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Volume II
April 6, 2009

Poll Results

In last month's issue of the HomeCook'n newsletter we asked, "Is the economy affecting your cooking budget?" Here are the results:

Is the economy affecting your cooking budget?

No, not at all (30) 13%
I try to cut back a little (126) 53%
I spend far less at the grocery store (69) 29%
It's strictly powdered milk for us! (4) 2%
Other (10) 4%

Total Votes: 239


I'm definitely buying more groceries and no fast food, plus trying to look for sale items so I can feed my brother-in-law who just had to move in with us! Young men eat a lot! I can't count on having left-overs anymore because he eats them!

I love your updates, cookbooks and bisquick. I just wish there was a whole wheat bisquick.

i don't buy any mixes unless i have, bake bread 3 times a week, family is spoiled love the dvo..

I cook for a camp and conference Center and Looking for more ways to use left overs. Like left over mashed potatoes to make creamy potato soup.

With my diet, I have no choice. I have to take money away from other areas of the budget.

I think twice before impulse buying if not on list

I am making weekly menus using items on hand and whatever is on sale. Also the home canned items in my pantry.

Essential Items are still purchased . Non-esential and Extras have been drastically cut back!!

I have always been a careful shopper. I use coupons, buy whats on sale and plan my meals by what is on sale. Loss leaders are a great way to save money. I try not to buy on a whim or shop when I am hungry.

Because of the economy, our living space has shrunk from a 2bed duplex with full kitchen to a 19 foot travel trailer. I now have a 3 foot tall fridge/freezer instead of a full size. I no longer have food storage space so now I buy less food. No more OAMC without a good size freezer. We end up eating out more because of this downsize.

We have 2 gluten-intolerant people and 3 people allergic to corn in our family. This makes it almost impossible to eat low-cost foods. But, I do make almost everything from scratch.

I have been looking through the pantry and freezer and have found that we have food that we need to use. It really cuts back on our shopping list.

It's hard to buy healthy fruits and vegetables now due to their expense!

In addition to spending less at the grocery store, we don't eat out anymore

Because my husband's job was eliminated, so now he is unemployed. We are very careful with our money. We has move to afarm recently so we plan on raising chicken to eat and sell. We also plan on having a garden for produce.

I feel like I am cutting back but the prices are going up.

No income for 4 months now but we continue to think positive. Pantry/Freezer were well stocked & I love always enjoyed the challenge of cooking on a budget but our reserves are getting extremely low these days. How do you make something out of nothing?

Cooking at home more rather than a restaurant.

I can more out of my garden and meat purchased on sale.

With 7 kids at home, the budget has always been tight. Though, we are always finding ways to do better. Things we would like to get I am working on making homemade - bagels, granola, etc.

I find I don't just run to the store for one thing any more. I actually make a list and try to stick to it. BUT, this to will pass and America will rebound!!

We're trying to eat out less and cook more at home as a way to cut our food budget.

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