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    • Sat, Jan 24, 2015 - 08:59pm

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      Solana Morris

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      I’d be open to a Saturday

    I'd be open to a Saturday afternoon get together at a park too once in a while.  Then we could all bring our families.  Or maybe some lunches in PDX sometimes and some Saturdays sometimes, maybe varying locations for various people in the area.

    • Fri, Jan 23, 2015 - 04:45pm

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      Solana Morris

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      PP lunch

    I live in Beaverton but I could come sometimes to downtown with my almost 4 year old daughter who's really well-behaved.  Lunchtime would work best for me since at 4 or 5 my other 3 children are home from school and it would be tough to bring all of them.  As a tightwad, I'd probably bring my own lunch.

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    Solana

    • Fri, Feb 21, 2014 - 12:06am

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      Solana Morris

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      BudgetBytes

    I love the Tightwad Gazette too.  I love how she takes a very logical approach to every solution and often tests and analyzes multiple alternatives instead of just saying "do this because it saves money".  

    I recently found a website that I now use a lot with tons of cooking from scratch recipes that calculates cost per serving for every recipe:

    http://www.budgetbytes.com

    I like how it has step by step pictures too, so you can learn new things.  

    I learned from it also how to make homemade chicken broth almost entirely from things you would have otherwise thrown away (or composted).

    • Fri, Feb 21, 2014 - 12:02am

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      Solana Morris

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      BudgetBytes

    I love the Tightwad Gazette too.  I love how she takes a very logical approach to every solution and often tests and analyzes multiple alternatives instead of just saying "do this because it saves money".  

    I recently found a website that I now use a lot with tons of cooking from scratch recipes that calculates cost per serving for every recipe:

    http://www.budgetbytes.com

    I like how it has step by step pictures too, so you can learn new things.  

    I learned from it also how to make homemade chicken broth almost entirely from things you would have otherwise thrown away (or composted).

    • Thu, Feb 20, 2014 - 11:52pm

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      Solana Morris

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      Camp free in National Forests

    Almost all National Forests allow free dispersed camping.  Just call the national park before you go to make sure, and ask if they have any fire restrictions at the time (don't start a campfire in dispersed camping if they have restrictions).  See here for rules:

    http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5270139.pdf

     They don't have "campsites" with picnic tables, toilets of any kind, running water, fire rings, or anything–just you in the middle of nowhere off a forest service road (look up minimum distance you should have your tent from the road.  We love the adventure of truly roughing it.  We got a garage sale folding camp table, made our own portable toilet out of a potty training seat and a corugated plastic sign (like the ones on telephone poles that shouldn't really be there), and bring our own water, and it's great.  We actually prefer this to campgrounds since we can't hear or see any other people, and our young children making noise at night don't bother anyone.  

    Last summer, we spent a week vacation staying at a different national forest each night, all for free, and just called each day to the one we thought we'd end up at that night.  Many national parks have national forests right next to or around them, so we would spend the day at a national park (got the annual pass) then camp for free in the national forest right by it.  

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