Future Golden Girls

 

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By Liz

What can I say about the “Golden Girls” that hasn’t already been said? This is probably one of my top Simple Pleasures probably because it will always represent time I spent with my sister.

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“Picture it…..1980’s…”my sister and I were teenagers in the 80’s and it would have seemed unlikely that we would have enjoyed this show, since it was not the typical peer related television show of our generation. Sitcoms like; “The Cosby Show”, “Family Ties” or “Growing Pains” were more suited for our demographic, however, we are huge fans of sarcasm….and great sarcasm at that.




Apparently, we were not alone in our thinking. The show won several awards, including the Prime time Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series, twice; three Golden Globe Awards for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy; each of the four stars received an Emmy Award, making it one of only three sitcoms in the award’s history to achieve this. The series also ranked among the top-10 highest-rated programs for six of its seven seasons. In 2013, TV Guide ranked The Golden Girls number 54 on its list of the 60 Best Series of All Time and in 2014, the Writers Guild of America placed the sitcom at number 69 in their list of the “101 Best Written TV Series of All Time”.

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My sister and I have always been close and as we became adults we would always joke and still do that when we become retired old ladies, and if our husbands pass before we do, we will probably be living together somewhere in Florida and living via Golden Girls fashion. I embody Sophia, while my sister personifies Dorothy. We have referenced quotes from the show over the years many times and I have assigned the show’s theme song as my sister’s ringtone on my phone and on more than one occasion, we have gotten together to binge watch some episodes, now that I own the Golden Girls complete series on DVD (thank you my wonderful husband for that Christmas gift!).

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When we get together for one of these Golden Girl gab fests, with this classic comedy on in the background we talk about all the usual things, work, dreams, life, kids, food (cheesecake) etc… Currently, my sister and I live in the same city, but on opposite ends, so we are about an hour’s drive away from each other, this may not seem like a big deal to most, but for two sisters who used to share a room while growing up, as well as a highly, dysfunctional family, sometimes it seems like thousands of miles.

At this season of each of our lives, we are both busy and get together when we can. Sure we spend the holidays together with our entire families in tow and while neither of us would trade those times for anything; sometimes we just miss the alone time of just the two of us… Sophia and Dorothy.

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So to you, my dear sister: *”Thank you for Being a Friend”!

*”Thank you for Being a Friend”, by Andrew Gold, copyright 1978

 


Food Subscription Boxes

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By Liz

Talk about all things trendy.  If you haven’t seen or heard about food subscription boxes yet, then you must be living under a rock. This is not a new concept, I mean, take Omaha Steaks for instance…they have been around since 1917.  But nowadays you can get just about any kind of food, delivered to your door with easy step by step instructions, with little to no waste and without the hassle of visiting your grocery store to pick up the ingredients.

Types of boxes available are fruits, vegetables, and snacks, jerky, chocolate, bacon, cheese, full meals, seasonal, regional and the list goes on and on.

Sorry to say, I think this trend, is a waste of your hard earned money!

We as a society already spend so much money on food, whether going out to eat or at our local grocery store(s), so it seems to me that this kind of service is really irrelevant.  However, like most trends, these companies are trying to convince you, that you need their product to be hip, trendy, creative, and money savvy; but do you really need their help?

I decided to do some research on these companies, because many of my fellow, “frugal” bloggers have wonderful things to say about them, (although, I personally believe that if you are calling yourself a “frugal or money saving” blogger and promote or purchase these kinds of subscriptions…..you’ve missed the mark).

There are so many companies trying to cash in on this latest trend, it is overwhelming, so I decided to just concentrate on just produce boxes, but most of this information also applies to most of the other subscription boxes and this is what I have discovered:

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1. Many are locally based, so they might not deliver to your zip code, or you will be paying very high shipping costs for this convenience.

2. Your going to pay for this kind of convenience, anywhere from $11 to $110 (and these are prices for produce boxes).

3. Most offer both traditional or organic products.

4. You really don’t get what you pay for. If you were to do a price comparison, you would see that in most cases, you are paying double and in some cases, triple what it would cost you at the grocery store for the same or very similar products.

5. Packaging can sometimes be environmentally unfriendly. Some of the organic products being purchased, come packaged so as they are not bruised or damaged; all well and good, but many of the materials used for packaging, are not good for mother earth. (Ironic…..huh?)

6. Some of the produce subscription services are selling “recovered”, produce, meaning fruits and vegetables that are perfectly fine to eat, but would have otherwise been thrown away. It’s often discarded because of aesthetic imperfections or logistical inefficiencies. They don’t try to hide this; in fact, for some it is on the main page of their website.




So it has been pointed out to me is that these kinds of services  are helping local farmers and business owners  not to mention the convenience it brings to the consumer of not having to go the store to pick these items out for themselves.  My argument is this….you have to go to the grocery store anyway, right? So while you are there picking up the myriad of other items on your list, why aren’t you taking a few extra minutes to purchase fresh, traditional or organic produce from the same place you shop in the first place?

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It has also been argued that these kinds of services offer more natural choices, help many with diet restrictions due to health, and offer step by step instructions with just the right amount of ingredients to make a gourmet meal at home.  My argument for this is the following:  just about everyone owns or has access to a cookbook, (these resources also come with step by step instructions) or the internet, which offers an endless supply of recipes.  Natural and organic produce can be found not only at your local grocery store(s), but also at specialty stores and especially local farmer’s markets.

No matter how old I get, I am always looking for ways to save money, as much money as I can, because my dream is to retire with my husband somewhere close to the ocean and be able to travel, volunteer, relax, and really to just wake up on any given day and do whatever we want, when we want.  We don’t want to realize one day that we don’t have enough for our retirement, and we have to keep working until we are 75 or 80 years old, or that any one medical condition that myself or my husband might encounter down the road, will wipe us out financially.  So we are all about saving as many pennies as we can for as long as we can. My husband and I are both foodies, and we both enjoy cooking, but we also know that, throwing money away on the latest band wagon of what is hip and trendy today, will not help us achieve our goals for tomorrow.

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If you too are financially conscience, and not only want to eat healthy, but well; I suggest that rather than subscribe to one of these, trendy, overpriced and under stocked box services, you should take a little time each week, plan out a few meals, list your ingredients, purchase only what you need for these dishes and keep the money you have saved in your wallet.