budget down.</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: #141823; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #141823; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Cook from scratch as much as possible. </span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: #141823; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #141823; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">As much as possible, only buy sale items. Buy one or two extra of things that are on sale to build up a nice stock/pantry. </span><a href="http://www.harvdo.icu/2015/02/how-buying-8-bunches-of-broccoli-saved.html" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #1155cc; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">(Like the time I bought 8 heads of broccoli to save money)</span></a></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: #141823; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #141823; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Use a "perpetual shopping list" that you write down essentials when you only have one or two things left, ie peanut butter. That gives you a few weeks to wait for it to go on sale and buddy up a coupon or simply purchase it on a week you are under budget.</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: #141823; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #141823; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Choose simple breakfasts like oatmeal or </span><a href="http://www.kitchenstewardship.com/2012/05/29/making-homemade-yogurt-easy-picture-tutorial/" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #1155cc; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">homemade yogurt</span></a></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: #141823; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #141823; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Make your own yogurt </span><a href="http://www.kitchenstewardship.com/2012/05/29/making-homemade-yogurt-easy-picture-tutorial/" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #1155cc; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">(Click here to learn how)</span></a></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: #141823; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #141823; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Make your own "pancake mix" and putting it in glass flour jars in the cupboard so you are not buying pancake mix.</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: #141823; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #141823; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Don't buy cereals or snacky foods at all</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: #141823; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #141823; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Cook with beans, dry if you can swing it, at least once a week. </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #1155cc; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><a href="http://www.kitchenstewardship.com/2009/04/06/monday-mission-legume-recommend-some-beans/" style="text-decoration: none;">(Click here to learn how)</a></span><img alt="Great info on where to buy, how to prepare and recipes to get more beans in your diet!!" src="http://www.kitchenstewardship.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/beans.jpg" /></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: #141823; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #141823; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Use rice and lentils to stretch casseroles and soups. (</span><a href="http://www.harvdo.icu/2015/01/how-to-cook-dry-lentils.html" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #1155cc; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Click here to learn how to cook lentils</span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #141823; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> and </span><a href="http://www.harvdo.icu/2015/01/saving-money-on-ground-beef-taco-meat.html" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #1155cc; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">click here to learn how to stretch your ground beef</span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #141823; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">)</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: #141823; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #141823; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Simple soups for dinners. </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #141823; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">(And serve it a lot!)</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #141823; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> </span><a href="http://www.harvdo.icu/2015/02/spring-asparagus-and-broccoli-soup.html" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #1155cc; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">(Click here for some recipes)</span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #141823; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #141823; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">If you don’t like soup then try serving it as a side dish to supplement your main dish. </span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: #141823; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #141823; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Bake a bunch of chicken, throw it in a stand up mixer (kitchen aid) to shred it. It only takes about a minute to completely shred it. </span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: #141823; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #141823; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Start off picking a few things you want to improve on and sticking to that. </span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: #141823; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #141823; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Get to know your local farmers! Buy 1/2 to 3/4 of a cow once a year. The cost of meat averages around $3.60 per pound. This includes steaks and other nice cuts. </span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: #141823; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #141823; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Buy cheaper cuts of good meat.