Abigail

Abigail

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3 days ago @ I Pick Up Pennies - Of reading glasses, ro... · 1 reply · +1 points

I looooove my slow cooker. And if you\'re unsure, go to the thrift store where there\'s usually one pretty cheaply. Though there are plenty of sales this time of year, too.

The enchiladas were a bit too dry. I hadn\'t made enough sauce, or they\'d probably have been fine. But the chili and soup I\'ve made with the enchilada sauce as a base has been quite tasty! I\'m calling the soup \"Lazy Man\'s Tortilla Soup\" because it\'s pretty close, minus the fried tortilla strips. As with most cultures, a lot of Mexican food revolves around the same ingredients and spices. I\'ll try to do another cooking update since I\'ve tried more recipes, and it\'ll include the sauce (and soup I made from the sauce).

3 days ago @ I Pick Up Pennies - Of reading glasses, ro... · 0 replies · +1 points

I should\'ve been more on the ball this year, but I honestly didn\'t even think about the fact that I\'d need to buy presents for anyone other than you now. Definitely spending a bit more than is ideal, but sometimes the perfect present is closer to $40 than $25. Le sigh.

3 days ago @ I Pick Up Pennies - What are you buying on... · 0 replies · +1 points

Yeah, the mini-blenders definitely have more value than I\'d initially thought. Not having to clean a bulky blender (plus a cup) each time will be lovely. And it\'s easier to portion control that way too.

Glad you\'re enjoying yours!

1 week ago @ I Pick Up Pennies - What are you buying on... · 0 replies · +1 points

To preface, these are all Amazon affiliate links. So...

For party games:

A very affordable one is Scattegories, where players work off of a list of random things (things that make you smile, sports teams, etc.) and have to come up with answers that start with whatever letter the die landed on: https://amzn.to/3GT6MUx

Next most affordable is Bananagrams (https://amzn.to/3AQDCBp) which is basically a speed version of Scrabble, with everyone building their own set of words (which build off their other words).

Since Cards Against Humanity is entirely too adult for kids, you might like What Do You Meme. The regular version might be a bit adult -- I don\'t remember -- but there\'s a family version: https://amzn.to/3H5h3x1

And both CAH and What Do You Meme are warped versions of Apples to Apples, which is far more wholesome: https://amzn.to/3EE9FWk

I love Ransom Notes (https://amzn.to/3VoFDfY). You have a bunch of magnetic poetry words and have to convey whatever a prompt card says: give a eulogy for a boss you clearly hated, the note you hand over when you\'re robbing a bank, etc.

Also, You Don\'t Know Jack games can be fun, and everyone can play on their own phone. Those have to be downloaded from the App store.

As for more board-game type stuff:

If there are only 4 of you, Ascension can be fun. The version I have is now pretty pricey, it seems. But it looks like there are multiple versions, and I\'m betting they\'re great too: https://amzn.to/3XLmlUe

Also for 4 players is Blue Lagoon, which we played at the game night. It was fun and fairly easy to pick up (https://amzn.to/3VbEicG)

I really truly love Concept (https://amzn.to/3EImsXF). It\'s tricky in the initial few rounds, but once people figure it out, they love it. It\'s a board with a bunch of images, and you have a piece of paper showing possible meanings for the images. For example, your cheat sheet will show that for the sword image on the board, the probable meanings are \"weapon or war.\"

The person whose turn it is picks a card that has 9 potential things to convey -- objects, books/movies, sayings, etc. -- and have to get your team (or the other players if you want to play cooperatively) to guess it.

There\'s a green question mark for the main concept, which often ends up going on the images for book, movie, TV, song or saying. Then there are 4 more pieces shaped like exclamation points to put on images that represent various aspects of the thing you\'re trying to convey.

For example, I put the green question mark piece on the sports image, then exclamation pieces on the book image, the movie image, the wind/air image and the one for imaginary/mythical. People guessed Quidditch pretty quickly.

You can even get more detailed with the little cubes that are the same shades as the exclamation point. For example, if I wanted to convey Moby Dick then I could put the main piece on book and exclamation pieces on water and on animal. If that didn\'t help, I could take a cube that was the same color as the exclamation point on the \"animal\" image and put the cube on the image showing \"big/tall\" so they knew it was a large animal.

Finally, I did play Jurassic Park Danger (https://amzn.to/3EC5L0h) once, which was fun. It\'s a cooperative game, so most of the players work together to get off the island while one player is the dinosaur trying to get them. If it\'s anything like the game we played, that person will go \"rawr\" a lot as they move their piece around trying to eat people.

It was fun, but it wasn\'t all that big a strain to get off the island. Maybe because we had the maximum number of players, or maybe with practice the dinosaur player can get more skilled at picking people off.

1 week ago @ I Pick Up Pennies - What are you buying on... · 0 replies · +1 points

I guess I\'ll just have to wait.

1 week ago @ I Pick Up Pennies - Some small frugal wins · 0 replies · +1 points

Both excellent savings coups!

And yes, filing cabinets are a godsend -- and the wooden ones look exponentially nicer than the metal ones. I should know since I have both.

1 week ago @ I Pick Up Pennies - Some small frugal wins · 0 replies · +1 points

Hmmm I have an ibotta account, but I haven\'t used it in ages. I definitely should start poking around it more now that I\'m buying \"real\" food.

Smart on switching the recurring bills to Amex. I don\'t have any of those, but I\'ll have to keep an eye out.

1 week ago @ I Pick Up Pennies - Some small frugal wins · 0 replies · +1 points

Hello Linda, sorry I missed this comment somehow!

Thank you for the support. I think I\'ve (outside of bad med side effects) found a good balance for fatigue vs activity. But online shopping is also a godsend!

2 weeks ago @ I Pick Up Pennies - Easy & frugal low-sodi... · 0 replies · +1 points

Good point! So far there are a ton of low sodium options out there, but if I start to burn out on looking those up (or need more insight/tailoring about the DASH diet) a dietician could be very helpful.

1 month ago @ I Pick Up Pennies - Easy & frugal low-sodi... · 0 replies · +1 points

It would be fantastic with enchiladas, I think