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To: Libloather
Back in the olden days - 1950's - I remember friends/neighbors having pot luck dinners. One person, or couple, would prepare macaroni & cheese or chili, another a vegetable, a salad, or a dessert, etc.

It's a way to get a balanced meal for all and enjoy each other.

We might play penny-ante poker afterwards.

One of my favorite memories is making a roaster pan of popcorn, a pitcherful of koolaid - after we mother's had come up with $1.00 - the price of a station wagon full of kids and adults for a drive-in movie.

One dollar was not a pittance back then.

21 posted on 02/01/2009 6:12:18 PM PST by lakey (Politicians thrive on chaos. So, they create it!)
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To: lakey
"Back in the olden days - 1950's - I remember friends/neighbors having pot luck dinners. One person, or couple, would prepare macaroni & cheese or chili, another a vegetable, a salad, or a dessert, etc.
It's a way to get a balanced meal for all and enjoy each other."

About 10 of my friends and I average 3 times a month through the year doing this. Great fellowship!

23 posted on 02/01/2009 6:20:01 PM PST by Dust in the Wind (Just part of the cleanup crew.)
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To: lakey

A while back KFC had a buy-one-get-one-free bucket of chicken deal. I only needed 3 pieces for my family but I’d buy the bucket, get one free, take out the three pieces I wanted, then I went to the local park where homeless people hang out and leave it. They got it while it was still hot!

It just seemed a shame not to take KFC up on the deal and help others out at the same time.


24 posted on 02/01/2009 6:20:41 PM PST by Lorianne (Without the Republicans helping pass TARP in 2008, we would not have this monstrosity in 2009.)
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To: lakey
One dollar was not a pittance back then.

20 1950s sized candy bars and 2 to four Saturday matinees.

28 posted on 02/01/2009 6:31:25 PM PST by Stentor
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To: lakey

To go back even further, my parents used to tell stories from the Depression about *rent parties*. The people who needed rent money would make a huge pot of spaghetti, everyone who could would bring something and there was a jar for the rent. If you could put something in, you did. If you had nothing, you could still come and eat.

For those looking to stretch their money as far as possible, try Aldi’s. It looked to me like small canner lines. The expiration dates were all good, sometimes 18 months out for beets or potatoes. The paper goods are perhaps one step down from Sam’s Members Mark line, but as cheap as you’ll find...TP starting at about .40/roll, for example. Some items were the same as Walmart, others matched brand name sales in other stores in the area that week. Some were obviously good deal special purchases. Produce was so-so; price and quality is much better at one of the local grocery stores. But for canned goods and paper and cleaning aids like vinegar, it was as cheap and as good for the price as I have seen. No bags, a refundable quarter for the cart and, since I was told it was cash only, that’s what I did, but I saw some state subsidy cards being used. I will go back, now that I have an idea of their inventory and prices. I will also try and check out the specials when I have a chance. Mostly frozen dinner items, like pizza, but maybe 1/3 off the discount grocery stores. I think they are owned by the same people who own Trader Joe’s.


57 posted on 02/01/2009 7:53:21 PM PST by reformedliberal
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To: lakey

To go back even further, my parents used to tell stories from the Depression about *rent parties*. The people who needed rent money would make a huge pot of spaghetti, everyone who could would bring something and there was a jar for the rent. If you could put something in, you did. If you had nothing, you could still come and eat.

For those looking to stretch their money as far as possible, try Aldi’s. It looked to me like small canner lines. The expiration dates were all good, sometimes 18 months out for beets or potatoes. The paper goods are perhaps one step down from Sam’s Members Mark line, but as cheap as you’ll find...TP starting at about .40/roll, for example. Some items were the same as Walmart, others matched brand name sales in other stores in the area that week. Some were obviously good deal special purchases. Produce was so-so; price and quality is much better at one of the local grocery stores. But for canned goods and paper and cleaning aids like vinegar, it was as cheap and as good for the price as I have seen. No bags, a refundable quarter for the cart and, since I was told it was cash only, that’s what I did, but I saw some state subsidy cards being used. I will go back, now that I have an idea of their inventory and prices. I will also try and check out the specials when I have a chance. Mostly frozen dinner items, like pizza, but maybe 1/3 off the discount grocery stores. I think they are owned by the same people who own Trader Joe’s.


58 posted on 02/01/2009 7:54:05 PM PST by reformedliberal
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