</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: #141823; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #141823; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Eat less meat-based meals by choosing meat-as-a-garnish meals (casseroles, soups) instead of meat-centric like roasts. </span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: #141823; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #141823; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Make homemade chicken stock (in slow cooker while you're at work) and use it for big pots of soup that will last for a number of meals. </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #1155cc; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><a href="http://www.kitchenstewardship.com/recipes/how-to-make-the-best-chicken-stock-in-the-world/" style="text-decoration: none;">(Click here to learn how)</a></span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: #141823; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #141823; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Make your own veggie broth </span><a href="http://www.harvdo.icu/2015/02/how-to-make-veggie-broth-from-veggie.html" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #1155cc; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">(Click here to learn how</span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #141823; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> and </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #1155cc; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><a href="http://www.harvdo.icu/2015/03/7-ways-to-use-veggie-broth-two-recipes.html" style="text-decoration: none;">click here for 7 ways to use veggie broth)</a></span><img alt="0213151122.jpg" height="360" src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/v7vbVNPZFq4F4FRxjaPZQVfdYH8dVffaa1rosZYvnW2ll56KyZAwZrgtZi28mGI_6QBKRb8BNFW3RBbvSMFkhr1BrJ2C9NCSXhEbPiWlPakKHpfukKGJirSg5tnQwFUaFaA" width="640" /></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: #141823; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #141823; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Stick to water and milk and occasionally juice if it's on sale.</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: #141823; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #141823; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Learn to say no to your little "helpers" </span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: #141823; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #141823; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Try not to take your hubby! (they always increased how much you buy!)</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: #141823; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #141823; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">For cheap and healthy dessert try making tapioca. You can make parfaits by layering with fruit if you have tall glasses if you want. It is made from the root of a plant so it must be healthy :) Try making a chocolate version by adding two tablespoons of cocoa. </span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: #141823; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #141823; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Use a CSA for produce, Big Lots for dry goods, <a href="http://goo.gl/9GYflq">Vitacost</a> for specialty items and Costco for bulk.</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: #141823; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #141823; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Check out Big Lots for name brand, organic dry goods, canned, pasta and cheap cereal. </span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: #141823; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #141823; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Be careful at Costco because it can be a real budget eater. Reconsider if you really need the crackers, popcorn, dips, and specialty drinks? &nbsp;Buying the fun extras can double your bill! Be picky when you go in and stick to a budget. </span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: #141823; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #141823; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">At Costco buy almond milk, organic eggs, tortillas, bread, tortilla chips, organic cheese, frozen veggies, frozen berries, meat, diapers, baby wipes, toilet paper, and paper towel. &nbsp;</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: #141823; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #141823; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">At Aldi buy peanut butter, oatmeal, frozen berries for smoothies, come cheeses, canned tomatoes, canned veggies, canned fruit and the occasional potato chip or pretzel bag. </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #141823; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">(I have found oatmeal to be cheaper through my co op - </span><a href="http://www.harvdo.icu/2015/02/grocery-savings.html" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #1155cc; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Click here</span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #141823; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> for my post about comparing prices which includes a printable PDF spreadsheet)</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: #141823; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #141823; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">At Meijer buy produce, meat, canned goods like store brand pasta sauce, refried beans, organic canned beans, bagged beans, etc. </span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: #141823; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #141823; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Use mperks and 10 for 10 sales at Meijer. </span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: #141823; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #141823; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Use Shaklee for cleaning products: one $11 bottle of Basic H concentrate makes all the degreaser, all-purpose cleaner, and glass cleaner you need for over a year. Dishwasher detergent is super effective and cheaper than Cascade, dish soap lasts forever, and so does the laundry soap. It's all non-toxic and way cheaper than the health food store stuff again.</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: #141823; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #141823; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Use Norwex cloths for cleaning, so you don't need to buy household cleaners or paper towels. &nbsp;</span></div></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: #141823; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #141823; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Use cloth diapers, or target brand. </span></div></li></ol><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">So now it is your turn...How are YOU doing? Keep track for a couple of months and find out. It may shock you!</span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">PFF</span></div><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Have a great day and thanks for reading. 