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Trimming the fat in your food budget

See the practical tips at http://www.mint.com/blog/saving/saving-on-food-12292010/
I'll forgive them the number in the title. Have I mentioned here that I am quite sick of the gimmick of using numbers in titles of blog posts?  Well, for the record, I am.  Anyway, I regularly use 8 out of these 11.  I am not interested in a pressure cooker at this time and am not very good at rescuing failed recipes.  I would like to point out that, even though this is intended for nonkosher consumer, cutting meat out is considered a way to save on the food budget.  Considering that kosher meat can cost 100% than its nonkosher counterpart, it pays to think along the lines of a parve or dairy main dish. Speaking of which, if you haven't tried it yet, I highly recommend the vegetable soup recipe I posted here.  It makes use of what you have around and is very economical as well as easy. I don't like recipes that call for expensive ingredients or complicated preparations.


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They may not be the best things in life, but they are free

See http://www.doughroller.net/smart-spending/free-internet-finds/
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Ouch!

"The Midrash tells us that Pharoah had three advisers, Bilam, Yisro, and Iyov, from whom he sought counsel regarding his “Jewish problem.” Bilam advised Pharoah to kill the Jews. Yisro wanted no part of the plan and so he ran away. Iyov was silent. 

Bilam was later punished mida k’neged midah by being killed by Bnei Yisrael. Yisro, who lost his wealth, his fame, his power as advisor to Pharoah, gained everything back midah k’neged midah by becoming the father-in-law of Moshe. But what of Iyov? Iyov figured that objecting at this moment would be a futile gesture; better to hold his tongue and live to fight another day, to intercede when he voice would be heard so he could perhaps mitigate the evil decree. Why was he punished with such severe suffering?
See Divrei Chaim: a time to cry out:

Travelling light

"Hashem promised Bnei Yisrael that they would leave Egypt with 'klei kesef k'lei zahav u'semalos. ' The Ba'al haTurim writes that "smalos" in the plural means exactly two garments -- one to carry dough in, the other the literal shirt on their backs. These clothes did not wear out and lasted miraculously for the 40 year journey through the desert ("simlascha lo balsa mei'alecha...") My wife pointed out that this suggests that they did not change clothes for Shabbos, something we consider very much part of our kiyum of kavod Shabbos. Divrei Chaim: with only the shirt on one's back:

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Cold showers for the rich

“The rich person is the one who can be comfortable or happy in any kind of situation.” That is the key point. Of course Pirkei Avos had that down several centuries back .See http://earlyretirementextreme.com/cold-showers-one-year-later.html


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Soup for when you’re snowed in - New York Jewish Bridal | Examiner.com

Soup for when you’re snowed in - New York Jewish Bridal | Examiner.com

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Facts and Stereotypes: Money Books for Women

"The stats show that women aren’t as flighty with their spending habits as commonly believed. At least, they’re no more so than men. So what accounts for the female-focused personal finance advice?" See Women and Money: Slaying Stereotypes and Facing Reality

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After the New York blizzard of 2010 - New York Jewish Bridal | Examiner.com

After the New York blizzard of 2010 - New York Jewish Bridal | Examiner.com

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In the bag

Yesterday I picked up a couple of things in my local grocery store.  When I emptied the bag, I saw something I had not picked out -- a snack sized bag of crackers.  I checked the receipt and saw that it also was not charged. Thinking it must have been left in my bag by mistake, I brought it back to the store.  The store clerk was a bit bemused at this because the bags were intended to be put in as free samples.  She said I was the eighth person shopper to bring it back.  The good news is that the shoppers in my neighborhood are quite scrupulous about returning products that they believe were added on in error.  The bad news is that the store did not take that into account.  Had they done so, the baggers or cashiers should have been instructed to say that they were giving out these free samples.



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So what do the analytics mean?

My post on social media got far more views than the standard posts on Jewish stuff, marriage, etc, though that is not reflected in the comments, which stand at zero.  What shall we infer?  You get more hits with trendy topics like social media? You get more hits by not discussing religious topics?  And the usual, most blog readers are lurkers.

