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Friday, November 14th, 2008
10:13 pm
Rose Henry for City Council
Today in 1993, The X-Files first premiered. What's your favorite episode? Have you ever experienced paranormal activity yourself?
Saturday, July 12th, 2008
12:43 am
wow this community's been dead a while!
So, er, I live in Geelong. And I was wondering if there's much help with getting el-cheapo food! 'course there's Banjo's, where you can get loaves of bread for a dollar sometimes. ooh! and hard-rubbish day'd be great 'cause I need more furniture for my bedroom! do they even HAVE hard-rubbish days in Geelong? the council's website isn't very helpful!

So me and my housemate are pretty poor. we get about $50 of groceries a week, which isn't much huh? rice is good, and big bags of homebrand frozen vegies. She says Coles is cheaper than Safeway, which is good! 'cause it means we have more to eat. we'd go to Aldi, but they're all kinda further from us, which is not good petrol-wise!

A really quick chocolate cake for one that I kind of invented, and is really yummy: a bit of flour in an ordinary bowl, and cocoa, and sugar, add milk (or water and marg if you're outta milk like we often are). Mix it all up, and microwave for a minute and a bit. With practice you'll get better at guesstimating how much of each to put in. It can tend to be a bit dry, so you'll want a glass of water or a cup of tea to wash it down with. But it's very good for when you just NEED something sweet to eat!

*hopes someone comments/posts as well so she doesn't feel like a loner*
Friday, August 17th, 2007
2:30 pm
getting out of debt
I am a music teacher, and some of my students pay me by school term
and some pay by half-term. So where I stand at the moment, nearly all
of my students have paid me for the half-term that ends today, and
some have paid me for the full term. Also there are a couple of
students who have already paid enough to cover them up to halfway into
next term. The good news: I have a record that on the 7th July I was
in debt by about $5000. Then yesterday, according to my credit card
balance, savings account balance and cash in my wallet, by deficit was
down to about $550!! Not quite as good as it sounds, as I probably
owe something between $2000 and $3000 in bills, and even apart from
that my deficit will increase further between now and the end of the
term, as I probably won't be paid much more until then, and my
business overheads are considerable. Still, I am getting somewhere.
When I get paid for next term it should clear my credit card debt, and
I might POSSIBLY have enough money left over to last me into mid
January, if i am frugal enough. (I have a 55-days-interest-free
credit card, so if I dip into my credit card after mid-Jan, then even
if my students don't pay me until after lessons start again in
February that will still be soon enough to make the card payment). In
the meantime, I will have to see how big my bill will be for the past
three years' tax returns! Well anyway, it's good to know that now I
am earning enough to be able to save plenty. Also I recently got a
slow-cooker, which has been very handy for lazy cooking and cheap eating:)
Friday, September 29th, 2006
4:19 pm
Where's the food bank in Esquimalt/when is it open? 
Wednesday, September 27th, 2006
10:06 pm
Lotus Pond
Probably old news to some, but I'm sure there will be more than a handful of new poor people in town as the school year begins...

Lotus Pond, the fabulous and vegan Asian restaurant on Johnson between Broad and Government (south side), closes at 3pm everyday, reopening for dinner later on. They have a sweet little buffet, and it's contents go on for half price at 2:30pm. You can stuff yourself for under $5.
Tuesday, March 21st, 2006
6:27 pm
Another One Bites the Dust. . .
Riding the bus on my way home from Camosun today, I noticed signs in the window of the Lewis Food Market on Foul Bay Road advertising a "Farewell Sale." 20% all items excluding the usual suspects (lotto, smokes and milk). I've been there a few times, and it might be worth investigating if you need to stock up on non-perishables, or even the odd perishable (although their meat department has falling afoul of the health inspector a few times).
Friday, March 10th, 2006
5:05 pm
Obsessive Rant About Beans!
What's going on with the price of beans? You used to be able to get a good can of them for 68 cents or so on special, sometimes even 50 cents with a bit of luck. Now you're lucky to see them for 89 cents on special. I can get a can in Chinatown for 99 cents, so what's the point, really?

At least Oxford Foods has double-sized cans on for 99 cents this week, but it's the kind with pork, and I'm not sure I want pork fat with my tomato sauce and white beans.
Thursday, February 9th, 2006
7:39 pm
Milk crate furniture.
Thursday, October 13th, 2005
12:19 pm
How to help the homeless
CARTS is a volunteer-based charity in Victoria that delivers warm clothing and food to homeless people in Downtown Victoria.
As the cold and damp months approach, they are embarking on a very modest fundraising initiative to ensure that they are equipped for the winter season.

If you visit carts.givemeaning.com you can make a donation online (The website passes 100% of the donations on to CARTS) and if you can't afford to give even $5, then it shows all the supplies (like socks and food items) that they accept for donation.

This is a great little group that has been serving the community for a long time. If you can't afford to give but want to help, please repost on your own blog, or consider volunteering (info on the website)


Monday, September 12th, 2005
6:15 pm
So what can you do when you have no money for food, but you can't go to the food bank because you're working the one day a week they give out food to single people?
Tuesday, September 6th, 2005
12:28 pm
There is a post here that is about what it means to be poor. I made my own list. It's friends-locked, but here are some of the things I put on my list:

-- Being poor is trying to make $20 buy two weeks' worth of food.