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It is easy to buy used at mom to mom sales, garage sales, consignment shops, &nbsp;Goodwill, or Craigslist. For our local readers in West Michigan, there is a great opportunity to save a ton of money by buying used at the </span></span><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Just Between Friends Sale</span><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">. Unlike shopping at mom to mom sales or garage sales which can be stressful and overwhelming at JBF sales all of the items are </span><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">pre sorted</span><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> and </span><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">organized</span><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> which make easy to find the gender, size, quality and price you want.&nbsp;</span></span></div><span id="docs-internal-guid-a68872ab-0be2-cd1d-3487-73e301ebfd01"></span><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a68872ab-0be2-cd1d-3487-73e301ebfd01"><br /></span></div><span id="docs-internal-guid-a68872ab-0be2-cd1d-3487-73e301ebfd01"></span><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a68872ab-0be2-cd1d-3487-73e301ebfd01"><img height="165px;" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/LdPYaPY_nhHaIRwlCHFU-V4HeBUfeY-CZ3LL1BjjF5xaqrt2fta1euvqKR5V87VUNi4kRpmPs4Svu4D0jPuy7vC1HPO2Qa3x2B8zfJjTMiFcVSwPPLXoJwcvIf-udW9CmVmuHfs" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0rad);" width="442px;" /></span></div><span id="docs-internal-guid-a68872ab-0be2-cd1d-3487-73e301ebfd01"><br /><br /><img height="319px;" src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/YM3aA0ZzMFX5KEp8mPRkf7JH0akemqHDZDbcW5Yt_o6ziBijSMBc4Yle-Y__E0OtTTNqOKDUVgg5HoaTmo0syWWEzid09JbqxPwl96k-0blle_8LeZ5NofnhrfipCHfnZAiAoyE" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="479px;" /></span><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a68872ab-0be2-cd1d-3487-73e301ebfd01"><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">And the best part...</span><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 19px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">during the last two days of the sale all items (except those with an *) are ? off!!!!</span><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 19px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> </span><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">So tomorrow, Friday, March 13th from 9am-8pm and Saturday, March 12th 9am-3pm plan to save some dough by buying used! (28th Street Showplace, 1256 28th St SW Wyoming, MI)&nbsp;<a href="http://grandrapids.jbfsale.com/homeView.jsp">Click here</a> for more details. (Just realize that all of the super cute stuff will be gone because someone like me already bought it :p )</span></span><br /><span id="docs-internal-guid-a68872ab-0be2-cd1d-3487-73e301ebfd01"><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Again, for our local readers, Grand Rapids holds a JBF sale every 6 months so you only need to figure out what items and clothes you need for the next 6 months and then plan to come to another JBF sale in the fall. </span></span></div><span id="docs-internal-guid-a68872ab-0be2-cd1d-3487-73e301ebfd01"></span><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a68872ab-0be2-cd1d-3487-73e301ebfd01"><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Just Between Friends Sales are held throughout the US so go to their website to find a sale near you! </span><a href="http://www.jbfsale.com/home.jsp" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #1155cc; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">http://www.jbfsale.com/home.jsp</span></a></span></div><span id="docs-internal-guid-a68872ab-0be2-cd1d-3487-73e301ebfd01"><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">If you want to save even more money you can sell your items at the sale as well. Those that sell at the sale get to shop before the general public AND if you volunteer at the sale you get to shop early. I volunteered 4 hours organizing shoes for the sale. (Check out the picture below of all of the shoes I organized).</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 12px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><img alt="0309151959a.jpg" height="351px;" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/T5N_6zWCj_-bh8of7y2wIsw16MQsu1VnXQjJGQDKnkbrhiwmftcWTWmz6gked8ESYMDzxPjtLeccJmft97_nc2ThO225dH0ZqvZC1n8ATh0M6tLcooI6ypa9NHykzTZyHN4HzAY" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624px;" /></span></div><br /><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">So I got to shop on Tuesday and I am proud to say I got over 30 pieces of clothing, 3 hats, 2 swimsuits, a bike helmet, infant sled, baby swing, wooden gate, laundry soap, cloth diapers, car mirror, sling, 2 puzzles, and 5 pairs of shoes for only $212! Yes, I know that sounds like a lot of money but I would have easily spent three times that much if I bought new.&nbsp;</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span></div><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><img alt="just between friends purchases.jpg" height="351px;" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/xUFoIjzQbNh-NmnkVPo-5P0QOAZbccmEC0ljdGyCWMHQDof-KRpGnbCAWm4gVZZro2M8ADUIxebhm8B2djowhJR9HNlY4bDWvH24aXgsx1wGmfXv1EuOOb86jTjOliMACm7lmLE" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624px;" /></span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Also as a volunteer I get to shop today (Thursday) and get ? off starting at 5pm. I cannot wait to see what other treasures I can find and it should be extra fun because I can bring two <a href="http://www.thepennypinchingfamily.com/">friends</a> </span><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">who also get ? off! </span></div><br /><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">A way to keep yourself in check when going on a spending outing like this is by </span><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">making a list! </span><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">I like to make a spreadsheet of what I already have and what I need. IT ONLY WORKS IF YOU USE THE LIST….cough cough, I may have overspent myself. You can find more pointers about what is needed for a new baby (without breaking the bank) by checking out our previous post about having, </span><a href="http://www.harvdo.icu/2015/02/having-baby-doesnt-have-to-break-bank.html" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #1155cc; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">The Ultimate Baby Registry. </span></a></span>Anonymoushttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03196660038806626910noreply@blogger.com4广东快乐十分手机版