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Marriage quiz

Here's a quiz for you to test your own understanding of shalom bayis -- marital harmony:  Answer True or False to the following: 1. Compatibility is key. 2. Anger must be suppressed in order to maintain a harmonious marriage. 3. There is something positive about conflict.. 4. In a good marriage one does not voice complaints. 5. Marital tension overwhelms men more than women. 6. Your inner scripts are predetermined. 7. Husbands should leave all housework to their wives. 8. There is a magic ratio of positive to negative by which to measure the health of a marriage.

Find the answer in the last of the 4 part post beginning with http://www.examiner.com/jewish-bridal-in-new-york/marriage-success-between-two-earthlings-part-1  That part also contains the link which effectively conveys why I'm a fan of John Gottman and not of John Gray.
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Social Media Lessons from a Viral Video

Though it is far behind the gummy bear video, "Charlie Bit My Finger"it is coming close the half billion mark and has also earned a spot of honor on Wikipeda.  According to that entry, it “remains the most viewed amateur video and third most viewed video on YouTube.” For those who want to know how much a successful viral video can be worth, web experts estimate earnings of £100,000 for Charlie’s family. The income is derived from ads tacked on to the video.

The Charlie video was originally posted back in May of 2007, and its popularity seems to have built up over time.  The boys are quite a bit older now, and their parents have posted some other videos of Charlie and the hapless Harry, the older brother who remains nameless in the original video.  The video is shorter than a minute, though in some of its manifestations, you have to sit through a commercial for Disney World before you can see the feature video.    You can also see numerous takes on it, some of which are proba…

Marble bundt cake - New York Jewish Bridal | Examiner.com

Marble bundt cake - New York Jewish Bridal | Examiner.com

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The fast of the 10th of Teves is not pushed off.

This is very close to what Rav Golvicht spoke about this past Monday night.  I see my husband blogged about it 3 years ago.  See Divrei Chaim: 10 Teves and fasting on Shabbos:, which is linked to in this year's post at http://divreichaim.blogspot.com/2010/12/10-teves-fasting-for-future.html"
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You know you're an intellectual when

you analyze points from a movie you take your kids to. Of course, in this case, the authorial intentions were deep, but this particular point was put in by the film. See Divrei Chaim: great line in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader: "I haven't read the Chronicles of Narnia series since being a kid, but my wife did a reread of the series awhile back and I trust her memory ..."

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The last day of Chanukah is called Zos Chanukah

See a family take on it at http://divreichaim.blogspot.com/2010/12/zos-chanukah.html

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A Basic Primer on Household Finance

When his first daughter got married, Yehoshua Zauderer thought of all that she would need to know about navigating life in her own home and wrote up what he learned from his own experience in a book,  The Chosson and Kallah's First Guide to Money. It is available as a paperback at Amazon for $14.39.The book is clearly intended for the more right leaning Orthodox crowd who tend to marry on the young side with no experience of living on their own before setting up house after marriage.  Read what I have to say about plus some of my own tips for a household budget at http://www.examiner.com/jewish-bridal-in-new-york/the-basics-for-those-setting-out-on-their-own-for-the-first-time



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Medical Insurance - New York Jewish Bridal | Examiner.com

Medical Insurance - New York Jewish Bridal | Examiner.com

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His and hers

This is not along the lines of "Can this marriage be saved?" but something much lighter.
From Rivki at http://lifeinthemarriedlane.com/2010/12/08/your-husband-is-not-broken-hes-just-a-guy/

This notion that everything should be done my way (which is obviously the best way, of course) sometimes clouds my ability to appreciate my husband’s help around the house.  I love that he helps.  It’s fantastic, especially considering his crazy busy schedule.  But when he helps it’s just so . . . male.  And it’s all too easy for me to pick at the differences from how I would have done it (because, again, my way is clearly superior).See the rest of the post over there.  My comment was: Some of the difference really have nothing to do with gender but just with different approaches or expectations due to what one was exposed to while growing up. My husband has always insisted on doing the dishes — not just to spare me the task but because he prefers the results he gets. He has a greater compul…

Divrei Chaim: Pharoah's dream and the message of Chanukah

Divrei Chaim: Pharoah's dream and the message of Chanukah: "R’ Tzadok haKohen points out that the yeshu’a of Chanukah is very different from that of Purim. Haman plotted the destruction of Klal Yisrae..."

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