i The Frugal Law Student | 2006 | November

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Follow-up to Eating Frugally

Written by Mrs. FLS

Follow-up to Eating Frugally

Andrew was kind enough to furnish me with some great links to discussions about eating frugally. Some of the comments were well known tips, ie., buying in bulk and using your crock pot for big meals. But there were several tips I hadn’t before considered and seem worthwhile. For example:

1. Growing your own herbs. I used to have a roommate who grew her own herbs and I teased her for it. How wrong I was! A fun hobby it may not be, but viewed as a frugal strategy it sounds enticing. Herbs cost a lot of money, and the fresh kind taste better to boot!

2. Shop at ethnic stores and local fresh food markets. Andrew mentioned this one to me. I hadn’t given much thought to either of these. This is largely due to the fact that here in the Midwest local markets and ethnic stores are few and far between. And I always assumed that farmer’s markets would be more expensive. But then I have never actually gone to one and I now am surely going to first, locate one, and second, check out their deals.

3. I really dig the idea behind this website that Lifehacker linked to. Foodieview is a recipe search website where you can type in several different foods like “chicken, bacon, spinach,” and they will come up with a recipe that uses those ingredients. That way you can make some din-din with all those odds and ends that have been hiding, ever so lonely, in the fridge.

4. All hail the rotisserie chicken! Many commenters hailed the roasted chicken for its many admirable qualities. Indeed, you can keep hacking little pieces from its lovely chicken body and use it in different meals for a few days. And then when the chicken has been stripped of its meat, the carcass can be used to make soup. Well to be frank, that last suggestion kind of grosses me out. Maybe it is the word “carcass.” It gives me the heebie jeebies. Like the word “moist.”

5. Finally I would like to share a tip that those blogs didn’t mention but which is a great way to save money on groceries I have discovered. Buy coupons on ebay. People sell big lots of coupons for stuff. So first pick a food item you always eat. For instance, Mr. FLS and I enjoy a can of soup most everyday. So you can search for “Progresso coupons” and find a lot of 20 coupons for a $1 off 2 cans. You pay maybe a $1.50 for the coupons, including “shipping.” And basically you just made $18.50 in free money. I also recommend eBay for buying protein powder in bulk. Pretty cheap-put it in a smoothie and soon you’ll be giving Popeye a run for his money.

Free Law School MP3s

Written by Brett McKay

Over at Top Law Student, there’s a great post about downloading free podcasts from CALI Radio. He gives several links to podcasts dealing with preparing for final exams. (My favorite was tips for multiple choice questions.) Not only do these mp3s offer great advice, they’re free.

Additionally, if you’re interested in listening to Sum and Substance or Law School Legends as part of your exam preparation, don’t fork over $60 to buy them. Most law school libraries should have these disks on reserve. Check them out and rip them to your Mp3 player. I was kind of leery of doing so because of copyright infringement, but my librarian said it was cool. Again, great review at no cost.

If you’re pressed for time and want to speed up the pace of listening to your Mp3s, Lifehacker has a great post on how to speed up Mp3s using Audacity configured with my . It took me while getting things figured out with my Ipod, but I condensed an entire Civ Pro Lecture to half the original amount of time. What’s great about it is that the tone doesn’t change, so it doesn’t sound like you’re listening to a chipmunk.

Eating Frugally vs. Eating Healthy

Written by Mrs. FLS

Well here is my first guest post on the hubbie’s blog. I will be pitch hitting for Mr. FLS as he pours over his scintillating law flash cards.

The first topic I’d like to address is the tension I am beginning to deal with between eating healthy and eating frugally. These two things are unfortunately often mutually exclusive. Mrs. FLS and I have been trying to cut back on grocery costs. But this often means cutting back on good for you food. What items are the cheapest at the store? You can get Jiffy muffin mixes for 3 for 85 cents, ramen noodles for 10 cents each, a box of hamburger helper for under 2 bucks. What a steal right? However these items are no bargain when it comes to your health-they lack nutritional value and/or are infused with enough sodium and MSG to preserve a mummy. Then on the other hand, the fresh foods, the foods made without artificial colors and flavors, the delicious meats, and the whole grain foods are much more pricey. And organic foods are completely out of reach. What’s a frugal shopper to do?

I once read an article that predicted that America’s eating habits will become more stratified along class lines as time goes on. The middle and upper classes will be eating the better, and entirely organic foods, while the poor will be stuck with the cheap, processed foods. This process has already begun of course, as the well off shop at Whole Foods and follow the South Beach Diet, while at the same time many take note of America’s uniquely overweight homeless population. The homeless get the deals off the 99 cent fast food menu and pay the price in their health.

Mr. FLS and I want to save money and stay fit. We like to work out and lift weights and we need cheap protein and wholesome food sources to feed our muscles that won’t break the bank. Any advice dear readers?


Written by Brett McKay

Indebt Student was started by a third year law student at the University of Buffalo. It provides lots of information about the student problem in America. He also has an e-petition to Congress to take action to solve this growing problem.

The interesting thing about Indebt Student, is that the creator is soliciting donations to pay off his own debt. Crass? Perhaps. He does redeem himself a bit by promising as soon as he raises $20,000, half will go to pay off his own loans and the other half he will give as a scholarship to some needy student.

This is an interesting site and an interesting idea. If you don’t agree with his asking for money to pay off his student debt, I would at least visit his site for the information about student debt.

Introducing Mrs. Frugal Law Student

Written by Brett McKay

With law school finals starting this weekend, I’m moving into full time study mode. Consequently, I will not be able to post as often. To help fill in the gap while I’m busy figuring out UCC 2-207 , Mrs. Frugal Law Student will be posting as well.

As way of introduction, Mrs. FLS and I have been married for a year and half. Last year she finished her Masters in Religion and now teaches American history at the local community college. She makes killer pasta carbonara as well as a wicked pumpkin pie. She’s been a great support to me while I’ve been in law school and I love her very much.

Please join with me in welcoming Mrs. FLS!

Free Haircuts

Written by Brett McKay

I just got my haircut for free courtesy of my fugal mother-in-law. She did a great job.

Men, if you don’t particularly care about your hairstyle, I suggest buying a trimmer set. You’ll pay the thing off after two haircuts. If you don’t have a mother-in-law to cut your hair, find a friend, or learn to do it yourself. You could save over $100 a year.

Ladies, you don’t need to go to fancy boutique to get your hair cut. Mrs. Frugal Law Student usually just cuts the ends of her hair once every couple of months. I think she looks fabulous.

Does anyone know if you can sell your hair? I’ve been blessed with ultra thick hair. I had so much hair buzzed off it looked like a small animal was lying on the ground when my mother-in-law was done. I’d hate to see it go to waste. I guess I should probably donate it.