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Have you heard the one about the homeschooling family that lives on less than $22K a year in an area that costs above 100% (116%) of the National CoL Index?

I haven't quite figured out why so many people still persist in perpetuating the myth that living on a single income and homeschooling on a dime aren't possible. I can only suppose these are people who can't imagine life without a daily trip to Starbucks and dinner out several times a week. The people who actually shop at malls (*shudder*) and think "Brand Name = Best". The people who really live by the "Keeping up with the Joneses" mentality.

That? Would not be us!

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Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Wednesday Quick Tip (3)

So, do you have a bacon lover in the family? I do! While my entire family likes it, one member - my son - LOVES the stuff. Since it's not exactly the healthiest thing out there, I do limit the intake. Still, occasionally I'll pick some up and here's something I've found very helpful.

Have you seen those packages of microwavable "pre-cooked" bacon that cost way too much for 15 or 16 slices? You can make your own pre-cooked slices easily enough, buying the inexpensive store brands of regular bacon. Fry or microwave the entire package at the same time. Er... I mean, fry a few pieces at once, but cook the whole pack while you're at it. :) Cook it until just slightly underdone for your preferences.

Blot off the excess grease, then refrigerate it. (I keep it in a plastic container, with layers separated by some parchment paper.) When you want to serve some bacon, just take out the number of slices you want and crisp them up in the microwave. We have a small 700 watt microwave and it usually takes 20 seconds to warm up 4 slices.

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Anonymous amy said...

I learned this years ago working as a short order cook. If you don't like nuking the bacon, you can also warm it up on a pan or in the oven. If it's dry, you might want to add a little butter to it. (I know, like it needs more fat!!)

July 4, 2007 at 9:06 AM  
Blogger Mare said...

Great blog! I just started out budgeting and keeping track of expenses, I look forward to reading your blog and your great tips!

July 4, 2007 at 9:44 AM  

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