-- Being poor is being called "lazy" and "a bum" because, even though you have a job now, at one time in your life you collected welfare.

-- Being poor is refusing your co-worker's invitation to a potluck lunch, because you don't have any food to contribute to the potluck.

-- Being poor is not taking your kitty to the vet when she's limping.

-- Being poor is avoiding all news coverage of the Saanich fair, because you couldn't afford to go to it.

-- Being poor is wondering what you will do with all the possessions you accumlated when you weren't poor, when you get evicted from your apartment.

-- Being a poor cat owner is not being able to move into subsidized housing because you have kittycats.

-- Being a poor cat owner is buying food for the cats before you buy food for yourself, because you could get food for yourself at the food bank, but not for the cats.

-- Being poor is a choice between going to work hungry, or missing work to go to the food bank to get food, because the food bank only offers food to single people one morning a week.
Saturday, August 27th, 2005
11:33 pm
If you need pet food...
Save-On Foods is currently having a clearance of some discontinued items and some flavours of cat and dog food, and they also have some bird food. I got two dozen cans of cat food for half price.
10:54 pm
Here's some good deals i've found:

Green cuisine in market square has really yummy vegeterian/vegan food, and a relaxed atmosphere and i discovered that their salad greens w/dressing is really pretty inexpensive (a few dollars or so?) as it is by weight. They have lots of other goodies, but just remember that heavier food costs a lot more..(like the fruit crumble, but it's oooh so good!)

also, sometimes they have a tray of different day old's that looked pretty decent...

another thing, chinatown often has less expensive produce, you can check around the different stores there to find the best price, and for something sweet try the bakeries there for sweet buns w/different fillings...(about $1 each)
Wednesday, August 24th, 2005
12:05 pm
If you like getting free, cheap, reuseable cameras..I'm sure you'd like what Kelloggs is giving away(if you eat their cereal that is). my mom loves shreddies but of course being 52..doesn't want the prize..so I got the two cameras my mom's found so far. I love photography, and I know that these aren't photography quality cameras, but man..theres nothing better than toy cameras..especially when you get them for the few bucks it costs for the cereal..and when it gives you a coupon on each box for $1 off film.

you can collect all 3 of them in Kellogg's Frosted Flakes, Froot Loops, Corn Pops, Rice Krispies, Kellogg's Frosted Flakes 1/3 Less Sugar, Froot Loops 1/3 Less Sugar, Rice Krispies Squares cereal bars

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Tuesday, August 23rd, 2005
8:43 pm
You and your friends are invited to join us over the next week at the corner of Richmond and Haultain to witness one household banding together and jettisoning most of its possessions.

Musical instruments, books, clothes, typewriters, computer printers, CDs, bicycles, furniture, speakers, stereos, televisions - all of this and more has already been given away. What could be next? When you pass through the third vanguard of downtown, the first uptown outpost, the hospital district, or scenic Dean street (a local neighbourhood secret - the cyclist's alternative to Richmond OR Foul Bay) why not stop in at our ongoing giveaway?
Saturday, July 30th, 2005
5:28 pm
Do You Like Ice Cream? (Just Keeping This Community Alive)
Hey, there.

I stumbled across this community a little while and it seems intriguing. I guess most of you are off on summer breaks or whatever, but I really wanted to share this nifty find. I was at Oxford Foods today, and found that they had 1.89 litre tubs of Island Farms ice cream on for $3.29. I don't think it's an advertised special--despite the sign on it--as I'm usually good at finding those. It's a better deal than the $3.49ish prices ice cream has been getting periodically (like at Fairway this week), and a far better deal than the $4.48 Thrifty's wants this week for 2 L tubs of Breyers.

Anyway, now that you're all convinced that I'm some weird creepo geek here and there should be some sort of approval process for new members, I'm just gonna shuffle outta here for now. Hope everyone is enjoying their summer.

Saturday, May 14th, 2005
7:17 pm
The Family Food Mart at the corner of Mackenzie and Cedar Hill Road (across from the Nellie McLung Library) is closing after tomorrow (Sunday) and is selling their remaining stock for 25 percent off the regular price. Might be a good chance for those of us with low incomes to stock up.
Sunday, April 3rd, 2005
9:26 pm
Dumpster Diving
So, obviously this community doesn't get much play but it really should.

Do any of you dumpster? If so, where are your favourite places to go dumpstering and when are the best times?

I'm in a crunch right now (meaning that I have no food and no money to buy food) so I'm going to try to survive as healthfully as I can by dumpstering over the next week.

Current Mood: Broke
Sunday, June 27th, 2004
6:25 pm
you give me that look that's like laughing with liquid in your mouth...
so i've just recently joined this community and it seems rather quiet. does anyone still frequent these pages? just checking.

Current Mood: full
Sunday, May 30th, 2004
8:49 am
Salvation Army Vouchers
If you find yourself in a really tight spot and need some new clothes or household items (like towels, dishes , pots, pans , etc. go to The Salvation Army Family Services on the corner of Quadra and Hillside (right next to The Roxy Theatre) and they will most likely issue you a voucher for clothing (20 bucks) or household (20 bucks) or if you are in need they may give you both.
They are open usually from 9 am to 12 pm and 1 pm to 4 pm Monday to Friday. They are very supportive and non judgemental and you won't have to go through hoops to get a voucher.
The voucher then can be used at any of The Salvation Army Thrift Stores for the amount the voucher is issued for.

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